Web page count tip

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in All, Web Tips | 0 comments

Sometimes the seemingly simplest question is the hardest to answer!

There are times when you just want to know how many web pages are on a domain. It would be easy just to give a total of the number of files on the sever however that tells you the number total of all the images, web pages and other documents. If you just want to know how many web pages there are here is a little trick I learned.

  1. Go to google.com on a desktop machine. Didn’t seem to work on my iPad
  2. Type in site:www.yourdomain.com (change “yourdomain.com” to be yours of course!)
  3. Note the little gray numbers under the search. This is how many pages are on the site

NOTE: this is a great way to browse the content of a site that hasn’t linked to all their content or their content is buried deep in their site.

See below of an 8 page site I designed.



Now look at how many pages the college site has that work for!


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Luscious lettuce!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Garden Stuff, growing well | 4 comments

I have to brag about how nice my salad bowl lettuce is this season. I think I can attribute this to two things that make it so. One is the raised beds that have no contact with the ground so no chance of little creatures from the ground. And the other is the addition of the mosquito netting on the cage that surrounds the lettuce as you can see from the picture. This netting I bought from Amazon and I like it because I can see through it and it look really pretty when the sunlight hits it. There are no white flies which have been a problem in the past. From what I have heard even if they do get in there the white netting actually blinds them so they don’t stay. I am not sure if that is true but they aren’t there!

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Web store sneak peak

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in All, Design Tips, photo, Photography, Web Tips | 2 comments

I don’t usually show a website until it’s mostly finished but I am excited about my new pet photo stock store I am setting up. As of this post I have only formatted 6 photos for sale because I wanted to focus on getting all the details right before adding more. I am using gumroad for the store engine and I coded the page to be responsive so hopefully when you view this on any device you can see the thumbnails fairly large in either 3, 2 or one column. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to be alerted when I add new photos at the bottom of the page!


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Stained Glass Illustration

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in All, Design Tips | 2 comments


I was asked to take this pencil illustration (see art here) and create a graphic for a poster that will advertise a newly written opera. I’m not much of an illustrator myself but I at least had the pencil sketch from the client to work off of. I used Adobe Illustrator to outline and ink in the illustration and then photoshop to apply textures.

The name of the opera is the Voyage of Mary Magdalene. You can view the hatchfund project and see a video about the opera here. It will be opening March 21st at the Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church.

Since the play was biblical in nature I thought stained glass would be appropriate and also would explain the blocky chunks of color. I chose to follow this tutorial which was a perfect choice!!



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2015 Lunar Year of the Ram Graphic Freebie

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Design Tips | 0 comments

I was asked to make a little web graphic for a Chinese New Year festival. It’s the year of the ram or goat or sheep – that seems to be up for debate.

I am really fond of sheep when I witnessed two sheep in a herd on either side of another sheep being its support. That sheep in the middle appeared to be blind and the other two sheep helped guide it to where it could eat. Witnessing that entirely changed my opinion of these animals and I hope that anyone born in this year learns the value of that kind of support we can give to one another.

The stylized flowers are the lucky primrose and the lucky color red in basic astrology. Feel free to download and do with it what you wish!


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Design Tips, photo, Photography | 5 comments


I just had to make a greeting card design for Valentine’s day when I remembered you could change the bokeh shapes in the background by putting a piece of on the front of your lens with a cutout of a certain shape. Enjoy!

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Tutorial on making a thought bubble, new card design & and a puppy

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in All, cards, Design Tips, photo, Photography | 3 comments

pupI recently took pictures of an adorable Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy and some of the photos have been accepted at Shutterstock.

This one of of the sad puppy pose in particular I am making into a greeting card for when you are missing someone.

The front of the card shows her as a sad little puppy with a thought bubble above her head saying “When you’re not here…” and in the inside it says, “I feel a little sad.”

I thought I would also take the time to do a quick tutorial on how to use Adobe Illustrator to make a thought bubble. There are a bazillion ways to do this but this is a nice quick and easy way I thought I would share.

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