The Best Art-Quotes of Tumblr

Dear P, 

My favorites items on tumblr (besides pictures of Darren Criss) are the decorated quotes. I have 378 saved on my computer. For your viewing enjoyment, I have picked my favorite ten. 

Honorable Mentions:

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Making Mondays Sunny

E’s Quote for the Week

I’ve been reading “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” translated by Edward Fitzgerald and I have some quotes from it to share with you:

“Why, if the Soul can fling the Dust aside,

And naked on the Air of Heaven ride,

Were’t not a Shame- were’t not a Shame for him

In this clay carcass to reside.”

“A Hair perhaps divides the False and True.”

“Strange, is it not? that of the myriads who

Before us passed the door of Darkness through,

Not one returns to tell us of the Road,

Which to discover we must travel too.”

Things I’m Grateful for This Week

  • My beautiful dorm!
  • My interesting, passionate roommate. I have never met someone with so much conviction in her beliefs who also lacks judgement for people that do not share them. It is inspiring and we have deep conversations at least three times a day. I have a feeling I will be doing a lot of growing because of her. She’s the one to the far left:
The photo is really hazy because there was condensation on the lens, but it kind of ended up looking cool.
  • The salad and soup bar at our cafeteria.
  • The range of information and growing opportunities listed on the Self Improvement section of Stumbleupon
  • All the little bits and pieces of Austin that make it the most beautiful and magical place on Earth

What I Want to Do to Make This Week Sunnier

  • Find football tickets. I have to go to at least one college football game this season.
  • Find all of my classes beforehand.
  • Continue to take this opportunity of constantly meeting people to improve my social skills-
  • But at the same time take time for myself to regenerate.
  • Read “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Wolf. I got it from the library yesterday and I am excited. I have a feeling you may be getting some Virginia Wold quotes next week.

Have a great week! P will post MMS sometime in the next few days 🙂

E

 

The Mitford Sisters- So Much Better than the Kardashians

Dear P,

During my stay in the UK I ran across a couple of icons that fascinated me, but none more so than the Mitford sisters.

(Source:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2007/oct/24/the20thcenturysmostfascina)

Unity, Diana, Jessica, Nancy, Pamela and Deborah Mitford, not to mention their beloved parents “Muv” and “Farve” and brother Thomas, rocked the 20th century with their perfect British gentry eccentricities. I’ll go through them one at a time at first, but you have to consider them as a package, a family, to grasp the full magnificence.

Nancy Mitford– The novelist:

(Source: http://www.desmond-mcallister.info/Eng/pub_images/Mitford/Index.htm)

Nancy was the eldest of the six sisters and the one who best cultivated the “Mitford Industry” with her novels, newspaper articles, letters and essays. She also wrote many well-recieved biographies that won her fame and recognition. While Nancy’s sisters rushed to political extremes she remained a fairly uninterested moderate socialist, remaining on good terms with her sisters only through her wit, which mitigated political issues so that they were bearable in a family environment.

Though successful in her professional life, Nancy struggled in her personal life. After an unsatisfying romantic relationship with the homosexual Scottish aristocrat Hamish St Clair-Erskine, she married the Honorable Peter Murray Rennell Rodd. This marriage didn’t really go that well, with both parties indulging in varied dalliances, the most interesting of which was Nancy’s affair with the French politician and Chief-of-Staff Colonel Gaston Palewski, who inspired the character of Fabrice de Sauveterre in ‘Love in a Cold Climate.’

I have read ‘Pursuit of Love’ and ‘Love in a Cold Climate’ and I thought they were very witty and well-written representations of upper class Great Britain and France.

Also, she was classically gorgeous and has a look that I draw upon for inspiration:


(Source: http://www.nancymitford.com/nancy)

If you want to read more about her, check out her website, nancymitford.com. 

Pamela Mitford– Pamela was the least well-known and the most domestic of the bunch. 

She appears apolitical, like Nancy, and was less of a public figure than her sisters. She was married to the scientist Derek Jackson, who helped her run a poultry farm. Her nicknames included “mother”, her childhood name created by her sisters, and “The Rural Mitford”, dubbed by a man that was enamored with her for at least a little while, John Betjeman. Eventually she divorced Derek Jackson and spent most of her time in the company of the Italian horsewoman Giuditta Tommasi, still running her farm. 

Diana Mitford– The Venus-like Fascist:

(Taken from a portrait by William Acton)

Diana was a writer and auto-biographer, though not as well-known as her sister Nancy. She is much better recognized for her political activities. She was a dedicated Nazi from the very first Nuremberg rally, which she attended with her sister, Unity, who subsequently introduced her to Hitler. 

At age 18, Diana was engaged to Bryan Walter Guinness, Irish writer, aristocrat and brewery heir. The young couple lived the high life with estates in Dublin and London, often hosting meetings of the “Bright Young People,” a society of which Nancy was a part. Their marriage was foiled when Diana fell irrevocably for the dashing Sir Oswald Mosley, the founder of the British Fascist Party. Mosley refused to leave his wife, though Diana left Guinness, and when Mosley’s wife died he started delayed their marriage further with an affair with his former wife’s younger sister. 

