Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Introducing Baby Archer

Hello!

I have missed this blog and all you lovely readers SO much! This blog has always been a place where I can write about the things that make me happy and today is no different.

I am so excited to introduce you to my beautiful son, Archer! He was born on February 10th and we took him home from the hospital on our 3rd wedding anniversary (Feb 12th). We are so proud of him and I can't wait to see what life has in store for him.




I will be returning to the blog this fall but I just wanted to share my joy with all of you. See you soon!


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 is a new year!

I have to admit, I've been a terrible blogger lately!! I have a good reason though :) I'm only 4 weeks away from welcoming my son into the world and needless to say, things have been crazy! Between that and the holidays, I've barely had any time to spend with just my hubby let alone extra time for the blog.

That being said, I'm going to officially take a break from blogging for a while. Being a first time mommy is a bit overwhelming so I want to settle into that role before I continue blogging. I appreciate all of you so much and I really do love this blog so I'm hoping to return to blogging in the fall of 2014. Until then, I will continue to check my email periodically and I will likely still be active on Pinterest so feel free to follow me there as well!

Thank you for your understanding and patience! I will post pictures of my little man so you can all meet him as well!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY Scented Candle

Christmas is coming and its going to be here before we know it! I'm so excited but I still have to get some gifts! I love the idea of homemade gifts (what crafter doesn't?!) and these DIY Scented Candles are perfect for homemade gifts!

Great step-by-step tutorial for making your own scented candles!  These are so easy to make and smell so much better than expensive store-bought candles!  Great gift idea!

I have a ton of candle lovers in my family so these will be perfect gifts! Head on over to Essentially Eclectic for the full tutorial on this great Christmas Craft!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Well Crafted Wednesdays #56 {Link Party!}

Today is a special day!! Not only is it Well Crafted Wednesday but its also my birthday!!! I am not now, nor will I ever be, afraid to share my age - I am 24 today!! I'm not one of those people who doesn't like it when others know their birthday either. I'm am proud of my birthday and I love to celebrate it! I also realized that this is the last birthday I'm going to have when I'm not a mom! Its pretty exciting I must say!

Anyways, now that I have told you the extra reason that we have to party today, its party time! Here are the most clicked links from last week:


If you were featured, please feel free to grab the button below:
 
The Well Crafted Home
 
 If you are new to Well Crafted Wednesdays, I'm so glad that you are here! Please spread the word! The more the merrier!

**PARTY RULES! PLEASE READ**
1) Please follow my blog!
2) Please grab the button below before linking up!
3) Please no links to giveaways, contests, or other link parties!
4) Please visit a few of your fellow party-goers! We all love comments :)

The Well Crafted Home



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Friday, December 6, 2013

Hand Painted Christmas Towels

Do you have someone on your Christmas list that loves to be in the kitchen? I have the perfect gift for them and they are so easy to make! 

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These beautiful hand painted dish towels are easy to customize and will fit in perfectly with anyone's home. You can make them with any design and the assortment of colors that Taryn picked in her tutorial will work well with anything you choose. Head on over to Design, Dining and Diapers to get the full tutorial!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIY Felt Tea Cozies

I always have a hard time figuring out what to put in my families stockings. It seems like the better you know someone (spouse, parents, siblings, etc.), the harder it is to buy a present for them! I have found a tutorial on a great stocking stuffer that will work for almost anyone!

Cozy Christmas Tea Holder

These cute Felt Tea Cozies could be filled with tea, coffee, or hot chocolate pouches and that means you can put them in any stocking that is hanging from your mantle! They are easy to make and are oh so cute!! Get the full tutorial here!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Well Crafted Wednesdays #55! {Link Party}

First off, I must apologize for how long it has been since our last party!! Ugh, I have been bad at blogging lately and as you will read in this post here, I have made some mistakes too! Anyways, I'm back and ready to party so I wont make you wait any longer!

If you were featured, please feel free to grab the button below:
 
The Well Crafted Home
 
 If you are new to Well Crafted Wednesdays, I'm so glad that you are here! Please spread the word! The more the merrier!

**PARTY RULES! PLEASE READ**
1) Please follow my blog!
2) Please grab the button below before linking up!
3) Please no links to giveaways, contests, or other link parties!
4) Please visit a few of your fellow party-goers! We all love comments :)

The Well Crafted Home


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gold Leaf Christmas Art

Christmas is my favorite holiday and the Christmas season is my favorite time of year! I love the coziness that you feel every day, the happiness that people feel, and perhaps one of my favorite things about the holidays is the decorations.

