Thursday, October 30, 2008

Blog Makeover Anyone? *


Well, November is coming soon so I thought I'd squeeze in another post or two before October ends. November is going to be a cool month for I will be celebrating the birthday of both my blogs, Wishing On A Falling Star and Mariuca's Perfume Gallery!

I'm excited thinking that it's going to be 2 whole years since I first started blogging, and I've started some early preparations for Mariuca. She has to look good on her birthday right? So I've been busy conjuring ways on how I can help add more ummmmph to Mariuca and as usual, I started early but at a slow and steady pace.

The first thing I did was to get a new template for Mariuca about a month ago! Now, before you exclaim over my ability for blog-tweaking and handling my own makeover, allow me to direct your attention to the person who actually aided me every step of the way to make my layout what it is today - none other than my current Top Mariucan who is a cat lover like me and also my BBF (Best B&B Friend) - LadyJava!

I was lucky to have caught LJ when she was still giving out her services for free, cause if I didn't have LJ to help me with all the messy HTML stuff required to create my new look, I would be totally lost! Yes, I can very well download any new template and have it up, but to have it complete with additional stuff like a background, or a certain picture at my sidebar or the little falling star you see at the bottom of my page or changing the colours of my template and so on, it requires some major HTML tweaking and what not, which unfortunately is simply not my forte. That's why I was so grateful to LJ for helping me with Mariuca's makeover.

Since helping me with my template, LJ has recently started her own blog makeover business, where she will provide you with her tweaking services, for a small fee of course. What I liked most about working with LJ was her patience and understanding for my requirements. She was extremely patient with me - perfectionist Mariuca! When I asked her to show me a couple of samples before we could even begin the process of changing templates, she did it happily! When I asked her to help me change MPG's look yet again, barely a month after MPG's first makeover, she was more than willing. And even when I was fussy about the smallest things, she emailed me a long explanation with reasons why certain things could not be done and even added a couple of suggestions to make me feel at ease! SIGH! Whatever will I do without my faithful and talented makeover buddy LJ? ;)

So if you're looking for a new makeover, look no further! If what you want is professional service at a reasonable cost, click the button below to bring you to the lady herself. I am certain you will be so pleased with your end result - I know I was! Thank you LJ! :)







Posted at 3.51 AM

* The first person to leave a comment on any post title that ends with a star will receive a link back to his or her blog for being my first commentator!



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Mariuca October 30, 2008 5:43 PM

Grandy, you're still top here, but yes...looks like LJ is making a slow and steady comeback! Btw Grandy, tomorrow is the last day of my TC race, good luck! To you and to Debbs too! :):):)

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:43 PM

I just got over $20 from Adsense ever since I started blogging lol! LJ has cashed in more than $100 from Adsense.

Mariuca October 30, 2008 5:44 PM

Wow! Congrats on being the 200th comment here Grandy, you go girl!! :):):)

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:46 PM

Ramblings's bday is on 6 Feb 07, Craft on 11 March 08, Phat-Wallet on 25 July 08.

Mariuca October 30, 2008 5:46 PM

Congrats Debbs, byk tu 20 bucks! ;)

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:47 PM

Wow...you have a lot of blogs.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:48 PM

I don't know how you keep track of it all.

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:48 PM

First post ever, Grandy! Lol! It's on Ramblings and it was about shoes that I bought lol!!

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:48 PM

Yeah Marzie, LJ is back...in full game.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:49 PM

Just know that Grandy has her rally cap on in a big way.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:49 PM

One more day? It's 1 1/2 for me...so I thought.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:49 PM

One more day? It's 1 1/2 for me...so I thought.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:50 PM

Oops...I must be getting sleepy now. Pushing publish post twice is a commenting faux pas.

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:50 PM

Thanks Marzie for the good luck wish! :):)

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:50 PM

Where you at ladies? Off commenting on my other comments at MPG?

