Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Treasures 58

Hey, folks! This week's Tuesday Treasures features some of my very favorite finds that I've picked just to share with you! (And also with my Grandma, who reads this every week - hi Grandma!) Anyway, these are literally some of my best discoveries this year, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

I'm completely entranced by the insect-inspired mixed-media beaded brooches of Pure Pearl Boutique! Don't you just love all the texture and detail in each and every piece? I can only imagine the amount of time and effort needed to create these intricate little beauties!

The Scholar's Soiree dress from Modcloth is so, so beautiful! I just love the colorful floral pattern and the adorable cut and shape!

The Nacht lampshade of Etsy shop Nelliana is more than just a usable work of art! Folded from a single square of eco-friendly paper in the true style of origami, this shade was appropriately molded to catch and cradle the light like the wings of moths on a lantern.

"Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset." This Joss Whedon quote is the absolute BEST. This photograph, taken by Peter McConnochie, is part of a series entitled Silhouettes, a collection of portraits hand-lettered by artist Hannah Reynolds of Pommel Lane.

Original image by Peter McConnochie [CC BY NC 2.0]

These many-legged bi-color cabinets, handmade by the Barcelona-based designers at Moloform, are so incredibly interesting, featuring bold color transitions and insanely-beautiful asymmetrical forms that are just plain striking.

Thanks for stopping by for this week's issue of Tuesday Treasures! If you've enjoyed these discoveries, be sure to check out previous editions or follow me on Pinterest! See you soon!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

What To Do if You've Accidentally Deleted a Blog Post

If you've been blogging for awhile, then I'm sure you've experienced it, too. The first time it happened to me, I had pressed "CTRL+Z" to undo a sentence I was in the midst of typing, when suddenly the entire draft I was working on went blank. My eye twitched. I tried to undo it, to open an older version of the post before it was too late, but I could plainly see that Blogger's Auto-save feature was already at work. My draft was gone. I was so close to finishing that post, and it was gone forever. In another occurrence, I managed to sync my blog data with an earlier point in time, completely erasing a post that I had already published!

Of course, the very first thing I did in each instance was scream and cry and rip my hair out, but eventually you have to face the facts and get your post rewritten before your deadline, or even worse, before anyone notices that it's missing. Here are the next few steps I've learned that you can take to get things back to normal again.

1. Don't panic! Just focus on the positive. You've still got all the photos you've uploaded, right? Did you write the post recently enough that you remember the layout of the content? Use these advantages to push past this stressful time and this feeling of powerlessness and focus on what you actually can do to make it better.

2. Try to recover it. If your post had already been published, then you're in luck; it's actually super easy! Check to see if Google stored a cached version of your blog post or page. You can do this by entering the following URL into your address bar, followed by the URL of the page you're looking for.


For example, the URL I used to view the blog post I nearly lost looked like this:


And this is what a cached page looks like. At the top, you'll see a message stating that this is only a snapshot of the page as it was recorded by Google on March 5. You can also see that any changes I made to the blog since then are not visible, however, I was able to use this page to recover all of the content I lost from my missing blog post. (You can click the image below to go see the cached page in action!)

3. Try to rewrite the post as soon as possible. This will ensure the information is still somewhat fresh in your mind and give you an edge on getting it back online as soon as possible.

4. Alternatively, if the situation becomes too stressful to deal with, rest, re-energize, and put it off until you can focus on the task at hand. Work on other blog posts, or give your mind a break.
Here are some more tips I've learned to keep this little mishap from reoccurring:
  • Backup your blog before trying out new apps and blogging software. The app I used reverted my blog to an earlier point in time while syncing. Since then I've become suspicious of every app and extension. Back it up - I mean it!
  • Backup your posts often. I learned time and time again that the content of my word processor can disappear in a moment's notice, so be sure to copy and paste your post's HTML into an external document in case your browser crashes or some buggy app screws with your blog.

I hope this post has helped you to get back on your feet after all these unpleasant blog shenanigans! For more information, be sure to check out my 7 Steps to Battling Blogger's Block, or my post on Blogging via Smartphone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Engagement Story

This week celebrates the one-year anniversary of my engagement to the funniest, handsomest, kindest, most wonderful man I've ever met. He's also surprisingly romantic, so you're being forewarned: it's about to get all sorts of sappy up in here.

We originally went on vacation to see Brad's brother and his wife tie the knot in New Orleans, but we ended up extending our trip and taking some time to see Florida as well. While staying in the house that Brad's family rented for the occasion, we decided to venture out and find a nice beach, in order to stop and say hello to the big, beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

I was pretty excited when I realized just how close we were to the very lighthouse I mentioned wanting to visit before the trip, but ultimately we decided to press on and save the lighthouse tour and a climb to the top for another day. We got close enough to snap a few photos, of course!

From the lighthouse, we found a nearby beach that wasn't too crowded and started to take a slow stroll along the cool, wet sand on the coast. We didn't need to say too much as we just enjoyed each other's company and walked hand-in-hand.

We walked for quite some time, looking at pieces of seashells strewn along the beach and searching for hidden treasures washed ashore. We had reached a more secluded part of the beach when Brad seemed to notice something. "What's this?" he asked, bending to one knee and pretending to gingerly pluck something from the sand. I approached to see what he had found, and saw a gorgeous white pearl engagement ring shining between his fingers as he looked up at me.

