Friday, February 27, 2015

Winter Journal and Hand Lettering Craze

Please ignore my corpse fingers, yikes. I want to learn calligraphy and fancy scripts; here I practiced some with gel pens. I have sort of tried out calligraphy over the years but never pursued it seriously.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Disney = Wonderful

I have heard some negativity towards Disney both in and out of the Christian settings. Please let us have our clean, sweet children's movies without too much critique. Yes, some Disney movies do deserve criticism but are not usually the ones that get it, and I am trying to be positive here although I am a little snarky when I feel like I am suBtly refuting criticism.

~Simple, old-fashioned honor, chivalry, and romance. No political correctness/agenda (do remember, there are exceptions). Super sweet romance. Honor. Sweetness and generosity. Honor. Evil is evil. Girls are girly, the men are dashing. Did I mention the characters are honorable?

~The stories are actually profound: do right, defeat evil, love your beloved, GET OVER YOURSELF. Nice and simple for children. There is no stopping for realism (i.e. cynicism), but just like many kids books, the stories portray that good and great things are possible. Simple, but sweet. For kids. Without philosophical conundrums as proper in juvenile movies.

~ The sidekicks are often charismatic personalities. 

~So many beautiful visual aspects. We see the interesting progression of animation through the princess movies. Every tale has its own unique and lovely castle. Many time periods and lands are displayed. And of course, the iconic dresses!

~The music is amazing 

We can choose from

Fun: "Under the Sea"

Epic: "The Circle of Life"

Adventurous: "I can show you the world"

Romantic: "Tale as Old as Time" and "At Last I See the Light" and "You'll Be in My Heart"

Nefarious (in a variety of forms): "Trust in Me"

Yay for Disney plus all the other lovely animated Princess movies such as Swan Princess and Anastasia!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Homemaking Binder

This is the pink version of my recipe binder, and I have made it my homemaking binder.

The content is varied; the first photo is an example of some notes from our church's Titus 2 studies while the second photo contains information linked on Pinterest. I will probably want several different binders. One for planning/cleaning/ meal lists, one for kids/medical, one for travel, etc.

But right now I am trying to compile useful information into one homemaking binder. Information about topics like food storage, future family information, moving ideas. I deleted Pins and boards and emails to myself of links after I put the information in this binder. I want to condense and sort through information, so that when I have my own home and family, I will have a point of reference. Obviously, anything medical related will need to be updated, but I think it is good to start with some kind of knowledge, some habits of preparation.

I have not worked on it much recently, and I need to work on it in a more serious manner and use more professional books and websites, but I need more pretty paper and pens first! And practice of elegant penmanship.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Recipe Binder

This assigned dish (with this crust) caused me to bring out my recipe binder 

. . . to fill out the recipe for my own use

I do not know if I mentioned this before, but last year I finally got seriously started on copying favorite recipes for my future family. You can see some scrap paper with a list of recipes that need copying. I am also trying to copy new recipes soon after trying them.

Years ago my grandmother gave me this recipe binder (I also have a few Susan Branch cookbooks). I now prefer a binder like this to loose cards in a box. I need get some more recipe page protectors. I would also like a recipe stand. We used to have a cast iron one; I would like something sturdy (for normal people anyway) and yet pretty like that. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 Movies

Okay, so for some of these I just liked them previews.

Kingsman. Granted, this looks like it will probably be nothing much more than senseless violence, but I like adorable "genius level repeat offenders" and a British accent makes it so much better.

Tomorrowland. Has an excellent concept . . . which will probably be poorly executed

Cinderella. If this is not all it promises I shall be disappointed as looks perfectly Disney Cinderella.

Mockingjay Part 2 (I have not seen Part 1 as of now 1/23/15) I want to see darling Peeta as Peeta again and their sorta happy family. That is all.

Oh, yeah and I hear the Avengers are coming out with a new movie. How exciting. I wonder if it will be as dumb as the last one.

yours truly,

The Movie Pessimist. l.o.l.