Saturday, May 30, 2015

Creating a Blog Button or HTML Button 101; Networking Saturday

Note: This tutorial post is a bit long so if you are looking for the linkup please Click Here To Jump To The Bottom, it looks like this...

I know most bloggers or armchair web designers learn how to create a basic button early on but because there are new people blogging every day I  thought I would post a basic how to on a button I use often.

This one very versatile and the code can be altered to create quite a diverse group that has many uses.
It is often used to create buttons on websites that lead you to another page, shop, FB page, basically anything online; essentially all it is is a fancy URL link.  Here's the URL I am going to create a button for today:
  1. Choose a small image you would like to use for your button
    1. Tip make sure that there is either enough room for your Call To Action or Title
    2. If you find a picture you like but it doesn't have enough room you can create box to put it in leaving you room for your wording (good example of that is my Networking Saturday image above)
  2. Once you have the image completed you will need to find a place to store it "online" so that it is actually on the web (note it is not the same as storing your pictures in the cloud that is data storage.)  Some simplest options are:
    1. Flickr- with this type of site you will need to make sure that your image is saved as open to the public otherwise it will not work.  To do this on Flickr go to privacy settings select visible to everyone and make it publicly searchable
      1. Once your image is upload they will give you some options and instruction on how to grab the code
      2. Perk of a Flickr account is that it is free, easy and gives you 1 terabyte of data (that's a whole lot of data for free)
    2. Right here on Blogger (far easiest)
      1. Create a page or post you will never publish
      2. Upload your image as normal
      3. Click the HTML tab so you can see your code
      4. Highlight the part that ends in a .JPG
        1. An example of what you are looking for:       
      5. Copy it and paste it somewhere handy like an open document in Notepad or word
      6. Instead of clicking "publish" click "save" then "Close" that is it
  3. For the link you want to have your button take your viewers to:
    1. Go to the published page, site, post whatever you plan to send people to
    2. Once it is open, highlight the URL (in the bar at the top of the page) 
      1. For today's example it is:
    3. Click copy and paste it also into the open document so you have it ready
  4. Copy the following code:
    1. <center><a href="YOUR SITE'S URL HERE"><img src="YOUR IMAGE'S CODE HERE" width="200" height="200"/></a></center>
  5. For blogger sidebars:
    1. Open the Layout section of your dashboard
    2. Click to Add a new widget and select the option to add an HTML
    3. Paste the code you just copied into that box (add a title if you want but it is not necessary)
    4. Highlight the colored areas and add your own information there
    5. Save and you are done!
  6. For other sites or to put it within your post
    1. Chose to work in the site or post as HTML (for blogger that is simply clicking the tab with that title)
    2. Paste the code where you would like to see it show up.  Tip: For me if there is a lot of data and it is hard pinpoint the spot I mark it while I am in the Compose tab by typing a series of ************ in the spot then it is easily recognisable while I am working with the HTML.  You will, of course, delete those once you are done building your button.
    3. Add your Data (the image JPG code and your site URL)
    4. Save your work and you are done! (See the example of my button and its code below)
<center><a href=""><img src="" width="200" height="200"/></a></center>


Rule Free Networking:

Post any of your family friendly sites including social media (blogs, shops, FB, etc.)  What ever sites you would like to share. (multiple sites are OK)  No obligation here.

Please help promote this post using your social network.  Here is an easy one:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Twitter Tree

The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:


Only 2 Items per person
Each Tweet must contain the hashtag #CCFRNDS 
(NOTE:  Important only use #CCFRNDS for Twitter Tree Tweets!)
Only 1 other Hashtag may be used.
Include your Twitter Id, mine is @ButterflysAttic
Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items
Tweet Everyone’s listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate. Team Leaders do watch who is tweeting and who is not.)

Help us get more visitors to this post and tweet this post (I made it easy with the button below) 

Windmill by Water by Jacob Van Ruisdael Vintage Postcard @butterflysattic #CCFRNDS #EtsyBot2

Watercolor by Heinrich Heuser Berlin Dancer Vintage #Postcard @ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS 

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Going to the Beach on Throwback Thursday

America has been going to the beach for hundreds of years.  Whether it is the lake side, ocean side or even the pond side (LOL) the beach is the place to be.  It just so happens that even in the early 1900's the beach was a favorite past time.  Spending a hot summer day hanging out alongside a large body of water is the absolute best way to spend your time.
From Etsy shop:  MazzaLuca
From Etsy Shop: EphemeraObscura
From Etsy Shop: VintageAdarama

From Etsy Shop:  ThePostcardDepot
From Etsy Shop:  3floridagirls
From Etsy Shop: ParisBookandPaper

