Monday, December 7, 2009

Original Manuscript | Alice's Adventures in Wonderland



This manuscript - one of the British Library’s best - loved treasures - is the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, the pen-name of Charles Dodgson, an Oxford mathematician. Dodgson was fond of children and became friends with Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell, the young daughters of the Dean of his college, Christ Church. One summer’s day in 1862 he entertained them on a boat trip with a story of Alice’s adventures in a magical world entered through a rabbit-hole. The ten-year-old Alice was so entranced that she begged him to write it down for her. It took him some time to write out the tale - in a tiny, neat hand - and complete the 37 illustrations. Alice finally received the 90-page book, dedicated to ‘a dear child, in memory of a summer day’, in November 1864. Urged by friends to publish the story, Dodgson re-wrote and enlarged it, removing some of the private family references and adding two new chapters. The published version was illustrated by the artist John Tenniel. Many years later, Alice was forced to sell her precious manuscript at auction. It was bought by an American collector, but returned to England in 1948 when a group of American benefactors presented it to the British Library in appreciation of the British people’s role in the Second World War.

I started to hyperventilate when I found this site. Really! The complete 91-page manuscript from the British Library has been digitized and it's very easy to read if you enlarge the images. You can listen to the audio version as well. Isn't the Internet wonderful? Alice has never been more popular, has she? Enjoy this story and let me know how you like it. Rosemary



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Shakespeare Holiday Card | Free Download

"Health, peace, and sweet content be yours."
Shakespeare

This is my Christmas wish for you!

I made this holiday card years ago and it is my all-time favorite. It would be a great New Year's card as well. Actually it is a perfect winter card for any occasion. All you need is one sheet of card stock. After printing, fold in half and write your own personal message inside. It helps to score the paper first for a nice crisp edge. You can also turn the page around and run it through the printer again. Cut in half (I use a paper cutter) and you will have two large postcards or gift tags. My design uses only black ink so it is very economical to print, yet it's simply stunning!

Click here for my free download. Scroll down to see design.



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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Alice in Wonderland (3D Movie) Opens 3/5/10

Can't wait, can't wait, for this very important date!






This is going to be amazing. Tim Burton is the Director, Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter is the Evil Red Queen, Anne Hathaway is the White Queen. The role of Alice is portrayed by Mia Wasikowska. Based on Lewis Carroll's novels Through the Looking Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Besides being in 3D, the movie Alice in Wonderland is combining live action, motion capture technology, and stop motion. It promises to deliver a marvelous experience and I'm sure it will. Much more.

Tim Burton Exhibition at MOMA
November 22, 2009 - April 26, 2010



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Life's Little Instruction Book, page 146 + Nice House










I always try to put keys in the same place when I come in the door. The only thing that gets me in trouble is when I forget they are in a coat pocket and then switch jackets. I like this newer colonial home and the hearth with paneled wall in the keeping room. It's very hard to find a builder who can pull this off so nicely. Don't you love the blue door in the last photo? We had a surprise snow storm yesterday and I had to shovel the walk before turning in. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Have a nice Sunday. Rosemary



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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Decorating Inside and Out














I don't know about you but after seeing these wonderful photos I am inspired to begin decorating the cottage for Christmas. I put my wreath on the door yesterday (last photo) and got out all of my decorations.

I usually don't begin this early but thought to myself, "Why not? 'Tis the Season!" Have you started yet? I got the wooden cranberry beads at a thrift shop yesterday and wrapped two strands around my vintage pinecone wreath. I had an extra stocking that I decided to hang outside to complete my door decor. Don't worry, I still have three more to hang inside at the fireplace for Santa to fill. One is for Webster, of course. Have a great day, Rosemary


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Friday, December 4, 2009

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote about Home Ownership . . .

I know the television in this attic bedroom is inappropriate for a quote by Emerson, but somehow I thought it was a room he would like.



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Audrey Hepburn Illustrated Quote


I made this illustrated quote honoring Audrey Hepburn's inner beauty some time ago. It's timeless, isn't it?

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ladybug Uses Computer + Sunrise This Morning





I think this ladybug was trying to tell me something, don't you? I wish I'd had the presence of mind to move her to the "Home" key on my computer. That would have been great. I'm still seeing these cute little bugs in my house from time to time. I shot the sunrise photo when I got up this morning. It was very beautiful in person. Have a great day, Rosemary.



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The Gift of A Cat's Love via Charles Dickens

This early engraving from my Royal Book of Crests looks very much like Tabitha only her ears aren't as pointed. Even Webster the Wonder Dog loves her. After three years, she is finally loving him back in her own special way. She hardly ever hisses at him any more and she always seems happy when he leads the way on family walks. Animals enrich our lives so much every day. It rained all night and the wind howled but it's nice and clear and calm this morning. Perfect! Rosemary



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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Charleston Single House



I'm officially in love with the design of this home in Charlotte, NC. It was built four years ago in the Charleston Single House vernacular, a 19th-century architectural style in which houses reached to the sky from a small footprint. Typically one room wide and two deep, with the narrow side facing the street. I'm mad about the gated entrance on the left side of the house that leads to a covered side porch and the "real" front door. Why haven't I ever heard of this wonderful architectural design? I even lived in South Carolina for many years in my youth.

I searched and found a firm that sells plans in case you want to build one or at least look at some floor plans. The house in the photo is featured in the Holiday 2009 issue of Traditional Home Magazine. Pick it up if you want to see more photos and read the entire article. It's not online yet, but keep looking. The wreaths in each window certainly look beautiful, don't they?



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Britain's Smallest Library in a Red Telephone Box






Villagers in Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, England were heartbroken when the mobile library service stopped coming to deliver books. The next library was 4 miles away...a long way to travel for a good read. Someone came up with the brilliant idea of buying a red telephone box and adding shelves to convert it into a tiny book exchange for all to enjoy. It has been a runaway success. The phone box library is open every day for 24 hours and is lit at night. There is a regular check on it to see if some titles are not moving. These are then shipped on to a charity shop to keep the phone box collection fresh. Read more + more.

I love wonderful stories like this, don't you? We have a free book exchange at my post office. There was a village uproar here when all of a sudden the USPS decided it wasn't appropriate. It wasn't in the actual post office, but the vestibule and it was quickly put back after we all wrote letters and made phone calls. We love our little place to buy a stamp, mail a letter, and take a book or magazine. There is a big turnover since everyone makes regular deposits too. All for the love of books.
What's your library card worth? Find out now.



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