Jane Austen Winner and How-tos

Two weeks ago I hosted a giveaway for a Jane Austen themed gift basket. The number of entries was overwhelming, and the comments and emails I received about the items in the basket were such a blessing. I wish I could give every one of you a basket, but alas, only one person can win. It has taken me so long to announce the winner because the first person chosen never replied to my email.

Congratulations to Kelley E. from Georgia!

Several of the participants asked where I bought some the Jane Austen goodies. Most of them, I did not buy. I made them and I am going to show you how!

A glass tea cup etched with silhouettes of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy gazing loving at each other.

A glass tea cup etched with silhouettes of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy gazing loving at each other.

What you need:

  • a glass mug, which can be found at dollar stores or home stores.
  • glass etching cream
  • sticky vinyl or
  • a wooden craft stick
  • a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine or craft knife to cut by hand

What to do:

  1. Find an image that you like. I googled Jane Austen silhouette and found one for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
  2. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, cut out the image from vinyl. If you need to do it by hand, try to find an image that is not too elaborate. See this tutorial for help on hand cutting.
  3. After centering the vinyl on the mug, slather on big globs of etching cream with the wooden craft stick. Be generous, as the more you use, the better the etching will be. I leave the cream on for 10 minutes and then scrape the cream back into the jar. Yes, you can reuse it many times! Be sure to keep an eye on the mug, as dripping can happen!
  4. Rinse the rest of the cream off, wash the mug with soap and water and you are done.

A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy hand towel with the quote "How ardently I admire and love you."

A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy hand towel with the quote “How ardently I admire and love you.” This was made using a simple handkerchief from Hobby Lobby. The image is the same as the tea cup above. I cut it out of heat transfer paper, using my Silhouette Cameo. The last step is to iron the transfer onto the fabric following the instructions for your brand of heat transfer paper.

JA stamped sterling silver necklace with the words happiness and home, inspired by Jane Austen's quote "There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."

A stamped sterling silver necklace with the words happiness and home, inspired by Jane Austen’s quote “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

I think hand-stamped jewelry is stunning.  Rather than re-invent the wheel, I am going to direct you to the best DIY tutorial that I have found. She is right, the first necklace requires an investment because of the cost of the tools and metal letter stamps. But after that, you can make gorgeous necklaces very inexpensively.  I purchased almost everything at Hobby Lobby, except for the metal letter stamps, which I purchased on Amazon.

A collection of 10 glass magnets with images from Charles E. Brock's illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice.

A collection of 10 glass magnets with images from Charles E. Brock’s illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice Magnet Images

To create the magnets you need:

  • the image above, printed out
  • round 1-inch glass rocks, which you can find at the dollar store
  • adhesive magnets similar to these
  • 1-inch circle punch or a pair of scissors
  • clear glue or Mod Podge

What to do:

  1. Right click on the image above and save it to your computer. When you print it, it will come out 5-inches in width by 2-inches in height.
  2. Cut out each image into a circle. I used a 1-inch circular paper punch, but you can always cut them out by hand.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the the flat side of the glass rock. Smooth out an image on the glue so that you can see the image while looking through the domed side of the rock.
  4. Let the glue dry.
  5. Remove the adhesive back from the magnet and attach to the paper.

 

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