A Quest on Overdrive … :)

An eccentric rambler on life's lessons and mercies, found and lost… :)

Of Headings, Beheadings and Banners!

This banner took forever to come into being…

Back to the tagline of being quirky and eccentric, I decided not to mention that I can be very very stubborn too πŸ™‚ So despite offers of help from Solilo and Indyeah, and my wanting desperately to ask Chirag too, πŸ™‚ I had to try something on my own.

After making a few samples on gimp, tutored by Solilo, and Soumya, who got me so many pages of help from the net, I just went ahead, and came up finally with this very raw piece which has most of the things I hold dear, and notions too πŸ™‚ That I am a confirmed blogaddict is now unveiled πŸ™‚ Finally! I cannot begin to tell you what a relief it is, confessing that πŸ™‚

So headed, beheaded, and a header is born. Period.

Disclaimer: in the coming weeks and months, weirder creations are bound to be born and shared here. Reader discretion is advised :D!

Thank you for your patience, in condoning this πŸ™‚

Edited to add (on 2 April, 2010): Finally after an age, got back to gimp again πŸ™‚ Have been overwhelmed and amazed at the creativity of the headers that some of you have, so I just did very very basic experimenting, to create a simple one πŸ™‚ i like my first one best, but this one is really close to my heart: it is a slice of a paddy field, during the monsoon, just outside my parents’ house. Always feel refreshed when I look at them πŸ™‚ Very rejuvenating! Here it is πŸ™‚

Sols πŸ™‚ Hope I got this one right too? πŸ™‚

Edited to add, yet again, (on 10 April, 2019): Just keeping a record of my experiments with the headers. This one is taken at my parents’ place, during the monsoons, in between rains. My brother was trying out a new camera, and how well it got the drops of water, on the leaves of this decorative plant, in my mother’s garden. Edited and used clone tool to fill up gaps between leaves… and I think that is pretty obvious :D! Sols, do tell me, when time permits :P!!!

Edited to Add, 15 April, 2010:

It’s Vishu today! Happy Vishu, and in keeping with the new found enthusiasm, here is a new header, with the konna poovu… ie Cassia fistula flowers, also called the Indian Laburnum. It is generically different from the Laburnum, as such! This slice is taken from a picture, of a Konna tree, at my parents’ πŸ™‚ Wishes, everyone πŸ™‚

Edited to add: New Header πŸ™‚ 11 July, 2010

Am planning a series on the extended family. First of the lot πŸ™‚ That’s Appu the Alsatian and Paru, three years ago, when she was adopted, having been abandoned outside our home 😦 . Took her in, and there was this instant bonding between the hulking one year old male Appu and her πŸ™‚ This one has been taken the day she came home, playing with Appu πŸ™‚ She’s grown up as his daughter πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And even now, there is so much love between them πŸ™‚ Just the opposite with her son, Kuttan and Appu, though πŸ™‚ Boys, I tell you :D!! But, more on those stories later… πŸ™‚

Edited to Add, on 11 August, 2010 : Another new header πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Had been saving this one up, for a season I love. The Onam season πŸ™‚ It is a collage of a few treasures of my home sights, and experiences. The Kaala Vela (oxen decorated and carried, in a harvest festival… just models of course), the deity inΒ  the temple atop a hill, another fav. , the wonderful decades old stone deepasthambham, the stone lamp, a pookkalam we laid out last year, the ottamthullal, all placed at a place dear to me, the entrance to my parents’ home, in a little village, in Valluvanadan Keralam πŸ™‚

Edited to Add, on 12 April, 2011: New Header πŸ™‚

It’s going to be Vishu, in a couple of days. This time the kani will be in my house as the SB is going to be home πŸ™‚ So we plucked a few Konna flowers from Mom’s tree here at her home… and as we did, I decided they were going to grace my blog as well! Seasons greetings everyone πŸ™‚ May your new year be prosperous and bright!

Edited to Add, on 5 Sept, 2011: New Header πŸ™‚

This is one of Malu’s, my cat, about whom I have written here. SheΒ  has gone to Cats heaven, and I do hope she’s fine there. Miss her terribly… 😦 God bless sweetheart!

