Wednesday, November 30, 2011

just a little bucket list.

Every good girl crazy, impossible dreamer has a bucket list.

..Just because bucket lists make life goals seem reality--whether it be skydiving or picnicking on a private island. I mean, lists make everything official, right? I'm hoping so, because there are so many things I want to do, to experiance, to see...and I thought I would share some of them ("some"meaning 40, to be exact...) with you.

Friends, I present my ultimate bucket list. 1/4 of it, actually. If you ever want to see the real deal, just e-mail me so I can send all 10 million pages to you. XD


1. Wear a true, silken ball gown
2. Go to a Civil War reenactment
3. Live on a ranch
4. Have an amazing flower garden
5. Visit England
6. Experience Fall in Maine
7. Get a part in a “real” movie
8. Dig for fossils
9. Visit Prince Edward Island
10. Spend a year abroad
11. Make a gourmet dish
12. Have something published
13. Own a quad or motorcycle
14. Sing the National Anthem for something
15. Learn another instrument
16. Learn calligraphy
17. Ski a black diamond hill
[I’ve done it, but with much fear and quaking...]
18. Learn German fluently
19. Buy a cute Ford truck
 20. Buy a DSLR camera  
[My Nikon D3100 is on its way!]
21. Wade waist-deep in a field of wheat
[Accomplished this summer at our dear friends' amazing home.]
 22. Learn to horseback ride well
23. Own a horse
24. Own a Border Collie
25. Go to Disneyland
26. Go hunting
27. Be a bridesmaid
28. Eat macaroons at a French café beneath the Eiffel Tower
29. Have a hardcore mud fight
[Also accomplished this summer. It was epic.]
 30. Have a food fight
31. Sleep in a Tempur-Pedic bed (those things feel amazing!)
32. Become a wedding photographer
33. Own a Grandfather clock
34. Go on a mission trip to Africa or India
35. Meet a president
36. Run a marathon
37. See the Pyramids
38. Go on a cruise
39. Visit Sweden and Norway
40. Reach 1000 blog followers :]

...and that is what life holds for me--in my dreams. Plus another more sentimental list, but let's save that for another day, shall we? 

So. Do we have anything in common, you and I? I know, let's all meet up in Main during the Fall and make that gourmet dish. Voila, three birds in one stone, aye?

Seriously, though...I like my thinking. ;)


Monday, November 28, 2011

handmade by anna faith giveaway + new/old winners

The lovely Miss Anna Faith contacted me last week and asked if I would host a giveaway for my readers featuring her shop, Handmade {By Anna Faith}. Of course you know what my answer was: yes! I love giveaways, and I hope you do, too, because I have some lovely ones coming up this month. ;)

Now, shall I introduce our sponsor?

Handmade {By Anna Faith} is a little blog shop featuring all sorts of lovely {handmade} things, including sugar scrubs, jewelery, cards, and even Christmas stockings


..What is Anna offering my readers today?


..Simply gorgee-oous! <3


Now. To enter, please read the directions carefully and be sure to leave your e-mail or valid, active blog address in *each* comment. Also, you MUST complete the mandatory entry FIRST to qualify for the extra entries. :)

// mandatory: //
Be a public follower of Umbrella Girl

// extra //

{2 entries}
Post/tweet/facebook about this giveaway.
{3 entries for each action}
Subscribe to Umbrella Girl's updates via e-mail
Add any of Umbrella Girl's blog buttons OR the link to your sidebar.
{4 entries}
Follow my design blog.
{2 entries}
Fan Umbrella Girl on facebook.
Tell me what your favorite time period is!
{1 entry}

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and ends on December 5th, 2011, at 12:00p.m. NWPT. Winner will be announced and notified within two days of the giveaway's closure; they will have 48 hrs. to respond to notification or another winner will be selected.


:: also ::

The winners of the Marie Madeline Studio patterns are:

Summer Shade Jumper: Rosi!
The Street Fair Skirt: Liesel Spafford!

