When Megan of Fried Okra first contacted me about her upcoming blog anniversary, I was positively estatic about redesigning her blog for her.

She said that she wanted something that spoke “welcome” to her readers and suggested a porch swing or something of that nature. So, I commenced to look for a porch swing or something of that nature. (I’m so complicated, no?) However, finding a porch swing in stock photos that either did not have people already in it, or was large enough (as in wide) proved to be quite a challenge.

I sent her several shots that I thought would work (I was thinking I would just crop them down if necessary) and she picked out this photo:

Now, at first glance, I thought the photo would work – it was 819 pixels wide. What I wasn’t counting on was the thing that Megan loved most about the photo was the arched windows. Ay-yi-yi. The only way I could keep the arches was to shrink the photo by at least half, which would mean it would then be only 410 pixels wide, about half the size I needed. What to do? I had already sold her on the photo – and now it was too small. (oh the horror!)

So I manufactured the rest of the photo in Photoshop – it took a bit of manipulation, but I think the outcome was beautiful. Her eye for color and detail was a guiding force in the overall design, but she left the details completely up to me. I think it’s one of my absolute favorite designs so far – what do you think?


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9 Comments on Fried Okra gets a New Look!

  1. Dorothy
    July 7, 2008 at 8:23 am (15 years ago)

    I really love it, Karen! You did a great job…as usual.

  2. Angie
    July 7, 2008 at 9:07 am (15 years ago)

    Wow — just beautiful! You did a great job filling in the rest of the picture — I bet that was a lot of work!

  3. {Karla}
    July 7, 2008 at 9:41 am (15 years ago)

    it’s very lovely, karen!

    I love the background too.

    xo ~K

  4. Natalie @ I AM (not)
    July 7, 2008 at 9:44 am (15 years ago)

    Makes me want to go have a glass of tea with her. Great job!

  5. Beck
    July 7, 2008 at 9:59 am (15 years ago)

    You did a BEAUTIFUL job! And that settles it: I AM painting my porch floor glossy white.

  6. Mzzterry
    July 7, 2008 at 11:24 am (15 years ago)

    Refreshed & relaxed. Thats what that makes me feel. Great job, Karen. Beautiful.

  7. twithhoney
    July 7, 2008 at 11:40 am (15 years ago)

    I love the new Fried Okra design. You did a GREAT job on it. And then I come here, find out what you had to do to create that header image and I’m even more impressed. Kudos!

  8. yertle
    July 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm (15 years ago)

    Wow, that is so cool. You are amazingly talented! I was just re-inspired by the design you did for me as I was uploading the header to make a business card. I still love it!

  9. Owlhaven
    July 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm (15 years ago)



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