Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tutorial: How to Make a Blog Button/Badge

Hello to all!
I just made my first blog button thanks to this fantastic tutorial from oikology101.blogspot.com. I am so happy and want to thank them so much for taking the time to share this. Below is the picture I am using as my button. Please feel free to go down my sidebar to find the link for my button if you would like to place it on your blog. I really love it and it turned out perfectly and actually works!


I used several online sites to create the final product. First, I had to create the button. I used http://www.puresilvabannermaker.com to make both my button and my header on my blog. I think it works really well. They have tons of fonts and backgrounds to choose from and you can adjust the size to what you need. Plus, it is very easy to do. My favorite thing is easy to do, so, rock on!
Next, after I had saved the image to my computer, I uploaded it to http://www.photobucket.com. I used the Photobucket editing tools to add in the Einstein picture and re-sized it a bit more. Then I used the instructions from the tutorial and Bam. Magic Button!
Just in case you don't want to jump over to the other tutorial, here is my short and sweet version.

1. In Blogger, open a HTML gadget. Title it "Grab my button" or whatever you want. Then place in this code:

<a border="0" href="Your Blog URL" target="_blank"><img src="URL Direct Link from Photobucket"/></a>

Save this. Go to your blog and click the picture to make sure the link works.

2. Open a new HTML gadget. Do not title it and place it directly under the 1st HTML box you created. Then place in this code:

<textarea rows="4" cols="20"><a border="0" href="Your Blog URL" target="_blank"><img src="URL Direct Link from Photobucket"/></a></textarea>

This will be the box that contains the text for people to copy to get your button! I really hope this was helpful to someone. It was to me. 

I will blog again soon. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
January 8, 2012 to January 23, 2012
387 pages
Published: 09.13.11

Synopsis:


“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.”

This is my new favorite book. I loved the descriptions of the circus. I loved the way Morgenstern formed the characters from childhood into adulthood. I loved the ending (which rarely happens). I just completely adored this book. Very highly recommended.

Review: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 2010


Photo by pprescott on HitRECord

Jan 3, 2012 to Jan 3, 2012
63 pages

 Fantastically magical. Insanely brilliant. 
This was the first publication of HitRECord, and what a wonderful beginning. 
The possibilities are endless. 

I love this little book. It is packed with so much beauty and talent. Just amazing. Bravo to all that contributed to this little gem.

Review: Recollection Vol 1


Jan 3, 2012 to Jan 3, 2012
64 Pages

 An amazing collection of art and poetry from HitRECord and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It comes with a beautifully bound 64 page collection of stories and artwork, a DVD with 36 short films and a CD with 17 songs. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (aka RegularJoe) is the driving force behind this piece of art and it is breathtaking. I highly recommend going to the HitRecord site and checking it out. The concept is beyond brilliant. 

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

(Picture from Goodreads. Click picture for link.)

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Dates Read: December 17, 2011 to January 6, 2012
502 pages; published Dec. 6, 2011

Clockwork Prince is the second book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. It continues the story of Tessa, a shapeshifter of unknown origins. She has been given safe haven at the Institute with the Shadowhunters protection. These Shadowhunters include Will and Jem, two young men that Tessa struggles to choose between. Will is mysterious and dark. Jem is a silver light of kindness. As if this wasn’t enough, Tessa and the Shadowhunters are in a race against time to find the Magister. The Magister is hell-bent on destroying the Shadowhunters and taking Tessa as is bride for a reason unknown.

As always, Clare has written exquisitely. I am so caught up in the world she created that having to wait another year for “Clockwork Princess” is going to drive me insane. All of her books that I have read leave me wanting more, but this is about 10x more intense. I believe the “Clockwork Prince” is her absolute best book to date. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. So, I am just going to say to anyone that read this book/liked it/is waiting on next impatiently that I feel your pain. This was a wonderful first book to start off 2012!

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