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Happy Belated Birthday to whenbuffysmiles! 
18th-Oct-2008 09:49 pm
My most sincere apologies for being late with these birthday greetings of mine. I really meant to congratulate you yesterday, but once again I found myself in a situation where things were going anything but according to plan. *facepalm* I suck, I know.

Nevertheless, happy birthday, whenbuffysmiles! I hope you had a wonderful day full of things good and glowing! You've been a lovely friend to me, and I'm so happy and grateful that we've met. Your kind words and encouragement have meant a great deal to me, and let me just say that I'll never forget the first comment you left to me. Never ever! It was one of the most wonderful things anyone had ever said to me and it still is. Thank you so much for...everything, really. For being who you are and doing what you do! You're super-awesome, and that's a fact! *hugs you tight*

Oh, and I have a lil' present for you, too. I've been putting it together veeeeery slowly during the last I can't even remember how many weeks, and so I can only hope I didn't lose my ability to see the forest for the trees along the way. It's nothing grand, I'm afraid, but it's Spuffy and it's all yours. Hope you like it. :)

Click on the thumbnail to see it in full size.

If you preferred a version without your username on the manip, just click here.
The original manip here.

my king 3 [thorin]
18th-Oct-2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a gorgeous manip. Not that I'm surprised, of course. Lovely work, sweetie=)
19th-Oct-2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Really? *brightens up* Whew, I'm soooo relieved to hear you think so! I've been pretty much climbing the walls here, arguing with myself if it was a mistake to think that the manip was ready to be posted. I had such a hard time with the colors, for some reason, and I'm still not sure if I just went over the top with them. *tries really hard to not start fidgeting again*

Ok, done with the fidgeting now, thanks to you and your kind words. (Had to read them again...and again, lol.)
Many many thanks for the loveliest comment, hon! It means a great deal to me to hear that you approve. *hugs you tight*

Edited at 2008-10-19 12:53 am (UTC)
19th-Oct-2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Well, you should know by that I'm easy to please. I don't think you could possibly make anything that's not amazing. I know you're not big on icons, but would you possibly mind making one out of that manip for me? It doesn't even need my name on it or anything. If you don't mind, no pressure=)
19th-Oct-2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Awww. *blushes, a lot* You just put the widest smile on my face - thank you so much! You're awesome! *huggles*

You should see how much utter crap my manip making process produces all the time, though! There are tons of it. There are dozens of gigabytes worth of worthless manip junk there, saved on my computer in the hopes that I might be able to salvage at least some of those pieces someday. (Yeah, right, like that's ever going to happen.) So, actually most of my manips are pretty shitty, lol. I just try and only display the least shitty ones publicly. *g*

As for your question, I'd love to make you an icon and I'm honored that you asked. Yay, thank you! :D
I should probably ask whenbuffysmiles first, though, because it's her birthday present and all. *ponders* Yeah, it seems like the right thing to do.
19th-Oct-2008 08:44 am (UTC)
My God woman, even when you're not feeling well you manage to come up with incredible art! I'm so very proud of you!

Any news on your situation? Feeling any better?

19th-Oct-2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh. *blushes* That is such a lovely thing to say - thank you so much! I'm absolutely delighted (and more than a little relieved) to hear you think so! Yay! :D *huggles*

I know I've said this before, but you always have the most encouraging comments. You really make me feel as if I was actually good at what I do, and even though I know that I still have so much to learn and like a million miles to go before I can safely say that I know my way around the graphics programs I'm using, it still makes a world of difference to know that you find my stuff to be to your liking.

Any news on your situation? Feeling any better?
How kind of you to ask - thank you! I truly wish I had some better news to tell you, but everything's pretty much the same as it was the last time we spoke. The tests are showing that there's something evidently wrong, but nobody seems to know what to do about it. I'm really hoping that the neurologist I'm going to see on the 29th will be able to come up with some answers. I'll let you know as soon as I know something new. :)
21st-Oct-2008 07:07 am (UTC)
I wish you had better news too, but I'll keep hoping you will have, soon enough. What exactly are the tests showing to be wrong? I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and praying the neurologist helps you, cuz you're too good a person to be going through all this, damn it.

21st-Oct-2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
What exactly are the tests showing to be wrong?
Um, I have to say that I'm a bit insecure about my ability to translate medical jargon correctly, and so I can only hope that I'm using the right words here. There are sort of like these two more or less separate things that are turning me into a walking talking medical condition, so to speak. On the one hand, there's the chronic inflammation of the soft tissues within and around the most damaged areas. It's been going on ever since the accident, but apparently the open surgery made it go kablooie. Which means that my body's attacking itself in the grandest auto-immune disease style, and its side effects are showing just about everywhere. Like the electrocardiogram shows that there's a continuing irregularity/arrhythmia to my heart beat, and the blood tests are telling that I don't only have anemia but that my gastrointestinal system doesn't seem to be able to absorb nutrients properly to begin with. Go me!

