Sunday, October 31, 2010

'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven


by Edgar Allan Poe
(published 1845)




Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more."

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;- vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore-
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
"'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door-
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;-
This it is, and nothing more."

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you"- here I opened wide the door;-
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?"
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!"-
Merely this, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
"Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice:
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore-
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;-
'Tis the wind and nothing more!"

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door-
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as "Nevermore."

But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered-
Till I scarcely more than muttered, "Other friends have flown before-
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
"Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore-
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of 'Never- nevermore'."

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.
"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee- by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite- respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! -
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-
On this home by Horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore-
Is there- is there balm in Gilead?- tell me- tell me, I implore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us- by that God we both adore-
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore."
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend," I shrieked, upstarting-
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted- nevermore!


Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Treasury


Felicia, from CatWalk created this lovely treasury called 'Some Kind of Wonderful'. that's my picnic rag quilt on the top row, second column.
Thanks a bunch.

Monday, October 25, 2010

4 new treasuries....

Love these great fall colors. Called 'Fall for Fall' and it features a one of a kind quilt of mine in Deervalley fabrics, middle row, last column.

Thanks to Free Bird Shoppe!

SO CUTE! This one's called 'Teddy Bear Picnic'. I love it! It features my ever popular Wild Thyme Picnic Quilt (hint: this fabric is about to out of print, so get it while you can).


Thanks to Ilanaavin!

This pink and brown lovely is called 'Welcome Baby Brylee'. It has one of my baby rag quilts featured on the top row, second column.

Thank you to Soy Comfort for featuring my quilt!


This one is called 'Patchwork of Life'. That's my rag diaper bag (and is on sale right now!) on the bottom row, third column.










Thanks to Virtuly Glass for featuring me.



Saturday, October 23, 2010

PURSEAPALOOZA SALE!










Maybe that is a stretch on the whole 'palooza' thing.
BUT, We are having a SALE! on all totes, purses, handbags, and even diaper bags that are in stock and ready to ship now!


SALE is FOR 10% OFF, NOW UNTIL FRIDAY, OCT. 29. Click here to go to shop now!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What's New!

This treasury is called 'Handpicked Items'. That would be my patchwork pillow on the bottom row.

Thanks goes out to Hula Hoop Vintage for the feature!


I have been featured in a treasury called 'Blue and Green Gift Guide'. Ahhh...favorite colors of mine. That's my funky stockings up on the top row.


Thanks to Sweetly Fallen for featuring me.







I have a new size quilt in my shop this week. Introducing toddler size bed quilts. These are made to fit a toddler size bed perfectly. It measures about 45x64 inches. And, of course you can customize them away.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nicey Jane!

Fabric Bird is pleased to bring you 'Nicey Jane' by Heather Bailey. So pretty and girly! Me likey. Buy the yard set of each here.












































Monday, October 11, 2010

Treasury Feature

Oooo, this treasury is very woodland romantic, dont you think? It's called 'Fauna' and me likey. Thats my rag quilt throw in Deer Valley fabrics bottom row, third column.

Thanks to Sarah for the very lovely feature.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

All I want for Christmas

This is my list of Christmas wants. Of course, I dont expect to get all of them (dont be silly....unless you want to). But using this list you cannot go wrong when buying for ME. :)

Note: I've made this list for someone in particular who buys for me and in no particular order.




Kimono style ankle length robe from Plum Pretty Sugar. So pretty!!!!! I want this exact one, I love this color. $64

This is the lenox chirp china set from Belk home. BEEN wanting this for awhile. Price would depend on how many settings were bought.

Glass Briolette wire wrapped earrings in iridescent pink. Swoon! These are from Sterling Roses Design and are priced at $16.




Butterfly art print on dictionary paper from Little Blue Bird Studio only $10.




I want it! I want it! I want it! Hammered Copper Crescent necklace from Yab Yummi Creations.
It's $35.


I've been gaga over this shop for awhile. This is an owl family tree print again on the pretty paper. This one's from Carambatack and only $20.






If I had to put which gift I wanted the most, this one would be numero uno. AND its my birthstone. The Miner's Muse necklace (sighs). It's from Noble Gnome and only $28.





Poppy ring from Silent Goddess. Gorgeous and $48.




Finally, Bird on a Branch Messenger Bag. I can SO see me carrying this. Its from 11m2 and priced at $89.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sewing Tips

I had a discussion with a fellow seamstress about sewing on minky dot. She wondered how I could stand using it with it being so hard to sew.



The problem with minky dot is it moves when you are sewing so badly.



How to remedy?



As you can see in the picture I cut my minky about .5-1 inch bigger than I need it. That way I can hold on to it as I sew on it. After I'm done sewing the stitch, I go back and cut it off to remove bulk. This completely takes the pain away from sewing on the minky dot.
You can see on the pic below....




Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mad about Plaid...




I just got done completing a custom nursery set and I got to use some dark plaid in it and I am SO in a plaid mood right now. Plaid makes me feel very fall-ish. How bout you?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tada!







I am aware that I may be a bit obsessed with owls, but oh well.


These are my latest design for bags for little girls. I'm calling them 'Itty Bitty Bags'. They strap over the shoulder and then across the chest. All hands free and sit about on the hip.


I am loving them. These all feature an owlet on the front. They are all one of a kind bags, some may be similar, but none are exactly the same. I made them all from leftover fabrics as a way of destashing, so I wont be doing any custom order for them.


If you like enough to buy, you can find them here and here.


I think they would make excellent Christmas gifts and I play on giving one to my niece.





Monday, October 4, 2010

Norcross, GA Art Festival

I have been so busy preparing for the art festival in Norcross, GA, that I've been slacking on my blog (sorry).

It's over and done with now, and I can slow down a bit. I did enjoy the crowd and the town was very nice. We ate at a place downtown called 'Little Italy'. I had penne pasta and it was yummy.

I did a few new stuff to my booth this time.



This was a new addition. The little rag tote bags were so popular at my last show. So, I made much much more and the W built me this handy little display for them. I put it right out front so all the little girls could get a better view.

These are also a new design and there will be more to come on them later.




I had a great time and will hopefully be returning next year. If anyone knows of any art shows that might be going on in the future in the southeast, please let me know.