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Tuesday
May132008

New Clothes

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Maybe it was the stunningly beautiful weather we had last week that put thoughts of spring wardrobes in my head, or maybe it's just that I have far too many things compelling me to procrastinate at the moment. Whatever the reason, a few days ago I woke up hell-bent on change, and countless hours of tinkering, fiddling and comparing minute adjustments later, this is what resulted. Actually finding a new design I liked only turned out to be only half the battle, though - that cheery orange wallpaper had been around since day one, and saying goodbye was no easy task. Who would have guessed that a few pixels could feel so much like family?

But now that I've taken the plunge I'm feeling much better, so I'd like to invite you all to pull up a chair, grab a cold drink, and watch the paint dry before your eyes (gee that sounds like fun, doesn't it?). Oh, and let me know what you think, of course!

p.s. I've tested it in several browsers, but let me know if you have any technical issues...

p.p.s. If you can't see anything new, you probably need to clear your cache! 

 

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Reader Comments (55)

Spring must have finally arrived in Edinburgh if you are doing your spring cleaning! I like the new look - change is good for the soul. But thanks for keeping your signature lunchbox.

May 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

It's beautiful, like your whole site, recipes and photos!

May 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDodi

it's beautiful!

May 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Fabulous new look!

May 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Looks good!

May 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I love it! Hopefully it will inspire people to send letters in proper air mail envelopes more often!

I too (sniff) have to admit that I miss the cheery orange background. I am always in awe of people (and blogs) that can work orange. But I'll admit I'm smitten with the old school airmail header. well done!

love the new look!

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Gorgeous!

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

Absolutely love the new wallpaper!

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNorlinda

Well...I guess I could get used to it, but it will take a while before my old eyes stop trying to stare at it until I see the 3 dimensional image of a gateau basque. I don't suppose you'd ever consider something with like a fly-fishing motif, or duck decoys? (smiling - tongue firmly in cheek).

It does look good, I like the Seattle postmark, and I really like the way you tucked in the lunchbox logo in the new 42c stamp - maybe you can get the USPS to actually print one like that...it looks great and I'd definitely buy a roll or two.

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercorey

Oh Melissa,

it all looks so lovely around here. The header! Beautiful.

xx fanny

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfanny

I love your new wallpaper!

Cheers,

Rosa

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRosa

beautiful!!!! totally love the new graphics. Very glad you kept the old battered lunchbox in the stamp, so sweet.

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlobstersquad

It's lovely! And thanks for your blog, it's the best.

Roberta

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta

The change in decor is lovely and fresh, perfect for the season. Abandoning the old for the new is always hard, but I would certainly say that the growing pains are worth it - things look gorgeous! Cheers.

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertara

Lovely! Nothing like a little facelift for Spring...

I think the changes look great!

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucy V

Very cool. And, yes, I'm sure it was the beautiful weather that made all this happen.

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

The LOOK is great. BUT the type face size is TOO SMALL. Here on AOL I almost need a magifying glass to read your posts. After a while, I get tired of struggling to to read your posts, and, sorry to say, go on to other blogs..

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReta

Reta - I appreciate the feedback; I've never seen the site in AOL so I have no idea what things look like for you, but I certainly don't want you struggling to read. Have you tried changing the font size in your browser? That's what I do if I have trouble with small text. You can find some instructions here in case you've never done it. Let me know if it makes things any easier.

May 13, 2008 | Registered Commentermelissa

Melissa,
I LIKE it!

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Okay, I've changed the font too. I hope this is a bit easier on the eye for everyone.

May 13, 2008 | Registered Commentermelissa

Looks great to me! Nice calico.

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuti

i love it melissa!

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAran

It is beautiful, loved the stamp (how did you do it?)
The wallpaper is very "hommy".. :)

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYa'ara

That's a cool makeover - and the 'wallpaper' (?) is extremely pretty!
(PS Just noticed that there's an 'L' missing in 'Tallinn').

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPille

Lovely new look Melissa!

Love it, especially the header. No the sides. No the header.

