Wednesday, February 20, 2008

over my head(er)

I need some help. Well, I really need lots of help, but in this case I have a specific need. Last week, out of the pure and total goodness of her heart, Carolyn at laughing alone in the dark created new headers for me. Completely unasked. She had picked up on the twin cues of my discontent with the way my blog looks and my absolute inability talent-wise to do anything about it. She left a comment with a link to see the header she had done and then offered to custom design something for me. And through questions about fonts and colors and style preferences she came up with fifteen different headers for me. I about fell over because they were all fabulous.


It's taken me several days, but I have them narrowed down to six. And I'd like some input, if you don't mind too much. I thought I had the perfect one picked, but then another one stole my heart and confused me in the process. I'm over my head.



So take a look and let me know what you think. Is she incredible or what?



#1.

#2.





#5.





#6.





#6a.





#7.




#8.

57 comments:

my two cents said...

I am going with two or seven. You may need to count the votes and then narrow it down...

Rose said...

#1 was my first instinct (love the coffee ring) but #6 ended up being my final answer. I think it's the typewriter font. Good luck making your decision!

my two cents said...

Hmmm, but I also like the green background of eight...Yes, she is incredible!

Kaycie said...

Is she cool or what? And apparently quite talented!

I prefer #1 and #5, in that order.

Murphy's Mom said...

Number 6 or Number 7 made me sit up and say yes! How lovely! I have always loved the title of your blog and now a gorgeous header to complete it! Congrats!

Sweet Irene said...

I like number 1 the best, even after considering all the others.

Carolyn said...

RC - you're too kind. I'm sorry if I’ve made it difficult for you! As we discussed, I love to play around with amateur graphic design, but what I didn't say was that your blog title was the inspiration. I made the first few headers just for myself because your title conjured up such fun images for me. I hadn’t even planned on sending them to you! Anyway, enjoy – whatever you choose.

Heather.PNR said...

Wow, Carolyn is good!

I like #1 the best.

Willowtree said...

Weren't there any nudes?

Faye said...

You're so democratic RC! Don't know many people who don't have an opinion just waiting to be asked. So here's my take: I'm with Kaycie with #1 and 5. I'd lean a bit toward #5 because it has a kind of "Get over it!" attitude that I SOMETIMES get--and love-- in your posts.

Lucky girl--many choices, none bad.

Kaycie said...

I went to visit Carolyn and now I'm dead jealous. Her blog is beautiful.

Kaycie said...

Oh, and I am ignoring Peter.

Eileen said...

They all look great, but of the two styles I like 1 and 5. 5 is probably my favorite, but that is just me, I love old typewriters, I use to have one, that my Nana gave me. Good memories and all. Happy choosing!

Corey~living and loving said...

What a lovely person she is. :)

I'd say two...as it reminds me a bit of a sunset as well as being soooo awesome. That is why I like it over number one.

ciara said...

it's a toss up bt 6 and 7 for me.

how nice of her to create these for you as they're all great. i can understand why it's hard to choose.

Kimberly said...

Definitely #1 or #5. What a lovely, lovely girl she is!

Thalia's Child said...

#1 and #6.

But they're all fabulous!

Stacie said...

My vote is #7, but they all are really nice. You'll pick a winner with any of them!

Today a better day?

the mother of this lot said...

I choose 1. No, hang on, 6. No, wait..1 Oh, I don't know.

belle said...

#1 and #6 are my faves and to decide which of those, I'd go with however you're most comfortable writing.

Maggie May said...

Number one!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

OK I'm going to throw a real spanner in the works!

I love number 6 BUT I think the "confessions of a" words should be as they are in 5 with the type face font.

Does that make sense!!?

PixelPi said...

I'm voting for number 2 and number 6.

Because it's 4:23 in the morning and my brain isn't awake yet.

This is some friend....send her over to my place (heh heh heh) for masthead makeover, which my site needs desperately.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I vote for Number 6. I'm just catching up. Lots has been happening in your world, hasn't it? And thank you very much for the Creative Blogger award.

