It's actually been a while since I've been to a bloggy gathering. Long story short, I met some new friends, saw some old friends, and drank a sour apple martini...That's a pretty good weekend in my book! It was also very productive since pretty much all of the speakers were really on their game;)
I was asked to have my intro video here so you can check it out...
I also wanted to provide some links to great design resources I use to make the blog world a more beautiful place...so off you go...
Vecteezy- free illustrations, icons, patterns, and if you use Photoshop or Illustrator, they have free brush packs as well;)
Vector4free.com- I got a few of my vectors for the video from this site. Dig around, there is some great stuff here.
Magic People- I'm new to this site, but if you dig around, you can find some great illustrations of people.
Fenderskirts Vintage Imagery- If you are going retro, or pin up girl, this site is for you. I REALLY love the images here. (most cost about $6) Go check it out for ideas, there's SO much here.
Tack-O-Rama- Another GREAT resource for retro images, background tiles, and photos. Some are free, some cost under $5...worth checking out.
Pixels & Cream- This is a cute site on Blogger with pretty (fabulous) freebies and premium brushes, patterns and illustrations. (Some really nice Doodle Frames here)
DaPino-Colada- I have never used any vectors from this site...but there are some really cute illustrations of women here.
stock.xchng- Just a great free stock photo site.
Stockvault.net- I don't use this one as much, but it's another free photo site.
Dreamstime- Has both free, and commercial photos for use.
dafont.com- If I had a dollar for every minute I spend on this site. Don't get lost...m'kay?
COLOURlovers- Great free site for colors, patterns and palettes. Oh...an free;)
Kuler- Probably the coolest thing I've seen to do with color! No surprise it's from Adobe (Oh Adobe...I heart you so much...why don't you ever call me back?) I'd say watch this little video from Adobe TV (Why don't I work there?) before you get started with Kuler.
So WOW...that's a lot of links. I gotta think that will get you started towards a great blog design;)