Love it all :)

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbleeding espresso

This looks pretty, but to my mind previous design was a little better. The letter header is just amazing, but these flowers in the corners are too intensive...
However, i personally think, that your food blog page, design and photography is one of the best i have ever seen.

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBri

sorry, but I preferred the old one...maybe I am just a creature of habit ; )

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGina

by the way, did you notice that your background image is a stereogram?
no, don't call me crazy!

xx fanny

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfanny

Hi There

I just stumbled upon your blog and think it is an excellent read for foodies and especially like the photos and design of the blog.I started off as a blogger myself and realise the importance of a good clean design like you have here. I have now bookmarked it for myself to read and have added you to our new list of "all the food blogs in the world" on www.ifoods.tv which we have been compiling for the last month! Hopefully it will send you some traffic in the long run. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on food so keep up the good work and talk soon. Cheers

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNiall

Hi Melissa,
I've been following your blog since ages, and loved everything here from the photography, writing style, content to the blog design. Your header caught my attention as it was creative while still maintaining the essence from the previous header. Love it!

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLianne

I really really like this look. The older one was great too, but I like this one a lot and the enveloppe header thingi is so great! I guess finding a new look for a blog is like finding a new pair of jeans- not an easy matter!

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMariannaF

hi mel, i like the wallpaper too, its real pretty, but i do think it could be a bit narrower in spread, it seems to me it occupies a tad too much of the page. maybe its the same as ur last in width but since its a busy pattern it feels more intense. big kiss!

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergoogs

Hello Melissa,

My name is Felicia Shelton and I would really like to express my admiration for your blog, its content and especially its photographs.

I have too have a blog and it focuses on living in Seoul, South Korea as well as other subjects.

What I would like to know is this: What program do you use to get the rounded edges on your photos?
I also like the way that divide them as well: one large photo on top, two smaller ones perfectly spaced on the bottom.

I really would appreciate if you'd share your answers with me.

Thank you and keep up the great work!

Sincerely,

Felicia

Felicia Shelton, Photographer
feliciaworldwide@mac.com
www.nearandfar.wordpress.com

May 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia

Felicia - It's really easy. If you have a flickr account, just upload your photo and choose the option above it that says 'edit photo'. This will take you into picnik editing software, and from there click create > frames > rounded edges, and adjust the slider to get the amount of rounding you want. If you don't use flickr, you can use a site called pixenate; just upload the photo from your desktop, under 'show fun effects' choose 'round', and set the radius (probably something between 5-15), before saving the result back to your own machine. There are apparently ways to do it in photoshop too, but they're quite a bit more complicated. p.s. Thank you!

May 15, 2008 | Registered Commentermelissa

Thank you so much!
I love your style!

Sincerely,

Felicia

May 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia

This is just gorgeous!

And still very easy to read...

May 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

beautiful new look!!

May 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercanarygirl

Lovely new layout, Lovely blog. I look forward to reading all of it!
Laura

May 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMove To Portugal

Love the new look!

May 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Much better with the thinner sides...the pattern was a bit overwhelming before. Now, very pleasing.

May 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Interesting...the borders are much wider when I view the site on Firefox than when I view it on Safari...

May 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

The header is beautiful but the wallpaper on the sides is really, really distracting. The simplicity of the single color allowed every dimension of your beautiful photos to come through. The floral pattern competes with your photos.

May 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Change is good. ;-) I love your new look!

Paz

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaz

It's absolutely gorgeous Melissa! I love the whole vintage look - the banner, the flowery background and the frazzled (don't know if that's the right word) edges like an old photograph. And the original traveler's lunchbox is still there! Beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more recipes.

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterInne

Hi Melissa,
Very nice design! I too have always gnashed my teeth at how small the font is on your blog. I use a Safari browser on a Mac and always have to hit the "Make Text Bigger" button. This blog is the only one I need to do that with. Any way to make it bigger without ruining everything on your end?

May 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

Meredith - I increased it by a point. Is it better now?

May 20, 2008 | Registered Commentermelissa

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