Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Password off and back to normal again!


Wow. The past week has been so eventful for me. In addition to tons of schoolwork, my family and I went on a trip this past weekend to visit my brother, and we just got back.  So I'm trying to catch up on things. 

You may be wondering why my blog was password protected for a few days.  No, I was not trying to exclude you all from my recent doings.  There was a group of rather uncharitable people who found my blog and started to make fun of me, my Faith, and the biblical femininity which I strive to follow.  To them, femininity was a joke.  But I'm a very strong "suit yourself" type of person, so I have decided to take the password off and let them rant about it as much as they please, so long as they keep their discussions to their own little forums and off of my blog.  Any comments from here on out that are digging or unkind will be promptly deleted without being read.  As some of you saw, I did publish the first of those comments and responded to it in length, but after that one Dad advised me to ignore the rest as usually these people will never give up.  It made me think of this verse from the Bible:

If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also."  John 15:18-20 DRA

God bless you all, my dear followers!  It is you and your continued insight and support that is such an inspiration for me to keep blogging here in this little corner of the vast world.

Blessings,














(PS.  To those of you who have tagged and awarded me in the past week, I am working on them and will be responding to them soon!)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chivalry for Men and Women



I recently came across these two excellent articles online, and I thought I would share them.  They are both on the subject of chivalry, but one is geared toward men, and the other toward women. 


For Men ~ "21st Century Chivalry"

For Women ~ "The Flip Side of Chivalry"


They are both well written and hit the nail on the head, in my opinion!

Have a lovely day,



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ah, Anne Shirley...

Well I came across another Anne of Green Gables quiz, which, of course, I took.  Can you all guess who I came out as?  Haha.  Yes, you are right.


 

This banner was too big for my sidebar, so you can see it down in my blog footer.  You know, it really would be interesting to come out as someone else other than Anne for once.  Sometimes I fill out the quiz, and think "This time for sure I won't be Anne..."  but then.... *sigh*

Here is the link for this quiz, should you care to take it. :)



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Another tag! How delightful!

Yes, it is quite delightful being tagged.  This time it was by the wonderful young lady named Grace from Our Catholic Life.  Thank you Grace! :)

Now, on to her questions...

  1. Who is your favorite Saint? Oh gosh, I have a lot of favorites, but if I were to choose two, I would say St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Philomena.  They are both like close friends to me.
  2. Did you watch the Presidential Debate? Yes, I have watched both of them so far, and I am not going to give you my opinion on it because I don't think you would want to have to read through it. :)
  3. What is your favorite title of the Blessed Mother? Our Lady Star of the Sea.  I have loved that one since I was very small.
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be? To Rome!
  5. What is your favorite Liturgical time of year? Probably Advent and Christmas.
  6. Crochet or Knitting? Crocheting, my dear!  Nothing quite like it you know. ;)
  7. Pumpkin or Apple? Apple most assuredly.
  8. Favorite Catholic devotion? I have a devotion to the Infant of Prague along with my mother, and also to Our Lady of Fatima.
  9. Where you live do you have fall? Why, yes, we do! And quite a delicious fall at that.
  10. Favorite book of the Bible? John.
  11. Bach or  Pachelbel? Ooh, that's a tough one.  How about Bach for piano and Pachelbel for violin.  



11 Things About Myself

    1. To follow suit with Grace, I'll give my confirmation name as well: Marie. After Our Lady.
    2. I enjoy spending time outdoors in nature, mostly taking hikes and bringing along my art supplies so I can do paintings of things I see.
    3. I like to bake a lot, though I am not always very successful
    4. I would rather go ride a horse than go to a dance, although I do enjoy dancing
    5. I have always wanted blonde hair
    6. When I was little, "Kelly" was my favorite name
    7. Someday I am going to sew myself a Civil War ball gown made out of dusty blue silk. Someday, when I find the time. :)
    8. I am severely prejudiced against celery.  I never did like it, and I never will.  It just tastes awful.
    9. Sometimes I will randomly say something in a British accent without even knowing it.
    10. I like blogging. (Have I made that obvious enough? :)
    11. I love old fashioned cars, especially the 1931-1935 Buick Eight in olive green.  I am so going to drive one of those as soon as I can afford one. Here's a picture of one :)
    1932 Buick Series 60 sedan side view
     *love*


     Now, I nominate:


     To all of the the people I nominated...
    You have to post 11 things about yourself,
    You have to answer the questions I'll be giving you here↓
    You have to try to nominate 11 people, (But as you can see, I only summed up 5:)
    And lastly, You have to make up 11 questions for the people you nominate to answer, and you can't pick me!

