Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wardrobes and 3D...

The other week, me and Mom (Mom and I? I have enough proper grammar in English class) got to stop by the antique store again. I absolutely love that place. I could almost live there. The adorable little leather purse that I loved in the Cottage Room was gone, but they had a soft, light blue bed jacket just like the one Aunt Bee longs for in that episode. I also discovered a wardrobe. Not just any wardrobe, but a real Narnia wardrobe. It was tall that it looked like it could hardly fit into a normal bedroom. And it was wide, but not very deep at all. I just couldn't get over the size of it. If Narnia was ever in any wardrobe, it would be that one. I tried to open it, but it was locked. If it had been unlocked, I *might* would have tried to climb in. Maybe it was a good thing that I couldn't, because I might have been seen and banned from that lovely store.

I used to try to find Narnia in my closet, because unfortunately I don't have a wardrobe. Actually, it probably wasn't too long ago that I did that. I'm not ashamed to admit it, either. Every time I clean out my closet (which, by the looks of it, isn't very often) I have to press against the back wall. Am I even nerdier and stranger than I thought? Maybe, maybe not. I don't believe that anyone could read about Narnia and not wish to go there. I thought it was funny that days after that visit to the antique store, my September Susie magazine came, and Natalie Lloyd's article was about Narnia and heaven. She included this quote from C.S. Lewis that I love:

"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

Speaking of other worlds, I've been attempting "The Fellowship of the Ring." Yeah, for well over a month now. Guess how far I am? The Prancing Pony in Bree. Pathetic.

I've been anxiously awaiting some things I ordered from Amazon...some classic movies, a book, and my next season of "The Andy Griffith Show" (then I'll only be two short! But of course, I have to watch them in order, so the last two that I have are worthless until I fill in the blanks). The book is a Jane Austen biography (I know, how do you write about her life?). Then there are old movie versions of two books that I've read over the past year and very much enjoyed, and been waiting to see a movie of. There's "Little Women," the version with June Allyson, Margaret O'Brien, Peter Lawford, and Elizabeth Taylor, and "Jane Eyre," with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles. I'm so excited about those! I suppose the package will come tomorrow, right about the time I have to leave for my daycare internship. Speaking of old movies, I got to watch "It Happened One Night" again yesterday. I love it, with Clark Gable. Such a handsome fellow, even if his ears do stick out, and he's sort of grumpy sometimes in this movie. Well, not necessarily grumpy. He's actually rather caring and looks after the girl, but he doesn't want to appear mushy so he tries to go overboard with his toughness and gruffness. The movie's really sweet and witty.

Tonight was "Survivor" again, the first time I'd watched TV (real TV, not DVD's) in months (except for an occasional Saturday morning movie on Hallmark). I saw two commercials for 3D movies, which seem to be all the rage now. I think it's funny, considering the last time they were really popular was the 50's, when 3D was a quite new and high tech fad. One was for "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," which they're showing in 3D for two weeks only as a double feature. I might could go for that. I love Pixar anyway, and it would be cool to see it in theaters. The other was Disney's "A Christmas Carol," which might be good. I get excited to see Christmas movies coming in theaters, anyway, because that means the holidays are approaching! I've been sewing a lot of Christmas things lately, but I'm not trying to rush through the wonderful fall, my favorite season.

Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Patterns and roses...

I am such a sewing nerd. Hobby Lobby has Simplicity patterns on sale for 99 cents each this week. So of course, I got all excited, and I went and bought 9 patterns (there's a 10 limit) to add to my collection. I just love having new patterns. I love pattern envelopes and the instructions and tissue paper inside. But most of all, I love thinking about all of potential in that little envelope. A whole new project, whether it's a dress or Christmas tree skirt or poodle skirt (which is *hopefully* going to be my Halloween costume). Okay, I'm finished gushing about my strange love of patterns for now.

My mom has a rosebush that has these beautifully colored roses on it.

