I'm currently in my Drawing from observation class break. We are doing a conte drawing, using white and black conte chalks on colored paper. You can see the subject and my drawing here. My drawing look pretty. ..sad for now, let's see if I can change that before the end of the class :D
I heard about this movie when I was still very little, but got to see it only last week. My interest for it became bigger as I started watching old movies. Then I choose Vivian Leigh as the reference face for a character I draw often, which made me want to see it even more.
In the end this only influenced my view of the movie a little bit. Overall, I was greatly impressed.
First, a bit about the story. As much as I had heard about this movie before, I never new what it was able and I thought the two main characters, Scarlett and Rhett were eperdually in love with each other. Haard to be more wrong on that. The story is mainly about Scarlett in fact (played by Vivian Leigh), Very pretty, daugther of a rich plantation owner in the South of the United states around 1860 , she learn that the man she loves, Ashley (played by Leslie Howard) is going to marry her cousin Melanie (Olivia de Havilland). Very jealous, she try to makes him changes his mind, but fail blantlantly. She also meat Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), a newcomer in the region with a very bad reputation. Rhett fall immediatly for Scarlett... energy to day that nicely, but she cannot forget Ashley. And the , the Civil War start.
One odf the first thing who suprised me is the length. Never did I knew, when I put that DVD in the PS3 that this movie was so lengthy, it make Titanic cry in a corner in shame for being way to short. Honestly, I had to cut my screening in two; I had to go to bed. Never did the "Entracte" in the middle of the movie seemed more fitting to me. But, in no moment did I found the movie too slow, or not interesting. Although there is some calmer moments, they are always welcome, after dramatic moments or intense war scenes.
I think Melanie and Ashley are interesting characters as well. It was strange to see Olivia De Havilland playing such a pure character, as I usually saw her in more playful roles. I think she pulled it very well and Melanie is the perfect personification of that "too nice" character. This is usually the kind of character I hate, but in a movie where the main character is Scarlett O'Hara, it was actually refreshing. I think that kind of character is in fact a problem when they are the main character. How could anyone relate to someone who is perfect. But as a supporting character/ rival, this become really interesting.
Ashley was not a very interesting character for me although I appreciate him portraying the weak emotional side so much humans have. The way he cannot really resist Scarlett and how he chooses the more easy way of live and only wish for peace is interesting. How pathetic of him to really realise he loves Melanie when it's too late
Aside for the character, I must say the costumes were just breathtaking. I have a very soft spot for Victorian clothes, men and women alike. I thought interesting to see the movie was shot at a time were snood were coming back in fashion... for the first time since the time were the story of Gone with the wind took place. Scarlett's dress made from the curtains was especially pretty. What's with movie characters making such beautiful dress with curtains.
A bit like Grave of the fireflies (taking place in Japan in the second WW),'' Gone with the wind'' show this war from the point of view from a side I was used to see on the "enemy" side in movies and stories. Even if I already knew it, it it refreshing to see how war could have been for those people, remembering us that on each side of a war, there is always normal humans beings who suffer from it.
- Roses in my hairs: Ardene (2$)
- Earings, necklace, bracelet: Gift from Mat's mother (Mat being my boyfriend, if someone I don't know personally ever read that :p)
- Pink suit: Friperie Saint-Remi ( I think it's a sixties one... construction and fabric make me think so anyway, 4$)
- Socks: Fanamanga (from a unknow lolita brand, around 10$)
- Shoes: Yellow (40$.... they’re kinda old now)
- Diamonds are forever
- The man with the golden gun
Since I also want to talk about vintage, clothing and that kind of stuff,I'll try to post my daily outfit to help motivate myself to have something descent each day.
I can first say: I buy almost NOTHING in "normal clothes" stores. A lot f my clothes were either given to me by someone, or I bought them in a trift store, a flea market, a vintage boutique or online. Most exceptions are tights, socks and underwear (which I will not talk about here :D)
So this is what I wore yesterday
This is actually an outfit I often wear when I don't know what to choose from my wardrobe.
The blouse and the skirt were both bought at the thritft store Friperie Saint-Rémi.
A little pause here to say this is my favorite thrift store. First, it's really really cheap. I bought those two pieces for 1$ each. The priciest pieces are 4$. And mostly, the set up. See, there is this " costume" section where everything which is a bit out of the ordinary will be classified. First stop as soon as I arrive in that store. I found a lot of my clothes in that part.
Note that a the checkered skirts are not in that section. And up to now, two persons from Montreal told me this skirt was the uniform skirt at their high school. I say, lucky them, I think it's actually very cute and blue tartan is not that common!
The tights were a Christmas gift from my parents, and the earrings, a gift from boyfriend's mother. I bought the necklace and the brooch at the Shawinigan's flea market, for 1$ each too. I only wear black ballerina shoes. I really have a lack of shoes.
N.B: Although probably nothing in those are actually vintage pieces of clothing, I tag this post with "vintage", as this is an example and a part of a larger groups of futures posts with examples of my way to deal with my love of vintage and how the people used to dress, without having much money or time (because everything could be solve by sewing a ton of clothes) to invest in it.
A little note here to also say I will try to make that blog a little more me... and change that old profile picture this week. Wish me good luck!
So first, personal little project I made:
I crafted a 3Ds case. Being the geek I am (having a 3ds is clearly a proof of behind a geek... or an 10 years old over-spoiled child), I decided to decorate it with a Legend of Zelda theme, since it's one of my favorite game series (behind almost the main reason why I bought the 3Ds). It is still not totally done, since I still need to buy buttons so it can close properly.
The idea sprouted in my mind after seeing an adorable owl Kindle-iTouch combination case one of my friend made.
I used mostly the same method of construction as in this tutorial by hipgirlie (I came across this tutorial throught the dream website for crafter made-come-true Tipnut
I wished I could have made a more elaborate "drawing", but I don't think felt is really suited for that, so I went with a classic Chibi-Link.
I started using the same method to construct a cellphone case. I will post a small tutorial soon, as I will probably finish it tonight.
The only problem I see for now with this case is that I wish I would have made it a little tighter. Not something easy to fix, so it will stay like that , but I'll do my best to not do the same mistake with my cellphone case.