Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Becoming Jane

That's the title of an intriguing movie about Jane Austen's life, starring Anne Hathaway.  Have you seen it?  I love anything and everything about my favorite authoress.  The crafting I've done lately with Tilda's World dolls by Tone Finnanger has motivated me to start designing some of my own.  My first thought was to come up with a Jane Austen-inspired doll.  I created a pattern for the body, arms and legs, then painted on shoes and long gloves.  She started 'becoming Jane' after I added a bun for her hair and a regency-inspired dress made from hand-dyed cheesecloth and vintage lace.


Here my Jane rests next to a pillow and sachet meant for my upcoming spring Etsy line.

She is my 'practice' doll and was such fun to make.  Her mouth and eyes are hand-embroidered.  I'd love to offer dolls like her in my Etsy store as well.  

I've also got a glorious bouquet to show you:

My stepmother graciously picked this arrangement out for me, knowing I'd love the soft, vintage-feel colors of the flowers.  What a lovely Easter gift!

I only wish they could last forever.  At least they'll last in these photos I took.

Happy Easter week!

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18 comments:

Connie said...

Jane is beautiful and you have created the most perfect place for her to live :)
Come visit and put your name in the hat for our anniversary give-a-way :)
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Lorrie said...

Your Jane doll is beautiful - Miss Austen would blush with pleasure, I think.

Anne said...

Susan your Jane doll is lovely! What a sweet face and such a beautiful dress! Love your gorgeous flowers what a sweet Mother in law!
xx
Anne

Robin said...

Oh my! Your Jane doll is so adorable. You are so talented!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Congratulations on your Jane doll design Susan. She looks perfectly regal like an English rose.

Victoria said...

I love your Jane doll, she's adorable! Your flowers are gorgeous too, how sweet of your stepmom:)

Nancy Lee said...

Happy Easter, Susan! Your doll is lovely, as are the flowers. We are big Jane Austen fans around here too. Loved the movie. Did you see the BBC mini series where the girl goes back in time to Jane Austen's England? My daughter and I were glued to the screen.

Nancy Lee said...

The title of the mini series was Lost in Austen.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh I love that lush bouquet! Such a beautiful combination. Love your Jane too! She is wonderful!

It's me said...

Wowwww...beautiful flowers !!!...love from me...xxx...

Heather said...

What a sweet little doll! She looks awesome, congrats on creating your first pattern!
And what a gorgeous, gorgeous bouquet. Those colors are so pretty, and just perfect for your home!

June said...

Ooooh I adore your Jane doll Susan!!!! How beautiful she is. I think you made the lovely Miss Austen very proud! Everything about her is so pretty. I love the sweet sachets too.
The flowers are just amazing. What perfection in a bouquet!
sending hugs...

Donna said...

You did an awesome job creating Jane, Susan! I think she would be a hit in your shop! Love your pillows too, and your flowers are so pretty. Maybe you could dry or press them so you could enjoy them for years to come.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Jane is really pretty! The flowers are beautiful, too.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

She is beautiful Susan!!
And speaking of beautiful, love your new profile picture!!

sweetpea family said...

Just found your blog love your post - adorable doll and such beautiful flowers x

Gina Gao said...

This looks so beautiful! I liked this very much.

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Draffin Bears said...

Hi Susan,

Lovely to discover your beautiful blog. Your Jane doll is fabulous and love your pretty bouquet.

Happy week
Carolyn

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