No, you’re not seeing double. I did place the same image in two–actually, three–different places on my blog: the header image, the gravatar at top right, and in this post.
I’ve been posting less frequently lately, but I’m actively working on developing and revamping my blog for sharper focus and increased posting. As part of that effort–my official project for Camp NaNoWriMo this year–I thought I’d share our newest piece of home décor. All in keeping with spring refreshment.
After shopping a bit online for a spring/summer design on a welcome mat for our house, and not finding much I liked, I decided to see what it would take to make my own. It was easier and less expensive than I thought.
I hired PersonalizationMall.com to imprint a version of the original photo I used to make my blog’s logo, with the word “welcome” overlaying the image, onto a welcome mat. With this, I also purchased an anchoring black rubber frame for the removable image piece. It was cheaper to print the photo than to add the frame. Around $40 total for both before shipping and tax.
I edited my photo in GIMP before uploading and then added a minor canvas texture effect using PersonalizationMall’s tools. It’s amazing how easy it all was. A while back, I tried printing blog business cards through other services with less success, but I’ll return to that effort eventually.
Their service has pretty good reviews overall, and I was as happy as most with own my results. They’re here below and in my header above–I couldn’t resist.
In the photo, the great blue heron in the foreground seems to face the anhinga drying its feathers, but the second bird is actually in the background. I took this shot a few years ago while on a weekend trip in Florida with my husband, but Ohio has blue herons, too. I love almost every species of bird I’ve learned about, but blue herons are among those dearest to me, so it seems right that this is now part of my brand.
As for the mat, I chose a color for the word “welcome” that goes with our front door and shutters, which I also painted myself a few years ago–with indispensible help. (No, I swear I’m really not the poster girl for Better Homes.) The painting job was the first and last time I’ll do a project like that, especially while trying to operate a rented paint sprayer I’d never used before. Frantic sopping up excess paint before it dried on the shutter, paint dripping and splattering everywhere . . . . In my post about falling down the stairs with the dog, you can see the end result wasn’t too bad. But I digress.
In case you’re wondering, no, I did not and will not receive any compensation, discount, or reciprocal service for promoting PersonalizationMall.com. I just happened to search for a DIY welcome mat service and found them. Although I created a few Scotland trip calendars and wall prints using Shutterfly, which has lots of gift options for displaying your images, at the time of my purchase, welcome mats weren’t among them.
Welcome to spring, Easter, April Fools’ Day, National Poetry Month, Camp NaNoWriMo, or whatever you have going on right now. Stay safe as you step out into this crazy world afflicted with spring fever. And stop by again some time. You’re always welcome.
See photos from another close encounter with the iconic great blue heron: