I do not believe that questioning is doubting. I don’t ask God questions because I doubt Him. I ask Him questions because I don’t know the answers. I ask Him questions so that He knows I’m listening. I ask Him questions because He is God, and I am Lydia, and He is so much wiser than me.
     When I don’t know what He means, and when I’m hurting because I don’t understand, it is not doubting to ask God “Why?” It is not doubting to tell God that I don’t understand why He allows certain things, and it is not doubting to ask Him why I should believe in Him.
Perhaps questions do not demonstrate full faith. But is faith always unquestioning obedience? I think that maybe it means obeying despite questions. Believing despite questions. Or even believing enough to ask questions.
     When I ask a question, I am looking for an answer. When I want an answer I can trust, I ask people I can trust. I can ask God the most important questions, because I trust in His answers. To me, questioning is not doubting. Questioning is believing, and it is wanting to believe even more. 

God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough

When I imagine the size of the universe
And I wonder what’s out past the edges
Then I discover inside me a space as big
And believe that I’m meant to be
Filled up with more than just questions

So, God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
‘Cause I am not big enough

-Big Enough (Chris Rice)


Vintage Suitcase Treasure

     This is what I spent fifteen dollars on at the flea-market yesterday. One vintage suitcase, and about fifty vintage patterns. ^_^  I'm happy. To tell the truth, I didn't need these, because I already have some patterns that I bought for ten cents each. But I couldn't resist them. Maybe because they came in a suitcase, I don't know. Of course, there is a little problem when it comes to money. I... er... don't have fifteen dollars. So I'm going to help Mom paint her kitchen cupboards, in exchange for paying off my debt. Lol!
     I'm not exactly sure what I'll do with all these lovely patterns. I have two ideas off of Pinterest. One involves framing them and hanging them on my wall, and I've been wanting to do it forever.
     Some of these strike me as very Nancy Drew. Especially the ones in the green dresses. I really like the pattern in the middle. I think it's one for the wall. =)
     There's also quite a few little girl patterns.. and one for little boys! I also have one pattern for men, so I could make a little family. =)


Pinterest Challenge Week #4

      Well. Once again I procrastinated until Saturday evening. Are you noticing a pattern here? This time I made food. To be specific, fried cheese balls! Yumm. =) Of course, there is absolutely no way that I could fry food without Dad also being seized with an irresistible desire to fry food. So, for supper tonight, we had fried cheese, crab rangoon, and fried poblano peppers. It was really good. It was interesting though, because our kitchen is currently being remodeled. So yes. The process was interesting.
     Aunt Carolyn is visiting for the weekend. Last night we stayed up till midnight waiting for her. We slept in (sort of) and then we had tea and cocoa and leftover stromboli for breakfast. We drove a couple of hours to Crowley's Ridge (the nearest hills) and went on a little hike. On the way home, we stopped in a flea-market, and I bought something reallly cool, but you have to wait until tomorrow to see it. =)

 P.S. Almost forgot this part. This project was inspired by this pin from this website. I kind of followed the recipe, but I substituted cheap ingredients for the specialty cheese and breadcrumbs. :)


Embarrassing Moments

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(Some) of My Most Embarrassing Moments

1) The time my Grandma Wildermuth spanked me and my brother. Soooo humiliating! It’s not fun to get a regular spanking, but one from Grandma? Crushing! I don’t even remember what we did. It must have been horrible, because I suspect it crushed Grandma even more.

2) The time I decided to say “Heck” in my Grandma Morris’s Sunday school class. I’m not sure why that even happened. Actually I am ... I was copying my best friends who (eventually) also got in trouble for saying “Heck”. Although I doubt they did it in Sunday school.

3) The time when the Morris family was playing Dictionary*, and I thought that nobody would know what a mol is. It was a very stupid assumption, because practically everyone in the family is a math or science person. I have since been educated, and I at least know a small amount about moles. (Enough to make my brain hurt.)

4) The time I ran over my Mom’s plants with the riding lawnmower. (I believe that they were cherry bushes).  I came to my Mom in tears and apologized. (I had already had several embarrassing incidents on the riding lawnmower) She wasn’t happy, but she forgave me. I went back in a high state of emotional trauma, and backed the lawnmower off of the cherry bushes. I was shocked when I saw that they were unharmed. Then I looked back over the lawn and realized that I never had the mower blades down to begin with.

