Making Picture header for a blog using Paint Brush

I thought I have taken so much from the blogging community, its time for some contribution.

I don't know any web designing to program my own blog, so I tried doing something with a handy tool like paint brush.

What I describe below, is just my method, and I don't claim that its the best or the correct one. In fact I am also not sure if its the easiest one, so if you have any questions, or if I don't make any sense please feel free to ask me. :)

Here’s how I have made header picture for my blog using Paint Brush.

1. Get Interesting fonts: Before starting you might consider taking a look at the various fonts you already have on your machine, by going into word pad, or Microsoft word. Also another way to have interesting fonts is to download them. Following link has some great handwritten fonts:

Free Hand Written Fonts

Free Fonts

1.1 Here are detail instructions to install fonts.
2. Select the
picture that you want in your blog header, right click it and Open it with Paint.
3. If your picture looks like this, its probably too big, and needs to be compressed.

4. To compress the picture, Click on "Image"->select "Stretch\Skew".

5. Input the stretch options by 50%, both horizontal and vertical.

6. On hitting OK, the re sized image will be displayed, if that's too big, again click on "Image"->select "Stretch\Skew", and input the stretch options by 50%, both horizontal and vertical.
I am just taking 50% as half the size, you can input any percentage you wish. You will have to do hit & try here, just DO NOT HIT SAVE AT ANY POINT..!!

7. Do it till you achieve the desired image size, if you want to crop the image, click on select, from the left tool bar.
8. Now select the specific area of the image the you want, right click over it and select copy.

9. Now open a new blank Paint brush file, and paste this image.

10. This is how it looks like:

11. The size of a paint brush canvas is determined by the tiny blue dots at the end (very tiny, tough on eyes). When cursor is placed on it, it becomes a two sided arrow. Clicking on this arrow and dragging it inside reduces the size of the size of the canvas. This is what I want at this point.

12. Finally I reduce the canvas to fit my size.

13. Click on Image and make sure "Draw Opaque" option is UNCHECKED.
14. Click on select and, select the white area on the canvas.

15. Now choose the option, "Fill with color", and choose a desired color.

16. If you don't find a desired color, dbl click on any color and a custom color screen will pop, move the mouse around shades to get the right shade. And click "Add to custom color"
17. Just click on the white area with Fill color option,
18. Select the text option.
19. Select the area where you want the headline to appear.
if you don't see this text tool-bar, click on View-> check the Text Toolbar option.

20. Select the desired font and font size, and type the text. You will have to align and format it according to the space available.

21. At a time, only one font and one font size can be used. If you want to change font/size, again select the text option and select the area where you want the headline to appear.

22. This is how finally my header looks like. And Save the image.

23. In your blog in the configuration header, make sure you select the choice - "instead of title and description".

24. The end...!!! Let me know if you have any questions.

ps:Also step 12 is the basic step, like I cropped 1 image , you can crop several images and drag& place on the canvas area.Or first add text and then paste images.

Living Oprah..! ?

I came across this blog, yesterday when I was scanning television channels...and I guess the channel was CNBC.
The blog is :
According to the writer :
"I am performing an experiment: for one year, I will live as Oprah advises on her television show, on her website and in the pages of her magazines. The tagline to her website is "Live Your Best Life" and I wonder, will I truly find bliss if I commit wholeheartedly to her lifestyle suggestions? Additionally, I'll be charting the cost of living as Oprah prescribes. Will the costs - financial, time spent, energy expended - be worth the result?"

Hmm quite an experiment! ....I have been trying to read it for a while now. Frankly I don't really have a opinion about this.

All I can say is once again... Hail to the creators of blogging world....


I received these fabulous awards from Gloria.

And now I have to post 6 of my personal things that I love or love to do...
(which I will... :)

Thank u Gloria...I appreciate all these goodies\awards....

Julie and Julia

Two stories, two women, France, New York, recipes , love of food, cooking and blogging....
what more do you want.....!!!!!!

I loved it.It was a feel-good movie about self evolution by cooking and blogging about it. Which made it really fascinating for me.
It just showed how can you take control of your life by just doing what you love. And also showed the amazing power of blogging, and what a fabulous medium it is for a nobody to openly express their heart.
I am not much of a cook... and honestly there are days when I don't want to cook. Also there are days when I think I should get an award, just because we ate "home food" rather than a take out.
But I would not deny my romance with food and then there are days, when I try a new recipe and try out new ingredients and its gets interesting and the results are fabulous.
I am also planning to read the book, by Julie Powell on which the movie is based on.

But before that I should finish the stack of books that I have been collecting forever,
Oh well..!

Heart filling

So what happens when in the process of deep thinking you end up scribbling in windows paint brush....

he he he.... :)

Roses are red...

Lately I have been intrigued by hand made paper flowers.
And then I came across this fabulous tutorial from dozidesign.
It was soo tempting, I had to give it a try.

I did not have red paper. But what I had was a white paper (regular printing paper) and a red bingo marker.
So I ended up staining the paper on both sides, it took some time to dry up, and it was good to go. I remember I went to this garage sale of some factory, which was clearing up, and there I saw a bingo marker for the first time. And I was amazed, by its size. I asked the person selling it, how much...? and he said, just take it for free. Those were some samples which they never used. And I got a bunch of them. I just end up staining paper with it, making polka dots pattern or just having fun.