Friday, December 11, 2015

Breaking

Hey guys!

It's a been awhile since I've last posted, and I'm really sorry about that - I lost my internet and we just recently got it fixed.

But I do think that I'm going to be taking a break from blogging for a little while - it's just a really busy time for me, with Christmas/New Year's coming up and all. I don't really have time to keep up with blogging right now. I will be back, though - the end of January at the latest.

See you all then! :)

~Lydia~ <3

Sunday, November 8, 2015

My Halloween Costume for 2014

Hey guys!

Happy (very late) Halloween! I hope everybody had a fun time trick-or-treating/cosplaying/handing out candy/going around in a black masks and scaring innocent unsuspecting people (somebody did that to my friend xD)

Well, anyway, I haven't had a chance to get pictures of my (AWESOME) Halloween costume I wore this year, so I decided I'd show you some pictures Jo took of me a long time ago with my previous Halloween costume from last year.

Can you guess who I was?
Yep, I was Susan from Narnia. I tried to copy her archery dress from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. (And no, that's not me. That the costume my dress was modeled after.)


I didn't get any good pictures of the front of the dress, though - sorry about that! 

My lovely hair...which I didn't even brush that morning...

I tried to get the costume as accurate as possible by using green fabric (they didn't have any dark green so I had to settle for Olive). Then my mom insisted on using a golden fabric for the accents on the dress instead of white.
But, although it doesn't really look like Susan's archery dress at all, it resembles it (somewhat), and the pattern is GORGEOUS. 

I had completely forgotten about the amazing back lacing until I pulled it out to get these pictures. It's amazing!
Kudos to my mom for sewing this AMAZING gown! She also made my Halloween costume for 2015, which I will be showing you soon, as well as how I made it!

Thanks for reading! :) I will try to get the giveaway up soon; I'm still working on making money to pay for shipping costs.

~Lydia~ <3

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Patterns

Hey guys!

First of all: OH MY GOODNESS! I am so excited...I have reached 50 followers! I am so elated right now; thank you everybody! :) I've been planning to have a giveaway for a long time now, but I decided to wait until I got 50 followers so the giveaway would actually have a purpose. :P Now I finally can - be on the lookout for that!

I have been racking my brain thinking of what I could try and post about. While I write a small short story for you all, it finally dawned on me I could post about one of my favorite hobbies (currently); collecting vintage patterns.

I love all things vintage/retro. Anything vintage, from my mom's 1963 cookbook to that wrapping paper from the 70's, I will drool over it for days. XD My favorite vintage thing that we have, though, is definitely vintage patterns!

I love looking at all of the different styles. These patterns above are from the 70's. (I actually really like the 70's. I learned a long time ago people, although it was in style, did NOT dress in tye-die, purple goggles and leather fringe all the time.)

Another really fun part of vintage patterns is that, more often then not, there is a fun little note or photograph inside. I have yet to find any photographs, but I have found several notes - like in this pattern from 1961 by McCall's. 

It's kind of hard to read in this picture, but the note says: 
Harpers B. Jan '61
linen plaid
blue shirt 
button all way down front 
And then it has the coolest little sketch at the bottom of the dress. :D


In this pants/capris/shorts pattern, there are a whole bunch of different measurements written down. 
I have several other patterns with little slips of paper in them, and a few advertisements for different magazines too. 

Today I got a new package of lots of different juniors patterns. (!!!) No adjusting to do if I want to make any of them! 


Well, that's my new hobby. I really love it and it's a lot of fun! If anyone is interested in seeing a certain style or decade, just give me a holler! I have patterns from the 50's, 60's, 70's and there are two from the early 80's. 

Thanks for reading! :)

~Lydia~ <3

Monday, October 12, 2015

I'm sorry!

Hey guys!

I'm so, so, so so so sorry that I haven't been posting lately. I've just been really low on inspiration lately. I've tried to like, writing one tiny little poem for you all and it just isn't working. :-/

Also I've been pretty busy - I haven't had tons of time to get on the computer. I'm planning/sewing my Halloween costume, chores, and I'm starting my (advanced) piano piece for a Christmas concert.

So, I'm sorry if there aren't a lot of posts in the next month. Hopefully I'll be able to get back into the swing of things soon! :)

~Lydia~ <3

Monday, September 21, 2015

These Are a Few of My Favorite Books

Hello, everybody!

