Showing posts with label book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book. Show all posts

Friday, June 6, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Deutsch: Von Trapp Series Part 1

Welcome to a new series to be oh so appropriately posted on Fridays for this month! (I know, my last series was about The Sound of Music play. This is fairly different. It really is one of my favorite things!

 Last week, in the comments I was dubbed a Sound of Music nerd. I take that as a compliment. I saw the movie for the first time when I was about three years old. I have seen the Sound of Music probably hundreds, if not thousands, of times since then, and watched it twice last month. I even got to meet Julie Andrews once! My interest delves much further than the film. I have quite a few of the books written by Maria von Trapp. I also have a book by Agathe von Trapp (The eldest daughter of the 7). Well, anyway, you get the idea. 

While I'm not exactly starting at the very beginning with this post, I'll be starting with a relatively general subject. The German language. No, I don't speak it fluently, though I would love to! What I have learned is mainly from von Trapp related things. From "fräulein" and "auf wiedersehen" in  the Sound of Music to portions of the poem Der Lindenbaum which is sung in Die Trapp Familie, the 1956 German movie that the Broadway play was based on. Of course, I learned Silent Night in German too!

Other German words I know I have learned from a 1912 book I have called "Writing and Speaking German by Paul R. Pope. I'm sure some elements of the language have changed in the past 100 years, but I don't plan on visiting any German seeking countries and trying what I've taught myself anytime soon. I just love the sound of the language. In fact, I wanted to take German in high school but all they offered was French, Spanish, and Latin. I took three years of French then one year of Latin. I sort of wish I had taken four years of Latin. Anyway...

These old books are little treasures on my shelf. The two others, Storm's in St. Jürgen (Storm is the authors last name) and Fulda's Unter Vier Augen, Benedix's  Der Prozess published in 1901 and 1902, respectively. Storm's is, I think, a famous poem and the other book is a couple of plays. The books were used for a German course. There is a German to English glossary in the back of each. Even though I can only understand a few words on each page, there are many words I can make out the pronunciation of, even if I'm not sure what they actually mean. The printing is so pretty. I hope to learn a little more German someday, but for now it's nice to have these old books to look at in my spare time.



What languages do you speak? 
Have you ever been inspired to learn something new because of a favorite book or movie?







Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shawls, Shells, and a Makeover Without Makeup

Within the past week I actually finished two projects! Small projects, yes, but it feels so good to actually be able to finish not one, but two things before I am totally burnt out and bored with what I'm working on. Both Items are (belated) birthday gifts for my friend and I'm going to post pictures. 

First to take up some space, so that maybe she won't peek, I'll share with you a book I've started reading. "How to Sell Your Crafts Online." I'm on chapter three and so far I have found it extremely helpful!! It focuses on setting up a nice looking Etsy shop and gives tips on what will generate traffic. It also talks about how to utilize other social media to your best advantage but I haven't gotten that far yet. My Etsy Shop will be undergoing a little makeover for about the next month, so you may notices slight difference when you visit for the next four weeks. Although, I think I've probably already made some of the biggest and most noticeable changes. Mainly just adding a banner (which I added here on the blog as well, at the moment.) and a brief shop announcement. Please, check it out and let me know what you think so far!


Alright, here are the birthday presents:
The shawl hopefully looks familiar from last week's post. I finished it! I had one entire day off last week and spent it crocheting and having a classic movie mini marathon.
I know I've mentioned it before but I LOVE  the color of this yarn! Caron Simply Soft: Pagoda. 


And this second project was a spur of the moment thing. I had absolutely no idea what she wanted this year! Usually I have at least a rough idea. Then everything sort of fell together. A page I follow on Facebook (can't remember which!) posted a link to Lion Brand's Solid Shell Crochet Jewelry Frame. I remembered that my friend kept her earrings hung over the edge of a small jar, so I think she'll like this. I have to say, I was pretty thrilled when I posted a picture of it in progress on Instagram and Lion Brand liked and commented on my picture! That certainly made my day!



Hello and thank you to those of you who have just started following. That makes my day too! :)
*Edit: I have changed a little more than just adding the banner to the blog now!!! ;) 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My First Tutorial...

Since I can't post any pictures of Christmas presents, and that is basically all I am working on at the moment, (Whilst falling way behind on my 365 squares. Ugh.) I have decided it was high time to post a tutorial here and my camera decided it was high time for the batteries to die. Well, I'm done complaining. At least I still have something I can take pictures with.

Thanksgiving is in just a few short hours and I suppose that means I'm late, by retail store standards, getting into the Christmas spirit. The fun thing about working at a children's library is decorating for each season and the accompanying holidays. We haven't deecorated for Christmas yet, but we've been preparing...with discarded books! I'm sure you can find this tutorial elsewhere on the Internet, but I can guarantee you that their photos won't have that fuzzy vintage look that invokes feelings of nostalgia from Christmases past.

Here is it folks, the Christmas Tree Book:

Fold the page over so that the top edge is even with the spine of the book.

Fold page again so that the first folded edge is even with spine.

Fold bottom corner of page even with bottom edge of the book and tuck the corner inside of the triangle.

Repeat...

*Note: I made my tree out of four separate sections of 16 pages and glued the sections together. You can make your tree with as many or as few sections/pages as you like for slightly different looks. It's fun to try with different size books too!










Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Terrific Tuesday!


Well, well, just scratch what I said yesterday about "never" having to work on Tuesday afternoon. I forgot to knock on wood. Ha! Today I volunteered to cover for someone who went home sick. It is now 10pm and I've only been home for about an hour. I just finished dinner and, as you may have guessed, have made no further progress on skirt alterations.

Now, an announcement: I'm starting another project. Surprise! I have been wanting to do one of those "one granny square a day for a year" things for a while now but planned on beginning January 1st. Click here to see where I got the idea! It just so happens that someone returned a book today that I immediately checked in and then checked out to myself. (One of the perks of working at a library.) I think there is just enough time to finish a square tonight before I drift off to dreamland in preparation for another 9 hour day tomorrow. Hm...I still have to find 315 more square patterns. Hopefully my night is not swallowed up by becoming lost in a Pinterest vortex.


I'm kind of thinking these posts may become daily, as time permits, over the next 365 days. I'm excited to begin this project!