Monday, March 29, 2010

My Bebe's got a brand new, beautiful dress....

Titles can be soo misleading.... no ?

When Dawn of The Feathered Nest first made my blog for me...I thought it was the MOST beautiful thing I had ever seen! Even now, I still love it ! Well...When Dawn had her own beautiful blog treated to a gorgeous new look recently, thanks to the lovely and talented Karen of My Desert Cottage....Who just launched her wonderful Web Design business called Valentine Design Well.... I, like so many of you ooh'd and ahhh'd and then I wanted something "new" for my blog too.....The changes I was thinking about were more along the lines of changing to 3 columns, a pretty followers button and a gorgeous new signature to close out my posts. (Did I ever mention I have a hard time with change?? I figure if it looks beautiful...don't mess with it!)

Then I talked to Karen and Dawn about my ideas for my lil blog and they had some great ideas for a "new" look for my blog and were so excited about how beautiful it could look and all I could think is....But...I LOVE my pretty lil blog and you guys are talking about it like my bebe is ugly lol ....kinda hurt my poor lil bebe blog :)

When I mentioned this to Dawn she said..."hunny, we're not calling your bebe ugly...we're just trying on some pretty new dresses on her, to make her much prettier" you argue with that lol

Well, Karen and I talked a few times on the phone and this....Look all around your the BEAUTIFUL new blog that Karen created for me...Don'tcha just love my bebe's brand new dress! I sure do, I think it is the perfect fit! Beautiful, elegant, old world, frufru and gaudy...Rose frufru and gaudy style :) did I mention I love beautiful things?....

Yes, I am that woman....that when I see that gorgeous overly ornate, gaudy antique gold or dark wood frame..I gravitate to a moth to a flame! Then when I bring it into my home...I think it is perfect...don't get me wrong...I quickly visualize it cream with antiquing glaze...but that thought I will be honest, last just a few seconds, as I look at all that beautiful gaudy loveliness before me...and I realize how much I love it just as it is :) My daughters call me ..."Fru Fru, Gaudy Girl" I wear that name with pride....cause that's how I roll :) lol

So when Karen sent me this blog mock up...I was literally jumping up and down because I was soo happy that this is exactly what I wanted...and didn't even know it lol

Thank you so much...Karen, Dawn and Lisa of Tarnished & Tattered , for listening to my rants of what I love and understanding my visions...that I didn't quite know how to put to words, that were easily understandable... But some how Karen did and gave me this beautiful "brand new" beautiful dress for my lil bebe own lil piece of heaven in this big...beautiful Blogland of ours!

If you want to completely redo your blog, or just add a few special lil somethings to it and like me....have no clue how to...Then go visit Karen at Valentine Design and I know she will help you achieve a look that you will just love!

Please let me know what you all think of my lil bebe's beautiful new dress...because my dear friends...your opinions do matter to me :)

Until next time dear friends......


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Bella Sweetie...
I adore your new garments. They are so elegant and so you. A little bit of lace and buttons is great for the soul. What a beautiful new dress just in time for Easter, even see a few hats displayed here and there (photos in some of the giveaways, but sounds good.

A classy blog, for a classy lady sweetie. I love it. Thank you for sharing this morning. Karen you did an awesome job sweetie. Just so awesome.

Have a beautiful Monday sweetie. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

The Tin Rabbit said...

Oooh, what a pretty new dress! Love what Karen did~Have a wonderful week~ Sending love & hugs...

Kim from The Sheep's Nest said...

Bella, Bella, where have you been! So nice to see you back and all dressed up! I love you new look and now think that I must go get myself a new dress! Good to see you! hugs,Kim

Connie said...

I truly do LOOOOVE it, sugar! Looks perfect for you. I hope my comment "makes you smile", chickee.... Just darling.

June said...

