Country Life and Classic Linen

Molly Gibson

I am easily attracted to old-fashioned simplicity. So while recently re-watching the BBC mini-series Wives and Daughters, I was pleasantly stunned by the simplicity of Molly Gibson's outfits. In order to give her an air of country honesty, the costume designers chose many natural tones for her all around attire. This was a stark contrast to her step-mother and step-sister's London flamboyancy.

I'd like to draw special attention to the linen apron. Incredibly simple. And yet beautiful in its serenity. It reminded me of these bags from Knit Picks I had seen some time ago.

These fit right into the pure country life of ages ago, when life consisted of sewing, housework, and long walks on the green country side, the latter being the most appealing. I suppose that's one of the main things that draws me to the classics. A different way of life. It's so strange to compare these lifestyles to our own. They almost appear other-worldly.

But I couldn't go on without speaking of the film. The story is from a book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. I have never read it --though I've wanted to very badly-- so I can't say whether the movie follows it or not.

Doctor Gibson and Molly

Molly Gibson is the daughter of a country doctor. She loves her life with her widower father, whom she occasionally assists in his work when necessary. When one of his patients, Mrs. Hamley, begs to meet her, she stays with them for a while and becomes a daughter to both Squire and Mrs. Hamley, and a sister to both of the brothers. One day, she is startled when her father decides to marry again. In good nature, she tries to give her step-mother a chance but "silly" is the best word to describe her. Her step-sister is definitely different than she, and carries with her a haunting secret, but they get along very well. When Mrs. Hamley dies however, Molly becomes a boon to the Squire and the brothers, Osborne and Roger. As the dramas of their life play out, Molly becomes the centerpiece of them all. While being a willing pupil to Roger's talks on science, she begins to realize he has become more than a brother to her. But her heart is broken when he proposes to her step-sister on the eve of his leaving on a scientific expedition to Africa for two years. During that time, she learns of Osborne's secret, one that is threatening to tear his life in two. Her step-sister reveals her secret as well and Molly becomes instrumental in freeing her new sister from her bondage, yet at the risk of losing her own good standing among the townsfolk. Meanwhile, she struggles with her feelings for Roger and fear for his life while her step-sister seems to care very little for the welfare of the man she is engaged to.

Roger Hamley

If you want to find out what happens, you'll have to watch the movie. Believe me, it's a great story!

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Be sure and let me know what you think!

Beautiful Hair and Retro Frames

As you know, I enjoy taking the time to point out little --and usually unimportant-- things about the movies I watch. It's just one of those things that makes me happy. Useless? Maybe. Enjoyable? Very much.

Recently, I watched the world-changing, 1953 version of War of the Worlds. Out of all the monumental incidents in the film that are often acclaimed, I want to mention two very measly things that I felt worth a blog post.

Style is usually foremost on my mind when I watch a film from any era. So despite the fact that I am referring to an alien invasion/sci-fi film, style is what this post is about.

The famed Edith Head was costume designer for this film with Wally Westmore heading up the makeup department. Strangely, there is no credit for hair stylist, but that sometimes happens. Ann Robinson's hair was fixed in this manner in each scene. Curled bangs, combs and another piece of hair accessory I am unable to identify. Notice the back of her hair in the first picture. Combed up at the sides, neatly brushed down in the back and secured at the nape of the neck with the unknown hair piece, while the curls bounce out below.

It's lovely. Evidence of a time when people cared about themselves and took time to look neat.

I would love to find out what the unknown hair piece is though. Any bit of a lead would be immensely appreciated.

At this point, she wore a simple turtle-neck blouse with a darker v-line impression around the neck, sleeves pushed up for a casual look, and an A-line skirt (not visible in the pictures). Gold jewelry and retro heels. Simple but elegant.

Now, Gene Barry arrives on scene in casual clothing with a trace of "man of the woods" look about him. Nothing very outstanding, though my fashion-sense still loves the retro cut of the jacket and all around style. (On the side, isn't funny how he hasn't shaved but his hair is impeccably fixed? Gotta love attempts at authenticity.)

But his glasses! I noticed them immediately. In this day and age you see all kinds of styles: small lenses, large lenses, round, square, small-rimmed, large rimmed, they are even bringing back the vintage look, which makes me happy, obviously. At the moment I do not wear glasses, but if I ever do, I want some exactly like his. Is that so bad? They're great! When I said this out loud my brother laughed with that "You would!" look on his face. Can I help it if I like outdated styles? Why go with modern when you can be so much happier with retro?

And that does it for this fashion post. I'd love to know what you think, so don't be a stranger!

P.S. I think Gene Barry does a good outdoors-man look. Just sayin'!

Ups and Downs

Everyone knows how hard it is to organize a busy schedule, no doubt about that. And in this world, everyone is busy, ALL THE TIME! But I'm not here to talk about our chronic diseases and tell the world how to get over it. Sorry.

Personally, I'm here to talk about my problems. Lovely, huh? Well, it's not that bad. Or at least to the public. For me, it's my life! But everything can be solved with a little patience and a lot of prayer, right? Right!

For two years now (actually two years this week!) I've worked as a professional crochet pattern designer for Crochet Spot. Since then I have learned more than I ever thought I would --about myself, what I can handle and accomplish if I put my mind to it. I'm so very grateful God has given me this opportunity to stretch and learn new things.

But lately, I've been wondering if it's time to move on. My crochet inspiration has been waning and my physical aches while crocheting have strained me to my limit. I was honestly considering quitting my job and focusing solely on my writing. I struggled with this because this job has been my only source (as of yet) of profit, and though living at home keeps me from having to pay the ordinary cost of living, I need not tell you how handy it is to be making some kind of dependable profit. By quitting I would be having to cut back on my spending and depend on my writing to fulfill any needs. At the moment, my writing jobs have been on the "free contribution" side. I'm still building my reputation and abilities. That's not to say I can't handle a writing job. Let's just say God hasn't provided me with one yet.

And so, here I was, ready to come to the point where I make the decision, despite the main let-down. Then my boss, who has had no idea of the decisions I am preparing to make, emails me informing me of a raise. I don't know what you would consider it, but I know God meant that for me as an answer to my question.

But what about my writing intentions? What about my pains? My lack of inspiration? What about... etc, etc. I don't know about those. All I do know is that I need a superior being to rule my life because living in this world is too hard for me to do alone. I don't want to live my whole life struggling to "make a buck" and keep my head above the water. I want to know I am doing what God created me to do! I want the peace that that involves. I realize that doesn't mean prosperity, but what is peace in your heart and a sense of knowing you are doing the right thing compared with all the money in the world?! God is my master and since I believe He has a plan for my life, my quest is to find out exactly what that is. And if that means waiting until He provides, then that's what I have to do. Isn't it better than shoving ahead and getting second best?

Unfortunately, I don't have all the answers. I know that's why a lot of people read blogs, hoping to find that others have found the answers they are looking for. What you need is tailor-made answers that suit you in all your difference and uniqueness. Did you know there is a perfect plan for your life? God has a different perfect plan for each human being! It's the best thing this side of heaven for us. And the only thing that will make us truly happy.

I just pray that I will have the patience and the trust to let God bring about His perfect plan for MY life.

And that's where I am now. At the mercy of my Master. Where are you?