February 28, 2013

Redesign Your Blog Series >> Mouseover Pinterest Button Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to tweak your blog a bit, perhaps add a feature or two that would make your blog not only look better but also be easy for readers to navigate?
Part of my redesign project this past week was to not only change the look and feel of my blog, but to also make my blog user friendly. I wanted to make it simple for readers to "pin" my photos to Pinterest, but was really annoyed with adding that blasted button code to every post. 
I had seen a few other blogs that had what's called a "mouseover" feature to their photos, which I instantly fell in love with. A "mouseover" is just what it sounds like, when you move your cursor over a photo the Pinterest button appears over the picture, giving you the option to easily pin a post to your own Pinterest board.
The great thing is that you only have to post a code to your HTML code one time and that's it! Now ALL of your photos past and present show the Pinterest button.

**I wanted to preface this post by stating that if you're attempting any of the codes in this redesign series you should always back up your template and preview your changes before you "save template". Better safe than sorry.
*The original tutorial can be found here.
If you have a Wordpress blog the tutorial can be found here.

There are two simple steps to this code (for Blogger):
1. Go into your HTML code and hit "Expand Widget Templates".
Now scroll down about 3\4th of your code until you see </body>.
2. Right above </body> paste this code:


<script>
//<![CDATA[
var bs_pinButtonURL = "http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y3xzTGiGzH0/UK4XOaUpdaI/AAAAAAAADw8/Z1MH4Jr4Efo/s1600/pinterestx1_72.png";
var bs_pinButtonPos = "center";
var bs_pinPrefix = "";
var bs_pinSuffix = "";
//]]>
</script>
<script src='http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.2/jquery.min.js' type='text/javascript'></script>
<script src='http://greenlava-code.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/publicscripts/bs_pinOnHoverv1_min.js' type='text/javascript'></script>
<!-- please do not alter or remove the following code -->
<div id='bs_pinOnHover'><a href="http://www.bloggersentral.com/">Blogging tips</a></div>


That's it!
If you want to change the position of the button (I moved mine to the upper right hand corner, just replace the word "center" in the code with either
topright
topleft
bottomright
bottomleft
Press "save template" and your all ready for your readers to start "pinning" away.
If for any reason you want to remove the mouseover buttons just go back and erase that code from your HTML.
If you have any questions feel free to email me and I will try to help.

Look for more tutorials from this series, and if you have anything you would like to see a tutorial for leave those suggestions in a comment below.

February 27, 2013

St. Patty's Day Printable

Do you have the luck of the Irish?
Is your best friend a leprechaun?
If not, this sweet print may bring you some St. Patrick's Day luck!
I can't believe it's March already, and you know I'm sooo ready for Spring. 
Bring it!
The amazing Brittany Thomas created an adorable free print for you to print out, frame,  or washi tape to your wall in a happy place.
You can check out more prints by Brittany Thomas in her Etsy shop.
april
xoxo

February 26, 2013

W h a t I W o r e

Happy Tuesday!
Are you still loving the new design?
I tweaked a few more things, like the "top posts" links and sidebar buttons. I feel like this ol' blog has a lot more of my personal style, which makes me feel like you know me a little better. I'm thinking about writing a series of posts sharing various codes and tricks I used to redesign the blog. 
Would that be great?
If so leave any questions or aspects of the design that you would like to see explained in the comments section and I will include those tutorials in the series. 
I have no design or "coding" training, just a regular girl who has done her research.

Southern California has been a cool 68 degrees, on average, every day. So I'm still longing for Spring to well, spring! And from all of the photos I've seen on IG so are a lot of people, especially those of you living on the East Coast. 
Snowmaggedon?
I would die, or cry, or both.
I'm such a wimp!

