July 22, 2012

Sunday Linky Party #71 + Goodies

Hi all, hope you're having a good weekend so far! I have something important to talk to you all about, so please read! In the last party, I got a comment from a previous linker (who had been featured several times in the past) regarding me submitting my Sunday Linky Parties to Craftgawker using photos of her projects that were featured during those weeks. I understand where she's coming from, although this had not occurred to me before, so this presents a good opportunity to address the issue. I believe my part as the host of a linky party is to promote the party so that those who link up (and especially those who are featured) get traffic to their projects/recipes from my party. I'm sure you guys didn't join this party just so I can check out your stuff, right? (Although I do enjoy checking out your stuff :) I believe if you get any traffic from my linky party, then my party has been successful in some way, which means I promote each Sunday Linky Party through Twitter, FB, Pinterest, G+, Craftgawker, and/or other social networking or blog/web sites that I discover. When readers come to this party because they're initially interested in one of the featured projects, they'll see the other featured projects/recipes and will hopefully check those out, too. That is the strength in having a mix of projects/recipes on one page, where those brought here by one project will find themselves attracted to the others. I don't always promote on Craftgawker and haven't done so in several months, but I may do so in the future. As you may know, Craftgawker is notoriously picky about the photos they accept (even if your photo looks perfectly fine to most people), which means many blogs with truly noteworthy projects do not make it simply because the pictures aren't clear enough, bright/dark enough, have enough contrast, have good enough composition, are too close, are too far, the colors aren't true enough, etc etc etc. So when I submit a Sunday Linky Party to Craftgawker and they accept the photo, that means everyone in the linky party benefits, and they can thank the person whose photo was accepted. As you can see in every party, all features are properly credited and linked to the respective blogger, and anyone who comes to the Sunday Linky Party page can see that and head to your blog for the full tutorial/recipe. Since I look through every single post, I remember (probably) all the bloggers who've linked up in the past, especially those repeat linkers, some of whose blogs have advanced so much in layout and photo quality over months and even through the past year. Some of these bloggers' photos have really greatly improved, so that in the past, when their featured project photos might not have been Craftgawker-worthy, they benefited from another blogger whose photo was, but now that they have Craftgawker-worthy photos, newer featured bloggers can benefit. It's kind of like a circle of helping newer bloggers out as your blog becomes more stylish and established, just as more established blogs helped your blog out when you first started in these parties. (And then as your blog grows in popularity, you'll probably decide to graduate from linky parties forever).

Anyway, Craftgawker is emphasized more in this post since it relates to the linker's comment, but it isn't actually one of the main ways I promote this party. The point of this post is that, from now on, there will be a disclaimer in the rules of the Sunday Linky Party, which will read: "If you link up and are featured in the next Sunday Linky Party, you give me permission to use the photo that I feature to promote the Sunday Linky Party you are featured in. You are the owner of your photos, but I may use the featured photo to promote the party through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Craftgawker, G+, and other social networking and blog/web sites. If you do not want your photo to be used, you can either link up and send me an e-mail saying you don't want to be featured, or you can not link up."

It never occurred to me to include a line like that, but having it makes everything clearer for me and all future, current, and past partyers. If you have anything you want to tell me, here's my e-mail: tres.petite.hermine [at] gmail.com (which you can always find at the top right corner of my blog).

Hope you're still having a good Sunday. Starting out with all this seriousness probably wasn't what you had preferred. I prefer having relaxing and laid-back weekends thinking about nothing in particular and getting some necessary housework done (especially since I'm generally tired from working all week), but this post has got to happen some time!

How (frigging) adorable are these viking slippers?!?! I want to know where I can get the fabric because it's fabulous! So whether you have this fabric or some other awesome one, learn how to make these slippers from Sew Can Do.

Do you have a nice deck/patio/giant window that gets a little too much sun in the afternoons? Are you terrible on a sewing machine or don't own one at all? Don't worry, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom has a solution for you. It's a simple no sew drop cloth curtains tutorial and your deck/patio/window will be looking good in no time :)

If you need more counter space in your bathrooms, hopefully you have plenty of wall space so you can make this towel hook that holds toothbrushes, too! You can replace the jars with cups just as easily. Get this tutorial from Life Unexpected.

For whimsical nautical adventures on fabric, check out this printing on fabric tutorial by Twigg Studios! If you like these shell graphics and want them for yourself, great because the source is on the page (although you'll have to do a little searching once you're there). Otherwise, print your own favorite designs! Check out these tutorials too: aged sea glass tutorial and diy aged labels.

Have you heard of Japanese washi tape? They're gaining quite a fan base because they make decorating so much easier! If you like these little notebook decorations, head over to Ellebel for inspiration.

Need some garden art inspiration? If you're a plant lover and a fashionista, perhaps this moss mannequin garden sculpture is perfect for you. And no mannequins were sacrificed in this project! (Although you do need to borrow a mannequin to form the shape first). Find this at Sow & Dipity.

I love pickles! Especially the crunchy kind, and sometimes the supermarket doesn't quite do it. So here's to giving this recipe a try! Make your own at Wonky Wonderful.

These cupcakes might look deceptively simple, but they've got a surprise filling! Make these awesome chocolate buttercream vanilla cupcakes with strawberry filling (from real strawberries!) with this recipe at Will Cook for Smiles.

Get your servings of fruits and vegetables from this light triple berry salsa! You can feel slightly better from polishing off that bag of chips, or you can be really healthy and make your own pita chips (unfortunately I don't have a recipe for that) to eat with this. Get this at Lady Behind the Curtain and try her grab n' go breakfast cookies, too.

Here's a fun little treat that your kids (and adults) will enjoy: homemade Jello fruit snacks! You can make it into any shape you want (as long as you can find the mold for it) so maybe a pony or Sponge Bob is more to your taste :) Learn how at Miss Information.

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Join the fun every Sunday and link up your latest blog post! I will be featuring my favorite blog posts from this list on the next Sunday Linky Party. You can post anything you'd like to share! :) Check out the other linked posts as well - they're gems!

Important: If you link up and are featured in the next Sunday Linky Party, you give me permission to use the photo that I feature to promote the Sunday Linky Party you are featured in. You are the owner of your photos, but I may use the featured photo to promote the party through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Craftgawker, G+, and other social networking and blog/web sites. If you do not want your photo to be used, you can either link up and send me an e-mail saying you don't want to be featured, or you can not link up. To learn more about why I added this note, head to this past party.

Please link a specific blog post and not the overall homepage!

If you're participating in the linky party, feel free to grab my link party button and help spread the word!

This is a blog hop! get the code here to share


Nicole {WonkyWonderful} said...

Thanks for hosting the linkup and for featuring my Pickles! Much appreciated ... and feel free to use my pics for any of your link party promotional needs ;) Have a wonderful weekend!

Natasha in Oz said...

I have been thinking about adding something like that to my linky party too. It's not a huge party like yours but after reading this I guess I'd better do it.

Many thanks for having me each week... I'm one of those serial linkers! Hope you have a lovely Sunday.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Shoestring Elegance said...

Hey, Jen!
Thanks do much for holding the party!! I always love coming to link up with you and see what you've been up to. I hope you like my little do-over project!! I hope you have a great weekend!
Many Blessings,

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

Thanks for featuring my Light Triple Berry Salsa! Today I am sharing my Candied Popcorn and my Apple-Spiked Monkey Bread! Thanks for hosting such a GREAT party. I've been thinking about putting a disclaimer on my party. I guess this confirms that I should. Have a GREAT week!
---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---

aimee said...

Hi jen thankyou so much for featuring my print on fabric tutorial. i love linking up here each week xxxx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us link up every week!

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom said...

Thank you for featuring my patio curtains! Have a great week!

Debra Ann Elliott said...

First time here, thanks for hosting.

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Jen, thank you so much for hosting the party!
You are more than welcome to use any of my features for promotional purposes. :) Anything to get the word out!
XO! Vanessa

Shelley said...

Thank you for featuring my Lady Magellanica garden statue!! The fuchsia below her is filling out nicely now, I'll post an update pic of her in the next month.
I read your post this morning regarding the picture usage...I for one am pleased (and flattered!) to have my creations shared.
Thank you for hosting your great party every week. :)

Cassie said...

Thanks for hosting this link up! I'm excited to participate this week.

Alderberry Hill said...

Thanks for the great party!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting!! Geez...I know that considering the drama it seems silly to ask, but if you feature me or another, you'll let us know, right?! I know that I'd mention your post in my blog, if you feature me, and others would, too, because you'll tell us ahead of time. People are kind of crazy,it seems!!! ;)

Leslie said...

I have seen disclaimers on several other parties. To me, it is understood that your pics might be used to promote the party or other things. I personally have no issue with it. Thanks for being such a great host!

Leslie -

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Thanks for featuring my slippers - and the Viking fabric is by Timeless Treasures. I know you can get the fabric here: etsy.com/shop/MakeTheWorldPrettier