My little bloggity-blog has been on my mind a LOT lately. I feel like I've learned SO MUCH about design and decorating in the past few years, and this has been largely from blogs like all of yours that I read every day (does it take everyone else over an hour to catch up on all of the bogs you follow? I think I'm waaaaay too addicted to this thing). And I really feel like my projects are growing and maturing and I'm getting more gutsy with the things I trust myself to tackle.
**Although I must remind myself that the first project I did was to completely repaint my kitchen cabinets, which I suppose was pretty "gutsy"**
I also felt pretty darned pleased with myself this week for being able to fit in time for blogging in my full time work schedule (I blogged one more time than I promised myself I would - success!), as well as learning to edit my photos which has been a longtime goal of mine, not that I have in any way "arrived." This weekend I'm going to learn how to make buttons for my blog (using this tutorial!), which surely catapults me into the big leagues. ;) I will have photo skills, original content, buttons, and 38 (as of today) followers. I can't believe 1 person out there (apart from Eric who is forced by the ring on his left hand) wants to listen to me babble on about decor and food every day, much less 38 of you - so THANK YOU!! You really have no idea how excited I get when I open up my inbox and I see that someone has commented - it makes my day!!
**I usually post a ton of pictures and since you're probably wondering if there will be any pictures in this post, I don't want to disappoint...
All of this being said (is this post going somewhere, you ask? She's already posted about a llama in a scarf, what more could there be?), I feel like I can trust myself with blogging, meaning it's not a "fad" for me personally. I've been doing this for over a year now, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep it up for even a month. My enthusiasm keeps growing, and the people I've met are alone enough for me to keep continuing this journey.
There's just one little fly in the ointment... One little thing that make me get a bit cringe-y (<- word?) when I look at my blog... my layout. I know, friends... It's been the elephant in the room for a while hasn't it? You read my blog and wonder why I'm still using the standard Blogger templates? (OK, you probably don't notice or care, let's be honest, but I do!)
It all boils down to this: I need suggestions for blog layouts. And I'm going to get picky here and say that I want a layout that's ORIGINAL. This means that I'm really not very interested in the free downloadable templates, unless they are unavailable to others after I download it. (Is this snotty? I hope not, I just want to be unique...) I am willing to pay a reasonable amount ( < $50-ish) for someone to design one for me, if need be or to download a "limited edition" type thing, if such things exist. I would love to have sections along the top where I could categorize projects (a "Ted" tab is a MUST), and an AMAZING looking header must be part of the deal. Can anyone help? Have you used anyone for your blog, or have you run across a blog designer who is just fantabulous?? I want to know!! Thank you all for your help. With your suggestions, this kitchen table will be a little more classy-looking soon.
But while I can still get away with posting ridiculous oddities (honestly, will I ever NOT post ridiculous oddities??), here's a Texan para-sailing llama:
See, wasn't that undeniably enjoyable? Happy Friday, friends!