Heidi October 19th, 2008
Flickr has mercifully started to work for me again after two perplexing days of trouble.
So once again I am free to enter my Jane Austen fantasy land.
But first, there are two people I need to thank for helping me create this joyful venture.
The first one is Melissa.
Melissa is a dear friend of many years with a love for Jane Austen to rival my own.
And Melissa is the one who told me about a beautiful farm near her house that she knew I would love.
After telling me about this farm, she concluded, “Whenever I’m there, I feel like I should be dressed in a long empire-waist dress and lace shawl….”
A smile stole across my face and I thought to myself, Hey, why not??
And I swiftly enlisted the help of another tender hearted friend to make my scheme a reality: Preston’s Mom.
I mentioned to Preston’s Mom how unbelievably cool it would be to frolick amidst blossoms and blooms in empire-waist dresses and Jane Austen hair-does.
And you know what she said?
“I’ve never made a dress like that before, but I’d love to try!”
And boy howdy, did she ever try!
A woman who had never made a Regency dress before ended up making three!
One for me.
One for Melissa.
And one for herself.
Originally, all three of us were going to gather and giggle and pose at the farm.
But, unfortunately, Melissa was not able to attend at the last minute.
So, it was just Preston’s Mom and me this time.
Though if I can have my way, we’ll get the three of us together yet!
But until then, please enjoy the Emma Woodhouse beauty of Preston’s Mom…..
Fresh off the pages of a beloved Jane Austen novel.
And enjoying the beauty of the English countryside.
Reading poetry that stirs the soul.
And completely unaware that she herself is the heroine of her own story.
A story full of peaceful gardens.
And majestic trees.
And beautiful flowers.
What a beautiful story!
Thank you for letting me capture it, Preston’s Mom!
And thank you for working your fingers to the bone on three amazing dresses.
(And thank you, Melissa, for the best idea ever!)