I'm so bored with pants, and I'm doing my best to dress them up and make them look like a new outfit, but I'm struggling. Jewelry and cardigans help, and I really loved this outfit.
Blouse: Thrifted
Tank: Target (I love it, perfect for wearing under low cut shirts)
Cardigan: Ross
Bracelets: Thrifted
Flats: Costco
Necklace: Green D Designs
Sunnies: Dollar Store
Purse: Thrifted

The little boy in this picture hasn't been totally convinced Kindergarten is necessary. 
Tantrums for dayssss.
Shirt: Old Navy
Jacket: Old Navy
Pants: Target
Sandals: Thrifted
Purse: Thrifted

Both of the boys were receiving awards on this day, so I decided to "dress up". This is what dressing up looks like when you have to volunteer right after the assembly in a class of 26 5 year olds.
Blouse: Thrifted
Chambray: Guess (thrifted)
Pants: Target
Boots: Ross
Necklace: Kohls
Sunnies: Dollar Store

I'm dreaming of wearing dresses, open toe sandals and t-shirts that don't need to be layered with a jacket. 
Swoon.
What will you wear this Spring?
april
xoxo
pleated poppy

February 25, 2013

Stamp Clothing Using a Sponge

Our family is in the midst of a HUGE baby boom. Both of my beautiful sister in laws are pregnant with boys and due a few weeks apart! I am beyond happy that my boys will have two sweet little cousins to grow up with. 
A new little baby means new little clothes, and you know I'm a sucker for shopping!
I've seen a lot of baby clothes lately with repeated geometric patterns, and I thought I would give this trend a try myself. 
I posted a doily stamping tutorial HERE a few months ago that worked really well using puffy paint. This tutorial is a modified version of that project, using sponges instead of doilies.
You will need:
* Sponge (I bought the Ocello brand because they are sealed in plastic and soft when you open them. No water needed.)
* Scissors
* Puffy paint
* Baby clothes (washed)

Cut your sponge into a shape, I made hearts and treasure map marks.
Squeeze a big dollop of puffy paint and gently dab your sponge into the paint. You don't want to press to much paint onto your baby clothes, because then the paint will dry and be really thick and stiff. You just want enough paint to make your design. I slipped a piece of cardboard into my onsies because the fabric is really thin, and you don't want the paint to go through. My baby leggings were O.K., they were really thick.
Stamp away! This is the fun part, you really can't go wrong with simple or complex patterns.
I also stamped a onsie to match so I could gift the little princes a matching outfit. Swoon!
 I forgot how small newborn baby clothes are. 
Babies are my favorite. . .
I can't wait to hold my nephews in these sweet outfits. 
Sniff. Sniff.
My womb hurts. Ha!
april
xoxo

February 22, 2013

Sweet Saturday Link Party V. 67

Are you loving the new design?
After about 6 hours of working on my HTML code and re-making all my labels and buttons I am SO in love this pretty little space in the blogosphere. I've been tinkering with the code for about 2 years.
 That's a long time right?
I actually really love working on coding, it's a puzzle that I really want to complete, and when I get the code to do exactly what I want, it's a great feeling. An accomplishment that makes my nerdy heart soar. Ha!
I'm not done with all the nooks and crannies, but it's coming along quit well. 
What do you think ?
OK OK.....
Let's get on with this party!

Welcome to Sweet Saturday, where you can link your creative projects, meet friends and find inspiration.
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Here are the features from last week:
Ottoman Storage Makeover
By: Urbane Jane
Hutch Makeover Tutorial
By: Restoration Beauty
Churro Crisps Recipe
By: Shaken Together Life
Panko Breaded Onion Rings
Free Burlap Banner Cut File
Peanut Butter and Jelly Game

Thank you to all of you who linked up! 

Here are the details:
* Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address. 
Features will be posted on next weeks' Sweet Saturday.* I "pin" each feature *HERE* on my Pinterest page specially made for features.
Happy Crafting!

February 19, 2013

Wore

When you live in Southern California your wardrobe has a to have a little of everything, especially when we are talkin' about transitioning from one season to the next. The weather here just can't make up it's mind. 
Just when you think it's time to pack away your rain boots and heavy coats you hear on the news a storm is coming. 
Crazy.
This past week has been a perfect example of how Schizo the weather is. 
Valentine's Day was so hot and sweaty that after I took this picture (I could not keep a straight face with Dylan acting so silly) I had to change my clothes. The high was like 84 degrees! 
What. . . 
Boots: Mootsie Tootsie (bought at Ross)
Jeans: Lauren Conrad-Kohls
Shirt: Walmart
Cardigan: GAP (thrifted)
Necklace: Soleil Selene

