Monday, April 29, 2013

Retro Cherry Background

Hello lovelies,

Today I've created a free tiling background. Its a retro cherry pattern with a black background. Reminds you of vintage 1950s curtains doesn't it? Feel free to use it on blogs, websites,or wherever. All I ask is please place a link back to my blog on your page. Happy creating! :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How to Promote Your Blog Part 1

Hello Ladies,

 I've decided to start blogging about business ideas. I believe that everyone only has one chance at life and there is no reason why you can't chase your dreams even when they sound crazy. I've been saving ideas for one day when I open my dream flower shop; but today I've decided to start sharing them on my blog to help inspire other ladies on their journey toward reaching their own dream.

This is the first post in a 3 part series about how to promote your blog. Each post will feature 10 free & low cost ideas to help promote your own blog or website.

1.    Add meta tags and keywords to site for SEO optimization.
2.    Submit our site to search engines like: Google, Yahoo, ect.
3.    Put website link in email signature.
4.    Join social media sites like: Myspace, Twitter, ect. and create an online presence for your blog/business.
5.    Create Facebook business page and invite your friends to join.
6.    Add videos on YouTube about your blog and place your URL on each video.
7.    Add your blog to networked blogs. (
8.    Create an email newsletter and offer freebies for people that sign up.
9.    Place a few product ads on Craigs List and include your blog link.
10. Submit product feed to Google Merchant Center. (

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blue Jar Giveaway at Sweet Magnolia Farm

Hello ladies,

Did you know that Ball has created a new 100th Anniversary American Heritage Collection blue mason jar? I love the vintage blue jars and I'm excited about this! :)

Each jar features a design on the back reading:

1913 ~ 1915
100 Years of
 Made in the U.S.A 
Sweet Magnolia Farm is hosting a giveaway in honor of these new jars. To view the prizes and enter for your chance to win an iconic blue jar click on the link below:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Blog Makeover

Hello ladies,

Did you notice our new look? I bought a template today from Angie Makes on etsy.

I love the linen background and the lace on the sides. It seemed so simple and yet so pretty at the same time. The only thing I didn't like was that the links were the same color as the text; but this was a super easy fix. Now ya'll won't miss a link.

Thank you Angie for such a beautiful template! :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Teacups and Pintrest

Found this lovely photo today and thought I would share it. Its from a tea party my grandmother and I had a a few years ago. 

I found the best website today. Its called Code it Pretty. They have a little pinterest button you can add to each photo here are instructions. I also learned how to add a signature to each of my posts.
Next week I'm going to try and add a pinterest board to my site.


Hello! Welcome to my new site. My name is Shannon and this blog will be about my favorite things. Mostly gardening and all things vintage.

I am a floral designer and working toward a degree in horticulture. My floral designs can be found on my website Camellia Cottage. We create wedding flowers, wreaths, and custom designed arrangements.

My favorite hobby is shopping for antiques. I love old houses, hand sewn linens, elegant china teacups, and large hats. My grandmother loves to collect almost anything, and I must have caught my love of shopping from her. I have a small both at The Depot in Concord, NC. Its the largest antique mall around. Somehow I seem to spend more money there than I make. Anyway, if your interested in my vintage finds, visit my other website Call Me Cordelia. I've recently had requests for webdesign. Never pictured myself as a graphic designer, but I had several requests since word got around that I created both websites myself. I'm in the process of finding a logo for my latest business adventure.

I'm excited about having a blog! I can't wait to start blogging. In future look for DIY ideas, photos of my latest vintage finds, links to other sites I love, craft ideas, and gardening tips. If you've taken the time to read this...please leave a comment and introduce yourself. :)

This site was made with ♥ by Angie Makes