A Puzzling Obsession...Looking For Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles!!!

Well, I was certainly Looking For A Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle and I found one! And another one! And another one! I have been sneaking in time here and there around my other jobs like tending to my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda, to work on my Christmas puzzle lens and I kept finding more, wonderful Christmas puzzles...I started wanting to buy them, especially this morning when I stumbled upon Jim Shore's amazing The Twelve Days of Christmas jigsaw puzzle.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Jim Shore

I knew then that I needed to STOP and publish this lens. Move on, so to say. So I have, it is published. You can visit it at Looking For A Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle and I can once again focus my energies on my other projects...

Like maintaining my other puzzle lenses! If you are a puzzle fan or know a puzzle fan, you might also enjoy:

Fall for Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles -- This is my second highest ranked lens, it is being loved by visitors from Google and Squidoo, is number 71 in DIY & Hobbies and ranked at 1,064 overall!
Welcome to Jigsaw Puzzle Country -- A gathering of human-interest stories about jigsaw puzzles.
Are You Puzzled by Jigsaw Puzzles -- Basic jigsaw puzzle information as well as great sources of puzzles.


Thank You to 'Twelve Months of Christmas' Blog

A BIG thank you to The Tone King and his blog Twelve Months of Christmas for mentioning my page Christmas Music For Your Listening Pleasure. The Tone King writes a blog which is dedicated to Christmas music that is not heard very often, if ever, on the radio. It is a great resource for Christmas music fans.

His blog is definitely driving traffic to my page and I was pleased (and pleasantly surprised) to actually have information about releases that he had not heard of on my page. (I would consider him the expert!)

In order to give the visitors he is sending my way the best visit, I spent some time this morning updating my page. It is definitely Christmas music time and there are many new releases 2008 so I updated that section although it is far from complete. (Elvis Presley Christmas Duets is definitely on my list.) This lens was one of my first lenses and I have since learned a few Squidoo/html tricks that I was able to use on this page when I went over it this morning.

Thanks Again to The Tone King. If you are interested in Christmas music, be sure to visit his blog!

My Lens Status:

Top 100 = 0
Top 101 to 1000 = 1
Top 1,001 to 10,000 = 5
Total Lenses = 17
WIP Lenses = Too Many

My Top 3:

Your Life Sentence ~~ Six-Word Memoirs or Quotations
Fall For Halloween Puzzles
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

You Never Know What I Might Have In Store For You!

How To Choose A Good Cookbook

I have finally published my latest page called Recipe For Finding Good Cookbooks. It gave me plenty of difficulty.

Most importantly, there was the subject of content. I wanted to do a page to support the large number of cookbooks that I have for sale in my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda but I wanted there to be great content as well. I finally came up with the angle of providing guidelines for purchasing good cookbooks. I think the suggestions I found are helpful and am pleased that the page has allowed me to showcase some great cookbooks.

Even the title was difficult. I wanted to use 'good cookbooks' because I think people might search for 'good cookbooks' and the page might receive more hits than one with just 'cookbook' would. I know that titles are very important to search engines. Some of the titles I considered were:

How to find good cookbooks.
How to find a perfect cookbook.
Recipe for a good cookbook.
Recipe for the perfect cookbook.
Recipe for finding good cookbooks.
Recipe for finding perfect cookbooks.

I crafted a list of eight considerations that make a cookbook great. I hope I will be able to help many people with their cookbook purchases though I know many cookbook owners have a multitude of cookbooks in their collections and therefore do not need any help.

Before I finish, I'll leave you with a small sampling of cookbooks from my eBay store.


Click here to purchase Christopher Stott's vintage cookbooks image on eBay.

Elvis Presley is Alive and Well!

Elvis Presley is Alive and Well!

Well, you might be forgiven for thinking that he is when you read that he is releasing a new Christmas album this year (2008) entitled Elvis Presley Christmas Duets.

On this album, he will be joined by some of today's finest contemporary country singers.

Check out my page about the album by clicking here and find out which artists he is joined by and how this magical feat was accomplished!

Treasures By Brenda

Your Life Sentence - A Challenge

In the book Not Quite What I Was Planning, famous and not-so-famous writers were asked to provide their life stories in six word sentences. They responded with funny, sad and often poignant quotes that are a short record or chronicle of their lives. I thought it would be fun to get to know some of you a bit better so...can you sum up your life in a six word sentence?

Here are four examples, just to get you thinking...

Aged pretty well, all things considered.
Oldest of three; boss of everyone.
The second mouse gets the cheese.
Read the map. Still got lost.

This task won't be easy for everyone, believe me I know! I wrote several before I finally chose one to post and I am not sure that it is great but at least it is a start! (You'll have to visit my page to see what I said about myself.)

Be the next to post your life sentence either here or on my page, Your Life Sentence in Six Words. That could make you first, if you don't count me!

Treasures By Brenda
You Never Know What I Might Have in Store For You!

The Penguin Centenary Collection of Ian Fleming's James Bond Books

Well, today was Monday, June 30, 2008. Mondays are my busiest eBay day so I had to focus on parcels today.

My eBay store, of course, demands a lot of attention and it was a great weekend for sales despite the fact that summer is supposed to be a slow time on eBay. This past 30-day cycle has seen my highest sales volume to date.

James Bond had a great deal to do with that as I sold a number of copies of the collector's edition book set shown here.   I had about 20 parcels to prepare for shipping this morning and a few of them contained the brand-new, sought-after boxed set The Penguin Complete Centenary Collection of Ian Fleming's James Bond books that contains 14 of Ian Fleming's titles packaged in a nice box celebrating the 100th anniversary of the release of the first of the James Bond stories.  Unfortunately, they were my last sets and I have none left in my eBay store.

UPDATE: January 24, 2015

I cannot find any Penguin Centenary James Bond book sets on eBay.com or on Amazon.com. However, I see that this set is available on eBay.co.uk (in the United Kingdom) by clicking right here or by following one of these links:

Are you a James Bond fan? Have you read the books? Do you recommend them?

Treasures By Brenda
You Never Know What I
Might Have in Store For You!

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