Saturday, January 19, 2013

* Blog Makeover and Update

Some of you may have noticed that my blog has been acting a bit strangely over the past few days. 
Your mind is not playing tricks on you -- I've been typing away like a crazy woman trying to fix my blog. A few days ago half of my blog disappeared along with my blog designer from 5 years ago. She vanished and so did half of my stuff. It left me scrambling to fix everything and if we're being honest,
I'm much more comfortable with felt and Mod Podge than I am with coding and computer stuff! I decided to use the "opportunity" that was given to me as a chance to make a fresh start for the new year. I'm doing some blog housekeeping and fixing some glitches that have been neglected for a while. 

I always clean out the house and purge a lot of stuff around the holidays to take back some of my OCD control over the clutter and chaos of the holidays. I take down holiday decorations and streamline countertops and bookshelves. I frequently rearrange furniture this time of year to create more space. I'm also streamlining my blog and clearing some clutter as well. You should see underneath my bathroom cabinets and my closets right now -- they're awesome! I hope you all like the new design and format. 

I'm doing the best I can here but I also have a house to run, a dog to walk, art lessons to teach at school, and kids to raise so it's taking a bit longer than I would like. Please be patient with any funny spots or glitches you may encounter on my site right now! 

I'm also in the middle of planning birthday parties for both girls. As you know, we like to do fun themed parties every year with lots of personalized touches. The girls have birthdays that are exactly two weeks apart so I'm gearing up for a double header of birthday parties as well as making class valentines and fixing my blog mess! Thank goodness they have small parties with their most special friends, otherwise I'd have a nervous breakdown right now. I'm excited to see where this new year goes, I have a lot of fun project ideas I'm looking forward to sharing with you. 

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of the homemade felt birthday banners, I've been working on this week. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared this photo earlier this week before the blog crash. I'm PINKANDGREENMAMA on Instagram if you want to follow me -- I apologize for the all caps, it looks like I'm yelling. 

"E" is planning an Ocean Themed bash for her 10th birthday in March with blue and green as the color scheme. "C" is planning a pink and purple Rapunzel Princess party for her 6th birthday in February. I'm making them each a new banner since our original Rainbow birthday banner doesn't really match their parties! 

Thanks for sticking with me. New fun stuff is on it's way, I promise! 

Pink and Green Mama


Deceptively Educational said...

How stressful, MaryLea! The site looks great as always and I'm sure I echo the sentiments of your other followers when I say that we welcome any changes you make. Speaking of blog design, I really need to refresh my site too. Someday. Not today, though. :)

Kathryn Elsayed said...

sorry to hear about your troubles, I was just a victim of some vicious hacking attempts and had to shut down one of my websites...hope to read more from you and your new blog..

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you for the love and support ladies!! Yes it wasn't fun but I'm using it as a "growth" experience and making lemonade out of lemons!


Circle said...

The redesign looks so lovely and fresh, I am very impressed you decided to tackle this yourself it looks really really good!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you!! I'm really not a tech girl at all but I'm slowly but surely learning! : )

Busy Mom said...

I'm so sorry, that sounds terrible :( I think you are doing a great job. I would miss your blog so much if it were lost!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks so much Busy Mom!
I would miss all of you too!!!

Vic Lau said...

That is stressful! Your blog looks great after all that work though :)

Good luck with all the busyness!

Amy said...

Hi MaryLea,

I love your blog! It's the first blog I ever read and follow faithfully. I would hate to see it go away. My daughters and I have had many a fun afternoons crafting away at your wonderful ideas. Best of luck with your new blog! Everything looks so fresh and new! Keep up the great work!

Cathy @ Nurturestore said...

I love the new you! Looks great!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you all so much.
Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere!

Stephanie said...

Ohhh....I did blog housecleaning a couple of months ago and I can tell you it was an expirience! I'm glad it is done and it looks great! I know that all your hear work will pay off too! Its wonderful when everything is tidy and in place!
Good Luck with your party planning! I am deep into planning a pink lego party at the moment for my daughter who will 7! It doesn take some time to get all those personal touches doesnt it? And you have TWO! I cant wait to see how they turn out! Happy Planning!

Laura said...

I love, love, love your blog & am so glad it wasn't ALL lost!
I'm the same way with the start of the new year - declutter, simply & organize. It feels so good to get it done!
Have fun with the birthday planning. I love how special you make everything for your girls. You're such an inspiration!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you Stephanie and Laura -- I'm a busy bee but it's fun to brainstorm with the girls and make goodies for their parties. The anticipation and planning are part of the best part of the memory making!


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