Brighten up your holidays with Stampin' Up!

Gorgeous Corner Bookmark

Transparent Gift Tag

Stocking Gift Card Holder

Cute Gift Bag

Gift Tag Variations

Gorgeous Greeting Card

These are all projects I made at a Stampin’ Up! workshop run by my friend and co-worker Lora. It was a lot of fun! To see all of Lora’s ideas please visit her blog:

Stamping With Lora

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How to be a good Twitter citizen via @TwitCleaner

I have been bombarded by sooo much Twitter garbage lately I thought I’d give a refresher coarse of what Twitter is supposed to be about.  I for one do advertise on Twitter. BUT. I do not DM people 50 million times about crap they don’t want. I do not post any tweets about things I would never click on or need. My favorite thing is to share cool finds with people. It’s what I am all about. 🙂

BUT. Sometimes companies won’t let you share cool finds unless you are “approved” advertisers for them. So I sign up and share.

So for all you people who have forgotten what Twitter is all about read this intelligent article by the awesome Si @Twitcleaner, who always keeps my twitter stream clear of  “follow/unfollow”  people.

How To Be A Good Twitter Citizen

Posted by Si on 17/03/10 in tips

To visit TwitCleaner click here.

Fundamentally, The Twit Cleaner exists to help you become a better Twitter citizen – and to surround yourself with the best possible people.

Of course, there is value to following news feeds (all links) or celebrities (no follow back) etc but here are some tips on how you can be a better member of the Twitter community.

Retweet

Retweeting (whether old style “RT @name message” or the new style) is a great way to do several things. First, it shares valuable material with your followers. Second, it’s a way of saying thank you, & passing kudos to the person you’re retweeting.

Obviously the more you retweet, the more people are likely to retweet you, spreading your message far beyond simply those currently following you. This, of course, is also likely to get you more followers.

Now, you don’t want to retweet too much (or only retweet), because also important is:

Personal Content

Just posting links all the time – while informative, doesn’t give people a feel for the kind of person you are. People don’t want to connect with a company (or a bot), they want to interact with other people. That’s what’s so great about Twitter, it enables human connection in a way that blogs & old media really don’t.

Now, this doesn’t mean telling everyone what you had for lunch, necessarily (yawn!), but remember – you’re a human first, and a content spreader or news provider second.

Engage! Connect! Communicate!

@reply to people who say interesting things. Reply to those that talk to you. Firstly, it’s polite. Secondly, it’s a great way to make friends, discover exciting new opportunities, and, frankly, one of the greatest things about Twitter.

Now obviously people with zillions of followers won’t necessarily be able to reply to every single comment made to them (much like restaurants, the rules for celebrities are slightly different than for us normal folk), but at least make an effort.

If you never talk to anyone, how are you any different from an RSS feed? Youtube, TV or a newspaper? You’re not. Besides, there are so many wonderful people out there – it’s fun! Start chatting!

Variety is important

Posting the same link over & over is tedious – and people switch off from that very quickly. If you’re losing followers, or all your followers are dead accounts? That’ll explain why.

People aren’t stupid. They’re not on Twitter coz they want the same thing repetitively rammed down their throats. If they wanted that, they’d be watching adverts on TV.

Same goes for posting the exact same tweet over and over. That’s just ridiculous. Now of course, if you have a product launch, or you want to attract people in different timezones, you may need to repeat yourself a bit – but mix it up. It’s not hard to rephrase things, try different wording & so on. If nothing else it keeps you more interesting – but also, it’s basic human psychology that people respond to different stimuli (verbal, aural, visual, mental imagery, etc). So, it’s actually smart to vary your message – you’re more likely to appeal to a greater audience by doing so.

Don’t go crazy

While Twitter can be a very exciting place to be, churning out thousands of updates a day is just going to flood people’s tweetstreams.

If you’re following 40k people, it can be very easy to forget, but 90% of active users follow fewer than 2000 people. If you include all the half-arsed dead accounts out there, it’s probably closer to 98%. If you are posting 50 times a day, you’re going to flood everyone else they care about off their front page.

I’ve analysed a ton of accounts, and it’s actually pretty hard to set off the alarms in this regard – & of course, if all you’re doing is chatting to people, that’s totally fine – since conversations with them only go to them (& anyone else following them). If every tweet you do is public though? Maybe tone it down a little, for the sake of everyone else out there. Quality, not quantity, remember?

Getting feedback

If you want to know how you’re doing on all these points? When you’re logged into The Twit Cleaner now, on the front page, there’s a link “How do I look to The Twit Cleaner.” That’ll tell you exactly how you’re doing. It’ll also give you tips on how to improve your game & get even better in the future.

The basics

Other than that – try to follow people back (if they appeal). Don’t @ tons of people in one tweet (except RT’s & follow friday, of course) – either talk to one person, or just DM them.

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I am not affiliated with TwitCleaner. Just use it and love it.

Norwegian Wristers via Lion Brand

I can’t knit for beans but if I could I would make this! So cute.

Lion Brand® LB Collection® Organic Wool

Pattern #: 90529AD

Rating: **** 4.0 (based on 1 review)

Most current review /
Write a reviewSKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate

SIZE: Medium
Finished Length 9 in. (23 cm)
Finished Circumference 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)

CORRECTIONS: None

To view this pattern please click here.

Please note that Lion Brand requires you to open a free account with them to view and download patterns. I have no affiliation with Lion Brand Yarn.

