We have just three posts left to share with you before 2012…THREE! For today’s post we thought we’d share some bits and pieces with you as 2011 draws to a close, a bit of a mish-mash of a post-perfect for a lazy ‘it’s almost Christmas so therefore I don’t have to do any work’ Thursday!
Firstly, we need to say a HUGE thank-you to each and every one of you who has let us tell your story on these pages. Anna said it last week and I’ll say it again now-you are what makes AOW the amazing place it is and without you and your submissions we wouldn’t be able to do it. We’ve had some incredible posts on out peachy pages and we want to share our favourites from 2011 with you…
Emma’s post from back in March, ‘Why the little things don’t matter’ is my favourite post from 2011. It just epitomises for me what AOW is all about – exploring and putting into perspective what’s really important about a wedding, and a reminder of what is all just cultural noise. And it’s beautifully written, of course.
When we first ‘met’ Ginny on the blog in August of this year, we all fell in love with her. After part one of the most eagerly awaited trilogy since the Twilight Saga (I know, I know…there were four books. Whatever.) we were all desperate to know what happened in Parts Two and Three and when we did, we were not disappointed. A modern fairytale, even if the heroine of the rom-com doesn’t agree…(that’s you, Ginny!) It made us laugh, it made us cry, there was a happy ending and a lot of happy viewers readers. If that’s not a rom-com, I haven’t seen Love Actually and The Holiday 78,000 times. Each. This year.
The story of Great Aunty Barbara is my stand-out post of 2011. For how it was received (your comments touched Aunty B so much readers, thank you) and because it showed that how those women lived gave us our choices today. For how it reunited so many readers with their grandmothers and because it prompted the sharing of so many wonderful tales about the strong women in your families.
We looked for accent colours to enhance the elegance of the blog, purple and turquoise were suggested. ‘I HATE PURPLE AND TURQUOISE!’ yelled Clare. (Fine, so she didn’t yell. But you get the picture.) We did a little more research compromised some more*, happened across this site and in particular, this image-and realised that our accent colour had been Navy all along. Duh.
The ‘Pinspiration’ board above is a version of the one we actually sent to our website designers. We wanted to show the colours we were keen to incorporate, the homely feel that we want to main page to exude and the modern-meets-vintage styling that incorporates all of our personal tastes. We’ve seen some early mock-ups of the site based on these images and golly, they’re more wonderful than we could ever have hoped for.
So there you have it. What’s a festive Thursday without a little over-sharing? What were your favourite posts of 2011? What do you think of the look we’re aiming for with the new site? Where IS Wally?**