Here's what my before looked like...
If your reading in a reader or in your email..click on over here to come view my new page..I don't want you to miss out!!! I liked the old look...but my main thing for 2012 is to find balance and I am starting here on my blog. For me the whole balance thing coincides with simplifying. First, I changed out my Fall header for something a bit cleaner, more all year round. Straight to the point, cause well, its my blog...haha...Say hi to my pretty lil' picture right there in the left corner!! I thought is was fitting as well because I'm going to be getting more personal on here this year. I write about my kids, photos and lots of other pretty things...but I don't very often get into the 'real' life type of things and this year I am going to do that. No secrets...well...maybe a few :) I really wanted my photography in my post to take center stage on my blog and I felt that 'a in your face' header would compete with that. Turquoise and Plum seemed to be the color of choice the day I redid my header, so I've continued that throughout my blog too.
I tweaked my logo as well...:)
Anyway, so in my header I've incorporated some links to lead you to things you would like to find quickly ( a big thanks to Jordan Marie for getting the code organized for me!!!) You'll notice that I've put in a Crafts & Decor page with photos & links to all my past crafty projects! Since, for some reason you guys like my crafty projects-those are all my top clicked links!! If your clicking up there you'll notice I changed my Sponsor Policy too...My about me page should probably get updated...but all in good time.
There are now some handy social networking icons on the top right hand corner...and no, I am not on twitter...am I the last person in the world who is not on there?! Seriously, I would never find time to update yet another thing!!! Anyway, scrolling down the right hand sidebar I've set up some easy to find links for all my weekly/monthly posts and some other interesting things I post about frequently followed by my lovely monthly Sponsors buttons-which you should totally go check out! I tweaked the sizes for my Sponsors a bit in hopes of fitting more of you guys in and I think I might change them up again, maybe a bit wider? What do you think?
To go along with my redesign, my buttons got changed up to create a cohesive look-you can grab those over on the right hand sidebar too :)
The rest of the redesign is fairly simple...I might add in some post dividers or something...not sure yet, but I like where it's headed now...
Some exciting things coming
...the return of my Frivolous Friday's-Capture the Moment Photo Challenge where you show off your photography of what you did for 'me' time...this will now become a monthly linky, not a weekly linky. In all honesty, I felt a bit overwhelmed with trying to fit in 'me time' every week, especially since I like to blog in my free time! But monthly, I can do, and I hope that you can too and will join in! The first re-debut linky will be on January 27th and will continue on the last Friday of every month!
...the return of Stalker Wednesday's-now called 'How Pinteresting'. This weekly feature will showcase pretty finds from my hunts on Etsy, Pinterest or a blog that I recently stalked. Watch out...I could be at your blog next!! If you think you have a pretty 'unordinary' blog with lots of fabulous things to show off, or if you know of someone that has a shop with some unique items- email me and I may just have to include you :)
...and possible a fabulous giveaway here and there!!