Family Nature

The New Me

So, what do you think of the new look? I like it. I like it a lot.

Way back when my SIL was helping me set up my blog, she put up the header with the duck family. I thought it was cute and appropriate for this blog but I always knew that I’d eventually change it.

You’ve probably also seen my old Family Nature logo – it was on my Twitter profile and my Facebook page. I drew that out on a scrap of paper about 7 years ago when I only had one child and he was a baby. Someone I knew at the time put it in a format I could use on the computer. I liked that one too but it just didn’t seem to suit me anymore. I have four kids and none of them are babies anymore.

I’ve been thinking about a new look for ages but without the proper program or the skills to put one together, it’s been on the back burner.

Last year I was in touch with a mum that I’d found on my mother’s group. She’s a graphic designer who agreed to barter with me; she’d make me a logo and I’d do something for her. She told me that she’d do the logo and then we’d work out what I could do for her after – that was a huge mistake. She ended up designing a logo that I didn’t like at all (think hearts and stars and rainbows) and then she suggested that I help her paint her apartment to pay her – this was totally not what I had in mind. Here I’d been thinking that I could sew her or her daughter some nice clothes or make something else for her. It ended pretty badly. I didn’t really know how to tell her that I didn’t like the logo and that I was not going to paint her apartment. Plus it was the beginning of school and there was just so much going on, so I didn’t get back to her right away. She ended up thinking that I had taken advantage of her. Not good (and not true).

I finally just decided that I was going to have to pay someone to design a logo for me when I had some extra money.

Haaaaaaa, ha ha!

So anyway, even though I don’t really know what I’m doing and I don’t have the proper programs to change or add to pictures, I figured that I was going to have to give it a whirl if I wanted a new look any time soon.

For the last few weeks I’ve been searching istockphoto for something that I thought represented me and my blog. I searched and searched. I thought that I’d see something and think “this is it!” The problem was that I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something that represented family and nature. I also hoped to find something that represented a six person family, but not a family that had a dominant “male” figure.

I found it.

I love that it’s six different plants; all different shapes and sizes. Because it amazes me sometimes that four little people that all came from Mr. FN and me, are so different. Yet there they all are, six unique plants all together as a little “family”. I love the colours and the simplistic style of the image. It just really jumped out at me and appealed to me as a nice representation.

I still don’t have the program I wish I had to change the image slightly but I still quite like it. Maybe I’ll fool around with it a little bit over time but this one, for sure, is “it”.

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4 thoughts on “The New Me

  1. Cranky Sarah

    I followed you over from a comment on This is Worthwhile. I like your new logo, but if you want to play around with it, I’ve heard good things about a free program called GIMP. It is supposedly pretty similar to photoshop and a photography blog I follow gave it good reviews. I have an old version of photoshop so I haven’t yet had cause to try it, but I just thought I’d pass that on in case it was helpful.