Friday, September 23, 2011

Adding a Favicon to Your Blog

So as most of you know, I was MIA for a little while.

But when I came back to the blogger world, I noticed a new feature on the blogger design page.

It was to edit your Favicon on your blog.

So just what exactly is a "favicon"?
A favicon is basically a shortcut icon or website icon.

At default, your blog will have the standard orange blogger "b".
But now you can easily update it to add your own personalized image.

Check out my before and after:


Notice the new favicon, the blue square with "nsh".

So how do you add your own favicon to your blog?

First, from your Dashboard under Manage Blogs, click "Design" under the blog you want to add a favicon to.
It will then bring you to the Page Elements section of the Design tab.
At the very top, you should see a tab that says "Favicon" and "Edit".
Click Edit.

Now this screen will pop up:


You'll need to upload a square image you want to use.
I went into photoshop and made a small square image.
Also make sure when you save it that it's less than 100 kb

Now remember, this is only going to be a tiny square on the screen.
So make sure it's not too busy.
Otherwise people won't know what it says.
It should be a simple way for people to know it's your blog!

A little note...
It took a little while for my favicon to actually show up on my blog.
So if it's not there right away, just give it a little time!

I hope this helps!
If you have any questions please let me know :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

got a facelift

What?

No, not me!

My blog silly :)


I felt like it was time for a change.

And it's FALL!
My FAVORITE season of the year!

So I went to this site, Design Seeds, and found an autumn color palette I loved.
Then made a design I liked using the colors in the image!


I only really used the lighter blue, maroon, and the gray.

The old blue was getting to be a little too bright for me.

But I LOVE the new colors!


Also added new social buttons to the top of my header.
Which was a PAIN to do!
Seriously, it took me like an hour to position them with HTML.

Be sure to grab the new buttons too :)
Located on the sidebar!

A new page was added to my nav bar... About Me... Coming Soon!
Deleted the blog hops tab... I'll consolidate it with Blogs I Love.

So........

What do you think?

Monday, September 19, 2011

stressed out & a little comic relief

Disclaimer: This is kinda a "Courtney needs to vent" post.

So I coach a cheerleading squad for a private Christian school here in town.
There are 8 girls on the squad (4 seniors, 3 juniors, and 1 sophomore).

Here's the girls cheering at a game a few weeks ago.


I took this with my iPhone and edited it using Instagram, my new favorite photo app.
My friend has been telling me about it for a long time.
I finally went to download it.
Then realized I already had it but had never used it.
Gotta love moments like that.


Anyways, coaching a group of 15-18 year old girls can be stressful.
They all have their own personalities and attitudes.
I dislike some of their attitudes.
I wish they could all get along and love each other like sisters.
But that's not the case.

There is one particular girl who is causing a lot of DRAMA on the squad.
She emotionally hurts a lot of the girls on the squad and in the school.
But I can't catch her doing it.
So there's not a whole lot I can do.
She also misses a lot of practices for what she says are doctor appts and such.
I've never gotten an excuse from her.
But she has got me to my wits end.

Her mom is just as bad as she is.
If her daughter doesn't get what she wants, the world will end.
Seriously.
Who needs 12-12-12 when this girl doesn't get her way.
I swear this girl is the victim of EVERYTHING.
Apparently EVERYONE is out to get her daughter.

Anyways, here's what happened the other night.
At the HOMECOMING football game.
So 4 of the girls (yes, half my squad) were on homecoming court.
2 of the seniors, 2 of the juniors.
This particular girl (a senior) did not make it.
And let me tell you there was a WHOLE mess up at that school about it.
It was scary.
Her momma was up there screaming at everyone because her daughter didn't make court.
But that's another story.

Anyways, so the girl wasn't on court.
I had her, another senior, a junior, and the sophomore to cheer together.
All fine and dandy.
So I called the girl and left her a voicemail at 3 telling her to be there at 5:30 and to wear a certain bow.

The girl shows up at 6:30.
I asked her why she was late, I left a message.
She said she never got my message.
Seriously?
What teenage girl doesn't check her phone?
If she didn't get the voicemail, she would have at least seen the missed call.
It rang a billion times.
I know it went through.

She also shows up with this elaborate, curly hair do.
Seriously.
It was homecoming court worthy.
Not cheerleading worthy.
It was pulled half up.
I make the girls wear it in a ponytail.
I asked her to pull it up.
She said she didn't have a ponytail.
I asked her if she could find one.
She said she'd try and then kinda walked off.

Fast forward to game starting time.
She STILL doesn't have her hair up.
I asked her again.
She mumbled something about no ponytail.
Fine.
I went and found her a ponytail and brought it to her.
I told her I had borrowed it and to keep up with it.
And I told her to pull her hair up.
Man, did I get some attitude about that.
I saw her eye rolling and stuff.
She looks at the ponytail (which was one of the regular ones, not the super thin ones).
Apparently it's not going to work.
It will be too tight.
I told her to only wrap it twice and it would be fine.
She THROWS THE PONYTAIL ON THE GROUND and asks a friend for a thin one.
Hmm... interesting she could find a ponytail that fast.
So she pulls her hair up.

