Monthly Archives: March 2011

Above It All

I’m stealing an idea from WordPress and giving my practice site “theme” names. Above It All has all its elements floating above the background no longer tied to boxes and borders.

The design showcases the new CSS3 features of opacity, border-radius (makes rounded corners on boxes) and box-shadow, which means IE is not the best browser to use to view the site. The site doesn’t break, but the effects are reduced to a series of flat boxes.

I also included a couple of jQuery effects for this sample. The information in the left bar opens to show and hide information. The changes in the opacity for the navigation button roll-overs are also jQuery driven.

The business was borrowed from one of my student designs because I really like the header.

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Unpublished Work


Finding a theme

I know I shouldn’t keep fiddling with this blog since this is the one I’ve designated my portfolio. I think I’ve finally found a theme that will stay for awhile. “Choco” is a good balance between interest and simplicity, and is complete enough that I won’t want to play with the options. Much.

There are other themes that are better for customization, but I’m not ready to pay the fee for that option yet, primarily because I keep changing my mind! I’ll keep playing in my other (private) blog until I hit something that makes me want to keep it forever. Or a month. Without playing with it. “Choco” will be around for a long time.

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in WP Customized


Fun with CSS

Oh, the frustration!

Not the CSS, but with the fact that I can’t save all the changes I’ve been making to this layout. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing and will have to get “Sandbox” into my Drafty blog to really get creative.

They are going to get the $15 from me yet.

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in General


Tamarack Shack

The owner of this thriving home-based business has been keeping a blog since opening day, but now wanted something more formal as a resource for her current and potential customers, as well as a place to show off her customers’ quilts. The request was for a very simply site, with easy navigation and familiar layout.

It’s worth a taking a look at the site for the beautiful quilts alone. Go to: Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Client Sites


Student work

These are sites that I did as part of the coursework for the Web Technologies Associate Certificate at BCIT. They can give you an idea of the topics covered in the courses and my skills with them. All the sites are hand coded in validated HTML & CSS. And the JavaScript is error free.

Weather Canada — A “weather station” site created to work with JavaScript.

Attic Toybox — Retail site with JavaScript shopping cart. (NOTE: The checkout does not work on this site as it can no longer point to the CGI script provided by the course.)

Quilt in a Flash — Pure Flash website designed for a multi-media gallery

Tamarack Shack (1st Draft) — My first attempt at JavaScript, but I liked the design. I think I’m going to play with that idea for a practice piece. (NOTE: 1 page, links deactivated)

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Unpublished Work


Why am I here?

I am a novice web developer whose knowledge base is still very much a work in progress. I thought blogging about it could be an interesting way of working on a portfolio in development, as well as a way to become familiar with WordPress.

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Posted by on March 13, 2011 in General