You may have noticed a new look to the blog. If you’re in google reader or have an email subscription, you can click on the site to check out the new header. I’m a little late making the announcement because two of my children suddenly came down with Pneumonia the day the new look went up. It was kind of scary! I had to tend to my little patients first and foremost and put all else on the back burner. Thankfully they are now both fully recovered. Whew.
WHY THE BLOG CHANGE?
I was really starting to miss my stripey header originally designed by Erika four years ago…wow has it really been that long?!? Ultimately, I decided that having stripes in my life makes me happy. So late this summer I set out on a mission to go back to that aesthetic.
HOW IT BEGAN…
I reached out to Megan of toast & laurel to see if she was up to the task. She started right away and sent me a series of beautiful designs. The nice thing was she totally “got” my need for stripes and ran with it. Honestly, it was very hard to choose among her designs because everything she created was so pretty, simple and elegant. Here is Megan’s first color board – she surprised me by playing off a picture of our home she found on my blog. She’s crafty like that ; )
Here’s one of her first snappy header designs (we didn’t have a tagline yet). So crisp and clean. Love how edited this particular look is.
In hindsight, I probably should have just posted three of the toast & laurel designs on the blog and had all of you vote because I was too close to the forest to see the trees. I started dissecting everything way too much! But Megan was extra patient and hung in there with me. She’s a pro. And I LOVE the final design she came up with! Now that she has beautifully set up the colors and blog aesthetic, we can easily change things up from time to time. Because I’m crazy like that.
A NEW LINE…
Next I was in need of a new tagline. I tried to come up with one, but failed. I didn’t quite know how to define my blog in a simple sentence - probably because I see the not-so-pretty side of my blogging life (ie: those moments pecking away at a computer with no make-up and blood shot eyes, kids running around in the background, dirty dishes in the sink and baskets of laundry piling up a mere three feet away) Nice image, huh?
So….I had to solicit help…
Enter one of my blog besties, Patricia of PvE. Aside from being a masterful artist, she oozes wit and whimsey. She sweetly shared her thoughts and compared my blog to a glass of bubbly champagne. This delighted me because champagne is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. After a long list of clever tag lines, Patricia and I both landed on “the sparkly side of life.” We LOVED it. Somehow she managed to find the creative energy to do this during her massive kitchen renovation! Meanwhile I was not in my best frame of mind with four lively kids zooming around the house during summer break. Patricia and I were quite a pair. At one point, we were both so frazzled that we got slap happy in our emails back and forth and started coming up with crazy taglines. Our taglines started out innocent such as “done up sunny” and slowly morphed into “the b*tchy side of life.”
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER…
Last, but certainly not least, we have my faithful blog butler, Chris. He was a champ and whipped out the changes with a smile…I swear I blinked and next thing I knew I get this email from him saying “it’s ready to go.” It amazes me how smart and fast he is with everything. Chris is awesome and a very patient soul!! Although a few times I bet he was ready to duck tape me to a rocket ship and launch me to the moon.
LET’S CELEBRATE WITH A GIVEAWAY…
In honor of the sparkly new look, I went shopping and picked up some happies to share with THREE lucky winners. I had a recent 24 hour trip to Atlanta and first hit Anthro to see if they had anything fun. Here’s what I found…
Couldn’t help but fall in love with this sassy little dish that was quietly perched in a sea of white. It’s not an average sized bowl, actually much smaller, which I think makes it darling. Don’t you love that bold color? It’s acid green in person with a lovely gold rim along the top. This could be presh as a jewelry holder on a dresser or vanity.
More jewelry dishes…haven’t you been dying for a bunny and hot dog ring holder? Of course you were. These two were in different spots in the store, but I put them together and loved the quirky vibe. Perfect for storing your small shimmering treasures.
This I snagged from JCrack weeks ago, as it was a perfect companion with the new blog look. Everyone needs a scarf with sparkle, especially with the holidays approaching. Hurry up and win before I keep this one, ha ha.
HOW TO ENTER:
Leave a comment which of the three giveaway items you’d like to win AND tell me how you like to add sparkle to your holidays. I’m looking for creative answers!
Hope you like the changes. I really love blogging and sharing the simply sparkles of life with you, plus those not-so-sparkly moments that keep it real.