OK, this blog always seems to be a work in progress (just like me!) and after I changed the header image to this new one, I ran it by my graphic designer son. I'm sure he said some complimentary things, and other things all taken as the constructive criticism that I was asking for. . . . but one word is still haunting me. He thought the header colors a bit "Garish". I blame my inexperience with Photoshop elements in perfecting a less than perfect image. (can you see why I'm excited about my new book that I mention below :) Anyway.
(Update 6/17/10 I removed the banner I was mentioning in this post. I've posted it below. I still like it, especially in this smaller version. The one I have now is temporary - too simple. I will play around with this one or the idea as soon as I have a bit more time. If you'd like to leave comments, please do.
Something I should have done from the beginning is to take print screens of each design change I've made. Oh well, too late for all past ones, but it's a good idea now!)
I already took away the two tiny purple sidebars and now I'm looking at how to make my header less garish. I just took a class from Jane Davilla and one of her suggestions was to be consistent in branding. I just don't know how I'm going to do that because I love to come up with new ideas. Now I have to either simplify or change "Garish" or redesign something entirely different. Now was certainly not the time to go back to work, even part time. I simply have less time to play and that's no fun.