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My website has a new look. Ever since last December I have been working on redesigning my website.  I wanted a completely new, vibrant look that would showcase my work.  I tried this and tried that with no real success. Everything I did looked like a very slight modification to the site and I kept asking myself, why bother?  Then I started to search for CSS (techie talk for Cascading Style Sheets) templates and eventually came across a site called **, that offered HTML templates and more.  They had some really nice and very affordable ones.  I eventually narrowed it down to this template by Pezflash.

**My apologies, due to certain restrictions, I cannot provide a link to Themeforest…, so if you would like to visit their site, you can type in the  url or Google them.

What I wanted to achieve was a completely redesigned website that was different than anything I had ever had. With this template, I was able to get most of what I wanted.  Yes, there are a few things I would like to change up a bit more, but over all the website is what I wanted with this revision.

I’m a techie, my day job is that of a software developer, so I have to tell you that if you buy a template, I really think you need to know a bit about coding, regardless of what the author may tell you. I’ve done website development for over 10 years now, mainly for myself, and I would be the first one to tell you that there are tons of things I don’t understand about web development.  BUT, I guess I know enough to be ‘dangerous‘ AND I will tell you that I know what I like and I really liked what this template provided.

So, I had to do a bit of coding here and there.  I definitely had my moments of frustration with this one, but not as many as in some of my previous excursions.  My thoughts, after I had struggled for 5 months trying to achieve the redesign, were why reinvent the wheel when someone had the layout I wanted already coded?  Now, I still want to tweak a few things, but it’s a great foundation for me to add content.

I hope you like the revisions as much as I do.  I highly recommend the Themeforest site because of the wide variety of theme selections they offer at a very reasonable cost (average around $15 for a single site license).  And Pezflash designs some great themes, provides good documentation and is available for questions if you have them.  I think that ranks things at a 4 or 5 star level for style, support, etc.  Just remember if you decide to go this route, you do need a fair amount of knowledge for the technical part of the code.

Now it’s time for me to get back to the bench to continue preparations for my next Trunk Show on Saturday, June 8th.  Details in my latest newsletter.  If you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter, sign up here.  I promise you won’t be bombarded with endless emails.  I send information out about new works or shows every month or two.

Make it a great Friday everyone!

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Express Yourself
Photo by: Daniel Krucoff

Another pair of slightly unconventional Express Yourself earrings. I must admit that I struggled with having a 14kt Gold Filled spiral on one and horizontal lines on the other. My first attempt to push myself out of the “I must make symmetrical earrings” zone. What do you think? Should I push further with the asymmetrical or stay with the safe, status quo?

I do find these intriguing because of the slight difference and I would like to continue down that path exploring the more unconventional.

This pair is comprised of heavily oxidized sterling, bronze aspen leaves, garnets and pearls extended from Shibuichi Silver.  They are available at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry in Monument CO.

Please leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments.  I really do appreciate your insights.  Thanks!

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

2009 Art Hop Logos Final

It’s that time of year again!  Monument, CO 2013 Art Hop season begins this Thursday, May 16, 2013. The official time for Art Hop is 5 – 8:00 PM.  In Monument, Art Hop is on the third Thursday of the month, starting in May and running through September.

There are so many cool things about Art Hop. Visiting the local merchants, seeing what’s new, meeting with artists at different locations where their works are represented, food, drink, good conversations, running in to friends and catching up. It’s just a very nice community event to socialize and enjoy an evening out.

This year, I will be at Marylee Resig’s Santa Fe Trail Jewelry with my good friend and fellow artist Nancy Bonig. Marylee carries Nancy’s work and mine. Not only will Nancy & I discuss our respective work, but we look forward to talking about this year’s Front Range Open Studio Tours. There will be new artists joining us this year, like my friends Ginny & Frank Mailo of Monument Moon Studios.  I’m excited about the prospects of expanding our network of friends on the tour, along with demonstrating some of the techniques we use in creating our artwork.

I will have some of my new works, such as Express Yourself (with a little touch of Colorado), in addition to some of my latest Treescapes and Ginkgo leaf works.

Express Yourself
Copper, Silver, 14kt Gold filled wire, Pearls, Mokume Gane, Bronze
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

Nancy always has the most beautiful glass works, so I can’t wait to see what she may bring!

Right now the weather forecast is GREAT for this Thursday evening, so why not make plans to have a wonderful evening out and just enjoy the atmosphere in Monument?

Hope to see you there.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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