Thursday, August 30, 2012

Giveaway At Accordion To Kellie!

Accordion To Kellie is hosting a giveaway, and the prize is to be $50 gift certificate to Shabby Apple! What fun! Be sure to stop by Kellie's blog and check it out! 

My sisters and I had a lot of fun going through the Shabby Apple website and looking at all the dresses. Here are some of our favorites:

I love the raspberry color of this one. It's altogether fun, comfortable, and elegant looking.

 This dress is part of the Mad Hatter collection, which is a lovely collection. I love the lace sleeves!

This dress is called Bon Voyage. Even though I would wish it just a tick longer (I'm rather tall), I think I could wear this dress without even being on a boat! 

Roamin' Holiday: Piazza Navona. Love, love, love the full length, twirly skirt!!

August Snippets

And we're back with August Snippets of Story, many thanks to our lovely hostess Katie of Whisperings of the Pen!! Sorry it took so long for me to get this month's snippets posted. I was *ahem* distracted with the EDBP. :)

These snippets I've taken all from The Twelfth Kingdom, one of my favorite stories that I'm working on. I felt it was high time the wonderful world of blogger was perhaps more properly acquainted with this story. 

Just yesterday, King Jakken Fierté had ridden through these very streets. In her mind's eye, J could still see him, proud and regal in blue robes, sitting straight atop his magnificent steed. His royal advisor and a single guard had accompanied him into the dirty, sorrow ridden parts of town, seeking the newest recipient of the king's kindness. 


“Ladies and gentlemen, people of Tellorn, and all Findenland!” The man yelled. J was instantly glad that B had suggested they get closer. Otherwise, they would never have been able to hear him, and they would have to resign themselves to waiting for the gossip to reach them and learn the new princess's name. 
A real name. J licked her lips in anticipation. This was the part that excited her the most. Each of the orphan girls the king had adopted were given names suitable for princesses. The days of being labeled a solitary letter were over. Only people from the upper classes and royalty had real names. People of the street, like J, were not allowed to have names, only letter labels that they could use to refer to themselves.


J tried to reason with her, but the woman wouldn't listen. When J wouldn't obey her and leave, the woman snatched up the spoon she had used to stir the soup and smacked J in the face.
Cheek smarting, eyes tearing, J hurried down the street away from the woman. She asked others for help, but everyone was concerned with his or her own affairs. No one wanted to give aid to a dirty fifteen year old. Not even when another girl's life was dependent on that aid.


Vases filled with colorful flowers decorated table tops, and polished suits of armor stood guard with sword and spear over the foliage. One small pink vase, almost hidden by the towering stems and fan-like leaves of the other flowers, held a nosegay of white bethjasmine. The delicate blossoms, although considered by many in Findenland to be plain and simple, were elegantly arranged, so alive and resting against the background of their dark green leaves. In a way, it reminded J of B. Her friend was small and sickly, but J hoped that once B had settled into her new princess life, she would look as elegant and healthy.


“Step forward, girl.”
J tentatively obeyed. 
“What's your label?” 
Her voice came out in a squeak. “My label?”
“Yes, girl! Your letter label! What else did you think I meant? I need to know your label so I can give you a proper princess name!” Jakken slammed his fist down on the desk. Papers fluttered briefly at the impact. 
J's heart constricted and her breathing came heavily. “J,” she managed meekly.
The king groaned. “Another J. I hate coming up with J names. Randbec?”
Randbec bowed. “I will draw up some suggestions for Your Majesty. You shall have a list of proper princess J names within the hour.” He turned to leave.
J hardly knew what she was doing, but the exclamation was out of her mouth before she could stop it. “Wait!”
Both men paused, looking astonished at her outburst.
“Could you, I mean...” When she hesitated, Jakken growled, “Spit it out, girl!”
J's words came out in a rush. “Can my name be Josette?”
Randbec's eyebrows lifted. The king's hand froze with a pen in his grasp, before he composed himself and asked, “Josette?” 
J thought that she had been too bold in her request. Words fled from her, and she could only nod at the king's question.
Jakken turned to Randbec. “Josette?” He echoed.

Au revoir, m'dears!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EDBP: Announcing Answers and Awards

Well, here we are at the end of the EDBP. I've posted all my games and all my film reviews, so now the time has come to wrap everything up. Below I've posted all the answers to the games (just click on the game title if you want to see the original game post), as well as the Epic Disney Champion. I had so much fun with this party and I really hope you did, too! I'm sorry to see it ending! 

Unfortunately, I received no entries for the Disney Photo and Quote Contest, so I cannot post any results for that. However, I had many people participate in the other games!

