Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Project Recycled ~ Week 1...

It may look like I haven't done much sewing this month, but I've been busy sewing behind the scenes. Robin, from the T-Shirt Diaries, is running Project Recycled and I'm one of the contestants.


Each week we have to make an item, using recycled materials. This week's project was a wildcard... we could make whatever we wanted, as long as it was using recycled materials.

Do you want to know what I've made for Round One? I'd like to tell you, but I can't. The rules stipulate, that we are not allowed to post any pictures of our projects anywhere on the Internet, nor can we even say what we have been up to. So, hard as it is for me, I have to keep my project a secret.

What's the point in that, I hear you ask? Well, as with most contests, voting will determine the winner. So, you will get to see my project. You just won't know which one it is.

Next week will see a new round of projects, but sadly, with one contestant missing. Each week there will be one less contestant, until the last week when the remaining two will compete for the honour of winning.

Voting is open now. You can vote once a day for your favourite project, with voting closing this Friday. Head on over, take a look and cast your vote...

Vote for your favourite Recycled Project here...


... Pam

Monday, 30 January 2012

Rag Rug...


Here are the materials for my latest project. Looks a bit of a mess doesn't it!!! There are three old tablecloths in that pile.


I should have taken photos of the three old tablecloths, but you can get an idea from the strips above. I'm guessing that the bottom fabric is cotton or maybe a cotton blend. The second one is a seersucker. I don't know what the blue fabric is, but it's much heavier than the other two and that tablecloth cost considerably more when I purchased it many years ago.

I'm joining in with Jodie, over at Ric Rac for her Rag Rug Along. This is all new to me as I've never made a rug of any description. I've just been over to the Rag Rug Along Flickr group. Do I have a lot to learn about rag rug making.

I started my rug before I looked at the Flickr photos and I'm glad I did, otherwise I might have been somewhat overwhelmed. Have you ever heard of a Toothbrush Rug? I certainly hadn't, but I've seen photos of some. There are all sorts of new to me techniques being discussed over at the Flickr group.


Here's what I've done so far. I began by tearing the brown tablecloths into one inch strips. Unfortunately, I can't tear the blue tablecloth, so I'm cutting it into strips. Yes, that is taking quite a while. I suppose I could have found another tablecloth, but I do like the blue.

I'm plaiting the strips into one LONG plait and will then sew them together. The blue tablecloth is fraying a lot. To start with, I was cutting off every stray piece of thread and was being very careful with how I plaited. I've since decided that loose threads will be part of the rug. Yes, I will cut off the threads, but there will be fraying showing.


I don't know if it will be possible to sew the plait into a rectangular rug, but that's what I'm going to attempt to do. I'm a bit doubtful about the ends sitting correctly, but I'll give it a go. If a rectangle isn't possible, I'll go for oval.

Funnily enough, I'm finding the plaiting a little addictive. Tearing the strips and the plaiting above, was all done in the one sitting. I was able to plait and talk at the same time. It's actually quite therapeutic...


... Pam





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How Does Your Blog Look ~ Resizing Buttons


Most of us place buttons on our blog:
  • to show that we've been featured
  • to show what projects we're taking part in
  • or just because we like something.
What ever the reason, most of these buttons originate from someone else's blog. As intended by the button owner, we copy the button code and put it somewhere on our blog, often into our sidebar.

The button attributes are determined by the code:
  • alignment
  • whether it opens in the same or a new window
  • and sometimes, the size of the button.
What this means for you, is that buttons will probably not line up, they will probably be different sizes and they may or may not open in a new window. 

If there is nothing in the code to determine the size, the button will retain its original sizing. Sometimes code is added to change the original size.



So, what do you do if you want all of your buttons to be the same size?
I have absolutely no experience with coding. This is what I have learnt by looking at code and experimenting. It is not necessarily the best way to code, just what works for me. As always, back up your work before you experiment with coding. (Copy the code, create a new post and paste the code into the new page. Don't publish the copy.) Here's how I change button sizes...

Look at the code and see if there is anything in there that would indicate the size is set. eg:
height="200" width="150"
You can alter the size, simply by changing the value of these numbers. Bear in mind, however, that if the button is a rectangular shape and you want to make it square, it will be out of proportion, which may or may not matter.