Being a craft lover makes this season extra magical. Every other time of the year, I try and keep my crafting under control and mostly make things that I need for my home (this can be very difficult). Christmas is like freedom from all of that! I get to create and decorate as much as I want and there is no such thing as too much! Its wonderful!!

DIY Christmas art! Gold leaf on canvas

One of the things that has made it onto my list of things to try is this Gold Leaf Christmas Art from Kelly at View Along The Way. Its creative, beautiful and it really stands out! For the full tutorial on this art, click here!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

DIY Christmas Plates

I love the idea of having beautiful flatware and dishes for the holidays but have you seen the prices on those sets of dishes?! Whoever came up with those prices is insane. I mean who can really afford to pay $300 for dishes that you are going to use once per year...not me!! Also, if you have little kids, I'm sure some of those plates are going to end up broken and then you will have to buy even more to match.

I have found the solution! For pennies on the dollar compared to the store bought sets, you can make your own custom holiday plates! 
 
DIY $1 Christmas Plates - Down Home Inspiration

Using just a few supplies, you can create any beautiful design that you would like for any occasion. Click here to see the tutorial on these beautiful plates by Kristen from Down Home Inspiration

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

5 Reasons why I like Blogger better than Wordpress and some mistakes I made when I tried to switch

I'm sure that some of you may have noticed that I attempted to switch my blog from Blogger to Wordpress. My attempt was unsuccessful and I really missed the Blogger platform. I'm going to share my troubles with all of you just in case you guys are thinking of doing the same thing or are stuck in the same boat as I was.


5 Reasons Why I Like Blogger Better than Wordpress

 1) Customizable Templates - Blogger offers so many more options for customizing your template than wordpress.com blogs do. Wordpress.com blogs have plenty of templates for their users but aside from installing it, there is not much you can do. Blogger, on the other hand, allows you to customize everything on your blog from the header image to the font type. It allows you to really personalize your blog and create a website that truly reflects you.

2) Customizable Posts - I found that when I wrote posts using the wordpress.com platform, every time I would try and insert a line break or center some text, it would stay until I previewed the post or tried to edit any other code in the post. If I tried to do either of these two things, it would undo the like breaks or centering of text that I did. It was very frustrating and I did plenty of "googling" to find a solution and came up pretty much empty handed...

3) Ease of use - When I first created a profile on wordpress.com, I spent some time familiarizing myself with their dashboard. I saw some similarities but I also saw some differences. The place where you read posts from the blogs that you follow is not even in the dashboard so you have to switch away from your home screen. Also, while there are lots of preferences to set up which can be fun, none of them allow you to customize the look and feel of your page (as I stated in #1). In the blogger platform, you can read the blogs that you follow right from your dashboard and you can customize as much as you want. The customization is super easy too!

4) Monetization - Wordpress.com does not allow for affiliate links to be placed on any of their blogs. This can be problematic if you get income on your blog from affiliate links (like I was doing before I switched). Blogger gives you full control of what links you want to place on your site and they also offer Google AdSense which can be another source of income for you.

5) Friendly Community- The community of bloggers that use the blogger platform seem to be so much more helpful and willing to share information with their fellow bloggers. This is not to say that people who blog on wordpress are mean or unwilling to help their fellow bloggers but I have just noticed that my experience with bloggers who use the blogger platform have been much more receptive to me when I try and communicate with them.

5 Mistakes I Made When I Tried to Switch from Blogger to Wordpress

1) Not Enough Research - This one is pretty self explanitory and I will go into a little more detail in the next 4 steps. It takes a lot of effort to move your blogging platform (I knew about that but I just didn't realize how much went into a blog migration)

2) Paid vs Free - Wordpress has a few options for your blog. You can either have your blog hosted by wordpress.com and it will be free, or you can have a self hosted blog through wordpress.org. If you go with the free option, you will run into all the customization problems that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. They really don't let you do anything. If you are willing to have a self hosted blog that you pay for, you will gain access to all the plugins and customization options that wordpress is so well known for. I am not ready to pay to host my own blog so I did not get to explore all the plugins.

3) 301 Redirects - If you have a free wordpress blog, you cannot use 301 Redirects which are what is used to direct your readers from your old site to your new site. This is VERY frustrating!! I had to direct my readers to my new site using a very poorly designed method that cost me to completely lose my daily readership. I'm hoping that I can recover and move on but only time will tell.

4) Reviews - I should have read more reviews on wordpress.com sites. I would have learned most of this if I did and I could have avoided a lot of trouble.

5)  Trial Period - I should have started a temporary/test blog to get the feel for wordpress before I completely switched my healthy blog to their platform. I probably would have figured some of this out and decided to stay with blogger. 

I hope that this post has been helpful to some of you! What problems have you come across when attempting to migrate your blog?

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