The survey responses are in and I’ve had fun creating a colourful infographic with a few of the results. As you know, infographics are ‘so hot right now’!
I recently spoke on a video webinar hosted by Kidspot Voices of 2013 on the topic of blog design – 10 Simple Ways to Make Your Blog Look 10 Times Better. One of the hints that really generated a lot of interest was ‘Use your footer’.
It generated questions on twitter like: When you say use footer…use it for what?
Yes, it’s true, we often take the footer of our blogs for granted, often it may have some copyright information or a link to your blog theme, but that’s it, a big wasted opportunity in my eyes. (more…)
Wow! I did it!
This eBook started as a little idea that grew out of lots of questions I was being asked by you – other bloggers and crafters. Some of you wanted to incorporate selling digital patterns and eBooks in to what you were doing but didn’t know where to start. I totally felt your pain because it really took me a long time to research how and where to sell my products, it’s not information that is readily shared. I decided to change that.
Initially I just wanted to put together a little guide comparing digital delivery platforms to help readers choose the one that best suited them, but as I progressed with my research and putting everything together, I realised I had more information and experience to share than just that. What started off as a weekend project turned into an epic month long writing session. (Not much house work got done during that time!)
Last week I had some fun Free Motion Quilting a pretty vintage tea towel (watch the video here). I was very happy with the result, and this week I’ll show you how I made it into a zippered cushion cover (pillow if you are in the US).
Inserting zippers are usually quite frustrating for me, so I tend to avoid them where possible, but the technique I’ll be showing you today is fool proof.
You will need:
Fabric/quilted panel for front and back of cover
Zipper longer than the width of the cover
General sewing supplies
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Attach your zipper foot.
3. Cut your front panel to size (same size as your insert), as you can see the zipper is slightly longer.
4. Cut your back panel to match the front (I have used wool blanketing).
5. Align your open zip to the edge of the panel, right sides together, then sew as close to the teeth as possible with your zipper foot. Make sure the start and end of the zip overhang at the ends.
6. When you are about a third of the way down, zip up the zipper to a closed position and continue to sew.
7. This is how it should look.
8. Align the front panel to the back one and pin into place, right side facing in.
9. Sew zipper as per step 5 & 6
10. Yay! Zipper inserted without any swearing.
11. Now pin front and back together and stitch along the dotted lines.
12. Take note of how the zip ends are pinned, this will ensure finished cover corners are neat where the zipper meets. Also make sure zipper is open about a third of the way to ensure you can turn inside out.
13. Reinforce the seam over the zipper ends by reversing over it a few times, just being careful that the needle doesn’t hit the teeth as there may be a risk of breakage, especially with a metal zip. Cut off the excess ends and trim any bulky seams. Serge raw edges if desired.
Now turn your cover inside out and insert your pillow insert. Time to make a cup of tea and enjoy your handy work.
Psst! Did you notice the awesome pixelated wall paper in my lounge room? Unfortunately it’s not real, I created it with the magic of Photoshop using a couple of excellent tutorials by Katrina of Pugly Pixel.
To create the pixel texture: PS I Love You: Pixel Blocks
To add the wallpaper: PS I Love You: How to Replace Backgrounds
Katrina is so creative and generous with her knowledge, she inspires me to experiment, learn, and try to create a better blog with every post I write, and photo I shoot and edit. Thanks for being so awesome Katrina!
Chances are that if you have a Facebook page for your business you have already noticed it looks quite different now that the ‘timeline’ design has kicked in.
Love it or hate it it’s here to stay.
There are great opportunities to really showcase and re-enforce your brand by choosing some striking images for your cover photo and customising your tabs.
Read on to learn how…
Cover photos should be 851x315px and 100kbs or less. Choose something that describes your brand and compliments your logo, but make sure you abide by the Facebook cover photo rules listed here.
Another little known customisation option is Custom Tabs for apps.
If you are handy with a photo editing program like Photoshop or even a simple online version like pixlr or PicMonkey, you can create your own buttons that tie in with the whole look of your page or brand.
The buttons should be 111x74px, no bigger than 5MB (smaller is best).
Here is how to change your tab image:
- Open your Page’s admin panel
- From the Manage ▾ menu, select Edit Page
- Select Apps from the left sidebar
- Click Edit Settings under the name of the app whose icon you want to change
- Click Change next to Custom Tab Image
- On the next screen, click Change next to the existing image
- Follow the instructions that appear for uploading a new image or deleting the existing image
If you want to reposition the order of your app buttons:
- Expand the views and apps menu by clicking on the ▾ to the right of your Page’s views and apps
- Hover over the position you’d like to put a view or app and click the ✎ pencil icon that appears
- Choose the view or app you’d like to swap into that spot from the menu
I hope this has inspired you to get creative and pretty up your business page. Remember, first impressions count.
If you want to check out the My Poppet Facebook page and it’s customisations you will find us at https://www.facebook.com/mypoppetshop
This post was originally written for and posted on Handmade Kids
This video is an impromptu conversation with Jodie from The Haby Goddess who has been a long time friend of mine. In this video we talk about how we met, our creative business styles and how the relationship we have formed has helped improve our crafty businesses. We also talk about the importance of creative collaboration and how working together can make great things happen. Essentially, How Building Creative relationships can help your business.
I hope you enjoy the video. It’s a little bit long, and thanks to Emma’s many interruptions we may have repeated ourselves once or twice.
There are lots of take away points that may benefit you in whatever field you are in:
- Get to know people in your industry
- Build relationships based on friendship and trust
- Share your knowledge and talk about your ideas
- Collaborate on projects
- Identify your skills and share workload accordingly
- Motivate and be accountable to keep the project moving along.
- Don’t try to film a vlog post with a 2 yo around!
The Haby Goddess is a sponsor of the My Poppet blog but in the interest of full disclosure I need to point out that this was NOT a sponsored post. I just thought it would be fun to share.
Do you have a friend like Jodie that you’ve worked together with to ‘get things done’?
***Unfortunately picnik has ceased to exist as of April 19th 2012. RIP picnik, we miss you***
You all know I’m a big fan of picnik.com, and now I love it even more because I’ve worked out how to use PNG image files, that are designed for use in Photoshop, on picnik. PNG images have transparent areas on them which allows you to overlay multiple images like a collage.
It’s really easy, but you will need to have a Premium account in picnik.
I have created a screen cast for you, with some helpful hints along the way that you can apply to heaps of your photo projects.
I have used the free downloadable photo overlays created by Katrina from PuglyPixel.com. Her website is just choc-o-block full of great downloadable files that you can use to jazz up your images as well as great blog design tutorials and craft projects. I just love her washi tape strips, you can my tutorial on how to use them here.
Hope you enjoyed my screencast, leave a comment if you have any questions.
I’ve created a video tutorial to show you how you can use the free features in Picnik.com to create and Instagram style picture, and learn a few handy tips along the way.
I had lots of fun creating my first screencast, and now My Poppet officially has its own You Tube channel ‘My Poppet TV‘
I’d love to hear your thoughts, and please feel free to leave a comment with your questions and I’ll try to answer them asap.
Well now you know what I sound like.
I’m planning a few more of these picnik tutorials, and am happy to take requests.
If only I had a video camera, I would love to film some crafty tutorials too…