Problem solved, right?
NOPE!

A few minutes later the girl's mom walks up to me.
She tells me (in a not so nice way) her daughter is not wearing her hair in a ponytail.
It is her daughter's senior year and she'll wear her hair however she wants.
Her daughter is about to cry because she doesn't like her ears showing.
I told the mom she could go to the bathroom and fix it.
She said no, she's wearing her hair down.
Then WALKED OVER THE GIRL and PULLED THE PONYTAIL out.
I tried to talk to the mom and explain that all girls must pull up their hair.
She yelled that she wasn't listening to me and walked off.
Like a 5 year old.

I lost it.
I had been dealing with the drama from this girl and her mom too long.
I walked out of the game and to my car.
Where I completely started sobbing.
I know I shouldn't have let it get to me.
But I was tired.
It had been a long day.
I'm just trying to make the squad good.
But I can't when I get screamed at.

The school counselor saw me and recognized me.
She came and talked to me.
I was so grateful for that.

I calmed down some.
Then I called the sponsor (one of the junior girl's mom).
I told her I didn't know if I could do this anymore.
I couldn't stand getting yelled at and all the drama.
She told me to hang on and she'd call me back.

She did and told me she had the principal, church pastor, and associate pastor.
I went up and told them what happened.
They all know the trouble this family is causing.
They told me if it happens again, to direct them to one of them.
I shouldn't have to handle it.
Then the sponsor found someone to work concessions for her to stay with me.
She was basically my bodyguard.

The whole night was just so stressful.
I wish I could get these girls to get along.
I just don't know what to do.

Yesterday my mom found out from one of the football player's parents about what happened.
She was livid someone made her baby girl cry.
She wanted to go beat that other momma up.
She said next time it happens to call her.
She said, "If she says you're making my daughter cry, well she's making my daughter cry."
I love my mom.

And I love coaching the girls.
I enjoy it so much.
Just not the drama.



Anyways, as some comic relief I have a video to show you.
A few of the girls on the squad told me about it.
It made me smile :)
Plus it's Monday... we all need a little stress relief on Mondays.




Have a great Monday!

Friday, September 16, 2011

guest post: Dance in a Triangle

Hi everyone, it's T over from Dance in a Triangle, guest posting while Courtney is busy settling in to her new home.

A little about me: I'm a dabbler in the arts, be it writing, painting or photography, and my blog contains a little bit of everything I enjoy. I've recently begun taking my photography more seriously, and I thought I would share some photographs with you of the place I call home.

Sri Lanka is a small island in the Indian Ocean, known for its tea and spice and everything nice :) One of my favourite parts of living on an island is that everything is within a few hours' drive, so over the weekend you could go from lazing on the beach, to a tropical rain forest, to a wildlife sanctuary, to the cool climate of the hill country.








This is a lighthouse in Galle, on the Southern coast of the island, popular for it's beaches and historic Dutch Fort. Below is the view from the ramparts of the Fort. It's one of my favourite places to visit because of the history and cultural significance, but also because I have great memories there with my boyfriend :)









This photograph was taken in Arugam Bay, on the Eastern coast of the island. When the season is right, it's a hot spot for surfers, but I prefer it during the off season, when I can have the beach to myself.







Another local fave: the miles and miles of lush green paddy fields, juxtaposed against blue skies. Agriculture is one of the oldest and most important livelihoods of Sri Lankans (since we can hardly go a day without rice!), and golden-green fields are a common sight in rural Sri Lanka.










In the heart of the hill capital, the last kingdom of ancient Sri Lanka, is the Temple of the Tooth, housing the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha.










Kumana National Park is a bird watching hot spot, especially during the migratory season. It's full of secluded glades, watering holes and sunlit corners. If you are lucky, you will spot exotic birds, deer, crocodiles and even a lone elephant or two.















I don't want to crowd this post with too many pictures so I'll leave you with a few last pictures of the best part of island living: the sunsets!















That's all from me! Thanks to Courtney for hosting me on her blog! I hope you enjoyed the posts, and feel free to visit my blog for more.


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Um, can you say GORGEOUS pictures? I SO want to go there!

T REALLY knows how to take some AMAZING pictures :)

The skies are BEAUTIFUL!

Put it on my list of places I want to go!

Be sure to head on over to Dance in a Triangle and show T some LOVE!



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Monday, September 12, 2011

guest post: Dixie Delights

Hey y'all! I'm Amanda from Dixie Delights and I'm just *delighted* to be guest posting over here at Not So Homemade!

I'm always rearranging, fixing or tweaking something around my house, and one of my latest victims was the foyer. Here's the nothing-too-terribly-wrong-with-it before (other than the horrendous picture taking skills)...