1. Elegance and a Monster
Beauty and the Beast

2. Quite Beloved of My Soul
So Dear to My Heart

3. Bird Cowl
Robin Hood

4. A Blade in a Rock
The Sword in the Stone

5. Aged Bellower
Old Yeller

6. Tale of a Child's Plaything
Toy Story

7. Missile

8. Knotted

9. An Excellent Rodent Investigator
The Great Mouse Detective

10. The Unbelievables
The Incredibles

11. In Inquiry of the Outcasts
In Search of the Castaways

12. Rise

13. An Affectionate Vehicle
The Love Bug

14. Slumbering Attraction
Sleeping Beauty

15. Entranced

16. The Fruit Dessert Group
The Apple Dumpling Gang

17. Beasts, United
Monsters, Inc.

18. Come After Me, Boys!
Follow Me, Boys!

19. Reappearance in No Area
Return to Neverland

20. Countrywide Valuables
National Treasure

(For space reasons, I'm only including a small snippet of the song from Wednesday's game; to see the full snippet that I shared in the game, click here)

1. "I've been bit on my finger! It could have been my leg!"
What's Wrong With That?, The Happiest Millionaire

2. "He sits alone on a giant throne, pretendin' he's the king."
The Phony King of England, Robin Hood

3. "We'll keep singing without fail, otherwise we'd spoil it."
Happy Working Song, Enchanted

4. "She's _ _ _ _, from her prissy pink nose, to her custard complexion..."
The Pink of Perfection, Summer Magic

5. "Who invented music? We'd like to shake his hand."
Ten Feet Off the Ground, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

6. "If you want this choice position, have a cherry disposition."
The Perfect Nanny, Mary Poppins

7. "Sergeant Riley said there's a fight to win."
Follow Me, Boys!, Follow Me, Boys!

8. "Drip, drip, drop when the sky is cloudy."
Little April Shower, Bambi

9. "I've a girl back home who's unlike any other."
A Girl Worth Fighting For, Mulan

10. "Tee dum, tee dee, a teedle ee do tee day."
Following the Leader, Peter Pan

11. "Life is so unnerving for a servant who's not serving."
Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast

12. "I've got scars and lumps and bruises, plus something here that oozes."
 I've Got a Dream, Tangled

13. "When there's a complication, _ _!"
Enjoy It!, In Search of the Castaways

14. "Because I was afraid to speak when I was just a lad..."
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Mary Poppins

15. "I'm never gonna catch my breath. Say goodbye to those who knew me!"
I'll Make a Man Out of You, Mulan

16. "Yeah, if it's weird, I say let's go and find it!"
Something Better, Muppet Treasure Island

17. "Don't rock the boat! Give him your vote!"
Let's Put It Over With Grover, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

18. "R-E-S-C-U-E. _ _ _. Heads held high, touch the sky."
Rescue Aid Society, The Rescuers

19. "She glanced this way, I though I saw."
Something There, Beauty and the Beast

20. "A robin feathering his nest has very little time to rest..."
A Spoonful of Sugar, Mary Poppins

21. "I know you, I walked with you _ _ _ _."
Once Upon a Dream, Sleeping Beauty

22. "If I went to Paris for the rest of me days, and ate bread and cheese in sidewalk cafes..."
I'll Always Be Irish, The Happiest Millionaire

23. "I feel it there beyond those trees or right behind these waterfalls."
Just Around the Riverbend, Pocahontas

24. "I was born to cheat and lie, I'm a mean, rotten guy."
Petey's King of France, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers

25. "Sloppy, under dressed, immature, clumsy. Please, they'll eat you up alive!"
Mother Knows Best, Tangled

1. 101 Dalmatians

2. Mary Poppins

3. Monsters, Inc

4. National Treasure

5. Pocahontas

6. Ratatouille

7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

8. Swiss Family Robinson

9. The Fox and the Hound

10. The Love Bug

11. Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

12. Beauty and the Beast

13. Bolt

14. Dumbo

15. The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

16. Lady and the Tramp

17. Meet the Robinsons

18. Mulan

19. Peter Pan

20. Pooh's Heffalump Movie

21. Bambi

22. So Dear to My Heart

23. The Apple Dumpling Gang

24. The Incredibles

25. The Sword in the Stone

26. Toy Story 3

27. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

28. Cars

29. Eloise at the Plaza

30. Finding Nemo

1. Grandpa Bower, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

2. Arliss, Savage Sam

3. Gonzo, Muppet Treasure Island

4. Mushu, Mulan

5. Peter Pevensie, Prince Caspian

6. Mrs. Potato Head, Toy Story 2

7. Riley Poole, National Treasure

8. Trusty, The Lady and the Tramp

9. Robin Hood, Robin Hood 

10. Dash Parr, The Incredibles

11. Prince Edward, Enchanted

12. Donald Duck, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers

13. Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland

14. Winnie the Pooh, Pooh's Heffalump Movie

15. Thumper, Bambi 

16. Peter Carey, Summer Magic

17. Lucy Pevensie, The Lion, the Witch, and the the Wardrobe

18. Francis, Swiss Family Robinson

19. T-Rex, Meet the Robinsons

20. Prince Philip, Sleeping Beauty

21. Dug, Up

22. Mater, Cars

23. Mr. Biddle, The Happiest Millionaire

24. Tennessee, The Love Bug

25. Flynn Rider, Tangled

And of course, the epic ending moment where I announce the Epic Disney Champion (you can review the point info here). This award goes to the person who collected the most points throughout the week by participating in games, filling out tag questions, and leaving lovely comments on my film reviews. Here are the top scorers:

Beth Grace - 151 points
Miss Laurie - 107 points
Jessa Bri - 88 points
Kendra E. Ardenk - 77 points
Miss Dashwood - 50 points

Beth Grace is Lianne Taimenlore's EDBP Epic Disney Champion! Congratulations, Beth! Here's your winning button:

If anyone wishes to know what their final EDBP score was, just drop me a comment and I can let you know! Thanks to all who participated in the games and the tag questions and leaving comments on my film reviews! I really enjoyed hosting this EDBP!

Until next time,