Time is flying by, and I have been spending so much time working on my two websites that I never have a chance to blog. This winter was a great time to get things done, so I was finally able to update our personal website and get all kinds of photos uploaded. Totally changed the look and added a lot of new sections --- which is something that Elizabeth and I had wanted done for a very long time. It gives the opportunity of posting a wider variety of the projects that we are (or have been) working on, creatively speaking. So, here's the link to that site. Have a look, check it out and don't be afraid to drop an e-mail into our box!
I also had a fun chance this winter to experiment with some miniature needle-felting by trying to come up with 1:12 scale felted dolls. Have a look at the previous entry, and you'll see photos of some of the "Bleak House" dolls that I made for Elizabeth. These turned out so well and were quite fun to make. Shortly after Christmas, a young man from Holland contacted us about ordering a doll of Nori the Dwarf from "The Hobbit". Thinking about it, I thought it would work out to make Nori in the six-inch size --- and Elizabeth was game to give a hand at making the miniature belt and metal hair decorations. It turned out very cute, and the young man (after receiving his little Nori doll) actually took the doll to a convention where it met the real Nori --- Jed Brophy! It was made in America, went to Holland, drove to Germany and met a gentleman from New Zealand! Not bad for a little doll.
Summer is practically here, even though Spring just arrived. Lots of flowers are coming out. Irises are almost ready, as are the Locust Tree flowers (almost two weeks early!). The Poppies have been beautiful, and all the birds are back!
The other project that I've been working on is a historical website about the history of the Eliots of Port Eliot in Cornwall. This research has been a hobby of mine for years, and it's really fun to finally be able to get it out there for others to use and enjoy, too. I spent a month just writing and putting up a section in honor of my hero, Edward James Eliot. That was fun! If you'd like to check that site out, here's the link: http://eliotsofporteliot.com/
I could keep writing here, since there is more news about felting and the large dwarf dolls, but I better save that for another post! Hope there won't be such a long time between the next one. The big fiber show is coming up next weekend, though, so I'll try and post about that later.
SAMWISE: MY HONEY-POT
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
BEATRICE: MY HONEY-BEE
Edward James Eliot
My "favorite" member of the Clapham Sect. Not very much is known about him, but what is preserved keeps a beautiful memory alive of an exemplary Christian man.
William Wilberforce Quote:
May I look to Him for wisdom and strength and the power of persuasion, and may I surrender myself to Him as to the event with perfect submission, and ascribe to Him all the praise if I succeed, and if I fail say from the heart thy will be done.
For you Jesus Christ came into the world. For you he lived and showed God’s love. For you he suffered the darkness of Calvary and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished.’ For you he triumphed over death and rose to new life. For you he reigns at God’s right hand. All this he did for you, though you do not know it yet.
Where there is one, there is a majority of one; and when the rights of the majority take away from the rights of the one, then the many will themselves suffer.
~Henry David Thoreau~
I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. You see, that's where I belong. That's home. That's why I came back, because you don't have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
~ Bilbo Baggins ~
FAVORITE BOOKS & FILMS
Gone With the Wind (Mitchell)
Genesis of a Legacy (K. Ham)
Prisoner of Zenda (Hope)
Amazing Grace (2007)
Bertie & Elizabeth (2002)
Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
He was born with a gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.
The future is to be read with certainty only in the past. Man never changes.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE:
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE:
Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.
WINSTON CHURCHILL ON
KING GEORGE VI
"His conduct on the Throne may well be a model & a guide to constitutional sovereigns throughout the world today & also in future generations."
"For 15 years George VI was King. Never at any moment in all the perplexities at home & abroad, in public or in private, did he fail in his duties."