Sunday, January 19, 2020

Link Up Your Projects @ the Craftastic Monday Link Party


Winter is in full swing here and Valentine's Day is coming!  Time to link all those wintery & holiday projects, DIYs, recipes, sewing, quilting, crafts, crochet, decor & more at this week's Craftastic Monday Link Party.

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Last week I shared how out insane Facebook has blocked this blog because it "violates community standards" and how this stupidity and other factors are why Sew Can Do is deciding to leave most social media:


And now for the latest Craftastic Picks:

Virginia Sweet Pea showed her decorative handmade wooden sled makeover:

Wood sled made in the 1980s refinished and decorated with snowflakes.

The Dedicated House shared how to make this roasted cauliflower parsnip soup with clover leaf rolls:



Eyelove Knots had a free pattern for this crochet heart pixel art square:



Big Green House shared this no sugar, no flour cinnamon oat muffin recipe: 

Cinnamon Oat Muffins- Big Green House #cinnamon #oatmeal #muffins #breakfast #noflour #norefinedsugar

If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
Featured projects are also shared on Sew Can Do's Twitter Feed for your creations to have MORE exposure!


Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Why My Blog Is Leaving Most Social Media


I had hoped to finally get back to posting new crafts this week.  Being super pregnant and having been very sick with a virus-turned-infection for the past couple weeks, I've not spent much time making stuff to share on the blog or posting on social media.  Finally, this week I'm feeling better and have a little time before baby #5 arrives to do a few.  Yay, right?

So it came as quite a shock to go to do the weekly post for the Craftastic Link Party on Facebook, as I've done for 10 years now, and then get a pop-up message that all of a sudden sewcando.com "violates community standards".  Just like that, I can't link to this blog at all.  No further explanation, no way to contact Facebook.  Blocked.  


It must be some kind of error I think, so I clicked on the "if you think this doesn't go against our Community Standards, let us know" and it takes me to this, which is a generic "feedback" form that says they don't actual review your specific account...
what's the point then?


I then discovered that not only can I not post anything from sewcando.com but ANYTHING I've EVER posted from here has been wiped off my blog's Facebook page.  All the tutorials, projects, link parties, EVERYTHING.  

Any links to sewcando.com I've ever posted on my Etsy shop's Facebook page have also been removed.  If you've ever shared anything from Sew Can Do on Facebook, it's probably gone too.  To say I'm beyond shocked is an understatement.  Sew Can Do has always been a family friendly, non-controversial, non-political personal blog about a mom who crafts.  And that's what gets banned these days???  

But pages full of racy photos, profanity, R-rated memes and spam businesses are totally fine.

Because that makes sense 🙄

At most, any given week, for the past decade, I'd share the link to Craftastic Link Party post here and if I had a new tutorial on my social media.  Which lately has been more like every couple of weeks.  That's it from this site, so it's not that Sew Can Do has been spamming either.  And they're totally fine with me still posting links to other people's blogs, just not my own.  Um what??

And since Facebook owns Instagram, if you click on my bio link there, which is supposed to go here, to sewcando.com, this is what you get:


So they've removed Sew Can Do there too.

I'd already stopped using Pinterest over their censorship policies that deliberately hide pins and permanently ban accounts that don't match their social agenda viewpoint (as explained here).  So instead of being a neutral platform and let you decide for yourself, they all decide to act as editors for what they think you should see or share. It's absolute madness.  

Back when social media first came on the scene, it was a blogger's best friend.  It was a great way to connect with readers & fans, add extra photos, have personal conversations and an added sense of community beyond the blog page.  

Then it became a numbers race to prove popularity in the craft blog world.  And the platforms all started to cash in by offering paid placement while they began to limit what followers who opted in could see.  Pages you subscribed to or liked became harder to find in your feeds.  Posts I made on Facebook to the nearly 7,000 people who liked/followed Sew Can Do's page started only being seen by a fraction of them.  In the past year on average any given post I did on Facebook was only seen by about 200 people out of nearly 7,000 who had opted in.  For a personal blog that's done for fun rather than income, I'm not about to spend $20 a go to push social media posts to a few hundred more people.



I also noticed my personal feed on Facebook has shown less posts from pages I'd liked or those I'd specifically selected to see first.  Why offer user preferences if they're just ignored?

 Truthfully, with running an online fabric shop, homeschooling 3 big kids + having two little ones in diapers to contend with in a matter of weeks, I'd been wondering if I should even keep this blog going.  I barely have time to do projects, photograph them and write them up, purely for fun, so dealing with stupid, ineffective, biased social media makes me want to just walk away entirely.

All this social manipulation has made me decide I just don't care about being on them or want to waste any more time with their unreasonable ways of operating. So I'm stepping away from most social media for this blog and in my personal use.



