I couldn’t decide what colour to make my buttons but I knew I wanted them to match my header.
So I consulted a Complete HTML True Color Chart to find the code of the main colour of my header, that nice grey/green colour.
I wanted to make my buttons in several colours that coordinated with this green. As I can never decide what colours look good together, I got some help from the site Color Scheme Designer.
By inserting the code of my main colour into the wheel, a few suggested colour palettes were generated. I chose one of these palettes and noted the codes of all its colours. I'd now organised my button colours.
I then did some Googling and found some label button making instructions on the Sugar and Spice blog, which looked simple enough for me to follow. Once the buttons were made, I inserted them in my side-bar.
Then I changed my outer blog background to match the main colour of my header, putting the exact colour code into the advanced template option.
While I was visiting my blog's template, I did some fine tuning of my gadgets and fonts and accents... It all looked great and...
...maybe I should have stopped my blog redesigning right at this point, but unfortunately I didn’t. I got a bit carried away and decided to widen all the columns of my blog. This messed up the way my blog posts appeared, so I had to spend a loooong time adjusting all the photos and layout of my 450 posts. (It was at this point I began to wish I'd written a post instead of redesigning my blog.)
Hours later, I was about to congratulate myself on a job well done, and close my computer for the night, when I suddenly realised I'd missed a small detail. My header no longer fitted my blog. I needed to make a wider one to fit the wider columns.
Despite being thoroughly fed up by this time, I searched for the original photo which I’d used for the original header, but without success. It had disappeared without trace. So I went to Morguefile to choose a new free-to-use-how-I-like photo.
I found another picture of daisies and followed my own instructions to make a new header.
I inserted the header, and sat back ready to admire the new appearance of my blog when something else occurred to me. The new header isn’t the same shade of green as the old one. I had gone to a lot of trouble to match up the colours of my buttons to my header, and now that header was gone.
I wasted about half a second wondering if I should start all over again, before convincing myself I like the way the colours don’t quite match. Who needs perfection? Not me.
So next time you can't find anything to write about, you could redesign your blog instead. You could give your blog an ALMOST perfect new look... or even a perfect new look if you don't make the same mistakes as me!