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I’ve been reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I love the Disney movie – it’s one of my favorite movies – so I thought I would read the book. I’ve never read it before. Once I finish that I’ll read Through the Looking Glass.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The introduction in this edition is surprisingly long and honestly it was a teeny bit over my head with its analysis of the two books in terms of boredom, desire, and death. I think it was a little overwrought.

I find Alice to be intriguing – she ends up in a very strange place and yet is calm (mostly), outspoken, and very forward towards all the characters she meets. Plus, she goes around eating and drinking all sorts of things when she has no idea what the consequence will be! I think Alice may be a little mad herself…

Illustration from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

~lost down the rabbit hole~

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Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung. – William Morris

I added a review of French-Inspired Jewelry, by Kaari Meng, to The Librarian. It’s a beautiful book filled with darling jewelry to satisfy the vintage French woman in all of us. Ms Meng also owns French General (look under My Favorite Shops for the link) where you can purchase vintage beads and buttons and other fun stuff, as well as kits.

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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. – Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

I have the foundation of cardstock prepared for my inchies. I simply glued two pieces of cardstock together, and stamped the back, which is a light blue, with this really cool rubber stamp that I have. I also cut out the background papers, and chose and sized a bunch of vintage photos to consider.

I’m also making a card for my grandmother’s birthday. I’ll post a picture when it’s done.

Saturday night I continued work on my quilt. Sometimes I feel like I’m wasting time working on it, because it’s not furthering my jewelry and collage work. But I reminded myself that by making the quilt, I’m improving my sewing skills and learning how to work with fabric. Plus, I really do enjoy it.

So I worked on that and started watching Marie Antoinette – the old movie with Norma Shearer. I’d never seen it before and a couple weeks ago I saw it was on and recorded it. I first became interested in Marie Antoinette after reading Marie Antoinette – The Journey, by Antonia Fraser. I immediately fell in love with Marie Antoinette and felt an emotional connection to her – I find her fascinating, and her story is compelling and tragic. I definitely want to make a book for her someday – but first I want to read the book again so that everything is fresh in my mind. Maybe in a year or two.

Anyway, the movie is pretty good. I haven’t finished watching it yet, but I think I’m almost done. Of course they changed a bunch of things and I feel have slightly misrepresented her, but if you take it for what it is – a 1930s Hollywood costume drama – it’s enjoyable. And the costumes are gorgeous, and I love Norma Shearer too.

I finally finished reading Elizabeth & Mary – Cousins, Rivals, Queens, by Jane Dunn. Another fabulous book about two amazing, each in their own way, women. I absolutely loved this book. And it only took me almost a year to read it. I believe I started it last year when we were in Ocean City, Maryland, over Labor Day weekend. I love to read and I always have, but I have hardly any time for it these days. Mostly I read right before I go to bed, so there are many times when I can only manage to read a paragraph or two before I’m falling asleep. But books have always been an important part of my life, so I persevere, and if it takes me a year to read a book, I’m still better off for having read it.

So now I’ve started Ariel – The Restored Manuscript, by Sylvia Plath, and put together by her daughter Frieda Hughes. I bought this several years ago but had not gotten around to reading it. I’ve read some of the poems in the Ariel that was originally published. I’m excited to read the original manuscript as Sylvia had intended it to be. The foreword, written by Frieda Hughes, is very illuminating, moving, and filled with love for both of her parents.

That’s it for now. A lot of books in this post – they are one of my most treasured possessions.

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