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Friday, January 29, 2016

A Jane Austen Garland & Other Touches of Romance

Thank you so very much for all your kind comments about the Romantic Jane Austen Inspired Mantle.


As promised here is the quick and easy tutorial on how to make a Jane Austen Inspired Garland.


I searched for antique and vintage engravings from all of Jane Austen’s books. My favorites were done by the prolific illustrator Charles Edmund Brock. The British Library recently released several images for public domain HERE.


I uploaded the black and white images into Picasa.


Color tinting was added to match the collection of books on the mantle. Pale lavender, blue, green and pink shades were selected.


Then the fun could begin.


I created a lacy edge using square vintage doilies. The seam was hidden by a tiny rope of pearls attached with hot glue.


Next, I enhanced certain key areas with touches of Stickles Glitter Glue. Think jewelry, candles and anything else that might benefit from a bit of sparkle.


“She percieved her sister and Bingley standing together.”


Bits of lace and paper flowers make for pretty embellishments. 


Lastly, the edges received a bit of glue and glitter.


A hole punch and some seam binding allowed the pages to be strung into a garland.


It’s the perfect bit of pretty.


Although it’s not quite romantic, this image with its accompanying “He attended to her large, fat sighings” makes me smile.


My fancy system of hanging the garland was merely tucking it under the frames and candleholders on top of the mantle.


Oh Mr. Darcy!


The glass coffee table also aquired the full Jane treatment.


As did a wee side table.


The entry received a bit of literary romance as well.


May you have a lovely lace filled day.


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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You totally amaze me. This is all so pretty and so creative. said...

Very creative...if only I had a mantle! :)

Kiki Nakita said...

Laura, it all looks quintessential.

Growing up, I lived a stones throw from Stoneleigh Abbey. The home was owned by the Leigh family, and the Austen's were relatives. Some summers, Jane and her mother Cassandra would come to stay. It was there she penned some poetry while sitting on the banks of the river Sowe. The house has a bedroom, called the Austen room, and I remember going on the tour as a little girl and being so taken aback.

So thank you for sharing. Your so creative, and I'm sure Jane would've loved to come over for a sip of tea.

Ruth W said...

Those are my favorite illustrations as well...a wonderful job for my favorite author!

Jeannie Marie said...

These are just gorgeous! So charming!


Like this post :)
Maria V.

lynn cockrell said...

"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love"your mantel, dear Laura! It is positively gorgeous!

Katie Mansfield said...

One of my favorites. I love this. So pretty.

Lisa said...

So pretty! Thanks for the how-to!!!!