Buffy Casablanca Poster poppy wreath  RS

If I knew I'd get so many prezzies I'd go on vacay more often (NOT) - And look who's making banners!

THANK YOU for everyone who voted my Vamp Willow icons 1st PLACE in "Themes: Guess Who?" (Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella) and 3rd Place Set for "Category: Same Picture" in Round Two of btvsats20in20!  This is my very FIRST first-place award in anything fandom-related, and my first awards in a 20in20 comm! And for Vamp Willow, not Buffy, icons? The world is a strange and, occasionally, wonderous place.

I never thought that "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" would win anything. I made it literally the night before I finally submitted my entiries - two days behind schedule - exhausted and up too late, cursing the html tables and in a weird zone where it suddenly hit me as funny and I didn't care if no one else "got" my humor.  What was the worst that could happen? No one would like it, big deal. This is VERY unexpected. And as an artist I'm super-proud of the Category Set I produced this round (and the alt versions of them). At the risk of sounding arrogant, I think I did good, solid work here and I'll still be proud of these icons down the road. And I've already earned my Willow Posse Seal of Approval, so it makes this award so much sweeter. I'm really grateful for everyone's votes and more importantly the feedback, advice, tutoring, support and friendship y'all have given me along the way.

Congratulations to all the other winners: starry_night, iconsoleander, rua1412, federica74, teragramm and sweet_lyri! So many wonderous icons to chose from, such sweet, sweet pain being forced to chose. For this round your banner-maker is...YOURS TRULY! Another "first" to add to my list.

20in20's are a bit different to  icontests with fewer entrants overall (slayerstillness , otherworldlyric, btvs_hush etc) in that there are so many winning entries that the winners have to request a banner if they want one made. Personally, half the fun of winning an icontest award is the banner, so if you're one of those folks I've already named above and you think the way I do, go over to the Winners Post and place your order. teragramm and iconsoleander have already done so. Here's a sample "spec" banner, using starry_night's lush and lovely "Hairporn" winner, to give you an idea of what to expect:
Hairporn Rd 2 banner final version signed
You like? You want? You know what to do. And then you can sign up for Round 3; starry_night has posted the rules and themes.
The rules of this contest do not provide for a Banner Maker's Choice, but I will post my traditional and customary Meta in Praise of the Overlooked Worthies once the banners are finished. As I am wont to do. (*cough* oh_cheezit and how I secretly hope she does an Anya set this time around because her recent OMWF icons were superb & why debris4spike's "First" entry with Buffy and Cordy brings me to tears when I look at those two little girls and think about what could have been and what's to come and it makes me want to get all meta on your asses and I know teragramm isn't lacking in awards love but in my heart of hearts her Sorrow icon KILLED. Just sayin'. Why aren't there more icons of that scene from Helpless? ("You stuck a needle in me?") *cough*) .

*Please note that the excess bold font isn't my fault. Blame LJ.
Congrats to all the winners! You guys are amazing. I love icons and you're an incredible source of prettyness. Also, you totally deserved to win. The whole vamp!Willow set is amazing (You people are making me choose a lot of Willow icons!) and Let a Smile was the cherry on the top.
Aw, thank you sweetheart! I've now got an amazing number of Willow icons too and I want more. I wonder if this makes me an official member of Willow fandom now? (I can be a Buffy fan AND a Willow fan. IT CAN BE DONE.)

And oddly enough, I've seen some VERY pretty bangel and Angel icons lately and ME WANT - and I don't even like the dude.

Let a Smile was the cherry on the top.

*blushes*Thanks so much sweetie! It's funny how often the ones I don't expect anything of do the best! Sometimes not caring is the best thing - but that icon came at the tail end of a lot of work and effort beforehand, which is what allows the best ideas to flow.
(I can be a Buffy fan AND a Willow fan. IT CAN BE DONE.)

Totally. For me the difference is that I relate with Buffy more and I don't relate with Willow that much (although I always think I should because she's the nerd) But Willow IS an incredible character and I even love dark!Willow. Such a fun villain. XD




I related to Willow at first (when her self-esteem was at it's lowest, except for S7) and Buffy after S3, when her self-esteem was plummeting. Which says something about me I'd rather not consider. But also because life circumstances (younger sibs to take care of, dropping out of college, sucky jobs, depression and suicidal ideations, etc) which doesn't sound any more cheerful does it?

But I feel that same sense of "I should relate to Willow more, she's a bookworm (sorta) like me" but something just sort of disconnected. Yet when I do those silly "personality quizzes" I'm not surprised when I come up Willow. I think my trying to please other people and do what I think they want, but feeling resentful, is not all that much different to Willow's attempts to control things. (Or Buffy's. Or Xander's. Or Spike's. Or Giles'. All these kids have an awful lot in common, it's just personality and style differences more than anything that separate them.)

and I even love dark!Willow. Such a fun villain. XD

Oh, that's where we part company I don't find her fun at all. At least not after SR. For reasons I shan't enumerate.

Now S5 Willow storming into Glory's apartment? BRING IT ON.
I also always end up to be Willow in tests (Or Giles XD) I relate with her being shy and bookwormy and stuff (I also should relate with Fred in AtS. Except that I don't) but at the core, in the defying moments, I don't feel the emotional connection.

I love dark!Willow, even if she was there for only three episodes and even if her apperance is connected to Tara's death. She's like the Medea of the on the show, so full vengeance and power. Although I don't like Willow's arc in S6 generally. It starts awesomely with Willow resurrecting Buffy, but then they went for the "addiction" thing which feels very OOC for me. It was all about control and power, not addiction. They screwed up the greatness that evil!Willow could have been.
They screwed up the greatness that evil!Willow could have been.

That pretty much sums the whole damn thing up.
Thanks ever so much, my dear lady!

You're one of the people I was speaking of when I talked about my support system of lovely friends here, but you already know that of course.

I feel this overwhelming and very juvenile compulsion to say "I told you so" over and over again, but I did say you're talented as all get out and deserve lots of awards, so...

I TOLD YOU SO!

< / end childish display >


Gabrielle


And only you could get away with it so charningly, my darling.

BTW - how do you get your letters THAT big in a reply?



Edited at 2014-07-23 04:16 am (UTC)
*curtsies*

To make your letters bigger? < font size="15" >Make this bigger< /font >

Just eliminate the spaces in the brackets.


Gabrielle
You do him proud, sweetie.

BTW, your Angel hairporn entry got two of my votes that round of slayerstillness - oh my goodness the light and color is INCREDIBLE in that one.
Congratulations to all the other winners: starry_night, iconsoleander, rua1412, federica74, teragramm and sweet_lyri! Thank you!

and I know teragramm isn't lacking in awards love but in my heart of hearts her Sorrow icon KILLED. Just sayin'. Thank you so much for all the kind words.