olde_fashioned: (N&S -- true love (train car kiss))
In honour of Singles Awareness Day St. Valentine's Day, and you can partially blame [livejournal.com profile] spikesbint and [livejournal.com profile] kf_creations with their recent N&S batches, for getting me in the mood. ;-)

Lots of black-and-whites and alternates, (and two wallpapers!) and I went overboard on the kiss again...just a little...*halo* But who's gonna complain?? If this scene doesn't do it for you, then you're either not human or just not romantic.

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''You might guess where I've been.'' )
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A massive batch of costume drama wallpapers, ranging from Pride & Prejudice 2005, the BBC's North & South, Jane Eyre, Emma, Lorna Doone, and 1950s fashion.

As ever, do not claim these as your own, please credit/comment if taking, and enjoy!



It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any person in possession of a computer, must be in want of a wallpaper. )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- true love (train car kiss))
More North & South! ;-D There are a few more icontest entries, and again I was trying to make most of these look fairly "gritty", but there are some that aren't. Due to some delightful new textures I've been experimenting with those, as well. ;-)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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Reason? What kind of reason?! Mr. Thornton go down there this instant and face them like a man. )
olde_fashioned: (Cranford -- young love)
I was bad and didn't write up a review for last week's RIDICULOUSLY SHORT installment of Cranford mainly because I couldn't come up with much to say about it. So I decided to lump it all together with episode three.

Warning: SPOILERS ABOUND as always!! ;-D (and I'm too tired so I'm probably rambling like a nitwit and mispelling words all over the place but oh well.)

A cup of tea, a good book, and a heartwarming story... )
olde_fashioned: (Cranford -- romance)
I've just returned from the first of three trips back in time to a little English village called Cranford. ;-) It was every bit as delightful as my great expecations expected it would be, and even succeeding them in some respects.

[Consider yourself warned....there are gazillions of spoilers.]

What is all this agitation about? Are the new summer gloves come in?! )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Thornton look away)
But I simply couldn't resist. ;-) For those of you not familiar with The Republic of Pemberley, they have a very amusing board where people may post pretending to be fictional characters asking Pride & Prejudice's Lady Catherine de Bourgh for advice, rather like a Dear Abby column. Then others must reply as a Jane Austen character, any character from any of her stories other than Lady Catherine and Mr. Collins, and give silly advice back. It's quite humourous, and the other day I simply could not abandon the idea that popped into my head one day. ;-) I already posted this at RoP, but I'm sharing here for all of you to enjoy.

[Note: don't read this if you want to avoid spoilers for the book and mini series of North & South -- it's loaded with them!]

So! Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado, I bring you A foolish passion? )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- true love (train car kiss))
The first challenge for [livejournal.com profile] ns_stillness has now been posted HERE. :-D I hope those of you who enjoy icontests and North & South will join in!

ns_stillness
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Mrs. Thornton's errand)
36 icons of the so-wonderful-it-can-never-be-iconed-enough North & South. This time I've got a few icontest entries in there, as well as one of Higgins and Bessie. I was really going for a "grittier" look this time, since the story is so serious, and the setting rather "gritty" in itself. ;-) I love that about this story, how the world can be dark and ugly and scary but there still can be things as beautiful as love and friendship, as Christian values and moral people who still try to do the right thing.

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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I'm not sure I'm the one to speak to. I'm not sure I'd know how to dabble. )
olde_fashioned: (W&D -- happily ever after)
Another perennial favourite of mine is Wives & Daughters. I guess I've been in the mood for Gaskell lately, and it's easy to forget how good Molly and Roger go together this series is. ;-D

Twenty-two icons this time, mostly of Molly, a couple of Cynthia, Lady Harriet (who totally rocks, in my very humble opinion) and a few of Roger Hamley. I also made a wallpaper and matching friends only banner, with complimentary icons.

As always, my icons are not bases, please credit/comment if taking, and enjoy!

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Beetles? Why would anyone ever want to write a book about beetles, or read one?! )
olde_fashioned: (Cranford -- Sophy)
cranford header

Title: Cranford
by: Elizabeth Gaskell
Genre: British Literature, Fiction, Classics

I have heard Cranford called Gaskell's most famous novel. I am not exactly sure why anyone would consider it so, unless it's because she wrote her stories about the rural village of Cranford in order to preserve the quaint country ways of life? According to the notes, Cranford is an alias for Gaskell's hometown of Knutsford, and most of the anecdotes and events related by various characters really happened, such as the cat eating the lace. That knowledge lends an extra element of interest to this heartwarming story with a home-y, cozy setting.

