Friday, September 28, 2012

North and South!

Today's the day! There is a poll in the sidebar for you all to have fun with, and this nice long presentation on North and South, my favorite BBC of all time!

The poll in the sidebar is for you all to vote on your favorite "secondary character" from N&S. The winners will be featured in the next post.

I know I am posting this late in the day, but I figure many of you are on different time zones, so the "day" could mean a completely different time for you. :)
So, without further ado....

 ~ North and South ~


Mr. Thornton is the owner of Marlborough Mills in Milton. We first catch sight of him standing on a platform in his cotton mill observing his workers with a stern and flitting eye. He is a man of few words, but when he speaks he means what he says. At first he sees Margaret as getting in the way and interfering with his methods of running his mill, and it angers him to see her helping the workers when they go on strike. However, he cannot resist the love that he begins to feel for her, and that, well, that's what makes him such an believable character, the way he portrays his emotions so well and really shows his feelings for Margaret despite his initial disapproval of her. Mr. John Thornton is played by Richard Armitage. 
Margaret Hale is a determined, spirited young woman whose father has given up being a minister and has moved the family to Milton. While her father tutors, Margaret helps her ailing mother tend the household, and take care of things. But many a day brings her into the streets where she helps the poor workers and gets to know some as real friends. She first sees Mr. Thornton beating a worker in his mill and tries to stop him, much to his fury. She tells him what she thinks of the way he treats his employees and backs her opinion in her actions throughout the story, when sometimes she takes sides with them instead of with him. However, Margaret begins to have feelings for Mr. Thornton soon enough, and begins to regret his disapproval of her after a misleading incident at the train station late at night. Margaret Hale is played by Daniela Denby-Ashe.

Mr. Hale has brought his family to Milton after he gave up his country parish in the South on matters of conscience. He takes up teaching privately and publicly, and is a quiet man, kind, and cares very much for his family. Mr. Hale is played by Tim Piggot Smith.

Mrs. Hale is a frail woman with sensitive feelings and misses her home in the south very much. She dislikes Milton, but tries to be cordial and hospitable to the few people she meets there. Mrs. Hale is played by Lesley Manville. Hale is Margret's brother, who left home when Margret was young to join the Navy. Through a series of mishaps, a mutiny, and heroism on his part which was not recognized by others, he ended up on the wrong side of the Navy and had to flee to Spain to escape brutal consequences. (Sorry I couldn't find a better picture of him!) Frederick Hale is played by Rupert Evan.

Dixon is the Hales' maid. I really like her, she is so sweet and loyal to the Hales, has been with the family for years, and certainly feels for their plight like she was a member of the family, but she does get huffy when people track mud in the house. :) Dixon is played by Pauline Quirke.

Mrs. Thornton is John Thornton's mother. Sometimes I don't know if I like her or not. She greatly loves her son, and feels for him so deeply when the mill takes a turn for the worse. Initially she is snotty towards the Hales, but then she starts to almost admire Margret when she gets to know her more, and her son begins falling in love with her. But then, she turns back around, and she flip flops too much and I'm not sure what to think of her sometimes. :) She is played by Sinead Cusack.

Fanny Thornton is John Thornton's sister. She certainly is not afraid to speak her mind. She and her mother come to meet the Hales now that her brother is renting a residence to them. She shows her disdain for the society of these folks from down south, but eventually warms up to them, though never completely. I did not like her; my brother thought she was hilarious. Fanny is played by Jo Joyner.

 Boucher is a young father working at the mill with many hungry little ones and a wife at home whom he feeds as best he can afford. He is strongly against the strike, and only is concerned with his family's well being. He ends up taking desperate measures when things take a turn for the worse. I liked him, even though he was a bit irrational towards the end, but he became a hunted man and for that I pitied him. Boucher is played by William Houston.

Higgins. This guy was great. In the beginning he seemed a bit strong-headed and rough around the edges, but as the movie progressed I quickly learned to like him. He, contrary to Boucher, was concerned with the well-being and humane treatment of the employees as a whole, and was not shaken at the idea of holding out a strike in order to be paid fairly. *SPOILER* He ends up taking in Boucher's children after his death and for that I greatly, greatly admired him, considering he had just lost his own daughter and was just as poor as Boucher had been. *END OF SPOILER* Higgins is played by Brendan Coyle.

