June 28, 2011
I had an absolutely lovely time va/stay-cationing with my family in and around my home town of Newberry, South Carolina.
If saving the world at the point of an animated gun is your idea of a good time, I might peg you as a Call Of Duty: Black Ops player.
If you did NOT want to knit in public with me on WWKIP Day, you could have joined me for a little cruise on Lake Murray.
Though Treacle and Ink on Etsy has been shamefully neglected lately, it is all due to preparations happening in the background for Treacle and Ink Goes Pink for breast cancer research fundraising in the month of October.
The Ravelry rumor mill reports that a magazine full of Jane Austen inspired knitwear will be coming out late this fall! I read about it in this thread.
CraftLife has spread its wings! You can now follow CraftLife on Twitter.
March 20, 2011
As I have been strangely absent quite a bit the past few months, you may have been asking, “What the heck is up?” Well, this is it! I’m so excited to bring you the first episode of my new podcast, CraftLife. The topics covered in this podcast will hopefully be as varied as my creative interests can take me. I would love to hear what you think about the show! Leave me a comment at the bottom of the page. 🙂
Check out Amy Finlay’s awesome knitting techniques videos.
Pemberley would like you to read about her namesake in Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen…
…while Catti-brie would prefer you to read about her fiery warrior-maiden namesake in any of The Legend of Drizzt books, by R.A. Salvatore.
*A note about grits as whole grains. Not all grits are whole grain, in particular instant/quick grits. Most grits that are “stone-ground” are whole grain, but as always, check the label.
Curious about hand spinning? Marti at La Tea Da Designs can set you up with an awesome drop spindle starter kit!
CraftLife is now on iTunes!
June 4, 2010
The main theme of this blog, from the beginning, has always been Etsy and crafting. Of course I have veered off the straight path here and there, because I am more than a crafter.
I’m a wife,
a musician (and BFF!),
an amateur photographer,
a tea lover,
Jan Austen fanatic,
fantasy football master,
…And so much more. More than likely, all of these different aspects of me will show up here in my blog, so please feel free to read what interests you and skip over what doesn’t.
Now, what about you?? I know there is more to you than our shared interest in Etsy and crafty goodness. (Or maybe, like The Marvelous Maven, you’re not not so much into the crafts, you just like me for me.) I want to hear what else makes up you. What other skills/talents/passions do you have? What do you just LOVE…and what could you totally live without? Leave me come comments below!
March 29, 2010
In my “First Ever Treacle and Ink Giveaway” I passed along a set of Easter eggs that were made from my fabric set – that is, the set of fabrics from which I made my own tablecloth set last summer. This was before I got my sewing machine, the one I had previously had been broken beyond repair, and so I did the entire set by hand. Yep, just me, a needle and thread, and endless Jane Austen movies and classic BBC Miniseries. It was quite an undertaking, and at one point I really began to wonder if I had it in me to see the project all the way through. Thankfully, I did manage to finish it, and just a short while later, my sweet husband gifted me with a sewing machine.
The time has come to share with you my tablecloth, the one that started it all! As you can see, the color inspiration came from my curtains since they were already in the kitchen. 🙂
March 22, 2010
“It is a truth universally acknowledged,” that I am a Jane Austen fan.
I have at least one copy of each of her novels, along with at least one film version of each…two each of Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride & Prejudice. Three years ago, I dressed as Elizabeth Bennet for Halloween, and my dog’s name…
I was introduced to Austen by a friend who lent me her copy of Pride and Prejudice my freshman year in college. Shortly thereafter, the Ang Lee version of Sense and Sensibility hit theaters, and I was hooked. There is just something about the way Austen writes about her time of courtesy, manners and honor that draws me in every time.
Last night, I was so glad to have a “new” Jane Austen story to experience. Lost in Austen is a British TV miniseries that follows the adventure of Amanda Price, a 21st century girl who is also a lover of Austen, as she meets, and then trades places with Elizabeth Benet thanks to a magical hidden door in her apartment.
I know, I know, sounds cheesy, right? It took me about ten minutes to get into the movie, but once I did, I was in it for good. This was such a fun movie! As soon as Amanda and Lizzy trade places, things begin to change. One of the obvious questions is, if Elizabeth is in 21st century London, what happens to Mr. Darcey? And Mr. (ugh) Collins? If she is not there to encourage Jane in the pursuit or Mr. Bingley, do they end up together? And for Amanda’s part, how does a girl with 21st century manners adapt to the manners of the late 18th century, all the while trying desperately to keep the story progressing as it is supposed to?
If you’re a Jane Austen fan, take the time to catch this new modern twist. As I said, it was originally made as a four-part TV miniseries, but I watched it on Netflix, and it ran right under three hours. You will get more of the humor if you are familiar with the book or story, and they make references to the BBC version starring Colin Firth which made me giggle. Remember Colin Firth’s afternoon swim??
With that said, my husband, who also thoroughly enjoyed the movie, was of the opinion that Lost in Austen would be a great way to introduce those who are less familiar to the world of Jane Austen.
Oh, and rumor has it that they are in pre-production for a Hollywood remake of this film. (thanks to guardian.com.uk for that tid-bit)
A quick Google search directed me to this website where you can watch it online. As of right now, if you have Netflix, it’s on Instant Watch. Let me know if you get a chance to see it. I’d love to hear your opinion!