Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Switch to Intense Debate (Comment Luv) Comments in Blogger



You've seen some of your favorite Word Press Blogs use it and wondered why they don't have something so cool for Blogger. Well Comment Luv is available for Blogger. Here is a quick tutorial to get you started:
                                                                    Tutorial

1) Sign up for a free account at Intense Debate.  HERE
2) Sign in to your Intense Debate Account.
3) Click "Sites" tab. Select "Add/Blog Site"

 4) Type in your Blog spot address
 5) Click "Next Step"

Notice in the above photo at the top of the page that there are 3 steps. They skipped step 2 and took you directly to step 3, Installation. That's because they use to offer a widget to add to your layout and easily install Comment Luv. Now they only offer the Template Version.

6) Choose "All new posts (Recommended)"

This is so that all of your previous post's comments will stay visible. Only new posts will have the new commenting system installed. This is OK though. You will still receive comments on your old posts in the blogger commenting system.

One more thing you may want to know, you will not receive a notification in your blogger comments section for your Comment Luv enabled posts.  All comment notifications for Comment Luv will go directly to your email. You will still however receive comment notifications on Blogger for your older posts.

 As you can see in the above photo they pretty much walk you step-by-step through the rest of the process. So, I'll leave it at that.

**I'm by no means an expert on this. There are those that want to know how it's done on some of the Blogger blogs and I've shared with you what I know. If you require any more additional assistance after installation, please contact Intense Debates as they are more qualified to help you. 


**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Quatrefoil Lampshade DIY




My quatrefoil lampshade post was somehow deleted and replaced with another post. So, here is the post again but shortened.




Materials Needed:
Upholstery Gun and Staples
Glue Gun
Plexiglass
2 Medium Quilting Hoops
Material for lining: Gold or Silver Leaf, metallic contact paper, or fabric. You choose!
Duct tape (to help the hoops stay together if your staples fail)
eye hooks
fishing line

Update:
Instead of dowel rods you can hang this with eye hooks screwed into the embroidery hoop's wood. And hang on the ceiling with invisible fishing line.






Separate the rings on each quilting hoop.  Pry the little wood block and screw off carefully with a flat head screw driver or butter knife.  Cut the wood hoops in half, making sure they are all the same exact size.





 Hot glue the 4 "flowers petals" together for stability. Let dry. Now, take your upholstery gun and carefully staple each flower together as in the above photo. Turn over and do to the other side. This is a very important step. Make sure your staples are in all the way and secure so your quatrefoil doesn't fall apart. If you are having trouble with the staples, try duct tape instead. If your fabric is thick enough so that the duct tape doesn't show through, it may work.


Now repeat the above steps for the other 2 quilting hoops.


 


 Next, measure your plexiglass and cut to size. We ran out and used what we had. This actually makes for an unattractive result. Your plexiglass will poke through your material. So learn from our mistake and make sure your plexiglass fits all the way around the inside of your shade. Hot glue the plexiglass inside of the quilting hoops.

*Tip
When cutting your plexiglass use a very sharp exacto knife. Score the area to be cut SEVERAL times then pick it up as if you are going to snap it in half and with very little pressure this should snap in half with a very clean edge. You won't have to worry about it splintering or the plexiglass shattering. Caution should always be taken when using plexiglass. It can cut you. Use Safety Goggles and gloves when handling. We had no problem with it.


 Cover the outside of your shade being careful to use lots of tension. Glue the edge of the fabric just inside the shade, using the wood ring as your guide.






 As I mentioned before, if you use the right amount of plexiglass, you won't have the above results. Remember this is our "rough draft."  We made another successful lampshade using the same materials.


Then, line the inside of your shade the way you did the outside, using plenty of tension and gluing where the other fabric meets Use the wood ring as your guide. Or, try gold leafing.


Cut away excess fabric.  Glue your ribbon or bias tape around the messy edges. Add ribbon to the outside if you wish.


