When I started working from home it was out of necessity. Money was tight and I was pregnant. Our son was starting part-time pre-school and we needed the funds to pay for it. Getting a job out of the home, aside from nights and weekends, was not an option, as we had one car and no affordable daycare.But I got lucky, and was offered an opportunity to work at home.And then I got luckier, and started a business that I run out of my home.It the American Dream, yo! Except it’s HARD!...more
SEO, or search engine optimization, is a topic I get asked about by nearly every client, and many people who cross my path and learn I’m a web designer and blogger. People are simply mystified by SEO, and truly believe that it gives websites a super magical power. I think this is due to the vast amount of information (much of it conflicting) available on the internet.
Did you know that Google has hundreds of font families available for download or for easy use on the web? They do, and I have spent the last few days pouring over the fonts while keeping in mind the best web design trendsto bring you the 13 best fonts for 2013. Enjoy, and click on the image for a downloadable PDF file!...more
No matter how happy I am with my web and blog design, there is just something about the New Year that makes me want to jump in and re-vamp. Rather than spend my time doing that, I thought I would give you a glimpse of the design trends for 2013, and what you can expect from Elaine Griffin Designs in the coming year.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of getting a Christmas tree. The funny thing is even thought I am approximately eight and twelve years older than my sisters, I don’t really remember getting a tree before they were born.Kids make Christmas fun! We always cut our own trees. There was ALWAYS snow, so we bundled up in snow pants, boots, hats and mittens. Mittens were doubled up because they did double duty. Not only did they keep your hands warm, but they were also used to put on top of the trees, as a signal that tree is in the running to be “the one.”...more
It's no secret that I live in a bubble of stress. Much of it is self-imposed, I can admit. This little bubble of what-if, prep for the next step, and be prepared is hard to shake. Hard to blow away.And the last couple of weeks have not been easy. Work is busy, yet I'm still broke. My kids' behavior is out of control. A couple of weeks ago it was my son. Now it's my daughter. If you can call issues with a two-and-a-half year-old behavior issues. I feel tag teamed. By kids. By life....more
The rise of Pinterest has made bloggers increasingly aware of the importance of watermarking images. Not only does watermarking images protect against theft, it also makes viewers of the image aware of where the content originated. Watermarking is not a fool-proof protection, but it is a good start.
Image courtesy Laine Griffin...more