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10 August 2007 @ 10:20 pm
Once again, I find myself unable to keep up with my life...  
And I vowed to be so good about keeping up with LJ... :( My apologies to everyone - some recent web work came in (which was a tremendous blessing!) but it took up a lot of my non-working, non-school, and non-Sydney hours. I have been trying my hardest to read all of your entries and comment where I could, but it left me no time or energy to post an entry of my own... One of these days I will get my act together, I promise.

Sydney dog

I'm not sure if this is morbid or not, but this week I called my friend, who owns the portrait studio that I do a website for and I scheduled an appointment for a family portrait. It occurred to me that the last studio portrait that we have as a family was our engagement portrait:

- and I really wanted something more recent (the picture above was taken almost ten years ago!) And since Sydney is still in good spirits and seems to be doing okay, I thought it would be best not to wait. Our portrait appointment is tomorrow afternoon...

Sydney is still hanging in there! Everyday she amazes me with her strength and her resilience. She is now walking much more - and a little more sturdily - around the house. She can walk on tile (with just the occasional sliding around...) and she's able to stand for long periods of time. If you asked me just three weeks ago if I thought I'd ever see her walking around our house again, I wouldn't have believed it. I should learn never to underestimate the fuzzy dog!!

Web stuff

Finally, I've been working on a couple of new web projects, but one in particular that has become very close to my heart. It's a site for the 2007 Chess Concert at the Ford Amphitheatre. Yes, initially I was promoting it because Kevin is starring in it (along with Susan Egan, Matt Morrison, and many other great performers!!) but then I found out the touching story behind the show and began trying to do whatever I could to help get the word out both through Kevin's email listing and through MySpace.

Through MySpace I was fortunate enough to meet Sheryl, who runs the Chess 2007 MySpace page and offered my services for a site. She and Brian (who is the producer of the show) were sweet enough to offer me advertising in exchange for my web work for their show. They really didn't have to do that, for me just getting the opportunity to help them promote the show is wonderful enough.

Here are some of the designs that I'm thinking of sending to them. Any opinions on how I could improve any of them or which one you prefer would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much in advance!! :)

(I wanted the color scheme of this one to match their MySpace page)

(Similar but different graphics...)

(For a different look...)

(For the last one I've also created a "Cast" trial page so they could get an idea what one of the other pages might look like...)

I'm off to spend some time with my fuzzy baby and do more web work (on another site that I've been working on all week as well...) Hope you all have a nice weekend! Big HUGS to everyone. :)
Current Mood: workingworking
Kyliekyliebeth on August 11th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
That's a cute picture! Go Sydney, keep up the great progress, she sounds like such an amazing dog. :)
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on August 11th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
She's such an amazing dog! Mark & I can't believe her strength and her resilience!
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Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on August 11th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Angela! And though we really like the family portrait that I have above, it's almost ten years old and Mark & I barely look that anymore... ;) Thanks for your sweet comments!
Michael Corleyclivec on August 11th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
I bet they like the last one the best. Who doesn't like their picture on a page?
Sheri: More web stuff...shutterbug93 on August 11th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
They haven't gotten back to me yet, but I hope they like the third (and last one) because secretly, that's my favorite design. :)
Michael Corleyclivec on August 11th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
It is a better design.
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on August 11th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Sydney continues to improve! The portrait that you have is beautiful, but I understand why you'd want another one. It should be lovely.

Re. the website: I like the third layout better, although I can't tell you why. I can only tell you that when I switched from the 3rd to the second I didn't like the change! And the first one is my least favorite; I understand the idea of matching, but I like your darker designs better.

The only problem I had is the size of the print - I have to concentrate to read it and it doesn't pop.

The cast page is fabulous!
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on August 11th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your nice comments about our engagement portrait! It's SOOO old though - Mark & I barely resemble the two people in the picture. ;)

Secretly the third is my favorite as well - and the one that I'm hoping they end up picking... I tend to prefer working with darker designs too.

Thanks for your feedback on the font - I'm hoping when they give me the real copy for the home page it'll be a lot less wordy and I can increase the size of the font - I agree, it's a little hard to read! :)

Thanks for taking a look and for your great comments!!
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on August 11th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that Sydney is doing well and that she makes progress. :) She is a wonderful dog! I really like your family portrait, it's a very nice picture of you three. Hope you will share the new one with us! All the pictures at the gallery of the website you made for your friend are nice but the one of Dean Ching really made me smile. :)

The Chess websites - The first one seems to be a little hard (couldn't find a better word, sorry) but I like the chess figures and especially those in the background behind "Chess - one night only". I like more the second and the third one. I think I would prefer the second, perhaps because "home ... and so" is on top of the side. :)

Hope you all have a nice weekend! Big hugs and love back to you, Sheri!
Sheri: More web stuff...shutterbug93 on August 11th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks Sabine!! And that photo of Dean Ching on the Ace site is so cute!! What a winning smile that little baby has! :D

Thanks so much for taking a look at the sample pages, Sabine! I agree that the first one is a bit harsh. :) The more I'm looking at it, the more I don't like the white being used for the content background. :P Thanks so much for your helpfl comments!!

Big HUGS to you!!
the girl who's a goddessvsprtn on August 11th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Not at all morbid to want a portrait of your loved ones.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on August 11th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
:) HUGS to you! :) Thanks so much for your comment. Hope you're doing okay... I have been thinking about you!
Care: pop-popcareleswhisper on August 12th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see the new picture! I am so glad Sydney continues to fight! That's the fuzzy we all know and love. :)

I like the second design more for some reason. Maybe it's the red...
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on August 12th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Carrie!! :D Sydney is such an amazing dog and each day that we get to spend with her is an absolute gift! :)

Thanks for taking a look at the sample pages!! I spoke with Brian yesterday and he chose the one he liked best - and I've been spending all of yesterday working on filling in content. :) Hopefully the site will be ready to go live this afternoon.

Hope your foot is okay!! Big HUGS and much love to you!!
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on August 12th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
So glad to hear Sydney is hanging in there! Family portrait is a great idea I can't wait to see it :)

Re: the web page, I like the last one the most (others look a bit busy with too much info). Good luck!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on August 12th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sydney certainly is an amazing and strong dog! And I will definitely post the portrait here - in fact I just scanned it last night. :)

Thanks for taking a look at the sample web pages! Hopefully the site will be ready to go live this afternoon! :D
karmastyxkarmastyx on August 12th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
That's great news about Sydney! :)

That makes me so happy. HUGS!

I really dig the last one for the web page. Good luck with all your web work.

Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on August 12th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura! Sydney is just hanging in there - everyday she amazes us with her strength! :)

Thanks for taking a look at the site! :) I've been working on adding content all yesterday so hopefully it'll be ready to go live by the end of today. :D
lindasings on August 12th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I like #3 best. The color scheme is very dramatic, very eye-catching. Will we be able to click on the poster and get a larger view? Right now, the print is too small to read.
Sheri: More web stuff...shutterbug93 on August 12th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking a look at what I've done, Linda! :) And that's a FABULOUS idea - I will definitely make a larger version available. :) If all goes well, hopefully the site will be ready to go live this afternoon! :D

BTW, are you going to the Chess concert? :)