P&A Giveaway!

Yes!  It is now time for the official announcement!

Yours truly proudly presents, her first ever. . .

First things first. . .
In order to host this giveaway, I've set a goal of reaching at least 80 followers.  (Hey, if more decide to join, HURRAH!)  However, if I do not reach this goal, I will postpone the giveaway.  So, with that said, PLEASE help me spread the word!  I'd love for this to cover a good bit of the blogging world as I am not just promoting this blog, but my sisters' Etsy Shop as well.  :]

Though the "sign-up" does not begin until October 27th, I've decided to go on and get the word out.  And announce the prizes!

Three random ladies will win one of three awesome prizes, two of which come from the 3Maidens Etsy Shoppe.


The first, a beautiful pair of crocheted finger-less gloves, made from hand-dyed alpaca yarn.  Soft to the touch and perfect for the Fall and Winter seasons.

The second prize is a lovely novel by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss entitled Stepping Heavenward: One Woman's Journey to Godliness.

Goodreads Synopsis:  Stepping Heavenward is the fictional, coming of age story of a young Christian girl named Katherine. The story follows her life from when she is sixteen, through courtship, engagement, marriage, having children, and the many challenges that she confronts in her adult life. This classic Christian story is told through a series of journal entries by Katherine and is an inspirational tale for young girls who themselves are facing the very same challenges of growing up.

A lovely encouraging tale of a young girl's everyday joys and struggles of life.  A definite recommendation!

And finally, a gorgeous painting by one of my dear sisters, Julia, titled "To the Heights."
Acrylic paints on canvas.  Size 9 inches by 12 inches.


Winners will be picked at random, thanks to Rafflecopter.  If you have any questions concerning this giveaway or simply wish for more info regarding my Etsy shop, please comment!

And also, I know I sound like I'm begging--not really, maybe, I dunno--but please help me spread the word!  Within the next couple days I'll have a blog button available.  I would have had it up already, but am experiencing technical difficulties. . . *growls*

So. . .

What do you think?  :]  I am excited! and I hope you are too! 


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What's in a Name?

Ocean theme. . .

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Welsh, Welsh Mythology, English
Pronunciation:  DUL-an (Welsh), DIL-en (English)

Meaning & History
Derived from the Welsh elements dy "great" and llanw "tide, flow."  In Welsh mythology, Dylan was a god or hero associated with the sea.  He was the son of Arianrhod and was accidentally slain by his uncle Govannon.

Well known bearers of this name include the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) and the American musician Bob Dylan (1941-), whose real name is Robert Zimmerman.  Bob Dylan took his stage surname from the poet's given name.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Basque
Pronunciation:  (possibly) NAY-ah or NIE-yah

Meaning & History
Means "wave, sea foam" in Basque.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  History
Pronunciation:  HAY-dree-an (English)

Meaning & History
From the Roman name Hadrianus, which meant "from Hadria" in Latin.  Hadria was a town in Northern Italy, which eventually gave its name to the Adriatic Sea.  A famous bearer was Publius Aelius Hadrianus, better known as Hadrian, a 2nd-century Roman emperor who built a wall across northern Britain.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Esperanto
Pronunciation:  mah-RAH-zhah

Meaning & History
Means "made of the sea" in Esperanto.

Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.
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Coming Soon. . .

Why, hello, loverlies!  So good to have you back.  :]  Happy Sunday!

I do hope you are having a lovely day.  Is anyone ready for Fall? Scarves, boots, and glorious autumn weather? And yet this saddens you, because that means the year is nearly over? and Christmas is around the corner?  WHAT?

No, no, wait.  Calm down!  Breathe.  Yes, breathe!

"Doc! I forgot how to breathe! Don'tknowhowtobreathe!"
Heheh.  Couldn't resist.  xD

Anyway, where was I?  Oh, yes.  You were saying, "Quit yer jabberin'! Wot's with the title? Wot's COMING SOON??"  Well, if you'd cease in your bellowing, I'll tell you.  (I'm just joking, ya'll are the best!)

Coming the last week of October, I am hosting a give-away!  But first, this here liddle blog must reach at least 80 followers (and keep them).  ;D

Yeah, yeah, I know.  That's a lot to ask.  But I so want to see it happen!  And speaking of adding to the blogger family (and keeping them), what would you as my readers like to see/read more of on this blog?  More writing stuff?  Stories?  Photography? Life-lessons?  etc?? What would grab your attention, and perhaps that of others?  I am simply curious.  Please comment and let me know!

