For the last few months, I have been working on my blog design. In fact, it has needed this makeover for a LONG time! I hired a graphic designer named Jana Laidlaw (janalaidlaw11 (at) gmail (dot) com) to design the header, and she did a great job. I am working closely with Julie from Deluxe Designs to help with the layout, overall page design and migration from Blogger to WordPress. Stay tuned for the official launch coming up soon. There were a couple of other layout issues that also needed to be fixed, so I also hired Shannon from Eight Crazy Designs to help, and she was great.
I had no idea that changing my blog would be so time consuming and complicated!!! But it is definitely necessary. I want my you to be able to find past projects easily, and since I have 516 posts (what the H have I been writing about!?!) it has taken a little longer than I originally expected. HA! That’s an understatement.
So, as I got more and more excited about the new look, I started showing a few close friends and family. Their reactions made me wonder if I was going in the right direction. It is a LOT different than my past design, and I know that. I WANT that. I want All Things Thrifty to reflect several things.
COLOR!- As you all know, color is a big part of my life, and I love to use it in bold ways. Heck, I have an ORANGE wall in my kitchen for heaven’s sake!
UNIQUE-I want the site design to be something that is different. I create unique items to decorate with, and I like to use different approaches to decorating, and I wanted the site to reflect that.
VINTAGE yet new-I love to take vintage things and incorporate them into my home, but I want them to be funky and edgy. That is why I like to take old furniture and give it a bright shiny coat of HOT PINK (or other colors) to give it some spunk.
FUN- I want my site to be a fun place to be. I try hard to create fun content, and I want my site to reflect that.
EASY to NAVIGATE- This part has been very challenging, but we will keep working at it until the past posts are not buried into the abyss.
So, with that being said: Here are two versions of All Things Thrifty that I have ended up with:
Contestant #1: This is the one that Jana designed the header for:
Contestant #2: I designed this header myself.
What do I need you to do, you ask? VOTE for your favorite one. Look on the top right sidebar for the poll. I have been staring at them both for far too long to make a the decision myself. I need some feedback! Pretty please, with a cherry on top!?!?