July 23, 2014

Embed A Youtube Video Into Your Blog

I don't know about you, but I LOVE being able to share some of my videos on my personal blog. There is a way to add videos through blogger. But let's be honest, they just don't look nearly as nice as they could. So today I thought I would post a simple tutorial on how to post a video to your blog via YouTube.

It really is a rather easy thing to do once you have an idea of what your doing.

1. First and foremost you want to record your video. It doesn't matter if you do it on your phone or your camera. Just record it and upload it to your youtube account. Easy so far right? If you don't have an account it is super easy and free to set up!!!

2. Once you have your video uploaded and saved you will see three little tabe below it. Share, Embed, and Email. You are going to want to click the embed option and it should look like this!
There are a couple changes you can always make. I always click the 640 by 360 option for the size and remove the suggested videos option. Once you have made your edits, you are going to highlight the code in the box and copy it. It should look something like this:
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TLQ6uUceWr4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

3. Now you are going to go into blogger! Open your post and click the HTML tab in the upper left corner of your posting space. Once you have done that you will paste in the code below whatever you have typed. 
I also center the code by putting <center> before it and </center> directly after it. So then it looks like this. <center><iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TLQ6uUceWr4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center>

4. Now you will go back to compose mode and finish up your post. Once you are all done make sure you hit the preview option and it should look something like this!

See, I told you this was easy! There is no reason that words and pictures should be the only way you share things on your blog posts!

July 16, 2014

Add Instagram Widget To Your Sidebar

As Instagram has gotten more and more popular, people have started really wanting to add an Instagram widget to their sidebar.

There is this really great website called SNAPWIDGET and they have the option to make a free widget. You wouldn't believe just how easy it is to do. 

It's really that simple.

1. Enter your username
2. If you want just a certain hashtag to show then just type that in. 
3. Choose your widget type. I like to do the slideshow widget. 
4. Choose your widget size. Its a good idea to know what your sidebar width is for this part. 200px is usually a good number though. 
5. You edit your photo border, background color, and hover effect. But I typically leave these three items alone. 
6. Preview your your widget and make sure it's to your liking.
7. Grab your code. It should look like this:
<!-- SnapWidget -->
<iframe src="http://snapwidget.com/sl/?u=dGlraV9vfGlufDIwMHwzfDN8fG5vfDV8bm9uZXxvblN0YXJ0fHllcw==&v=16714" title="Instagram Widget" allowTransparency="true" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:205px; height:205px"></iframe>
8. Go to your Blogger layout page and click add a gadget. Scroll down until you see HTML/JAVASCRIPT and click the little plus sign.
9. Now you just paste in that code. If you want it to be centered then you just <center>YOUR CODE HERE</center>.
10. Move the widget wherever you would like it placed and then hit save!

Now you can share your Instagram images with your readers as well! 

May 26, 2014

We're On Etsy!!!

For the last two and a half years Tiffany Kuehl Designs has always focused on creating custom blog designs for our clients. While I love doing these, I have also found myself wanting to expand this little business of mine in so many ways. One of these ways was to offer a new service on Etsy
So while I did change my packages & prices last week, I also opened my own shop to start selling PREMADE BLOGGER DESIGNS at a lower cost than any of my packages! You can fins Tiffany Kuehl Designs on Etsy here!

As of right now there are only two premade designs for sale. 

But as time goes I will create more and add them to the shop as well. 

I had an idea that I thought would be fun, and this is where you come in... 

I know that the more premade templates I have, the better the shop will do! So i would love some help with deciding what kind of templates to create. My premade templates are all $40, which is cheaper them even my lowest custom made package. If anyone would be interested in having a design made, you would be able to help choose the details and it would only cost you the $40, but I would get to list it as a premade design, and you would get a free grab button for your help in the design process!!

So what do you think? Anyone interested???

March 3, 2014

A Happy Little Life

I have, once again, been so awful about updating the blog portion of my site when I complete projects. I swear I will get better at this, but it takes a little time. lol.
A couple of weeks ago I finished a project for a client/friend that I am pretty darn proud of.
When we started she mentioned loving a simple black and white pallet with pops of bright colors. That is exactly what we did and I could not be more in love with how it turned out. And it totally suits her personality too. I LOVE when a blog actually suits the person behind it. It's like your getting a glimpse of them when you look at it. 

So make sure you go over to her blog and check her out. You will not regret it one bit! She is amazing!