Thursday, 3 March 2011

Going Live!!!

Believe it or not I have been busy over the past couple of months. And here is the fruit of my labour: My new website!!! I am a little bit anxious about linking here, but would be grateful for feedback regarding how it loads and shows on your computers. I haven't a clue what it looks like on an Applemac - it might go plop for all I know. Do the pictures take too long to load?

Is anybody getting married soon or having a fab dinner party? Just asking....


moreidlethoughts said...

Bother! (being polite, see?)
I lost my comment.
The site loaded Ok on my laptop, running Windows 7. My internet connection is not as fast as I'd like, but that's nothing to do with youYour site loads at the speed of all others.
I spotted that self-promotion, Ms Scarlet! "fig jam" Well, I'm sure you are!
And if I needed calling cards I'd hire you.Of course, I do hope your elegant script does NOT end up in a phone box outside Mr. Beast's cafe...

I hope this helps.
Good luck, kiddo!

Z said...

It looks lovely, and I do wish you every success. I have slow broadband and a lot of the photos on the Gallery page have only half loaded, although the other pages were fine. It all looks good on my Mac in Safari.

Scarlet Blue said...

Dinah: Thank you! I also have a lousy broadband speed - so loading can sometimes be a bit clonky, I might have to do a bit of tweaking if others have a problem.
Coming soon...Scarlet's fig Jams! The labels will look nice but I dread to think what the contents wll taste like!

Z said...

I tried again using Firefox, and this time everything loaded very quickly, including the whole of the Gallery page - so then I was able to see the fig jam reference too.

Scarlet Blue said...

Z: Thank you, Z! I'm wondering if fast broadband speeds are a myth?!
Thank you for the feedback on the Applemac.

Scarlet Blue said...

I have noticed that Firefox is speedier.

Dave said...

Very fast on my PC with Firefox. If I ever get married (to a wealthy heiress) I shall certainly think of using your nible fingers.

I would love to peruse your gallery. It sounds very rude.

broken biro said...

The site looks fab, Scarlet - love those illuminated letters! I'm using the Opera browser on a laptop - it looks fine and loads fine. Good luck!

p.s. what is Dave using your 'nible' fingers for?

Scarlet Blue said...

Dave: Pleased to hear that you are well loaded. Nibbling fingers comes under the heading of 'extras' - didn't we do this yesterday?

Ms Biro: Hello and Welcome!!!
Thank you for looking!
I am pleased you are here, you can help me keep an eye on the wayward David.
I think he wants to nibble nubile fingers... but let's pretend we don't understand.


Dave said...

I saw the typo as soon as it published, but couldn't be bothered (partly because of WV, and partly the drugs/pain combination I'm currently suffering) to go back and correct.

I think it's my very old keyboard and the sticky drinks that have been spilled on it - some keys just don't seem to work properly.

I meant 'nimble' of course.

Mind you, I'm nver one to turn down a nibble.

Scarlet Blue said...

Dave: Apologies! My keyboard is awash with biscuit crumbs.
And I very much enjoy abstract comments!

Princess said...

Lovely job Scarlet... Very classy.

It all loaded perfectly well on windows platform using Chrome...

I wish you all the very best in you endeavour.

I love, love, love the AIR Tag...

Scarlet Blue said...

Princess: Thank you!
The Air tag is going to be part of a weird and wonderfully sculpture... if I ever finish it!

Chairman Bill said...

Aha, a fellow practitioner of the ancient art of calligraphy!

I have a complaint. Being intimately familiar with Truro, City Rd Truro is not in the TR1 3QA postcode. Were your clients not a tad upset that you got it wrong?

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Bill: Ha ha!! I made up fake addresses for the website - I didn't think it'd be right to publish real names and addresses.
Half the fun was making up the names... the Peter Rabbit envelope was my favourite address.
Calligraphy, sadly it's a dying art.


Chairman Bill said...

PS - how much to you charge for a full satanic ritual on human parchment?

Not that I'm into satanic rituals - just enquiring for a friend, you understand.

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Bill: Presumably we are talking written in blood?

I will have to cost it up...

63mago said...

It workes all very fast and smooth. I have an old computer, windows xp and use firefox 3.6., sometimes Iron which is even faster. All pops up fast, all pages look good, no lay-out quirks here.

Very nice! All my best wishes for you! btw, can you copy this for me, 'til tomorrow evening?

broken biro said...

Thanks for the lovely welcome!

