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welcome to the new d*s!

i thought the day would never come, but my little facelift is complete! thanks to help from my designer (she rules), coder and kay at site-basics (who stepped in to save the day), we're finally up and running. i'm sure there will be little glitches here and there, so please stick with us while we work out any problems that may come up. please feel free to send an email if something's not looking right on your computer. be sure to check out the mini-trends to your left (that will change every week), the new blogroll that will expand as i work on it and the buttons for the d*s shop (coming soon!) , guide and newsletter (all coming soon!).

some faq's answered: yes, a search option is coming and yes, posts arranged by categories is coming (it takes a long time to go back through all 1,773 posts and do that, but i promise i'm working on it as fast as i can)
so, again, thanks for your patience and enjoy!

[ps: the pics look a little smooshy on my pc this morning so i'm on it]



Blogger Jacquelynn said...

It's wonderful! (And I'm a Safari user--and glad to be your first comment! Thanks for working so hard to be accomodating for us Mac users!)

8:16 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

it looks FANTASTIC!!

8:22 PM  
Blogger rena said...

oh my gosh! wow, congrats!!!!!! looks great! time for a drink :)

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Burns said...

Way to go! The new site design looks great!

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anya said...


Love the colour , the theme section on the side bar and the prettyness of it all - well worth the wait.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous gretchen said...

GORGEOUS! And worth the wait. Congratulations!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous toasted said...

nice new layout! i like the cool color theme! :-)

9:22 PM  
Blogger marbargarbo said...

The colors really aren't too lovely, you normally have decent taste Grace, but ewwwww.
Sorry love.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

Looks wonderful! congrats!

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the new layout - fabulous!

10:29 PM  
Anonymous ralph said...

Very nice, Grace. Very subtle and refined. Congratulations!

10:54 PM  
Blogger poppy said...

oh congratulatiosn! looks great!

11:51 PM  
Blogger tango! said...


12:53 AM  
Blogger kath red said...

love the facelift - that mint milkshake colour is yummy

1:08 AM  
Blogger tango! said...


2:12 AM  
Blogger A Little Hut said...

LOVE it! Congratulations.

2:22 AM  
Anonymous karin said...

it's looking great! and it'll be really exciting to follow all your new endevours!

4:04 AM  
Anonymous Husmusen said...

Congrats! It looks great! :)

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Andreas said...

its definitely very pretty and tasteful, and i'm on safari too and it looks perfectly alright, there's only one thing really - the jpgs you are using are too compressed. do they really need to be this small? it is killing the little patterns with artifacts...

6:54 AM  
Blogger siobhan said...

it's beautiful !!!

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Mac and Firefox user and the whole page seems to be too smushed in the center of the page. The font is just a tad too small, and the photos not much better. There's just too much border. I peeked at the site on IE and this doesn't seem to be a problem. Just an fyi.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful. I especially love the sea sponge and spiney urchin logo. Gorgeous!

One thing though... I liked it when your links opened in new windows ("target=new")... so we don't have to back up to get back to you.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Style Editor said...

Gorgeous. Well done with your blogger hacks and tweaks. Pretty pretty.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg i love it! how adorable

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Ms Megan said...

Three cheers for your new efforts to satisfy our design thirst!!!

10:25 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks guys, im so glad you like it. :) it feels much more ME, so i'm happy. still working out the kinks, so thanks for your patience. i know it looks a little squishy on a pc, so i'm working on that, and some of the odd code errors here and there.


10:30 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

c*o*n*g*r*a*t*s- the new site looks wonderful!

10:48 AM  
Blogger hi-d said...

Looks great!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

hey grace the new design is beautiful... clean, fresh, nice font, LOVE the green, the mini-trends, the "masthead"... yeah, pretty much a home run!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice , one of your scottish readers

11:43 AM  
Blogger hi-d said...

I really enjoy check out your site and now its that much more fun! I hope Im not double posting...Im having problems signing on

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Sharp Lily said...

WOW. It's gorgeous, I love the colors and delicate design at the title. Congrats!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Angelune said...

Oh MY!
the new site is amazing! how inspiring.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the new look. wish the type were a smiggin bigger though. congratulations.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous steve said...

love the new look d*s!

what a highlight this morning to see that soothing color when i logged on!

keep up the great work and best of luck in the new launch!

4:38 PM  
Anonymous DB said...

Looks very nice. Professional yet still inviting. Good work!

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Sabine said...

Oh WOW!! It looks wonderful!! Well done and thank you for putting in all that work!

4:43 PM  
Blogger d said...

very, very nice. great to see this come together.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Vajra said...

Grace, I love the new look too much! It's working great on my mac and all's well with the world. Congratulations.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,
The face lift looks GREAT, love the colour, love the squircle’s love the mini trend feature! And I can’t wait to see the shop, guide and newsletter! You’re an inspiration to us all!

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay! i love it. the layout is a hundred times better. :)

8:09 PM  
Blogger IMEDAGOZE said...

congratulations! I love the new look! ;-)

8:57 PM  
Blogger Stereoette said...

SO CUTE! Love the new look

10:01 PM  
Blogger indigo said...

Lovely site...Well done!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Design & Space said...

I just loooooove it!!!

8:44 AM  
Blogger modmom said...

I'll miss seeing your picture Grace!


8:56 PM  
Blogger Giuliano said...

Great "facelift"!

Loved the new design.


7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful redesign -- Congratulations! But I miss the dots... I know it wasn't your intention, but it became synonymous with your brand. And YES YOU ARE A BRAND NOW. Good lord woman, you've been named one of the most innovative young people in the country! And for good reason -- you have impecible taste. I can see you easily spinning this baby into a magazine! You are destined to be a mogul...

And so... I'm a bit hesitant to mention also that while the new header is beautiful... it really is... I have to tell you (please don't get mad because I do think it's just lovely) but it seems off brand -- it doesn't seem very "modern" to me.

Other than that, I love the new direction, you are a star!

4:14 PM  

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