New Whoorlie Banner


Yesterday, I told SAJ that I was growing tired of my banner which has existed on this site for a whopping total of 36 days. She offered to design one for me, which came as quite a surprise considering she knows me not only as Whoorl, but as Sarah, the all-smiles-but-deep-down- extremely-hard-to-please-god-she-can-be-SO-PICKY gal that lives in her ‘hood. She clearly must have been on a mission to raise her personal level of annoyance to an all-time high.

We planned on discussing some ideas while hanging out at the park this week with the bambinos. Totally light and breezy.

What I experienced next can only be explained as an outburst of creativity that would put Karim Rashid to shame. While I was sitting on my arse watching American Idol, she was seeking out abstract photographs taken by my husband online (my favorite one- how did she know?) and cranking out banners like a gumball machine. Please focus your attention on this:


This is a snapshot of my inbox. Yep, I think the word “outburst” accurately describes the situation. Not only did she produce several awesome banners, but when my OCD kicked into super-high gear, she continued to tweak and tweak and TWEAK when most would have politely told me to GO DO IT YOURSELF, PSYCHO PIXEL SYMMETRY GIRL.

Thanks SAJ! I love it to pieces!



  1. bitetherabbit says:

    very cool!

  2. I love it! And Wito’s smile makes it all that much better.

    It must be “banner uneasiness” month. I’m changing mine soon, and most of the people I read have done so recently as well.

  3. she’s clearly a genius!

  4. I like it :)

  5. I’m sure she had nothing better to do anyway, so she’s probably thanking YOU.

    Angela – Exactly. Nothing better to do except entertain a toddler, pump out work for her many clients, create original items for her readers, illustrate for her blog…did I mention entertaining a toddler? ;)

  6. Nice work, SAJ! It really adds a lot to the site, I say!

  7. Great banner. Super-fantastic-awesome SAJ (as usual).

  8. Yeah, I’m embarrassed. Just kidding. Poor Baby Bug though. I’m such a bad mom.

    Well, all of those emails were in response to my requests for “tweaking”. MORE TWEAKING! NOW! And yes, I feel the same way about Wito. The past couple of hours have been filled with NEGLECT.

  9. it looks absolutely awesome! great work guys. :)

  10. SAJ’s talent shines through again. Looks good!

  11. I lovvvvvvvve it! It’s GORGEOUS. Bravo, SAJ Whoorl for putting your two creative minds to work.

  12. Definitely a saint, I’d say.

  13. Very cool…personal…I like it a lot. Now I need to bug my husband about changing mine…but I am afraid he will toss a brick at my head.

  14. i dig. i dig!

  15. You’re so lucky to have an SAJ original. I love all of her stuff. Especially the illustrations she puts on her blog. She’s a true talent.

  16. The talent that woman has kills me. And working with such an adorable subject, well yah just can’t go wrong. Love it! Your minds obviously work very well together :)

  17. She did a great job! Go SAJ!

  18. I’m a tweaker too – oh the annoying tweakyness of tweakers.

  19. I love it!

  20. Looks great! I love that painting. And of course, the baby!

  21. Awesome! I want to change mine, but I have no skillz in that department. Yours looks FANTASTIC!

  22. love, love, love!

    modern meets baby love meets excellent use of type in whirls of whoorl.

    say what? i know what i’m talking about, that’s all that matters.

  23. Hip, modern, with a dab of Anders. I really like the personal touch.

  24. I love the colors in it.

  25. Oh, My God. You two. Be more cute, please! Love the Inbox shot…between her creativity, and your OCD you are quite the pair.

  26. Darren McLikeshimself says:

    I likes it!

  27. WAIT..what are you talking about? I don’t see a new banner? I’m starting to panic. I MUST SEE NEW BANNER! What am I doing wrong? WHAT’S WRONG??

    Lulu, your computer is probably cached. Do a hard refresh (PC – hold down ctrl key and click refresh. Mac – shift then refresh) and Voila!

  28. Total genious. Love it. Go Jayhawks.

  29. I have just come across your blog and I spent the past two days catching up, I’m adding you as one of my new favorites. Thanks for making the past two days fly by with your funny stories. Also you have one of the most adorable babies I have ever seen.

  30. The tweakiness (totally a word) was worth it– it’s great, and the colors are gorgeous!

  31. i was having the same problem…i couldn’t see a new banner and so my brilliance read on and realized i was cached. refresh…voila! its absolutely, in all honesty…my favorite of all blog banners…EVER. i mean could you be anymore pleased with the looks. fab job SAJ!

  32. Awesome! Nice work, SAJ — you’re my hero! You guys definitely work well together.

  33. Love it!!

  34. I absolutely love it. Woohoo!