My New Facelift

by Alli

To celebrate my upcoming first year anniversary of blogging, I gave myself a present . . . a facelift! Oh, wait, not me, my blog.  My blog received a facelift!  Not that I wouldn’t mind a little nip and tuck with a large shot of Juvederm on the side.  Getting back to my blog . . . .happy3

My New Facelift

I sadly realized that I had taken the appearance of my blog about as far as my non-techy self could take it.  And that’s when I met (not in person, in cyberspace) the most wonderful chic, hip, happening, up-and-coming blog designer from New York.  Because I’m cool like that.  🙂

And I just knew it would be a wham, bam, thank-you ma’am quick little do-over because I knew exactly what I wanted.  Until I didn’t.  Up until now, I have never been an indecisive type of girl.  I usually know what I want and I go after it.  However, with this blog design, I morphed into the stereotypical girl that is associated with my naturally blonde hair color.  My philosophy is that if you were blonde as a little girl, that is your natural hair color, even if it has to have a lot of coaxing to go back to the pigment from whence it came.

The Craziness

All of a sudden, I became a blubbering, crazed, every-designers-nightmare, client. Because my blog has evolved from “helpful hints for extraordinary events” to “everything AND the kitchen sink” I sought help from my daughters to come up with a catchy new tagline to go with my facelift.

And because everyone thinks they are a comedian, I received texts like this from daughter #1.bylines1


Yes, she did say “From the window to the wall, I make a good cheese ball.”

And I don’t know why she had to get back to work and leave me hanging to come up with something all on my own.

Knowing what I don’t want is crucial!  I wanted simple.  But I found out simple can be hard.

The Process Continues

That’s where a cool, calm and collected – and did I mention about to give birth at any moment – blog designer comes in handy.  I especially loved it when she asked (after I had turned down a header design because I liked it but wasn’t in love with it – I’m beginning to sound like a Taylor Swift breakup song) me to use some adjectives to explain what I did and didn’t like.  After almost falling out of my desk chair laughing and having flashbacks of an elementary school girl being scolded by her English teacher, I realized how evasive I was being.

I wanted chevron, then I didn’t.  I didn’t want a caricature, which is very popular in the blogging world. Then I sorta did.  They are way cool!  I then recalled how I wanted simple.  But then I wanted a pic of me on the top of a ladder hanging a chandelier while balancing a magnificent cake on an equally beautiful vintage cake plate while wearing stilettos.

The Best Website Designer

My designer – bless her heart – squashed that idea like a pesky bug. It doesn’t fit within the height requirements. That brought me back down to reality since I was apparently trying to defy gravity!

And then it happened!  With bated breath, I clicked open an email and there it was in all it’s splendor and glory and perfection – the perfect design. Time stood still.  A heavenly choir burst forth with singing.  Exotic birds flew past my window.  I skipped through lavish fields of daisies beside a meandering stream of crystal clear water… oops, that was all in my mind.  Sorry.  And it was all worth it.  But I wonder if my hip, cool, happening designer thinks so!  🙂

No, I’m not going to leave you hanging!  You can find this brilliant up-and-coming blog designer here!  And tell her Alli sent you . . . or maybe you need to scratch that part. And by the way, I wasn’t compensated at all for this post.  (I’ve always wanted to say that!)

My new facelift is still me –  just a little bit fresher, a little bit younger, a little bit cleaner and a whole lot better!  So, how do you like it?





Kirsten @ One Tough Mother September 18, 2013 - 11:33 am

I love it Alli! It looks so fresh and wonderful! ChiWei is so fantastic (she’s a great bloggy buddy of mine.) Happy to see her work and your work combined! Happy Blogiversary!!

Alli September 18, 2013 - 11:37 am

Thanks! I love it, too!

Tara September 18, 2013 - 12:09 pm

One Dog Woof posted about it on FB so I had to come look 🙂 I LOVE how clean & fresh it is. I like simple & not “OMG I’m blind!” when I visit a blog 🙂

And your daughter is a crack up!

Alli September 18, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Thanks!!! Me, too. When I see flashing lights and sprinkles, I make a run for it. Glad you like it! One Dog Woof is the stuff! 🙂

Holly September 18, 2013 - 1:56 pm

I regret teaching you how to do a screen shot, LOL! ….but I do love the new look!

Alli September 18, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Thanks! 🙂

Kristen from The Road to Domestication September 18, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Looks great!

Alli September 18, 2013 - 4:16 pm


Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai September 18, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Congrats on your 1-year Blogiversary! I love the new “facelift”, it’s beautiful, simple, clean. And your post is hilarious. I LOVE “from the window to the wall… I make a good cheese ball”. I literally laughed out loud and my daughter asked me what was so funny. 🙂

Thanks for the smiles.

Life With Lorelai

Alli September 18, 2013 - 4:16 pm

My daughters and I get pretty zany at times, especially when I ask for their help! I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not! 🙂

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai September 18, 2013 - 5:51 pm

It’s a great thing! Rory and I are the same way. 🙂

Alli September 19, 2013 - 5:00 am

Daughters are the stuff! 🙂

Anna @ Northern Homestead September 18, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Congrats to your new look, Alli! I really like it! Bringing it all to the table – you could not say it better! Happy new blogging year!

Alli September 18, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Thanks! I’m really excited about my new look! I’m still a little startled (in a good way) when I first see it.

Laura @ The Rookie Cook September 18, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Looks awesome, Alli! Love it! (And am a little jealous – I am in the process of a redesign, but it is taking a while!)

Alli September 19, 2013 - 4:59 am

Looking forward to seeing your redesign! I have really fallen in love with looking at different blog designs – all unique and wonderful! Redesigning a blog encouraged me to take a closer look.

Carolyn Smith September 18, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Great job! Love the color combo!

Alli September 19, 2013 - 4:57 am

Thanks, Carolyn! I really like it.

Anyonita September 19, 2013 - 4:20 am

It looks so good, Alli! 🙂

Alli September 19, 2013 - 4:53 am

Thanks, Anyonita! I’m super excited!

Cindy Eikenberg September 19, 2013 - 7:05 am

Alli, happy blogiversary!!! The new blog looks absolutely fantastic and congratulations! Wishing you wonderful things for your next year and I’m so happy to know you! Have a fantastic day! 🙂

Alli September 19, 2013 - 7:14 am

Thanks for your kind words! I always look forward to opening your new posts in my email!

Colette September 20, 2013 - 9:20 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. We’ve all got the bit of indecisiveness in us there somewhere! Especially I think when it comes to design decisions! How do I want my house decorated? Erm minimalist but vintage and cosy but clean and calm . . . you get my drift!

Alli September 20, 2013 - 10:50 am

So glad I’m not the only one that gets a little antsy when the rubber meets the road and I have to make a design decision! Yes, I do get your drift!!! Thanks!

Molly @ The Move to America September 20, 2013 - 10:22 am

Hello from the #FriendlyFriday hop!

Love your blog – will look around some more! Happy Blogaversary!

Dawn from I Think We Could Be Friends September 20, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Love it! Love the colors and the simplicity, easy to navigate and clear hierarchy of what to look at 🙂 very nice!

Stopping by from Friendly Fridays, Dawn

Alli September 20, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Thanks for visiting and commenting!


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