Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Post #100 - Rejuvenation

Dear Readers,

Thank you for following me these past two amazing years that have brought us to my 100th post! I knew when I started this blog, that writing was my passion and I wanted to have a writing career.

Writing one of my first blog posts, with Piper on my lap.
I started my blog in March 2011 because I had a young and pregnant foster kitten, Piper. I wanted to chronicle her journey and her kittens' birth and road to adoption. If you've followed the Piper aspect of my blog, you know she lost her kittens the first night we had her and I nursed her back to health. I decided to continue my blog as a tribute to her lost kittens as well as chronicle our journey together -- because there was no way she was leaving me, she was going to be adopted by us.

Piper and I both have come a long way. Piper has grown up into a beautiful and very fluffy cat (she has such a large ruff, we think she may be part Maine Coon!) and I have graduated high school and have gone through some major schooling and life changes!

Our 100th post anniversary pose! Can you see the love?
I love my blog so much, it has become a wonderful writing outlet that allows me to say exactly what I want. SO without further ado, I must tell you that I decided to "freshen" up my blog look in honor of my 100th post!

I briefly met Debbie Glovatsky of Glogirly at my trip to the BlogPaws 2012 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ever since then, I have been a huge fan of her work and amazing photo-shop designs. I love her pithy posts between her cat Katie and new kitten Waffles. Her posts are always the first I read when I get up in the morning.

Debbie recently launched Glogirly Design, where she offers an extensive list of design services to help you spruce up your blog, at an amazing price! I contacted Debbie to see about creating a custom header and social media buttons for my blog, to make it look fresh and new.

Debbie asked a series of questions and I explained what I was looking for and sent her some pictures. I wanted to have my new look ready before the May 16-18 BlogPaws Conference in Tysons Corner, VA next week. I got an email very quickly after I told Debbie what I wanted, with a mock up. Essentially what you see at the top of my blog is what she sent me.

Is it possible Debbie read my mind? She certainly did her research because the girl looked just like me, the cat just like Piper and above all, a beautiful beach background featuring my favorite shade of blue. We made the decision to change my blog title to Sandpiper Cat and use "We Have a Situation" (my old blog title) as my tag line.

Debbie was amazingly easy to work with. She is a diligent and hard worker, with an amazing vision and eye for graphics. Debbie was able to create exactly what I wanted to give my blog - a breath of fresh air. And I have to say, it really looks splendid.  Even my Facebook page has a matching look to go with the blog!

So without further ado, I am very pleased to present you the fresh new face of "Sandpiper Cat Blog" and new look that accompanies it. IF you are interested in Debbie's designs, visit her at www.glogirly.com and www.glogirlydesign.com. Debbie is wonderful to work with and a very sweet lady. I'm ever so thankful for her amazing blog update expertise and can't stop gushing at the new look!

I hope you enjoy the new look and make sure to check out both of Debbie's page. Please feel free to ask any questions you have to both her and me! Again, Debbie is a wonderful person to work with and her design rates are great! We created a budget and stuck with it, Debbie goes the extra mile to make you happy! She was able to turn the project around in a matter of days.

So I end this post saying welcome new friends and old! And a big, huge, gigantic size thank you to Debbie Glovatsky for the amazing work and friendship we have created! I will see you at BlogPaws!

Rachel and Sandpiper

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