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#SoMe2 Pinterest Party

We are so excited to be the feature of this week’s party!  Find some great Pinterest accounts to follow and please join the fun by linking up below!
Thanks for joining us for 
this week’s #SoMe2 Pinterest party!


We want you to get lots of repins and comments, so please be sure you link up a Pin and not a blog post or your Pinterest profile!


 For this week’s party:
**You should link up 


It's time for the #SoMe2 #Pinterest Party!
But first, let’s take a minute to meet your #SoMe2 hostesses…


Meet your #SoMe2 hostesses!

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We are pleased to introduce our #SoMe2 featured blogger of the week…
Brianna from Craft Thyme!


Brianna & Adam from Craft Thyme blog!


Brianna has shared this with us:
Craft Thyme is a husband and wife craft blog (Adam & Brianna). We
spend countless hours crafting, gardening, and DIYing so you don’t have
to! Each tutorial is guaranteed to come with detailed instructions,
pictures, and an occasional behind the scenes fight about who is holding
the level straight.
 Thanks, Brianna!


Would you like to be a #SoMe2 featured blogger?
Everyone who enters the Rafflecopter below each week will have a
chance to win a spot as our featured blogger. We will feature your blog,
and links to your social media. Your links will be inserted into the
Rafflecopter for that week – gaining you more followers.


So be sure to enter to win the weekly featured blogger spot!



Note: Please be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form accurately. Entries are verified.

The rules are simple!  

Please follow your hostesses and featured blogger. (first 4 links)

 Please add the #SoMe2 button (found at the bottom of the post) to your sidebar or link page.

 Tweet about the party! More partiers = More followers! All you have to do is click the “tweet” button!  

Use our hashtag #SoMe2 when tagging or posting so we can find each other!

You will automatically be entered into our email reminder list by entering a link. You may remove yourself from the list by using the un-subscribe option.

If you need help adding your Pinterest post to the party,
this infographic explains how to do it with step-by-step photos. Just
click the photo to enlarge it!

Infographic explaining how to link up to the #SoMe #Pinterest party!


It's time for the #SoMe2 #Pinterest Party!



1) Link up 1 recent Pinterest Post. That’s a PIN – not your Pinterest account or a direct link to your blog post!!

(How? Go to your Pinterest profile page, click on “pins” in the navigation bar below your profile picture, then click on the pin you want to share, copy the URL of that pin, click on the blue “add your link” button, and paste that URL into the link party.)

2) Re-pin, like, and comment on your HOSTESSES’ and FEATURED BLOGGER’S links (first 4 links)

3) Re-pin, like, and comment on at least the 2 links in front of yours. This way everyone will get Pinterest Love! One of hostesses will make sure the last two links get comments.

Thanks for joining our SOcial MEdia link party!
See you next week – same time, same place!

DeDe,  Kim, & Sarah V.

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Love Wins

Marriage equality photo from

We do not often write posts of a personal nature, but we just feel so amazing that the USA has come through for all of her citizens.  Every family deserves love, respect, and protection under the law no matter your personal feelings about their life choices.  It makes us happier to raise our family in a country that respects individual’s right to choose their life, on their terms.


Marriage equality photo from
Photo from Torbakhopper on Flickr

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The Chicks Have Arrived!

Yellow Easter Egger Chick

In case you are not following my Facebook Page, I have a huge announcement: The chicks have arrived!  5 puffy balls of Easter Egger cuteness arrived in the mail yesterday.

Alright, maybe that isn’t a huge announcement, but it is a big deal to us.  We are embarking on raising some urban, backyard chickens starting with chicks.  While, I grew up out in the country and spent many an hour terrorizing my neighbors chickens.  It is a hell of a lot of difference from being responsible for their welfare.  So I would say my experience with chickens ranges form next to none and Adam’s to none at all.  With that combined knowledge we seem like the perfect candidates to raise a small flock?! Don’t we?!

What we lack in practical knowledge we a desperately trying to learn from the internet and books.  That has meant spending countless hours planning a nice coop (yet to be built), pricing out supplies, choosing a breed, and finding a hatchery.  In case any of you want to follow along on our chicken progress, I’ll be posting the ins and outs of what we learn.  This will hopefully distill those hours of learning down to an easy guide to help you make the decisions to raise (or not to raise) your own backyard chickens.

Until then check out some of the fluffy cuteness:


5 Easter Egger Chicks
5 little balls of cheeping fluff. I thought it would be annoying, but their little peeps are quite relaxing. They are 3 days old!


Tiny Easter Egger Chick
A bird in the hand? Look at how tiny they are!


Yellow Easter Egger Chick
Yellow Fluff! Chick perfection.
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August Package Pals: Why I Can’t Be Trusted

I have a thing for craft supplies.  So, when I saw the chance to sign up for Package Pals hosted by C.R.A.F.T  and Stars & Sunshine I jumped at the chance.  What is it?

August 2013 package pals button

It is a sign up where you and another crafty person get matched together to send each other crafty items.  Unknown Craft Items?  Don’t mind if I do.

