why i am stopping custom designs

"the time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things:"

like how i have decided to stop doing custom blog designs indefinitely.

I have been DREADING everything about this post: writing it, publishing it, what you awesome readers will think about my decision...for those close friends and family that read my personal family blog, you've basically heard this spill when i mentioned it a little while ago. i apologize for the repeat, but it's only fair that all you lovely readers over here aren't kept in the dark!

I LOVE doing custom designs. love love love it. I love the new friendships i have formed, all the insane coding techniques i've been able to master, and of course I love the money, but the time and energy that it sucks out of me is not worth it.

At least not right now.

Right now my main priority should be mommy NOT blog-designer....sigh...if only I could be Wonder Woman and somehow balance it all...but i can't. I decided to make it final after talking to Kevin about it, and of course I knew he wanted me too (we've talked about it before). I guess I just needed him to tell me again.
The other evening he randomly said:

"Babe, I think you should stop doing custom blogs."

And that was that.
I knew it...he knew it...I wasn't being the mom that I wanted to be to Bronx, and I just wasn't doing the other things that I love doing. Like reading or crafting or just plain getting off of the freaking computer. Reading emails, answering emails, designing, redesigning, installing...I seriously don't know how these business/blogging mommy's do it.

Howeeeeever, that being said, I will continue to keep up my Etsy shop (yaaaay!).
And that's because:
1. I can design premade Blogger templates on my own time (aka when Kevin plays Xbox with his buddies/after the babies are in bed!)
2. this way i am not rushed to fill a custom design order during the day/using up precious time with Bronx and now Tinley
3. i still love designing blogs and playing around with HTML coding!

To all you awesome peeps that have let me design for you: THANK YOU!! I have truly loved getting to know you and help freshen up your online space!!

*you can view my premade templates HERE in my Etsy shop, or HERE on my design site


  1. It's good that you have made a decision that will allow you to have more time to do things that you actually enjoy doing. You should never do anything that you feel like is taking away from other priorities. Good for you!

  2. Good for you! Even though I think you have AN AMAZING talent for design. Seriously. if I could only be half as good as you! But I definitely understand the "mommy issue". Your babies are lucky to have such a talented mommy. And I LOVE your etsy shop. ONe day when we are out of school I will actually purchase on there!:) xoxo

  3. I LOVE your pre-made blogger templates! When will you be back from vacation as Etsy says?! I can't wait to get my hands on one of the templates! :)

  4. No problem, Mama! Your babes need you more than any graphic design junkie does :) You're making the right choice and your family will thank you for it later!

  5. I can understand that this was a hard decision for you to make - but it is understandable and I respect you for it! You designs are amazing & I'm SO SO grateful that you did my design already - I'm still absolutely in LOVE with it! Anyway - good for you!! Enjoy spending more time with your family!!! :)

  6. Babies come first! (I say as I am silently crying) It wouldn't be so hard on all of us if you weren't so talented. :)


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