Sunday, February 20, 2011

A sense of Elinor

"Elinor" gift set

I would never forget when I first came to the US how I was terrified that I am taking a huge step back, leaving everything I have worked for behind, knowing that it will be a very long time before I feel home here. I knew very little English and I never received formal English language instruction with a teacher and all, so it was even scarier that it will be quite a while before I learn to think in English and express myself as well as I would wish to without the inhibition of the language barrier. 

If you know me, you know that I love reading and the first thing I did when I came here was to get a library card. There was one significant problem though, I had no idea who the ( present) worth reading authors are, so I decided to " go back in time" and start from the classics. 
I sure tried Byron and Shakespeare, (original versions of course, I always say that if an author took the time to write something in a particular language, he did it for a reason, so you should take the time to understand why) and I won't get into details, but it was painful. I was reading with the dictionary in hand and I was losing the enjoyment of reading because some of the expressions you couldn't even find in the dictionary. 
You can't learn a language from a dictionary! It is an inevitable evil to use one, but you simply cannot rely on it all the time. Unless you want to get beat up somewhere for the "proper" language you used. But, you can learn language from books and that is exactly what I did.

Anyway, I decided to start with something easier and then Jane Austen caught my eye. This is how I fell in love with her, the century she writes about in her works and with English language altogether.  Of course I learned not only to love but also to appreciate the language too, but that wasn't until I took out all the words I didn't know from Bronte's "Jane Eyre". Believe me, you don't want to know how long that list was.

What does this have to do with my Art and Craft section you will ask? Well, it has been a long time since I first read  " Sense and Sensibility"( a great movie with Emma Thompson too, by  the way!) but when I first made the card in this set, I was thinking of Elinor. I felt that it is only proper to name the set after her and I hope you appreciate it as much as I do. Here she is, coming to life under Austen's quill : 

"...She was stronger alone; and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as, with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible for them to be..."

The "Elinor" set includes 
- a bookmark
"Elinor" bookmark

- a gift box
"Elinor" gift box

-a greeting card
"Elinor" card ( 5/7")

I will be glad to hear your comments or questions or simply if you want to say "Hi" .
Annie

11 comments:

  1. Wonderful art, even more wonderful story!
    I too moved to another country, and eventhough I knew the language, it was hard, cause it was just highschool English! I too got a library card in the first weeks, cause I love to read, and that helped a lot!
    I admire you for teaching yourself the language that way, cause it's so very different from your native one!

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  2. Thank you for the complements, Marjolein!Where did you move to, if you don't mind me asking?

    I think I'll probably never feel " native" speaker, but to be honest although I still make mistakes sometimes, lately I prefer to think and write in English. I never thought I would say that but I feel it's "my" language for this part of my life. Before I learned English( and excluding Bulgarian) I learned 3 different languages- German, Swedish and Russian. None of them I love as much as I do English. It has beauty I didn't see and appreciate before, but now I simply can't imagine not having the ability to express myself with it. I simply hope I can master it as well as I want.

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  3. Ани, много са красиви. Имаш уникален усет за съчетание на цветовете!

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  4. Благодаря ти, Тони! Радвам се, че ти харесва!

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  5. Много красив комплект.Стилен и елегантен.

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  6. Много стилно! Всеки следващ е все по-интересен :).

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  7. Още един прекрасен комплект, Ани!

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  8. Annie - -

    you are a winner from the LOAD FEBRUARY 2/11 Blog Hop in January. . . can you send me your mailing address - -
    atthebluebarn at yahoo dot com

    Thanks a bunch!!
    Jennifer McIntyre

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  9. Wow! This is the first time I'm winning something from another blog! Thank you Jennifer, I'll send you my address! :-)

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  10. Ани, невероятен комплект - шарматен, аристократичен и стилен!!!! Много впечатляващо и професионално изработен!

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  11. Благодаря ти искрено, Нели! Много ме зарадва коментара ти!

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