Redesigning My Little Cutie Patootie
Since this is my first blog post ever, and you may not know anything about me or my company, this is who I am . . .
I'm Maria Sloan, and living my dream in an imaginative world where I bring characters and personalities to life on paper! My special niche is creating invitations and announcements that capture a person's personality and leaves an imprint on the recipients of these special designs. I'm the type of person who doesn't want what everyone else has, and thrives on things that have a unique identity of their own. Something that stands out. Something that can't be duplicated, which is why I used to make a lot of things from scratch, including having sewn my own clothes (no time for that anymore)!
Every card I design and custom edit becomes a piece of "artwork" that reflects the style and likeness of the person it's intended for. They'll send in their photo, and I'll recreate the bride or mommy to be so it will resemble them! I just LOVE IT, and feel like a little kid with a new box of crayons all the time!
Well, it was time to take those crayons over to my website and do a little makeover at mylittlecutiepatootie.com. It had it's fun moments and challenging ones too while rebuilding it from the ground up. Turned out to be a much bigger project than expected! I still have a some informational pages to complete, lots of birth announcements to key in, and quite a few baby shower invitations to also add! I'm working frantically to get everything done as quickly as possible, alongside having a list of other to-dos longer than Santa Claus's!
If you ever visited my "old site" you might remember it looking like this . . .
. . . No bells or whistles! Navigation was prehistoric with no drop down menus, and links for help & tip pages non-existent! No nice little boxes for typing your invitation or announcement wording into. It was definitely time to UPDATE, but I kept procrastinating, mostly for fear of having to write a lot of HTML code, and I'm no website guru, that's for sure!
Well the little extra nudge to do it came when the company I previously hosted my site with gave notice that they were merging with another company, and I had only weeks to MOVE MY SITE ELSEWHERE, or it would go "POOF" and disappear off the face of the internet! I'm not prone to "panic attacks", but this sure set me off with the "move it or lose it ultimatum".
My nightmares were realized whenever those pesky coding issues arose, and I had no idea what language the tech support gurus were speaking . . .
But somehow, within the few short weeks after closing the old website for remodeling, by the Grace of God, managed to transform it into this . . .
I hope you'll take a look around My Little Cutie Patootie and check out some of the new features like the drop down navigation, drop down search filters, informational page links, full size image options (so you can see all the details we put into our designs better), and lots more!
Hmmm, I know you may be thinking it's not that big of a deal and lots of places already have that stuff, but for me, it's HUGE! Though I have a lot of graphic design experience, WEB DESIGN is a totally different animal, and I had to learn as I went along! I've been jumping up and down with excitement to have made it this far, and am so thrilled to now have a more "user friendly" site!!!
The beauty of the new design isn't just "skin deep"! Like that old adage, "it's what's inside that really counts", and I hope everyone will find it warm and welcoming inside!
I do believe with God all things are possible, even when they seem impossible! The website is my testimonial to that, as I have had virtually no experience with code, and the site is literally driven by it. I'm no Einstein either, just blessed!!!
Until next time, wishing you all the best!