Lastly, screw in 4 eyescrews into the wood and hang to the ceiling with invisible fishing line.


And you are done! This is our rough draft. We are going to make it over with fabric that isn't so wrinkly and the proper amount of plexiglass. .




**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Google Deleted My Blog

Today, I was working on my post about the quatrefoil lampshade project.  I went to click on my blog and it asked for me to insert my password. I had no idea why because I was already signed in.

So, I typed in my password. Then it said, "there has been unusual activity on your account, type in your phone number to verify your blog."  I thought this was possibly some sort of scam. I mean why would Google insist I give them my phone number? Aren't blogs suppose to be anonymous if you wish them to be? How anonymous can it be if you have to give them your phone number? Why couldn't they use email like other services do?

Like I mentioned I felt a little suspicious that this might not be Google, so I opened up another tab and typed in my blog address. Then this showed up:

Ugh! My heart raced a little. I had worked on this little blog for a few months now. I know it is not a lot of time to most seasoned bloggers out there. But I had everything on there and just finished a new post. Luckily, I remember within the last couple of weeks backing up my blog, just in case.

Anyhow, I was able to type in my phone number and get a verification code either texted or "phoned" to me.  I typed it in and immediately got my blog back! Phew!

This has now brought up within me to look into possibly transferring to WordPress. That will take some time to think about the Pro's and Con's, which I will leave for another post. 

If you are a new blogger, you may have heard scary stories of fellow blogger's blogs disappearing without warning. You may think it is so rare it would be a long time if ever that it happened to you. I know I did.

I've only been on Blogger for about 3 months now. So, I'm saying to you, back up your blog every time you  make a new post. Not once a week like other's suggest. Do it every time you make a new post. You know that you sometimes put hours into that one little post. That would be terrible to lose that time and energy! Not to mention pictures.


         Here's  a quick tutorial on how to back up your blog:
  1. From your homepage push "Design" up in the right hand corner of your blog. (This should take you    to your dashboard)
  2. In the far left hand column at the bottom is "Settings", click on that.
  3. Click on "Other" underneath of "Settings."
  4. 4)Click on "Export Blog" at the top of the page highlighted in blue. (A pop up box will appear)
  5. 5)Click Download Blog. (Another pop up box will appear)
  6. 6)Click "OK."

That's all there is to it. You saved your blog to the hard drive on your computer.



**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!















































I Apologize to those that tried to leave comments. Click on the title of the post and scroll to the bottom. Comments should then be up and working again! Thank you!







































Quatrefoil Shape Lamp Shade DIY

Please go here for my post on the Quatrefoil Lampshade.
I apologize. My post on the quatrefoil lampshade is gone. I've had the worst problems with my blog the last few days. First my blog was deleted, then my comments stopped working off and on, and now my quatrefoil lampshade post is gone and replaced with another post. I am suspecting my blog has been hacked. I will be working on getting a new post up soon for the lampshade. Thank you.


Today, I was working on my post about the quatrefoil lampshade project.  I went to click on my blog and it asked for me to insert my password. I had no idea why because I was already signed in.

So, I typed in my password. Then it said, "there has been unusual activity on your account, type in your phone number to verify your blog."  I thought this was possibly some sort of scam. I mean why would Google insist I give them my phone number? Aren't blogs suppose to be anonymous if you wish them to be? How anonymous can it be if you have to give them your phone number? Why couldn't they use email like other services do?

Like I mentioned I felt a little suspicious that this might not be Google, so I opened up another tab and typed in my blog address. Then this showed up:

Ugh! My heart raced a little. I had worked on this little blog for a few months now. I know it is not a lot of time to most seasoned bloggers out there. But I had everything on there and just finished a new post. Luckily, I remember within the last couple of weeks backing up my blog, just in case.

Anyhow, I was able to type in my phone number and get a verification code either texted or "phoned" to me.  I typed it in and immediately got my blog back! Phew!

