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Local Makers

Thought I would do a few posts linking to some local makers and designers (I live in North Yorkshire in the UK).

Saw a page in the most recent issue of Mollie Makes which just so happens to be showcasing Yorkshire as it’s monthly county and well, I totally nicked the idea from them!

Only, I don’t need to do a different county each month, coz there’s more than enough talent in Yorkshire to last a lifetime you know?!

I have to say though, I did like the designs on the bottom right corner of page 80 of Mollie Makes (issue 79). Starry night skies with black trees silhouetted.

So, to start off the first link share we will have a look at that one! The shop’s name is Studio Factotum and the designer is based in York.

Check out this link to her shop in Etsy for a look at some gorgeous cards…


Hope you found something you like! 🙂


bloglovin’ vs Stumbleupon

Good morrow fellow bloggers, it is I, Ellen, here to tell you about 2 blog sharing sites that you may or may not want to join up with.

It’s kind of like the Matrix in one respect – “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

Last week I signed up to both Bloglovin’ and Stumbleupon. One I love, one I hate.


StumbleUpon is a discovery engine (a form of web search engine), that finds and recommends web content to its users. Its features allow users to discover and rate Web pages, photos and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using peer-sourcing and social -networking principles.     WIKIPEDIA

I joined this first and I have to say I was a little confused and non-plussed with it all. You sign up, make a tiny profile, choose some interests and click stumble. You get a random web page linked to those interests you specify. NOT A BLOG, BUT A PAGE. Yes you can continue looking around the site/ blog but you only get one at a time. You can like or unlike the page. The more likes a page gets the higher in the stumbleupon rankings it gets and therefore more likely to be seen by more people. You can add and share your own content, but who wants to be inundated with your followers pushing their own stuff on you all the time, you know? Press stumble button again and you get a new page.

I also found a lot of the pages were old, years old, some even when pages were grey and square/ rectangle boxes everywhere (I’m trying to say they wouldn’t have looked out of place in 1999!).

It’s all a bit overhyped if you ask me.


This one on the other hand is much easier to use, it’s much clearer with a more modern and cleaner finish to it.

Bloglovin’ is a platform that allows users to read, organize, and discover their favourite blogs on mobile and desktop. It is a design-focused platform that aggregates feeds from sources with RSS feeds, allowing users to discover and organize content. As of April 2014, Bloglovin’ reaches over 16 million global users monthly. Bloglovin’ caters primarily to the “lifestyle” crowd. 90% of Bloglovin’s users are female.       WIKIPEDIA

Bloglovin reminds me of Pinterest but instead of pins, you get blogs and their pages. It’s very visual like Pinterest, so I imagine those posts with pictures do better on this site than just words.

Sign up and straight away you can search for blogs, I recommend searching for and claiming your own first. I find it’s better if you’re searching for blogs with the whole address on here ([example.wordpress.com]) but again you can search for your personalised interests on here.

To claim your blog, type in your address and click on yours when it comes up, to the right will be a little link that says ‘claim it’ and click on it. A little box with code in will come up, copy and paste this onto a html blog post (the last post I published shows you what the code does – it verifies you are the blog owner and provides a link for people to follow you). So you will need to have wordpress open in another tab ready and waiting when you claim your blog.

I couldn’t find a way to do this on the dashboard so I had to use the my site page to do this (when you see all your stats and have the option to use the reader you will see all the options on the left side, that’s the page I mean). Click on add new post and you will find a tab on the top right which says html, click on that and post your code there. Publish the post. Done.

Sounds complicated but it’s really not!

Bloglovin actually offers a useful help page so there are lots of screenshots to help you.

So, what next? I will keep up with bloglovin, but I think I may be deleting my stumbleupon account soon, it’s that horrible in my eyes. Maybe I could upload something, but it’s very difficult to work things out I think.

So, these are just a couple of options if you want more ways to generate traffic to your blog or just to reach out to more blogs, since they won’t all be wordpress ones.

Maybe you will have more luck than I on stumbleupon, maybe you will hate bloglovin. Good luck with both and hope to see you on bloglovin soon.

Ellen xx


A-Z of Knitting

The A – Z of Knitting

A Afghan http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation

B Blanket http://www.knitting-bee.com/top-free-knitting-patterns/top-10-sampler-stitch-afghan-free-knitting-patterns

C Cable knitting http://www.knitting-bee.com/knitting-stitch-library/cable-knitting-patterns

D Double Knitting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JroP84tUmJA

E Eyelets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFf_baUEtmA

F Friends of Pine Ridge https://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/make-a-difference/crochet-knit-sew/

G Gifts for geeks http://knittingfornerds.com/free-star-wars-knitting-patterns/

H Hat making https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB9FQwkw-hs

I Intarsia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeH4IrN-oOE

J Jumper https://www.favecrafts.com/Knit-Baby-Clothes/Baby-Hoodie-Knitting-Pattern

K Knit 2 together (k2tog) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptZsAT770i8

L Loom knitting http://www.marthastewart.com/868903/martha-stewart-crafts-lion-brand-yarn-extra-soft-wool-blend-loom-knit-baby-blocks

