Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year, New Blog Design

Though the S.P. archives go back a few years, this blog has only been around for the last month. I have kept a personal blog since Little Miss was 3 months old, which was actually right around the time that I became interested in sewing more. Every once in awhile, I would attempt to make something and post it on the personal blog. At the end of this past November I had gotten to the point in my creative journey where I felt that I wanted to join in on the handmade revolution going on throughout the blogosphere, so I decided to re-post and transition all my old creative entries from the personal into the public.  If you had an inkling, at all, to go back into the archives you'd see a few things:

  1. very sporadic posting.  Most of this stuff was very new to me back then, and I was getting random ideas from around the internet that I wanted to try out.  I had limited experience with my mom's sewing machine, and though I had been taught by my Nana to knit at a young age I had never progressed much further beyond knit2 purl2.  Because of this I didn't do much crafting, and when I did it took me awhile to get it done.
  2. terrible photography (we had a seriously awful camera back then) [sidebar: my apologies for the more recent less than stellar photographic work. I need to cool my jets from taking photos in my dark house at 3 am when I finish most of my projects. I'm a little too eager to post on things immediately upon completion.]  

All this to say, that I had no idea when I decided to transition the blog over a month ago, that it would take off as quickly and be embraced as much as it already has been.  As such, I didn't overly think through my original blog layout.  It wasn't the worst (honestly, there are some great blogs I read through a reader that I never actually visit because they are so visually unappealing), but it wasn't the best.  I'm no web designer, but I've been working for the last week on revamping the site to be a little more user friendy (and for the love, to stop the excessive scrolling scrolling scrolling).  I'd say be brutally honest with me about what you think, but frankly I've put in too much time on the thing to have someone tell me it sucks outright.

Ah forget it.  Tell me what you think.  I don't want to start off the New Year with an icky blog (not that I'll have much chance to work on it before we hit 2010, mind you)  Seriously, where did 2009 go?! . . .

Even if you read this blog in a reader, please consider clicking over to the site.  I'd appreciate the feedback.

Oh, and

Happy New Year, everyone!


Unknown December 31, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

I don't know what your blog looked like before but I love the layout. :) Happy New Year! Visiting you from The Nesting Place. :)

Lilith's mommy December 31, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

It looks good. Not quite sure how I like the 3 columns, though.

I'm trying to write more in mine. And I actually did get some handmade stuff on it. :) Come check it out sometime.

Skooks January 1, 2010 at 2:03 AM  

T.G.C. - Glad you stopped by!

L.M. - The 3 column thing was a bit of a gamble, and a big part of the reason it took so long for me to get it up and running. Mr. Skooks wasn't sure about it either, which is why I monkeyed around with the background colors a bit. Ah well . . . I don't know that these kinds of projects are ever really *done* if you know what I mean. (P.S. SO glad you're getting on the handmade posts.)

olivia January 1, 2010 at 6:41 AM  

I just stumbled upon your site and I think it is adorable.

Grant Davies January 2, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

It looks good. BTW, Thanks for helping me with mine, readers are going to some of my older posts now that we put the "linked in" gadget on there.

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