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Make Jane Austen Themed Bookmarks

This week, I helped a friend prepare for her Daughter-in-law-to-be’s bridal tea. The young lady’s favorite novel is (what else?) Pride and Prejudice, and my friend has taken that as the theme for the day. Inspired by Dody William’s gorgeous designs on Etsy, we arranged a few of the Bride’s favorite quotes along with some fashion plates I had in my collection.


I have included a printable PDF file of the bookmarks here. Click on the link to open the page in your browser, then save it to your computer.

Once the sheets were printed, we laminated them using 3ml Thermal laminating paper. If you don’t have access to a laminator, this can be done at most office supply big box stores, like Staples, or you can skip this step. Alternately, you can use a clear sticky paper, such as contact paper or even clear packing tape, carefully applied.

The bookmarks were then cut apart, punched with a hole at the top and threaded with a tassel. Ribbons, bows and other trims can also be added, creating a one of a kind, 3-dimensional work of art. If you don’t have a tassel, this tutorial will show you how to make one.

 Laura Boyle is the author of Cooking with Jane Austen and Friends. Through her shop Austentation: Regency Accessories, she offers a large range of custom made hats, bonnets, reticules and Jane Austen related items.

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A Jane Austen Birthday Party

We had a pleasant party yesterday, at least we found it so…
Jane Austen to Fanny Knight
Chawton, November 18, 1814

Are you coming to Jane Austen’s birthday at the Jane Austen Centre? You can book your tickets here.

A Jane Austen Birthday Party!Jane Austen’s birthday (December 16, 1775) will soon be here and the lovely ladies at Dear Lillie have prepared some absolutely delightful ideas for an Austen inspired birthday party. Whether you are celebrating Jane’s own birthday, meeting together with your book group friends, or simply celebrating for yourself, the ideas here are sure to inspire you! Dear Lillie offers a tutorial for the banner and the mini books, and will soon be selling both cardstock and vinyl silhouette cutouts in their shop:


This past winter Jamie suggested that we have a Jane Austen themed book party this summer while the girls and I were up in New Hampshire. We also planned on having a tiny little party to celebrate Jamie’s 25th birthday. Well, it turned out that trying to do projects for two parties in the midst of everything else this summer was completely impossible so instead we decided to combine the two and have Jamie’s little birthday party with a Jane Austen/book theme.

We all are a bit strange in our family and as much as we love to make things and decorate for a party we don’t necessarily like to have an actual party. I am guessing most people are the opposite and like to go to or host parties but don’t enjoy all of the preparation. So, for the party we had a ton of fun decorating for it but just had us girls and our mom for it.  By using things Jamie already had we were able to spend only the tiniest amount on this whole party. I think all we bought for it were the candles on the cake, some thin black satin ribbon for the banner, the white meringue cookies and some cardstock. Unless I am forgetting something I think we spent less than $15 for the whole party! We even saved on flowers by just picking some Queen Anne’s Lace from the field.























Dear LillieJennifer Holmes lives in Williamsburg, VA with her husband and their two little girls. Her blog covers a wide array of things from new Dear Lillie products, giveaways, home decorating and bits and pieces from their day to day life.