I've compiled so many lists of books that I want to read, I thought I would make a list of books I have already read. Let's get right into it!
(In no particular order)

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
I just finished up the 6th and last book in the first Warriors series. This series is so good! I'm really glad that lady at the bookstore recommended it to me, if not I would have missed out on something awesome. :P Eagerly awaiting for that other annoying person who is also reading the Warriors series to return the second series to the library so that I can read it.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This book was just...wow. I LOVED it. Even though I couldn't understand it as well as I will be able to in a few years I still LOVEEEEEEEEE this book. It is just...well...eeeeeh! <3
Katy by Mary Evelyn Notgrass
This book is ADORABLE. It's so happy and cute. When you read this book you feel like everything is right in the world. IT IS SO AMAZING. Really easy to read, too. But amazing. And sooo warm fuzzy and CUTE!
Okay I'll stop now. XD

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Well this is one of the best books that I've ever read. End of story. 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Yes, I finally got to reading this book! I finished it in half a day. It was AMAZING. Probably one of my favorite books, and the best one of Speare's books by far!!

Well, that's it.  I just realized a lot of books on my To-Read list made it onto here. I have good taste. :P
Thanks for reading everyone!

~Lydia~ <3

Saturday, September 12, 2015

To Read - September 2015

Hey guys!

So, green means I did read the book and red means I didn't.

Pollyanna 
The Hobbit 
LOTR Trilogy 
Pat of Silver Bush 
Heartbreak Trail 
The Witch of Blackbird Pond 
Cherry Ames, Student Nurse
Charlotte Sometimes
Wonderland Creek
The Emerald Atlas

Ummm...yikes. XD Fortunately I made a trip to the library today, and I got The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Emerald Atlas (well, at least the audio book version). I am on the waiting list for The Hobbit, too.
And here is some more stuff to be put on my TBR list....

The Vanishing Shadow by Margaret Sutton
As I mentioned before, I am a big fan of vintage books and especially mysteries, so when I heard about Judy Bolton I wanted to read it. I've looked on Applewood's website and they seem to have most of her books in print, and although they are expensive I just might have to order one or two. :)
Judy Bolton is spunky, she has red hair and she isn't perfect. Plus she ages throughout the series and then gets married! She sounds like my type of girl. I love series that make their characters grow and mature - I don't know why. xP
Except in the case of Trixie Belden, as you get further and further into the later books she gets more and more Nancy Drew-like. But who am I to go around hating on Nancy Drew? I'm re-reading all of her books....


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
I've seen the movie, and would like to read the books and the rest of the series that goes along with it! 
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
It looks like a cute book and it's by one of my favorite authors. :) 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I actually have a copy of this book (it's not the Puffin in Bloom one, sadly :( But I want to get all of the Puffin in Bloom collection so hopefully it will be in my possession soon) but I still have yet to read it. 
Well, that's it for this post! Thanks for reading! :) 

~Lydia~ <3

Monday, September 7, 2015

recently - #2


Hey everyone!

Reading 
Nancy Drew. I used to love them when I was little. Now I'm re-reading them and getting all nostalgic. XD

Writing
Narnia fanfiction about a peasant girl named Holly who meets the Kings and Queens of Narnia. No specific plot. Just because I'm in a Narnia mood this week. (I always am, but this week especially. XD)

Listening To
This. 

Watching 
The Brady Bunch...what else? 
I love Marcia. :D 
And Alice's pants in that Grand Canyon three-parter. 

Other Stuff 
I went to a fair. It was fun! While there we saw cars smashing each other up, and I actually enjoyed it!
I'm on the red book in my history! I can't wait to start up school again, mostly because of history. I'm in the 1900's now. WOOP!!

~Lydia~ <3

Saturday, September 5, 2015

happy birthday skandar!

Hey guys!

TODAY IS SKANDAR KEYNES'S BIRTHDAY!! He played Edmund in the Narnia movies. WOOT WOOT! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SKANDAR! Today I am very happy so I shall bombard you with pictures of him. Have a great rest of your day.





Aww he's so young :) 


~Lydia~ <3

Friday, September 4, 2015

I Came Through Violet Vale -L.M. Montgomery

Hey guys!

Today I thought I would do a fashion post. These pictures were taken by my sister last Sunday, because I really liked my whole outfit and I persuaded her to take a photoshoot of me.





I asked Jo to get a close-up of my shoes - I forgot she doesn't know how to zoom in yet. xD





Dress: This dress I found at a thrift store. It looks very 90's, but I didn't care because I loved the style and the shade and just everything about this dress. XD I got quite a few compliments on it.
Hat: Also a thrift store find!  It's a dark shade of purple and then has lighter purple flowers. It has quite a bit of black tulle on it too.
Shoes: Got these from Kmart.

Well, that's it! I really enjoy fashion blogging, you can look out for another post like this one soon! :)

~Lydia~ <3

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

susan's letter - part 3

**Spoilers for The Last Battle, the last Narnia book**
I tore open the letter slowly, half expecting it to be some kind of joke.