5) The time I had to fill out a paper slip to get my college library card, and was forced to explain to the librarian that I didn’t remember my social security number. She was very bewildered, and it was terribly embarrassing. I could also mention the time that I walked through the library doors and the alarm went off. I had about a million books in my backpack, and the librarian had to scan every. single. one. She tried to pretend she wasn’t highly interested in my odd assortment of books. But she was. I find it rather amazing that I still go to the library. Perhaps my personality is becoming braver.
... I do, however, always suspect that the librarian still regards me as a very odd personage...

6) The time an older lady at church decided to compliment me. She told me that all of the ladies had been talking about me, and they all agreed that I carried myself in a distinctive way and looked like a teenaged super-model. I know positively that she meant well, but I was mortified.

7) The time my dog (a German Shepherd) almost got into a fight with two Boxers. We were going for a walk around the neighborhood, and she went crazy when they approached us. The owner of the two dogs stood in the yard and watched, and a guy in a pickup truck slowed waaay down to make sure that everything was okay. It was humiliating. I dragged my dog  home and then proceeded to cry and have serious anger issues. Especially towards the neighbor who let her two boxers run in the street.

8) The time I realized that I wore horrible clothing when I was twelve. Also the time that I realized I was a pain in the butt when I was twelve. I guess twelve was a bad year for me.

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P.S. This is meant to be funny. And I can't really believe that I'm doing this. So laugh.  :-/

* For those who are curious, Dictionary is a word game. The person who is It picks an obscure word from the dictionary, and everyone writes a fake definition for it. The players then vote on which definition is the real one. Whoever fools someone into thinking that their fake definition is correct gets a point. Whoever is It gets a point every time someone votes for the wrong definition.

Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle

   Many Waters is a strange book. I don’t know another way to describe it. The book is about Sandy and Dennys Murry, a pair of teenaged twins who are the only average people in an unusual family. (You can read more about the Murrys in A Wrinkle in Time, as well as several other books by Madeleine L’Engle.)
    One afternoon, Sandy and Dennys make the mistake of messing with one of their father’s experiments-in-progress. Without realizing their stupidity, the twins type a message into the computer, which reads: “Take me someplace warm ... someplace warm and sparsely populated.” When the twins exit the lab, they find themselves in a burning hot desert, with high temperatures that burn their skin and give them sunstroke. Eventually, they are rescued by a very small man named Japheth, and his unusual pet. Through a short series of events, they find themselves separated, one in the tent of Japheth’s father, and the other in his grandfather’s tent (who happens to be feuding with his son.)
    The divided family nurses the twins back to health, and they slowly become aware of their surroundings. (Especially Japheth’s sister, named Yalith, who they both fall in love with.)
            Neither Sandy or Dennys know what planet they are on. In some ways, it resembles their own, but it is also very different. The people appear to be human, but they are very short, and almost midget-like. They seem to think that the twins are giants. The climate is much hotter than the twins are used to, and there are many strange animals, including oddly sized mammoths.  Most remarkable of all, there are the majestic Seraphim, and the darker Nephilim who are exquisitely beautiful and deceptive.
    As Grandfather Lamech tells them stories, the twins slowly recognize where they are. They begin to suspect things when they learn that Japheth’s father is named Noah. When Grandfather tells them about Enoch, who walked with El and was not, the twins begin to see the story emerging. But it is only when El tells Noah to build a large boat, that the twins know positively that they are living on a younger version of Earth, in the days before the Biblical flood.  
    The fact that Many Waters is based on a Bible story made the book even stranger. I recognized many of the names immediately... Shem, Japheth, Oholibamah, Lamech... When the Nephilim turned up, I was very curious, because I’ve often wondered who (or what) the Nephilim are. They show up in Genesis 6:4, which says that “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” They also show up in Numbers 13:33, when the spies reported that there were giants in the Promised Land. “There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.
    Who are the Nephilim? They aren’t human. They are obviously gigantic. They were on the earth before and after the flood. Is Genesis 6:4 referring to them as “sons of God”? Are they angels? The Seraphim are angels, but Many Waters connected the two, not the Bible. It would appear that there were women who had Nephilim babies, which is part of the book (I am not getting my theology from the book, by the way), and seems implied in the Bible. Curiouser and curiouser.
    Hm Hm. I think I will have to do some research on this, and pick some people’s brains. Then maybe I will write a post called “The Nephilim: Part 2" =)
    Note: I wouldn’t really recommend this book for younger kids. There isn’t any language, or actual sex, but there are quite a few, um ... implications? They mainly have to do with the Nephilim, and the women I mentioned who were betrothed and wedded to Nephilim. I would probably put the age range at mid to late teens.


