My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

New Banner!


For those of you who get the posts by email or rss feed rather than visiting the blog itself, I finally made myself a new banner & icon. Wahoo!  It’s something I’ve been meaning to do since I changed the layout last year.  I’m finally rewriting my About page too (still working on it), added a Contact page, & took out a couple of pages that are no longer relevant.


For those of you interested in the details, I used GIMP.  I drew the sloth (yes, that is me as a running sloth) by hand & scanned it in, then colored it in GIMP.  The pills are the head meds I am currently taking.  I made several brushes, one for each pill & then more of them in the different colors & pattern fills.  I made a pattern for the path.  The words in the background are synonyms for “thriving”.

I did a GIMP tutorial on another blog & it was one of my most popular posts, so if anyone here has questions about how I did any of this I would be glad to answer them in the comments.  GIMP is a great free program, but it has a steep learning curve & not much in the way of documentation.  There are plenty of tutorials, forums, & videos online for it though.

I am really pleased with it.  It was a lot of work & took a few hours to get right.  Making the brushes & pattern was probably half of it.  It was easy once I remembered how to do it the right way. But isn’t it always?  I would love to hear what you think about my new banner (but only the good stuff 😉 ).


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

2 thoughts on “New Banner!

  1. AWESOME! I’m really impressed! I like how much more personal it is.

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