December 14, 2018

2018 in review & my plans for 2019

I haven't been writing a whole lot on my blog this year, but what I would like to continue doing is share how my year went in terms of business. It's nice to have some kind of record on how things are going and maybe it will be of some kind of help to other small online business owners. So let's get to it! What did 2018 bring for The …
October 24, 2018

Adding a Pinterest Board Widget to the Blogger sidebar

I have been selling premade Blogger templates for over four years now. The templates that are currently available in my shop all have a styled Instagram feed widget, either in the sidebar or at the bottom of the layout. I often get questions from customers if I can add a styled Pinterest widget as well, but I have to disappoint them at this time.
September 27, 2018

Sharing is Caring - Episode 3 - Free Printable Weekday Planner

On the cork board in my kitchen I have a monthly planner so that I have an overview of all the appointments for our family in a particular month. I like monthly planners, because when I still was using a weekly planner only, I often got unpleasantly surprised when I turned the pages and found out I had more to do in the upcoming week than I thoug…
September 25, 2018

A new look for the website

Maybe you've noticed it already, especially when you visited the homepage, but The Dutch Lady Designs has a new website layout. And surprisingly enough it is not one of my own Blogger templates.
It was time for something really new and therefore I decided to go with a template from Pipdig. I worked with a template from this UK based design co…
September 21, 2018

How to add a Goodreads widget to your Blogger sidebar

With the smell of Autumn in the air lots of people like to spend more time crawled up on their couch with a good book in hand. I love to read myself, although I'm not a very fast reader. I think my life will be too short to read every book that is on my wish-to-read list since that list keeps growing every day, especially since I signed up to…
September 20, 2018

How to choose the right font for your logo

I recently got a message from one of my clients that bought a premade logo design from me for her photography business. She actually bought my best selling design and was in love with the font type. But when she started to use the logo on her photos she found out that the very thin, elegant font she fell in love with was not working out for her. …
September 10, 2018

My personal thoughts on influencers

For a person that creates blog templates herself I'm actually quite a digital fossil. Especially when it comes to social media I'm still living under a rock. The whole thing is just not my cup of tea so to speak. It could be my age, but it's probably more a personality trait. I find social media to be really overwhelming. That's w…
September 6, 2018

Sharing is Caring - Episode 2 - Free Watercolor Dot Clipart

Time for a little sharing the love! Today I'm sharing a set of 4 watercolor circle images that can be used for all kinds of projects. Since we're heading into Fall I have given them colors that remind me of the beginning of that season. When the yellow of Summer can still be found, but when browns and purples are making their entrance.
September 4, 2018

My struggle with custom design work

Summer was long and hot over here in the Netherlands. The heat and the enormous amounts of sunshine did great things for my tomato plants in the backyard, but they also diminished my desire to get behind the computer and write blog posts. But with Fall slowly making it's presence known I got some new inspiration again for blog articles. One t…
July 7, 2018

Is it time to refresh your blog?

About once a year, I go over all the premade Blogger templates that I sell in my Etsy shop to 'refresh' them. I decide if I want to continue selling a particular template and if it stays in the shop I make small alterations to the template to keep it up to date. Digital and electronic products change so fast these days, and while we mostl…
April 2, 2018

Sharing is caring - Episode 1 - Free Daily Planner

I think the last time I shared a freebie with my readers was more than a year ago. Now, in 2018, I think it's about time to blow some new life into the freebie section, so I came up with a new blog posts series: Sharing is Caring. I am not going to use a certain day of the week for sharing a freebie, but I will share one when I feel like it a…
March 29, 2018

Branding your business - start with your wallet!

Did you know that most of the blog articles I write are inspired by every day life and business events? It's the real situations that I encounter with my business or with clients that motivate me to talk about a certain subject. And it is no different for this blog post. After offering custom designs again and working with a few clients recen…
February 2, 2018

An understandable review on Web hosting services - a must read for the beginning blogger

Remember the short Wordpress series I wrote a while back? In this series of four blog posts I wrote about my personal experiences with starting a self hosted Wordpress blog using Bluehost as my web hosting service. I was bluntly honest in my opinion of the hosting services Bluehost provided, resulting in quitting my blog on Wordpress even before …