wp-seasons-theme

Six months later, my blog goes through another facelift. This is Seasons, a simple summer theme for those warm lazy nights. I’m honestly sad to see Fleur Rose go. I still love that theme very much, but a month ago I decided to finally fork Bones to exactly how I wanted while messing with Illustrator at the same time. Hence, this theme was born.

I picked out Seasons as the name because I’m hoping to switch out the graphics and colors according to the season. Right now, it’s summer on my side of the world so I’ve been all about bright yellow flowers. Perhaps when fall rolls around, I’ll have red and orange leaves around here. Perhaps. The goal of this theme is to keep me from changing my blog’s look all the time, but you’ve heard it all before.

It never ends. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. 8D

Colors

Design Seeds have been my primary source of color inspiration for this theme. I went through a few of their categories, saving pictures that I liked on the way. I was mainly inspired by this palette: Sunny Tones. I fell in love with the fresh light green and warm orange yellow as soon as I loaded the page. I also love this one: Pineapple Hues.

I’m still crazy about the rose and gold combination, so I’m also all about this palette: Petaled Paper. Hnnngg so pretty! I’m so tempted to set up a demo blog just so Fleur Rose can live on. XD

Illustrations

I decided to try making my own vectors as opposed to purchasing graphics. This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I was intimidated by Adobe Illustrator for a long time. It wasn’t until I started taking drawing more seriously that I overcame my silly fear and gave it a try. Why didn’t I do it sooner? It’s so much fun!

Illustrating also put my Wacom Intuos tablet to good use, so I’m really happy about that. I bought the smallest size a year ago to give digital drawing a try. I’m very comfortable drawing on paper, but a tablet felt very different. I’m still training my hand to get used to drawing on the computer, but I’m enjoying it a lot. Although much like my writing pieces *cough*fanfic*cough*, my drawings are something I’m shy about sharing. :’D

The graphics themselves were very simple to draw. Just some flowers, leaves, and other plant things. Nothing too special. Check out Tuts+ Illustration tutorials if you’re interested in making your own illustrations!

Social Sharing

I’ve been experimenting with the Jetpack plugin. I’ve been curious about it for a while, but I often read about it bloating up WordPress. Still, I see its features and I think maybe it won’t be too bad. Plus, I’ll never get to see how good/bad it really is unless I try it for myself.

First off, it can definitely bloat your WordPress site if you turn every module on. I deactivated the ones I don’t use. Right now, I only have Enhanced Distribution, Sharing, and the WP.me shortlinks activated. I don’t need all the others at the moment. The Mobile Theme, for instance, is of no use to me because my theme is already responsive. Same goes for the Site Icon module because that’s already coded into my theme. But I digress.

Back to social sharing, I implemented some share buttons at the bottom of each post just to see where it takes me. Social media is another one of those silly things that I was intimated by but now am trying to understand. I’ve been using Twitter a lot more now that I have some blog friends to chat with there. Although in exchange, I stopped going to Tumblr. :< I guess I can only focus on one at a time. I was also considering an email subscription list for new entries. Jetpack has a module for emailing new entries, and Bloglovin recently released their own subscription widget. I personally use Feedly and Bloglovin to keep track of my favorite blogs, but would that be something any of you’d be interested in? I suppose it could just be another thing to try for myself. :)

Sidebar

The sidebar is back! After not having one for the last two themes, I was at a bit of a loss as to what to place there. I made a few banners for some featured categories along with the usual side stuff, but not much else. I’ll likely find more things to place there later. I just don’t want it to get too cluttered.

Matching Twitter

new-twitter-banner

I also updated my Twitter profile with a matching banner! I opted for a more natural-toned background color to match my profile picture. I originally had more drawn elements on the banner, but it started to look very off to me. I ultimately decided to keep it simple. I also originally set the links to the same yellow as the one on this blog, but after looking at my profile for a few minutes, the color looked way too in-your-face. I switched it out to the much milder green.

I’ve been planning on making my blog and Twitter more cohesive with respect to each other for a while now, so I’m pretty excited about this! My Tumblr, however, shall remain now and forever my garbage blog. I actually renamed my main Tumblr username to pillowsofeternity, and cutesiness.org is now my ~*aesthetic*~ inspiration blog. I have yet to update its theme, but I will get around to it when I’m not being lazy about Tumblr.