I did spot the Cluedo names, but forgot to mention.. nice touch...

... talking of which *whispers* ... tell Dave 'it's a poor workman who blames his tools'

Chairman Bill said...


When I was at sea I would write my logbook entries in Gothic script. Many tried to emulate me, with dismal results.

The site looks very nice - very simple (which is good), simple to navigate and informative.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

I took it for a test drive on an HP netbook using Firefox. I clicked through the gallery and the pics loaded in a reasonable amount of time. Very nice work, I might add!

@Dave: I have a one-typo per post requirement (not counting word verifications). I consider it part of my site's charmm.

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Mags: It'll be a doddle....
*starts sobbing*
It might be ready in a couple of years...

Ms Biro: Yes, I went a be nutty with the Cluedo names... and then I wrote out a set of place cards with Blogger's names for an imaginary dinner party.
Dave needs to remember to keep his tools clean! And his fingers.

Mr Bill: Didn't the sea make your writing go wonky?
I would love to see your Gothic!


MJ said...

So beautiful, Miss Scarlet!

And the photos loaded quickly but I'm using Firefox and have a high-speed connection.

Perhaps I should consider having announcements made up for my 5th blog anniversary...coming up later this month!

I love how you flick your nib!

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Banish: Thank you!
Mr Banish, let me introduce you to Dave; Dave - Mr Banish, Mr Banish - Dave...

63mago said...

Trockne Teine Träne - you remind me with your new site that I wanted to put up pictures of my sources. When I will have figured out how to cut out things I ill do this.

Scarlet Blue said...

MJ: Thank you!! I would be delighted to do your announcements - obviously we are talking Blogger mates rates - which means - FREE!!!
5 years is impressive, I am sure that there will also be cake?

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Mags: Do you mean pictures of the archive material? I would be very intersted in seeing this.

Sarah said...

Tsk Scarls..your bootiful scribing makes my scribbles look like the smutty diary of a mixed media artist...which of course it is

Scarlet Blue said...

Sarah: But your writing looks great on your artwork - and I seriously do like your artwork - you are very fluid with everything you do... whereas my calligraphic obsession to be perfect may indicate that I can be a tad anal!!

Nota Bene said...

Very fabulous indeed. Everything worked wonderfully, and I use Opera browser. It's so lovely I may just have to get married so I can place an order. Can you suggest anyone that'll have me?

Scarlet Blue said...

Nota Bene: Thank you!!!
Obviously I will now have to build a dating website to instigate weddings to generate some work!! It's a thought....

wendy house said...

Being of Geeky extraction I ran some 'performance tests' on your new fabulous site. The bottom line is - Congratuations, nice work. Could mainly be improved by

1) Converting your images from .jpg to .png because they do produce a slower response time than you need for the visual fidelity.

2) adding height and width specification to all the pictures

These test didn't rate the 'ooOOOOoo' and 'Aaaarrrrrhhhhh' factors which are terrific!

Ponita in Real Life said...

Oh how beautiful, Scarlet! I love calligraphy. My mum dabbled in it, and did wedding announcements for me once. I use Windows 7 and Chrome with high speed internet, and every page loaded quickly and perfectly. Very nice website and i love the gallery! I shall have to think up something for you to do for me one day... after I get my life back in order and have an income coming in again.

nick said...

Ooer, very swish indeed. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would love to use your services. I shall recommend you to several old friends of mine, including Mr and Mrs Condiment and Sonya Seasoning.

fairyhedgehog said...

I'm using Windows and it loads quickly and looks beautiful in both Chrome and Firefox.

It really is a lovely website.

MJ said...


xl said...

Super news! All the best!

I have received a card from Miss Scarlet and can personally attest to the high quality and beauty of her work with the nib!

The website looks great on my PC and Applemac using Firefox, Explorer, Safari, and Opera.

MJ said...

Like XL, I too have received an exquisite card from Miss Scarlet and can testify to its beauty.


Pearl said...

It all came up beautifully for me.

My husband, the long-suffering Willie Throckmorton the III (not his real name) does some caliligraphy as well, but nothing like yours.

Wow. Really impressive. Wish I had something coming up! I would use your services.


Scarlet Blue said...

Wendy: Thank you ever so much for the performance tests - I will pass on your comments to the web designer!

Ponita: Thank you!!
I shall warm my nibs in anticipation.

Nick: Do you think Soya Saucepot will be interested?

Fairyhedgehog: Thank you for looking! I'm pleased that the site seems to be running smoothly.

