July 31, 2010

Stitching the Standard

Stitching the Standard
Date Unknown ~ Oil on Canvas
Private Collection
Edmund Blair Leighton

July 30, 2010

The Hostage

The Hostage
1912 ~ Oil on Canvas
Private Collection
Edmund Blair Leighton

July 29, 2010

A Study

A Study
1895  ~ Oil on Panel
Private Collection
Edmund Blair Leighton

July 28, 2010

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott
1888  ~ Oil on Canvas
Tate Gallery
London, England
John William Waterhouse

Celtic Blouse Finished

This is the first piece, in hopefully a very beautiful celtic/renaissance ensemble!

July 27, 2010

A King and a Beggar Maid

A King and a Beggar Maid
1898  ~ Oil on Canvas
Fred and Sherry Ross Collection
New Jersey, USA
Edmund Blair Leighton

July 26, 2010

God Speed

God Speed
a.k.a. A Lady's Favour
1900 ~ Oil on Canvas
Private Collection
Edmund Blair Leighton

July 25, 2010

The Flower Picker

The Flower Picker
1900 ~ Watercolor with body color
Private Collection
John William Waterhouse

July 24, 2010

Recent renaissance finds..

     I've been surfing the web looking for interesting pictures of renaissance/reformation/medieval outfits just for fun, and came across Pearson's Renaissance Shoppe.  It has some very interesting things as far as costumes go, and here are two of my favorites.

What good is a princess without a tiara?

July 11, 2010

The North-West Passage

The North-West Passage
1874 - Oil on Canvas
Tate Gallery, London
John Everett Millais

July 9, 2010

Feelin' Feminine Challenge Day 2-3

Day 2 - Monday

Olive T-shirt - Northern Reflections
orange/blue/green striped asymmetrical gore Skirt - garage sale
Hair: top section pulled back to utilize leftover curls

Day 3 - Tuesday

No picture really.  This is an old photo, but I wore the same outfit.
Eggplant shirt from khols
linen gored skirt from goodwill
Hair:  Down for most of the day, then put up with a clip for yardwork

July 6, 2010

"Play" Area

Emmy's corner of the house: delightfully feminine, not over-poweringly pink!

July 5, 2010

Star Spangled Banner

(google images)
Happy Independence Day!
Let Freedom Ring!

We have been learning via watching and reading about our nation first day of independence as a family over the past month or two, and I must say, it makes a big difference.  The trials our founding fathers went through make this day all the more special to me!  Oh, God Bless America!

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Feelin' Feminine Challenge Day 1

The fourth of July!
Emily is hosting the challenge this month!  Thanks so much Emily!
I actually wear skirts most of the time anyway, but the challenge to do your hair in different feminine hairdos is more of a challenge. :-)  I'm slowly becoming less of a ponytail girl.

So today...
White tank from Walmart - approx. $6
Red wrap-around top - Thrift store a while ago, probably not more than $5
Blue denim wrap skirt from Tznius.com 

I'm not pouting. :-)  But on Friday I was stung on my upper lip by either a wasp or a hornet, and even though the swelling goes down significantly at night, it is back in the morning, and hurts to smile.  Not to mention when I do it is a really weird clownish smile. :-)  I'm especially thankful to all the lovely ladies who helped me with lavender oil, honey, baking soda etc.  It actually helps a lot.

I got up earlier than usual and curled my hair with an iron for 45 minutes...yeah, not something to do everyday, but I love it, and if I practice it wont take as long.

Looking forward to seeing your outfits!

July 1, 2010

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My Canon T1i came in the mail yesterday!
I've been saving up and praying about it for a while, and the day finally came!  June 30, 2010

I, well, I really don't know how to use it at present.  The pictures above were super saturated and yellow/orange, so I had to fix them in iPhoto, but I'll get the hang of it.

My old camera, soon to get a waterproof case and be put to underwater use!