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5 October 2011

Introducing my new blog

I wanted to change templates because I found that *I* couldn’t find the information I wanted, so other people wouldn’t have much hope. There is so much research information, as well as my practical work (mistakes and all) that is hidden away in there.

This is the Aspire blogger template by Clyde Fernandes.

He and I are working together to make some changes to the template as it stands at the moment

- a whole lot of functionality to help the user find information, including a menu, table of contents and screenshow

- adjustments to make the template less orange based. I’m making a point of introducing hand drawn art from Deviant Art – which is a site where amateur artists from every genre show off their work. The pieces are almost always downloadable for free. I’ll have to have an “Artists’ Acknowledgements” section! :-)

I’m having a LOT of fun designing the new specification. (I used to write specifications for testing software for Defence – this is a whole lot more fun *grin*. I get to play with pretty images and colours)

There’s a fair bit of ‘brainless work’ – 1500 images to pick from for the slideshow, a lot of re-tagging to do, oh and printing out the MasterClass notes.

I’m not embroidering atm. My health is well, pretty sucky. I’m stuck in bed, but able to sit up at the internet (the computer is at the end of my bed) 4-5 hours a day. I watch tv on computer too, so my computer is my ‘entertainment unit’.

I’ve got a fairly hard treatment process to go through in the next 18 months or so. I hope (I’d better!)  improve enough BEFORE then to finish Julie’s Butterfly, and start on my Bishop’s Cope – I have all the materials now.

It’s not at all unusual for me to be in this state, so don’t freak. I’ve been ill for 13 years – it’s very up and down. I’m totally used to it, and cope with it pretty well. If you look at my archives, you can tell when I’ve been sick because of the radical decrease in entries.

Meanwhile, I’m having fun talking in the Facebook Historic Embroidery group, Stitchin Fingers and various friends on-line about all sorts of embroidery topics :-) I can still do research and blog about it, and I also have a whole lot of design work for the Bishop’s Cope that I need to blog about.

Time! Need more Time! Don’t we all!

18 Comments:

Blogger The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I like the new look. I hope it helps you find and organize things. I'm sorry your health is on a downward trend right now but I'm hoping this turns around again soon.

Hugs from CH,
Jane

Wednesday, October 05, 2011  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Thankyou Jane :-)

My health WILL get better after this series of treatments - it's just going to take time.

Best,

Wednesday, October 05, 2011  
Blogger Cynthia Gilbreth said...

I definitely like the look and think it will look even better with less orange. I do hope your treatments go well and that you'll feel better soon.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011  
Anonymous shirley said...

Love the new look, and hope it helps you to be more organised.

Hope your treatments go well and you one the road to recovery so we can see more of your stunning work.

I have a new blog too as you will see.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011  
Blogger Francesca said...

Love the new look !!!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011  
Blogger Machteld said...

I love your new lay-out already! Hope you feel better soon!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011  
Blogger Susan Elliott said...

Gold really suits you Meghan...now all you need is a tiara. Maybe that should be part of your new treatment too...a tiara. After all, you must have been royalty in some lifetime. Am I the only one who sees that??

And Queens have no time to be ill...so I hope you're hiding it from the staff.

Love. Leisure and a bit of extra energy for this day...Oh yeah, plus a dash of a little more time...

xoxo Susan

Thursday, October 06, 2011  
Blogger Elaine said...

Your new layout looks fantastic.

I hope your health improves soon.

Thursday, October 06, 2011  
Blogger Montreat Designs said...

You will be in my prayers Meghan. I hope you find your art soothing to think about and research if you can't manage the physical for a bit! I am happy to hear this will improve your health!

Friday, October 07, 2011  
Anonymous meri said...

Lovely new look!

Hope uou feel better soon!
xx

Friday, October 07, 2011  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Good to know that designing the new look is giving you some entertainment. It's looking good!

Monday, October 10, 2011  
Blogger Gina-B said...

Megan, love the new layout, it's really looking nice! Feel better soon xxx

Thursday, October 13, 2011  
Blogger Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Bless your heart..........I hope you will start feeling better soon. You are in my prayers. Love the new blog look! blessings,Kathleen

Tuesday, October 18, 2011  
OpenID alarttex said...

WOW!!, really a wonderful new look!!
It's a great idea.
I hope your health improves soon.

Hugs and love :))

Tuesday, October 25, 2011  
Blogger Kimberly Servello said...

I love your new look. Gorgeous AND organized. You can't improve on that!

Monday, October 31, 2011  
Blogger jasmine said...

I like the new layout :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011  
Blogger Flora said...

Hi Megan,

Your new blog layout looks great as does your embroidery. I feel bad that I was not able to check your blog for the past two months. Hope you are in good health now.

I always loved reading your blog and will continue reading it. I am eager see your start your next project soon.

With love,
Flora

Saturday, November 26, 2011  
Blogger Flora said...

Hi Megan,

Your new blog layout looks great as does your embroidery. I feel bad that I was not able to check your blog for the past two months. Hope you are in good health now.

I always loved reading your blog and will continue reading it. I am eager to see you start your next project soon.

With love,
Flora

Saturday, November 26, 2011  

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