It continued into the low 80's for the rest of the weekend, which was fun because I was able to dust off my cut-offs.
Purse: thrifted
Shoes: TOMS
Shorts: thrifted
Shirt: thrifted
Flannel: thrifted and pulled from my 11 year olds closet
Sunnies: dollar store
I'm wearing baggy Levi jeans that I love to roll up a few times when it's warm outside. 
Blouse: gifted by my MIL
Purse: thrifted
Jeans: Levi
Bracelets: 
Black leather: Disneyland
Cuff: thrifted
Wood bead saints: bought in Old Town San Diego

ANNND. . .
Then we have a high temperature today of 55 degrees! 
So I had to bust out my pants and long sleeves again.
Flats: Target
Skinny jeans: Target
Chambray blouse: Guess, thrifted
Necklace: Kohls
Shirt: Walmart
Purse: thrifted

I can't say the weather around here is boring right now, I never know what to expect, and it's lovely either way. I'm born and bred a California girl.

I went thrifting this week and found a few vintage dresses that I can't WAIT to wear!
I have a few vintage belts and sandals that will go perfect with them.
The middle photo is a vintage nurse's dress that I bought for Halloween. 
 I pick up things here and there at garage sales and tuck them away to avoid buying $40 costumes that fall apart at the end of the night. 
My husband loves getting the holiday bins out from the garage.
Do you believe me?
 Because I'm lying. 

pleated poppy

If you are looking for some vintage lovelies to buy and wear you can check out my shop *HERE*.

February 18, 2013

Our Harlem Shake Video

Have you heard of the Harlem Shake? They are in short, 30 second videos set to a song called The Harlem Shake. The beginning of the video is set in a normal setting with only one person dancing and quickly cuts to everyone dancing in crazy costumes. The boys and I watched probably 10 videos before deciding to make one of our own.  
And of course I had to share it with you. . .


I'm thinking about adding a link for anyone else who wants to challange our moves.
We could have a "shake off".
You've been served.
april
xoxo

February 17, 2013

Vintage Lovelies and a 35% Off Coupon Code

I have been crazy blessed lately in my thrifting the past few weeks.
And my Etsy shop (SHOPgingerbread) has never been more full of vintage lovelies!
I've listed Pyrex dishes, table clothes, macrame and crochet blankets. 
I've actually had a really hard time parting with some of the table clothes.
I'm a tablecloth hoarder.
I have a very tall stack in my pantry. So please, buy these and save me from the temptation. Ha!
This set of 4 metal daisy patterned serving trays. Swoon.
If I had a little girl, she would be wearing this sweet poncho.
If only my nieces were older.
I'm such a sucker for any type of crochet wraps or ponchos.
I bundled a few "sets" of doilies that can be purchased. These are my favorite.
Today I'm offering a swoon-worthy coupon code!
Visit the shop and use the code 
"YOU ARE RAD"
at checkout for
35% off
Boom.
Stop on by, say hello. We can have virtual coffee.
april
xoxo

* This code is valid from 2\17-2\18.

February 15, 2013

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.66

I'm in the midst of a serious sugar crash.
Valentine's Day really sucked me of all my energy. I've been walking around like a zombie today, really wanting to crawl back into bed.
It's not time for bed yet?
Darn.
I'm hoping to hit some great garage sales in the morning, so I better sneak a nap or go to be extra early. . . or drink an extra large coffee in the morning.
Happy Friday!

Welcome to Sweet Saturday, where you can link your creative projects, meet friends and find inspiration.
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Valentine's heart pom pom sweater
Felt Heart Monster Tutorial
Root vegetable fries with garlic rosemary aioli
Valentine's Day Brazillian truffles
Vanilla sprinkle mini doughnuts

Thank you to all of you who linked up! 

Here are the details:
* Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address. 
Features will be posted on next weeks' Sweet Saturday.* I "pin" each feature *HERE* on my Pinterest page specially made for features.
Happy Crafting!

