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Blog Makeover Is Done: Mostly

I have been so excited to get a little bloggy facelift.

We can all use some freshening up once in a while, right?

You know, a little spring cleaning. Blogs need some spring cleaning too.


My sidebars were getting a little messy, my navigation was getting a little clogged……and well, I just wanted some new color.  And I think it’s the time of year, but I can’t get enough of this green and orange.  Okay, and the blue too.


However, the process of switching over to this new site and directing everything over, is a little lengthy.  I never could have figured it out myself.   That’s why I love those web designer minds.


Emily, from June Lily Studio, took on this whole re-design project for me…….and has been incredible.  Okay, let me tell you, Emily is a gem.  She thinks everything through, finds solutions to delays, keeps me calm, and my gosh, she has got to be one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. (I thought about asking her to move right next door to us……but she’d probably miss her husband and 2 little boys too much.  Darn.)   She has spent hours and hours helping me and believe me, totally worth every penny.


You may notice that not everything is complete……and that’s because I have some sorting and labeling to do, to make the navigation complete.  And also, some things take a bit to transfer over.  So no worries, everything will be shiny new and complete in a few days.


But, just to help you out…..and to help you navigate this site a little better…….let me show you a few things.

Up at the top, you’ll find all of those social media links.  Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, RSS feed, and to subscribe by email.  If you hold your cursor over them, they drop down and bit and show what each symbol is called.


Then, you’ll see there’s a row of pictures towards the top of the blog.  Those are 5 of my most recent projects.  You know, in case you haven’t been around in a few days….and you want to see what you’ve been missing.  You can just click on one of those images………..and then it will take you to the full tutorial.


The menu bar is pretty self explanatory……but I love that you can hover over the tutorial tab and a list of categories will drop down.


And if you click on a category (here or from the drop down menu), like clothing……..


…… will be directed to a page full of all the tutorials that fall under the clothing tutorial.  Then pick one.

(Please note: This section is not yet complete.  I am still adding everything into it’s appropriate category, with its corresponding picture, to make it easier.  A little time consuming….but it makes it a ton easier to search.  Well, it does for me…..hopefully it will help you too.  Until this is done, use the search bar to search content, which I introduce below.)


There is also a drop down contact tab, where you can send a question to a specific email address.  Keeps things organized.  Ahhhh…..


Moving on down…

Do you see that orange tabbed box?  Well, if you click on any of those tabs, you will be shown more information.


The first one is an About Me blurb, with a link to “read more” (in case you’re dying to know what shoe size I wear or what I do when I run out of ideas…), then there’s a search tab to try and find something on this blog, then an archive tab to search old posts by date, and lastly……a translate tab.  It won’t translate my grammar or fix my punctuation (eek!)……but it will translate into many different languages.


You can also find the link to leave a comment above any post (when it’s in the large view)…….or below each post.


And in case you’d like a new button, there’s an updated one over on that sidebar.  Just grab the code and put it on your site.  Need help with that?  Click here.



Well, that’s about it.  I’m so glad it’s done.

Well, mostly…..but the rest is up to me to organize a bit.  But I will hurry!!

I hope it’s helpful……and easier to find things.  And less cluttery.


Okay, off to clean out my real closets.

Haha……not really, I need a spring cleaning break.  Whew.


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. pro btp mutuelle says:

    C’est ennuyeux que j’ai un dysfonctionnement au niveau CSS. C’est bête, votre article m’apparaît bien fait mais difficilement lisible actuellement.

  2. Moon's Mom says:

    I love this colors of ur site.

  3. Malory says:

    I love the colors! It is so fresh and bold. I have noticed a trend of blogger moving to this format. Is this a new host site? Is there a reason so many people are switching to this type of interfacing?

  4. Gabby Morales/ Houston Tx says:

    Love it!! =)

  5. Gabby says:

    I love the new look of your site!!! Everything in here is so crafty and pretty…I also love that you are very clear in your instructions and also add LOTS of pictures!!! Great Job!!! thanks for all the great ideas!!! Gabby Morales from Houston Texas

  6. Kim in Idaho says:

    What a fresh new take on a fabulous site! Good job, and thanks for all your fantastic ideas, tips, and tutorials you share with me.

  7. Jen says:

    Love the changes and the colours! makes me want to re-read every post again : )

  8. Christy, Home-Mom says:

    Totally in a good way! I love the colors, makes me want to hit the beach!
    I type in your site so it would load and went on to do something else.
    The first thing I noticed was your favicon thingy. Great job!

  9. Erin says:

    Fun changes — just right for summer!
    Unfortunately, your blog doesn’t seem to work in Live Bookmark (the Firefox feed) anymore. Is there a way to keep that as an option?

    1. Erin says:

      It works again — yeah!! Thank you!

  10. Jenn says:

    Looks great! Are the cake making tutorials going to be back up again? I just have been looking for them and was wondering if they are just the pile to organize :) I can’t wait to use the information!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hi Jenn, yes, they are all up……but not all the pictures. If you go to the menu bar, then click on tutorials, then make-a-cake (near the bottom), that will take you to all of the make a cake series posts. All of the links are working, I’m still working on adding all of the pictures in though. Does that help? Let me know if you have any problems with it.


  11. Jennifer says:

    WOW! I like the new look! Great work! Thanks for the tour and was super helpful.

