April Showers Blog Design is having a HUGE giveaway and celebrating her OPEN waiting list that starts January 1st! April not only does blogs - but also invitations, announcements, calendars, cards, business cards, custom illustrations, and so much more! Just by pasting this paragraph on my blog I'm a winner! http://www.aprilshowersblogdesign.com/
I am SO NOT a graphics person, and thus I need HELP! I would LOVE for my blog to be "a thing of beauty and a joy forever" to see. Thus I am wishing, hoping, and, yes, even PRAYING that I can somehow win a free blog design contest so that my blog can be BEAUTIFUL like those of my friends at Stars in Her Fingernails and Holy Experience and Farming in the Shade and Kids, Twins and Laundry Bins and Conversion Diary. At this point, I'd happily settle for a custom header -- that's where my real struggle is. My photographer husband has been helping me, but it still isn't what I know it CAN be.
And yes, if we had money, I'd pay to have it done. But with Keith's unemployment heading into Month 15 -- he's doing handyman work for family and friends, but our "health insurance" with Samaritan Ministries has lapsed and we're behind on bills still. So, obviously, there's no money for improving one's blog at hand -- I'm just praying that we can give the kids a decent Christmas with a $20 toy for each. They were fine with that last year, and they're such good kids. Elizabeth, who has a part-time job in housekeeping at our local Bible Camp two miles away, has bought the three boys a refurbished X-Box 360 for Christmas plus several games. It's so sweet for her to spend her very hard-earned toilet-scrubbing and sheet-changing funds on her brothers, despite how much they argue with each other at home.
Perhaps I'll just settle down and try to learn how to make a custom header.
PS Yes, I changed my header, at least. Changing the whole template was too much work, especially when I love the blue and purples. So I found a public domain Advent candle photo and worked with it in PhotoShop Elements and Picnik to resize (thanks, Sarah!) and -- ouila! A header. Would still love some custom graphics, but this will do for now....
A blessed Advent to you all,