Prettying Up the Blog

Hello all!

So....a couple of things happened.

Firstly, I got tired to seeing the Farm Lassie profile in my sidebar. The profile picture didn't really fit the rest of my blog. Around the same time, the Rebellious Writing team was sending in profile pictures for the new website. I decided that it was time to look for a profile picture for Catherine Hawthorn.

I chose a public domain painting called The Missal by John William Waterhouse. Isn't it gorgeous?

After I changed the profile picture, I looked up at my header.

The old header

And looked back at my new profile. And back at the header, which was now screaming at my inner designer to be changed.

Therefore, I did.

The new header :)

I must have downloaded at least 100 free images in search of the right ones and driven myself crazy to make them all fit, but I'm in love with this header. As with my previous header, there a significance with each image.

The Center Image - Whomever the artist was that created this piece of art is an absolute genius!!! I saw it and literally gasped in astonishment. And the script font that I added seemed as if it was made for it.

Crocuses -  Seems I can't get rid of these, can't I? This was the only image that I kept from the old header. The original was also featured as the last picture in my story "The Snow Dancer of Iclyn" published here on the blog.

Berry Tea - A must-have if I'm going to be doing any extensive writing. Also a staple of almost all period dramas. And isn't that cup so pretty??

Sword - I wanted some sort of weapon to reflect my inner warrior as well as the fantasy genre. This medieval sword fit the bill nicely.

Castle - Obviously castle = fantasy. But that is actually a photo of Cardiff Castle in Wales. Somehow I don't think it was a concidence that I just happen to pick a Welsh castle while working on a Snow White retelling with based in Welsh culture...

Books - Every writer is also a reader. And thick books are all the better!

Ship - Remember the ship from the last header? This one is in for the same reason - in celebration of my first completed (non-edited) novella, Fair Winds, Sassy Devil. Since the rest of the header was so colorful, I decided to replace the spooky looking schooner with a pretty sunset-y one.

Violin - I love to listen to music while I write and work. Violin is some of my favorite, and I've even played the violin/fiddle for several years.

Film Strip - Thanks to my little sis, I have much more of an appreciation for film than I did when I was a little kid. I haven't done much movie or TV commentary here, but maybe that will change soon.

Now my inner designer is at peace with itself, I can get some sleep around here....

Scribblingly yours,


PS - I've just checked the stats, and my pageview counter is over 5000! Big shoutout to my 20 blogging buddies, and my viewers! *gives round of applause*

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  1. Oh! I love it! It all goes so well together! Very good choices!!!!

  2. Ooh I love how each picture means something! The new header and profile picture are great! :D

  3. It looks so nice Catherine! I love the new look :)

  4. It looks wonderful! And congratulations! 5,000 views! That's awesome. It feels nice to change some things up, right?
    God bless you!

    1. Thanks, Ivie!

      It does feel nice to have my images reflect me and my blog a little more.

    2. Does the picture you selected resemble you or is it just a picture you like?

    3. besides the long dark hair, not really. It's just one that I like :)

  5. It's so pretty, I love it! And congratulations on your views, that's exciting!!!!

  6. I love the new header!:) It looks awesome, I also love your new profile photo , John William Waterhouse is one of my favorite artists


    1. Thank you Tes! I'll have to check out more pictures by him, I love this one much.

    2. Your welcome, Catherine:) John William Waterhouse has painted some really amazing paintings I would recommend that you check out Miranda and the mermaid, those are two of his most amazing paintings!:)


  7. I love your new blog design!!! Those are some great pictures. I love the violin (and play it)! It's cool that you play it as well. :-)

    1. Thanks MiddleEarth! I haven't had time to play it since college, need to get back to it...


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