I'm going to go back to reading other blogs & sites directly, rather than in a social media feed or from links on them.  Why give them the traffic + free content and let them market what they want to you to see, only for them to hobble you at every opportunity?  I miss the days before social media took over and started shaping what & how we looked at information.  For places that supposedly bring social interaction, I feel much less connected than when blog comments were the main way to interact online.  Maybe if more people stepped away, these platforms they wouldn't have such a strangle hold on public communication like they do now.

For now, Sew Can Do will still be on Twitter, since I haven't had issues there, but at this rate, I'm tempted to just disappear from them all entirely.  

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Maybe it means less people will come here, but this blog was started as a journal for my crafts & to share what I learned as I go.  Being internet famous, making $ from clicks or angling to get glanced at for mere seconds before being forgotten on a bunch of platforms is not the point for me.  And when it stops being fun and starts being only a time suck and hassle, then it's probably a sign to let things go.      



Sunday, January 12, 2020

Share Your Creativity at the Craftastic Monday Link Party


Time to share all those crafty DIYs, recipes, sewing, quilting, crafts, crochet, decor & other ideas at a new Craftastic Monday Link Party.

Being in the final weeks of pregnancy with baby #5 and having a nasty virus turn into an infection, I've had to focus on recovering since then holidays so the last couple weeks have been craft-less in my house, so seeing yours brightens my spirits:)


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And now for the latest Craftastic Picks:

Penny's Vintage Home showed her fantastic utility room makeover:


Abbotts At Home shared how to make this incredibly elegant DIY wooden pedestal base kitchen table:

How to build a DIY Wooden Kitchen Table with a pedestal base - using an Osborne Wood Transitional Pedestal as a starting point - then adding wood squares to build the pedestal up and trim moulding to finish it.

Simply Crafting had a free pattern for this quilted fabric table runner:



Our Table for Seven shared this recipe for guiltless ranch dip & pita chips:

Guiltless Ranch Dip with Baked Pita Chips- Table for Seven #ranchdip #dip #ranch #pitachips #pita #baked #guiltlesssnack

White House Crafts made these cute DIY Valentine's Day candy dispensers:



and Kippi At Home did this cute & easy Valentine bunting:

Bunting ready to hang

If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
Featured projects are also shared on Sew Can Do's Twitter Feed for your creations to have MORE exposure!


Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The First Craftastic Monday Link Party of 2020!


Happy New Year!  2020 has begun and it's a new year full of crafting possibilities.  I can't wait to see what wonderful things you'll be sharing.  Add your favorite projects of 2019 and link up your newest creations too.  Anything made by you is welcome: DIYs, recipes, sewing, quilting, crafts, crochet, decor, gifts, etc.

Apart from my husband, everyone in our house has been sick with a terrible virus for the past week so there hasn't been much creativity going on here (unless you count crumpled tissue "origami").  Seeing some pretty things, would be a welcome change from feeling rough!

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2020's first Craftastic Picks are...

Made By Marney created this cute (and free) paper pieced penguin pattern:



Lou Lou Girls shared this pull apart pizza dip recipe that I can't wait to try:



Kiku Corner made this cozy Knit October Hat and shared the link to the free pattern too:

Knit October Hat and Free Pattern by Sloane Rosenthal

and Frau Tschi-Tschi put together some fun New Year's Eve to go party bags:



If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
Featured projects are also shared on both Sew Can Do's Facebook
& Twitter accounts for your creations to have MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Sunday, December 29, 2019

End of the Year Craftastic Monday Link Party


It's nearly 2020!  It's the ideal time to link up your favorite projects of 2019.  DIYs, recipes, sewing, crochet, decor, gifts - it's all welcome.

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Now for the Craftastic Picks features...

Zeleni Trenutki made this adorable crochet snowman:




Handmade In Israel created these beautiful paper cut holly Christmas cards:



Marilyn's Treats shared the recipe for this fun egg nog pie:


Egg Nog Pie ~Vanilla pudding, egg nog, milk and vanilla and rum flavoring make this pie a wonderful selection for the holiday.

Our Table For Seven made a colorful on the inside and outside Christmas bundt cake:

Christmas Bundt Cake- Table for Seven #christmas #cake #cakemix #bundtcake #dessert #holidaybaking


The Little Treasures created this pretty & free crochet rose scarflette pattern  


sheet music Christmas cards
sheet music Christmas cards
sheet music Christmas cards
Chas' Crazy Creations created a ton of cute upcycled dollar store ornaments:


Let it dry and you have a beautiful snowball.


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
Featured projects are also shared on both Sew Can Do's Facebook
& Twitter accounts for your creations to have MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

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