Ooooh Rose I love your beautiful bebe's dress. It is perfect. Beautiful for a truly beautiful girl. Sometimes we need a change to make us feel beautiful again! And this is beautiful.
hugs to you sweet thing

The French Bear said...

Bella, this is beautiful, what a gorgeous job karen did. I love the whole new look!!!
Margaret B

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Rose your new blog is beautiful and not gaudy at all. I love the soft colors and tones used. Karen does great work. I'll have to contact her after my busy time and discuss a makeover for myself.
You are too funny with that gaudy statement. I can relate. I take things home thinking I'll redo it and then I convince myself it's fine the way it is.
Enjoy your new dress sweety!

Sandra said...

Hi Rose! I love it! It looks wonderful! I need a new dress now:) Have a great day!
Sandra said...

Dawn is so cute!! Your pretty baby has a very pretty new dress!

Lovey said...

Mi Amor Rose, I absolutely love your new "dress!" It's gorgeous. I'm so happy for you. The design and elegance of it matches your personality completely! I love it and you too! Smiles...Lovey

Julie said...

What a beautiful new dress, Rose! Well chosen! Sometimes it's good to change things up a bit! Hope you're having a lovely day and can get out there and find some more delightfully gaudy fru-fru that makes you happy--that's what I'm doing today!

Talk to you later! Julie

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Rose, the new dress is just breath taking. I love it. Karen did a wonderful job, I see her work is really getting around.... And I see your shop blog is under construction. Can't wait to see it. Love your signature too!!!
Hugs, Pat

paperbird said...

It is so beautiful Rose- they did a wonderful job. You should be so proud because truly it is lovely. Of course I thought it was beautiful before but the new changes are so pretty and reflect who you are.

Happy spring to you Sweet Rose.

stefanie said...

its just gorgeous..I love everything!!!!!

Myrna said...

Hi Rose! I know EXACTLY how you feel~because I felt the same way when Karen 'madeover' my blog!
It is beautiful!
Hope you're doing well, my friend!
Blessings and Hugs,

Myrna said...

Hi Rose! I know EXACTLY how you feel~because I felt the same way when Karen 'madeover' my blog!
It is beautiful!
Hope you're doing well, my friend!
Blessings and Hugs,

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hi! Your bebe looks fabulous in her new dress!!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Rose, your bebe is just beautiful!!! So rich and yummy. I need to check out Karen's new site.
Come by, I just posted on my new GiveAway!
big hugs,

Victoria said...

Your blog looks gorgeous, I love it! I just gave mine a makeover on Saturday, it was rather stressful as I'm a bit computer challenged:) But congrats on your bebes pretty new dress!!!

fairmaiden said...

Awwwwwe Rose...lovely lovely new dress indeed. Is your bebe going to the Oscars? It really is beautiful. I lOve the color and swirls...and fancy labels.

So you are starting a new on-line store? How is it going?

It's cloudy with chance of sprinkles here up North today. But we had the most beautiful sunny weekend spend outdoors under the tree filled twinkle lights of my son's sweethearts casa.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Rose, What a sweet and romantic new outfit for your blog! It's just perfect! Karen has done another fabulous job!
Enjoy your new playground, Sweetie!

Kolleen said...

absolutely beautiful.....just like you my friend!!!

LOVE "on a soda pop budget"!!!

Karen did a fabulous job....looks so great!!

sending you lots and lots of love on this beautiful Monday!


Diva Kreszl said...

It is just perfectly was always pretty but now it's all dressed for the ball! You go 'fru fru gaudy girl' !!!

Fete et Fleur said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! Bebe's new dress is Stylin!!


LiLi M. said...

What a stylish make over!! I guess you are over the moon with bebe's new dress, I should be! But I'm with you considering changes, I like to keep things too! I saved all my banners in my sidebar and I have taken a photo of every blog dress I had. And I'm not even ashamed to tell! This is such a pretty bebe dress!

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my collection series. I appreciate each of them very much! hugs LiLi

Beth Leintz said...

