Friday, August 30, 2013

Loop and Bead Clasp Tutorial

This loop and bead clasp tutorial is an easy way to give your jewelry piece a customized, unique and matching finish.  This technique is especially ideal if you have used decorative knotting in your piece. You can refer to the basic how to tie the reef knot or the beaded jewelry with square knots for a refresher on knotting techniques for jewelry making.

Beaded Jewelry with Square Knots

Fun tutorial on how to easily use reef or square knots in a simple beaded jewelry piece.  Follow along and have fun. If you need to, have a quick refresher on how to tie a square knot (aka reef knot). You will get the hang of it very easily and then everything that follows here will be so much easier as well. Desired Finished Beaded Jewelry with Band of Reef Knots Reef Knot Beaded Jewelry Tools Needed: Beading Cord Beads Steps to make a Beaded Jewelry with Square/Reef Knots Row of secured beads 1) String Beads On - Start off by stringing on a number of large beads. Your thread/cord should be more than long enough for a bracelet or necklace, depending on which you want to create. String beads in the middle of your thread/cord. Secure each bead with either a knot or crimp bead at each side of the bead. There should be a length of cord left at each end of the secured row of beads. This is what we want to accomplish: a length of square knots at each side to finish off the jewelry piece.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jewelry Clasps – Basic Types

Pictures, descriptions, and explanations on some of the most popular, common, and basic types of jewelry clasps. Jewelry Clasps are one of the jewelry findings that are most common and most essential. Bracelet clasps and necklace clasps are the most popular functional jewelry fasteners around. Types of Jewelry Clasps Functionally, clasps are merely  fasteners that are used to connect and end off bracelets, anklets, and necklaces. However clasps do not just have to be only functional.  They can be an integral part of the design; sometimes the focal point of interest. These days, there are more and more decorative jewelry clasps available for purchase.  Clasps can come in many designs, many different finishes, and made from various grades of materials.  For top end jewelry, sterling silver, gold, platinum, rhodium are common materials used to manufacture these jewelry fasteners. As specialist companies continue to produce new clasps designs, it is impossible to produce a comprehensi

3 Alternatives to Google Keyword Tool

Yesterday I sadly announced that the useful free Google Keyword Tool is now no longer available.  I have been trying out their replacement Keyword Planner (you need an AdWords account for that).  But so far it is still a bit unsatisfactory. So I have gone looking for FREE, quick, good alternatives.  These below are my current suggestions, listed in my current order of preference. SemRush seems to provide a lot of information.  On first impressions, I am very impressed.  It provides search volumes, related keywords, as well as a list of other sites that are ranking for the keyword you are investigating. Bing Keyword Research for the moment, this is my second preference. You do need to sign in though (via a Bing or Microsoft account).  This is a simple keyword tool showing search volume based on time period you specify. It also shows the search-trend of the keywords. UberSuggest this is not really a normal keyword tool.  Rather, based on a keyword you enter, it will give you sugg

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Findings for Jewelry Making

Findings for Jewelry Making Am I being picky?  Perhaps.  But there is  a difference between Jewelry Supplies and Jewelry Findings.  Findings for Jewelry Making are really a sub-set of Jewelry supplies.  Somethings just knowing the right industry label can help you find what you need faster, better, surer. Definition Jewelry Findings these are the components that are used in jewelry making; normally the elements used to hold the jewelry piece together.  They include clasps, jumprings, head and eye pins, earring hooks and backs, etc. Jewelry Supplies on the other hands includes the findings for jewelry making as well as anything that is used in jewelry making: tools and pliers, beads and stones, threads and strings, and so on. These days with jewelry and crafts making being so popular, it is easier to find jewelry findings anywhere.  From supermarkets to hobbyist stores.  This makes it so much easier for a person to start on the wonderful track of making jewelry. Of course, as

Google Keyword Tool – Gone!

