Friday, 24 February 2017

Dog Walking In Scotland. Gleniffer Braes. 23rd Feb 2014. Hurricane Doris aftermath

So yesterday we had Hurricane Doris

Thankfully she was fairly calm with us and I actually had to go up into the hills (braes) to get to play in some snow.
This walk is from the carpark by the pylons at the Gleniffer Braes just outside Paisley

It is only about 1.5 miles but today it was a really tough workout as the ground was muddy under them melting snow.
At the most westerly side of this walk it is often pretty boggy underfoot anyway


The views are stunning as they are all over the Gleniffer Braes

Excuse the shaky video, I was trying hard not to fall over! Some of the walk - and some of my nutter dogs enjoying the snow with zoomies and snow dog angels


As you can see - stunning views around every corner
I will be back in better (different) weather for more photos

But today I very much needed my waterproof trousers! Click the image to see them in amazon 


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Needle felting Basics. How to add Jump hoops to turn your felt shapes into beads - and vote for the animal you would like me to show a tutorial of

In todays video I show you how you can take your needle felted paws, hearts and balls and add a jump hoop to let you turn them into super light beads



Also I introduce to to my moon gazing hare and white rabbit 
Please vote on the animal you would like me to create a full length tutorial on. You can vote for any animal on any video.

Please stay tuned for more beginner needle felting tutorials and to meet some more of my animals

Thank you :) 



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Etsy Tips - Etsy Rank - Help with SEO

Have you ever though changing all your tags and titles for better SEO is a massive task??

Do you want a quick easy way to see the problems with your listing and change them?

Are you a swat and like to get graded?

EtsyRank (not sponsored :) ) could be the perfect tool for you

Check out my video taking you through some of the features of EtsyRank


Check your shop has links to all your social media
Make sure your announcements and policies are up to date 
See if you are using all your tags and  photographs
Check your key tags are featured in your titles and descriptions
Spot spelling and grammar mistakes
See how much competition your tags have
See alternatives for your tags
See where your item ranks on Etsy for your tags

All this in one website - its pretty amazing  - check it out

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dog Walks in Scotland. Lochwinnoch, Castle Semple to RSPB

Ratings for this walk

Accessibility              ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐             All on paths, fairly flat
Parking                      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐             Two carparks, Castle Semple and RSPB
Amenities                  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐             Bins, Cafe, Cycle hire, shop, watersports
Length                       ⭐⭐⭐                        Around 3 miles
Solitude                     ⭐⭐⭐                        Popular around carparks but quieter further along
Livestock                   ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐             None
Offlead                      ⭐⭐                              A section beside road
Views                        ⭐⭐⭐                        Stunning views over the water - no different views


On a very sunny Feb 14th I took a walk in Lochwinnoch, Here is a little film of the stunning walk


Obviously I took the dogs with me, and the winter sunshine really showed off their coats lovely :)

Mia loved the walk, no dogs to bother her, lots of kids which she loves :)













And Ben found so many things to roll in :D














I parked up in the Castle Semple visitor center. There is a wee tea room there (but I was good and didnt indulge - although the gingerbread is AMAZING)  That is the star by Lochwinnoch on the map, and then walked anticlockwise onto the road and then up to the RSPB center up along the other side of the Loch

This is a very flat paved walk suitable for any age and ability and although part of it is on the road there are lovely vews the whole way. My walk was just over 3 miles. If you want a shorter walk you can park at the RSPB center and just walk up the side of the loch, that would be just over a mile.

The Castle Semple carpark is fantastic for bird watching


The birds are rather friendly - infact when photographing I often get a swan sneaking up beside me! 

At the RSPB center there are lots of fun things for children to discover and some hides for birdwatching












The paths are good and flat and even in the winter they are pretty with all the moss and the light filtering through the trees












So although it is not the most challenging dog walk there is plenty of pretty things to keep you interested












Even beside the road the views can be pretty
















Around every corner there can be a stunning or cute view




I hope you all enjoyed coming on my walk with me








The camera I used for all of this walk was my trusty Nikon Coolpix L820. Click on the image below to see it on Amazon

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Needle felting Tutorials, Cats Paw Beads

Want to make cute cat paw beads??

This is a great beginner level project and once you have the hang of it these little beads are really addictive.

Also check out the start of the video to vote on which large project you would like me to take you through step by step, in todays video I give you a close up at my needle felted dragon


Monday, 13 February 2017

Etsy Tips SEO

The advice always given to new shops on Etsy is

'Work on your SEO!'

Have you ever heard that and been confused?

What is SEO?
What factors are important in SEO?

In Todays video I try and cover a basic guide to SEO for small artists and crafters with shops on Etsy 



SEO is search engine optimisation - its the way websites allow you to search for things of interest

Etsy's SEO is slightly different than other search engines so even if you know how to rank for Google or YouTube learning Etsy magic will really help your shop

Some factors to consider for SEO are

Tags and Titles 
Recency
Listing Quality
Location
Customer Experience
Similar items 

I hope this video helps :) Please feel free to like and share (if you like it)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Needle felting Tutorials, Valentines Love Hearts

Thursday Felting Video day


So todays tutorial is a lovely simple project
Love hearts
This is a good beginner exercise to learn to manipulate the shapes of your pieces with either pressure from your hands or the way you use your needle

Give it a try, and feel free to subscribe, like  and comment to my channel over on youtube



Thank you for watching 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Etsy Tips, Be The Success You Want To See

Mondays new series - tips I have learnt from my 9 years selling on Etsy

Today is the first one on working like a success



I hope this helps. Watch this space for more tips including SEO, promoted listings and much more


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Dog agility training, Old Mill Dogs Jan 2017 training

Here is a little of the fun we have been having in January - starring 3 of our dogs, Molly, Tilly and Fly

The course shown in the video is here

We have been working on wing wraps all month so after a deceptively easy start it gets a bit twisty

As ever there are many ways to run this - one change that flowed very nicely was a front cross after 16 to avoid the off course jump, turning the dog right over 17 which gave a nice flow into 18

If you do run this feel free to share

If you are interested in training your agility dog I totally recommend the control unleashed book, click the image below to check it out on Amazon 



Thursday, 2 February 2017

Needle felting tutorials - The Reverse felting needle

In todays tutorial I talk about the reverse felting needle


This is a handy extra tool that can be used to drag one colour through another colour to create some interesting effects and to help with blending

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