When you write again to Catherine, thank her on my part for her very kind and welcome mark of friendship; I shall value such a brooch very much.
Jane Austen to Cassandra
October 7, 1808
For the past month, Miriam and I have paid homages—big and small—to that loveliest of authors. We have tried to incorporate the sensibilities, tastes, styles, and customs of Jane Austen’s era and her works into our lives and into this blog. We wish we could say that we now speak with British accents, and that our children are pictures of propriety, and that our husbands have taken to wearing long cloaks and cravats, but we can’t. What we can say is that we have felt a little prettier, a little girlier, and a little more refined this month. (And by refined, I mean that I plugged in an iron and used the word “wretched” recently.)
As I pondered what to do for our final day of Jane Austen month, I decided it would only be fitting if we had an appearance by the author herself—a silhouette appearance. And what better way to keep “all-things-Austen” close to our hearts than putting her silhouette on a necklace? (A small disclaimer here: I haven’t made a necklace since I was five-years-old and enthralled with the multimedia potential of Fruit Loops and macaroni.)