Sunday, January 15, 2012

Valentine's Decor Printables

Guess what?! We are officially within a month of Valentine's Day. You should probably know that we are a wee bit obsessed with Jane Austen and her novels in this family (Well, maybe not Northanger Abbey. We're all a little "Eh" when it comes to Northanger Abbey. Sorry Ms. A!) But to celebrate the queen of Regency Romance, we are embarking on a month of Austen madness. *Squeal* Party ideas, food, decor, and Novels; it's going to be a fun month! I am kicking it off with a few Valentine's Decor Printables:


This is from a lovely D.H. Lawrence poem, entitled "All I Ask."

All I ask of a woman is that she shall feel gently towards me
when my heart feels kindly towards her,
and there shall be the soft, soft tremor as of unheard bells between us.
It is all I ask.
I am so tired of violent women lashing out and insisting
on being loved, when there is no love in them.

This is my favorite favorite favorite sonnet! I love it dearly, and am so glad that it is quoted in Emma Thompson's "Sense and Sensibility," or it would have taken me a lot longer to find it. Also, when a college professor asks if anyone can recite ten lines of Shakespeare from memory, I proudly pull out this little baby instead of the other ten lines that I know from a certain "Billy Madison" speech.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

This is my first attempt ever at something that looks modern. I am a swirly, cursive kind of lady, so don't expect to see a whole lot of this. But I love this quote and it's so playful that I thought it kind of fit. This is from Jane Austen's Love and Friendship: a collection of her very early writing.

Just click on the pictures and it'll take you to flickr where you can download a copy.

I will be back tomorrow with Bronte sisters, some Pride and Prejudice, and some RED! Can't wait to 'see' you then :)


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE these printables!!! XO, Aimee

  2. These are SO lovely. Much more thought provoking than "Be Mine" lol :) It is so fun to read all the great things you post!


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