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Friday, June 29, 2012

Making A Header and The Dining Room


Yesterday afternoon I spent an inordinate amount of time making headers for Olive Out.
 I made collages in PicMonkey until I had a headache. Finally I made the wine bottle filled image above. Do tell me what you think. Does it make the blog look like I am wine loving gal?  I have no problem with wine but I barely drink it. I do find vintage wine bottles interesting in their colors, textures and shapes.



The one above is a rum bottle (apparently new) and I did not notice that until I read the label on the photo. All were purchased at an estate sale including the runner.



I have gone a tad 1970's in the dining room with a high back chair, vintage runner, and orange tray.

Here is the header: let me have it.
 I was a Director of Nursing in a state prison. 
You cannot hurt my feelings. 
Blogging is all gravy for me.

happy friday
Olive

51 comments:

  1. I have spent hours choosing pictures and styling for headers - it can be fun but a lot of work at times too. You chose that picture because of its appeal to you - the bottles do have a lot of interest and color! Live with it for a while and see if you love it!
    I hope you have a blessed weekend,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I may change it when I get time:}

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  2. I second that. When you're ready to try a new theme, all the practice will pay off. And, thank you for introducing me to PicMonkey.

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    1. Collages in PicMonkey are easy. I need a small shrunken header and it is difficult to shrink one. Glad you like PicMonkey Joanne.

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  3. I like your header because it speaks of you and what you are interested. I am impressed that you can create a header! I am using PicMonkey a lot now and wish I had time to play around more with it.

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  4. hmmmm not sure I like it....doesn't represent who you are to me.....I have had headers that I look back at and wonder 'what was I thinking?' LOL but you take great pictures...
    hugs
    Mona

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    1. I was born in 1962 and feel VINTAGE Mona. I appreciate your honesty.

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    2. oh I am loving the vintage..just spent half the day working on a post with vintage tablecloth and vintage ballerina dishes..I am a retro girl for sure...it's just the wine bottles..not the vintage part..I would love to see more of your vintage side in your header....

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  5. I like it! Good job!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Thank you Claudia as you make your own headers that means a lot to me.

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  6. My first thought is that wine bottles and Olive (as in the kind used in martinis) sort of go together. I'm liking the 70's vibe in the dining room. I keep seeing interesting fabric from the era popping up in the thrift stores, so I might just jump on that 70's thing with you.

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    1. Pam, I am somehow drawn to the 70's.

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  7. To be honest, I really liked your previous header. It was fun and whimsical, and seemed to represent the wonderful spirit and positive outlook you have on life. Not that your life has always been fun, I know it hasn't.
    Just an opinion for what it's worth. I love to give them when asked! :-)
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thanks Mary Alice, my friend Diane Cayton Haykey (The Dish Blog) made that one for me and she has another one I am going to use later but I am making an effort to make my own from time to time. It is a skill I need to have.

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  8. I'll drink to that! The header looks terrific and I sure need a new one for my blog!!

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  9. I love it! but then you know how i feel about photos in headers!!

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  10. I love the wonderful vintage bottles and I love how the header looks, too!

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  11. Dear Olive - I think that it is good to experiment, if you do not like it you can always revert to a previous header. I often try things and then I think, you know what, I was happy with the original. I can't remember what you had prior to the one that your friend Diane made. I must admit to liking the previous one very much, mainly because it had an Art Nouveau feel to it with a contemporary twist, and I am a girl that is very fond of the Art Nouveau era.

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  12. Olive, I like your new header... it has a Tuscan feel. It's a keeper!

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  13. I like that the bottle on the right says, "Vintage". I would make the header bigger though, cause I'm a drama queen. lol

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  14. Love your new runner! Great colors and it feels rather "cool" on this hot day-enjoy:@)

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  15. I am glad I'm not the only one to get a headache whilst trying to get their header up and running. I certainly needed a wine after I finished mine!
    great colours and if it represents you then it stays....although....
    not sure if it's my computer but it looks a little pixalated... no biggy!
    Bec x

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  16. It seems I'm always in the minority /~". I think the header is effective when it's shown with the full pictures. But on it's own, not so much. Also, I don't think it reflects the essence of your blog. There, I said it. xo

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  17. To me it feels culinary because I have a cupboard full of different liquors I use for cooking. I don't drink but if you didn't know better, you might think I did - but because of my odd habits it makes me think kitchen and food....

