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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Crochet Baby Shoes – Baby Blues


Crochet Baby Shoes Baby Blues (CH0375) I seem to have started on a baby shoes journey.  Here comes the blues Materials Swarovski Crystal Pearls 4mm (Jade, Turquoise) Toho 8/0 (Opaque Frosted Turquoise) Miyuki Cut Beads 8/0 (Sea Foam Lined, Blue Lined Aqua) fine cotton blend yarn Size: Foot length: 7-8cm. Suitable for age: premmies If you would like some detailed steps and description as to how to make these booties, please refer to Crochet Baby Shoes How To. Please feel free to comment on these baby shoes be it advice, tips, or suggestions.  And you can sign up to our free newsletter (updated only as new creations/ideas occur).  Thank you for popping in! If unsold, this item can be found in ClearlyHelena store at Crochet Baby Shoes Baby Blues.
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Crochet Baby Shoes - Baby Blues


[caption id="attachment_5707" align="aligncenter" width="1076"] Crochet Baby Shoes - Baby Blues (CH0375)[/caption] I seem to have started on a baby shoes journey.  Here comes the blues ... Materials Swarovski Crystal Pearls 4mm (Jade, Tu...
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Crochet Baby Shoes – How To


Crochet Baby Shoes (CH0374) I will try to give some detailed steps into the making of these crochet baby shoes. While not a full-blown tutorial, I hope it will still serve you in making your own and giving you ideas for your own dazzling creativity. Baby Shoes #1 This pair below was the very first baby shoes I ever made.  I thought it would take me an hour but instead, it took the whole of the night (Christmas Eve) to make it.  But it was worth it.  There is a new baby coming soon into the world Pete s nephew, and I thought it would be a good thing to wish the new to-be-born bubba a Merry Christmas while she was still a-coming into the world. Crochet Baby Shoes (CH0374-A)
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Crochet Baby Shoes


[caption id="attachment_5626" align="aligncenter" width="1050"] Crochet Baby Shoes (CH0374)[/caption] I will try to give some detailed steps into the making of these crochet baby shoes. While not a full-blown tutorial, I hope it will still serve y...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cannot open iTunes on Mac


I am not the only one who could not open iTunes on Mac (MacBook Pro) after upgrading to Yosemite. But I have found a solution that worked. The above video gives clear cut steps to the solution. However I will just note a few differences I found on my system, in case you hit on the same differences on yours. In the video, (at approximately 1:30s into the video) he says to delete 2 files in the Preferences (folder), namely: com.apple.iTunes.plist and com.apple.iTunes.plist.lockfile On my system, I did not have the lockfile .  So I just deleted the first. Then when he recommends (at approximately 1:50s in) to go the the Apple icon >> Software Update >> (takes you to the App Store) I didn t have the Software Update.. option.  Rather I have the App Store .. which is what I clicked.
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Pandora Dangle Earrings


These Pandora Dangle Earrings were created with handmade Pandora-style (beaded) beads that would snugly fit the Pandora earring dangle. I have 3 finished sets to show you as per the image below. [caption id="attachment_5485" align="aligncenter" wi...
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Beaded Picture Crochet Cuffs – How To


Picture Crochet (my term) is crocheting with beads to form specific images or pictures.  Here I will go through some of the how-to and suggestions in using picture crochet to create cuff bracelets. How-To: Beaded Picture Crochet Cuff Bracelet I will only be going into as much detail as will give you an idea as to the process.  And I will be using photos from different crochet cuff bracelets to illustrate.  So lets start shall we? Gauge: Choose Image and Materials Michou Inspired Cuff Bracelet (CH0363) beaded picture crochet You can choose any image that inspires you. Example: In Micho Inspired Cuff bracelet, you can see that I was inspired by the beautiful design and colours from lampwork beads by Michou Design. Choose the yarn and beads that you will use.  Select the crochet hook size that will work best. Thread on a good selection of beads onto the yarn.  (You can use just one colour if most of your work will be in that bead size.) Then crochet a swatch of beaded (one colour) c
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Beaded Picture Crochet Cuffs - How To


"Picture Crochet" (my term) is crocheting with beads to form specific images or pictures.  Here I will go through some of the how-to and suggestions in using picture crochet to create cuff bracelets. [caption id="attachment_5571" align="aligncent...
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Crochet Cord – Finger Crochet


Finger Crochet is crocheting with your fingers; no crochet hook needed. I love the finger crochet cord because they are very versatile and has, to me, a intriguing and professional finish. Finger Crochet Cord How To My first Crochet Book I found this technique from my first crochet book.  I was 10.  And it took me a few decades before I came to it and finally got round to making my first finger crochet cord.  The book was entirely in Japanese. I don t read Japanese.  So my term finger crochet cord is something I coined. Step-by-Step Instructions on how to Finger Crochet a cord Make sure you have at least 3 times the desired end length of the cord. Then make a standard loop to start (as you would when you start to crochet). Having one pullable end (the 3x extra length) is core to the finger crochet cord technique. Finger crochet cord (which, at times I refer to as hand crochet cord) can be done with or without beads; with beads on one edge or both edges. An example of beaded cord d
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Crochet Cord - Finger Crochet


Finger Crochet is crocheting with your fingers; no crochet hook needed. I love the finger crochet cord because they are very versatile and has, to me, a intriguing and professional finish. Finger Crochet Cord - How To [caption id="attac...
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Open Mesh Jewelry Set


Open mesh jewelry set consist of matching earrings and pendant -  with touches of frivolous, petite crystal flowers and leafy dangles of coloured fruits. [caption id="attachment_5455" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Open Mesh Jewelry set (cc009...
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Nostalgic Bridal Necklace


This nostalgic bridal necklace is for the modern bride who is looking for a bit of funky asymmetry and a white touch of vintage nostalgia. This necklace is in white and off-whites, with a central embroidered piece of swirls and flourishes.  Featur...
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Capture Weave Pendants


This collection of capture weave pendants is more for my record than to blog about it.  These were done a long time ago.  So at best, I can only show you photos. [caption id="attachment_5406" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Capture Weave pendan...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cat & Mouse Bag – Knitted Felted


Cat & Mouse Bag is a drawstring bag. It has been knitted with 100% wool and then felted. A medium sized bag with spacious capacity. Cat & Mouse felted bag (CC0010) The drawstring allows the bag to be easily transformed from a petite bag to one that is spacious enough to accommodate most of your goodies. It has a long strap: can be worn over the shoulder or across the body like a messenger bag. The gusset at the bottom provides a natural and strong reinforced base. The cat and mouse are drawn with seed beads. The flap is adorned with a non-tarnish A++ grade Rhodium plated cat charm which hangs off a felted ball studded with silver beads. Below, I have place the Cat & Mouse bag on a chair to provide visual sizing. Cat & Mouse bag visual sizing MATERIALS 100% pure wool limited edition from UK Matt coloured and fluoro-centered seed beads Felt ball studded with petite silver beads Quality Rhodium plated cat charm APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS Full width (not gathered/drawn in): 30 cm / 11.8 inch
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Handmade Crosses – Beaded


This here is just a random collection of beaded handmade crosses I made from a long time ago. Beaded in what I then called the capture weave where each round bead is captured in bead weaving and then joined together.  The joints are reinforced later with extra thread throughs. Collection of beaded handmade crosses (CCOO54) These crosses were created under my previous label ClearlyChosen . The capture weave technique was from the book Beads Style: Cool 2 (Japanese beading book) published by Mook. Click images to view larger photos. Tip: use perfectly uniform sized beads to produce even border.
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Handmade Crosses - Beaded


This here is just a random collection of beaded handmade crosses I made from a long time ago. Beaded in what I then called the "capture weave" - where each round bead is captured in bead weaving and then joined together.  The joints are reinforced l...
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Cat & Mouse Bag - Knitted Felted