With all that said, I will have more official details within the week announcing the rules (guidelines, really) and PRIZES.  Yes, PRIZES.  Hey, we may even have THREE winners!  I'm not sure, still throwing the idea around. . .

So, stay in touch, gather in some friends, and have a cup o' tea.  I recommend a Chai Tea Latte.  :] Which, by the way, is another fabulous reason to love the Autumn season!

Thank you, my dears!  Enjoy this gift of today.

Aaaand this cute cat.

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Movie still from Monsters VS Aliens via Google and darling cat photo via Pinterest.

What's in a Name? [Surname Edition]

Today I have a set of surnames for you!

Source:  Spanish vocabulary
Usage:  Spanish (Latin America)
Pronunciation:  cab-ah-YER-o

Meaning & History
Spanish word for "knight" or "gentleman."

:]  You know who you are, my girlies! Did you know your name meant this? I mean, you probably did. . . I actually came across this word in a Louis L'Amour western and had to look it up (Spanish is definitely NOT a strong point for me. . .).

Source:  Occupation
Usage:  Italian
Pronunciation:  con-TEE

Meaning & History
Simply means "count," as in the title of a nobleman, from the Old French conte.

Source:  Location
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  de-LAYN-ee

Meaning & History
Derived from the Norman French word de l'aunaie meaning "from the alder grove."

Source:  Location
Usage:  Scottish
Pronunciation:  DAH-roh

Meaning & History
Habitational name taken from Darroch near Falkirk, in Stirlingshire, said to be named from the Gaelic darach, meaning "oak tree."


Surnames and meanings via spanishdict.com
Photos via Pinterest.
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A + A Friday!

Whoa!  A + A is back!!


  • Talking to a computer woman.  As in an automated voice what says things like, "Sure," "alright," and "Hold on" . . .  (I must say I despise having to call big name companies.  That's two in one week! FedEx and Dell)  GRR.  >:-/
  • When the brand name of a restroom's door locker is "Hiny Hiders."  O_O  
  • Ending sentences with a preposition.  
  • The things I find funny. . .
*bursts into hysterical laughingness*
  • Singing your heart out while driving the tractor in the hayfield, raking hay.  What?  No one can hear me, except God, and He doesn't mind.  :]  (I suppose this one doesn't exactly qualify as awkward, unless someone really did hear me. . . Then yes, it would be.  Unless they like Josh Turner songs and don't mind my perfect pitch.  *wink wink*)
  • THIS: 


Pinterest (of course)
  • Finally getting my dead computer taken care of--I mean, fixed.  ;D
  • Captain America 2 came to DVD!!
  • Purchasing my first pair of Converse All Stars!!  BRIGHT. RED.  Yes!
  • Finishing a book:  Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul (Book 2).  One of those laugh aloud types, for sure!  If you haven't read, I definitely recommend!
  • Beautiful quote: "Worship is simply giving God His breath back." -Lou Giglio-
  • Starting a new 100-4-100 Challenge!
  • A lovely, relaxing week of camping in the mountains. 
  • The prospect of hosting a giveaway on this here blog!  Not officially announced. . . But my excitement's mounting.  :D

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What's in a Name? [Combo Edition]

Hullo, all.  :]  Welcome!  As per request, thank you to the lovely Sam! I am featuring name combinations today, as well as a few with animal themes.  Fun, eh?  I think so.

So. . .

I pride myself in coming up with awesome, perfectly-fitted combinations.  I don't know if you remember, but often in my stories, I begin with names before I even have the plot.  This makes it difficult for me to come up with thrilling adventures that keep my reader entranced from beginning to end, and my characters usually end up wondering aimlessly around accomplishing nothing.  Not recommended.  If you are like me, you gotta work hard to come up with a good plot, right?  Keep trying!

I take choosing names very seriously, and I hope you do too.  In my opinion, given names should mean something.  Something that fits your character, or something that your character eventually grows to fit.  Make sense?  However, you will find names that are perfect and fit your character to the "T," but have a weird or unlikable meaning.  For example, I like the biblical name Jael, but it means "mountain goat."  Honestly, I wouldn't want to be named for such a thing, but I still find it beautiful, though now that I think of it, it rhymes with "jail" . . .  (No offense to anyone with this name!)  Anyway, to make a point, the meanings do not have to be important, I just find them fascinating.  :]

Look for the unique, but also throw in the classic and common names, especially if your tale is set in modern/present-day times.  It would be weird to read a story set in a regular high school where all of the kids have bizarre names like Eamon, Vena, Antonello, and Eulalia.  Beautiful names, but mix 'em up a little!  For example, your main character (MC) could be Valeska (maybe called Val or Valli for short) but her best friends could be Hannah and Jack.  Get it?  Have fun with this!  But don't forget to mix it up!  And keep them pretty simple too.  At least easily pronounceable.

