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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thankful Thursdays: Costumes

Today I am thankful for costumes.

Maybe it's the homeschooler in me, but I have always loved wearing costumes. I get really excited about figuring out how to make myself look like someone else. (Not that I don't like my usual self too.) Once, I was looking back over some old Facebook pictures, and realized I was in some kind of costume---for a dance performance, for a play, for a party, for a movie premiere, just or because---in almost all of them. I've never felt like I had to wait for a holiday once a year. If there's an occasion to dress up, I will take it. I usually pick themes for my parties based on the costume I plan on wearing.

I'm thankful that I've had lots of fun occasions to dress up and be silly in my life, and friends who join in the fun!

I'm also thankful for my mom, who has helped me hunt down and sew most of these!

Here are a couple pictures of costumes over the years:
Giselle from Enchanted

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October Knitting Photoshoot

My wonderful sister helped me out with a quick knitting photoshoot yesterday. I've had steady knitting orders the last few months, thanks to my Etsy shop and my local friends and family. Some of these projects have been done for ages (seriously years.) Unfortunately the glaring sun wasn't going so well with my ginger complexion, but we managed to get some good pictures in the shade!

Trying to figure out foxy poses

Oh hey, remember when I bought this skirt and was going to shorten it? I did! Original post here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Edith Head!

Edith Head has more Oscars than any other woman or costume designer, an impressive 8 (and 35 nominations!)

Google's doodle today honors Edith Head, who designed costumes for what seems like every movie made in the 1930-60's. She would've been 116 today.

Her signature straight bangs and round glasses. It's said she often wore blue lenses to get an idea of what costumes would look like in black and white!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thankful Thursdays: Lots of Little Things

Today I have a cold, and I feel thankful for a lot of small things. Mashed potatoes with cheese. New Etsy orders. Juice. My friend Stephanie for letting me stop by and borrow the next book in the series I just got sucked into. My mom for taking care of me all day. Hearing that my aunt's water broke and I'll have new cousin soon. Our couch. New shirts from Target. Movies from the library. Costume party plans.

What little things are you thankful for today?

Thankful Thursdays Link Up:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thankful Thursdays: Movies

Oops-I started my Thankful Thursday post yesterday afternoon, and then got distracted doing a bunch of other things. (Well, not gonna lie, it was mostly Disney City Girl.) So I guess this is Thankful Friday. (Maybe Thriday?)

This week I'm thankful for movies. My brother had his wisdom teeth out on Tuesday, so it's been basically a non-stop movie marathon at our house. I have the privilege of a job that can be mostly done from my laptop, so I got to spend a a lot of of hours with him, watching everything from School of Rock to Casino Royale this week. I'm thankful for all the first-world modern day things we have that make this kind of relaxing entertainment possible: electricity, technology, a nice TV, a good sound system, couches, (that could probably be a whole post on it's own) wifi, Netflix, etc.

What are you thankful for this week?

P.S. I figured out how to do a link up:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

I love this quote from The Great Gatsby. Unfortunately it wasn't included in the movie.

I finally got a chance to watch the new Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby a few days ago. I saw the trailer for it over a year ago (it was originally supposed to release in 2012, but it got delayed a few times.) It was right around the time I was planning a Roaring 20th birthday party. I decided to read the book and I loved it. I had read a series of books that referenced it a lot. (The Hollywood Nobody Series by Lisa Samson, which I would highly recommend for light reading. Kind of quirky, Christian teen chicklit.) I knew The Great Gatsby was "one of those classics everyone is supposed to read" and I knew it had a lot of glamorous parties. I expected it to really glorify that lifestyle, but found it was quite the opposite, and actually a complex and tragic story about people who have everything---except happiness. Anyway, I approached the movie with little hope that it would be an accurate representation of the book, but expected it to at least be really cool to look at.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Introducing Thankful Thursdays

Hi readers! 

I'm trying to start being a more consistent blogger. (I've actually had a plan in place for about a month and haven't done it yet, so I'm not off to a great start.) I'm going to try and have a couple of regular features that I commit to doing every week. The first one I came up with is Thankful Thursdays. Every Thursday, I'll write a (probably short) post about something(s) I'm feeling particularly thankful for. It's really good for me to stop and remember all the good things in my life. 

Also, if you are a blogger and want to do the same, I'd like to try out doing a link-up for Thankful Thursdays. I've never participated in one, but I know there are some ways to make it really easy. I'll look into it and try to have that set up next week!

So without further ado, my first Thankful Thursday:

Today I am thankful for tea. I am definitely a summer girl, and I start getting grumpy and hungry when I'm cold. Fall has definitely fallen now, and that means I've upped my tea intake to about 7 cups a day. Tea helps keep me warm and relaxed. So I'm thankful for clean running water, our fancy electric kettle (not to mention the electricity to run it!) with different temperature settings, and access to all kinds of amazing teas! I'm also thankful for my friends and family who've given us some really great teas lately. I have a great stock of loose leaf green tea with rose buds and smoky black tea that were birthday gifts, black tea my friend brought me back from her trip to Zambia, (they were a British colony, so they're very into their tea) and my aunt gave us some flowering golden jasmine tea recently. (Flowering tea is really cool!)

Zambian tea and biscuits

What are you thankful for this week?

P.S. On a fairly unrelated note, I've updated my Etsy store and Facebook page with all my knitting stuff if you want to check it out. (I've even gotten a couple of orders from people I don't know, so that's pretty exciting!) 

P.P.S. I'm also going to try and start doing Throwback Thursdays on Instagram, (where you put up an old picture) because that always looks like fun and I have a bunch of older photos scanned onto my computer for my senior page, etc.