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Crafty Secret Santa 2014

Crafty Secret Snata 2014 logo

The days are getting shorter and colder, this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert is upon us (have you seen it yet? There are penguins) and it is almost time for my annual re-watching of Love Actually. Yep, Christmas is a-coming and I am pleased to announce that the crafty secret santa will be back for a third year!

Slight change of name this year as although “Sewists Secret Santa” did have a nice ring to it, I know that many of you who want to join in are not sewists, and I want everyone to feel welcome to take part. However, the general idea remains the same. Here is how it will work and how you can sign up:

1) Send me an email to kraftykatblog(at)gmail(dot)com by Sunday 16th November with the following information – your name, a link to your blog (if you have one), your postal address and also whether you are happy to post internationally. Please could you also provide a short snippet of information for me to send on to your Santa – for example, “I’m a sewist and a knitter, I love spots and lace and big prints”.

2) I will play Santa and pick everyone’s Secret Santa out of a (probably metaphorical) hat. I will split between people happy to post internationally and those who would prefer not to. This will not be a straightforward pairwise swap, otherwise everyone will know who their Santa is, and that just defeats the object!

3) I will send you an email telling you who you will be buying for, along with their address/blog link/information by Monday 24th November.

4) Present buying! This bit is completely up to you, however please try and keep within the limit which is £5 (or equivalent internationally). You can make/buy/thrift your presents or even shop your stash – it’s completely up to you.

5) Pop your gift in the post. Don’t forget this is supposed to be a Secret Santa, so it’s most fun if you don’t let on who the present is from. If you are posting internationally please keep an eye on the last dates for posting before Christmas and wherever you are posting please pop your parcel in the post by Monday 15th December to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.

6) Receive your present and pop it under the tree, or open immediately if you must, however please wait until after Christmas to share on your blog. And feel free to speculate about who your Santa might be….!!

I had so much fun shopping for my secret santa last year and am looking forward to doing it all again. If you have any questions please feel free to drop me an email or write a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Ho ho ho…

Kat xx

How to add social media icons to your blog

Thank you to everyone who has commented on my blog redesign, I’m so glad you like it! A number of people have asked how I added the social media icons to my blog. This was something I had been looking to do for a long time, and I struggled to find a good tutorial online. Ultimately I was lucky to have Rob to help me with this, but I appreciate that not everyone lives with someone who understands HTML and so I thought I would share with you how we did this, so you can have a go yourself.

I should emphasise that this is the way that we added the icons to my blog, but this is by no means the only way, or even the best – but it is the quickest, and is quite easy to follow for non-coders like myself!

 

The first thing you need to do is find the icons that you would like to use. I used a website called Icons Etc which has a huge range of customisable icons. You can change a number of features including the size, shape, colour and style and then download the whole set of icons to your computer – all for free! There are many other options out there though, so have a look around and see what you find.

Once you are happy you have found the icons that you would like to use, save them onto your computer. If you are using the website above, select the option to download the icons as PNG files. The file that you download will contain the whole set of icons, so it’s a good idea to choose the ones you want and save them somewhere else where you can easily access them.

That’s the icons sorted – now to add them to your blog. Please bear in mind that these instructions are specific to a wordpress blog, so it might be a little different if you are using another platform such as blogger.

FIrstly, upload the icons as images. To do this, select Media from the left hand menu, choose “Add New” and upload each icon that you want to add to your blog.

When you are happy that you have all the icons that you need saved, it’s time to do some coding! Choose Appearance and then widgets from the left hand menu and select a new “text” item from the list of available widgets. Drag and position this item onto the main sidebar on the right, where you want your widgets to appear.

In this box we are going to add the HTML code. One of the main points to remember is that most of the commands or “tags” come in pairs, so if you open something e.g. <tag>, you then have to remember to close it too </tag>.

Since I’m a perfectionist by nature, I wanted my icons to be lined up neatly! To get them looking tidy, we will organise them into a table. The first bit of code you need to create the table is:

<table>
<tr>

Now to add each of your icons, and link to your social media sites. The basic code you need for each item is as follows:

<td>
<a href=”link to your account here“><img src=”link to the appropriate social media icon file here” style=”box-shadow:none”/></a>
</td>

For the link to your account, go to your twitter/facebook/instagram/whatever profile and copy the web address. Paste this in as indicated above. Then you want to add a link to your image. in the media section of wordpress, click on “Edit media” for the icon you want and select the web address on the right hand side. Paste this in as above as well.

If you want to use an email icon, add “mailto:” directly before the email address. So for example, “mailto:kat@kat.co.uk”.

Carry on adding all your different social media links by copying the code above and pasting each section directly after the one before. To start another row of icons, use the following to close the first row and begin another one:

</tr>
<tr>

Once you have added all your icons, you need to add one final piece of code to close the row and the table:

</tr>
</table>

And we’re all done! That wasn’t too bad was it? Don’t forget to SAVE what you have done by clicking the button at the bottom of the widget box. You can then have a look at the result of your coding! Don’t worry if it doesn’t look right first time, you can always go back and make some changes. For example, depending on where you are positioning your icons, you might want to change the height and width of your table. You can do this by amending the first <table> as follows:

<table style=”height:Ypx;width:Xpx”>

This is the size in pixels (px). The red X and Y should be replaced by your preferred size – you can have a play around and see what looks best.

I hope this works for you. If anything is unclear, please do let me know. As I mentioned, this is a quick and dirty way to do it, but as someone who is not fluent in HTML this made sense to me, and hopefully it does to you too!

Kat xx

 

New year…new look!

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Hello and welcome to the brand new shiny new-look KraftyKat!

I’ve been thinking about making the jump to wordpress for some time now and over Christmas I got chatting to my boyfriend about my blog. He happens to be a bioinformatician and does clever things like build websites on a daily basis – yet for some reason it had never before occured to me to ask him for help with my blog. Why I do not know. So we had a play around and now not only have I changed to wordpress but I am a .co.uk – new territory for me. It’s been great fun starting from a blank(ish) canvas with the design elements and I am pleased to announce that akraftykat.co.uk is now open for business (metaphorically speaking!). A big thanks must go to my boyfriend for all his help – everything that looks good is down to him and him alone (despite his best efforts to teach me how to code. I learnt a little bit. Honest!).

Some come on in and take a look around! I hope you like what you see. Although all the bits and bobs are in place now there are still likely to be a few changes while I settle in to my new home and I would welcome your comments and constructive criticism :)

If you follow me on BlogLovin’ I am working on getting my followers transferred to my new blog so there will hopefully be no need for you to change anything – I’ll keep you posted!

I’ll be back soon (hopefully) with a new make to share with you – yep I’ve been sewing too!

Kat x