Friday, February 11, 2011

Sweet November

The new look is HERE!

{ If you're reading this though google reader, this would be a great time to click and view the blog as a separate page. }

Also, for those of you who have my old button on your page, please grab my new one to replace it! If you don't have it on your page yet... now would be the perfect time to add it :) But no pressure.

And with the new look comes a brand new name for this little blog.

I loved the old name, (Too Beautiful for Earth, Living after Losing Olivia) but as I was working on choosing the new design, I decided that since I was hoping to go in a new direction with the blog and make it more about my life in general, not just the loss related aspects of it, I felt like it needed a new name.

November is a very special month for me. As most of you know, Kurt and I were married this past November of 2010, and of course it's the month that we welcomed Olivia into our lives, and said goodbye to her in 2009. I felt that using November in some way in the title would still keep the blog very much Olivia related, but not necessarily Olivia specific.

And as for the new design..

I love it. I think it's pretty safe to say that I am IN love with it.

I worked with the wonderful and amazing Danielle, The Design Girl, and I could not be more impressed with her work. She worked with me and took every suggestion into account. I did not have a clear vision in mind at all for what I wanted when we started the process. She gave me some direction after I kind of half described what I was looking for, and once I finally figured it out, she put it together SO perfectly.

Lets talk about my favorite things, shall we?

I originally just planned on having the picture of Kurt and I from our wedding in the banner, and no picture of Olivia. I thought she would be represented well enough by the pink angel wings and pink ribbon. Danielle e-mailed me last night and said that she knew that she knew I hadn't asked for it, but she wanted to show me how she had included Livie in the banner. I hadn't noticed that the kit I chose came with the litting gold frame. How perfect. I started crying as soon as I saw it. Seriously awesome. I was also confused because I didn't even send Danielle that picture of Olivia, she took it upon herself to add it after seeing it on my blog. I think that is so sweet, and I love that she took the time to do that for me. She could have just done what I asked and installed it, but she didn't, and I love her for that. :)

I love the pink angel wings, and the ribbon. The black and white image of Olivia wearing the pink bow was at the center of the old blog banner that I made myself, and I have to admit that as much as I was ready for this change, I was feeling some emotional attachment to it (I took a screen shot of it so that I could include it as part of todays POTD for ProjectLife so that I'll always have it to look at). Olivia wore a pink bow in her hair for almost her entire life, at least for the last 2 days of it. I saved that one and it's in her shadow box, but I made her a new one for her to wear for her funeral, and she was buried with it in her hair. I don't think I'll ever be able to see a pink bow without thinking of her. I love that the ribbon is still front and center at the top of the page. The picture that I was referring to is what Danielle used to make my button, which I love also.

I still have some re-organizing to do of the content in the sidebars, but I'm anxious to get to the gym so I'll have to work on that later.

Okay I'll stop now. Please leave some comments and let me know what you think! I'm so proud of it that I wish I could carry my laptop around all day showing it to people. I hope you like it!

12 comments:

m&msmommy said...

I can't remember how I came across your blog, but I've followed for some time. I absolutely LOVE your new blog design and think the title "Sweet November" is perfect! Olivia's picture in the header is precious!

BBH said...

It's perfect!

Debbie Hills ~ Betsy's mom said...

The new design is lovely! I like everything about it, and am really glad you included Olivia's picture. She will always be a part of you and your family. The picture of you and Kurt is a good one, too! Your honesty and candor throughout all of your blog does a good service to other women who read it. I am sure it has helped others to better understand their feelings and know that they are not alone in them. You should be proud of the whole thing. I love you! ~~~Mom

Aaron, Angie, Hailey, Lexi, and Jacob said...

Beautiful!

Sarita Boyette said...

I don't think I've ever commented, but I wanted to say this blog header is so pretty! I'm so sorry for your loss of Olivia. She is beautiful!

Kristin said...

Just saw your blog from Design Girl's portfolio - Im on her wait list :) - and I want to tell you how beautiful I think your blog is. Everything about it is simply beautiful.

CM said...

I too am hoping over from Design Girl and I think she did an amazing job with your blog. It's beautiful!

That being said...once I clicked here, I couldn't help but read the story of your precious little Olivia. As a mom myself, tears poured down my face and my heart ached as I read your story. But yet, I could tell that you are a strong person. God bless you and your husband.

Katie said...

I have been following you for a while, but have rarely commented, sorry. We were on the tri boards at the same time. The new design is beautiful and so fitting for where you are in your life right now.

Alysha Shanahan said...

Betsy...ya pretty sure I am IN LOVE with it too! It is just perfect, everything about it! You are such a good person in general, but especially such a good Mommy to Livie for always always keeping her at the top of your priority list! She is smiling down, and loves you soo much :) Love you!

The Great Elephant Symposium said...

Betsy...it's so perfect! It looks so beautiful! I love what she did with your banner! She did such an amazing job :)

Danielle said...

I absolutely LOVED working with you! You are one of the sweetest people I have ever worked with, and it means so very much to me that you trusted me to work on a blog that I know means so much to you. I hope that when you log in to your blog you feel like it is YOU, and it feels like an extra special place now.

Hugs,

Danielle

Holly said...

Love the new look!

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