A New Look

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Time for a new look!

I’ve been itching to make changes on the blog for quite a while now.  But, I didn’t want a change just for the sake of change, I wanted something that really fit Things I Can’t Say and that could stick around for a long time.

Design creativity, though? So NOT my thing. At all.

So I turned to the fabulous Cynthia of NWDesigns and NapWarden for help.  She spoke at BlogHer and Bloggy Bootcamp about blog design and she really knows her stuff! I had the chance to meet her at BBC Atlanta and she said she could help me.

All I gave her to go on was that I wanted something bright and bold but not obnoxious. Simple and clean, but not boring. And oh yeah, there’s that blog term of “branding,” can you do that, too?

The result had me squeeee-ing. Yes, I really did. I know people say no one really squees, that it’s just something you type, but I literally squee-ed when I saw what she came up with!

You see that “shush” up there? Well, that’s what I’m calling it. Cynthia drew it for me! How awesome is that? Not a stock image, but actually made just for this blog!


If you are looking for a blog makeover, I cannot recommend Cynthia enough! She’s creative and so talented. She’s also very reasonably priced. You might want to hurry up and get on her design list before she realizes just how reasonably priced she is and raises her rates. ;)

And a huge thanks to Ashley at My Front Porch Swing for implementation and for “getting me” so that she could explain to Cynthia what I wanted when I had no way to describe any of it. If you are looking to move to wordpress, contact her! 

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  1. I LOVE IT!! Gorgeous colors, fresh and fun and totally fits you. Great new look!
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  2. Love the new look – how exciting!  And perfect.  
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  3. What does it say that when this opened I was all, “WTH blog is this?” But not in a bad way. I just thought someone new had jumped onto my subscriber list.

    I LOVE it. And I love the “shush.” So cute and perfect.
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  4. Oooh! I love it :)
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  5. I love it!  The colors are awesome!  She did a great job!
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  6. I love your new look. Very clean and pretty.
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  7. Love what you’ve done here! So pretty and welcoming.
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  8. I love your new look! The header is perfect!

  9. I love it! Everytihng looks great :)

  10. Looks great! Congrats on finalizing it!
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  11. It looks great! So light and fresh – and love the colors. So happy! Congrats!
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  12. Fresh and colorful, just perfect!

  13. It looks so clean and fresh!
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  14. This is so you – and ooo, looky, when I’m typing, it’s in pink!
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  15. OOh!! SO pretty! I love your new look!!

  16. simply said: LOVE IT!
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  17. So pretty, and so you!! Love the new look. Congrats, Shell!
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  18. Looks so good! I love the layout and the bright colors!! Kinda makes me want to update my place a little!!
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  19. I love it.

    And just to let you know…I squeee a lot in life. I am easily thrilled. Yay for squeeing.
    Glad your little guys first day is off to a good start. hope he comes home happy too.

  20. Love it. So bright and pretty and clean!

    (And, the fact that I’m typing my comment in pink…pretty fun!)
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  21. it is absolutely perfect…I can’t believe how much it shouts SHELL!!!! it’s just amazing.

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  22. I love it! I love the orange color! I’ve been trying for this color on my blog and just can’t seem to get it, but the orange is perfect here! I design my own blog because I really can’t afford to invest in a make-over. This looks super fantastic though!
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  23. Shell,

    Wow….what a redesign!!! This is wonderful and I can see why you are so excited!!! So jealous, lol!
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  24. Love, love, love!!!!  Your site looks amazing!  And I love seeing you right up in the top corner there.  It’s beautiful Shell…you must be so excited :)

  25. Oooooh. Looks so nice
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  26. LOVE!!! I want a new look! I’m jealous. :)
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  27. Oh I totally love it, Shell! Simple, streamlined, to the point, cute colors. I think it’s a great representation of YOU!

  28. I LOVE it! Its so bright and fun, but not in an overthetop way. 
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  29. Glad you’re loving it Shell! It looks great, and has YOU written all over it =) 
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  30. I love it, Shell!

    I especially love the ‘shush’.

    Maybe someday I will be able to afford a ‘pro’ makeover but for now I am stuck doing my own!  ;)
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    • But you do a great job with your own- it’s not a skill I have, so I have to get someone to do it for me! 

