Saturday, February 28, 2015

Handmade Bohemian Dangle Earrings

 HANDMADE BOHEMIAN WOODEN AND TURQUOISE DANGLE EARRINGS FROM NOTING GRACE

Today, I'm sharing another jewelry creation I made. I find making my own jewelry allows me to customize my creations to the types of outfits I wear.

HANDMADE BOHEMIAN WOODEN AND TURQUOISE DANGLE EARRINGS FROM NOTING GRACE

I was inspired online by dangle earrings and wanted something with a Bohemian feel.  These are a mixture of wood beads with a pop of turquoise and white.

HANDMADE BOHEMIAN WOODEN AND TURQUOISE DANGLE EARRINGS FROM NOTING GRACE

I love the little flower at the end of the dangle!

For more inspiration, check out my bracelet I featured.

HANDMADE TURQUOISE AND SILVER BRACELET FROM NOTING GRACE


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Rockin' the Roundup: Blogging Series - 10 Best Design Tips



It's Friday! That means it's time for another Rockin' the Roundup. We're continuing the Blog Series this week.  Last week, I shared some of the best tips for Starting a Blog.  Now that you have your blog up and running, here are great tips to help you design your blog to have it look the way you want.

If you find something *swoon* worthy and want to pin or bookmark it, please, please pin from the original source linked below to give the blogger the credit they deserve.  Let's share the bloggy love!




Lovely Blog Headers Showcase on DesignYourOwnBlog.com

The first thing your readers see is your header. Marianne has put together an awesome gallery of headers that are sure to inspire you! Not only does she give you great blogging tips and tutorials, but she has an ebook, too! 



26 Widgets to Dress up your WordPress Sidebar

Once you've rocked your header, the next important design aspect is the sidebar. Mel has a list of plug ins that would be helpful for any blogger. She also has video tutorials that you should check out, as well.



put your blog footer to use

Let's not forget about that important blog real estate at the bottom of the page - the footer! Alysia shows us some great ideas to design a footer that works for you!



50 ways to improve your blog design right now

This is an awesome list of 50 EASY thing you can do to break away from the cookie cutter mold that most blog designs have. Ginny has great tips to break the mold! Not only does she offer these great tips, but she also offers to analyze your blog in a Design Consultation!



 The flourishing abode - DIY blog redesign: Design Tips

April has a gorgeous blog and helps you create a design that stands out. This is a post from her Redesign Series which is full of great tips! Plus check out her shop - *swoon*



Social Media Image Size Guide From AttwoodDigital.com

One thing that is most important are the proper sizes for social media photos.  If your photos aren't sized right - they look all fuzzy or stretched. Thanks to Attwood Digital for this graphic. This is an awesome sheet that I've printed out and reference often to make sure my photos are sized right.



Design your own blog background using Picmonkey! www.somethingswanky.com

After you salivate over her yummy recipes, check out Ashton's video tutorial on how to make a custom blog background using PicMonkey. I use PicMonkey everyday and am borderline obsessed because it is so easy and fun to work with. Ashton's tutorial is right on!




I love me some Becoming Martha! Sarah is so incredibly creative and one of my bookmarked sites I visit quite often. She has compiled an awesome list of sites that offer Free Social Media icons for your blog. It's the jewelry to blog design with the finishing touches!


The Ultimate Guide to Royalty Free, Actually Free Stock Images | For Profit Blogging

One awesome resource you must pin is this one. Stock images are a great tool to use not only in blog posts, but also in blog design. Kathleen has put together THE monster list of sites where you can get free photos. Be sure to check out the treasure trove of blogging tips on her site as well!



27 clean + simple google fonts for your blog (for free!)

AV has put together a great list of fonts that are google friendly! Make your voice heard by using a font that you think best reflects what you want to say.



I hope you are able to use these tips to add design to your own blog with these expert Rock Stars!
To find more blogging tips, be sure to follow my Pinterest Board where I'm constantly adding new content for bloggers.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

How to Block Out the Haters When You Go Viral

Has your blog gone viral? Here are great tips to handle negative comments on your posts.



This kid has it!  Meet Brandon Bowen, a 16 year old Vine pro. Not only are his Vines super hilarious, but he's taken the right stance against any negative commenters from his vines. So, I'm taking a lesson from this young man.

Has your blog gone viral? Here are great tips to handle negative comments on your posts.

Recently, we revealed our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel, knowing that it wasn't 100% finished.  We still have to replace the floors and revamp of our kitchen island. I made sure to state in my post that we completed the first part in this huge overhaul and will complete the remainder of the work this summer. Even though I knew our floors were a HUGE eyesore, I couldn't wait to show where we were with the remodel. Most of my readers gave great compliments and even featured my post on their blogs.

Boy, was I honored!

I shared my Kitchen Remodeling post on my Hometalk page and it went viral. At first, I was elated and excited as I literally watched the numbers grow in front of my eyes!  Then I saw them....

Facebook slams, Google + negative comments, even Hometalk haters mentioned that while it was an awesome reveal, those floors had to go!

Some of my readers didn't see the beautiful kitchen (minus the floors) that we had worked on for the past 6 months! They (the haters) didn't recognize the hard work we had done. All they saw was this:

Has your blog gone viral? Here are great tips to handle negative comments on your posts.

I thought my disclaimer would prevent the comments of how horrible our floors were and have understanding that it was on our to do list. 