    Here are the Questions you have to answer:

    1. Who is your favorite author?
    2. If you were to go one place in the world, where would it be?
    3. What is your favorite color?
    4. What do you usually do with your hair on the day-to-day?
    5. Pumps or flats?
    6. Cats or dogs?
    7. Do you like baking, or are you better at cooking?
    8. Would you rather work with paint or clay?
    9. What is the weather usually like where you live?
    10. Do you have a favorite hobby?
    11. Where would you rather get lost in: a craft store, or a book store?   
    Thank you again for tagging me, Grace! 

    Shop | Mint and Honey

    I just finished making this luscious Mint and Honey lip balm to go with my Mint and Honey gentle soap.  Now you can buy the two as a set in my shop or separately.  Of course, I had so much fun photographing this set this morning, so I thought I would share some of my shots...

















    It comes packaged in brown paper with a paper lace doily all wrapped up in sheer honey colored ribbon


    You can find the new Mint and Honey Soap and Lip Balm set here in my shop.  Or if you would just like some of the soap, here it is.  The lip balm is also sold separately here.

    Enjoy this beautiful fall afternoon!

    Yours,




    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Traitors!!!

    Could you imagine? It could be true, you never know...

    Pinstrosity: Pinterest Conspiracy

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Jane Austen Quiz

    This quiz has circulated everywhere, so I'm sure many of you have seen it.  If not, here is the link. I thought I would take it again since it has been a while since I last took it, but no matter what I do, however honestly I answer the questions, I always come out as.....

    Elizabeth Bennet!

    "You are Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice! You are intelligent, witty, and tremendously attractive. You have a good head on your shoulders, and oftentimes find yourself the lone beacon of reason in a sea of ridiculousness. You take great pleasure in many things. You are proficient in nearly all of them, though you will never own it. Lest you seem too perfect, you have a tendency toward prejudgement that serves you very ill indeed."

    Tremendously attractive??  Haha, that's a good one.  A good head on my shoulders??  If you know me, you will know that is not always the case. :)

    I do like Elizabeth Bennet very much though, and out of all the Austen heroines she is the one I relate to the most.

    Have you taken this quiz? Who did you come out as?

    Have a lovely day!

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Oh for a Claddagh Ring of My Own

    Goodness, this is my one hundred and fiftieth post! It seems like just yesterday I was thinking of something to say to introduce myself in my very first post. I remember getting excited when I had my very first comment, and watching my followers list grow slowly but surely as the week passed. Thank you to all of you dear, sweet young ladies *cough* and gentlemen *cough* for being such faithful and devoted followers, for taking the time to read my posts and tell me your thoughts. I truly appreciate each and every one of you! :)

    Well today I would like to share about one piece of jewelry that is not only beautiful, but also very rich in legend: the Claddagh ring.

    Claddagh ring
    Source: photobucket
     
    The Claddagh ring gets its name from the Irish phrase "An Cladch" which means "flat stony shore".  A small village on the stony coasts of Ireland with this name is where the design of the ring originated.

    There are many legends behind this ring. The simplest, and my favorite, is that of a Prince who fell in love with a common maid. To convince her father his feelings were genuine and he had no intentions of "using" the girl, he designed a ring with hands representing friendship, a crown representing loyalty, and a heart representing love. He proposed to the maid with this ring, and after the father heard the explanation of the symbolism of the ring, he gave his blessing.

    There's something about this ring that really appeals to me. I don't know if it's because it has an Irish origin (my family heritage is Irish), the fact that it ties in with the whole idea of preserving yourself for marriage (sort of like a purity ring), or the fact that these rings are intended to be heirlooms passed from mother to daughter. Whatever it is, I really want one of these!

    Ladies Silver Claddagh Ring LS-CLAD6 
    This also ring has a very interesting meaning to it depending on how you wear it.

    On the band are two hands clasping a heart, which are usually usually surmounted by a crown. This is said to symbolize love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).
    Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward and away from the body, this indicates that the person wearing the ring is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship: "their heart is open."
    When worn on the right hand but with the heart facing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that "someone has captured their heart".
    A Claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger facing outward away from the body generally indicates that the wearer is engaged.
    When the ring is on the left hand ring finger and facing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married.


