Monday, August 1, 2016

Welcome to Our New Look

We've been celebrating our 5th blogoversary the past few weeks.  We've experienced so many wonderful things the five years we've been blogging and still have a few more giveaways the next couple of weeks to share with you.  One of our goals as we move forward is to change the design and "feel"  of our blog.  We went to a larger width to make it easier to read and better fit the larger monitors on computers (less background and more room for photos and words).  We've increased the size of our images on our blog posts and sidebar.  With the help our our wonderful friend, Ann, from Zoolatry, we have a new header, blog design, and logo.  You wouldn't believe how many times Mom Paula and Ann have gone back and forth over the past three months with various designs, adjustments, and deletes!
Brulee and Truffle have some heavy discussions about the new design of the blog

We thought we'd share the story behind our new look.  As many of you  know, we are Southern Ladies.  Mom Paula was born and raised in the South.  We were born in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, which is across from the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC.  As Mom Paula was trying to figure our a theme for our new look, she wanted to integrate photos of us with something that was uniquely Southern.  We thought about the Palmetto Tree, which is the state tree of South Carolina, but Mom Paula didn't think that was feminine enough.  Then, she thought about a conversation with Mom Peggy from Cat-A-Holic (with Laila and Minchie).  Mom Paula was visiting Mom Peggy in Chicago a few years ago and they were talking about Mom Paula being from the South.  If you've ever heard Mom Paula talk, you know she has that distinctive Southern dialect.  Mom Paula said something about being a Southern Belle and Mom Peggy said she didn't see Mom Paula that way.  At first, Mom Paula was a little hurt because she always prided herself on being that sweet Southern lady.  Then Mom Peggy said, "I don't see you as a Southern Belle, I see you as a Steel Magnolia."  Mom Paula was immediately honored and said she saw this as a compliment.  If your humans have never seen the movie, you need to get them to watch it.  Steel Magnolias are sweet, charming, funny, and sassy, but will defend their family and friends to the end.  We decided to stick with shades of pink for our blog because it's a soft shade that reminds us of the South (pink magnolia blossoms and peaches) and it goes well with our silvery white fur.  In fact, Shelby (Julia Roberts' character in the movie) said, "Pink in my signature color."  The Magnolia tree with its large glossy leaves and huge white and fragrant flowers is synonymous with the South and is found throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina around the old plantations. Connect the movie, the flower, our soft fur and sweet personalities, and our slogan of "Southern Sweet and Sassy" and you have the reason for our theme of magnolias and shades of pink.  You can see from the graphic below (designed by Ann) why we had such a hard time narrowing our first choice for the new header.  We still love both of them and will change them around, depending on the seasons.
Another header for the future


We're proud to present our new logo for Sweet Purrfections (our first!).  There were probably 50+ designs Ann worked on for us.  We originally started with pictures of us integrated into fancy lettering. Even though the designs were beautiful, Mom Paula rethought this idea because she didn't want the blog to be limited.  Mom Paula began a new blog after Sweet Praline went to the bridge because she didn't want a blog to have the same name as one (or more) or her cats.  This was the same idea behind switching to a caricature of us for the logo.  This was the really fun part!  We're not so sure Ann and Mom Paula agree on the "fun" part though.  We're ecstatic with our new design and logo and hope the blogging community begins to relate it to our blog when they see it.
Our new logo


We hope you enjoy our new look and continue to visit us.  Mom Paula is scheduled to retire within the next 7-24 months.  We have plans to send her back to school (even though she already has a Ph.D.) to learn how to use her new camera, take some basic graphic design classes, and photo editing workshops.  Thank you for being our furriends!

Giveaway


  1. Today is the last day to enter our giveaway for the ecoFLEX™ Litter Loo (choice of size and color) and Scoopy the Cat litter scoop holder (choice of color).
  2. We have 2-3 more giveaways scheduled for the next two weeks to complete our month of celebrating our 5th blogoversary. 


43 comments:

  1. I love the new header and I totally ADORE the logo! I bet if Truffle and Brulee spoke Human, they'd have the same warm, lovely southern accent that you have.

