Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A few things to know:

1. I'd been whining about my very amateur blog look for a while, and how I had no idea how to go about changing it, when suddenly . . .


ERIN ELDER TO THE RESCUE!

If you don't know Erin (and her adorable blog, dailee tidbits), you should!  She is an incredibly talented graphic designer/photographer/makeup artist, and damn does she know how to spice up a blog's image!  Seriously, it went down something like this:

Claire: Erin, I want three columns and a sea green glitter background, please.
Erin: I got you covered.

And she did the rest!  I'm amazed that she knows so much about layout, font, design, which-images-work-well-where, etc.  She made my blog look exactly as I'd envisioned and for that, I am forever grateful!  Thank you so much, sweet Erin!  I am pretty smitten with my blog now. :)

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2. I love my friend Jessie and I love Etsy and if you feel the same way, then you should sign up for her amazing swap!


You have until next Monday (March 7th, aka Micaela and Marianne's birthday!) to enter.  Jessie will pair you with a partner, and you'll exchange some info: what you're into, which Etsy shops are your favorite, etc . . . and then you'll surprise each other with a handmade gift from Etsy.  Sign up and maybe be my partner! :)  I can't wait to see what everyone picked out . . .

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3. You should really know about this giveaway because it's pretty spectacular.  Visit Sarah at sadie designs and enter for a chance to win this beauty:


Gorgeous, right?  If you win, I will be both happy for you and jealous of you, ha!

Hope you're all having a great Tuesday--I'm about to pour a cup of dark, strong coffee, and then mine will become exponentially better. :)

30 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I do not see a sea green glitter background but am excited that you are happy with it all. I still can't figure out how to get cool fonts, might need to give Erin a shout. Saw an Anais Nin quote yesterday and thought you! :)

Micaela said...

all three of my favorites!!! i had been dreaming of 3 columns for like EVER and then erin saved me :) she's such a dear friend!

jessie-- I LOVE my college gf and you know what i love even more? than you two, my best girlfriends know each other! i love it and i can't wait for june. as soon as i get my paychecks rolling, totally booking said ticket!

and sarah's giveaway is awesome! she's such a talented jewelry making goddess.

LOVE this post, LOVE your layout! love everything :)

H. Gillham said...

I am so jealous.

*pouts*

Kimbirdy said...

ooo, i love the necklace! and i love that you knew just what you wanted - a green, glittery background. tee hee! it's awesome.

Jordan Streetman said...

I love you new layout!!!!!!

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

I so need to "professionalize" my blog look too. My problem is I don't know what exactly I want for a design. Something totally girlie and cutesy or the whole "less is more" approach.

Perhaps I should reach out to Erin and ask for help too!

Katy Mary said...

The new layout looks great! Isn't it amazing what people can do with html? I know I can't do it haha.

bananas. said...

erin did good! i really like how she was able to work off your direction ;)

also i hope you win that necklace. it would look fabulous on your neck, just sayin...

happy tuesday dahling!

Amy said...

it's so pretty!! I love glitter.

Krystal said...

your new look is fab! i love the glitter!! i'm going to enter that giveaway that necklace is divine.

drollgirl said...

erin has SKILLZ!!! i am so jealous of those that have photoshop, html and design skills! so jealous!

and it all looks FAB!

Mrs. Julius said...

nice layout! i really like the sea green colour. :)

julianne. said...

i really love the new blog look.
its adorable.<3

mrs.mfc said...

love your glittery background

Lindsay [Bella Cene'] said...

It looks great! I am BEYOND lucky to be engaged to a graphic designer! He's my lifesaver. (But I actually figured out all my blog stuff myself... I think.) lol I try to stand on my own but every now and then I need him. lol

this free bird said...

your blog snazzy girl

Lindsey said...

Loveeee the green glitter, looks super cute. I heart anything glitter. Glitter on my toes right now, can't get enough glitter nail polish.

Lori said...

Pretty much loving your new blog look! Of course I am new to the blog, so not sure what it looked like before, but I really do like this look :)

New follower, stop on by..
http://penelopeblue.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

Hey, thanks for mentioning my giveaway! I love your blog background and layout. And that swap sounds like a lot of fun, too!

April said...

Your blog looks so great!! Congrats! :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Liking it lady! Sigh I need to get going on mine but am also moving to WP I think so don't know if I need a WP designer.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

layout does look great!! good for you, seriously - loves it!!!! Though I didn't think your blog looked lame before! :)

Gracie said...

I looovee your new background! Green sparkles are just what you need to add some glitz.

That swap sounds amazing! Too bad I can't do any swaps for awhile.

Marz said...

Love, love, love your new layout!! Just like fantastic hair cut can really change someone's look, three columns, new font and the sea green glitter background really make your blog pop!!! Sea green is one of my favourite colours ever!!!! Erin did such an amazing job! I love that girl and was so glad to be paired with her in twinkie's ornament swap!

I am so old school in blog layout, Micaela just fixed it to where I had the latest uploader!!! hahaha I should prob reach out to Erin too!! I am even contemplating changing my blog name! But I'm scared to, even though lots of people have (including you!) so it should be fine :) I don't know why that worries me so!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love the new look!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Sorry I've been MIA, preppin' for my trip! Woot woot! Ok, that was ugly lol...

Love the makeover, although you were pretty darn cute before too ;)
Excited to meet up on Friday. Let's hope it's rain free!!

bklyn76 said...

anything with seagreen glitter is tops in my books!

Kara said...

Your new blog is so prettay! I always stop by and check to see what you're doing :) I need to start commenting more, if not just to say this: I'M OBSESSED WITH THAT NECKLACE.

:) <3

Down and Out Chic said...

the layout looks great and the background is really pretty! love it.

Faiza said...

the new layout is wonderful!!! love love love the glitter. we need to get you some shoes in this glittery shade!