Other Changes

testimonials featured-posts

I asked some of my friends to write testimonials for my About page, all for funsies. XD Check out their 100% authentic opinions about me! Feel free to tweet me your own testimonial too. I’d love to have more!

I also styled the Post of Interests section of my Archive page into a grid. I’ll be adding entries there that I feel are worth featuring.

That’s it for my new theme write-up! Do let me know what you think. If you find any bugs, please let me know! I took care to test this theme on different viewports, but some bugs always seem to slip through my fingers.

Mockup vectors are courtesy of Freepik.

Comments

  1. LOVE IT. This is so pretty, Raisa! Kudos to you. So pleasing on the eye, and LEGIBLE. I can read everything on here with no problems and without my spectacles :D
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  2. I just did a revamp also, and installed Jetpack. I wish you could completely delete the module, instead of just deactivate. I only use 6 out of the 20 something they have, but it definitely helps to remove the extra plugins when it is all in one. I love the idea about the seasons. This theme is really nice and actually different and in a good way I mean that. I hope to stop around here again soon! :)
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    1. Hi Domenica, thank you for dropping by!

      Yeah, ideally I’d love to just install the modules I need but so far it hasn’t been that bad! I think Jetpack would be very helpful for someone who is not familiar with coding.

  3. WOWWW WONDERFUL NEW THEME! I am loving both the font (did you letter that or is that a font?) and the illustrations! You are so doing the logo for our potential spammage Tumblr …. :D!

    Hmm if you want to switch out illustrations each season, did you think about switching colors as well? I am curious because I once did a theme for a professor and he wanted to switch out the colors every season, only to realize that’s easier said than done!
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    1. Thanks Liv! I used a font. XD It’s called Ballerina. I used Octavia for the Twitter banner.

      Yes, I’ll also be switching out the colors. I use Sass, so it’ll be a cinch. :D I was also planning on making the fall version a child theme to make it easer.

  4. Love the new theme! It looks great! The flowers are cute, and the colors remind me of summer and spring :) I really like the idea of switching the graphics and colors based on the season.

    When my Wacom tablet still worked, I really liked using it with Illustrator. It makes all my lines so smooth! I’m still kind of awkward with Illustrator because I want to treat it like Photoshop, but they don’t always overlap.

    I also like your Posts of Interests section! I’ve been thinking about doing something similar, so I can feature posts that I like or think are helpful :)

    The matching Twitter banner looks nice too!
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    1. Thanks Cat! I’m glad you like it. :D

      I find myself confused with Illustrator a lot because things are placed differently from Photoshop. I’m always thrown off. But now I can’t imagine not drawing in Illustrator. XD

  5. Oh wow! I absolutely adore this one. I really liked the last one a LOT, but I think this one is my favorite. Probably because you used the color green in it and not blue. I really liked how you set up everything. It looks so fancy :).

    I’m like you with creating new designs and layouts. If I have a design in mind (which I do get inspired from friends) I will most likely have it up within a week. I’m just that way. There hasn’t been a layout that lasted more than a few months for me.
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  6. I love love love love love this so much. Seriously. It is awesome.

    It is so cool that you decided to play with illustrator and make the graphics yourself, it makes it even cooler. I am interested to see what else you make as well! :D

    The testimonials is just brilliant. :D
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  7. OMG I’m in love! <3

    I recently moved all of my blog entries to WordPress so now I have to plan, design, and how to make WordPress themes for myself (and make said themes mobile compatible!). Any tips for beginners like me who haven't practised CSS in a long while?
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    1. Sorry, I didn’t see this sooner!

      Honestly, it just takes a lot of practice. Code a theme, upload it, code some more. Whenever you find a bug or have an idea for your theme, add that in and keep coding. The MDN site is a great resource for looking up CSS properties and selectors. :D

  8. YAAAAAAAAAAAS I LOVE IT!!! It’s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful, just like all your themes. I wish I could do something like this because my blog desperately needs a new theme as well. SooooooOoOOoOoOoOo gorgeous. *drools*

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