Monday, September 18, 2017

Yet Another Collection of Colonial Williamsburg Photos

Apparently my habit of only posting every couple of months still continues! But hey, at least I'm still blogging kind of frequently, right? ;P The worst thing about being away from my blog for so long, though, is that I come back and have so many lovely posts to catch up on! Really, as I scrolled through my reading list on here, I think there were probably twenty or so posts that I need to read. I think I'll try to do that after I finish this post, although I can't say I'll have the time to comment on each of them! :)

So it's no secret on here that I love to visit Colonial Williamsburg. It's such a picture-perfect place, with its quaint buildings, beautiful gardens, and lovely shops (my favorite is one that sells 18th-century style gowns and accessories!). These photos that I'm going to share today are from two different day-trips that my family took to Williamsburg: one way back in April, and one in August. (I know, I'm super behind on posting these pictures!) I hope you'll enjoy scrolling through them!

This picture was taken in the Mary Dickinson Shop (the one I mentioned earlier that sells gorgeous gowns and accessories). Can I please have that lovely blue floral frock?

Just trying to be artsy by taking a picture of where I'm standing. ;P

I hurriedly took this picture as we were leaving, and I just love how it turned out. With no tourists to be seen, you could almost imagine that you're getting a true glimpse into a garden in colonial days. For that reason, this is probably my favorite of the photos I took on our afternoon visit in April!

Now for the pictures from our quick visit in August! (I say quick because we couldn't have been there for much more than an hour. It was so hot that day that we didn't really feel like staying much longer! Haha.) But anyways, isn't this garden just gorgeous? I love all of the vibrant colors, and how peaceful it seems.

This house kind of reminds me of Green Gables. 💕

Just some colorful summer blooms. :)

Alright, I think I'll end here to keep this post from being any longer! But before I go, I'll give you a few quick, random updates about life lately:

  • I am officially a senior! It's quite exciting, but also rather nerve-wracking at the same time. I'm trying not to get stressed thinking about all the different things that need to be done before starting college next fall. I think I've pretty much decided on the university I want to go to, but I'm still all over the place about what I might want to study! I think it's because I have so many different interests--art, English, history, math (that last one was definitely a joke!). But all I can do is just keep praying, and I know that God will show me what I should do. :)
  • I finally finished the Jane Austen-inspired shawl that I mentioned in this post! Once it cools down enough so that I can wear it without overheating, I'll try and take some pictures of it soon and do a post about it. ;)
  • I'm going on a trip to New York City next month! I've never been, and I'm really looking forward to it. A friend of mine at church and her dad (who is also the youth pastor at our church) were kind enough to invite me to come with them, and of course I said yes. It's funny because NYC has never really been somewhere that I've dreamed of visiting, but now that I have the chance, I'm so excited! I'll be sure to take loads of pictures and do a blog post about it afterwards. 
Hope you all have a wonderful week!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

What I've Been Up To + The Prettiest Copies of the Anne Books EVER

Wow. Once again, it's been over two months since my last post! What sort of a blogger am I?! Not much of one, I'll admit. Although I suppose that I do have an okay excuse, as I have been pretty busy lately! For one, my family moved to a new house a couple of weeks ago--well, new to us, I should say! It's a gorgeous old home built in 1930, and I am in love with it. Historic homes have so much charm and character, don't they? (And according to my eight-year-old sister, old homes also have "history germs." Make of that statement what you will! Oh, the cute, hilarious things kids say sometimes. ;P)

Aside from moving, I've also been spending a lot of my spare time working on my Etsy shop, The Artist Stop. I sort of neglected it for a while, but over the past few months I've felt really inspired to make new items for it. So far I've listed quite a few new illustrated literary quotes, as well as some Disney quotes and inspirational quotes, all of which were so much fun to make! :)

Alright, I will put an end to my rambling now and get on to the real point of this post! So about a year ago, I came across the most beautiful copies of the Anne of Green Gables series ever (you might remember me mentioning them in this post). When I saw them, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful cover illustrations. I tried to find where I could purchase them online, but then I learned that because they were Canadian editions, they were rather hard to come by in America. Bummer! So instead, I just had to content myself by saving them to my Pinterest wishlist board... ;)

That is until I discovered that one could order them from Amazon Canada for a reasonable price (just under $50), which is exactly what I did a little over a month ago! And oh my goodness, they are even more gorgeous in person. ❤

I guess I should mention what editions these are! They are the Anne of Green Gables Paperback Box Set from Tundra Books (here's the link).  Don't you just love the pretty panoramic scene that all eight books make when they're lined up side by side?

I'm still not over how stunning and whimsical the cover artwork is! The illustrator, Elly Mackay, did a fantastic job. I just love the colors and lighting; I feel like they perfectly capture the mood of the series.

So, so cute! <3


So needless to say, I am so, so glad to have these beauties on my bookshelf! I mean, why not buy the prettiest editions you can find of your favorite book series? ;) If you're looking for a nice, pretty, and high-quality set of the Anne books, definitely check these out. (And no, I wasn't asked to review these or anything; I just wanted to rave about them on here for a bit!)

