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Happy Belated Birthday ssddgr! 
17th-Mar-2009 05:11 pm
I honestly cannot believe this! I'm only, like, two days late with my birthday greetings this time! Holy wow, how cool is that?! I mean, I might actually find myself being on time someday. Woohoo! And...ugh, never mind. *facepalm* Sarcasm used to be more fun when I wasn't trying to make the same joke for the nth time. *le sigh*

But my sorry-ass attempts at humor aside, Happy Belated Birthday, Sotia! I hope you had a wonderful day full of happiness and joy, and that the coming year will bring you more of the same stuff! You truly deserved it! *huggles you senseless*

I can't even put it into words how much your friendship has meant and obviously still means to me. Your kindness, generosity, warm-heartedness, considerateness (jeebus, is that even a word?), inner strength and sense of humor never cease to amaze me. It's so very rare to meet people who truly, genuinely care about other people like you do, or share from their own simply because they can and want to. I admire you tremendously for that as well as for the fact that you're not afraid of speaking your mind. It takes a lot of guts to do that, to not try and please everybody (as if anyone ever could!), to be yourself, to be honest and genuine. Aaaand on top of everything else, you are a brilliant writer and a talented manip artist and, as I've discovered of late, you also have a gift for drawing. You simply blow my mind, you amazing multi-talented you! You're a gem of a person and a beautiful soul, and I consider it an honor to be able to call you a friend! *hugs you tight*

Oh, and I seem to have made a present for you. Or two presents, actually. Sort of. I think. *scratches head* It was like, I was making the Spuffy manip and the original Buffy manip was really big and...well, I kinda made it into its own manip, too. I figured it might make sense, given its good quality and the fact that I had to downsize it quite a bit in order to make it go together with the rather small Spike manip. Maybe you'll have some use for it or something. And if not, that's perfectly alright, too. As for manipping itself, all I can say is that there should be a law against taking too long breaks from it. It's been well over two months since I last manipped, and getting back to it was so awkward it's not even funny. I was like, who am I kidding?! I've no idea what I'm trying to do here! So if these stink, I honestly wouldn't be too surprised. But smelly or not, they were made with love, and that's what counts, right? ;) Hope you like them, sweetie!

Click on the thumbnails to see them in full size. I'd say they're semi-worksafe. As in they're suggestive, but there's really nothing there that you couldn't find staring back at you from the pages of pretty much any magazine out there.

my king 3 [thorin]
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17th-Mar-2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Aww, you're just SO lovely, you know. *huggles you silly*

I'm so glad you like my work even though I know it's far from flawless. I mean, when I look at my manips all I see are the flaws. They're like screaming at me, those nasty buggers. And so hearing that you - who are an absolutely amazing artist yourself - think that these turned out alright makes me feel almost embarrassingly happy. Like, superhyperextrahappy! Woot! *beams like never before* Seriously, I have the biggest smile on my face right now, and it's all thanks to you. :D

Thank you so very much for your kind words! I truly appreciate them. :)
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17th-Mar-2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Of course I'm curious. I'm always curious. I'm too curious! *grins*
Plus I love your stuff. Luuuurve it. And I feel so bloody bad for not being able to keep up with your work more regularly. I know I'm missing out a lot and it sucks. Bad. :(

*clicks the link*

Oh. My. God. *stares in awe for a long, long while*
That is absolutely gorgeous, that is! Just - wow! Amazing!
Buffy looks anything but horrid. She looks beautiful! And real. I think you've done excellent job with the blending on both of them. Plus I love their expressions. And the base pic. Actually I love everything about this manip. I hope that's allowed. ;)

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece of art with me and making my Spuffy heart swell! :)
17th-Mar-2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hee ok totally butting in to this birthday present, but awwwwww hun what you said about sotia was sooo sweet and kind, it made *me* get warm fuzzies lol! Shes gonna LOVE your present :)
17th-Mar-2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're so totally not butting in! I'm glad you stopped by and I'm sure Sotia would agree. *hands you a glass of champagne and a funny hat* Fancy joining in the festivities? ;)

Yay for the warm fuzzies! Warm fuzzies are always of the good! :D

Shes gonna LOVE your present
I'm so happy to hear you think so! Woohoo! :D
I'm still kinda nervous though. *frowns* But then again I'm always nervous. About pretty much anything and everything. And this is so totally not interesting let alone relevant, is it? Just try and ignore me and my rambling self. That's what I do most of the time. ;)
19th-Mar-2009 10:00 am (UTC)
Yup, totally not butting in!!! *squishes ya both*
17th-Mar-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Honey, these are simply gorgeous. You could take a year off from making manips, and your work would still look nothing but amazing. I still have much to learn, but I think I'm getting a lot better at it, you're my inspiration. It's so great to hear from you again. *hugs you tight*
18th-Mar-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
*gets all teary-eyed* You're so very wonderful, you know that right? This comment of yours totally made my day. Thank you so very much and then some! *hugs you silly*

I feel SO awful for not being able to keep up with your work more frequently. I know I'm missing out a lot and it sucks. Big time. :( However, I was totally blown away by the Faith manip you showed me a while back. And I also remember staring in awe at a Buffy manip of yours called Buffy Love or something like that (starring a blond curly haired Buffy making a heart shape with her hands). I absolutely love that manip! It's truly beautiful not to mention impressively real looking! I didn't have it in me to comment on it at the time, for which I apologize, but at least I can sing its praises now. It's simply a stunner of a manip, and shows (alongside the Faith one) that you have a real talent for manipping. :)

you're my inspiration.
Oh wow. *blushes* Seriously - just wow!
This, right here, is the greatest compliment I've ever received. Ever! I mean, if I've somehow managed to give you even the tiniest sparkle of inspiration - - how could anything top that?! It's like...ugh, I'm so totally lacking the words to express how huge it is for me to hear something like this. *feels a bit dizzy*
Did I already mention that you're absolutely wonderful? Because that's what you are! *hearts you sooooo much* Thank you, thank you, thank you! :D
18th-Mar-2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Aww, now you're going to make me cry...lol! You're very welcome, and I'm so glad you liked my Buffy manip. I'm rather fond of it myself, I think I do her better than anyone else I've tried so far. *squishes you*
18th-Mar-2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!!!
18th-Mar-2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm so very happy to hear you think so! Yayness! :D *beams*

My heartiest thanks for the lovely comment - I really, truly appreciate it. *is all smiles*

Oh, and your icon is totally made of awesome! ♥
19th-Mar-2009 09:59 am (UTC)
GAH! HOW DID I MISS THIS??? (and you think you are late? :P)

You have been more than wonderful to me, hunny. You have perked me up, made me smile, inspired me with your strength, and you keep giving. You're one of those rare people whose heart is big enough to hold the whole world in it, and I love you for it.

I'm not only happy to be your friend, I'm proud!

Thank you so very much for both my pressies, they're gorgeous!

Love you lots!
*squishes*
20th-Mar-2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I have? I do? *feels all warm and fuzzy inside* Wow. I don't think that hearing stuff like this never ceases to fill me with grateful wonder. I mean, I'm an awkward person, to put it mildly. I've pretty much always considered myself as someone who really can't function as a friend. Like, who just doesn't know how to do it properly. And then you come and tell me that I've been wonderful to you. That I've actually managed to give you something. And it's like - Are really talking to me, about me?! Because that doesn't sound like me. It sounds like someone who isn't so broken anymore. And this is the point where my brain short-circuits. Because I realize that maybe you are indeed talking to me, only it's not the same me as it used to be. Maybe I'm not so broken anymore. Maybe being around you amazing wonderful people has brought something out of me that I didn't know existed. Maybe I've changed - or maybe I've finally felt safe enough to become the me I've always wanted to be. Or maybe I'm just imagining things - I dunno. What I do know, however, is that you are a blessing. Whatever I might've been on become, knowing you has been a blessing to me. It probably sounds corny - actually this whole rant of mine probably sounds rather corny - but whatever, it doesn't make it any less true. You're a blessing, and I'm a corny, rambling dork who loves you very much. :D *hugs you silly*

And last but not least - after all, this is very likely to be the only even remotely relevant part of this mess of an answer - I'm SO happy to hear you like your pressies! Yay, yay, yayness! :D *high fives the air, squees out loud and smiles like a goon*

Thank you so much for the loveliest comment! You totally made my day! :)
22nd-Mar-2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Yes you have, and yes you do, and you're one of the most wonderful people I know. Never doubt that, you hear???

And yes, I don't think you're as broken as you think. You're too strong for that, and you're a fighter, and I'm proud to know you!

Also, I LOVE MY PRESSIES!!!

*hugglesquishesmooches*
23rd-Mar-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
You're made of the highest quality of awesome, I swear to God! Thank you so much for these words of utter wonderfulness! On this day of rather utter crappiness you reminded me, once again, why the fight - no matter how hopeless it might seem at the time - is always worth fighting for. Thank you thank you thank you! I'm all smiles again and it feels GOOD! :D

*hugglesquishesmooches you back*
20th-Mar-2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Simply gorgeous! One would never know you've been on break - these look amazing. Flawless blends, sweetie. You've got the touch! Sotia will love them.
20th-Mar-2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
You're so good to me, you know? I can't even remember how many times I've been climbing the walls after posting an artwork, just terrified out of my head, until your always so kind and thoughtful words have made me feel like I can breathe again. It's a blessing to be able to get feedback from someone who is both a gem of a friend and a truly talented artist. *nods firmly* And on that note: YAYYYYY! I'm absolutely delighted to hear you think these turned out alright! :D *high fives the air, squees out loud and beams like never before*

Oooh, and it's your birthday today, isn't it? Happy, Happy Birthday, you awesome wonderful you! I hope you had a superb day today, and that the year to come will be one of happiness and joy for you! *gives you a big ass birthday hug*

I was actually planning on making a proper birthday post for you, but to my greatest annoyance I've been feeling so awful today that I just couldn't force myself to do it. (I suck. Bad. True story.) However, I have this little pressie I'd like to give to you. It's nothing much, really, and like I already mentioned my manipping is SO awkward at the moment, but I just really, really wanted to have something to give to you. Hope you like it! :)



If you preferred a personalized version, click here.
22nd-Mar-2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
*squees*

I love it!!!!! He's looking so very gorgeous and sexy sweetie. I love how intense his eyes are - so very piercing and mesmerizing. Fabulous strip tease act - he's all sexy business on one side and wild child on the other! Thank you so very much for the lovely prezzie! You are a thoughtful friend and I'm so lucky to have you in my life. *hugs you and spins you around and around, laughing and giggling and grinning like a crazy person*

It's a blessing to be able to get feedback from someone who is both a gem of a friend and a truly talented artist.
*blushes* So kind of you to say so, hon. I hope I make you feel as good about yourself as you always do for me. I cherish your feedback because I know that it's genuine. Whenever I start to question myself, you're there to pick me up again and help me get back on my feet. I thank you for that.

Please don't question your skills, sweetie. You are a talented artist with an eye for composition and colour. Your pics are stunning. I'm always thrilled and amazed and inspired by your work. We tend to be our own worst critics and whenever we look at our own pics all we see are the flaws - but I assure you, no one else sees flaws because your work is always so well crafted. You have a talent for this, sweetie. Don't ever give up!!!

Take care of yourself, okay? *hugs you tight*
23rd-Mar-2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
You're so very wonderful, you know that right? And this comment of yours - this is exactly what I mean when I say that you always have the most insightful comments. It's like, you see so much more in a manip than just the surface. More than the obvious. Beyond the technical stuff. Like with this one, I'm absolutely thrilled that the duality of this picture spoke to you. That in your eyes the white shirt vs. the bare tattooed arm wasn't just a random detail. Because, to me, the contrast between those two opposites was pretty much the key to this manip. It was the reason I chose this particular base in the first place.

What I also love about your comments (amongst like a million other things) is the way you always speak about Spike with such warmth and understanding. It always comes very clear that you really, truly care about him, for which I ♥ you so very much. I know, obviously, that Spike is a fictional character and yadda yadda yadda, but it still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside hearing you talk about him the way you do. :)

I hope I make you feel as good about yourself as you always do for me.
Oh, you most certainly do! No question. You've saved me from drowning in the hungry current of self-doubt and insecurity so many times I've lost count. I don't think I'll ever be able to thank you enough for that.

Although I gotta say that I feel like I've been the sorriest excuse for friend of late. I feel SO bad for not being able to keep up with your work more frequently. I truly wish I could be around more, but at least for the time being, this semi-constant absence seems to be the best I can do. I know I'm missing out a lot and it sucks. Big time. :(

*brightens up* Nevertheless, I'm absolutely delighted to hear you like you prezzie! Woohoo! :D *beams like never before* Seriously, I have the biggest smile on my face right now, and it's all thanks to you. :D You totally made my day! Thank you so very much and then some! *hugs you back and joins you for a round of giggling and grinning and spinning around and around* Woot! :D
24th-Mar-2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Because, to me, the contrast between those two opposites was pretty much the key to this manip. It was the reason I chose this particular base in the first place.
One of the reasons I'm such a big fan of your work is because you choose interesting bases that tell a story. Which isn't to say that I don't drool all over the pics that go for the pretty or the sexy instead of the story, because I do. And I'm guilty of sometimes going for the eyecandy rather that always choosing a picture with depth... but I like the bases that speak to me, that tell a story, that capture an element of a character's past or personality or fears or desires or whatever. And your work does that for me. So thank you for that.

I know, obviously, that Spike is a fictional character and yadda yadda yadda, but it still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside hearing you talk about him the way you do.
*gasp* You mean Spike's not a real person???

I adore Spike, in all his many facets. I'm a Spike girl and always have been. There are certain verses, certain character that come alive inside my mind and Spike is most definitely one of them. I'm so glad I've connected with so many like-minded fangirls that I can squee with and celebrate with and meta the crap out of our show with. So yeah, I care about Spike. (Probably more than I should considering he is a fictional character but hey, a Spike-addiction is better than a crack habit right? lol) I love that I can share my Spike with you. We see him the same way.

You've saved me from drowning in the hungry current of self-doubt and insecurity so many times I've lost count. I don't think I'll ever be able to thank you enough for that.
No thanks needed. That's what friends are for. *hugs*

I feel SO bad for not being able to keep up with your work more frequently.
No worries, sweetie! You need to take care of yourself first. That's more important than anything else. I look forward to the day when you can be more involved in fandom again because that'll mean you're feeling better. Take care of yourself, sweetie. We'll still be here.
26th-Mar-2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's absolutely nothing wrong with going for teh pretty and sexy! I do it myself every once in a while - and with great pleasure, too - and I truly enjoy the results of others doing it. Not every manip/artwork has to have some great deep meaning to it, after all. I mean, even Spike himself – he could be deep and thoughtful as well as all goofy and shallow. Which is one of the main reasons why I love him so. He's got substance, he's complicated and conflicted, and that's what makes him such a touching, compelling and powerful character, me thinks.

But I do have a special fondness for manips that tickle your imagination. That make you think or wonder. It's just my thing, I guess. I reckon it might have something to do with the fact that I can't write fanfiction. The only way I'm able to breathe life into these characters is through images, through making manips, which might result in me being kinda tuned in for the same type of effect in others manips as well. Or something...who knows...I'm just thinking out loud... ;)

but hey, a Spike-addiction is better than a crack habit right?
*dies laughing* Oh man, you so hit the nail on the head with that one! And in such an utterly hilarious way! *is still laughing* I'm so going to quote you on that if anyone ever dares to mock me again about my love for BtVS and/or Spike! :D

I look forward to the day when you can be more involved in fandom again because that'll mean you're feeling better. Take care of yourself, sweetie. We'll still be here.
*gets all teary-eyed* Oh you, you're just so wonderful to me - thank you so much! I'm absolutely determined to get through this, and I'm doing all I can (even if the said "all" mostly consisted of refraining from doing anything) to help my body heal. And you'll take care of yourself, too, right? *hugs you so very tight*
28th-Mar-2009 01:18 am (UTC)
he could be deep and thoughtful as well as all goofy and shallow. Which is one of the main reasons why I love him so. He's got substance, he's complicated and conflicted, and that's what makes him such a touching, compelling and powerful character, me thinks.
I couldn't agree more. Spike is real in a way so many TV characters aren't because he wasn't written to be an archetype or to serve a purpose. He grew and changed and adapted organically through the seasons to be whatever the writers needed him to be - much as humans grow and change and adapt according to our circumstances. And that's what fascinates me about Spike. He's a rich and flavorful character because he's complicated and complex and flawed. We can all see a bit of ourselves in Spike.

I'm doing all I can (even if the said "all" mostly consisted of refraining from doing anything) to help my body heal.
Good for you. Too often we don't give ourselves permission to heal, we think we have to rush right back into our hectic lives. But really, it all can wait. *snuggles you*
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