Sunday, January 2, 2011
I'm sitting here in my most favorite red fleece pajama pants. They're a size too big, maybe two, so I'm constantly pulling them up. And then when I pull them up, and try to tie the draw strings tighter, so that I can safely run up and down the stairs (because yes, I always try to run, rather than walk), I feel like they're too short, and-
Oh, I'm sorry, how rude of me. I suppose I should announce, in case you haven't noticed, that-
We have been working on this design for months now.
It all started decades ago, when I got bored with my boring self-done design, and went hopping from blog to blog, envious of all of the "professional" designs that blinked onto the screen in front of me. But no matter how much I wanted it, thought about it, craved it- I just couldn't justify myself as a real blogger, yet (if that makes any sense to anybody other than me). So... no fancy design for me. I'd stick to my self done grey text blocks and stock model green background.
Maybe someday, *sigh*. Dream on, Tia.
Well, it must be someday! Because hot dog! Looky here!
A close friend of mine was telling me about her blog upgrade, and said I should get in contact with her designer. The idea of anybody touching my personal space kind of made me hyperventilate, but as I looked through her designer's portfolio I thought to myself "maybe its time". So I contacted her, she agreed to make me a new blog, I was excited, and then- booooooo. She kinda flaked out on me. She said she couldn't do the design that I had asked her about, and it had taken her over a month of complete silence to tell me.
At that point, my hopes of having a new space to display our documentary were crushed. But I wanted it so badly, now that I had been so close.
See, a blog, if you update it regularly, the way that I have for 3 years now (wow), is kind of like your living room. You spend a lot of time there. You want it to be nice to look at. You want to feel comfortable in it. You want to be able to invite people over. Etc, etc.
Anyways, my living room had gotten to be too messy, and I was starting to hate it. I needed a new couch, or a new painting, or something.
So I decided that it really was time. I window shopped designs, I drooled over websites with bright colors and fancy fonts, and eventually I declared that "I will have the blog design that I want. I deserve it!".
I got in touch with a good friend of mine, who I probably should have just gone to in the beginning, and not only did she say she could design the blog of my dreams, but she was happy to do it. Happy, you guys. Happy to do it.
And so design the blog of my dreams, she did. We emailed each other every couple of days (ok, me emailing her, more than her emailing me). I anxiously checked my mail almost every time I walked past my computer, on days I knew she'd be working on it. She put up with my hundreds of thousands of obsessive compulsive complaints, my "yeeeaaah, thats not gonna work for me"'s, and you guys- y'all have no idea how many times I asked her to change the background wallpaper, haha. Sorry, Nicole!!
But in the end, we came up with the perfect combination of Polaroids and Puppy Loveys. Just the right amount of pink, balanced with the blues, blended with the yellows. A meld of messy handwriting with typewriter text, which might be a little hard to read at first, but you'll get used to it.
My living room is comfortable again.
And now to introduce you to the celebrity of this post...
Thank you, Mrs. Muffin (and adorable little miss Riley), for creating the most perfect habitat for the documentary of us. And for putting up with all of my indecisive crap.
Sooo, go click around! Look up there at the top, at our "likes" section, where we list some of the blogs and websites that we dig (its still a work in progress though), as well as our favorite posts. If you never read the explanation of our comment-free blog, its up there too, loud and proud. In the next couple of days I hope to get our "chapter one" written, which is the story of how Christopher and I met, and started our journey together (I know a lot of you wonder about that). Over on the side there, is a list of some of our most frequently visited posts, as well as some of the tutorials we've done. Oh, and our twitter and email and photography blog (which hasn't been updated yet, but- I've taken a big giant leap there too).
And this, y'all, thisssss
A share bar thats at the bottom of all of our posts (can you tell that I'm really excited about it?)! So if theres something you really like, a recipe or a picture or a crazy lady rant that I'm having on one of those days, you can click a button and share it with your twitter or facebook friends. Or print the recipe! Or-
Okay okay, I'm sure you don't need me to describe the things that you can see for yourself. ...I'm just so anxious to know what everyone thinks!!
So anxious, that I'm going to open up comments for just this post.
I can't wait to hear everyones opinions!
Likes and dislikes.
I hope that you all love it as much as I do.