Who is Mazz?
I'm a 32 year old woman from Puerto Rico that has been living in the US for almost 10 years (but hasn't given up on the hope of one day moving back to the island). I've always been drawn to artsy stuff and I like to draw but I had stopped drawing because of Graduate School and after that I couldn't find my muse again. That was until I joined my first Sims forum and saw all the cute avatars and blinkies everyone had and I decided to make my own. I started "dolling" in late summer 2003 but I don't know the exact date. I'm still in the process of learning and I like making dolls mostly for fun and to share them with my friends. If you still want to know more about me here's a couple of details:
I started this site to have a place to display all of the graphics I've made or collected. Some people may find a site of this sort silly but I think of it as an online photo album or scrap book. The site makes it easier for me to share the graphics with others but the truth is I have the site because it just makes me happy to see everything displayed this way.
This site was opened on October 18, 2003 to be exact. I then purchased the domain of mazzysdolls.com on December 2004. The site went on hiatus last year (Spring 2006) and I let the domain expire when my son was born. I have decided to open the site again in a smaller version again now that I have a little bit more of time. The look of the site has changed quite a bit since it opened to reflect my mood and my development as a "doller", graphic artist and the new things I learn about coding layouts everyday. I've actually changed looks 10 times as of this current layout (May 2007).
Coded by my sis Nocturnica.
This current look (Hibiscus) came out of my desire to put my site up again but not to spend too much time on the layout. I had made a hibiscus fairy layout that had dark green and bright pink colors that has always been my favorite but it used tables. This new layout uses the hibiscus graphic I had made but it's simpler. I'm using frames this time to help a bit with the images loading faster.
Programs I use
For drawing the dolls Adobe Photoshop 7 and Adobe Image Ready.
I build the site and update it using Notepad and Frontpage2000. I'm sure there is a lot you can do with Frontpage but I find it easier to code all of my layout with Notepad and use Frontpage only for updating the site. I need the spell checking.
I've learned most of what I do on the site (from coding HTML and CSS to drawing dolls) from tutorials and by using other sites as reference. Here are a few sites I recommend if you are just getting started with dolls and your own website.
Lissa Explains It All
Kali's Web Shoppe
Layouts and Web Design
Kali's Web Shoppe
Kristyn Dawn's (no longer a doll site)