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Subscribing to my blog and a new laptop bag!

Thank you to Julie for letting me know that the rss button on the right of the header wasn’t working for some reason.  2 hours later, and by dint of deleting my Feedburner feed and creating another, it does!  I upgraded WordPress on 7 July and I think that must have caused the problem, so if you have tried to subscribe and couldn’t, I’m sorry but it’s now fixed!

If all the above is gobbledegook to you, I’ll try and explain a bit what ‘subscribing’ to a blog means.  The difference between blogs and conventional websites is that their content is continually being updated by something called an ‘rss feed’.  You can find out when a new post is published on any blog by subscribing to their feed.  You do this in two types of ways. 

  1. You can either go to a website such as Feedblitz, register and then enter the URLs of any blogs which you want to read regularly.  They then will send you any updates each day by email. 
  2. You can register with a web based feed reader such as Google Reader, again fill in the URLs (the web addresses) of any blogs you want to read and they find any new posts for you.  You then go to your Google Reader page whenever you feel like reading new posts from any blogs you are subscribed to.  You can sort them into categories and then just scroll through them by pressing the spacebar.  This is what I prefer to do, myself.  The good thing about Google Reader is that if you are already registered with Google you can just login using your Google username.  And if you click on the little ‘rss’ button on the top or bottom of any blog you want to subscribe to, you can just do it with one click usually if your preferred blog reader is listed there.  Another popular web based feed reader is Bloglines.

If you already subscribe to my blog and haven’t had any new posts since early July, you may find that they all arrive in your reader with this one!!

As we are going on holiday pretty soon, I decided this afternoon to make a bag for my laptop.  I usually leave it at home but this year I thought I’d better have it as I now have my shop on Etsy and the Print Gocco machines for sale here on my blog, if only to tell people that I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth!

I wanted a felted bag, so I decided to use some old felted sweaters and a woollen dress which I felted here a few years ago.  First of all I thought I would stitch the felt from the woollen dress to the one shown in the link above to make it firmer and give it more protection but after some thought, I decided to make an inner bag from the woollen dress and an outer one from the felted sweaters.  Then I decided I had better line the inner one as it was a bit linty and I didn’t want any nasty lint clogging up my precious computer!    The advantage of having two layers is that for carrying it around outside I could just use the inner one and when it needed extra protection such as on the journey in the car, I could augment it with the second!

Here is the inner one:

felted laptop bag

It needs buttons or fastenings of some sort.  I bought some gorgeous raku buttons from Pearl of Fehustoneware and these are going to be a strong contender!   Here is one of them:

raku button

Here’s my laptop snug inside!

laptop in bag

And this is the outside bag:

outer laptop bag

And the other side of this:

felted bag

This one doesn’t have a flap on the top – I think I am going to put some poppers or something to fasten it inside.  Not sure what I’ll do for a handle yet.  Any suggestions for fastenings or handles gratefully received!!!  I’m very pleased with them as a whole – I am sure I’ll use them much more than I wore either the sweaters or the dress!  The woollen fabric was too thick for the style of dress I made and it made me look awful when I was stick-like.  I dread to think what it would look like now!

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Make My Day Award


Thank you, Sandra and Maggie for nominating me for the bloggers Make My Day Award.  I am so flattered and pleased that you like me enough!  The award goes to blogs which you like reading and so I will attempt to pick out 10 from the long list of blogs I read.    Bloggers whose words and pictures brighten my day, make me think or inspire me.   I have left out a number of very popular blogs or ones which I have seen nominated more than once already such as Sharon’s, who I quote most weeks anyway(!) and Crazy Aunt Purl who makes me laugh…  here is the list. 

  1. Sara Lechner’s blog, The Fabric of Meditation.  I love Sara’s work for her haunting and ethereal figures.
  2. Dijanne’s blog, The Musings of A Textile Itinerant for her colourful dyed fabric and descriptions of her travels and design processes.  And I love her work.
  3. Rayna’s blog, Studio 78 Notes for her inspirational work and descriptions of her workshops.  And the recipes and food pictures!
  4. Frances’ blog, Island Threads for her lovely work and descriptions of life in the Hebrides.
  5. June and Jer’s blog, Southeastmain, for their wonderful photos each day of their home city and their travels, and June’s work.
  6. Lisa’s blog, New Work and Inspiration.  Lisa makes me think about art and being an artist.
  7. Nadine’s blog, Knitting with a Poodle, for her poetic words and pictures.
  8. Jeanne’s blog, Exploring the Surface, because I love her work!
  9. Serena’s blog, Layers of Meaning for her thorough and thoughtful posts.
  10. Fiona’s blog, Love Fibre for her beautiful work and descriptions of the course she is doing.
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What is the difference between tags and categories?

Help!! I’ve just used the WordPress tag converter to convert my categories into tags so that I can have a nice tag cloud on the sidebar and all my categories disappeared! I have just added them all again but they now have no posts in… so if you want to see posts based on a particular category, please click on the relevant one in the tag cloud. But… does anyone know if I can reverse this particular predicament or get the relevant posts back into their previous categories? Ulp… this is what comes of leaping into something one doesn’t understand;)

Can anyone explain to me in words of one syllable what the difference is between tags and categories and why anyone would want to lose all their categories and put them into tags anyway?!! Please!!

By the way, you may have noticed also that the links to other blogs are coming up in both sidebars for some reason. If anyone can shed any light on that, I would be grateful too. I don’t mind too much – it’s not a major problem like the categories fiasco – except that the main reason for having three columns was to declutter a bit;)

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New blog layout!

There we go – just like buses, no blog posts for days and then three at once….

Hope you like the new layout. Please let me know if anything doesn’t work for you – I’m still feeling my way with it. I’ve wanted three columns for ages so that the sidebar links get spread around more, and hopefully more accessible. I like it and I hope you do too.


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