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Day 319: November Desktop Wallpaper

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

Yet again, I have fallen behind on these posts. I know I say this every time, but my life is actually insane right now. Like, more busy than ever before, so you’ll have to bear with me, but I promise that this blog will be done by my birthday! At any rate, since it’s now November and I missed a couple of months, I decided to do a desktop/wallpaper pattern!

As always, I used the latest collection of Benjamin Moore colors chosen by Pottery Barn for every single color in this. A side note: I learned last night that the new CEO of Ben Moore decided to cut ties with Pottery Barn in order to finance better advertising, so while Pottery Barn will still recommend BM colors, they’re no longer officially affiliated. At any rate, I decided since all of November has us hungrily awaiting the end of the month’s Thanksgiving feast, I would use a turkey theme for this desktop. So I found a simple clip-art of a turkey and changed the colors, then changed the colors of everything else in the background. I chose to use American Typewriter as the font for “November” because, after all, Thanksgiving is an American holiday! I also added a little fall leaf to the calendar to mark when Thanksgiving day is, because I don’t know about you, but I always forget if it’s the third week of November, or what! Here’s the finished product:

As always, feel free to click on the above image to see it bigger and use it for your own computer! Here it is looking all snazzy on my desktop!

I think it turned out pretty good! I’m not sure if I’ll get turkey this Thanksgiving, but this sure makes me want some!

So, I thought I would just update you all on what’s going on in my life right now and ask you for your thoughts, prayers, positive energies, vibes or whatever you can give me! My hours at the paint store have been cut down a lot, to the point where I am forced to find a new job ASAP! I think of it as a good thing, because I really need to find something that’s better for me, health-wise, and that uses my degree more! But, I’m looking really hard trying to find something, so I’ve been traveling all over the place interviewing. I’m hoping to  have figured this all out by the end of next week, so please pray for a fast response from those I’ve interviewed with!! On top of all that, I’ve also got to figure out HOW I’ll get moved to wherever, what to do about my apartment, and until I find a job, how I’m going to pay for everything! Things are so crazy right now, but I have faith that it will all work out! So thanks to all of you… friends, family, and those who follow that I don’t even know… for being there for me!

Anna Grace


Day 309: August Desktop Wallpaper

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

Well, I skipped the month of July as far as desktop patterns go, but it’s only the first of August and I’m already posting one for this month! Yay progress!

As per usual, I created this desktop calender around Benjamin Moore’s Spring/Summer color collection from Pottery Barn! I decided that this month’s theme needed to be the beach, because although some public schools started classes today, it’s still summer! That and if I could afford it and could take the time off, I would TOTALLY be at the beach right now. Who wants to make that a reality, hmmm?? :mrgreen: Anyway, I found a little clip art of a sandcastle that I though was cute and changed all the colors to those in the Spring/Summer Collection! This wallpaper may be a bit cheesy in comparison to some others I’ve done, but I think the color change helped tone it down a bit. Here’s the original clip art file just so you can get an idea of how many colors I had to change!

So then I just changed the background, stripe, and calendar colors and chose a different font and I was done! Here’s the final product:

And on my desktop…

See? Much more muted and way less garish. As always, click the top image above to get the full size version and feel free to download it and use it on your computer! Enjoy!!

Anna Grace


Day 299: June Desktop Wallpaper

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

We may already be a week into the month of June, but I decided it to make a desktop wallpaper anyways! As per usual, I used the Benjamin Moore Pottery Barn colors from the Spring/Summer collection! Since a lot of my friends are getting married this month, I made this calendar wedding themed!

I found the clip art cake online, so I just took it into photoshop and changed the colors a bit, then I added the couple to the top! I really love the way it turned out, and I can see myself using these colors and pattens in my own wedding cake, someday! As always, click on the image above to see it bigger and save it as your desktop wallpaper! Here it is on my computer!

300th post coming up in a bit!! Get EXCITED!

Anna Grace


Day 289: April Desktop Wallpaper

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

I hadn’t made a desktop calender in awhile, but I was inspired to the other day when we put out the new Spring/Summer Pottery Barn colors at Benjamin Moore! So, using all of those colors, I made this desktop pattern/wallpaper! I gave it an “April Showers” theme with the rain cloud. I’m thinking I’ll do May flowers next month!

I was able to find a .png file through google of a rain cloud I liked, so I pulled that in photoshop, changed the colors to the Pottery Barn ones, and then designed the rest around that! Every color in this is one of the Ben Moore/Pottery Barn colors, even the lines in the calendar! If you want to know which colors are which, ask me in the comments!

Here it is on my slightly cluttered desktop!

As usual, feel free to click on the image for a bigger version and then download it as your desktop! Enjoy!

Anna Grace


Day 251(? days late): November Desktop Wallpaper

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

Since it is the beginning of a new month, I created another desktop/wallpaper for you to download and use! I somehow missed doing one for October… but hopefully this one for November makes up for it!

Like the last ones, I used the Fall/Winter 2011 Pottery Barn Color Collection for Benjamin Moore for all of the colors in this desktop. I found a line drawing of a cornucopia, so I decided to fill in all of the colors of that and use it as the main part of this one. I think it turned out really nice!

I really like this one! I feel like it really represents fall, November, and Thanksgiving! As always, feel free to click on the image to see it full size and use it as your desktop!

Anna Grace

Just like last month, I made a desktop wallpaper calendar in photoshop for September! Also like last time, I used all Ben Moore paint colors from Pottery Barn’s collection, but this time I used their Fall/Winter 2011 collection! It’s September, so that means, IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!!! So for this calendar, I did a football theme! I found the image of the football online and then created the field goal posts in photoshop. Then I just added the stripe at the bottom, the word September, and made the calendar and I was done!

I made this one a bit wider so it would fit my screen better. I made a couple of changes, including the 30 on the calendar accidentally being 3o instead of 30, but here it is on my desktop!!

Feel free to click the image to see it bigger and set it as your own desktop! Enjoy and GO VOLS!!!!

Anna Grace

I am now an astonishing 6 (aaaahhh!!! :shock: ) days late!! But, like I said, these past couple of weeks have been insane what with last week’s crazy busy work schedule and me rushing to pack and move this week! But, I thought I’d take a breather for a bit today and do a post! I hope to catch up on next week, but maybe this will help me not be too ridiculously far behind!

I’ve seen some desktop images from time to time that were calendars. I always thought it was a neat idea and a good way to not get tired of the same old background (mine’s been the digital portrait I did of Elizabeth Taylor since the day I made it… oops), so I decided to create my own for August! I wanted to give it a summery theme, so I found a simple image of a table and chairs with an umbrella and I did everything in Benjamin Moore Pottery Barn Spring/Summer 2011 Colors! Every single color used (even the lines and numbers on the calendar!) came straight from that collection! so here’s the final result!

Click the image to see it full-size and feel free to set it as your desktop wallpaper! I made it 1024×768 pixels because that was supposedly the “standard” size for desktops, but when I tried to use it as mine, I had to stretch it out to get it to fit!

I think it still looks pretty good, even stretched out! I enjoyed doing this, so I may make this a monthly thing!

Sorry I’m so behind… I promise I’ll catch up next week!

Anna Grace