Evolution of Munchkinkin Land Designs

In the five years that Munchkin Land Designs has been open, the look has evolved.  As skills have grown, as my own tastes have changed, its only natural that Munchkin Land Designs has changed with them.  With the move to WordPress, it was time to improve the look too.  I appreciate each of these designs, they’re visual proof of improved skills.  So without further ado, a look back…

 

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Birthday Giveaway and a Discount

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Wow.  Just… wow!  Every year I sit at this blank screen and reminisce over this journey.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I never, ever imagined that hitting publish on that first post would bring me here. 

  • Hundreds of clients and designs
  • Tears and laughter
  • Clients turned actual friends
  • Pushing and pushing myself
  • Easing back
  • Design droughts and well springs

I’m in awe.  And oh, so thankful for those that have shared this journey with me.  Some of you have been here from the very beginning, and I love that you’ve stuck with me through the years.  I am humbled by your kind words and confidence that I can bring your visions to life.  I never would have made it this far without you!

One lucky winner is going to win the biggest package I’ve ever given away… A Supreme Blog Design*.  It includes the following:
  • Choice of 2 or 3 column template
  • Background
  • Fun Font
  • Blog button w/ “grab me” coding
  • Social Media Icons
  • Navigation Bar
  • Custom “About Me” Image
  • Custom blog header
  • Signature
  • Unlimited sidebar titles
  • Favicon
  • Post Divider
  • Sprite Menu
  • EXTRA: Choice of FB Cover Image or Twitter Background

I will announce the winner on Monday, July 29th!  * Available for Blogger blogs only.

 
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I am also offering a 20% discount on all blog design packages for this week only.  This is a bigger discount than the Family & Friends and the Returning Client discount, so be sure to take advantage of it.  This discount will be available through Friday, July 26th.

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Thank you for all of your support!  It means more than I can say!  Good luck!

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Its Been Quiet: An Explanation

This summer has proved to be a difficult one.  Its been one of the hardest seasons in my life to date, and if you follow my personal blog, you know the number of things that have been on my plate. 

But the most significant event was the death of my grandmother.  She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on July 9th and passed away on August 9th.  Such a short, but sweet, 30 days to have with her.  I’ll share some of an email that went out to clients late last week.

You have no idea how thankful I am to work with such a lovely group of people.  Thank you for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers during this difficult time in losing my grandmother and the subsequent details of the burial and funeral.  Your kindness brought me to tears time and time again, and I cannot thank you enough for your patience during this past week.  It has been a hard seven days and while I know there’s more grieving to come, I’m thankful to put this part of the process behind me and move forward in mourning our loss, while trying to return to real life.

I truly am blessed to work with such an amazing group of clients.  Its part of the reason that I love my job so!

Hopefully this explains the quiet of Munchkin Land Designs lately.  I’m doing my best to slowly and surely get caught up.  I will be restarting the weekly feature “Blog of the Week” tomorrow, so be sure to come back and meet this week’s featured blogger.

I have updated the gallery with a few new designs, and I’m also offering a discount on the blog, Diapers & Stilettos, so click over and check out the details there!

Again, thanks for all of your kind words and patience!  I wouldn’t have been able to survive these past two weeks without it. 

What Blissdom Meant to Me

It was never about the size of my audience. And I can say that without irony because I’ve been doing this blogging thing since 2005 and I have less than 300 followers on my personal blog. It makes me laugh. Its never been about growing my circle of influence or to follow a formula for success. I’ve started to feel like a fish out of water these last few years because this blogging landscape has changed dramatically in a short time. I couldn’t find my niche, my place, in this new world of sponsors, stats, and ratings. I may have even gotten a bit prideful in the fact that I was still one of the few that hadn’t given in to the pressures of monetizing my blog.

Its been said that pride goeth before a fall…

This weekend gave me a fresh perspective and passion for blogging, on family, on friends, and how no matter the size of our audience, we all have a very specific story to tell. It’s a story that no one can tell quite like you. A story that will speak to someone’s heart or situation in just that moment, or in just the right way.

I’ve been writing and creating for as long as I can remember. From a very early age, there’s been this desire in me to pour out all the colors, the words, the thoughts that were spinning in my head. Even now I feel like have curse because I usually have 10 different ideas going at once. Starting my blog in 2005 was the perfect outlet for me. Having an almost-one-year-old, I needed a place to record my thoughts, my emotions, my story. From the moment I hit publish on my first post, I knew exactly that blogging was going to be an amazing journey for me. And truth be told, any negative moments in this journey has been significantly outweighed by the positives. I don’t think I’ll ever look back and regret that I’ve put myself out there on the world wide web.

This weekend was so much more than getting to meet these women that I call friends online. It was so much more than putting together the perfect formula to build a successful blog. For me, it was the coming together of like minded women. Women who have reached out into the internet space and shared their hearts. For me, it was being in a room of women who “get” me in some way. Whether its similar, shared experiences as a mother, or discussing colors and patterns and ideas with fellow designers, or women who love the integration of social and media. I thoroughly loved that there was a spot for everyone. There was so much empowerment, encouragement, and beauty in this weekend. It was an honor to be there and I’m so very excited to see what’s born of some of these new ideas in my head.

Thank you to the ladies who brought us all together, thank you for “getting” us, and thank you for believing that we each have a story worth sharing!