Was Jane Austen Really Crafty?

bj1.jpg My word. I just watched “Becoming Jane” and cried like a baby. Anne Hathaway was fabulous as the feisty, young English novelist, Jane Austen and James McAvoy (Don’t feel bad, I didn’t recognize his name either.) played a convincing Irish lawyer, the dude Hollywood projects as the forbidden love of Jane’s life in this film. Yet even when they’re the work of total fiction, forbidden love stories get me every time. Every single time.

I love the dresses the women wore in this movie, but would have hated living in era when I would be expected to wear them every day. There’s something pretty great about being able to put on a favorite pair of jeans without touching off a scandal.

Now I have a feeling I’m going to be obsessed with researching Jane Austen (Dec. 16 1775 – July 18 1817) for at least the immediate future. Should I confess that I’ve wanted to be a “real writer” since I was a small child and have not read a single one of Austen’s great works? I guess I just did. You can read more about this intriguing woman over at Wikipedia

And because I don’t want to disappoint those of you who only visit this page for a craft fix, here’s the gem I found while skeptically scanning the Wikipedia entry about Jane… (But first, please note that while I enjoy this free and lovely online encyclopedia, I can’t allow myself to accept it as completely accurate. With that said…)

Under a heading “Life,” this online reference of at times questionable accuracy, reports: “Austen was particularly proud of her accomplishments as a seamstress.”

I hope she really was a seamstress. And if she wasn’t, no one tell me for a little while, okay?

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