Mariuca October 30, 2008 5:51 PM

Debbs, I think u should celebrate Phat's birthday! :)

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:52 PM

But have to wait till it's $100! :):)

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:54 PM

I actually plan to start a new one, a women's blog. :) I've bought a domain for it too, but I need to find time to commit to it. :)

Mariuca October 30, 2008 5:54 PM

Ladies, I have exactly 10 minutes to hop into the shower and get ready for dinner! So I gotta say adios for now, but here's the latest update on everyone's positions...again Good luck and I'm really excited to crown my Top Mariucan this month! :):):)

1. Grandy (381)
2. phatelara (332)
3. LadyJava (263)
4. rizal (212)
5. Emila Yusof (99)
6. bluecrystaldude (39)
7. Shinade (38)
8. Roxy's Best Of... (34)
9. Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious (30)
10. bonoriau (22)

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:55 PM

Oh that's because I'm a full time blogger, Grandy. :) LJ has SEVEN! :):)

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:55 PM

Alright...have a good shower.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:56 PM

7 BLOGS? I think I've seen several.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:56 PM

I better try to get a nap in.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:57 PM

Son will be getting me up to get him to school in a few hours.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:57 PM

I'm sure I'll see you again in my morning, Debbs.

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:57 PM

Phat's bday? Of course, soon, Marzie! It's gonna be a really nice one, in the month of LOVE. :):)

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:58 PM

You never sleep anyway.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:58 PM

Good nite ladies.

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:58 PM

Grandy, you're still #1! Woot!!

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:59 PM

I'll have to come back and kick some MPG butt on LJ tomorrow.

Grandy October 30, 2008 5:59 PM

Or seriously try!!

Unknown October 30, 2008 5:59 PM

Yup, she has seven. :):) She's truly a blogging, commenting, and posting queen! :):)

Unknown October 30, 2008 6:00 PM

Have a good night's sleep, Grandy! :)

Unknown October 30, 2008 6:01 PM

Sure, Grandy..see ya later. :) Sweet dreams..

Unknown October 30, 2008 6:02 PM

I DO sleep Grandy lol!!

Anonymous,  October 30, 2008 7:24 PM

Hey, there I am in your sidebar!

I have been without Internet for 36 hours and just got back on... have to rush off to work in NYC...

Have a great day!

I'll be back to read about LJ's blog makeovers tonight!

Roxy

Jackie October 30, 2008 10:31 PM

Good Morninng GP, you are my first drop today as well!!

Jackie October 30, 2008 10:34 PM

Wow you we're quick with the recipe exchange.

Trust me I will not forward a bunch of chain letters to your box.

But, I did think this one would be fun to get recipes from all over the world.

Jackie October 30, 2008 10:34 PM

I am off now to visit to MPG!!:-)))

bluecrystaldude October 30, 2008 10:37 PM

Yeah! I finally in your top ten.. It's so hard to get there and my fingers are blooding like hell. Hahaha.. Just kid. Love reading all your comments :)

bluecrystaldude October 30, 2008 10:38 PM

LJ has 7 blogs. Debbs, nak buat berape plak? Hehe

bluecrystaldude October 30, 2008 10:39 PM

Okay, off for my EC dropping. Having flu! Argh.. The weather is getting cold here in Penang :0

Mizohican October 30, 2008 11:11 PM

Even if your blog template goes through a make-over, please don't let your sweetness go thru a make-over too!! We like ya just the way you are :D

Farah Deen October 30, 2008 11:52 PM

oh yeah, I was just talking about my blog makeover a few days before the theft incident. I want a new look for my blog for 2009 too, and I know LJ is getting good at designing more and more each day. I am yet to talk business with her. LOL

Unknown October 31, 2008 2:04 AM

Hola Marzie, you're still up and about! :)

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 2:51 AM

Hola Mariuca...dropping by on Thursday afternoon from my NYC office to say hello and try to maintain my position on your commenters as we close in on Halloween witching hour!

