My name is Amy but in cyberspace I prefer to be known as GoldenSails. As you will soon see I like to write and I write about anything that interests me. In writing I believe the subject should be well researched and the facts accurate; I'm a firm believer in getting the facts straight. I have many interests, which I find sometimes creates a problem for me when I feel one in particular needs honing. I've made a list (another thing I like to do) of my interests and came up with a lot. I looked at it and can't help thinking how ridiculous it would be to endeavor to do them all, but of course that is not my intention. To give you a better idea of myself I will go over each interest as briefly as possible.
1. Author/ Historian (-Reading)
I love history and I love to write so what could be better than to write about history. Historical fiction are my favorite genre of book to read, and Classics; I can't tell which I like more. Of the Classics these are my top three: 1. The Scarlet Pimpernel, 2. The Count of Monte Cristo, 3. The Three Musketeers. Come to think of it, I could list more than five, but those are my favorites. I've read Jane Eyre, Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, Pride and Prejudice, Captains Courageous, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol (which I try to read or listen to every Christmas), Little Women, etc. This is a subject my sister and I can talk about forever. But before I go on to the next thing I want to recommend my favorite historical fiction series: The Buccaneers, a series by Linda Chaikin. Excellent read! Mine and my sisters favorite.
2. Costume Designer/ Makeup Artist/ Hair Stylist (-Drawing)
Really, these are just hobbies. Becoming one of these has never been a serious option for me, they're just fun things I like to do when I get a chance. I draw the costume ideas and get a lot of my inspiration from... History! How did you know?
3. Archaeologist (Maritime) and Marine Biology
Now archaeology, and more specifically, maritime archaeology, is something that I have seriously considered getting into but the nearest college that teaches it is in Florida and that's a lot of drive time, and a lot of money. I'd have to be dead set on it being God's will for me before I began that venture. That goes the same for marine biology. I love animals and this is a fascinating science but to become a marine biologist I would have to be sure and committed. I can't figure out why God would give me so many interests and hardly one I could pick above another. Some might say I am confused, but technically it all boils down to what is God's will for my life and at the present, though I really enjoy these things, I don't feel like I have that assurance that any so far are His will for my life. But that doesn't keep me from studying them on my free time. ...Someday I'll define what free time means...
Of all my interests this one is probably the most important to me. I have felt strongly pretty much all my life that this is what I want to be but so far I am still searching. I still have a lot of questions and, naturally, I don't feel I have what it takes.
And my hobbies-- I sculpt figurines and my favorite to sculpt are flowers, or more specifically, roses. I also do silly animals and realistic animals. So far Sculpey III is what I use but I have played with others in the past, such as Premo and Studio by Sculpey. Someday I want to sit down and start a large project, but I have to wait for the right time, when I know I can get it done.
While watching TV I usually crochet. I prefer big things that take a while to crochet and baby blankets are my specialty, but I try whatever I feel like at the time. I mainly stick to wearable things, but I have made an amigurumi before. I don't knit, but I have tried to learn. I am self-taught in a lot of things but I haven't been able to manage well in knitting so I plan on trying to learn from a DVD, when I get one. I'm not a good sewer but I enjoy trying. I like the feeling of being able to make whatever I please. So far all I have tried to make are skirts and smaller things like liners for my crocheted purses and pillows. But I know the basics, thanks to Sewing For Dummies.
Now, I know I said "scrapbooking" but what I do is a little different. Most people create pages for their pictures they have taken, usually of family, but I gather pictures, usually of old sailing ships or animals, and create a whole theme with them. I actually started this for school years ago when I was researching, my favorite subject, maritime history. I collected pictures but didn't know what to do with them. So I printed them and started making pages. It takes time but I love to do it every once and a while. I'll give you an example: one of my pages doesn't have a single picture, instead I printed some poems that had to do with some of the other themes I had. I then cut out copies of old stamps. I soaked the sections that had the poems on them in strong black tea (I hear coffee works too). Then I added some ribbon, after layering a couple of sheets of paper, one dark brown, the other a scrapbook page I bought from Hobby Lobby of burgundy script written in old style. I was satisfied with the outcome (you see, I'm not always) and put it in with the rest. Now I know that strong black tea ages paper nicely.
So as you can see, I like to do quite a lot but most important are the every day things that I can help my family with, like the cooking and managing that is necessary for everyday living. Since I was homeschooled I have had to learn to balance my schedule in order to do what is most important. Plus, due to that, I have had the freedom to actually enjoy learning. Some say learning is never fun, and some say it should never be fun, but from my experiences, if it is enjoyable you learn more. But that is starting a whole other subject. For now I will sign off and shut my "notebook". Before I do I want to add that I have moved from another blog HomeSchoolBlogger because, though it is excellent for mothers and preteens, since I am neither I thought this might fit my style more. I wish to promote them, however, as a really good and safe site for anyone who wants something more or just different than this. So until next time...