17 April, 2014
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08 April, 2014
free cross stitch chart: Gazette94
06 April, 2014
Contact forms are a great solution. Some are free, others are paid-for services. They provide a safer outlet to be contacted, and do not reveal your email address unless you choose to reply to the sender. Mine has a CAPTCHA where the sender must fill-in the letters/numbers in the box to prove that they are not a robot. Yes, robots do search the web looking for those mailto: links and other ways to enter people's email accounts. Not all robots are friendly. Some are spybots! Why make it easy for them, and at the price of compromising your identity/security?
There is no 100% foolproof way to stop bad people and spyware, but taking some simple measures can really help to avoid falling victim. Having a reputable security system with a firewall to protect your email, not using mailto: links, and not providing easy access to your email address are all great starts. Some people say that they have a special email account for contacts in case something bad happens, but here's the thing: that email account is checked by you on your computer which means that this method is not a solution. Using "[at] dot com" or something similar, also not a solution. Nearly everyone knows what that means. Although it is not a link, it is revealing. Moderating comments is a smart and safe decision.
Nowadays, being social on the web is very important. I appreciate all of my followers and the comments. Yet, we still must be careful and safeguard ourselves. In a perfect world, we could just not worry and all would be OK. Sadly, this is not the case. It is so sad to see a fellow blogging friend get hacked. We should guard our email addresses the same as we do our physical addresses and other personal information: need-to-know basis. It really is an everyday struggle when on the web to be social and accessible without compromising one's identity/security, isn't it? Prim Spring blessings.
Image: Twin Creek Primitives
04 April, 2014
Cindi of Cindi's Country Corner. In her comment, Cindi said that her favorite thing about Spring is, "... The thing I like best about spring is not being cold!" 'Will be emailing you in a sec, Cindi, for your mailing address. There are many new followers recently, and all followers are very much appreciated. Just think, 3 1/2 years ago this blog had only about 30 followers... Are you all enjoying some warmer Spring weather? Here in Alabama it is warmer but rainy with some storms mixed in. That is typical for this area during this season. Prim Spring blessings.
03 April, 2014
Pillow case dresses, with several variations- The Mother Huddle
Several really cute children's and ladies' patterns- Pretty Prudent
Darling round yoke dress- Ruffles & Stuff
Children's reversible wrap top- Craftiness Is Not Optional
Paper Fan wrap dress- Anna Maria Horner
Some of these designers also have patterns for sale on Etsy, Craftsy, and various other venues. We always support handmade when possible. Another smart tactic is to keep a small notepad with you or save the info via your smart phone so that you can record the pattern companies and numbers that you like and save that list for when the store has a sale. This way, you won't have to compete for a seat at the pattern books table; you can go straight to the files and grab the patterns you want, lol! Hancock Fabrics often has such sales, and Wal-Mart will honor and meet the sale price if you show the sale coupon. Looking at thrift stores often turns-up some bargain priced patterns, like the ones pictured above. Total spent: .75¢! Awesome for this week's Thrifty Thursday. These are older patterns, but still useful nowadays. Don't you just love a great bargain or sale? Prim Spring blessings.