Thursday, 29 August 2013

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party

As I have been extra busy this week I haven't had much time to post anything useful or crafty - but that is okay because.....

This week it is your turn!

How so you ask?

Below is the usual Linky Party Link up widget, what is special is what you link up!

This week I will be featuring all of the "Tutorial Linkys" I find below.

For your link to qualify, it needs to be a post that is published in a tutorial fashion. (Step-by-step)

Each tutorial linky found below will receive shout-outs on all my social media as well as being featured here next week in a round-up!

I can't wait to visit :)

x

Don't forget to enter the Giveaway!

P.S. I have a couple of FREE Button Swap Spots available for September, I would love to hear from you if you are interested in being in my sidebar for next month :) Find out more HERE





Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Where has the time gone!

WIP Wednesday

Oh my, can you believe that we are already almost in September?
September - ooh it has so many good things for you all in store don't miss it :)

I don't have a stash update for you all today as this project is not completed yet, hopefully next month!

On to this week's progress:

The first sleeve is growing, as it goes with all my projects knitted for myself apparently, I had to rip back 10cm of work and redo it as the patterning was completely wrong - URGH!!

sleeve knitting

I have now come back to where I was and am moving forward, hoping that I will make good progress with sleeve 2 by next week so that I can start to focus on the finish line!

Do you have the same problems when you knit something for yourself?

I am seriously starting to wonder if it is a phenomenon to be considered or if, because I am knitting it for myself, I become very picky about the work as I will ultimately be wearing my trademark? 

I guess being a knitter (my "Knit in Public" reputation precedes me) most of my friends will ask if I knit what I am wearing. If I say yes, they move in for a closer look, and I really don't want to start to get uncomfortable as I see that awful YO gone wrong leering at me from the corner of my elbow, know what I mean?

Anywhoo, the next project is just around the corner and it should be smooth sailing as it is not for me LOL!! :)

Did you miss the Knitting Madness Event last Friday?

No worries you can catch up on the edited version of the Hangout HERE

I will be sharing this post, as always with my lovely Wednesday Ladies :)
Have a good one!
x

P.S. I still have a couple of openings for my FREE Button Swap that takes place each month. If you want to swap buttons with me let me know :) 



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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Social Media Linky Party

social media linky party

Welcome back to the social media tips and tricks linky party.

Thank you kindly to those of you who linked your social media posts last week.

  • Link only tips and tricks for Social Media or Blogging 
  • Do not link if you are selling something!
  • Please link your creative posts on this week's Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party and not here!
  • Link the Relevant Blog post and not your homepage!
  • As it is a Linky Party, it would be nice if you would visit at least 2 other links.
  • Do not link the same topics twice.
  • Share the word, please grab my button and place it somewhere on your blog or link back in some way :)

Do you have your own Linky Parties happening?

I would love to visit them - Link Them up HERE

P.S. Don't forget to enter this month's Craft Giveaway!!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Knitting Madness In September

knitting madness Live hangout

Knitting Madness in August

Another amazing event!
Last night was the monthly Knitting Madness Live Hangout that was streamed here and on Youtube.

This month I was joined by Anne-Pia from Denmark.
On her blog - Tekstiltrolden she aims to help people in Denmark discover and fall in love with the craft of knitting.

I spent a wonderful half an hour with her discussing which needles we use and why.

I have edited the live event and you can watch the compacter version below :)
(The events are getting better, this time we have sound throughout ;) but I still experienced some hiccups with Anne-Pia being visible. I fixed that as best as I could, next month better watch out, now I am armed and ready LOL!!)



Next months' event is scheduled and the topic set.

The topic:
Is that your Project Bag?

We will all be having a peek at what each of us has inside our most used project bag, be sure to bring it with you, we all want to know what you think is important to have with you as you sit down to knit :)


The date for September's Hangout:

27 September 2013

Time:

9:00pm Central European Time (3:00pm EDT)

I realize that it is not often easy for my friends from the rest of the world to always be available at this time on a Friday, but if you are home and there is still space, feel free to just jump on in :)

Next month the event will be a public Live event and places will fill as the people arrive.

Please let me know if you plan on attending by adding yourself to the attendee list HERE

As always there is only enough space for 10 people in this event. (Those on the attendee list will be invited first before the event is opened to the public)
Doors open at 8:30pm so get there early to grab your spot.

As soon as doors open, I will send out the link to the hangout.

If you can't make the hangout, no worries, you will still be able to watch the live event here and on my Youtube Channel as it happens, and the edited version will be posted the following day.

