Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: B Blonski Designs

This weeks Featured Artisan is B Blonski Designs. Unique gift ideas personalized just for YOU!!
You can find B Blonski at:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Adding Email Subscription to Your Blog

I think this is a very important feature of a blog. I will admit, I don't always look through the list of blogs I follow looking for updates. I do have the best intentions, but I don't have the time in the day to do that. BUT! I never miss an email though. Anymore, when I follow a blog, this is the first thing I do after I subscribe...look for the email subscription box. Very few take advantage of this free and easy to set up feature for your blog. I want to walk you through it.

Maybe you don't like to have your email flooded, but I'm more likely to read your blog update and comment if it's emailed right to me. This was handy when I was working full time and even more so now that I'm unemployed and glued to my email. Slowly, I'm going back through the blogs I follow and subscribing to emails to whoever has it set up.

When someone signs up for an email subscription to your blog, they are receiving an email when you have updated it - added something new. How fab is that? Instant gratification. Here's how you add the email subscription. I suggest putting it at the top of your blog in very close proximity to your followers box. (Side note: your followers box should be at the top of your blog, not buried below.)

First you will need to set up an account with Google Feedburner. You can do this through your Blogger Settings tab and then click on Site Feed.

Once you have set up your account, you will need to burn a feed. Here, you will add your blog URL. You will need to title your blog feed. This should be the name of your blog. 

After you get your success page, you will want to customize your options.  You will then be presented with a Dashboard. Click the tab that says Publicize.

On the left handside, you will see a column of links to various topics.  Click on Email Subscriptions.

Choose Feedburner and activate. 

You will then be on a screen that's titled Subscription Management or go to Email Subscription again on the left (doing this from memory). 

You will see a box of code. Don't copy it just yet! You will see a drop down box just under the code box. Be sure to change it to your blog format - Typepad, Google, language etc to your liking.  Then go back and copy the code.

You will then come back to Blogger and in the Design mode you will add an HTML gadget. Remember to put the gadget toward the top of your blog!

Save changes and you're done!

Hope this helps you out in increasing your blog traffic and comments.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Moonsong Ranch

This weeks Featured Artisan is MoonSong Ranch! Beautiful Creations by a very talented Artisan!
Moonsong Ranch Handmade Alpaca Fashion products include felt nuno scarves, western style hats, purses, cases, knitted scarves and many other unique gift items

You can Find MoonSong Ranch at:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Julia Hutchins Designs

This weeks featured artisan is Julia Hutchins Designs
You can find Julia at:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cafehandmade Feature!

Cafe HandmadeI have been featured on Cafehandmade! You can read and learn all about me, the person behind Finding Charm! Don't forget to vote after you read the feature.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Summer Getaway Spot

Etsybloggers Topic for August: What was your favorite BOOK, MOVIE or GETAWAY SPOT over the summer?

I wouldn't call it so much a getaway as a trip home to Kansas City, Mo. My dear friend asked me to be there when she had her second baby, a boy. It was quite an honor to be there. She was having a c-section and wanted photos and have it videotaped.  I do not have kids. So this would be a totally new experience for me.  

I was given my instructions from the nurse on where I could stand, move or breathe in.  And then we were off. I was running back and forth because it was hard to capture much with the doctors' arms moving and shoving things around. A few minutes later finally, we got to the cut that would bring the baby into this world. Her doctor reached in and grabbed the 9 lb 4 oz 21 inch long Sebastian. He screamed immediately. So I was taking photos of him getting shots, cleaned up, and whatever else needed to be done. He had the most unique cry. It made us laugh. He never stopped until he got bundled up in a thousand blankets.  In this picture, he's shy of 2 weeks old!

Then, I spent the rest of the week helping with the 2 year old big sister, Esmeralda. We had a blast together. Going to the pool, playing with legos all sorts of fun things. She became my buddy. I stayed a week to help out with the transition.  She is becoming a good big sister her mom told me. I don't get to go home until October to see them again. I'm sure they'll be so big. But it was a blast doing all that. And to be there when he was born, changed his first diaper and to be the second person to hold him was so special and so cool!

Friday, August 13, 2010

EtsyBlogger of the Month: Patch

This girl has it going on! She has 3 shops: 1. A jewelry shop with crystals and bridal collections 2. A vintage shop 3. A supply shop.  You could almost consider Patch a one stop shop!

Patch First Shop is full of Swarovski Crystal jewelry and bridal collections. The jewelry boasts a wide variety of genres of romantic, modern and bohemian, just to name a few.

Patch Vintage Shop hosts an array of tops from many decades. This shop is unique because many of the blouses have been tailor made. She offers tools to help find the right measurements for you and she even gives you a condition rating. So cool to have that because sometimes buying vintage, you never know what you're going to get.

Patch Supply Shop is real fun! She has brightly colored plastic boxes, handmade velvet jewelry bags and my favorite, the origami paper flowers. They're made with post its!

All her shops are easy to purchase from and so much of it can be custom. She's flexible and works with each of her customers.

If you're into blogging, she's into blogging as well. She has two of those as well. One on Blogspot, Welcome to Patch's World and Wordpress, Patch's Diary. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Finding Charm Featured on The Handmade Gift Guide

I was elated to read that I got featured on the Handmade Gift Guide. This is such a wonderful place to support handmade. I'm transitioning most of my gift giving to handmade and proud to do so!

You too can get featured on The Handmade Gift Guide as well.  This link will take you to the Guide and the process of submitting your shop for consideration.

Monday, August 9, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Jewelry by NaLa

This weeks Featured Artisan is Jewelry by NaLa!

Unique, handmade fashion jewelry featuring Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, antiqued metals, sterling silver and other fine materials. Enjoy browsing, and stop by her Etsy Shop often ... new designs are being added all the time.

You can Find Jewelry by NaLa @:

Friday, August 6, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Little Sistah Studio

This weeks featured artisan is Little Sistah Studio!
Little Sistah Studio makes the paper, makes the adornments, makes the cards! She creates the art! Welcome to Her world of creativity!
You can find Little Sistah Studio@

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