A quick update that as of today, the unbelievably useful Google Keyword tool is now Gone. Google Keyword Tool has been replaced by Keyword Planner.  I can t really tell you how useful the new Keyword Planner is for planning keywords for your articles.  I only had a quick peek at it before the change became fait accompli and was suitably unimpressed. Looks like the new Keyword Planner is aimed more towards advertisers (i.e you need an AdWords account). The external Keyword Tool is no longer available.  If you want to get keyword ideas using Keyword Planner, make use you login to your AdWords account. ~ Google AdWords Support - Keyword Planner replaces Keyword Tool ~

AdSense Tips – Heat Maps & Naming

2 simple AdSense Tips to keep handy before you even create your first AdSense Ad. In the previous article, we covered What is AdSense . Now before we get into the creating our first AdSense ad unit, let s briefly cover some AdSense Tips that will make the whole process easier and more understandable. AdSense Tips Heat Maps and Naming your Ads You create AdSense units to place on your web pages.  There are various kinds and sizes of ad units you can create to place at different locations on a web page. Knowing how to optimize your ads can make a dramatic difference to the revenue you could earn. Optimizing your ads just means different ways to ensure you get maximal income for your ad-efforts. Optimizing your AdSense ads also affects what kinds of ads you will create. Optimizing Your AdSense I have personally found that optimizing your AdSense can actually make as much as a 300% difference in AdSense revenue. So definitely worth doing. Factors Affecting AdSense Revenue ad format (e.g.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What is AdSense & Basic Info

When this question: What is AdSense? first crossed my path, I should not have been so cavalier. I should not have brushed it off.  I thought it was a passing phase; that it would not be worth the effort to set it up. A decade later, I know I was so wrong. I was wrong about Google AdSense Almost everyone knows what Google AdSense is or at the very least, have heard of it.  Certainly, if you are trying to earn something from your online efforts, AdSense would be one of the first monetization avenues you will come across. What is AdSense It took me years before I joined AdSense. Early on, I did peek into it.  And found it too hard to implement. But I should have made the effort much sooner.  I should not have been frightened off with all that technicality and jargon.  It is my hope that through this AdSense-centric articles, I can make it easier for the next person to join, apply, and earn some dosh with Google AdSense.  For that reason, I will try as much as possible, to avoid tec

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jewelry Chains

Ever since jewelry making started exploding in popularity, the various types of jewelry chains have grown in desirability, variations, patterns, and names.  However with such an explosive growth of new designs, the names of the various jewelry chains are not universal nor always descriptive. In an attempt to keep up with some of the emerging jewelry chains as well as some of the standard classic, I have compiled a jewelry chains list that will likely grow over time as I come across new and fascinating chains for your craft and jewelry making creative adventures. Types Of Jewelry Chains (in alphabetical order) Anchor Chain Anchor Chain Anchor chain s origin is from the chains used to link an anchor to a vessel. This is one of the enduringly popular jewelry chains. Its variation, the Flat Anchor Chain is also very popular with it sleek and elegant appearance. Basketweave Chain Basketweave Chain/Basket Weave Chain Basketweave chain also spelt Basket Weave Chain, is named for the weave

Saturday, August 24, 2013

aside: with OnlyWire

Phew!  The social markers/auto-posters were driving me a bit round the silly bend.  Was not sure which software was posting what. Now that I have a paid OnlyWire account, I can deactivate some of my auto-published feeds at Twitterfeed.  Also deactivated publizing via JetPak.  Now let s see if OW alone will correctly & successfully publish my Feedburner feeds to the selected social newworks correctly. And oh, btw, this is my first official aside post format. The post aside: with OnlyWire appeared first on

WordPress Post Format for Genesis

This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to add additional WordPress Post Format if you are using StudioPress s Genesis Framework and a child theme. We have already talked about what the new WordPress Post Formats are.   Genesis Framework is the premium (parent) theme  I use, together with a Genesis (from StudioPress) child theme of my choice.  Here at NetWebbing for instance, my child theme at time of writing is Prose Theme. Sidenote: In case you don t know what the parent-child power combo inherent in Genesis is all about, have a read of why I Love Genesis Themes for WordPress and why so many top bloggers recommend it.

