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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blog Design by House09 {and a paint winner!}

Thanks so much for all your kind comments about my Advent Calendar Tree! It really was so fun to make, and I was excited to hear some of you plan to make your own. Please send me pics...I'd love to see your version!

Many of you have already noticed (and commented, thank you!) my new blog design. I absolutely LOVE it! I have to thank Cassie at Primitive & Proper for introducing me to Thais at House09. There are many blog designers out there, but Thais runs a full-service design studio specializing in websites, blogs, stationary and logos. She is incredibly talented...and better yet...insanely patient!!! She worked with me until everything was exactly how I wanted it (even when I didn't know what I wanted!), never once losing her cool (she is in Washington, however, so who knows what she was doing every time she received one of my heavily numbered emails!!)

My blog header went from this:


To this:


She designed a cute coordinating button (still not sure what people do with these?!):



And with Megan's insistence, Thais created my profile pic (I'm still a wee-bit uncomfortable about my big ole face staring you down, but I know I love to see the faces of the bloggers I stalk read):


She also gave my blog an overall finesse by designing cleaner headlines, adding dividers, framing photos and designing a cute signature for each of my posts. Of course none of this stuff is necessary, but Hi Sugarplum! has become such a fun part of my life and I'm thrilled that it reflects me more accurately!

I've also linked 'Popular Posts' and 'Project Gallery' to the navigation bar to make finding things a little easier. I'll try to keep them updated with all my random projects and makeovers. And if you've got time to get lost in a rabbit hole of good blogs, check out my Good Reads column on the right. These are my favorite blogs, and I truly read them all!

Here are a few more examples of House09's fabulous work:







And since Thais is not only talented, but cool....House09 is offering you guys a 25% discount on a new Blog Header Design! The offer is good for one week....email her if you're interested thais@house09.com. Thanks again Thais, you rock!


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And switching topics, I totally forgot to announce the winner of my Dutch Boy Paint Giveaway!!!

paint winner collage

Congrats Leah! Email me and I'll give you all the scoop on how to get your 4 free gallons of Dutch Boy Paint! Thanks to everyone else who entered...it sounds like there are a lot of fun painting projects in your futures!

Back to more Christmas Crafts tomorrow!


18 comments:

  1. Looks great! Love the colors and design. Very nicely done! :)

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  2. Love it Cassie! She did a great job.

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  3. Congrats to the winner!

    Also, I absolutely love your new blog look! And I totally love seeing a picture of you! Plus, the picture is FABULOUS!


    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com

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  4. I love it! I don't even know you but it seems to be a good fit for your bubbly and funny personality!

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  5. Love seeing your face!! And congrats to Leah:)

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  6. It's perfect. I love it. yay for Leah! have a great day

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  7. i love the new header!

    and hello there, love to see your smiling face!

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  8. thais rocks! and i am happy to see your beautiful face looking at me. :) i love your hair- i wish mine would look like that!

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  9. Yay!!! I am so so excited!!! Thank you so much sweet lady!
    BTW I adore your new blog look and your pic is gorgeous!

    Luvs!

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  10. Yay!!! I am so so excited!!! Thank you so much sweet lady!
    BTW I adore your new blog look and your pic is gorgeous!

    Luvs!

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  11. you are way too sweet! I loved working with you and your blog looks amazingly chic, fresh and clean!
    may the makeover bring you lots of joy in the new 'blogging' year to come ;)

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  12. Your blog looks very chic and fun. The colors and font in your header are wonderful! What a great picture of you. You're beautiful! I may contact Thais to see if she could help me get my blog going. She did a great job on your blog. I have been wanting to start for the longest time.

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  13. Loving the new look (and that great picture of you). P.S. It was freezing in Dallas today! :)

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  14. I'm so behind, but I had to say I LOVE your new look!! Lookin' good, girl! And I like seeing your smiling face :)

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  15. it looks fantastic! I am looking to update too, maybe in 2011 :)

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  16. it seems good and it fits on your personality, its really warm to look in our eyes i love the pictures,I liked your blog it’s very interesting, your information had helped me very much, Please keep on posting the related information regarding this Article.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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