December 31, 2015

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very happy, healthy new year! I'm not usually one for resolutions; I think they are great to make any time of the year, and I'd rather focus more on the Christmas season a little longer. However, I thought I'd think of a few to share with you here.

I suppose my main resolution is already fully on its way, which was to join the blogging world once and for all! I intended to release the first post on New Year's Day, but I struck the iron while it was hot (I think that's a phrase) and decided I couldn't wait! :)

Some other self-improvements I'd like to make is to stand a little straighter, work a little harder/efficiently, eat a little healthier, learn and read a little more, and live closer to God each day. 

May God Bless Your New Year!
What are your resolutions and plans in the new year?

December 29, 2015

Look...Books!

Merry Christmas everyone! I had a great Christmas Eve and Day that I got to spend with my family. Now hopefully this doesn't sound horribly materialistic, but I wanted to show you all some of the amazing presents I received (and most of them were BOOKS!)

  1. A Dance With Jane Austen
ooh, was it ever fun to tear the wrapping paper off and see...this! It's all about the dancing and ballroom scenes in Jane Austen's books. I haven't had the chance to read it...yet! 

2, Celtic Woman Songbook
                                                  
I knew this one was coming. I'd gazed at its cover in the music store for weeks before finally asking for it for Christmas. I got my wish. ;) Celtic Woman is an Irish singing group and the songs they perform are beautiful. I got their Christmas-themed songbook last year, but *gasp* can't find it now! But aside from that tragedy, I can't wait to try this out on piano, voice, and violin. (And yes, I play all three, as it were, though I'm not sure if one can "play" their own voice.)

3. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
                                                 
This is pretty exciting. Look how interesting it seems! It's the story of Lady Almina, whom Cora Crawley of Downton Abbey is modeled after. So little time, so much to read...

  4. Rick Steve's European Christmas
                                                 
Have you ever heard of Rick Steves? He's a travel guide who makes phenomenal episodes about different European countries and cities: castles, museums, the good stuff! :) Anyhoo, this book covers Europe's many Christmas traditions across several countries. (I want to go to Europe, by the way. Like, a lot.) 

  5. No Kissing Allowed In School!
This title may warrant some explanation. Don't worry, it's not about kissing at all, it's a book filled with 18th century dance music and the instructions for dancing them. This was another book I requested from my family, but this time we were on vacation in Colonial Williamsburg (I love Williamsburg so much. There will be posts about it, I can guarantee!)

  6. Colonial Spices and Herbs

 This is a very skinny book (I wouldn't want to read volumes about this anyway!) but I'm sure it will be very informative. I love learning new things, and I love the sense of accomplishment after finishing a book, so the shorter the better! ;)

7. Encyclopedia of Me: My Life from A to Z
    This is yet another requested book by me (boy, I sure sound demanding, don't I?), but people were asking for ideas, so I gave them! :) This is more of a journaling book, which is great, because I always want to keep a journal, and start one, but never get beyond three or four entries before life gets in the way. So this will be perfect because it's guided by alphabetical topic! 

Aaaand, just because I couldn't resist, I'm showing you this adorable mug I got:
It's really just the one on the right. I haven't found a good way to crop pictures for Blogger yet.
Did you get any books for Christmas?
Do you have a favorite present?


December 23, 2015

Dear Reader,

Hello and Welcome! My name is Abigail, and I'm so very glad you are here. 


   Can there be anything as awkward and uncertain as the first words of a new blog? To speak, and to (hopefully) be heard by perfect strangers is an incredibly odd feeling. 
    I've debated having a blog for over a year, but my fears have stopped me until now. Fears that no one will listen, or that I'll lose interest too soon. Fears that I could never measure up to all those glittery, perfectious Vintage and Period Drama blogs I already follow, that I won't have enough ideas, or even that all the good ideas are already taken. 


    I'm not going to say those fears are gone, but I have since decided that no matter how uncertain this adventure may be, it is one worth taking. I have read some amazing blogs and have longed to try it myself. So here we go: a humble approach at the art of blogging!

   I am hoping to post a good mixture of books, movies, music, and all things vintage and old-fashioned. I love reading, music, history, and all lovely and pleasant things. These are the broadest of categories; I will definitely be filling you in!
Do you have any tips for starting/continuing a blog?
What do you wish you knew when you started blogging?
I can't wait to get to know you all, I hope we will all be good friends!
Sincerely Yours,
Abigail