Whip Up Newsletter no.3 2011

by kath_red on January 20, 2011

in Features, Newsletter

I have been busy this week. I sent the kids away across the country to visit their grandparents for a week and it has been quiet, and we have been missing them (and them us – there has been some teary phone calls), but on the plus side its been a very productive few days. We finished tweaking the new website theme and uploaded it in the wee hours this morning – what do you think? Its a bit cheerful isn’t it? Super easy to customise. Its the Thesis theme and my hubby has been practising how to use it for his work website then applied all his skill and knowledge to update whip up.

You might have heard about the flooding in Australia this past week, I am ok – thanks for all your email enquiries, the floods are in various parts of the country – no rain for years and then it goes crazy. If you want to help out there are ways to donate money – you might like to enter one of the craft raffles – or donate direct to the flood relief. Did you see that Jamie Oliver is cooking for the flood victims – maybe you can help too?

Gifts from me to you: Make a patchwork potholder and fabric fruit bowl and here is a pattern to make my Sleepy time baby with matching doll quilt. Get all the Whip Up tutorials here.

Do you have your 2011 calendar yet?

Consider the whipup calendar – full of excellent contributors and great crafty images, find out more here (only $5).

Reading this week:

The creative advantage book :: Abe’s Peanut.

Loving this week:

Crochet jute :: Making softies :: Paper stars :: crochet candle cosies :: Neckwarmer :: embellished socks.

Crafty resources:

  • Essential book binding tools
  • Etsy favoritizer checklet and Etsy vintage timeline are both cool Etsy helping hands
  • Stash Books and The Moda Bake Shop have joined together to create Fresh Fabric Treats – they have a blog tour going on – you should follow along There are lots of amazing fabric and book giveaways
  • “Threadless Loves Sharpies” challenges you to create a rad design based on 80′s Glam and utilizing Sharpie’s 80′s GLAM Limited Edition Collection colors. Lots of great prizes – find out how to enter here
  • PatternSpot.com, C&T’s new online marketplace for downloadable quiltmaking and sewing patterns. It’s coming soon – in the meantime some sneak peaks at the layout and some faq’s to quench your curiosity
  • Extra crafty links:

  • Nifty gift bag repurpose
  • Jeans refashion – flowers at your feet
  • Cardigan refashion - lace and cashmere
  • Gardener burlap bag
  • Brassiere wire and crochet necklaces – and use up the rest of the bra with this bra padding necklace
  • Tights to stockings refashion
  • You might want to sign up for Amanda’s starry night log cabin quilt e-course
  • Babies boy beanie
  • Happy  Crafting Friends!
    Kathreen
    xx

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    { 24 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 joanie January 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Looking good Kathreen! Fresh, and springlike :)

    2 kath_red January 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Oh thanks so much Joan – I was going for something fresh and fun!

    3 Margie January 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    It looks fantastic!

    4 Max California January 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Oooh doll I had no idea you lived in Australia! I don’t know how I missed that! Where abouts are you? We live in Toowoomba of all places. Absolutely demented what happened but we’re okay thank goodness. Husband has been amongst it down in the Lockyer though :(

    Love the new layout!

    5 kath_red January 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Max, I am in Canberra – it has been wet but not that wet. Hope you are all ok!
    Kathreen

    6 anna January 21, 2011 at 12:39 am

    wow, love the updates, very refreshing! :) looks lovely…

    7 Alicia January 21, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Wow… I do like the new layout, but it will take some getting used to. it is very nice, though. :)

    8 kath_red January 21, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I thought it would be good to start the new year with a fresh palette!

    9 Maya January 21, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Absolutely love the makeover – fresh and crispy and with frosting on the edges :)

    10 Jill January 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Great work on the new layout! I am so grateful to you for having this site, you really provide me with a lot of inspiration!

    11 lindsey January 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I love the new layout but I miss the list of other blogs you used to have!

    12 kath_red January 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    ok I might put this back in – thank you for the feedback :)

    13 kath_red January 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I added back the inspiration portal – but I think I will update it and freshen it up a bit more frequently

    14 Rachel January 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I love the new layout – so fresh and inviting. Thank you for all your great posts!

    15 Kelly January 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I do like the new layout but the colors are extremely hard to differentiate. The links are a pale gray that seem to float on the background making them hazy and the yellow headers blend into the background expecially on smaller fonts.

    Is there a way to customize it from my end? I love your blog but can’t read it as-is. :(

    16 kath_red January 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    What browser are you using? the links are bright orange as far as I can see. The pale grey underneath the heading is just the admin/author info.

    17 Kelly January 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Also, many of the links are just plain missing – leaving gaps in the text. I can only see them if I control+a (select all) and then they show up in white on a dark blue background. Suggestions?

    18 kath_red January 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    What browser are you using? or are you viewing this in your email?

    19 kath_red January 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Kelly I honestly am not sure what is wrong at your end. I have checked it in several browsers and it all seems ok – is anyone else having this trouble?

    I did make the gold heading font a little darker and the main text font a little bigger.

    Let me know if there are any other problems
    cheers and enjoy
    Kathreen

    20 kath_red January 22, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Seems there might be a problem with viewing in firefox on some computers – if you can you should try Chrome (it also works fine in IE) – but I assure you I will be looking into the problem.

    21 Maya January 22, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I am using firefox now and everything seems perfect!
    Can’t help with the issue. Sorry!!

    22 kath_red January 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

    super duper

    23 kath_red January 22, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Have made a few tweaks so that it is now compatible with IE. If you use windows however the fonts may appear lighter than if you were using a mac.
    But the good news is it that it looks pretty good across all platforms – however please do contact me if you are having any problems viewing and I will try to find out what the issue is.

    thanks everyone for all your help getting this fixed.
    cheers
    Kathreen

    24 Kelly January 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks! You guessed it – IE. Thanks for tweaking, it looks great now and I can see all the links.

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