I was really hoping I'd be able to post a dresser for you guys today.  I've been working on it for 3 full days now, and it's still not even close to done.  I'm still in the building phase.  Not even finishing yet.  It's a beast, but it's the most beautiful beast I've ever seen.  And, I've never been more proud of anything I've ever built.  I'm even hand painting it because I love it so much.  (Trust me, that's saying something.)  I'll continue to post work in progress pictures for you guys on the facebook page until it's finished so that you can get a taste for what is to come.  (Partially because I'm hoping that you guys are as excited about it as I am!) In other news, my garage looks like a lumber yard.
The "active projects" section
The "scrap/save for later" section
The "plywood" section

Yeah, I wasn't kidding.  Granted, this was all taken pre-dresser-commencement, but still.  You know what this means... I'd better get building.

Anyway, what this post is really about is all of the changes you will be continuing to see on the site.  You may have noticed some weirdness going on from Friday through the weekend on the "projects" page.  You were not imagining things, and no, your computer wasn't just not loading the images.  It's me, not you.  Really.

My #1 concern as OPD continues to grow is navigation.  Being a project driven site, it's crucial that you guys are able to easily scan through the archives and pick out which project you'd like to work on.  Pinterest is amazing in that you are able to "pin" what you'd like to come back to and save a post as you see it, but what if you are looking for something specific?  Say that you want to build a bed this weekend.  Where do you start?  That's what I'm working on to make easier.  And here is phase 1.

You'll see on the home page that I've added a "Building Plans" tab.  This is where all of the plans will live now, no longer in "Projects".

If you click on "Building Plans", you'll see that the page has changed a little bit.  There is now a gallery of images, so you can see all of the plans at once.  If you hover your mouse over one of the plans, a pop-up will show up to tell you exactly what the plan is.  Once you click on the image, it'll take you to the project plan.

Pretty cool, huh?

The "Projects" page still exists, and that will stick around for everything that's not a building plan.  Home renovation stuff, general how-tos, crafts that aren't made of wood... that kind of thing.

What's great about this layout is that it leaves a ton of room for growth while maintaining organization.  (And I'm planning for a TON of growth.)  I hope this helps to better organize and categorize all of the information in one easy-to-use place for you guys!

Phase 2 of this overhaul is to create some kind of sorting feature, particularly for the plans page.  I'm such a lucky girl to be friends with a super smart guy who knows a lot of code!  (And, he lets me pay him in Hooters lunches and beer.  How lucky am I?)

Anyway, I'll keep you guys posted as things continue to evolve.  But, in the meantime, enjoy the new, better organization!

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