Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One of my favorite modern composers: Patrick Doyle

I love listening to movie soundtracks, and when I watch a movie I generally pay a lot attention to the music in the background.

Today I would like to present one of my favorite modern composers of amazing movie music: Patrick Doyle.

Patrick Doyle (born 6 April 1953) is a classically trained Scottish composer. A longtime collaborator of actor/director Kenneth Branagh, Doyle is known for his work scoring such critically acclaimed films as Henry V (1989), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Hamlet (1996), and Gosford Park (2001), as well as such noteworthy blockbusters as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Eragon (2006), Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Thor (both 2011). Doyle has been nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
(taken from Wikipedia)

Maybe it has to do with him being Scottish, I don't know, but I just LOVE his music!! Here are some samples of some of my favorite songs...

First off, his stunning job making the Sense and Sensibility 1995 soundtrack.

I love Throw the Coins the best:
and also his rendition of Weep You No More Sad Fountains:
He also composed the soundtrack to Henry V, another favorite movie of mine. I love these tracks in particular:
 And, he composed the music to this year's new movie, Brave! Here are some of my favorites: This first one is sung by Julie Fowlis, LOVE her!!
 Love the bagpipes in this one:

 Doyle has so many great soundtracks to his credit, but I wanted to share my top favorites. Can't wait to see what he composes next!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Asking for your opinion...

Alrighty, so I'm working on my novel, and it's getting nearer to the end, so I have been playing around with cover ideas. Here is one that I have come up with. What do you think? Do you have any other ideas? The book is about a young lady and her family who go on the Oregon Trail and about the other wonderful people on the trail with them. It's definitely an adventure, maybe slightly a romance. Let me know what you think! I will be posting a full write-up on my book with the plot, characters, etc, but for now I would like you all to take a look at this cover idea....

The picture of John Hanson, the strong, the brave, the fealess hero of my story, on the left was actually from an old photograph from the 1930s I found online, but when I saw it, I said, "THAT'S JOHN!!!" No other picture fit my idea of his character. You should have heard Therese trying to help me find a picture...
"Ooh! Elizabeth!! What about this one?"    "Nah, he's too old."
"Hmm.... oh, what about that one! It's a cowboy!"    "Noooooo..."
"What about that guy! He's handsome!"    "Therese, he has to be more than just handsome. He has to be John. And that's just not him..."

And, the girl on the left is Emily Noble, the heroine of the story. Yeah I know, it's a picture of me, but as of yet I have not been able to find any picture that fits my idea of Emily. Maybe more searching will provide one, but I have looked everywhere.... I'm sure all you authors out there know how hard it is to attach a picture to a character you have made up. Most pictures JUST AREN'T THEM. Period.

So, tell me all what you think! :)

As always,

Sunday, August 19, 2012

DIY Vintage Earring Holder

I came across two old vintage frames at an estate sale a while back. They had no backs, no glass, and no hangers, but they were so pretty I just couldn't pass them up. The lady told me they were handpainted, and these frames are a bit rare, so they weren't a dime a dozen, but I bought them anyways, with the hope that someday I would find some use for these backless frames.

Well, Pinterest came to the rescue a few days ago and I found something to do with them.... make them into earring holders!! I made one for the shop, and then loved it so much that I made another one for myself for my own earrings. So, here you have complete directions on how to make your own, or if you're dying for the one I made, it's right here in the shop!

DIY Vintage Earring Holder

What you will need:
  • A vintage frame - any size will do, it is entirely your preference
  • A whole bunch of different crochet trims, or just one type, preferably with a rather open weave to allow the earrings to hook in and out easily
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  To begin, take off the back and glass of your frame, it if has them. Lay out your crochet trim(s) underneath the frame to decide what trim you would like where, and where to place them. Note: you will want to take into some consideration what type of earrings you have, if you have longer, bigger earrings you will want a place appropriate for them which leaves enough room between that row and the next, since they will hang lower. See photo below

Once you have decided which trims you want to use and where you want them, cut each piece long enough to go across from edge to edge, and then a little extra on each end.

