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09 January 2009 @ 05:09 pm
This icon batch contains paintings of women from approx. the beginning 1500's to mid 1500's. I found a few paintings on random sites, but I found most of them at The Realm of Venus.
If you love one of the paintings or if you want to know the name/artist just tell me and I'll try and find the exact link :)
Oh and be nice to my icons, I put sweat, tears and the occasional drop of blood into them. This is my favourite icon batch so far! ^^

As usual, comment and credit! ^^ Telling me which ones you like best would also help a lot :D

Art enables us to find and lose ourselves at the same timeCollapse )


current mood: relieved that the week is finally over :D
currently listening to: "If I didn't care" by Amy Adams and Lee Pace from the "Miss Pettigrew lives for the day" soundtrack (thanks italyatmidnight !!! ^^)
08 January 2009 @ 10:09 pm
Finally finished my kind of big (maybe?) batch of Renaissance art icons!!! :D I quite like them :D
Will definitely post tomorrow late-ish afternoon, I worked reallyreally hard on them so everyone should check them out ^^

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I looooved this adaptation! :) I thought Charity Wakefield played Marianne decently enough, she's really pretty either way. I made these icons a really long time ago, I don't love them and I've improved a lot, but I figured there's no harm in posting them :)

Course normal rules apply: credit and comment! :) Oh and enjoy.hehe. ^^

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currently listening to: Ruin by The Pierces
current mood:  accomplished :)

21 December 2008 @ 01:03 am
Does anyone know where I can find screencaps of the 1986 version of Northanger Abbey? I can't find them anywhere! It's all about the 2007 version, which is extremely vexing. (Even though I love that version<3)
Preferably in a gallery-type setting and not a zip file (stupid hard drive) but really at this point anything is good. I can't even find many pics of it anywhere! *sigh*
Any help would be veeeery appreciated.
Has anyone actually seen that version? (1986 version). I saw it once, and I liked it but something about it just didn't click with me (even though I watched it after reading the book). However, I watched it a second time just for fun and discovered that I actually love it! Whatever didn't click with me before definitely clicks with me now lol.
I also love a lot of the costumes...like the flower pattern of Catherine's dress at the beginning, and her travelling costume on the way to Bath, and her blue hat (the one she wears while walking with Eleanor and Henry Tilney). Oh and I love the blue outfit she wears at the Cotillion ball, while Isabella wears that horrid purple thing. Catherine just looks so...romantic and natural in that pretty blue outfit, and the beads and the flower in her hair...Very graceful ^^

So yeah, any help would be amazing!
currently listening to: Drive by Bic Runga
current mood: 
sleepy. I'm tired. Goodnight everyone! ^^

20 December 2008 @ 01:27 am
I finally figured out how to install this new layout! It took a while, but whatever.
It's a little annoying that the sidebar has to be on the right. If it's on the left it nudges the writing over to the right and some of the text is lost and it looks really disorganized.
Do you guys like it? Or do you prefer the last one? (If you don't remember what it used to be it's the "woodcut spring" one)
11 December 2008 @ 05:09 pm
I realized I had tons of icons from past stillness contests just waiting to be posted. So here we go.
Oh and give me constructive criticism! *grin* nothing mean though.

4 Mansfield Park and Persuasion (2007)
6 Cinderella
6 Marie Antoinette
6 fashion plates (1 relating to Mansfield Park)

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26 November 2008 @ 07:33 pm
I realized I hadn't posted my opinion on Twilight...
warning: MANY SPOILERS FOR TWILIGHT - the books and the movies. Also, in the last lj-cut/the last paragraph there are a few New Moon (the second book of the series) spoilers, but it's mentioned in the lj-cut so don't worry about finding it or anything lol.
overall: pretty good movie. overall not amazing or great or anything but there were many, many moments that were amazing. and amazingly funny, too. So it's really worth watching in theatres. ;)

It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way… the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?Collapse )
You only have to risk your life every second you spend with me, that’s surely not much. You only have to turn your back on nature, on humanity… what’s that worth?Collapse )
I turned and he was leaning toward me, his pale, glorious face just inches from mine. My heart stopped beating.Collapse )I’m Carlisle. This is my family, Emmett and Jasper, Rosalie, Esme and Alice, Edward and Bella.Collapse )And you’re worried, not because you’re headed to meet a houseful of vampires, but because you think those vampires won’t approve of you, correct?Collapse )You do smell nice, I never noticed before.Collapse )It sounded like you were having Bella for lunch, and we came to see if you would share.Collapse )
Sorry about this, Bella. We couldn’t rein Alice in --> new moon spoilers!Collapse )


currently listening to: "Running up that hill" by Placebo (kind of reminds me of Twilight, especially Edward and Bella's relationship)
current mood: high on Twilight and the Cullen family (especially the Cullens, though) (I'm not really high on Jacob Black but the actor who plays him, Taylor Lautner, is quite yummy...)