I thought your old dress was beautiful, but sometimes its just fun to try on something new. Its so nice when you can find friends that "get" you and understand what it is you want even when you can't quite find the words.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

You know...we DO need a change once in a while....when I have been blogging a YEAR..I think I will do the same....I LOVE thw wider look of your too.
And you and I girl.... are on the extact same page when it comes to the.....
"Fru Fru, Gaudy" I too wear that name with pride "...and NO ONE is going to change my mind about that fact either.

Thanks for giving me a "heads up" on this...
I have been dealing with the sorrow of the loss of our neighbors daugther..and trying to distract myself from it...and in doing so...coming and going SO much lately...have NOT been a GOOD LITTLE BLOG FOLLOWER..Oh no I have not.



Betty Jo said...

Your blog is absolutely gorgeous! I followed your link from Cindy's Romantic Home and I'm so glad I did. ♥

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

It's very beautiful! I love the soft and elegant! I was the same way, not wanting to change my blog but I'm so happy I did. Change is good! said...

My sweet friend, the make-over is TDF! I think Karen nailed it. The old dress was precious, you know I the tattered look. But this is so you, glam & purdy & all fussed up! I really like the 3 column set up too, wish I'd done that for mine. I am so grateful to have found such great friends like you & Dawn. Now I just need to send that u-haul to get you both & bring you to Texas. Lisa

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet girl!!! It IS so beautiful dear one...and suits you to a "T"!!!!! Karen is amazing and created the perfect background for you ~ I love everything about it and am so glad that you are pleased as well .... and it's wonderful to see a post on your beautiful new blog!!!!! hugs and love sweet friend, Dawn

Romeo said...

Oh my gosh - you're kidding right?!?! Beautiful to the max!!! I told Karen that I am seeing a lot of her designs on blogland and LOVING every single one!! Your new dress is beautiful even though her old dress was not at all like Cinderellas, you are so there at the ball now!

Romeo and "her"

Andrea said...

Just so pretty! I love the new look! I am always changing mine too,it's nice to have a fresh new look!

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

The new is beautiful, wow!

Patty said...

I love the neutral coloring, your blog looks great!

Miss Sandy said...


Your Bebe's new dress is gorgeous! I love it! I have also contacted Karen about giving my blog a face lift, to freshen it up. Her work is just incredible.

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Rose,
thanks for your so sweet visit,and comments on my blog, made me feel very happy.
I love the look on your new blog, the head is fantastic lovely ,and the whole thing looks so pretty together...I love your saying below the header.
I will be a follower of you too...and I think you just made my follower list reach the first 100, thanks dear.
Well it is late here in Denmark, so I will visit your blog tomorrow to se more pretty thgings.
Hugs Dorthe

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Rose,

I love the pretty new look to your blog, dear friend.
The background is lovely and love the signature and all the little gold frames.
Karen has done a beautiful job and always great to have a makeover.
Enjoy your new look.

I hope that you are having a happy week.

Anonymous said...

Rose, it looks absolutely elegant and feminine! And romantic!

The oval size that I used for my flowers is 2 1/2". It's the one with the scalloped edge from Marvey. It isn't happy when it tries to cut card stock so I limit my cuts to regular paper and for the flowers I used the lightweight handmade paper. Wrapping paper would be perfect! Just flexible enough to pinch into a flower petal!

Let me know when you make some flowers so I can come see them!


Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Your blog's "new dress" is one of the prettiest I've ever seen!!! I absolutely love it!! And thank you for the VERY SWEET comment on my blog! (Not to worry... I don't tear apart the antique photo albums unless time has already done that for them... most of them have torn pages that are beyond repair, so then I do my artsy stuff to them)! ;)

sissie said...

Hi Rose,
I'm new to your blog and I have to say that it is beautiful!
Love the background and the three column set up. I've been thinking of contacting Karen too and get a new dress for mine!

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I am following you now and will be back often.



