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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A New Way to Follow Fiona and Twig!

Many thanks to my beautiful friends Heather and Vanessa
from At The Picket Fence  for allowing me to re-post
this great post with just a few tweaks!

{ my hallway vignette }

As you’ve probably heard, 
the popular Google Friend Connect (“GFC”) is going away March 1st 
for non-Google blog platforms like Wordpress and Typepad,
and the scuttlebutt is that it will be eventually phased out completely 
to be replaced by  Google+.  (now don't panic yet!!) 

GFC was never really so much an “I follow this blog” tool 
as it was an attempt at the whole Facebook “friend, like” concept. 
Now we are being asked to join Google+ but have found 
like many of you it can be difficult to navigate.  

Bloggers know a good “follower” tool is really needed
and we’d like to have one that is not tied to a million other services
(seems like Facebook, Twitter and Google are linked to everything else on the Internet).
 One that we can use JUST to keep track of our favorite blogs! 

  Those who use Linky Tools and know the owner/creator (Brent Riggs),
realized he would be perfect for developing some kind of
really easy to use “follower” system.
So Heather and Vanessa contacted him, and he loved the idea.

The gals over At The Picket Fence along with a few other bloggers
were involved with the "Beta Testing" of this fabulous new tool!!
And boy did they give it a run for it's money...
and Brent graciously listened to every suggestion,
question and concern they had!
So without further ado I want to introduce you to:

Brent has created a FREE (and we all love FREE) service 
that a group of bloggers have tested and helped develop. 
He has just recently launched this, and you’re among 
the first to be invited to try it out!

Don’t let a bug or an “oops” hurt your first impression. 
You’re being invited to be some of the first users 
of this great new tool, and your feedback will help him 
iron out any problems very quickly.  
Just contact Brent (… he is great about fixing things fast.

But, there are already so many amazing options!  
You can group blogs by Favorites, Everyday and General and even Custom Groups.  
You can create a Blogroll that includes Blogs 
that DO NOT have Linky Followers but that you like to keep tabs on, 
and you can highlight a Featured Follower!! 

One last thing, the inevitable question:
Can my GFC followers be automatically moved over? NO.
Google won’t allow access to those accounts but more importantly,
YOU really shouldn’t sign up someone to a new service.

They should voluntarily sign up themselves.
You’ll need to ask your GFC folks (and all your blog readers)
to follow you using Linky Followers but its easy, quick and did I mention, free?  
They’ll love the tool. It’s  a cool way to organize and follow the blogs you love.

You can get started by FOLLOWING ME from my Linky Followers widget on this page… 

or you can locate it on my sidebar 
right below the Google Friend Connect widget!
I want to invite MY friends here at Fiona and Twig to give it a test try.  
Just start by clicking on the “Follow Me” option and it will walk you through this easy process! 

So please sign up to follow me by clicking my Linky Tools widget
right where it says "Follow Me Via Linky".
I have SO many great things planned for 2012, 
I'd hate for you to miss out!
And don't forget, you can still follow me
the old way, too...for now.

To learn more about this great new tool,
visit THIS post from Heather and Vanessa.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, February 6, 2012

talk. to. me.

 tell me that i 
inspire you

{ click photos twice to super-size }

tell me that i
 spark your imagination

tell me that i
create a sense of 
calm and serenity

tell me that i
challenge and intrigue you

tell me that i
positively, absolutely enchant you

tell me that i
delight and engage 
your senses

tell me that i
illuminate and enlighten

tell me that
you're headed this  way...

headed to a place of wonder, enchantment and 
possibilities....glorious, endless possibilities.
 courtesy of the beautiful lady below...

Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites
301 S Lincoln
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

now open for business.

the "me" talking in this post is the store. not ME me.
just wanted to clarify! :-)

so happy to get a shout out HERE.
they contacted me last week about using
my photos!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

10 Reasons Why You Should Love Elizabeth...

It should be reason enough to love her because
she is beautiful, generous, talented and my friend,
but I've come up with ten reasons why, if you don't
already know and love Miss Elizabeth, you should.

Reason 1. She just received her advance copy of the
very first book she herself photographed and styled!

It's called "Quilts From the House of Tula Pink",
and her work in it is just beautiful!
Truly, there are not enough superlatives.

Beautiful and well done, my friend!
I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Reason 2. She has the studio to end all studios,
and was featured on the COVER of  
Where Women Create, Summer 2010.
If you have the opportunity, order a back issue,
it's a feast for the eyes!

Reason 3. She captures the details of everyday beauty
like no one else...

Reason 4. Miss Thang was also featured in the
inaugural issue of Where Women Cook!

She only has the cutest little kitchen ever!

Reason 5. She believes in the principle of
paying it forward. Her generosity is legendary,
and I myself have been the recipient of her giving, selfless nature.
She is always just a phone call or a text message away,
and I owe her big-time for the calming influence she has
provided during my moments of worry and stress in recent days.

Stunning work!

Reason 6. She hangs with equally beautiful and talented women!
Left to right...
Jo Packham of Where Women Create,
The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, 
and our own sweet Elizabeth!

Reason 7. Even though she and I are roughly the same age,
she is still the person I hope to be when I grow up.
Strike that...if  I grow up.  ;-)

Reason 8.  She doesn't know just how good she really is.
That's the mark of a true artist.

Reason 9. She is one of the biggest reasons I began blogging.
Not only are her photos and styling divine, but her willingness to
share and get real are unrivaled.
See THIS post to see only one of the reasons
I admire her so.

Reason 10. E and her barber husband, Randy, are just too cute!

I could do an entire 'nother post on why you too
should love Elizabeth, but how's about you just head on
over and discover this remarkable lady for yourself?

Click HERE
to follow along on 
The Adventures of my friend, Elizabeth.

Happy Wednesday!

all photos courtesy of Elizabeth Maxson

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