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  2. We really like your header and future header.
    Your logo is purrfect too.
    Hard to believe it's been 5 years !
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  3. We love the new logo! And Mom Peggy is right... your human is totally a steel magnolia. It's one of the things the head peep admires about her!

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    1. Thank you. Mom Paula loves the head peep!

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  4. I THOUGHT that was a magnolia! Beautiful flower. Beautiful tree. Very, VERY fitting next to the two of you who are incredibly beautiful, too. And I really like that Southern Belle connection.

    Purrs,
    Seville

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  5. The new look is fantastic! We love the logo...and how it captures both of the girls unique qualities.

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  6. We love your new header and the spare one too, doesn't Ann do the most wonderful headers for everyone.

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    1. Yes, she does. She understands our "brand" and always comes through.

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  7. Oh what great plans you have! And that soon for your Mum?! Wow!

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  8. Both the header and your new logo are a huge success ! We love it ! Ann and mom Paula did a good job. We're looking forward to hearing more about the great plans you have for mom Paula after she's retired. Purrs

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  9. I LOVE it all!!!!!! Happy Blogoversary!

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  10. Sweet Purrfections, Truffle, Brulee, Mom Paula - y'all rock! Love all the new looks!

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  11. We also meant to add that Ann at Zoolatry is awesome!

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  12. everything looks great....what a wonderful new look

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  13. We luv your new look. Mommy bein' from da South too, luvs da Magnolia's. Dat Miss Ann does pawsum work. We are so in awe of her. Have a great day.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  14. You blog looks totally wonderful and we love the new look!

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  15. Absolutely beautiful new look! Soft colors and gorgeous new art. Ann has incredible talent.

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  16. We love your new look, logo and everything. No one does better work than Ann, she is fantastic.

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  17. I love the new look and logo! Ann did a wonderful job. (And I also love the movie Steel Magnolias!)

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  18. Your new headers are lovely, and the logo is very sweet.

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  19. We think the new look is terrific and the logo is purrfect for you!! ❤️❤️

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  20. I love the new logo and the story behind it. :)

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  21. Looks catabulous!! Ann always does such a good job! Will have to check it out on my phone one day and see how it looks there too! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  22. WE think everything is just very beautiful and has that unique southern flair.

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  23. We love everything about the new look - ESPECIALLY the caricatures of your two beauties.

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  24. WOW! We love the new look of your blog, Truffle, Brulee and Mom Paula! It's wonderful, and it's YOU! :)

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  25. We love the new look and the logo is just adorable!

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  26. The header looks amazing!! Happy 5th blogiversary!!

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  27. I love your new look! I can only imagine the time it took to get it just the way you want it. I've been thinking about doing the same and it's not as easy as it sounds. Well done and congratulations on your blogiversary!

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  28. I love you two. So sweet. Nice, new look!

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  29. I totally love the new look and the back story of how it came about is just enchantingly wonderful. Steel Magnolia is a fantastic compliment to be paid, I'd be working that one all day long.

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  30. Congrats on the new look. I LOVE your new logo and the overall layout is very easy on the eyes. Looks great!

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  31. Congrats on the new look — so feminine and lovely! And what gorgeous kitties! :)

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  32. I LOVE the logo and the story behind the header. Although I haven't met Paula, I've always imagined her to be a Steel Magnolia type.

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  33. I love the new logo and the new header, especially now I know your Mom and the story behind them. Very beautiful like you.

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  34. Mazal Tov on your new logo, love it and Happy Anniversary too

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  35. I love the new look, the wider format and the new logo! Looks wonderful. That's exciting that your mom gets to retire soon. I took a photography class last fall and it was so worth it. I really learned so much and feel like my pictures really improved. You will love it!

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  36. I love your new header, it's beautiful! I always think of Southern ladies when I think of Magnolia's so I think it's a perfect fit. Great changes, especially if we get to see bigger photos of Truffle and Brulee!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  37. Great story behind the logo! Suits you guys!

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  38. Your new look is wonderful! And just what you were looking for. I'm sure it was hard to narrow it down. I absolutely love the logo.

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