Roxy

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 2:52 AM

Now remind me...do you do Halloween on your side of the world?

Roxy

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 2:54 AM

OK, back to work...maybe I'll be out and about in the blogosphere if the cable/Internet is still working when I get home tonight...

Roxy

Mariuca October 31, 2008 3:47 AM

Hi Roxy! Yeah u're here at my sidebar today woot! And thanks for the new ad yay!

Hope u get ur internet back soon, one more day before I crown my TopMariucan and would love to see u on the list too. :)

Thanks for dropping by today Roxy, love ya! :):):)

Mariuca October 31, 2008 3:48 AM

Hey Jackie! Thanks for making me your first drop today YAY! :):):)

Yeah, I did my recipe email already, was quite free when I received ur mail, so thought I'd get a move on it before I forget! Thanks sweetie. :)

Mariuca October 31, 2008 3:49 AM

HaaziQ! One more day left, so make sure u remain on the list. After all ur hard work this month, I'm sure ud wanna be on the list this month! Happy Friday. :):):)

Mariuca October 31, 2008 3:50 AM

Alamak flu ye Haaziq?? Get well soon and rest more, tak yah bloghop too much he he! :)

Mariuca October 31, 2008 3:53 AM

Sandman!! Ha ha, thanks so much, you are the sweet one, for making me smile! Love and hugs and hey it's Friday here, so have a great weekend! :):):)

Mariuca October 31, 2008 3:53 AM

Hey Farah! Of course you have to talk biz with LJ, she is the best! And I can't wait to see ur new look for the new year woo hoo! :):):)

Mariuca October 31, 2008 3:54 AM

Hi Debbs, am up! Just answering my comments here, then heading off to MPG to reply comments there la! Have some coffee sweetie. :):):)

Unknown October 31, 2008 3:58 AM

Hi Marzie, I'm gonna sleep ni, tadi tdo a few hours je..hehe nite dearie! :):) Happy Friday!

Unknown October 31, 2008 3:58 AM

Now I'm DL-ing some movies while I sleep. :):)

Mariuca October 31, 2008 4:00 AM

Oh sleep tight Debbs! Ni baru nak make early breakfast! Am DL my sitcoms he he! Was playing FF2, now taking a break! ;)

Unknown October 31, 2008 4:34 AM

Cannot sleep also, hungry! So here I am commenting and munching bread with kaya..yummy! :)

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 7:46 AM

Got my Internet back here at home in the Roxiticus Valley...checking the list to make sure I'm still on it...

Roxy

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:19 AM

Hola beautiful Mariucans!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:20 AM

I don't know if the contest is over...I had a family thing come up and couldn't come on until now.

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:20 AM

I wanted to say HI to all my fellow Mariucans and top commenters.

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:21 AM

Since the month is winding down to a close here in your part of the world.

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:22 AM

It looks like Grandy might actually pull this one off.

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:24 AM

Grandy is so excited!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:25 AM

If I still have time...I may go try my shot at MPG...

Grandy October 31, 2008 9:25 AM

LJ is kicking my butt over there.

Unknown October 31, 2008 9:28 AM

Hi Grandy! I'm watching P.S.I Love You now. Less than 30 mins into it and I've already cried! :"(

Unknown October 31, 2008 9:29 AM

Another 14 hours and 30 mins to 1 Nov here, Grandy.

Unknown October 31, 2008 9:30 AM

I think you can do this, Grandy!

Unknown October 31, 2008 9:30 AM

Be back later after the movie ends. Happy Halloween, Grandy! :)

sweetytots October 31, 2008 11:49 AM

I can surely use a makeover Mariuca. I'm also hosting a giveaway I'd like to invite you to join. heres the link.. http://www.sweetytots.com/2008/10/my-first-giveaway.html or you can click here

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 12:23 PM

Still smiling out from your sidebar, but ready for a little shut-eye here in the Roxiticus Valley...Happy Halloween, and hope your weekend is off to a great start.

