Monday, July 19, 2010

How to Make and Grab a Button for Bloggers

 I did it Laaaaaa... and You can too.

How to Make and Grab a Button

I am not an expert , I just made it my goal to Try to learn 1 new thing for my blog a week.
 Now I have decided to start sharing my experience with my fellow bloggers .
Hopefully then they will not have to struggle to put info together as I have. Truthfully I must say "The Help Button is my best friend some times"
  What I will try to do here is tell you how I have learned to do things. I'm sure there are other ways and even better ways.
I have sure spent a lot of time sifting through a lot of TECHY stuff I could not understand.
 Please feel free to share by leaving a comment if You know an easier way or If you know How to do Other blogs this way? Like WordPress.
My experience is with blogger, although I imagine the other blogging sites are  close to this. These directions worked  for Blogger.

To Grab a button:

    * copy the html code from the button you want , (Example the code under my button on the right.)
    * open your blogger account and choose "layout" or Design as they call it now.
    * click "add a gadget"
    * choose "html" and you'll get a blank box
    * paste the code you have copied in the box
    * click save

That's it! The new button should be on your blog. Go ahead, give it a try with mine. :-)
If you would like to see how mine would look on You blog gadget look at my other blog to see it. 
(Got to make a button for it now!?)

Now to make Your OWN button.
Now to make Your OWN button.

     to actually make your own button, you'll need a photo program like Picasa , they have a free one at Google . It works great. You can even add words to your picture like I did.

    a standard square button size is 125 x 125, so when you open a new document (the picture), set the canvas size to 125 x 125 pixels .
 If you can not figure this out. Wait to size it at your photo website. I used the thumbnail size on the grab the link..
 put your images and text on the button in the Photo Program
 save as a gif (jpeg is generally used for photos, but will work & some sites will ask for it specifically) I reduced mine to thumbnail size on Picasaweb
    save your image on a website like
    * Now that your Button is made ...

    Here's how To put a "grab our button" on your blog:
 copy the following html code at end of the blog .

You may want to copy and paste the code to wordpad ,so you can work on it first. That is How I did it. Then take away all spaces make sure there are No spaces in the HTML (other than in the name of blog as in my example) to make this work?

 * change My information to Your information- the url of the blog, the name of the blog, and the link to your image. (You'll need to go back to Picasaweb
 or wherever you saved your image and get the direct link code.)
 Here is an example highlighted (highlight may make it Not work proper  so copy and paste the one at the end of the blog to be safe.)(
Highlighted : green is url of the blog ; orange is Name ; blue is photo link.
<div align="center"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Terica&#39;sFlowerImpressions" src="" /></a> </div> <div align="center"> <form><textarea rows="6" cols="20"><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Terica&#39;sFlowerImpressions" src="" /></a></textarea></form> </div>

 Now that you have your code . Copy it so You can Paste ....
Open your blogger account and choose "layout" or Design
    * click "add a gadget"
  * choose "html" and you'll get a blank box
    * paste the code you have copied in the box
    * click save , Now go check it out! Then come back and let me know You have one and I will paste it here too!

 If you have trouble with this make sure there are no spaces in the HTML (other than in the name of blog as in my example) 
If You have trouble leave a comment and I can try to help.  
Good Luck and Happy Blogging !
<div align="center"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Terica&#39;sFlowerImpressions" src="" /></a> </div> <div align="center"> <form><textarea rows="6" cols="20"><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Terica&#39;sFlowerImpressions" src="" /></a></textarea></form> </div>

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ginger has a Favorite spot at Lowes plus a Variegated Hydrangea

Do all dogs go for this spot ? She will wait till we get to this spot and see if a male or female has been there last before she decides to raise her leg or not! :o) she cracks people up too.

Variegated Hydrangea
this is a Variegated Hydrangea I found at Lowes Garden area and thought too long , they went out of there like free ones. they were gone in a couple days *_*
Next time I won't wait...
Variegated Hydrangea close up

Sorry the flower is not clearer , I was using my cell and the flower was just so white.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dandelion or DAMNDELIONS ??

A dear friend calls them DAMNDELIONS! He has hated them since i have known him.
Me on the other hand love them ,always have.
It is a common weed  often hated and poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those of us in love with dandelions and spend time trying to learn more about it .
This plant was purposefully brought to North America by Europeans not wanting to leave this valuable resource behind. Every part of the dandelion can be used as food or medicine
When the first spring leaves pop up out of the ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh with salads.
The leaves are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and minerals.

I saw an article on the Almanac site that got me started thinking about it ,they had a recipe for Pesto.
I love  pizza with pesto , chicken ,roasted dried tomatoes , black olives and a good cheese. 
There are loads of stories about this plant online and in books , & many many ways to use it. Along with recipes for dandelion coffee, batter-fried dandelion blossoms, and a bunch of other dishes.
And then friends joined in to give me more information!
Dan a wonderful artist  at, Plus He has studied and taught plants for years !
He told me some great things . He got my curiosity up after reading things he said ....
Like the dandelion used to be used by Gypsies ( another of my interest) for a Pregnancy test... he said.
" There was a song: Dandelions will make you wise, tell me if she laughs or cries, blow away dandelion..., When i heard about the pregnancy test..., the song made much more sense to me."
he also said he'd drank it as coffee. He said "It is a good way to get those good minerals and nutrients though. I am a coffee drinker as well, there is no caffeine in dandelions, but in a pinch it can be mixed to extend coffee supplies."
Okay i had to go searching then , here's something I found at dandelion_medicine
there is an old wives' tale that they are also natural pregnancy tests. The theory in practice works much the same as a store-bought test - using the flower in place of the "stick", if the flower shrivels up, it's positive, and if it does nothing, the test is negative.

I also found a site with Wine recipes

How about some Dandelion Jelly
 this recipe was found in The 1977 Old Farmer's Almanac
  • 1 quart of bright, fresh dandelion blossoms
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 package of powdered fruit pectin
  • 5 1/2 cups of sugar
Rinse them quickly in cold water and snip off the stems and green collars under the blossoms. Boil the petals in 2 quarts of water for 3 minutes. Cool and strain, pressing the petals with your fingers to extract all the juice. Measure out 3 cups of the dandelion liquid and place in a large jelly kettle. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 package of powdered fruit pectin (1 3/4 ounces). Bring the mixture to a boil. Add 5 1/2 cups of sugar, stirring to mix well. Continue stirring, and boil the mixture for 2-1/2 minutes. Pour into small glasses and cover with paraffin when the jelly is cool.

Well reading all these recipes and all I am hungry.  Plus my coffee got cold so I will leave you with this next one . Peace and thanks for stopping by.

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