New look for the old blog

Well, here it is. A very new look. I made the template a lot simpler though for some evil reason the CSS gave me all sorts of problems with the color definitions. I finally had to wipe all of the CSS and just rewrite it.

I doubt I'll keep this version of the blog very long. Maybe until the end of May. No longer than that. I like the template and might keep it with just slight changes but the picture will be changed soon. I might even make 5 or so headers and cycle through them on a frequent basis. I've never written a CSS based theme but I might go that route if I can figure out how to do it. I'm getting to be a pretty old dog to be learning new tricks, y'see. I might not be able to wrap my head around it.

The old look is over there on the left. It was only 800 pixels wide which was too narrow. The current one has a header that is 960 pixels wide but the table underneath isn't limited to that size, unlike the old format that was set at 800 pixels.

The old format was also much more dependent on image files using them for the page background and also the background of the main part of the table. This one is simply my header with a table underneath that just has two columns and one row. Simple as can be!

By the way, the pictures in the current header are all homegrown. The yellow flower on the left is growing outside under my kitchen window, the flowers on the right are from a vine growing on a bird feeder that I've been taking many pictures of for my photoblog, and the cat in the middle was photographed on my back deck last week. It's not mine, it just visits me hoping to catch a bird. It's a mean ole cat--but very smart.

UPDATE: I added a new footer on here tonight. It's an inverted and filtered version of the top third of my header. I like the colors and abstract quality of it. :-)

Comments

lisa said…
Nice spring look, Utenzi.

Is the cat always mean, or is he just hungry?

Of course all cats can be mean sometimes, Bella stepped on my bladder this morning before I was ready to get up out of bed. And when I kept pushing her away - she started hissing and whining about it. Then of course she came over and started purring when she saw my hand. "Pet me! Pet me, let's be friends." Of course, she might not even known I was the one pushing her off of me. Maybe she thought the blanket was doing it.
Oreo said…
No cat is mean...just misunderstood by humans who can't speak our language. :P
utenzi said…
Actually the mean part is more from the perspective of the birds, which in this case I share since I view the birds more as mine than I do the cat. He is very smart and not bad looking--but he's klling "my" birds, Oreo!
utenzi said…
Thanks, Lisa. Actually the cat seems pretty nice--just very aggressive towards birds, and my barbecue too. He was using the BBQ as a ramp and it was getting quite scratched up. Finally I moved the BBQ so it would remain intact.
Ciera said…
Wow....I like the new look. Very neat and I like the colors!
kenju said…
Aha! This time I got in. I do love the look of the new page, Utenzi. The colors are great and very cheerful.
Diane Mandy said…
I like what you've done with the place even if it is temporary. So long as you don't have a bee on those flowers, we're cool.
Helen said…
The new template looks great! Happy spring to you!
Peace..............
Canadian Dude said…
Nice header...blame my visit on Michele.

Cheers!
Belinda said…
I'll miss the napping kitty-cat, but I like this, too. And, Dave, you know why I love you? Because you're the kind of guy who has a "tertiary page" in his list of links. You rock.
utenzi said…
It sounds like you've been looking up my dress, so to speak, Belinda and peeking at my link page on RR. That's the one that I actually use to visit folk--the one here on my blog isn't nearly as complete.
Teresa said…
Well, I see you've got some of the spacing stuff straightened out. On IE your titles are coming through in lower case and looks like part of a post, but on Firefox the titles are capitalized and encased in red (nothing like that on IE, but putting the pointing thing over it does make it look like a link... it's very odd, but thought I'd let you know what I'm seeing.

(Hate the footer thing, but figure I don't have to scroll down there and look at it)
Michelle said…
Love the Spring Colors :o)

One thing, the banner at the bottom of the template, the writing is upside down!!
Paul Sveda said…
Chipmunks and mice have been digging up the garden something fierce. Thinking of getting a mean'ol'cat to be a barn cat and the sherif. Nice work on the site. I've spent way too much time messing with my blog so thats it for me, I have to stick it out at least a year.

Michele says hi.

cheers,

P.
Cyndy said…
I love the colors!! Michele sent me.
Hi! I like your site it looks really pretty.

Michele sent me :)
srp said…
Here from Michele.
Love the new look, the greens are so soothing and the picture is great.
jsdaughter said…
Beautiful template- wish I knew how to do this stuff! The "ahh-cho" was a perfect addition for me- although I love both- cats and flowers make me sneeze!! found you through Michele..
Lucky said…
Love the new template...Michelle sends her best.
Very clever, Utenzi. (I am here from Michele's place.)
KaraMia said…
I like this look, it's very welcoming and easy on the eyes.
Here via michele today
Robin said…
This is great, Utenzi...the green is very soothing, and your lily is gorgeous! (of course, I'd be doing the whole Ah-choo thing, myself!) I hope you are having a great weekend, glad I got to stop by and see your renovations!

Here from Michele's!
Thumper said…
Anytime there's a kitty to look at, it's good ;)

here from Michele's this morning!
Prego said…
Pastoral.

I'm considering re-vamping the rustbelt... I haven't gotten a judges ruling on how difficult white text on black is to the visual palate.


Here via Michele today.
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Wordnerd said…
I like the new look!

Visiting from Michele's . . .
Dawn Falcone said…
I like your new redesign. Makes me want to chill with a glass of lemonade.
Here via Michele.
ribbiticus said…
am loving this new look. very cheerful. ;)
rashbre said…
I like the new look. A couple of friendly suggestions...
Move the cat down and put the Utenzi top right, then the cat is looking at the title. More memorable.

Also, use the typeface enhancements like your old header so that the text stands out from the header. Image bevel etc.

Just being friendly, its good already!

rashbre
Michelle said…
Sorry to hear about the poison ivy. Yikes! And I love the new look :)

Thanks for the comment yesterday. It means a lot.
Grins said…
I like the idea of changing the header without making drastic changes to the template once you get it the way you want.
I can't seem to stick with only one header neither ! Now, if they could only find an easier way to do it...

Michele sent me, by the way !

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