MJ: I fancy a cup-cake and a cup of tea, to be honest.

Mr XL: It was the least I could do after sampling your wonderful candy!

MJ: **Blushes**

Pearl: Thank you! Oh, you must encourage your husband to keep practising calligraphy - it's a dying art and I'm on a mission to help keep it alive!


kyknoord said...

I just love the fact that your header font is designed by Tart Workshop.

Mister E. said...

Scarls your fancy-schmancy handwriting thingamajiggy is absolutely loverly.

I tried to do some 'Cali' once but soon discovered that I just don't have the set skills or enough patience to properly flick my nibs.

Since I started wordprocessing I've become an even lazier writer. Now if I don't scribble notes in 48 point I can't even read my own handwringing, er handwriting, who am I kidding? It's so bad that I need to PRINT everything.

So, yes, while I may be deleriously happy for your success, I also remain mindnumbingly jealous of your giftings, but you already knew that. It's just not fair!

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Kinky: I have my image to maintain!

Mr Coppens: I could never quite abandon the humble pen... I still have a pen and notepad at hand even when surfing - some habits die hard!


Inexplicable DeVice said...

It's all beautiful! And comes up a treat on this demon box of mine which uses Firefox something or other...

No events here any time soon, but I do have a spell book that needs tidying up. Do you have any reservations about working with hazardous materials and explosive ink?

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Devine: I think I could see you right with a bit of quirky Gothic - an elegant script for bewitching spells.

Dave said...

I have spent the day washing my tools, then rubbing them down with an oiled cloth, so they have a slippery sheen.

I will have to hold a dinner party, so that you can write out the place settings. It will be an imaginary one, of course.

Isa Kaufmann said...

The new site looks absolutely wonderful. I never knew you were so talented with the quill pen. The pictures load immediately for me.

B-u-x said...

Scarls, what a talented lady you are! The website looks great on my pc and loaded in very quickly.

I only have one suggestion - why don't you open up a Paypal account or the like so that people overseas can tap into your reservoir of ink? That way you have instant, safe payment method and folk who live outside the UK (and other heathens without a cheque book) are able procure your very lovely services.

Wishing you lots of success with the venture (or should that be ad venture ;-)

Scarlet Blue said...

Dave: I am just off to watch Come Dine with me for some dinner party inspiration... what would be your imaginary menu be? How would you tempt my palate?

Guess how I spelt 'palate' before I double checked... I would have got splinters in my tongue.

Scarlet Blue said...

Isa: Hello and Welcome!! Although maybe I already know you?
Anyhow, thank you for looking!

Bux: Thank you! I'm going to look into paypal, I will see how it goes, but it's a good idea.


It is tea-time!

mapstew said...

Wow! You are indeed an artist!

(In a former life you must have been an Irish monk, for your work is truly 'Book Of Kells' worthy!)

Just beautiful. (Can you tell I like it?)

(Everything loaded instantly, even on my crappy old PC!) :¬)


Dave said...

Fish finger sandwiches.

Jelly and ice-cream.

Whirlochre said...

I see no problemo at all — everything loads up fine and looks positively spankalicious.

Do you do buttock tattoos?

I've been thinking about having MAM and DAD done in Comic Sans for some time...

BEAST said...

Matching the nib work on the Gothic script I now know who wrote
Pissypants Beast smells of wee

I heart MR C
on the Cafe C toilet wall

Jimmy said...

I am late to the party on this occasion, my apologies dear Scarlet. Impressive wee site, artistic and pleasing to the eye, so I have passed a link across to a friend of the wife who plans wedding parties etc. Good luck hen.

Happy Frog and I said...

Hi Scarlet, it looks great on the Opera browser I am using. Loaded fast and no problems. I wish you the very best of luck with your venture and if I hear of any potential custom I will send it your way. x

Mitzi said...

I use Explorer 8 and it sprung up a treat. Your website looks exquisite Scarlet, lovely nib action, very professional.

Do you have a recette for that fig jam?

Eryl said...

You've made me want to become a florist just so I can have pink cards with quirky script. Everything loaded beautifully and with speed on my apple using chrome, and my internet connection is pretty rubbish.

Just one query: should "guests" (on the 'Interested' page) not have an apostrophe after the s if it's possessive?

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Maps: here is a link to Master Calligrapher, Denis Brown - who is Irish and is also quite brilliant and an inspirational.
I do have a little Irish blood!

