Friday, September 21, 2012

The Daily News

My Daily Happenings

I would like to start off by saying
 THANK YOU ALL!!!
For helping me achieve my first goal of 250 Followers. 

You are all 
APPRECIATED!!!

Be on the lookout for the next Follower Giveaway.
 Coming Soon!!!

This will be a long post, lots to catch up on.
New Q&A Section Added 

Things have been a little busy around here. It's that time of the year to start preparing for the winter. Next week I will have 2 days of nothing but washing windows. This is done 2 times a year and it's me that ends up doing it alone. We have 33 windows and I sure hate cleaning them. Really erks me when real life happens.

On too a brighter note. I'm very excited that Rhonda from Scrap Happens invited me to be a Design Team Member over at Decorate To Celebrate which she runs with Amy from Love To Crop.

If you are looking for a Challenge Blog that is laid back, fun and loaded with inspiration look no more. Hop on over and check out Decorate to Celebrate. You can find the list of up and coming challenges at the top so you can always stay ahead in your creations. 

Did you know that each challenge top winner receives one of Rhonda's Fabulous Mini's? You can visit her blog Scrap Happens and scroll to the end of any post and look at all the beautiful mini's others have won. Winner chooses the theme of their mini. 

This weeks Challenge Theme is 
"Birthday Party for a Grown Up"

Who loves HSN? I do!! I love it when they have the 24 Hour Craft Days. My hubby on the other hand hates it. lol

Last week on craft day I order a whole bunch of Martha Stewart Punches to add to my collections. When the box arrived hubby about had a heart attack literally. He had to bring the box up to my craft room. It was VERY HEAVY. I'm so happy to have added 32 new punches. Can't wait until the next 24 Hours Craft Day. 

Need a FAVOR. some of you have already done this and I really APPRECIATE your support. For those of you who have not, I really would APPRECIATE your support as well. 

I entered the first Haunted House I made into a contest and would love it if you could PLEASE take just one minute and click HERE and once there hit the like button under the pic of the Haunted House and then leave a comment on the right side. PRETTY PLEASE!!!  

Up & Coming Events

Tomorrow starts the 2 day Have an Owlsome Fall Yall Blog Hop. Will be a hopping good time. Candy to be had and fabulous creations see.

Challenge Winner Prizes

Jessica from Chick-N-Scrap  SVG Saturday Challenge #4  (Both Delivered)

Jenny from Jenny's Wren Stamping Nest FabricFriday Challenge #5 (Both Delivered)

Creative M from Crafting with Creative M Top Commentator (Still working on it)

Lisa from A Mermaids Crafts Top Commentator (Still working on it)
Creative M from Crafting with Creative M 250 Follower GiveAWay (GC Delivered)
9 Additional From 250 Follower GiveAWay (Still working on yours)

Audrey Frelex from Cute and Some
Carri from DoubleClick - AKA Abusybee
Claire from SCRAP MY WAY
Diana from DL. ART
Jessica from Chick-n-Scrap
Rhonda from SCRAP HAPPENS
Susie from Susie Craft Happy

I WON

Gigi over at The Cricut Bug was a part of the Stamp Release Hop for My Craft Spot and her blog candy was the Tiny Dollies Dies and I won.


Thank GiGi.


HIMCR #58 - Super Scraps Saturday August Monthly GiveawayBbundle. Not sure what is in the bundle but will share when it arrive.

Thanks Laurie

Giveaways & Linky Parties

There are some really nice Linky Parties out there. I love to enter the ones that are "ANYTHING" goes since I do a variety of crafts. 
Most do not offer prizes and that is fine with me. However, they do usually Featured one or more entries for each party.
I love being able to share my creations. Enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee near the end of each challenge and clicking on each entry. What a great way to discover new blogs and pick up inspiration. Here is a list of my favorite "ANYTHING GOES"  Parties.
No new Giveaway that I'm aware of. Please make sure you check Left Sidebar for current ones. Some are so close to the Ending Date or reaching the Followers needed.

