Sunday, July 5, 2009

New Blog Design. Yay! Also, let's do a giveaway!

That only took like all weekend.... (well, in between the social engagements and relaxing and all..) I'm really really happy with it. It really feels more "me."It certainly was time to update the design and now there are a bunch of cool new features for my lovely readers.

Here's a meta-photo for all my peeps on Google Reader:

I also re-did the banners and formatting for my portfolio and tutorials site.

I thought you might like to see some of my old banners. Makes me feel all nostalgic. Also, really easy to see how much my photoshop and blog hacking skills have improved. ;)

Biiig plans for the tutorial site this Fall. I want to get some actual classes (with kits, hopefully) up there, probably Octoberish. Also plans to restock the Etsy for the Holidays. Also going to do more pendants and some stamp designs that I have been twiddling with. My business plan for CoffeeGirl Crafts is going to kick into high gear at end of Summer. At least, that's what the plan is.

Anyway, about the blog! I'd love to hear your thoughts about it. Questions, comments and criticism are all welcome. Especially questions. I like those. :)

In fact... If you leave a comment on THIS post by Wednesday July 15th I will draw a random person who will receive their choice of either blog design work or a physical goodie bag.

Happy happy weekend!

38 comments:

Erin H. said...

I'm loving the new updated blog! It's easy to navigate and definately pleasing to the eye! It was good to see the past banners, you can totally see the progress you have made in your blog/hacking (as you say) skills. Props to you! Here's to the next chapter of your blog...

Beth Perry said...

Hey girl!! I am sooo loving the tan/black combo..so chic and cool. It is DEF more your style.
I would love to be entered in your drawing! How fun and thank you!
Hope you had a great 4th!
Going to look around some more. :D
B

RachelG said...

The new blog design looks great, but it took forevvvver to load for me? I'm sure it's something on my end...any ideas?

Kara said...

This is stinking awesome! It looks really, really great!

Trains and Sewing Machines said...

I love it all!! All the bright colors and the vintage feel is very cool :)

Sharmaine Kruijver said...

Oh wow!!! Love it all!! looking forward to seeing posts on the tutorial blog :) Love what you have done, with the revamp, I dream of being able to do what you have done!!

Jennifer said...

Super cute new blog design ... love the colors. And I'm so excited for the tutorial site. Here's a question: are you self-taught in web design - or do you have a recommendation for where to start/pointers for us newbies?

Jenn said...

The updates are great! So fun and super easy to navigate. You do such wonderful work!

Jenn

Mandi said...

lookin good! I love it, actually!

Txgrrl said...

I love the lacy/grungy background - and the banners rock. Your work is inspiring!

marit said...

I loved looking at all the "old" banners... but my favourite is the new one - so yeah, you did good! I'm a big fan of squared paper, love to see it as a background on your blog!

Genevieve said...

I think it looks great, it's very you :) Hmm, question? Do you have any good Photoshop tutorials that you could recommend for doing blog banners like yours? I'd love to learn...thanks!

Heather Prins said...

i love your blog design!! I would love to know how to get all the links up at the top like that - waaay cool!

Melissa said...

ooooo..love the idea of you teaching a class! Sign me up!

LOVE the new blog...looks great!

Patty said...

Just wanted to say that I adore your new blog design. ITS fabulous:)

lrw said...

Love the new, updated blog! So, very chic with an edge!! I really like all the photos in the banner! My favorite banner still is the blue one with the lights though!!

themathchick said...

Your blog looks fabulous! I really like the mosaic/collage of photos on the banner(s), and I'm loving the graph paper background on the main area :) It sounds like you have some super-exciting plans for CoffeeGirl Crafts too...excellent!!

off the hook handcrafted accessories said...

I love it! Can't wait to see your new stuff on Etsy & the tutorials!

Stephanie said...

Woo hoo! Love the new look. But then again, I love everything you do!

eek said...

great inspiration!

daniela said...

wow.....what a rockin' new look!! it's so inspiring over here. :-)

Aimee said...

C, this is very pretty. Love the little photos down the left. Super adorable. Glad you had a good fourth.

alissa said...

love the update! so super cool!

can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve for etsy and tutorials!

a

Christina said...

i'm really digging the graph paper background!!!
xo

Malou said...

I love the new blog design. Wow! You did a wonderful job updating! Malou

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rush8888 said...

i found you through tulip girls. you all have such different artistic abilities, and i am having fun checking all of you out. i will definately look at all the tulip girls' blogs again and again.

Tina said...

your blog makeover looks great christina! I definitly get your personal style from the design. you're always so good with all the digi stuff. I may have to get with on re doing my silly blog. ;)

Michelle said...

Your blog is looking lovely! I haven't been here in a while (sniff!) so I have lots of exploring to do! It's all inspiring, as always! :) Hope all is well!

Tiffany said...

:) lovelyyyyyyyyyyy... :)

lorena b. said...

The graph paper background is the bomb-est!!! I also love the "lacy" white graphic sides although i'm not feeling the "tan" color; the inchie pics in your header are fab! there: my 2 cents for what they're worth.

off the hook handcrafted accessories said...

Where did you learn how to do all this? Any recommendations are where to start to learn how to do this myself?

Bekka said...

Your blog is fantastic! I really like how easy it is to navigate. And can I say that I am very excited about the classroom?! :)

Rosalind Jackson said...

how did you get the new blog to be so customized? it looks amazing. do you have a basic account or a premium one that you pay for?

Pastore711 said...

Love the new banner and your photography is fabulous - thank you for sharing it with us!

Lily said...

i really like the setup of your blog- it's very inviting!

Erin Bassett said...

Great new design!!

amy lapi said...

as if there wasn't enough eye candy before the update :) lovelove. tahnks for sharing your old banners..

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