Awoken by a spunky toddler at the un-Godly hour of 6:33am on a Sunday, I figured it was a sign to get working on beautifying my blog. Gordita and I made our way downstairs to plop ourselves on the couch, her with a warm bottle of milk and I with a mug of yummy hazelnut coffee and my laptop. I flicked on the tube to her favorite show, Dora the Explorer and got to working.
Week before last I linked up to my very first link party & came across this fabulous blog… Living, Laughing & Loving. Renee has been running a blog series all about jazzing up your blog named, Beautify your Blog, DIY style Series! I was elated to find her, because one: I’m all about DIY, two: I love pretty things, three: I’ve been wanting to make my blog stand out & have more of me in it. So I read and printed all parts of her series and placed it on my weekend to-do list. Caffeinated and ready to pretty up my internet home, I began with downloading some fancy schmancy fonts and next up was creating a show stopping header. I was pumped and ready to go. Until, the first roadblock… WordPress & Blogger’s back ends are way different. So after doing my thing on Picnik and dabbling with Pixlr, I was ready to upload. All smiley and happy, but then my smile turned upside down (yes, I know… what a cornball). My image was too big, WAY too big! UUGGHHH!! I worked on tweaking it and by now it was breakfast time. My stomach was grumbling and Gordita just about had it with Dora.
Following breakfast, I attempted to upload again only to find that my header was still too big. And by cropping the image it just didn’t look the same. I was losing momentum and some confidence on my DIY skills, oh wait excuse me, lack there of. I decided to start from scratch and try to upload a premade template I liked from The Cutest Blog on the Block. Except, I didn’t understand some of the
jibberish instructions. Another UUGGHHH! My fear was coming true, CSS was going to get forced upon me and I would have to learn it in order to get the look I wanted. SIGH! But that just couldn’t be the case. I couldn’t accept that. But at this point, I had to pack it in, because I had to get my day going. I was able to add a semi-cute background to my header & create a custom signature, but by far its nothing like what I want. Right now, Operation: Jazz it Up = a big FAIL on my part at this point.
So, my WordPress friends please share your tricks of trade for spifying up your blog. I will forever be grateful.