Saturday, August 18, 2007

New and Improved Blooming Marvelous!

Welcome to my new look blog. I hope you love it as much as I do.

A much needed breath of fresh air around here, since the dark colours, and my moody posts have been a bit depressing of late.

Big thanks to my ever so talented brother for pulling this together for me. Without his help I would be stuck with a boring Blogger template - because you know, I am after all a stay at home mum, and am too cheap to actually pay someone to design and install a template for me! As for doing it myself - forget it.

With a name like 'Blooming Marvelous' it would have been a travesty not to have a flower in my banner, no? These are not just any flowers. They are Frangipani, or Plumeria, blooms.

My parents had Frangipani plants in their garden in Africa. I heard a lot about them and their fragrance growing up as they were referenced in photos and tales told of our time in Zambia.

On one of her visits to us here in Florida, my Mum bought me 4 Frangipani cuttings, and 3 of them are thriving shrubs in my back garden now. One sadly had a losing battle with the lawnmower! We actually have one identical to the picture, and it is the most fragrant of all.

Coming from Ireland, the colour scheme of green white and gold, is a nice patriotic nod to home.

I am still settling myself in, and will spend some time (just as soon as I find it - time that is) shuffling things around until it feels just right. For now though I have to say this is pretty darn comfy, and puts a smile on my face.

28 comments:

Jessica said...

I love it--it looks beautiful!

Deborah said...

WOW! Fabulous... looks absolutely... well... marvelous! ;-)

Rachel said...

It looks great!! I like it a lot.

Kimberly said...

How wonderful to have a design that compliments you so perfectly! I'm in love with those flowers...seriously I am.

Flamenco Mom said...

Love the new look, Annie! And I'm glad to hear the plumeria (well 3 of them, anyway) are doing well.

Doodaddy said...

It's gorgeous! I love the simple-yet-complete look.

Sarah said...

Awesome blog makeover!

Megan/ Velveteen Mind said...

I'm so excited that it's up and running. Seriously, does it not make you think of your blog in a whole new light?

Now this is home.

Feener said...

love it

Absolutely Bananas said...

Love love LOVE it! Looks really great! Very clean and organized and welcoming. Great job!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

I absolutely love it!!! Makes me think I should get rid of all the crap in my sidebars, yours looks so clean.

Pinks & Blues said...

Annie,

Love the look of your blog! I am also a flower lover, and love your post!

Everything looks beautiful.

Sharon
Pinks & Blues

andi said...

Ooh, it's so shiny! I love it.

~JJ! said...

Oh it's beautiful!!!!

Enjoy it here...it's quite lovely!

Your brother..does he do this for a living...?

Smiling Mom said...

Incredible!!

moosh in indy. said...

Can you install a scratch and sniff? Because that would be beyond perfect.

pinks & blues girls said...

I LOVE the new look! When I came here at first I was like, "Whose blog is this!?" It's wonderful. And yes, very appropriate to have those beautiful flowers in your banner!

Looking forward to your upcoming posts on your new template!

Jane, P&B Girls

laurie said...

i do like it. i remember years ago buying frangipani perfume at a little shop in duluth. i loved the exotic fragrance. your mention of that (i hadn't recognized the flower on your banner) brought me back instantly to that little shop....

and the green white and gold is a nice touch.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I absolutely love the new look!

slackermommy said...

I love it! He did a great job.

ROGERSBIZ said...

NICE BLOG.

shauna said...

LOVE it! Plumeria are my favorite--I lived in Hawaii for about three years and the smell always takes me back. You must love the shrubs in your yard!

Congrats on the BeaUtiful new look!

Oh, The Joys said...

It's gorgeous.

I don't think I knew about your Zambia connection. K and I loved it when we traveled there.

Mitch McDad said...

I like it! Very, very well done.
Can your brother redo mine? I don't know how to do anything other than the boilerplate themes.

moodswingingmommy said...

It's lovely! Your brother did a very nice job...and I like seeing your picture.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Hi Annie. I'm just catching up. Love your new look, but what's happened with Baby J? How did the appointment go? My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Iota said...

I love the new look, and the commentary on the different elements. It is nice to know the background to the choice of images; the personal element brings it alive for me.

Did you agonise about how many l's to put in Marvelous, or is Americanization second nature to you now? Or are you (like me) so mixed up now, that you don't always know what is English and American any more? I confess I had to google Blooming Marvellous Maternity Wear to check I was right about there being 2 spellings.

Tinamtl said...

It's very peaceful and very Irish!