I finally bit the bullet, one year in, and made the decision to go for a professional design and a bit of an all-round spruce up!
And I couldn’t be happier with the end result!
Having been rather an indecisive individual throughout my life, it really was very difficult to come up with a brief for a design style I wanted. I have always been one of those people who tends to fall madly in love (lust!) with so many different things, styles, new fashions, old fashions etc, so really didn’t have a clue how on earth I’d be able to provide a concise idea of what to have. I wanted it all!!
I knew I wanted modern, chic, contemporary and clean, but a part of me also wanted the pretty colours and a bit of a ‘girlie’ theme as well, and I had no clue really as to how to fit all this together!
I was also keen to have some sort of illustration to show a bit more of the personality behind my beloved ‘Diary of a Midlife Mummy’, which I’ve lovingly and painstakingly nurtured to become what it is today, one whole year on.
Although I technically started out on this path as a ‘mummy blogger’ per say, I have realised that I have more subjects I want to speak about, more ideas I want to share with people and further topics I need to journal in my diary!
With this in mind, I was therefore quite keen to keep my design as plainly simple and all-encompassing as possible. Highlighting more the fact I am just a girl, writing her daily diary about everything I love in my life, be that my wonderful family and the adventures we share together, or the latest ‘must-have’ home styling ideas, to travel destination write ups and reviews!
So, after a long while trawling the internet looking for designers who worked on WordPress platforms, who I thought might be able to help me uncover the ‘real me’, I came to the decision to use Helen at Ellie Illustrates
And again, I really couldn’t be happier with my choice and the eventual design of my beautiful and sparkly brand new site!
I was able to provide Helen with a little of what I was after though, as I had a good idea of what colours I wanted and the font types I liked, but the rest I just had to ramble on about in an email and hope with gritted teeth and fingers crossed that my rambling made some kind of sense for poor Helen, and that she would be able to pick out the key elements in amongst the junk, and turn it into something beautiful.
I also supplied a ‘mood board’ to illustrate all the elements I wanted included – and just hoped she could make sense of this messy piece of paper I presented her with!
And she did.
She was amazing, and I now have a perfect blend of all of my mixed up mind all together on one page and it works perfectly for me.
She has done what I thought was the impossible and allowed me a design to have everything after all.
I must admit though that yesterday, I was rather a ‘sad’ case because I made sure to take a screen shot of the ‘old me’, just for prosperity and to remember who I was when I started out on this journey.
So for that reason also, I’m posting a photo here too….
And although I loved this little patched together design, complete with all it’s flaws and probable design ‘no-no’s’ – it was my beginning, so it will always be a little part of this blog.
But just look where I am now, and how far I’ve come – I feel so amazing, posh and proper now!
Just ready to take on this fabulous blogging world all over again!
I hope you like it too!!