I was just trying to multi-task while my photos were uploading. I had an iTunes card I've been holding onto for a while, until I was absolutely sure which songs I wanted to buy with it. So I was just buying "Let's Get Together" and "The Parent Trap," both from the original "Parent Trap" movie. Annette Funicello sings them. Somehow the page seemed to freeze up, and I was clicking. Next thing I know, I've purchased a whole $9.99 CD of Annette Funicello singing Italian-themed songs. I thought it was some sort of a joke. But no, something happened, and now I've accidentally wasted $10 on a CD that I might listen to one or song off of (no...since it's been done, I'll force myself to listen to the songs). I did not click the Yes button when it says, "Are you sure you want to purchase "..."?" What a rip-off. I had big plans for those songs...Sinatra and Michael Buble and classic movie soundtracks.
Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

String quartet and 9/9/09...

I don't have much time to blog tonight, but I had to post something since it's 9/9/09. I just couldn't miss out on that.

When browsing through the iTunes store the other day, I came across a CD by a string quartet (The Vitamin String Quartet) of Relient K songs. At first all I could do was bust out laughing at the absurdness and strangeness of it all. But when I got used to the idea, I actually started to like it. Here's a sample, of "I Am Understood?", which is one of my favorite RK songs. It turns out the quartet has done all sorts of songs, including Switchfoot (and some of those are really beautiful). Anyway, it really made my day.

Internship today was good. I'm sort of getting into the routine of things, I think. It was very interesting and funny, because we all know kids do all sorts of hilarious things. School is going pretty good, and I'm not feeling overburdened with homework like I did last week.

Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Journals and aprons...

I didn't have school yesterday, which was such a relief. I spent the morning making that gingerbread man apron. It turned out pretty cute. In other words, nothing went wrong, but I wasn't as happy with it as I had hoped to be. I really should have used green bias tape instead of red, but none of the greens matched perfectly. I'll post pictures soon (I realize that I still haven't posted pictures of Mom's apron yet). Then today wasn't so bad at school. It's never really bad. I enjoy it. It's just the part of being away from home most of the day that I don't like.

I got inspired by QueSara's latest post and the link that she included. I've been journaling for about 6 years now, but I had never dreamed of such beautiful journal pages as some of those. I always wanted a journal that was more than just writing on pages...I always wanted one that had all sorts of things stuck in it (papers, notes, pictures, quotes, and ideas) until it was bursting at the seams. Don't ask me why. So I set out to make mine a little more creative, starting by cutting some pictures out of one of my 1951 McCall magazines. My first attempt was pretty pitiful and wrinkly, and it reminded me that I absolutely hate glue. Oh well, I'll try again. And so I leave you with Cary Grant and that infamous window seat in "Arsenic and Old Lace" (which I watched for the first time in forever yesterday).

Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Gingerbread men and little red wagons...

College is tough, and I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed and down right now. I can't imagine going to a 4 year college or working while going to community college. I don't know how other people do it...I would explode! It's not that my work is really hard yet. It's just that it's a big change from the way things used to be. I feel like I'm never at home anymore, and when I am at home, I'm at my desk doing homework. I would give anything for a free day now (which I might, hopefully have Monday if nothing comes up), something that I completely took for granted up until a week or two ago.

Yesterday was my first day as an intern at the day care center. Good grief. I was gone yesterday from 7:00 a.m. until after 6:00 p.m., and I was exhausted by the time I got home, and then it was nearly time to go to church. I'm in the room with 2 month olds to 23 month olds, and it was chaos. I felt sort of awkward and in the way, because it was my first day. I caused a catastrophe when I got distracted and a boy grabbed the juice pitcher during snack time, spilling sticky juice everywhere, including on two of the other kids. I used more cleaning stuff than I have ever used before in my life, tied as many shoelaces as there are legs on a centipede, and washed dozens of hands. I heard the phrase, "That's not OK!" a thousand times. But I also saw a small boy pulling another boy in a red wagon, saw a hundred little toothy smiles, and heard a lot of giggles. It was stressful and exhausting, but also fulfilling in some strange way. I hope I'll be able to adjust to it better over the next few weeks.

Not being able to sew any is really hard for me. I'm hoping this weekend I'll have some time to, because a few days ago I got some adorable holiday fabric at Hobby Lobby (including penguins for a tote bag and wallet and gingerbread men for an apron) that's been begging for attention. I'm not trying to rush things. I love fall, and I'm not trying to hurry through to Christmas (although Christmas is so lovely that sometimes I wonder, as Elvis would say, "Oh, why can't every day be like Christmas?" But then I suppose there wouldn't be anything special about it.), but Hobby Lobby probably won't have this fabric for long before they're pushing through to Easter. Seriously.

Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)