Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Tag

Happy Sunday! I feel like posting today, and I've been seeing this fun tag going around so I thought, why not? Here's what's been making me feel happy lately:

Books/ Rilla of Ingleside(I have no words)/Jefferson's Sons/ Christy(always)/ The dictionary(love that thing)/ The Lizzy Books/ American Girl books/ Lynn Austin books/ Corinthians/ Anne of Green Gables/ Celia Garth/ Hattie Big Sky/ The River Between Us/

Words/ Golden/ Glowing/ Shimmering/ Sparkling/ Indefatigable/ Hulabaloo (isn't that fun?)/ Petrichor/Selcouth/Brontide/Selenophile/Querencia/Wilderness/ Purity/ Simplicity/ Sunshine/

Movies/TV/ Christy/ Brooklyn/ Downton Abbey/ The Waltons/ Hornblower/ Anne of Green Gables/ Civil War Miniseries (esp. North and South)/ Poldark/

My friends, this is going to be good.

Scents/ Rain/ Grass(can't smell it that much yet)/ Creek water( it smells so good!)/ Homemade soap/ Sheets of the clothesline/ Books/ Tea/ Essential oils!/ Particularly peppermint/ Peppermint ice cream!/

Songs/  Pa's Fiddle Band/ Copperhead Soundtrack/ North and South soundtrack/ Hamilton/ The Corrie's Skye Boat Song and Annie Laurie/ Booth Brothers' Happy Rythym (haha!)/ Anne of Green Gables Soundtrack/ Leave Her Johnny/ Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate/ Ain't We Got Fun/

Misc./ Naomi is coming!!! Ahhhhhhhh! Yes, I'm excited too!/ Going outside without freezing/ Summer plans/ Dark chocolate/ Pretty pictures/ Writing letters to friends/ Getting letters from friends!/ Friends in general (they really are just about the best thing in life)/ Videos of mantua makers in Williamsburg/ Laughing lots/ Jesus/

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Slow me Down

Hello, friends! Isn't it lovely to live in a world where there are Marches? 'Marches' doesn't sound nearly as good as 'Octobers', does it? But I think March is one of the loveliest months, because it's when the first hints of spring come. I've almost officially stopped wearing a coat, and shoes for that matter. And the air smells just like heaven. I suppose heaven smells much better, but it smells how I think heaven must smell. There is nothing like Spring to awaken the senses. To call up memories and feelings and sensations that seem to have been sleeping for a long time. Such as the feeling of soft mud under my toes, the smell of my skin when I've been outside, the memories of happy times long ago. Or are they perhaps dreams of the future?

I've decided to stop looking at the clock. That is, I have to look at the clock sometimes, or often.:) But it is so liberating not to look at the clock. Don't you think so, Friend? Sometimes I think, 'What time is it?' And then I think, 'I don't care, so I'm not going to look at the clock', and I'm proud of myself and feel just wonderful. Because a lot of the time, I don't need to know. I do like thinking and planning ahead. It's fun. But sometimes I find myself thinking of the future instead of living right now, and that't not fun. It interferes with the quality of my life. There is so much life to look forward to, but there is also life right now, and that's where I am. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year's Tag

What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?

~Went to a music camp for two whole weeks! First time I'd ever spent more than a couple days away from home.
~ It was the first summer my sister and some of my cousins could drive, so we had lots of fun outings by ourselves. You know, the rodeo, the fair, picking up produce. Good times.:)
~ Fell completely in love with country music.

Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make one this year? 

I don't recall making any last year. There are a few things I'm hoping to do this year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

No one that I know real well.

Did anyone close to you die?


What countries/states did you visit?

I go to Pennsylvania all the time, because we're pretty close to the border and we have friends and family there. I also spent a day in Ohio. I hope I can travel more this year. The are lots of places I want to go and people I want to visit.:)

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

I hope to get closer to some friends that I've made and make some new friends, too.

What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory?

There have so many special times this year that I'm so thankful for.:) One particularly special memory is the barn dance we hosted at our barn in the spring. We're not the most experienced hosts, and it turned out to be more wonderful than I even hoped.

Did you move anywhere?


What was the best month?

June, July, August. Summer is wonderful.:)

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I didn't accomplish anything too special, but I think my character has gotten a lot stronger this year. I think I'm improving socially. I hope.:)

What was your biggest failure?

