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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6 Responses to Subscribing to my blog and a new laptop bag!

  1. Kara July 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    Lovely laptop bag!

  2. Joan Linenbroker July 19, 2008 at 9:33 pm #

    Liz that is a great laptop bag. You are so talented..
    Thanks also for the info about the feeds. I am
    not too good at keeping up with this .

  3. joon July 19, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    I love it, Liz! Brilliant!

  4. Pat July 20, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    How clever of you! Could this be a new product for your shop? I am sure there will be a niche in the marketplace for it! Customized laptop bags?

    Thanks too for all the info re RSS feeds! Very helpful.

  5. jackie July 20, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Two subjects very close to my heart. I have plans to make a laptop bag. It may well be the project after next! (How are going to get online on holiday?) Second..I’ve had no end of trouble with my blog and google reader. I subscribed to my own so that I could see what was happening and the first post that showed up was a test I did ages ago and had deleted. Then about 18 came through at once last weekend and this week I did the feedburner thing but did it wrong I think so deleted it and now no posts are coming through. No idea what to do.
    I must read your blog again and concentrate very hard!

  6. pearl July 20, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    Oh Liz that’s awesome! The star would look great on your laptop bag!! Its one on my favorites! Thanks for the link to my shop!