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i cain’t rite good like they had did.

Little Women has got to be one of the greatest stories ever written. It makes me cry like a baby every single time. The prose and dialogue are just so…pleasing. The characterizations are amazing, and the people seem to leap from the pages. The eloquence of it even shines through in the dialogue of the movies based on the novel. The relationships between the characters are so well-developed; the characters are wonderfully flawed (though Jo says she is “hopelessly flawed”), and there’s nothing glamorous about them. It’s beautiful.

I only wish I knew how to write like that. The fact is that most people don’t have nearly the vocabulary everyday people had one hundred years ago. With all of the advances made during that time, I feel that there just aren’t many writers anymore who are able to write prose with the type of rhetoric that was common during Louisa May Alcott’s or Jane Austen’s time. It just seems to me that language was grander then.

Of course, I know that the language varied between the classes and from region to region. But there are simple words that some people don’t even understand these days. I believe I once wrote on this very blog that I had a friend who didn’t know the meaning of the word “swoon.”

I’m sorry if it makes me sound like a judgmental snob, but when someone can’t use proper grammar or can’t be bothered to even try to pronounce a word or name correctly, it makes me wince and consider them ignorant. The worst is when someone knows grammar rules and is purposely obtuse just because they don’t feel like it’s important. It is. If you don’t think so, read letters written by not only writers like Jane Austen, but by regular people of the same era. Simple correspondence written so beautifully. Do love letters still exist, by the way? I would…ahem…swoon if someone wrote a love letter like this simple line Mozart wrote to his wife:

Adieu – Dearest, most beloved little wife – Take care of your health – and don’t think of walking into town. Do write and tell me how you like our new quarters – Adieu. I kiss you millions of times. 

It’s not even a particularly romantic line, yet the language is so pretty.

I wish people would acknowledge the beauty of language and actually make an attempt to use it properly. It’s not that difficult.

The difference between “good” and “well,” for example. Good describes a noun. Well describes an action. This ice cream is so good! He plays the piano very well. It’s really not that difficult.

On the other hand, I realize that it might not be considered “cool” to sound intelligent. I don’t understand it at all. My sister and I were having a discussion about this very thing a few weeks ago. Even in our adult lives, both of us have been made fun of for this. Maybe it’s done in a teasing way, but it still stings somewhat.

This post took a turn somewhere… I only meant to write about the beauty of Little Women. Haha… I’m sorry that it turned into a sort of diatribe. If you don’t understand what I mean, pick up a copy of this novel (or most novels of the era or earlier). Flip it open to any page (you could even just google an excerpt). I guarantee you that any excerpt you pick will resound with greatness and vivid language. This sentence, for example:

The first of December was a wintry day indeed to them, for a bitter wind blew, snow fell fast, and the year seemed getting ready for its death.

I rest my case with a final snippet from this wonderful book that has been treasured by generations. I love the irony of the final sentence, spoken by Amy. It makes me giggle.

“I don’t believe any of you suffer as I do,” cried Amy; “for you don’t have to go to school with impertinent girls, who plague you if you don’t know your lessons, and laugh at your dresses, and label your father if he isn’t rich, and insult you when your nose isn’t nice.”

“If you mean libel, I’d say so, and not talk about labels, as if papa was a pickle-bottle,” advised Jo, laughing.

“I know what I mean, and you needn’t be statirical about it. It’s proper to use good words, and improve your vocabilary,” returned Amy, with dignity.

yarn hooker.

i’ve been crocheting like a fiend lately. i’m not even exaggerating when i say that on wednesday, i crocheted from the time i got up until i went to bed. it’s just so calming and satisfying! i’ve joined ravelry, a knitting & crochet community where you can share patterns and keep inventory of your yarn & stuff. it’s fun. here are a few of my newest creations:

a baby panda hat! i'm thinking about embroidering eyes and a little nose, but i'm not sure yet. what do you think?

toddler cloche. i'm loving making these big flowers!

baby bonnet. i adore this and will definitely be using this pattern again!

baby bear hat. i think these are so precious on newborns.

super soft newborns caps

baby berry cap. i think it looks like a raspberry! that's why i'm calling it baby berry. 🙂

cutie baby hat.

flowers in all shapes and sizes!

toddler hat, fisherman style

i’m all about the baby hats lately. i’ve done a few adult hats, but baby & kid-sized ones are just too cute. i’ve also done some headbands with bows (i wore mine yesterday!) and flowers, and i’ve got some other cute ideas in my head. ashley’s been crocheting up a storm too, but i don’t have any pics of her stuff yet. all of these will be available at our booth at her school carnival, and they’ll eventually go into our etsy shop. too bad we don’t have a baby to model them for us! lol

happy weekend!

here we go!

t minus 45 minuts until we leave for a new disney world adventure!!! yes, i realize that some of you may think it’s childish of us to want to go to disney world every year without kids. but it’s so much fun, and it’s a place that’s filled with so many happy memories for us. so off we go! see y’all next week!  ❤

i'll tell mickey & minnie you said hi! 😉

my future living room.

the next time we move (or just decide to redecorate), this is my vision for our living room. i dreamed it up a long time ago. i’d love to have neutral gray walls, dark hardwood floors, and a bright red couch. lots of eclectic art would cover the walls, all either bought from sellers on etsy or done by yours truly. there would be a cute contemporary chair, a cool area rug, and a lot of unique handmade throw pillows. 🙂

things i love sunday.

