Mostly for the blogs. Because the images I’ve used haven’t really been a good likeness of Ivy.
Ivy is very important to me. She’s a big part of this blog, and will be in the next one. So I wanted a good likeness of her when I depict her on my blogs.
The woman I contacted happens to live in London. I’ve purchased graphics from her Etsy store before.
With Etsy, as with many online stores, it doesn’t matter where they’re located. They can deliver what you need electronically, as we all know.
Years ago, would we have believed all this is possible??? Wow, I still recall years of using a phone attached to the wall.
When I first contacted her via her shop, I asked her how much this would cost. She asked me how much I was willing to pay.
I was stumped. You don’t want to low-ball it to the point that you offend the artist. I really had no idea what price to give her.
So I shot back: “How about $20?” She said okay.
Commissioning A Graphic:
The first graphic she sent me had Ivy with a puffy tail at the end. I asked her if she could change that. So she did.
Once I saw the image and how much she’d carefully followed the two photos I’d sent her, I said make it $25.” She did a great job in my opinion.
Then she sent me an invoice and I paid it. Best $25 I may have ever spent.
And that’s not all I did yesterday. I was quite busy. After spending the morning acquiring Ivy’s graphic, I then turned to my new book blog design.
Creating A Blog Header With Graphics:
I spent the whole afternoon putting together graphics for a header for Cozy Little Book Nook. You can get graphics cheap on Etsy. I’ve been buying them there for years to create my blog headers.
When you put together a scene from various graphics, it is kind of tedious. It’s very detailed, but then I’ve always been detail-oriented. You might put a couple of graphics up there; say a chair and a lamp.
But then when you put it on the computer screen, you see that the lamp graphic is on the wrong side and you can’t see all of it.
Details Of Creating Graphics With Various Images:
So then you have to download the individual graphics again and add them in a different sequence. Say, the chair first and the lamp second. Or the other way around. Eventually you get it right.
That is how it is for the entire scene you’re trying to create. And when I show you how detailed this is, you’ll understand what I mean.
If anyone is interested in creating scenes with graphics, I’ll write a post about how I do it.
So here is what I came up with, after hours working on it.
You may remember I have used this same mustard-colored chair before. It was in a blog header with both Ivy and Gracie.
But I was so upset about Gracie dying that I could not look at that header every day when I posted on this blog.
So I changed it to a house graphic, which is what this blog header is now.
I was always taken with this mustard-colored chair. I’ve always loved that color. I use it throughout my home in decor, etc.
I’ve nearly ordered both a couch and a chair in this very color, but I obviously changed my mind. I thought maybe the color was too much for a big piece of furniture, so I went neutral.
What Does A Cozy Book Nook Look Like?
Obviously I wanted to create a room that featured a cozy place in which to read. A place you are drawn to for sitting down and reading a book.
You know the things I love: house plants, candles, paintings on the wall or leaning against it. I find them to be elements of a cozy home.
And of course I wanted Ivy to be in it, of course. Which is why I wanted a good image of her for both the blogs. (I’ll be changing the cat in this blog’s header to the commissioned one.)
When you read you might want a cuppa coffee or hot chocolate. In this case it is hot chocolate because it is wintertime. Which you can tell by looking at the snow through the window behind the chair.
Warmth from a fireplace. A nice soft rug. House shoes at the ready.
Did I nail a cozy room in which to read? Or did I miss a detail?