Welcome To Our Little Big House On The Prairie

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blog Facelift

Change is GOOD!

So, I decided to give my blog a little facelift.  She was in desperate need, was she not?

I should be in bed, as it is now...  Ummmmm... 1:30 a.m.  Ouch.
  I'm going to be hurting in the morning!  

Little Man took a late nap today (5 pm -7:30 pm) and is still going wide open.  In my defense, I was helping the Diva with her homework and didn't realize he had snuggled up in our bed and crashed.  And there was noooooo rousing him.  AND he woke up ill as a snake.  Nice.  My first thought, "Great."  My second thought, "Awwww.  He looks so precious."  My second thought, "YAY!  I can work on my blog since he'll be up late."  Yep.  There's priorities for ya.

Have I ever shared a picture of my little guy on here?  Actually, I don't think I have.  Here's my little sweetie:

He was looking up at me through the bleachers at one of Greyson's football games.  My little man has since had the haircut that he so desperately needed, but he's still a cutie-patootie.  :)

Anyhoo...  Got a little distracted there.  He is cute though, right?  ;)

I'm sure the biggest change that y'all may (or may not) have noticed is I've changed the name.  "Little Big House On The Prairie" was just too much of a mouthful and frankly, a pain to type when I was filling out comment forms.  I'm all about quick and easy, peeps.  Seriously.  Because that's how I roll.

While I still have the same blog address (since I didn't want to have to COMPLETELY start all over because I chose a dorky name to begin with), the blog name has changed.  "Our Prairie Home"  Short, sweet, and to the point.  I hope I haven't stepped on anyone's toes and accidentally copied another blog name.  I did google it first and none came up, so...  Fingers crossed!

As you can see, I've got a new easier to read font, a new background (Give my pretty polka-dots some love!), and a new header.  I luh-ove my header!

One, its actually centered.  That other one screamed at me to center it every time I logged on.  I couldn't stand it anymore.  I had to silence the little voice in my head that said, "Your header isn't centered.  It looks unprofessional.  It looks juvenile.  Center the header.  Center the header. Now."  My Type A personality sometimes rears its ugly head and its impossible to silence it with "There's perfection in imperfection."  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes it doesn't.  That off-centered header was REALLY getting to me.

Two, it's totally me.  It consists of a vintage picture of our home (Boy, do I wish she still looked like that!), a flowering Hosta, the view down our gravel road, and the diva and the little man running in the backyard.  Pretty well sums up the loves in my life.  My home, my huge yard, my country-living, and my children.  Technically its missing the hubs, but I'm sure he'll understand (and will probably be really glad!) that I didn't include him in the header.  Just a little time few hours between creating it on Picnik and trying to figure out grumbling name-calling blogger for being difficult and not centering several different pictures I uploaded. . . FINALLY, I got it right.  YAY!

Then came the fun of creating a new blog button, which I was dreading. . .

Not necessarily the CREATING the blog button part.  That's a cinch.  It was creating the grab button link.  Fun times - and about 2 hours searching the net for tutorials I could actually understand and then typing one after the other in until I eventually found one that worked.    Too bad I didn't pay attention to the blog I used that worked  because I could have should have linked it here.  She made it super easy. But at that point I was cross-eyed from entering in all that &#34lr:// crap.  I am fully convinced that HTML codes (if that's even what they're called) were created by the devil.  :P

So here's my thanks to her anyway:

"Thank you unknown blogger, who is a heck of a lot smarter than I am.  You made the impossible, possible with your super easy tutorial.  YOU ROCK!"

Please help yourself to my new and improved shiny new button on the right.  And if it doesn't work, please let me know.  I promise I will not shoot the messenger.  I think.  ;)  

Not that I have a lot to recommend me at this point that would make you want to take a button, but I will.  Oh, yes.  I will.  Hopefully.  Yes.  Most definitely.  Maybe.  (Still struggling with the power of positive thinking.) :)

So anyway, I'm super pleased with how it turned out and really feel this design and layout totally speaks to who I am.  I finally feel at blogger-home (and that voice isn't screaming at me anymore either).  Its a great place to be. 

And on that note...

Good night, y'all!  


Tanya said...

I love the new layout! It looks fabulous :) And, good job on the button. It took me FOREVER to figure out how to make one. Have a wonderful day.

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Well I just had to come visit after seeing your blog name on a comment. Very cute!

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