Feed Me

June 26th, 2013

I feel like somebody has taken away my favorite toy. Or ripped the carpet out from under me. Or sipped the last sip of my favorite Syrah.

I’m so upset about the death of Google Reader and a bunch of you have jumped on this weeks ago but I waited till the very end. I loved it because it sat on my iGoogle home page and I could get all the latest posts popping up right away and much to my delight, like Melissa’s fab new lamp and vignette from yesterday. I’m so set in my ways that change in this arena is difficult, but necessary. 

dashboard pop up

 

After much procrastination, I migrated my feed earlier this week and now I use two: the first is Flipboard for when I’m thumbing through on the iPad or iPhone. I like that it “flips” like the pages of a magazine and you get an image teaser – this is my favorite way to read articles at night on the iPad or when I’m stuck somewhere and on my phone.

flipboard for ipad reader

The downside is I can’t Pin from Flipboard unless there is a ‘Pin It’ button, so I have to email myself anything I want to pin or mark it to read later. If you’re on Flipboard too, here’s how to migrate your Google Reader feed in the next few days.

I tried Pulse but didn’t like the black background or the limited settings, maybe I’m missing something but it wasn’t very user friendly to me.  I tried Bloglovin’ and it was pretty good, the import of my favorites was easy. 

bloglovin import

Pinning worked only for the blog url, not the article url for me, is that true for any of you?  The whole blog can be viewed inside Bloglovin so you can see the entire blog layout if you prefer that.

Oh and I found out you can download through Google Takeout all of your Reader subscriptions just in case you want a backup.

google takeout

 

I tried the Feedly service and it’s the one I like best – it has a clean aesthetic and sensible settings and feels the most like Google Reader.

feedly

 

I also like the “preview” function, which allows you to comment on a post inside the Feedly, yay!  Google Reader didn’t have that so I consider that a bonus for Feedly.

preview reply

And you can create categories (woot!) for the different kinds of blogs you read, travel, DIY, design, whatever!

If you follow this blog with a reader, you can subscribe in Feedly or Bloglovin or your reader of choice – or subscribe via email too (see Subscribe tab on blog home page). The posts automatically post on Facebook as well if you like CG there.

So friends, there’s still time. Five more days. What about you? Where did you send your feed subscription?  What do you like or dislike about your new reader? Any convenient settings I should know about?

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4th of July Painted Placemat & Napkin

June 25th, 2013

Hello all, are you excited for the upcoming Fourth of July? It’s one of my favorite holidays, I love the food and patriotic traditions!  Some years we host a party since we have a fantastic view of the local fireworks show from our front yard. In other years we’ll visit someone else’s home. This year my parents are hosting and we’ll spend the day poolside and then do the traditional fireworks observation at night.

I got crafty this year playing off Old Glory’s red and white stripes and white stars on a blue background to create a fun place setting. I partnered with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Brand to create a striped painted placemat and accompanying star spangled napkin, embellished with a fireworks inspired detail on top.

4th of july painted placemat and napkin

 

To recreate you’ll need red placemats, blue napkins, white craft tape, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape; a roller, artist’s paintbrush, tray for paint, star punch from a craft store, and red pipe cleaners (not shown).

project supplies

 

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