Boy, was I wrong! 

Then it dawned on me.  Those haters weren't reading the words--my disclaimer that I so carefully included. They were simply looking at the photos and giving direction on what I should have done right, how I could have don't it better, while they were completely uninformed.

DUH!!

I work in the music industry and have pretty thick skin since rejection is an expected norm, but I'll be honest - those words stung, y'all.  I suddenly felt ashamed of my post, foolish for posting it - too soon, maybe? Some comments were quite filled with venom, enough that other commenters came to my defense!

And it happened...I had fallen prey to their words, allowing their opinions to affect my mood and I started the mental diatribe against myself. I was shamed since I knew it was going against my New Years Goals to stop the self hatred talk.


That's when my husband gently reminded me to 'Block out the haters.' Brandon has it right! I posted my remodel because we worked hard and we were finished painting the cabinets, and I WAS PROUD! And I wasn't going to let the naysayers ruin my little success and hard work.

Here's how I learned to not let the negative commentary bother me.

1.  Recognize the biggest critic - yourself.  Not all the comments were hateful, but some even offered helpful suggestions. However, all I heard was "FAILURE" and not encouragement because I was being the biggest criticiser. I reminded myself that my blog did not define who Jen was and I silenced that voice in my head. 

2. Keep moving ahead.  In the music industry, it's often heard:


"Ignore the 'Boos.'
They typically come from the cheap seats." 

Many who can't do have nothing to do but complain.  I learned to forget the hateful comments and know that our plan is in place and I shouldn't let someone sidetrack me from the road we're choosing to travel.

3. Don't publish the negative comments.  Some think they need complete transparency on their blog. WHY? Businesses don't do it! Picture this - a restaurant posts reviews on their web page from patrons. Would they post a negative review from a customer who got food poisoning a year ago when it was under bad management? NEVER! So, why display those bad comments on your blog?  You have control over what is shown and more importantly, not shown.  This is especially important if you have sponsored posts or monetize your blog. You want to drive the traffic in - not away!

4. Defy the odds and use the criticism to your advantage.  Blogging puts yourself in the spotlight, allowing anyone to take jabs at you from the safety of their keyboard.  Social media criticism is the   norm, unfortunately. There are trolls out there just waiting to be a party pooper.  Turn your mistake into a marketing opportunity! Create a "How Not to"post, or "Mistakes I made" and watch the tables turn!

5. Kill em with Kindness. My momma always taught me that when someone is being mean to you, it's best to respond with a smile.  Don't let them know that they got your goat, so I did as my momma told me and responded kindly when needed and all else were ignored, with a smile.

Has your blog gone viral? Here are great tips to handle negative comments on your posts.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Make a Pallet Wood Dry Good Sign

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Recently, while remodeling our Kitchen, we decided to update our Pallet Wood Kitchen Island.

Create a DIY Pallet Wood Kitchen Island for less than $40! Full tutorial on notinggrace.blogspot.com

In our new home, light was an issue in our kitchen. When we remodeled, we wanted light to come in through the Pallet Island, so we removed a few of the boards from the front of the island.

 Amazing Farmhouse Kitchen remodel for just over $5000 - including new countertops and appliances! See the full transformation at NotingGrace.blogspot.com

Instant Pallet wood for me to work with!
SCORE!

I wanted to create a sign to hang over my pantry, and was so excited to have a piece of pallet wood that fit perfectly.

I tried to use the same transfer technique I used on my Cabinet Door Sign, or my Painted Recording Studio Sign, but on the weathered pallet wood it didn't work. 

 Create a simple DIY painted sign from an old cabinet door. Check out this amazing transformation at NotingGrace.blogspot.com

I followed the same steps:
Printed out the "Dry Goods" template.
Shaded the back of the printed page with a graphite stick.
Aligned the paper to the pallet wood.
Traced the letters.

Here's what happened:

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Uh, oh!

The transfer didn't show on the rough, weathered wood! I got a retractable pencil, retracted the lead, and traced the letters with the metal tip so that they would still show a slight template so I could outline with my paint pen - it just took a bit more pressure to have the letters show up.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Once the letters were traced (almost engraved) into the pallet wood, I outlined the letters with a fine tip paint pen.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

 Once all the letters were outlined, I filled them in with a full tip paint marker.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Yay!

I was so excited that it worked even with the transfer paper fail.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Once the sign was fully painted with the paint pen, it looked too new, so I needed to distress the letters.


I used 80 grit sand paper and knocked down the paint.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

I wanted to make sure the ends looked weathered, so I got out my antiquing glaze and darkened the edges and a few spots across the front.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Much Better!

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Now she's ready to hang!

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

I hung the finished sign over my pantry door.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!

Weathered and distressed.

Make your own DIY Pallet Wood Sign in a few hours.  Jen @ Noting Grace gives the full tutorial in this post!
*swoon*
I'm in love!



I think it matches nicely with our $20 Kitchen Shelves.

http://notinggrace.blogspot.com/2015/02/diy-kitchen-shelves-for-20.html


http://notinggrace.blogspot.com/2015/02/diy-kitchen-shelves-for-20.html

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For more details about the links on this page, check out these posts:

 $5000 Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel on Noting Grace DIY PALLET KITCHEN ISLAND  DIY PAINTED CABINET DOOR TUTORIAL ON NOTING GRACE





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