Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A New Look for Papemelroti Online

Since I was 7 years old, I was already working for our family business and fortunately I stuck it through since this job is the best! I didn't always feel this way, as all teenagers feel the need to stretch their wings and discover new horizons. But by fate, destiny or pure fortuitousness, I am one of the artists at a local chain of specialty gift shops called "Papemelroti".

It's quite an unusual name for a shop I know but that's what happens when a narcissistic streak hits some young 'uns. I was nowhere near coherent being a toddler when they decided to name the shop after the first syllables of the children, from eldest to youngest.

Therefore the names Pa-tsy, Pe-ggy, Mel-dy, Ro-bert and then Ti-na became the ingredients for the Italian sounding but very Filipino store "Papemelroti" (stress on the "mel").

Today I revamped the main pages of our website and it took some doing. If you browse around you'll see that only the links from the main page have been updated so there's still about 500 pages to work through aaaah!!!

Website authoring is such a fulfilling task if only I could have doubled, tripled time to work on it! Alas I still have to fill orders, design new paper bags and prepare for Father's Day displays! That's how advanced my schedule is. It isn't even Mother's day but I'm already thinking about Father's!

Here's what I made today... the front page...It has somewhat of a vintage feel or at least that's what I'd like to think!

Here's a sample of the inside pages...It looks less cluttered (hopefully) and has a better focal point.

The funny thing is, when I got home, my brother, who is also a designer, gave me webpage designs for the site as well, oops! This proves to me that we have similar brain wave functions so as to work on the exact same thing on the exact same day!

Ah well, that's the beauty of web publishing though, I can change the 550 pages tomorrow to the new design (oh really?) but first... sleep!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Simple Joys

Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping at your window...

Spending a few quiet moments in prayer...

Realizing you have absolutely nothing to "have to do" that whole day...

Eating cilantro with singkamas (turnips) and calamansi (a type of lemon)...

Laughing and listening to family stories...

Having a restful nap...

Making this little piece of art... Life is so full of simple joys we can forget to be thankful for.

What was your simple joy today?


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