Change (will do you good?)

I changed the header on this blog again.  For the 7th time.

Last night I asked my dear husband if he liked this one better than the last one.  I think I may have exasperated him a tad.  “Em!” he said, “You are being completely neurotic.  Stop changing it!  I like them all.”  Well.  I’m glad he liked them all.  And maybe I am being just teensy bit neurotic.  But I do like this one better than the last one (and I liked that one better than the previous one.  And I will change it again.  And I will like that one better than this one.).

Let’s see how far we’ve come in the past four short weeks.

We started here.

I didn’t like that weird brightness at the top.  And the tagline “custom and handmade bags,” is good for the store I will soon have, but not so much for general writing about sewing and crafting stuff.

So, now the tagline is gone, and the brightness is reduced a bit.

I decided that I didn’t like how the texture in the background looked.  Too cluttered.  I took it out.

I was pretty happy with that last one, but then I thought of the perfect tagline for the blogging portion of this business: “Fabric and thread when the kids are in bed,” because that is just exactly what I do.

[At this point, there was another one with all the elements reduced and a tiny tagline.  I didn’t save it.]

I enlarged both the title of the site and the tagline.

After this point, my friend Suzanne connected me with a graphic designer friend of hers, with whom I am now working.  My initial correspondences with Nicole were insightful, and I realized that while I do love the purple, it didn’t give the vibe I wanted on my website.  While my company is “Sewing by Moonlight,” I still want my website to be bright and happy.  I also came to the realization that I really do love the more open look of a white back ground.  So, silver moon changed to harvest moon and I bumped up the color a bit.

We’re getting there, right?  I didn’t like that my little owl was kind of see-through against the moon.  My friend Maddie does web design and she has been helping me get this site functional.  She advised I lose the stars, and she also introduced me to this site for color inspiration, which I used when I recreated the header for the following result.

So, that’s where I am now.  Nicole is going to be helping refine the look of my logo and brand so I can have a cohesive internet presence and things like website, Etsy store, business cards and fabric labels will all tie together.  Maddie has offered her experience to make the actual design of the site look how I envision it will.  I’m excited.  Good things are coming.

So, am I being neurotic, as my darling husband claims, or is this actually getting better?

4 replies
  1. Ginger
    Ginger says:

    I really liked the purple background because it looks like night. I do like the little owl with some color but at night he too would be kind of purple.

  2. kate C
    kate C says:

    i liked the original, but i think the newest one is much better and much more “you.” But you should probably stick with one soon before people get confused! 🙂

  3. Alisha
    Alisha says:

    I liked the purpley ones because it looked more like moonlight, but the newest permutation with the midnight-y looking owl is good and the color scheme conveys the bright, happy mood you want! Neurotic?? Maybe. Is it a bad thing? Nah!

  4. Kathleen G
    Kathleen G says:

    Totally NOT neurotic, that’s the creative process at work. I love the latest one the best. And it clearly lends itself to making screen prints, or labels or even your own custom print fabric in the future 😉

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