Halloween Card Swap

Cards will go out on Tuesday. The deadline for having them in is the 23rd. That gives me Monday to sort them out. 
Thanks to everyone who participated in the swap.  I have not opened any of the envelopes as I wanted to wait until they all arrived. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Q&A

I have received several email about different topics. I thought I would address them here. 
1. Your Button/Blinkie is on my blog why is mine not on your? If you have placed my Button on your blog for a giveaway or challenge that was the requirement for that particular thing.
If you want to do the Button Swap you see on my side bar, that is another thing. In order for me to know that you want to do the Button Swap and plan to keep my Button on your blog and not just for a giveaway then as the instruction state above the Button Swap section on my blog...you HAVE to send me the info via the Contact tab at the top of my blog.
PLEASE NOTE: Challenge Buttons will not be considered in the Button Swap as they are only for challenges.

2. How do you comment on so many blogs each day? How do you determine which blogs to comment on? I follow many blogs and try my best to comment on as many as possible each day.

Here is my routine for commenting. When I get up in the morning the:
Fist blogs I check out are the ones that are a part of my Button Swap, I click on each button and comment if there is a new post. 
Second I visit all the Challenge blogs list under Challenges Entered and Won. Same process clcik each button and comment on any new post.
Third I move to the Others Candy Section on my blog and click each button and comment if there is a new post.

Then I head off to Blogger Dashboard. I start at the top I try to comment on as many down the list as possible. 
I repeat this process several times throughout the day. 
PLEASE NOTE: If I see that I'm commenting over and over on someones blog but they never visit mine and comment. I stop leaving comments on theirs. EVERYONE loves comments and to me if you want them you must give them.

3. How do you keep your blog so neat? You never have old challenges or candy on your side bars. This is easy, if you notice I do not just add a button for a challenge or giveaway. I add the Button, Name and Date Ending. I keep them all in order by date. It may take a few minuntes longer to add but the end result is worth it. 
On a daily basis I can scan my side bar and delete the candy and challenges as they expire. Would be even easier if everyone would announce their winners the days the challenge or candy ended. However since most don't I leave it until they do. 
To help keep it neat, I resize any button that exceeds 165 px wide. I refuse to have buttons over lapping into my post section and off the side of my side bars. Very annual about this. lol

Every button on my blog has a purpose and each purpose has it's on section.

Reminders

* Enter the Fabric Friday Challenge HERE
* Enter the SVG Saturday Challenge HERE
* Enter the Decorate to Celebrate Challenge HERE

Hugs Nana

21 comments:

  1. oh my that was long. Blinking my eyes. Thanks for all the information. I just love seeing what you come up with. And since fall just hit I should have more time home so I can join your challenges. I commented on your house and also liked. I do thank you for leaving comments on my blog. Big hug
    Oh congrats for being pick for design team. Can't wait to see what comes next. Don't wear your self out washing those windows. Hug

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  2. OMG!!!You are too Cute!!LOL....I am still laughing!!AS I was reading it I checked off my Do's and Don'ts...Love it!!missed your Daily News Report.Congrats on the Tiny Doilies...I love that Die!Congrats on HIMCR!I am going to catch up on some sewing this weekend.Also I am going to work on a project for DTC..Love Rhonda's Mini Albums!!!Thansk again for always providing us with Great Daily News and for being a Fabulous Bloggie friend. My moms resides in P.R. and when she is about to wash the Windows...lets just say that you cannot talk to her...:(...LOL..My sister and I always joke about it.My mom says thats her enemy...The Windows...LOL..Wish I was there to help you with them and to play with the Doily Die... LOL...just had to throw that in..LOL
    Have a Fabulous and Fun weekend my friend,
    Migdalia

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  3. Congrats Nana on your new DT spot!! Im sure you will fit just fine because all the ladies on that Dt are so sweet and amazing!!

    Hugs,
    Veronica
    mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com

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  4. Congrats on your win! that's exciting! and thanks for your q&A section I found some good tips in there. :D

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  5. I really like your blog - I try to visit as often as I can - I am so new to blogging and I often feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with all of the blogs I have joined -do card challenges, etc. It is a wonderful adventure but much to learn. Thank you for offering advice to your followers. I do not know how to make a button - that will be one of the things I need to learn. I hope you have a great day

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  6. Hi Nana - you weren't kidding when you said its a long post LOL. But lots of info and bloggie tips. TFS and have a great weekend.