These hangouts are great ways to introduce your knitting blogs as well as network with like minded people - great fun!

If you want to find out the schedule and what the upcoming topics will be, please subscribe to my newsletter.

I look forward to meeting some new wonderful, interesting people next month :)

See you in exactly:


craftsy

Friday, 23 August 2013

Knitting Madness Video Hangout Tonight / Today

Knitting Madness Event

Another month gone by and today is the day - YEAH!!
This month we will be talking NEEDLES, come on in and join the fun!

Today is the day - our LIVE Knitting Madness Hangout will be taking place and streamed here in:

Don't forget to set your clocks and join in the fun.

You can still sign up for the event - HERE


For Your Information:

The Edited Version will be available for your viewing convenience tomorrow - Saturday 24th August

This Event is taking place at 9:00pm Central European Time (3:00pm EDT)

Doors of the event will open at 8:30pm (2:30pm EDT) and the event will start at 9:00pm.
Space is limited and only 10 people can attend, so please get there early, I cannot reserve spots so it is really a first come, first serve basis.

(Those of you who have said they will be attending - "YES" - will receive an invitation to the event at 8:30, then those of you on the "Maybe" list at 8:40 and then if there is still space I will extend the invitation to the public)

If you cannot make the event you can still watch it live here as well as chat with us in the twitter feed #KMHangout


See you later :)


Thursday, 22 August 2013

A Craft Round Up - Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party

I was interested to see how many weeks Tutorial Thursday has been running and I was so surprised to see that this is the 48th post of Tutorial Thursday - that is almost an entire year so far, thank you so much to all who participate each week it means so much to me!

Today I want to do a round up of some of the tutorials I have shared with you over the spring and summer.
Here we go:

Flower crafts

Flowers:

DIY craft tutorials

Extras:

Vase Crafts DIY

Vase Decorating:

Felting Crafts DIY

Felting Projects

I have also had some amazing Guest bloggers over to share their fabulous work:

guest bloggers


Now it is your turn, 
What will you be sharing with us today?

Don't forget to grab your spot in the Giveaway taking place at the moment, you could win yourself some amazing craft goodies :)

Rules for todays' Craft Linky Party:
  • Firstly, your link must be craft related
  • Please do not link up goodies which are on other topics. I have a  Sunday Linky Party for Social Media/Blogging Tips and Tricks, if you would like to link up your tips and tricks on this topic you can link them there :)
  • Grab my button below and showcase it somewhere on your blog OR create a visible link.
  • Do not Link if you are selling or advertising something. 
  • Be sure to only link the relevant Blogpost and not your whole blog.
  • In linking below you are giving me the permission to use of your image if it is being featured the following week. If I am unable to use your image I can unfortunately not feature you.
  • Please do not link up stuff you have already linked up before!
  • Please note: I will remove content that does not abide by the rules mentioned above. 
Marigolds' Loft

See you next week
x


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Finally Sleeves :)....

Drops 141-18

This past week I have been pretty motivated knitting-wise, I think it is because I really want to move on to new pastures and with the nip in the air already, I do get this "Got to Knit" Feeling.

I have finally caught up to where I was before I ripped back on my project, past that mark and have started the sleeves.

Usually I knit the sleeves flat and both at the same time, but with the patterning I decided it would be easier to knit each one in the round instead of having to figure it out how to sew it all together when done :)

When I started sleeve one last night I originally had it on DPNs, then I decided it was about time that I master the magic loop, which I think I have now done (what was I waiting for?), and transferred the project to my rounds. "Goodbye side ladders" which I hated from knitting on DPNs  (they always would happen on just one corner - so annoying!!)

I have a friend who is expecting her first baby, so it is nice to be able to browse through some baby patterns, I will be knitting something for her little one once this project is over, can't wait :)

OOOh, I have to tell you, I have seen and pre-ordered my Christmas Pressie, I can't wait to show you when it gets here, (it will still take a while though :( ) I won't spoil the surprise for you or me, but it has something to do with yarn ;)

Reading-Wise: I have pulled out my E-Reader and am reading a book electronically again, it is fun and convenient, but I have loved holding real books up till now again I must admit!

What book am I reading?


online book club hangout

Well the book from our Book-Club of course :) - The Life of Pi - so far I am really enjoying this title! 

