Monday, January 26, 2009

Austen has invaded my brain...

We finally have a decent snow fall here and it promises to snow more tomorrow so I'm enjoying the view of the snow capped trees and beautiful bright colors of the birds feeding on the bird feeder outside against the white backdrop. I'll have to see if I can get some pretty pictures in the morning.
So as the snow falls outside I snuggle up inside to watch period movies with pretty costumes, horses and carriages, love letters and all sorts of sappy little chic flick things that I love to watch. My favorites are Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Persuasion. I've also taken to Netflixing a gazillion Masterpiece Theater productions lately (Wives and Daughters, the Barchester Chronicals, etc., etc.) and all that over indulgence has led to this:



Beautiful silhouettes have been pictured a great deal lately in magazines like Country Living, etc. and I've been hankering for a few of my own, but a quick search on Ebay led me to realize that the real thing can cost a pretty penny these days as everyone is collecting. I ended up purchasing some very pretty stencils and have decided to make my own for my home and a few for the shop as well.

These are currently up on my shop at the moment and are ever so Jane Austen-y. I think these two remind me of Anne and Captain Wentworth in Persuasion and I have made another set of different profiles to put up on the shop tomorrow which remind me of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy of P&P. There will be yet more silhouettes coming out over the next few weeks so if you'd like a few of your own please check in now and then. I'll update here when I add them. I also have a few slightly smaller child silhouettes which really adds to the collection. I'm so excited to have something very romantic and suitably Valentine like for sale.

While making these silhouettes I can't help but remember Marianne Dashwood tracing out Willoughby's profile in Sense and Sensibility. And hanging them up in the hall I could swear I hear "Oh, Mr. Bennet!" being cried in the background. I think I've been locked up in the house too long with my Austen collection. Perhaps I need to take a walk outside tomorrow and clear the senses. Isn't that what Elizabeth Bennet would do??

Yep, I'm hopeless...

3 comments:

Christine said...

These are quite beautiful! when my son was born my husband and I put up our silhouettes( that were one in our kindergarden classes) in our sons room. I look forward to adding his when he is five! Thanks for sharing:)

58 Cherries said...

Homemade personal silhouettes are the best, of course! A great tradition - he'll love to have that when he's older, I'm sure. ;) Thanks for your comment!

Chelsea Ling said...

i love silhouettes!

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