Which cover is your favorite? (I honestly can't choose just one!)
Do you like to collect pretty editions of your favorite books? (Is that even a question?)

I hope you're all having a beautiful summer so far!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

In Which I Return From My Blogging Hiatus and Do a Tag

Hi everyone! My, it's been a while since I last posted something on here. I mean, I know I've never been the most regular blogger, but still, nearly a month and a half between posts is a long time even for me! However, I'll spare you from my boring reasons for my absence and just say that I've missed this lovely little blogging community, and it feels good to be back. :)

So as I'm sure you've guessed from the title of this post, I'm going to be filling out a tag today! I'm rather excited about it, too, because 1.) it's all about books and reading, which just happens to be right up my alley, and 2.) I've been a bit lacking in the blog-post-idea department as of late, so a tag definitely comes in handy! Thanks for tagging me, MovieCritic!

1.) What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Hmm...probably my copy of the "Meet Molly" American Girl book by Valerie Tripp. It's an autographed copy, too! When I was around seven or so, Valerie Tripp came to a local library, so my mom and I (along with my Molly doll!) went and met her, and I had her sign my book. :)

2.) What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?

The last book I read was Emma by Jane Austen. It's been a few years since I first read it, and I had forgotten how funny and good it is! It's definitely one of my favorite JA novels.
Right now, I'm rereading Anne of Green Gables, and I'm falling in love with this sweet story all over again! I've been wanting to reread the series pretty much ever since I first read them last year, so I figured springtime would be the perfect time to do so! Because wouldn't you agree that the Anne books just have those spring-y vibes? ;) (Also, I don't think I'll ever get over L.M. Montgomery's writing style. Seriously, it's stunning.)
And so in continuation of my reread of the Anne series, the next book I'm going to read is Anne of Avonlea!

3.) What book did everyone like, but you hated?

One book that comes to mind is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Not that everyone likes it, but simply because it's considered a classic. And I wouldn't say that I hated it, because the language was very pretty, but I just found it kind of depressing and...meh.

4.) What book do you keep on telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?

I keep on telling myself, "One of these days you need to read the Lord of the Rings series!" It's one of my dad's favorite book series, and I've heard so many good things about, so I figure it must be worth reading. For some reason, though, I just haven't gotten around to reading them yet! And I'm not sure when I ever will, haha.

5.) What book are you saving for retirement?

What an interesting question! I haven't really thought that far ahead yet. Hmm...probably some non-fiction books that just don't interest me all that much right now.

6.) Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end?

I would say wait 'til the end, buuut I have skipped ahead before in books because sometimes I'm just really impatient and I must know that everything turns out alright! But whenever I do that, I usually end up getting mad at myself because I spoiled the ending for myself. So yeah, wait 'til the end. ;)

7.) Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Interesting aside, if it's a book that I really enjoyed.

8.) Which book character would you switch places with? 

Anne Shirley, because then I could live on beautiful Prince Edward Island and marry Gilbert Blythe. :P
9.) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

Pride and Prejudice always reminds me of summertime, because that's when I first read it, and it's when I always feel the urge to read it again. And, like I mentioned earlier, the Anne of Green Gables series makes me think of springtime.

10.) Name a book that you have acquired in an interesting way.

I won these Letters from Pemberley books in a giveaway that Hamlette hosted during the "I Love Jane Austen Week," which was super cool! I haven't read them yet, but they look promising.
11.) Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

You know, I can't say that I ever have!

12.) Which book has been with you most places?

Ooh, this is tough! I'm the type of person who always carries a book with me in my bag no matter where I go. Like, always. So I can't think of a particular book that's been with me to the most places.

13.) Any "required reading" that you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?

I don't think so... That's one of the nice things about being homeschooled: I get to choose all of my reading material! ;)

14.) Used or brand new?

Well, I love how fresh and clean new books are, but old books are wonderful too because you can imagine who must have read it before you. My answer would have to be both. :)

15.) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope, I haven't!

16.) Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? 

I actually really liked the Ella Enchanted movie starring Anne Hathaway more than I did the book (mostly for nostalgic reasons!). Of course, I read the book long after I saw the movie, so maybe if I hadn't loved the film so much as a kid, I would have enjoyed the book more.

17.) Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder has soo many food descriptions in it that are simply scrumptious.

18.) Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?

My dad's! We frequently share book recommendations with each other. :) I've actually gotten him to read Pride and Prejudice and Emma!

19.) Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. out of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I normally don't read a ton of non-fiction or biographies, but I recently read The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines (the people from the show Fixer Upper), and it was very, very good! It read quickly, and it was so inspiring to see the many ways in which God has worked, and is continuing to work in their lives.

So the rules for this tag say to tag at least four other people, but I'm going to take the lazy route and say this: if you haven't yet done this tag but want to, then please go ahead and consider yourself tagged by yours truly! :)

Well, that's all! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Molly <3