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I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to.  My particular problem seems to be an inability to leave my blog design alone for too long.

A few weeks ago, I re-worked the look of the shop, hoping to make it more appealing and easy to navigate, but in doing so, I made it look different than the blog.  What I have always liked is how the blog and the shop are so closely-linked, design-wise, so as soon as I had a chance (yesterday), I worked on the blog to bring it up to the new shop design.

Only one problem – I just didn’t like it.  While I think the look works for the shop, it didn’t grab me for my blog.  While it’s true that the two spaces are linked, they’re really not the same.  One is a place of business with only one real goal, and the other is a personal spot that has to fill a number of niches.  I tried for a long time yesterday to give the blog the “homey” feel I was going for, within the confines of the shared design, but I just couldn’t do it.

So today I decided that maybe it isn’t so important.  As long as the “Polka Dot Cottage” logo is in both places (and it is) then maybe I can do whatever the heck I want with this space.

At the moment, I’m happy with what I’ve come up with.  It’s simplified, the header doesn’t take up so much space, and there’s a nice little spot for sponsorships if/when I get that up and running.  I’m going to live with it a while, and see if it still makes me happy in an hour, a day, or a week.

In the meantime, ff any of you has any thoughts on aesthetics or usability, I welcome the feedback!

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11 thoughts on “Tweakaholic

  1. looks fine to me, just run with it for awhile and see how it goes.
    I am always happy to look at your blog.
    Happy New Year

    1. Thanks, I’m sure I’ll find little nitpicky things to mess with if I keep looking at it, so it’s best to go away for a little while and let it rest!
      Happy New Year to you, too!

  2. I like the new colors a lot. One of the things I like so much about your blog is the change-able-ness (word?). I like not expecting the same thing. The blog world has room for everything. Again, I like the new colors for a new year. Very fresh. Happy New Year!

    1. Never let it be said that nothing ever changes around here! 🙂 Thanks for the comment (and for all of your participation this year!)

  3. looks fabulous, nice combination of small and big, of wool and plastic, of green and wooley white. thanks for all the inspirations so far, I love your blog. eliane from the emerald isle
    .-= See Eliane’s latest blog post: kreativitäts- und putzpause | creative retreat to declutter =-.

    1. Aw, thanks, Eliane, Happy New Year to you!

  4. I do the same thing. Don’t think of it as a problem but just your creativeness (is that a word?) coming out.

    BTW, I love the new banner. Happy New Year!

    1. “creativeness” sounds good enough to me 🙂 Happy New Year to you, too!

  5. i think the new banner is great. but i’m not a fan of three columns. i like to see more room for the text and your lovely pictures. just my opinion.
    .-= See gerri’s latest blog post: wordless wednesday…the kitties and me =-.

    1. I thought about going to two columns, actually, but condensing both sidebars into one would make that column too long for my taste. That, and my photos are all 500px wide, so making the main column any wider than that wouldn’t really do anything for me there. But, yeah, I do think it would be nice to get it down to a single sidebar, but I’ve had two for so long now, I would have such difficulty paring it down to the bare essentials 😀

  6. i just went through the same thing. it is always such a delima! i like what has turned into though.
    .-= See becky’s latest undefined post: If you register your site for free at =-.

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