Then, taking the glue gun, glue one end to the inside of the frame and press it down. 

Immediately fold the extra bit over, and press it down firmly until the glue hardens. 

Your project should look something like this from the back.

And.... voila! There you have a beautiful earring holder for your dresser. You can also tie a ribbon around the top and hang your earring display on your wall.

Enjoy crafting!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Irish Crocheted Collar

I found this vintage pattern on Free Vintage Crochet today, and decided I had to make it. My grandmother was Irish, and I have always loved anything Celtic, so this pattern is for me! Plus, those crocheted collars go with a lot of things!


So pretty!!

Do look around on Free Vintage Crochet, they have so many pretty patterns for lots of different things, all vintage!

God bless,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This past weekend...

Well I'm home from having a very fun time this weekend with my awesome friend, Jackie, (I'm smiling at you, Jackie), and our little friend Elizabeth and her little sweet brother, my boyfriend, Andrew. :) Yes, I just said that. Would you care to hear about what we did? Very well, here it is.

So, first, on Saturday morning after Mass, we all went to McDonalds *gag* for breakfast, because we wanted to get to the mall. They do have awesome frappes, though!! :)

With $60 dollars in my purse, from a farmsitting job, we embarked to the mall. When we got to the mall we shopped around for a while, and I found 2 pairs of shoes that I loved. And they were only $10 and $20!! So, of course, I could not pass them up.

I know, I've got a run all the way up my stocking, but I love these shoes!!
 Ok, so then we shopped around some more, and Lizzy and I went into one of the stores and bought lip gloss and nail polish. I got red. :) I mean, red-red.

Then, we went to get frozen yogurt.
Lizzy and Andrew had never been to this place, so it was new for them. While Jackie and I were getting ours and Andrews, Elizabeth went over to the machine, and filled her cup almost to the top, then went to the toppings and, before we saw what she was doing, got almost every one they had! Well, not exactly every one they had, but look:

See that one in front? That one was Elizabeth's. :) 

 And here she is happily stuffing her face with her treat. Oh, Elizabeth... :)

 And here is Andrew, the little angel. Well, not exactly a little angel, but he was being very good so he could get his frozen yogurt we promised him.

He's showing you the toppings he chose. :)

After that we left the mall and went to Michaels to get some beading supplies so we could make some jewelry at Elizabeth and Andrew's house.

When we got to their house, I painted Elizabeth's nails red with the new polish.

 And I also did her toenails in a pink that she picked out.

 Meanwhile, Jackie curled her hair...

 Then she took the pin curls out and..... beautiful!! Oh, and of course, Elizabeth knew that all these pictures I was taking were obviously going to end up on my blog (she knows me too well), so she wanted me to tell all my bloggy friends if I thought she looked cute (which she did!), and that she would like to hear comments from you on how you think she looked. It was an extreme makeover for her, and she would like to know what you all think! Just thought I would let you know. She reads my blog, so she will see all of your comments. :)

Andrew and his little baby brother came to watch. :)

 Tommy wanted the camera! :D

 Little boy boyfriends are so much better than older boyfriends because they are way more fun. :)

 And then, of course, their older brother Steven begged to have his picture taken too. (Can't leave out my precious little sweetheart Steven, can I? :)
As you can see he tries to be handsome sometimes, but it usually doesn't work. :)

 Then I went downstairs and was messing around with the two little guys before dinner.

"Take my picture Elizabeth!!!"  "Why?"  "Because!"  "Because why?"  "Because I need a picture of myself in this shirt!"  "Whatever you say Andrew..."

 Tommy eating his pillow. Now that is handsome.

Isn't he just precious?? *melts*

Oh! And when I went back to Jackie's house I watched My Fair Lady for the very first time! We both fell asleep halfway through (it was like 1:30am) but we woke up towards the end. It was such a great movie!

Well, I must be going now. Do have a lovely Sunday!

