Visual Recipe Index for Pastry Chef Online Blog Encourages Clicking

My client and friend, Jenni Field (www.PastryChefOnline.com), has been wishing for a visual recipe index for quite a while. Well, I am happy to say, she now has one and it adds even more delicious eye candy to her blog! Jenni showed me several examples of what she wanted her index to do and we worked together to create a custom visual recipe index that works within her theme.

Adding recipes to the index is super easy! It’s automated and set up for Jenni’s categories. So, when Jenni creates a new recipe post, and clicks publish, voilà, a yummy thumbnail is automatically added to the category visual index.

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Using the index is easy for visitors too! When visitors first visit the main recipe page, they will see a well organized grid of category images. After clicking on the category of interest, the visitor is shown another grid. Selecting an inviting recipe is done by simply hovering over the image. The title will peek up on top of a delicate, semi-transparent layover which when clicked will take you to that specific recipe.

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If you take a look at Jenni’s blog, you will see that this new feature follows the aesthetic appeal from the main page throughout the rest of the site.One word of caution. If you are considering a visual recipe index. Make sure you have worked on your food photography skills. This can make or break a food site. There are ALOT of tutorials and books out there to help.Step-3-Recipe-Index

Our new family member – another foster “failure”!

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Volunteering with an animal rescue group means that our family comes into contact with lots of animals that need homes…obviously!

Well, I received an email from a lady who found a 3 week old kitten in a trap with her mom (the mom died in the trap).

The kind lady who found her had taken care of the kitten (previously Bella) and would have continued to do so, but she was having to travel back and forth to help her mother in another state so it just wasn’t practical especially since the kitten was not completely weaned.

Not sure why, but this email caught my attention and I met her to pick up “Bella” and foster her until she was ready for adoption.

Long story short, we fell in love with this little girl, named Natty. We had fully intended to have her adopted from the rescue program. But honestly, she has turned out to be quite a handful and needed a very special family…so we adopted her. She is a torti…the very “type” of cat that must have given tortis such a huge reputation for being high energy and temperamental. She definitely has tortitude, and we love her!

Available! Kale Logo for Website Can Customize with Your Text

Available for purchase: Awesome kale logo that was never used.

$195

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The logo was created in Adobe Illustrator and the Kale illustration is all original.  With your purchase, I will replace the current text with whatever you want. It can be a website name, your name, blog name, etc. The text must be in the same layout as the one here. If you would like me to use a different layout, there will be a small additional charge. If this is of interest to you, let me know what you have in mind and I can give you an estimate.

Final files (with watermark removed) will be delivered to you in a zipped file and will contain high resolution images in PNG and jpeg. I will also include the source file (Adobe Illustrator Vector). This will allow you to use the login in print as well as on the web.


Craigslist Graphic Ads for Housecleaning Service Including Html Code for Client to Use

Created 6 Craigslist ads for a housecleaning business in New York that needed to be similar but at the same time different. The client also needed the html code created so the images were hyper-linked to her website in certain areas. Done in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop. Photos and logo were provided by the client. Butterfly and field illustration on the Spring ads were purchased through www.istockphoto.com (I purchase from them and PhotoDune when I need a stock photo or graphic as they are very reasonable).

Website Design and Hosting for Breast Cancer Fundraising Non-Profit

Created website for Elyse Pantke White Foundation and hosted the site at no cost for 3 years. Also created graphics to get more exposure for the Forever Annual Pink Prom, an event created to honor the memory of Elyse by working together to find a cure for breast cancer. All proceeds from their events go to breast cancer research and the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pastry Chef Online – New Yummy Delicious WordPress Website Design!

I have to say this is one of the most enjoyable sites I have worked on! Jenni Field, a vixen in the kitchen, needed a site revamp.

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Jenni’s previous design worked fine. However, Jenni’s audience base had increased and her content offerings continue to expand, she needed a web presence that could continue to grow with her.

Jenni was very involved with the design and we spent a lot of time instant messaging which kept the process moving in real time.

I suggested the Genesis Platform to Jenni – it is well documented and StudioPress provides regular updates. I made aesthetic changes and added some custom graphics while using some of her previous design elements such as the background and the Pastry Chef logo.

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One of my favorite aspects of the site – the social media buttons.  I came up with the social button “design”, but I must admit that the yummy pastry graphics were purchased from GraphicRiver. While I could have created my own food illustrations, these were just too perfect to pass up and why recreate the wheel?  I added the facebook, twitter, youtube, flickr, facebook, rss and Google+ icons and voila…yummy delicious social icons. For some sites, I wouldn’t recommend adding social icons in such a prominent fashion, but Jenni is  very social media adept (uses these avenues regularly and with quality interaction), if someone clicks off her website and ends up at one of her social sites, they will be back.

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