Blogging Family {the ordinary moments}

A little fresh paint and a blog makeover

10/01/2016

Last night I sat back, took a deep breath, and pressed “Save & Activate”. And as you’ll have noticed, even on a phone, things look a little different around here this morning.

In a couple of weeks it will be ten years since I started blogging, ten years of high days, holidays, and a lot of very special and very ordinary everyday moments.  In that time I’ve had two names and exactly two blog designs. Jumping around and following every little trend is clearly not my thing. I’d claim I was taking the high ground against being a follower of fashion but truth be told I don’t think I could keep up if I tried.  Over the years I’ve learnt how to do so much and I’ve tweaked code and watched YouTube videos until I could work out how to get things exactly as I wanted them, but over the summer I spent an entire afternoon playing around with the back office bits and bobs and trying to work out what to do next.  And at the end of the afternoon I realised that what I really needed was a makeover.

*Cue early-90’s American High School movie montage music*

Except that unlike movie makeovers which take about thirty seconds, real life takes just that little bit longer.  If I was going to have a completely new look it had to be absolutely perfect; just the right colours, a font that I love and is easy to read, the sidebar just so, and all the tech and whiz trickery I’ve admired on other people’s sites.  It’s amazing how long you can spend deliberating on one particular shade of blue versus another, I know for certain I choose paint colours for my house a lot more quickly.

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And for my oh so beautiful banner I got a little help from the incredibly talented Ellie Illustrates.  It felt incredibly decadent sending an email asking her to design something for me but I’d got as far as I could go with my skills and it was time to bring in someone who knew what she was doing. And oh am I glad I did.  This is the banner that I could visualise in my head brought to life; colourful butterflies for all the things that bring me joy and a little nod to my wedding flowers which inspired the name.  And if you’ve been reading here a really long time, or you know my quilt collection in real life, you might just recognise a small cameo by my silk quilt (which is also the only quilt I’ve ever hand quilted so it’s even technically accurate!)

The header and logo for Space for the Butterflies has been the same for five years so when I first started building up all the changes it looked really strange and unfamiliar, a bit like that stage at the hairdressers when you’re halfway through a cut and your hair’s still went and you look at yourself in the mirror and wonder why it was that you thought you needed to have a haircut. But the more I looked, the more I loved. I’m sure there are things that I’ll tweak as we go along and if you spot anything that’s clearly gone awry let me know.  I’ve still got one page open on my desktop under the old set up. I’ve taken a screenshot of it, just for posterity, and it served me well, but to every thing there is a season.

Between writing and taking photos and connecting with friends and trying to take pictures of my supper for Instagram without being able to see the Duplo in the background or the paint spots on the tablecloth, Space for the Butterflies is part of my everyday ordinary, and a much beloved and treasured part at that.  There are a million and one big reasons why I blog, but for today I wanted to celebrate the everyday pleasure I get; the routine that sees me pull out my iPad on a 7am train to work to start writing, or herald the family out of doors at short notice because it’s finally stopped raining for the first time in what feels like weeks and I want to take their pictures.

Even when I don’t have a post to publish I don’t think a day goes past without my doing something related to the blog, and now I have all this beautiful new clean freshly painted space in which to do it. And that’s definitely worth celebrating!

Joining Katie for The Ordinary Moments

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  • Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures 10/01/2016 at 8:14 am

    and beautiful it looks too. Ten years – wow that is some dedication to the blog I am in awe. I know what you mean about the tinkering every day even if not publishing though. I am definitely doing that! Happy New Year.

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you – it’s a bit mind blowing to me too when I look at it all written down!

  • Anna-Marie 10/01/2016 at 9:01 am

    Oh Carie!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! I absolutely adore the new look and it fits so well. Love the banner and its definitely worth celebrating! xx

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:24 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Mandycharlie 10/01/2016 at 9:10 am

    Oh Carie it’s so pretty and all that is the very essence of you, I absolutely love it. Happy happy New Blog Clothes Day, enjoy it looks fabulous.

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:24 pm

      thank you lovely – it feels very me if that makes sense 🙂

  • Alexandra / I'm Every Mum 10/01/2016 at 9:18 am

    Oh Carie, I love it. Helen is so talented isn’t she? She did my old blog design. I’ve kept my new one plain for now but I would definitely work with Helen again, she’s great. The theme is great too. Xxx wow 10 years. That’s amazing, must be great to have it all to look back on. Happy New Year lovely xxx

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:26 pm

      I do feel a bit behind the times in some way; I’m going beautiful and illustrated just as the fashion is for pared back simplicity but I love it so it doesn’t matter – everything will have come full circle in another ten years!

