Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Are your settings on NO-REPLY?

Ok, I'm doing it again....

I didn't want to....

But I have to say it.....

Do you leave a comment on Homeroad and

you don't get a reply from me?

Did you ask me a very detailed question, 

expect an answer and didn't hear back?

Are you a new follower and I never

wrote back to you to say Hello??

Then you probably have a 

No-Reply Setting....

More than half of the comments I get every day 

are from followers that have their settings on


and you don't even know it! You ask a 

good question and you expect an answer but you don't...

I really try to email back every comment... 


You can not win a contest here or anyplace 

else if you are on no-reply!


I'm re-posting this from Jodi at 

Pleasant Home

she gave us all some great information on how to switch your settings. She will walk you through it! 

Please take the time to read this: 


What is a NO-REPLY blogger?

1. Suzie leaves a comment on Jodi's blog asking a question.

2. Jodi has all her comments sent directly to her email.

3. Jodi checks her email and reads Suzie's question. Jodi
clicks reply. Shazam! Up pops Suzie's name but instead of her email address, it say's NO-REPLY. Argh!

4. Suzie doesn't have an Email associated with her blogger blog/blogger profile. Which means no one can reply to any of the comments or questions that she leaves. Boo Hoo.

You may not even know that you are a NO-REPLY blogger. No worries.

Follow these instructions to see if you are a NO-REPLY blogger:

Sign in to Blogger and bring up your Dashboard or Profile Page. Click on EDIT PROFILE.

See the third box down (SHOW MY EMAIL ADDRESS) there should be a check mark in it.

Scroll down; see the section titled IDENTITY. See the box labeled EMAIL ADDRESS. Your Email address should be in that box.

If there is no email in that box or if you don't have the Show My Email Address box checked. You are a NO-REPLY blogger.

ARGUMENT often heard from NO-REPLY bloggers:

I DON'T want my personal email out there for the whole world to see....

Good News! You don't have to. You can set up a "generic" email address to be associated with your blog. (You just need to remember to check it often) (especially if you leave a comment or ask a question on another blog).

CLICK HERE to see my profile. Notice below my photo there is a box labeled CONTACT. Just below that you will see a link that say's EMAIL. If you click on this link, you can email me. AND it also means that I have an email associated with my blog,,, so when I leave a comment on another blog, that blogger can email me a reply. (does your profile show an EMAIL link? If not.... You're a NO-REPLY blogger)

And really the majority of "seasoned" bloggers will agree; It's good blogging etiquette to have an email associated with your blog. Especially if you're going to be blogging, commenting, asking questions, participating in Give Aways, etc. etc. etc.

Here's your assignment for the day. Check your PROFILE. Are you a NO-REPLY blogger?
Yes? Well I would LoVe it, if you
either use the email you already have, or set up a new "generic" email and put it in your profile.

Use the instructions above to make sure your email is in your profile, and email me with any questions. CEPT! If you are a NO-REPLY. Please remember to put your email address in the body of your email.


I hope this helps you!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Today I'm Guest Blogger at Type A and I Have 600 Followers!

Come by and visit me today at

Check out my tutorial
on how to make French inspired pin cushions!
They are adorable!
And so is everything you'll find at Tammy's Type A!
You will find these pincushions on my Etsy shop
Homeroad the Store 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Funky Desk Top Organizer

Can you guess what this is?....
It took me a while....
I turned it around, 
over & inside out a few times...

And then it occurred to me...
It holds dishes, and bowls, and trays...
That's very cool, but what else could I use it for?

The ideas are spinning...
I had a great idea...
I used an old piece of old barn wood...
 I made these wire things...
and attached the "metal thing" upside down to the wood...
Any ideas?

Are you curious what I used it for?
Any guesses?
(Ok, I know, the title gave it away!)
It's a.....
Desk Organizer!!!
And now it's on my desk!
 A little different, a little funky, a little rustic...
Love'n it!
I'm linking to these fabulous sites!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Project

I came home from work early Friday afternoon 
and was handed a paintbrush...

It seems my husband decided to stain the deck....
on the hottest day of the year so far!

It needed to be done but really...
it's 85 degrees!

The stain went on really easily and it made a huge difference!

So what's a little back breaking sweaty work? 
Maybe I'll even burn a few calories...

Let me just say, this was a HUGE job! 
All the sides needed staining as well...

and all the steps and flower boxes...

I shouldn't really complain...
Lucky for me my husband was finished
with most of it when I got home.

It really turned out great! 
In 48 hours we can put all the furniture back.

So this was our Memorial Day weekend project and
the deck will be ready in time for a barbeque on Monday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

French Stamped Ribbon

A great thrift store find this weekend...
Cotton seam binding
 It's soft, it's light and beautiful! 
It feels like a cotton sheet....And best of all, 
it holds it's shape and doesn't fray!
I had a fun idea!
 I used Distress Ink ...
 and French stamps to stamp all along
the ribbon...
then let it dry.
I think I like this one the best...
 I wrapped them up in 10' bolts 
A great ribbon for packages, scrapbooks or crafts
...fleur de lis available at my Etsy...

It's Rusty and I Like It!

I don't know what this is but I
found it on the ground outside of the thrift store.... 

I added this cute little white faucet handle...

Whatever they are they have lots of great rust....

any ideas?

I hung them up and I like them!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fingerprint Platters

In case you don't already know...
my other job 
(the one that pays money)
is a teacher.

Sometimes I am asked to help out with 
a project in another class...

This week I helped out in the Pre-Nursery at our school. 
(yes I said Pre-Nursery...2 1/2 year olds!)
We worked on a platter that would be 
donated for our school fund raiser...

We used the kid's thumbprints to create
butterflies and bees on a bisque platter.

The platter would then be sent back to the clay store
to be glazed and fired...

The very fun part was painting all those thumbs!
If you know anything about 2 1/2 year old children,
you'll know... they don't always cooperate....

Needless to say, not all thumbprints ended up on the platter...
and some kids had a very hard time sticking out just their thumbs...

But in the end we did have 3 adorable platters.

It was a fun project and 
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished products!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Paris Market Bag

This is where thrifting meets sewing & fabric transfer...
Today I found a like-new, beautiful bag made from straw for $2.99!
Add to that a piece of great curtain fabric 
I scored at the thrift store a few weeks ago...
I measured the fabric to line the inside of the bag.
I sewed the sides and the bottom of the fabric together...
I made a base from cardboard and covered it with fabric...
The base goes in the bottom of the bag for stability...
I hot glued the top edge of the lining onto the bag...
Sewing through the basket weave would have been difficult!
Next I used the Citrasolv transfer method and 
made a sign for the front of the bag. I used spray adhesive,  hand stitched it to the bag, then frayed the edges.
I turned this $2.99 thrift store find into a
Parisian work of art that I can't wait to use!

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