Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Simple Solution: How to Create a Clickable Custom Store Link on Windows Live Email

Here I am fooling around for two days trying only to create a clickable Etsy store link in my outgoing emails. I knew that I could just put my store address into the signature page, but I also wanted to be able to customize my font, color, etc and not just have a standard blah, blue, boring link.

I followed all of the directions that I could Google and finally realized today that I was making it harder than it needed to be! I was creating a jpg and changing it into an html file, then changing the file path, etc, etc. To make matters worse, it didn't work -- I must have missed a step. I do need to cut myself a little slack as I did need to know a few important steps that I learned along the way. So, my personal OCD mission to make this work will hopefully be your gain. Another reminder to Keep it Simple!

1. Sign into your email account. Go to New Mail Message. Create your signature and/or store link. Highlight your text and choose your own font, size, color. If your link defaults to blue, just change it back to your desired color. I used size 18 Fiolex Girls font (because of the hearts) but in an orange font color.

Position your signature about halfway or so down the page.

When satisfied, save as an html file to your desktop. Make sure that you manually add html after your file name as well as choosing the html file from the dropbox, otherwise windows live will automatically add htm.

2. In your email account go to Tools - Options - Signatures. In the signature settings area, decide how often you want your signature to appear. You can even leave both boxes unchecked and manually add the signature that you are about to create in selected emails by going to insert - signature when you are creating each new email. In signatures click on new. In edit signature, choose file and browse to your desktop where your signature file is located ~ you will need to change the box on the right from txt files to html files. Choose your file and click ok.

3. Then, choose new mail message and your signature should be there now and forever......or until you decide to change it!


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

How Much Is Too Much? Or, A Glimpse Into The Life Of A Hoarder....

Last November, I helped coordinate and serve a Pre Thanksgiving meal at my sons' school. While the other volunteer's all sported gorgeous vintage aprons, I was immediately green with envy. I was almost taken aback that I, the self proclaimed vintage diva, didn't even "think" about looking for and showing off a fabulous vintage find.

Almost immediately, my quest for a vintage apron began. I was going to be prepared for next years Harvest Feast! Aprons seemed to appear at every turn, each "new" find more fabulous than the next. It is now 6 months and approximately twelve aprons later and my question is, "how many vintage aprons does a person really need"? I keep on telling myself that I need to part with some, but it is obvious that I am just not ready. Stay tuned, this blog may be just what I need to start listing my aprons in my Etsy Shop, Caroline's Curio. When I stop calling them "my" aprons, I'm assuming they will be listed.

Today, I went to one of my favorite haunts, St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store and of course one of the first things that caught my eye was a beautiful pink apron with dainty with red flowers...... and today, this one is my absolute favorite!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How to Create a Custom Signature for Your Blog Posts

I'm just having too much fun with my blog! My husband's translation would be *obsessed*. Due to my past experience as an educator, I feel like I am almost mandated to share my learning curve with you!

Just go to TheCutestBlogOnTheBlock and they will walk you through the process of creating your own custom signature.

I used Photoshop. For those who do not have Photoshop, try MyLiveSignature. If you are somewhat familiar with Photoshop, this should be very easy. I personally needed to do some extra research to figure out how to use brushes, how to get free brush presets online and how to upload those brushes to Photoshop to create my flourish. You might need to up download some script fonts as well. Try Refont for some interesting fonts. My version of Photoshop is older (7.0), so if you have an older version, make sure that it is compatible with the brushes, etc that you want to download.

After uploading your image to an image hosting website (I used Photobucket), copy the html code of your image. Back to your blog to *customize*, *settings*, *formatting* and scroll to the bottom of the page to *post template* which is where you paste in your html code. This enables your signature graphic to be automatically included on each blog post from then on! Have fun!

P.S. To remove the image border, go to *customize*. *edit html* click on the html, hit ctrl f and a find box will pop up on the bottom left of the page. Enter .post img and you will be taken to the following:

.post img {
border:1px solid $bordercolor;

Then change the 1px to 0 px and viola! No border! Don't forget to save your template, etc for insurance.


Monday, May 4, 2009

The Purple Cow!


I just bought this beautiful bib from The Purple Cow on Etsy! What I love the most about this adorable bib is that it is lined in soft chenille, which appeals to my vintage roots.....and the baby is super cute too!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Top 10 Signs That You Are Addicted To Collecting

I don't know about you, but I can honestly say that I am addicted to collecting! Let's see if you can relate to my personal top 10!

10. You have stacks or bags of newly acquired "stuff" squirreled all around your house and you can't remember what is in those bags or stacks.

9. You have created a "work shop" for your stuff.

8. The back of your car is full of garage sale or thrift store finds which are now neglected, because you have moved onto the next "collection".

7. You try to create a semblance of organization by placing your "stack" into a curio cabinet.

6. You greet your favorite thrift store workers by their first name and they do the same.

5. You try to make use of your collections, such as displaying your spoons in a rack, so it appears to the world like you are not out of control with your most recent obsession.

4. You move onto the next collectible, when you become overwhelmed with the clutter.

3. You find your collectibles become smaller and smaller, such as buttons or scarves, so you can acquire more without too much clutter.

2. You rationalize that your addiction could be worse, at least it's not gambling....

1. You open up an Etsy store to sustain your addiction to collecting and find yourself buying from other Etsy collectors!