:: plus ::

..the winner of these earrings never contacted me, so the re-drawn winner is:

RESERVED for the Contest Winner-Dangle Chalcedony Earrings in Antique Brass - Dangling over Water

..congrats, ladies! Please visit my contact page and send me your info. :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

one of these babies = soon to be mine ♥

Gahh. I'm still full from the enormous feast last night--who stuffed themselves? Okay, I can safely say I wasn't a glutton, but I definitely felt my meal afterwards: turkey, potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, homemade rolls, yogurt pie, peppermint icecream...

Okay, I'd better stop. I'm making myself rather sick just thinking about it...:P

..On a better subject: I have some super exciting news. If you have read my About Lucia page, or even been reading my blog for a few months, you will know that I am an aspiring photographer. I love, love, love taking pictures--only problem? Currently, I find myself lacking a camera, which is not a good state for an 'aspiring photographer' to be in, aye?

That unfortunate circumstance, my friends, is about to change.

Yes, I am purchasing, after waiting and saving and waiting and searching and waiting some more, my first DSLR camera. ♥ Right now, I am still deciding between a:

Nikon D3100

..and a:

Canon Rebel T3

..usually the Nikon D3100 is slightly more expensive than the Canon Rebel T3, but I have looked for some good deals on-line, and found both currently at $400. I can't really go above this budget, so this is perfect (especially since they are usually $500-$650!). I was considering a Nikon D3000, but found that these two cameras are newer, have more features, and are cheaper at the places I found them. 

Now, I just have to decide which one. ;) I am leaning towards the Nikon, because through some researching I discovered that customers prefer the Nikon D3100 over the Canon Rebel T3--but all around, I believe they are both pretty decent cameras.

I. Am. So. Excited!!

..Of course, I am not certain I'll be able to get this deal, but one way or another I will be getting a DSLR camera sometime in the near future. :)

#20 on my bucket list (which I have yet to share on here) is about to be completed:
-purchase a DSLR camera!

Oh yeah. ♥

p.s. (guest posted over at Elizabeth's today!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

thankful in the little things.

You may have heard the popular quote,

What if you woke up tomorrow
with only the things you
thanked God for today?"

...It's a cliche quote with an all-too-powerful message. And when I read it on a friend's facebook this morning, it made me think: what have I thanked God for today?

Today, my friends, I have thanked God for exactly zero things. Which means tomorrow, if the quote be true, I would wake up with absolutely nothing.

..Rather chilling, isn't it? I try to imagine myself without my home, without my family, without my good food, warm bed, and yes--my health, too--and it just doesn't register.

Am I really that ungrateful? Am I that selfish? Yes, I am. However, it is rather unintentional--I didn't thank God for things today simply because of the usual excuse: I forgot. But it really is true! And I forget everyday. You do, too. Why? Because we get so used to the easy way of life, with its home comforts, fleece blankets, and hot chocolate, that we slip easily into "taken for granted." Or, even if we do remember to thank our Maker for His blessings, we often times just tack on a few 'thank you's' for the "big" things at the end of our "please help me" prayers.

It is good to be thankful for everything, but what about the little things? How many of those are forgotten now, but would be sorely missed if they were gone tomorrow?

With Thanksgiving in the air (and by the way: what is everyone doing tomorrow?), I thought I would go the  "what I'm thankful for" lists which seem to be trending this week--but instead of focusing on major things like my house and friends and freedom of worship (don't get me wrong, I'm extremely thankful for them!), I would make a list of the tiniest, eensiest things I can think of that I am super thankful for...even though I sometimes forget I am.  :]

itty-bitties, but oh so important:

~Apple cider, fresh from the press

~Fresh mown grass


~Baby Ladybugs

~Sugar cookie tea

~White flour


~Love stories

~Chick Fliks





~Good ideas

~Online friends


~Swirls and patterns

~Wheat fields

~The ocean



~Bird song


~Fall leaves








~Pens and pencils


~Games and sports

~Encouraging words

~Cheerful smiles

~Hugs and kisses


 ..Wow, I'm really on a roll, aren't I? The list is sort of lapsing into more of a "things I love" list...but afterall, aren't the things I love the very ones I am supposed to be most thankful for? ;]

Have a blessed Thanksgiving. <3


of rain.

For causes unexplained,
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..The reason being thus:

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I crave the way it sleeks upon my cheeks,
Transforming salty tears
To polished smiles.