Oh, you know, sometimes things get kind of hard and you can't quite live up to it.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

No more than a few simple colds, thankfully.

What was the best thing you bought?

I didn't really buy that much stuff. I bought a pretty awesome Carhartt coat, but that sounds lame to say that's the best thing I bought.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Certain members of my family and extended family. A bunch of random people that just make me smile.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I ain't gonna name any names. There are always people that disappoint.

Where did most of your money go?

Like I said, I don't buy that much stuff! I mooch off of other people.:P Just kidding.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I was super excited about camp. I literally could not wait to go to camp, I thought it would be the most wonderful thing. Funny thing was, once I was there I couldn't wait to come home. I guess the most exciting thing was coming home. Ha!

What was the best concert you've been to this year?

Without a doubt Sara Evans! I'm pretty sure it was the first country music concert I had ever been to, and it blew me away. I can't wait to go to more country music concerts! Brad Paisley is coming a couple hours away from us this month, but we've already established that we can't go. And I'm not bitter about it. Haha, I'm really not.

What song/album will always remind you of 2015?

Well, Lee Brice's Drinking Class was officially our theme song this summer. It will always bring back wonderful memories of this summer. We bought the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and listened to it a ton, so that will always remind me of this year. It's such good music.:) Also a lot of Sara Evans, since this year was when we first started listening to her. Especially Suds in the Bucket. Lots of country songs that played on the radio will remind me of this year. As far as movie soundtracks go, North and South and Copperhead were probably our greatest discoveries. And of course there were many others.:)

Compared to this time last year, are you:
1. happier or sadder? Happier, praise the Lord.:)
2. thinner or fatter? Probably fatter.
3. richer or poorer? Richer. 

What do you wish you'd done more of?

Traveled, spent time with friends, lived adventurously.:)

What do you wish you'd done less of?

Complain, mope. That don't get me nowhere.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Country. Fiddle, steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, how awesome guitar is and how I really need to learn it.

How did you spend Christmas?

The morning at home, and the afternoon at our Grandparents' with some aunts and uncles and cousins and a guinea pig. It was a pretty good Christmas.:) We went roller skating with Grandma and Grandpa's old skates, and Emma and I went down a really steep hill. Steep for 60-year-old roller skates, anyway. Miraculously we didn't die, and, needless to say, we won't be doing that again.

My fun gifts.

How are you spending New Year's?

We spent New Year's Eve with some cousins and good friends. Playing games, playing music. It was a good time. New Year's day we stayed home, which I normally don't like, but it was good because we had had a wild week. And our Grandparents came for dinner, so that was special.

New Year's Eve

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

I don't spend much time on the phone. Probably with Mama because we talk on the phone a lot in the summer when she's at the stand and I'm at the house.

What was the best book you read?

I read some pretty good ones. I'll have to list a few.

                                                               ~ Anne of Green Gables
Though I've seen the movie more times than I can count and consider the story one of my favorites, I hadn't read the book until a few months ago when my friend gave me a beautiful copy. Of course, I loved it.

                                                                ~Dawn's Early Light
I read this at Emma's recommendation, like most everything I read.:) It was amazing. I adored the characters, the setting is one of my favorites, and it has that historical-fiction-written-in-fifties charm.

~True Grit 
Such a classic. I love simple and humorous writing style, and the story and characters are very good.

                                                                    ~Hidden Places                                                                           Ahhh. What can I say. Everything I could want in a book 

Did you fall in love in 2015?

No, I didn't. I did a whole lot of dreaming, though.:)

What was your favorite TV show?

The Waltons.

What did you want and get?

A cow. It was on top of my Christmas list, and Molly was a dear and got me one. Would you care to see a picture?

What did you want and not get?

A cow.:P That's okay, I can wait.

What were your favorite films of this year?

~The Journey of August King
~Stars Fell on Henrietta
~Coal Miner's Daughter

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I went to a ball! I was fourteen, and it was a wonderful night. My fifteenth birthday is in less than a week, and I have big plans.:) I hope they come to pass.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

1950s country. I don't dress that way every day, but that pretty mush sums up my style. I still like wearing skirts as well as jeans and occasional Carhartt pants, and I've decided I like t-shirts and ball caps. I also like a prairie, Native American, or slight gypsy influence. I love florals and ginghams in bright, vibrant colors.

What kept you sane?

Fresh air, beautiful outdoors, the feeling of dirt, grass, and even stones under my feet, eating tons of fresh fruit, and people who love me.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy most?

