Adorn Your Petites Books with this Cuteness

Etsy has some amazing items that are so unique and special, items you would never be able to find in the stores.  I love that basically whatever I end up looking for I usually find it and it exceeds my expectations.  I’ve been looking at book-plate recently and found these incredibly cute ones from this incredibly cute little shop – The Fox & The Teacup by Stephanie Fizer Coleman is one of my favorite etsy shops.  Seriously, I love her artwork and design.  My favorite thing is that the girls features in her illustrations and design look like they are strong-willed and determined petites.

Not only does she sell incredibly cute stationary, stickers, cards and art prints, she sells these amazing little book plates.  These are just a few of my favorites.  I cannot decide which ones I like the best…right now I am leaning towards the knight & her dragon because she looks so stinkin’ feisty and determined, and you can’t overlook that cute little dragon, oh dear.    Book Plates

Check out her shop there are tons of cute things, I am sure you will love it as much as I do.

Happy Shopping,


My love affair with Jane Austen

It's All About Austen

Did you know that there is a 10 day Jane Austen Festival happening right now in Bath, UK?  Oh my goodness, an addition has been made to my bucket list.  I am now wondering if I could possibly get my hubby to dress up like Mr. Darcy?  Okay, if not Darcy then Edmond Bertram?  So this festival looks beyond awesome they have lectures, tours, talks, book readings and wait for it a costumed promenade!  Need I say more?  No, I didn’t think so.  Just look how much fun these Janeites are having?  The costume possibilities…oh my.  Clearly if you are not an Austen fan, then this is not your cup of tea.


I don’t know what it is in particular that I love so much about Austen, or how I can read the books over and over again.  I think it is her timeless characters that, although they are 200 years old now, still are valid in their pursuits and ideas.  I love that there is wit and cynicism amongst some of my favorites.  Fanny Price from Mansfield Park is my ultimate favorite Austen character.  Some facts about Pride and Prejudice….soldiers coming home from WWI were given copies to read for its soothing qualities.  Winston Churchill would read his copy during times of stress.   I myself find her books to be quite calming, more so like old friends when I read them over and over again.  I do have to say I like Winston Churchill all the more knowing he would turn to Ms. Austen in times of strife.

Well if you can’t get to Bath this weekend for the final days of the festival you might as well check out some of these fine Austen inspired items.  Get ready to get your geek on.

Pride and Prejudice Play Set

Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Play Set – I’ve made my love for all things BabyLit known.  These little play set is just the cutest with little cutouts, what is not to love about it.

Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen Pillow

Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen Pillow – Can’t you just see this fabulous pillow in your book nook?   I am lusting for the pillow and the nook right about now.  The only real question to ask is which book to start reading first.

I Heart Darcy Tote

I Heart Darcy Tote – Darcy does get all the love, but it’s well worth it, don’t you think?  Perfect bag to cart books to and from the library or to your Jane Austen book club perhaps?

Quote Print

Pride and Prejudice Quote Print – I don’t mean to swoon, but this print is just lovely.

Mr. Darcy Plush

Mr. Darcy Plush – Seriously cute, perfect for even the smallest of Austen fans.

Baby Lit Books

Books – Pride and Prejudice  or Sense and Sensibility – adorable primers for your petites.  Start those babies off on the right foot to be the next generation of Janeites.

Darcy Proposal Onesie

Darcy’s Proposal Onesie – How cute would it be to have your baby, reading Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibilities board books while wearing this?!  I’m thinking my petite needs this immediately.  Baby Janeite, yes please.

Jane Austen 7 Book Anthology

Jane Austen Anthology of Seven Novels – this anthology has been out there for a while now, but its lovely leather bound cover and over 1200 gilded pages make it quite the Austen fan collectable.



Mr. Darcy Proposal- Pink and Charcoal Scarf

Darcy’s Proposal Scarf – You can feel the chill in the air and what better to keep you warm than this adorable scarf.

Lizzy Bennet's Diary


Lizzie Bennet’s Diary – This diary was just published in the spring and it is so cute, has little flaps you can lift and is filled will all sorts of cuteness.  It gives a great introduction into the novel and does so in a way that looks like a scrapbook diary.

Quote Shirt

Pride and Prejudice T-shirt – I love this shirt, it is incredibly unique and everyone really should wear shirts, so why not wear a cool Pride and Prejudice one?

Hopefully this post will make you smile or find the perfect present for your favorite Austen fan.

Happy Weekend,


Historic Charleston: In Search of a Map

I have a thing for maps, if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll notice a trend.  Before we left for South Carolina, I called around to find out where you could get a print of an antique map in Charleston.  I called the Charleston Historical Society and the Preservation Society of Charleston.  Both of the lovely ladies I spoke with recommended the same place: Carolina Antique Maps & Prints.

This is the map I desired

Antique Map of Charleston SC, by C.N. Drie 1872 Print $25

When we planned our day trip to Charleston this was one of my main places I wanted to stop.  So off we go with our two children in tow.  Ironically enough, I cannot read a map to save my soul; truly ask my husband.  This is silly on so many levels, mainly because while we were driving I kept saying we are close, just park here.  Since my stellar map reading skills are so honed we ended up literally parking right in front of the store even though I couldn’t see it.  Here is where silly turns to hilarious in a matter of seconds.

A Plan of the Attack of Fort Sulivan, near Charles Town in South Carolina. William Faden

A Plan of the Attack of Fort Sullivan, near Charles Town in South Carolina.
William Faden $13,000

We open the door to this cute little map shop and walk in.  The woman running the place welcomes us, my husband, 5-year-old daughter and 14 month old who is covered in snacks from her car seat.    My husband while holding tight to the 5-year-old looked at a map that was $13,500.  While I flipped through a folio of maps that were ranging between $800-$1300.  My husband and I glance at each other while flipping, doing that silent look of knowing that only spouses can do.  Knowing that you have no business being in this place with these children.  This is when things just got ridiculous.  The lovely lady asked me if I was looking for anything special.  To which I, with reddening cheeks, say yes, I was told that I could get a print of an antique Charleston map here.  She says oh yes, what price point are you looking for?  I respond under $100 and she almost laughs and says that nothing in the store is under $200.  Then she lets me know of a linguistic, possibly regional error that I have made.  The word “print” does not mean “reproduction” which is clearly what I am looking for.

I do want you to know that Carolina Antique Maps & Prints, has some of the most gorgeous maps I have ever seen.  However, if you are looking for a “reproduction” of an antique map of Charleston, go to the market, I found one for $25, and we didn’t even have to break into the girls college fund.


If you like maps too, check out my etsy shop.