Hey hey! Check out my pretty new site, friends! If you’re checking in via RSS or email, you are officially invited to hop on over and check out the new look.
(Quick warning: There are still some kinks! It might take a couple days to work ‘em all out.)
Have you ever left the house in an outfit, only to realize soon after that the outfit DOES NOT WORK? In fact, you’re quite certain you look like a giant turd? That’s how I’ve felt about my blog’s look for a long, LONG time. We’ve had this little bloggy redesign in the works for months and in the meantime, I didn’t want anyone to look at the design or layout, I inwardly cringed every time it loaded, and I was SO anxious to get it redesigned.
My number one goal was to make the whole site easier for you to navigate, faster, and a generally better, less turd-like experience. The plan was:
- Make the content area wider so the pics can be much bigger.
- Make it easier to locate the social media buttons so you and I can connect more easily on facebook, pinterest, etc.
- Add a couple new pages (more on this in a sec!)
- Make it feel a little more “me.”
- Make it easier to browse on your phone or tablet.
Finally, my dear sweet, handsome, muscular, rugged husband spent a large chunk of his winter break helping me get this guy up and running.
We did the whole redesign, top to bottom, on our own with the ever-present help of google and photoshop, with the end goal of making the site a better experience for you guys. Mind if I show you around a bit?
First, let’s talk design ’cause that’s fun. I thought a bit about the characteristics of me and my blog and I arrived at this: I am not tailored. I am not perfection. I am messy. Informal. Imperfect. I’m about easy shortcuts and fingerprints on the window. I am hand-drawn, watercolor, coloring-outside-the-lines.
But I still wanted this to feel like the VATW you’ve seen before, so I kept the same shape logo and applied a watercolor brush to it.
If you look at the top left of the site, you’ll see those pretty little watercolor social media buttons. They inspired the color palette.
We cranked up the font size and the content area so now the pics are ginormous. Because you WANTED my big ugly mug magnified IN YOUR FACE, right? RIGHT?!
Actually I think this’ll make it better to see detail in my tutorial posts, and as an added bonus, you guys can more clearly see the fingerprints and dog hair in my home. You’re welcome for that.
New Pages & Features
A couple months ago, I quietly rolled out a new project gallery, so we could all find past projects more easily. Honestly, it was as much for me as anyone: I couldn’t find any old posts I was looking for either, so I always sympathized when people emailed me asking for a link to one tutorial or another.
Now, you can access that project gallery quickly and easily right at the top of the page. See there?
All my past projects and tutorials are nicely organized for you there. It’s made it so much easier for ME to find my old posts too!
For a long time, Andy and I have wanted to open a shop to sell some things we’ve been creating. I’ve gotten some requests and emails asking if we’d sell some things and I always thought it sounded fun to have someone else to create for! Right now, you can click on my “shop” page and see my amazon store, which we’re working on populating with tools we personally use, gorgeous fabrics we’ve used or would use in a heartbeat, and some other home items we can happily recommend. We’ve even included some of our favorite safe, non-toxic products for the kiddos.
I’ll keep you guys updated as we get ready to officially launch the Shop at View Along the Way. Just typing this out has me SUPER pumped to get it going!
We also added a google custom search button at the very tippy-top of the page. If you don’t see what you’re looking for in the project gallery, or just want to search for all mentions of “turd” in my past posts, type your search term there, and SHAZAM: google search result magic.
Easy email subscribing
Just under the social media buttons on the top left, we added a little box where you can enter your email address and have all new posts sent right to your inbox. Totally free, natch.
More to come
But I need your help and opinions!
If there’s anything about the site that seems wonky or doesn’t look right, or you generally detest it/are confused by it, please drop me a line and let me know! This site is a work in progress, and it’s always hard to know what we might be missing or what might seem unclear. That said, things might seem a little weird here for a while as we work out the kinks.
Moral of the story
I hope this redesign makes hanging out here a better, more pleasant experience for you, because I’m so grateful you take the time to stop by. Like, disgustingly, can’t-be-overstated grateful. Have a fantastic week, friends!
P.S.: Don’t forget to enter the Silhouette giveaway!