Friday, February 26, 2016

Office Tour - March 2016

Hey guys!

I don't know about you, but I love seeing where other people write their posts! So I thought that I would do an office tour, inc case you guys are interested in seeing where I usually type posts for the blog, scroll through Pinterest or play Minecraft. :)

This is an overview of my office space. No, it's not an actual room, it's a small area behind my dining room table. It was originally meant for doing homeschool, and it still is, but this desk I have kind of claimed as my own. :)

Up here on the wall we have some pictures I printed out from Pinterest that make me happy. At the top is Mandy Harman and Tanner Gillman from Green Gables Fables hugging after filming "Memories". The second one is a screenshot I took of me and Jo in Minecraft building together. The third one is just a pretty picture from my "etc" board. 

Just realized you can see my reflection in this picture. Yes, that is a Snoopy sweatshirt. Don't judge. ;) 

So this was the original computer I used to just use instead of having that junky, 6-year-old desktop there as well. But something happened...I think somebody dropped it, not sure (it was a really long time ago). But the monitor went like that. All white. Can't see anything. So I fixed it by plugging the desktop monitor into the laptop. Been like this ever since. 
I put a stuffed rabbit, Honeysuckle, up there on my screen. she's a Jellycat. JELLYCATS ARE LIFE. SOOOOOO FLUFFFFYYYYYYYYY

Right here is my mini Tsum Tsum, Marie, a pig thingy craft I did awhile ago, and a USS ENTERPRISE model. (It lights up!! So cool B})

On the pull-out shelf below the desk I have my Little Town on the Prairie audiobook and my 1989 CD. 

I also have my planner, which you can get from StudioC. I can't show the inside because it has some personal stuff. ;) 

So, that's my little "office". :) 

Thanks for reading! See you next week! 

~Lydia~ <3

Friday, February 19, 2016

1940's Week - My Dream 40's Wardrobe

Hey guys!

So Rose at An Old Fashioned Girl is having a 1940's week! I thought I'd join in by writing a post on the list of topics she gave that anyone could possibly post about. Being the vintage fashion geek I am, I thought I would list my dream 1940's-style wardrobe. :)

And now, behold - my pattern notebook.

This notebook I got at Walmart for around seven dollars. I was contemplating what to do with it, when I finally realized I needed a place to put all my patterns as well as write down the ones on my wishlist. 

It has three tabs, one is for my wishlist, one is for my inventory of patterns I have at the moment, and the third tab still needs to be filled in. I'm not sure what to use it for just now. 

This is my inventory. It has the pattern brand, identifying number, and then the year/estimated decade it came out in. I have out of print patterns, and reproductions count as well. 

Okay, so here is my dream 1940's wardrobe with links to my favorite 40s patterns I have written down from the amazing Vintage Patterns Wikia.

McCall's 7175  - This one is from 1948. It has a beautiful gather at the front and is a lovely, sophisticated looking dress. 
Vogue 3209 - This dress is from 1948, as well. It has very pretty detailing at the neckline and it is very long and full. 
Vogue 3115 - I do not like the hood on this pattern from 1946, but I've always been a fan of waistcoats, especially paired with a 50's-style circle skirt! 
Simplicity 2473 - Yet another pattern from 1948. It's very similar to Vogue 3209, as it has the same type of detailing at the neck. One of the differences is that it buttons up at the front. 
Advance 4759  - Can you guess what year this one is from? ;) This is probably my favorite out of all of them. The blouse looks very Springy, and I love the way the outfit looks with the belt. 
Simplicity 4639 - This is the oldest pattern I've written down, as it's from 1943! I love the pockets on the jacket, but I like the looks of 3/4 sleeves better than short ones. I especially like this outfit with gloves! 

Those are the 1940's patterns I have written down on my wishlist and would love to make and wear sometime! 

Thanks for reading! :) 

~Lydia~ <3 
**I know that my pattern posts don't get the most comments, so sorry if this isn't really your thing. :P But it's a passion of mine and something I really enjoy, and I'm blogging for me the most. So yeah, expect more posts like this in the future. :)**

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Little House Tag

Hey guys!

Ashley at A to Z is having a Little House on the Prairie blog party! And I love Little House so I thought I'd join in by doing her tag. :) Here we go!

