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A friend of a friend of a friend. Or in this case, a friend of Deborah's who is a friend of my wife's.
Deborah Czernecky is a local Victoria painter who suffered from a common problem. Her site didn't really do what she needed and it hadn't been updated in quite some time.
More pro-bono work... well... if you can call it that when I sit on the board for this organization. So in real life I've become their geek in charge and things like "overhaul the web site" fall onto my plate.
Shine*Ola is an event planning company in Victoria. I met them working on a volunteer effort and they expressed dissatisfaction with their existing web site so I prototyped this as a home page for them. The existing web site is an off the shelf template that was then modified in a hurried fashion. I was rather astonished because they are great designers which was obvious when I looked at their business cards. So I mocked up a new homepage for them carrying over the business card design theme.
In the end, money doesn't buy happiness. That's why I like to do things like this. This was pro-bono work I did for the hospital auxiliary.
Carol Koebbeman, aside from being my wife, is also a talented oil painter -- a skill I'm not shy about using when a particular website requires a painted look and feel.