Edited to Add, on 30 November, 2011

Yesterday, I changed the theme of the blog template to Twenty ten, from the Vigilance that I had started with. A change I had been wanting to make, since, like a long long time ago πŸ™‚ And here it is… with multiple headers that change at random! Am having so much fun uploading from stuff I’ve been wanting to share! There is Appu, theΒ Alsatian (my parents’), Chinnu, the black labrador (mine), a tiny white collared pup, playing with Appu, and later as a mum with her own brat… that is Paru (my parents’), a “naadan”, or what one would call a common mongrel??, who was abandoned at my parents’ doorstep, and later adopted by us, and finally her first born, Kuttan, the fully brown dog (mine!! all mine!!). There is one of the fantastic foursome, as I am fond of calling them…my kids and their cousins… inseparable lot πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy them as well!

A couple of pictures are of the “Kalam ezhuththu” or the drawing of a ritualistic emblem of the Goddess Durga’s bangle… all free hand drawing and coloured with natural powders and dyes. Taken at our family temple. There are also those taken by the younger brother when he visited Cairo on the way back from Russia; specifically ones taken of the pyramids and the Sphinx :), and a shot from his aircraft as they flew back, of the ocean and shore below.

More later πŸ™‚

Edited to add, 14 July, 2013

A blog makeover was long in the offing, and just when I am knee deep in papers and home and house work, I decide to do it. Typical πŸ™‚ The new theme is Twenty Thirteen, something that lends itself to a three column or two column page. With each individual blog post you still have your sidebars ( I missed that with the Twenty Eleven – but perversely, I did not want sidebars then, and now I do. πŸ˜› ). Choosing pictures all over again, and rearranging the widgets. Well, it was fun, though it’s going to cost me some πŸ™‚ My spine’s already paying :D! So mesa off for now, till the next makeover bug gets to me.

48 thoughts on “Of Headings, Beheadings and Banners!

  1. You are the best, Lady. *muah*


    • And that is because of you dear Solilo… πŸ™‚

      Thanks…! Approval from my guru is the high point of existence πŸ™‚


  2. well well well… I came to this page expecting a tribute to Chirag… but well there are more designers here !!! wot a terrific piece of raw work !!! my word that is a fantastic header and its creative… Ushus at work !!!

    superb !!!

    Inspiring stuff ! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    • Hehehe.. Dhirubhai, nice note there… πŸ™‚ And thank you kind Sir, for all those lovely things you have to say about it πŸ™‚ the no. of pieces I had to kill is no joke, but yes, there is a wonderful sense of satisfaction in seeing it here πŸ™‚ Raw as it is πŸ™‚

      Thanks again!


  3. Ah this is very you.. just at a glance nothing worth noticing.. but the trick is in the details.. that symbol on the right.. the spectacles… the blog repeated thrice all say something.. they denote the very essence of you! And and you created it yourself? wow kudos!! and here i am ,.. have dled gimp nearly a year back and havent really explored it yet! I do all my editing on ms paint!

    I am waiting for more of them.. and like solilo keep a list of all the headers.. that would be fun!!


    • Meena, well gimp flummoxed me the first few times I tried, and I gave up, but then as I have said here, there is that noxious stubborn self, that would not let it be…
      Dug my teeth into it, got frozen shoulders off and on, but at least I found myself able to get a few basics right.. and so here it is πŸ™‚ Like the crayon drawings of the pre primary πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      But well, like them, I love it too πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the lovely way you picked out all those details I wanted noticed! Made my day!


      • I love it too.. keep them coming! And I just might end up exploring with it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        πŸ™‚ Do, please… and share those creations with us πŸ™‚


  4. Yeah I regret suggesting you about free headers now. This looks perfectly ‘in sync’. And originality has a pride of its own. Cheers.


    • Lol. Soumya, I have that page saved, and will need it occasionally… so dont worry it has its place too… πŸ™‚ Thanks for the help and then coming and telling me so nicely and the virtual pat on the back πŸ™‚ Thanksssss!


  5. Oh you did it all by yourself!!! Wow! It is impressive!!! I was going to ask you if Chirag did this one too! Very Very impressive!


    • Now, that is the high point of existence today πŸ™‚ Thank you Smitha! To have thought, even if only for a second that it compares to a piece by Chirag… of whose work I am an out and out fan :)… *Jumping for joy*

      Lol.. Thanks so much!!!


  6. Love it (((hugs)) mush!:)
    simply in awe of you dear friend πŸ™‚
    coz you show me how to discover, dream and explore πŸ™‚

    Ask Solilo I am all set to use GIMP :D:D

    will be sooo looking forward to many more new ones here:)


    • Aww… Indygurl.. πŸ™‚
      Dream on.. explore endlessly, and discover a wealth of life in all that you do… πŸ™‚

      Great to hear you are going to go the Gimp way too.. Happy gimping.. now we are waiting for your Masterpieces.. πŸ™‚ or just those lovely creations.. πŸ™‚ Keep us posted!