Naturally after reading North & South and Wives & Daughters I promptly put everything Gaskell wrote on my reading list, but I moved Cranford up to the top because it's a rule of mine to read the novels before I watch the movies. So, in anticipation of the impending airing in May of the Judi Dench mini-series, I ordered a copy from the library.

Elegant economy! )

A Quote

Feb. 8th, 2008 06:26 pm
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Margaret exquisite colouring)
This heads Chapter 17 of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. I love that she included appropriate quotations at the beginning of each of her chapters, and I really like this one. When I first read the book last summer I wrote out and saved the verse, rediscovering it only this afternoon while cleaning my room. ;-)

There are briars besetting every path... )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Margaret exquisite colouring)
I couldn't help myself. ;-) Nineteen icons and three Friends Only banners of the wonderfully beautiful North & South starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe. I finished watching this again tonight, and I was reminded of why I love this movie so much. ;-)

As always, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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Reckon I'll leave my brains at 'ome, then. )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Margaret black despair)
100 icons of the wonderful and gorgeous North & South that I made for the [livejournal.com profile] obsessive100 themed icon community. For those of you unfamiliar with themed icons, half were supposed to fit a predetermined list of themes, and those icons are housed in each applicable slot. (Please note: the theme/numbers are ABOVE the icons this time)

As always textless icons are not bases. If planning to use any of my work please do unto others as you would have them do unto you. ;-) (i.e., credit and comment!)

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Comments are appreciated as I really excercised my creative muscles for this batch and I'd love to know what you all think.
You 'ave to look 'ard... )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Margaret with a book)
It is a fact universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

I've decided to take a poll and see who everyone's favourite literary hero is. ;-) Mind, I mean the character from the book, not the actors from the movie! Who is the kindest, the best knight in shining armour, the most chivalrous, the noblest? You decide!

Vote! )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- hands)
A rather large batch of icons this time, of the wonderful and beautiful North & South with Daniella Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage. I've been experimenting with my styles, so please let me know which ones you like. :-) Comment, credit, and enjoy!

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I do not wish to possess you I wish to marry you because I love you! )
olde_fashioned: (N&S -- Margaret with a book)
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Title: North & South
Written by: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Genre: Classic Literature, Fiction, 19th C. Brit Lit


Despite the somber undertones of hardship, strife, and death, this was quite an enjoyable story, and the characters really seem to jump off the page. Margaret, in particular, is very likeable, and is closely seconded by John Thornton. Both are strangers to the other’s way of life, and consequently many misunderstandings ensue! Add a dash of romance and you have a classic love story, that had me turning pages so fast I managed to finish the book in four and a half days straight. I loved it, and would highly recommend it to anybody!

The copy I read was borrowed from the library, and someone had stuck a small yellow post-it-note on one of the last pages. They wrote a note saying, "watch the movie with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe -- it's wonderful!" I thought that was really cute, and she's right -- watch the movie!! ;-)

Warning! Spoilers for both the book and the mini-series follow!

After a minute or two, he gently disengaged her hands from her face, and laid her arms as they had once before been placed to protect him from the rioters. // 'Do you remember, love?' he murmured. 'And how I requited you with my insolence the next day?' )
olde_fashioned: (W&D -- happily ever after)


Title: Wives and Daughters
Written by: Elizabeth Gaskell
Genre: Fiction, Classic Literature

Wives & Daughters is something I’d never even heard of until I caught the end of the mini-series on PBS once. While Elizabeth Gaskell appears to have somewhat of a following (at least in Japan and amongst N&S fans), when I tried to locate a copy in my local library branch there wasn’t a single book written by her on the shelves. (and no, I do not live in a one-horse town with a teeny tiny library.)

The edition I read was a wonderful Penguin paperback with tons of footnotes, (oddly enough purchased in the Library’s friend’s used bookstore!) and I was grateful for them, especially with Gaskell’s seemingly frequent habit of alluding to other literary works.

Unfortunately, Gaskell died suddenly before finishing W&D, which was being published as a serial in Charles Dicken’s publication in the 1860s.

Overall, I really enjoyed it, and I'd read it again and recommend it to anyone, especially those who are fond of Jane Austen. :-)

Now it's off to Netflix the mini-series...

(ETA: Would you believe it's got a long wait?!? Arg!!)

(Edit: Netflix finally delivered, and so I've seen all the mini-series now. Of course I loved it, and it's definitely something I recommend. Not that I didn't know that before, however!)

Read more... )

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