If there is nothing in the code to indicate size, you change it by adding code. I add the following:
style="height: 150px; width: 150px;"
Vary the numbers to make the button the size you want. Again, take the original proportion of the button into consideration.

Add the code after the button name, in the example below _nameofgraphic.jpg The extension after the button name will most likely be .jpg or .png.

<a border="0" href="http://blogname.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src=https://sourceand_nameofgraphic.jpg style="height: 150px; width: 150px;"></a>


Most of the buttons in my sidebar are 150px x 150px. The buttons on my Parties page, are 100px x 100px.


There you have it... How to change button sizes for consistency on your blog. I'll do a separate post on changing the alignment of buttons, so they are in a nice, straight line. You can read this previous post, to see how to ensure buttons open in a new window.

Should you alter someone else's button code? You are, after all, changing how their button will appear on your blog. That's up to you to decide...

... Pam


Edited to add: Thanks to Stephanie, from Toastie Studio, for the comment below on keeping buttons in proportion.

To keep rectangular buttons in proportion, you only need to change one value, either the height or the width and the other side will change automatically and still be in proportion.

To change the width:
<a border="0" href="http://blogname.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src=https://sourceand_nameofgraphic.jpg style="width: 150px;"></a>

To change the height:
<a border="0" href="http://blogname.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src=https://sourceand_nameofgraphic.jpg style="height: 150px;"></a>

This is why I love the blogging world. There is so much to learn and always someone who will help you along the way. Thanks, Stephanie!

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Features

It looks like we sew more for our little ones, than we do for ourselves. I know I do. I wonder why? I think for me, part of the reason is that I feel I can experiment a little with kids' clothes. Kids are generally more forgiving, or won't even notice, if a sewing project doesn't exactly go according to plan.

I'm determined that I will sew something for myself in the next couple of months. Maybe putting it on here will make me actually get around to doing it.

I've enjoyed looking at the fabulous dresses that have been linked up. Don't forget, this is an ONGOING linky which will remain open all year. So, if you do sew a dress for yourself, we'd love to see it.

And now, onto some features...



According to Mr Linky, the most viewed women's dresses were:
And another which also caught my eye:
Some striking new bags added:
And two cute, little girls' dresses:

Head on over and visit these talented ladies. 

Each week, I will place a blog button, belonging to the blog which was most viewed, in my sidebar. The most viewed link this week was New Look 6750. Christie, look out for your blog button in my sidebar.


Feel free to grab a button if you've been featured...


You can find the Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 

Remember, all of our link parties are ongoing. You can add projects at any time.

I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...


... Pam

Threading Your Way ~ Pillows and Cushions ~ Link Party

Welcome to the fifth edition of Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way ...

... a new link list each week that will build into a resource of sewing ideas, tutorials, pattern reviews and pictures. Each list is an ongoing linky where you can link up as many projects as you like throughout the year.

Our first four linkys have been a great success, with such a wide variety of projects shared;: tutorials, pattern reviews, tips, hints and lots of photos full of ideas and inspiration. Our Bags and Totes linky has been the most popular so far, with 104 entries at last count.

Remember, these linkys are ongoing, so you can continue to add projects throughout the year. Add as many projects as you would like.

Our fifth linky for 2012 is everything Pillows and Cushions, made by YOU.

Pillows and Cushions
Link up any posts that you have written on Pillows and Cushions. Your posts might (but don't have to) include any of the following:
  • how you made it
  • tutorials
  • photos
  • pattern reviews
  • tips for making
  • what you learnt
As long as YOU have made it, link it up and show it off. Link up as many posts on Pillows and Cushions, as you would like. Come back through the year and add more.

Guidelines for linking up:
  • Each post needs to be about a pillow or cushion that you have made.
  • Link to a specific post (not the home page of your blog).
  • No direct links to shops or giveaways.
The fine print:
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to use one of your photos in a feature. I will, of course, link back to your post, giving you full credit.
If you'd like:
  • Subscribe to Threading My Way (GFC, RSS), to keep up to date and to know if you've been featured.
  • Grab a button to spread the word about Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way and put it somewhere on your blog. 
  • Visit some of the other links. Everyone loves comments.




I look forward to seeing your pillows and cushions...

Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 



Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 
  1. Bags and Totes
  2. Dresses for Girls
  3. Dresses for Women
  4. Hair Accessories
  5. Pillows and Cushions
  6. Boys' Clothes
  7. Skirts for Girls
  8. Aprons and Art Smocks
  9. Purses, Clutches, Pouches
  10. Dolls' Clothes
  11. Women's Skirts
  12. Baby Clothes and Accessories
  13. Children's Tops and Shirts
  14. Women's Tops and Shirts
  15. Softies, Dolls, Toys
  16. Sewing Tips and Techniques
  17. Sewing with stretch fabric
  18. Quilting and Patchwork
  19. Embroidery, Stitching and Appliqué
  20. Jackets, Coats, Raincoats, Ponchos
  21. Hats, Bonnets, Beanies and Scarves
  22. Pants, Shorts, Trousers for Children
  23. Drawstring Bags and Fabric Baskets
  24. Pretend Dress Up Clothes
  25. Clothes for Men
  26. Kitchen Accessories
  27. Swimwear
  28. Sleepwear
  29. Gift Wrapping
  30. Electronic Gadget Covers and Cases
  31. Blog Tips
  32. Refashioning with Denim
  33. Pants for Women
  34. Sewing Accessories
  35. Home Decor
... Pam




Friday, 27 January 2012

Denim and Lace...


I've finished my Naughty Notions Challenge with four days to spare. This is the third challenge hosted by Rikka and Keren, from Ricochet and Away and Sew la Vie!

This time the challenge was to make a clutch bag (or a small handbag), using lots and lots of notions... buttons, beads, snaps, ribbon, cord, eyelets, hooks and eyes, zippers, lace trim.



After much deliberation, I decided to go with a small handbag, made from denim. I've added lace, buttons and ric rac to the front of the bag.


Inside the bag I've sewn a zippered pocket. This was my first zippered pocket inside a bag. Initially I sewed the pocket inside out, but hey, that's why we have unpickers. I found the zippered pocket to be much easier than a zippered pouch. My zippered pocket is neater than my zippered pouches, too.


A magnetic clasp finishes off the inside of the bag.


The iPhone gives some perspective and hopefully shows that the bag is really purse size. The finished size is 6 inches x 7 and a half inches.


I actually wanted the strap to be much longer than it is. I wanted to be able to put it over the shoulder and across the body, but it's not long enough. Initially I was quite puzzled as to why the strap ended up so short. A look at my plan answered my question. I had intended the strap to be 140cm in length. My strap was half that length. I was meant to cut and join 2 x 70cm pieces of fabric. Oh well, I was NOT going to unpick and alter. I don't think this strap will stay on the shoulder, as it's quite thin and not really long enough. It's the right size to hold as is, or perhaps to knot. So, it really is a handbag.


Thanks Keren and Rikka, for another great challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing what fun idea you both come up with for March.



... Pam

Edited to add:
There are some absolutely awesome clutches and bags entered in the challenge. Head on over to the voting page, decide on your favourite and cast your vote. Voting has begun!!! 

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Hair Accessories ~ Link Party

Welcome to the fourth edition of Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way ...

... a new link list each week that will build into a resource of sewing ideas, tutorials, pattern reviews and pictures. Each list is an ongoing linky where you can link up as many projects as you like throughout the year.

Our first three linkys have been a great success, with such a wide variety of projects shared;: tutorials, pattern reviews, tips, hints and lots of photos full of ideas and inspiration. It does look like we sew more for our little ones, than for ourselves, with far more girls' dresses added than women's.

Remember, these linkys are ongoing, so you can continue to add projects throughout the year.

Our fourth linky for 2012 is everything Hair Accessories, made by YOU.

Hair Accessories
Link up any posts that you have written on Hair Accessories. Your posts might (but don't have to) include any of the following:
  • how you made it
  • tutorials
  • photos
  • pattern reviews
  • tips for making
  • what you learnt
As long as YOU have made it, link it up and show it off. Link up as many posts on Hair Accessories, as you would like. Come back through the year and add more.