When Mosley and Diana finally did get married, they did so in the parlor of Joseph Goebbels, overseen by Adolf Hitler himself. After the war Diana and Mosley were put in prison for three years for being Nazi sympathizers. After jail, the couple lived in various estates all over Europe and Diana lived to the ripe old age of 93. 

Unity Mitford– Unity loved Hitler, which never ends well.  

When Diana went home after the Nuremberg rally, Unity refused and was determined to meet Adolf Hitler. She did meet him and was a member of his inner circle for more than five years. She was so enamored with Hitler that when Britain declared war against Germany she shot herself in the head, causing permanent brain damage. Afterwards she lived with her mother at Asthall Manor and eventually she died from complications with the head-wound. 

Jessica “Decca” Mitford– The red sheep of the family:

At age 19, Decca married the Spanish civil war fighter Esmond Romilly, a nephew of Winston Churchill and her second cousin. The couple moved between Spain and London (the East End) while Muv and Farve got used to the idea of their marriage. In 1939 Decca and Esmond moved to the United States. Esmond joined the Canadian Royal Airforce and died in combat in World War Two. 

Decca threw herself into her work as a civil rights lawyer and investigative journalist. She was a member of the U.S. Communist Party at this time. She met her second husband, American civil rights lawyer Robert Treuhaft, in 1943. The couple moved to Oakland, California (where all good American Communists lived) and Decca became an American citizen in 1944. She continued to fight for civil rights in the U.S. throughout her lifetime and died from lung cancer in 1996. 

Deborah Mitford– The Duchess. 

(Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/sep/12/mitford-debo-deborah-devonshire-nancy-decca)

Deborah was the baby of the family and is the last of the Mitford sisters still alive. She married Lord Andrew Cavendish in 1941 and became the Duchess of Cavendish in 1950. She is best known for her ownership and restoration of Chatsworth, the most amazing house I have ever seen. They used it for Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice: 

(Source: http://www.castletonguide.com/gallery/14.html)

These sisters provide endless fodder for musings on tragedy, family, politics, British class issues, media, happiness, and the endless variability of siblings.

I hope you are having a great time at Cape Cod and meeting loads of new friends! I am going back to Austin tomorrow- I can’t wait to start school!

Hugs and kisses, 

E

 

Making Monday Sunny

What an eventful, emotion-full week this has been: “Hello’s!” and “Goodbye’s!” and absolutely everything in between! We’re all packed up and ready to go. P leaves for Boston today and I (E) leave Friday.

E’s Quote for the Week

“Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself and eventual extinction.”

Jean Dubuffet

Things I’m Grateful for This Week

  • In a weird way, I’m glad it’s so hard to say good-bye to my friends and family. It’s easy to leave people you don’t care for. I think that’s what whoever coined the term “bittersweet goodbye” meant- bitter because it’s finished, sweet because it was fun. Dr Seuss has a quote about this: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”*
  • I’m thankful my family is all together for this week. Skype is a wonderful tool, but it’s still not the same as all being in the same place. For example, from Skype I could never have noticed that my little brother was riding around the neighborhood on a big red tricycle while wearing a fedora-
  • I’m oh so thankful for P! I can’t imagine having a better best friend! From going to Cracker Barrel at 7:30 AM after a night of no sleep to making vision boards to bonding over Harry Potter, we always get ourselves into crazy and fun situations. I’m going to miss her so much.
  • I’m incredibly grateful for my beautiful camera. This thing (a Nikon J1) is my pride and joy. It’s so small and cute, but takes amazing pictures. I can’t wait to capture Austin with it.
  • I’m grateful for the beautiful garden my mom has been growing. I have never seen so many tomatoes in the same place before.
Her secret?
Chicken poop fertilizer!

What I Want to Do to Make This Week Sunnier

  • Get geared up for Austin! This includes some serious thinking about the best way this could turn out, packing, and rearranging of my schedule.
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Make new friends at UT
  • Work on Spanish, chemistry and calculus

Have a great week!

E

*Subsequent research indicates that the source of this quote is debated

P’s Quote for the Week

“Where we love is home-home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Things I’m Grateful for this Week

  • My amazing family. It was SO sad leaving my family and I hate that I’m so far away from them, but I know I am so freaking lucky to have such an amazing family, in every single way possible. I, I can’t even start to express how much I love them.
Aren’t my little bros handsome? (:
  • My friends and all of the memories we’ve made over the years. We’ve done so many things—awesome, stupid, life-changing, fun, unforgettable things. I’ll never forget all of my wonderful friends back home.
Here are the girls! (:
  • E! Thank the gods on Mount Olympus that I happened to find myself such a spectacular best friend. We are, once again, 1696 miles away from each other, and although it sucks I’m really grateful for this blog and the fact that it will always be the link between us.
  • That I got to Boston safely! I’m here y’all! In my dorm! On campus! Everything went smoothly this morning—no flight delays, no lost baggage…nothing! It’s so weird actually being on campus. My roommates aren’t here yet. But I’m ready to meet them! Also, look at this pic I took from the plane! I didn’t edit it at all!!
  • That I’m going to be spending the next four years in the amazing city of Boston while studying at one of the best universities in the country and meeting some of the smartest, kindest, coolest and most driven students in the U.S. It’s safe to say it’s going to be the ride of a lifetime.
Here’s the dome at MIT!
and Boston at night!

