Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Seize Your Life

This is a new lady design I've been working on this morning. I love this quote!

Here's another one I love but don't think would really connect with people as a "lady" -- "If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe." -- Carl Sagan. SO awesome!! What is "scratch" anyway? Funny! I saw Cosmos on DVD at the store the other day and was tempted to buy it but did not ($$). Will Netflix instead.

Have a great Halloween!

Oh, and Alexandra has, shockingly, put up a new post. Read it HERE, especially if you are a single woman in the Boston area.


Alex S said...

Thank you for the link swampbuggie. And that lady is fantastic. The quote is one worth keeping closeby because its so easy to give up and get discouraged. If you keep making so many wonderful Laini's Ladies I'm going to need a clothesline one mile long to hang them all.

Kim G. said...

Beautiful new LLady! The kids and I will try to catch up with you at Wordstock next Sunday. I've missed it for the past two years and I'm bound and determined to go. I told them you'd be there and they're excited to come along with me so I think this year will be a go! Hooray! Have a Robot Button waiting for me, will ya?

Kate Robertson said...

Lovely new lady. I actually found your ladies in my home town of all places. Usually I am traveling when I see them. She only had a few and said she needed to reorder so I will check back with her again.. I think they'd make great christmas gifts.


Anonymous said...

I love both the quotes - especially the Sagan one. :)

Anonymous said...

I love both the quotes - especially the Sagan one. :)

Left-handed Trees... said...

LOVE this quote...and the pretty lady...the one lady (yes, sad, I only have one other) on my inspiration board looks lonely, so perhaps a friend for her is overdue!

Heather said...

According to "A Phrase A Week":

Start from scratch

Begin (again) from the beginning, embark on something without any preparation or advantage.

'Start from scratch' is an expression which has altered slightly in meaning since it was first coined. It is now usually used to mean 'start again from the beginning' - where an initial attempt has failed and a new attempt is made with nothing of value carried forward from the first attempt (as opposed to 'made from scratch' which means 'made from basic ingredients').

In the late 1800s, when 'start from scratch' began to be used it simply meant 'start with no advantage'. 'Scratch' has been used since the 18th century as a sporting term for a boundary or starting point which was scratched on the ground. The first such scratch was the crease which is a boundary line for batsmen in cricket.

John Nyren's Young Cricketer's Tutor, 1833 records this line from a 1778 work by Cotton:

"Ye strikers... Stand firm to your scratch, let your bat be upright."

It is the world of boxing that has given us the concept of 'starting from scratch'. The scratched line there specified the positions of boxers who faced each other at the beginning of a bout. This is also the source of 'up to scratch', i.e. meet the required standard, as pugilists would have had to do when offering themselves for a match.

Scratch later came to be used as the name of any starting point for a race. The term came to be used in 'handicap' races where weaker entrants were given a head start. For example, in cycling those who were given no advantage had the handicap of 'starting from scratch', while others started ahead of the line. Other sports, notably golf, have taken up the figurative use of scratch as the term for 'with no advantage - starting from nothing'.

The Fort Wayne Gazette, April 1887, contains the earliest reference to 'starting from scratch' that I can find, in a report of a 'no-handicap' cycling race:

"It was no handicap. Every man was qualified to and did start from scratch."

This is a favourite website of mine for looking up all of these age-old expressions!

Annie Jeffries said...

Hi Laini. Love your new doll. Hope to get her into my collection eventually. Happy H Day.

Anonymous said...

Who knew skunks could be such cute l'il stinkers?

Love the new lady - and actually I could see that Carl Sagan quote on one of your ladies - she'd be holding an apple pie and have a skirt of stars and planets...

Wowza - there's a new Marvelous Madness? Yay! Even though I'm not single nor in Boston, thanks for letting us know...

Jamie said...

I love this new lady. She made me laugh outloud and reminded me to get to it!

Jamie said...

I love this new lady. She made me laugh outloud and reminded me to get to it!

Anonymous said...

My mom Ann has one of these above the kitchen sink. She's a local portland artist, and I'm inspired by it every time I wash my hands.