Guidelines for linking up:
  • Each post needs to be about hair accessories that you have made.
  • Link to a specific post (not the home page of your blog).
  • No direct links to shops or giveaways.
The fine print:
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to use one of your photos in a feature. I will, of course, link back to your post, giving you full credit.
If you'd like:
  • Subscribe to Threading My Way (GFC, RSS), to keep up to date and to know if you've been featured.
  • Grab a button to spread the word about Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way and put it somewhere on your blog. 
  • Visit some of the other links. Everyone loves comments.




I look forward to seeing your hair accessories...

Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 



Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 
  1. Bags and Totes
  2. Dresses for Girls
  3. Dresses for Women
  4. Hair Accessories
  5. Pillows and Cushions
  6. Boys' Clothes
  7. Skirts for Girls
  8. Aprons and Art Smocks
  9. Purses, Clutches, Pouches
  10. Dolls' Clothes
  11. Women's Skirts
  12. Baby Clothes and Accessories
  13. Children's Tops and Shirts
  14. Women's Tops and Shirts
  15. Softies, Dolls, Toys
  16. Sewing Tips and Techniques
  17. Sewing with stretch fabric
  18. Quilting and Patchwork
  19. Embroidery, Stitching and Appliqué
  20. Jackets, Coats, Raincoats, Ponchos
  21. Hats, Bonnets, Beanies and Scarves
  22. Pants, Shorts, Trousers for Children
  23. Drawstring Bags and Fabric Baskets
  24. Pretend Dress Up Clothes
  25. Clothes for Men
  26. Kitchen Accessories
  27. Swimwear
  28. Sleepwear
  29. Gift Wrapping
  30. Electronic Gadget Covers and Cases
  31. Blog Tips
  32. Refashioning with Denim
  33. Pants for Women
  34. Sewing Accessories
  35. Home Decor
... Pam



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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Features

In just two weeks, you have linked up 52 gorgeous girls' dresses!!! There is just so much talent out there. I am so enjoying reading through your posts... so much inspiration and so many little girls' dresses I now want to make.

Don't forget, this is an ONGOING linky which will remain open all year. Feel free to add as many girls' dresses as you would like, when you like. I will feature more dresses throughout the year.

And now, onto some features...



According to Mr Linky, the most viewed dresses were:
And some which also caught my eye:

Way to go Sherry and Cass, with two dresses each in the top 5 most viewed out of 52 dresses.

Each week, I will place a blog button, belonging to the blog which was most viewed, in my sidebar. Would you believe it? We have a three way tie for most viewed this week: Daisy-MaeShirt Upcycle and Peasant Dress. Cindy, Cass and Sherry, look out for your blog buttons in my sidebar.

Remember, you can continue to add your dresses to the Girls' Dresses linky. Head on over to look at all of the fabulous dresses linked up.

Feel free to grab a button if you've been featured...


You can find the Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 

A new linky will begin tomorrow: Hair Accessories.

I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...


... Pam

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Bloomers...

This month, I'm joining in with Kristy, over at Hopeful Threads, sewing bloomers for children in orphanages and foster care in China. The bloomers, in solid colours, are to be worn with dresses, during the Summer months.

I first heard the term, bloomers, when I was about 9 or 10 years of age, in sewing class at school. There were suppressed giggles around the room as Mrs Club described the pattern we were going to draft. We all had visions of the HUGE underpants that we imagined our grandmothers might wear, but NOT US!!! I have no idea whether I successfully drafted the pattern or whether I actually made any bloomers, but I most definitely did not wear what Mrs Club was proposing. Perhaps I can blame Mrs Club for my reluctance to attempt to draft my own patterns, even to this day.

Several years later, when I attended High School (beginning at age 12), our Physical Education uniform changed from shorts and top, to a very short dress and.... bloomers. This time, however, they were vastly smaller than my first encounter. They were still, however, made of a very, thick, cotton fabric and not particularly attractive to teenage girls. The upside was that they were totally practical, adequately covered what they were meant to cover and everyone else was wearing them... at least, all the girls were wearing them. So, for the next six years, I wore bloomers with my PE uniform. My mother (who reads this blog... hi Mum), would have sewn those maroon coloured bloomers along with the PE uniform.


Ha ha.. the pic shows me in that PE uniform, at about 16 years of age. Thankfully, the bloomers are hidden. During those years, I played tennis and later squash, outside school. My preference was always to wear shorts and a top, but when I wore skirts, I also wore stretch, sports pants. Bloomers were strictly for school, when we had no choice.

