Thursday, January 5, 2012

tinkered blog

Last night during dinner my husband thought I looked stressed. He was right and so I excused myself to enjoy some blog-visiting time. I began my little session by opening my own blog and was met with this image! (I added the "yikes!" for this post)

- I am not at all technical
- I had won a blog makeover a few years ago and had barely changed anything since
- I wanted to act quickly

I began to putter around. My blog had lost it's rose favicon, it's banner, it's charm. At one point, my Members gadget was reset to 0! My heart pounded. It felt like I had lost my diary or even worse, dropped it in a puddle and stood watching as the ink ran.

Within an hour or so of tinkering, it was back to a new normal with a few changes -- the biggest being renaming my blog tinkered treasures.

When I started my blog, I named it "cottage" because at that time I daydreamed about owning a shop and that's the name I envisioned. My marketing background compelled me to add a tagline so I came up with Tinkered Treasures for Your Home. Somehow Tinkered Treasures became me and my "brand" and as I opened new accounts with Etsy, Twitter and Facebook, I used it instead of cottage. Soon, others referred to me and my blog as Cottage/Tinkered Treasures so when I lost my banner yesterday and typed "cottage" in its place it didn't feel quite right; I soon deleted it and typed in tinkered treasures instead.

my mascot: the tinkering troll

So, a new year, a new blog name. No banner but hopefully a bit more streamlined and thankfully, all of my sincerely Treasured Followers.



Claudia said...

This happened to everyone who had a design by Amber. I'm grateful that I redid mine a few months ago - because I was afraid of just this thing happening!

The good part: You can rename your blog!


Diane Mars said...

I think it's a good thing.. skip the cottage... Heres to changes in 2012 Hugs, Diane

Sandi said...

Oh dear Elyse! I wouldn't have a clue what to do! It sure looks beautiful now!!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Oh my goodness, I can only imagine the stress! BUT the upside is you are continuing to brand yourself and you fixed it all by yourself! And that is an accomplishment to be proud of.

Katy Noelle said...

Ooops! I should have blipped you an email to mention I that kind of friend? I've always hoped that I was the kind of friend to tell you that you have cookie crumbs on your chin but, now,....oh, dear! I'm not so sure...;)

Isn't it great, though, that a trouble is really just, simply, the catalyst for something good and new to happen! =]

We all want to give you hugs, now, cuz you're just cool (and cute) all!


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I've always thot of you as TT. Glad you worked it out, it must have been maddening. I would have stroked out! It's a good omen for the new year!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

how crazy and stressful! glad things are back in order and i would follow you by any name :)
will you be doing a new banner?

Suz said...

Tinkered Treasures fits!

Scrap for Joy said...

I would find you no matter what your blog was called. Tinkered Treasures certainly matches your Etsy shop. I have been trying to catch up on my blog reading and today, while shopping, I finally found the Artful Blogging magazine with your feature. I am saving it for Saturday afternoon curled up with a cup of hot chocolate. I'm ready to start some new 2012 tinkering myself!!
Happy New Year to you dear Elyse!

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

I'm so sorry that happened to you that would have scared me to death! However your blog looks gorgeous and I love the name change!! Hugs, Jennifer xoxoxo

stefanie said...

soooooo scary...but out with the old and in with the new!!! love it, its you!

blessedmom's simple home said...

I'm sorry that you lost your banner, but I like the name change :) I loved your previous post about your past year. You've been one busy lady!!
Happy New Year.

Kit said...

OMG!! I would have had a breakdown to find that on my blog. I am glad you are back up and it looks great! I love the new name too. Fits you! Kit

Becky C said...

Love your new blog look, and the name! I saw your Valentines Crackers article and the "Romantic" feature on you in the Feb RH magazine! Love it! Always love your stuff :)
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Oh goodness that would have shaken me up too!! It looks like you know more then you think you know about this computer stuff!! I love the name Tinkered Treasures!

Looking forward to seeing your tinkering this year!

bee blessed

Rose Brier Studio said...

So glad you could figure out how to get everything back. I like that you are now tinkered treasures tho, it's how I always think of you. I'm in the process of revamping my blog, tho I'm glad it wasn't forced upon me like this! I'm glad you still use the fabric pattern from Lizzie. I love it!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Oh no, Elyse! Strange that I've always had you on my blog roll as Tinkered Treasures For Your Home! A few days ago, my laptop CRASHED and wouldn't reload, so I had to get a new laptop which means reloading/resetting everything. YIKES...a lot of work. Anyway, glad to hear you have your "new" blog up and running! Hope to hear from you soon (March or May...giggle)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yikes is right! A couple of weeks ago, I couldn't get on my blog or visit anyone who used blogspot as their domain. I called our internet provider and talked to several people. The Ministry here can block sites willy nilly and if they blocked blogspot, I was seriously screwed. Thankfully, by that evening, all was in working order. A new year, a new look is good. Everything happens for a reason, right. Best wishes to you, Tammy

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Whew! I saw once how to "back up your blog" but now I can't find info on it. Have you looked into that? Not saving your template- but the whole thing.

Jen Kershner said...

Poor you! I'm sure you WERE stressed. I'm glad you got everything back as it should be. Now...tinker on!

debi huntsman said...

Elyse, your blog looks great! And I think the name is much more suited to you, and what you do.

Here's to great new changes in the new year!

Jeanne said...

Everything happens for a reason so I'm glad you just went with the flow and changed your blog name. Hope the new year is as exciting as the past one was for you!

A Vintage Chic said...

I love it, elyse! Things happen for a reason, don't they?! Sometimes fate needs to lend a hand for us to make good changes, doesn't it?!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, dear friend!


Karen said...

Yup! Happened to me too. What a mess. Luckily I had Karen Valentine redo mine about a year ago and the only thing I had left from her was my signature. OH WELL!

Happy New Year my friend! "Clink" here's to new beginnings! Love the name!

Hugs. Karen

Anonymous said...

Eeeep! Glad everything has worked out OK - Happy 2012, Elyse!

koralee said...

Oh sweet friend...what terrible news..but all looks well now. Yahoooo. Hugs to you.

casapinka said...

Do you need help with a banner? Send me an email girl and I'll get you set up gratis. I know that feeling. you think everyone in the world is going to see it and think you now SUCK. YIKES!!! You don't, though. You continue to be a blog heroine of mine.
oxoxo Pink

LaurieStar said...

Welcome back to blogland, Tinkered Treasures! A scary day but glad it's all resolved! :)

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

love it my tinkered friend! : )