November 30, 2009

Dance at Bougival

Dance at Bougival
1883 ~ Oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Pierre Auguste Renoir

November 29, 2009

The Accolade

The Accolade
1901 ~ Oil on canvas
Private Collection
Edmund Blair-Leighton

Lady Sewing

Lady Sewing
1879 ~ Oil on canvas
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Pierre Auguste Renoir

Hope Chests - Opinions?

I can't decide!  I know somethings that I want it to include, but I just can't decide on the design!  Can you help me?

I like the feet on this one...

I like the panels on this one...

I really like the drawers on this one...

November 28, 2009

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 107:1

November 23, 2009

Gathering Summer Flowers in a Devonshire Garden

Gathering Summer Flowers in a Devonshire Garden
1893 ~ Oil on canvas
Private Collection
John William Waterhouse

Marie-Madeline Studio is having a giveaway!

They have gorgeous fabric, and some lovely patterns so be sure to go enter!

Giveaway post HERE

November 21, 2009

Favorite Blog Award

Jo gave me this award.  Thank you so much!  I never dreamed I'd be anyones favorite blog!
Rules for Accepting the Award:
1. Do a post about the person who awarded you, and their blog.
2. Give the award to four or five of your favorite blogging friends, tell about them and their blog, and leave a comment on their blog.
3. Answer the ten random questions

Jo's blog is called "Scraps from my Workbasket.." I "met" her a couple of months ago when she would comment and we would talk about costuming and such.  Her blog is mostly sewing things, but she does post about other interesting things as well.  She didn't have her own blog till quite recently though, and as I just found out on her blog, It was Lucie and I that convinced her to start one!  Wow...that is cool.

It may seem a little odd to award "four or five" people as your "favorite", so here is what favorite means in this context.  It means that I love your blog.  You've never posted about anything that I thought was boring, I come away from your blog and I don't feel like I've wasted time, I feel like I've learned something.  And...when I get on the computer, you're the first RSS feed I check! I've got to narrow it down...
Now I award:

I've been reading Lucie's blog for over a year now, and it has been so fun.  She posts about crafts and books mostly, two things that I enjoy very much.  She has two blogs, so be sure to check both out.

Her blog is "Feminine Farmgirl".  It is such an encouraging blog, and she is doing some posts on Thankfulness, which I assume is for Thanksgiving coming up.  She also posts about her sewing projects, which is very nice.  (I don't think I've ever commented, and I don't follow, just use RSS feeds, so she probably doesn't even know I exist :-)

Her blog "Ribbons of Light" is so inspiring.  It is mostly about period drams and has amazing costume pictures from al sorts of movies.  If it weren't for her, I wouldn't have even known that Emma 2009 existed. =)

Eager Hands is a great sewing blog.  She has so many fresh ideas and is such an inspiration.

Now for the random questions:
1. Have you ever ridden an elephant?
2. Have you ever eaten squid?
No, I almost did, but with the little suction cup looking things still on it, there was NO way I was putting it in my mouth.  Perhaps if it was fried or something...
3. What is something crazy you have done with your best friend?
Half the things I do with my two best friends are crazy (they're sisters).  Hhmmmm...something we do quite often is dress up in our salwars (indian tunic and pants thingys) and go shopping or the prayer meeting in them.
4. Have you ever held and alligator?
5. Have you ever let a snake slither through your fingers?
No, I haven't had the chance.
6. What is your first and foremost dream?
Well, if the Lord doesn't provide a husband, and doesn't provide children, I want to run an orphanage.  Then I can take care of and teach hundreds of children.  (yes, I'm a tad crazy)
7. What is your dream vacation?
I'm not sure...somewhere gorgeous, but not to hot or cold.  Any ideas?
8. What are your goals for this week?
How about next week, since it is Saturday?  Finish all my school required, have a good thanksgiving and have a good performance of the Messiah
9. What is the funniest movie you have ever seen?
I don't know
10. What is your favorite song?
Right now, it is Palladio, by Karl Jenkins

Another tag...