Mr. Popper's Penguins - Movie vs. Book

      Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a book that makes memories. I remember an idyllic summer (when we still lived in the country and the hills), and Sam, Ben and I used to crawl up on top of the garden shed, hide in the trees, and read Mr. Popper’s Penguins out loud to each other. I remember even earlier, listening to Mom read while we ate lunch, or lying on the couch and reading it to myself. There is really no idea quite as delightful and hilarious as a man named Mr. Popper, and his twelve pet penguins.
    I was not exactly thrilled when someone told me that they were making a movie of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I might have even groaned at the likely thought that Hollywood would completely and utterly botch it. I must be prophetic, because that’s exactly what they did.
    It’s a hard job to find any sort of resemblance between the movie and the book. The title is the same. The man’s name is the same. It has penguins in it. That’s pretty much it.

     Perhaps the biggest difference is the time period. They should have called the movie Mr. Popper in the 21st Century, because that’s apparently what it is. Moving the story from the 1930s to the 21st century is a huge leap, and that’s where I think the story completely lost its original flavor.
    The Mr. Popper in the movie has nothing in common with the real Mr. Popper. Movie Mr. Popper is a divorced businessman who lives in New York. He has a high-end apartment with stark, modern furnishings, and he only sees his children on the weekends. Real Mr. Popper, on the other hand, lives in a quiet little town called Stillwater, and makes his living painting houses. He has a perfectly intact marriage, and he goes home to a real and cozy little house, and sees his children every evening.
         Real Mr. Popper is an absent-minded daydreamer. Movie Mr. Popper is a snappy businessman who tries to be witty. Real Mr. Popper has a walrus-mustache. Movie Mr. Popper has Jim Carey’s horrible hair.
    Movie Janie was terrible. Real Janie was (at the most) nine or ten. She wore cute little dresses and pigtails, and she was the sort of little girl who roller-skated and jumped rope. Movie Janie was in junior-high. She wouldn’t quit texting, she hated her dad, and her face was always splotchy and swollen because she was crying about boys.
    Have you seen any similarities yet? Me neither.

    If I was judging the movie by itself, I would probably say that it’s okay. It’s kind of stereotypical, but some parts of it are a little bit funny. I liked the real penguins. :) Jason thought that it  was absolutely hilarious, so I guess it’s a good kid’s movie.
    My advice is this. If you watch the movie, the best thing to do is forget the fact that it is at all connected with the book. (Which is actually easy.) Haha. By itself, it’s an okay family movie; but Real Mr. Popper’s fans will probably hate it.


Cloth-covered Button Earrings

     Have you noticed all the cloth-covered button earrings out there? (There's almost a million on Etsy) They're pretty cute and retro, so I was really excited when Mom found two vintage button kits at a flea market several months ago. Turns out, it's super easy to make your own button earrings. And the results are.. lovely. =) I know there's lots of tutorials for them, but I decided to make one for fun, because I can. :) You can find cloth button kits pretty much anywhere that sells sewing supplies, and you can use absolutely any fabric you want. So with out further ado, a fun tutorial from me. =)
     Unless you buy a refill package, the button backs come with little mold/pusher thingys. My package was for "french two-tone buttons", which is the reason for the two different sizes.
     First off, use a pliers to remove the little button loop from the backs. I thought it was a pain in the neck to start with, but it gets easier.
     Next, cut out a little circle of fabric. There's usually a template on the package that shows what size to make the circle.
     Put the fabric circle on top of the rubber mold, and put the round button part upside-down on top of that.

     Push the button into the rubber mold, using the metal pusher part. (see top photo) Make sure there's still plenty of fabric around the edges.

     Push the edges of the fabric down into the metal button...

     Place the button back (minus the metal loop) on top of that. Push it down with the metal pusher.
     It should all look like this when it's done. If the fabric isn't secure all the way around the edges, you'll have to pull it apart and start over.
     Next, you get to take the buttons out of the mold! (just push on the bottom of the rubber mold, and they'll pop out) Aren't they adorable?
     Last step! Glue the earring backs onto the bottom of the cloth buttons. I always use super-glue ... cuz it's the best!
     There you are! Cute, no? Super fun too, because you can use all different sizes and patterns. Endless possibilities. =)


Tagged Quiz

     Dream Sailor did a tagged quiz a while ago, and tagged me. It was actually quite a while ago. But better late than never, I guess...