Free Pretty Things For You said...

oh my dear i LOVE IT!!!
it is SO you!! lovely and BELLA!
thank you for taking time out of your busy life and stopping by and all your beautiful words :)

guess what..Right Now my little bebe is throwing a really big tantrum and she is only 8 months old!! OMG
what am i going to do!

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart & soul said...

from one fru fru chica to another......beautiful!

Martha, Vintage Trifles said...

It's lovely! Wear it and twirl a few times! Thanks for visiting and your sweet comment. Happy Spring, M.

Charlene said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE your new dress!!!!! Dawn, Lisa & Karen were so right. Change can be good! I LOVE IT ALL! It was pretty before but, all dressed for spring in a new dress is just perfect! Enjoy it everytime you look at it. Karn is amazing isn't she? LOVE HER! Have a wonderful week my friend. Charlene

One Blessed Mommie said...

Hello Rose!
What a pleasant surprise! Thank you so very much for your kind message. I appreciate your thoughts and advice. Of course I don't mind you finding me! And of course I don't mind you adding me to your beautiful places to visit, it is an absolute honor.
Thank you for offering your blogging help, it is much appreciated. You're right, there are so many talented people here in Blogland and I'm so grateful that you are one of the first I've met. Thank you so much! I look forward to getting to know you better as well and continuing to follow your beautiful blog (with her gorgeous, brand new dress that is oh-so-flattering). That was very clever by the way!
Blessings to You,
One Blessed Mommie
Riverside, CA

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, I love it! Very elegant. It was so nice to see you visited me today. You made my day! Have a great week! Twyla

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

It really is a work of art.........PERFECT! I love it.....I think I'm going to have to do something like this too....


nostalgia*gal said...

Bella, this is beautiful, what a gorgeous job karen did. No not beautiful lets try the word STUNNING!
Best Regards, a new blogger cindykay

Lady Pamela said...

Hello Dear Friend,
Yes, your blog is beautiful. But I always thought that it was. I can feel your inner beauty through your words of encouragement.
I was thinking of having Karen re-do my blog, too. I haven't the energy to do it for myself right now. Maybe this will be a good incentive for me.
Good to hear from you,

Kate said...

Oh Rose how absolutley beautiful and for such a beautiful woman. Very elegant, charming and graceful just like you. Well you must be having a wonderful time like a princess at a ball in your new dress. Have fun with it, I know that I would. Love you much.


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Your new party dress is a stunner! It's very beautiful and elegant, yet still cozy and welcoming. Kind of like a beautifully gowned woman at a ball who takes off her shoes so she can dance more comfortably.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind was much appreciated.

Rosemary said...

Very nice!!
Thanks for the visit!
Glad you liked the eggs!
You have a lovely blog!
Visit again soon.
Have a great rest of your week!!

Jamie said...

Bella, WELL done! Absolutely beautiful! I still have alot of work to do on my blog (which I just said a week ago, sheesh, feel like I am way behind!). I will definitely check out Karen's site, thanks so much for the info!! Hugs ~ Jamie

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh Rose, your new look is just gorgeous! It was lovely before, but this new design really, really suits you. :-)

A beautiful new blog for a most beautiful lady!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Kim from The Sheep's Nest said...

Rosie Rose I have been trying to post for a few days here and this darn blogger's been giving me trouble! Just wanted to thank you for your very nice comment on my blog.And, again your blog has turned out beautiful, so soft and comforting! Kim

Lori said...

Rose, your blog is absolutely gorgeous!!! the buttons are all so sweet...i love the signature...and the background pattern and header...all of it is lovely...Karen did a beautiful job for you!!! i can't thank you enough for the kind words of support that you left for me, i appreciate them so much!!! you are a doll:)

Marydon Ford said...

Sweet friend, the new attire is so elegant & chic. How wonderful we can play dress up whenever we wish ...

Happy Easter!
Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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