When I started the Lune blog about 3 years ago, I didn't know a single thing about html, css or photoshop. As a vintage dealer, website design wasn't a skill that I had been required to develop in my job so far. I quickly realized that it was so much like merchandising displays, something I enjoy very much. Just like I change my surroundings and displays at Lune, I change my blog design more often than most do. It's kind of a satisfying impulse, like moving furniture in your house.
Starting from scratch, I searched for the best learning resources I could find. Over the past couple years, these resources have grown and improved drastically. One of my very favorite learning and inspirational sources is Pugly Pixel. Katrina is the extremely talented and charismatic author who's written and video tutorials will amp up your own design skills. Even if you aren't into spending hours playing with blog design, she offers her own library of freebie and premium clipart, backgrounds, brushes and overlays through the Powered By Pastries Marketplace.
The newest layout for Lune was based on Katrina's Rum Raisin blog layout, which throws a little css into the mix. Check out the selection of Powered By Pastries blog layouts HERE.
Thanks for a year of inspiration, ideas and rad blogworld content Katrina!