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Pretty Watercolour Paintings // A painted envelope from a friend

Hello! I’m back for a quick post to show you the creative efforts of–no, not me–my sister and my best friend, who are two lovely artists. These first photos are by my sister Ruth, and they are pen and watercolour on watercolour paper.

It’s not perfect (no one will tell you that more than Ruth, haha!), but don’t you just love it’s pretty simplicity? It captures the imagination.

She likes this one a little better, but I actually like the first one best. But I think this one technically has less mistakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now–this the envelope of a lovely letter I received today, from my best friend. Isn’t it so pretty?? (The colour blocks are to keep our addresses private.)

Speaking of painted envelopes and letter writing, I just recently read this wonderful blog post with lots of inspirational ideas that I intend to implement with my next letter.

Well, that’s all for today! Hopefully I’ll have more soon… ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your favourite things to do with your letters? Do you prefer watercolours, acrylics, or oil paints?

Yours truly,


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Movie Review: Tolkien (2019)

And so, months after the promised review–here it comes. You know, I’m really a terrible blogger. I go through month long phases of either not being able to stop doing stuff on my blog, or blogging is the last thing I want to be doing. Are any of you like that? It’s really very irritating… Although I think that the wasp that is buzzing on the window next to me right now is even more irratating. Man, I hate wasps.

Okay–so Tolkien. Even though people kept telling me that it didn’t get very good reviews, etc., etc., I was still able to keep a very open mind about it until I watched it. And I’ll just tell you right now, I think the reviews are (mostly) wrong. There are, granted, several historical/biographical innacuracies which are rather irritating, but I think they capture the character of Tolkien and his stories well. The entire movie has a kind of dreamy, surreal, pure imagination feel to it, which I really liked. It emphasized Tolkien’s imagination a lot, and I thought that was well done. My sister and I really enjoyed it–my parents didn’t. So I think it might partially just be a matter of taste, because it is kind of a unique movie–I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one that feels like it does. Oh–and another thing I love is the emphasis on Tolkien’s languages. I really love that, and I’m glad that they made it a large part of the film.

So–A+ on capturing Tolkien’s character and work, C- on actual accuracy.

This is the first movie review I’ve ever written, and I kinda get the feeling it stinks. Oh well. After all, I said I’d write it, so…

God bless you all! Hopefully you’ll see more of me this August!


P.S. I totally forgot! I think my favourite part of the movie is where Tolkien gets his inspiration for Sam Gamgee. ๐Ÿ˜

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I Need Your Suggestions!

Hello Everyone! Like I mentioned the other day, there are some changes coming up for The Nightingale in 2019! If you have a suggestion for new content, something you’d like to see, blog design, or anything else; I absolutely want to hear it! Be sure to let me know what it is in the comments, or in the contact form below. I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

In Christ Alone,

Elizabeth Baillie

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Changes Coming in 2019

Hello Everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday! I got a sewing machine (yay!) What was your favourite present that you received or gave?

Well, the new year is approaching startlingly fast! With it are coming some awesome changes on The Nightingale! Firstly, I finally own my own domain, so pretty soon here my URL will be Looks nice doesn’t it? It’s so nice to finally have that after what…five years? My, but this blog has been through a lot of changes! Do any of you remember when it was still “Blue Eyed Magi”? And then there was that very brief period where it was “Maeflower”.

So the other change that you’ll see soon is that I will probably be changing my theme again. Okay–I know that isn’t really anything new. I probably change my theme on average every two months… But I’m going to be using one of the paid WordPress plans now, so I think I’ll be able to make the blog even more beautiful than before. I know what you’re thinking; “How could it possibly be any more beautiful than it is now??!!!” Well it can.

Just kidding.

One more thing you’ll see different: my name. Elizabeth Baillie is actually a pen name! In 2019 I’ll be using my real name, just in it’s Gaelic form. So that should be interesting…for you, anyway.

Well, I hope you’re as excited as I am! Be sure and leave a comment if you have any ideas for what The Nightingale should include in the great 2019!

God bless you all!

Elizabeth Baillie

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The Lonesome Three

Green Light

On the fair open plain,

where the flowers bloom time and again,

there is a tall tree amidst the field,

and under it sit the Lonesome Three.

Across the ragged sea of glacier ice,

bathed in a bitter cold not at all nice,

there is a deserted ship wreck,

though not quite deserted,

for there sit the Lonesome Three.

In the forest thick of trees;

air filled with the buzzing of bees,

up on a tall thick branch,

there sit the Lonesome Three.

Atop the beautiful mansion-house,

where everyone tip-toes like a mouse,

there is a tower at which I gaze,

can it be?ย  There I see

the Lonesome Three.


Do you have any ideas about what the Lonesome Three are?

I still don’t know!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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He is the son of David,

the heir of Jesse’s son,

He is our mighty Savior,

He has now for us come.

Yet He will not come in the clouds,

nor with Heaven’s trumpets blasting,

but to a lowly stable bed,

a child, to raise the living and the dead.


Our Lord: A Poem

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The Sea Battle: A Poem

Up I blow, in I go,
I rule the seas with my bulk,
on my sides I bear many scars;
painful trophies of battle won,
I defend my own.
Deep, deep I dive down fast,
jaws snap, tail thrash,
I meet my life-long foe,
the giant squid of great renown,
his tentacles are his crown and pride.
He whips, I snap,
claw tears, eye flairs,
tail beats, eyes meet.
Our battles are rare,
witness if you dare,
each otherโ€™s flesh we pierce.



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I See God Everywhere: My Favourite Works

I feel Your power in the wind,

I hear Your voice in the rain,

and it is enough to make tremble Satan’s bane.

I see Your might in the river,

I breath Your love in the air,

I can see you and your goodness everywhere.

~I See God Everywhere

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Beautiful Lady Butterfly

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Green Buds

Happy in a Bush


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Eowyn the Lizard

Tweedledee the Almost-Frog

Dusk Splendor


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