What I’m Going to Do to Make This Week Sunnier

  • meet as many people as possible and have loads of fun at my leadership camp in Cape Cod!
  • decorate my dorm room and make it super homey slash cute
  • make collages of all of the pictures I printed out of friends and family
  • explore Boston
  • hopefully, possibly pass my diagnostic tests during orientation

Hugs and Kisses from my new city XOXO

P

How To Make Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies

Chocolate chip Oreo cookies are delicious and super easy to make!

Start with Oreo halves:

Place pre-made (either store bought or home-made) chocolate chip cookie dough balls on top of the Oreo halves and then put another Oreo half on top of that to make a little Oreo-cookie-dough sandwiches.

Bake for eight to ten minutes, or when the inside cookies look done.

We made a few topless sandwiches (scandalous, we know) and they were just as delectable as the regular cookies. Make whichever you prefer based on the ratio of cookie to Oreo.

Happy Baking!

E

Flashin’ Fashion

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Flashin’ Fashion Pajama Style! Fashion Friday has now been changed to Flashin’ Fashion. Consider yourselves informed. Last night E, H and I had a sleepover! Respectively, we categorized our styles as collegiate chic, Harry Potter fabulous and New England preppy … Continue reading

Ideas for Tie-Dye Crafts

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Tie-dye is a wonderful tool for craft-making. It is cheap, easy, and mess-ups only make your end product look better. Here are a few ideas for different things you can do with tie-dye.

With most tie-dye crafts, you must start out with something clean, white, and cotton. We usually use T-shirts for tradition’s sake, but you could also use duvet covers, socks, sports bras, and any other mainly cotton material.

 

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You can do a basic tie-dye projects with dyes purchased from your local supermarket or hobby store. To do a swirl pattern, you must pinch your material at one point and then twirl the fabric around this point. To secure what should be a wheel-shaped roll of fabric, put rubber bands across the diameter of the wheel so that it cuts them into pie-shaped sections. Wet the fabric. Spray the dye in the section, with a different color per part.

 

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(P and our friends M demonstrate this technique)

If you want to create multiple swirls, just twirl the fabric around more than one point.

Our friend T (sitting down below) has an annual tie-dye party every year and we always use this technique, so this year we decided to shake it up.

 

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So we wet the clean, white, cotton T-shirts and then put blue Elmer’s gel-glue (you have to use blue gel glue) in a design on the T-shirt. P put the quote:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

-Howard Zinn

I used the one I put for Making Thursday Sunny.

 

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J, sitting above, is an expert doodler and therefore had a beautiful design:

 

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We just dyed our shirts instead of tie-dying, which we figured would make them make busy. We did this by filling the sink with water and the dye and putting the shirts in the concoction for fifteen minutes. We then let them dry and washed them twenty-four hours later.

Happy crafting!

E

Reunited at Last!

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E and I are back together at last! It’s so nice having my best friend back. Even if it’s only for 5 days. E slept over at my house last night and man was it a night! We went out driving in E’s car and on our way to Walmart while blasting music we happened to run into one of our friends in his car. We started freaking out and honking/screaming at him. So then we ended up meeting up with him and some other friends and spent the night walking around trying to find food, burning things, avoiding the random rain, and playing with his cute adorable dog Butter. Than E and I went back to my house and had the MOST INTENSE CRAFTING SESSION EVER. (It lasted like 6 hours) While watching Sherlock Holmes and Gone With the Wind we cut up magazines and made these AMAZING vision boards! They turned out SO SPECTACULAR. Also, can I say that Gone With the Wind is THE LONGEST MOVIE EVER?!? It was 4 hours long. It had a freaking intermission, like what the heck. But it was so good! At this point it was 5 am and E and I couldn’t sleep because of the copious amount of mint and coconut m&ms we had eaten. So then we talked and had the kind of conversation you can only have with your best friend in the dark at 5 am. And then we watched the sunrise and around 7 we decided we weren’t tired so we got all dressed up and went to Cracker Barrel to eat breakfast. Basically the most epic sleepover ever. Anyway at this point, I have been awake for like 48 hours straight and I’m pretty sure that’s dangerous or something, so I think I’ll go to sleep now. Get ready for the epicness of the next five days. E and I will be up to trouble (: Hope you all are having a lovely week.

Love and sunshine and kisses,

P

P.S. All of the pictures are of me because E is always the one behind the camera….oops.