I decided Ahhh-Design needed a bit of a refresh – surprise! Then I started wondering about all the hundreds of *refreshes* Ahhh Design has had over the years, little changes here and there. Below are some screenshots of the major changes. I bought the domain ahhh-design.com in 2005 to build a design portfolio to go along with my resume. My husband, then just a friend, helped me with the portfolio functionality and I hacked and hacked away at the CSS until it looked how I wanted it.
It stayed a portfolio until 2008 and blogging was really starting to take off for crafters. I’d had a Livejournal account for a few years but thought it was time to take the plunge! My DIY planner templates were also getting more popular and I wanted a place to organize them. First, I tried using the blog engine Chyrp. I ended up on WordPress though because of the large and very supportive community – great for someone just learning.
This was my 3rd WordPress theme customization, my first was in 2007. I also started working part-time for a web design firm in Jan of 2008 and was getting more and more comfortable with html/css and slicing up artwork.
I’ve always tried to not take this site too seriously, so it’ll stay a fun creative outlet. I make changes live so you might even stumble upon it looking like a total mess. As you can tell by these next screenshots, haha.
At this point I ditched Mimbo, the theme I’d learned on, for a new one. I wish I could remember the name… it’s heavily customized and doesn’t look much like the original. I was feeling much more comfortable with WordPress at this point and had created my first free theme for download!
In March of 2011 I custom built a new theme just for Ahhh Design – so proud! I’d also quit my job and started freelancing full-time, I think every job I’ve done through Little Bird has been WordPress. I LOVE WordPress, if you haven’t noticed. :)
And that leads us to today, the first refresh of 2012! May there be many, many more. Thanks for reading, xoxo.
I’m finally building myself an online art portfolio at amandahawkins.me – spent a while yesterday going through old collages. This one is from 2006:
Pepper turned 6 months a couple days ago, can you believe it?! I can’t.
Year #6 of making Christmas music mixes – check!
Happy Holidays friends, stay warm and give lots of hugs. Love you all – thanks so much for reading!
All mixes are available for download below through mediafire.com (turn your speakers down before you click, annoying ads).
Merry Christmas Mix, ’11 :: (download)
previous mixes ::
Merry Christmas Mix, ’10 :: (download)
Merry Christmas Mix, ’09 :: (download)
Merry Christmas Mix, ’08 :: (download)
Merry Christmas Mix, ’07 :: (download)
Merry Christmas Mix, ’06 :: (download)
Happy Holidays friend! I glanced at the calendar this morning and realized there are only 24 shopping days left ’till Christmas. WOW, where in the world did this year go?!
I put together a free little gift giving list in an attempt to get organized. On the left you can add the person it’s for plus any notes or ideas. The right is a mini to-do list and money tracker.
DOWNLOAD -> Holiday Gifts (2.56 MB)
I made up a bunch of silly stuff on one to keep my real ideas a surprise!