WordPress Post Formats

Since WordPress version 3.1, there have been new additional WordPress Post Formats - and I want them!  Some of the new post formats like aside and quote look really useful.  I can immediately think of uses for them. For instance, there are times when I just want to post a short update (similar to a short posting on Facebook) - but really, way too for a Search Engine Optimized (SEO) post.  And it just seems wrong to just do such a short posting in a standard WordPress post.  In those circumstances, an aside post format just seems ideal for me.  And I have so many of those brief-thought circumstances! What Are WordPress Post Formats? The supported new post formats are: aside - Typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update. gallery - A gallery of images. Post will likely contain a gallery shortcode and will have image attachments. link - A link to another site. Themes may wish to use the first tag in the post content as the external link for that post. An

Free Beading Patterns – the Beginning

Hooray but note, this is but the start of our Free Beading Patterns collection. I have started with the free Little Miracles Bracelet (by Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements).  It includes clear illustration and step-by-step instructions.  You can download it for free from the new Bracelet Patterns list. The First Free Beading Pattern This here is a snapshot of the Little Miracles Bracelet. Little Miracles Bracelet using Swarovski Bead 5000 Here is a sneak preview of what the tutorial looks like:

Free Earrings Pattern – Little Miracles

Yay!  I have been busy! (self-pat-pat). The second free beadwork pattern is now available for you to download.  Checkout the main Free Beadwork Patterns index or have a sneak peek at the earrings tutorial. This here is the second free tutorial and is called Little Miracles Earrings, courtesy of Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements. This pattern features the use of tiny Swarovski Bead 5000 the amazingly multi-faceted sparkler that is always in, always popular.  And endlessly Sparkly and Classic.  If nothing else, you learn how to make a beautiful beaded beadcap. A technique that is truly versatile and useful that you can employ anywhere. Little Miracles Earrings Pattern The recommended skill/design level is Intermediate.  Techniques employed: Beading Free Earrings Patterns Little Miracles As you can see, it is adaptable to whatever color you want and still look miraculously Glorious. free earrings tutorials sneak peek In the pdf which you can download, you will be shown the

Crystal Hair Comb – free pattern

This free pattern for a crystal hair comb is delightful.  And really, there is nothing as delightful as a Swarovski crystal hair comb now, is there?! Learn to make your own hair accessory.  This pattern is entitled Little Miracles Haircomb and comes to you courtesy of Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements. Crystal Hair Comb Little Miracles Haircomb Crystal Hair Comb free pattern Using this pattern, you can make your own hair comb for everyday wear, as a bridal hair comb, or for a glamorous night out. Just imagine all the variations you can enjoy. change the colors, change the bead sizes, use gemstones, have more than 3 flowers, have one big layered flower, have different sized flowers, add some feathers, add some leaves, add a sparkly dangle.

Necklace Tutorial – Little Miracles Moonlight

Puff Puff!  I think this will be my penultimate offering for tonight.  And what an appropriate one it is too!   Little Miracles Moonlight is an illustrated, step-by-step necklace tutorial that comes to us courtesy of Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements. Necklace Tutorial: Little Miracles Moonlight necklace This is an exciting tutorial and though it is recommended for Advanced skills level, I would not let it deter you one little bit.  The instructions are clear and precise and they offer a great foundation of learning that will allow you to expand into various projects. Little Miracles Moonlight Necklace This project calls for a large number of the brilliantly cut Swarovski Bead 5000, in its tiniest size: 2mm.  I love the Swarovski 5000 because it is available in so many colours and sizes.  And best of all, it is a star sparkler as it has tons of brilliantly cut facets.  However, in comparison to the ever popular Swarovski bicone bead (5301 and 5328), this bead is a quite

Beaded Necklace Tutorial: Shooting Star

As I said in my last post Little Miracles Moonlight necklace tutorial puff puff!  This will be my last free jewelry pattern for the night.  This beaded necklace has the full long title of Little Miracles Shooting Star Necklace .  Again, it comes to us via courtesy of Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements.  (Are you getting the feeling I am a BIG Swarovski fan yet?!!!) Little Miracles Shooting Star Necklace Shooting Star your free beaded necklace tutorial This beaded necklace tutorial looks very sophisticated and not exactly easy to accomplish.  But that would be deceptive.  The skill level recommended is suitable for beginners.  With the use of the beautifully charming Swarovski Fancy Stone, art. 4137 oval rings, the piece is elevated to the level of Perfected Elegance. Tiny Swarovski Beads 5000 in 2mm sizes are beaded in the RAW (Right Angle Weave). They form the links between the Oval fancy stones.  The contrast of the large faceted oval rings and the miniscule Swarovski

