After clearing away the excess sparkle of Christmas my mantel sat bare for a few weeks. Soon after my thoughts turned to February and romance.
Many of you know from this past year’s Halloween creation that I adore Jane Austen. She is, in my opinion, one of the most romantic writers in the world.
I recently found an entire set of Jane Austen novels at a second hand bookstore. Their pastel perfection inspired me to create a Valentine mantel.
(You can find this set, and others, HERE.)
Of course we must talk about the star of the show ~ Mr. Darcy.
He is a vintage figurine that was created by the Jabeson company.
He also came with a companion. Elizabeth Bennet sadly was looking more like Marie Antoinette. However a bit of glue fixed her right up.
She somewhat reminds me of the Kate Winslet portral of Marianne Dashwood from “Sense and Sensibility”.
So, head intact, I placed her upon that book.
The printable of Jane Austen’s silhouette can be found HERE.It was colorized in Picasa to suit the palette.
I printed out another famous Austen quote and tucked a few candles in here and there.
Some grocery store roses rounded out this romantic vignette.
I’ll be back on Friday with a tutorial for a Jane Austen inspired garland.
Indeed there are touches of romances all over Storybook Cottage that will soon be shared.
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ~ Jane Austen
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