So, when I saw Kristy's monthly project announcement, I laughed at the memories which came flooding back, of Mrs Club and those HUGE bloomers.

Kristy suggested we use a shorts pattern and modify it. Once again, I have used the 30 Minute Shorts pattern, purchased from Create HOPE Designs. I added half the length of the boys extension cuff to the legs and instead of 1/2" elastic at the waist, I've used 1/4".

The brief was to use solid colours. I really had to resist the urge to make them in a pretty print, but resist I did. Just as well, because they are to go with specific uniforms. I have used cotton fabric, but a light poplin. And, to make the bloomers a little more girlie, I've used shirring around the legs. You may recall I used shirring on Lucy's Little Flower Dress and how keen I was to do shirring again. As well as looking great and being comfortable, I just love the way the shirring elastic shrinks when I steam it.



I don't think these bloomers are anything like the bloomers of my youth. In fact, I think they are quite sweet. I've seen the bloomers Kristy has made and they are cute as.

According to the Macmillan Dictionary Thesaurus, bloomers are an old fashioned piece of women's underwear that is loose and covers the area from the waist to the knee. This is exactly the image that Mrs Club's sewing lesson evoked. Perhaps all I need is a name change...

This brings back memories of another under garment worn with our high school uniforms... witches britches. These were worn against the wishes of the school authorities, but wear them we did. It was the era of the mini skirt. School uniforms were a regular length, but they came with belts. We, of course, hitched our dresses up over the belt so they were rather short. During winter it was cold and so we wore witches britches for warmth and yes, I suppose a bit of rebellion in there as well. The witches britches were designed to show, but we could quickly adjust clothing so they didn't show, when required.

Oh my!!! What a fashion that was!!! And we thought we looked cool.... LOL!!! Thankfully, that was a fashion which didn't last. And thankfully, there are no photos of me in that fashion. Ah, but I do have one of my sister. Hmmmm.... my life wouldn't be worth living if I were to show that photo. Don't worry, Sis, your photo is safe with me!!!

I really have digressed here!!! But, hey, I've had fun reminiscing. Head on over to Hopeful Threads, and read about the wonderful work that Kristy does. The world is a much better place, thanks to people like Kristy. I look forward to seeing what next month's project is Kristy...



Have you had a look at our three ongoing link parties? Head on over for lots of fabulous ideas and inspiration. Link up your bags and dresses...

... Pam

Versatile Blogger Award...

I have been totally slack. Three people have passed this award on to me and I haven't passed it on. First was Adrianne, from Happy Hour Projects, last September. Yes, that's right; over 3 months ago. In November, Tanya, from Craft Couture by T.C. and in December, Sana, from Sana Saroti, passed on the award. Thank you Adrianne, Tanya and Sana. You each made my day.

Adrianne's blog is all about do-it-yourself projects that can be completed in an hour or less. On Happy Hour Projects, Adrianne shows us crafting that can be fitted into our busy schedules.

Tanya shares her passion for sewing on Craft Couture by T.C.  Amongst many other things, Tanya makes the most gorgeous purses and bags.

Sana Saroti is largely about quilting and sewing. Sana shares with us her adventures into the world of quilting.

Head on over to these three fabulous blogs. You'll be pleased you did!!!


Here are the rules for accepting the Versatile Blogger Award:
  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

OK... 7 things about me:
  1. I own a motor bike.
  2. I once went to two Cher concerts in one week.
  3. I'm addicted to chocolate.
  4. I love gardening.
  5. I exercise by doing Zumba, even though I'm unco as.
  6. I dislike housework.
  7. I don't cook.