Cat & Mouse Bag is a drawstring bag. It has been knitted with 100% wool and then felted. A medium sized bag with spacious capacity. [caption id="attachment_5372" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Cat & Mouse felted bag (CC0010)[/caption] ...
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Summer Joy Bag


Summery Joys and Childhood Bliss! This bag is a bit of a child-like celebration of summer joys, going on train rides, having big smiles on the face, watching trains roll by and butterflies flutter. [caption id="attachment_5350" align="aligncenter...
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Swarovski Juicy Earrings II


Who would have thought that crystals, even Swarovski crystals, could look so very Juicy - but here it is: the Juicy Earrings with the Swarovski glamour. [caption id="attachment_5343" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Swarovski Juicy Earrings II (C...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Juicy Earrings I – with Swarovski Elements


Who would have thought that crystals, even Swarovski crystals, could look so very Juicy but here it is: the Juicy Earrings with the Swarovski glamour. Juicy Earrings I with Swarovski Elements (CH0167) For the fun loving girl with joy in her heart and skip in her step, this full bodied dangle earrings filled to overflowing with colourful large Swarovski crystals and matching with peerless Swarovski pearls, is the perfect companion on every occasion. Materials Swarovski crystals Swarovski pearls Silver plated (brass) earwires Lead and Nickel free I have lost the construction how-to notes on these earrings.  So all I can offer are full, juicy photos.  Click to view larger images. Enjoy! If unsold, these pair Juicy Earrings I can be found in our online store. Please feel free to offer some comments (below) or sign up for the free newsletter.
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Juicy Earrings I - with Swarovski Elements


Who would have thought that crystals, even Swarovski crystals, could look so very Juicy - but here it is: the Juicy Earrings with the Swarovski glamour. [caption id="attachment_5334" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Juicy Earrings I - with Swarov...
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Earrings – Art Deco Up & Down


The pristine precision of luxury Swarovski crystals and pearls is a perfect partner in the creation of this Art Deco earrings, calling up the electic and jazzy era of sophistication and elegance. Bold clean lines embody the glamour, modernity, and functionality of the true Art Deco fame. Earrings Art Deco Up & Down (CH0144) Materials Swarovski crystals and Swarovski pearls (Indicolite, Silver) Silver plated brass earwires Lead + Nickle Free Note: Sorry but this is a reclaimed posting. I lost where I originally posted it (my sites have been massively re-jigged). So construction how-to notes here are minimal. Construction Notes These earrings are made in peyote stitch so it has a lovely, flexible body. The pattern is arranged in an asymmetrical up and down look for that difference that makes the difference. Please feel free to put your comments in the comments box below your feedback, advice, tips are always welcomed. You can also sign up for our free newsletter (updated as and when new
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Earrings - Art Deco Up & Down


The pristine precision of luxury Swarovski crystals and pearls is a perfect partner in the creation of this Art Deco earrings, calling up the electic and jazzy era of sophistication and elegance. Bold clean lines embody the glamour, modernity, and fu...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Retro Revival Jewellery Set


"Retro Revival" choker, earrings, and bracelet - a glamorous, fun, and gentle dipping into the era of retro colours. [caption id="attachment_5284" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Retro Revival jewelry set - Choker & Earrings (CH0161-CH0162)[...
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Urban Rock 3D Pendant – Ocean Garden


Urban Rock 3D pendant is rocking Jewellery with Attitude! Urban Rock 3D pendant Ocean Garden (CH0102) Urban Jewelry is jewellery for the person who has Street Smarts, lots of Attitude, and often with a delectable Feminine Twist. Urban Jewellery is for the street-smart, edgy person who demands something Distinctively Different, that shouts out Individuality, that is Bold but can be Feminine and offers more than what it originally appears. These pendants which have different Fronts and Back do not need a bail. They can be worn in all kinds of ways by stringing (here via a silver choker) through the open mesh holes any angles, any way you can and each having it s own Look & Mood. I have designed this range of jewelry for just such a person.
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Urban Rock 3D Pendant - Ocean Garden


Urban Rock 3D pendant is rocking Jewellery with Attitude! [caption id="attachment_5260" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Urban Rock 3D pendant - Ocean Garden (CH0102)[/caption] Urban Jewelry is jewellery for the person who has Street Smart...
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Urban Rock Pendant – Violet Blue Frost


Urban Rock pendant in Violet Blue Frost is rocking Jewellery with Attitude! Urban Rock pendant Violet Blue Frost (CH0101) Urban Jewelry is jewellery for the person who has Street Smarts, lots of Attitude, and often with a delectable Feminine Twist. Urban Jewellery has been conceived for the contemporary individual who appreciates jewelry with a Distinctive Edge and demands more Flexibility, more Attitude, more Options, and more alluring Individuality. I have designed this range of jewelry for just such a person. Addendum: A most apt description from one of my beloved friends, Beverley Jane: “presents that overflow with gemmies and flowers“. I just had to add this in as this is such a perfect description. The “Urban Rocks” are jewellery that really rocks! It is an endlessly changing Rock for the Street-wise Urbanite who craves movement, change, structure, and funky distinction. This “Violet Blue Frost” pendant is edgy with its 3D triangular cage shape, capturing moving trea
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Urban Rock Pendant - Violet Blue Frost


Urban Rock pendant in Violet Blue Frost is rocking Jewellery with Attitude! [caption id="attachment_5219" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Urban Rock pendant - Violet Blue Frost (CH0101)[/caption] Urban Jewelry is jewellery for the person who h...
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Urban Rock pendant – Red Power


Urban Rock pendant is rocking Jewellery with Attitude! Urban Rock pendant Red Power (CH0100) Urban Jewelry is jewellery for the person who has Street Smarts, lots of Attitude, and often with a delectable Feminine Twist. Urban Jewellery has been conceived for the contemporary individual who appreciates jewelry with a Distinctive Edge and demands more Flexibility, more Attitude, more Options, and more alluring Individuality. I have designed this range of jewelry for just such a person. Addendum: A most apt description from one of my beloved friends, Beverley Jane: presents that overflow with gemmies and flowers . I just had to add this in as this is such a perfect description.
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Urban Rock pendant - Red Power


Urban Rock pendant is rocking Jewellery with Attitude! [caption id="attachment_5183" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Urban Rock pendant - Red Power (CH0100)[/caption] Urban Jewelry is jewellery for the person who has Street Smarts, lots of Att...
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tibetan Turquoise Crescent Necklace


This Tibetan turquoise gemstone necklace is a 45cm (excl. dangle) handmade chain with color-bright and happy turquoise and orange beads, finished with a large Nepalese turquoise gemstone crescent bead, wire-wrapped and accompanied with lots of little...
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Colonne De Fleurs Sterling Silver & Swarovski Earrings


Colonne De Fleurs (Column of Flowers) - pair of earrings after a girl's feminine heart. Romantic in pale pastel shades, it swings easily, and is as soft and flexible as silk. [caption id="attachment_5141" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Colonne ...
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ladybug Amazonite Necklace


A handmade Amazonite necklace that celebrates the brightness and color of summer and the little lucky ladybugs to bring fortune to the wearer. [caption id="attachment_5121" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Handmade Ladybug Amazonite necklace (CC0...
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Colourful Beaded Crochet Vest


Beaded Crochet Vest made for a delightful, colourful summery day over a tube or singlet.  Or to bring warmth and cheer when worn over a long sleeve top in the cooler season. [caption id="attachment_5089" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Beaded C...
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Crochet Chart Image and Software Bug


