first, the background-it went from chevron to more of a herringbone pattern. not really a major change but i actually made this background myself instead of using a free background so i like that. i just used a sharpie (ahh sharpie fumes) and a sheet of computer paper. then i scanned it and slapped it (electronically) up on blogger.
next, my new social media icons!! i stumbled across this awesome tutorial via Her New Leaf that shows you how to make your own icons with html. i've never used html before and i thought it was pretty easy to follow-mostly cut and paste. one thing i did have a problem with was getting the icons side by side. originally i was making a new gadget for each icon-you need to put the html code for each icon in the same gadget and then they'll be lined up horizontally.
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here is the code form Her New Leaf, just switch out the bolded parts for your own image/site. again keep adding the code to the same gadget instead of opening a new one each icon.
The Academy but i decided to make some bunny inspired ones instead. i couldn't decide what color to make them but i settled for a turquoise color that was part of my blogger color palette. i'm sure i'll end up changing the color...as soon as i decide what to change it to...