May 20, 2014 Emma 0 Comments

New profile photos, sprucing up my about page, a featured post slideshow and setting up a newsletter.

Phew! I can't tell you how excited (and relieved) I am to finally be crossing these four things off my blog to-do list.

Last month I signed up for the Creative Live Build a Successful Creative Blog class with April Bowles-Olin of Blacksberg Belle and it was definitely one of the best things I could've done to help me stop putting things off and figure out what I need to do to make this blog better.

If you're interested in April's Creative Live class you can watch a free 30 minute preview all about setting your blog goals or buy the whole class at the reduced price of $59 for the next 34 days. I highly recommend it.

First up, my about page. This is something I've been meaning to do for what seems like forever. It's finally got some shiny new photos, a few of my favourite projects and links to some of the lovely people who have shared the things I've made.

Next, new headshots. I have the ever patient other half and his fancy pants camera to thank for the lovely new profile photos now gracing this blog. It's not easy to take a picture of someone who a) can't seem to keep their face still and b) is probably going to hate every single picture you take because of this but somehow he managed it.

A featured posts slideshow. I've been searching and searching for a simple slideshow gadget for blogger that is just that, no checkerboard fades here please, so this truly simple slideshow gadget from Code It Pretty is exactly what I've been looking for. If you have a blogger blog you might want to check it out as well as everything else on that blog. It's all gold, I promise.

And lastly but definitely not least, this blog now has it's own newsletter. It's going to be filled with even more of the things I love and hope you will too, exclusive diy's only available to subscribers and sneak peeks into upcoming projects

You can sign up the Gathering Beauty Newsletter here as well as email updates of the latest blog posts.