Crochet Chart Software in ver. 1.2 offers the feature of being able to insert a manipulable image into your crochet chart file.  However it is a bit buggy at the moment.  So this is a how-to to work around it. Note: This workaround tutorial assumes you already have some familiarity with the basics of working with Crochet Chart software. Crochet Chart software working with images The Bug Ideally you want to employ layers, place the image in a lower layer and your charted stitches on the layer above. Bug1: However often when you insert an image, after a few seconds, you can no longer select of move them.  So you cannot select and delete either. Bug 2: Even though the image started on the lower layer, soon you will find that that the image is no longer on the lower layer.  Nor on the upper layer.  Nor on any layer!  In fact, there is no way you can get rid of the image!  So when you go to print out your crochet chart, the image is also there. And you might not want that. I don t.
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Crochet Chart image bug


Yesterday I posted about the free Crochet Chart software and pointed you to where you can get it. Since then, I have spent a number of hours playing around with it.  And sadly discovered it has a bug.  An image bug. It is great that this newest ...
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

How to Crochet Flat Circle – sc


How to Crochet Flat Circle in single crochet (sc): that s our topic today. I have previously written up a simple how to crochet flat circle using double crochet stitch. That was a bit of a rough draft and one had to endure my messy, uneven stitch charting.  I now am going to employ my new free Crochet Chart software to see if I can make things even clearer.  The logic behind whatever stitch you use to make a flat circle is going to be the same. FYI: If you would like to try out the free Crochet Chart software (created by Stitch Work and now is open-sourced), you can find out where to get Crochet Chart software in an earlier post of mine. In charted image below, you can see the chart for how to crochet flat circle in sc (single crochet stitch).  I am only showing half of the full circle.  It looks a little bit complicated. One almost has to strain and squint one s eyes to figure out what is going on, row by row.  But let me break it down to the underlying repeating blocks the inhe
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How to Crochet Flat Circle - sc


How to Crochet Flat Circle in single crochet (sc): that's our topic today. I have previously written up a simple how to crochet flat circle using double crochet stitch. That was a bit of a rough draft and one had to endure my messy, uneven stitch cha...
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Crochet Charts Software – Where to Get?


Given my horrible handwriting and my even more horrible, uneven charting, I really need a crochet charts software: an app or software that will allow me to chart my crochet stitches.  (If you were looking for software that would actually crochet for you then nope, this is not it! LOL!) This post is but an pointer to Crochet Charts software.  Mainly I want to tell you where you can find it (as it is kind of hidden at the moment) should you want to give it a go. I hope to be writing up more about this software (if it works out good) when I have had a chance to work more with it. Where to find Crochet Charts software? Windows Crochet Charts software is created by Stitch Works.  However at this time of writing (27 Nov, 2016), if you go to the main site, you will only see Crochet Charts v1.2 with a Crochet Charts download version 1.2.0 for Windows Vista /7/8.  There is no download for Mac.  But there is a version for Mac available.
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Free Crochet Charts Software


I have been searching for a good crochet chart software for a long while now.  I think I have finally found one (named Crochet Chart Software) that will do much of what I need.  I have yet to use it fully but I wanted to give a heads up to anyone e...
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cindy’s Lampwork Gemstones Birthday Necklace


Saying thanks is a good way to motivate one back into a bit of jewelry making.  This was my first foray back into just that since the chemo got a hold of my fingers and nerves.  It was a bit of a question mark if the numbed fingers could do the fine wirework that I was thinking of.  But yay!  They behaved!  So Happy Birthday (albeit belated) Cindy Reed! Cindy s Birthday Necklace (CH0372) Cindy, my sister-in-law (well, almost) has been so kind and thoughtful, with her visits, messages, and presents to me before and after surgery, and during the long chemo road. When her birthday came around (and I forgot), it was a good prod for me to think of making something I hoped would fit into her colour scheme and taste. There are no instruction nor construction notes this time; just photos. And also a big thank you to Di Parsons for her lovely handmade lampwork heart. It was just the perfect colour and the perfect heart to say Thank you and Happy Birthday . Di Parsons is the adventurous an
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Cindy's Lampwork Gemstones Birthday Necklace


Saying thanks is a good way to motivate one back into a bit of jewelry making.  This was my first foray back into just that since the chemo got a hold of my fingers and nerves.  It was a bit of a question mark if the numbed fingers could do the fin...
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kerrie Slade – Neck Warmer and Fingerless Gloves in Olive Green


I think I hardly need say that this neck warmer-gloves set was specially made, with lots of kisses and hugs, for a very special lady: Kerrie Slade. As per request, it is created predominantly and virtually exclusively, in the deep, soothing richness of Olive Green. Romancing Kerrie Slade neck warmer + fingerless gloves set (CH0371) The neck warmer and fingerless gloves set is made with 100% cotton. Features 2 detachable (magnetic flowers). A scattering of the deep, royal Purple Velvet Swarovski crystals on one of the flowers gives a subtle and enchanting flash of bling. Perhaps for a romantic assignation along the leafy greens of an autumnal walk? Neck Warmer Different Looks, Different Styles I have crocheted the neck warmer to give it a scalloped (top) edging and a romantic, longer pointed (triangular) edging (bottom). Of course there is no fixed rule to this. There are 2 buttons for closure. Not both buttons have to be used simultaneously. So it can be worn snug or a bit looser, or
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Kerrie Slade - Neck Warmer and Fingerless Gloves in Olive Green


I think I hardly need say that this neck warmer-gloves set was specially made, with lots of kisses and hugs, for a very special lady: Kerrie Slade. As per request, it is created predominantly and virtually exclusively, in the deep, soothing richne...
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

How to Crochet Flat Circle


Learning how to crochet a flat circle is very useful for making crochet rugs, placemats, coasters, and even hats and beanies (for example, the crochet slouchy beanie hats). I have previously written this up in DIY - Basic Construct for Crochet Slo...
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Wee Willy Winky Beanie Hats


An impromptu Wee Willy Winky Beanie Hat. [caption id="attachment_4831" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Wee Willy Winky Beanie Hat (CH0370)[/caption] It's basic shape is just a cone.         I am using pa...
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

DIY – Basic Construct for the Crochet Slouchy Beanie


I am going to detail a template or guide to create the shape which will turn into a long or shorter slouchy beanie. This is specifically for a crochet beanie. Slouchy Crochet Beanies (CH0369) This pic shows how some of these slouchy beanies could look like.  For even more details on the specifics of these 3 shown beanies,  please see Crochet Slouchy Beanie Hats. I am finding that writing out detailed steps and over-fussy photos is taking up way too much time which means I cannot get on with other things I want to make, and everything just gets all clogged up with little getting published. So I am going to do over the top simple.  Nothing too fancy or time consuming.  Simple drawings and whatever makes publishing easier.  I have often found inspiration from the work of others even when they only provided one drawing or one photo.  So I am going to trust that this will also work for you. Basic Beanie Shape The basic beanie shape is just a cylinder with one flat circle piece at o
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DIY - Basic Construct for the Crochet Slouchy Beanie


I am going to detail a template or guide to create the shape which will turn into a long or shorter slouchy beanie. This is specifically for a crochet beanie. [caption id="attachment_4741" align="alignright" width="200"] Slouchy Crochet Beanies (...
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Crochet Slouchy Beanie Hats


I am about to start my chemotherapy. I have been told that in all likelihood I will lose my hair. While I have never been a beanie, hat kind of gal, I decided it is time I had a little venture into making some beanies. They might prove useful! [ca...
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pauses: The Blessings and the Terror


I have had a long pause from this blog (about 2 months now) as well as most internet activities.  Have been dealing with cancer, surgery, and now moving onto chemo therapy. I don't know when I will be able to jump back fully into the blog and onl...
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jewelry Pliers and Cutters