And now... 15 blogs I enjoy reading, in no particular order:
  1. Amy, from A Home, Made. You just have to look at Amy's amazing Puffle Skirt.
  2. Christie, from Joyfoolery. Amongst other things, Christie loves to upcycle and repurpose. She recently shared a brilliant tutorial on creating perfectly rounded edges on pockets.
  3. Erin, from Missy Mac Creations. Erin makes the best appliquéd pillows I have ever seen. 
  4. Sherry, from What I Made Today. Sherry makes the most gorgeous girls' dresses and gives reviews on the patterns she has used.
  5. Jessica, from Sewing Our Life Together. Have a look at Jessica's awesome vintage dress, made with a pattern she drafted herself.
  6. Desirée, from The 36th Avenue. You won't believe the amazing makeover Desirée has just done on her Craft room.
  7. Kate, from My Very Own Happy Ending. Kate shares her fascinating thoughts on her life's journey.
  8. Katie, from Unconventional Katie. Sewing, pottery, knitting, painting, quilting... you name it, Katie blogs about it.
  9. Kenda, from Kenda's Crafts. Kenda makes awesome, little, knitted creatures.
  10. Lindsay, from PA Country Crafts. I have just found Lindsay's blog. She sews the most beautiful girls' dresses.
  11. Fiona, from Handmade By Fiona. I am in awe of the wide variety of professionally made bags that Fiona has made. 
  12. Tanya, from Wee Little Birds. Tanya loves to quilt and shares her fabulous creations.
  13. Kadie, from Seven Alive. Kadie's blog is full of fabulous crafting ideas for around the home.
  14. Jill, from Creating My Way to Success. Repurposing, recycling, upcycling,  refashioning and transforming... you'll find it all on Jill's blog.
  15. Terrie, from Terrie ~.~Smiling... Terrie creates the most amazing fabrics, complete with her fascinating eco dyeing.

Head on over to these fabulous blogs and say, Hello. You will find so many inspiring ideas. Again, thank you Adrianne, Tanya and Sana, for passing the award on to me. You really did make my day.

If I've passed the award on to you and you'd prefer not to pass it on, no worries.



Have you had a look at our three ongoing link parties? Head on over for lots of fabulous ideas and inspiration. Link up your bags and dresses...


... Pam

Liebster Award...

When I opened my email the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from Linda, of My Great Finds, telling me that she had awarded me the Liebster Award. Thank you, Linda. I'm always pleased to hear that someone enjoys reading my blog.

Linda's blog is all about recycling, repurposing and redesigning. She loves transforming things that might have otherwise been thrown out. On My Great Finds, Linda shows us how to give new life and purpose to these old items. Head on over to Linda's blog and have a look.

So, what's the Liebster Award? It's fellow bloggers helping fellow bloggers get a jump start on their blogs. It also encourages friendship to develop and I really like that.



The award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, to promote and encourage new friendships among the blog community. Liebster is German and means dearest, beloved, favourite.

Part of this award is to pass it on to others. Here are the rules:
  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  3. Reveal your 5 picks for the award and let them know.
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere... other bloggers.
  5. Finally, the best rule of all, have fun and spread the love!
Here are the blogs I will be giving the Liebster Award to:
Head on over to these fabulous blogs and say, Hello. It's how friendships are started. Again, thank you, Linda, for passing on the award to me. I'm flattered and honoured.

If I've passed the award on to you and you'd prefer not to pass it on, no worries.

This is actually the second time I have been given the Liebster Award. The first time was from Amy, at A Home, Made and I passed it on to:
These girls have become good blogging friends...



Have you had a look at our three ongoing link parties? Head on over for lots of fabulous ideas and inspiration. Link up your bags and dresses...

... Pam

Sunday, 15 January 2012

How Does Your Blog Look ~ Open in New Window

Have you ever noticed, when clicking on a link, that sometimes the link opens in a new window and sometimes it opens in the same window? Does it matter whether it opens in the same or a new window?

I always like my links to open in a new window. If I am linking to somewhere on my own blog, I'm not too worried whether it opens in a new window or not. If, however, I am linking to someone else's site, I definitely want it to open in a new window.

I only link to sites I like. Chances are, my readers will also like the sites I am referring them to. Much as I want my readers to explore the linked sites, I don't want them to forget where they have come from. I want them to be able to come back to my site. If my site is still open in a tab or window, they can easily come back.

Here's how to ensure links open in new windows if you are using Blogger...

When you create a link, the following dialogue box will appear. Make sure you tick the box, Open this link in a new window.



