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Your result for The Elemental Beauty Test...

Natural Beauty

42% Earth, 25% Air, 17% Water, and 17% Fire!

You scored 42% Earth! Outstanding!

The Earth element is a natural beauty. They tend to keep more toward greens, blacks, and natural colors for their wardrobe and their make-up, if they wear it to begin with. They tend to be grounded and not caught up in the latest trends. They are more interested in doing what feels right for them and being in touch with what is around them.

For inner beauty earth elements look for stability and commitment. They look after others and their family. They are realistic and tactile, meaning they aren't afraid to touch and be touched. But they can also be quite stubborn and unmoving when their mind is made up.

Zodiac signs for earth are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

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17% Water: Water is the etheral beauty. They like things that drape and shimmer. The love vintage and heirlooms; things with emotional ties and history. 0% Water may mean that you don't trust or use your intuition. Equal Water and Air would indicate a person that is a hard worker with a need for security and an attachment to possessions.

25% Air: Air is the fearless beauty. They are offbeat and funny. The mix old fashions with new and love to make new trends. They aren't afraid to be new or crazy. 0% Air could indicate that you have trouble looking at things objectively. Persons with equal Earth and Air are usually those who think and use good common sense.

17% Fire: Fire is the alluring beauty. They like to wear bright colors and show some skin. They are sexually minded and spicy. They use a lot of charm to get what they want. 0% Fire can often be seen in someone that pushes and tries to force self-expression. An equal Fire and Earth person is someone who has the ability to be powerfully creative. Fire provides the motivation and Earth provides the tangible results.

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Picked up 'Chances' by Jill Barber- on the horrible drive to London on Friday I flipped to the radio (too difficult to see my cds and I was getting sick of the cd in my player) and I chanced upon hearing her promoting it on the CBC (London is in a deadzone for radio signals, so I couldn't flip to my usual stations). Sounds kind of 1940-1960s crooner/smoky nightclub, and I recommend listening to a few tracks on her website: www.jillbarber.com
My favourites are 'Chances' and 'Oh My My'; ironically I'd been wanting to find something like this since I've always liked swing music and watching the show Mad Men has made me want to find more of it. :)

I think dad would like it, but mom pointed out he's pretty picky on what he listens to- I'll be bringing it with me at Christmas for him to try. Heck, I think grandma would even like it if she listened to cds.
  • Current Music
    Oh My My, by Jill Barber

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Finally got around to taking a few photos of the satchel. :) There are definitely a few things I would have done a bit differently (most notably, making it a bit wider front to back so it's easier to put things in and take them out), but overall I'm pretty pleased with it and it hasn't fallen apart. ;) I figure it's a pretty good try for my first time tooling and sewing it in that particular method.
Here's the pics: http://s175.photobucket.com/albums/w155/_medb_/Leather/

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Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Conscientious, Fulfilled, and Spiritual

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence affected literature, philosopy, religion, art, politics, science, and all other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance artists looked at the human aspect of life in their art. They did not reject religion but tended to look at it in it's purest form to create visions they thought depicted the ideals of religion. Painters of this time had their own style and created works based on morality, religion, and human nature. Many of the paintings depicted what they believed to be the corrupt nature of man.

People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences.

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Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are an Audrey!

You are an Audrey -- "I am at peace"

Audreys are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure

  • * I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this

  • * Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit

  • * Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally

  • * Ask me questions to help me get clear

  • * Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery

  • * Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings

  • * I like a good discussion but not a confrontation

  • * Let me know you like what I've done or said

  • * Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life

What I Like About Being an Audrey

  • * being nonjudgmental and accepting

  • * caring for and being concerned about others

  • * being able to relax and have a good time

  • * knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around

  • * my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator

  • * my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now

  • * being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being an Audrey

  • * being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive

  • * being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline

  • * being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally

  • * being confused about what I really want

  • * caring too much about what others will think of me

  • * not being listened to or taken seriously

Audreys as Children Often

  • * feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant

  • * tune out a lot, especially when others argue

  • * are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

Audreys as Parents

  • * are supportive, kind, and warm

  • * are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective

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Your result for Which Tarot Card Represents Your Higher Self? Test...

The High Priestess

The High Priestess is arguably the most difficult of the Major Arcana to qualify with words alone, because so much of her power and ability is veiled in mystery that it is difficult for anyone to fathom it all. Every card in the Tarot speaks differently to everyone, but the Priestess seems to bear the widest range of interpretations, because she speaks directly to the Inner Voice, the unconscious mind. She is the manifestation of the unconscious and the effects of the mysterious in our everyday world. Trying to see how such mysteries work often defeats their purpose, and with this in mind, the High Priestess will be explained in as much detail as possible.

