Originally posted on The Barn on Belmont:
Princess Kynlee made her second appearance at The Barn on Belmont last weekend, but this time SHE was the star of the show! After serving as the flower girl in the Carmean wedding, her Highness knew she wanted to celebrate her 3rd birthday in style at the Barn. We were pleased to host a Princess Sophia-themed birthday party for this little lady this past Saturday.
Originally posted on Breezy Books:
Princess Pancake will be here next week and will be staying with us for a month. I’m so excited, I can barely sleep. Her room is the large living room of our house, and every year we add something new. This year we have a puppet theater. I can see some good times ahead – especially with the chef puppet.
The reason for sharing this good news is simply to further explain why I continue to fall behind with blogging and reading blogs. I value the friendships I’ve made through blogging, and it bothers me when I can’t keep up and show support to fellow bloggers. Between writing and planning for her visit, I’ve had very little extra time.
Originally posted on Flippin' pages and takin' names:
In this fantasy land with seven kingdoms, ruled by seven kings, there are a small population of people that have special abilities or strengths, or Graces. Each person’s Grace is different, and some are very powerful and very “useful” to those in power. The protagonist, Katsa (in my head I kept confusing her with Katniss…not the same, not the same), believes her Grace to be killing. She is very skilled at killing, injuring, maiming, punishing, etc., etc., etc. Her mother and father have died, leaving her to her uncle, the king’s, command. Her uncle King Randa of the Middluns, is very petty and cautious of others who challenge his power, and frequently sends Katsa to do his bidding (or threatening) across the land. Katsa secretly rebels against his wishes, and creates the Council to do good deeds and protect those not deemed worthy by higher rulers. Through the Council’s work, she encounters a Prince of Leinid, nicknamed Po, who’s Grace seems to finally be a rival to her own. She constantly adapts and discovers her true self, all the while falling into a complicated plot with kidnapping, torture, extreme adventure, and most surprisingly (to Katsa), love.
I reaaaaaallly enjoyed this book. As I mentioned with The Hero and the Crown, fantasy books with strong female characters who develop into even stronger heroines are my favorite. I like the idea of a young girl who can perservere without the guidance or protection of another male or female. While the protagonist, such as Katsa, changes and evolves to become a better person through Po’s help and others’ (Raffin, Bitterblue, Oll, etc.), she doesn’t change who she is without it being her choice. I liked the fast-paced action, the mystery, and the strong honor that Katsa exuded. Her choices were difficult at times due to her conflict of interest or concern for another person, but she never strayed from her ideals of right and wrong. I liked her motherly behavior toward Bitterblue, which contrasted to her strong and independent character traits, made Katsa even more endearing. I was urgently awaiting the conclusion of this book and couldn’t wait to see what would befall all the characters, good and bad. The ending was not disappointing, and I liked the concise wrap-up, which still left some opening for subsequent titles. I really want to keep reading this series!
Originally posted on Art Stuff by K:
There may have been another webinar this week, and I may have just had to doodle something during that webinar, take it home, and watercolor-wash it….
No fun Friday night for me – have store obligations, bills to pay, and an early Saturday. But I also have:
Originally posted on mindlovemisery:
“I already told you…I won’t kill the girl…” Aurelian said extracting himself coldly from a grip that was meant to contain him. “Did you love my daughter so little that you will not even seek justice for her murder…” The woman spat the words into his face. “It is because I loved her so much that I cannot spill innocent blood under the banner of her name…” The wolf prince answered calmly, wiping the spit from his face with the back of a bare hand. “How can you call that girl innocent? She is the daughter of a spineless murderer….by her very blood she is evil….” The woman said grabbing hold of Aurelian’s wrist once more as if to plead with him. “That man stole the life of my only daughter I would spill the blood of his in return…that he may know my anguish….” The woman said dropping to her knees, tears springing to her already bloodshot eyes. “That is not justice Emilia…would you make me a villain…condemn me even in death? When what I truly want, even above fulfilling my duties for the pack, is to be reunited with Ellesime…” He said but his words did not console only caused the distraught woman to tighten her grip. “I see it now…you are a coward….you mean to replace my daughter with an inferior human girl….” The woman said her fingernails breaking through his flesh in her desperation. “That is not love…you are a traitor…” She growled digging harder this time in order to hurt him. “I wish only to be the man that Ellesime loved…the man that she married….she is not here….do you not understand that! She is not here and I cannot bring her back again!” He ripped his arm free, the sudden jolt sending the woman to the floor where she lie dragging herself toward his retreating figure.
Originally posted on taestful reviews:
Considering the successes of Disney’s animated princess fairytales, you would think other studios would try their hand at the well-established formula. But, this is really the only one I’ve heard of. In fact, some people confuse this movie for Disney. So does Fox Animation Studio’s attempt dent a crack at Disney’s monopoly? Eh, I guess it depends on what you mean by the words “dent” and “crack.”
Anastasia is one of those movies that has a lot of good and a lot of bad. I guess the first thing I’ll comment on is the animation. While I didn’t have the time to say this in my Disney reviews, I’ve never really liked when they incorporated the 3D animation into the 2D. I guess my biggest problem with it was that it was used like once throughout an entire movie. Anastasia fixes this problem by consistently utilizing computer graphics. Unfortunately, I personally found it mostly distracting. I don’t know; there’s something about an entirely hand animated film like The Little Mermaid that appeals to me, but maybe it’s just my bias getting to me. Needless to say, the computer-enhanced animation that accompanies Once Upon a December is fantastically spooky.
Originally posted on Tales of a Twenty-Something:
How could you not feel like royalty in a horse drawn carriage? One of my Facebook friends just got married and had a lovely horse drawn carriage to transport herself and her new husband from their ceremony to the reception.
Looking for carriage companies in my area this one came up and its definitely a keeper— Carriage Limousine Service serving East Ohio and West Pennsylvania. (I just googled it so if you’re looking for one in your area I would do the same). Delving deeper into their website I come to find that they have 3 carriage types 1. Victorian (pictured) 2. Cinderella (spherical) and 3. Limousine (like a fancy trailer to hold a group). They also rent horses and carriages for Indian weddings and will cater their horse and decor to your colors!