Jo tagged everyone who has seen Pirates of the Caribbean, so here it is:

Sense and Sensibility vs. Pride and Prejudice? Pride and Prejudice

Elinore Dashwood vs. Elizabeth Bennet? Elizabeth Bennet

Marianne Dashwood vs. Jane Bennet? Jane Bennet

The Lord of the Rings vs. Narnia? How can you compare the two?!  I like them both, but Narnia is a much better read in my opinion

Aragorn vs Peter? Peter

Susan vs Arwen? Based on the books, Arwen doesn't really do much.  But I like her anyway.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers vs The Sound of Music? The Sound of Music.  Amazing old fashioned film.  Gotta love it.

Enchanted vs Narnia? As far as I know, Enchanted isn't a book, so I can't stick to my standard.  Narnia was rather butchered in the film...  Hmmmm... It is a draw...depends what mood I'm in

Caspian vs Robert? I don't know, Caspian I guess

Giselle vs Lucy? Lucy

Pirates of the Caribbean vs The Lord of the Rings? These are so hard!  Both are great for costumes, so I can't judge by that either!  The Lord of the Rings though, since it doesn't have Jack Sparrow in it.

Will Turner vs Legolas? Legolas

Elizabeth Swann vs Eowyn? They both have their pros and cons, but I guess every character does.  Actually, they're a lot alike... but I'll choose Eowyn

North and South vs Pride and Prejudice? Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Thornton vs Mr. Darcy? Mr. Darcy

Margaret Hale vs Elizabeth Bennet? Elizabeth Bennet

Narnia vs Pirates of the Caribbean? Narnia.

Jack Sparrow vs Edmund? Edmund.  Jack Sparrow might have been funny, but....oh, how shall I say it... he is WIERD

Elizabeth Bennet vs Lucy? Lucy

Emma vs Persuasion? Persuasion

I tag everyone who has read Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, The Lord of the Rings, Sense and Sensibility, and Narnia.  I haven't read North and South, you I won't require that of you. :-)

November 19, 2009

Fair Rosamund

Fair Rosamund
1905 ~ Oil on canvas
Private Collection
John William Waterhouse

Homeschooled, or a homeschooler?

This is a hilarious video about being homeschooled that I found on Morgan's blog today.  I don't agree with everything she has to say, but I got a kick out of it.

November 18, 2009

Ugg Boots!

      Does anyone here not like them?  Like them?  Love them?  I've not tried them, but I think that they would be nice.  Comfortable, and fashionable without going overboard, what do you think?  I think it is worth a try.  That is why I've entered this drawing for them at Whooga Ugg.

ugg boots
It is very simple to enter, and if you like them too, I would suggest hoping over there and signing up!
Click Here

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     Well, remember when I posted about all those lovely patterns I got at Joann Fabrics? Well this, 3573, is one of them, and I finally used it.  The fabric was a dark mint green sort of Chenille style baby fleece, if that makes any sense.  Anyway, the pattern was SUPER easy and the fabric was great to sew with.  The button we bought, but they look they could be made easily with some sculpy from Michaels.  The elastic in the sleeves called for a special casing, but I found some coordinating green ribbon that fit over the elastic so I just used that.  I worked just fine.(and looks a whole lot better).  The gown is SO comfortable, and I would recommend it.

You'll notice that I used the "C" and just added the ruffle from "A".  I also put darts in the back because the bodice was a little big.

(If I look sleepy, it is because I took the r right after I got out of bed. :)

November 11, 2009

Questionnaire Tag Thingy

I was tagged by Rachel, for this one. Thanks Rachel!

1. Do you like to write?
It really depends on the topic, and whether or not I'm knowledgeable in it or not. I got ideas a plenty in my head, but they never turn out the same on paper.

2. Favorite books?
Bible, Hinds feet on High places, Millie Keith Series,

3. Do you compose music/write songs?

4. Do you like poetry?
Not particularly

5. Love someone so much who made you cry?

6. Broken a bone?

7.Been in a police car?
I don't think so...if I have, I don't remember

8.Been on a boat?

9.Fallen asleep in school?
I've fallen asleep while doing school, and I do school at home, I fall asleep at home (most often)
So...yes. How is that for a syllogism?(of sorts)

10. Did you sing today?
Not yet, but the day is still young!

11.KFC, Popeyes, or Church's?
Popeyes, but I've never heard of church's...

