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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Well, I had really hoped to write a post about Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, which I finished reading May 31, but there was too much to say for me to complete it for today. In fact, it will probably turn into two posts. I had quite a bit of other writing to do as well … so hopefully it will show up on Friday. In the meantime, how about some snippets of what’s going on in my life?

I’ve begun work on a Regency gown. Here is the fabric; the necklace and bracelet are made with green garnets by my friend who’s going on the Historical Costume tour with me:

 It should look somewhat similar to this red gown that I modeled for a seamstress-friend last year:

Sewing a whole dress is a new experience for me. I’ve made a tiered skirt before, a doll dress, pillow covers, and other, even simpler things. The more I do it, the more I enjoy it. Do any of you sew?

A beloved activity of mine is martial arts. I also love teaching, so whenever I’m called upon to teach at my martial arts school, which I have been doing for a few weeks now, I feel busy and fulfilled. Of course, our martial arts is absent of any mysticism; it’s all about agility, self-defense, and a good attitude. I’m a second-degree black belt, and I really desire to keep up the practice until I can no longer move, which hopefully won’t be for decades yet! Basically, I just love being in motion. What is your favorite exercise or sport?

For my final news, I am at work on an author website. It’s so fun to build and design! In fact, I should be working on it now … my goal is to make it presentable as soon as possible. I’ll let you know when it’s finished and ready for viewing! There’ll be a link on my blog.

In short, God is good! I mean that with all possible sincerity. Each day brings more of His faithfulness and kindness to light. I hope you’re having a great week!


  1. Beautiful fabric, Kelsey! I'm sure it will a lovely dress--that color is going to look fabulous on you. :-)

    Also, I loved that photo of you doing karate. I've tried and tried to imagine you in a white uniform, and now finally I can picture it. I love that you love it--such a fun and interesting sport for you to love.

    I can't wait to see your new website!!

    1. Thank you! I was so excited to find it online, after searching many different places for the perfect fabric and starting to despair. : )
      :D I thought there might be some interest in my karate photo. I'm sure lots of people can't picture me doing it!
      I'll probably be asking your opinion on the website pretty soon!

  2. Hello Kelsey,
    I clicked onto the link your mother sent me and found your "Notebook." I like your choice of green flowers for another Regency. It is sweet and feminine. Your choice of red becomes you. Marianne wears a plum colored gown in the 1990's film S & S which I've always admired. Molly's gowns in Wives and Daughters are darling, too. And Elizabeth wears a white gown of snowdrops in the 1990s six part series P & P that is so very pretty. I like to sew and have made skirts but not "yet" a Regency gown. It seems quite a challenge.
    Exercise is so good for people. A long time ago I was a modern dance major in college. I loved it. A little of it peeks out during my physical therapy moves today with ballet.

    1. I'm so glad you dropped in!
      How lovely that you appreciate historical gowns as well! I admire all the costumes that you mentioned, especially Molly's. The red dress I'm wearing was actually made by a seamstress friend who sells these dresses. She is helping me with my green one. But it was certainly fun to wear it for a day. My mom has seen a photo of a tiered skirt that you made, and often spoken admiringly of all the handcrafts that you do!
      Dancing is a beautiful exercise! I like things that can be done with grace. : ) How nice that it still sticks with you.
      Thank you so much for commenting!