11 questions to answer...

1.What would you do if you knew you could not fail? I would be me. I suppose I'll never fail at that... but I would be the most amazing me that's possible. 2. If you had an opportunity to go to Haiti with a charity organization, would you? Depends on the circumstances, but most likely, yes. 
3. You're in a situation where you know doing the right thing will get you in trouble (with the law, your family, friends, your school, ect.) what do you do?
Proceed cautiously with doing the right thing. 
4. What do you want to change in the world?
Well... there could be a million answers to that. Honestly, I think I would change "Christian" behavior. The world would definitely change if Christians poured out unconditional love instead of tradition, cliches, and criticism.  5. Favorite species of owl? Maybe the Great-horned Owl? There's some smaller species that are really cool, too. 6. What would you rather eat, if you absolutely HAD to: a crayon or a camera card? Definitely a crayon. If the rules permitted, I would melt it down and mix it into some other type of food. Except wait... crayons aren't food. *Correction* I would melt it down and mix it into some type of food. =)
7. You see a see a ten dollar bill on the floor in a check-out lane, it may or may not belong to the person in front of you. What do you do?
Probably weird them out and embarrass myself by asking if it's theirs. 8. Who do you like better, Darth Vader or Ken (Barbie's obnoxious boyfriend)? I'm not very fond of either of them. Probably Darth Vader, although Ken was very amusing in  Toy Story 3. 9. You break something in a pottery store. Now what do you do? Some stores have different policies, so I would ask them if I needed to buy it. If they said 'yes', I would steal Nonii's idea, and take it home and glue it back together. Or I would smash it up even further, and make a mosaic.
10. What would you do if you woke up and found yourself in the 'cat room' of an animal shelter?
Hope it's a dream, and go back to sleep.
11. What is your opinion of the Sesame Street character Elmo? Sorry Elmo, the Muppets are better. 

11 random things about myself... 

1. I dislike ketchup and mustard
2. I have three brothers and zero sisters, eight uncles and four aunts, two boy cousins and zero girl cousins. Boys kind of rule in my family.
3. I am excessively fond of thrift stores, and any other store where I can buy books and vintage stuffs. 

4. I love and hate being a teenager. I love growing up and becoming me. I hate how much drama most teens create. 
5. I've lived in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Pennsylvania, and even the Bahamas (This, however, I sadly do not remember.)
6. I have a lot in common with my Grandma W.  =)
7. When I go to the library, I pick books out of the children's section, the young adult section, and the adult section. 
8. My worst fault is laziness, and I hate cleaning my room.
9. My parents are heroes. For realz. Not making it up.
10. I looove shrimp! And bacon. And cheddar cheese.
11. If I had the chance, I would travel just about anywhere. Europe, Africa, South America. Maybe even Antartica. =) 

So, according to the rules I'm supposed to tag eleven people. But that's an impossibility. So... I'm cheating. However, if you absolutely want to, you can answer the eleven questions that the rules require me to write. ;)

1. What is the most magical thing that has happened to you?
2. What do you consider your worst fault?
3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
4. What's your favorite old television show? (must be black-and-white) 
5. Do you turn red when your embarassed? 
6. Would you rather be attacked by a hippo or a rhino?
7. Have you ever been to another country/countries? Which ones?
8. What's your favorite dog breed? 
9. Do you like deviled eggs or potato salad better?
10. What is one song you absolutely hate?
11. Have you ever read more than two books in one day? 


Pinterest Challenge Week #3

     I almost missed the challenge this week, due to procrastination. I also had to switch projects, because after I procrastinated, I picked a project that took waaay too much time. Consequently, it will probably be next week's project.
     Anyway, I came close to doing nothing. Which would have been a tragic decision. Instead I chose to rescue myself with an easy little project. A felt hedgehog pincushion! :) At first I felt like it was a wimping out project, but he turned out so super adorable, that I now feel my self-rescue was both successful and non-wimpy. :)

      Isn't he cute? His name is Poky, and he was inspired by this pin from a post on this blog. There's a nice little pattern and tutorial to go with!

      He has a funny, droopy sort of nose. One thing I hate is the fact that I always finish my projects at night. So my pictures turn out rather bad. :-/  Well, maybe I will take better ones tomorrow. =)

     This is the original project from janeavion.blogspot.com. I think hers was smaller than mine, and thus somewhat cuter. I particularly love the big eyes on hers. I like mine in two colors though...

