I love this design so much! It's even more amazing than I could have possibly imagined it ever being, and it's all thanks to this wonderful goddess of a woman named Livia. Livia runs the beautiful website called Butterfly-o-Meter Designs, and she is so much fun to work with! Not only is she extremely creative and talented, she's also very patient. She graciously put up with my nitpicking tendencies and was very understanding when I kept asking her to tweak little things. It all paid off in the end, though, because I love absolutely everything she's done. I wouldn't want to change a thing.
So, if you are looking for a new blog design (or you're thinking about getting one soon), I recommend Livia wholeheartedly. She does an absolutely incredible job and will work with you the whole way through the process. It's not just like you give her the money and she hands you back a design without consulting you. We probably exchanged something around forty e-mails from start to finish. And I could actually afford her, which is a big plus! Her prices are more than reasonable, and it's not like any of this is cheap or superficial work either. The first time I saw the header, even in its very first draft, I started running all over my house, showing it to my entire family. I don't think I could stop smiling until hours after. And the cool stuff just kept coming and coming. In addition to all of the background, header, and sidebar work she did, here's everything else that she made.
This is the button for the blog, which you can find on the sidebar if you would be so kind as to spread the Marked By Books love:
This is our fabulous new rating system, exhibiting the cool mark that Livia designed:
Here are post signatures for both Gabby and I:
And here are stickers that we got for individual pieces of our posts:
I'll rework some of the formatting on my older posts so that they'll fit in with this new theme, but that will probably take a while. What do you guys think? Do you love it as much as I do?