    You may be thinking (like I initially did) that you want to go out and buy one for yourself right now. However, one does not just boldly set out and buy one for themselves. The ring is meant to be a gift; either from a relative, or perhaps a young man. :) That is the whole point of the ring; it is a symbolism of love, friendship, and loyalty.

    Here is the official Claddagh Ring site where the rings are made in Ireland.

    And here is my favorite one:
    Ladies Claddagh Ring SL-SL92 


    Well, I really do need to get off of here and practice my violin before I have to leave for choir. :)  Hope you are all having a loverly day!

    Yours truly,














    Source used: wikipedia

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Dipping Pen into Ink...




    I have been using quill pens for a long time for my drawings, and more recently for my writing and calligraphy.  I consider it a useful skill for a young lady to have. :)  For one thing, pen and ink drawings are unlike any other.  The way their fine, poignant black lines etch an image is quite breathtaking when done with a skilled hand.  I love adding watercolor to mine to give them that realistic look.  If you look at my homemaking journal, you will see lots and lots of ink and watercolor drawings.  They accent perfectly a page of herbs and their uses, recipes from my grandmother, or favorite pieces of poetry. 


     Herb Recipes. Most of them are for tea, but there are medicinal ones as well.

     



     


     My new little tin for my pen nibs. Isn't it so old fashioned?

     Yes, I have used my feathers, though not as often, obviously, as my pens.  Feathers can be quite a challenge to get a clean line with! 


    Such a wonderful occupation for a fall afternoon!


    Of course, then I got our rabbit out and went all Beatrix Potter.... :P

    Gosh this makes me want to whip out one of my high-necked Edwardian blouses and wear it with that navy blue bustled skirt I've got.  And maybe put my hair up, don a smart little navy hat with a white ribbon, and go chase some wild rabbits and squirrels with my watercolors.... 


    Yours truly,

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

    Anne of Green Gables Personality Quiz

    I know, two posts in one day, but I found this quiz today and took it. It was really fun. Of course, I came out as Anne. So I made a button for myself for my sidebar. This quiz doesn't give you a button when you're done! :( So here is the one I made:


    Here is what they told me when I finished the quiz:

    You are Anne Shirley!
    You are imaginative, creative, dramatic, and smart. You love writing but hate geometry. You have the unfortunate habit of getting into all sorts of predicaments and scrapes, not to mention you can certainly hold a grudge! Luckily, your good friend Diana Barry is there to help you through thick and thin.

     Smart, haha maybe. Good friend Diana Barry: check. Only her name's Christina, and she's the one with the red hair. :D By the way Christina, I'll bet you ten dollars you will come out as Diana. :)

    So, I suggest you head over to the quiz and take it! Let me know who you come out as! By the way, this is for boys and girls, so you can take the quiz too, lads! 



    Off to finish my duties for the day!

    Oh Mocloth, How I Love You...

    Yes, I am in love with Modcloth. If I had a money tree growing in my backyard I would buy everything on Modcloth. Here are some of the things I have been pining after recently...

    Shale in Comparison Coat 
    Shale in Comparison Coat


    Warm Welcome Coat 
    Warm Welcome Coat


    Best in the Burgh-undy Coat 
    Best in the Burgh-undy Coat



    Poundcake the Pavement Top 
    Poundcake the Pavement Top



    Modern Madeline Top 
    Modern Madeline Top



    Align Your Luck Top
    Align Your Luck Top



    Thesis and That Top 
    Thesis and That Top




    Swell Said Top
    Swell Said Top


    Cheery Blossom Top 
    Cheery Blossom Top



    Blouse in the Country Top

    Blouse in the Country Top



    Self-Guided Tourmaline Tunic

    Self-Guided Tourmaline Top



    And then, there is this...



    Cheerful Correspondence Dress

    The Cheerful Correspondence Dress

    And guess what? *smile* I bought this today!! Yay!!! 
    Of course, I had to buy it with my own money, but who cares? I love it!
    It's too short for my style, so I'm going to wear it as a tunic top over a long sweeping ankle-length skirt. 
    Who knows, maybe I'll post pictures of it when I wear it. :) 





    Have a loverly day!

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