My busiest part of this holiday season has passed...last weekend on Friday and Saturday night I lead children's crafts for the Candlelight Christmas Tours at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville and on Sunday I decorated for the Jane Austen Society of North America- Greater Louisville Region's December Tea.
The children's crafts were great fun and messy :) The kids got to make a cinnamon applesauce (made with just cinnamon and applesauce) ornament, evergreen and rosemary (organic from my garden) sprigs ornament, and fruit print and letter stamp Christmas card (not pictured). It smelled wonderful too with the cinnamon, evergreen and rosemary wafting around the room...it smelled like Christmas :)
For the December Tea decorations, I based my design on the theme from this year's JASNA Annual General Meeting, which was "Sex, Money, and Power in Jane Austen's Fiction." Our region focused on "Lady Susan" this year, so I also added elements from our study on Jane's only epistolary novel. The color scheme was white, yellow, red, grey, and black. Some greenery was added to bring holiday cheer :)
I have many decorating items at my disposal and procured several new items to add to the specific design. I also included hand-made paper origami flowers (lilies), which were gifts to all the attendees for coming to the event.
I had letters from "Lady Susan" enlarged at Office Depot to hang around the room to help fill the space and tie in the decor theme. My wonderful, crafty husband built the wooden stands that allowed me to hang the letters.
To safely add to the lighting in the room, I added LED tea lights in votives and LED candles.
We also celebrated Jane Austen's birthday with a toast. I hand painted a special birthday sign that my wooden Regency man held as he greeted all the attendees.
It was a lovely event!! Our JASNA National President, Iris Lutz, spoke on "Houses in Jane Austen's Fiction," which was a fantastic tour of Jane's homes in England and houses that Jane may have modeled her "parks" and "cottages" after in her novels.
If you have any questions about these decorations or would like some ideas for your next party/event decor, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm happy to help!
Guess what's now available in my Society6
shop? Throw Pillows!!
I only have two images available, but will add
more in the next few days.
They come in sizes 16x16, 18x18, and 20x20
with or without a pillow insert.
Here's some info about
pillow cover from Society6: "Throw Pillow Cover made from 100% spun
polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any
room. Individually cut and sewn by hand, features a double-sided print
and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care."
I decided to leave up the BOGO sale in my Etsy shop for one more week! If you didn't find a great deal on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, come stop by my shop for great photographs to give as gifts or decorate your home! Plus you get a FREE PRINT!
And, last but not least, everyone loves a great BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Sale on any size photo prints (applies to different size photo print listings as well)! The sale does not include Gallery Wraps, Photo Gifts, and Photo Collections. Plus this BOGO Sale starts on Thanksgiving Day and lasts till Cyber Monday :) Thanks for following along with the "12 Days of Sales!"
week, I've been busy preparing for all the "12 Days of Sales" in my Etsy shop and I think it's time to share the first deal :) On Sunday,
November 11th, you will get FREE SHIPPING (domestic only) on your order!
I'll post the FREE SHIPPING coupon code on my Facebook page first and then here next :)
This will be the first of 11 other SALES that will be available in my Etsy shop through Cyber Monday. Stay tuned!!
Plus...there are a lot of NEW items and options in my Etsy shop. Come take a look!
Custom painted signs have arrived in my Etsy shop this week! This past weekend debuted 5 custom painted signs by me at the 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky. Here are four of the signs I made for the event...
I also made custom signs for the 5th Annual Jane Austen Festival, which was also held at Locust Grove. The employees of Locust Grove loved my signs from that event that they hired me to make these signs :)
Also, please stay tuned to the blog...I will be posting information about my "12 Days of Sales" (starts November 11th and continues till Cyber Monday) in the next couple of days. There will be some great deals on ALL my Etsy shop items!!