Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My daughter is a slave driver and blog design trevails

Quicky post on a busy day during a crazy week in a napping house, where everyone is sleeping.  Oops, wrong book.

Hello Wednesday, whatcha knowin'?

Here's what I need to tell you today:  it kinda sucks to have two ADD parents when you want to get to school on time. 

I think my daughter - who is almost 9 - is overcompensating for our flaws and foibles.  The Huz is calling her our family manager.  Case in point #1: yesterday morning, said almost-9-year-old approached the foot of my bed, where I was snuggled in with my 5-year-old (the Huz had already gotten up), fully dressed and announced, "You need to get up.  It's time."  Case in point #2: Said almost-9-year-old fussed at her little brother to get his winter coat on this morning. At 8:00.  The Huz hadn't showered yet and they had a half hour to leave.

I'm thrilled that someone in the family is organized, don't get me wrong.  Just give me a cup of coffee before you start hustling me through my day.  Or five.  Better make that five cups of really strong java.

In other news, I keep messing with my blog design.  Sorry.  I'm looking to keep it simple and not too cutesy.  Since I have no design experience other than saying, "Oooh, that's pretty!" it took me all freakin' day to make that header you see peaking over the top of this post.  Yep.  I'm a fast study.  If any of you lovelies have suggestions for making this redesign process less of a bear for someone who clearly has some latent OCD issues, fess up!  I found a few online classes and tutorials and may resort to one of those.  I did have a background and header up for part of the day, yesterday, from Shabby Blogs, but it was way too peppy for my surly personality.  I will say this, however: Shabby Blogs led me to FotoFlexer and PicMonkey, both of which were awesome for the Photoshop-impaired blogger newbie. 

I'd love to hear what fellow bloggers have to say about blog design and/or any of these services.

Happy Hump Day!  I'm off to volunteer in my son's kindergarten class.  Better finish cup # 17.

14 comments:

  1. I like the header. I like the blog. I suck at design and will only mess with my blogs' designs so much before I say, "good 'nuff". I obviously don't have your OCDness. I'd be better off with just a bit more of that. I l like your 9-year-old; we'd get along fine.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I'm design obsessed: with the blog, with Pinterest, my house, my yard, yadda yadda. But it pretty much stays in my head because I don't know what to do to make things happen anywhere else.

      I'll send my daughter right over to see you. She's on a mission to get sh*t done.

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  2. If you want to make your own with pictures or designs of your own, Over is a really good software in the Apple App Store. WONDERFUL. AshleyRose designs my headers we're about to have a facelift. You can do a lot with the advanced settings of your template on Blogger, more than I expected to be able to do at first. Play around with that and the widths on your page if you want.

    And as for your nine-year old, my mom got called into my kindergarten by my teacher who wanted to talk to her about me. I had alphabetized the class in the bathroom line and then sent a kid to time out for talking in line. Because I was totally authorized to do all of those things. OCD much? Why yes, yes I do.

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    1. Going to Over right now! Thanks for the tip. I may start a conversation on SheWrites about this.

      You are not allowed to meet my daughter. Control freak doesn't begin to touch on what is happening here. I'm sure it will eventually work in her favor (as it did for you . . . right?).

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    2. At the risk of sounding like a dumb-dumb, can you only use Over on your phone or iPad? I'd like a bigger screen than my phone, but I work on a laptop, not an iPad.

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    3. I think it's just for the ipad right now, unfortunately. But it does help you use cool fonts on your own pictures. I have it on my ipad and would love to help if you want!

      And the control freakishness eventually kind of settles down into organizational chaos. She'll be fine! :-)

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    4. And I'd love your help. What do you propose? I may download it to my phone and see what I think, then hi-jack Rick's iPad while he's asleep.

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  3. You could send me some images you want to work with and I could put text on them and then email them back? Or you could steal Rick's iPad. Either way!

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  4. I think I'll try my luck. Thing is, I want illustrations, not photos. Do you think Ashley Rose would be willing to chat with me via email or FB? I can draw with a pencil and brush, but haven't learned the ropes of Photoshop (because I'd actually have to use a freeware like GIMP and the learning curve intimidates me)?

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    1. She would absolutely talk to you - she's the nicest person in the world. Send her a facebook message!

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    2. Done!

      Spoiler alert: Watch for what I did with Over in my next blog post. Wheeeeeeeeeee.

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  5. everything looks very lovely. i know nothing about blog design, that's why my blog is so plain. i hired a lady on etsy to make a banner from one of my photos.

    you are very cute in your little picture.

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    1. Thanks, Bev. I'm kind of a perfectionist-obsessive. Oh, and I want complete creative control, which is why I am not currently employed. Etsy is a great idea.

      I'm finally brave enough to post my photo and not hide behind someone else's vector drawing. Thanks for noticing and being so sweet.

      One day you'll tell me the secret of having 500 followers. Right?

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