Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Makeover

Please notice the "new & improved" look of McGuffy's Reader! After some soul searching, I decided if I was to continue blogging, I needed to make some changes. To start with, I needed to update my blog design to reflect what is important to me. 

Fellow bloggers, Katie Isabella & her Mom referred me to Ann Adamus of Zoolatry, who does blog design and makeovers. She looked at McGuffy's Reader and immediately knew what needed to be done. She understood what and why I was wanting and needing to change. She got started immediately and worked quickly.

In addition to my wonderful new look, I plan to share more of what is important to me. I want to get back to the basics. There are memes that I want to join regularly. There are pictures, poetry, stories and musings that I would like to share. Consequently, though I will continue to do book reviews, I will be doing less of them. I really feel I need to make these changes. I want to get back into a comfortable and meaningful routine. 

Please visit Ann at Zoolatry. She made this much needed makeover very easy for me. She is very creative and knowledgeable in Photo-Art and design. She has great ideas and suggestions, too. Her logo can be found in my sidebar. 

46 comments:

  1. I love your new look!! It really says 'you.'!

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    1. Thank you, Beth. I think it is a much needed change. It feels like me!

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  2. sweet babies in your header design. :)

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  3. Oh yes, I definitely like the new look! It's quite warm and inviting. It looks like this gal did a fabulous job. I'm very happy for your new blog look. :D

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. I appreciate that! I really like it, and she is very easy to work with.

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  4. Love the new design and glad to see the pics of the the moggies in your header too! x

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    1. Thanks, Lizzie. It feels good to have them there, too.

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  5. Ann did a fabulous job; your blog looks terrific. She's done all our headers for years. :-)

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    1. I am very happy with her work. I will definitely refer to her in the future, and recommend her to others. Thanks!

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  6. Oh my gosh, I love, love, love the new design of your website! It's perfect and so utterly YOU! Brava, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I really appreciate that. Ann seemed to immediately understand. I think she did a great job, too. Hug.

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  7. Your blog looks beautiful! I love it!

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  8. Oh yes, everyone gets it ... it's you. And, from now on you are going to be more you than you have been able to be in the past. I think this is a great change for you to make and I look forward to you being able to venture into more of the things you love and the things you are committed to. This will be fun to watch ... Great job McGuffy Ann and kudos to Ann Adamus as well. She was right on when she created your header and footer ... I knew everyone would love it :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Thank you, Andrea. I appreciate that! Ann is gifted at what she does.

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  9. Great header of your sweet fur babies that says this is mom's blog, come and visit and browse around.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I am glad you feel that way, Julia. I truly hope that everyone does.

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  10. We know Ann well from the Cat Blogosphere! She does fantastic work and she sure did a BEAUTIFUL job on your blog! Love it!

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    1. Yes, Ann is well known among certain groups, such as pet bloggers. I am hoping this will get her even more notice. She certainly deserves it!

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  11. OH MY GOSH - I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT.
    sorry for the hollerin - but look at your beautiful fur babies up there! and the quote in the footer is just perfect for you. this just shows YOU and so much of your heart; it's perfect. Well done to Ann! :)

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    1. Thank you. This made me teary. Yes, it does reveal much of my heart for critters and the world we share with them. Thank you for your wonderful comment. It means a lot.

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  12. I love it! It looks clean and fresh!

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  13. It is a wonderful new design. It is so much more personal and reflective of you. Ann does such a great job. Hugs, Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. That is exactly what I was going for: personal & reflective. Hugs.

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  14. Very, very nice! You picked the perfect person for the job.

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  15. Love the new look, AND your resolve to keep going and staying true to you!

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    1. Thank you! It has been difficult at times. You know how that can be.

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  16. What can I say that hasn't been said yet?! ... nothing, so I'll just say it again: I love the new look. It is very clean, not cluttered yet warm. I like the header, but I love the footer almost more.
    We all need a change sometimes, to find ourselves again.

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    1. That is exactly how I feel. Thank you, Claudia.

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  17. I love it and I am happy to hear someone voice how I feel about blogging! Your fur babies are adorable!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! Wow! I am glad to hear you concur about blogging.

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  18. Oh yes, I do like this look, very nice, and so you!

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  19. ..oops I forgot to mention how I just adore how the kitties and your sweet pup are posed. Too cute.

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    1. It was easy with Ann. We talked a bit, and she did the rest. She understood what is important to me.

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  20. Annie... this makeover is SOOOO you!
    I love it and wish you much happiness on your new ventures with your 'new' blog face

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  21. Thank you so much, Brenda. I know you understand. Hugs.

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  22. We love the new look, McGuffy Ann! Ann does such a fabulous job, doesn't she?

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    1. Indeed, Ann is wonderful. I love what she created here.

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  23. Ann is fantastic and so are you. I am looking forward to your wonderful posts.

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  24. What a beautiful design! I love the montage of all the furbabies front and center...as they should be. It is a lovely layout. Hmmm, now that I'm done with the RV remodel maybe I need to think about shaking up the blog a bit.

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  25. I love your new look. My sister has been talking to me about this very think this week. About not getting stuck in a rut and about when to reinvent yourself.

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  26. YES! Perfection! I knew it would be. xo

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