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Inspired by Brandi’s post on her favourite WordPress plugins, I’m putting up some of the most helpful widgets and plugins I use, along with a quick explanation.


Blogger Importer

This is must-have if you’re moving from Blogger to WordPress. It carries everything across – comments, posts, categories and pictures – and means you can continues with your blog as though you’d never moved a single page.


Blogger Redirect

If you read any marketing or small-business blogs, you may have seen the phrase ‘link juice’ (yeah, sounds completely gross to me too but nevermind) which refers to all the links or backlinks you’ve amassed for your site. Moving your blog means that your ‘link juice’ (seriously, why not just call it ‘web phlegm’?) will be lost, because you’ll probably have a new site address. Blogger Redirect does what you’d expect – redirects all the links to your blog and its posts to your new site, and all you have to do is add a snippet of code to your Blogger template (warning – this means you’ll lose your Blogger settings, so make sure you’re finished with your old blog before doing this)


Comment Reply Widget (found on Brandi’s post first)

How often do you leave a comment on a blog, and never go back to see if there’s a reply? It’s one of the reasons I still prefer forums to blogs: a forum collects together all the different topics in one place, allowing you to return easily to a conversation. But this handy little widget means that if you leave a comment on a blog with this installed, you’ll get a notification as soon as your comment receives a reply – letting a chat continue, yay!


A quickie blog post this time, to let people who are interested know that I’ve put up a free pdf on my site containing what are hopefully some helpful tips on doing a tutorial for a magazine.

It’s only made up of personal experience, but I hope it has some use….and hey, it’s free. You don’t even have to give me your e-mail address – just go here and follow the link to the page.

Let me know if you have any comments!


It’s been a while since I posted new bead pictures (then again, it’s been a while since I had new bead pictures to post, so…) but at last here’s a picture heavy post showing a little bit of what I’ve been up to :D

I’ve put these and more up in the shop, which is also technically new – I’ve changed the layout, and hopefully it looks more inviting now!

For the last few weeks I’ve been making beads with mica powders and metal leaf…which means that running out of varnish to seal these surface decorations is a bad thing. (and the parcel containing the varnish getting lost so a replacement had to be sent was worse – I wanted to give the first pachage a good chance to turn up so I’ve been out of varnish about 3 weeks maybe)

I’ve finally got my hands on it now though, and so here’s a biggish eye-candy post. The beads are up for sale on

And here are some random necklaces I made:

To be honest, I’ve been looking at all of these things for so long that I’m starting to feel very tired, and like I’m stagnating again. I don’t really like to use tutorials (I mean, I use techniques invented by others all the time of course, but I don’t like to have a tutorial in front of me), so I feel like I’m winging it a bit, and my work is not progressing. Another problem is I tend to like my work until I see it in macro (ban macro!) and I see how not-perfect everything is.

Any tips anyone?

(“Relaunch? I didn’t know it had been unlaunched!”)

Technically, I’m relaunching my bead site today – the shopping cart had been down, and I didn’t know (I hardly ever buy beads from myself…) but yesterday I noticed something was off with the site, so I did a check of everything, and yep, something was wrong.


It’s all better now, and to celebrate, I’m giving a 10% discount on order from now until 17th August 2011, yay! Just enter CD1011 in the code box at checkout to get the offer.

Also, now added is a currency converter at the top of every page, for pounds, euros and dollars, for extra ease.


Freeee…it’s a good word. So good I put it in the title of new tutorial I made!

Free choker necklace tutorial

Yes, that *is* my long-winded way of saying that I’ve posted a copper wire jewellery (or jewelry) tutorial on my site. And that it’s free.

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