Yours truly,

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Asking for prayers...

In the past few weeks my father has been having some serious difficulties at his work, and this has had a major effect on the family, especially my mother. If you could all please pray it would be so deeply appreciated.

May God bless you all for your kindness,

Scissors have now sliced fabric...

And now, the fabric is washed, the pattern cut out in my size, and my scissors have eaten away at my fabric! I started a little on it last night, and now I have some progress pictures for you all....
The fabric.... *swoon*

The contrasting band...
Can't wait to see how it comes out!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The evolution of a new blouse...

So my creative mind has been cranking for a while and now I have made the trip to Joanns, bought the fabric and the pattern, and armed myself to delve yet again into a sewing project! This time, it's a blouse.

Now I wanted something that could be almost year round. This top that I'm going to make now could be probably worn spring, summer, and fall. Probably not the dead of winter, but you never know, with a sweater perhaps.

Anyways, here's the pattern I chose.

No, I'm not making that one with those huge medieval sleeves. I'm going to make basically the view shown on the model, except with 3/4 sleeves. I think. We'll see how it looks.

I found a beautiful blue/grey calico and I got a pretty golden brown for the contrasting band.

I will keep you posted with pictures of the progress of my new top!

Yours truly,

Monday, August 6, 2012

Another lovely giveaway!!

Had to let you all know about this giveaway hosted by Lauren at Musings of a Flower Child.

She's giving away the "Finding Neverland" DVD, a bottle of super vintage red nail polish *dies*, and then a free hair clip of your choice from her shop!


 Do stop by her blog and check it out!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Playing Marianne...

Today I was so excited to find a free printable transcription of "Weep You No More Sad Fountains", the lovely song that Marianne sang in Sense and Sensibility 1995. Click here for the music. Please note that this version was transcribed from this youtube clip of the part in the movie when Marianne is playing the piano and Colonel Brandon sees her for the first time. If you listen to that horrible opera version of the song on the S&S soundtrack, you will notice that the piano accompaniment is different than what was played in the movie. This music is the actual thing. I was so excited to find it, so I printed it out straight away and tried it on the piano...

After taking some pictures I began to get a bit mesmerized with this rose and took quite a few closeups...

Gotta pose it with my violin!

Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday!!

God bless,

Friday, August 3, 2012

Our trip: Part 1

Hello again, dear friends! We have returned from our journey and are all safe and sound at home.

The trip was marvelous. Route 80 was so scenic, I had not traveled it since we left Pennsylvania and seeing it again almost brought tears to my eyes! But I will not ramble too much, instead I will allow you to enjoy the beautiful work of Darcy, who captured the journey for me.

The sky was clear as we set out
Can't go without something to browse at.... what better than MaryJane's books?? :)

Can you imagine leaving my perfume at HOME??? *shudders*

Mama sipping an ice coffee. Yum...

Right as we got on the highway, what did I see..... a RED PETERBILT!!!! My favorite!

A stop at the DQ made everyone happy after we had been riding for a while. (He's trying to be silly, by the way. He doesn't really smile like that. :)

Calling for directions...

At last! We drive over the border.... now the adventure really begins.... :)

We stopped in Hermitage PA where my grandmother lives for the night.

Found these in Grandma's attic..... *swoon*

I. Want. These. Shoes.

They were only just a HAIR too small! I ALMOST fit into them, but I didn't quite make it.
On the road again the next morning....

The Alleghenies! Up ahead! It's them! Oh I haven't seen them in SOOOO LONG!!!!

It's them...... *sigh*.......

Nothing can compare, sorry

One thing I remember about Pennsylvania was the smell of the fir forests. Sorry, there's just no smell like that anywhere else.

Mom was quietly reading while I was wildly jumping all over the car to get shots out of every window....

No caption for this one. Words can't describe it. And the picture does it only about 10% justice.

 That was part one for ya. More pictures soon!

Oh, and by the way, notice my new design? What do you think?

Love always,

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