"Dear Su,
"Hi - it's Peter. I just wanted to write you this to let you know we're all safe here in the real Narnia. You don't have to worry - we're doing well.
"From Peter, Lucy and Ed."

And from that moment on, I believed in Narnia.

***

"Where am I?" I thought, dazed. I looked around - and saw beautiful, gorgeous, clear mountains in the distance. I held the yellowed letter in my hand as I picked up my skirts and ran.

Soon I came up to some gates. I stopped, glanced up, and then pushed them open.

My siblings -  could see them. With a joyful cry I ran into their arms.

"Pete, Lu, Ed! I've missed you all so much!" I said, laughing as I pinched Lucy's cheek.

"Welcome to the real Narnia, sister." Edmund announced, making a grand gesture with his hand.

All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before....

THE END

Monday, August 31, 2015

the dress game - answers

Hey guys! Today I'm going to be revealing the answers for the dress game that I did. 

Dress #1~ Elizabeth from When Calls The Heart
Dress #2 ~ Diana from the Anne movies 

Dress #3 ~ Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Dress #4 ~ Ruth from Star Trek TOS (Shore Leave)

Dress #5 ~ Jo from Little Women (1978)

Dress #6 ~ Scarlet O'Hara from Gone With The Wind

Dress #7 ~ Princess Ann from Roman Holiday 

Dress #8 ~ Donna Reed from The Donna Reed Show
Dress #9 ~ Samantha from Samantha: An American Girl Holiday

Dress #10 ~ Marcia from The Brady Bunch 


Here are the scores: 
Anonymous ~ 60
Kaitlyn ~ 50 
Nikki Fielder ~ 40 
Ellie ~ 20 

Thanks everyone for playing! Hopefully part 3 of Susan's Letter will be up tomorrow. 

~Lydia~ <3

Friday, August 28, 2015

susan's letter - part 2

**Spoilers for The Last Battle, the last Narnia book**
"Lily? I thought I just needed someone to talk to since..well, I'm sure you've heard." I said on the phone.

"Well, Susan dear, I'm sorry, but I'm going to a party and I don't have time to talk right now." Lily replied quickly. "Oh my, I have to go. Goodbye!" and then she hung up.

I bit my lip as I set down the phone. "Fair weather friends." I mumbled to myself sadly.

Now I was hollow inside. I didn't have any tears left, and there was just an empty space where my family had been. "Why didn't you spend more time with them?" I thought to myself.

I had been giving myself rebukes all day.

Suddenly there was a knock. I hurried to the front entrance and opened the door. There stood a man. He bowed to me. "Qu- Miss Susan." he said, stuttering. He seemed a bit nervous.

"What is it?" I asked.

"From Peter, Lucy and Edmund." the man told me, holding out a letter. I looked at him curiously as I took it.

"Thank you." I said, and closed the door.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

susan's letter - part 1

**Spoilers about The Last Battle, the last Narnia book**



My hands shaking, I took a deep breath and tried to compose myself. "Thank you." I whispered to the man standing on my doorstep. He bowed and then left. I shut the door behind me and closed my eyes.

"This can't happen." I thought. "They can't be gone." 

But they were.

Tears streaming down my face, I ran up the flight of stairs and into my bedroom. It had been my and Lucy's room. But it wasn't anymore. I looked across it at Lucy's bed, neatly made by my mother.

My mother...she was gone too.

So were Peter and Edmund. And my father.

They had died in a train wreck, my siblings - off to do something related to Narnia. If that hadn't happened...they would still be here. 

"STUPID NARNIA!" I screamed. "It's just a childish game and my family lost their lives over it!"

"Or is it?" a voice echoed at the back of my mind.

"Oh, stop it." I said aloud to myself. "It is. Just a game. It's just a game!"

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Dress Game

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven't been posting or even been online! I was on vacation and I went quite unexpectedly, but I'm back now. :)

My last game was such a hit that I decided to do another one. This one is called The Dress Game, and it's very simple. I'll show a picture of a dress from a movie or TV show and you have to guess:

Who wore it?
What movie/show is it from?

Each correct answer is worth 10 points, and there is a possible 200 points to be earned.

Remember, don't be worried if your comment doesn't show up right away on this post. I won't be publishing the comments until after I reveal the answers next week.

Dress #1
Dress #2

Dress #3

Dress #4

Dress #5 

Dress #6

Dress #7

Dress #8
Dress #9

Dress #10 


To keep things fair, please do not search up what any of the outfits are from or ask anyone if they know who is wearing them.

Have fun!

~Lydia~ <3
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