Well, these are the mainest main characters. :) There were others that I did not introduce. No offense to you, dear Bessy Higgins, Mr. Bell, little Tom Boucher.... but I can't go over all of you. :)


(taken from

At the heart of this story is the tempestuous relationship between Margaret Hale, a young woman from a southern middle class family who finds herself uprooted to the north, and John Thornton, a formerly poverty-stricken cotton mill owner terrified of losing the viability of his business.
Around them are class struggles between the workers and mill owners and ideological struggles between the industrial North and the agrarian South. After moving North, Margaret's father befriends his student Mr. Thornton. Margaret has already formed her opinion of Mr. Thornton independently after seeing him treat his workers harshly. As the series progresses, she and we the audience begin to learn that his strict treatment is due to an overarching concern for his
mill and by extension, his employees. John Thornton, on the other hand, is attracted to Margaret's independence and position in society as a well-educated Southerner. As in "Pride and Prejudice" the marriage proposal comes in the middle of the series and is rejected by Margaret. Contrary to "Pride and Prejudice" it is mirrored in social upheaval as the entire town is brought to its knees by a strike. The latter half of the series is an unraveling of the former misunderstandings ending in a romantic reconciliation which is again mirrored by reconciliation between workers and mill owners.

I loved this outfit sooo much!!
The smolder.... :)

First proposal... this part was so sweet yet so sad!
Loved this outfit too, especially the bonnet. :)

And now for my favorite scene from the movie. Everyone loves the ending, as do I, but I also thought this part one of my favorites as well...

This video had German subtitles, but I didn't feel like sifting through youtube for one without. :)

And, to appease the crowd, here is the ending scene. I figured you can't do a post about North and South without the ending scene.
Warning: if you don't like kissing scenes, skip this one! :)

*all other North and South fans settle in to watch with a secret smile playing about their face*



I loved the soundtrack to this movie. While I was watching it I did not notice it as much (the story itself was so riveting), but when I looked up the soundtrack I quite enjoyed it. Here are a couple of my favorites...

 This is the "Opening Theme". I liked the slideshow this person put together with stills and quotes from the movie. 

I liked this piece so much I transcribed it for piano and I play it very often! 
(Too often for one to maintain their sanity, in Mom's opinion :)

And of course, "Northbound Train" from the ending of the movie.


And here are some beautiful desktop wallpapers for you all that I found on Fanpop.

 Just right click on one and click "Set as desktop background"

Well this does wrap up the post. I would have to say North and South is my favorite BBC period drama of all. Pride and Prejudice 1995 was my favorite for ages until I saw this and, well, P&P stepped down to second place. 

I hope you have enjoyed the post! What is your favorite part from N&S? Your favorite characters? Favorite quotes? Do leave a comment if you feel thus inclined!

Have a lovely evening,

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The last blossoms of summer...

As fall breezes lick the leaves of the maples and the forest fades into golds and reds, the flowers outside are showing their beautiful faces for the last time.

I like to wonder what my life will be like when these rambling morning glories bloom once again in blush pink, periwinkle, and baby blue. I wonder what will have happened to me, who will have entered my life, who may have left it.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
-Isaiah 55:8-9


Monday, September 24, 2012

A letter from the academy!!

    Tonight I was so excited when, on getting back from being out late, a letter was waiting for me in our mailbox from..... my brother!! *Squee!* I was so excited as I ripped it open and scanned the writing covering an entire page and the back of it. He says he is doing well, and that he can still read my blog posts, and that he saw the one I wrote about him a little while back. :) He told me he hasn't been calling recently because he is so busy with Latin and Grammar. Sure, Stephen, sure.... :P He also told me that the other day one of the boys' sisters sent "about 90 billion cookies for us. This just proves you could send something..." Of course, that got me thinking that I should send him and the boys a big box of his favorite type of cookie that he always used to ask me to make for him to take on their boy scout campouts...... chocolate chip. :) Golly I can still remember him begging me to bake three dozen for him to take since supposedly all the boys loved them. Anyways, in general he is doing very well from what he tells me. They keep them very busy over there, especially with PT. Which he says stands for "Physical Torture"; like jogging really far in the rain.

     It was so exciting to get his letter and of course, I am already writing a reply. :)

Love always,

Packaging is so much fun!

I had an order the other day for ten bars of soap from my Etsy shop. The lady is going to resell them in gift baskets in her own shop, so she asked me if I could individually wrap them for an extra charge. I happily agreed, and spent an hour in my sewing room wrapping these cute little bars of soap in brown paper, raffia, and handmade tags.

The tags were fun. I hand wrote the type of soap on the front, and then wrote my shop name and website on the back. I added a cute little flower stamp in the corner of each tag, which turned out looking really nice!

