Remember those Winds of Change?

Yeah, back to this again.

But, hey, pardon me while I get a teensy bit excited.  Because, as a first step towards those improvements I was talking about a couple months ago, there’s been a nor’easter that I didn’t expect.

I got on Pinterest, and began noticing all these cool crafting blogs that have this little floating read ‘P’ things.  I’m thinking, “hey, that’s pretty neat”, and trying for the life of me to connect my Pinterest account to WordPress for visibility (a marketing technique a lot of crafting blogs use).  I soon discovered that in order to do this, I needed special plugins that cost money.  Not only that, but WordPress’s HTML thing is different than what I needed to do other nifty things.

So, I got a little done with WordPress.

I’m now on blogger.  Find me at pollywollydesigns.blogspot.com.

If you need to find something, all my posts and media will still be hosted here, but prepare for a re-do when you head over to my new place.  Inspired my intention of expanding my business slightly to include a more adult customer base as well as still selling baby products, you’ll notice a youthfully spunky, yet vintage-y mature theme.  It’s still under construction, but I hope you like the new thing as well as I do!

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Pinterest Experiment II: Mobile Device Customization

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Okay, so not exactly, because the thing I saw was for Apple products, and used some app that I didn’t really feel a need to download, even if it was available as an Android app. Which isn’t likely, being that there are a lot of app designers who only produce cool apps for the Apple market. And, yes, I am now whining.

But, regardless, the pin got me thinking, “What if I could figure out a way to make my tablet a little more, well, mine?” Much as I love Android, admittedly the wallpapers that come on the device are not the spunky, sweet, charming, bright, sunshiny, colorful backgrounds this Polly wants on her home screen.

And this is how I got started. As a potentially important note, the following instructions are for use within the Android Pinterest app, available through Google Play (Android’s app system, if you are a Apple nerd or don’t know much about Android). You should read through them, but there are instructions following on doing the same thing through your Chrome browser.

From Pinterest:

In the Pinterest ‘Design’ category board, I’ll often run across really cute pictures of textiles or scrapbook paper. So, if you find one of these you absolutely love, tap the pin. In the lower right-hand corner, you will see a settings button, and when you two it, select the option “save to device”.

When your notification bar in the upper left-hand corner says that the image is saved, go to your photo gallery. (At this point, I should mention that there is a possibility some of these buttons and photo galleries may be set up differently between tablets and phones, so if you have an Android phone, play around with it, and let me know through your comments how you did it.) In your photo gallery, at least on my device, will be an album labeled “Pins”. Just as long it’s in one of your albums, we’re good. If you need to crop a measuring tape out or would like to change anything with the small photo-editing software on your device, now’s the time to do it. Then, navigate to your home page, tap and hold until the option to select wallpaper from gallery, live wallpapers, or normal wallpapers appears, tap “From Gallery”, find your saved pin, and select it.

Now, it will ask you to define where you want it to crop. Crop it as large as you can, because, particularly in tablets, the pictures may not be very high quality, so the smaller your cropped image, the more pixelated your background. Hit “OK”, and enjoy your new home page!

From the Web:

If you have a picture in Chrome you would like to save to your device, click on the image. It should either open a window of the picture behind which you will see the original web page, or continue to the page it’s hosted on. In any case, tap and hold the picture, select “save to device”, and proceed as above.

{There is a possibility that some images may be under copyright, so if there is a watermark on the picture, either leave it in your cropped background, or don’t use it at all. We all love to share, but there are men and women making a livelihood off their photography or paper, and it is our responsibility to be sure we are honoring their work.}

Well, I had fun playing around! I hope you have found another cool thing to do with your techno-gadget that will brighten your day.

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Pinterest Experiment I: Almond Bread

Almond bread? It sounds a little weird, maybe, but it was a recipe I found on Pinterest today, and I decided to try it.
{For those others of you on Pinterest, I tend to be one of those pinners who pin things, but don’t try them. I have decided to try to fix that, and this is the first experiment of however-many-i-do.}

The link to the original recipe is here.
{For those of you who may be gluten-free, this recipe would be a super easy one to amend by exchanging the wheat flour with almond and coconut flours. Really, I’m sure you could use whatever gluten-free flour mix you wanted, these flours are just preferred as far as I’m concerned because I have reactions to white rice}

But, before we go any further, allow me to say that I edited the recipe quite a bit, so this is not one of those “Pinstrosity” kind of posts, you know, those wonderful cooks who test the recipes, and post about how bad a recipe it was so the world will avoid it at all costs. I was just trying it, and thought I would blog it while I was at it.

