It... It's done. X_x; I finally got the new layout coded and working.

Well, it's almost done anyway. It's done enough to go live. :D  I may tweak the spacing between posts, I think they look a touch crowded with real posts? All my posts on my testing blog use Lorem Ipsum text as filler, and I adjusted according to that. But it looks crowded here. Hm.

My additional pages are also fixed up, and I realized that I hadn't been keeping up with updating my Crew page. Almost all of the icons are outdated, and I don't even have icons for some of them. Well, about half. My crew has almost doubled in size since I first made the page. D: I'll be making new icons over the next week and replacing them.

I shouldn't be up this late... I'm getting too old to be staying up late like this. But I had hot cocoa really late in the evening, and I was Hell-bent on getting this done. And I did, since this is where most of my focus has been the past few days. Though I did update some of my patterns and printed new version of them to use because I'm going to try to start sewing for Quinn this next week, and maybe also some more stuff for Etsy. Stuff that isn't Halloween-themed... >_>;

To bed I go. I need to get a few hours of sleep before I hit a fabric sale in the morning. :D


New layout is almost done! :D Finally.

I just need to do a few styling things, test out the content that I wanted to add to my sidebar to make sure it won't be overloaded, and fix the additional pages that I have. Hopefully I can get it live by this weekend. I wanted to get it live last weekend, but I was down for the count due to getting a flu shot that Friday. I usually feel a little crappy afterwards and am generally tired for a couple of days while it starts working it's way through my system. So I didn't do much of anything last weekend, aha. ^^;

And I've had a crappy few days, so I did some retail therapy today. I got some more fabric to make clothes with... :x And they're pretty much all for Quinn. If I have the energy this weekend, I just might work on some stuff for her since I've got several things already cut out... She's very quickly becoming my most spoiled doll. I should also be getting pictures of her faceup really soon, and she'll be back home not long after that. :D So excited to get her back home! Then I'll just need to plan out the markings/tattoos on her arms, which should be fun, because I plan on doing them myself. A bit out of my comfort zone, but it's something I've always wanted to try on a doll.

And speaking of Quinn, I've been doing quite a bit of writing in her story line lately. I decided to make a half-assed attempt at participation in NaNoWriMo this year. However, I will not be following the guidelines, I'm just going to aim at writing a little bit everyday. Some of the other characters are starting to flesh out more, which is both exciting and terrifying. Exciting, because yay, progress. Terrifying because when a character starts to become more important, I usually want to doll them.I already have three extra characters in Quinn's storyline that are not main characters as dolls. I haven't even started dolling the 9(!) other main ones and another character has recently developed to a point that he's important to Quinn and is heading towards that list of characters to be dolled. He would be fun to have, I guess. Scary, demonic-looking entity that is actually quite kind and willingly signed ownership of his soul over to a sweet-looking, 10 year old pink haired girl. xD He teaches her to fight Like A Boss. :D

... I really want my girl home now. ;~;


So. I usually keep a notebook and some kind of small craft project in the bag I carry with me to work, for something to do if I happen to have some downtime. I had some downtime today, but no craft projects so that meant I had a notebook to doodle in. I usually keep the notebook nearby for jotting down ideas about any or anything, from sewing sketches to drafts to writing ideas or actual snippets of stories. I also tend to jot down things I need to remember to do, as I tend to remember it better when I write it versus just making a note on my phone.

I've been planning out a lot of things in regards to this blog and my Etsy shop and what steps I want to take next. My notebook has pages and pages of this stuff in it. The only problem is, that since it's a catch-all, all of my notes are jumbled up. I'll be switching to a binder with loose leaf paper and divider tabs to satisfy my OCD tendencies. xD

In the midst of my furious idea scribbling, I came up with something to try in regards to simplifying my layout coding here on Blogger. Something clicked with me in regards to Blogger's silly coding, and things make a little more sense. Still more bloated than it needs to be, in my opinion. But at least I'm not as frustrated now. :) I sketched out and jotted down a few things, and then researched some other things and made a few notes.