The many different jewelry pliers and cutters available can make it confusing as to what to buy and use. Here we will attempt to throw some light on the differences. By the time you land here, I am sure that you already have some jewelry pliers of...
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Crimping Pliers: How to use


Even though you can use Flat Nose Pliers to crimp your crimp beads, until you begin to useCrimping Pliers, you won't really know how much more professional crimping pliers will make your finished art-piece. The Crimp Plierswill help curve your crimp ...
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beading Wire vs Jewelry Wire


[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-1] Beading Wire vs Jewelry Wire Beading wire is not the same thing as jewelry wire. Jewelry wire is just a single strand of wire often made of brass or copper. Jewelry wire is most often used for sculpting and wire wr...
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Niobium: dream material for Jewelers


[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-1] Niobium is a jeweler's dream metal for many reasons. highly resistant to chemical attack very pure kind of metal - has no nickel, no alloy super hypoallergenic - so much so that many people who are allergic t...
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Glorious Crystal Effects


Crystal Effects, Coatings, & Finishes for Swarovski Crystals Crystal effects are coatings or surface finishes that are applied to the glass/crystals to enhance their appearance. These coatings are alternatively referred to as Stone Effects o...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Facebook Page Tab: How to add


How to install Facebook Page Tab How to add a Facebook Page Tab to your facebook page?  On the top of your facebook page (under the header) are a number of tabs which makes navigation easy for visitors to your page.  If you wanted a facebook page tab that links to your blog or to your online store, this is a how to on how to do just that. I will be using the Woobox Custom Tab (facebook app).  You can use the link provided or you can do a search for Woobox Custom Tab in your facebook search box. search facebook for custom tab Tip: Once you have done your search, if you click your mouse in the search box again, you will see additional search options, namely apps similar to woobox custom tab .  Click on that to see a selection of other similar apps that you could use instead. get other similar apps for custom tab
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Facebook Shop Now call to action: How to Add


Do you have an online store and would like to have a call to action like Shop Now at the top of your Facebook page? Then let s do it! Go to your Facebook page.  Note that not every facebook page seems to have the same feature. But if you do, then this is what you will see:   Create Call to Action button in your header. Facebook: Call to action button When you click on the Create Call to Action button, a pop-up window will appear. There are various calls-to-action you can choose from when you click the down-arrow in the Choose a Button field. Choose which Call To Action button you want For this exercise, we choose Facebook Shop Now. Next, enter the URL to your online store.  This can be link to your own website, your Etsy store, or any other link pointing to your store. enter URL to your online store Then click the Next button.  In the next screens, you will choose where to send people who are using mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android. You can choose to send them directly to yo
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Beaded Picture Crochet Purse: Moertel Fairy


[otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-1] The Moertel Fairy Purse is a quirky beaded picture crochet purse, inspired by the whimsical work of lampworker artist Melanie Moertel. [caption id="attachment_4459" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Moertel Fai...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pixel Measurement for your website


Pixel Measurement: How does one measure a web page or items on it, in pixels? Maybe you need to know the width of your sidebar(s) or the size of your content area .. or any other element on your page. That is what I needed and I found a Chrome extension: Page Ruler tool that will do that for me. Page Ruler tool, a Chrome extension How to get the Page Ruler tool for Chrome First, find the Page Ruler tool (by wrakky) and click the Add to Chrome button. How to use the Page Ruler tool Once installed on your Chrome browser, you will find it as a icon-tool at the top of your browser. Page Ruler icon in Chrome browser
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Widgetize Pages Light: WordPress Plugin


Widgetize Pages Light plugin for WordPress I installed Widgetize Pages Light plugin (by OTWthemes) because, with it, I can drop widgets anywhere into my posts or pages.  At the time of install, there were over 10,000+ active installs with generally 5 star user ratings. With this widget, you can also build your own custom page layout so that you can place your widgets. (See reference below for the widget s online documentation.) I find it much easier and more versatile to drop widgets into my pages without using the layout builder.  So I will talk about the how-to of that aspect here. Sidenote: I will assume you know how to find, install, and activate plugins for WordPress.  You can also use the references below for the relevant links. How to use Widgetize Pages Light plugin Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you will see it as a menu item in your WordPress (WP) admin. Widgetize Pages Light in Admin menu The first thing you do is create a new sidebar. Note: Don t wor
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Contextual Related Posts plugin for WordPress


Contextual Related Posts plugin Displaying some Related Posts links at the end of each of your posts will help to increase traffic and reduce bounce rate.  On this site, I have used Contextual Related Posts by Ajay.  It had, at the time of my installation, over 60,000 active installations and mainly 5 star ratings.  So I reckon this is a very safe choice! Customizing Contextual Related Posts Once you have installed and activated the Contextual Related Posts plugin, you can go to the settings.  There is a rich array of settings you can customise. WP Admin >> Settings >> Related Posts goto Contextual Related Posts settings to customize Even without any customization, the plugin will already automatically pull in related posts to display beneath each post. This below shows an example without having to do another step, just with the default settings. It will appear at the end of a post. Example of output from Contextual Related Posts with default settings Some Main Features You can c
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Related Posts plugin for WordPress


Related Posts plugin from Jetpack Having related posts show up at the bottom of your posts is said to help increase traffic.  So it is time I did something about this.  Instead of installing yet another plugin, I will just use Jetpack plugin which I already have.  So if you have the same, then let s do it! Related Post via JetPack plugin Log into your WordPress (WP) admin >> Jetpack JetPack link in navigation bar You may have to scroll down on the page that appears and click the see other jetpack features button. click to see more Jetpack features Scroll down the list of features till your find Related Posts .  If not already activated, click on the Activate link. activate Related Posts feature in Jetpack plugin Customise Related Posts section Once activated, head on over to: WP Admin >> Settings >> Reading Scroll down to Related Posts section.  Tick/untick check boxes to customise how you want your Related Posts section to look like.  There is even a preview to guide you. Save
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Monday, May 11, 2015

How to Delete Account in Google Analytics


How to delete account in Google Analytics Though this may change over time, currently you can have up to 100 accounts in Google Analytics (per Google login).  For most of us simple website owners, we will probably only ever use 1 account.  However if you should have more than one and would wish to delete account in GA, then this quick tutorial will show you the steps. How to Delete Account in Google Analytics Log into your Google Analytics account. In your Home screen, you will see a list of your Accounts.  Clicking any of them will show that Account s Properties and Views. Google Analytics Home page We are now going to delete the Charlie Brown account (which was created as an exercise for our Google Analytics 101 beginner s course). To delete account in Google Analytics, click into the Admin page. On the Admin page, check/select the correct Account you want to delete. Then click Account Settings. Select Account to be deleted In the following Account Analytics page, you can once ag
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

GA Reports – 4 Main Questions Answered


The reason we even bother with Google Analytics is that we want answers regarding our websites. Today we will look at some of the most popular questions.  And how GA Reports will give us the answers. Google Analytics 101 Google Analytics 101 Easy Fundamentals Create New Account in Google Analytics Basic Views in Google Analytics How to Read Google Analytics Reports GA reports provide Answers Google Analytics Reporting We are provided with some basic GA reports. They are automatically set up. And they can be very useful without doing anything else. As long as you have embedded your GA tracking code into your website, GA will immediately start collecting data.  Which will be available in the Google Analytics reports. Note: For this section, instead of using our previous Account example of Charlie Brown (see: Create new Account in Google Analytics), I will be referring to another website I had set up some time ago which has more data.  If you already have your own GA account and webs
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to Read Google Analytics Reports