The changes made were, most notably, no poppy seeds. I love poppy seeds, but they don’t usually live in my cabinets, so I couldn’t bring them to the party. Or, more simply, I didn’t have any, so I didn’t use any. Also, we had hardly any oil, so I only used 3/4 cup oil instead of 1 1/8 cups, and it was half olive oil, and half coconut oil, instead of vegetable cooking oil. I didn’t foresee this being a problem, because there’s so much milk in it, and I used whole milk, so there was more fat from there, and instead of fake butter flavoring, I used real butter, which is healthier, anyway.  I wish I could have reduced the sugar, because it needs 2 1/4 cups, which seems like way to much for two loaves, but I did not mess with that because I felt like I had pushed my luck already. I also didn’t drizzle it, mainly because I don’t have orange juice, so as far as the orange glaze goes, “I know nussingk!” :-)

Well, it was very moist, but both loaves seemed a little dense, and while I absolutely love almond flavoring, having it in something so bready was a little weird. The flavor was fine, it just took some getting used to the taste with that texture. I was going to eat it the way I do lemon poppy seed bread, plain with no butter, but the somewhat “sharp” taste of the almond extract needed the softening of some butter. I think the glaze is what would make this dessert bread phenomenal. I’m not going to toss the recipe, pulling it down from my virtual corkboard, but if I try again, serving it with some ice cream or some other complimentary dessert item would be better. As a final note, it may just be my circa 1950 electric oven, but I had to bake these loaves for about 80 minutes, which is 20-30 minutes longer than the recipe calls for. Do what you like with that info, but there it is. :-)

My PollyPinRating is 4 out of 5. My edits to the recipe may have done it no favors, but it was just a tad dense, and without some other flavors balancing the almond, the taste buds get a little weary of the flavor. The amount of unhealthy ingredients in the recipe also goes into this number; namely white sugar and cooking oil.

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Polly Wolly Designs and “The Winds of Change”

We’ve most of us seen that movie. The one-eyed green monster mocking the creepy invisible slithery one in the fashion of a taunting f child. “(Cue high, bright, nasal tone) Hear that? That’s ‘The Winds of Change…'”

My business is quite unlike Monsters, Inc. For example, I don’t run my knitting needles on the screams of children. I love kids, which is why I knit for them. But some minor changes will be taking place that will affect my customers in potentially large ways.

First of all, while I will not be neglecting those darling babies in the least, I will be expanding my business so the mommies, aunties, and second cousin’s grandma’s stepdaughter will find something for them here, as well. This was one of my biggest complaints over the last two years. “I like your work, but you don’t sell adult hats, or adult sizes! All you’ve got is up to 2+.” With a smile, I would ask them if they were older than two, but I knew in all seriousness that if I could expand my base to include some stylish hats, making it clear that they were intended for adults, I would be making it easier to earn their business.
What this means for me is that by September, I’ll have phased in a line of adult hats as well as other knit accessories which are at the present moment classified— that means I don’t have a complete picture of what that will look like, and can’t discuss it until I do. :-)

Secondly, specific color choices for custom products are coming down. I can’t say exactly when, but all my products will be stocked versus made to order. There will be a wide range of colors and combinations available, but after three years of business, I have used only about a baker’s dozen or maybe a score of colors for every hat I have ever made. Custom orders will still be accepted, but will not be advertised on my site. So you, my faithful followers, may order what you please, but only you or your friends in-the-know… Just be prepared to pay more. Details will come out as they evolve. :-)

Do not be frightened. Very little will change, really. Just a breeze-worth. But whether you’re a cute little human, a funny-lookin’ monster, or a classy girl on the town, I hope that gentle whipping of your hair improves your shopping experience with me, and makes you and your little ones feel fashionable and cozy.

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This One!

Doing this kind of thing is fun!  :)

The winner picture is image number…6!

She’s very happy about it, and so am I!

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Which One?

This is my first post in a very long time.

But I have been keeping busy, knitting for craft shows around the country, making gazillions (okay, I exaggerate) of Christmas gifts, and filling custom orders.

But, even though all those things are fun, I like doing what I’ve been doing this past week – graphic design.  Oh, very basic.  Not like my uncle, or even my auntie, who are true computer-artists.  I do logos.  And I got to make around eighteen or so as my photographer customer decided which watermark she wanted.  Which one do you think she chose?

 

CollageChristineANneClick on the image, and it should make it bigger.  Post a comment to guess!  I’ll let you know which one in a bit!

(Guess by numbering from left to right, starting with the top row, and moving down)

 

 

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