Tuesday, August 12, 2008


As you can see, I'm shaking things up a bit. I hadn't changed my banner since early summer, so I'm trying this one on for size...not sure yet...what do you think? The bunting is made from recycled newspaper with a wash of color like these. Another reason for change is font consistency...I had been (lower case) maya*made up until June, and I could never figure out how to keep it that way with my current blog template. So I'm going back to my original lower-case look, regardless of whether this test banner stays or goes.
For quite a while, my To Do list has included organizing and tidying up this little blog, but a flurry of attention to maya*made has made me rush for the cleaning supplies. I feel like a bunch of lovely unexpected guests have have been popping in, and I'd better sweep up fast! Without Technorati, as my search friend, I might not have known you all were peeking in. I've been trying to incorporate some of the fantastic blogging tips from Meet Me At Mikes. So thanks for all of the generous links to your sites, and a big welcome to the many new friends joining in...and what would I do without you, my crew of faithful readers (you know who you are!) that keep me creating and inspired. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the great feedback you've all been giving me. If this felt like an acceptance speech, you weren't mistaken..it kind of was...I was totally honored to receive a blog award from Julie earlier this month and from Fancy-Pants-design this week.

The rules for receiving this award are:

1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

So please check out these wonderful folks if you don't already know them:
1. Smoothpebble
2. ZukZuk
3. kiddio
4. one pretty thing
5. Zencrafting
6. Mainemomma
7 .Bridgman Pottery
and just for good measure I added one more...
8. Tantehilde

And lastly, there seems to be enough interest in my refashioned/upcycled T-shirt...so I'll be working on a tutorial for you. Have a beautiful day! Pin It


  1. holy wowie! what a happy happy way to start my day. thanks maya. you're constant creativity is amazing to me. awe inspiring is probably a better phrase. so if i bring some sun your way, then YAY! hugs, kristin
    ok off to figure out how to pay the love forward. thanks again.

  2. Good luck with all your renovations! I do like the new banner, and I noticed immediately that something was different here. I'm also going to check out the links in your post. I've been trying to update and improve my own blog slowly too. It's a long learning process!

  3. Wow, thank you vey much for the award, I have plans on changing my blog too, and after the changes I think I will continue in dutch, because it takes me so much time to write in correct english..

  4. The new blog headers looks amazing! I love the combination of the weathered barn color with the matte of the painted newspaper.

    Thank you so much for the award! You are a constant source of inspiration for me, as you know, so this means a lot.

  5. Blog header. I'm not seeing double, just typing double.

  6. I really like the new banner and I'm excited for the t-shirt tutorial!


  7. Hi Maya, I hopped over to your blog from sew mama sew and added you to my reader because I liked what I saw! and what you sewed! :)
    nicole, aka gidget from gidgetgoeshome.com

  8. The new banner is fabulous! I love that it's a "real" banner that you made as well. Congratulations on the web award and thanks SOOO much for the award! It means so much coming from you; you're totally one of my favorite and MOST INSPIRING bloggers!

    I'm going through not only a redesign but a complete feature redesign as well. It's a big job. I so know the feeling of wanting to get it all done before people pop over!

  9. Oh-and I am also *SO EXCITED* to check out the other blogs on the award list. There are some fun ones that are totally new to me! Yay!

  10. I like the new banner, it looks great. Congrats on your blog award.

  11. Love your new header. Like the lowercase better too.

    Also looking forward to the t-shirt tutorial!

  12. Thank you so much for thinking of me! It's tough to keep going on this whole blog thing when you have no idea what anyone *really* thinks :) I can't wait to check out everyone else on your list!
    I really like what you've done with your layout and banner. I'm a lowercase-lover myself, and I think that 'maya*made' has a lot going for it that 'Maya Made' just doesn't have. All those pointy topped capital m's!
    I really appreciated Meet Me at Mike's blog advice too, and it's just so helpful. It's a tough thing to get right (which is why mine changes so often, I think!) and I think that you're totally on the right track!
    Ooh, and a tutorial! My heart's going pitter pat!

  13. I just started reading your blog and I'm already hooked! My parents live in upstate ny while I live in Manhattan. I love telling my mom about all of your ideas and photos. Look forward to reading more!

  14. How absolutely wonderful to read all your great comments tonight! Here's what I learned:
    -letting friends know how much you enjoy what they're doing (i.e.giving out awards) is true pleasure!
    -lower-case maya*made is a good choice and the "banner" banner stays...for a little while!
    -I better get started on the T tutorial!

  15. maya, thank you for thinking of me.

    my recent arrival in blogland still has my head spinning! so many supportive and kind people like yourself have made it a very nice start to my blogging adventure!

    i think your new banner is lovely by the way and that setting under the tree above?! wow, would i ever love to have a place like that to retreat to!

    thanks again.

  16. I love the new banner, I plan on making newspaper bunting with our Roots & Shoots group in the fall (a kids environmental group thru Jane Goodall's org). Thanks for the inspiration. Oh, and I think I might elbow your 10 yr old out of that cozy reading hammock! I gave fair warning ;)