Posts tagged ‘Narnia’

August 21, 2010

Modern Narnia- formal

Some of the inspiration for this dress was taken from the costumes of Susan and Lucy Pevensie, queens of Narnia. The embroidery in particular, as well as the general silhouette.

I made the dress earlier this summer for the CraftStylish dress to impress challenge. You can find a more detailed description of the dress there.

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August 21, 2010

Modern Narnia- informal

The color scheme of this outfit was inspired by Lucy’s outfits in LLW (Blue with orange accents).

(Here’s an image of Lucy in her camp dress and dark orange cape)

(And here’s one in her coronation outfit–also blue with orange accents)

Flowers are a must for any female Narnian so I put a flower in my hair and chose a dress with floral accents. Finally, the shoes are practical slip-ons, and leather, of course.

Hmmm, I must say, this isn’t the best picture of me, but it does show of the outfit.

August 20, 2010

The wardrobe

I suppose I could enter this in the Places of Narnia category…

I think that now is as good a time as any to introduce you to my favorite piece of furniture (especially because it’s Narnia week)! This is my wardrobe. I received it from my grandparents last year, because they redid their bedroom and it no longer fit the decor! Most likely built in the 19th century, this piece is beautifully made. The original keys are long gone, but my grandma put some keys in the keyholes of the drawers to be used as drawer pulls. I store my reenacting supplies and clothing on the pegs inside, and I have hats and baskets on top.

Every time I open the wardrobe door a sort of excitement comes over me. It’s like I’m opening up a bit of history and mystery! I wonder who else has stored things in this beautiful old thing, and where it has stayed. Who designed it and built it? Was it made especially for anyone? Imagine the stories we would have if every previous owner had stowed a journal entry it its drawer!

You and I can imagine anything we like, just remember to never close the door to reality behind you!

August 15, 2010

Worldview

CS Lewis is best known nowadays for writing The Chronicles of Narnia. This series is known as an allegory, but did you know that Lewis didn’t mean for it to be one?

Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tale as an instrument; then collected information about child-psychology and decided what age-group I’d write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out “allegories” to embody them. This is all pure moonshine. I couldn’t write in that way at all. Everything began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn’t even anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord. It was part of the bubbling.

He simply set out to write fiction, yet his Christian worldview (in particular the gospel) was so ingrained that when he wrote these 7 novels, it shines through clearly. I wonder, when I set out to do something “secular”, like writing fiction, sewing a garment, or pushing my little brother on the swing, does my worldview shine clearly?