Thursday, May 29, 2014

Miss Potter

I don't know if any of you have already seen this movie, but if not I strongly recommend it. It's about the life of Beatrix Potter, the writer and illustrator of Peter Rabbit, among other stories. It details her struggle to get her stories published as well as an insight into what her life was like. There are so many reasons why I absolutely love the movie.

First of all, it always makes me think of a video I watched countless times when I was younger with several of her animated stories as well as sections with an actor's portrayal of her painting and writing her stories. A few years ago I happened to catch a few minutes of this movie when it aired on TV. Before that, I didn't even know it existed.

As you may know if you've been reading my blog for a while, I love to watch period dramas, which this definitely classifies as. I love the outfits, the fancy parties, and just overall seeing life in that time period right before my eyes.

One of my favorite aspects of the film is that it shows her interacting with her characters. Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemimah Puddle Duck and others tend to jump off the page when she draws them. It's added to the movie in a way that doesn't make it seem childish or unrealistic. Rather, it shows just how much Beatrix Potter actually cared for the characters she created.
Aren't her drawings the sweetest?

Another favorite part is when she visits the Lake District (and later moves there). As I mentioned in my previous post, it's an absolutely gorgeous place and this movie is what sparked my interest in it. I mean, just look! I'd love to explore this place:
There's so much more I could say about this movie, but I'll leave it at that. I don't want to give anything away! If you're into this kind of thing, I highly recommend Miss Potter.

Monday, May 19, 2014

It's That Time of Year

It's that time of year again. The time when I get that itch in the corner of my heart to go, see, and do. Normally I'm pretty content to be right where I'm at, but as the days start to get warmer and I'm shedding my cozy layers, I get wanderlust on the brain.

The Lake District
There are so many places I'd like to go. I want to go to England and visit the Lake District. I have ever since I watched Miss Potter (On a side note, highly recommend. That movie is beautiful. Maybe I'll do a post on it sometime...). I want to go to Spain and visit Seville. I want to eat gelato in Italy by the Mediterranean. I want to see Angel Falls in Venezuela. I want to tour a lighthouse in Maine. I want to run my hand across the bark of a Redwood tree in California. I want to hike through a misty forest in Washington.

There's so much I want to see and do, so many places I want to go, that I know there isn't time for all of it.  Still, a girl can dream.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tightrope to the Sun

think I've settled on a new blog title. If you looked at my blog at all in the past 12 hours, you would have seen a different title (and even a different "new title" post). I thought I had found the perfect title, until I happened to remember one of many failed tumblr blogs I'd started titled "Tightrope to the Sun". The title came from one of my favorite quotes from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: "It was a Monday, and they walked on a tightrope to the sun." Something about the poetry of that phrase stays with me.

I always get myself into trouble by being too hasty, but I'm hoping that this time it will stick. The design is slightly new as well, though I mainly just tweaked the color scheme. I'm not very tech savvy, so unless someone volunteers to make a design for me, this is what you're gonna get. I kinda like the simple look anyway.

So, what do you guys think? Does the new title work for you? Also, a question for you tech-savvy people out there: is there a way to change my URL so that my blog keeps showing up in your feeds? Many thanks, in advance!

Anyway, a real post is coming soon!

Thursday, May 15, 2014


That's the word I'd use to describe my approach to blogging in the last few months (and that's putting it mildly). I attribute it partly to school and work that has kept me busy, as well as posting for The Book Chewers. Probably the bigger reason is that I have fallen into the trap of doing this for others rather than for myself. I started doing it for the pageviews, for the comments, for the followers.

Today I'm here to tell you that I'm going to start doing this for me again. Posting the things I want to post about. (Trying to) not care about the number of comments I get on each post, and whether I even get any. Now that it's summer, I really want to focus on that. And maybe there'll be a new blog name and design to help me get back into the mood.

Stay Tuned.