Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Blog Makeover



New year, new blog design! I've been itching to give my blog a little makeover for ages, and finally sat down (a few times, you understand) over the holidays to get it done. Hurrah!

So what's new? The main thing is a cleaner, simpler design. I want to get better at photography over the coming months, so having a plainer background will give me the impetus to focus on creating better looking content.

It's still a work in progress, so you'll see more tweaks over the next few weeks to make it easier to navigate the site. I've updated the About page and will soon be adding FAQs to answer common reader questions. (Anything you wanna know?)

In other scintillating blog admin news, I'm now reading my blog roll on bloglovin... and lovin it! I find the aesthetics of the site does much more justice to sewing/craft/fashion/food blogs than some of the more techie looking readers; it's easy to categorise blogs by different types; and it's great for finding new blogs to follow which match your interests. I know I'm a complete Johnny-come-lately with bloglovin, but if you want to follow me this is moi.

Urgh. That reminds me. I really need to sort out the blog's Facebook page - it's rather bare! I'm not a big user of the platform myself, so if you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see on it, do let me know.

Take a look around the new blog. I hope you like it!

[Soundtrack: 'Boogie on Reggae Woman' by Stevie Wonder]

31 comments:

  1. It looks fabulous!! I think a clean, simplistic design is the way to go. I love your header photo, too! Well done, Lady :)

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  2. It's looking great! I, too, am a big fan of bloglovin. I couldn't fathom Google Reader at all.

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  3. I love clean designs and I am sure your wonderful content will only shine more with the calmer background. It looks great!

    Have a lovely year. xx

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  4. Oh, love the new look Tilly. Not tried bloglovin yet - will have to check it out! Happy New Year! x

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  5. Looks fabulous Tilly! I love a good clean design and your header looks lovely! I have yet to try bloglovin, but I think I'll take a jaunt on over there and see what all the fuss is about. Thanks for the tip!
    xoxo, Sunni

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  6. Fantastic! I think it really looks great. I am also going to focus on upping my photography skills this year. I took a class in high school, but that was almost twenty years ago and used a dark room. Thank goodness for technology ;)

    I will also have to check out bloglovin'! Thanks!

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    1. Any ideas how we can do it?! I'm looking for an online class that I can take in my own time.

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  7. Very nice new look to your blog. I always enjoy reading it and viewing the garments and the photography. I also want to improve my photography - it's just laughable right now.
    Happy New Year!

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  8. I love your new blog look! For your FB page, you might try using RSS Graffiti. It automatically takes posts from your blog and puts them on FB. I manage our FB page at work and this has saved me tons of time.

    This article gives a reason for why you might want to use this approach as well as clear step-by-step instructions for setting it up:

    http://alwaysupward.com/facebook_helpers/Improve_FB_Post_Visibility.pdf

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    1. Ooh great - thanks for the tip!

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  9. It looks great Tilly, I love the new header.... I really enjoy your blog so thanks and happy new year!

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  10. Two words for you Tilly...LOVE IT!!!

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  11. New Year and a new look - 2013 is going to be an exciting one for you!

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  12. Ohhh this is sassy! Loving the clean lines and the white space. So much awesome white space!

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  13. It looks SO good. I am currently trying to redesign mine too so I know how hard it really is to make decisions and get it done. youve done such a great job. so professional.

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  14. Beautifull new blog! :-)
    And Bonne année, Tilly!!

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  15. Love the fresh new look of your blog. A big thank you for your sewing book recommendations. I was lucky enough to receive the Colette sewing book as well as a couple of others that had been on my wish list. I was also given some beautiful vintage inspired rose print fabric and trims. I think this will be the year that I finally get back in to sewing.

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  16. The new look is great. I think the header pic gives your blog a stronger identity as well when you first land. My photos torment me as the bar is set so high; there are excellent pics out there on sewing blogs! But yours always look clean, colourful and clear to me.

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  17. Oooh, how exciting! Looking great, Tilly! Happy New Year!! x

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  18. The new look is fabulous. Have only just found you and love the links to the 'Sew U' books. Have added them to my wish list. Happy New year.

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  19. The new look is great - and I had never heard of bloglovin until today! So you are not the latest person to use it! LOL!!

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  20. This looks gorgeous! I love the redesign! You're right-- a cleaner blog template will put the focus on your photos.

    I'm a big fan of bloglovin', too. It's occasionally a little buggy (their phone app has stopped working completely for me), but it's a clean, organized way to keep all my blogs sorted.

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  21. I like your new look. The header is nice.

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