Do you like packaging your things pretty? Sometimes I don't have the time to spend a lot of thought on it, but when I do it can be very enjoyable.

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Awkward and Awesome Round Two!

It's time for another Awkward and Awesome post! :) I just love these things... so much fun!


When you are talking to your friend about an annoying thing someone did, and all of a sudden that person walks right by and looks sideways at the two of you. *Blush!*

You show up at a public place for a school function, and all the girls are wearing skinny jeans, trendy boots, and hoop earrings, except you, the one standing there in the long plaid skirt and the plain blouse. All of a sudden that skirt doesn't look as pretty as you thought it did this morning. It actually starts looking kind of frumpy.

When you find out your little girlfriend's older brother is stalking your blog. *shudders* I honestly can't decide if that's awkward or awesome. In a way it's awkward, I mean, why would a guy be interested in what's on my blog, but then again, the fact that he even takes the time to look at it is kind of cute. :)

 It's a windy day and you walk out of church and suddenly the wind takes an interest in your skirt and decides to blow it all over the place. Yeah, ALL over the place.

Your mom tells you to put the pans away and you open the freezer and start stacking them in there because the freezer is right next to the cupboard that you usually put the pans in, not realizing what you're doing because your mind is currently on the plight of the characters in the latest book you're reading. Then you wake up from your daydream to see your dad standing there looking at you and saying, "Elizabeth, how do you have friends..."


You throw a rock in a pond and it skips.... four times. 

Wearing a floor length skirt. 'Nuff said.

On a random day you get a bazillion compliments on your hair and your outfit. And you didn't think it was any more special than anything you usually wear.

When you are reading an amazing novel about a brave cowboy and a prairie schoolteacher and simply can't put it down until you read it through to the end. Then you close the book, and your eyes, for a few moments, recovering from the drama of finishing such a book. Then you open your eyes to the clock on your nightstand and it says 2:00am. 

Riding bareback at a gallop. Nothing quite like it....

Watching a great movie with your best friend late at night and throwing pillows at the screen when the villain shows his annoying face. (a more detailed post on this event is in the works)

When your only sweetheart is your brother's best friend, an adorable 13-year-old. :) I know this sounds crazy, but he really is sweet... especially when he tells me he's been looking on my Pinterest wedding board. :)

And just because I saw these things on Pinterest (where else? :) I have posted them for your amusement. :D

Oh---that's so mean! :O :D
I am so going to memorize this.

*dies laughing* 


Men just do not know colors..... *sigh*

Foreign policy just got interesting. 

Yep. If only.

I think this turned me dumb.

sooooooooo guilty 
I am so guilty of this....

Yep haha 
 Seriously guys, you think that's attractive? A girl can judge a lot about a man from the way he wears his jeans. This applies to men wearing skinny jeans as well... *ehem*

Have a lovely evening!!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Today's Pinterest

Thought I would share these lovely things I saw on Pinterest today! This is sort of a random selection from some of my different boards

Adorable shoes!

Living the Craft Life: Large Royal Earrings - Free Crochet Pattern 
Must make these

Lovely vintage styled dress 

Seychelles Footwear

navy, polka dot dress 

Photography by Sergey Karpenko
 If only I could get away with dressing like this in public...


 Love all the beautiful dishes =)
 This is going to be my dishwasher when I have my own house :)

model T
Did I mention that I'm getting a car like this? Yep, once I get my license (soon!) I'm hunting one of these out and buying it. I don't care what people think of me, I just LOVE these cars.

quilt cache

 Clothes pegs in a vintage teacup

Doesn't his just look cozy? I want a log cabin...

Teaching violin 
Awww.... I am definitely going to teach my kids how to play the violin.
 MY KID!!!!

So sweet!

And just for the heck of it...

 Farmville..... *rolls eyes*

Yep, that would be me.


 That would be my grandma... "So Elizabeth, tell me about all the young men you know."
 "Uh, they're nice. Yeah."  "You know what I'm talking about Elizabeth..... you know, a boyfriend?"
 "Grandma, there aren't any around here I would even look twice at."

"Even prisoners have bread" LOL!


 So true!
 Good question. I don't know, but that girl/boy/freak person known as Justin Beiber does not know what love songs are supposed to sound like.

Uh no, I'm stealing them...
 Uh, no, I'm stealing them...


 I use the *heavy artillery* all the time. Only then I'm too scared to empty out the vacuum. So I have my little sister do it, because she doesn't know it's in there. :)

 Ok, I promise, I'm done now. :)

Have a lovely day!

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