P.S. Today I took better pictures and edited this post... (Jan. 22)

Happy Blogiversary

One year ago I made my first blog post! =) Happy Birthday to blogger-me!

In one year, my blog has had 1,997 pageviews...

United States:1,973

In one year, I've written 232 posts, gained 11 followers, and received 190 comments.

In one year, I've blogged about books, crafts, projects ... pretty much anything. 
Mostly importantly, in one year I've had tons and tons of fun!
Hope you have too. =)


My Mess (otherwise known as my bedroom).

     So. A while ago I told Nonii that I would post photos of my room. It's actually a hard promise to keep. For one thing, my room is in.. er.. the advanced stages of decorating? And for another thing (and this is the real reason) my room is always messy. Haha.
But even though it insists on getting messy, my room is really lovely (I think) so I am going to share it and the mess with you. Fortunately, today the mess is a pretty mess. It isn't always.
     This is a view of the whole room, except for the wall with the door, bookcase, and dresser. It's the least pretty picture, because you can see my shoes and books and mess on the floor. It's also the most honest picture. That armchair isn't mine, but it's living in my room while we're doing the living room floor. I really am enjoying it. I've already read five books in it, and made numerous crafts in it. I must get myself an armchair.
     This is the bookcase, sewing table, and dresser. The bookcase is stuffed full of teacups and tin cans and trinkets. Mostly books, though! Aren't they lovely? =)
     This is my workspace. And yes, that is a globe hanging from the ceiling. And an old telephone that doesn't work. Call it my decorating style if you want. That is also a can of yellow spray paint. Remember the yellow spray paint... it's important later on.

     Close-up of my bulletin board and vintage phone. The phone has a story: Last year we lived in a little tiny house in the country across the state-line. It was too tiny... which is why we moved. Anyway, there was an even tinier building next to the house, which (legend has it) used to be a beauty shop. We used it for a storage house. When we were moving, I suddenly realized that I really, really wanted the beauty shop phone! So I ripped it off the wall. It was very firmly attached. I had to use a crowbar, and it literally took hours. Even Sam and Dad had to have a go at it. But in the end, I got my phone.
     I don't knit. (yet) But those purple knitting needles are very useful for prying and jabbing things. Don't worry, I've never damaged a thing or person with them. (yet)
     Now we come to my favorite part ... the yellow bed! I consider it a great achievement of mine. =) It's what remains of an old, rusty, metal bed frame we bought at a garage sale. I industriously sanded off all the rust, and spray-painted it yellow. Actually, I wasn't very industrious. It took much longer than it ever should have, because laziness is my worst fault. But still .. I'm proud of it.
That suitcase is part of the pretty mess. I'm contemplating what kind of crafts I can do with vintage handkerchiefs and chunky old lace. :)
     I just finished spray-painting this picture frame to match the bed. And that is the lovely quilt-top gift I mentioned here.
     This is my bed-stand. It's an old crate, and as soon as Dad has time to help me, I'm making it into a bookcase. That will probably be a future blog post. And there's my owl and frog... I'm fond of them.
     This is more of the beautiful mess I mentioned. These are the contents of great-grandma's tin. You can read more about it here.

     And that's pretty much it. Show's over. =) D'you like it? =)


Crochet Earrings

     Well. Mom made me some chicken soup, I ran out of peppermint tea, and I'm all the way to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. (Book 5!) I might be feeling a little better. =) Last night I made these little crochet earrings. They came out lovely, I think.
     We started work on our floors. Goodbye disgusting carpet, hello lovely new tile. I'm afraid it's hello to dust, work, and messes first though.
     I'm trying to decide what my next pinterest project is. I better decide soon, because it's already Thursday. I think it's going to be some kind of jewelry or crocheting. 
     I must be going... I should be walking the dog. Or practicing the piano. Or reading, or cleaning... =)


Peppermint and Narnia

      I can feel a cold coming on. My nose is stuffed, my head feels like a brick, and I'm full of sneezes. :-/  I felt okayish earlier today. I cleaned house and made chicken salad and toast for lunch (yummm) and listened to Pandora shuffle. Which means I listened to Tenth Avenue North, Frank Sinatra, John Phillip Sousa, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and the Star Wars track. Our family has very eclectic music tastes, so shuffling the Pandora stations is a little interesting. =)
      It's 4:17 now, and I'm feeling rather miserable. But I hate feeling miserable, so I'm being super nice to myself and trying to be happy. I have one of the armchairs in my bedroom (we're getting ready to do the downstairs floors) so I got myself some cozy blankets, peppermint tea, and oranges.
     I kidnapped The Chronicles of Narnia from Sam's bedroom, and I'm starting out with The Magician's Nephew. After that, I might have to read The Horse and His Boy...
     So anyway, now that I've dropped you a line, I'm going to head back upstairs for more peppermint and Narnia. Hopefully my second cup of tea is done. =) I'm right at the part where The Queen of Charn arrives in London. Toodles!


