blog re-design

When I get stressed out, I focus on small, minute things like designing or redesigning my blog. I have wanted to do this for a while now and I am happy with the changes, for now. 


With design, there is a tension for me, and always has been between being creative and being practical/clean. I want my design to be functional but a bit different, reflective of me. I am drawn to websites that are streamlined, clean, minimal but my own designs tend to be full and sometimes overboard with elements. I have learned to pull back some but I love a good wallpaper-y background. I guess there is a part of me that feels that to look designed, there has to be something attention-getting, as if a minimal, clean design won't look "designed" or skilled enough, which is not true, at all.