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Add Google Authorship to WordPress – 2 Simple Ways

Source: %%postlink%% This fully illustrated step-by-step guide on how to add Google Authorship to WordPress resulted from hours of working out the best and easiest way of doing this. I dont know about you but I have found Google Plus (Google+) to be amazingly confusing.  I end up with at least 10 tabs open, many to the same pages whenever I try to deal with Google Plus.  However it is almost  a must these days that we know how to add Google Authorship to WordPress. So let s start! Note: I will be using Google+ Authorship, Google Plus Authorship, and Google Authorship interchangeably to mean the same thing. Why Add Google Authorship to WordPress? Add Google Authorship to WordPress You will want to add Google authorship to your site, whether it is a WordPress site or not. But of course, that is only if you care about getting traffic, being found, and/or maybe making money online! Without any of the paralysing technicalities behind Google+ Profile and what it is, you will want to add

Monday, August 19, 2013

Freeform Wire Wrap Pendant and Earrings

This freeform wire wrap pendant and earring set is purely a result of joyful, unencumbered experimentation. [caption id="attachment_354" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Freeform Wire Wrap Pendant and Earrings[/caption] And it was real fun.

Tree of Life Dragon Hanging Mobile

There is a certain someone who loves Blues and who loves Dragons - so with that guiding compass as my guide, I decided that a double Tree of Life Dragon hanging mobile for him. [caption id="attachment_307" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Tree o...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Transfer Blogger to WordPress – made easy

Source: %%postlink%% I was looking for the easiest way to transfer Blogger to WordPress and I have found it!  The method below is especially for someone who has A LOT of posts that they need to transfer. There are tons of articles on the internet, some of them are in the Reference section at the bottom [ ]The post Transfer Blogger to WordPress made easy appeared first on

Content Distribution

Yesterday and most of today, I have been looking into and signing up at various sites that do content submissions.  I was going to say "free" content submissions - but as I found out, that ain't always so.

Anyway, I did find a few and I will post the pros, cons, and otherwise about some of the most popular ones (like eZine Articles,, Article Dashboard) over at as soon as I get a chance.

Right now, I just want to celebrate my latest news.  I joined Squidoo (again) and just published my first article: The Madness that Google Generates.  That was fun!  And Squidoo has improved so much since I was there years ago.

Ciao.  I am off to shower, a happy girl!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lost in the Mire of Internet Learning

Yesterday I had set plans - things to do.  Same today.  But each day has proven that learning can be a mire, an endless bog of more information. And very exhausting.

Okay, it might be that I am still recovering but I have spent the whole of yesterday reading up on internet marketers, affiliates, SEO, article marketing, related tools and analyses.  Same today.  Each time I think I have done with the reading, there is another linked nugget of information that on clicking, opens up another whole plethora of must-knows ... and yup, with more links.

Those are the joys and the pains of being an online researcher.  Of course it is very time consuming to read and digest, understand and analyse what the new learnings are.  It is made more time consuming by having to sift through the truth and lies.  Sometimes they are not lies, they are just OLD.  And we know, online, being OLD is almost worse than being OLD in real life.

I wish they would make every post, every article compulsory to include the date of publication.  Old information can (not always) be as useful as a soiled diaper.

The other thing that took up most of yesterday was discovering more (internet gurus') names to look into.  So many "big" names that have never been on my radar.  And some that I did know, have taken a plunge.  It is like discovering Santa is not real.  Makes one quickly cynical(er).

Urgh.  So many frauds!!!!!  I won't mention names now but I am sure I will feel compelled to blog about them as some stage over at NetWebbing - which is where I talk about INTERNETy stuff like that.

For now, bod is on shut down mode.  Nite nite blog diary.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Unexpected Activities: Genesis Rave, controversy, AutoResponder

Yesterday I had a rave about Genesis Framework and my child theme (currently Prose).  I wish I could say it was a mini rave as I originally intended.  But I found myself having so much to say.  In the end I had to take the whip out to restrain myself!