  31. Oh it is squee worthy!! Love it:)
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  32. Love the new look!

  33. Love the look. I like clean and fresh myself. I am constantly fiddling with my blog. I now know where to turn to if I get stuck!!! :)
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  34. Very pretty, my dear! Nice job!
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  35. I love the new look! All the way down to the pink text I’m typing right this minute. It’s perfect.
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  36. It’s beautiful.  Congrats.  I love it. 
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  37. Love the new look mama! I’ve always been a fan of bright, cheerful colors, especially pink & green. You can’t go wrong with that ;)

    And I love the Shhh! So perfect for you!
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  38. it’s fantastic! I love it…it’s clean and simple but hot all at the same time…
    and the shush? Love it!
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  39. It’s all grown up! Love it!
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  40. Digging the color scheme!!
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  41. Love it shell!!! it looks great!
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  42. Shell, I love, love it! It is so clean and bright and pretty – perfect! I love the wraparound sidebar widgets, and your “shush” is awesome. Congrats on the new redesign – have fun!!
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  43. Oh, I’ll so squee {for real!} with you! Your design is truly fabulous and the colors are perfection! xo
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  44. Very nice new look! I don’t generally like change. You are very brave to try something new.
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  45. I love it, but a part of me is going to miss the beach mama ;)
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  46. Shell…love the new look!  The colors are perfect!

  47. VERY you! Congrats girl. Looks fantastic! 
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  48. Cyn is GREAT! We actually roomed together my first time at BlissDom. She was fantastic. After that I hired her to redesign my site. She did an amazing job. I switched blog focus last year, so I no longer have her rocking design, but I loved it with all my heart.
    Your new look is perfect!!
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  49. I love your new design Shell! Clean and simple but in a good way. 
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  50. Whoo!  This is really pretty!
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  51. Oh, I just LOVE it Shell. SO cute!!!
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  52. It’s gorgeous. Very clean.
    I won’t lie though…I will miss that gal on the top of the page. She was sassy. And the flip flops ;)
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  53. I thought I was on the wrong blog or something, my first thought was “Where am I?”  lOL
    Love the new look!  
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  54. Yay!  Gorgeous!

  55. Love the blog design.
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  56. Love it! Love it! Love it!!!! I need to make some changes!
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  57. LOVE the new look!  Great job! :)
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  58. Very cute! Fits you perfect!

  59. Love it – so glad you do, too! :)
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  60. Love it! But you already know this. It’s everything you described and said you wanted. 

    I’m also going through another redesign right now. I like my current one, but I don’t love it. And I also wanted something more timeless that I felt better fit “me” in terms of both style and branding. So, I completely understand where you’re coming from and am so happy you got exactly what you wanted! :)
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  61. I LOVE this, Shell!!! Absolutely perfect for you! The colors are amazing :) 
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  62. I LOVE it! Great colors and I especially love the background print! Subtle and striking at the same time.
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  63. So you’re saying I can tip over a can of mustard-yellow paint and my blog will be this awesome?
    Love what you did. Congratulations on making the changes YOU wanted ;-)
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  64. I love the new look, Shell!! It’s clean, and simple, but also bright and inviting. It looks great!
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  65. The new look is fresh, fun and catchy. I love it Shell and I especially love the “SHUSH” sign up there. Thumbs up.
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  66. Very nice! Love the touch of bright colours :)
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  67. OH I love it :)

  68. It. Is. Beautiful! So clean and bright. You must be thrilled. Congrats!
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  69. You’ve been talking about it for so long! I’m glad you finally got it done. Looks cute! Your colors are similar to my tones (except much brighter), so you know I like it. :)
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  70. I like it!!! It is very clean and streamlined, and it’s got your Things I can’t Say flair! two thumbs up!
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  71. Oh my gosh! It’s even better than I imagined!! Do you love it?

    How was the Bear’s first day of school?
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  72. I LOVE your new design. It is fabulous!!!
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  73. It looks awesome, Shell! Cynthia is hilarious – I met her at GleekRetreat and BBC Chicago and she totally cracks me up!
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  74. OMGOODNESS!!! It’s amazing! Looks so great, girl!! :)
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  75. Looks great! 
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  76. it looks great!! Yay! 
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  77. It looks great, perfect for you!  But can I say that I hate change and I am a little sad to see all the old familiar look gone.  

    Okay I am over it!  Love the new look!
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  78. Looking good!

  79. –Great, Clean, fresh look!!!! Makes me want to change my look, too. x
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  80. What a lovely face lift Shell! Beautiful!!
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  81. I like it! It looks lovely!
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  82. It’s gorgeous, Shell! Cynthia designed my blog too, and she drew my header for me as well, I love it (and her!). 
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  83. Congrats on your new, very sophisticated look!
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  84. Love it. I especially like the post title font.
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  85. I love the new look!! It’s very clean and bright!

  86. LOVE it! Tragically, I long ago decided to do all my blog page design/implementation myself. Mainly because I’m really quite dumb. And considering I’ve spent like 15hrs trying to figure out how to get a footer, I’m quite envious of yours. You crazy bloggers and your footers. Just raising the bar for the rest of us.

  87. Totally squeeeeee worthy! 

  88. It truly looks great over here, Shell!  I need to get my ass in gear & finish my own redesign.
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  89. Shell your blog looks great!
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  90. It looks fabulous!
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  91. I LOVE the new look!!

  92. Congrats on the new look, Shell! I’ll have to stop by from my other computer later to get the full effect (on kindle now) but a change is a good thing every now and then, right!?
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