Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blog Under Construction

Under ConstructionI’m still waiting for Spring to come around the corner! It seems to have gotten distracted somehow, because we’ve had cold and snow the last few days. But I still have hope.

While it’s keeping me waiting, I decided to bring Spring to WFLH anyway with a new blog design.

For quite a while I’ve been wanting to have a fresh, new and unique design and with Hannah Craner of Sherbet Blossom Design I seem to have found the right person to realize my ideas.

I have often mentioned my rugged and very much used scrapbook in which I have been collecting recipes since I was about 20! It’s a cherished scrapbook because it contains recipes from mostly my mother and grandmother but in the past 10 years I have added recipes from Tom’s mum and grandmum too! It’s falling apart and has notes, pictures and sticky notes inserted all over the place. That is exactly the reason I started WFLH over three years ago – to try and get a systematic organization into my recipes.

I wanted the new blog design to mirror this. An impression of recipes written on notepaper, held together with paperclips and sticky notes.

Hannah is patient! She heard all my ideas went away and came up with this! I like the direction it’s going in and although the entire design is not complete and there is a bit of tweaking and fixing to do, maybe color changes etc., we thought we could go live with it to see what your reaction is.

In the next few days there might be a few changes so please excuse us while we play around – however I hope that by next week we will have more or less the fixed design.

In other news – I have so much to tell you! 40th birthday parties, renewing vows and a big move – oh there is so much indeed. But one step at a time. Today enjoy the blog design!

Hugs!

40 comments :

  1. I am sure you are not getting 40 as i know you are few years younger than me :-)
    Looking forward to all the changes.
    I have a book like that which i have recipes which i started collecting after getting married.
    Looking forward to hear all your good news.

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  2. The look is gorgeous Meeta! Hannah has done a beautiful job. I love the scrapbook look, I tried my hand at it but failed miserably :P

    Good luck with the move, and my hugs and wishes for the special occasions >:D< Can't wait to hear about them from you :)

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  3. Looks great so far! :o) I guess every cooking or baking woman has at least one of these books!

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  4. How exciting...change is good and I love it.

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  5. Looks great!! Yes I have my scrapbook since who knows when, & as it got thicker & uneven.. i thought about a blog:-)I love the look to match the reason!! good luck with the move & waiting eagerly for your come back!

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  6. Very nice design Meeta! Have a quick and smooth move and Happy 40th for you soon!

    Cheers!
    Gera

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  7. Hannah's great isn't she Meeta. Take a break & come back soon...xoxoxo

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  8. Meeta, I love your new design!!
    Good luck indeed with the move, the 40 th birthday,.......
    Happy days!!

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  9. i absolutely love the new design. rock on, meeta and hannah!!

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  10. Thats a great new look, love the header...

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  11. love the scrapbook look... looking forward to the new blog :)
    btw, came across your blog a few days back and totally hooked to it - you have a lovely collection of recipes :)

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  12. fabulous new look!! good luck with everything that's on your plate...

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  13. Meeta, blog looks crisp and very Spring like , I am looking for my blog make over as well will take inspiration from you :)

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  14. Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I too am liking the nice look Hannah has created.

    Just a few points to clear up: I am not turning 40 and am not taking a break right now - later maybe but right now I hope to continue blogging.

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  15. One of the reasons I started my blog was to deal with the mass of clipped recipes that no longer fit in two large binders! And I won't even mention the number of cookbooks I have :) Everything looks great Meeta.

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  16. love the new design, Meeta :) good luck with everything you have going on - I can't wait to see all the photos :)

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  17. love the header already but miss the comma after lunch :)

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  18. Loved the way it looked before......looking forward to the new change :)

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  19. Thank you for all your feedback! i know while some might not like the design others will. It#s good to hear that a majority of you are liking this!

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  20. I love the new look Meeta ... I find it "attractive" to read ... refreshing ... not too busy or overwhelming. You and Hannah have done a great job.

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  21. looks fantastic! looking forward 2 c the new design! good luck with the move! do keep us informed gal!

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  23. yay... my comment went through :)
    thanks for the wishes Meeta. I look forward to spring in ur blog soon :)
    Good luck with a move. hugs and best wishes for special celebrations!

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  24. Can't wait for your return, dear Meeta!!

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  25. Very nice! I can't wait to see what the final design looks like. We'll patiently wait for your return and for spring :-p

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  26. Looks like there's a lot of exciting times in your life, both here and at home. Have fun and make the most of it. And Congratulations too.
    The new design shows great promise, though I liked your old one too.:)

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  27. I love the new look Meeta! The design looks fantastic and it does reflect what you've described as your beloved recipe scrapbook :) Love it and can't wait to see the new changes as it evolves! Can't wait to hear all you news too! :)

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  28. I love it Meeta! I wish I was able enough to do something similar to mine.
    Can't wait to hear about all these major happy happenings!

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  29. Hi Meeta!

    I've been following your blog for a while though I never commented before and it has become one of my favourite food blogs. Your pictures are always gorgeous and the new look is fantastic. Just for you to know, your soup with roasted tomatos and peppers have turned into one of my family favourites.

    Good luck!

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  30. thanks everyone! hannah was great and was glad to have her do the design. i did a few tweaks myself (changed header and background images etc.) and hope you like this!

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  31. Can't wait to see the new design! Happy spring darling :D. Here in Barcelona all is blooming and swallows fly in the sky♥

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  32. Hi Meeta -- lovely and Spring-like! The light blue color on the links is a bit hard to read on my computer, though.

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  33. Meeta, gorgeous design. Can't wait to hear about all the good news and many congrats in advance for all the special events. Hugs!

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  34. Hi, I'm a regular visitor to your blog. Did you know you made the top 50 list on the Times? Congratulations!
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/real_food/article5561425.ece?token=null&offset=36&page=4

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  35. The new theme looks great. Good luck with the move.

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  36. Looks very promising - its so heartening when we find someone who "gets" us :)

    Looking forward to all the celebrations and new beginnings!

    Miri

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  37. Hi Meeta,
    I love the recipes on your blog. I've been reading it for some time and am still to get through everything on it. There are so many recipes, links and wonderful things to discover here!!
    You take so much time and effort over crafting these posts which I appreciate very much.
    Thank you for posting such fabulous recipes!

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Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

Hugs
Meeta