Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How to Discourage Feed Scraping in Blogger

Craftiments:  How to Discourage Theft of Your Blog Content by Feed Scrapers

Over the past few days, I have been saddened to read post after post of fellow bloggers coming to the difficult decision to fully truncate their rss feeds because their blog content has been stolen using scraping software. While preventing further theft of their hard work, this measure only publishes the title and the first few hundred characters of each post in their feed.   It is quite challenging to convey the content of a post with so few words and no photos, and many will lose followers who do not wish to click over to the blog to learn what the post is about.

I want to share with you a few tricks I have learned to discourage feed scraping, without completely truncating your feed. If you currently syndicate full posts in your feed, you may actually see an increase in the number of visits to your blog with these changes. This tutorial only applies to Blogger, so if you have any tips for Wordpress or TypePad, comment away! I am writing this post with new bloggers in mind and will try not to leave out any details, but if I do, please don't hesitate to ask questions.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

'Shifting Seasons' Tri-Color Ombré Bottle Vase

Craftiments:  Tri-Color Ombré Bottle Vase

Autumn is near, I can feel it in the air! After an unbearable summer of miserable heat and drought, I am yearning for the cool, brisk breezes of fall. Inspired by the colors of the shifting seasons, I painted a wine bottle vase. The ombré effect embodies the lightening greens of late summer leaves, brightening to the yellows, oranges, and fiery reds of mid fall, fading to brown as winter settles in.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tooth Fairy Box from a Thrifted Music Box

Somebody lost her first tooth last night!  In anticipation of this milestone, I created a tooth fairy box from a thrifted, vintage music box.

I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I found the music box hiding behind a jumble of vases and knick knacks at the thrift store.  The sticker on the bottom of the music box says it was made in Japan in 1978 and the musical movement still works perfectly!  The inside contained a battered and crumbling straw flower arrangement, which I pulled out and replaced with a bed of moss and a silk daisy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Kindergarten Photo Shoot

I can't believe my Juju started Kindergarten this past Wednesday! She was so excited and sprinted onto the bus without looking back. I am sad to see her growing up so fast, but happy for the wonderful adventures she will experience and new friends she will meet in the coming school year. To commemorate the occasion we staged a little photo shoot in the backyard.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Free Social Media Icons in Pantone Fall 2012 Inspired Colors

Craftiments:  Free Social Media Icons

Try as I might, I could not find a cute set of social media icons that used the new StumbleUpon logo, so I just created my own. Once the icons were designed, it was pretty simple to change the colors, and I've created a set of icons inspired by the Pantone Fall 2012 Fashion Color Report free for you to use on your blog!