the new Q.

Wait!  Don’t change that channel!  No, you are not in the wrong place.  I’ve got a new look.  What do you think?

Some girls treat themselves to a pedicure, a new pair of shoes or maybe a fabulous new haircut.  I’m all for those things, but I chose to splurge on a new logo instead!

I decided to work with Ashley of Dinosaur Stew after seeing the beautiful blog she designed for Ann of Farmhouse Blues.  I just loved the sweet, simple style of her page.  I originally contacted Ashley to discuss a total makeover for the blog, but once I found out that I would have to move from a free WordPress blog to a self-hosted WordPress blog, I chickened out.  I just wasn’t ready to take that step.  I also found out at that time that Ashley was a fellow Minnesotan!  She’s up in Duluth.  We Minnesotans have to stick together, dontcha know.

That was a while back.  More recently, when I decided to move forward on a logo, I knew I wanted to work with Ashley.  I had her design two versions for me.  I wanted one that was more linear and could be also converted to a watermark for my photos, and I also wanted one that would fit in a square.

As it turns out, I am totally in love with the more linear, simple version.

q is for quandie logo

Ashley got it perfect on the first try.  I’ll use this one as my main logo for most things.

The square logo was based on more of my input.  I have to confess that I sent Ashley back to the drawing board on this one many times.  She was very patient and incorporated all of my requests for tweaking this or that.

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I’ve incorporated this one into my Gravatar profile so far, but I think it would be fun to use on some signage as well.

Ashley also provided me with some watermarks that I can use on my photos.  A black one …

example of black watermark

and a white one …

example of white watermark

 As part of my update, I also changed out the background paper on the blog.  The former background was just a photo that I took of my own grey and white striped living room wall.  I’m afraid it was rather pathetic.  I can’t believe I left it that way as long as I did!  It was in serious need of an update.  I tried a few different looks and found that most of them were just too busy and they distracted from the blog itself.  For now this new one will do, but I may keep shopping around for something perfect.

So there you have it!  A fresh new look for q is for quandie.  I was also busy this past weekend with several furniture makeovers and I’ll share them with you soon, so stay tuned!

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19 thoughts on “the new Q.

  1. I love your new logos! The colors are fun and while the script of words seem to move across the page. Simply brilliant!

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  2. Love the new logo esp. The first one. Though I do miss the Ball jars and kitchen scale buffet. 😉 I subscribe to your blog and almost deleted the email because it just said it was from wordpress.com and not q is for quandie. I will have to remember that now.

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    1. I kind of miss them too Jane! You know, I thought all I did was change my header photo and my background paper. However, I think that I deleted my bog title … which was the only way I could figure out how to get my logo there instead. So I’m guessing that is why the email said that. I had the same thing happen with the emails I got notifying me of comments. I almost deleted the first one too! I am really somewhat ‘blog’ illiterate, so now I’m going to have to figure out how to fix that! Hmmm. Could take me a while. But in the meantime, I hope you keep reading and not deleting!

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      1. Ding, ding, ding. I think I figured it out Jane! Thanks for the heads up. Once you mentioned that the email you received didn’t have my title on it, it kind of clicked. Then once I went in and looked around, I found it was easy to fix. At least I hope it’s fixed. Let me know if your next ‘new post’ email doesn’t have q is for quandie on it! Thanks Jane!

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  3. Love your new look and logo! And thanks for mentioning my site! Isn’t Ashley amazing? While she was working on my blog I’m embarrassed to admit how many questions I had for her. But she is sooo patient and answered every single one without even a hint of a complaint. Glad to hear your experience was great too!

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    1. I was the same way! I’m a total idiot when it comes to the technical stuff, but she was super patient and helpful. Thanks for sending me her way when I asked about your blog design! I love what she’s done for me, and it was very affordable too!

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