While working on my blog’s redesign, it was a (lofty) goal of mine to do all of the design work myself. Considering I am a self-taught Photoshopper, have minimal HTML experience, and little to no CSS knowledge, this was a lot to take on. I found it really difficult to find the information I was looking for out there on the big, bad internet, and the information I did find was often too technical for me to understand or poorly translated to English. But I accomplished my goal, and I love my new blog, and in the true spirit of Her New Leaf, I learned a ton of new things in the process!

I’m excited to share my knowledge with you in a  feature called Primp My Blog. I hope to present the information I find all over the internet in an easy and readable way so that someone who is brand new to blogging can utilize it. Please let me know what you hope to learn, and I will do my best to learn it myself, then share here!

If Primp My Blog has helped you improve your blog, consider adding a button to your sidebar or blog roll to share with your readers.

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MaJo_BV February 23, 2012 at 5:56 am

I’ve tried adding you smallest button to my blog, but it isn’t working :-(


sayhellothere March 2, 2012 at 1:39 am

This is a fantastic series! I’ve given my whole blog a facelift with your tips- thanks!


autum March 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thanks for the tips. I was able to add the social media icons to my sidebar (typepad blog) thanks to your help. I pinned a link to the post on pinterest.


Danielle March 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

The small button isn’t working for me either! :(


Danielle March 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Okay I got the small button to work for you Kira! Your HTML code was missing > before the ending tag. Hope this helps everyone! Your button is now on my blog and I love all your tips!


Kira @ hernewleaf March 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Ah, sorry about that, Danielle! It just goes to show that one little mistake can mess up your whole code! Thanks for letting me know!


Hannah March 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thanks for the comment on my blog series, I Heart Blogging. I hopped on over here and I’m excited to read your series. I LOVE the design of your blog and plan on sticking around and getting to know you better!


Célèste March 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

Something I’d like to learn is how to create links to the previous and past posts when you’re looking at a post on its individual page. An example will help this make more sense. On A Beautiful Mess, when you look at a post like this one: at the top of the page, just under the post’s title, there are the options to see the previous post, the next post, or go to the main homepage. It’s simple, small, and I think it would help drive traffic. I just can’t figure out how to do it myself.


Natacha Steven April 17, 2012 at 3:01 am

Très jolie tenue! j’aime beaucoup


biscuitsandbobbins April 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I had to bookmark this page for future reference. My blog needs work! :)


auntie k April 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

i love love LOVE your blog! reading your posts distracted me for about a good hour! your an inspiration!


mrsbuenavida April 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

How do you create a “button” for your blog? Post coming soon? :)


Pearls and Lace April 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’m pretty new to wordpress and so far I’ve been trying to figure the features out on my own. Your posts look so helpful! I’ll definitely use your tips to beautify my blog! Thanks so much for your help!

xo, jen


amandadanae April 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

posted your button on my blog to share with readers, brilliant! Thank you


Gerri Sayler Artist April 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

Thank you for being so willing to share your hard work. I am just getting ready to redesign my website as a blog in Wordpress after shifting from Mobile Me when it goes kapoots in a few weeks. Trying like mad to spool up on everything — all at the same time. Appreciate you!


Fay Moore April 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Thank you for doing this. It is helpful! I am sharing your site on my blog. Hope you garner some new followers.


Michelle Fuller April 23, 2012 at 1:05 am

This is so helpful! Congrats on your freshly pressed- I’m so glad it led me to your blog! :)


Brittany April 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Do you have any ideas on how to make a cute signature icon like you have?


Kira @ Her New Leaf May 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Hi Brittany! I’m planning on writing a tutorial on creating a signature image soon, so stay tuned!


jentertaining April 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thank you so much for this! I am new to blogging and this has been so helpful. Can’t wait to see what you do next.


Alanna April 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I tried to place your button on my blog, but it won’t show up. I tried the large button.


Kira @ Her New Leaf May 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Hi Alanna, the code should be fixed now. Sorry about that!


Sarah May 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

If you need any bloggy help please check out my blog at
We’ve got a ton of tutorials and info on making buttons. Love your design btw! The watercolor effect is amazing!


Katy Andrews May 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

i really love ‘her new leafs’ new look!


Lusine May 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I just found your blog and love it.I found everything that can make me a better blogger.
I also like your Facebook fan page.

Enjoy Teaching English


Molly May 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I got the button to work!
I adjusted the picture link and it looks fantabulous.


Kira @ Her New Leaf May 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Sorry about that, Molly – thanks for working it out for me! I changed the way the codes are displayed so I think they should work just fine from now on.


Sandi May 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I’m a new blogger and this is just what I need. :)


Geri May 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

You did a fabulous job on the blog design. I love it! Especially like how your leaf design starts in the header and surrounds the whole blog – looks great! So fresh and original.