This applies to both links from text or photos. If you are linking to another page or site from a photo:
  • click on the photo (It will automatically be linked, even though you haven't linked it.)
  • click link to unlink the photo
  • click back on the photo
  • click link and add the link

There is another way to make a link open in a new window. It involves editing the html and adding the following:

target="_blank"

I use this for all of my photos that are not linked to another page, such as the screen shot above.

Here is the beginning of the code for the screen shot above:
<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tqHec9nK........

To make it open in a new window, I insert target="_blank" so it looks like this:
<a target="_blank" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tqHec9nK........

Blogger will then move target="_blank" to where it wants it. You can look at where Blogger moves the code and type it directly there. I find the above an easy location to remember.



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Threading Your Way ~ Dresses for Women ~ Link Party

Welcome to the third edition of Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way ...

... a new link list each week that will build into a resource of sewing ideas, tutorials, pattern reviews and pictures. Each list is an ongoing linky where you can link up as many projects as you like throughout the year.

Our first two linkys have been a great success, with such a wide variety of projects shared;: tutorials, pattern reviews, tips, hints and lots of photos full of ideas and inspiration.

Remember, these linkys are ongoing, so you can continue to add projects throughout the year.

Our third linky for 2012 is everything Dresses for Women, made by YOU.

Dresses for Women
Link up any posts that you have written on Dresses for Women. There will be separate link parties for skirts, pants, shirts and tops. Your posts might include any of the following:
  • how you made it
  • tutorials
  • photos
  • pattern reviews
  • tips for making
  • what you learnt
As long as YOU have made it, link it up and show it off. Link up as many posts on Women's Dresses, as you would like. Come back through the year and add more.

Guidelines for linking up:
  • Each post needs to be about a woman's dress that you have made.
  • Link to a specific post (not the home page of your blog).
  • No direct links to shops or giveaways.
The fine print:
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to use one of your photos in a feature. I will, of course, link back to your post, giving you full credit.
If you'd like:
  • Subscribe to Threading My Way (GFC, RSS), to keep up to date and to know if you've been featured.
  • Grab a button to spread the word about Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way and put it somewhere on your blog. 
  • Visit some of the other links. Everyone loves comments.




I look forward to seeing your dresses...

Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 



Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 
  1. Bags and Totes
  2. Dresses for Girls
  3. Dresses for Women
  4. Hair Accessories
  5. Pillows and Cushions
  6. Boys' Clothes
  7. Skirts for Girls
  8. Aprons and Art Smocks
  9. Purses, Clutches, Pouches
  10. Dolls' Clothes
  11. Women's Skirts
  12. Baby Clothes and Accessories
  13. Children's Tops and Shirts
  14. Women's Tops and Shirts
  15. Softies, Dolls, Toys
  16. Sewing Tips and Techniques
  17. Sewing with stretch fabric
  18. Quilting and Patchwork
  19. Embroidery, Stitching and Appliqué
  20. Jackets, Coats, Raincoats, Ponchos
  21. Hats, Bonnets, Beanies and Scarves
  22. Pants, Shorts, Trousers for Children
  23. Drawstring Bags and Fabric Baskets
  24. Pretend Dress Up Clothes
  25. Clothes for Men
  26. Kitchen Accessories
  27. Swimwear
  28. Sleepwear
  29. Gift Wrapping
  30. Electronic Gadget Covers and Cases
  31. Blog Tips
  32. Refashioning with Denim
  33. Pants for Women
  34. Sewing Accessories
  35. Home Decor
... Pam



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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Features

WOW!!! I have been blown away by the number of awesome bags and totes linked up to our first linky, in just two weeks. 74 bags and totes standing proud!!! I am so enjoying reading through your posts... so much inspiration and so many fabulous, creative ideas. It really is amazing to see the wide variety of bags you have shared.

Don't forget, this is an ONGOING linky which will remain open all year. Feel free to add as many bags as you would like, when you like. I will feature more bags and totes throughout the year.

And now, onto some features...



According to Mr Linky, the most viewed bags were:
And some which also caught my eye:

Each week, I will place a blog button, belonging to the blog which was most viewed, in my sidebar. This week's most viewed link was the Tohoku Tote, by Ros from Sew Delicious. Ros, look out for your blog button in my sidebar.

Feel free to grab a button if you've been featured...


You can find the Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 

A new linky will begin tomorrow: Dresses for Women.

I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...


... Pam