Thursday, December 29, 2005

Holiday Baking


Well folks, you've probably noticed a lack of posts lately. Although due in part to the holiday season, the main cause of this is because I've got a "bun in the oven." Holiday baking, indeed!

Right now I go through my days in a constant state of nausea and fatigue. I expect my posts in the near future will continue to be less frequent than usual.

I do wish to continue to post - focusing my mind on "other things" temporarily takes my focus away from my churning stomach - but we'll see how it goes.

Post should definitely be back on track towards the end of February. My Morning, Afternoon and Night Sickness should be well diminished by then.

Thanks to all those who read this blog - I truly hope you will stick around until I am feeling better.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Vintage Christmas Postcards


Monday, December 12, 2005

Lord of the Rings Exhibit: Indiana State Museum

**Flying Conditions: Mostly Sunny; Breezy**

My family and I traveled to Indy this weekend to view the Lord of the Rings Exhibit. It was truly wonderful experience! The exhibit displayed items from The Fellowship of the Ring, and some items from The Two Towers. I didn't see any items from Return of the King, but I consider myself lucky to have the ooportunity to see any items at all!

Upon entering, I found myself to be a bit overwhelmed. Tears sprang to my eyes as I looked around and saw so many props and costumes that I have loved on screen. My family thought I was nuts, I'm sure.

We took 3 hours to view everything, but the time flew by. Items that really stand out in my mind were:

• Boromir laid out in the elven boat. So lifelike, you would swear that he was going to sit up at any moment.
• The various banners displayed overhead - simply beautiful. The Elven and Gondorian banners are hand-painted on silk. The Rohirric banners were embroidered. Lovely.
• Galadriel's Welcoming/Mirror Dress: Beyond amazing. The beading was to die for - so delicate and her jewelry was also terrific.
• Arwen's Ice Blue Dress: This dress is even better in person! The beading on the neeckline is so intricate.
• The Barad-dur and Orthanc "bigatures." Barad-Dur wasn't lit very well, but was fantastic. The Orthanc bigature just blew me away. Completely amazing!
• The Alan Lee original book illustation of the flooded Isengard - just amazing.
• Alan Lee concept sketches for Lothlorien and Meduseld. He is an amazing artist, for sure.
• Sauron's armour. Amazing in it's detail. I also realized that I used the intaglio pattern on the armour for the pattern on several of my wedding items! Oops - too funny!
• All the Elven weaponry: beautiful and graceful.
• The Evenstar pendant: The Noble Collection replica that I own is dead-on acurate. The Nenya replica is also really close.
• Theoden's Armour - wow.
• Eomer's helmet is just as cool in real-life!

All in all, EVERYTHING was amazing and I'll never forget it.

NOTE: Pics seen here are from other sites on the internet. No pictures or even sketching were allowed at the exhibit.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 11


Arwen's Traveling Dress
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Costume Designer: Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor
Best Costume Design (win): 2003 Saturn Award
Best Costume Design (win): 2003 British Academy Awards

I adore this gown and it's "icy" beauty. It's definitely on my list of costumes I'd like to recreate!

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 10
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 9
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 8
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 7
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 6
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 5
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 4
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 3
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 2
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 1

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Snowflake Man


From the earliest memories of our childhood, many of us can remember hearing the phrase "no two snowflakes are alike". This discovery was made in the small rural town of Jericho, Vermont by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931).

A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.

He would go on to capture more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike. His snow crystal photomicrographs were acquired by colleges and universities throughout the world and he published many articles for magazines and journals including, Scientific American and National Geographic.

In 1931 his book "Snow Crystals", containing more than 2400 snow crystal images, was published by McGraw-Hill but has long been out of print. A soft cover copy, identical in all respects, can be obtained today from Dover Publications, Inc.. On December 23, 1931, Bentley died at the family farmhouse in Jericho. Because of his wonderful work with snow crystals, he became affectionately known as "Snowflake" Bentley.

Snowflake Bentley Website