Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer Break

I'll be taking a little summer blogging break until the end of August, with only the odd post here and there. See you all again in September!

P.S.: Don't forget to enter the current giveaway to win a cute bangle!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Etsy Venture - Look! It's a banner!

Those of you who browse around on Etsy a lot will have noticed how lovely some shop's pages look while others are a little bare. The reason? Surprisingly many shops don't have a banner like for example this one ...


This is my latest shop banner and it beautifully displays which shop you just "entered" and some of the images you will find "on the shelves".

I realize not every seller is overly tech-savvy, but trust me it's really no big deal to create such a banner yourself. My venue of choice? PicMonkey.

If you want to create one similar to mine, here's how it's done:
1. Open PicMonkey and go to "Create a Collage"
2. Pick the "Ducks in a Row" Layout (you need to set dimensions to 760x100 to fit Etsy's requirements for banners)
3. Optional: Add one of the backgrounds from the "Swatches" section
4. Upload your own photos
5. Change spacing and corner rounding in "Background" section
6. Safe your banner to your computer
7. Open PicMonkey again and pick "Edit a Photo"
8. Upload the banner from your computer
9. Go to "Text" section to insert and customize your shop name
10. Once again safe your banner and don't forget to upload it in your Etsy shop

See? It's quite simple, really.

Got a Facebook fan page for your shop too? You can proceed pretty much the same way, but instead of picking the "Ducks in a Row" Layout go for the "FB Cover" Layout which already offers the right dimensions for Facebook banners. Want to see mine? here goes ...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Yarn Tales - Don't cast your purls before swine!

I don't know about you, but working with something that's potentially making you feel warm and cozy when it's sweltering hot outside, isn't exactly high up on my list of things to do right now. So instead of presenting you some new knitted project, how about some laughs for everyone who loves their yarn stash?

Did you hear about the cat who swallowed a ball of yarn?
She had mittens.

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A piece of yarn walks into a bar and orders a beer, but the bartender snarls, "We don't serve your kind here!". The yarn is forced to leave.
While sitting on the curb feeling sorry for himself, the yarn is suddenly hit with a brilliant idea. Working quickly, he ties himself into a knot and unravels his ends. Taking a deep breath, the yarn marches back into the bar and orders a beer.
"Hey!" says the bartender. "Ain't you that piece of yarn I just threw outta here?"
"Nope," replies the yarn, "I'm a frayed knot."

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Why did the hog farmer give up knitting?
He didn't want to cast his purls before swine!

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Knitting and driving
A policeman spots a woman driving and knitting at the same time.
Driving up beside her, he shouts out the window......
"Pull over"!!
"No," she shouts back, "It's a scarf!"

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What do you get when you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?
A wooly jumper.

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Know any yarn and/or knitting jokes? Feel free to share!

The Lucky Dip - August Giveaway (Open WW)

Last month I posted about my lucky dip loot from Mibbi Design which included this cute bangle for those young at heart!

Handmade in the English countryside Mibbi Design has a passion for modern, whimsical designs and the lovely piece I will share with one of you this month is just one of the many lovely pieces available in the shop.

Please note that this giveaway is not sponsored by Mibbi Design - it's just my way of spreading the love and at the same time giving a shout-out for an amazing Etsy seller!

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