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  18. Glad you made it out of the big house! ;-) I like your header, by the way. I'm sure you tried a hundred different ways, but did you try cropping it a little further down the bottles? I know there are so many possibilities, and all those possibilities keep me at the computer far too long!!

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  19. I love pic monkey it is a great way to make collages and edit photos.

    I think your header looks great.

    Elizabeth

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  20. The header is beautiful. I love the shapes and the colors. It suits your blog perfectly.

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  21. Everyone who knows me knows I tell it like it is, and I think it's beautiful! I can't seem to make a banner that isn't a collage of various pics, so I'm envious that you did this. I just wrote about Ribbet. I'm so glad to find it. It is exactly like Picnik!
    Brenda

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  22. Olive,
    It's always fun to change things up every once in a while. I like your new one but have to say it's not my favorite one that you've had. That's the one thing I can't do, change my header. It would be fun but to scary, I'm very untecky and would probably mess up my whole blog! I've used PicMonkey also but just found a new one, www.ribbet.com, It's almost exactly like Picnik, just as easy and boy do I need easy! Love your 70's influences, can't tell for sure, but looks like your chair is exactly like the one I have, got it at the end of an auction for free.
    Rebecca

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  23. Olive,
    To funny! Brenda must have been commenting the same time I was and she fininshed first about Ribbet.
    Rebecca

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  24. I give the header a thumbs up. I think it looks terrific and am impressed that you did this. I need to give this new program a try.

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  25. The new header is awesome! Those bottles are very pretty. I remember my grandma used to have similar ones in her storage room and they always attracted my attention.

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  26. I'm just loving that you were a nurse at a state prison. Wow!!

    Yes, the header looks great!

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  27. Hi Olive. You did make me smile this morning (here in England) when I read the very last bit about not hurting your feelings! As if we would do that to you!! I love the new header photo. It's amazing just how much time you can spend on these things though, isn't it?! Your vintage bottles all look really lovely. Your photos are always amazing, and I'm sure your home must be a source of peace and joy to you, with all the wonderful things you have around you. Have a lovely weekend my friend :)

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  28. I like it...it shows a peek at something making me want to see more...what is that? what else is there? it evokes curiosity.

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  29. I think it would look even better if you adjusted the overall blog width to line up with it.

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    1. I am trying to get that right. I need to change this entire template but then I lose the XL images which I like.

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  30. Olive, I like the new header, but I prefer your old one, because it just seemed to be more you! But then again, I don't adapt well to change... Like the wine bottles. Ann

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  31. You crack me up, Olive! My son worked in corections for years so I know what you're talking about! I would have an impossible time selecting photos for a banner collage. Maybe that's why I've never tried it. It looks good. I bet you had fun!

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  32. I'm impressed with your computer skills! My header was made my someone else, so I say kudos to you for being able to come up with this yourself! It looks very nice. I do love the old labels on those bottles too.

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  33. I love it! It is so colorful and cheerful!

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  34. I love it...didn't realize they were wine bottles 'til I read your post! I think the colors are gorgeous and if you are vintage....I am an antique♥

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  35. you made me laugh with the nursing statement! Love the old wine bottles!

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  36. I'm a brand new visitor {from Sunny Simple Life linkup}, so I have no knowledge of you, your blog, or your previous look. My theory though, if YOU like it, that's what counts the most =) I'm ganna visit around for a while ...maybe I'll stumble across your last look. Have a good weekend.

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  37. I love your new header Olive! I tend to spend a lot of time obsessing on headers and such. It takes me forever. Yours looks great!

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  38. I love the header! The beautiful bottles with such poping colors and textures go so well with your name, Olive Out! The only thing I would do is to adjust the width of it!

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  39. Hi Olive! I like your header and the bottles are lovely. Now one thing that's wonderful, we can change our headers any time we want too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  40. I love your new header but I was sad to be bombarded with pop up advertising when I got here :(

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  41. I love your header! You're right it can give you a big headache! Your wine bottle collection is perfect on your dining room table! Great idea!

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