Sunday, 6 July 2014

Blog Header Makeover

My blog has had a blog makeover and I'd love to know what you think.  I have a new header and new buttons.  I'm still playing around with the final design so the buttons won't be ready until the start of next month for Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet.  The re-design started with me contacting Lee of Freshly Pieced who is a graphic designer as well as a very talented quilter and quilt designer.  I only needed to send her the briefest of instructions:

"something bright, fresh simple, modern graphic, maybe with a quilting motif life a simple morning star block or something. I tend to be drawn to a rainbow of colours possibly mixed with some black or grey and I'd want the background to be white"

and she came right back with a design that was pretty much perfect.


Because I want to be able to manipulate the design for whatever I need it for, I re-drew it in Touchdraw using the best cursive font I have there which is the Fling font (the Fat Quarterly font).  
I decided I wanted piecing lines within the stars and white seemed to look the cleanest.  Once I'd added those, I lightened the centre of the stars for a bit of contrast.  


A bit of playing around with another font (inspired by the way Lee mixes cursive fonts with those kind of simple rounded fonts) and colours to match the stars and I had the Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet button designs.  

     

 And this is how it looks in situ for those of you reading in feedly or bloglovin.  I'd love to know what you think - all suggestions for improvement gratefully received as I do not have a design bone in my body so it's all Greek to me.

30 comments:

  1. I love rainbows too. I am coveting your new blog header...oh no we're not supposed to do that are we? ;)

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  2. I love it! Fresh, happy, cheerful!

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  3. Love it! Great font, beautiful motive, lovely colors.

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  4. Totally gorgeous!! Love everything about it all. Perfect :)

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  5. It's absolutely perfect!!!

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  6. Perfect - so, so you
    I've been thinking about a blog header makeover to - but can I decide on something - eh, no - so well done you ......

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  7. It is gorgeous, so sleek and modern!
    Esther

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  8. I love them all! They look very clean and simple but eye-catching.

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  9. I like it! I have to admit, though....I like the first font better, by just a bit. I love the rainbow stars, I think they convey exactly what you wanted. They are fresh, preppy, and classic.

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  10. Love it. So need to redesign my whole blog.

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  11. Great new header. Simple, yet colorful.

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  12. Love love love the new header.. it's shiny & happy and says everything its supposed to say at first glance!

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  13. I totally love it. It is simple and straight forward. The rainbow colors are great! I think it is happy!

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  14. oh I like it alot! I like the extra detail you put into the 'quilt blocks' - the white lines and lighter accents. Very nice.

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  15. It looks fantastic, I love this! Such a great change & it was pretty awesome before too!

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  16. I think it looks great and it's very 'you'! The colours are terrific and I love the different shades in the stars. I do wonder what it would look like with an upper-case 'L' at the start of 'Lily's' but I suspect that's just the pedant in me *grins*

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  17. I like the new header; open and fresh. You call that star pattern "morning star" but I saw it just this morning in a book and called "Brecon Star" which I thought was a nod to your Welsh husband.

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  18. Very nicely done! It reflects you well!

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  19. Love the colors and font. Perfect!

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  20. Think it looks great, fresh & bright and I do think you might have a teeny tiny design bone lurking somewhere...

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  21. Very colorful and modern. Nice job!

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  22. Yeah love it - great colours, clean, fresh and simple - just like you haha!

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  23. Lovely, fresh, bright. You nailed it !

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  24. I love it. It's clean, bright and fresh. I so need to have a blog makeover.

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