Ladycake...your new avatar is so pretty! I love purple!
That turtle is sooo funny! The first thought that came to mind was what Flayv said!
The avatars are usually ones I find on the web and edit. Sometimes they're perfect just the way they are--mine is straight from the web...no editing.
To use UnFreez, you need to have/make individual gif frames that can then be combined to make an animated gif. It's a lot like a cartoon. The blinking eyes mouse is two frames. One with eyes open, one with eyes shut.
If you want to edit an animated gif you find, open it using gifworks and split it into frames. Save each frame. Each frame can then be edited using an image editing program. After you edit, save each as a gif and drop them into UnFreez. You'll want it to loop and you can play around with the frame delay until you get what you want.
After I've finished making a gif this way, I take it back to gifworks to resize. Resizing can be done by just reducing the size, cropping or reducing the color.
Ladycake if you want your name to blink, take your avatar and a blank image the same size. Drop them into UnFreez and loop them with a frame delay of about 50 or less. Don't forget to make sure the images are in gif format.