12.Chick-fil-a or What-a-burger?

13.Starbucks of McCafe?
No. Coffee is, um, unappetizing.

14.What's your favorite time of year?
Fall, early winter. Late spring.

15.Do you ever talk to yourself?

16.Do you have a favorite treat you like to buy on occasion?
No...but new sewing patterns are treats right? :-)

17. Do you believe the Bible is the literal Word of God and is infallible?

18. What's your favorite sport?
Ultimate Frisbee

19. What color is your ipod?
Black (iPod Touch)

20. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
India - I would like to see the place that Amy Charmichael worked at

21.If you could go to any fictional place, where would you go?
Narnia, and maybe Middle Earth

22.Do you love to write or do you just like writing? Or do you write at all?
I like to write. That's all.

23.What do you want to be when you’re a grown up?
Mother (maybe adopt a couple orphans), Wife, Professional photographer, Tailor, Secretary, Missionary

24.Favorite animal?
yo no se

25. Favorite song?
What genre?! Come on! this is torture! Well, I'll give you my most recent favorite classical song :Humoresque No. 7 in G-flat Major, Op. 101 by Dvorak Yo-Yo Ma plays it so well!

26.Do you like school?

27.Are you a people person?

28. Do you like to talk?
Depends who I'm talking to.

29.Favorite food?
I don't know...

Crafting, sewing, blogging, crocheting, knitting, photography, woodworking...

31.'Favorite author?
I don't know

32. Favorite weapon?
Hmmmm, the only weapons I've been trained to use are a pistol and a shotgun, but I think it would be cool to learn how to fence and learn archery. the bow and arrow is so cool.

33.Is this a fun tag or are you getting bored?
Kinda bored..

34.Do you like Hannah Montana and all those girly people and movies like Highschool Musical?
No. What do you mean by like? I've never met them, so I don't know what they are really like, but my heart breaks for them when I see them making all these wrong choices and getting chewed up spit out by todays pop culture.

35.What are you scared of?
"I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears, those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed." Psalm 34:4-5

36. Favorite flower?
Callalily, or a daisy maybe.

37.What is the expression on your face?
Kind of a thoughtful stare...I'm thinking about the four calls I've had to pick up through out the time it has taken me to write this tag!

38. Color of your eyes?

Lots of people have already done this tag, so if you haven't yet, and want to, feel free! Then comment and tel me you did it so I can go read it. :-)

November 9, 2009

Far to great expectations

Have you ever heard that phrase "A blessing in disguise"? It is really nice when it happens (and you actually recognize it). But have you sort of had, oh, what is the opposite of a blessing... and curse I guess? Ok, have you ever had a curse in disguise? I don't mean to be negative, but it is something I've been struggling with, and, well, what is this blog for but to be my soap box? Just kidding. :-) Anyway, last year I did REALLY well in school, honors and the whole shebang and our homeschool co-op. Then it comes around to this year. Aaaahhhh! How on earth am I supposed to live up to all these expectations?! Of course, realistically, probably nobody will remember the great things I did last year, but I remember what other people did last year, so there is always the possibility that they will remember me.
I'm naturally worried about what others think, and quite frankly, that why I don't post very often. If I'm going to post anything it has got to be impressive right?! I feel like Elizabeth Bennet when she said "Neither of us want to say anything unless it will amaze the whole room" (Or something like that =). Anyway, yes. I do have a pride issue. So now this year I got so worried that at one point school consumed my life, and I actually stopped reading my Bible everyday. Some of you are probably thinking "What?! Of all things! School? She let school get in the way?" I know, a shocker, but I actually really do enjoy school, so it wasn't like I was torturing myself.
I let the good get in the way of the absolute best. But you know what? God has been working in me, and as much of a paranoid wreck as I am over grades, I am now willing to fail every single class to grow in God, to get an A+ in the most important course, at the best school ever. Yes, some of the things God will ask of me will be harder than anything I can imagine right now, but it is all worth it. His opinion is the only one that matters.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
I Peter 5:6-7