Posts Categorized: Design

15 minutes to a better blog + Design + Life / Thursday, 8 Nov 2012

15 minutes to a better blog

This is is the second post in a new weekly series by Tori Bowman of That Pair of Crutches. To see the first click here.

When you read a blog, what’s the first thing you notice? What details make you keep reading and which ones make you think that this blog might not be that professional and keep you from going back a second time? Little things like the name, the design, too little (or too much!) information crowding the sidebars… With so many things for readers to love or hate about a blog, here are a few tips to keep your readers coming back and loving what they see. 
1. Chuck the “husband and wife” title. Unless you’re writing for an audience made up of only friends and family, or you really do co-author the blog with your spouse, don’t call your blog after the two of you. Ditch the titles that include last names, stop saying “we” in your about page, and while personal posts are wonderful, start thinking about what else you have to offer the blogging world. Yes, bloggers who blog entirely about their personal lives (like Naomi of Rockstar Diaries) have created a large following and created amazing blogs, and readers DO want to know about your life outside of the internet, but they also want to be inspired and gain something from your little space. Try to give them something for supporting your blog. 
2. Customize your template. Get rid of the shadows behind photos that come standard with new Blogger templates. Create a separate “about” widget rather than using the pre-made one provided by your hosting site. Pick a new color scheme. Make your blog your own rather than just going with a template that thousands of other blogs are already using. It’s a simple way to get your blog noticed and help your readers to trust you and your content more. 
3. Get rid of the Google Friend Connect widget. Google has suspended the service for blogs other than those hosted by Blogger. It has become a less than convenient way for readers to follow blogs because they can no longer follow ALL their blogs through it. Most have switched to other readers so that they don’t have to use more than one platform. Remove the widget and make other ways of following you more apparent. A link to your Facebook and Twitter, a customized email subscription form, a beautifully designed marquee that says “Please keep reading!” You can even explain the change in a post, highlighting the other ways that readers can keep up with you. The people who really want to keep up with your blog will stick around, don’t worry! 
What keeps you reading your favorite blogs? What is the first thing you notice about a blog, and what keeps you there or turns you away?
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Design + Outfit to room + Style / Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012

Outfit to Room: 7

Outfit  |  Sofa  |  Chair  |  Print  |  Small pixelated pillow  |  large pixelated pillow  |  lamp

by Katie Farber of This, That, & The Other 

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Design + DIY + etsy + Projects + templates + Wedding / Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012

Menu template

My latest project for Etsy weddings is up now! I illustrated a menu template that you can print off for your wedding or any occasion really. There are a number of color options so check out the page to print off the color of your choice (see the right column here).
It’s so easy! You just need: x-acto, cutting board, ruler, tape if needed, template (download here)
Just cut around the template and make a little incision on each side of the template as indicated above. The simply fold it on the black line and insert into the slits.

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Etsy Weddings

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Design + flowers + Life / Monday, 8 Oct 2012

Flower overload

Guys. I thought I loved flowers. And then I made 132 of them and now I’m not so sure anymore. Mind you, that’s cutting, shaping, handpainting petals and leaves and stems and…everything! My deadline was last Monday, then Wednesday, then Friday, then Saturday, and then about 41 minutes ago, I finished. And you know what I want to do now? Get a whole new wardrobe. Wardrobe fairy…where are you?

These real dahlias, above, were a gift from Traveling Mama, and I just cannot get enough. They remind me that I really do love what I do. Thank you!

So now that that craziness is done (for now, 2 more installments of the same thing!), I can focus on some much needed blog time. I’m kicking it into gear by FINALLY focusing on a blog makeover for Lars. Hallelujah! But in all honesty, it’s me who could really use the makeover. Can we say highlights? Definitely not showing you a picture here (thought there’s a peek on Instagram).

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!

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Design + Life + Outfit to room + Style / Thursday, 4 Oct 2012

Outfit to room

Girl  |  Sofa  |  Lamp  |  Throw  |  Pillow  |  Rug

by Katie Farber of This, That, & The Other 

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