Marilyn McLeod - There's always time to share!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Feedburner is back! Re-sign up to follow my blog using Feedburner, a better way to go.

Just wanted to tell anyone who is currently following my blog via Bloglovin' (or anyone new viewing my blog), or who previously followed me using Feedburner (by signing up to follow me by email in my right sidebar), that Feedburner is now working again. 

Feedburner is the Google "reader" that allows people to follow blogger or Wordpress blogs, and when you sign up in the box in my right sidebar by filling in your email address, Feedburner is what tracks my posts and sends them to your email inbox.

From May of 2014 to just recently, Feedburner quit working and no one received any of my blog posts. I lost a lot of followers, as I'm sure many other bloggers did too. There are other blog readers "out there" that a blogger can sign up for (and pay) to have blog posts sent to your email inbox, but I did not sign up as they all require a paid subscription by me! Feedburner is free.... so is Bloglovin'. And I like FREE.

Now that Feedburner is working, you will need to RE-SIGN-UP AGAIN, even if you previously followed my blog last spring, or tried re-signing up several times (and it didn't work).

If you are following me on Bloglovin' and are happy with it, then by all means, stick with Bloglovin'!!! I follow many blogs using Bloglovin', but the only downfall is that they kind of stack up, and every day, I may get a notice from Bloglovin' that I have blog posts to view, and there may be 75 different posts there! It's almost too overwhelming for me to click on Bloglovin', knowing I have so many posts to look at and read.

I prefer the way it used to be, when each blogger's post would come directly into my inbox, and I knew who it was from, and I could read it or not, or save it for later. It just wasn't so overwhelming or time consuming.

Some bloggers who lost Feedburner, went to blog reader sites like Feedly or Feedblitz, or chose to start sending out Newsletters using different contact sites like Constant Contact, Vertical Response, Mad Mimi, etc. I started to do a Newsletter a few times, but never followed through. It seemed like such a duplication of what I was posting on my blog!

I really liked Feedburner and I'm glad it's back! (and I hope it stays back).

If you are new to my blog and want to follow me, please sign up (or resign up to follow me if you want to start using Feedburner again) if you prefer receiving my posts directly into your email inbox, and not through Bloglovin'.
Tutorial coming soon on my easel card with box in a drawer.
You CAN follow my blog using both Feedburner and Bloglovin'. I follow many blogs using both blog readers, but I really prefer the more personal Feedburner method of receiving blog posts from my favorite blogs.

So if you want to re-sign up using Feedburner, go to my right sidebar where it says "From My Blog to Your Inbox" and fill in your email address... easy peasy.... and you will get an email asking you to click on a link that verifies that you want to follow me with Feedburner. 

Just thought you should know................... and THANK YOU for reading my posts and following my blog!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

One Brown Bag Brag Wallet.

Wow! Try to say that(one brown bag brag wallet) 5 times! I'm always browsing YouTube to find new and different projects to make that will inspire me. I'm finally just now (after moving) finding some time and motivation to craft again.  I found this really CUTE little wallet/photo holder that seemed simple and easy, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Right now, I'm just going to show you the pictures of this cute little wallet that I made as my "practice" project, and briefly explain how it was put together. It measures about 5" x 6" and has room for 9 photos. And, get this...... the base is a brown paper bag! So this is NOT a tutorial, as I didn't take photos along the way as I made it.

A full YouTube video by Dawn's Inspirations can be found HERE on YouTube. Be sure and go watch it if you want to make one of these. She gives a very complete, step-by-step tutorial.

Here's what it looks like inside. You open up the top flap upwards. Room here for two photos, one on the top flap, one on the back of the bottom flap:

Now flip the bottom flap down. Room for another photo on the bottom flap, and you will see two tags in a pocket on the left (room for smaller photos, front and back, or writing.

This was made with the brown paper bag, which was folded in thirds. Two pieces of cream cardstock were cut out and tucked into the top and bottom of the bag, forming the top flap and the bottom flap. I then matted the cream colored flaps with decorative paper and rounded the edges.

Here are the tags pulled out.
The below photo shows the top of the brown paper bag. That makes two pockets to put the two tags into. Pretty ingenious.

I did a little stamping on the cream cardstock and inked most of the edges of the little wallet, to give it an antique look. Mind you, this is NOT my best work. I was doing this for practice and was in quite a hurry. I also used a paper bag that had a few flaws, that I didn't notice at first, so it's not real even in some spots.

Here's what the wallet looks like with the left flap opened out to the left. You can see the underside of one of the photo mats on the left, and the center of the wallet is a pocket (the cream colored part) with another photo mat inside of it! Pretty nifty!  I stamped a little box for writing something in.

Here I am pulling the photo mat out. You could put a small photo underneath it, and also to the left on the burgundy patterned paper.