  • Mess and Merlot 10/01/2016 at 9:21 am

    I have blog envy! I’m at the very early stages of starting my blog and trying to get it to look the way it looks in my head (cue hours of Youtube videos, Googling ‘how to…’ and WordPress theme faffing ). Congratulations on 10 years of blogging!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:27 pm

      thank you – You tube is a great place to look for tutorials – you can see what they’re actually clicking!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 10/01/2016 at 9:26 am

    This looks absolutely beautiful Carie. I have so much I want to do on mine. Taking forever though it seems 🙂 x

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:27 pm

      Slow and steady wins the race – I’ve been working on this since August!

  • HJ 10/01/2016 at 11:51 am

    That’s such a beautiful and appropriate banner!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:27 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 10/01/2016 at 1:32 pm

    Carie it looks absolutely lovely, good work! And congrats on 10 years of blogging- that’s a huge amount of time and a great acheivement!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:28 pm

      thank you 🙂 it does start to seem like quite a long time – maybe there should be cake!

  • Amber 10/01/2016 at 3:57 pm

    How fancy does your beautiful blog look! I absolutely love it, and I love how very ‘you’ it is.

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:29 pm

      I’m glad it still seems like me – it’s always the concern when you change that you’d loose something of the essence so thank you, I’m glad to hear it!

  • LauraCYMFT 10/01/2016 at 4:22 pm

    I love the new look! These things do take time to get just as you want. There are things I would change about my blog but I don’t have the tech ability nor the money to pay for it LOL!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:30 pm

      Oh I wish I knew more tech stuff than I do most of the time and then I surprise myself by coming out with something I’d forgotten I ever knew! Beautiful illustrations though are very much an outsourcing job!

  • sustainablemum 10/01/2016 at 5:05 pm

    It’s lovely! Ten years! Wow that is some going, here’s to another 10?

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:31 pm

      thank you 🙂 – and absolutely!

  • Rachel In Real Life 10/01/2016 at 5:39 pm

    Oh goodness this is just beautiful. She is so very talented and clearly a very popular choice among bloggers. I think she just gets better. I know what you mean about it feeling quite decadent spending money on your blog. Congratulations on ten years!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:32 pm

      Decadent and lovely – totally worth it 🙂

  • Lee Cockrum 10/01/2016 at 6:01 pm

    Very nice!! Good for you!!!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:32 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 10/01/2016 at 6:34 pm

    What a stunning new blog Carie, so fresh and clean and perfectly you. I love the banner with the quilt. Just lovely. I bet you are so pleased with it. x

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:32 pm

      I keep looking at it and thinking, wow, that’s mine 🙂 !!

  • Kim 10/01/2016 at 7:40 pm

    Congratulations Carie on 10 years of blogging!!! I love the new blog look, fresh, simple and beautiful.

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:33 pm

      thank you 🙂 I’m thinking there might have to be cake on the 2nd to celebrate properly!

  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle 10/01/2016 at 8:01 pm

    Oh wow your blog looks beautiful, I love the new look and the header image, it really suits your blog. Ten years too! Congratulations! xx

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:34 pm

      thank you lovely 🙂

  • Kirsty 10/01/2016 at 8:31 pm

    Beautiful header and lovely post. I hope to learn a little along the way and maybe dress up my blog a little! x

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:35 pm

      everybody has to start somewhere! My first blog was the blogger preset design with a lighthouse background!

  • You Baby Me Mummy 11/01/2016 at 10:06 am

    It is really gorgeous Carie, just perfect! 🙂 xx

    • Carie 13/01/2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you very much my dear 🙂

  • Mary 11/01/2016 at 3:55 pm

    Lovely new look 🙂 I really like it and your new lay out too! Isn’t it exciting to freshen things up?
    I am the opposite and every few months start to faff around – eeeekkkk it tends to get addictive haha, well done for having self control and being content x #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 13/01/2016 at 8:46 pm

      I think there are little bits that I’ll faff with but the header and the theme I tend to keep constant – and I can’t see myself wanting to change this one for a while!

  • karen 13/01/2016 at 1:21 pm

    congrats on ten years!!! amazing and the place looks lovely 🙂

    • Carie 13/01/2016 at 8:53 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 13/01/2016 at 2:48 pm

    Oh Carie, it’s beautiful. Really beautiful. I love the changes but I like how I can also recognise that it’s your space. Do you keep popping online to sneak a look at it?!

    • Carie 13/01/2016 at 8:54 pm

      Maybe perhaps yes!! Thank you, it feels very me, which is a good thing because I don’t think I could have spent any longer thinking about it or planning it if I’d tried!

  • Sally 20/01/2016 at 8:07 pm

    It all looks beautiful and perfect for everything you write about, love the illustration, and congratulations on 10 years!