Literary Friends

I have some favorite people who aren’t real ... I guess they’re what you’d call “literary characters” ...

My Favorite Unreal People
Tristan Farnon from All Creatures Great and Small
Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia
Jem Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
Jakob Daw from Davita’s Harp
The whole Durrell family in My Family and Other Animals
The ghosts in The Sherwood Ring
Colin in The Secret Garden
Nat in The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Dustfinger in Inkheart
Scipio in The Thief Lord
Arrietty in The Borrowers
Topaz in I Capture the Castle
Artemis Fowl in.. um.. Artemis Fowl
Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird
Jane in Jane of Lantern Hill
The Fossil sisters in Ballet Shoes
Mac in Eight Cousins
Bonnie in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Peter Pan in Peter Pan :-)

My top three ...

Tristan Farnon. (All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot)
He cracks me up. The way he communicates with his brother Siegfried ... The way he looks at life ... The way he always come out on top in any situation. All extremely hilarious. His brother Siegfried is my next favorite.

Jem Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) 
When I first read To Kill a Mockingbird, I was about Jem’s age, and I had a lot of the same questions and thoughts that he did. I was going through things that were (in a small way) similar to what he went through, and I really identified with him. So .. I’ve always had a soft spot for Jem Finch.

The third one. Augh! So hard...

Susan Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis)
She gets to be third, because she’s been my favorite longer than the others. I think (but I’m not sure) that she was my favorite because she reminded me of myself. Oldest girl, extremely bossy. Yep. On the other hand, I don’t see myself as near so sensible and unimaginative as Susan is. I think I also decided I liked Susan because no one else loved her. Everyone’s favorite is Lucy. (And besides, Sam hated Susan) Susan does have admirable traits, though. Take, for instance her amazing bow and arrow skills.

Picking three is sad, though. I love Peter Pan too. And Atticus. And Dustfinger. And Nat, and Jakob Daw, and the Sherwood ghosts. And, ohmyword, I didn’t even mention Anne of Green Gables! Or Emily of New Moon, and all my other L.M. Montgomery favorites!

P.S. We should have talked more about Colin in The Secret Garden. And his sister Martha. She has the best accent ever.

P.P.S. The Durrell family! My Family and Other Animals is my most recent favorite.

P.P.P.S. What about villains? Hook, Miss Slighcarp, the Hartliebs...


New Etsy Listings!

Vintage Handkerchief Necklace
Clipper Ship Postage Stamp Earrings

Sir Benjamin and Sir Jason

     I'm not the only creative kid in the house... =)

     This is Sir Benjamin, and Sir Jason. As you can see, they are talented warriors, resplendent in cardboard armor.
     Jason: "Mom, me and Ben used tape. Soo... at any moment, we could run out of tape."


Pinterest Challenge Week #2

     Week number two! Yay! =)
     For week number two I made bows. Lots of them! (Inspired by this pin from this website) First I made this green and red plaid bow to match my cardigan. I like to think that I worked a little harder than the lady in the tutorial did, because I sewed mine carefully and turned it inside out, and all that. Truthfully though, that was a symptom of laziness. I didn't want to change the white thread in the sewing machine, so I just decided to hide my stitches. =)
     I also made a grey bow with a pink and black floral pattern. I didn't want to waste a whole lot of chain (that stuff is expensive) so I'm planning on just switching the bows out. I've become a whiz at bending jump rings with my little pliers. Lol!

Heehee. Funny picture. :p
     I was going to make a red and white striped one too, but both attempts were the wrong size, so they turned into bobby pins.
     I ran out of thread, so my next creations were felt. Super easy. I could make felt bows when I was seven. :) This one kind of reminds me of a circus tent.
     And this is a bad picture of all of my creations. Oops.. except for the hair bow. It was a really big, fat hair bow too. =) Ah well.. next time perhaps.
     (The original pin. You can find more pictures and a tutorial at Campfire Chic.)