Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SAL Update, Site News & Giveaways!

Just another quick post to share some wonderful news: two SAL participants have finished their bookmark stitching already!!! I'm amazed and greatly impressed by both beautiful works, and must pick up my own needle and get to stitching LOL ;)

First, I need to apologize toEmma (at EveningEmma) since I completely missed her beautiful finish between her posts about her London trip! (oopsies)

Emma's variegated threads in purples and yellows worked up wonderfully, and happily she liked the design so much that she's going to stitch the pattern *again*!

As I mentioned on her post, stitching two patterns up is an easy way to make a reversible bookmmark with completely different OR coordinating colours on the other side! I've seen this done before and think it's a really interesting idea ;)

And Karen (of Karen's Colourful Creations) has a lovely almost-finish along with a bit of a conundrum - she's not sure about one of her colours! I think it looks great, but I'm looking forward to seeing what alternatives she digs up from her stash :)

As mentioned in a previous post, Karen is using orphaned threads - leftovers from other projects - for her bookmark so her colourway is an adventure in the making! Please hop on over and help her out - let her know what you think of that light pink!

ES Site News!

The Radical Revamp of Flickr:

You may have heard this already, but last week the photo-sharing service Flickr was unexpectedly "updated". No notice was given, except evidently to paying Pro Users. This is a complex issue (quick summary here), and one I may discuss at length later, but the bottom line is that there is a HUGE backlash against the service and users are abandoning their profiles in droves. The reaction is overwhelming negative.

Although I am keeping my account for the time being, the site is not functional right now - everything is so very slow to load - and I'm waiting to see if adjustments will be made to the overhaul. I joined for the crafting communities, and that aspect of the site has been greatly minimized and seems to be an afterthought in the redesign.

Time will tell if the groups can recover from the loss of so many members. I am willing to wait to see what happens before giving up on the service completely, but I won't be uploading any new content until I see where the site is going.

The Planned Google Reader Closure & ES:

Other important tech news is that Google is closing its Reader service on July 1st, 2013. This *includes* the Blogger Dashboard, the service that automatically shows the blogs you have signed up to follow in your Dashboard (if you are a blogger on Blogger, LOL). There are many alternative sites, all with very different features.

The most popular seems to be Bloglovin', and I am now officially "claiming" my blog by posting this code link here, after which you can follow ES with Bloglovin' (I'll put a link in the sidebar): Follow my blog with Bloglovin

However, I personally found Bloglovin' a little hard to use, so I'm taking Anne's advice and trying Feedly for my own reader. I'll let you know how that goes :)

"Floral Umbrella" Featured!

I'm still working on adding my new Embroidery section to the site, and one of my very favourite embroidery blogs is Wild Olive, run by the crazy-creative Mollie Johanson. Here's one of the site's logo buttons:

Mollie designs the most adorable patterns, with her trademark smiley faces that are always cute but not coy, and she offers lots of freebies (like this) on her blog!

I greatly admire her work, and have been following her on Flickr, so imagine my surprise and elation when I received a lovely comment from Mollie tonight on my Floral Umbrella! Not only that, but Mollie has kindly pinned my project to her beautiful and inspiring Lovely Embroidery board on Pinterest :) Thanks Mollie!

Which brings me to an important new site update:

Changes in ES Copyright Policy:

Previously, the ES Copyright policy found in my sidebar under this label asked that neither text nor photographs be copied without permission, available by e-mail.

Obviously, this isn't practical most of the time, especially with the constant sharing on social networks, and I've been meaning to change this for a while. However, I was unsure of how to word it. Now, instead I ask only for attribution - for a link back to ES (or a specific post when possible) - UNLESS large amounts of photos/text are to be borrowed, in which case I *am* still asking that you seek permission by e-mail.

Hopefully, this will also clarify matters for other bloggers as well - anyone sharing my content with attribution (ES links) and in fair use can be confident in doing so!

If you have any questions, or have an unusual proposal for use of my content, then by all means e-mail me (in my sidebar, under the pretty postage stamps >)! I'm very reasonable, and all use inquiries are welcome and will happily be considered ;)

Great Giveaways:

Before I go, I want to spotlight some awesome blog giveways you may want to enter:

Anne, at Doll's Musings, is having a special 300 Followers Giveaway that is open Internationally and closes on June 2nd, 2013! The lovely prize is this beautiful blackbird box, presented by Titus, Anne's handsome kitty and Quality Control expert :) There will also be some mysterious surprise goodies! I've entered ;)

Jo, at the wonderfully named blog Serendipitous Stitching, is having a 400 Followers Giveaway! This closes today, May 29th, 2013, but is open Internationally. To enter, you play a fun game centered around a sampler of Jo's and answer a question. The prize is a surprise package with lots of goodies! I've entered this one too :)

Finally, Mii @ Mii Stitches is giving away one of the very popular Bothy Threads kits featuring the little black-haired girl Gorjuss - "Ruby" - in which she's wearing stripey stockings and sitting on a swing with a cute kitty cat :) You'll have to hurry for this one too - the deadline is also May 29th, 2013 (as the winner will be picked on Mii's birthday, June 1st). Like the other giveaways, you must be a Follower to enter :)

Good Luck!

The next SAL post will explore Bookmark finishing techniques! Please stay tuned :)


Lisa said...

I did see your beautiful umbrella pinned by Mollie in my Pinterest feed :-) So lovely to have your work recognised like that.

Lesley said...

I already follow your blog in Bloglovin:)I tried three different feeds including Feedly but Bloglovin works well for me the moment but I am always open to alternative suggestions.All these changes,it's hard to keep up!!!!
Will have to check out Mollies blog:)Have been following your book mark SAL. The design is sooo pretty.

Karen said...

I'm using "The Old Reader" which I like a lot. It has a lot of the same features of Google Reader and works in a similar way. It took awhile for them to get all of my feeds uploaded, but it was well worth the wait. Putting the Bloglovin' button on the side is a great idea and I think I will do that to.

I've never used Flickr, but it sounds like they've made quite the mess.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments! Mary Corbet just posted an article about this issue too :)

@ Lisa: I'm SO thrilled to hear that! I'm really bad with the social networking stuff and I'm not on Pinterest, so I really appreciate that you took the time to let me know :) Thank you very much for your kind words!

@ Lesley: It is indeed very hard to keep up with all these changes! At least Google is giving a bit of notice, but I totally agree - it's very frustrating trying to find new services. I'm glad Bloglovin' is working for you!

Re: the SAL design - I'm very happy you like it, and are following the posts! There's still plenty of time to join in and stitch along if you'd like to do so :)

@ Karen: I'm going to take your recommendation and try out the Old Reader too! Honestly, all of these RSS services have a steep learning curve for me since I was used to using the Blogger Dashboard, and I'm really going to miss it.

Re: Bloglovin' - it's easy to put up the button once your blog is "claimed" and there's several designs to choose from. If you need any help, just let me know ;)

Re: Flickr - "quite the mess" sums it up wonderfully, unfortunately. I really have no idea what's going to happen, and it's upsetting because I've met so many wonderful people on there. Many people are leaving their pages up, but have abandoned them, and there's "nobody home"!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for the plug! I'm putting together a post with links to all the amazing people nominated for the sampler.

I'm using Feedly myself, I prefer the computer version to the iPad app but it is very similar to Google Reader which suits me!

Love all the versions of your black work bookmark.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

You're very welcome :) I look forward to reading your list, the suggestions I've read so far were very interesting! I'm using the computer version of Feedly too, but I haven't tried the app (I don't have an iAnything, LOL!). Thanks very much for your kind words about the bookmark!