...and here's how it looks after a few simple changes!!!


The day we moved in two years ago, I plopped the best table I had for the space in the foyer and it's bothered me every day, multiple times a day, since that day. After measuring the space oh, say a few thousand times, I knew that I really needed a four foot by one foot sized console. Well, I suppose I'm the only person on the planet needing a table that size because, after turning the city of Atlanta upside down looking for that table, I realized that I'd have to just make one myself. And by "make one myself" I totally mean "have my husband (affectionately referred to as Honey in blog-land) make one."

Always up for a challenge and a reason to go hide in his basement workshop lair for a few hours, Honey whipped out this looker, to my height, width and length specifications, in no time flat.


And with a few yards of burlap and a cranky sewing machine, the table became this! I literally squealed with delight the minute I slipped the tiered, ruffled confection onto the perfectly portioned table.


Well, like a domino effect, I realized that the rug in the room had to go just as soon as I finished the aforementioned squeal. I just fell right in love with this graphic Dash and Albert beaut when I set eye on it during a downtown Savannah shopping excursion to One Fish Two Fish. And I made it mine on the spot.


Armed with a much more spacious area for displaying entryway eye candy, I replaced the original buffet lamp with a matching pair from my local go-to decor store - G. Scott Interiors.


And, with found oyster shells, a WalMart frame and a tube of liquid nails, I DIY'd an oyster shell frame for our family photo. See the full how-to here.


Finally, with my printer and some double sided tape, I made patterned chandelier sleeves to match the rug for FREE. Here's the full story on that.


And, if you spied the numbered stairs in the picture above, know that was my very. first. project. in this house! Very first as in a moving day project kind of first. Honey thought I'd about lost my mind as he's hauling in furniture and I'm applying vinyl numbers to our stairs. Look here for the details. (Old picture = no new chandelier sleeves)


So that's the story of my updated entryway. Y'all hop on over to visit me at Dixie Delights any time!
xoxo,
Amanda


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So I'm LOVING what Amanda did with her foyer!

It's definitely getting my foyer decorating juices flowing!

Mine is very BLAH right now... hey Amanda! Wanna come fix mine up? :)


Be sure to head on over to Dixie Delights and show her some LOVE! You'll ADORE her blog, trust me :)





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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Looking for a Few Good Bloggers....


Attention my fellow bloggers!

I'm looking for some bloggers interested in guest posting on my blog!


As you know I've been so busy trying to get settled into my home that things (like my blog) aren't getting the attention they need.


So I'm looking to YOU to fill my blog!

You can guest post on anything you'd like! Crafts, recipes, DIY, remodeling, photography, etc.

I do ask that it be relevant to the kinds of things you would see on my blog and that would appeal to my readers!

This is a great way to get your blog's name out there! You can also promote your etsy shops, other blogs, businesses, etc in the post, I just ask that you do not make your post one big advertisement.

If you're interested, email me at:

notsohomemade{at}gmail{dot}com


Looking forward to hearing from you!

Making Progress- the Living Room

Whew! So moving into and remodeling a house is TOUGH STUFF! It is coming along nicely though. Still, a WHOLE lot of work left!

Here's the progress of the living room so far...

Before:


So the living room is open to the kitchen. So I knew whatever colors I chose would have to coordinate with my kitchen too.

I asked you guys on what to do with the paneling and a lot of you mentioned just painting it. So that's what I decided to do. First things first, kiltzing EVERYTHING!

I have come to a conclusion. I HATE kitlzing! Maybe it's because I know that I'm just going to be painting over it. I know it's an important step but still.



So please ignore the EXTREME mess. It looks much better now I promise. And you might not can see but we ripped up the HORRIBLE vinyl linoleum junk in the kitchen. All. THREE. Layers. Yep. Three horribly nasty layers. I actually almost threw up while we pulled it up.

I was so grateful to have my parents, brother, friends, and my parents friends (and little kids!) helping me with this. It's so overwhelming looking at everything that needs to be done and not knowing where to start.


So I finally decided on a color scheme. I went with brown and a teal/aqua color. The aqua will tie in with my kitchen. And here's the painted room... with my new furniture that I LOVE! Well, my mom was still touch up painting but you get the general idea.


I LOVE it! And I was going to rent a steam cleaner but I ended up getting the Bissell ProHeat 2x and it was TOTALLY worth it! I think it was about $188 at Walmart. I would definitely recommend it. It dries fast, gets most of the stains out. My carpet looks almost brand new! Saved me from having to replace it all!

Lets look at these one after another, before and after:


Now I just need to fill those shelves with stuff! I ordered a 55 inch TV that I want to mount over the fireplace. But that may have to wait until winter until I see how hot the fireplace gets. It may just sit on the ledge of the fireplace for now.

Anyone got any advice on mounting on brick?


So that's my progress for now. I'll try to keep you guys updated!
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