AUTHOR: Kya

Blog Birthday & Giveaway

Today my blog turns 10 and to celebrate I am holding a stationery giveaway!  :cake:

Ten years ago on the 13th of May 2006, a 19 year old me registered the domain kya.nu. In my first blog post, I wrote that it had been a wishlist domain for a while. I think the greatest thing about looking at that first entry is the people who commented, a number of them are still good friends with me today!

Throughout those ten years, there has been tremendous change. I lost loved ones, helped family battle illness, struggled with my own mental health, made friendships, lost friendships, started university, wrote a book and finally within the last few years found positive influences that enabled me to finally see a future for myself. I feel optimistic about what lies ahead and look forward to sharing that journey on my blog.

The Giveaway

Kya's Blog Birthday Giveaway

Kya’s Blog Birthday Giveaway

The Month That Was: April 2016

In April 2016, I continued study with my second class at Uni, practiced website design and have still not finished the kitchen.

I didn’t finish the kitchen renovation,¬†it has taken waaaaaay longer than planned (how is it three months already??) I am confident that I WILL finish it in May.¬† n’D

Life Updates

  • Continued study with my second class, Concepts and Narratives
  • Got a 82, in my first assessment, it’s a¬†High Distinction (HD), but hoping to do better next¬†time
  • Practiced website design again and really enjoyed it
  • Have not finished the kitchen… ¬†I just have ONE MORE coat of gloss and I am done, now the weather has been getting cooler…¬† #n#
  • Purchased some cute quilt covers
  • No soda, 30% towards my starting goal weight¬† :love:

100 Cats on my bed

I have styled my bedroom with an adorable new kitty quilt cover.  :love:

I recently purchased three new quilt covers from Target. I am a sucker for a good/cute design, and couldn’t¬†resist the Kitty, Fox & Friends and Ice Cream (Sprinkles). A lot of the time the adorable designs are only available in smaller sizes for kids, so I was pleasantly surprised to find designs I liked in double & queen.¬† :***:

Website Design Practice

I decided to spend some time today practicing website design and made some simple HTML/CSS layouts.

For a long time I have felt overwhelmed with the idea of trying to create a website design. It felt like so much had¬†changed, with ‘responsive design’ and having to make layouts work in all kinds of browsers. I didn’t feel confident enough¬†to make a design and was confused on where to start. The thing is, if you don’t try and don’t take the action to try and understand you can’t move forward.

While doing numerous searches on how to convert a website design into a responsive one I found¬†How To Convert a Fixed Width to a Responsive Website by¬†Tim Wright¬†which includes a video on his method. His method includes adding @media screen and (max-width:700px) and setting specific widths for the smaller layouts. Then modifying the style codes, so the layout can look better in smaller devices. Such as making the navigation in block instead of inline and taking away the floats from the content and sidebar. ¬†As well as adding meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0 in the header, for the viewport on mobile devices. This was so inspiring, because I thought making a responsive design couldn’t be that easy.

Now, I know that trying this method doesn’t make me an expert or that I understand the whole process 100%, but it was enough for me to try and make a few layouts. They are not perfect, but they are a start and it was fun doing something that I have loved so much.¬†¬† :***:

Lets have a look, shell we?