Google Analytics reports are very comprehensive and in-depth.  Ironically, that is also why the reporting interface can be overwhelmingly intimidating to most of us. So let s get a handle on how to read those reports. Google Analytics 101 Google Analytics 101 Easy Fundamentals Create New Account in Google Analytics Basic Views in Google Analytics How to Read Google Analytics Reports Google Analytics Reporting How to read GA Reports This article aims to familiarise you with the basics of navigating Google Analytics reports and how they are laid out. We will not be talking about specific reports yet.  Rather how to read, use, and adjust the tools, graphs, and reports.  That knowledge will be essential in being able to later tap into the goldmine that is Google Analytics reports! Note: For this section, instead of using our Account example of Charlie Brown (see: Create new Account in Google Analytics), I will be referring to another website I had set up some time ago which has m
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Basic Views in Google Analytics


Views in Google Analytics (GA) are very useful and important. Now that you know how to create Accounts in GA, we shall cover the very basics of Views. Google Analytics 101 Google Analytics 101 Easy Fundamentals Create New Account in Google Analytics Basic Views in Google Analytics Views in Google Analytics
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PayPal and ebay are splitting up


PayPal and eBay split I just found out that PayPal and ebay are going their separate ways.  I can t help having a wry smile on my face, remembering how the behemoth ebay tried to ram PayPal as the only payment option in eBay and created a justifiable furore over it. There seem to be a few major factors that have brought about this split.  No small matter is the introduction of a new competent competitor: Apple Pay. You can find some of the main reasons for the PayPal/ebay split here: forbes.com: Ebay and PayPal to Split telegraph.co.uk : The five reasons behind PayPal s split from eBay As for Apple Pay, I am not sure what the uptake will be here in Australia.  (Sometimes we just seem to be that much slower than America )  Apparently we can use Apple Pay on our iPhones and iPads. See: apple.com: about Apple Pay support.apple.com: Set up and use Apple Pay on your iPhone or iPad Sidenote: Well, the first thought is that Apple would have named their new financial payment system as 
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Create New Account in Google Analytics


Simple exercise on how to create new Account in Google Analytics?If you have Google Analytics, you would already have set up at least one Account within your GA. (You need at least one Account in GA to be able to use Analytics.) But if you are like me, you might not have been totally clear how that happened.  So let s walk through how to create new account in GA. Note: As noted in previous article Google Analytics 101 Easy Fundamentals, I am presuming you already have a GA account. However if you do not have a GA account, then go to Google Analytics  and sign in with your Google or identically, with your Gmail email and password. The following steps will then actually help you create an account in Google Analytics. Google Analytics 101 Google Analytics 101 Easy Fundamentals Create New Account in Google Analytics How to Create New Account in Google Analytics How to Create New Account in Google Analytics? Remember that Google allows you to have up to 100 accounts in GA.  Most of us
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Google Analytics 101 – Easy Fundamentals


Our Google Analytics 101 series is for beginners.  They are specifically for those who already have a Google Analytics (GA) account. GA 101 series is especially written for the normal  non-technical person who does not want to nor need to have too much technical expertise and is usually short on time. Our aim here is to be able to make sense of the GA user interface, to understand some of the basic terms used there, and how to read some core reports. Google Analytics 101 GA101-Easy Fundamentals Google Analytics Made Easy Overview Google Analytics can be overwhelming and intimidating.  It doesn t have to be. We want it not to be.  We know how important it is for us to be able to track our sites performance easily.  Therefore in Google Analytics 101 series, we will approach it in small, bearable bite size pieces. Google Analytics User Interface What do you see when you log into your GA account? GA interface changes over time.  Right now (April 2015) it looks as per below w
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Delete Gmail Address – How To


How to Delete Gmail address Many of us have created multiple Gmail addresses over time for various reasons.  Every Gmail address is a separate Gmail account. You might still be using a current Gmail account but you do want to tidy up and delete all the old Gmail addresses you no longer need. So how do you delete Gmail address? Google uses your Gmail address as a login to your account.  So if you have 2 Gmail addresses, then you have 2 Google accounts! Therefore you first need to login to that specific account that you wish to delete. If you are currently logged in to your current Google/Gmail account, you need to log out first.  Or use a different browser. To log in to the Google/Gmail account you want to delete, go to: myaccount.Google.com If you already have more than one Google account (i.e. Gmail address) then you may get a Google window that ask you to choose your Google account.  Like the following: Choose Google Account If the Gmail address is not in the list shown, then c
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SEO your Images!


SEO your images How to SEO your Images In my previous article, SEO: Image Alt Text vs Title, Lumpy Dog and I tried to get through the message that your images alt text are important to you. Together with the image title.  But the former more than the latter. Don t throw away your images SEO power! The question is how do you add these semi-invisible (to readers) image attributes? In this article, I will be talking specifically about WordPress sites. Nonetheless, the theory will be applicable to whatever site or platform you are on. For every image you use, there are (hidden) attributes called alt text and title associated with every image. Images in WordPress I think that the best way would be to do a walk-through on handling WordPress images.  There are many ways to insert, upload, edit your WordPress images.  I will just deal with probably the most used and easiest way.  And probably the most familiar to WP (WordPress) users.  (Note: I am using a self-hosted WP.  If your WP is
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SEO: Image Alt Text vs Title


Are you losing traffic via your Image alt & title attributes? What are they? What is the difference between Image Alt Text vs Title? You may not care but Google does! Image Alt and Title attributes with Lumpy Dog Effect of Image Alt Text vs Title on SEO First let me tell you effects alt text & title attributes have on your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).  Then you can decide if it is worth your time to read further. In simple words, you know that SEO is all about getting found (by search engines aka Google!), right? And if Google can find you, then users can find you. And you do want Google to find you in as many ways as possible. Right?  So it is not just your blog post and pages.  You want Google to find your images too (which will then lead users to your site). This has become more important as image searches become more and more heavily used in searches. Google s powerful Image Search SEO: Alt Text vs Title Off the bat, I tell you now, Google has officially said (for now an
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Tips to Protect WordPress Installation


Protect WordPress installation I just came across Matt Cutts s Three tips to protect your WordPress installation.  So I thought I  had better look into it.  Admittedly the article was written in 2008 but being Matt Cutts, the safety information might still be useful. And needful. How to Protect WordPress Installation 1) Lock down /wp-admin/ This was Matt s first tip. For protection from being hacked.  It uses a .htacess file to be place at /wp-admin/.htaccess Me: I didn t do this.  Was just a bit too hard for me to contemplate doing.  I dont know enough about .htaccess. And I worry that should I work at another location or travel, I would have forgotten about this and panic that I cannot access my own site! My suggestion: read Matt s article! 2) Prevent hacking via your plugins Matt advises to make an empty index.html file and put it into /wp-content/plugins/ This is to prevent someone being able to hack your blog via any out-of-date plugin you might have. Me: I already have su
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WordPress Maintenance Mode


I have been working on changing themes over at my ClearlyHelena site, and I never knew about WordPress maintenance mode.  Duh! Being able to put your WP (WordPress) site into maintenance mode when you are changing themes, doing major upgrades, or for any other reason where you might not want the public to access your site is very useful.  So how does one put WP into maintenance mode? Just so it is clear, for maintenance mode, you want the public to see your maintenance page (with some message or Logo, etc.) while you (and/or your WP administrators) can still access your full site (front and backend). WordPress Maintenance Mode There seems to be a few ways to put your WP site into maintenance. .htaccess file WP built-in maintenance page plugin Maintenance Mode via .htaccess file As you may know, I usually try to find the simplest, fastest, and easiest solutions whenever possible.  So if you would like to use this .htaccess method, please see How To Put WordPress Site Into Maintena
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Google Fonts – How to Use


