Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I bought some tulle and feathers on etsy and with the help of this amazing tutorial, I've begun experimenting with birdcage veils.I'm a little afraid of how easy it is to make these things look silly. At one point I looked decidedly like a beekeeper, at another, a fencer. File it under "maybe..."
Friday, December 10, 2010
My parents gave me my wedding shoes for my Nameday! I'm lucky I have a mother who has no problem with the idea of me wearing red shoes on my wedding day. I've owned various pairs of red flats and always pictured adding a pop of color to my otherwise all-white ensemble. At first I was considering fabulous shoes like these:
but the ones I chose are just more practical.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Katharine was greatly gifted by God and was well educated in Greek philosophy, medicine, rhetoric and logic. In addition to that, she was of unusual physical beauty. When the iniquitous Emperor Maxentius offered sacrifices to the idols and ordered others to do the same, Katharine boldly confronted the emperor and denounced his idolatrous errors. The emperor, seeing that she was greater than he in wisdom and knowledge, summoned fifty of his wisest men to debate with her on matters of faith and to put her to shame. Katharine outwitted and shamed them. In a rage, the emperor ordered all fifty of those men burned. By St. Katharine's prayers, all fifty confessed the name of Christ and declared themselves Christians before their execution.
After Katharine had been put in prison, she converted the emperor's commander, Porphyrius, and two hundred soldiers to the true Faith, as well as Empress Augusta-Vasilissa herself. They all suffered for Christ. During the torture of St. Katharine, an angel of God came to her and destroyed the wheel on which the holy virgin was being tortured. Afterward, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself appeared to her and comforted her. After many tortures, Katharine was beheaded at the age of eighteen, on November 24, 310 (December 7 new style). Milk, instead of blood, flowed from her body. Her miracle-working relics repose on Mount Sinai.
From the Prologue of Ochrid
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Or just read about it in The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim.
Or listen to the audio book for free on librivox.org.
Or watch the film which is available to watch instantly on netflix.
Or knit Wisteria, by Kate Gilbert, from twist collective
...in Patons classic wool in the colorway wisteria, no less.
Or seek help for your unhealthy obsession with wisteria and sunshine, as I obviously must do.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Oh, Mark Twain...I only wonder why you keep rereading it then!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Pattern: Two-Toned Ribbed Shrug by Stefanie Japel from the book Fitted Knits
Yarn: 4 skeins of an aran weight pure white angora/wool blend (Lush by Classic Elite Yarns)
1 skein of white lace-weight mohair-sparkly nonsense (Gossamer by Karabella)
Inspiration: My wedding dress is strapless and thus utterly scandalous by Orthodox standards. Something had to be done.
Monday, November 22, 2010
My school's little dusty library, which has been shut up for a few years now, supplied most of my choices. One day at summer camp, during the little ones' nap, I had this irresistible urge to devour a book, so I grabbed Little House in the Big Woods, swallowed it whole and proceeded to gallop through the rest of Little House series. I spent the fall with Anne & co. As always, I began by idolizing her, found myself beginning to get annoyed with her, and just in time, one of her Jonah days would sweep her back into my affections.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
- A REAL WITCH always wears gloves to hide the curvy catlike claws she possesses instead of fingernails. (At this, I held up my ordinary, albeit bright red, fingernails for inspection.)
- A REAL WITCH is "bald as a boiled egg," so she must wear wigs that make her scalp itch dreadfully. (I yanked on my own hair to prove it was not a wig.)
- A REAL WITCH has large nostrils that are able to smell out children. (I displayed my average ones.)
- A REAL WITCH has colorful pupils. (I allowed my students to examine my boring black ones.)
- A REAL WITCH never has toes, only square feet that she squeezes into tiny shoes to avoid detection. (At this, I showed off my pointy little high heels, which were killing me, then popped them off to display my toes, much to my students' disgust and relief.)
- A REAL WITCH has blue spit. (I snatched a tissue from the box, turned around, slid a blue marker from my sleeve and scribbled on the tissue. Then I spat a bit on it, and, with a flourish, presented the tissue to the nearest student, who said, in a quaky voice, "It's BLUE!" All hell broke loose, but eventually I showed them how I had done it and we all had a good laugh.)