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Our homes can be the most expensive thing we own. They are very stressful to purchase and once you are in them it can feel like a never ending list of things to do. But we take pride in our homes and how they look. So why wouldn't we think about our kerb appeal? This is the first impression our home get’s to make. Not only to our friends and family. But if you find yourself in a position of selling, then it’s what prospective buyers see first. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can give your home ultimate kerb appeal.


my new responsive blog design

Well would you have a look around here! Yep I have gone and done it! I have updated my blog template!  I had been thinking about it for a long time, but I so loved my 3 column all singing all dancing template, I designed it myself, tweaking it here and there over the years and had never really tired of it....well that was until this year!

What with us moving house, I have managed to fill my days up quite easily with home chores and a bit of crafting and gardening, so I have not been blogging as much as I would like too!...I still think in stories though!...everything I do, I think to myself that would make a good blog post, but I never seem to get around to it!

So I thought... what would make me fall in love with blogging again!

...and hopefully get my blog traffic surfing to new heights as although my original design (below) was lovely, it was not responsive and also had too many widgets, not to mention lots of broken code, which meant bad SEO!

So a new design it had to be!

my new responsive blog design
So I started investigating on Google (like you do!) and realised that blog templates had come a long way since I first created mine!...HTML coding has changed quite a bit too and what with me not getting any younger...I thought i would try and find someone to do the hard work for me.

I first started thinking I would change my blogging platform over to wordpress! As bloggers on that platform tend to have a better designed blog...you know a more modern look...so I researched day after day, pondering, questioning and procrastinating...where was a gal to start? I got some help from my old friend Cathy from Avalon Rose Web Design...Now there's a gal that can code!  She  told me that is was best to stick with Blogger and also advised me about my website (I want to update that too!) She recommended SHOPIFY for the website side of things...but that is a whole other story!
Thank you Cathy x
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For me personally I always liked designing the graphics...the template coding was always confusing, but I taught myself quite a lot and could recognise code and could code my blog and also went on to design other peoples blogs too, we are talking about 5 years ago now.  I just wouldn't have the confidence to do it now though, as I have said times have changed so much, I feel this new advancement in coding has passed me by now.

Anyways, after a lot of research I decided it was best that I didn't migrate over to wordpress, you see it's ok if you are new to blogging or you are just about  to start a blog...but if you are an old timer like me with a lot of posts (I have nearly 900!) then it can get complicated.  Apparently when you move over...all your posts 'go wonky'! and to be honest I didn't feel like amending each and every one of them!
happily blogging here
So here I am, still on Blogger, but with a shiny new design by the delightful Heather from GeorgiaLou Design...What a Brilliant gal she is and so lovely to work with, my design is all responsive and everything...I could of just bought the template as Heather provides detailed instructions on how to install it...lol! I read those instructions for about 5 seconds and thought to myself that i would rather her so it all for me hahaha! Shows you how far detached I have become from designing my own blog! Thank you Heather.

I did once call these two column template's 'The Plain Jane's' because there was a trend that seemed to be spreading like wildfire...just a plain white background, two columns and a very plain header...and there was no way I was going to have one of those!  

old faded blue desk
This template however, goes far and above the 'plain jane' look...and of course I still have my pretty pictures to spruce the place up a bit and my new logo.

So...here I am in my new surroundings...A New House and A New Blog Design...(but thankfully not a new baby lol!) So I am hoping this will be the start of a new relationship with blogging...

Wish me luck peeps...


free scrapbook elements

 It's Father's Day on Sunday, so for those of you who have not bought a Father's Day card, I thought I would make you up an Element pack for you to print, cut and add to a card blank.


While many people love modern and contemporary houses (I am a convert!), most of us would prefer to own a house with more character and history. That is why listed properties continue to be popular choices with homebuyers. Heritage properties not only look fabulous, but they also have more personality and charm than modern houses. Many of them also come with period features such as fireplaces, high ceilings, and tiled floors. But before you go out and buy the period property of your dreams, there are some important things you need to know first. Use these tips to expand your knowledge to make sure this is the right option for you.

DON'T SELL UP! Instead Add Space!

 Whether you moved into your home ten months ago or ten years ago, if it lacks space, this can be a real issue. The number one reason people choose to move house is because of a lack of space. It’s no fun living in cramped conditions where you and your family are falling over each other all the time. The problem is that moving house can be a real nightmare, especially if you love your home and it’s location. Finding somewhere new to live can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful. That’s why, if you can, it’s always best to attempt to add more space to your current home, rather than selling up and moving on.