Dave: Throw in a bag of ready salted Kettle crisps and I'll be there.

Mr Whirly: I may have to practice with a felt tip before I cause permanent damage.

Mr Beastie: It's a fair cop. I am considering adding the aforementioned works to my gallery page, I think they will add a certain je ne sais quoi, so please keep them intact.

Mr Jimmy: Thank you kindly! That is very sweet of you.
I think it's going to be a bumper year for weddings.

HappyFroggy: Thank you!!! I'm probably going to end up with no time for blogging!!

Mitzi: Thank you!
this is probably one of Delia's recipes as it's on the Waitrose site. You can't go wrong with Delia. Unless you're me.

Eryl: If I could have it my way I would abandon all scripts other than the quirky one as it's so much fun to write - minimal lining up - it's wonderful!
I think you could be right about the apostrophe! I will get it sorted before the end of the day. Thank you!


Meanwhile.... news is coming in regarding the whereabouts of the missing comment from the previous post. There have been several sightings... I will keep you posted.

Nikos said...

What a talent you have to make such beautiful work - best of luck with the enterprise.

Did you know that the word calligraphy comes from the ancient Greek words "kalimari" meaning squid and "graffomeehanee" meaning typewriter?


Lulu LaBonne said...

This looks great, loaded v quick via Firefox on my macbook.

Brilliant stuff xxx

chickory said...

It's wonderful and congratulations! i know that it was a ton of work - im rebuilding mine now.

I love "quirky" the best - i cannot believe you can write that so evenly and consistently - amazing. Prices are terrific. I bet you get a lot of work. I hope you do.

It loaded very quickly and formatted nicely. Im on a MacBook Pro. I have DSL.

chickory said...

oh and if you ever fall on hard times and need shelter - you gotta hook up with a Benedictine monastery. They do the illuminated manuscripts.

Pat said...

That's lovely! All excellent.

Eternal Worrier said...

Loaded ok at my place. Looks good too.

normadesmond said...

my, my, many comments over one little nib.

your site popped right up on my apple! your work is lovely and i wish you unparalleled success. walk softly, but carry a large quill!

Autolycus said...

Works fine for me (Firefox, Windows XP, slighgtly steam-powered broadband). Very impressed (I shall have to dream up an event to create invitations for).

A couple of suggestions to help encourage people to follow up on initial interest:

- a "contact" link to your email in the top menu

- jumplinks at the top of the Styles page so that people can see at a glance the range of options

- likewise, maybe thumbnail images or a slideshow option for the Gallery, rather than expecting people to scroll down?

Customers can be lazy sods, so you need to make sure they have no excuses.

PS: Escort cards??!!

WV: "fluobb" - obviously it thinks I'm Bill and Ben.

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Nikos: Thank you!
Thank you also for the translation of the word 'calligraphy' - I will try to find a way of incorporating this information on to the website as
it makes a refreshing change from the usual translation!

Lulu: Thank you!

Chickory:x2 Hello and Welcome!!
The 'Quirky Script' is my current favourite. I have only recently started using a pointed pen [used for copperplate scripts] and I really didn't realise how versatile it is - I'm having to force myself to practice my Italic [broad edge nib].
Do the Benedictine monks have broadband?

Pat: Thank you!

Mr Worry: Thank you!

Miss Norma: Yeah, a lot of these comments are mine because I was in over-excitable mode!
Thank you for looking. I will steal some quills from Chickory....

Mr Auty: Ha ha!! Yes there have been discussions about a contacts page and there have been discussions about thumbnails... I wanted the contact page... but was persuaded otherwise... but it was me who decided against the thumbnails because I thought a viewer might be too lazy to click to make big!!
When I have more pics for the gallery I will probably go for the thumbnails.
Thank you for the feedback.


Thank you to everybody who has taken the time to look at my website and I'm very pleased to know that everything is loading as it should do.

Right, back to more important things... like the missing comment from the previous post....

Clyde said...

Miss Scarlet
Is it polite to say that a lady's web is professional---or is that offensive when referring to a lady

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Clyde: You are never offensive and you are welcome in my web.


TechnoBabe said...

It loaded instantly on my computer and your work is lovely. I wish you so much success with your new venture.

LL Cool Joe said...

It worked well on my mac, the photos too a few seconds to appear but nothing that make you give up looking.

Good luck, I hope the business does well!

LL Cool Joe said...

Took. Gee what is it with me and commenting on your blog? Anyone would think I was drunk.