The right side of the center of the wallet (above-cream colored) is the bottom of the paper bag glued down, which makes a little pocket to slide the photo mat into. You can see a little bit of the bag sticking out below the cream colored cardstock, which really should not show like that, but what the hey... this was just practice, right?  Here's the center area with the flap folded up again, where I left more room to write.

This was really fun to make! Not all paper bags are exactly the same size, so you almost have to measure as you go, to make the mats for the flaps and tags. My bag was from a package of cheap lunch sacks from the grocery store! You can buy really nice, heavier ones, from the craft stores. My lunch sack measured 5" x 9-1/2". Some sacks may be 6 inches high and a different length.
I'm going to write down measurements for the flaps and mats for this 5" x 9-1/2" sack.

Magnets are used on each flap so that it snaps shut. See below:

Dawn, on her YouTube video here, shows you how to insert the magnets. That was really helpful to me.

I'm going to take pictures as I make the next little wallet. If anyone wants my written measurement sheet, or wants me to post a tutorial on making this, let me know and I'll post one. My next one is going to be a Christmas themed wallet, to hold some of my little Christmas pictures.

And voila! here it is finished. It's just not my style to leave it plain.. so I'll probably decorate it up a little bit.  I do like the simplicity of it though.  I'm thinking how cute a set of three would be, put into a little mini magazine holder box that is decorated to match. What a sweet gift that would make for someone.

If you make one of these, I would really love to see it! Email me at pinkpapercottage@yahoo.com and send me a photo, and if you like, I'll post it/them on my blog.

I had fun making this, and it really DID get me inspired and motivated. And now I'm excited to start crafting again..... and more in the mood to start on my Christmas cards.

Enjoy!  I hope you'll try one of these. They are really fun.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween fun from my Etsy shop.

It's a busy time of year for Etsy shop owners (and I'm one!). I have so many items to put in my shop that I haven't added yet, but thought I'd show you a few things that are now IN my shop. Where does the time go?  House hunting, moving, packing, etc. takes way too much precious time, and cuts into my crafting time.
Pretty paper shabby flowers that you can find in my shop.
I have a few packages of rosettes to go with your gift bags, place cards.... or how about sticking one on your painted pumpkin (see below)?


Look at this darling painted pumpkin, that I found on Life on Lakeshore Drive!!  I would put a paper rosette or shabby flower in the middle of the beadwork, instead of the rose. Or I would decorate a white painted pumpkin with buttons and paper rosettes!

Use one of my crocheted yarn table mats for the centerpiece on your dining room table. I used a beautiful soft 4 ply yarn for this table mat, and it is about 12-13" in diameter. It's very large and makes a perfect mat for a bouquet of flowers or your pretty soup tureen.

Look up on the right top side of my blog sidebar, and you can see a little slide show of my Etsy items.  You can also click there to go directly to my Etsy shop, or click HERE to go to my Etsy shop.

I need to get busy!  The holidays are just around the corner.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Elves to delight you!

I'm still unpacking from our move, and haven't dug into my crafting boxes yet, so will delight you with some photos I took of my sister, Barb's, Elf Collection.  These are SO DARLING! They sit perkily on her kitchen windowsill, always there to give me an uplift and a smile.


Each one (or most anyway) is planted with some sort of cactus or succulent plant.

They are so whimsical and fun!

She collects them from all over the United States. Whenever she sees one, or whenever her friends or family see one, they just HAVE to get it for her!  We are all on the lookout.

It's a good excuse to go to the 2nd hand stores and antique stores (as if I really need an excuse?)

These are only a very few of what she has.

These are just a few of my favorites.
Look at this cute little snail!

I just LOVE collections, don't you? I have a Red Wing Pottery collection, the ones with the birds on them.  Some day soon, I will show you my treasures.

What do you love to collect?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Moving has taken "it" out of me........

Oh wow..... we finally got moved to a "new" rental and I'm sorry to say, I've kind of lost my creative spirit for awhile! I've been so busy packing, moving, unpacking, organizing and "where did I put this?".... ing... that my blog has taken back seat. so sorry.............

So for now, I'm going to show you some of my FAVORITE photos from one of my most FAVORITE blogs of all time!  The blog is by Helen Philipps, and I just love her creativity, bright colors, gorgeous whimsical fabrics, and awesome sewing and crocheting talents.

Here are some more of her projects:

I just swoon every time I receive one of her blog posts! Love love love her. Go check out her blog. She'll refer to where she purchased her DARLNG fabrics.

So until I get back into my crafting, and finish getting my new rental house in order, I hope you are satisfied with some of my favorite blogs and past photos I've placed here on my blog. I promise, I will get back to blogging very soon!

Miss you guys!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Writer's block, bathing birds and thunderstorms.

