Monday, September 29, 2008

a major facelift


I was in a designing mood the entire week last week that is why my blogging frame of mind took a back seat for the moment. I was using the old blogger template since I signed up here [the one that is readily available when you create a blog account here] but I made a few customizations here and there as I learned the rope of html codes and their significance. Somehow I was able to do few drastic changes in the entire template lay-out [like changing the 2-column template to 3-column] through some helpful websites that give simple and easy tutorial lessons like Dummies’ Guide to Google Bloggers, Blogger Buster and Tips for New Bloggers. I also learned to design my own header and did a lot of them for my former school (5), my cousin (2) and my baby brother (4). And I added widgets left and right too.

Then, one day when I signed in to this blog the entire page was blank except for the blog title, the categories, the blog archives and the widget clock. I freaked out. I wasn’t able to find any of my posts. Then I checked my brother’s blog [which I am officially babysitting] and it has the same fate as mine. I freaked out some more.

So I googled… I googled more… and I googled hard. Then I found and found lots of FREE blogger templates. This is the best blogger template website that I've ever found in google. All the templates are cool and easy to install. It has tutorials on how you can customize the tamplates to your own style that will suit your personality and taste. They have tips that you can use to enhance and improve your lay-out.And they have updates on everything about blogger. In other words... rocks... to the max.

And so, I downloaded tons of templates [I have lots of blogs of my own and more adopted ones, remember?] and decided that it’s about time to make a change. Why not? Even Obama is calling for change, right? And I did. And this is the result of that drastic decision I made last week. It was painstaking but worth it. I single-handedly copied all the important data in notepad especially my friends’ blogroll [that task almost killed me] and re-installed them one by one. So, all of my 4 blogger accounts – a Carpenter's WIFE's tool box, My REFUGE, sa puso at isip and THIS ONE… had major facelifts courtesy of, now I need one myself… literally.

Monday, September 15, 2008

my roots

One day, my brother who is based in China asked me if I was aware that we have a family crest. What the heck is a family crest, I asked back? I had no clue whatsoever. It turned out that he did a research about our family name and its origin. It turned out that the ORONAs came from Ireland and that we are the descendants of Ronan. It also turned out that ORONA is a jewish surname which originally came from the Hebrew word AHARON

Out of curiosity, I googled it and voila… there it is – the Orona Family Crest or what is more popularly known as… the coat of arms. Yes, we have family Crest and a motto too which is – For he is our maker [whatever that means]. And I am using that crest for now on to uphold my roots.

Do you want to know where your family came from? Search House of Names.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

feelin' scrappy

I got my hands full with scrapping that end up with another blog. Yes, another blog. Well, I have an alibi. I need a new blog to post all my finished work. It will not be the normal blog thingy that I need to give my full attention to. It's just a simple un-assuming blog that will disguise itself as my Photo Gallery for my scrapbooking venture… sort of. Oh well, life’s a scrap so let’s decorate it.

And oh by the way, it's in a the newest blogging community in the blogosphere. My friend Vienna created it... it's called You might want to create another blog account with it. It's very new, it's free, it's very promising, and it's a nice place to grow old with. hahahaha.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

designing mood

Much to my desire to be productive, I suddenly decided to put on my creative apron and tried my hands into digital scrapbooking and design some headers for my cousin Shiela who just came up with a new blog "Ang Best of Me" [using my convincing power]. Well, sort of.

I recently downloaded lots of images, backgrounds and designs from different scrapbooking websites like shabby princess and visit some of my friends’ websites like Viel's scrap crank and Design by Viel and my web-blog designs by Carlota for some creative ideas. And here are what I came up with.

I usually use Powerpoint for designing them and not the usual Photoshop that most digital scrapbookers are using because I have to admit... I don't know how to use Photoshop just yet. But so far I know I am doing alright with that.