A new banner for 2012!

by Matt on December 29, 2011

Well folks, we’re about to say goodbye to another year and I can’t think of a better way to ring it in than with a new banner! You know I like to update things now and then, and just the other day we finished a big citrus story at the studio for ourselves (yes, self-assignments are important!) and as I was looking around at the bowls of lemons and oranges I thought it’d make a bright happy new banner. Full confession: I’ve resorted to bright bowls of lemons before for my header banner. I just can’t help it. Clearly I’m not above repeating myself.

This year I thought of doing something a bit different using some of my favorite ceramics from Mud Australia. Yes, I’ve also been on quite an Australian kick. At any rate, I painted a surface a very light blue and arranged the assorted blue bowls from our collection.

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THOSE BLUES? I’m drooling. After I had them where I wanted them I  placed some happy little lemons, oranges, kumquats and leaves inside them and snapped away.


I opened everything in photoshop to make sure it was where I needed it to be. I updated the type for 2012 and voila! done!

From me and Adam to you and your family….we are wishing you a very happy and healthy 2012! What a year it’s been!

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

kale @ tastes good to me! December 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Love the new banner; fresh, clean and inviting. Also love being able to see behind the scenes!

Steph December 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Love it! So jealous of all that blue Mud-ware. It’s so beautiful, especially with the pops from the citrus.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Looks amazing…can I pay you to make me one?! In all your spare time, of course.

Not joking, not one bit :)

Those bowls are beautiful and the fruit is so perfect in them. I LOVE the behind the scenes footage…Awesome!

Kristina December 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

stunning! I love to see ‘behind the scenes’ work, and what I would give for that … ‘tripod’ contraption!

I love Mud Australia, too. beautiful blues you have!

Happy New Year to you and Adam!

Chris @nestlefoodie December 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

New banner is so clean and fresh – I loved your old one too! Your work is such a pleasure to follow. Happy New Year to you!

Chris @nestlefoodie December 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

New banner is so clean and fresh – I loved your old one too! Your work is such a pleasure to follow. Happy New Year to you!

Brooke @ Food Woolf December 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR, my beloved friend. You, like that blue, are a perfect shade of happy and joyful. Adore you and your new banner. Happy 2012. May it be filled with even more fun, travel, frolicking, and….wigs. :)

Kiki December 30, 2011 at 12:02 am

Happy 2012! The new banner looks amazing, though I am sad to see the rustic-y old one go!

Rosa December 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

Lovely, fresh and so colorful.

Best wishes for 2012!



Irvin @ Eat the Love December 30, 2011 at 2:31 am

I love the new banner! So clean and fresh (though I miss seeing your pretty face up there).

Of course, now I want to eat a blood orange. Or as my friend Ben likes to call them, bloody oranges.

Simon Cave December 30, 2011 at 2:52 am

Enjoyed reading this. I loved the old hand-written font though! Have a great 2012.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar December 30, 2011 at 7:10 am

Matt, your work is beyond inspiring. Love seeing behind the scenes like this (the results are rockin’ too!). There’s something inspiring about a bowl of bright, fresh, citrus fruits, so repeat away! Happy New Year!

Matt December 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

Will, coming from you this is the highest compliment ever! A very happy new year to you!

Matt December 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

Simon, the handwritten font will still be around in some posts, I could never exclude it completely!

Matt December 30, 2011 at 7:48 am

Thank you Irvin! The world might be seeing too much of my face in 2012 so I thought I’d give everyone a break… who knows :)

And happy new year to you and AJ!

Liz December 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

Blue! You had me at blue. Looks lovely. Hope you have a happy, healthy, delicious bite-filled year and put that banner to good use. :)

Rebecca December 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

I think you need to add some cocktails in there too :) Looks great, as always! x, Rebecca

Lori @ RecipeGirl December 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

It’s beautiful! Happy New Year, Matt & Adam!

Craig Glick Miller December 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

My wife sent me a link to this article. Great banner and behind the scenes information. While this is my first visit to your site it will not be my last. I have already added your feed to my reader.

Sally December 30, 2011 at 9:30 am

Matt, It looks beautiful! A very happy new year to you and Adam–may your days be filled with the same beauty and clarity of that gorgeous blue!

Mimi from California Avocados Direct December 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

Beautiful citrus and a beautiful banner! I’m inspired to play with some avocados now! Happy New Year, Matt!

Barbara December 30, 2011 at 10:43 am

Wow, Matt, this is really beautiful! I love that pale blue with a hint of grey in it. Everything goes so well together, inviting fruit beckoning for a bite and the stunning ceramics from Mud Australia!
What a way to greet the new year! Happy New Year!

Maggie at Eat Boutique December 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

It’s bright and beautiful. It makes me want to rush home to create some citrus cordials… Happy new year!

sally cameron December 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

Happy New yEar to you and Adam Matt! Hugs from Kent and me. YOu’ve had an amazing 2011 and we know that 2012 holds many wonderful adventures, blessings and surprises for you. Love the citrus header! Of course, I’m crazy about citrus so it’s a natural choice for me. Our trees are heavy with fruit right now. Can’t wait to do something with it all. Love the process photos too. Thanks my friends!

Philippe Tan December 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

Matt, you never fail to inspire me in so many levels. I love your work. Thank you for being around. More love to you and Adam.

Teri Lyn Fisher December 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

Love love love the new banner and type! Cokes!

Dina Avila December 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Just gorgeous! And yes, those blues are drool worthy!

Krystal R @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} December 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Love the new banner, it’s so fresh and so clean!!! Happy New Year to you and Adam!!

Olivier Blanchard December 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Sweet! Got the lighting just right too. I like.

Yvette ~ Muy Bueno December 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

LOVE the new banner! Fresh, clean, and modern.
Best wishes for 2012!
Cheers, prost, and salud.

Nic@diningwithastud January 1, 2012 at 3:19 am

Love the banner!! Happy new year :D

Emma January 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi there Matt, delighted to have found your blog and just linked to it on my site. Have a wonderful 2012!

Jay @ LocalFood.me January 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Simply gorgeous! I love your photography and design skills and hope to reach that level some day. Any suggestions for a food blogger in a small NYC apartment?

Simjen January 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Matt, You are really awesome. I am a big fan for your photography now. Loved to see the scenes and hard work behind an excellent photograph. Thanks for the info and Happy new year too.. :)

Bertram [Ingredient Driven] January 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Happy New Year Matt! Your new banner is gorgeous – really evokes the freshness of the season here in California. Thanks for sharing your process in producing it, it’s always great to get that sort of insight. Definitely going to check out Mud Australia as well!

DeskSnacker January 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

Wow, I didn’t realize so much went into a good photo. Great imagination, keep it up!

Stay-At-Home-Chef January 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Love the colour palette of the new banner. So fresh and clean…wonderful. Happy New Year!

carpeseason | Liz January 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I love the new banner… Looks beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Marla January 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Yay! A new banner for a great new year. Really love it & the Mud bowls too.
U R a total talent :) & inspiration.

Roxy January 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

love the new banner! as a citrus fan and a yOu fan, nice work!

Anna January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

Salve, sono Anna dedico il mio tempo e passione alla cucina,
pertanto ho creato il blog http://www.cucinarecreare.it
Chiedo uno scambio backlink al vostro portale.
Se siete interessati prego comunicarmi il vostro link e banner.
Ringrazio per una risposta anche se negativa.
Buona giornata



GoodSeatTickets February 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

Matt You’re doing wonderful pictures. I love Your blog

Jianna Gonzalez February 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Thanks for the information and knowledge.

Jianna Gonzalez February 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Keep blogging.

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