A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: wanna sit at the lunchtable?

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10 February 2011

wanna sit at the lunchtable?

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...so you might have noticed a few things have shifted around on the blog and that it looks a lot more gorgeous this morning. {at least I hope you noticed :) }

I have to give a HUGE shout out to my new friend "e" {code name MeganDVD...for Dick Van Dyke...not Digital Video Device or whatever}. I met "e" through a little blog hop where we critiqued our new friends' blogs and then I was entered in this amazing contest and I kind of forgot about it. Until one day I get this e-mail from "e" and she tells me I have a surprise waiting over at her site. So I go and I'm so super duper excited to see my little icon and the news that I WON! and I was so excited and wrote a little thank you comment and everything. THEN I go back and look at what I actually won. I've entered so many of these blogger contest randomly (hello pioneer woman!) and never won, so I figured I just won something silly. I was so wrong. I went back and read that I had won a blog makeover from designerblogs.com . I flipped out.

You see, I have always wanted to push all my gadgets to the bottom of the blog instead of cluttering the sidebar, and I always wanted a pretty linen background, and I always wanted a pretty bar at the top with all my pages in a pretty font, but I didn't know how to do all of those things. Luckily, there is this amazing girl named Lauren at designerblogs.com and she did it for me...in just a few hours. Amazing, right? You can order a custom design, or like me, you can check out their premade templates. They start at $15 and give your blog a new lease on life (by the way, I know I sound like a commercial, but I am not being paid and I am not at all required to write this post...I just liked them THIS MUCH!)

Now, if you are wondering how the post title relates to this new blog makeover, we have to go back to "e".  Shortly after the blog hop and subsequent contest win,  "e" and gail (you must check out her chalkboard thought bubbles) decided to create a little community of friends from the hop...a community of girls that could "sit at the same board lunch table" at next year's Blissdom.  Even if you are not attending, it is a chance to get to know some like minded girls and connect.  {That is what all this blogging is about, right?  connecting and recording...and keeping a beautiful place free of baby toys...}

So if you are interested in sitting at our lunch table, check out the gals HERE:

...and they are not the only wonderful community to check out.  My other favorite community is the girls of TWISTED SCAVENGER.  They are conscientious bloggers that care about connecting and forming relationships with other bloggers.  Every Thursday there is a blog hop and I have met some dear friends.  hey today is Thursday, go check them out and link up HERE!

Check out that cool sig...that's from Lauren!


gail@myrepurposedlife.net Thursday, February 10, 2011  

well, isn't this a lovely blog layout! I love the colors, the header, and the name! oh my!

Congrats! I'm so glad you like your prize AND, thanks for the shoutout about my speech bubbles!
I look forward to sitting at the lunch table with you!

I will highlight your new blog on saturday (recent comments & questions)

jess Thursday, February 10, 2011  

amy! this is awesome!! :-)

and the cake i made this morning has branches on it just like the top of your blog. :-)

love ya!!!

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt Thursday, February 10, 2011  

You are too too swet my dear! Thank you for the kudos and the blog looks great. Now...can you show me how to work a camera? :) Hehehe....I LOVE photography but mine is still a work in progress. Always a pleasure though to see YOUR pretty pics. :)


meg Thursday, February 10, 2011  

LOVE the new blog, amy!! so pretty!

Charlotte | Life's a Charm! Thursday, February 10, 2011  

great clean look! i love it! i especially like the colors and the linen background.

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