Saturday, July 25, 2009

Where Bloggers Create - This Link is an Artist and Decorators Dream

Where_bloggers_create If you haven't been over to the 'Where Bloggers Create' post at My Desert Cottage then browse on over for a fabulous visual weekend. Karen invited bloggers to share their craft and work spaces, and I have been oooing and Ahhhhing all morning and haven't finished the links yet. Everyone who participated is linked in her sidebar. If you dream of a crafty and creative workspace then hop on over there and pleasant dreams!

Post Script… (Sept. 4, 2009)

The ‘Where Bloggers Create’ blog party was so fabulous I have preserved the links and will try to attach them to this post. The studios were displayed on July 24, 2009, so on each blog you will have to go back in the archives a little bit.

There were several blogs posted that did not get their studios up. Please bear with me since I didn’t go through and sort those out. Oh, and be sure to visit Karen’s lovely studio first, at the link above!

Where Bloggers Create –

Links to the Studio Pictures. Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Celebrate a Jane Austen Birthday

August 9th is the heroine of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Anne Elliot’s birthday. You can be sure her snooty family never celebrated the date once her beloved mother passed on, So let’s celebrate this year.

Anne Elliot birthday invitation

If you would like to celebrate Anne Elliot’s birthday with me please create something with the theme of Persuasion, Anne, or another character or location from the book Persuasion. From the beach at Lyme, to Bath, to the dashing Captain Wentworth, or Anne herself, all is welcome. Try visual art, poetry, or even a photographed vignette.

If you would like to participate you can copy the picture above and use it as a gadget on the sidebar with a link to this post. Create your masterpiece and post it on August 9th. Come back to this post and comment that you are participating, along with the name of your blog, and I will link to your blog on August 9th so I have a list here that we can all visit.

Let’s make this fun and give Anne a special day!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Anniversary of Jane Austen’s Death

“…….I have lost a treasure, such a sister, such a friend as never can have been surpassed. She was the sun of my life, the gilder of every pleasure, the soother of every sorrow; I had not a thought concealed from her, and it is as if I had lost a part of myself.”

-Cassandra Austen, at the death of her beloved sister Jane.

Today is the Anniversary of Jane Austen’s passing. I have read many Jane Austen biographies, and am always saddened by the melancholy end.

Read more about this anniversary on Jane Austen Today.

Creative Jane Austen Challenge

Maybe I woke up on the snarky side of the bed this morning, but today while browsing the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living I just couldn’t take it anymore. I never really subscribed to it, but when Home Companion quit printing they switched for Living to finish out my subscription.


That calendar thing at the front has always ticked me off. It’s so ludicrous. On August 4th Martha is going to open her windows for cross ventilation. Yippee. I hope there’s not a rainstorm that day. And her dogs must REALLY be looking forward to August 22nd, when they get to go on a walk. I’ll bet they’re making a paper chain to count down the days.

I am a real life woman with a three foot pile of laundry on my couch and two weeks worth of mail piled up on my kitchen counter. Every day I yearn to do something creative, (that’s right, YEARN), But by the time I’ve started the laundry and exercised so I don’t blow up like a balloon, the wind is pretty much out of my sails. So I express my creativity in costumes for the kids, projects or other ‘have to do’ things, and end up feeling stressed and miserable.

I know yesterday I shirked my duties to run off and play, and maybe this is the rebound. But what do you do? How often do you get to craft or make art or write or WHATEVER?

Well, I’m not going to let some woman with a staff of 50 dictate how I feel about myself or my ability to express myself creatively in my home. I’ve got better plans for August. And if I announce it here, then I can’t back out. So here goes!

Celebrate Anne Elliot’s

Birthday with me!

pers_wallpaper1_1280 (Medium)August 9th is Persuasion heroine Anne Elliot’s birthday. And you can bet her snooty self serving family never threw her a party, so I’m going to do it!

I’ll post more details soon, but just so you can get to work…your gift to Anne Elliot could be anything creative, from mixed media to poetry to a photographed vignette. The theme is Jane Austen’s book Persuasion, or Anne Elliot herself. Consider the romance, the long lost love, the seaside…….Be creative and get to work. On the 14th I will link to all participants so everyone can see.

Anne is the only one of Jane’s girls that was given a birthday, so lets make it good!

I’m feeling better already. Don’t forget to open your windows on August 4th!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blog Giveaway Winner

I’m so sorry to keep everyone waiting.

Today I happened to pleasantly engaged in a little sea bathing.

beach 1

But now, with out any further delay, the winner is…………






Yes, you win! My daughter pulled your lucky name out of the Tupperware bowl (glamorous, I know!). So please send your mailing address to me at lynnaep at aol dot com, or, since I know you you can send it in a message on my facebook.

I had so much fun making and planning my giveaway I may do another one soon so stay tuned everyone!!!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Art by my Mom

I just wanted to drop you a quick link to my dear Mom's blog, My Way, which is finally up and running. She is a very creative soul and already has a few awesome projects posted. Take a look and show that lady some love!

(Mom, it looks fabulous)

P.S. My birthday giveaway is still going. Comment Here!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Emma and Giveaway

I just saw my first preview of the BBC’s new Emma 2009. Here is a link to the preview on YouTube.Emma 2009

Oh, I’m so excited!!! I may learn to love Mr. Knightly after all!!!!

I had a chat with my mom today about the 2010 Jane Austen Society of North America AGM in Portland. It's all about Northanger Abbey. I am so fired up about this trip. We talked hotels, dresses, bookstores, museums etc. for quite a while this morning.

One more thing, if you haven’t entered my BLOG GIVEAWAY yet please go to the giveaway post and comment by July 15. I don’t want anyone to miss out!

I’m halfway through ‘Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict’ and I love it so far. But laundry and dinner calls……..

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My Birthday Giveaway !

Do you LOVE Jane Austen?

Do you like to win prizes?

Have you recently done anything to incur the censure of

Lady Catherine de Bourgh?

  If so, then my birthday give away is for you.

It is this little soldered charm, with my version of Jane (after Cassandra’s portrait) on one side…..

Birthday Giveaway 2 

…and the phrase ‘Obstinate Headstrong Girl’ on the other.

Birthday Giveaway

One lucky person will be chosen randomly. In order to enter please comment here between July 11th and July 15th. Each person who comments will be entered once. If you were a follower prior to July 11th, and you comment here, you will be entered twice. (lucky you!)

Good Luck!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Do You Love Jane Austen……..

……..As much as I do?

If the answer is yes then stay tuned…..I am having my first giveaway for my birthday on July 11th. This is only a hint……….

 Cassandra's Jane.sample

I will have more details on Friday, however, in order to reward my loyal and early followers, if you are a follower on this blog by July 10th, the day before my giveaway begins, you will be entered twice.


Happy Birthday to Me!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Independence Day!

Lynnae’s Independence Day Scrapbook………………    Me with Fireworks 2



   Dig in!


group 3

     Now that’s a house full!



  This IS the greatest country on earth!

snuggies Me in my Snuggie and my Sis-in-law in her Slanket. Patriotic!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Getting Ready for Independence Day

Kudos to our local little Movie Theater for this festive and patriotic display. I LOVE it!

We are getting ready for a big Independence Day gathering, with relatives coming from as far as California, Oregon, and Utah. I've been sick (sorry I haven't posted for a bit) and my washing machine was broken. Both things tend to incapacitate me a little bit. But now I'm getting back on track and have a lot to do.
In addition to attending an early morning flag raising, we have had a firework party at least seven of the ten years we've lived here. The 'Brother-in-Law's' and other guy friends will run down to the Indian reservation, pool there money, and get all kinds of firework goodies for young and old alike. We cover the front lawn with blankets and lawn chairs, eat tons of food, and celebrate living in the Best Nation on Earth!!!

After our party we get out brooms and leaf blowers to clean the street before everyone goes home that night.
We are expecting two couples and four teens, in addition to our family, to be staying at our house this weekend. For our Fourth of July party another fifteen adults and various teens, along with a bevy of little kids will be here. Pictures to follow!
I love Independence Day!!!!!

Happy Fourth of July!