Monday, August 15, 2011

A Few of my Favorite Fictional Female Characters

This is a very random post of characters in books (or movies, but mostly books) that I love. They're in no particular order, just as I thought of them! Who are some of YOUR favorites??

Amy Dorrit

As soon as I started reading Little Dorrit, I knew Amy was one of the best characters ever invented. She is so sweet and loving - always serving others, and taking care of the unloved and unwanted. I also love how well she handles her relationship with her father. She could easily have been ashamed of him and disrespectful, but she respects and loves him as a daughter should, even in such a difficult situation.

Jane Bennet

I think Jane often gets forgotten in all the"Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth" talk, but she is still my favorite female character in Pride and Prejudice. She always tries to build people up rather than tear them down and is not selfish in the least.

Molly Gibson

How could anyone NOT like Molly?? So sweet and kind. Again I love her relationship with Mr. Gibson, and how it is portrayed in such a good light. She's another one who is always serving and helping others.

Lady Harriet

I've always liked Lady Harriet. She sees a problem and does what she can to fix it right away. And I love her red riding habit.... which has nothing to do with her character - just sayin'.

Polly Milton (Sorry, no picture)

I can't say how many times I have read this book and each time it helps me to get through a tough day. She relates to everyday life and is very real. She isn't perfect at all, and deals with growing up from a 14 year old girl to a 21 year old young lady with bumps and troubles, but always seeks advice from older women (usually her mother) and follows through with it. She also always tries to bring sunshine into other peoples' lives, to make their path a little easier. She is one character I really hope will never appear on screen - I'd be too afraid they would ruin her.

Beth March

Beth is another "forgotten" character, with Jo and Amy more at the front. But Beth is still my favorite, being okay with being in the background, taking care of details without thanks, taking care of little ones and the poor and generally making the home a home.

Mary Smith

She is such a great character (especially on film). I just love how she stays with the Miss Jenkins and listens to their stories of their childhood. One of my favorite scenes is when Mary is "set-up" with Dr. Harrison by her step-mother, and how Mary handles the situation without being awkward - just frank and friendly, and not romantic.

Mrs. Plornish

Ooooh Mrs. Plornish!! She is just too cute, with her attempted Italian accent, and continuously smiling face. You'll also notice how hospitable she is, taking in Mr. Cavelletto and Maggie, her father, and always having people over to her small abode. They are not rich, but they share whatever they can with others.

Anne Elliot

My favorite book by Jane Austen. I so wish I was as sweet tempered as Anne, seeing to all the little details, caring for others, etc. They really need to make a better film of this book....

Marmee March

And to close this off... Marmee. Who couldn't love Marmee - her relationship with each of her very different and unique daughters, how she guides them, and is always there for them. And how they all confide in her - if they have troubles, they go to Marmee for advice and comfort. I love good motherly figures in books - it makes the book twice as nice!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Devonshire 18th Century Shoes

 Devonshires are a leather 18th century shoe based on museum examples from the 1760s through 1780s.  They're made of top-grade dyable leather, with a beautiful, smooth Italian leather sole for dancing, and are hard-wearing, water- and mud-proof, for even the toughest of outdoor re-enactments.

Pre-Order the Devonshires through August 10, and get the special $100 price.  We're only making 200 of these shoes, so don't miss the chance to own one of only a couple hundred pair on the planet!  Visit to order.

Aren't these shoes sweet? I'm loving the shape of the heel! :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Traditional White Regency Dress

I love the simplicity of regency dresses... especially white ones. I searched high and low for the right fabric to make my dress - a white sheer cotton. Surprisingly the only plain white sheer I could find was polyester or poly/cotton blend, which I was not about to use (polyester... *shudders*) Finally I stumbled on this swiss-dot at Hancock fabrics... and it was on sale! Needless to say, I was pleased - very pleased. :) The petticoat underneath is white linen. I'm also am going to make a peachy-orange petticoat, so it will lightly show through and I can have two dresses in one.

We had a lovely location to shoot these photos. My dad took a vacation off work and we went up to northern Wisconsin to Door County. Dad's secretary's brother owns a beautiful "estate", 300 feet above the water, and he was so kind to let us stay there for our visit! 

Here's an up-close view of the back. You'll notice that it doesn't close in the back (the seam you see is the petticoat closure), and at first glance it doesn't look like it's possible to get into the dress, but the front of the bodice has a drawstring at the bottom, and hooks and eyes along the drawstring casing, so the front of the skirt hooks onto it. I wanted a somewhat invisible way to close it, and this seemed to be the easiest solution.

I love pleats. Just saying.

The whole house was stone, which made for some great settings. 

Off to the woods for more photos...
(we were having a lot of fun, hence lots of pictures. I hope you don't mind)

This spot was right above the 300 ft drop-off. The water was so blue and beautiful. Every day there were lots of sail-boats, as well as kayaks, speed-boats, canoes, jet-skis, and even a few para-sails! 

And there you have it! Many many thanks to my sister for the photos - she's amazing, if I do say so myself. :)

All photos copyright ©Kathryn Grace Photography. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Sneak Peek!

Come back soon to see my latest project!

P.S. How do you like the bigger pictures?

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