Hank Williams. I fancy him.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Honestly I don't keep very close tabs on politics. Though I think it's important, I'm terrible at keeping events straight and knowing what's going on. Hopefully I'll get better as I get older.

Who did you miss?

Friends and family members who we don't get to see often because they live far away. My friends from camp. My friend who lives in Alaska.

Who was the best person you met?

Some of my Csehy friends are pretty awesome, and I hope I get to spend time with them in the future.

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Tell a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.

Have fun. Seriously, some people just forget to have fun. That doesn't mean just do what you want. But whatever you're doing, do it for the Lord and have fun.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfullness, mercy, and love

Five personally significant events of 2015:

1~ Riding a horse.
2~ Learning to drive the gator.
3~ Learning to wait on costumers.
4~ Getting closer to some of my friends.
5~ Making some good memories.

Those sound kind of lame, but I didn't graduate or get my driver's licence or anything. I'm pretty satisfied though, I did some pretty awesome stuff.

Five things I want to do in 2016:

1~ Learn guitar
2~ Somehow get experience farming and homesteading.
3~ Spend more time with friends and extended family.
4~ Learn to make soap and candles.
5~ Travel. Anywhere. Everywhere.:)

People I'd like to know better in 2016:

First of all, myself. My family. My pen pal in Alaska. I must visit her! All my friends.:)

Have a really wonderful year, y'all.:)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Polka Dots Galore!

Hello, fellow bloggers! It's been awhile, hasn't it? I've been wonderfully busy with all sorts of fun things. This morning, however,  I have a bit of free time, so I thought it would be fun to share with you my recent sewing project!

I made these four dresses using Sense and Sensibility's 1958 Party Dress Pattern, which I highly recommend. I was attracted to the pattern because it's such a simple, pretty style, and easy to sew. There are options for making the dress fancier, but it was wise for me, inexperienced sewer that I am, to keep it simple as possible. And they turned out quite nice! 

I just love these bright fabrics! The first dress I made was Mary's green one, as a birthday gift for her. I had planned to eventually make the rest of us dresses with the same pattern, but I didn't anticipate them being matching fabrics until I noticed the fabric I picked out for Mary was also made in several other gorgeous colors! 

We wore them last night to our English Country Dance ball. It was really fun to be matching, and the dresses were fun to dance in. As you can see in the picture, Mary made her brothers bow ties and suspenders out of the scraps so they could match us too.:)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sisterhood Award

I feel like half the posts on this blog so far have been tags. But that's okay, tags are fun. Anyway that'll probably change soon. I've got some posts planned, and some of them may or may not involve birthdays and beaches and 50s dresses.:) 
Anyway, Emma has nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Doesn't that sound official? Thank you, Emma. 

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. 

2. Put the Award logo on your blog. 

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you. 

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. 

5. Nominate ten blogs

#1 Do you like county fairs?

     Yes, but not for long periods of time. They're kind of loud and crowded and scary. They can also be fun and charming, though. To be honest I'm terrified of most rides. I agreed to go on a ferris wheel with my cousin a few years ago. It seemed like such a glamorous thing to do. I ended up keeping my eyes closed nearly the whole time, I was so scared. 

#2 Were you ever in some sort of club as a kid?

     I probably was, but I don't remember any in particular.

#3 What's one of the first movies you remember seeing?

     Well, we watched a lot of old musicals when we were little. Like The Music Man, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, The Harvey Girls, Meet Me in St. Louis. We watched The Wizard of Oz a lot, is that a musical?  And some other old period dramas I remember watching as a youngster.

#4 Which would you rather do: hop in your old pickup truck and go for an unexpected adventure, or sit on the back porch with a good novel on a warm summer evening?
      Both sound very inviting. It would depend on what kind of day it had been. But I think most days I would choose to go on an unexpected adventure. In an old pickup truck. Yeah.

#5 Do you enjoy live concerts?

     Yes! Of course it depends on the concert, and I do have a bad habit of getting bored even at nice concerts if they're long. But in general I love going to concerts.

#6 Which do you read more of: historical fiction or contemporary fiction?

     I've read mostly historical. I would probably like some contemporary too, I just haven't read much yet. 

#7 Do you like country music?

     Do I like country music? I love country music. Particularly old stuff that has gospel messages, like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family.

Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys.