Whew! Sorry.  Back to name combos!  That's what I was getting to all along, I promise, I just get to rambling and. . . Oh, sorry.  ;D

Anywho. . . When choosing combos, I like to see the whole picture.  I have read many times that you should know the backgrounds of each character, even if you do not use them in the actual story.  For instance, Safia's father, Gunnar Leifson, has a very complex backstory that ties in to the antagonist of the plot.  Most of it, however, will probably never see the light, but it is very important to know (at least for the author).  With that said, here are two family trees from my WIP (work-in-progress), Safia:

Family Trees - Rouseau & Royals of Gondoa

Safia's full name is Safia Gabrielle Leifson.  See how that came to be?  I believe name combos should ring different.  Instead of "Safia Gabriella," I adjusted to "Gabrielle."  Also, I like combining smaller-syllable names with larger-syllable names.  And I also refrain from ending first and last names with the same-sounding kind of syllable:  i.e. Brandon Mason, Kimber Rider, etc. (What about Brandon Rider and Kimber Mason?)  Play with them a bit and see what you come up with.

At times, you may find yourself using a dominant letter with some of your names.  Go through the alphabet and find other letters less common.  A group of friends don't need to be Derrick, Dylan, Dana, and Jennifer (though it could happen in reality. . . I suppose.)  Instead, make it Derrick, Dana, Jennifer, and Neal.

Here's some random combos I like.  Some come from old story ideas, others from my family's names. . .
- Benjamin Creed  (my brother's name is Jamin, and one of my great-grandfathers was named Creed)
- Jenna Elaine  (my mother's middle name is Elaine)
- Ransom Bruce (both names from a grandfather and a great-grandfather)
- Ava Jane Turner
- James K. Donovan (Irish character)
- Kyndela "Kyndi" Shepherd
- Edmund Barlow
- Matthias Gunderson
- Kaely Winter
- Francesca "Chess" Palladino
- Hanna (HAH-nah) Solo (minor character, but one of my most ingenious combos)  XD

7 Tips for Naming Characters
Choosing Names for Your Characters


In concluding this rather lengthy post, here are two animal-themed names. . .

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Hebrew
Pronunciation:  DOV

Meaning & History
Means "bear" in Hebrew.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Welsh
Pronunciation:  a-DER-rin (possibly)

Meaning & History
Means "bird" in Welsh.  Modern.

Names and meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!  If you have any requests, please don't hesitate to comment!!  I am always open to suggestions and love the research of finding new names and meanings.

Have a great week.

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Two Things. . .

Firstly, I'm back!!  My family and I enjoyed our annual week of camping in the mountains last week and it was positively enjoyable and relaxing.  I love my mountains.  :]

So, with that, I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things and finally stop neglecting this little blog and my dear followers.  However, I'm still having issues with my computer, but I plan to post whenever possible!  Thank you for you faithfulness!

Secondly, one of my sisters requested that I post about our newly re-opened Etsy shop.  As of right now, we are featuring Julia's knitted items, which range from fingerless gloves to scarf + headband sets to cozy cowls perfect for the up-coming Fall and Winter weather.  Please stop by sometime!  You can click the link above or one of the pictures below.  If we have enough interest, would anyone fancy a give-away?

Knit Infinity Scarf & Ear-Warmer Headband Set -- $15

Elsa Blue Chunky-Knit Wool Cowl/Infinity Scarf -- $30

Chunky Moss Stitch Fingerless Gloves -- $15

Aren't they lovely?  ;D

Custom orders are also available, meaning you can choose whatever color you wish.  Please contact through the store!

Faifarren, for now.

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Oh, My Friends. . .

Bless you for faithfully following this little blog!  It seems like I'm always apologizing for my inactivity. . . *le sigh* But I am still experiencing computer problems.  So, with that whole mess and life, this next week with be wholly inactiv-er.  O_o  Hmm. Not a real word, I know.  Basically, no activity.  Not that there was ANY this past week. . .

But I WILL return!  Don't give up on me!!  I hoping to re-arrange my posting and add a weekly article on writing tips.  My Name posts will continue, as well as the A+A Fridays!!  :]

So, with all that said, fairfarren for now, my friends.  Have a lovely week!

I leave you now, with my RANDOMNESS. . .


I am GROOT.  <3

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