Roxy

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 12:25 PM

Looking forward to seeing who ends up as Top Mariucan for October...good luck to Grandy, Phatelara, and Lady Java....wonder if it will come down to the wire?

Roxy

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious October 31, 2008 12:54 PM

marzie, come join me for a bowl of soto, k! :)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious October 31, 2008 12:55 PM

got cili padi kicap sumore! sedap!! :)

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 5:55 PM

Dropping by this chat room..

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 8:38 PM

Hmmm....are all of your commenters out trick or treating? Happy Halloween, Genie Princess!

Roxy

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 8:39 PM

This may be my last visit for the day....in a few hours Rex and I head over to the school for the girls' Halloween parade, then trick or treating for the rest of the night...looking forward to see who wins the big top commenter prize when I check in tomorrow!

Roxy

Metz October 31, 2008 10:46 PM

Hi Guys,

whew almost done with the make over of my site too. It was my bday and anniversary of Empty Streets hehehehe only thing left is to complete my link bar of the blogs we love to read and the header which am still working on whew. Lots of work but at least now i got a higher grade for marketing hehehe. Lots of hugs to all of yah, especially to the those in the dolly club. xoxo

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 10:51 PM

One last Halloween visit...coming up on the witching hour for top Mariucan! GP, if you're out and about in the blogosphere, I just posted new Halloween pix of London and Maddie and will join a new BOTB soon...there may be one vote left on my current one...

Roxy

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 10:52 PM

Oh my goodness...I just noticed that LJ has made an amazing 11th hour come from behind effort to overtake Grandy by 100 comments...yowza!

Roxy

Anonymous,  October 31, 2008 10:52 PM

I guess it's not over until it's over, as they say!

Roxy

Bobby Revell October 31, 2008 11:07 PM

Happy Halloween Marzie, I miss you very, very much

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:17 PM

Thanks for the heads up and replay Roxy.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:17 PM

I too see that LJ has made an amazing comeback.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:18 PM

The comment clock is telling me there is 40 min left in the day for Halloween there.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:18 PM

I just don't know how Grandy is going to make up enough ground in 40 minutes.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:18 PM

Very well played LJ.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:19 PM

You must have been commenting on posts I had not subscribed to.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:20 PM

With my luck you were posting comments on last month's posts.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:20 PM

Moderator here reporting for night shift duty.

Hi Grandy!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:20 PM

Because my inbox was not getting inundated at all.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:20 PM

You win again, tortoise.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:21 PM

yup about 39 mins left! :)

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:21 PM

Did you see how LJ knocked my butt down?

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:22 PM

I don't see how I can make up ground on 100 comments.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:22 PM

You can do it, Grandy! Yay!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:22 PM

Not in that short amount of time.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:22 PM

Where did she put all her comments?

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:23 PM

Wait LJ...is there a Bold & Beautiful post somewhere? ;)

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:23 PM

I am so grateful for Roxy's observation about LJ taking the lead.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:24 PM

She did what, Grandy?

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:24 PM

LJ...are you off beyotching about your B&B somewhere?

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:25 PM

Roxy made a comment here that said WOW, LJ took the lead.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:26 PM

I happened to be checking my email to see if there were any inundation of comments (and there weren't)

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:26 PM

But when I caught Roxy's comment here I rushed over.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:27 PM

I've no idea where she commented either!!! wow!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:27 PM

Hey Debbs...Is LJ in here somewhere?

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:28 PM

I have a little over 30 minutes but don't know if I can make it happen.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:28 PM

Did you enjoy your movie, Debbs?

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:29 PM

I've no idea if she's here, Grandy!!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:29 PM

I'm still in shock!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:31 PM

I just refreshed my screen and her # of comments jumped from 473 to 524.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:31 PM

I've made like 30 comments here but only gained ground by 8.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:33 PM

Mine too, it was awfully quiet today. Honest!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:33 PM

By the way, "moderator" :)

Tell Marzie that for some reason my spyware blocker pops up with something trying to load every time I come to MPG and this site.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:33 PM

Yeah holy crap Halloween indeed!