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I breathe in deep, pure ecstasy! I sniff
The diamond pearls which sail a million ships.

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Forever and a day I’d stand without
A shelter for my head, though water pours

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And, but to see the Promise in the Skies,
Farewell, I'd say, to where 'the Golden' lies!

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For causes unexplained,


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The reason being thus:
//poem copyright 2011 lucia, "of rain." // all photos via //

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

thanks to you..

You may remember that back in October I told y'all that I had been nominated for the "Best Teen Blog 2011" award (and others) at the 7th annual HSBA Post blog awards. I was pretty excited to have been nominated, because even that is something! I never, ever expected to "win" anything..I mean, c'mon. There were so many other amazing blogs in the running!


Yesterday, I found out that..

*drum roll*

..Thanks to you, my lovely friends, followers, and encouragers, Umbrella Girl has indeed won the "Best Teen Blog" 2011 award.


Woah. I totally could not believe my eyes when I headed over to the announcement post and saw my name there!

Especially since...every single blog nominated  deserved to be the winner. I'm serious. Because you know, in blogging, even if an award says "winner!" ..that doesn't make me "the absolute best teen blog" out there, or any of the other blogs who won awards "the best at ___". I really don't think there is such thing as a "best" blog--everyone is unique and lovely in their own special way, and thus their blog will be unique and lovely in its own special way.

..Nevertheless, I'm pretty dang excited. ^^ ;) :D :D The prizes look pretty cool. ;) So, once again, thank you so very much for your votes--it means a ton to me. :) I am certain it was close between myself and the other blogs.

Have a blessed Tuesday, friends! I have a giveaway for you tomorrow, so stay tuned. :) 

Monday, November 21, 2011

button up!

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It’s buttoning-up weather—only nine days until the first of December, and already Winter is beginning to shove Fall rudely out the door. “It’s my turn!” he says, screaming through the wind and nipping her poor shoulders with icy frost.

And it seems like only yesterday I was donning sunglasses and complaining about the heat.

..Ah, so the seasons pass. And so my life speeds by ever-quickly.

Oh. Speaking of "buttoning up:" would you like to? :)

..In other words, after a few months of sore lacking, I have made Umbrella Girl a blog button. Actually, three.  If you enjoy this blog, feel free to take one of your liking. :]
Umbrella Girl

Umbrella Girl

Umbrella Girl

..I thought they turned out pretty cute! Which is your favorite? Let me know if you take one so I can be sure to come visit your blog in return!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

gnomeo and juliet // movie review

So, I'm sure all of you have at least heard something about a fairly recent kids' movie, Gnomeo and Juliet. I know it's been out for awhile, but I only saw it a few days ago, so I thought I would do a movie review. :) I love 3D animated movies; a few of the ones I've seen this year have made my all-time faves movie list ("Up," "Tangled")! Thus, when I heard about this one, I of course wanted to see it. ;)

Gnomeo and Juliet is a tale guessed it: garden gnomes..and a spin off of Shakespeare's well-known tale, "Romeo and Juliet." The story takes place in the back-yards of British neighbors, a man and a woman (who dislike each other very much). You see, the woman man loves red, and the man woman loves blue (thank you to Brittany Sims for correcting me on this! How silly of me..;)--thus, the outcome:

Each has a collection of garden gnomes in their backyards. The man's gnomes are all red, and the woman's gnomes are all blue. And unbeknownst to them, the red gnomes hate the blue gnomes as much as the man hates the woman.

Gnomeo (James McAvoy)

.. is part of the Blue tribe, and, as is expected, hates the Reds with a passion. He is the son of the Blue's Queen, and is very adventurous, often wandering beyond his fence boundary.


Juliet (Emily Blunt) a Red, the daughter of her side's King. She is also very adventurous, and longs to show the Blues who is really "tops."

So..what happens?

Yep, you guessed it. Through various circumstances, Gnomeo and Juliet meet, fall in love, and begin to realize the difficulties of "love accross the border."

..before they know it, a fight larger than the gardens have ever experience begins--and things get out of control. Soon, both they and their families are in danger.

