I have been day dreaming about publishing this post for many (many, many, many) months…and today is finally the day!
It took a lot of late nights, many mugs full of
coffee wine and a heck of a lot of research, but it is finally time for me to share with you the newly revamped Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons. Ta Da! Picture me dancing.
Now that I am officially self-hosted (whoo hoo!) there’s a bunch of fun stuff I want to share with you.
First let’s talk about the new logo. I found my designer, Camille Chung, on Etsy.
I was drawn to all the clean and fun designs in her shop. Plus I love that she is a mama. I knew she would “get” my blog.
Camille asked me to fill out a questionnaire so she could get to know me, my blog and what I was hoping for in a logo. I told her I was going for a whimsical feel. I wanted a logo that was (of course) neat, but also playful. She came up with the idea of taking the three C’s from Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons, and using them to create a “flower-type” circular logo.
Then she recreated the “flowers” around the name adding in little vines, to give it a more playful edge.
I love it. I love that the use of the three C’s is subtle and that the circular logo can stand on it’s own if I want to use it that way.
Camille was patient with me as I requested (many) changes and asked to see things tweaked this way and that. She did a wonderful job and was really lovely to work with. You can check out her site on Etsy.
Now, moving on to how I designed the rest of the site and moved my WordPress hosted site to self-hosted.
When I started blogging a little over a year ago, I knew
very little absolutely nothing about blogging. I simply wanted to write. So I logged onto WordPress, registered a name and off I went, blogging away. I had no idea what a widget was or that there was a difference between a post and a page. I knew I had a Dashboard, but half the stuff on it may as well have been in a different language. I basically figured out everything on the fly. I distinctly remember dancing around my living room when, after a full day of trial and error and googling “how-to’s”, I finally figured out how to install a stagnant HOME page on my blog. Dancing, people. FULL. ON. DANCING.
All this is to say that while this self-taught blogger now knows a touch more than I did a year ago, I still know nothing about coding. So I knew, without a doubt, that I would need to hire someone to help me redesign and move my site.
At this point let me just pause to give a tiny piece of unsolicited advice to any of you out there who are thinking of starting a blog. When I first started blogging I had no idea what a self-hosted blog was. I didn’t realize when I started my WordPress hosted blog that I would eventually outgrow its limitations. I didn’t even know it had limitations. Of course with ignorance comes a bit of bliss. Having no blogging knowledge meant I knew nothing about what a plugin was, or all that I was missing not being able to install them on my site. (But more on that later…) Like I said, I logged on and started writing. But, if I could do it all again, I would start my blog self-hosted. I would have saved myself a ton of time and energy and worry, transferring my site over. Ok, advice time is over.
When researching how I wanted to layout my new site, I knew that first and foremost, I wanted it to be to user friendly for all of you lovely folks that are kind enough to drop by. This meant finding a design that was clean and simple. When I first started emailing with Sara, I had many distinct ideas of what I wanted my site to look like. I had researched tons of blogs and knew the sites I was drawn to and why. The great thing about Sara (besides that she can code like nobody’s business) is that she had a lot of great design ideas. She suggested numerous things I hadn’t thought of, that ended up on the final site.
I’ll be giving you all a little tour around my new digs soon. For now, feel free to poke around and let me know what you think!