Saturday, April 27, 2013

Excerpt of the Week

Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright: chapter 11

    "'I wonder if Cuffy'll think we've changed,' said Rush, rather taking to the idea.
    'I doubt it,' Willy said. 'Look about the same to me, all of you. Course, Oliver's lost a tooth. And maybe you're a mite thinner, Rush -'
    'It's the meals I've been getting,' Rush sighed. 'No, but I mean in our characters.' 
    'Oh, characters,' Willy said. 'Well, time'll tell, time'll tell. When you're a kid your character's kinda quick an' easy, bendin' this way, that way, changin' itself overnight. 'Tain't set yet. When you're old it's set, all right, and there ain't nothin' to be done. You got it like you got the shape of your bones. Maybe you've lost all your hair, and then maybe you mighta lost your nerve. Maybe you're farsighted when you look at the paper, and kinda nearsighted when you look at the truth -" 
    'Maybe you have flat feet, or a flat sense of humor,' interrupted Rush. 'Maybe hardening of the arteries, or hardening of the heart. And then you could have either a false set of teeth or a false set of values, or both. Gee, I could keep this up for hours. Willy, you should have been a preacher. That was quite a sermon.'
    'Aw, quit,' Willy said. 'Remember, you ain't got no character at all yet. It's still growin', bendin' this way an' that ay. Nothin' but a little jellyfish still.'
    'Jellyfish! Listen, I've got a strong character! Why listen, I -'
    'Nothin' but a jellyfish,' repeated Willy peacefully. 'All of you. Just a lot of little jellyfish.' 
    'Some jellyfish sting, don't forget,' said Rush.  

Friday, April 26, 2013


I passed the Compass test today!!!  Which means that I can take dual credit classes at the community college here next fall!  I got a 99 in Writing, a 97 in reading, a 72 in Algebra, and a 56 in College Algebra; meaning that I tested into Calculus. Calculus! That's crazy. But I'm not going to do that cause its upper level math, I don't need it, and I don't want to. I am so relieved and excited!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Excerpt of the week

All right, here's this week's excerpt!

-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain: Chapter 1

"'Say, if you give me much more of your sass I'll take and bounce a rock off'n your head.'
'Oh, of course you will.'
'Well I will.''Well why don't you do it then? What do you keep saying you will for? Why don't you do it? It's because you're afraid.
'I ain't afraid.'
'You are.'
Another pause, and more eyeing and sidling around each other. Presently they were shoulder to shoulder   Tom said:
'Get away from here!'
'Go away yourself!'
'I won't.'
'I won't either.'
So they stood, each with a foot placed at an angle as a brace, and both shoving with might and main, and glowering at each other with hate. But neither could get an advantage. After struggling till both were hot and flushed, each relaxed his strain with watchful caution, and Tom said:
'You're a coward and a pup. I'll tell my big brother on you, and he can thrash you with his little finger, and I'll make him do it, too.'
'What do I care for your big brother? I've got a brother that's bigger than he is - and what's more, he can throw him over that fence, too.' (Both brothers were imaginary.)

If you don't read anything else from Tom Sawyer, read the first two chapters, so funny!

Friday, April 19, 2013


Hi all! I'm super excited (you'll probably hear that a lot from me) because I just added a pair of TOMS style doll shoes to my Etsy shop!  I already have two orders for these from a repeat customer so I have my work cut out for me this weekend. (no, literally, it is cut out; of fabric! yes, that's cheesy, but who cares?!)

Aren't they awesome?! I bought the pattern from Liberty Jane , a company that creates and sells designer doll clothes.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Excerpt of the Week

Hello, peoples!  I am going to try to post a book excerpt every week, but we'll see how that works out. ;)

-Prince Caspian: Chapter 9,

     "'I suppose your majesties know the way all right?' said the Dwarf.
     'I don't,' said Susan. 'I've never seen these woods in my life before. In fact, I thought all along that we ought to have gone by the river.'
     'Then I think you might have said so at the time,' answered Peter, with pardonable sharpness.
     'Oh, don't take any notice of her,' said Edmund. 'She always is a wet blanket. You've got that pocket-compass of yours, Peter, haven't you?  Well then, we're right as rain.  We've only got to keep on going North-West -- cross that little river, the what-do-you-call-it?--the Rush--'
     'I know,' said Peter. 'The one that joins the big river at the Fords of Beruna, or Beruna's Bridge, as the D.L.F. calls it.'
     'That's right. Cross it and strike up hill, and we'll be at the stone table (Aslan's How, I mean) by eight or nine o'clock. I hope King Caspian will give us a good breadkfast!'
     'I hope you're right,' said Susan. 'I can't remember all that at all.'
     'That's the worst of girls,' said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. 'They never can carry a map in their heads.'
     'That's because our heads have something inside them,' said Lucy."

Have a great weekend, and read awesome books!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Yes, I know that the First Day of Spring was in March, but it's beautiful here so I took some photos. Enjoy!

Asian pear blossom 

A bee in what I think is some kind of plum blossom.

I love how these Maple trees look with their little poofs!

Well, I'm gonna try to post some more stuff soon, so check back!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Matching Bucket Hats

I recently had the idea of making matching girl and doll reversible bucket hats to sell at Daisy Chains.  Well, the idea has finally become a reality; check 'em out!

 They turned out amazingly well.  I got the pattern from Oliver & S, then scaled it down before printing it to make the doll one.  I'm very excited to have actually gone through with one of my ideas!

New Blog!

Hey, Everyone (if anyone even reads this). I'm Christina L. and this is my first blog so I'm kinda excited!  I'll post about things like my sewing, acting; I dunno, just anything I feel like talking about. :)  I'm homeschooled and have three younger brothers, so that tells you something about me.  Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back when I've got some more stuff posted!