My New “Something About Love” Blog Banner for 2014, January 05, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #496)

Ta da!  How do you like my new Something About Love blog banner for 2014 that I made?  I went for soothing and relaxing colors in a slightly more sophisticated presentation.  Well, I think it’s pretty. Ha!


N.B. The Richard Armitage (RA) character and portrait image credits for my 2014 blog banner are RANet ( or my own caps.  Images from left to right:  Richard Armitage as himself in the Esquire UK December 2013 issue (see paragraph below); RA portraying Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films (2012, 2013, an 2014), RA portraying John Thornton in the BBC’s 2004 mini-series drama North & South with Daniela Denby-Ashe portraying Margaret Hale; RA portraying John Standring in the BBC’s 2002 mini-series drama Sparkhouse; RA portraying John Porter in Sky’s 2010 miniseries Strike Back (mini-series 1) with  Laura Greenwood portraying his daughter (whom Porter is hugging in this cap) and Nicola Stephenson as his wife; RA portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s Robin Hood (2006 – 2009); RA portraying Harry Kennedy in the BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley in 2006; and RA portraying Lucas North in series 7-9 (2008 – 2010) of Spooks with Paloma Baeza portraying his wife Elizaveta Starkova in series 7.

Of course the Richard Armitage portrait at far left is an RANet cap (with my masking out the background) from the Esquire UK December 2013 issue (click to see the online article interview) with a luscious 6 page spread of RA in various couture tuxes.  I had resisted buying that issue–til now–its $15 USD price tag for 6 pages of Richard Armitage seemed a little steep for my fangirl purse.  But the Richard Armitage portraits by Blair Getz Mezibov are even more stunning when you gaze upon the real and slightly oversized pages (by today’s standards) magazine as I did a few weeks ago at a local bookstore. Coveted is more like it.  Ha! If we don’t get the blizzard predicted on Sunday as this essay posts, then I am racing to my local bookstore and purchasing the Esquire UK issue with Richard Armitage in it.  For those also looking to buy it, this issue has two cover options–Joaquin Phoenix or Scarlett Johansson.    And I think we are still close enough to Christmas to call me buying the Esquire UK issue with RA in it a belated Christmas present for myself.  Ha!

The background image for my new blog banner is a seriously complex manip that I made–you didn’t FireplaceMantelDec3113MSOfcClipArtreally think that there  was a fireplace mantel that wide, did you?  Ha!–from a lovely MS Office Clip Art image (keyword mural or fireplace, Ha!). At right is the original image for comparison:

And I think I was drawn to that mural image behind the fireplace because the dining room in our home when I was growing up had a wallpaper on three of the four walls that was a painted mural scene (no repeats).  So using this mural in my blog here is a bit of a nod to my childhood memories.   And possibly also because I have spent quite a bit of time in waiting rooms lately reading  the Traditional Home magazine which I adore.  I have to subscribe to that and House Beautiful again.  Sighhhh!

And completing this new 2014 blog banner image was literally an all day Saturday process to get it to where I was satisfied–and my calibrating the Vivaldi font in the right size for the smaller secondary wording (size 32, and size 60 on the blog name, if  anyone is interested) so that it was readable.  Ha!  But overall, I’m very pleased with my new banner.  Which is a good thing, since you and I will both see it every day for the next year.  Ha!

And I know, I’m going against conventional wisdom in creating this new, more quiet banner for 2014–with regard to my not using attention getting bold colors like I did with the red banner that I made last year for 2013 (below):


But, I like variety.  Ha!

And then there was my first real blog banner that I made and used for 2012 that required a heavy background image manip (to extend the image to the left, and completing the door at far right:

SomethingAboutLoveBanner2012Jan0112GratianaLovelace copy

Finally, just to have a complete parade of my past Something About Love blog banners for the herstorical record, here is the image that I used from August through December 2011, when I first began blogging (image credit is my hubby) (below is the 2011 banner; then bottom left is another view of that area, and at bottom right is a gorgeous 3 story waterfall picture he took in that park as well):


Matthiessen upper dells, lower and middle falls July0711sml   Matthiessen, upper falls, upper dells July0711sml

These waterfall images that my hubby took were about fifteen years ago when our knees could take climbing down the ravine four stories (ha!)–with a convenient wooden stair for the first story, and then a concrete stairway for the last three stories–then walking to either end for him to take these spectacular views!

Cheers!   Grati  ;->

P.S.  Apart from being a loving hubby and a great photographer, my hubby was also inspired to start his own blog on WordPress last year.  His blog revolves around his bycycling obsession passion.  So if you feel so inclined, please visit his blog and look around.  His blog is the Midlife Cyclist Blog.  Thanks from Mrs. Midlife Cyclist Blogger

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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11 Responses to My New “Something About Love” Blog Banner for 2014, January 05, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #496)

  1. guylty says:

    Nice new banner, Grati. I always love the new year because there are so many new visual treats because everyone feels it’s time for a fresh new look. Maybe I need to change my own WP background, too… I’d be sorry to see Sir Guy go, though ;-)


    • Hi Guylty,
      Thanks for your nice note about my new blog banner! The new year is full of possibilities.
      And I do especially like the Sir Guy that you have on your WordPress site.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. Jan. 05, 2014–The “likes” aren’t loading again. But I can see the notifications. So, thanks to the following for liking this post!:

    Herba, Ania, Kitty (who mentioned it on another pose), and Lesley


  3. aj daisy says:

    Love the new banner Grati, and Happy New Year to you. Just got back from seeing The Hobbit what can I say brilliant film and Richard was awesome.


    • Hi AJ Daisy,
      Thanks for your lovely comment about my new banner! THDofS is brilliant! Let’s hope it is “up, up, and away” for Richard Armitage’s career to enter the stratosphere!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. Ania says:

    Great new banner, Grati! I love it!


  5. Jan. 07, 2014–The December 2013 Esquire UK issue featuring Richard Armitage in formal wear is mine as of 9:15am this morning! The RA portraits are gorgeous!

    With the blizzard and such this past weekend, I was delayed in buying my copy. And even though today is still a “snow day” from work due to the ice and chill, I never let a “little thing” like 27 degrees F below zero windchill deter me in my “quest”. Ha!


  6. Jan. 7, 2014–Consider this vid offering for the “14th” Day of Christmas. Love the great current pix and interview clips of RA!

    “Armitage Army Christmas 2013” a video by Morrighan Muse


  7. Jan. 07, 2014–A great tribute to Richard Armitage’s portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield, by the THDofS film’s writer and producer Philippa Boyens:


  8. Jan. 18, 2014–Since I wanted to bookmark my graphic for the RA Flash Event site that they kindly posted for me, here is that link:


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