 1. How did you discover Little House? 
My mom bought me literally ALL of the Little House picture books when I was around four. I couldn't read yet, but I would spend hours looking at the pictures and making up narrations for all of them. I knew the book that documented the first part of Little House on the Prairie by heart! The next Christmas I had found out that there were "big girl" books, so I asked for those. I still have both copies of Big Woods and Prairie. :)

2. Which Little House series have you read? Which is your favorite? 
I've read all of Martha, the first two Charlotte ones, the first Caroline, all of the Laura books, and half of the first Rose one. I think my favorite is The Martha Years or the Laura Years. I LOVE the Martha years - probably my second favorite. I can't really judge any of the other series, as I've only read one or two out of each of them. (I probably would have read a lot more of all of the other series by now, but I have to order the original editions from Ebay - the newer editions are abridged! *everybody gasps in horror*)

3. Have you read any "extra" Little House books? (non "canon", cookbooks, song books, craft books, little kid books, etc) 
I have the picture books, I have the Little House craft book, the Little House guidebook (to all the different LH sites), LH paper dolls, I have some books with the abridged stories taken out of various books and put into their separate editions, an LH cookbook, and a board book kind of like the picture books, except shorter and it has a button on the front cover that when you press it it (used to) play "Pop! goes the weasel".

4. Have you read any biographies/autobiographies about Laura or any of the Little House girls?
I've read one biography about Laura's actual life that was geared for kids quite a long time ago. It was part of a series about famous people of America's past as kids.

5. If you could be in any character's place, who would you choose and why? 
Probably Mary's place. I really identify with her, as she's the oldest and always expected to be good all the time. I would love to see what Mary was thinking when Laura thought she was just being exasperating.

6. What's your favorite Little House ship? (AKA couple) 
MARTHA AND LEWIS. (I hope I'm getting his name right, correct me if I'm wrong :P) I ship them HARD.

7. What's your favorite Little House book? Cover? favorite LH book? This is hard. I would probably have to say Little House in the Big Woods, though. I've read it more than any other Little House book I own. As far as covers, I would have to say I really love these illustrations on the abridged Little House "chapter books" (for beginning readers). Although I love all the illustrations on all the covers, these are just pretty. :)

8. If you could invite any secondary character from any of the Little House books over for dinner, who would you choose and why? 
Ma, hands down. I would ask her so many questions about running a frontier home. (I love cooking/cleaning/housekeeping things. Sorry.)

9. Have you watched the Little House TV show? If so, do you enjoy it? 
I've seen all of the first and second seasons, and a tiny bit of the beginning of the third season. I saw the seasons one/two when I was six and seven, so I don't really remember much about it - but I did enjoy it and I've watched a few episodes since then. I remember, though, I used to LOVE the episode about Olga going to Laura's party. I watched it OVER AND OVER OVER. And I always cheered for Olga when she started to run around the yard. :)

10. If you could watch a YouTube miniseries on any Little House book or series, which would you choose and how would the basic plot go?
Okay, first of all - THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN. Like now. Anyway, I would probably choose These Happy Golden Years, just because it's my second favorite Laura years book and I think it could be easily adapted into a modern-day miniseries.
But if any YouTube miniseries production people are reading.

So those are my answers to the Little House tag! If you want to check out the Little House blog party or do the tag for yourself, click here! 

Thanks for reading!

~Lydia~ <3

Friday, February 5, 2016

recently - #3

Hey guys!

I just finished up the book Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis. It was AMAZING! It's a lengthy book, (400-something pages) but I enjoyed every minute of it. Wow. <3 

Um...nothing at the moment. Right now I'm developing a new plot for a new book/novella I want to do, and a few cute little fanfictions. (Narnia, Star Trek, and the like.) 

Listening To 
"You Carry Me" by Moriah Peters. She's one of the first people I started listening to (after Jamie Grace) when I was just getting into music. Love her. ;) 

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye 
Because who doesn't like inspirational Christian-based crime/drama shows from the the 2000's? With the added bonus of Jack Hudson (!!!!!!) B-)

Other Stuff 
So, awhile ago I made a Youtube channel to go with the blog but it's just sitting there untouched. Would you guys watch occasional vlogs or (possibly) gaming videos? Just speculating on what I should do with it. 
It is cold!! We've got quite a bit of snow, but not nearly as much as we got last year. Fortunately we missed the big blizzard that everyone was freaking out about on the news a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully the snow will melt soon. (I don't like the snow...) 

Anyway, that's pretty much it! Thanks for reading, everybody! :)

~Lydia~ <3
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