Design by Wushka

Friday, May 6, 2011

A few weeks ago I was making the rounds, you know, visiting all my fave homies when I clicked on Cat's blog, Brideblu - and then it opened - and then I was all, "this is not Cat's blog" and then I read the title and was all, "this IS cat's blog" and after a swift deduction (as swift people like me do) was made, I realized she had a total beautiful, perfect-for-her blog makeover! And then I had to explore to find who the mastermind behind this magic was and that's when I found Mervi from Design by Wushka! And I liked her names! And her designs! And her! And exclamation marks!

And what I'm saying is...if you want that spring blog makeover, maybe she's your girl?

Either way, enjoy getting to know her and the secret ingredients for a night at the desk of a charming blog designer:

"Wuskha" is super fun to say, is there are a story behind it? 
Hih! Isn't it! As teenagers you come up with all sorts of silly things... Well, me and my friend loved mimicking different languages and Russian was one of our favorites. It was just so fun to pronounce and it has cool vibe to it. So we  decided to come up with "Russian" nicknames for ourselves - mine was Merwushka. And later it was abbreviated to Wushka. Some of my friends still call me by that name. Hence Wushka :)
Is web design your full time job? If not, what is your day gig and how did you get in to design?  
No, I actually have an international business degree and I work as a project manager in a Helsinki based ad agency. But I've always been into design and all things visual, for that matter. So on my free time, I've taken a couple of night courses to study the basics. But I've learned a lot just by doing and trying out things, and it's slowly picked up from there.
(Brideblu makeover)
Do you have favorite music to listen to, drinks to drink or any other rituals as you work on blog designs? 
Yes! I have my personal butler (aka my boyfriend) who always brings me tea and biscuits when I'm working. My favorite tea at the moment is called "Rainy days joy", a black tea infused with fruit and berries. I also like listening to Regina Spektor. She's such a stunning artist and there's something about her songs that put me in that happy place. That's the recipe for a night at my drawing board.
What are 5 things that make you really happy?  
1. Sunshine! It was a long COLD winter here in Finland, so the light and warmth feels like the most perfect treat. 
2. Our home. We bought our own apartment last summer and it makes me so happy that we have our very own nest. 
3. I get to do something creative every day. (psst, I've just finished a new blog design for Bohemian Backbone
4. The support and encouragement I've received from numerous people, in and outside the blogging community, to keep doing what I'm doing.
5. our little pup Salli makes me smile every day. She's such a sweetheart - always
Thanks Mervi!!

And if you'd like, you can
john cena

You can find her on Twitter and Pinterest too =)
(she's also one of the two ladies behind My Best Friend Jules)

Update!! To celebrate the opening of design by wushka, @wushka is giving away a free blog template! click here to enter http://bit.ly/lkfTjT


77 comments:

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Lovely- great name- I've been to Finland and I remember waking up at midnight and it looking like noon- such a magical cool place!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i'm always thinking about a blog makeover! loving this girl's style, so will be adding her to my list of possibilities. lovely interview!!

andrea despot said...

exclamation marks! lol :P

i love the story behind her name!

Sara Szatmary said...

wow, I love that before and after shot

Cat said...

Yep, it probably goes without saying but I have a serious girl crush on Mervi. She is like the plastic surgeon I never had {at least when it comes to blogging!}.

Krystal, I will never forget that day you stopped by after my makeover...you totally were all..."wh, am I at the wrong blog" and then all "nope, same blog, just a totally new look!"...it cracked me !

Happy weekend, my dear!

xx Cat brideblu

Cat said...

ps. Love that I am one of your "homies" cause, girl, you are one of mine...totally :)

{I also love that you use the term "homie"...one of the many reasons I love you so!}

xx Cat brideblu

whitney johnson said...

this is so funny because i seriously JUST looked at her design blog for my first time right before i came over to your blog! really cute designs and great interview! :)

Fashionistable said...

Great post and interview. Going to check her out now. Have a great weekend Xxxx

modanista junkie said...

Ooh she is lovely!! I may have to reach out to her when the time comes to give my blog a little makeover!! It can sure use a face lift. ;)

Have a beautiful weekend.

xoxo,
melrod

Elisa said...

it is a fun name to pronounce. I like the part of the interview about having a personal butler, aka boyfriend LOL! and that tea she mentioned, yum!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

it's so cool that she does blog makeovers--i like that she calls it that. i get my hubby to re-do my blog and to take my photos too! :)

Chelsea Lane said...

love it! what a talent!

xoxo

Sara said...
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Sara said...

WUSHKA whoosh! Great word, cute story. Now I need some tea and biscuits while I check out the newly designed brideblu blog and mushkas space.

Girl in Oslo. said...

Great post:)
Thanks for the tip.
bye

Annie said...

love the before & after!! fun interview too..

Belle de Couture said...

Great interview!

xx
Jen

http://belledecouture.com

Leia said...

Wushka is an awesome name! Thanks for sharing this interview, it was a fun read :)

Leia

ivy said...

Wow, how cool. Love the interview.

Catwalk Criminal said...

Hihi, yes you were thinking about the wrong day! I think you meant queensday? That was the 30th of april! That's the day everyone wears orange in Holland! ♥

Laura *You Stir Me* said...

This is so great! As someone who received a complete blog makeover from Mervi recently, I can tell you she knows what she's doing and loves it!

ellie said...

How cool. Really a great Q & A..too.

Keri said...

AWW I LOVE her! Love, love her! She is the sweetest and so talented. =)
xo-Keri Bohemian Backbone

Fashionable and me♥ said...

Lovely picture!