M Make 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E31Il_LeKs4

N Needle bags http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/kellyconnordesigns/product/i-like-big-balls-knitting-needle-bag

O On happiness through knitting http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2892449/Health-Knit-way-happiness-plus-benefits-walking.html

P Purl 2 together (p2tog) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp2-DxZNaSo

Q Queen http://www.letsknit.co.uk/free-knitting-patterns/the-queen

R Knitting in the Round https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9OrDriAmtI

S skpo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOLCAlVmQM4

T Toys http://www.loveknitting.com/knitting-patterns-for-toys

U Underused knitting techniques (Entrelac) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcLxMt9GehM

V Valentine’s Heart http://debbieblissonline.com/patterns/valentines-heart/

W Whale! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7iy8hF7IRI

X Xtreme Knitting http://www.worldofwool.co.uk/latest_news/extreme_knitting_.htm

Y Yoga https://www.doyouyoga.com/a-crafty-way-to-relax-yoga-and-knitting/

Z Zig Zag http://debbieblissonline.com/patterns/free_knitting_pattern_scarf/

Halloween Ideas

It’s getting towards that time of the year again.

Here is a little list of things to get you creating and crafting away this Halloween (or Samhain – whatever you call it!). They are on my Pinterest board titled Halloween Inspiration in case you can’t get the links to work or want to quickly look them up again.




Halloween – Best Treats and Recipes


Halloween Marshmallow Pops






That’s what we used to say as kids in my day when we went trick or treating…



A few months ago I did a post called ‘10 BLOGS YOU MUST FOLLOW’. Since then I have, literally, followed DOZENS more blogs and I thought I would do an updated list here.

  1. https://23littletrees.wordpress.com/ This blog is about 2 families in France living the good life – gardening, cooking, videos…all good stuff! I love the pictures and the food looks so fresh and yummy!
  2. https://myhippiebabe.wordpress.com/ One of my favourite blogs, I love the posts about making a passive income, not something I would have thought about if not for this blog! It has definitely inspired me to look into it further.
  3. http://freedom40plan.com/ This guy aims to ‘retire’ at 40…I have only come across this relatively recently, so haven’t had chance to have a proper look around, but it looks good so far!
  4. http://myfoododyssey.com/ lots of recipes, love the look of the cabbage rolls! This couple lives in Lithuania, so lots of Lithuanian recipes…good if you want to try something different!
  5. http://www.1500days.com/ this again is similar to freedom 40 plan, this time the goal is a debt-free portfolio in 1500 days. This also looks good, so will be checking back here every so often!
  6. http://proofreaderhannah.com/blog/  I would LOVE to get into proofreading and writing so this is my dream job site (don’t think I will be doing it anytime soon but it’s good to dream, right?!)…also I like the blog with little interesting, wordy facts about the English language 🙂  I get so annoyed at people who use ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’, ooh I see a potential blog post coming up!
  7. https://smallhousebigskyhomestead.wordpress.com/ Green living, sustainability, homesteading…what more could a blog need?! I love this blog!
  8. http://imnotahippiebut.com/ Another great blog to follow…check out the post about plastics in the ocean – it’s a recent post…climate change, animals, I like this blog!
  9. http://www.posiegetscozy.com/ I love the pictures on this blog…crafty things, home things, toddler things! Definitely worth a look. One of the more famous I think of the crafty type blogs, but for a reason – the pictures are amazing!
  10. http://candeloblooms.com/ And the best till last, lovely pictures, recipes (I made the apple cake a couple of months ago and it was nom!) and Mrs Blooms is possibly the nicest lady on the internet!

Have a look and see if any catches your eye here. One blog leads to another leads to another.

And it looks like some of these have one thing in common – FANTASTIC PICTURES, which I think is where my blog fails…I am just not arty in the photographic sense. In fact, when it comes to taking pics I am like a man shopping – buy the first thing that fits in the colour you want and that’s your shopping done! So, some future homework, I think.

And that’s me done for another post! Off to have a cuppa now, get ready for tomorrow (find out bus times into town – I haven’t had to get the bus in years!) and maybe see what is lurking in the kitchen cupboards for me to nibble on. Hopefully there is something nice and tasty, but I will settle for just something at this point!

Have a Wicked Wednesday! x

Websites I like

This post is what used to be on my pages section of the blog but after doing some spring winter cleaning, tidying and re-ordering I have to decided to move into a post and then get rid of it! Be ruthless when organising or there will be no organisation!!

These are websites I have come across, some I have known about for ages and some are recent discoveries. I really should note down ALL the good ones I find but I always forget!

I particularly like the free rice website where you can learn new words and feed the hungry at the same time and all for free.

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Environmentally friendly living:





Charity links:



Pine Ridge Reservation:






Affiliate links

Came across this good site about blogging.

Some good advice about adding affiliate links to make money from blogging. I don’t think you can add adverts like google adsense etc. here on free WordPress, but I think you can add affiliate links like amazon etc.

Maybe one for the future when I can dedicate more time to writing!


You Can Earn WHAT with Affiliate Links?