Wednesday, May 15, 2013

More Mini Birthday (and Other) Gifts!

Flossy the bunny, as usual, has been busy baking cupcakes at Cupcake Cottage. This time it's vanilla cupcakes with creamy coconut frosting and a cherry on top. These are definitely a Cupcake Cottage favorite!

Flossy has been using a favorite cookbook, but in case that's not enough, look at all the darling cupcake books sent by Anna of LITTLETHINGS blog:

Aren't these tiny books precious? Anna also sent a pretty card and two more books, including a vintage one for my mid-century modern dollhouse and a special bear bedtime stories book. Sophie the bear has already gotten her paws on that one and has moved it to Brambleberry Farmhouse. ;-) Thank you so much for your thoughtful birthday gifts, Anna. We all love them!

Next up, Maria of Pretty Things Ireland blog sent a wonderful birthday package filled with darling minis and craft supplies:

Isn't her card beautiful? And that miniature bicycle is too cute! See the tiny red lipstick on the white tray? Flossy has put that in her bedroom already. :-) The pink hat and purse were hand crocheted by Maria too. I keep the tiny guinea pig candle holder near my computer monitor, so I think of Maria often. Thank you so much, Maria! You helped make my birthday so special!

Finally, I received a wonderful package from Sans! of The Dollhouse Diaries blog. Sans! offered her readers some miniature paper sunflowers, and I jumped at the opportunity. Then Sans! surprised me by sending all these:

As soon as I received the package, I started making mini bouquets with the tiny rosebuds. You'll see some of them in future posts. I'd also love to make a mini pond with huge pink lotus flowers, so maybe you'll see that one day too. Thank you so much for your thoughtful gifts, Sans! You really brightened my day with all of these gorgeous flowers.

Blog friends are real friends--isn't it so? I feel very blessed indeed. Until next time, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I've Decided What I'm Doing When Google Reader Goes, Have You?

Lately I've been busy trying to figure out how I will follow the blogs I love now that Google Reader is disappearing July 1. I needed an alternative to Google Reader--the sooner the better! After reading a couple of posts on Carina's Craftblog and Mockingbird Hill Cottage about this very dilemma, I decided to switch from Google Reader to Bloglovin'.

I recently made the switch, and I couldn't be happier. Bloglovin' made it so easy to import all of my favorite blogs from Google Reader. All I did was sign up for Bloglovin', which took about five minutes total. I had to click a link in an email from them, and their first question was "Would you like to import your blogs from Google Reader?" Again, it took less than five minutes, and all of my blogs were there, mostly in the correct folders that I had set up in Reader. ;-) Yay!

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I've set up a "Follow this Blog with Bloglovin'" button at the top of my blog's right-hand sidebar. Please use it, if you find it helpful. Or just click the button above. :-)

Many of you are not using Reader to follow blogs. You may be following blogs in your Blogger dashboard. If so, I believe you will find Bloglovin' really refreshing. Just as in Google Reader, you can set up folders to categorize your blogs. For example, I have folders with titles like "Shabby Chic," "Cute Kawaii," "Favorites," and so on. It makes looking for information and prioritizing which blogs to read much easier than using the Blogger Dashboard's blog feed.

I hope you found this post helpful. Feel free to ask questions, answer questions, and share experiences in the comments. Until next time, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Flossy the Bunny is a Calendar Girl!

Maybe some of you remember when my banana slug plushy became a calendar girl. She was discovered nearly two years ago by The New Fat, a born in Nottingham, UK graphic design agency specializing in design for brand communications. The New Fat publishes fun free downloadable desktop wallpaper with a calendar each month.

I received an email from Suze Moore a few weeks ago, as they were looking for a new "calendar girl." This time it was Flossy the bunny's chance for fame. I created this summery miniature scene just for The New Fat (notice how there's plenty of room on the left side for the calendar):

See what great work they did with her photo? There are even cute strawberries on the calendar!

A big thank-you to Suze and everyone else involved at The New Fat. Until next time, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer