March 10th, 2007

busy caesar, busy

Animated St. Patrick's Day Icons!

Okay! As St. Patrick's Day approaches (March 17), I've finally got my batch of animated icons ready to share! (Considering I made them some time back, it's about time!) Here for those from seasonal_icons -- along with my LJ friends (of course!).

And yes, yes, yes -- I also plan to post a batch of non-animated icons, if I can find the time!

4 - shamrock heart  7 - hat, harp, shamrocks, music
These two, plus more under the cut. (A full dozen in all...)

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I can't believe how long it took me to actually POST these after I'd finished making them! (yikes)

I've got some nice non-animated, too, so I hope I get around to them soon!

I've been tied up with our (very sick) cat a lot lately -- poor baby! (But at least she's still hanging in there...)


Still Alive! (grin)

First off, Scarlett, Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I would sincerely like to offer big hugs to all those people who commented and/or wrote to us (or both) in response to my recent entry where I reported the imminent intent to euthanize Kittie Scarlett. (I have some wonderful friends here at LJ -- no doubt about it! Thanks!)

Quoting Mark Twain, Scarlett says, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." She said it in 'cat language,' though, so you might not have known what she was saying... (grin)

So what happened? I wrote the above-linked entry at 10:02 a.m. on Friday -- and we had an appointment to put her down at 10:40.

Well, Marilyn came home from work and we were giving her some 'last chance loving' -- and I was holding her in my arms, planning to carry her that way to the vet.

But she was struggling to get down -- and struggling hard!

Finally Scarlett jumped down -- and literally ran into the kitchen, where she started to gobble down food! Marilyn and I just stood there staring at one another as we watched. But it was clear that Scarlett wasn't quite ready to go -- and neither of us was quite ready to put her down while she was so clearly perky and lively!

I guess the bottom line is that Scarlett is a survivor. And she always has been, or she'd never have been alive to come into our lives in the first place, sweet little 'rescue cat' that she is!

Playing God -- even in the case of a cat -- is tough work. It's never easy to decide when is the 'right' time. Marilyn and I decided we needed to give her more time, so we called and cancelled our appointment. They were so good about it, considering they'd gone out of their way to schedule us in while most of the vets were away at a conference.

And Scarlett?

Well, she ate, then she drank a bunch of water and jumped up on the sofa to her favorite spot where she proceeded to 'caw' at birds in the backyard.

The reason we'd decided to put her down in the first place was because she was just awful Thursday night. None of us got any sleep that night, by the way. (And that wasn't a good thing, considering Marilyn had to do a lengthy radio interview first thing Friday morning -- and I was still fighting whatever bug I've been beating back for the past two weeks. But what the hell!)

Amazingly enough, Scarlett's now making a huge effort to eat. She hasn't thrown up since Thursday night and has finished off a couple bowls of food. She's still skinny as a rail, but who knows? Maybe she can put some weight back on in the next few days.

Marilyn and I decided we'd play it one day at a time. As long as she doesn't seem to be suffering -- and shows signs of enjoying her life -- then we'll keep her with us and wait on putting her down.

Right now she's actually in the living room looking out the window. Here's a small version of the photo I just went out and took -- ready to be made into an icon!

Scarlett better (icon base)

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Well! Guess who just came to get into my lap??? Sweet little baby!

I doubt I need to say that I'm feeling pretty happy right now, right? And very lucky, too.

So if we have her for another day -- or another week (or longer) -- we'll simply make the most of every moment. Again, we won't let her suffer. (I can't tell you how many cats I've had put down in my life, so I'm very used to making this decision for my pets.) But we're not going to rush things, either.

And once more, there aren't words to express how grateful I am for all the support you lovely people have offered to us!

busy caesar, busy

Some Trillium Icons -- Thanks to florentinescot!

I couldn't help myself -- I saw these amazing photos of trillium that my LJ friend florentinescot shared in her journal, so I just had to try my hand at a few quick icons...

I started out with this one:
trillium 1 - BASE

And made eight versions, including this one:
trillium 1 - 6

If interested, you can see the rest under the cut...

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I'm always amazed by the many, many effects you can apply to one image. The above samples are just the tip of the iceberg, frankly.

By the way, I do this sort of thing constantly, though I rarely share the results. Or I'll end up sharing one icon out of dozens of versions, more likely. (heh)

I do love the artistry involved in making icons. I'm certainly not as talented as many of the really great icon makers out there, but I do love to dabble with creating them, even so...