I've had the same design almost since I started blogging on my husbands deployment many moons ago. I happened to catch Bri (who runs Utterly Chaotic) when she was just starting up, and now she's turned into a huge success. Sadly, I can't afford to shell out a few hundred dollars for her to revamp my blog.
A few fellow bloggers have mentioned few other great designers who range from $70-$100, but with me not working right now, I don't know if I could justify that purchase to my husband. Boo!
My blog stalking the past few weeks now has helped me narrow down what I'm looking for. What I learned is that I really like how everyone has gone from the 3 column blogs that were popular when I got my last design done, to the large main column, and a skinny right column with a bio and what not. I also really like the clean, white blogs I've been finding.
I've been googling and spending my spare minutes while the kiddo is otherwise occupied by trying to get together a presentable blog. I'm hoping within the next few weeks that I'll be able to install all the elements. I've been testing them on a dummy blog that I added, and so far I'm really happy with it.
I'll leave you with my inspiration for my new design: