Random Thoughts #5: Certain Occurrences


Restaurant “secret menu items” 😎

Eggnog. Chocolate. Candy Canes. Cookies. Marshmallows. Christmas goodies are the best 🙂

Cold coffee is just as good as, if not better than, hot coffee.

We were at relatives’ for New Years’ Day, and watched some of the Rose Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl which followed was more exciting, though 😉 I found it interesting that this year’s Fiesta Bowl was sponsored by Tostitos 😆

In the days leading up to Christmas, the prevailing question among my Ks, 1st and 2nd graders was “Is Santa real?” Now, they’re back from break and studying astronomy and outer space because of the Magi, and the big question is “Are aliens real?”

Watched “The Fellowship of the Ring” with my 8-year old brother (his first time actually sitting down and seeing it). His main observations:
•”That was close!”
•”So sad!”
•”This is a cool movie!”

You know the Piano Guys. You know Lindsey Stirling. But do you know Taylor Davis? She is ahh-mazing 😎

Mondays. My least fave day of the week. Weekend is over, and work again begins.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
God incarnate
Here to dwell
Emmanuel
Emmanuel
Praise His Name
Emmanuel

-Emmanuel-Hallowed Manger Ground, Chris Tomlin

Whatever you’re going through, however hard your days (Mondays or whatever is your hardest) are, remember God is there. Always there.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


We unexpectedly got to see The Hobbit on Thursday! It was the first time we’d seen a Lord of the Rings film on the big screen, and it was fantastic! The sweeping scenery is so beautiful, and the score just rousing. Costumes are amazing…the elegance of the Elves, the ruggedness of the Dwarves, the coziness of the Hobbits. The movie’s plot is quite different from the book’s, but all in all, considering how this prequel trilogy draws on the Appendices and other writings of Tolkien and is meant to explain the backstory to The Lord of the Rings, I appreciate the changes. The major incidents in the book are present in the movie and there are many word-for-word lines as well, which is nice. 🙂

Though I do love the epic feel and battles of The Two Towers and The Return of the King, The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy because of the closeness of the group. And An Unexpected Journey has the same feel. It’s just like going on the journey with the Fellowship; even more so because of the way the group has to learn to bond and work together.

At the start of the movie, we are introduced to a bumbling group of Dwarves with a mission to reclaim an old kingdom and treasure that belongs specifically to them and to a Hobbit named Bilbo who isn’t sure why he’s there or even if he wants to be. By the end of the movie, the group has come a long way from that. Bilbo finds sympathy for the Dwarves and the courage to fight. Proud Dwarf leader Thorin comes to respect other races. And a new evil shows itself in the forest as the White Council discusses how to deal with it.

“I cannot guarantee his safety,” says Thorin of Bilbo. “Nor will I be responsible for his fate.” On this journey, the Ring comes to Bilbo, and later passes to Frodo, setting off a chain of events that puts the future of Middle Earth in the balance. Bilbo’s fate changes the fate of Middle Earth. But it is clear that it is more than “fate.” In one of my favorite quotes from The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf tells Frodo,

“There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”

Through it all, the Creator of Middle Earth watches and orchestrates things to save His Faithful.

Pictures (from thehobbitblog.com and The Hobbit Photo Gallery) and videos:

So, what was your favorite part of The Hobbit? 😀

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Chase Dress


Chase Dress

This is also known as the Riding outfit.  Arwen wears this pretty and practical “Lord of the Rings” dress when she saves Frodo from the Ringwraiths and brings him to Rivendell.

In lieu of swede, I used a grey T-shirt fabric, and finished the edges with Fray-Check: I think it gives a pretty good look.  I had a good pattern, but it was still a rather complicated project.  It’s the first dress I’ve made that has princess seams.  The skirt was pretty easy and looks really cool.  The bodice and sleeves were…harder.  Lots of little pieces to keep track of, fitting, modifications….   But I think it came out well 🙂

The princess seams are modified so the seam is at the shoulder.  A seam runs down the front of the bodice and the dress pulls over the doll’s head.  Embroidery floss was used for the laced ties in front, and there’s a ribbon sash in the back.  The coat sleeves are 2-piece, the lower part being petal wrapped.  The skirts (my favorite part) are actually 2 petal shapes, slightly overlapping in front and back.  Attached to the main dress/coat are flared, white lower sleeves, and a white underskirt, that’s also split in front and back, (made from a pair of tights with a crinkle texture).  Brown leggings are worn underneath.

Mirror Dress


Galadriel’s Mirror Dress

This is Galadriel’s most famous dress, worn when she meets the Fellowship in Lorien.

Here’s the underdress.

 

The overdress is made from a nice, slightly shiny, flowered lace.

The sleeves, though similar to Arwen’s 2-part sleeves, are 1 piece. They are tight to the elbow, then flare out to an almost half-circle shape.

The cloak is still forthcoming 🙂

Yellow elf dress


Yellow elf dress

My first sale!  My little sister commissioned and bought this dress.  An elf lady in Rivendell (I think) wore it in the “Lord of the Rings” movie.  The coat is from the Rose dress pattern. The sleeves are interesting but pretty.  There’s a striped underdress.  My sister made the belt out of beads.

Grey with stars


Grey dress

In the “Lord of the Rings” books, J.R.R. Tolkien only describes 1 dress that Arwen wears–in Rivendell, she wears “soft grey raiment.”  When I read that, I was kinda surprised the movies hadn’t featured 1 similar to that description–I would’ve loved to see it.  Or does the Chase dress count?  Hmmmm….  But I had fun making up this one on my own 🙂

It’s made of the same fabric as the cloak on the Ranger doll is.  It’s edged with this neat decorative stitch on our sewing machine…it’s like flower petals–pretty Elvish looking. I really like the way it makes the hem ripple.  The belt is made of various crystal-looking beads and stars.

Rose dress


Rose dress

This dress was cut from the theatrical version of “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, but I found a pattern for it and also had the material, so I made it.  The pretty underdress has roses on a light pink background.

This is second time I made this dress–I’ve sold the original.  I added the gold paint, then decided I liked it better plain 😀

Sold

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