Beautiful Free Christmas Desktop Wallpapers

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Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, Christmas is almost here!

And with it the time to update our desktop wallpapers.

As that is one of my most favorite things to do and I always love searching for new desktop backgrounds, I thought I could share some of my new finds with you.

So, if you are into that kind of thing, there are some really beautiful holiday images waiting for you HERE. They are in JPG format and work on all computers including Apple Macs.

And if you are a PC user, like me, you might like the festive Christmassy desktop wallpaper themes that are freely available from Microsoft (they work on PCs only). To activate them, click on the links below, and then (on Microsoft’s website) click the Download Theme button. Once the download has finished, simply double-click on the downloaded file in order for Windows to install your new desktop theme. (All three themes come with multiple desktop wallpaper images, Christmas sounds and colors! The themes can be installed on Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers.)

Decking the Halls theme
Decorating the Trees theme
Holiday Lights theme

Enjoy!

Love,
Petra
 

Colorful Yarn Giveaway – December Edition!

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Contest closed. Thank you! Winner has been announced in a separate post!

Hi friends!

Today, I am super excited to bring you a new giveaway!

One lucky reader can WIN all the colorful yarn shown in the picture. This time I have chosen Red Heart – Bella for you. It’s a kind of yarn that I like to use for its soft quality and very lovely color palette (I have used it to make quite a few projects, my Crochet Ripple Blanket being one of them).

TO ENTER

To enter the giveaway, just let me know WHAT PROJECT WOULD YOU LIKE TO USE THE YARN FOR (leave your answer in the Comments section of this post; one answer per person, please).

Extra entries:

. Facebook (share the link to this giveaway with your friends on Facebook and leave a separate comment about it in the Comments section of this post)

. Twitter (share the link to this giveaway with your friends on Twitter and leave a separate comment about it in the Comments section of this post)

. Pinterest (pin the link to this giveaway on Pinterest and leave a separate comment about it in the Comments section of this post)

. Any Other Social Media (share the link to this giveaway on any other social media site of your choice and leave a separate comment about it in the Comments section of this post)

… So together you have many, many, many chances to win.

This giveaway is open till December 20, 2013 and it is open worldwide. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced and contacted shortly after.

Good luck, everybody!

Love,
Petra

Contest closed. Thank you! Winner has been announced in a separate post!

 

New Crochet Pattern – Colorful Christmas Star Ball

Crochet PDF Pattern - Star Christmas Ball

Hi friends!

Today I am very happy to show you my newest crochet design.

It’s called a Colorful Crochet Christmas Star Ball! Yay!

This little creation makes my heart so very happy! Indeed. I was working on it for the past few weeks and, needless to say, those were just the most amazing weeks filled with bright colors, relax and joy…

Of course, I took a few pictures to share with you… enjoy…

 

Crochet PDF Pattern - Star Christmas Ball

Crochet PDF Pattern - Star Christmas Ball

Crochet PDF Pattern - Star Christmas Ball

Crochet PDF Pattern - Star Christmas Ball

Crochet PDF Pattern - Star Christmas Ball

In case you’d like to crochet some star balls too, you can easily do so by following a pattern that I have put together for you. It includes 61 step-by-step pictures to make the project as easy as possible. You can find the pattern in MY SHOP or on ETSY.

Thanks for letting me share!

Thank you for visiting my shop!

Happy crocheting!

With love,
Petra

 

How to Attract Traffic by Making Your WordPress Blog Mobile Friendly

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Hi friends!

Today I would like to introduce a very special person to you.

This person has been my web developer and adviser for all things computer and internet related for quite some time.

I have recently asked him if he could share some of his knowledge and valuable ideas with you, my dear readers. And I am beyond happy and excited that he said yes to being a special contributor on this site.

This friend’s name is Peter and today he would like to share with us How to Attract Traffic to a WordPress Blog by Making it Mobile Friendly…

Petra

 

Guest Post by Peter.

Traffic is the blogger’s lifeblood. Not only does traffic bring in ad revenue, it also creates a community around the blog.

Many bloggers started out a few years ago when smartphones and tablets were rare. But in today’s world, these devices are present everywhere and are used intensively. So it is very important to enable easy access to your blog for these mobile users.

Since WordPress is the best and most used blogging platform, I will show you how to make your WordPress blog responsive. Responsiveness is that quality of a website which automatically changes its layout, so it is optimized for various devices. In other words, a responsive site is easily readable on a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop, and a desktop computer.

The following tutorial is intended for self-hosted WordPress blogs (wordpress.org) like the one that Petra uses.

 

The whole process consists of only six easy steps. And here they are…

STEP ONE

Go to your WordPress dashboard. Click Plugins, click Add New.

wordpress dashboard plugins add new
 

STEP TWO

Search for a plugin called Jetpack by WordPress.com authored by Automattic. Install the plugin.

wordpress dashboard install plugins jetpack
 

STEP THREE

Activate the plugin.

wordpress dashboard activate plugin jetpack
 

STEP FOUR

Click Connect to WordPress.com in order to enable all the nice features of this plugin.

wordpress dashboard jetpack connect to wordpress.com
 

STEP FIVE

If you already have an account with wordpress.com, just enter your username and password, then click Authorize Jetpack.

wordpress authorize jetpack
 

If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one by clicking Need an Account?. After signing up by entering your email address and selecting a username and a password, WordPress will swiftly send you an email with an activation link. By clicking on that link in the email, a new browser window will open, where you will be able to click Authorize Jetpack.

wordpress sign up for new account authorize jetpack
 

STEP SIX

Activate the Mobile Theme feature in WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack.

wordpress dashboard jetpack plugin activate mobile theme
 

At this moment, you may check out how your blog looks like on mobile devices. If you are not completely satisfied, choose one of Jetpack’s four available mobile themes that best suits your blog. You can find Jetpack’s themes in WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes.

wordpress dashboard appearance available mobile themes
 

Easy and beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂

Please, let me know in your comments whether your blog is already responsive or if you found this tutorial useful to make your blog responsive.

Happy blogging!
Peter

(Note: Mobile support is also available for wordpress.com users. It can be easily set up via the wordpress.com Dashboard in Appearance > Mobile.)

 

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