11 November 2008 @ 08:49 pm
The Girl of Cadiz by George Gordon, Lord Byron


Oh never talk again to me

Of northern climes and British ladies;

It has not been your lot to see,

Like me, the lovely girl of Cadiz
5Although her eye be not of blue,

Nor fair her locks, like English lasses,

How far its own expressive hue

The languid azure eye surpasses !


Prometheus-like, from heaven she stole
10The fire, that through those silken lashes

In darkest glances seem to roll,

From eyes that cannot hide their flashes:

And as along her bosom steal

In lengthen'd flow her raven tresses,
15You'd swear each clustering lock could feel,

And curl'd to give her neck caresses.


Our English maids are long to woo,

And frigid even in possession;

And if their charms be fair to view,
20Their lips are slow at Loves confession:

But, born beneath a brighter sun,

For love ordain'd the Spanish maid is,

And who, --- when fondly, fairly won, ---

Enchants you like the Girl of Cadiz ?

25The Spanish maid is no coquette,

Nor joys to see a lover tremble,

And if she love, or if she hate,

Alike she knows not to dissemble.

Her heart can ne'er be bought or sold ---
30Howe'er it beats, it beats sincerely;

And, though it will not bend to gold,

'T will love you long and love you dearly.


The Spanish girl that meets your love

Ne'er taunts you with a mock denial,
35For every thought is bent to prove

Her passion in the hour of trial.

When thronging foemen menace Spain,

She dares the deed and shares the danger;

And should her lover press the plain,
40She hurls the spear, her love's avenger.


And when, beneath the evening star,

She mingles in the gay Bolero,

Or sings to her attuned guitar

Of Christian knight or Moorish hero,
45Or counts her beads with fairy hand

Beneath the twinkling rays of Hesper,

Or joins Devotion's choral band,

To chaunt the sweet and hallow'd vesper; —


In each her charms the heart must move
50Of all who venture to behold her;

Then let not maids less fair reprove

Because her bosom is not colder:

Through many a clime 't is mine to roam

Where many a soft and melting maid is,
55But none abroad, and few at home,

May match the dark-eyed
Girl of Cadiz.

The maid of Cadiz, accompaniment to the 1833 published poem.

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Finally, I've figured out how to make icons! ^^ I use this program that I happened to stumble upon in my programs list, it's called Corel Paint Shop Pro X and it works pretty well so far. I've made 6 icons from one of my favourite movies, Amelie. Of course only in french, though. ;) I quite like how they turned out, especially the first 3.
So the details...
Movie: Amelie (ou Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain)
-icons with Audrey Tautou, who plays Amelie.
--> crediting rebeccarand987  and commenting would be very sweet of you :)
Thanks to lothlorienbaby</lj> for the screencaps



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ps: if you're reading this and you know about icons and graphics and html and such, could you please pretty please very kindly read the entry right before this one? I'm having a few graphic problems. I'd reallllly appreciate any help I can get. I'm new to computer graphics.
I hope you guys like the new graphics :)

Current mood:
 very creative.
Currently listening to: Don't Wake me up by The hush sound (from a v. good Atonement fanmix by   )
12 October 2007 @ 06:02 pm

I recently bought a poetry book, it's called "Poems of the Romantic Revival". Poems from that time period are my favourite...Except for Pablo Neruda, who's a pretty modern poet. Here's an expert from a poem by William Wordsworth that I absolute love:

Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is now now as it hath been of yore; - 
Turn wheresoe'er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

The rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the Rose,
The Moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare,
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where'er I go,
That there hath past away a glory from the earth.

Now, while the birds thus sing a joyous song,
And while the young lambs bound
As to the tabor's sound,
To me alone there came a thought of grief:
A timely utterance gave that thought relief,
And I again am strong:
The cataracts blow their trumpets from the steep;
No more shall frief of mine the season wrong;
I hear the Echoes through the mountains throng,
The Winds come to me from the fields of sleep,
And all the earth is gay;
Land and sea
Give themselves up to jollitry,
And with the heart of May
Doth every Best keep holiday; - 
Thou Child of Joy,
Shout round me, let me hear thy shouts, thou happy

William Wordsworth, 1803-1806

I would've put the entire poem as it's so beautiful and picturesque, but the entire poem is 6 pages. The expert is just over a page. Isn't it pretty, though? In the book where I got this poem there are also poems by S.T Coleridge, Lord Byron, P.B. Shelley, John Keats, Robert Browning and Lord Tennyson, on top of William Wordsworth. I'd have to say my favourite from those is authors is Lord Byron and P.B. Shelley. All the others have really nice poems, though. I'd have to say Lord Tennyson is also on the list of my favourites. Hmm, it says the book was published in 1904. I don't know if this edition was, but judging from the cover, it's probably almost as old...wow.
I got the book An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott from a used book sale and it said "To Christie" Merry Christmas 1934...(not part of the published book.) I thought that was pretty cool.


Currently listening to: Mad World by Gary Jules (Tears for Fears cover - pretty piano playing!!)
Current mood:  calm