Friday, March 30, 2012

Blogger Tips on Search Engine Optimization and How to Add the "Pin It" button

There are many websites out there offering free technical advise for bloggers.  Unfortunately, some instructions work and some don't.  It can get really frustrating especially for someone like me who is not techie at all.  I found these two websites very helpful and decided to share them with you.

Thanks to Blogger Sentral I was finally able to SEO blogger page title.  Already confused?  I was too, but this is something any blogger on blogspot needs to do. 
Everyone knows page title should include keywords of your post topic to optimize search.  In my own words, when someone Googles wooden beaded purse makeover (which is the title of my previous post), I want my post to come up on top (if not first).  If you are on blogspot blogger, you are in disadvantage because search engine gives priority to your blog title (Soccer Mom Style in my case) over your post title (diy: wooden beaded purse makeover - the title of my last post).  Chances of someone looking up a topic typing in my blog title (Soccer Mom Style) are very slim.  So to optimize your search you need to change some coding on your blog.  But first, make sure to backup your template just in case something goes wrong. 
Note, because I am technically challenged I am not giving you specific instructions.  For very clear and easy-to-follow instructions please refer to THIS link on Blogger Sentral. 

The second  website I'd like to recommend is Blogs By Heather.  How difficult adding the simple "Pin It" button (this is different from the "Follow Me on Pinterest" button) to each Blogger post could be?  Apparently, it can get frustrating because when I tried to follow Pinterest's directions, I was unable to install it.  In THIS link Heather clearly explains an alternative way of adding little "Pin It" button to each post (it now shows at the bottom of each of my posts). 
Let me know if you found these links helpful. 
Good luck and keep blogging!
Please don't rely on this post for any technical advice but refer to the links I provided. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY: Wooden Beaded Purse Makeover

Tribal Beaded clutch, vintage and handpainted, buy HERE SOLD
Inspired by Aboriginal Dot Painting, I painted neon Chevron detail on this thrifted beaded purse.  I used neon yellow and neon pink acrylic paint and sealed with Mod-Podge Sealer spray.  Other ideas for an old beaded purse are all neon perhaps with spray-paint or going with true aboriginal colors of brown, black, white,and burnt orange.  Here is the photo of my inspiration:

Aboriginal Dot Painting, source
AFTER, I completed the makeover, I decided to research the maker: The SAK, Elliott Lucca.  Turns out this is a famous bag maker and I probably should have left the purse alone.  I feel like an idiot now.

How about you?  Do you like before or after?
Linking up with Thrifters Anonymous:

 Thrifters Anonymous

Saturday, March 24, 2012

DIY: Pastel Mint Belt

Left - ASOS belt; Right - my DIY version
OK, so what if you want something NOW but don't see it in stores near you and you don't like ordering on-line?  I wanted a mint belt and thought I'd try to "make" it myself using acrylic paint mixed with textile medium.  Of course, you could use real leather paint, but good luck finding pastel mint color.
Sorry, I don't have before picture for this project.  I didn't think I'd be posting about it, but then decided to go ahead.

supplies used for this DIY plus Mod-Podge Sealer (not pictured)

Talbots genuine leather belt that originally was white
What I used:
white leather belt - Talbots via Goodwill for $1.99
Folk Art acrylic paint in Jamaican Sea
Textile medium 
Mod-Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer spray
sandpaper, brush, painters blue tape

Textile medium mixed with acrylic paint makes your paint job soft and flexible.  That's why I decided to use textile medium on my leather belt since it would be flexed a lot.  So far, so good.  No cracks on my belt.

First, I sanded the leather belt.  Then I applied blue tape to the back part just to make sure I don't get paint there.  I mixed my paint and textile medium (1:2 ratio) and applied 2-3 layers.  After all dry spray with the sealer.  That's it!  I had all the supplies for this project at home except for the belt ($1.99) and Jamaican Sea acrylic paint ($1.59).  ASOS belt is not expensive either ($10.74) but I believe they are out of stock.  Besides, mine is genuine leather and theirs is 100% polyurethane ;)  What do you think?

This DIY was featured on Carly's Chic Steals!


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