When I got home, I slapped together a basic layout code with some basic CSS, and... IT WORKED. At least, so far it does. I'm taking a break from it right now before I dive back in. I've got the page laid out how I want, I just need to add the styling. It's a lot simpler in code, but looks identical to what I had going in editing the existing default Simple template.

I won't be able to use the Template Designer with the way I'm doing things, but I always did prefer to code things right in Notepad. ^^

Yay! I'm able to do a thing! :D

It's the Little Successes that Keep Me Going

It really is.

I did some more layout work in my 'sandbox' side blog. Always a good thing to have if you're developing a new layout for your blog! So you don't screw things up like I seem to have done here. xD I had another success after a couple of false starts. I got my vertical separator between the main content and the side bar working. Use just a regular border along one side? Pshhhh. I made teensy graphics. xD And then I had to figure out how to code them so that they work. That took a bit of time, but they at least work on the main blog part. I need to look at the additional test pages I made and decide how I want to make things work there. I may just hide the sidebar on those pages, since it's really not needed there.

I also attacked my header, and I had to simplify my design a bit, but I think I can use CSS and still make it look almost exactly like the layout board that I designed in Photoshop. Which I think might be better; CSS elements will probably load faster than images.

AND THINGS HAVE CHANGED A BIT SINCE I LAST DID STUFF. :o You can do cool stuff now, like cross-fading image slideshows without using JavaScript or JQuery! Just with CSS! :o I am behind the times and I feel old. xD I got excited because those scripting languages are not strong points for me. I've never taken the time to sit down and explicitly learn them. I guess I can add those to my list of things I'd like to learn? But I have a crossfade slideshow of sorts on my new layout! :D I need to mess with the transition with the first/last image because it's kind of choppy and not very smooth. And I had a funny thing happen when I was messing with the coding... I wasn't specific in the CSS about which image tags are related to the crossfade coding I put in, and it made all the other images on the page disappear after all the images in the slideshow were cycled through. xD

Looking at my list (yes, I have a list. I'm a list person), I've got four more layout elements to conquer, my two additional pages, and goodies for the sidebar. Then maybe I can try to move it over here.... should be an adventure. :) Maybe next weekend I can have it go live. ^^

That would be nice because I'm ready to get back to working on doll stuff. I have stuff cut out that needs to be sewn! Patterns that need to be drafted! Patterns that need their 2156165166th adjustment! Doll heads that need to be wiped and sent off for new faceups! D:

I really, really need more hours in the day and more days in the weekend. e.e.

After a Cool Down...

I tried working with coding the layout I designed again after cooling down for a little bit. I'm having a little more success with dissecting apart one of the default templates and changing what I need to change to make things work. It's a PITA, but I think it's faster than me trying to code something from scratch, which I've already tried. (And it totally didn't work). I'm messing with a few things to see if I can get the template to work with my layout. If they don't work, then I've come up with a few options to settle with.

But I'm still going to do some local testing on building my own from scratch. I think it's time, since having a space completely my own has been something I wanted to do since I first started working with web development. Which is about 15 years ago now. (Holy crap!) I had the time then, but not the funds. I have the funding now, but not the time. xD There are some trade-offs with getting older! But I want to expand a bit more on what I have here, such as in-depth character profiles. It's possible here, but requires some work-arounds. And I think I've made it clear how I feel about those... xD

Almost all of my dolls are representations of characters in the story lines that I've been working on for years. Asalie is my oldest character, and her first character incarnation actually came about in mid-to-late 2002. She started becoming what she is now in early 2003. She's been around with me for a bit. :) I think it might be fun to share a bit about each one of the characters I have dolled. ^^

Getting Used to Them, I Suppose...

More code tweaking will happen later, and hopefully I can give this place it's new look soon. Once I've got that out of the way, I'll move onto getting myself set up with a local development environment and start my testing. But I did manage to update my little linky widget thing up in the sidebar! :D It's also kind of a little sneak peek at what's to come, as those are my new icons for the linky widget thing on the new layout. It's got new links added, including my Etsy shop, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+ page. (Not that I've posted anything on anything except Etsy...) Oh, and I also made a favicon! ^^

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