Today, without planing to, I jumped into the controversy over whether to open external links in new window or not.  That took a while as well.

Meanwhile, as a matter of personal history, the house has been racked with loud noises as we have the tilers here who are removing our upstairs bathroom tiles.  Not good.  Was heavily waterlogged because the previous owner (builder) had done a "shocking job".

Now I am about to plunge into another unplanned activity - getting an autoresponder (mail client).  The top names seem to be AWeber, Get Response, and MailChimp.

After reading some recommendations from Google but mostly from the trusted sources at Warrior Forum, I think I will be going with AWeber.

I shall continue with updates later today .....

Update and Answer: AWeber (for now). I have signed up for US$1 for the first month.  If I continue, it will be US$19 per month.

I chose AWeber because John Chow (one of my chosen Internet Gurus in my Blog Monetization Experiment uses it.  Also, uses AWeber (among many other big names of course!).  It is without doubt one of the most mentioned and recommended email sign-up/auto-responder providers around.  (I had a hard time choosing between AWeber and GetResponse).  I finally chose AWeber to start with because I can fully test-drive it for a month at only US$1.

You can have watch a little video to see what it is all about (aff link included).

Try AWeber's Autoresponders for $1

Anyway, there you go.  I will report back when I have more stats, feedback, and info on AWeber.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gravatar Avatar - wherefore art thou?

I ended yesterday's blog with the high hopes that I would have time to prettify my Netwebbing site, using my exciting, brand new Genesis framework and child theme.

But that was not to be.  The sleepies got me last night.

And this morning, I got my first (lovely) comment from Jupiter Jim and that, invariably, led me onto other things I need to attend to.

Monday, August 5, 2013

WordPress gets going on Netwebbing with new articles

Since I last wrote, things have moved along over at but my head cold remains loyal.  It even gave me a stuffed ear this morning. I feared I was going deaf.

The new stuff over at NetWebbing are:

So with my stuffy head, what should I do next?  I will go and try to know my new and wonderful Genesis framework and theme and maybe make my Netwebbing site a whole lot "prettier".  Thank goodness the Genesis purchase comes with a whole slew of tutorials.  I shall go put them to the test!


Genesis Framework for WordPress

And yes, this is an affiliate link!  I am so chuffed with Genesis, I had to become an affiliate :D

Friday, August 2, 2013

Buy WordPress Theme? Halt! Head Cold

Honest to goodness, if you call me thick today, I would not feel insulted.  Because I am thick - thick and foggy in the head with a head cold.  The big question blocking my path is: buy WordPress Theme or No Buy WordPress Theme?

Some Essential WordPress Plugins and Bathroom under repair

As part of my Blog Monetization Experiment, documented over at NetWebbing, I have spent the whole day just drafting the first copy of Essential Wordpress plugins.

They were recommended by "my" internet gurus (John Chow, George Brown) - and so I am installing those plugins in a systematic effort to evaluate how successful the cumulative, common advice is when it comes to actually being able to monetize one's site.

I must say that Blogging is easy.  And blogging is hard.

Like here now, without a care for Google or SEO and all that stuff - and I am just fluffing my hair and blogging on the wind, it is easy.  Random thoughts here are acceptable.

However proper blogging - now, that takes much more time and effort.  There is the lengthy research, the proper grammar and typos to be aware of, the double-triple checking, the creation of graphics (not good to steal!) and the making sure that everything is understandable not just to self but to a needy stranger dropping by.

It has taken me the whole day now and I still have not final-final proofed it all.  And the References have yet to be done and checked.  Doesn't it give you a headache? No? You can have mine then!!

On another more personal front - tradies have been in and out today.  Our house is being repaired and made ready for sale.  Bathrooms being properly waterproofed (the previous owners did a shocking job and water leaks developed over time.  Badly!), the electrician, the plumber, the tiler.  I have had the lot today!

Here is a quickie shot of what our main bathroom looks like.  Yup, I include it here so that in years to come, I can come back to this post and grin :D