If you missed the Online Book-Club event last Friday no worries, you can catch up on the broadcast HERE

You still have a chance to join in the fun, subscribe to the mailing list to find out all the relevant info.


online knitting club hangout

Talking of online Clubs - This Friday, 23rd August you can also take part in the Knitting Madness Hangout.

If you can't make this event, or would like to rather watch and take part through the twitter feed which I have started for this purpose, (#KMHangout), feel free to. The event will be broadcast LIVE here on the Blog on Friday!

I can't wait to see some new faces!

This LIVE Hangout is a great way to:

a. get some free advertising for your blog
b. meet some people worldwide who have the same passion for knitting
c. talk about your passion with others who can't wait to hear what you have to say!!

Places are limited to 10, first come first serve, so get there early, I will open the event 30 minutes before the time, and once places are filled the event is unfortunately closed to more participants, but you can watch it as soon as it is broadcasting :)



Don't Forget to enter yourself in this month's Giveaway

P.S. As the end of the month is approaching I have some new openings for Button Swap Buddies. Do you want to swap buttons with me next month? 
It is FREE and FUN!!
Find out more HERE

See you tomorrow for Tutorial Thursdays
x

I am linking with my usual lovely Wednesday Ladies :)


Sunday, 18 August 2013

How to accept a Google+ Event Invitation

Google+ events

Today I want to give you a step-by-step guide that will show you how to accept and sign up for a Google+ Hangout Event.

To begin you will need a Google+ Profile. If you are on Blogger or have a Gmail account, if you go to Google Search you will probably already see this :

How to join Google+ Hangouts

If not you may need to search for Google+ and then create an account.

Google+ tutorial

If you have a Google account but have not yet signed up to Google+ you will see a +You in the corner where you can now see +Natalie

Once you have signed up and have your name in the left top corner you are ready to go :)

If you have received an invitation to an event in an email or notification you can follow the URL to get to the event page.

(For the ladies looking for my Book-Club Event page you can find it HERE, or if you are looking for my Knitting Madness Event you can find that HERE)

Google+ events

At the top of the Event's Homepage you will find a box that asks you:

google+ events how-to

There you can let the event organizer know if you will be attending or not.
If you click yes, you will be able to receive notifications from the event organizer and you will be informed when the event starts.

The box below "Are you going" will give you all the details of the event, time, website details etc.

events on Google+

Once the event is about to start or has started you will receive a notification on your Profile Page asking you to join the hangout.

You will be able to access all your Events that you have signed up to by:


Google+ events

google+ events

Next week I will show you how to enter the Hangout Event when it happens.

I hope this helped you. 
If you have any questions of things you would like me to show you how to do, please leave them below and I will help you as best as I can :)

I will be sharing this over at this weeks Social Media-Blogging Linky Party


Social Media - Blogging Linky Party

social media linky party

Welcome back to the social media tips and tricks linky party.

Thank you kindly to those of you who linked your social media posts last week.

  • Link only tips and tricks for Social Media or Blogging 
  • Do not link if you are selling something!
  • Please link your creative posts on this week's Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party and not here!
  • Link the Relevant Blog post and not your homepage!
  • As it is a Linky Party, it would be nice if you would visit at least 2 other links.
  • Do not link the same topics twice.
  • Share the word, please grab my button and place it somewhere on your blog or link back in some way :)

Do you have your own Linky Parties happening?

I would love to visit them - Link Them up HERE

P.S. Don't forget to enter this month's Craft Giveaway!!
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Saturday, 17 August 2013

The Morning After the Night Before

Good morning dears,
Well, I spent most of last night editing the Online Broadcast and it is now ready for you to watch below.

Thank you to Amy who came to the event and to Stacey who tried throughout the whole event to join us, I hope you can join us next time :)

Thank you also to those of you who tuned in through the broadcast, I apologize for the mess with sound in the beginning, but hey, it was the first event, things can only get better from here on in right?



The winner title from the voting has been announced....
The first book we will be reading is:

book club life of pi

I am really happy with this choice and can't wait to get reading this evening.

The next 3 books have also been chosen for the rest of 2013 - 
They are in order:



The next Online Hangout Event will take place on

 20th September at 9:00pm CEST (3:00pm EDT)
in the Google Hangout

It will again be broadcast here on the blog or on my Youtube Channel for those of you who can't make it to the event but would like to take part passively.

To keep updated and receive extra information pertaining to challenges and other topics relating to the Book-club you can sign up to the mailing list HERE
(you will receive an email each month telling you about that month's event)

I hope to see you at the next event, it is a great way to promote your blog or yourself :)

Seats are limited to 10 people and it is a first come first serve, so get there early to be sure you have a spot. The event opens 15 minutes before the time so that you can find your way into the hangout.