She is, above all else, the base of potential that is the source of the power wielded by the Magician. She is the unlimited potential that allows him to transform and create whatever his Will desires. Understanding this type of balance, as found between potential and creation, masculine and feminine, is the key to unlocking some of the mysteries of the High Priestess. We see the clear progression of the theme of balance; instead of integrating opposites, the Priestess keeps them separate and keeps them in balance nonetheles. She herself is the scales; this symbolism is found in many Tarot decks. Without this balance there can be no power.

The second symbolic motif found in almost all instances of the High Preistess are symbols of the unconscious mind. On the Rider-Waite version this motif is especially prominent, but most decks feature at least some lunar imagery that in turn has ties to the unconscious. Most decks that have the "twin pillars" symbology also depict a veil strung between those pillars; the High Priestess stands between us and that veil as a moderator. Behind the veil lies the powers of the unconscious, which we cannot start to understand but which, through her, we can learn to control. She is the gateway to realms that we may never fully comprehend or master.

While it would be impossible for anyone to learn all of her mysteries and secrets, the High Priestess remains as a guide to those of us willing to venture deep within our minds to discover the true powers hidden deep inside each of us. This is the same power as that depicted on the Magician, but the scope of the Priestess' power is far different. While the Magician focuses his powers outward, to achieve a meaningful effect on the world, the High Priestess shows us that we can also use these powers on an inner level, to enrich and transform ourselves. Such transformations are certainly not as dramatic as the Magician's, but they are almost always more powerful.

The High Priestess represents the mysteries of the unconscious and the Inner Voice, and her appearance is often a sign that your own intuition is trying to send you a message. The unconscious often speaks to us in symbols, so be alert around you for anything that seems out of the ordinary. This said, if you have an important decision to make when the Priestess appears, this is often a sign that the answers will be revealed to you, if you are patient and open to the whispers from within. You simply have to wait and be receptive to inner messages. Her lesson is that everything you need to know already exists within you.

The theme of dualism in the High Preistess cannot be avoided either. She is often a sign of the Shadow, the negative portion of your personality that no one sees, and that you yourself could be unaware of. (In this sense, the term 'negative' does not refer to evil, just the opposite polarity from the positive and expressive part of your personality.) If you accept the Shadow within you, its powers will be open to you if you wish to use them. In most people the Shadow side is the more passive of the two, and the Priestess can therefore advocate a need for passivity in a situation. It is not always necessary to act; sometimes goals can be realized through inaction.

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Oh yeah, in amongst all the crazyness, I finally finished the book satchel. :> And no, I didn't overdo things- I worked on it here and there as a break from packing, and finished it Sunday night because I was so close to being finished and I knew that the next few weeks will be crazy.
No pics yet due to me simply being so rushed, but I promise I'll post a few soon. I actually had two people at work (one is my boss!) ask whether I'd make them bags! It's not perfect, but so far it's wearing pretty well (leather's still a bit stiff from the sealant, but the ties are getting better already). I'm definitely not an expert on leatherworking (or even intermediate), and I'd prefer to have done the seams better, but they seem to think the work is amazing- I guess they haven't seen what some people can do with the medium. ;)
So far I'm quite happy with it, and that's what counts. I think it'll be a good entry for Pent too- I'll enter it as beginner since I attempted both tooling and that particular stitching style for the first time.

Getting more relieved about Pent because of that- with the completion of the book satchel, I have to finish the sweet bag (maybe 1/3 left to go on the background, and the 'strap' is partly braided- I'm cheating and using pre-made silk-like cording and tassels, but doing a multi-strand braid), the one bookbinding entry just has to have the leaves evened-up which will be done at Thanksgiving, the other one I may re-cut the parchment on- it turned out great except for not enough room in the spine area, and I do have the illumination started (roughed out the initial so far, which is the most detailed section- the rest is music and I'm not too worried about the wording as it's in a relatively easy hand that I know I can do and I've played with the quills already to get a feel for them). Just have to decide on the cooking entry, which worries me slightly. I'm not sure I'll have time for sugarpaste unless I get a flash of inspiration and can start working on it right after the move. I'm thinking of pulling something from my various cookbooks (since some have similar entries in them I could compare the recipes), but I haven't had a chance to really sit down and look through things. I keep toying with something like asparagus though...
'course, I also still have to actually do the writeups! Eep!