Category: My Thoughts

Any other posts that don’t fit into another category and my other thoughts.

I’m still here!

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Soooo… I know I have been absent since May (hangs head in shame) but I am still here! I had quite a lot of posts written up ready to go but for some reason, and I really don’t know why, I never got around to posting them.

Life seems to takeover so a super quick recap of what’s happened in the Pink Penguin household since May. In June we celebrated Dexter’s first birthday (how has time gone that quickly?!), in July we said a tearful good bye to Lily’s pre-school during a fab performance they put on for us. When August arrived we went on our first family holiday which was absolutely fantastic, we had such a great time and it was so nice to get away for a while. Then September came and my little princess started school and I started childminding again. It’s been a busy household and getting back to work, updating paperwork and getting used to the school run, settling my little girl into school and having a toddler destroying the house I am so tired once I’ve got the kids to bed and filled in paperwork that I’m asleep before my head hits the pillow!

Anyway, it’s all well and good saying how busy I am but aren’t we all?! I need to make time to dedicate to my lovely little website that I put a lot of time and effort into. I get emails and messages from you lovely readers and I don’t want to let you down.

So TTFN and I will try my best to upload a lot more often!

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The Importance of Watermarking

Recently I have heard quite a few stories from talented people who make items to sell, stating that their photos are being used by someone else. Either claiming it’s theirs, or perhaps they took it innocently to show what they could make. There are a number of reasons that someone else could take your photos and pass them off as their own, and in this digital age that we live in any pictures that are put on the internet can be easily copied, saved, screenshot, etc.

There is no way you could ensure that your photos aren’t used, but there is a way of preventing it from happening for the wrong reasons, and that’s the simple art of watermarking (putting your own translucent mark/logo/text onto your pictures so you can still see through them). Like the ‘PROOF’ text that you used to get all over your school photos!

A watermark can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. It can be just plain text with your name or business name on the picture or it can be your logo. Whatever it is, try to put it on your picture somewhere where it can’t be cropped off easily. But at the same time, you don’t want it to obliterate your picture. A watermark can also advertise your business too if you use your logo or business name on it.

I have made up some examples of different watermarks here:

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This one has my business name at the bottom in full opacity. I think this looks neat but it can be easily cropped out.

wedding peg dolls fade writingThis has my business name right through the picture but the text is translucent so you can still see through it. Personally I don’t think this looks as smart, but it can’t be cropped or taken out easily.

wedding peg dolls with watermarkIn this picture I created a watermark with my logo and added it onto my picture in an area where it can be seen but isn’t obliterating much of the detail in the picture.

If you want to create a watermark for free it’s incredibly easy to do (if I can do it then you can too!). There is a fantastic website that you can use online called picmonkey, it’s a very straightforward website and they have their own useful guides on how to use it. There are also many apps on your phone and tablets too, and the one I am enjoying using at the moment is ‘pixlr’ (I have just discovered they do a version for computers too!). If you’d like to make a logo watermark with text and don’t know how then I suggest using gimp. I had a play around on it and taught myself but if there was anything specific I wanted to know I’d youtube it. There are so many youtube videos on practically everything to do with the gimp software.

It is a shame that we should feel threatened by people taking our pictures but, you should be proud of your work and putting your watermark on is like putting your signature on. We should be flattered that someone thinks our work is so good they want to copy it. At the end of the day there will always be someone willing to undercut you and think they can produce the same items as you for a fraction of the cost, but if they have to steal your pictures instead of putting their own up, they clearly aren’t proud of their own work, and I dread to think about the materials they use, as there is a reason you charge what you do.

This leads me on to another topic about the cost of handmade but I shall save that for another day!!

For now, please ‘sign’ your work and be proud to show off what you have done! PLEASE watermark your own work.

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Spring has (almost) sprung

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I love spring, it signals the miserable seemingly never ending winter is over and we are hopefully on the way to some warmer weather. There’s a freshness in the air and the trees and plants are budding and ready to show their greenery that has sorely been missed since late autumn.

The snowdrops are going but in their place are crocuses and daffodils and soon the beautiful blossom will be out. There is new life with the beautiful baby animals being born and it’s so lovely to see lambs in fields.

It also happens to be my birthday, so an extra reason to celebrate! Although my birthday is usually either red hot or thick with snow.

When the sun shines through my living room window it automatically puts me in a better mood and helps to banish those winter blues that we all seem to be suffering from of late.

Looking forward to nicer weather and a happier state of mind,

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mums, you’re doing great!

mums, you're doing great

 

Whilst watching TV the other night an advert came on for some formula milk (I think it was SMA) and the tagline for it was, “mums, you’re doing great”. Personally I love this saying, even though I have read a lot of conflicting views online, mainly due to the fact dads aren’t included, but as it’s mothers day on Sunday I want to big up the mothers out there! (and in my personal experience mum’s are harder on each other than dad’s!).

We have all at some point felt like we could do better at being a parent. Maybe you don’t read to your child every night because you’re so exhausted you just want to get the kids into bed, maybe you wish you could give your kids homemade organic food every night instead of the fish fingers and chips from the freezer. Whatever it is I am sure we have all felt like we could do better at some point, I know I have.

When you become a mum you discover all sorts of emotions that you never knew you had before, and it’s an emotional roller-coaster of endless learning.

Whether you breast or bottle feed, cloth bum or disposable, baby-led weaning or puree, baby wear or not, do or don’t co-sleep, are a young mum or older mum, you are all doing great!
I think mums should stop judging each other and just support each other. How much nicer would it be if instead of feeling like you are being judged for the way you bring up your children, you had support and encouragement from other mums who are going through the same issues as you, or have been there and done that and can sympathise with you. As long as your children are loved and cared for, that should be all that matters.

So, however you feed your child, change their bum, which pushchair you use, or not, whether you are a working mum or stay at home mum,

MUMS, YOU’RE DOING GREAT!!!

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Hello!

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Hello,

A great big hello and welcome to my new website! I will be updating it regularly so please keep checking back to see me. If you want to know more about me then please read the about me section which should give you a little more insight into me and why I started this blog/website.

Over time hopefully there will be many more posts about a whole load of different topics, from my family, to DIY and crafts, and the items I make to sell.

If you have come over from my facebook page then it’s lovely to see you here too. For now I shall leave it there as this was really just a quick post to say Hi!

If you would like to contact me please don’t hesitate to get in touch either via any of the social media channels or by email
rosie@the-pink-penguin.com

I look forward to starting my blogging journey and seeing you all here with me!

Bye for now,

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