Friday, June 29, 2012

Do You Want to Swap?

 

Hi my lovely readers! I decided to open up my blog to button swapping. I will display your button sized at 150 x150 in my side bar if you are willing to share my button on your blog too. I think it will be a fun way for us to show support for each other and may be gain some new readers :)

Hanni over at Hannicraft is my first swapper!  She is a fellow crocheter and has lots of really cute patterns on her site. She also sews and has made some really fun bags lately. I am really excited to be swapping buttons with such a talented lady!

This toddler hat pattern is adorable and I love the colors.

 

These coasters would be perfect in any living room. They are so cute with an easy pattern.

 

Isn’t this bag amazing? I love this fabric!

She also had several fun thank you card printables

 

Go check out what Hanni is working on over at Hanicraft!

 

If you would like to see your button on my blog send me an email at

Christine.Williams {at} gmail {dot} com

I plan on doing a feature post for anyone that wants to swap buttons.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What’s Blooming in My Garden: Mid June


June has been a pretty spectacular month for the garden. It has been really hot this year so we have been watering a lot. My front bed is really taking off despite all the heat. I am amazed how how many flowers have been blooming this month. Some of them were short lived but others will be blooming for months.
I’m actually wondering what will happen in July since I feel like so many of my flowers are blooming this month. You can be sure I will be out documenting it all :)
I love these lilies. They bloom profusely but it’s usually short lived. They were a transplant from my mom’s garden and are really happy where I have them planted. They have tripled in size from when I first put them in.

lily

The white feathery plumes in the back are astilibe and purple ones in the front are royal candles or veronica. The astilbe does great in this part of the bed where it is shady. The royal candles bloom for a long time and nice and compact for the front of the bed.

astilibe veronica royal candles

Here is my stella d’oro daylily. I love this one. It blooms forever and the flowers are so pretty. Last year I had this guy overcrowded in a different part of the bed. I moved it this spring and now it’s doing really well. I am excited because it starts blooming at the perfect time to give the garden some cheery color.

stello d'oro day lily

I am crazy excited my hydrangea is blooming! It warmed up early this spring and then frosted so many of my hydrangea blooms got killed off. I was worried it wasn’t going to bloom but it’s proved me wrong. This bush has the longest blooms of anything in my garden. It has an amazing color show too. It starts off with yellow buds that turn blue or blue/purple. Then as the fall comes on the blooms change to a pinkish red and over the winter they are dried puff balls.

hydrangea

You can expect to see lots more shots of this beauty :)

hydrangea blue purple

I’m surprised to see my purple coneflower blooming this early. I thought it didn’t start until July but it has one beautiful bud that opened up with a few more to come. There was a cool looking bee searching for nectar when I got this shot.

purple coneflower

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Monday, June 25, 2012

How to Make a Facebook Cover Photo Using Picmonkey {Beautify Your Blog Series}


How to make a facebook cover photo using Picmonkey

For this installment of my Beautify Your Blog Series I am going to show you how to make a Facebook Cover Photo using Picmonkey. I know this isn’t directly on your blog but it’s still part of your bloggy network. If you don’t have a Facebook page yet I highly recommend getting one. It’s easy to send your posts automatically to Facebook using Networked Blogs. I have lots of friends and family that wouldn’t know about my blog if it wasn’t for my Facebook page. It’s another way you can gain new readers.
I also needed to create a new cover photo for my Facebook page so I figured I might as well share a tutorial for it. There are two ways you can go about making your cover photo. The first way is similar to my blog header tutorial. The Facebook Cover page is 851 x 315 so you would resize your picture to those dimensions.

The way that I am going to make my cover photo is by using one of Picmonkey’s Facebook cover photo collage templates so that’s what I will show you.

Start out by going to Picmonkey and click on Create a Collage.

make facebook cover photo

Click on the choose collage button that looks like a rectangle and two squares. Find FB Cover in the list. There are four options to choose from based on how may pictures you want to add. I decided to go with the seven picture layout.

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Now it’s time to add some pictures to your collage. Click on the icon that looks like mountains and a sun and then click Upload Photos. Browse your computer to pick the pictures you want to use.

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The photos shows up on the left under arrow #1. Drag one over under arrow #2 to the box you want it to be in. Once you drop the picture in the box you can move it around a little to display the best part of the picture. Once the picture is part of the collage you will get a check mark to show that you used it.
You can choose more than one photo to upload at once. You can also delete the photos in the collage or on the left side by hovering over the photo and clicking the x in the top right hand corner.

make facebook cover photo 4

I am leaving my biggest picture space blank because I want to add some text to it. Feel free to fill this space in if you want to. If you click on the icon on the left side that looks like a painter’s pallet you can make some adjustments to your collage. You can increase or decrease the spacing between the pictures, round the corners and change the color of the background.

When you have the collage the way you want it save the photo to your computer.

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Click on Upload at the top of the screen (or go back to main page and click Edit Photo) and find your newly saved collage. Since I didn’t add a picture to the main spot I’m going to put a rectangle there before I add text. (If you added a picture you can skip this step.) Choose the heart, star, word bubble on the left in #1 and then choose Geometric in #2.

I dragged the rectangle over and resized it to fit. I left a space at the bottom because your profile picture shows up here. I actually learned this the hard way. Don’t put anything if that space that you wouldn’t want covered up. Next I changed the color of the rectangle to one that it is in my blog header. Combine the rectangle with your picture in #3 so it doesn’t move around when you add text.

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Next click on the P on the left hand toolbar to add text. I added my blog name first and then added my tagline second so I could make them a different size. I also changed the color in the Overlay box to match the colors in my blog header. Once you have the collage the way you like it, save your picture.

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Upload to your Facebook page and admire your handy work. (Side note: I wanted to change my profile picture to my blog button but I kept getting an error. Grrrr. If I can change it I will update this picture.)

facebook cover photo done

Check out the previous posts in my series:
How to Use Windows Live Writer
How to make social media icons using Picmonkey
How to make a blog button using Picmonkey
How to make a blog header in Picmonkey
How to customize your blogger background

Upcoming posts:
How to make a blog header part II
Resource Round Up

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