Monday, March 28, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party # 4!!!


Hope everyone had a great week!!  
Here are some of the awesome links that were shared last week!  I'm still on my "all-things'Spring" kick...so, these are some great Springtime creations!!

Ric Rac Roses by Two Butterflies
 
 
 Shabby Birdhouses by Simply Designing


Spring Fling Dress by Sun Scholars


If you've been featured make sure you grab a 'Featured On' button from my buttons page!

Now onto this week!!

Here are the rules for linking up:

1.  Please become a follower of the Sarahndipities blog, if you aren't already!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to your post, sidebar, or a page of links!
3.  Please post to a specific blog post - NOT to your Etsy shop or your blog's main page.
4.  Please only link to projects that have been made within the last week - and limit your link to three, please!
5.  Be sure to visit a couple of the other links and leave a sweet comment!!

Please know that I reserve the right to remove any links which I feel violate the above rules!
 
Have fun!  I'm going to be away for the rest of this week - Yay for Spring Break!!  So I'll look forward to seeing you again next week!!!

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Now let's see what you have!!!
 

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Feature Friday: Happy Colors!



So.

Right now, as I'm typing this, there is snow falling outside my house.  Snow.

Argh.

I'm trying not to be a complainer.  Here where we live water gets scarce during the summer months, and we need the water runoff produced by the snow to help sustain our reserves during that time.  I'm trying to think of this as Mother Nature's way of helping us keep our garden watered later this year.

But seriously.  I'm soooo over Winter, right now!

Anyway, to help cheer myself up I'm featuring some fun finds, with a punch of sunshiney goodness!

Flowers and Little Bee Print by TwoEms







Fabric Leaves Tree by Two Girls Being Crafty







Egg Carton Spring Wreath by Krafty Kat







Nuthatch Granny Pattern by eggbird designs







Burlap and Fabric Spring Wreath by Nat Sprat






From the Prairie Notecards by The Wheatfield






Crochet Easter Egg Pattern by Easy Makes Me Happy






(If I've featured you feel free to grab a featured button from My Buttons page at the top!)

Have a Happy Weekend!!!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Treasury: In Bloom...Remember Japan



This week, as Spring draws ever nearer, I've been reminded by the beauty of blossoming cherry trees, about the  disaster in Japan.  Some of the shops featured in this Treasury are sending a portion (or all) of their proceeds to help aid the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

To see more info about any of these items, just click on the picture!


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Great Idea: Build a Better Blog #4 - Extra, Extra!!


This is my final week of Build a Better Blog!  I've had a lot of fun putting these ideas together...and I hope the tips I've offered have been helpful!!





This week I'm focusing on the extra stuff you can put on your blog:  button, badges, banners, and other fun extras!

First off, I just want to tell you right now that I am NOT an expert...but I know where to find them!!  I've borrowed the following link to some of my favorite resources for all things technical!  So I'm cheating on this one and just giving you all some of the tools I've discovered for doing things yourself!!  (A huge thanks goes out to all those who have written these fantastic tutorials!!!)

BLOG BUTTONS

Here are some tutorials on how to make your blog button and badges...and how to get the code to share them with others!!

Blogging With Amy has THIS fantastic walkthrough on making blog buttons, and getting the code onto your blog!

Musings of a Housewife has THIS one, with some suggestions on how to make it readable and fun!

Welcome to Linneyville has THIS tutorial for Picnik.com on how to make your button *cute*!

BLOG BANNERS

Here are some links to tutorials that are all about making your blog banner fun and cute:

Blissfully Domestic has THIS one on using Picasa to make a fantastic photo banner!

Songbird Nesting has some great tips in THIS one about the feel and overall look of your blog banner...and how to install it in Blogger!

And All About Us has the nitty gritty how-to with Picnik.com on THIS one!

BLOG FONTS & TITLES

Kevin and Amanda have THIS great tutorial on how to add a cute font to your blog post and sidebar titles!

Makin' Cute Blogs has THIS one on adding images to sidebar titles!

EVERYTHING ELSE!!!

The Blog Guidebook has TONS of great tutorials and resources available for bloggers who are looking to spice up their blogs!  Seriously...if I haven't linked to anything you've found helpful yet...check THIS one out for sure!!

Soooooo....I hope you find some great info and tips here!!  Thanks for joining me for my Build a Better Blog series!!  I hope you all have a great time beautifying you blogs!!!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Things to Make: Free Crocheted Flower Garland Pattern



I've had so much fun with my crocheted heart garland and crocheted shamrock garland, that I thought I'd make another garland for Spring!!

