A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

{A New Launch}: Pepper Design Studio

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After a long-awaited formal introduction… I’d like to take a moment today to announce that Pepper Design Blog is launching Pepper Design Studio: a small graphic design venture aimed at assisting fellow bloggers with all elements of successful and clean graphic design improvements (ranging from buttons & banners to WordPress migration).

I noticed a niche that needed attention in our blogging world: many bloggers are fantastic writers who build beautiful stories and inspiration through their posts, but not all of us are graphic design ‘experts’ (and having that ace in your back pocket can be helpful for everything from blog design to fixing that pesky html code for your blog button.) That’s where ‘The Studio’ will fit in. The goal is to be that quick assist for clean, easy & pretty design collaboration available to the everyday blogger (or business-minded individual) without having to hire a full-time ‘web master’ (aka: $$$).

While I build out a fancier ‘media kit’, please see my more informal introduction under ‘The Studio’ link next to ‘Home’ and ‘About’ on the top navigation bar.

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And be sure to check out a recent WordPress migration for Alexis over at MadeByLex – built and designed with both aesthetics and user-friendly navigation in mind. The site represents her classic style, and the custom theme and buttons showcase her creations for the world (all elements were customized based off of hand-picked inspiration by Alexis). For comparison, her older Blogger template is on the left.

{On that note, I’d love to hear what your favorite blog layouts are? Are there any blogs that you absolutely love for the friendly interface and general ‘usability’? And on the flip side, any aspects of popular blogs that you detest?} I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Take care, everyone!

Favorite Fabric: Heather Bailey

Favorite Fabrics - Heather Bailey

I found this beautiful collection by Heather Bailey (shared by All Things Lovely) and thought it would be an ideal addition to PDB’s Favorite Fabrics (see the right hand sidebar button for the entire list to browse). If fabrics with names like ‘kissing booth’, ‘porch swing’ and ‘sugar mallow’ don’t make you smile, the country chic-meets-retro prints most definitely will.

Her latest line: Nicey Jane, is a feminine kickback to all things your grandmother probably loved (you might find yourself reminiscing about a window treatment or two!).

I’d adore a quilt made out of big patches of her entire collection.

Favorite Fabrics PDB Heather Bailey

Speaking of Pinwheels…

DIY Pinwheel Party 1

If you had a chance to check out this post from earlier last week, you might note that right now I have a minor obsession for all things pinwheels. So when I came across this diy pinwheel party that Sharnel (of My Life – My Loves) from Brisbane, Australia, threw for her son’s 4th birthday, I thought you might enjoy it as well!

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From the block print banner to the handmade caramel popcorn cones and the delicate navy dessert labels – I can’t decide which detail I like best! The pinwheel cookies and packaging is at the top of my favor list right now and reminds me of a few ideas from here.

Amy Atlas shared her accolades with Sharnel over such a lovely dessert buffet on her blog Sweet Designs (check in to read the kind words of encouragement) and I can’t agree more – beautiful job! For the full post and sources, jump on over to My Life – My Loves.

DIY Pinwheel Party 3

Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog, Full House!

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