Google Fonts Of course I knew about Google Fonts.  But that was all I knew: about!  Now is the time to learn how to use them.  Because right now Google has over 676 font families.  They are FREE! And they are BEAUTIFUL!! You can check them out at GoogleFonts. I didn t try Google Fonts out before because: I thought it would be too hard. I could make do with what I had. I thought it might slow my site(s) down. How to Use Google Fonts There are 2 different methods I have come across.  (I am sure there are many other ways.  But you will have to research that for yourself!) I like my 2 ways because I like Simple! Two Methods on How to Use Google Fonts the Genesis way (I do so recommend and love the Genesis Themes) by Brian Gardner on How to Use Google Web Fonts With Your Genesis-Powered Website. The instructions are super clear so I won t bother writing it up. the plugin way. Specifically Easy Google Fonts plugin (for Titanium Themes) for WordPress. This plugin enjoys a very
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Force CSS Reload


Finally, after a whole night of searching, I have found an easy way to force CSS reload to happen.  Yay! The very easiest solution I found (and not a drop of code) was to get an extension for my browser (Chrome).  I am sure there must be something similar for Safari or Firefox, but I am happy to have one of my browser refreshing right now. For those of you who want a quick answer: my best (and let s not forget, easiest!) solution was to get a Chrome extension: CSS Reload extension for Chrome All you have to do is go to the Chrome Web Store, search for CSS reload and get the extension.  You just click and it will automatically install into your Chrome browser. Here is the link (it should take you to Chrome web store with the search parameters already specified): Chrome Web Store Now, if that doesn t work for you, then you might want to read on.  There might be a solution or a clue to a solution below. Why might one need to force css reload? In my case, I am working on lots of chan
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Friday, April 10, 2015

WordPress Email Addresses and Contact Form


I have just been having problems with my WordPress contact form. Which led me to the puzzling query of which email address does the contact form submission go to? In WordPress there are 2 main places where you specify your email address. 1) General Settings Under WP Admin >> Settings >> General WordPress Email Address in Settings General It says that this email address is for admin purposes .
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Where is WordPress head section


There are quite a few occasions when you might need to put script, code, or other meta tags in to the head section within your WordPress install.  In standard html page, we normally know this as the .. section. The section is where we might put Goggle tracking code, or link to a customized stylesheet, or maybe even to run a JS (JavaScript) script. So where the heck is it in WordPress? WordPress head section is not as obvious nor as easy to find as one might like. Where is WordPress Head in Genesis Themes? I am only dealing with the Genesis parent theme and associated Genesis Child theme here. (Sorry to everyone else.  Still you never know, the following might give you a clue to the solution you seek). Genesis themes are my chosen choice of WordPress themes.  Because they are so highly reviewed and used by top bloggers.  And because they have proved to be so versatile, strong and stable.  With a lifetime guarantee of use. You think I am digressing?  This is another reason why Gen
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Where is WordPress Post ID?


There are times when you need to know a WordPress post id. For example, some of the plugins may ask for that so that you can include or exclude certain posts for specific behaviours. So where is the WordPress post id? The easiest way to find it is: Log into your WP (WordPress) admin area >> Posts >> All Posts You will see a listing of all your posts. Just hover your mouse over the specific post (for which you want the post id). When you hover, look towards the bottom left of screen. A little status info bar will appear. WordPress Post ID Where you see ?post= and then some numbers, the numbers is your WordPress post ID.
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How to Change WordPress Admin Password


The quickest, easiest way to change your WordPress Admin password it to: Log in to your WordPress admin area. Go to: Users >> Your Profile >> [specify your new password] >> Update Profile You will need to scroll more than half-way down the page to get to the password area. Changing WordPress Admin Password The reason for my latest change in password was that I had to get technical help from my hosting providers.  And they needed access to my admin area.  So I created a new (temporary) WordPress Admin password.  That way, I can give them access till the issue is resolved.  And then I can change it back later. However I do recommend this article Five Ways to Change your WordPress Password  (by digwp.com).  It is very concise and clear.  And helpful.  And it will cover other situations when you might be needing or wanting to change your WordPress admin password.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WordPress Static Front Page vs Blog Posts


Static Front Page vs Blog Posts By default, WordPress will display blogs as the main (front/home/landing) page for your site.  The latest, most recent blog post will be at the top.  So what do you do if you want to have a static front page (sometimes called Splash page) as the main landing page and how do you then get to your (formerly default) reverse chronological blog posts? That is where we have to know difference between Static Front Page vs Blog Posts. I have been getting muddled doing some Googling on WP (WordPress) front-page, home page, index page, etc.  Obviously there seems to be more than one way to do this.  My example below is the simplest I can work out.  And it works for me. Static Front Page vs Blog Posts Aim: to have a static splash page as main landing page when someone types in my domain name.  To have a link that will take user to the (formerly default) reverse chronological list of blog posts. I am using my site ClearlyHelena.com as an example.  Before
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Beaded Picture Crochet – Flared Retro Geometrics Cuff


Today we have a beaded picture crochet cuff bracelet. It is based on a variation of the previous Retro Geometrics bracelet (CH0366). Beaded Picture Crochet Cuff Bracelet (CH0367) This is one of the advantages of having carefully graphed the first pattern. Even by varying the colours alone, the result can be quite different. RetroGeometrics Beaded Picture Crochet Cuff Bracelet (CH0366) In the previous beaded picture crochet cuff bracelet (CH0366), I utilized version 2 of the graphs shown. For the current cuff bracelet, I used version 1 (pic on left above). Of course the top beaded edgings and the very flared frills at the lower end help create a totally different look, feel, and aura to the whole piece. Size (small) Materials Strong polyester crochet thread; approximately 0.3mm dia Czech & Japanese seed beads (11/0; 8/0; hex beads ) Miyuki drop beads (Crystal AB) Antique Brass Magnetic snap clasp g35
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Beaded Picture Crochet - Flared Retro Geometrics Cuff


Today we have a beaded picture crochet cuff bracelet. It is based on a variation of the previous Retro Geometrics bracelet (CH0366). [caption id="attachment_4209" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Beaded Picture Crochet Cuff Bracelet (CH0367)[/cap...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

DNS Checker


Handy DNS checker to quickly determine propagation status of changes to your DNS records. I have just been involved with the much avoided but inevitable changing of hosting providers. Even from October of last year, I have been meaning to do the big (and scary) move as I mentioned in Exabytes Hosting Bye Bye. But while I have just moved to a new hosting provider, I will not be talking about that much here.  Not until I have had some time with them.  That way I can make better comments and recommendations. What I do want to talk about is the useful DNS checker I just found. As some of you may know, when you change hosting providers, you will have to point your domain name(s) to the new provider s nameservers.  And that the propagation of your domain name may take up to 48 hours.  But is there a quicker way to check up on the process?  After all, your new domain name pointers might have resolved faster than the 48 hours. The answer is Yes. You can go to https://www.whatsmydns.net/
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Beaded Picture Crochet – Retro Geometric Shapes


RetroGeometrics Beaded Picture Crochet Cuff Bracelet (CH0366) Sarong Girl comments: You know, beaded picture crochet does not have to be just flat and all in a piece.  Here we experiment with creating holes in the work.  These can then be raised or otherwise treated to create multi-textured points of interest.  Here I have used variously sized chaton montees to create this texture and dimension.  And yes, you know me well .. to throw in that irresistible shameless sparkle! And if you are night party person you must remember to wear it out.  It really sparkles then.  And  you can wear it with long sleeves (so it peeks out) or with short sleevers or with no sleeves or (ahem) even when topless! Background History to Beaded Picture Crochet Retro Geometrics src: Agda Österberg; Flat Weave Wool Rug, 1960s found on marahoffman.tumbler.com
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Beaded Picture Crochet - Retro Geometric Shapes