Just in case you haven't seen it yet, I won't be a spoiler and tell you what happens/how everything turns out, but I will tell you it has a happier ending than Shakespeare's story. ;)

Some of my favorite characters:


He is so cute, with his over sized hat! Something sad happens to him..but he stays with his pal Gnomeo through thick and thin--though he makes things even more complicated by trying to help.


This little guy is just plain adorable. :) A mushroom who acts like a dog! Sniffs out lost gnomes, everything. Too cute--and he saves the day, too! ;)


..This poor guy is locked up for 20 years in a garden shed, until Gnomeo and Juliet find him and set him free. He has a sad story, but is very cheerful. I love garden Flamingos! :)

The Goons

Here are some more cute little guys with adorable big hats. :) And they have sweet little high voices, too! I love "The Goons."

" The story you are about to see has been told before. A lot. And now we are going to tell it again. But different. ... Unfortunately, before we begin, there is a rather long, boring prologue, which I will read to you now."

Haha. ^ And that is how the movie begins. :)

Gnomeo and Juliet was definitely not my favorite animated movie ever, but I thought it was pretty adorable and light-heartedly fun. The detailed animation was beautiful, and I loved the British gardens/homes. The scenes pretty much made the whole movie, for me! ;)

My enjoyment rating: 3 out of 5 stars
My guidance rating: PG, for some action/"violence," a little immodesty, etc.


..Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

the simple things

..are what make you smile.  

Norman Rockwell is one of my favorite artists of all time--because besides the superb talent and detail in each of his paintings, the subjects he chooses are deliciously small, simple, and real.

norman rockwell painting

He captures a thought in every portrayal--a perfect atmosphere of everything going exactly as it should.

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 norman rockwell painting

norman rockwell painting

I love the priceless, true expressions he captures--the intense moment of a vital shot in a marbles game, the longing look of a younger sister as her older sister gets ready for a dance, a family gathered around a meal table.

norman rockwell painting

norman rockwell painting

norman rockwell painting

It's the simple things, friends. The simple things are what make life beautiful.


all paintings by norman rockwell // via this source

Friday, November 18, 2011

authentic. yup, that's me.

I haven't done a blog party for...oh, ages. Actually, thinking about it, I have only done one blog party in my entire blogging experience--and it was also hosted by Miss Abigail Kraft of Rear Window.

Looks like I love her parties. :]

..I thought it was time to break the habit and join in on the fun that is the "Authentic People" blog party. I suggest you do to, because you know what it's all about? Being authentic. Being you. Not being a conformist to the patterns of any world, including the blogosphere. I'm all for that, so I'm in.

Basically, I just have to "introduce myself" all over again, and tell you some random facts about me through a slew of questions Abby has selected. It seems like I've been "introducing myself all over again" a lot this year..ah, well; you can never learn too much about me, aye? ;)
1.) What's the nerdiest/weirdest/geekiest thing about you?

I talk to myself, pretending I'm an actress in a movie reciting her lines. I read books aloud and pretend I'm the characters. I sing "The Star Spangled Banner" as I'm walking the dog, at least twice a day. Okay, that was three decide which is the weirdest. ;) People tell me I should be an actress because I have so much expression when I talk..maybe someday?? :)

2.) If you could live in a fictional universe from any book, television series, or movie, where would it be?

I think Anne Shirley's world on Prince Edward Island. I just love that place, and the whole story..<3
3.) Do you like animated movies? If so, which is your favorite?

First of all, YES. Absolutely. Especially Pixar! I have seen tons of amazing animated films this year, but my absolute favorite? Tangled, hands down. And then "Up," coming in close second. ;)

4.) What is your favorite household chore?

 This sounds weird, but..sweeping. It gives me satisfaction. :)

5.) Have you ever dyed your hair?

Nope. But I do have these really light blond natural highlights in my hair, so people assume I have. ;) "Where did you get your hair done??" 

6.) Do you make your bed every morning?

Yup. I couldn't get away with not doing it. ;)

7.) What was the last thing that made you laugh?

...Looking at this ^ picture (photo credit Greg H.), which my dear friends sent me "to put a smile on my face." Just because. And it did made me smile--and laugh, because I remember how silly we were and what good times we had with them. ;)  

So now you've learned a little more about me. Why don't you join in so I can learn some more about you?

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