Thursday, June 30, 2011

{Crafty blogger tip #1} Add a button to your blog

So, you’re crafty but not codey?

At the last BurdaStyle Sydney catch up dearest Molly asked how to add a clickable button to her blog. Here, I will show you how. The button can link to a distinct page on your blog or to a page of search results on a particular theme (blog label). This step-by-step is illustrated with “Sewing Through the Decades” as an example.

If you are hi-tech…
 (or wannabe and don’t mind deep-ending it), look at a button on a blog you like and right click to either “View Source” (in IE) or “Inspect Element” (in chrome rocks) or similar action available on your browser. That will give you access to how that button was coded. 

One of Molly's favourite blogs, Tilly and the Buttons has  neat buttons and this picture shows inspecting the element in chrome. Voila the source code of Tilly’s  button will appear for you. Copy the code and replace the elements (image source url with one to your own picture and replace the destination page url to your own url) before pasting it into a gadget on your blog.

If you aren’t…
Here’s your step by step guide:


 1. Create your artwork

To make your button you will need an image to appear as the clickable graphic on your blog. If you’re using a straight photo (without any writing on it) than that is easy – go straight step 2. If you want to layer some words over your picture, you can do this easily  in powerpoint or keynote by i) dragging your picture onto the slide.; ii) inserting a text box onto the picture and writing what you want (e.g. “Sewing through the Decades”); iii) Save the finshed product as an image (jpg or png file). In power point you do this by, selecting both the image and the text box, right clicking and “Save as Picture” . In Keynote you can share or export the slide as a jpg or png. And you’ve made your graphic!

        2. Decide on your destination url
If you are linking to a web page (e.g. another page on your blog), that is easy. Just keep the url to that page at the ready. If you would like to link to an auto-generated page that lists all your blog entries with a particular label, then it is a two step process. First, click on the label you want to be the basis for your button on any of your entries that have it. Second, you will now have been taken to an auto-generated page that lists all your blog entries with that label. It would look something like this now, keep that url to the new page at the ready.

Don't have any labels on your blog entries?! It’s never too late. You can easily go back into each one and add a label (or three)!

That’s the hard lifting out of the way. Now you’re ready to put it on your blog.

The steps to follow:
  1. Create your button artwork
  2. Decide on the destination for your button (either a distinct web page or an auto-generated results page)
  3. Go to Blogger "Dashboard"
  4. Click on the “Design” link
  5.  Close to where you’d like the button to appear, click on “Add a gadget”
  6. Choose the “Picture” gadget
  7.  Upload your button artwork (that you made in step 1) using the file chooser
  8.   Paste your destination url into the “link” box
Happy crafty blogging!

Monday, June 13, 2011

dying to be different: second chance silk tunic

salvaged silk dress
and remodelled: defrilled and belted

 This dress had great bones. A divine silk damask fabric. Fitted yoke, grandpa collar, generous cuffs. And the finest row of self covered buttons, a dozen on the cuffs! Irresistible. So I respectfully fulfilled its wish for a new life, liberating it from Anglicare, Summer Hill.

But, urgh. The insiped coulour, stained upper arm and frilled hem: had to go! Enter, DIYers... you know what follows. But for those that don't:

After a small poll (thanks, Nieve!) the iDye Brilliant Blue won. First dye bath of half a packet of iDye (for natural fabrics) in Brilliant Blue. Then, I realised I had forgotten an iDye poly to cover the synthetic stitching. I dyed again. The second bath with the other half of the iDye Brilliant Blue and half a packet of iDye Poly Blue. Unfortunately, the stitching didn't take beyond a pastel blue. Though, the silk did benefit from the second bath and took on a stronger hue.

A couple week's of train trips to unstitch. First, the facing stitching that refused the colour. And, second, the frilled hem - gross!!

Let's not understate this. Each and every facing seam restitched. From collar to hem. Oh, and thread really does come in every colour. I found a perfect match in this scanfil #1355 

Picked up the discarded ruffled hem. Ungathered it. Fashioned it into a new belt!


The recycling's done!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

silk jersey top

silk jersey remnant rescued from tessuti
mokuba fold-over elastic trim
stretch interfacing

Silk jersey. Slinky, fine. A gorgeous drape. Don't leave it to the likes of Calvin. Just watch Cesar in The Fashion Show effortlessly turn out gown after gown in this gorgeous fabric, to give your confidence to work with it a boost. 

The edges are finished with an overlocked rolled hem. But it wasn't becoming of the silk's lustrous finish.... what to do, what to do...? Mokuba fold-over elastic has a similar sheen and fine profile. Done.

The sloper that came from my variation of the Lydia top has proven its worth again.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

birthday pouch

On location at Grandma's

handmade zipper pouch

main fabric: 100% reuse of designer fabric swatch
red satin bias binding as seam finishing
Thomas Sabo red dress charm as detail on the zip

Happy birthday Fiii Fiii
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