Omega Mum said...

Number one. Definitely. I like the idea of the typewriter keys more but think the design would need a little tweaking - you'd want the image to go all the way across and then the writing to go over it - looked somehow cramped the way it is. But what do I know? How exciting....

Flowerpot said...

I prefer number one!

Jen said...
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Jen said...

Okay, posting again, because I need to wake up more before writing. I like number five the best, now that I see they are NOT numbered consecutively.

They're all quite nice, though. Any would be lovely up there.

laurie said...

look how many people love you, RC. wowser.

i like no. 5 but ask her to make the background the green shade that's in no. 8.

(as long as you're loved, you might as well be difficult.)

Potty Mummy said...

I go with #1. Love the coffee ring too...

Flutterby said...

Either #1 or #2 though I'm leaning more towards #2. I like the tranparency of the images especially the wadded ball of paper. Carolyn has a wonderful talent.

Lil Mouse said...

i like #7, it seems clear and easy to read...

kathy said...

I vote for #1. (The coffee stain on the tablet is so true to form.)

Diana said...

Incredible, indeed!

I like #1 (but they're all great!).

Megnificent said...

Oh I like the first one best!

Nearlydawn said...

I like # 2 and # 5. :)

pursegirl said...

I say #6 as a first place and then I'm tied for # 1 and #2. I love the font of #1, but am not sure about it as the #2 font looks more "suffering, struggling, late-night" rotten- which may be what you are looking for. :) How cool of her to do this for you.

pursegirl said...

Wait! I think I said the wrong number. I meant the last one- with the green background, not number 6. I got confused. Sorry, I'm being SO Elly Mae right now!

aims said...

I like #5.

Sayre said...

I like #1 - it just SAYS "Rotten Correspondent" to me. Balled up paper, coffee rings - it looks like you really don't know what to write...

Sandy said...

#5 and then #1, in that order. Terrific headers.

janet said...

i think they're all cool, but 6 rocks my graphic world...

Anonymous said...

Number 1 or number 6.

Mya said...

Number 5 looks fab to me!

Mya x

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I think number 8 would be my choice but I'm sure you will find the right one. Go with your gut instinct.

Crystal xx

Akelamalu said...

I like #6 - the typwriter and font do it I think. They're all fantastic anyway, so whichever you choose will be great. What a pal!

Amy said...

I prefer the fonts of #1 and the colors of #2. The coffee ring and crumpled papers are excellent, creative touches. Carolyn needs a job somewhere she can make loads of money off that rockin' brain of hers.

Tishy said...

#8 def. It all ties together.

Altaglow said...

My vote would go for one or five but they're all absolutely terrific!!

Sandy said...

They are all great, but there is something a little more delicate about the first two - something a little more fun. I have to go with #1 because it feels a little lighter than the typewriters and seems to match your style of blogging better (ok, I admit, I only read 2 days worth of you, but when does anyone ask if you're really qualified to give an opinion?) :) Tough choice, I admit!

Sandy said...

Ok, I've read a little more of your blog and now I'm quite sure you should go with #1. It's not about which header is the nicest, it's about which one reflects you best. I had such a good laugh at the SQ-always-being-late story and the last few posts, that I think header #1 says it best : 'I don't give a shit'.

Lisa said...

I like 2 & 5! :o)

Dumdad said...

This is a tough call: I like them all but if absolutely pushed might go for No. 7. Or.....

Anonymous said...

#2

by the way- I enjoy your blog - yes everyone has stuff that gets int he way- I apprecaite that you do this- I don't have the patience or the nerve.

Excellent news about your friend coming to work- may it be the blast you've always thought it would be.- klcrab

Carolyn said...

RC - I never even gave you my two cent's worth... funny since I made them all. I like #1 the best and #8 is a close second. But don't let that sway you! Just add my votes to the tally. Looking forward to seeing what you choose.

Marti said...

I like # 1!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Wow, all these comments, fabulous, and they are all fab, but I love the one you went for.
So sorry I missed all this excitement, and Carolyn sounds like a keeper. :D