This has now brought up within me to look into possibly transferring to WordPress. That will take some time to think about the Pro's and Con's, which I will leave for another post. 

If you are a new blogger, you may have heard scary stories of fellow blogger's blogs disappearing without warning. You may think it is so rare it would be a long time if ever that it happened to you. I know I did.

I've only been on Blogger for about 3 months now. So, I'm saying to you, back up your blog every time you  make a new post. Not once a week like other's suggest. Do it every time you make a new post. You know that you sometimes put hours into that one little post. That would be terrible to lose that time and energy! Not to mention pictures.


         Here's  a quick tutorial on how to back up your blog:
  1. From your homepage push "Design" up in the right hand corner of your blog. (This should take you    to your dashboard)
  2. In the far left hand column at the bottom is "Settings", click on that.
  3. Click on "Other" underneath of "Settings."
  4. 4)Click on "Export Blog" at the top of the page highlighted in blue. (A pop up box will appear)
  5. 5)Click Download Blog. (Another pop up box will appear)
  6. 6)Click "OK."

That's all there is to it. You saved your blog to the hard drive on your computer.









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I Apologize to those that tried to leave comments. Click on the title of the post and scroll to the bottom. Comments should then be up and working again! Thank you!


























Monday, February 20, 2012

New Lampshade Coming Very Soon

Well, I finally have the new lampshade almost finished! All I need to do is line it now. So, it will be available for you all to see this week! You will want to make sure you check it out because I haven't seen anything like this in blog land, and I love it! I think you will too! Perhaps it will be up as soon as Wednesday. So check back, I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Working on Several Projects

I've been behind on project posts this past month/month and a half because of some health issues. We are still working on things, for my sanity, but aren't adamant about getting them done and blogging about them. I'm taking it easy. However, some things are finally wrapping up. Things to look for over the next 4 weeks on Design Fluff:
Upholstered Door with Nail Head Trim
Dresser Makeover with a Twist
Stenciled Wall and Makeover
New Lampshade from scratch with a twist (I've put this off forever, I know)
A Painted Wingback Chair, this time it worked.
And more!



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"D" is for..... How To Know You've Been Homeschooling Too Long


Design Fluff is brought to you today by the letter "D."
We had a little trouble sleeping last night. So, we stayed up a little later than usual. The little one, Ricky Jr., was fidgeting with something. All of a sudden I seem to hear the words "Oh sh*t".  I decided I didn't hear it and tried to get some sleep.  Suddenly, my oldest is threatening to tell about something. The little one is begging for mercy. Yeah, I heard it alright. 

Oldest: Mom, I have something to tell you.
Youngest: I'm sorry mommy. Please, please forgive me!
Oldest: *Snickering*
Me: What is it? What did you say?
Youngest: Do you promise not to be mad at me?
Me: I won't be mad. What did you say?
Youngest: I said a D word.
Me: You did? What was the D word?
Youngest: I'm sorry, will you forgive me? I won't say it again!
Me: It's OK honey, I forgive you. Now what did you say?
Youngest: I said a D word.
Me: Where did you hear this word?
Youngest: Off of a video game.
Me: You did? What was it?
Youngest: D*mn.
Me: But I thought you said something else. Did you say d*mn or sh*t?
Youngest: I said sh*t, it's a D word.
Me: Oh no, honey. Sh*t is not a D word. See, listen....sh sh sh sh*t. Do you hear the shhh sound?
Youngest: Yes.
Me: Sh is for Sh*t. Now listen Da Da Da....D*mn.  D*mn is a D word cause D*mn makes the D sound. Do you see the difference?

I snapped out of teacher mode and suddenly realized what I was saying to my child! This is how you know you have been homeschooling too long!






*I hate that this even has to be said but here goes....We are not deliberate potty mouths. We simply don't freak out when our little one discovers a new word. We choose to simply teach him a better way.










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