Nnenna said...

I love Mervi- she's so sweet and her designs are awesome! =)

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

that name is fun to say!! happy weekend. xo

Jessi said...

she is very talented!

design elements said...

i like the name! I like the interview and I have a butler too :-) Happy weekend!

Signe said...

Such an amazing design for Brideblu and grats on a new sponsor :)

Happy weekend!

Maggy said...

hmm so good to know! if/when I get around to re-designing this will be on the list!

Jamie said...

Wow - I'm kind of in love with her designs - makes me think of a new look (and I usually only do that in the fall!)

heather said...

i love it! her designs, that pretty picture/layout of her, her cute name! good find!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

love Cat & Mervi! the work she did for the Brideblu blog caused me the same reaction when i first saw it. my peepers popped wide and held that way for a looooong time. Mervi did an awesome job, totally nailed Cat's aesthetic and vibe. cool how the name came to be, insider scoops are the best. ♥

Sarah said...

Love Mervi! Love Mervi's blog! Love Mervi's blog makeovers! ♥

Crystle said...

::GASP:: I LOVE the new Village header. Surreal!

Jess said...

I love how clean and chic the new look is! I'm definitely going to have to go check out her sight...


Happy Weekend Krystal!

Tamer Nabil Moussa said...

Lovely- great name

I wish you happy time

chaoskontrolowany said...

Lovely post, dear;-)

Sonja said...

Ooooh! That IS a really pretty make over! hehe the name story is cute!!

M said...

Cool interview!!

xx.M

www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

Chuzai Living said...

I enjoyed reading about the story behind the naming of "wushka". Very cute! How cool that she's a project manger at an ad agency! Sunshine also makes me very happy! Thanks for sharing! By the way, it's an awesome photo of her. I love it! Kaho

yoana said...

Intersting blog and the interview like me so much.:)

Mimi said...

wushka is really fun to say! now i can't stop saying it! haha. ;)

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

her designs are AWESOME. Seriously. I'm impressed.

011093's diary said...

I really appreciate the people who design the templates, cos I always try to do something with my blog and I never can't do it, because I dont understand anything of the HTML!!! Haha, so weird.

Ps. I've recently discovered your blog, and I love it!

x.

Kellie Collis said...

I like the sound of "Wuskha". Sounds fun! Enjoy the gorgeous day, Kellie xx

Helen said...

Whoa! I love the new makeover- what a talented designer! Loved the interview :)

Miss Walker said...

Thanks for sharing, they do gorgeous work! Miss Walker xoxo

Andreea said...

Thanks for sharing, going to check it out right away!

♥ Kisses ♥

http://thrilloftheheel.blogspot.com/

a woman's right to shoes said...

The blog makeover looks amazing! And the interview was simply lovely =)

Imogen said...

Great post, style and interview. I want to check this out more now.

Vanilla - notes from my closet said...

She does beautiful work :)I would defiantly consider asking her to design my blog for me once it get bored of the way it is :)

Love, Vanilla

P.s I have moved to http://notesfrommycloset.blogspot.com/

Edie said...

thank you for this interesting post and insightful interview.

best wishes,
edie
www.chocolatesandmartinis.com

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

How fun and love her clean, fun style!

Have a lovely weekend dear!


xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

pop pop portraits said...

She definitely has great style!

yiqin; said...

awesome interview.

Sandra Leiva said...

Cute picture! <2

Radiant.MakeUp said...

gorgeous :)
thanks for sharing!! x

Michaela said...

great interview :-)

My Blog
xoxo Michaela

Style, She Wrote said...

Great feature! I really enjoyed reading this. Hope you're enjoying the weekend. xo style, she wrote

styleonthecouch said...

When I gave my blog a "makeover" I loved it - such creatively lies behind this sort of thing - what a great post with a cute interview (Regina Spektor is an excellent artist!)

www.styleonthecouch.wordpress.com
www.twitter.com/styleonthecouch

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Love her wonderful attitude! She has such a great eye for design and I admire her for persuing her ambition! xoxoxoo

Becca [Free Honey] said...

Oh I'd love to hear some of her design tips! The redesigned page looks so amazing. I'm always looking for little things I can do to make my blog look better.

Gracie said...

She sounds pretty amazing and I love seeing blog makeovers.

And I do love how she got her name :)

Elle Sees said...

i love her stuff!

OneCraftyFox said...

She has an awesome blog! And so do you!

Morning Cloak said...

I've been thinking lately I need to get a blog makeover. Thanks for Wushka!

Monique said...

Speaking of blog makeovers I love your new header! Yes she does have an awesome name!

Kavery said...

That is a fun nmae to come up with. Her work is clean and stylish

abigail oliveros said...

she sounds lovely and beautiful

The Blonde Duck said...

Puppies and sunshine make everything better!

Rachelous said...

She seems very talented love what she's done to cat's blog! :) x

Carly said...

Thanks for sharing and the intro...really great blog design skills...some day in the future I will be ready for a makeover...
Have a great Monday! C

Kristin H said...

I know my blog is due for an uplift... one day!! But, a great reminder... I probably will have to hire somebody...Thanks, hope you had a great weekend.

Lee Oliveira said...

Love the story about her..
Going to her site now.
lee x

Diana Mieczan said...

Cat's blog looks so amazing and it so lovely to read about Mervi! Have a fantastic afternoon, sunshine
Kisses

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

Loved this interview and Wushka's work! I had gone to Brideblu's site and could have sworn I'd been there before, but it looked so different! It's great design work like that (and your blog header!) that get my deign wheels moving and wondering if I should change up Four Leaf Clover.

 

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