February 13, 2013

Peanut Butter Chex Cereal Mix

This has to be the best cereal mix I have ever made. For reals my kids are going bananas right now literally eating it off the counter as it cools. I'm making one batch to give to the kids teachers for Valentine's Day and another just for us. I had to share it with you because you MUST.try.this.treat. 
Bananas.
I'm not labeling it a "Valentine's" recipe because you could really add M&M candies for any holiday, or just the regular candy colors. I had most of the ingredients in my pantry already, so it wasn't any trouble running to the store to buy the Chex cereal and M&M's. 


You will need:
* 9 cups (it's really one box) of rice Chex cereal
* Half of a vanilla candy bark
* 1\2 cup of peanut butter
* 1\4 cup butter (melted)
* 3\4 cup powdered sugar
* 1 cup of M&M's
* 3\4 cup peanuts
* Gallon plastic bag 
* Wax paper or foil

1. Mix your cereal, M&M's and peanuts in a plastic bag. Depending on the size of your bag you may need to mix half of your cereal....but I usually use a target bag to mix it all at once. 
2. Melt your candy bark, peanut butter and butter and mix together. 
3. Pour your melted peanut butter goodness into the bag and gently shake until your cereal is evenly coated.
4. Add your powdered sugar and shake again for a few minutes. 
5. Dump onto a long sheet of wax paper and let dry.
Enjoy your sweet treat, but be ready to make more like I had to....it's that good!
april
xoxo

February 12, 2013

Wear

Thankfully it's sunny and beautiful in Southern California these days, but the warm weather hasn't come with it. So while I love sporting my sunnies I can't slip on my Reef sandals yet, oh how I miss my tank tops. Remember when we used to drink iced coffee? Spring really can't come soon enough! 
Here is my little love bug giving me a kiss and pose before school this morning.
Today I took Dylan to buy new shoes after school because apparently, according to his teacher, those cute blue laces pictured above keep coming untied. So until he learns to tie them himself, which we are working on, he needs slip-ons or velcro shoes. I remember teaching Kinder and having to tie 20 pairs of shoe laces, it's awesome! Not really.
Of course this guy took me around Target wanting to look at sweatshirt jackets, skinny jeans and hair gel. He never wants to buy toys, he doesn't really even have that many toys. But shoes, clothes and hats? We have tantrums for days over that stuff.
My outfits these days have looked really similar... jeans and a sweater. They vary in color and style, but that's my general comfort zone. I suppose I'm in a rut, any ideas? I have sun dresses and cut off shorts in my closet calling my name, apppprrril....
Do you hear it?
Here's to hoping my bboy feels like a stud tomorrow with his new clothes and shoes, I'll post it tomorrow on IG (@gingerbreadblog).

Sweater- The Loft
Jeans- Kohls
Purse- Thrifted
Shoes- Gifted to me by my sister who bought the wrong size.....swoon.
Necklace- Cinnamon Sticks Jewelry

april
xoxo
pleated poppy

February 10, 2013

The Barn

I'm always amazed at what a powerful tool social media is. Yesterday I saw on Instagram that The Barn, a sweet little shop that is literally a barn set in back of someones property, was open. I looked up it's FB page, more social media, and found the address. 
As a side note, I would love to live in a barn. I could have easily plopped my bed in the middle of this store and called it home. Seriously.
This store is like a dream. It's full of handmade jelly, crafted items and vintage treasures. I really did want to take everything home, or just plop my bed in the middle and have the owner charge me rent.
Outside we found a sweet picnic bench with Valentine's Day themed treats.
I love the yummy yellow quilt and chippy wood bookcase.
swoon.
I really loved how each vintage jar had it's own little nook.
What a great idea to take a large wide-mouthed goblet and fill it with bird seed!
 Xoxoxoxo
I'm such a sucker for rust.
The details at every corner of The Barn added to it's charm. I hope, if you live in Southern California you will look it up. The Barn isn't an actual shop you can go visit whenever you want, so you'll want to check out Tara's Facebook page for the latest updates. She holds an outdoor marketplace 3 times a year, and the next one is in May. She does randomly open the barn here and there, and she posts those times on her FB page.
The Barn

I will definitely be at the market in May, so if you see me, say HI!
april
xoxo