You can also join in the feed on Twitter #ttphangout



See you then.
Happy Reading!
x
P.S. don't forget to enter in this month's Giveaway!


Friday, 16 August 2013

Turning the Pages Online Book Club LIVE Event

#ttphangout

In just under half and hour our first ever LIVE Book club event will be taken place.
If you can't make it but would like to see what we will be doing there, you can watch the event LIVE here or on my Youtube channel.

The Hangout will be embedded here and will start broadcasting from 

9:00pm CEST (3:00pm EDT)




If you want to be part, you can join the twitter feed - #ttphangout

You may come and join in the event as I have opened it up to the public now - find it HERE

Update - I m busy editing this hangout and will upload the edited version for you tomorrow, less silence and more talking ;)

I look forward to meeting you.

Let the fun begin!
See you shortly :)

Book Review - The Liberty Tree


Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

ISBN: 978-0857899415

I haven't read too many memoirs in my time, but after this title I am considering keeping my eyes pealed for anything that may look as interesting as this title was!

This book is an amazing feat of bravery and honesty.

I felt like I had been given the privilege to get a glimpse into a life that I otherwise would never have touched upon. Ms. Harrington takes an amazingly gutsy approach at leaving behind a memoir for her children about their dad who takes his own life.

The title travels down her own rocky road filled with drugs and alcohol, admitting to her children things that most parents would keep under lock and key - truly inspiring!

No life is straightforward, even those that seem simple and carefree, and the author manages to tell her story in all honesty, but in such a way that the readers can relate, regardless which kind of rocky or smooth youth one comes from.

I found this book to be one of those titles that I had to pry out of own my hands and put down so that I could eventually get some sleep, as I just wanted to know, regardless of the tragic circumstances that take place in the book, that all will have a happy end.

I would warmly recommend this book to any parenting adults (who think their struggles are mountain-high) as well as adults without children.

The title allowed me to respect the fact that we all have our own burdens to carry, whether they be self-inflicted or not, and solving those issues takes great strength and courage. It also gave me a sense of pride in my own family life, to know that it could be so different, how lucky we are to be this unique family unit, enjoying each others time and company, a home filled with love.

I give this book:

You can find my book rating scale in my sidebar.

*This book was sent to me to review by Book Depository.
The review is mine and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Instant Gratification! - Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party

Blopen bag DIY craft tutorial

Don't you love those crafts that can offer you that instant gratification of a job well done?
Today I am going to show you how to make this easy bag in a couple of minutes.
Don't believe me? - watch the video :)



Here is the craft broken down into simple photo-sized steps.

For this Craft you will need:
Blopens*
A bag
DekoPointers* (I use these to give the finishing touches to my project)
Stencils

* I am a distributor of Gonis Craft Products and use them exclusively for my crafting. If you cannot find these products in your vicinity you will have to substitute them - hence the descriptions in brackets.


DIY bag Handmade

blopen craft bag diy

Photo-tutorial blopens

handmade bag tutorial DIY craft

And now for the fun part :)

Would you like to win yourself this goody bag?

Giveaway win crafts DIY

Yes? Oh good :)

To find out what is exactly in the goody bag please watch this quick video  - yes, I know it is another video, but I have to show you how cool the goodies are, otherwise they don't blow your mind as they do when you watch them in action! ;)



Good Luck to each and every one of you.

To grab your chances please fill out the Rafflecopter below.

Please be aware that all entries will be confirmed.

This Giveaway will run until 1000 entries (or 30 Days are up, whichever comes first :) has been reached, so tell your friends - the more the merrier :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now it is your turn - Link your crafts below!

Rules for todays' Craft Linky Party:
  • Firstly, your link must be craft related
  • Please do not link up goodies which are on other topics. I have a  Sunday Linky Party for Social Media/Blogging Tips and Tricks, if you would like to link up your tips and tricks on this topic you can link them there :)
  • Grab my button below and showcase it somewhere on your blog OR create a visible link.
  • Do not Link if you are selling or advertising something. 
  • Be sure to only link the relevant Blogpost and not your whole blog.
  • In linking below you are giving me the permission to use of your image if it is being featured the following week. If I am unable to use your image I can unfortunately not feature you.
  • Please do not link up stuff you have already linked up before!
  • Please note: I will remove content that does not abide by the rules mentioned above. 

See you next week
x




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I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.

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