Saturday, July 7, 2007

Banner, Yes or No? And a contest!

Well, I worked for the better part of a day on this #$!*&#$*! banner and it still doesn't quite fit! Is there a trick to sizing these things? I finally shrank it down (and considerably simplified it) to about the size of a large postage stamp (strangely, that's what it took) and this is what I got. And, on top of that, this was supposed to just be a quickie thing. So all that work didn't really go into much designing. Much of it, of course, was operator (my) error. If I'd just done a blank test rectangle to check for size, I could have saved myself loads of time. Didn't think about that until I was all done of course. Oh, well. Live and learn, right? I'll have a go at making a better one some other time. In the mean time - what do you think? Should I leave this one up there or just put the blogspot standard banner for this template back on? Please leave a comment letting me know! (You can't hurt my feelings, I love constructive criticism - when I ask for it! ;-D)

Hey Robin! This one's for you!

Here are my top ten favorite movies (posted at the request of Robin - btw, do you have a blog? I would link to you but your comments don't have a link)in no particular order except for #1. The photo at the right is from my favorite movie of all time, "Wings of Desire."

1. Wings of Desire
2. The Usual Suspects
3. A Room With a View
4. All That Jazz
5. Charade
6. Persuasion
7. Breakfast at Tiffany's
8. Best in Show
9. Auntie Mame
10. Election

Oh, okay! I can't stop at ten! Here's 5 more...

11. The Unbelievable Truth
12. Existenz
13. The Professional
14. Swingers
15. Four Weddings and a Funeral

And here's a contest for you! I will randomly pick a correct entry to win a plump, prize package of ephemera and stuff! (I was going for alliteration but got stuck, I decided that "plethoratic" wasn't a word...)

Here are my 15 reasons for liking the above movies - can you match the reasons to the movies?

a. "Oh, they always jump."
b. When is the last time you could say you loved a hit-man this much?
c. The whole movie is about flirting with death.
d. Did you know that every single song in this movie is a variation on the main song?
e. I agreed to go on that 1st date with my husband because he said he had a "Hal Hartley" sense of humor.
f. I love this because it reminds me of my single years and the great group of friends I hung with then.
g. I love a good plot twist - whenever it occurs.
h. Could Cary Grant be any more attractive???
i. Every expression that emerges onto Tracy Flick's face is priceless.
j. "Poor Charlotte!"
k. The look between Anne and Captain Wentworth when they finally realize they love each other makes this better than the Oscar winner that came out the same year and that was of the same ilk.
l. I knew these guys - and that answering machine scene, yikes!
m. This entire movie is a plot twist - at the end you have no idea what was real.
n. The most poetic movie ever, it uses actual lines of poetry by Peter Handke.
o. "We need a little Christmas! Right this very minute!"

Some easy clues, some hard ones; I promise the prize package will be worth the work you may have to put in for a couple of these.
And lastly, a movie that's just goofy fun: The Zero Effect, it stars Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller and it's just great. I'm not sure why it never caught on. Everyone that I've forced to watch it has loved it. :-D

I hope this was helpful and fun for you Robin - and everyone else!

On the art front, I have exciting news!!! My husband has a brilliant idea for making one whole wall of our dining room into cabinets and a fold-down table that I can use as a pseudo-studio in this smallest of small houses. I'm thrilled! It'll be a slow-go project, I'm sure we'll still be doing construction at Christmas, but I'm so excited at the prospect of all that storage and organization! It will be slow because it's not like we're going to give up our 900 hobbies to do this, we're just going to cram it into the schedule! We've already started clearing out the dining room so we can pull up the carpet and expose the hardwood floor. Now I know this sounds promising, but have I mentioned our furniture adoption agency? AKA as our house? There's not actually anywhere to put the things we take out of the dining room. In order to shift one of the (yes, one of them) vintage china cabinets to the hallway we had to move the vintage dental cabinet from the hallway to the middle of the living room/dining room. And in order to move the dental cabinet we had to move Rexy's gigantic easel-on-wheels/toy shelf, the vintage 50s side chair that we found on the side of the road, the faux Eames lounge chair, and one of the stripped down, vintage, metal bar stools that we use as cocktail tables. Needless to say, moving one piece of furniture (after emptying out the shelves and drawers) took all day. That just leaves the other china cabinet; the antique child's desk; the vintage, wooden, card table/art supply repository; the double-decker, red metal tool chest that holds a couple hundred pounds of beads; the vintage, triangular, 3-legged footstool (Or, as my DH refers to it, "the Death Star" - there was a little incident...); three cardboard boxes of art supplies; a wooden chest of art supplies; a vintage, metal occasional chair precariously topped with art supplies; a large dining room table (piled high with art supplies); and six chairs (2 of which have- what else - art supplies on them).

You can see our problem.

Oh, boy. It's late again. I'd better sign off. I'll talk more later about my ZNE Book Club projects and my other doings.

My Gratitude Journal:

1. Vacuums
2. Electric Fans (it's been hot here!)

3. Spray nozzles for garden hoses

4. Hot Dogs (went to a fire pit party last night!)

5. Music

Rexy loves those hats...


Manastash said...

1. Banner: YES. It looks TOTALLY worth your whole entire day.

2. My banner, on my blog, only took HALF a day and 2 people working on it.

3. Said banner can be seen at I don't know why my link doesn't show up on comments...evil link eaters out there or something...

4. Thanks for the list of movies! I will be looking at it closely with my Netflix queue ready.

5. I think that's enough comments now.

Anonymous said...

First of all, I LOVE your new banner!! Do not change a thing! I know how long it took me to size mine...what a task! But I think that yours looks great and I'd definitely keep it!

I LOVE contests, and I had a ball going through all of your movies and matching up the descriptions to the titles. Here's what I came up with:

1. N
2. G
3. L
4. C
5. H
6. K
7. D
8. A
9. O
10. I
11. E
12. M
13. B
14. F
15. J

I'm unsure on 2 of them, so I may have them reversed. Hope not!

Your "new wall" sounds fabulous!! I know that you will really enjoy it once it is completed. Can't wait to see pictures when the time comes.

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Yes, leave the banner, even if you don't like it (and I dont' see why not,it's a lovely banner!) it's got the standard template one beat until you decide to redesign this one.

My trick is to get the banner the size it needs to be and then add the design layer by layer in my Photoshop.

Here is a link to a custom blog I designed the other day (I had nothing to do with the background just the banner)

That is 800 pixels by 200 pixels. I first set up a transparent page to that size in Photoshop and then started adding my layers.

Hope this might help some. ;-)

Sam I Am said...

awwwww..i love your new banner!!!!!! is that a pic of you??? How ADORABLE :) :) :)

Altered Kat said...

Wicked banner!...dont change a thing! :)

Kristin Hubick said...

I think your new banner is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once Upon a Cottage said...

LOVE the banner! I still haven't worked up the energy to create one for my blog. Any tips??
hugs, Lennea

Glasgow Dentist said...

Nice ideas along with abstract ideas to make a such distinct story.