  12. Ursula says:

    Love it! I really especially love the five most recent projects at the top… I wish all blogs had that. as much as I would love to check every blog eeryday, I just can’t and that is so helpful! Thank you for all the hard work to make it more user friendly!!!

  13. Stacy B says:

    I love the new design. So fresh and modern

  14. Cindy says:

    I also appreciate the tour of your new site! It makes me so excited to explore all the new features! Thank you for all that you do! :-)

  15. Skye says:

    I am in love with the green!

  16. Katie says:

    I really like it & appreciate you taking the time, money & effort to improve it (although I had no complaints about the old version!) I feel a great need to thank you for being you. It must take so much time to come up with SO many awesome ideas & then share it with virtually everybody. You are such a giver. God is/will bless you immensely :)

  17. Natalie @ CorduroyDreams says:

    LOOOOVE the new look! Your blog has always been fantastic, though! You are such an inspiration to little bitty bloggers like me.

  18. Jamie says:

    So adorable! I love it!

  19. Megan says:

    Woot woot! I had to take a break from checking your blog daily because it would run so slow on my computer (probably my computer! ha!) Love the new blog and love that I can come back daily!!!! It runs sooo niceeeee!!

  20. Emily H says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look and features!

  21. JoAnn says:

    Loving the new look!!

  22. Disney says:

    Whoa! This is super-duper amazing! It looks so professional and easy on the eyes. Definitely a good choice! :o)

  23. Beth B. says:

    Love the new design! It’s absolutely beautiful and functional all at the same time!

  24. Heather Dutson says:

    I love it! All of it. Thanks so much for what you do. I love whenever you post something, it’s like getting a fun surprise. It always fills me with a little thrill of excitement. Your inspiration and help are so valuable to me. Thanks for sharing your talents, your family, and yourself :)

  25. Jenny says:

    I adore, absolutely ADORE the new blog. Love it!!!!

  26. Emilee Reynolds says:

    Wow! I’m impressed. I’ve also changed my blog a bit but it isn’t as nice as yours. Nice job!

  27. Alaina says:

    I LOVE it! Great job, June Lily Studio!

  28. Janice McElheny says:

    So much easier to find things…. love the new format!

  29. Leigh Anne says:

    Love the new look!! So excited to take a look around :) Your blog is BY FAR one of my faves and the best organized!! My sis and I both read and chat about the next “make it and love it” project we wanna make. Unfortunately, our lists are longer than our time….haha!

  30. April says:

    love it! it looks great!

  31. Mackenzie says:

    Love it! I enjoy your blog and sure missed it while it was gone.

  32. LindseyMarie says:

    I absolutely love it! The colors are so bright and cheery and everything is so crisp and clean! I can’t wait to explore some more!

  33. Brittany Glenn says:

    Very fun, Fresh and summery looking. Who did you use for the redo? Or did you do it yourself? I wouldn’t be surprised either way. It does look like a whole other blog and I am not used to seeing it like this but I will get used to it. It just felt like I had clicked on the wrong link or something at first.

  34. Tara S says:

    LOVE the new design of the blog! Just beautiful. It’s a amazing what a difference it makes. Congrats of the wonderful change.

  35. Lynne says:

    Your blog looks fabulous! I love how organized your tutorials are. Love the colours! Love it all!

  36. tukimu says:

    I am soory but I do not like new look. Green is so dark after white. and also I don’t like ‘read more ‘ click. ıt looks like newspaper. I jumped away the other blog. Because I am not american reader, I espically follow all pictures, I can not understand all texts..I think So this style is not inspire me…

  37. Nicole says:

    The makeover looks awesome!

  38. Bethany says:

    I love the makeover!

  39. Emily says:

    Gorgeous! Love the new look!!

  40. Emily says:

    The new look is great! You did a fantastic job!

  41. jenni says:

    i am loving the new look! so, so, so cool! off to explore…

  42. Kinda Crunchy Kate says:

    I love it!! It looks great! I especially like the new tutorial section–much easier to find stuff now!

  43. Lynette says:

    I’m loving the new look. Thank for the tour! It helped. Love the new colors too. :)

  44. Mindy says:

    loooooove your banner/tabs. and your little tour you just gave us :)

  45. Christie says:

    It all looks so nicely organized! It looks great!

  46. Jen says:

    I love the new design! It’s so bright and fresh looking! Totally worth the wait :)

  47. carrie says:

    wow! they did an awesome job! everything looks so sleek and polished and the green + blue + orange are yummy!

  48. Shirley L says:

    Love it!!

  49. Nicole says:

    Love it!

  50. patricia says:

    It took me a few minutes to come around to the blog changes, it’s more bold and after clicking around for a bit here and there, I am in love. Great design and makeover job. To tell you the truth, I have been changing my blog around also and have gone from plain white background to more bold colors, but after seeing your site, I might have to play around more with my color choices. Thanks for sharing.

  51. Sarah says:

    I love it! The colors are so springy and fun! :)

  52. Nancy Lee says:

    Love the new look…very clean…

  53. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says:

    Such a fresh new look!!

  54. Julie says:

    It all looks great :) It is def easier to maneuver around. Thanks!

  55. Ellen says:

    It looks wonderful!!!!!

  56. Jacqueline says:

    wow! It looks great!

  57. Marnie says:

    I love the changes!

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