A few weeks ago I wrote this post about yearning for a fresh *new* look for this blog,
but never did I imagine ending up with a complete and total makeover ...
haircut, styling, manicure, facial, makeup ... the whole kit & caboodle.
Early on, after trying to tweak and twist and colorize a new template into
anything that might resemble the word appealing, I realized
I was just no good at blog design at all and there was no handbook available to help me -
at least, not one I could decipher.
Sometimes it can be very good to speak up online ...
After apologizing for the mess I was making and confessing my angst
in the Comments section of this post, in came an incredibly kind and generous response:
"Extending my hand ... should you wish to take it. xo"
Enter miz Jen
~ photographer unknown, 1940s beauty school lesson ~
who, as it turns out, is a very skilled & excellent teacher in all things web-based.
We "met" years ago in an online photography course but I have only known her
as an artist and had no idea the extent of her other skills
as a former Web Design and Marketing maestro.
Well, I grabbed onto that hand and held on tight through this entire wild ride !
~ photographer unknown, hairdryer from the 1920s ~
It's really her fault that I became totally
undone re-done for she encouraged me
to take a peek at the freebie templates available for Blogger these days ...
just to get design ideas ... and oh my, what a slippery slope was that.
She did warn me that it was gonna make my head spin ...
~ photo by JUCO for Fashion Rogue ~
I saw lots of styles that just weren't me.
And I had lots of separation anxiety about leaving my old, comfy blog space.
My new spot needed to feel welcoming, kinda relaxed ...
~ photographer unknown, open-air beauty salon, Cannes, France 1958 ~
but not too far out there.
~ outdoor hairdressing, Finchley Road, London 1961, photographer unknown ~
Most of all, I wanted it to remain welcoming for all my special friends.
~ boy & dachshund 1920, photographer unknown ~
Never in a million years would I have imagined a day coming when html
no longer felt like an insurmountable foreign language.
It has been worth the headaches.
I sure hope all of you will feel it was worth the wait.
Heartfelt thanks for your patience and all the feedback you left earlier
as a guide.
Please explore a bit. Old stuff is in new places. There are pages up top
containing a whole bunch of links & swell places to visit ...
my blogroll has moved up there, along with a direct link to my Instagram gallery.
As always, I'd love to hear from you in Comments.
~ Ladies at the Hairdressers, photo by Philip Townsend, London 1960s ~
To my awesomely patient, clear, concise, helpful & fabulous hand-holding teacher ...
Jen, CHEERS to you, gal.
Couldn't have done it without ya.