  7. Ushus I submitted three commnets 😦 *wailing* where are they? πŸ˜€
    sniff sniff waiting to see if I got them through


  8. banner looks brilliant….. πŸ™‚ and yes, it is a pleasant surprise that Chirag is not the only great designer here….. πŸ™‚


  9. I am so glad you’re using Gimp. Kudos to you and the person that recommended it.

    Interesting header too πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Aareet πŸ™‚ I found gimp when I was hunting for templates for blogspot, on a site called blogger buster or something… downloaded it, but did not have a clue about using it. That is when Solilo assured me that it really was rather simple… πŸ™‚

    Well it still isn’t simple but it is quite interesting πŸ™‚ Kudos to Solilo, certainly:) And good to have your words here too!


  10. Why the sudden jump to WP, ma’am? πŸ™‚


    Moved to wp, mainly for its comment threading and stuff like that… though blogspot is still very dear to my heart .. thanks again, for being here too πŸ™‚


  11. very nice header usha..I want to be ur new student for learning this art of making cool headers πŸ˜‰


  12. Beautiful header! The rain drops!

    Here’s a picture that I clicked this morning while sipping chai. http://twitpic.com/1f4iv3


  13. I love this header – the newest rain washed one πŸ™‚ I feel what we do with our headers speaks lots about us… I was stuck to one header on blogspot and for a while thought I’d do the same on WP, but now I am enjoying using them to reflect the present mood… πŸ™‚

    I too was stuck to that one header for a long time, thinking it would take for ever and ever to build up a new one. Till I let go, and just did it πŸ™‚ Now I like this thing about changing the headers to reflect one’s moods, as you put it! Thanks for liking this one too!


  14. Beautiful banner Ushus!:)
    See what I mean bout GIMP and being intimidated? πŸ˜›
    Also love your twitter BG:) Its one of your fav pics isnt it?:)
    All that green *sigh*
    send some rains to Delhi na Ushus 😦


    Thanks for the lovely comment, Indygurl. Yes the green greeen fields of home are among the most fav. Have started looking even more of a nutty character now, prowling around with a camera these days πŸ˜› :P!


  15. Love the new header!! Happy Vishu to you πŸ™‚ Laburnum flowers are amongst my favorite… but they will be seen on every roadside by mid may …waiting πŸ™‚


  16. Finally here for comment tsunami. Mwahahaha! Kanikonna header is beautiful! Everytime I see that gate and paddy fields in your sidebar, I want to just fly to Kerala. It reminds me of my paternal grandparents’ home.

    LOL! Sols, this space welcomes your comment tsunami anytime. Revelling in it, really. The sad part of the gate and paddy fields is that there are no paddy fields this time. People are going in for banana farming instead. Problem with labour, and time and committment to the paddy. It’s such a tragedy really. Going to blog about it, in a few days.

    Thanks for the tsunami πŸ™‚


  17. Wow! I luvvved them all. The current one is sooo cute πŸ™‚

    Swaram Thank you πŸ™‚ The current one is a fav pic too πŸ™‚


  18. Love the header and most of all the way ‘Overdrive’ has been written:)


  19. It’s a great makeover – going through this blog dear Usha, is like visiting an old friend after a long time!! You simply must dedicate a page to the extended family that owns you, with their names – I can see a brown someone with a white natural collar and a long, long tongue now πŸ˜€


  20. love, love, love this theme …more so the collection of rapidly changing pics

    lots of tails, panting mouths and just now a wet, very wet black someone πŸ™‚


  21. Lol! Indy, all of them are who are part of us πŸ™‚ All those tails, panting mouths, and the wet back someone is the first of the new lot who came to us πŸ™‚ Chinnu,my black lab. She’s almost nine, and now down with a funny cough, which the vet says is due to some tracheal problem, and so has been advised “voice rest” :P! Getting a lab to keep quiet is superhuman effort :D! Still she’s more obedient now, and knows I mean it (there is some panic in my tone, maybe that is why!!! :D) when I ask her to shush πŸ˜› :P!
    Thanks for taking note of this too, Indy! I’ve missed you, My Meggie πŸ™‚


  22. Love the header with your parents in it.:) Beautiful! Tells the story of a lifetime well lived that header.


  23. here again for another cute header of yours. The two lil darlings in the car……. one to the left, the other to the right:)) cutiepies:))


  24. Awww.. Sols, Hugs πŸ™‚
    Thank you for dropping in


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