There are Still Good People in This World

With all of the horrible things happening daily in the news, every now and then, we can all use a reminder that there are still good people in this world. This is my story about a very wonderful stranger I had the pleasure of meeting.

Last summer while shopping a garage sale, I purchased an awesome vintage crate. I had no real plan for it, but couldn’t just leave it sitting there. As I was walking to my car, a very nice lady who was just walking up asked if I knew if there were more of the same at the garage sale. She was looking for a few crates to use for her daughter’s vintage themed 1st B-day party. I told her I didn’t think there were, but if she wanted to buy the one I had just purchased off of me for the same price I paid, I would be more than happy to sell it to her. (As I really didn’t need it in the first place and wasn’t quite sure how I was going to explain bringing another crate in our home to my husband.) She took my offer and the crate went to a good home with an actual purpose in mind for it. As I was helping her load her car, she showed me a beautiful old bassinet she had just snagged at another sale. She was planning on using it for the b-day party as a place to put the gifts. I told her how much I loved it. We chatted for a few minutes about the b-day party plans and I shared with her that Erin and I have a blog together. She ask if I would be interested in the bassinet once she was done with it. Of course, I told her YES!

DIY Bassinet Makeover

Several months later I received this email from her:

Hi Emily-
This might sound strange, but I met you at a garage sale this summer. (You let me buy from you the crate that you just purchased.)
As we were leaving I showed you an antique pink bassinet. You gave me your website and said you might be interested in this item.
Now, months later, it’s sitting in my garage and taking up space. It is free to you if you can come pick it up.
Let me know if interested, thanks!

I had completely forgotten about the bassinet until I had heard from her. I was so excited! I made arrangements with her immediately and picked up my new bassinet.

Once I got it home, I realized the pink was pretty and all, but it didn’t exactly match the decor in my home. So, it was makeover time.

Antique Bassinet Makeover

First, I mixed up a white-wash of equal parts white paint and water. It took three coats of this concoction to rid this entire piece of pink. Honestly, I chose to white-wash it vs. painting it because I was also white-washing another project simultaneously and laziness kicked in.

Whitewash Wood Shim Christmas Tree

Finally, I let it dry and it was done. Ah, a neutral color to decorate with. Yay!

White Washed Bassinet

This basket has already had a few purposes in our home.

We used it to keep Christmas gift out of the reach of little hands. You may have seen this in our Christmas Home Tour.

Home tour antique bassenett

After that, it became storage for Christmas tissue paper, bows, and embellishments.

Currently we are using it as a planter for a few extra veggies that didn’t fit in our garden.

There are still good people in this world

I am not sure what the future will hold for this antique bassinet, but I will always hold this sweet gesture from a complete stranger close to my heart.


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How To Create A Clickable Image With Multiple Links

We have been asked quite a few of times how to create a clickable image with multiple links. OK. Maybe not in those exact words. But it is something that many people are interested in knowing how to do.

A clickable image with multiple links can have a ton of uses on a blog or website. It’s a great way to group like items together, such as social media icons and images from popular posts, which could also boost traffic. BONUS! It is also wonderful for blog hops (Hello fellow bloggers!), where you want to include images and links to other blogs in a post, and it is perfect for a round up of affiliate products or project/product gallery. Let’s get to the details of how to do it.

To start, you will need an image with various parts that you would like to link to. I made a collage (check out this post on how to make your own photo collage) of some of our favorite chalkboard projects and then uploaded the image to our blog and inserted it into a post. In addition to your website, you can also use an image hosting website (i.e. Flickr, Photobucket, etc.) You will want to view the HTML code for the image. Copy the URL from the image source (that’s the part just to the right of img src and inside of the quotation marks that starts with http.)

How To Create Clickable Image

Next, go to the Image-Maps website, paste the URL in the white box, and click “Start Mapping”. When the new page is loaded, press “click to continue.”

Using Image Maps

Then, it is time to start mapping. Right click on the image to bring up the menu. (For Mac users “Control + Click.”) Choose “Create a Rectangle/Poly/Circle” depending on what shape the is you are trying to map. I chose rectangle and resized it around my first square in the upper left corner. A little box will pop up and this is where you will enter the URL that you would like to direct the part of the image to. For example, I added the link to our Dry Erase Board Turned Chalkboard, since that is the part that my square is around. This is where you can also add in a title and alt tags if you so desire. Continue this process for each of the areas you would like to link to.

Adding Links To Image

Once everything is mapped, right click again and select Options. Change the Base URL (to your website) and Image Map Name. We also change the options in the settings tab by un-marking all of the boxes. Once you are done changing everything, close the box and right click again. By this point, you may have an aversion to right clicking, but lucky for you, this is almost the end!

Clickable Image With Multiple Links

Select “Get Code” and choose the HTML code tab at the top of the pop-up. Scroll down and copy the entire HTML Image Map Code. Then, all that is left is to paste this code into your blog post, sidebar, etc.

HTML Code Links

Phew! That was a lot, but totally worth it. See, I was able to create this fun collage with links to each project!

And here are our social media icons, in which we used the same process.

There are really so many uses for clickable images with multiple links! In addition to just creating the linked image, you may also want to consider adding code to make the links open in a new window (adding target=”_blank” to the end of the anchor tag) and including rel=”nofollow” for affiliate links. So, what are you going to use your clickable image with multiple links for?


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