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  7. Love it all! I'm sorta like you. I like my blog neat and I also add the ending dates so I can delete when done. It would help if they would pick a winner when they post it. (pet peeve of mine, being late) lol.

    Tara
    Craftin Desert Divas

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  8. ALl I have to say is YOU ROCK Nana!! :-D

    Susie

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  9. Super long post, you must be out of breath! LOL! Just kidding, I love reading your posts and really look forward to the Daily news. I love when you pop in and comment on my blog and I also feel the love should be returned. Congrats on your win from GiGi, I used to be a DT member over at My Craft Spot. I love her stamp sets. I think my jet lag and exhaustion is over with with the reno of my scraproom. I even was down there today making one heck of a mess! Didn't take me long to mess it up, just need to print the pictures then I will put it on my blog. Take care, have a safe weekend and by for now.

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  10. Ok I LOVE your Daily News and have told you that before...it is a great way to catch up on what you have been up to plus share what is going on in bloggy land!! Congrats on your wins and of course hitting 250+. I am looking forward to helping you reach your next goal!!
    As for commenting....I try really hard to check into blogger during the day and comment on the blogs I follow. I have noticed lately that the blogs I frequently comment on and was receiving comments from have stopped....so like you said I will stop commenting if it is not received. You are right we all love to receive some love..hear feedback and just know that a someone stopped in to visit. I understand being busy and not commenting on every post but every once in a while is nice...right?? Then I start to think it is something I did that they dont visit anymore :( I hope not!!
    Next I want to thank you for all your super sweet comments left on my blog. I appreciate seeing your sweet words both here and for my Guest Designer posts....You are such a great blogging buddy!
    Ok enough of my rambling...thanks for a great post, speaking your mind and telling it how it is :) Have a GREAT night!!

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  11. I am jealous of your punches! I was tempted but resisted :). Thanks for sharing your blog/commenting methods too. I was just getting mine going but took a break to have my son (and company). Making notes for the future!

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  12. Congrats on joining the Decorate to Celebrate Design Team. Your fabric craftiness & more will add to the team. I have acquired quite a lot of Martha Stewart punches. MS does not make many new ones like there use to be. I have them sorted in Rubbermaid containers: by holiday & theme. Congrats on your wins. Thanks for sharing the tips.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  13. you are amazing my friend thank you for doing this everyday and keeping us all up with whats happening. this does take alot of time and I for one apprecieate it. hugs

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  14. Great updates and info! Awesome on getting so many punches! I agree with you on friends/comments!

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  15. YIKES....so much juicy news to read and ALL good stuff! Congrats on your win and on the team...they are the BESTEST girls and YES, I did get one of Rhonda's gorgeous mini castle albums! I will need a further "dummy 101 lesson" on how to resize the buttons or I'll have to fly you down to Florida to fix my blog!! LOL Reading your posts and comments is always a joy and I am so thankful to have met with you in Bloggerville! Hugs,
    Claire S.

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  16. WOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!
    what a lot of info glad you got me up to date. Congrats on your wins!! Tak your time I'm in no hurry for the gift-I am very patient like that. I love your blinkie on my side bar and I always keep the challenge one up whether I am in the challenge or not.Thanks for displaying mine.
    And thank you for being such a good blogger buddy

    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks for all the news and info. Congrats on yout win and DT At Decorate to Celebrate.:)

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  18. Well Nana I have to give it you. Your amazing at leaving comments. Its one of the hardest things I've trying to work on. Leaving more comments. I have so many wonderful blogs I follower and I've been really bad at leave comments. I'm sorry I've been a bad blogging friend and haven't left you any comments. And your so right we all love comments. I will try to leave them more even if I have to go back to a previous post and leave one. Hugs AJ-

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  19. Oh and Congrats on making Decorate to Celebrate DT! Woot Woot!

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  20. I have so missed the Daily news!! Congrats on your wins and I am so, so happy to have you on the DTC design team!! I feel for you with the windows...I do them twice a year too and dread it so much. You are so amazing with leaving comments!! So glad to have you as a blogging buddy!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  21. Oh, I forgot to add...I just returned from vacation so I apologize for inundating your inbox while I catch up on your projects!! Have a great weekend :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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