dorothy and alice

dorothy and alice
Originally uploaded by mike r baker

I just came across this wonderful illustration by Mike R. Baker while browsing all the beautiful and inspiring artwork by artists on Illustration Friday. I have been wanting to draw my own version of Alice and her various friends in Wonderland. Hopefully I will soon when I finish the various projects I am working on. If you have a chance, take a look at the other work that Mike has done in his Flickr gallery. It’s fabulous!


Illustration Friday – Detective

This has happened at our house on more than one occasion…hhhmmmm doesn’t take a whole lot of detective work to figure out Who Ate All the Cookies…

I’ve long been a fan of Illustration Friday and have many times started drawing to do the challenges, but never finished anything. Today I am brave enough and confident enough to finish my drawing and post it. Thank you for looking and please feel free to leave your comments for me!

Have a FB fan page?

If you have a FB fan page, then add a widget to your blog to make it easy for your blog readers to become a fan.

Click here for the FB Fan box widget. You can add it to your blogger site just by clicking a few buttons.

Note to my clients and others using the 2-column Minima template:
You will want to modify the width of the widget to 220px and add code for the height, depending on how many fans you want to show up in the widget. The default is 10 fans, but if you want more, then add the following code so it looks like the image below:

height=”400″ (adjust to your needs)
I found more Facebook widgets on Widgets for Free and they also have Twitter widgets and more. 
It’s hard not to go crazy with all the widgets in the side bar. Remember, you can change where they show up in the Layout tab by clicking on the element and dragging it up or down. 

My eco-conscious friends – need cute reusable grocery bags?

I designed a set of reusable grocery bags last year. The designs I put on them are girly and cute. Please check them out – my website is Fortune True Reusable Bags. They have a side pocket, long handles, a plastic insert in the bottom and are useful for a lot more than just groceries!

  • Use them for any shopping – the mall, Target, Walmart, etc.
  • Use them when I grocery shop (some stores even give you a credit for bringing your own bag)
  • Hang one on your laundry room doorknob to collect recyclable trash/cans/packaging – when it’s full make it one of your kids’ chores to empty it in the big recycling can
  • Take it on playdates to the park, beach, friend’s house – it’s great for packing up toys, snacks, blanket, waterbottles
  • Take it to the gym to carry your towel, change of clothes, etc.
Most important thing to remember when you have reusable bags is to bring them to the store when you shop! I keep a stack of them in my trunk so I always have them. These bags always get compliments at the store! 

Updated my favicon!

I just customized my favicon (it’s the little graphic left of the URL in the address bar of the browser). It’s not hard to do and it gives a personalized touch to my blog.

Want to do it yourself? First you need to create your favicon file. You can use your logo (or a portion of it), your chick graphic (zoom in on her though) or any image that you want. If you can Photoshop, just create a new 16x16px image and save it as your favicon in .png format on your computer. If you don’t Photoshop, there are some online favicon generators that will do all the work for you. I have listed a couple below.

After you’ve gotten your favicon image saved, you’ll need to upload it so you can get a URL. You can use sites such as Photobucket, Flickr, or Imageshack. You will need the link/URL to the image itself.

Then, follow the instructions below on how to replace the standard Blogger favicon with your very own fabulous favicon!

Here is how to replace the favicon for your blog:

  1. In your Blogger Dashboard, go to Layout>Edit HTML.
  2. Back up your existing template before making changes in case something wonky happens. (To back up your template, just select all the code, CTRL-C to copy and paste it in a text editor and save it on your computer.)
  3. Place the following code directly below the  tag in your template, substituting the URL (in red) with the URL to your image. (Your image may end in .png, .ico, or .jpg.)
<link href=’http://yourimageURLhere.png‘ rel=’shortcut icon’ type=’image/’ /> <link href=’http://yourimageURLhere.png‘ rel=’icon’/>

  4. Save your template.

  5. View your blog and you should see your new favicon! If you don’t, refresh your browser and delete your cookies.

Here are a couple of online Favicon generators: