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aurora@myaustendreamworld.com

47 Responses to Contact

  1. Bonny Wise says:

    I just came across your website and loved it and of course, Jane Austen!

    I want to personally invite you to our 3rd Annual Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY. I have no idea where you live but a trip to our event is worth it! Last year 1,000 attended from 15 states!

    Event will be held July 10 & 11 at beautiful Historic Locust Grove, a circa 1790 Georgian estate (www.locustgrove.org)

    There will be a Regency Emporium, a Regency Style Show, a Jane Austen Ball, workshops, talks by Kim Wilson (In the Garden with Jane Austen and Tea with Jane Austen), Ed Maeder who designed the beautiful bonnets for the recent Dolley Madison documentary as well as Dressing Mr. Darcy, authentic entertainment and more, lots more not to mention a four-course afternoon tea!

    Sincerely,
    Bonny

  2. Aurora says:

    Thank you Bonny so very much for the invitation!! Can I just say first of all that I think this sounds lovely, and I should dearly like to go! You said that you don’t know where I live but that a trip to the event is worth it, and I can well believe it is! I do live quite far away, in Sweden, and unfortunately I am afraid I cannot make it this year. 🙁 Of course you never know what could happen and July is still some way off. But otherwise I really hope that I can come another year instead!

    The program sounds great! And so does the location! I was thinking as I probably won’t be able to come this year, maybe you’ll be writing something about the event somewhere after, and sharing some pictures? ‘Cause that’d be lovely to read about and see! Maybe I can do something more on here too…

    I wrote a short little post about this festival just now. It really does seem nice!

    All the best,
    Aurora

  3. Bárbara Alves says:

    Hi!

    My name is Bárbara and I’m brazilian.

    I’m impressed with your photos, they are so indescribable!
    I could not imagine that are people who dress up like XIX century, everything I see about this time is just in the movies.

    Thank you for make me happy! (:

    And I would like to say that your blog is lovely (as you)!

    Best regards,
    Bárbara.

    (Forgive me for my bad English)

  4. Aurora says:

    Hello Bárbara!

    I’m delighted to hear from you! Thank you so much for all your kind words! It makes me very happy to hear that my work is appreciated! Thank you!

    All the best,
    Aurora

    (By the way, there is no need to apologize for your English, it’s very good!)

  5. Aurora, I just wanted to thank you for liking to The Heroine’s Bookshelf! I wish I were brave enough to go to a Regency costume ball…my interest is piqued to say the least!!!!!

    Best,

    Erin Blakemore

  6. Anna says:

    Dear Aurora:

    What a wonderful site, is amazing!. I love the pictures, that blue dress is beautiful. At this moment I am reading Sense and Sensibility, I had always find Colonel Brandon as one my favorite male characters in Jane Austen’s novels. I went to Barnes and Nobles yesterday and happened to buy a beautiful box with the book and the film (the one with Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman). A few months ago I saw Pride and Prejudice again but this time I put to hear the dialogue in Spanish to experience Jane Austen in that language, to tell you the truth I love it too. I also saw Becoming Jane the movie, I really like it as well.

    It is amazing that a young girl such as you love the books of Jane Austen, to me reading is one of the greatest pleasures on earth, don’t you think?.

    Sincerely;

    Anna

  7. Aurora says:

    Dear Anna,

    I would definitely agree with you that reading is one of the greatest pleasures on earth! There is nothing else quite like it!

    I thank you for your kind words about my blog and my dress! I am very pleased to hear you like them!

    I just finished re-reading Sense and Sensibility again too! A couple of days ago. I was reading it for a book club I’m doing and was once again struck by what a fantastic book it really is!

    I’m so envious when I hear you say you went into Barnes & Noble! Barnes & Noble is one of the most amazing shops in the world, as I see it, and we have nothing at all like it in Sweden!

    I have never yet watched Pride and Prejudice in Spanish, I don’t quite know how I would like it… But it would be interesting to hear what it sounds like. A few years ago I was working on trying to learn Spanish and would then occasionally watch a film that I knew very well in that language, as a way of learning it. I found it rather frustrating however when I was so familiar with the dialog in English and suddenly it all sounded completely different. 😉

    Thank you for your comment!

    All the best,
    Aurora

  8. Emily says:

    Aurora! I was just browsing the Sense and Sensibility Patterns site, and I suddenly realized that the photos for the Regency Gown and Spencer on this page (http://sensibility.com/category/patterns/regency-era/) were YOU! How did that come about?

    Emily

  9. Aurora says:

    Emily,

    Well spotted! It is indeed me. 🙂 How did that come about? Well, I used the Sense and Sensibility pattern when I made my things, I shared pictures of my creations on the S&S forum once done, and Jennie Chancey (who has made the patterns and runs the site) asked me whether she could use the pictures for her website. Of course I was more than happy to let her do that, and I feel very honored that she wanted to do that! And very grateful to a good friend of my family who is a professional photographer and who took all those pictures for me! 😀

    All the best!
    Aurora

  10. Emily says:

    Wow, cool!

    Emily

  11. Johnnie says:

    Hi there,

    Accidentely I surfed to this site, but I think it’s very nice and you are one beautiful girl. Your clothes and the backgrounds in the pics remember me of movies about the early times. And it’s just the way you pose in these clothes, it’s perfect and brings me back in time. I loved the trip. Greetings Johnnie from Holland

  12. Aurora says:

    Hello Johnnie,

    Thank you for your very kind comment! I’m delighted to hear that you like my blog and my pictures! It’s always fun to hear when something is appreciated. 🙂

    Thanks!

    Aurora

  13. Johnnie says:

    Hi Aurora,

    Nice to hear that I could please you just with a comment. Hopefully you also enjoyed the game Holland-Sweden tonight…..
    Where are Dutch people for…..;)
    Every now and then I’m gonna take a look at this site to see if you have to show us any knew dresses with your beautiful poses. Greetings Johnnie

  14. Emily says:

    I just made a gown recently and wore it on halloween. Thought you would like to see it.
    front- http://emjean.deviantart.com/#/d324d7h
    back- http://emjean.deviantart.com/#/d324dd9

  15. Aurora says:

    That is LOVELY Emily!! Thank you so much for sharing those pictures with me!

  16. Belén says:

    Hello Aurora!

    Sincerely, you are great! I am a Jane Austen addict too and I love her books, the films and everything around her.

    When I found your page (thanks to twitter) I could not believe what my eyes were seeing!

    You were just like a beautiful girl in Jane Austen times!These dresses are so unique and all the dancings on your videos…so romantic, so well-danced….amazing, really!

    I’m impressed, u could see that!!I must go sometime in my life to one of these balls and festival for sure…and I hope I can meet u there, ok? And u have to teach me some of these dancings….^^

    And, I was reading that u wanted to learn Spanish so…u can practise with me!!And watch films in other languages work so great, i can assure u^^I love languages too, so maybe i can learn something of Swedish too!lol!!

    Best wishes from Spain!!

    Besos!!Hasta pronto!

    Belén

  17. Aurora says:

    Hello Belén!

    How nice to hear from you! Thank you for all your very kind words! It is such a pleasure to meet fellow Jane Austen “addicts” from all over the world!

    It would be lovely to meet you at some ball or some event of some kind! I hope that will happen. 🙂

    Ah yes, Spanish. I WOULD like to learn Spanish! I only know a tiny bit now, I used to know more (I was never fluent or even close to it, but I definitely knew more) when I spent some time in Spain, but I’m afraid I’ve forgotten much of it. I had a plan to learn Spanish during the summer, and I worked very dilligently on that plan for a few days. Then something happened and I forgot, and then I haven’t gotten around to begin again… Maybe I shall make another effort…?
    You are right, watching films in a language is a very good way of practicing and learning. As is practicing with native speakers, thanks for your offer of practicing with me. I might just take you up on it! 🙂 And sure, if you want to I could absolutely teach you some Swedish. 🙂

    All the best,
    Aurora

  18. Belén says:

    Ok!!We have a deal then!lol!And sure!!You’ll have to make another effort! Learn some Spanish having fun(watching jane austen films, for instance!loL!) and you’ll see your progress!

    Best wishes from Seville,

    Belén

  19. analea says:

    Hi I am 14 so I probably would not be allowed to attend these right? But I also would like to know that because of back in that time blacks were not allowed to be with whites would i be allowed to come if i was of age?

  20. Aurora says:

    Hi Analea,
    If you mean attend a ball or some other historic event, of course you would be allowed to attend! The fact that you are under age should not be a problem at all, and neither should the fact that you are black! So please don’t let any of that stop you from going to some event if you want to go!

    All the best,
    Aurora

  21. Rachel says:

    Dear Aurora –

    My college has a regency ball coming up, and, in looking for inspiration, I came across your handmade regency gown! It was absolutely stunning!

    I would love to know if you used any sort of pattern, and if so, where you got it from. Any recommendations on types of fabric would also be extremely helpful. I’m hoping to make my own gown, and I have absolutely no idea where to start, so I thought I’d come to you, seeing as how you did such a lovely job on yours.

    Thank you,
    Rachel

  22. Aurora says:

    Dear Rachel,

    First of all glad you found my blog! And how fun with the Regency ball! I’m more than happy to help you out as well as I can. 🙂

    I did use a pattern for my dresses. There are a few differet patterns out there to be had, but the one I use and the one I would consequently recommend is the Regency gown pattern from Sense & Sensibility: http://sensibility.com/patterns/regency-gown-pattern/ It is a good, easy to follow and nice pattern and I have been very happy with it. It also has the added advantage of online step by step photo instructions on the website. Which can be very helpful if you have never made something like this before. This pattern is available both as a paper pattern and as an e-pattern which you print yourself.

    So that would be my recommendation as far as pattern goes. As to fabrics. For a ballgown a really nice material to use is silk. A soft silk with a nice fall to it. But that is rather a pricey option, silk can be very expensive. So depending on how much money you are planning to put down on the project this could be an option. Silk can be slightly tricky to work with, but it IS beautiful!
    Otherwise a nice cotton fabric which also has a nice “fall” to it. By that I mean a fabric which isn’t too stiff but flows nicely when you move in it. White was a popular color in this era, but definitely not the only color they wore! Cotton is usually cheaper and easier to work with, and honestly, a nice, white muslin dress (or whatever color) can be just as pretty as any silk!
    If it does not necessarilly have to be historically accurate than you can of course also use synthetic fabrics. Personally I prefer the natural materials, but you can make lovely dresses out of synthetic materials too. For this however I would strongly recommend to stay away from anything too shiny or anything which looks too modern, so often have I seen very pretty and well made dresses, but then the fabric just looks sooo modern that there is no getting away from the fact that it is 2012!

    I hope some of that was helpful. And please, if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask me! I’m happy to help if I can. 🙂

    Good luck with your gown, and please, if you want, send me some photos!

    Best regards,
    Aurora

  23. Kathy Stutzman says:

    I am hoping to get someone on board at our library to hold events and programs for a Jane Austen Month. I enjoyed reading your blog and wondered if you live in Indiana. My library is in Warsaw, Indiana.

  24. Jemimah says:

    Hey Aurora! I kind of need your help (or the help of anyone else who reads this comment!)
    A lady my family knows is a qualified dance teacher, and she and her husband have organised an English Country Dance in about a months time, and I am hoping to go as others are in regency attire. THe only problem is that i have short layered hair, that comes to about an inch above my shoulders, and I can’t find anywhere online that shows how to do regency style hair for short hair. And then I stumbled across your blog, and thought maybe you (or anyone else) could help.
    Thank you,
    Jemimah.

  25. Ana says:

    Hi Aurora! I´ve found that you´ve got a video singing Mozart on YouTube. Loved it! Keep singing!

  26. Aurora says:

    Jemimah, I wrote you a reply on this post http://myaustendreamworld.com/2012/05/04/spreading-the-word-of-jane-austen/ 🙂

    Hi Ana! Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear you liked it! 🙂 It was funny, I got this comment just as I was sitting writing a letter to you! Its done now and I shall hopefully get a chance to send it off to you tomorrow or one of the nearest days. 🙂

  27. Jill Daniels says:

    Hi Aurora
    Just to say a very big thank you for your lovely photos and info about Lucca and the balls. My husband Andrew and I are going next week to Lucca for a holiday and we hope to visit Palazzo Pfanner this year as we have seen the garden from the wall- we go every year and you are very welcome to come with us next year if dates allow. It would be wonderful! We will no doubt see you again at the JA festival in Sept where we briefly met you last year on the Parade – our first. We are staying in Queens square – we have rented a lovely Georgian house with 2 friends for the week – very fitting we feel, so hopefully you and your frineds can come and see us or we can meet up after the Parade for lunch? maybe we can try to arrange something on email? we are waiting for all of the arrangements on the JA website to see what our schedule is! and busy making costumes now for the event! please get in touch when you can it will be lovely to hear from you Jill

  28. Margarita says:

    Hi Aurora,
    I have been stunned by ‘all things regency’ for quite a long time. Today I found your absolutely gorgeous and brilliant website and I am happy to see that I am not the only one who likes all this.
    I understand that you live in Sweden, so we could say that we are neighbors, because I am living Latvia.
    Hope you will keep posting news!!
    Best wishes,
    Margarita

  29. Aurora says:

    Hi Jill,
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment! What a coincidence that you and your husband are going to Lucca too! It is such a beautiful and nice place, and I would dearly love to go back again! Thank you so much for the invitation for me to join you!
    I just sent you an email, so I hope you got that. 🙂

  30. Aurora says:

    Hi Margarita,
    Thank you so much for your comment and for all your kind words about my blog! I am very happy to hear that you like it!
    We are indeed almost neighbors! So how is it in Latvia, is Jane Austen known at all there? Here in Sweden she is beginning to become more known, but I am still often shocked at how many people have no clue of who she was! I am so thankful for the internet for allowing me to get in touch with other likeminded people who are all ardent lovers of Jane Austen, just like I am! 🙂
    Best regards,
    Aurora

  31. Laura says:

    I just came across your blog and love it! There is an old BBC show that I think you’d like called The House of Elliot. It’s from 1993 and is about 2 sisters who are fashion designers in the 1920’s. I too love historic fashion and this show has great costumes. I hope you like it if you haven’t seen it. Season 1 is up on youtube if you can’t find it elsewhere.

    Tack så mycket 😀

  32. JAY ROYAL HODSHON says:

    I HAVE INTEREST IN HODSHONS FROM HOLLAND, HAVE TRACED THE HODSHONS IN U.S.A. BACK TO ENGLAND 1722+- WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE CONNECTION, THE TWO COUNTRIES ARE SO CLOSE!

  33. Aerin says:

    So, I came across this lovely site a while back, looking for something Regency related….just a random google search. I skipped around for a while, looking at all your beautiful dresses, and then I read just about everything in the archives. Anyway, I saw you had Horatio Hornblower as one of your posts, but you said nothing of the books or the older movie. Since these both are dearly beloved to me, I thought I should inform you on the off chance that you weren’t aware of them. The set of books by C.S. Forester is amazing, and the older movie (1951) is worth it if merely to view Gregory Peck in the title role.

    I greatly enjoy coming to this blog and seeing what you have to say. After all those lovely dresses I couldn’t help it, and am now in the midst of making my own!

  34. Annika says:

    Hello there,
    just like many others before I just found your blog through searching for “Jane Austen Role Play”. What apitty that though Role Play is rather popular in some parts of Germany the Regency setting is not.
    When I read further I really enjoyed it. I smiled, laughed, smirked… it´s a great job you´re doing here. Thank you.
    Me and some friends are just about to start our own little group of Austen Lovers. The fabrics already waiting. 🙂
    I`m wishing you all the best and a lot of fun with you latest dress.
    Love, Annika

    PS: You asked about “Austenland”? Did anyone answer yet? On a german cinema page I read that it will air in November, so maybe you´ll be lucky and can watch it later in Sweden, too?

  35. Tara says:

    Hello Aurora! I was watching a video of the promenade and I recognized you in it so I thought I would post you a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GgL5hSk9d4I#t=205 – you are visible at 3:15 🙂 Looks like a great time!

  36. Aurora says:

    Annika, Welcome to my blog and thank you for all your lovely words! I am so happy to hear that you found your way to my blog and have been enjoying it. And what a wonderful idea to start a Austen Lovers group! Well done on doing that! I am quite excited because a friend of mine and a few others are arranging a Pride & Prejudice day in October, so maybe there will finally be something happening in Sweden too!
    Regarding Austenland I hope you are right! If it airs in Germany it might just do so here too! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that.
    Love,
    Aurora

  37. Aurora says:

    Tara, thank you so much for that link! That is indeed me 🙂 It was a great day, and the promenade was lovely as always!

  38. Sherry says:

    Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any tips and hints for inexperienced blog writers?
    I’d really appreciate it.

    my web page … Sherry

  39. Dóra says:

    Hello!

    My name is Dóra. I am from Hungary and I am a student of English Linguistics and Literature.
    I hope it’s not a problem that I am asking for help, but I really need some help right now. I am writing a research paper about Jane Austen and her effect on society, and it would be a lot help for my studies if many people filled my poll.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OHsQGafF8-ouyleCx1jmyEK_nmBRy3ZYNUV1IPRPJ1w/viewform?usp=send_form

    Thank you very much!
    Dóra

  40. BarElohim says:

    Hi Aurora; Since the blog dates are of 2013, and this menu is much newer and active, I thought I would repost the question I put on your blog page. Would you happen to know a young woman by the name of Priscilla Williams, from California USA?

    Thank You
    Mr B.

  41. maria cassar says:

    Hi. My name is Maria Cassar. I am currently studying at the Peter Symonds College. As part of my Extended project qualification I am researching the role of women in marriage in the novels Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones Diaries.

    I was wondering if you would be able to help me with my research by providing my ideas that I am able to reference in my work.

    Thank you for your time.

    Kind Regards,

    Maria.

  42. Morrigan Penninck says:

    hi!
    I’m a girl from Belgium and I need to do a research about Jane Austen’s book Emma.
    What do you think about the book? Is it her best book or not?
    PS: I’m a big fan too!
    thanks

  43. Aurora says:

    Hello!
    Well in my personal opinion Emma is not her best book. But in saying that, I do think it is a fantastic book! You see, when someone asks me which of Jane Austen’s books I like best I usually reply saying that out of her 6 novels I have 4 favorites, and 2 that are just slightly less favorites. And Emma is one of those two slightly less favorites. But I still love it. I think the thing about Emma is that she is not the most likable character out of all the ones that Jane has created, well to most people she isn’t. And like Jane herself said about Emma: “she is a character who none but me will much like”. Of course that is not the case, she is definitely liked by many people, but if you compare her to Lizzie Bennet for example she is not quite on the same popularity level.
    I don’t know if that was of any help to you. I think it is a very clever and fantastic book, and it was the first Jane Austen I ever read, so it will always hold a special place in my heart for that too. And I do think that book grows on you, I think I love it even more now than I used to. But it is still not my favorite and consequently I wouldn’t call it her best. 🙂

  44. Sonja and Louzanne says:

    Aurora

    My daughter (Louzanne) is a HUGE Jane Austin -fan. We are from South Africa and plan to visit the UK in July. I have now seen that Chawton is close to Alton -station and that the station is not manned! We need to hire a taxi from the station. Is it safe? We are two women alone on this journey and are afraid it won’t be safe to climb off at an unmanned station? Also, is the taxi safe for two women travelling alone in such a remote village? Please help us, we appreciate your opinion.

    Sonja and Louzanne Swart

  45. Sonja and Louzanne says:

    Please excuse the spelling-mistake! Austen not Austin!

  46. Aurora says:

    Hi Sonja and Louzanne,
    For some reason I hadn’t seen this comment, it didn’t come up with a notification for me so I only just found this now. Sorry about that and the consequently late response.
    How lovely that you are travelling to Chawton together, it is such a wonderful place if you ask me. I would say that with regards with what you asked me about I don’t think you really need to worry so much about that. I think the thing when it comes to safety there is never any complete guarantee of course, but that goes for anywhere in the whole world, but personally I would think that in this instance you can feel safe. Chawton and Alton are, in my expereince, nice friendly places and villages in England are nothing to worry about. So my opinion is that you should be perfectly fine getting off at that station and taking a taxi. 🙂 I think to Chawton especially there are most likely often women travelling alone to, as the majority of the visitors there are female.
    I hope that was of help, of course I can only offer my opinion and my own experience of this place, but based on that I would say all is well and you will be very safe. 🙂

    Have a lovely trip!
    Aurora

  47. Fiona Powell says:

    Hello, Aurora, I am in awe of your dedication and commitment to the making the outfits and presenting the Jane Austen fashion show! I sew too… You have done great things. I found and read your latest blog entries: I know you live in Sweden but I wanted to contact you anyway in case you are interested in what I’m doing.
    I am helping to organise a competition for traditional carriages. They will be driven on the roads and tracks at Euston Hall, near Thetford, Suffolk, England, 22-23 August. I thought it would be of great interest to enthusiasts of history to see “live” some 25-30 carriages that Jane Austen would recognise being driven at this beautiful scenic venue. The hall was remodelled in the 1750s and has been the home of the Dukes of Grafton for over 350 years. Its attractive parkland has been designed for the observation of horses being raced and trained. Entry is free for spectators.
    Please, if you know of anyone who would like to come or if you would like to tell your followers, I would be delighted if you let them know. It’s a wonderful yet rare opportunity! Facebook followers can find us by searching for “Carriages in the Park”.
    I shall re-visit your blog – and wish you well. Thank you.
    Regards, Fiona

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