I recently designed a blog card for Mary from Owlhaven and she was kind enough to mention me on her blog (woo hoo!) and that is how I came to meet the VanVoorsts.

They contacted me because they wanted a fun colorful header for their WordPress blog about their adoption process. They are adopting a beautiful set of twins from Ethiopia and are hoping to see them very soon! Tressa wanted the colors of the Ethiopian flag and she really admired Owlhaven’s clean look. This is what we came up with:

After doing this design, I’ve realized I’m just a WordPress Dummy. There. It’s out there. I’ve said it. So, I’m calling in the big dogs and going to be using Heather of Desperately Seeking WordPress fame and until I learn WP, she’s going to be my go-to-gal. She was invaluable in helping me tweak this template and when I hit a snag and messed up the client’s template (even after backing up), she found the problem quickly as we talked on the phone and made some “repairs” for me.

Now, you might say, “Karen – that’s crazy to tell everyone that you’re using someone else to install the WP headers! You won’t look professional if you do that!” Well, guess what? I’m not a professional yet…I’m self-taught and I know when to admit I’ve had my tail whooped. I can design and make things pretty all day, but WP has a lot of moving parts and I can’t afford to mess with someone’s template and ruin their day.

I’m all about keepin’ it real, folks. 🙂 Now…bring it on – I can do anything in WordPress, because I have a pro backing me! (did you hear that Heather?)

So who’s next?


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5 Comments on Meet the VanVoorsts

  1. Jenny 865-53oh9
    June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm (15 years ago)

    Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a sista helpin’ another sista out! At least your honest. Definitely speak bigger volumes. (and that’s a dang cute header!)

  2. Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity
    June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm (15 years ago)

    No pressure or anything… 😀

    My pleasure to help.. but please know… uh, I’ve screwed up my fair share of blogs… 😀 i just learn from it.. 😀 (I have a big dog, go-to-gal as well..)

    site looks great!!!!

  3. Megan (FriedOkra)
    June 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm (15 years ago)

    That’s adorable! Love it.

  4. Lora Lynn
    June 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm (15 years ago)

    Nicely done! And aren’t you relieved to have some help now? Maybe you can just enjoy the design process…

    We still love your work, whether you love WordPress or not!

  5. Owlhaven
    June 12, 2008 at 1:30 am (15 years ago)

    What a cute header!!!!!!!


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