1. watercolor illustrations by caitlin mcgauley. they’re so simple and beautiful. check out her blog for some daily nyc sketchbook entries.

2. a pretty updo with an accessory like a huge flower. so gorgeous!  via vintage life online magazine.

3. i love old-fashioned magazine/newspaper ads. but really, who the hell can move like this in a freakin’ girdle? lol. i’m fairly certain no woman is this ecstatic while wearing a girdle.

4. oh-my-god-are-you-kidding-me-beautiful bridal shoes by emmy shoes. these make me think of the great gatsby.

6. pin-up girl art from the 1950s! my sister gave me a book of taschen pin-up illustrations for christmas a couple of years ago. 🙂

7. rag wreaths! i love how you can make these to suit your own style. you could make them eclectic or traditional. i’m going to make one after christmas using bits of old clothing. i like the mixed-up eclectic look. 🙂  i also like this fleece one, though.

8. etsy has a new tool called taste test. it’s so cool! you pick your favorite items from sets of pictures they present you, and then they show you a whole page of awesome stuff that’s just your taste. one of the items i got in my set. i love and want it! (find it here)

9.  i really love dresses and tops that have pretty details and cut-outs in the back. i think clothes should be just as interesting in the back as they are in the front. i like this vintage dress from kind boutique.

10. my most favorite movie of all time: meet me in st. louis. did you know judy garland didn’t even want to make this movie? she was tired of playing the role of the average young girl. her future husband vincent minelli (liza’s dad, of course!) convinced her to do it. and i’m so glad she did. it really is an amazing film. if you’ve never seen it, you really should. it’s magical. the song “have yourself  merry little christmas” was written for this very movie. 🙂  “roses are red, john’s name is truitt. esther’s in love, and we always knew it!”  teehee.

things i love sunday.

whoa. you’d better put on your …because this is quite an occasion. it’s been *ages* since i’ve done one of these posts. now that i’m not quite so busy all the freakin’ time, i’m rededicating myself to my blog and my art/craft projects. i’m also doing a super heavy duty cleaning of the house, but that’s neither here nor there. 😉  anyway, without further ado, here are ten things i love this sunday!

1. i’m in love with coriemarie.com. she’s an illustrator/artist/crafter, and the things she makes are so unique and cool! i want one of her recycled/upcycled art journals, like this one:

and look at the inside pages! it’s so cool that the pages aren’t just blank white pages. they’re made from patterned papers, maps, ephemera, etc. you can find her stuff at her etsy shop, or at red velvet art.

2.  i’m a big advocate of fair trade coffee. larry’s beans are my faaaavorite right now. the true colombia variety is my personal fave. what is fair trade coffee, you ask? well, basically it ensures that the farmers that grow your coffee are getting the money they deserve for the work they’ve done and the product they’ve produced. you can learn more at the fair trade federation website. not only does larry’s beans sell fair trade beans, but they are also shade-grown and kosher. the company does amazing things. they even provide a document trail to prove that their products are organic, quality-assured, and fairly traded. i could go on and on about them. instead, go to their sustainability school and learn more about what larry’s beans does for the planet, and what you can do as well.

3.  THIS!

4. how freakin’ hilarious is this?!

5. lonny magazine. it’s an online magazine with all kinds of design inspiration. everything is so lovely!

6.  wall-e & eve! so cute!

7. brunch at triangle. oh. my. gosh. this was so much fun. the hubster, my sis, my cousin & i all went to a restaurant called triangle and had *the* most amazing brunch. i had smoked salmon benny, which is basically eggs benedict with smoked salmon and a dill hollandaise type of sauce. we also had bottomless mimosas. make sure you aren’t driving if you order these! you barely drink half the glass, and they’re already filling it up again! ahhhh, yummy.  good times, good food, good company, good conversation. 🙂

8.  the coach outlet. need i say more? i got a new wallet for $30. ❤

9.  these adorable plates at anthropologie!

10.  the fact that the hubster & i will be married for eight years as of this coming tuesday!  you can expect more on that later…

WOW. just wow.

i love phoenix. not the city, not the bird, but the amazing band, phoenix. and my favorite song by them is lisztomania. imagine my absolute DELIGHT when i found this! it’s a FIFTH GRADE chorus from PS22 in new york, singing the very song that i love so much. this man must be the world’s coolest music teacher.

click here to watch!

seriously, you will be sorry if you don’t watch these adorable, cool kids.