Going to the Beach on Throwback Thursday

Linen Postcard, Greetings from Galveston, Texas, Beach, Large Letter, Curt Teich
Great fun vintage 1950s beach towel pinup girl deadstock unused Rockabilly Viva VLV
Vintage 10 Inch Conch Shell for Coastal Beach Decor ... By the Sea By the Sea By the Beautiful Sea
1904 Beach Plants, Shrubbery, Indo-Malay Mangrove, Coco Palms Original Antique Chromolithograph
Salty Mermaid for Your Beach House - Great To Hang That Wet Towel On
8th Ave Beach Scene Asbury Park New Jersey postcard
Fashion Beach Semi Naked Risque Edwardian Victorian 1985 colour print Home Decor Vintage Wall Art
seashells baby flat scallop craft  bulk shells BEACH DECOR NAUTICAL
1836 Antique Original Engraving Le Règne Animal Paris Molluscs Mollusques Plate 105 CUVIER hand colored Marine Sea Ocean Beach Life Shells
1960s Straw Fedora / Beach Hat / Rockabilly Hat / Hipster Hat
Vintage Caribbean Island Beach Trinidad Color Photo- Original Print 1950s
RPPC 1920s Flapper on the Beach // Original Not Reprint // Flapper Swim Bathing Suit
vintage pinup beach RC cola advertisement illustration
Sea Coral No.4 Wall Hanging Beach Decor sepia branched coral sealife illustration Bedroom Decor Wall Art Print 8x10 GnosisPictureArchive
Vintage Straw Beach Tote with Peachie Flower Trim
Municipal Beach and Pier, St. Petersburg, Florida  - Vintage Linen Postcard - Unused

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Playing on the Beach on Throwback Thursday

Summer Fun At The Beach Toddler Girl Playing with Dad in the Sand SC 1963 Vintage Black White Photo Photograph
Soviet Beach Toys / Cute USSR Vintage Sand Box Kit / Beach Set of Toys for Toddlers: Shovel, Rake, Donkey & Duck Animal Coloured Sand Moulds
Vintage surfing themed beach towel or surf art.
Vintage Candy Candy beach bag - 70's anime manga
Vintage White Slippers Beach Wedding Thongs Vintage White Flower Sandals Vtg White Glitter Sandals White Sequin Slippers Ladies Shoe Size 9
Vintage Print, Lookers On, Ocean. Seaside. Beach House Decor. Black and White Drawing
Ohio Art Tin Litho Sand Pail Vintage Beach Sandcastle Toy
Vintage 70s VW Beetle Beach Towel Volkswagen Bug surfer scene surfboards Surf's up VW collectible so rare!
a Dozen beach babes
1960s Small Hat Sun Straw Bucket Beach Resort Retro Pin Up Rockabilly Kitsch Kawaii Mod 1950s Mexican Honeymoon Striped Rainbow Cute Shade
1951 "Day at the Beach" Nursury Art Children's Room Fraternal Twins Corinne Malvern Wall Hanging Vintage Book Page Illustrations Red Pail
Vintage, large, Helmet Shell, beach, cottage decor
Vintage 80's Corona Beach Party California t shirt XL
Antique 1940's Postcard Galveston Beach Tug of War, Texas, Beach Bunnies, Pin Up Girls, Vintage 40's vacation souvenir Texana ephemera
Straw Tote Bag woven raffia beach bag vintage 60s basket bag hand stitching handcrafted boho ethnic hippie festival Puerto Rico
Bathing Beauties on Spa Beach in Heart of St. Petersburg Florida Vintage Postcard (unused)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Second Annual Christmas In July Giveaway Invite; Promote Your Shop!

I am looking for shops to participate in a group giveaway for a great Christmas In July Giveaway campaign.  This Christmas In July Giveaway is open to all shops that are in the tradition of Etsy but not limited to Etsy.  So in other words if you are on Etsy, Artfire, Supadupa, a Free Standing Site or any other platform as long as you would fit the vintage or handmade theme.  

There is a $5 minimum value and of course the higher the value the more attention it will attract. Each person will be responsible for sending their item directly to the winner. The value of your donation will determine how many links will be promoted in addition to your shop. All participants will have their shop link promoted +1 and additional links are as follows:

    $5.00 prize donation = Shop link +1
  $10.00 prize donation = Shop link +2
  $15.00 prize donation = Shop link +3
  $20.00 prize donation = Shop link +4
>$20.00 prize donation = Shop link +5

Please note that due to FB's strict rules on "liking" pages we will only be able to direct people to "view" FB pages and not "like" them but I will include them in the giveaway if shop owners want that link promoted.

I will be posting the giveaway on my blog and running it throughout the month of July. Participants are expected to promote at minimum 4 times a week via twitter, FB, pinterest, G+ etc.

If you are interested in participating please convo me or email me at ButterflyInTheAttic [at] yahoo [dot] com 

I will need the following information:
For physical items:
Item or Items to be given away
Professional quality pictures of the item
Brief Description of item
The working links that you would like to have promoted
Shop Name and link (some of us have multiple shops)

For Digital Items:
Professional quality Collage of digitals or digital gift certificate that can be printed
Brief Description of item
The working links that you would like to have promoted
Shop Name and Link

Don't forget to stop back and check my upcoming posts, I will be providing more information.  I will also be posting some free shop banners and other freebies throughout the upcoming month.  Contact me if you have any questions.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

From Selfies at the Club to Training Cats; Laughter Is The Best Medicine

From Selfies at the Club to Training Cats 
Good and blessed Sunday morning.  

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones

From:  Humor Train on Tumblr
From FB Page:  Laugh It Out
From FB Page:  The secret to humor is surprise.
From: Humor Train on Tumblr
From FB Page:  Drink Wisconsinbly
From FB Page: Laugh It Out