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Creating My First Website

All those hours of creating content for eHow, Squidoo and Hubpages hopefully prepared me for creating a stand-alone website. At least that was my thinking. It turns out that those sites took care of a lot of details that now I must arrange for myself.

I made it through choosing a place to host the website (Hostgator) and choosing a domain name. There was the option to use WordPress or Weebley to create the site. Although I have blogging experience with WordPress, I opted for Weebley and floundered about trying it out. The look of the site pleased me.

Now I need to apply myself to setting up Google Analytics and getting Adsense going for the site. I still haven’t figured out how to add social buttons so people can share the site on Facebook and Pinterest.

I haven’t even figured out how to let people subscribe. Supposedly I need a privacy statement too. Not sure where that goes. I did get the domain registered with Google and Bing. So much to learn, but it’s at least started.

If you’d like to see what I’ve created, it’s called Florida Decorating Ideas. I’d love to get feedback and suggestions for improving it.

A section of my new webpage. Please visit it to see what it covers.

A section of my new webpage. Please visit it to see what it covers.

 

Wish me luck.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Decorating, Florida, Website

 

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Getting Gift Ideas

Over the last few years, I’ve created gift guides on topics that interested me. I’ll share some here with you. It seems there must be lots of people with cold feet, as my Gifts for People with Cold Feet consistently draws viewers.

I wrote that one from my own experience. It seems like my feet get cold easily and then take a long time to warm up again. Look at the great gifts I found if you know someone like that.

Of course, in December and if you have a loved one in a nursing home, you’ll want to treat them to a gift that they will like and find useful. Again, Gifts for Patients in a Nursing Home is based on my own experience plus suggestions from friends and family.

The Gifts for Insomniacs was inspired by a friend of mine. I’m glad to say that I sleep quite well. Perhaps you know someone with insomnia though.

Additional guides that might help you: Gifts Historians Will LoveGifts for Librarians and Book LoversGift Ideas for Your Veterinarian, and Gifts for Genealogists. This next one, Left-Handed Gifts for Left-Handed People, was inspired by my sister.

Here’s one more for anyone who works in an office: Best Gifts for the Office

Graphic created for my by Gigglish.

Graphic created for my by Gigglish.

I hope one of these gift guides hits the spot for you and helps you find the right gift for someone on your list.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2014 in Christmas

 

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Make a Civil War Quilt

Since I love vintage quilts and am also a Civil War buff, it was a delight to discover this display at the Davenport, Florida quilt show. Here’s their vendor’s booth at the show.

The Worn Threads display at the Davenport, Florida quilt show.

The Worn Threads display at the Davenport, Florida quilt show.

You can order their quilt kits online. They take special care selecting the fabrics with the right colors and feel for the 1860 era. You can see the results look fabulous. Instant heirloom to pass along in your family.

Make your own authentic looking quilt with a Worn Threads kit. It will look like your great-great grandmother made it during the Civil War.

Make your own authentic looking quilt with a Worn Threads kit. It will look like your great-great grandmother made it during the Civil War.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Civil War, Crafts

 

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Quilt Show in Davenport

Anticipating a pleasant hour or two of admiring quilts, I set off for Davenport, Florida. Sure wish I’d allowed more time. The show closed at 3 pm and I had to hustle to see everything in the 3 and a half hours that I was there.

They set up the quilts in four buildings in the old downtown so you’ll go to City Hall, the Community Building, a church and a school. It’s an easy walk between those or you can catch a ride. Several volunteers with golf carts shuttled between the venues.

Pause a moment to admire the vintage architecture - Davenport City Hall.

Pause a moment to admire the vintage architecture – Davenport City Hall.

Go early enough to have lunch. Among the craft booths behind City Hall, you’ll find a food vendor providing a lovely lunch. It’s a croissant sandwich with chicken salad that includes walnuts and I think, apples. With it comes a choice of cole slaw, pasta salad or trio potato salad (includes 3 kinds of potatoes). The dessert with the lunch was a pear half with a filling that wasn’t whipped cream or cream cheese, but a sauce of some sort topped with a cherry. A soda comes with the lunch and it’s $12. You can eat at picnic tables overlooking the small lake.

Here’s a sample of the quilts you’ll see:

Intricate quilt design at the Davenport Quilt Show.

Intricate quilt design at the Davenport Quilt Show.

Peacock design quilt at the Davenport Quilt Show.

Peacock design quilt at the Davenport Quilt Show.

You can take a quilt to have it evaluated by a professional quilt appraiser. There are two prices depending on if you just want a verbal appraisal or a written appraisal. The appraiser was Ken Gleason of Orlando.

The quilt appraiser with my 1880s or 1890s silk quilt.

The quilt appraiser with my 1880s or 1890s silk quilt.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in antiques, Birds, Crafts

 

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Finding the Perfect Card for My Brother

My brother loves going to rod runs in the summer but sure misses his time in the garage fine-tuning his vintage street rods. Since his stroke, he’s not able to do the hands-on work that used to bring him such pleasure.

For Christmas last year, I found a super card on Zazzle that was fun, included a street rod and conveyed my holiday greetings. Now I’ve set a precedent so I can’t just resort to a ho-hum snow scene or a jolly Santa kind of card.

Looking around on Zazzle, I’ve found just the one for Christmas 2014. Not only does it include a hot rod, it was customized just for a brother. The artist had cards for all sorts of combinations like brother and his fiancee, uncle, and so on. If you have a car buff on your list, why not send him or her one of these! Just click the link to see all the variations or customize it with their name.

Here’s the one I found:

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Christmas, Zazzle

 

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Thinking of Custom Christmas Cards?

I love how one can create unique holiday cards using Zazzle or Cafe Press. My sister took a marvelous photo last year of her Maine Coon cat sitting under the Christmas tree. It was such a delightful photo that we turned it into a Christmas card on Zazzle.

Now anyone can order it here:

A Maine Coon Christmas Greeting Cards
A Maine Coon Christmas Greeting Cards

I must say it turned out lovely. I’ve ordered cards from Zazzle in the past and the quality of the printing and the weight of the paper stock is excellent. Proceeds from the sale go to my sister. She’ll probably spend it on cat food for Olive, her Maine Coon cat.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Zazzle

 

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Links for Planning a Haunted House

My page titled 101 Ideas for Haunted Houses moved recently from Squidoo to Hubpages. New guidelines do not allow more than two links to a single site. That means I had to remove these useful links.

I’m providing them here for anyone planning a haunted house.

 
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