As is often the case in life, there is more going on than meets the
For the last few months I have been
working with some very talented people to move my blog to mrsblandings.com
When I started blogging, a good friend who knew about these
sorts of things said, “Did you secure ‘mrsblandings.com
?” And I said, “Heavens,
It’s a lark.
I’ll never need it.” In his kindness and
wisdom, he secured it for me.
I am so
grateful to Breht Burri, who kept the domain name for me for eight years and
good naturedly turned it over when I called and sheepishly asked, “Hey, Breht,
do you still….?” You can find him at Domaine Licensing Corp. here
Domain secured, I stared at my computer screen and said,
“Now what?” There was no what at all, but rather a “who.” Harl Van Deursen calmly and with humor created the site and managed the process for
If he ranted or raved about
my complete lack of understanding for what we were doing, he never let on.
I can’t tell you how often he asked me
something and I replied, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Regardless
your understanding of all things internet, I recommend him without reservation. If you'd like his contact information, please let me know.
The next thing was to address the issue of header and logo. Patricia van Essche
had, way back in the
beginning, sent me a drawing, which was perfect for Mrs. Blandings’s heading
What I know after eight years, is
that things change.
I needed something that
would make sense long term for the site, but that could also be used for
business cards and labels.
I had noticed the storefront at Novella Brandhouse
time I walked by I thought, “That looks like the sort of place I’d like to
work.” When I contacted Creative Director Clare McClaren and begin to fill her in on what
I needed she said, “Patricia, I’ve been reading Mrs. Blandings
for years.” She
and her team offered three different concepts, which were all excellent; the
problem was in the choosing. I wanted something that clearly showed that my focus was home, but using my home seemed foolhardy. Clare and her team recommended a rendition of the house from the movie and I think it is just right.
I hope you
like the new look. I could not be happier with either the results or the
Now, down to housekeeping.
There will be no more posts here.
If you set a bookmark, please change it to mrsblandings.com
; all past
and future posts will be there.
are subscribed via feedburner, you should be subscribed to Mrs. Blandings via Mail Chimp.
It might be wise to sign up the first time you hit the site in any event. (Forgive me; I worry.) Other than that, everything should remain the same.
Thank you, as always, for reading.
I wish you the very best in the New Year.
Image, The Well Lived Life, from the editors of House and Garden, Assouline 2003, photography, Don Forbes.