Hi friends....... you may wonder what I've been up to this summer? I haven't posted for 5 weeks! That's not like me.  Where have I been you say. Did I fall off the face of the earth?

I suppose it's not unusual for some bloggers to only post once a month or so in the summer, but I was posting every week or sometimes 2 or 3 times a week! What happened you may ask?
I'm stuck..... totally stuck.  I think I must have "writer's block"!  So here goes... a totally jumbled blog in no particular order.... just trying to get my "mojo" back.

I've been trying to do a blog post for the last month but the words just won't come! I've taken pictures to post, produced some "crafty" projects, and watched tons of YouTube videos. I can't seem to get inspired. My mojo took a hike.  I can't seem to be witty and funny. I don't FEEL witty and funny.  I can't even think of another WORD for witty... or funny! The words are stuck somewhere "out there". In one paragraph, other bloggers can be more witty and funny and entertaining that I can even THINK about being right now! What I think and write seems so dull and boring and mundane (to me anyway). 

 I have my blog open right now, and am writing my post and gotten this far, so hope I can get it finished.  I feel prickly and stickery like the "bunch grass" above. At a loss for words. Can't find a word in my brain to express what I want to say. I was trying to find another word for "bunch" so I could say 'I feel like a _______(word?) of bunch grass', but do you think I could come up with another word from my brain for "bunch"???? No!

So I guess I'll say I feel like a wad of bunch grass. That's the only word I can think of!

Swaying in the wind.... that's me..... with nowhere to go.
Well........I may have sort of an excuse for not writing or being inspired to write. We have been house hunting for FIVE months! Yes five!...... I think we've looked at over 100 houses here in La Pine! We've even looked in other towns within a 50 miles radius.  I think my brain has become frazzled.

We still haven't found the "just right" place for us, and we took a risk and didn't sign another 1 year lease where we rent now, and we have been given notice to move out by October 5th!  So we are packing up our house WITH NOWHERE TO GO at this time. Life can be so interesting and full of challenges, can't it????

My brain is stuffed FULL of house hunting facts, figures, equations, pictures, data, emails, websites (Trulia, Realtor.com, Remax), documents, scans, statements, information, and everything else that goes along with looking at houses and obtaining a home loan.  So I guess I've earned a little "brain fade" these last few weeks. 

And I think I've earned the fact that I feel a little worn out, overwhelmed and crazy!

Yes, we've even had some rain!
And the birds love taking baths in the rain:

So I decided, to maybe get me started posting again, (even though we STILL haven't found a house to buy that fits us or that we're emotionally attached to), I would just post a few pictures I've taken in the last few months. 

We had a beautiful rainbow last May.

I wanted to post photos of our gorgeous flowers (like every other blogger seems to be doing these days), but guess what? we don't have any flowers this year! Who has time to plant flowers when they're house hunting every day? We only have a few little perennials that came up all by themselves that survived our last winter's 32 degrees below zero temperatures! 

The chives that run wild in my front flower bed did make an appearance though, and what a lovely appearance:

Chives did put on quite a show for a couple of months.
And actually, ONE of my flowers also did make an appearance.... my Crocosmia bulbs that I brought from our house in Washougal.... and they survived our 32 below temperatures. They will definitely go with me to "wherever" we move to. Oops! posted this picture above! Oh well, it's so pretty I'll post it again.

And we've had some outrageous thunder storms and sunsets:

What's that saying? Pink sky at night, sailor's delight? Well.... no sailors around this high desert country, but what a delight our pink skys are! Everything turns pink.

Pink fences.

Pink pasture grasses.
 And then there's the gold skies.... oh so many of them during July and August:

And amidst all the thunder storms, rain storms, birds bathing and house hunting, my creative and writing mojo has blown away with the wind. I miss staying in touch with my followers and I miss posting some of my fun projects.... I haven't even DONE any fun projects, except for a few things that I saw on YouTube!  

I WAS on a roll for a few nights making "no cut and no glue" little boxes. What fun they are and I "was" going to do a blog tutorial on them, but that idea flitted right out of my brain. Maybe when my mojo comes back, I'll do a tutorial on these cute little boxes. In the meantime, here's the YouTube video by Papercraft Button on how to make these. I changed them up somewhat by making the lid shorter on the sides so the box would show more.

And one of these days, maybe once we get moved to "somewhere", then I'll post a complete tutorial on this darling easel card with a drawer, in a box, with a tiny mini album inside (that I made before my mojo took off and deserted me)!  

So gals, I really HAVE been busy... overwhelmed really...... and writing this post has maybe helped me a little bit to coax some of my mojo to come back... Please mojo... come back!  I need you! 

I do see that I'm as wordy as usual, so that's a good sign, isn't it?

 I'll try to post again in a few days (or weeks?). 

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