Do Not Trust Me

Here is where I can’t be trusted.  Laura, the awesome person behind Experimental Home was matched with me.  Having just made a huge move from my state of North Carolina to Texas she was still able to get it together, send a wonderful package, take pictures of her package to me, blog about her package, obviously take pictures of what I sent her, probably blog about that too, and most likely making something clever and amazing with what I sent her.  While, probably throwing together a perfect graphic to explain the whole process.  Yeah I’m SOOOO jealous of how she has it together, but in a good way. :)

What did I do?  Immediately rip into my package like a kid on Christmas morning!  Did I take photos of her lovely orange twine packaging? No.  Did I stop to find the card? No.

August Package Pals: Picture of opening my craft package
Note the torn paper and twine… I may, or may not have used my teeth to remove the twine since finding scissors would take to long.

In the presence of unknown craft supplies I turn into some sort of ravaging craft animal.  Incapable of thinking about things like blog posts and photos.  I ripped it open and ran my fingers over the journal yelling to my husband, “Oh shit, she hand-embroidered this journal I bet!”  To which I believe he may have made some non-committal grunt and/or reminded me to watch my language in front of the kids (A sailor mouth is a hard habit to break).  However, I don’t know because I was flipping through patterned paper, caressing fresh bunting , and marveling over a matching clipboard.

August Package Pals: Detail of the package
Look at this journal! Look! She crafted me a craft item. It is like Craftception.

Then, and only then, it dawned on me.  Oh crap, I should have taken pictures.

Luck Would Have It

Luckily, Laura has saved the day again by nicely documenting the items she sent me.  You can read all about her thoughtful and awesome choices over at Experimental Home.

In the next couple of weeks I’ll be documenting what I made with all of her awesome supplies.  I’ll give you a hint and it starts with ‘Halloween Mantel’.  Until then I have to thank Laura for making Package Pals a fun, and in her case, professional blogging experience.  I hope to sign up again and keep in touch with my new Package Pal!

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Exciting Changes Ahead!

You might notice that the bi-weekly posting schedule has dropped to weekly.  Don’t worry I’m not going away.  I am just taking time to make some fresh changes.

A Little History

I started Craft Thyme in February as a hobby, though you may see some older material I moved from a personal blog.  Because I am crazy motivated I thought it was good time to start that, while finishing a degree in computer information technology, trying to find a new job, etc.  Craft Thyme languished unloved and somewhat haphazardly posted.

I really think of June as the true start date for Craft Thyme and since that time I have put steady part-time hours each week towards creating tutorials and networking this website. And guess what?  I have seen steady growth from just a few page views to regularly close to 200 hundred a day.

While that isn’t a lot of views, that increased traffic coupled with the fact some regular readers have taken the time to comment, pin pictures and email, has given me the motivation to create a better, more professional website with better pictures, tutorials and projects.

Where We Are Headed

Here is a list of things I have in the works with hilariously impossible aggressive timelines.

Redesign Website: Jan 2014

Write First Ebook: Nov 2013 (always wanted to try that, so that’s more a personal goal that relates to crafting than something that will intrinsically change Craft Thyme)

Develop a Biweekly Newsletter: Oct 2013

Add a sub blog on Crafting a wordpress blog: Oct 2013

Marketing Plan for Craft Thyme: Dec 2013

Some of these items require a lot of substeps.  For example, I am learning PHP to better control the design of my website.  The ebook will have brand new tutorials on garland making for the Christmas season.  Marketing is going to take a lot of research…

The sub blog is my answer to annoyance.  I have spent the last couple of weeks reading about how to make a professional blog and website that is useful/fun for readers and allows me to make a little income to offset this time consuming hobby and pay for all those lovely craft supplies.  There is great information out there, but from a technical stand point there is some crazy or outdated shit that people keep posting.  For example: Facebook no longer penalizes posts from third party API, there is no need to go hand edit every link out of your comments because Google offers tags and tools like (nofollow attributes) to handle these types of content, plugins and why they aren’t so great technically (why I am learning PHP)…  The list goes on and on!

Since I spend a lot of time reading up on technical items like jquery, PHP, SEO, etc I figured sharing that info for the less technically inclined would be a good way to document my website tests and growth, as well as, make notes of my research.  Plus it just drives me bonkers when I read advice I know is just technically bullshit and internet marketeering witchcraft.

So Why The Lack of New Tutorials?

Yeah, well all the above items will set the stage for easier to read and better tutorials. Plus other things like practicing better photography, working on my writing style, and coming up with fresh ideas happen without timelines and are part of the day to day work that needs to occur behind the scenes in the coming months.

All these items take time. Lots of time.  As we say in Western North Carolina ‘Shit Tons’ of time. You’d be amazed the time and think I am cray-cray for doing this as a hobby.

I currently work full time outside the home in a brand new field AT a brand new job (So nightly reading of technical concepts has become my defacto existence), have two children ages (3 & 1), a husband back in school, plus I like to sleep.  I’m not Martha Stewart.  I literally can not function without sleep, though, I sooooo wish I could.

I’d rather give one good and useful post a week as opposed to slapping some crap up in a haze of sleeplessness and I think readers would prefer that too. If not, I am sure I can ramble on like today’s post :).  Just let me know!

So while I am embarking on these changes please let me know if I can offer anything in the way of readability, tutorials, or other things you might want to see!  My door is always open:

Email: Brianna @



Or the comment section below

Thanks in advance for everyone’s support!

Oh and while you are ‘supporting’ sign up for that biweekly email by clicking here.  It will start soon and hopefully offer tidbits beyond what simply shows up on the Craft Thyme.