Tutu May 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Kira, what a wonderful and inspiring blog with a personal & artistic touch. I especially like the “primp my blog,” section. Very helpful information to all bloggers, thank you…



Rachel May 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

OMG KIRA! All these tips are seriously the bomb! I saw your blog on Framed Frosting and I must admit the title caught my eye! I am an aspiring blogger and all these hit home for me. Thanks!!

A Dash of Southern;


Crystal June 1, 2012 at 10:51 am
Liliane June 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

amazing tips! currently working on my blog and you have helped so much! thank u!!


Anita June 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for the great beginner blog tips and lessons. I’m starting on my blog and just used your icons. Thanks so much!


esther June 7, 2012 at 6:44 am

Thanks for sharing what you know here – this page is such a good idea! I just added social buttons to my blog, but I spent a while trying to figure out what they were called, so I could google them!


Angelica June 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Hi Kira! I’ve been working on my blog for a week now and I just came across your blog today. Thank you for sharing those tips! I also added you to my blogroll : )


Shannon Kaye June 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

Hi Kira!!! What a steller blog – I’m so excited that a fellow blogger from the current BYW class forwarded me your info as I’m stuck adding the social buttons.

I’m not sure where to get them from on your site?!!

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks Shannon


Kira @ Her New Leaf June 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hello, Shannon! You can download your buttons here:


E June 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Hey Kira,

I love primp my blog! It’s helped take my blog to a new level. I don’t think I’m ready just yet, but I would like to learn about when is a good time to look for sponsors, and how to get/manage sponsors.



Marilyn June 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

Gave your post a shout out!

Your info is so great….it needed to be shared!



Lola De La Playa June 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Thank you so much for all your help on helping me create a stylish new blog ! Your step by step instructions and useful tips are amazing.

Thanks again!



Sasha June 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Loved the social media icons, currently doing a post on it now mentioning this site and I added your button!


Kira @ Her New Leaf June 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Thanks so much for the feature, Sasha! I wanted to comment on your blog but you don’t allow Name/URL comments : (


Stephanie June 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I have been wanting to make my blog the way I envision it for so long, and can’t afford the $200 price tag I keep seeing. I need help, so I hope I can find it here….looks like a great list of tips!!
thank you


Gen June 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

I am new to blogging and have found your site very useful. Come see at :)


Makaila June 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Kira, thank you SO much for this series! I recently came across it and have been reading and utilizing your tips. I just had to share it with my blog girls too; I felt from your post that it would be okay, and also put the button permanently on my page for future reference. Thanks again!!


Carmen June 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Kira, thanks so much for your “primp my blog” series… I just discovered your blog through pinterest and just found the inspiration I’ve been waiting for to keep working on my blog! As soon as I get all my “primping” done over there I’ll let you know so you can have a look!
Thanks again for posting such user friendly information!


Rhythma June 28, 2012 at 2:19 am

Thanks for all this info. SO helpful. Glad to have found your blog through BYW2 :)
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Kalyn Johnson Chandler July 5, 2012 at 5:22 am

Kira –

This is the best blog I’ve randomly stumbled upon! I’ve been online for a couple of years now, blogging and e-commerce, and while I’ve learned a lot I’m not the most tech savvy individual. Your blog posts, however, are FANTASTIC and have given me the tools I need to do many of the things I’ve gladly paid someone else to do.

Thank you for your generosity!!

Stylishly yours,


Kira @ Her New Leaf July 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Thank you for the kind words, Kalyn! Glad I could teach you some new skills!


Emilee July 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I found your blog through twitter and have found it very useful! I just downloaded the free theme from Bluchic that you mentioned and love it. I put your button on my page as well :) Keep up the great work!


m July 9, 2012 at 9:57 am
jenny July 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hi! Thanks so much for your WONDERFUL Primp my blog section!!! It has been a fabulous inspiration for me to work on whipping my blog/website into shape. I have been able to add your adorable butter colored social buttons (oh and thanks for the technically challenged instructions – that was just what I needed) and the flags were great too, as I was able to customize them a little further for my new splash page.
So fantastic!!! Thanks a million times over!


Bj July 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I am so happy that I found you!! Thank you for all the blog help. I am waiting until Sunday to start reading and implementing :)
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Michelle July 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

What a great resource for blogs. Kudos for all your hard work on writing up these tutorials and tips. :)


Paulina July 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

I LOVE this section of your blog, Kira. I linked it up for my new “Random Loves” post today. :)
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Freya July 31, 2012 at 2:37 am

I found your blog recently and it has improved my blog hugely! Thank you so much for the tips and resources.


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