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Monday, September 19, 2011

The makeover is complete!

I'd like to thank all of you who stopped by the blog this weekend for your patience while we put the finishing touches on the new blog design. I'd also like to thank many of you for your kind words about the new design. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback--it means so much to me to hear from you!

And with that, I'd like to let you know that I certainly did not accomplish this feat alone. A little while ago, a blog designer, who is also a regular reader, reached out to me to offer her services. As a fan of the blog, she let me know that she saw room for improvement in the design of the site (she was being kind--there was a lot of room for improvement!) and that she truly wanted to help make this blog the best that it could be from a visual standpoint.

Long story short, Jen from Just Foolin Blog Designs began work on the transformation, and it was a truly wonderful experience. 
If you're looking to spruce up your own blog, or you know anyone who is, I just cannot recommend Jen highly enough. She's creative, talented and, most importantly, she's completely open to collaboration. She listened to my (long) list of requirements and was always willing to take my feedback and run with it. During the design process, Jen would suggest an idea and sometimes I'd come back and say, "Well, I don't think I can really do that and here's why...". Jen would listen carefully to my concerns and somehow she always managed to come back with an even better idea.

And one more thing: for someone who is pretty much a novice at HTML, she never made me feel stupid for asking what I considered to be silly questions, and she explained things to me in a way that completely made sense.

A huge thanks to Jen, and a huge thanks to you for patience. And an especially heartfelt thanks to those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time--you've been with me through so many blog designs (some worse than others, I know) and I hope you enjoy the new and improved site.

G. xo

PS: I have to give a special shout-out to my dad, who actually came up with the idea to turn the "c" in "cheap" into a cent symbol. I think that's just the perfect little touch! I made that suggestion to Jen at the very last minute and she made it happen for us, no questions asked. Jen, my dad thanks you!

Nouveau Cheap received no form of compensation from Just Foolin Blog Designs for the opinions expressed in this post. All opinions expressed are the personal opinions of the author.


  1. looove the new layout and design! Super cute

  2. I absolutely love the new design, it really fits with the blog. I will have to check our her services as my blog is greatly in need of a revamp!!

  3. Saw the new design taking place over the weekend and I love it! Great job Jen!

  4. It looks great! Love it!

  5. I'm going to check your blog out. I just found Jen myself and soon she will be designing my blog.

    Now, let me go look around. :)

  6. I really like the new layout, it is a great improvement.

  7. I LOVE the new design. It looks great and dad is a genius I love the cent sign :)

  8. The new blog layout is awesome.
    It's really clean, simple but cute. The penny's for "o's" and piggy bank is my favorite part :)

  9. The new design is RIDICULOUSLY cute. I love it!

  10. Add me to the list of admirers! Your dad is very clever with the pennies. I noticed that right away too.

  11. Congratulations on your new page! It suits your blog perfectly.

    I just started using my new Madre Labs body lotion and hand cream. I LOVE them. All natural, no fragrance, sinks in it leaves my skin feeling different...more supple,'s hard to describe. Thanks again for the great giveaway!


  12. I religiously read your blog but I never comment. I have to say though, this is a beautiful makeover, and now I love it even more!
    Thank you for the lovely information you provide us with.

  13. Love the new look!! super great! Love that all the 'O's are pennies!

  14. Love Love Love it!!!!!


    The Brainless Housewife :P

  15. The layout is super cute, but I wish the banner and the options under it weren't so *wide*! I have a 1280x800 display and it cuts off a good chunk of the righthand side unless I maximize the screen. I checked a half-dozen other favorite blogs and none of them has a banner that's anywhere near 1100 pixels wide. It's a minor complaint-- it's not like I don't know what the blog is called!-- but it will be even more cut-short for people who have, say, 800x600 or even 1024x768 displays.

  16. Great clean design for all of the fun colorful posts to stand out. Good choice.

  17. WOW, you guys are TOO KIND! I'm absolutely overwhelmed with the comments and messages here. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the feedback and sweet words. I am SO grateful to have you all as readers, and it makes me so happy that you all seem to enjoy the new design as much as I do. :)

    Thanks again, everyone. Love you ladies SO much!!

    G. xoxo

  18. The look is very nice. It really reminds me of Centsible In Seattle with the pennies and the piggy bank and I loved her old layout look since it was easy to find things. Thumbs up!

  19. love the new design, looks great!

  20. I love the new layout! Very chic!

  21. Love the new layout! I like it soo much better than the old one (no offence). It looks much more modern now :)


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