Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for February 19, 2017

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Here are your Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters related links for the week:

Jane Austen era dancing lessons in Connecticut

regency era dancers

Ah, but for if I was still living in Connecticut.

But if YOU are, you can head to Vinnie’s Jump and Jive in Middletown on May 11 to learn country and quadrilles! The event doesn’t seem to be sponsored by the local JASNA group but by a local dance historian, Susan de Guardiola. Research on the event seems that it’s a fairly popular and semi-regular thing so if you miss this one, there is sure to be one more to go.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details and to register.

(While this doesn’t seem to be a Jane200 exact event, I’ve added it to the calendar all the same.)

Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for February 12, 2017

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More on Darcy’s hunkiness

Darcy Reimagined

A couple of days ago, I wrote on what historians believe Darcy would have really looked like, the news gathered from a footnote from the Evening Standard. It seems the news has spread as now The Guardian has a write up and Drama TV finally has a press release (after the news pieces?) on their upcoming Jane Austen season, which begins February 12.

Behold the video showcasing the idea of what Darcy would have looked like from a Georgian perspective. No Colin Firth or Matthew McFayden (or even Matthew Rhys) and I am betting most 21c viewers will not be fainting over the sight of him while Regency ladies would be a swooned.

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Top 5 Austen and Brontë home decor

Inspired by a recent Bustle article, 7 Jane Austen Crafts You Can Easily DIY At Home, I decided to come up a list of Austen and Brontë inspired home decor.
Pride and Prejudice duvetIf you’re anything like me, I’m always on the lookout for new bedroom designs and inspiration. This Pride and Prejudice duvet cover totally fits the bill.  The duvet cover comes in sizes twin to king and is available via Sharp Shirter’s etsy shop.

I am a big fan of candles. When Mr. Lisa and I finally settled in our new digs,I found, scattered across several boxes, nearly a dozen candles, most half-burned. Oops. (I seem to favor vanilla and musky scents like sandalwood.) If you also need to have candles in your home, Tea & Thistle has got you covered.  They seem to specialize in literature inspired candles, I wanted to showcase Heathcliff because well, brooding anti-hero! I do disagree with her scent choice: the sea, cardamon, and lavender. Lavender is used mainly for relaxation and cardamon is spicy — but our Heathcliff is not spicy! He’s musky and brooding — he should smell like the moors, all dark and mysterious.

Am I or am I not a good cook? Well I can bake and I let Mr. Lisa do all the main cooking since he seems to have a flair for it. While I cannot see him wearing this apron, I would — a girl has to keep herself clean from flour and other ingredients! The apron is sold by the French Apron Company who have other delightful aprons available including this one, “You had me at Darcy.” Note: The item does ship from France.

Living in the land of bourbon, not including something bourbon inspired would have felt unholy — even though, personally, I detest the stuff.

This beautiful tumbler, by theUncommonGreen, can either be used for drinking or for a conversation piece. The shop has a plethora of other literature and fun inspired glasses. Note the price is for one glass, not a set.

I have seen these but never exactly what they were! A rock cairn is, “A mound of stones erected as a landmark or memorial….Cairns can be given for Encouragement, Energy, Hope, Inspiration, Motivation and Support!”

So there you have it.

The cairns come in a variety of sizes and this one has the de rigeur quote, “I love you most ardently” so it would be totally appropriate to give to someone who is not only into zen but also a Jane Austen fan. You can also get cairns personalized with other quotes if you so wish.