Sparkly Votive Holders via BHG

Sparkly Votives

Sparkling Votives

Make candleholders that reflect your sparkling personality. Coat juice glasses with clear crafts glue, then roll the glasses in clear glitter. Attach silver trim around the rim and finish with faux gems.

Mirrored Centerpiece

Flashy Mirror Centerpiece
Place a long mirror along the center of the table. Top the mirror with evergreen sprigs, pinecones, candles, and small red plastic jewels for an eye-catching centerpiece. Just don’t crowd the mirror — it will reflect whatever you put on it, making it look twice as full.

Visit BHG to get other ideas. They have TONS.

~I have no association with BHG.~

Fabulous Find- Ecoreminders

Ecominders Home Stickers (Package of 5)

$18

– Perfect reminder tool for home.

– Saves time.

– Includes one removable and reusable sticker sheet.

– Comes with one time use recycling sticker sheet.

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More about the creator of ecominders:

..And then a CFL light bulb went on above my head. Ecominders was something that came to me after having my first child. I was so concerned with every aspect of his livelihood, how could I not be concerned about the environment that he was going to grow up in? I was amazed at how much I didn’t know. And I find that I learn new things everyday about what we can all do for a healthier, greener planet. In creating Ecominders I wanted to share what I have learned and how truly easy it is to make these small changes in your life, at your home, school and office. Changes that–collectively–can make a huge difference in our impact on the planet: reducing our energy use, water consumption, product waste, and carbon emissions. My experience has been that being green has a contagious effect–once you start, you just want to learn more, do more, and share more. I hope that Ecominders can be the beginning of this experience for you. And you’re never too old or young to start. Ecominders Kids & Schools provides a great way to get your kids involved in being green, or for kids to get their parents involved! With all Ecominders, you can make it easy to Stick to Saving the Planet. My son and all future generations thank you for your efforts. Allison Shaewitz, Creator of Ecominders

6 Stocking Stuffers for Yarncrafters via LionBrand Blog

6 Stocking Stuffers for Yarncrafters

December 10th, 2010 by Jess

It’s getting very close to the holidays. If you’re like me, then you’ve purchased all of your large gifts, but you still have to pick up a few stocking stuffers and small gifts. Here are 6 easy ideas that you can pick up almost anywhere.

1. Tape measure. Crafters can never have too many measuring devices. Tailor’s tape or a retractable, flexible tape measure can be purchased up at craft, art, and department stores.

2. Scissors. Small, portable scissors are a must-have for any crafter on the go. For a special gift, select embroidery scissors come with an ornate design. Another great option is a pair of folding scissors. Find a pair at your favorite craft or department store.

3. Highlighter tape. This is handy for marking a pattern without leaving anything permanently. Pick up a roll or two at any craft, department, or office supply store.

4. Hand lotion. Cold weather can dry out the skin. It’s especially important for knitters and crocheters to keep their hands moisturized.

5. Special yarn. Every yarncrafter has a special yarn that she or he really desires. A few skeins of alpaca, cashmere, or sparkling yarn make the perfect indulgence. Be sure to buy enough to make a small project.

6. Gift certificates. These are the perfect gifts for the crafter who has everything. Check out our gift certificates here.

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This entry was posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 9:00 am and is filed under Community, Crafting, Crocheting, Knitting, Tips & How To .

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Last Minute Gifts via Bernat

I got this email from Bernat Yarns today and I wanted to share because these are great last minute gifts for yarn crafters to make:

Emergency Holiday Gifts!
Holiday Wine Toppers
It’s December already! If you’re falling behind on your Holiday crafting list, we have quick and easy gift ideas you can download and knit or crochet today.

Looking for last minute gifts in a pinch? A nice bottle of wine is often a good choice, but lacks a personal touch. Download these adorable wine bottle toppers to knit or crochet using Bernat Satin and make these last minute purchases stand out.

If you’re thinking accessories, it’s not too late to get started. Scroll down for some gorgeous, easy, fun, and fast fast fast projects in two of your favorite new yarns – Bernat Mosaic and Bernat Roving.

If all else fails, think about converting more knitters and crocheters to the cause! Fill a basket with yarn, an easy pattern from our Free Pattern Library, and the required needles or hooks. Volunteer a couple lessons to help the budding crafter get started. Don’t have what you need? Check out the Bernat Shop for yarn, accessories, baskets, and more.

Gingerbread Wine topper Holly Wine Topper
Roving Cowl Mosaic Scarf
No worries, the Bernat Free Pattern Library is loaded with projects you can whip up in an emergency. Here are just a few!
Gift Bag Coffee Cozies Market Bag Scarf and Hat
Doubleloop Cowl Crochet hat ZigZag Scarf LadderLoop Scarf

Remember that Bernat requires you to sign up for a free membership to download their patterns.

I am not affiliated with Bernat.

Craftiness….

Between work, sick kids, debilitating headaches and general life stress a lot of things have been put on the back burner lately. Crafts being a huge part which makes me sad considering how cathartic it can be. So tonight my legs were hurting from being outside at lunch in the cold with the kids so I took advantage of it and sat down for a minute and started a laptop cover for my new computer.

Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn Ultrasoft in Lotus Blossom

Just the name of the yarn made me happy. It reminds of coffee shop colors. I love it. I can’t wait to be able to put my laptop safely in it, protected from my 4 year olds prying hands!!!!

In two weekends I am also attending a Stampin’ Up workshop to see if a new business is in the works for me. Wouldn’t it be great to find a company I can work for and craft at the same time??? A girl can only dream. 🙂

Stay tuned for my giveaway. As soon as I can get a picture up I will start it.