29 October, 2012

~Reminder: Thanksgiving Giveaway~

'Just a reminder that my ~Thanksgiving Giveaway~ is open till 10PM CST 15 November. There are actually two gifts in this giveaway. Y'all be sure to enter; who knows? you may be the winner! The weather here in Alabama is much colder. We've heard that a gigantic pre-winter storm is headed for the eastern seaboard, so Alabama may get some of its after effects.

26 October, 2012

♥Happy 2nd Birthday, Homespun Hannah's Blog! ♥

Wow! Its was two years ago today that I started this blog. My, how time does fly. Thanks to all of you for following and for all the lovely comments. From 1 to 130+ Followers in two years is really inspiring and wonderful. Blogging is such a great way for me to communicate, especially since becoming disabled. You all really make my days happy and bright. Love and thanks to you all. Go on over to my ~Thanksgiving Giveaway~ going on now. Also stay tuned for my first Ornie Swap, coming soon!

25 October, 2012

⚜ Thanksgiving Giveaway! ⚜

Autumn is my favorite season. This little homespun cross-stitched pillow along with a 5X7 green crackled frame and fabric mat are up for giveaway. Two extra items are also included. To enter:
● Must be a Follower via GFC or Linky Followers, and live within the contiguous US, due to shipping costs.
● Must have a family-friendly active blog, meaning you have posted in the last two months.
● Comment on this post that you want to be entered.
*For a second entry, left-click the image above for a sidebar-sized image. Save and put on your blog, linked to this post: homespunhannahblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/thanksgiving-giveaway.html. If you do this, mention so in your comment* Ends 15 November, 2012 at 10PM CST. Winner to be drawn from a hat. Upon entering, you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to this blog's complete Giveaway Rules on this page: Giveaway Rules.

22 October, 2012

A visit from granddaughter & family

My lovely granddaughter Macey and her parents [my daughter and son-in-law] came to visit mother and me on Saturday. We were so glad to see them. Macey is walking, and really had herself a great time. We dined at Cracker Barrel courtesy of my son-in-law, and then my daughter went shopping. She got three pretty dresses for Macey at a local boutique. Isn't this photo of Macey adorable? Yes, I really am a "doting grandma" ♥

17 October, 2012

~Why optimize images?~

Why optimize web images? There are several reasons. One is because larger size bytes take longer to load in the browser. We don't want people to leave our blog/site because it takes too long to load. Optimizing solves that problem by compressing images into smaller bytes. Here is a great method for getting the best images: First, use a system such as: Pixlr to edit the image. Selecting "auto color" or "auto contrast" can make the image brighter. Selecting a slight amount "sharpen" will sometimes help. Do this editing before optimizing, or the image may end up blurry. One great free and quick optimizer is here: Website Planet. Their site also has an easy favicon generator. (That's the image in the browser. This blog's is a little sewing machine). The above photo is a comparison of two jumpers that I designed and made while an undergrad: one view is optimized and the other is not. 'See how much clearer and brighter the optimized image on the right side is?

13 October, 2012

~ Gifts from Laura at Rhodes Creations ~

Laura at Rhodes Creations offered prizes to the first five who commented on her post when she passed 100 followers. I also won for guessing what type of cuisine she and her husband had for their anniversary: Mexican. The photo above is of all of the nice gifts that Laura sent to me. There is a darling snowman ornie, a pretty candle light, and a sugar cookie candle tart. These are all beautiful items! Many thanks to you, Laura. Now I know I am spoiled, lol! If you haven't already, go check-out Laura's blogs and her Etsy shoppe.

12 October, 2012

~ Tips for safe blogging ~

Hello friends! Something sad that I just read is that another blogging friend has had a lot of her content stolen! When will this madness [crime] end? In the past, I have made posts with tips for we bloggers to protect our content and identities.

'Time for some more tips. Last May, I posted about "mailto:" links and contact forms. That post is here: Contacting Me ⚘. In addition to that, here are some more tips:
● 1. Our RSS feeds can be set to show only the text and not the post images. To set this, go to the Settings, then to "other". Where it says "Blog feed", choose "short".
● 2. Add a No-Right-Click code to your blog. If they then try to right-click your text or images, there will be no result. (While it will stop people from grabbing a button code, it won't stop them from left-clicking and saving to their own computer and then linking back to your blog. Look at my Grab Button in this blog's right sidebar. It is left-clickable). The No-Right-Click code goes in Layout in a html gadget, and then place the gadget where you want it, in a sidebar or near the lower area of Layout [not in the blog post]. Go here to get the code for your blog: No-Right-Click Code.
● 3. Link all of your images to their sources. If the source is your own work, then link it right back to your home page. This will also stop them from dragging to the browser. If they do try, they will then just be directed to the source instead of to the image. Left-click any of my post images to see this action.
● Since Picnik closed, there is a great free place to edit images that requires no registration or downloading any applications. Visit: Pic Monkey . It's really simple, with many photo options.

I really hope that you all find my tips helpful. Comment on this post with any questions. Blessings and safe blogging to all!

09 October, 2012

~Autumn Door Wreath 2012~

This is our Autumn door wreath. I made it some years ago. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. They remind me of warmer weather. The plaid ribbon and the "leafy" ribbon are in luscious seasonal shades of orange, mustard, avocado, and burgundy. This is a large wreath, as the photo shows. Decorating doors is one of my favorite hobbies. Do any of you also enjoy decorating your doors for the seasons? Prim blessings to all.

Linking up with: ~Funky Junk Interiors' SNS 156 Link Party~

~SHOW-licious' Sunday Craft Showcase #4~

04 October, 2012

Little prim serving tray

This is a little unfinished serving tray that I found on sale at Hobby Lobby. It was actually in a set of three. Some varnish in Brown Walnut made this medium-sized one perfect for my TV remotes. 'Something small and easy to do.

Linking up with: ~SHOW-licious' Sunday Craft Showcase #2~

~Funky Junk Interiors' SNS 158 Link Party~

02 October, 2012

*Please vote for my blog*

Folk Magazine is a really great, informative publication. It is worth checking-out. Please go there via the above image and comment, stating that you vote for #33 Our Autumn Dining Room (it's my entry). The entry with the most votes will win a subscription to Folk Magazine. Thank you all very much. Folk's Linky Party ends tomorrow on 03 October. Voting ends on 10 October.

~Autumn Decorating Linky Party~

Are you decorating for Autumn? If so, please sign up on this new Linky Party. There are so many lovely blogs out there, many displaying their beautiful decorating. This is a great way to find new blogs, as well as to help others to find your own blog. Left-click the post image for a sidebar-sized button and link to this post, or add a text link to this post, please, to help others find this Party. As long as the blog is family-friendly, let the linking begin!