"Do you wanna marry me?" he asked. I don't think I said anything, but fell to my knees to meet him and wrapped my arms around him. We both knelt there on the beach holding one another, when eventually the tide was swept in and cold, gentle waves began to hit our arms and shoulders and creep away again. Brad was the first to break the silence. "So that's a yes?" he asked, as if he needed a reply.

Afterwards, a man noticed us attempting to take a photo of ourselves with a disposable camera we picked up for the trip and ran to our aid. "I just had to meet the only two people who still don't own a digital camera!" he said as he handed it back to us.

Naturally, we celebrated by taking some corny couples pictures and enjoying a romantic supper at the Port Orange Steakhouse! You can see some of my photos from that day by checking out my post on the Ponce de León Lighthouse, or even see the scrapbook page I made using photos from that day as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Treasures 57 (Mature Content)

Thanks for stopping in for another edition of Tuesday Treasures! This week I'm loving the sultry surreal works of outstanding artist Catrin Welzstein

This piece of gear decor by Elisha is so cool, and looks super fun to make! You can check out the full tutorial to make some for yourself at Pneumatic Addict. They're also surprisingly lightweight!

I just can't get enough of this adorable fox dress! A dress with pockets that looks like my favorite animal... how can I say no? Nichola, creator and owner of Etsy shop Knickerocker, even makes them in bear, raccoon, panda, and kitty - so cute!

I feel like I'm starting to have a weird obsession with dishes that look like cute little animals and clouds and things... but to be fair, these pretty bird-shaped spoon rests bear the trademark lace pattern of Burning Fork Studio, an extra little detail that makes them really remarkable!

These jalapeño popper chicken taquitos look absolutely AMAZING! I haven't had great Mexican food since my vacation in Florida last year, so I'm definitely considering trying out these mouth-watering pretties by Tiffany at Le Creme de la Crumb!

Thanks again for stopping around for another issue of Tuesday Treasures, my favorite weekly finds from around the web! For more of my very favorite finds, be sure to follow me on Pinterest or check out the rest of my blog! See you next week!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Etsy Treasury: Psychedelic Sunshine

This Etsy treasury, Psychedelic Sunshine, is inspired by the warm, comforting rays of the sun and the bright colors of Springtime! Be sure to do your part and show your support for the wonderful artists behind these brightly-colored handmade creations!

double scoop spike earrings - hot pink magenta neon gold green mint vintage ball horn sherbet pastel beaded nickel free - OOAK one of a kind
Coloured Gold Leaf Pot - Sweet Succulent Pot
Pyrite Ring, Gemstones Ring, Cocktail Ring, 24K Gold Adjustable Wide Band Ring  Gold fashion ring, Statement Pyrite Ring.
Vintage Chalkware Spaniel Figurine Kitsch Dog Neon Yellow
Mint Paper Bowl, Gold Leaf Bowl, Mint Seafoam Green, Paper Mache, Tiny Bowl, Gold Small Bowl, Gold Decor, Table Decoration
Minted Sugar Sunday Funday "Neon Anchors" black glitter dashboard in Pocket, Personal and A5
mint earrings with gold leaf and glitter on 14k gold filled earwires - glitter resin earrings
FABULOUS PARIS STATIONERY - 5 bright pink flat Paris cards yellow black and gold lined envelopes - bright punk glamorous stamped cards
SPACE CAT - Original Large Acrylic Painting - Galactic Neon Rainbow Magicalness - 36" x 24"
Pink, black and gold Bridal shower invitations - Pack of ten
Gold and Turquoise Bracelet, Turquoise Gold Wood Bracelet, Gold Star Bracelet, Color Block Jewelry, Eco-friendly Summer Statement Jewelry
Free Shipping ~ Vintage Mint Gold Flakes Faceted Resin Lucite Stud Earrings
Neon Yellow and Gold Bobby Pins
Turquoise Square Stud Earrings, Gold Flake Earrings, Teal Polymer Clay Earrings, Aquamarine Studs, Mermaid Earrings, Small Square Earrings
Resin Bangle -Hot Pink Eco Resin Faceted Bangle with Gold Flakes

If you've enjoyed these awesome Springtime selections, be sure to check out my weekly series, Tuesday Treasures! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday Treasures 56

This week the playful surreal artwork of illustrator Laura Berger has captured my heart! I just love the bright colors, cute animals, imaginative designs, and the deep sense of meaningfulness in each of her works; be sure to check out more of them in her Etsy shop, Laura George!

I always love seeing simple yet impactful designs incorporated into home decor, so of course this gorgeous rustic wall art DIY from The Wonder Forest immediately seized my interest! I can definitely say that I'm pinning this tutorial to use in my own room eventually!

The strategically-placed greenery embracing this gorgeous apartment building is not only beautiful, but also protects the tenants within the urban treehouse from air and noise pollution!

This adorable ceramic cup set from Modcloth is so cute and colorful! Called the Gathering of Fronds set, I could definitely imagine these pretty pieces getting an awful lot of compliments at a little get-together among friends!

I have but two words: food puns. This adorable project by Chris Durso of Foodiggity and his 8-year-old son is titled the Foodnited States, and is honestly the only geography lesson I've ever received that's made my mouth water...

Thanks yet again for stopping by for Tuesday Treasures and reading about my favorite finds from this week! Be sure to follow me on Facebook for updates on all my posts - see you next week!

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