for quite a while i've been obsessed with pride and prejudice (photo via flickr). a few years back i had an inspiring boss (check out her blog, paris mavis) that said she had multiple copies and i didn't get it, now i do. i'm working on my own shelf full of old editions of my favorite book. i got the idea while watching the movie "definately, maybe". when a movie isn't that great, one's mind wanders. the character played by the so cute isla fischer has a whole collection of jane eyre books and it just looked so pretty! so i've been checking ebay every day. something seems a bit wrong to acquire a collection like this. it feels like it's cheating. but judging from my years of checking antique and used book stores, this may be my only recourse. i have to admit that my obsession did not begin with the reading of this great book. i got sucked in by watching the bbc version with the colin firth. (oh how i love his smug darcy). when the keira knightly version came out i didn't think it would compare. upon my sister's high recommendations, i went to rent it when it came out but it was not available. so on one of my obsessive missions, i decided to just buy it. i'm so glad i did! the music, the cinematography of this version is so RICH. i have watched it so many times, it is silly. where mr. firth's darcy is smug, matthew macfadyen's is earnestly restless. a few things i love about this version: 1. that jane is so sweet and cute (not so much in the bbc version) 2. brenda blethyn's potrayal of mrs. bennet (especially when she is hung over and drinking raw eggs for breakfast) 3. the scene where darcy and elizabeth have it out amongst a rain storm on a romanesque backdrop 4. the music 5. judi dench as lady catherine what i love about the bbc version 1. the full story told so closely to the book 2. the absolute ickieness of mr. collins 3. the giddy sisters, kitty and lydia- the eye rolling and childish abandon of the actress that plays lydia is SUPERB!
see both if you haven't, they are both worth it! i just got "the annotated pride and prejudice" version edited by david shapard. i can't wait to read it! o. will probably 8 years old before chapter one gets read but its something to look forward to!
here is sweet little "audrey runs through the sprinkler" in the very fun, hip and well done online magazine lmnop. what a fun photo! lmnop is based out of australia. they are entering their summer down under so she fits right in, in issue #4. go check it out! thanks jenny!
i was visiting my "used a bit" shop and was looking at the china and spent more time admiring the back logos and marks than the actual pattern on the plate. i remembered my favorite store had these rings a long time ago and wouldn't you know it they still had one left and i got it for 1/2 off! it is so a propos as it features my hubby's name (now i really have him wrapped around my finger!) on a complete random chance of serendipity, i was looking for a clip art book at my library and stumbled upon this. i checked it out for j. as he is a potter but i quickly realized the beauty as well. i love how these were hand drawn, they have such energy and honesty behind them. i wonder, can one display plates backwards??? hmmm...
"audrey at a shakespeare festival" is the last of the summer audreys i have planned until probably next summer. i was so excited to finally get my design back from spoonflower and it came this morning! so i quickly sewed up the little "flyer" you see audrey holding. i was pleased as punch to see the text come out so well! ding dang that spoonflower, I LOVE IT!!!! front of flyer inside of flyer. audrey can't wait for sunday, as "taming of the shrew" is her favorite shakespeare play! WOW! check out how well the faded crown printed! oooooh i'm so happy with it! and here is the back, next time i'll increase the size of my logo. that french script font is proving to be a little dickens when it comes to shrinking it down. i hope to sew up an "audrey bag" soon so she can put all her little accoutrements in (as i have a few ideas swimming around my head) she'll be available in the shop later today. happy weekend!
"audrey at a picnic"(update: SOLD, thank you!) is enjoying the last days of summer fun! she wears a vintage-style sun dress, her signature red mary janes and comes with her own picnic blanket, that, of course, coordinates oh so sweetly! she can also be swaddled for nap time and bed times. she will be in the shop later today! there is something about this swaddle picture that i love so dearly.
"audrey goes back to school" is the latest and greatest audrey (update: SOLD, THANKS) she has a new wrap skirt with a fancy button stitched on with orange thread to match her cute little scarf. and like any good school girl who has to wear a uniform, this girl has a matching skirt to mix it up! i'm putting the cart before the horse as i have two more summer audreys to post but i'm waiting on my spoonflower order to finish one and the other needs a sunny day to take pics outside (and it's raining today). she is ready to cheer any little friend who is nervous about their first day at school! sweet, little audrey.
i'm finishing the last of the summer audreys in time to start the "fall line". notice the new black mary janes...intriguing, isn't it? the kids have been battling summer colds, thus the amount of sewing i've gotten done. on the flip side, the laundry and dishes are piling up. there is just no balance, is there?
have you heard of the best cup of coffee ever? it's apparently from the above mentioned coffee machine innovated by a seattle based company who recently was sold to starbucks. next time i'm in the cities i'm going to go out of my way and try it. i'll let you know if its worth the $6.50 price. i was intrigued by the recent wired article but the website leaves me questioning the price. when i click on "buy a clover" there is a pic of a creapy guy in an old car? why? happy weekend and if you have tasted a cup of joe from a clover, drop me a line.
"audrey goes on vacation"(update: SOLD, thank you!) is my new favorite doll! she wears her signature red mary janes and a sunny yellow polka-dotted sun dress with a removable skirt and a matching body suit underneath. she has packed her bags, loaded plenty of film in her hip diana camera and is ready for the family road trip. you can take her along your next trip just by stopping by my shop!