[caption id="attachment_4180" align="aligncenter" width="1012"] RetroGeometrics - Beaded Picture Crochet Cuff Bracelet (CH0366)[/caption] SG story: You know, beaded picture crochet does not have to be just flat and all in a piece.  Here we ex...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WordPress Portfolio Projects


What is WordPress Portfolio and How to Use it? To use the Portfolio feature, you first need to enable it. Settings >> Writing >> Your Custom Content Types >> (tick) Enable Portfolio Projects for this site >> Save Changes Where to enable WordPress Projects
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Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Make WordPress Site Private


I am having some private thoughts so it got me asking: how do I make my WordPress site private? The preliminary questions are: Do you want to make your entire WordPress site private? or Do you only want to make specific pages/posts private? Let s deal with this a step at a time. Note: This article on how to make WordPress Private is for self-hosted WP (WordPress) installations. Those who are hosted with WordPress.com already have a means of making their entire site private in their Settings >> Reading page. How to Make Entire WordPress Site Private At this time of writing, there does not seem to be a simple, innate way to make your self-hosted WordPress site private. However, there is a plugin.  Private Only plugin seems to be widely used, with high user ratings, and well recommended. I won t go into the details of this plugin.  That is because I found a simple, well-written, succinct, & recommended article that already sufficiently covers what we might need to know: How to Make a W
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Colour & Frills Cuff Bracelet – Beaded Picture Crochet


Colour & Frills Cuff Bracelet Technique: beaded picture-crochet Colour & Frills Cuff Bracelet (CH0365) Today s posting is more about the photos and less yakkety-yak. As always, for more details & larger photos, click on each of the inline photos.
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Colour & Frills Cuff Bracelet - Beaded Picture Crochet


Colour & Frills Cuff Bracelet Technique: beaded picture-crochet [caption id="attachment_4147" align="aligncenter" width="1012"] Colour & Frills Cuff Bracelet (CH0365)[/caption] Today's posting is more about the photos and less yakket...
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

B&W Geometric Beaded Crochet Cuff


This is another beaded cuff bracelet made mainly with beaded picture crochet technique. Lots of pictures and low on wordy text. [caption id="attachment_4114" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] B&w Geometric Beaded Crochet Cuff Bracelet (CH036...
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Friday, March 6, 2015

How to Use Hex Anvil


[caption id="attachment_4104" align="alignright" width="300"] Hex Anvil[/caption] My first hex anvil.  In preparation for the exciting times of making some cold connections with rivets. (Big grin!) This is a hexagonal steel anvil.  It is used...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Xuron Flush Cutter with Wire Retainer


Now what is a wire retainer?  (Wire retainer is also sometimes described as "lead retainer" - not that that explains what it is!)  Well, first of all --- wire retainer is a darn cool feature! But before I go into that, let me just say that I, li...
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Michou Inspired Cuff Bracelet – Beaded Picture Crochet


I may have mentioned in Beaded Picture Crochet What is it?, I am getting back into the joys of crocheting images with beads.  This Michou Inspired Cuff Bracelet is (I think) the first off the block. Michou Inspired Cuff Bracelet (CH0363) beaded picture crochet For this posting, I am not going into the how-to of making a beaded picture crochet cuff bracelet.  (Actually, the creation and the blogging is so far apart in time, my brain already has cobwebs.) So here are some big pictures instead. Michou Inspired Cuff Bracelet A Peek at the Process I am a big fan of Michou Design. So I turned to Michou Pascale Anderson Design on Facebook for my needed originating spark. Her use of colours always turns me on. I do hope that Michou Pascale does not mind me using her work as my starting point. But as you will shortly see my final result is not really that close to the originating spark. However I normally do need a spark up the bum for me to get going. Anyways I am going to thank Michou P
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Michou Inspired Cuff Bracelet - Beaded Picture Crochet


I may have mentioned in Beaded Picture Crochet - What is it?, I am getting back into the joys of crocheting images with beads.  This Michou Inspired Cuff Bracelet is (I think) the first off the block. [caption id="attachment_4048" align="aligncen...
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Beaded Picture Crochet – What is it?


Beaded Picture Crochet what is it?  I can tell you coz I made up the term.  There may very well be a right term for it out there, but I have not found it.  If you know, please do comment and do tell. Beaded Picture Crochet WIP sample Beaded Picture Crochet is crocheting with beads to create/graph a picture, image, or diagram. Beaded Picture Crochet is crocheting with beads to create/graph a picture, image, or diagram.  The photo above is a rough sample of beaded picture crochet.  I will probably never finish that piece.  It was started many years ago and the steam has dried up now. I created the method for doing beaded picture crochet (which I will go into more details later on if there is any interest) in the late 1980s.  Yes, before the (public) internet.  So I couldn t Google for help.  And I could not find any magazines or books that could teach me how I could crochet a picture with beads. There was knitting with beads (notably from Vogue Knitting) but that was not what
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Beaded Picture Crochet - What is it?


Beaded Picture Crochet - what is it?  I can tell you coz I made up the term.  There may very well be a "right" term for it out there, but I have not found it.  If you know, please do comment and do tell. [caption id="attachment_4020" align="ali...
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Heads Up! Incomplete posts happening …


This is a quick warning aka heads up.  Official notification: I am testing out new blogging style .  I am back-back-logged on my blogging.  One of the main impediments is trying to have all my ducks combed, waxed, and lined up in a row.  (That translates to having all the photos taken, edited, references found, tutorial steps ready.) Well, that ain t working out so well. So bugger it, I am just going to blog as I go and if you are an early bird reader, you will find incomplete posts.  But (I think) I will have a better chance of getting my blogs done rather than having the thought of them sitting on the back-burner, waiting for the tardy ducks to get lined up. This Incomplete posts or Blog-As-You-Go (BAYG) method commences on 28th February, 2015.  Notice has been served
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Heads Up! Incomplete posts happening ...


This is a quick warning aka heads up.  Official notification: I am testing out new blogging "style".  I am back-back-logged on my blogging.  One of the main impediments is trying to have all my ducks combed, waxed, and lined up in a row.  (That t...
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Geometric Triangle Dangles – “Sunset” necklace


Geometric Triangle Dangles the Sunset necklace is a continuation of the exploration of beaded geometric shapes started in Geometric Shapes: Tools for Beading . I won t add a lot of text to this post. One, I forgot most of what I wanted to say as it was made a while ago.  Two, the earlier posts on beaded geometric shapes covered a lot of this ground.  So mostly just pics .. and lots of it! Beaded Geometric Triangle Dangles Sunset necklace (CH0361) You will see from the photos that this is a double layered triangular piece. Front and back are joined with super-duo beads, giving it more dimension and depth. The back is as aesthetically pleasing with its geometic pattern. The chain and dangles are handmade from Swarovski crystal pearls and red coral gemstone beads. I particularly love the large (and new) Swarovski crystal pearls in Iridescent Purple. It is decadently glorious.
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Geometric Triangle Dangles - "Sunset" necklace


Geometric Triangle Dangles - the "Sunset" necklace is a continuation of the exploration of beaded geometric shapes started in "Geometric Shapes: Tools for Beading". I won't add a lot of text to this post. One, I forgot most of what I wanted to say...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kahaner Vintage Trims – Destashing


You might have to come back more than once to eyeball and drool over the upcoming Kahaner vintage trims that I am finally putting up for destash (for now, only on Facebook closed group of Aussie Beaders Destash & Swap).  If you are an early bird/reader, you might not see much.  Unlike the normal post, this goes live before it is complete.  This will be a piece meal affair. I will add photos, one by one, as and when I complete photographing and listing each Kahaner vintage beaded trimming. Sol Kahaner & Bro. Vintage Beaded Trims I have had these magnificent trims for ever so many years.  And if you Google search, you will find why I have hang on to them so tenaciously.  It is virtually impossible to find any!!  So I have caressed, moo-moo-eyed, whispered sweet nothings to my beloved vintage lace, trims, tassels, and stash for many years.  What I have not done is to make use of them.  I could not bear it. However as my life moves along, I know that it is better to let these g
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Kahaner Vintage Trims - Destashing