LadyJava October 31, 2008 11:34 PM

catch me.. catch me.. if you know where I am..lol..sorry Grandy..need to regain my throne..lolx

I'm out of here..heheh

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:34 PM

It only started for me last night (which is your today) but it is wanting my laptop to load something every time I refresh too.

LadyJava October 31, 2008 11:34 PM

See you at midnight darlings!!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:34 PM

You must be in shock too!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:34 PM

HUGS to ya LJ. Well played.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:35 PM

You are right...I don't know where you are.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:35 PM

LJ is in the house!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:35 PM

And there is no way to catch you now!!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:36 PM

Oh SPYWARE huh, noted! :) Thanks.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:36 PM

The one chance of Grandy making it in the top spot is gone.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:36 PM

Hi LJ! Where have u been hiding? Lol!!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:37 PM

Oh yes the movie was lovely!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:37 PM

I cried watching it!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:38 PM

She's probably posting on the first post somewhere.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:38 PM

Nothing pops-up here when I view this blog and MPG.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:39 PM

Which movie was it again.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:39 PM

Not sure what it is when I come here.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:40 PM

I'm sorry Grandy! Hugs!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:40 PM

It's a wierd pop-up.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:40 PM

Thanks for the hugs Debbs.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:41 PM

Oh that's right...you said that somewhere.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:41 PM

I don't think I've seen that one.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:41 PM

How does the pop up look like and what does it say?

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:42 PM

You're welcome, Grandy.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:43 PM

I just love romantic movies, but it was a sad one.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:43 PM

Starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, the guy from 300.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:44 PM

Oh Gerard Butler is hot!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:44 PM

Oh wait...the gerard butler comment...yes he's yummy.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:45 PM

You don't like sad movies eh Grandy?

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:45 PM

I was saying NEVER MIND to the fact that I refreshed and now my comments have dropped.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:45 PM

I don't mind any movies but horror!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:45 PM

He's like so hot in that movie!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:46 PM

I don't mind sad movies.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:46 PM

His eyes and his smile...

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:46 PM

Not a big fan of horror either.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:47 PM

But I have to be in an ok mood for a sad movie.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:47 PM

Oh okay..lol!! Gerard Butler is so sexy!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:47 PM

If I'm already teetering on depression...fuhgettaboutit!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:48 PM

I am going to concede the top spot to LJ...

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:48 PM

With about 10 minutes left...

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:48 PM

Can't stand gory stuff! Ewwww

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:48 PM

Because now she's off rubbing my nose in it somewhere. ;)

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:49 PM

But sometimes comedies are irritating when you're feeling sad.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:49 PM

Debbs, I did a screen print of the pop-up/warning I keep getting here.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:50 PM

I'm going to email it to you. :)

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:50 PM

Come to think of it, I won't have time to comment as much next month either.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:50 PM

Congratulations to all the top commenters!!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:51 PM

Oh well don't be sad Grandy. :)

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:51 PM

::Grandy says grinding her teeth and pouting just a wee bit::

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:51 PM

I had so much fun talking to you.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:52 PM

which reminds me, I haven't replied your email.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:52 PM

I gave it my all...and the better commenter won.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:52 PM

I don't think she's talking to anyone. Just commenting non-stop.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:52 PM

I had a great time getting to know everyone here a little bit more.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:53 PM

Oh cool, maybe you can send the print screen to my email and I go and have a look.

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:53 PM

Thanks for the fun!!

Grandy October 31, 2008 11:54 PM

Congrats on making the top 3 too Debbs!!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:54 PM

I have to do my work later after midnight. :)

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:55 PM

Congrats to you too!!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:56 PM

I'm gonna have supper later yay!

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:57 PM

I feel like having some chocs.

Unknown October 31, 2008 11:58 PM

Grandy, I got your email. :)

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