Monday, February 13, 2012

A New Look

Next week I’m going to be celebrating a pretty big milestone birthday – 30! I have loved my 20’s. I got married, graduated from college, moved 300 miles away from my parents, worked as an accountant for several years, bought a house, and was blessed with four of the best children I could ever hope for.

A couple of weeks ago, I was reflecting on the last decade or so of my life and realized that as I approach 30 I have grown and changed so much (hopefully for the better). I am happier now than I have been in my entire life.

As I was thinking these things, I turned my thoughts to my blog. When I first started I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing, but I was having fun. Now I feel like I have a much better sense of my style and who I am as a blogger. My blog design was bright, fun, and cute. I liked it, but I needed a change. I don’t feel like I’m “cute” anymore and I wanted my blog to reflect more of who I am now, and how my style has adapted.

So I turned to the blog design genius, Kim of 733 Blog Design, and she was amazing!
She worked with me and worked with me and worked with me and ….. (yeah it was a lot of work)
…until it was the look I was going for.
Header
It’s perfect – and exactly what I was hoping for!
Much more clean and simple! An air of elegance and sophistication, but still fun and happy.

I really love the social network menu at the top, and the simplified main menu bar at the bottom of my header!

Hopefully, it’s easier to navigate for all of you. All of my tutorials and projects are under the tutorials and projects tab, and there’s a small picture and description of each one on that page.
Tutorials and projects
If you can’t find it listed under there, I still have a search box in the sidebar.
Search box
Several months ago, some of you noticed that I stopped taking advertisements. This blog was taking so much of my time and becoming too much of a business. As a SAHM of four very young children, things had to change. If you haven’t read THIS POST by my friend Char, please go read it. I could have signed my name right next to hers because that was the EXACT way I was feeling as well.

Instead I have chosen to let you know  SDCC (Sew Dang Cute Crafts) Supports. These are companies that I genuinely love. They do not pay me a dime to have their button in my sidebar. I have chosen to put them there to share with all of you because I truly like and use these companies. I’m also being much more selective with giveaways. Pretty much the only way a giveaway will make it on this blog is if I feel like it’s something you guys REALLY want.

One last thing that’s new is “This Week on SDCC” in my sidebar.
This Week
Now you guys will always have a reference point for the latest and greatest on SDCC.

Some other  changes:
* I took off my popular posts in the sidebar to clean it up a bit. I felt like it was too busy and cluttered. Please let me know how you feel about that.
* I truncated my posts. The first post will appear in its entirety, but all of the other posts will have a short intro, then “Read More”. That way you can browse through the posts a little easier. This won’t affect how it appears in your feed or places like Google Reader, just when you are on my site.

I think that’s it for now! I would really love to hear what you guys think about the new look.
If you are reading this in Google Reader, would you mind clicking over and checking it out?
Please let me know if you have any problems seeing or finding anything.
I really appreciate each and every one of you. Thank for reading!
Tam

18 comments:

  1. I think the redesign looks great! It's "sew dang cute"! ;)

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  2. I love it!! The colors the chevron the layout!!! She did and awesome job!! And Happy Early Birthday!!

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  3. I meant to comment the other day on your new look, I really like it! I've been thinking about contacting Kim, I'm impressed with her stuff. And her pricing, hee hee!

    Happy birthday next week Tam! I love birthdays, who cares if it means we're getting old!! :)

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  4. It's gorgeous Tam! It fits you perfectly. I can't wait until my blog grows up and I can hire someone as awesome as Kim to fix it. :)
    xoxo

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  5. Hey Tam, I really like your new design. I think it is important that you feel it fits you! I love the double-lined chevron background. How fun! Happy 30th!

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  6. You were so not hard to work with!!! You knew what you wanted and we got you there. I love that! I too am turning 30 this year and have the same feeling as you. We are growing up, huh? LOL. Thanks for letting me help you bring your design to fruition and have a WONDERFUL birthday! :)

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  7. I love your new design, it looks great!! congratulations on your 30th, I just turned 40 3 months ago :D

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  8. Love the new look! It looks fantastic! Kim just redid my blog as well. I love working with her.

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  9. I truthfully like the new look and i'm glad the old is gone!. Good luck with the new you and the new blog!

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  10. Love it!And happy birthday for next week :-)

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  11. Happy 30th -- love the 'cleaned up' new look of the blog. Always so much fun. Thanks!

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  12. I like the new look! I think you have made it eaiser to navigate. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I have enjoyed following your blog.

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  13. It does look really pretty! Love the new fresh look! And happy birthday! Hope you get spoilt :)

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  14. Happy birthday! The blog looks great! Very easy to find items!

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  15. I love the new look. Still hate that ad right below your header (hey, you gotta do what you gotta do)... But it flows so much better. I honestly, don't really look at the sidebars most of the time because they overwhelm me. LOL. I was so excited when I clicked on it yesterday and it looked different! Yeah!

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  16. Love the new look. It's clean and friendly. Also wanted to wish you a happy birthday! I turned 30 on Sunday, so we must have really close Bdays. Here's to a new decade!

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