I took a photo (it took me a while to decide, but I went for the academic look), rotated it, cropped it, posterized it (to make it look more arty), bordered it twice (which involved flattening it and merging it), stuck some text on it (no mean feat - it isn't just a case of typing some words you know) and voila, the new Working Mum's Award (version 5):
And it only took me an hour and a half!
I seem to have wasted a lot of time on the laptop this Easter, but I'm claiming that this blogging lark is advancing my IT skills, which can only be a good thing, can't it? Although how making avatars and blog awards will enhance my CV, I'm not so sure. Now I find that Sass e-mum recommends The Pioneer Woman to learn more about PaintShop and this can only lead to more playing on the laptop. Will the house ever get finished?
Actually, I think I will be spending a lot of time at Pioneer Woman as she seems to do what I was going to pay a lot of money to do at night school next term, so Sass e-mum, you've saved me a lot of money and the hassle of trying to get a babysitter every week. Huge thanks!
Anyway, back to the award, here are the rules: pass the award on to five blogs that make you laugh, cry, think or sigh (notice the poetry?)
It was a tough decision, but I have decided that the first five 'Blogs of Distinction' will go to:
There were others I would have liked to have included, but hopefully the award will find their way to them and if one comes back to me I can always hand out another five!
Addendum 7 April: Now that one has found its way back to me I can hand it out to others I missed first time: