I've been doing my own headers since I started this blog. At first they were just pictures I cropped to size and added my title and description. After I got Photoshop Elements (and after I actually learned how to use it) I started getting a little more creative. I redid my entire blog about a month ago using my new found (and very new) knowledge about digiscrapping. I am basically learning as I go.
Tiffany over at Songbirdtiff wanted to redo her blog - make it more simple and asked me about headers (after my ridiculously long post about digiscrapping). I said "what are you looking for" and she emailed me a pic that she liked. It was the silouette of two birds on a branch.
She loved it - almost exactly as it was! She asked me to change the background color and add a border - easy schmeasy. We emailed each other back and forth for a day and she posted it up this morning.
The best part for me was that I taught myself how to do something new (yay!) and I got a chance to work with overlays - which I had never used before. An overlay is a grayscale pattern picture. You overlay it over any color background and it gives the background depth. I used a fabric overlay on her header - so it looks like the background is a piece of fabric rather than just a flat color. Subtle but effective.
So take a visit over to Tiffany's blog - which is full of bargains and ideas to live life in a much simpler (yet not less exciting!) way.
One of my favorite blog to read is Yaya Stuff - and I must have told the girls one day that I was reading Yaya. Maddie giggled, said "Yaya?" and made the cutest little face, which I affectionately called her Yaya Face.
Now I make her do it all the time! She squishes her little face up all crinkly-like. I love it! I had her pose for a few shots this morning. Enjoy!
I am so glad I saw it though, because the actual purveyor of said giveaway, The Lettered Cottage, is on it's way to being one of my favorite blogs! It is a blog full of beautiful, clean, affordable design ideas. Now that my living room is a tabula rasa, this site, run by Layla (and she says in her profile "yes, for the song") is perfect for me.
Taking it just one more level, Layla did not make this runner. It is made by a woman named Grace, who runs an etsy shop called Coastline. Grace uses burlap in the most beautiful ways imaginable.
So stop by Layla's blog, The Lettered Cottage, to enter this giveaway: http://theletteredcottage.blogspot.com/2009/05/coastline-contest.html
... and also visit Grace's etsy shop to take a peek around: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7044601
So let's gooooooooooooooooo .... :)
N is for New Header! Is that a cheat? But it's true - just check out the top of my page and you can see it!
O is for Organic Oranges! Andy's boss owns an organic orange grove in Florida - which means we get a nice pick of whatever he has in season. The girls love all things orange - and they loved these oranges, too ... (Katie is in the top picture and Maddie in the other three)
P is for Poppy! Andy's dad, who Katie and Maddie call Poppy, is hysterical with the girls. He will do anything to make them smile and laugh - and he gets rewarded with giggles everytime. Remember the Boppies from my "B" post? Well ... I like to call this composition "Boppy Poppy" ...
(Don't hate me, Dad!)
And finally ...
Q is for Quote. Here are two of my favorite quotes that my little girls have ever said ...
From Maddie ... about 6 months ago ... with a small little forlorn look on her face ... "I'm scared of afraid." Oh, it just about broke my heart. "Why are you afraid, honey?" Then she looks at me like I'm nuts: "I'm not afraid!" And cracks up.
From Katie ... last summer ... out of the blue one day when we we're looking out into the backyard ... squinting her eyes and tilting her head to the side with a smile on her face ... "Oh, look at that bunny. Oh, he's soooo cute!" She had never said anything like that before - something that was her own original thought about something else. Up until that point she (and Maddie for that matter) would agree with us, repeat us, say simple things. It was amazing to see her put two sentences like that together. We made her say it OVER AND OVER all summer long!
Have a great Monday everyone ... and for more "A-Z on Mondays" visit Jen over at Unglazed!
I did yard work.
I finally tore out the dead mums that have been in our front yard since last year. Yes - LAST YEAR. I am not a gardener in any sense of the word. And Mr. Andy Man has enough to take care of with mowing the lawns and such that I never pushed him to do it.
Part of the reason is that I extremely dislike bugs. ((shudder)) And I extremely dislike the heat. But today was such a beautiful day and I wanted the girls to be outside. We had to go to Lowe's to buy Andy a week-wacker and I saw gardening gloves. I threw them in the cart and made the decision that today was going to be the day! Those mums - really dead sticks at this point - were coming out!
It went pretty quickly and I discovered that a nice pair of thick gloves brings my bug tolerance way up. I was even picking out worms for the girls to observe.
Actually, not much has been going on here lately - Katie is sick, poor thing. She started with a runny nose - then a cough - now she sounds like Kathleen Turner. (Love it!) (Bad mommy!)
I do have some exciting news, though. A picture of Katie and Maddie was chosen as a finalist (Top 20) in "The Cutest Multiples Photo Contest" over at Multiples ... and More! Please take a sec to drop by and vote - they are number 6. Here is the picture I submitted ....
You can vote once until May 6th - and then once again after May 6th. If they make it to the Top 10 then the voting starts up again. Thanks so much!
In other news, Maddie is doing so well in school. She gets on the bus with no problem at all - which is such a relief to me. I don't know if I could have handled it if she was crying everyday. I get a note from her teacher almost everyday in her "Communication Notebook" (love it!) that tells me what she is doing in school and HOW she is doing. Apparently the word "no" was used by her quite often that first week!
We are almost done painting the base molding and we started putting some of the furniture back into place. Andy went nuts with those sticky felt pads on the bottom of everything. Now the chairs sliiiiide so nicely across the dining room floor. I want to get a big area rug for the living room so the girls can play without me holding my breath the whole time. Still no living room furniture in our future ... but I don't mind.
I am holding a garage sale here for my multiples club on May 9th and we are sooooo excited to clear some of the (still good) junk out of this place.
Thanks for voting for the girls!!! Spread the word!!!
So - have a great weekend everyone! And vote!!! :)