Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sally Meets Picasa

"Sally," I said excitedly, as I opened the front door. "Come on in. I want to show you what I've been doing!" I exclaimed.

"My, you do sound excited," said Sally. "Just what have you been up to besides making that yummy smelling dessert with its wonderful aroma floating through the house?" she asked.

"Oh, I have learned to do the most fun thing, and it is free!" I replied.

"Well, free is certainly good," said Sally. "Show me what you've been up to!"

"Have you heard of Picasa Web Albums?" I asked.

"No," Sally answered. "What is it, and what do you do with it?"

"Here," I motioned. "Sit down by the computer, and I will show you."

"Does this have anything to do with your Boomer and Beyond friends and some more shops you promised to show me?" queried Sally.

"Absolutely!" I said. "Okay, here's what you do first. You go to Then you will sign up if you haven't before, but that is free. Once you have an account, then when you go to the url I just gave you, sign in, and then click on Picasa Web Albums. Next, you click on Upload," I explained. "Now you are ready to make an album and a slideshow," I said.

"Slideshow!" cried Sally. "You know I am not the tekkie type!"

"Oh, but if I can do it, then you know it can't be too hard," I laughed.

"Okay, go ahead," said Sally. "Show me what I would do next."

"After you click on Upload," I continued,"then you will click on Create a New Album. A screen will open, and you can give a title to your album. For example, here is an album I made for Chauncey, who makes beautiful glass items: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Wow!," exclaimed Sally. "Chauncey makes beautiful pendants, and that slideshow is like magic!" she said. "But, you didn't finish telling how you did it," Sally said.

"Okay," I went on. "Before I could make an album for Chauncey, I had to go to her Etsy shop and select some photos, and as I chose each one, I clicked on Save As and put them in a folder I had made just especially for all the photos I was going to use today. I named hers Chauncey 1, Chauncey 2, Chauncey 3, etc. and did the same for the other artists. So, I saved all the photos first. Now, you remember, we are on the page where we add a title. For this one, the title is Chauncey. I scrolled down and clicked on Continue. Then I got a screen that said Add Photos, so I clicked on that. Then I double-clicked on Chauncey 1, and there it was on the screen in front of me. I continued to double click on Chauncey's photos until all seven were on the screen. Then I clicked on Upload."

"You are going to have to write this down for me," moaned Sally. "I can't remember all this stuff!" she cried.

"I know just what you mean," I said. "We will do that in a minute. Let me show you what I found in Jems by J Band's Etsy store. Albany/Latham, New York

"Her jewelry is beautiful," Sally said. "I am impressed," she continued. "Your Boomer and Beyond friends certainly are talented!"

"Yes, they really are!" I agreed. "Well," I went on, "to get their slideshows on this blogpost, I had to do a few more things. Remember, I said we were on the page where I had clicked Upload. After that you look at the right side of the screen, and you click on Links to this Feed. Then under that you will click on Embed Slideshow. A new screen will appear with html text on a yellow background. You highlight all that and hit Control C to copy that text. Then click on Done. Then I went back to Blogger (where I had saved what was done so far), went to the blogpost I was doing, and clicked on Edit. When it opened up, I went to the Edit Html tag at the top. Then I scrolled down until I got to where I wanted the slide show to appear. Then I hit Control V to copy the html text onto the blog. Next, I clicked on the Compose Tab at the top of the screen. Wallah! I was back to the text, and there was a black box where the slideshow will appear when I publish the blog post."

"Goodness, me," said Sally. "Do you have another shop you did?" she asked.

"Oh, yes," I said. "Five more! Here are some paintings from Fauve Studio." Holly Springs, Mississippi

"Those are lovely paintings," said Sally. "How did you choose the shops you wanted to feature today?" she questioned.

"Oh, trust me," I smiled. "It was all very scientific. I went to the Bbest Chat Thread where all of the Bbest Team Shops are listed on the first page. I scrolled down until the screen was filled with a list of shops. Then I closed my eyes, circled my finger around and around ten times to get it dizzy, and then I just pointed at the screen. Wherever it landed, that was my first shop. Then I scrolled down some more and repeated that process until I had selected seven shops!"

Sally laughed! "Only you," she said. "Only you!"

I laughed, too. "Let me show you the others that were selected so scientifically!" I replied.

http://www.jillstreasurechest.etsycom/ Clinton/Jackson, Mississippi

"What a sweet shop," Sally said. Warren, Ohio

"Her scarves and paintings are wonderful, "admired Sally. Asheville, North Carolina

"What cute pendants ArtsyClay makes," said Sally. Pahoa, Hawaii

"Birose makes really cute and colorful bracelets," exclaimed Sally.

"My boomer friends are the very Best," I said. "They have so many different talents and make such wonderful things! I just wish there were room to put them all on here today," I sighed.

"Oh, well," smiled Sally, "As your grandma used to say, 'The good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise' you'll do it another day!" she said.

"You are right about that, " I replied. "Let's go check on that dessert!"


Judy Nolan said...

What a fun way to share Boomers' talents! Thanks also for sharing with everyone how easy Picasa is to use.

Precious Quilts said...

Another fabby update! What a brilliant way of showing off the BBEST talent and teach about picasa, thank you so much!!!

kimbuktu said...

Very entertaining reading and fun way to showcase the talent too!

Sixsisters said...

Wonderful blog Pam. Love the slide shows too.

ZudaGay said...

How cool, Pam!! Great post and very intertaining and educational. :)

MagdaleneJewels said...

What an interesting way to present items from the Bbest using the slideshow. Loved the narrative to go along with it, very clever.Great Blog!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Some of my absolute favorites here, Pam!! What fun!

Jill said...

What a great post, Pam!!! I need to learn to do that too. And thank you for including my shop!!

Chauncey said...

Pam, great idea for a fabulous post. Thanks so much for making a slide show from my pendants!!

The Filigree Garden said...

Another fun post! I need to look into Picasa a bit more now.

Renée Gandy said...

I was surprised to find my art on this..thanks so much and the writing was great.