Design*Sponge had a quick post about valentines that Hello Handmade is making this year inspired by Jane Austen. It mentioned that these valentines are folded in the regency style. So, if you read my featured seller interview, you know that I love Jane Austen and if you've read my blog, you'll know that I used to do some calligraphy....So, I had to learn a bit more.
Here's the Hello Handmade valentines, and you can see the folding used (Aren't they stunning?).
So, I started searching the web for more info on folding letters in the regency style. I found a step-by-step info/tutorial entitled Regency Letter Writing from The Jane Austen Centre. The reason for the letter to be folded this way was so that the paper in which the letter was written, could also be the envelope, as this saved money on postage (the recipient payed for the delivery). It was also common for letters to be written in one direction and then continued over the top of the script already written at a 90 degree angle (also to save on postage).
I also found a blog named Jane Austen's World (what can be more lovely than that?). There is a post entitled Letter Writing in Jane Austen's Time that is full of wonderful information. The post is just a taste at the info which can be found on the blog...I can't wait to spend some time with it! Also, note that Emma begins January 24th (Masterpiece Classic on PBS)...eeeeeeeeeeeeem!
If you have any more interesting info about different forms of letter folding, please comment and give some sources; I love history and research!
Can you believe that Valentine's Day is right around the corner? Here are some alternatives to chocolates and a dozen red roses:
Oh, and be prepared for some mature content....
Well, maybe you wouldn't give your Valentine that teacup and saucer, but maybe you have an inside joke going, or maybe you buy it for yourself for Valentine's Day. Whatever, trixiedelicious cracks me up and she's a genius.
My free shipping sale was so fun, I've decided to extend it for the holiday season! I may have the shop closed while I'm visiting family for Christmas (December 20 - January 1), but until then the sale is on!
I also happened to get a treasury over the weekend, maybe some of these items will inspire your gift-giving:
"A Coffee table that interacts with
its Rug, the coffee table is in the shape of a traditional child’s sled
and sits neatly into a thick pile rug with two deep groves cut into it,
giving the impression of compressed snow under the weight of the skis."
Well, I don't have the money for it and it feels very seasonal for where I am, but it's SO incredible! (Did I say that already?)
How about some DIY wallpaper that is easily removed? Pretty rad, I say! Check this out:
You can find the instructions here and more info on the maker's blog here.
Not only do I love the impermanence, but it's an inexpensive (yet time-consuming project, but I have more time than money) way to do wallpaper (I guess I have expensive taste when it comes to wallpaper). Ooh, and I love that it looks handmade...perfectly imperfect!
Lastly, fantastic cake stands. These would work for other uses as well, check out these stands made from powdercoated (I wish I had the ability to powdercoat at home) upcycled brass candlesticks, the tops are Corian.
While looking through some of my favorite blogs this morning, I noticed more than one post on preserving. As you many know, I learned how to can this summer and I guess I'm not the only one. According to this post on GOOD (found via Re-Nest), canning supply sales are up 30 percent this year! I also found a recipe on Craftzine for Quince Paste. Sounds yummy. Now I want to plant a quince tree.
I've collected a few images on Etsy of canning-related photographs, and this is a good time to share.