You might have to come back more than once to eyeball and drool over the upcoming Kahaner vintage trims that I am finally putting up for destash (for now, only on Facebook closed group of Aussie Beaders Destash & Swap).  If you are an early bir...
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Geometric Triangle: “Stately” Necklace


Stately necklace came about because I was playing with geometric shapes. Geometric Triangle Stately necklace (ch0360) As I was trying to say in Geometric Shapes: Tools for Beading, I am in the boring and exciting phase of trying to collect more basic how-tos.  I strongly believe that it will form a stronger foundation that will paradoxically give me more freedom to break the rules . So like a good girl I pretend to be, I have been practising and practising on the most boring basic shapes. Bead Bead Bead!  And it is always a pleasure and surprise that even while doing routine, rudimentary exercises, something springs out unexpectedly. I was learning and practising the Tri-Wing beaded formation when the beads decided to do a bit of a detour. s/n This photo shows Kate McKinnon s Tri Wing which utilises the MRAW (Modified Right Angle Weave) Bellyband. Kate teaches this in a video (see references section below).  You can also download a free (.pdf) copy of how to bead the tri-wing which
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Geometric Triangle: "Stately" Necklace


"Stately" necklace came about because I was playing with geometric shapes. [caption id="attachment_3895" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Geometric Triangle "Stately" necklace (ch0360)[/caption] As I was trying to say in Geometric Shapes: ...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Felt Beads - Making Components


Fuzzing around, making components. [caption id="attachment_3887" align="aligncenter" width="1110"] Components Making[/caption] Sometimes there is just no time to write out how to and details.  Sometimes it is just done.  And has to be shown! ...
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Felt Beads – Making Components


Fuzzing around, making components. Components Making Sometimes there is just no time to write out how to and details.  Sometimes it is just done.  And has to be shown! Making components, be it for jewelry or other unexpected quirks, is a pleasurable, useful, and engrossing engagement all on its own. The post Felt Beads Making Components appeared first on ClearlyHelena.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Beaded Warped Square Peyote Stitch – How To


To make a beaded warped square in Peyote Stitch is very easy.  Especially if you know how to make a flat beaded square. In fact, a warped square is easier than a flat square! Technically speaking, we are using a combination of Peyote Stitch and Herringbone Stitch. The logic is: Peyote stitch for the flat surfaces; Herringbone stitch for increases. In a basic beaded warped square, you just do the herringbone stitch at the corners and peyote stitch for the sides.  That s it! Here is a graphical step-by-step.  Credit for the image goes to Contemporary Geometric Beadwork (Kate McKinnon s site). You can find the full document (.pdf file), tutorials, and beading basics at CGB Volume 1, Basics Section.
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Beaded Warped Square Peyote Stitch - How To


To make a beaded warped square in Peyote Stitch is very easy.  Especially if you know how to make a flat beaded square. In fact, a warped square is easier than a flat square! Technically speaking, we are using a combination of Peyote Stitch a...
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Miyuki vs Toho seed beads


I have lived under the illusion that there is nothing better, nothing more regular than Miyuki in seed beads.  But now that I have been Toho-ized, Toho seedbeads get my big thumbs up as far as their round seed beads are concerned. Toho seed b...
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Geometric Beadwork: Warped Beaded Triangle


"Warped Beaded Triangle" necklace came about as a result of me playing around with a basic shape, warping it .. and letting the resultant shape speak to and surprise you. I am still playing around and getting familiar with basic geometric shapes. In...
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Geometric Shapes: Tools for Beading


I don't know if I have mentioned this.  But for the last couple of weeks, my head has been so much into geometric shapes (only very basic shapes), that I feel as if I have talked (in my head) about nothing else! I am gathering tools for beading .. a...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Freeform Beaded Crochet Bracelet “Warm Dunes”


I thought I might as well give freeform beaded crochet bracelet a go as the itch to do it is strong and some bright colours were running through my head. Disturbing my sleep. So here is Warm Dunes . My first run at running willy-nilly with beads, and yarn, a sharp pointy hook and going blindly at a freeform crochet bracelet! Warm Dunes freeform beaded crochet bracelet (CH0358) The bracelet can be worn full length, or slightly scrunched on the wrist. I just love the silky vibrancy and feel of viscose yarn.  So I decided to use viscose yarn as a main component in this piece.   Viscose yarn has a magnificent drape. And it is cooling. This freeform beaded crochet bracelet is really freeform.  But obviously there is a bit of structure to the design and shape.  I started off by making a tubed beaded crochet tube.  Wanted to see if a beaded crochet tube could be incorporated into a bracelet as an integral part of it (viz. not sewn or attached on later).  And the experiment worked. Bea
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Book Depository – Thumbs Up


I would like to give a big thumbs up to Book Depository.  I ordered a book from them just a week ago and it has already arrived.  With free postage (as are all the books from Book Depository).  All the way from UK.  That is what I call fast, speedy service. Plus their packaging is always sturdy.  And if you keep your eye(s) out, many a time, their books are cheaper than what you can get elsewhere.  And have I said free shipping? Yup, Book Depository, you get my thumbs up!
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Book Depository - Thumbs Up


I would like to give a big thumbs up to Book Depository.  I ordered a book from them just a week ago and it has already arrived.  With free postage (as are all the books from Book Depository).  All the way from UK.  That is what I call fast, spee...
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Freeform Beaded Crochet Bracelet "Warm Dunes"


I thought I might as well give freeform beaded crochet bracelet a go as the itch to do it is strong and some bright colours were running through my head. Disturbing my sleep. So here is "Warm Dunes". My first run at running willy-nilly with beads, an...
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Quirky Decor Dolls: Sonja & Maisey-Jane


Here they are, the quirky decor dolls.  They think they are The quirk of the quirk.  They think they are hip. They think you think there are 3 of them. They don't think so. [caption id="attachment_3758" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Quirky ...
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Wire Woven Necklace – Aquamarine Romance


I decided to play around with some wire weaving. With some very fine wire (0.25mm or 30gauge).  I thought I would go blind there for a while.  But still here.  And this art nouveauish wire woven necklace has been christened Aquamarine Romance . Aquamarine Romance wire woven necklace (CH0338) It is made of 2 separate pieces of wire weaving.  21-22ga brass wire is used as core for strength and contrast.  Square Sterling Silver filled wire, twisted, have been used to accentuate the curves.  Swarovski chaton in Air Blue Opal crystal used to join the 2 separate parts together, giving it mobility. Aquarmarine quartz in pointed back teardrop (faceted) shape finishes off the delicate, vintage and genteel ensemble. This is strung off a sterling silver rope chain.
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Wire Woven Necklace - Aquamarine Romance


I decided to play around with some wire weaving. With some very fine wire (0.25mm or 30gauge).  I thought I would go blind there for a while.  But still here.  And this art nouveauish wire woven necklace has been christened "Aquamarine Romance". ...
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Swarovski How-to Hotfix Application


Swarovski Heat application/ironing instructions for Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix, Transfers, Crystal Fabric, Crystal Transfabric, Crystaltex (Hotfix), and Crystal Mesh (Hotfix). [caption id="attachment_3738" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Image S...
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Flat Beaded Square with Peyote Stitch


How to make a flat beaded square with Peyote Stitch.  This is a continuing journey on learning basic beaded geometric shapes. [caption id="attachment_3701" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Beaded Square in Peyote Stitch[/caption]   H...
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