Sunday, March 13, 2011

spring cleaning, blog style

I must have been bored this afternoon because I just spent the past two hours reconstructing my blog using a free blog template by Splashy Templates.  I'm still working on the kinks of this new template by reformatting its html code.  Unfortunately I am only an amateur (although patient and experimental) computer techie at best, so some of the "odd" buttons, like that "home" link at the top of the page, will remain there without other pages added onto it until I've figured out how to add more pages.  I'm thinking an "About this Blog" page would be nice. 

What's everyone's opinion of the new blog?  Better than the old one?  Too flashy?  Just perfect?  Its advantages include the fact that it has more color, instead of just shades of pink, and a few little design trinkets that are nice little stylistic touches.  Its cons include the fact that the blog post screen is not big enough for my YouTube video posts. 

I must confess, most of my time was spent trying to find a public domain image, preferably a colorful one with women and corsets (due to the title of the blog, of course, and the idea of "unlacing").  When none of the ones I tried worked to my liking, I settled for William Holman Hunt's The Lady of Shalott, based on Lord Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott."  This particular image was on the front of a Victorian literature book I used for a class in college, and it always caught my attention due to the fact that the Lady seems to be caught within the threads of her tapestry, (i.e. the imaginary world of her making).   For more on this thread (no pun intended) I've previously discussed the symbolism in Victorian paintings of the Lady of Shalott in this post from November 2009.

So Hunt's Lady of Shalott will grace the top of this page until I can find a more suitable image.

1 comment:

  1. My overly-analytical Brain and I think it's just a wee bit too busy at the top. Stuff is overlapping and the colours aren't really a colour scheme... they're just colours that are kind of cute together :)

    The bottom down here looks amazing though. I love how it looks sort of like parchment or really old paper. Texture is win.

    I totally understand the messing with HTML thing. I know a bit and one of my favorite things to do on MySpace (when I had one) and games with profile things is always messing around with the HTML and changing the look, and stuff. That stuff can be hard!