And then, on the other hand, there's this reappeared nervous system related thingy. It seems that my autonomic nervous system is sending wrong messages to my muscles. It's as if I was receiving mild electric shocks to my spine, which makes especially the right side of my body spasm. It's not a big movement and you mightn't even notice it if you weren't especially looking for it, but it feels worse than it looks. It doens't really hurt, but it's sooooo uncomfortable. I've bit my tongue like a million times, and the spasms wake me up several times a night and just generally make me feel like going insane. For this, if nothing else, I'm hoping to get some help from the neurological expert I mentioned before.

And that's about it, as far as my little list of what appears to be wrong goes. Now looking at it, reading through what I've just written, it looks downright ridiculous! Like, are you fucking kidding me?! And oh how I wish I was! But I'm not, and somehow I'm going to have to find a way to deal with it. Life's a weird gig, that's for sure.
22nd-Oct-2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to say hun :-( I'm pretty sure each of your health problems is treatable on its own, so I can only hope they will be treated all together and that you'll be right as rain in no time.

I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, please keep us posted!

*huggles and kisses*
22nd-Oct-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, I don't even have the words to tell you how much your kind and encouraging words mean to me! You've made my day so many times I've lost count, and you've made me smile even at times when I could've sworn that I'll never smile again. You probably hear this all the time, but you are a true gem of a friend with a heart of gold, and I'm so very happy not to mention grateful that we've met. *hugs you soooo tight*

Yesterday, after you'd answered to a few comments I'd left to you at your journal, all I could think of was that it should've been me saying those things to you rather than the other way round. And since I don't know my way around words the way you do, I'm going to cite your own words back to you (once again): "Thank you so very much for being here for me despite going through such a rough time yourself, honey."
Shakespeare himself couldn't have put it better. ;)
24th-Oct-2008 06:54 am (UTC)
all I could think of was that it should've been me saying those things to you rather than the other way round. Don't be silly, hun. Everything is ok with me. Now we have to fix you. Stat!

(and I bet Shakespeare could have put it better ;-P)
24th-Oct-2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Everything is ok with me.
And thank heavens for that! But it doesn't change the fact that you were going through some awfully heavy stuff, right? And yet you were always there for me, asking how I was doing and commenting on my entries and being overall kind and supportive. I was simply in awe of you, and I still am. *huggles*

(and I bet Shakespeare could have put it better ;-P)
Good ol' Shakespeare ain't got nothing on you, honey! ;D
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19th-Oct-2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Really? *brightens up* Yay, yay, yayness, I'm absolutely delighted to hear you think so! *beams* :D

This manip had me sweating so many bucketfulls of blood it's just ridiculous. I mean, look at it - it's such a simple little thing and yet I felt as if I was trying to climb up a tree ass first. The manip itself kept looking all weird no matter what I did, and don't even get me started on the colors and the textures! *facepalm* If there ever was a time when I was in practice with manipping I most certainly am totally out of it now.

But my manipping crisis aside, lol, thank you so much for your kind words, hon! They mean a great great deal to me. *huggles*
19th-Oct-2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely beautiful. Do NOT ever doubt yourself because this is wonderful. I love the brushes of pink you added to soften the pic. The choice of base was wondeful with her subtly touching him with her fingertips. The expressions are perfect, both appear as if they were interrupted from a very sweet moment between them. You can almost hear the whispers of love that were interrupted making them turn toward the camera.

Thank you so much for this. It brought tears to my eyes.

19th-Oct-2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely beautiful. Do NOT ever doubt yourself because you are an amazing artist. I love the brushes of pink you used to soften the original. The choice of base with the subtle touch of her fingertips on his arm. The expressions both speak of a sweet moment interrupted and you can almost hear the whispers of love that was interrupted that made them turn toward the camera.

I love it!! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this for me.

20th-Oct-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
*blushes* That is such an utterly lovely thing to say - thank you so much! I'm absolutely delighted to hear you find this to be to your liking, and you're indeed very welcome. *hugs you tight* :)

I'm so glad you like the base pic. The two main reasons why I chose this particular base in the first place were the ones you mentioned, too - the way she's touching him and the fact that they're turning towards the camera as if interrupted instead of facing it directly. It makes me so very happy to hear those things resonated within you, too.

The colors gave me a bit of a hard time, and so I'm just happy happy super-happy to hear you think they turned out alright. The original picture was so low on saturation that I found it sorta depressing, and so I got to playing with them colors and textures. It turned out to be quite a task to make both Spike and Buffy look even remotely ok under the same settings, and so I've been more than a little worried that I might've managed to over do the whole thing. But since you say you like the colors, I can safely put all those worries behind me. Yay! :D

Thank you so much again, you awesome you!
It totally made my day, hearing that I'd managed to come up with a present that is to your liking! Yay squared! :D
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