    I also like Iris Dement, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Mary Black and- well, lots of people. :) I like some new country, if the lyrics are good. But like I said, my favorite is the old gospel-y stuff. While we're talkin' about country, Nobody's Darlin' is one of my new favorites. :)

#8 If you could play any role in a musical, who would you chose?

     That's hard to say, because I don't have much of a Broadway voice. But pretending that I did have a good voice,  probably someone from a western musical, such as Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, or someone like that. Or Martha Jefferson in 1776. :) 

#9 Do you ever put your feet up on the dashboard when riding in a car?

     I think so. It's a fun thing to do.

#10 Can you tell us a funny story of something that happened to you in the last week/month/ever?

     One time when Emma, Mary, and I were having a photo shoot, I decided to braid our hair together like a picture I had seen on Pinterest. It was pretty difficult for me to braid all three of our hair together, but it actually turned out looking pretty nice. Then we had to walk and move exactly together or we would pull each other's hair out. It's not such a funny story, it was just fun. :) I can't think of something funnier right now. 
We did take some pictures, but I don't have them. This is the picture I saw on Pinterest.

I tag:

By the way, if I tagged you you needn't feel obligated to do the tag. Only if you want to.:)
And I'm just going to pass on Emma's questions because they are fun. I would love to read y'all's answers! I'm off for a walk in the creek.:)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Figure-Eight Braid ~ Civil War Hairstyle

     Hello friends! This style is quite simple to do, but I think it looks rather complicated and is very pretty. You will need rather long hair if you do this exactly as I did, but improvisations could be made if you have shorter hair.
     As far as I know it could be an accurate Civil War-era style. You probably can't tell, but I've parted my hair on the side in the front. In the 1860s center parts were most fashionable, so that's what I would recommend to anyone who is more flattered by center parts than I. Also, back then it was not usually fashionable for the ears to be showing, so you can keep that in mind if you want to be super accurate.
     I think this same sort of bun could be made to look 1920s or '30s if you wish. Like Miss Lemon or Mrs. Hughes. You would just need to alter the shape a bit and add finger waves or something. 
Step 1: Braid your hair into two braids, temporarily securing them at the end with whatever you have handy. 

Step 2: Twist the braids around into two buns. Try to keep it smooth and nice-looking.

 Step 3: Cross the ends of the braids, tuck them around the bun on the other side, and pin them into place.

And you're done! Told you it was simple. :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Favorite Period Drama Wardrobes ~ Edwardian

Elise McKenna (Somewhere in Time)

This movie is breathtaking all around, and the costumes are just gorgeous. Most of Miss McKenna's dresses are made of light, flowy fabrics in light summer colors.

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)  
Now this is how I would like to dress about every day. Anne and Diana's clothes are so sweet and simple.  I love how they dress when they're young girls, and then when they grow up too.

Those sweaters! I love Anne's blue one that she wears a lot.

These dresses are so frilly and poufy and Edwardian-looking. But yet they are rather simple. I love the white with the colored ribbon around the waist. Actually I think it's a bit more than a ribbon. Whatever you call it.

This might be my favorite outfit of Anne's. The one Marilla hasn't seen her wear in years.:)

 She looks every inch the perfect teacher.

This blouse might be the same one as above. I love the outfit with the blue apron. That scene is so beautiful! 

The Crawley sisters (Downton Abbey)

These girls clothes are simply magnificent. Whether they're in the dining room, or hunting, or driving a tractor, or anything else, they always look perfectly lovely. I've always admired how each girl's clothes are distinctly different. They each favor certain styles and colors. I can't say who's wardrobe I like the best because each one is perfect for its wearer. Their clothes always suit and flatter them wonderfully. 

The colors and textures!

Ah, the old days.

That's one of my favorite outfits of Mary's. I think she was at her best in the second season. It's one of my favorite outfits of Sybil's too. :) And the colors of Edith's blouse and skirt look so elegant on her.

Rose, you're adorable.

Christy Huddleston (Christy)

I know I said I wanted to dress like Anne every day, but I really want to dress like Christy every day. While I admire fine fabrics and trims, I like simple clothes best. I love her work dresses, and her slightly fancier ones that aren't overdone. 

What a solid work dress. 

I wish I could see the front of this dress, but McGuffy's readers and slates are nice too. I can't tell, is it the purple one of Margaret's?
There's one green blouse with white dots that I particularly love, but I couldn't find any pictures of it.

What are some of your favorite wardrobes?