Thursday, 21 April 2011


Hello and good morning blog readers everywhere. It is sooooooooooo good to be back in the land of the living and here on my lovely blog. I have been suffering from a horrid virus and took to my bed last Friday and have virtually slept the week away there. But hurrah, today I awoke with a renewed gusto and am here to tell you I AM BACK.

So what have I missed? Well, an awful lot of Shimelle's posts on ''Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers'' for one and I have alot to catch up on from the look of things. I need to analyse my blog Statistics by getting a Google analytics account and I need to run a poll apparently. There have been a few I have spied when I was lying in my sickbed and reading my emails etc on my iphone. Looks like fun but what to ask I hear you say? I will have to put my thinking cap on and come up with a good plan.

One thing I have been doing today though is rejigging the old blog design. Something new for the old lady I felt after the other header was starting to look abit worn. So scarily I went with the picture of me looking not too shabby I feel. I like Shabby blogs designs and have used a number of their designs over the years. Is it really that long, yes it is! I found a lovely header I liked and there is an excellent, easy to follow tutorial on how to make it your own using a fab tool online called Fotoflexer which can be found here. It's very much simpler than using Photoshop and I managed to achieve what I wanted in a matter of minutes. I chose a font which was slightly curly to match my blog title and then loaded it up to the blog. No need for an html code or anything complicated like that and hey presto, a shiny new blog header. So what do you think? Does it match my blog style, is the writing clear enough which was my main worry, is the picture ok, do you like the design on the header, what background could I go for I wonder? All ideas gratefully received. Maybe that could be my poll, there you go answers please in my comments.

In other news, I have lots of crafty things to share, one involving butterflies, glitter and bling, Scrapamia is less than a month away now, I have found some more fabulous shopping sites and also I was given a shiny gold star yesterday by the inimitable Nancy Doren..............and this is why.............

i must be learning cos i do the same things. i am always fiddling with bling to cut it into pieces to use and cutting the backs o9ut of pretty paper to keep pieces for the LO or other projects. i am so excited to be on the same wavelength as u oh master, student is sooooo happy,
Jo xxx
ps can i get a gold star (paper punched, blinged and misted perhaps ;-)........?)

Which just goes to show you readers that we do make sure we read ur lovely comments and sometimes give you a lovely prize :-)).


  1. Hi Jo! Just popping in from Shimelle's class. I love your blog header and background! Just one little thing, the writing that overlaps pictures is not clear, ie 'Curly' and 'Laugh'.

  2. I loved seeing your smiling face when I clicked through to your blog today! Good choice.

    Hope you are feeling a lot better and fit to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather.

  3. Another one popping in from Shimelles class - well done on redesigning your header!

  4. Aw, sorry you were poorly, but glad you feel better now.
    I like the new blog header - especially the smiley photo and the cute birdy & birdhouse. I do think the title could be a little bit larger though, just so it's really obvious where I am!
    I also love the turquoise "paper" background of your blog. It is kind-of restful!
    Glad you're better and hope you enjoy catching up with all you missed. X

  5. Love the new header,Jo....have updated mine a bit as well.
    Glad to hear you're feeling better.

  6. Like the header...I haven't got as far as that yet!

  7. I love your blog header, it's so cute! I have one suggestion. If you make it 700 pixels wide, it will be the correct width and go from bar to bar. Does FotoFlexr let you choose the width?

    Have a great day! xoxo

  8. Love the new header - I'm inspired, I think I need a revamp too!


Hello and thank you so much for stopping by. It is always a pleasure to read the comments I receive and to meet new friends. I try and reply to comments on friend's blogs as much as possible. I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and look forward to seeing you here again soon. Love Jo xxx