Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Cup of Hot Cocoa With Marshmallows and Jane Austen

Breathtaking needle felted mittens from Etsy in December 2008, please contact me if you know the artist so I can give credit.

A frosty cotoneaster shrub on the way up to the studio...

...and its twee berries

As Victorian ladies loved to do, I cradle a hot cup of cocoa to warm me up
on a frosty winter’s morning in my studio.

Hot cocoa is better in a Theodore Limoges bullion cup!

A favorite Austen out from the library.

Like women from the early 19th century on have done, also, I enjoy losing myself in the world of Jane Austen on quiet winter mornings.   I like to use a bookmark cut from printed pictures of the excellent fansite Pemberely.   It helps me form the characters in my mind when I know what they wore. 

This one is a Charles E. Brock c. 1907 illustration of Marianne Dashwood and Willoughby from Sense & Sensibility.   The interesting things are Brock chose to depict them in fashions from 1790s, when Austen wrote the ‘first draft’ of Sense & Sensibility called ‘Elinor and Marianne’, and Marianne’s hair is in an Edwardian ‘Gibson Girl’ pompadour true to fashion in Brock's day.   Perhaps it was meant to attract current readers, the way later publications of Anne of Green Gables illustrated her in the 1930s or 1940s even though the story takes place 40 - 50 years prior!

Photo by Starr Ockenga

Pretty Victorian cocoa boxes from the collection of William Frost Mobley of the Ephemera Society of America printed in Victoria February 1990 illustrating its soothing yumminess at breakfast.

May you enjoy your quiet winter moments!

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A Cottage Muse said...

Absolutely lovely cocoa boxes! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Snowy here with much more to come....NE Pa. has very unforgiving weather.
Love your photos!!
Stay Warm & Stay Safe!!

Paula said...

Good morning, Sandy!
Oh, I am such a Jane Austen fan! I recently did a post about her, as well, as I reread all of her novels over the last few months. I am also a proud member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and a frequent shopper at the Republic of Pemberley. My favorite mug from there bears the inscription, "I married my Mr. Darcy!" And I did! My favorite of her novels is P&P. I reread it nearly every year.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

anything shabby chic said...

Hi Sandy,

I found your blog the other day while visiting Cindy's Romantic Home, and stopped by right away! You have a beautiful studio. You really are talented! I love shabby chic myself. I am also a huge fan of Jane Austen so i thought what a great idea to sit down and enjoy a great book and hot chocolate. I also started my own blog, maybe you can take a look.

meleen dupré said...


i'm loving all your photos, your sweet studio, and you all around design sense!!!
can't wait to see more....
thanks for sharing!

Charlene said...

ALL RIGHT!!!!!!!!!! We have comments!!!! Yeah!!!!!! I am so glad I can talk to you now!!!! Beautiful post. Oh the country side where you live is breath taking. I would love to come visit you some wonderful warm spring day. HUGS my new dear friend. I am so glad I could help you open your beautiful world so others can talk to you. Charlene

Debbie said...

Your little cottage in the woods is so beautiful and evening though it looks cold that warm cup of cocoa sure warms things up.

Jennifer said...

So very beautiful...a very dreamy blog - Jennifer jennsthreegraces

Claudia said...

I have a cup of hot chocolate every afternoon. And Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. Sounds like a perfect combination!


Gayla said...

What a tempting post... I am happy to report I'm always UP for hot cocoa... and yeah, the cup IS the thing, isn't it? Hugs and shabby chic happiness be yours.

Norma said...

I'm a gal who prefers to live where the winters are mild but I'd be tempted to brave the snow for hot chocolate in your studio :) Two marshmallows please...

Oh yes, those mittens are adorable.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sandy,
Lovely lovely photos, I love the branch with the berries, and that hot chocolate looks might good, might have to go make some now.
Those mittens are just precious! Bet you will sell them very quickly!
Have a great evening hon,
Blessings, Nellie

June said...

Sandy I am just enjoying your blog so much. I love this post, I feel so welcome here.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Delicious and beautiful... hot cocoa and Limoges. Definitely dreamy goodness, I will be thinking of those billowy marshmallows all night. Have a great weekend (I found my door today for the shack!). ~Tracie


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