After so much frontend coding, I was really keen on design work again. So I used the days off at the end of the year to do something different.
My wife had a weblog with an off-the-shelf theme back then. I got a Pixelmator license because I was fed up with Photoshop and wanted to learn something new. I immediately started designing backgrounds, logos and ornaments. The backgrounds were really elaborate, with several semi-transparent layers on top of each other.