This cute little flower can be used on other fun projects, too, of course!!  (Don't be scared away by the pattern...it's really much simpler than it might seem at first glance!!)



Here's the pattern:

Materials Needed:
size I crochet hook
scrap yarn in desired colors

Abbreviations:
ch  = chain
hdc =  half-double crochet
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
rem = remaining
rep = repeat
beg = beginning




FLOWER

Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring.

ROW 1
Ch 1, work 9 sc in ring, join with sl st to beg ch 1.

ROW 2
Ch 3, work 2 dc inst at bottom of ch, sl st in next ch, *work 3 dc in next ch, sl st in next ch *, rep from *to * 3 more times.  5 petals made.

You can stop there if you want teeny tiny flowers, or you can continue with another round to make the petals fuller, as follows:

ROW 3
Sc in next st, hdc in same sp, work 3 dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in same st, sl st in sl st from previous row, * sc in next st, hdc in same sp, work 3 dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in same st, sl st in sl st from previous row *, rep from * to * 3 more times.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.



GARLAND

Ch 25, * sl st in top of one petal of flower, ch 15 *, rep from * to *until all flowers are joined, ch 25, Fasten off.



For my garland I've used Caron Simply Soft yarn in various pastel colors...I love how soft and simple it looks!  But it has such a pretty sheen to it!  (Maybe I'll keep this one to hang over the crib once baby #5 arrives in June!)

If you like the way this looks, but just don't want to make one for yourself, you can purchase this cute garland in my shop, here!



Happy Spring, Everyone!!!

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P.S.  This pattern has been linked on AllFreeCrochet.com!!  To check it out you can click this link!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #3!


There were so many fun Spring ideas last week!!  I've picked a few that caught my eye!

If you've been featured, be sure to grab a button from my Buttons page to share!!

These adorable Spring Coasters, from Crocheting the day away:





Check out these super cute Jellybean Topiaries, by My Garden of Eden:





And how about these awesome Faux Robin's Eggs, by The V Spot:





Now onto this week's creations!!!

Here are the rules for linking up:

1.  Please become a follower of the Sarahndipities blog, if you aren't already!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to your post, sidebar, or a page of links!
3.  Please post to a specific blog post - NOT to your Etsy shop or your blog's main page.
4.  Please only link to projects that have been made within the last week - and limit your link to three, please!
5.  Be sure to visit a couple of the other links and leave a sweet comment!!

Please know that I reserve the right to remove any links which I feel violate the above rules!
Here's to another great week!!
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Now let's see what you have!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

AND THE WINNER IS....!!!!





OH.  MY.  GOODNESS!

When I woke up this morning and checked my blog followers...I had OVER 200!!!  WOOT!!  You guys totally rock!  It totally made my day!!  I think I'll plan to do another giveaway when I reach 300 followers...so stay tuned!!

So, now onto the fun part!   

Using the advanced technology available at Random.org...I determined that the comment with the line-up number of 34 was the winner.

And the winner of the $25 GIVEAWAY to my Sarahndipites shop is.....


MommyMeagan!!!!!


{Cheer!  Hooray!!  Applause!)

Meagan said, "I'm loving the button blossoms. Like one in every color would be fabulous. I love crochet flowers!"

Meagan has a darling blog (StayAtHomeMeagan) and a fun Etsy shop of her own (FairlyFabulous)  so if you get a chance got check 'em out!!

I will be contacting you shortly to get you all the details of redeeming your $25 gift certificate!!




To EVERYONE ELSE:  I'm soooooo wishing I could give everyone a gift certificate, but alas, I just can't!  However, as a THANK YOU for being the awesomest followers around my 15% off discount in my shop will extended for another week!!  Use the code GIVEAWAY15 to get 15% off your order from Sarahndipities!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!  See you on Monday for my Make Something Mondays link party!!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Treasury: The End of the Rainbow!


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Looking for the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow?  Don't forget to checkout all the colors of the rainbow first!  This list features some of the wonderful Etsy Moms of the SAHM of Etsy Team!  To see any of these wonderful item ups close, simply click on the pictures!!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

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P.S.  Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!  The contest ends tomorrow!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Great Idea: Build a Better Blog #3 - Get Noticed!!!


So you've started to make the design of your blog reflect you and you are working on improving the quality of your photos...so now what do you do?

This post is all about how to promote your blog!

There are so many wonderful resources available for bloggers out there!

1. Build your content!  A pretty blog won't get you noticed unless you have something to say!  Once you have your blog set up, you need to start adding CONTENT.

Content can be anything from a picture with a caption to a tutorial to a recipe to something you've made for your shop!  Be yourself!  Write about what you like - what interests you!  The more content you have on your blog, the more traffic you will get.

2.  Join a Link Party!  A link party is simply a list of links that the author of a blog 'hosts' for a certain period of time.  They can be general or very specifically themed.  (I personally contribute to several link parties each week!)  They are free to join, and are a lot of fun!

There are several types of link parties out there - some of the most popular are: crafts, recipes, home decor, photos, and blog hops!

A blog hop is a special type of link party that gives other bloggers the chance to visit and follow your blog -  as you visit and follow other blogs, too!  It's a great way to 'meet' fellow bloggers and make Blog Land 'friends!'

Here's a really great link to a fun blog that keeps a running list of weekly link parties going on:


The Girl Creative




3. Leave and respond to comments! In addition to linking up your content at a link party, you also need to visit other links and leave comments! Not only is it just good etiquette...but it's also good karma! People LOVE to get comments...so if you leave a positive comment on someone else's blog post, they are more likely to return the love, and leave a comment on your blog, too!


4. Link to other blogs! If you see something that you love out in Blog Land, share it on your own blog! Make sure you link back to the original author's post and pictures, and be sure to let them know! It's always flattering to know that someone liked something you did! 


5. Be consistent! Try to aim for at least two to three posts on your blog each week. If you are inconsistent with the amount of posting you do on your blog (ie going for long periods of not posting anything), people will be less likely to continue to follow your blog. Make a simple goal to start with, so that you don't get burned out. Be flexible about it, too! 


6. Advertise! If you have a little extra revenue, advertising is a great way to get your blog or shop noticed. Several of the 'Big-Time' blogs offer advertising spots on their blogs. You can also so some self-promotion by offering a giveaway to follower or hosting a contest of some kind. (I'll be posting next week about how create your own blog buttons for people to post -- you can usually use these button for advertising, too!) 


For more fantastic resources about blogging tips, visit these links to the Pro's:






A girl and a glue gun


Good luck, gang!  Happy Blogging!!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Things to Make: Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms



THIS POST HAS BEEN MOVED!
YOU CAN NOW FIND THIS TUTORIAL OVER MY WEBSITE, SARAHNDIPITIES.COM!
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO GO THE TUTORIAL:



Monday, March 14, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #2!

Happy Monday, everyone!


We had such a great turn-out last week!  I loved looking through everyone's projects!  I can't wait to see what everyone has done this week!!


But first let me highlight a couple of my favorites, in honor of St. Patrick's Day this week!








Glitter T-Shirt by Run With Glitter






Ribbon Hair Clip by Just Drink a Coke




If you've been featured be sure to grab a button from my button page to say so!!


Here are the RULES for LINKING UP:


1.  Please become a follower of the Sarahndipiies Blog.


2. Please grab a MSM Link Party Button and add it to your post, sidebar, or a page of links!


3. Please post the URL if a specific blog post (NOT to your shop or to the main page of your blog.)


4.  Please only post projects that YOU have been made within the last week!


5. Please link up no more than three projects!


6.  Please visit some of the other links and leave a comment - we all love comments!!


Here are some examples of acceptable 'somethings' to link:


DIY crafts and tutorials
Recipes
Home decor projects
Crochet and knit projects
Sewing and quilting projects
kids' crafts


(Please know that I reserve the right to remove links which I feel violate the above rules!)

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And don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY if you haven't already!!!

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Now let's see whatcha got this week!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

GIVEAWAY!!!





Last week I reached one hundred followers on my blog!!!  Then this week I've already added another 34!  Thanks so much everyone!!  I'm so excited!!

To celebrate I'm having a GIVEAWAY!!!  I'm going to be giving away a Gift Certificate for $25 off anything in my shop!!!







There are three ways to enter:

1.  If you are not already, become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post telling me!  (If you're already a follower, leave a comment saying so!)

2.  Visit the Sarahndipities Etsy shop and then leave a comment here telling me what you would use your Gift Certificate on if you won!

3.  Become a fan of Sarahndipities on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me that you are!







You can enter once or all three times!!  REMEMBER TO LEAVE SEPARATE COMMENTS FOR EACH ENTRY!!!  I'll announce the winner next Friday, March 19th...so stay tuned!

In addition to the giveaway, I'm having a follower appreciation sale!  During the week of the giveaway all you lovelies can use the code GIVEAWAY15 to get 15% off your entire purchase in the Sarahndipities Shop!!!  Just my little way of saying thanks!!


And don't forget to join me on Monday for my Make Something Mondays Link Party!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!!







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