I’ve been snowed in for several days now, and I’m beginning to get a bit of cabin fever. I’m lucky my power and gas are still on, and I stocked up very well on firewood, food and pet food, toilet paper, liquor, medicine and diversions long before the storm hit. A bit discouraged by day after day of falling snow, I am reminding myself to take every day as it comes and do something fun and useful with my time.
After a couple of days of housecleaning, laundry, baking and cooking and chores, I’m due for a day off. I intend to spend it thoroughly embracing the Danish hygge lifestyle, and indulging myself in some Jane Austen pastimes. Take a look at a few of your options if you follow along and create your own wintertime Jane Austen Day.
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Put on your Sock it to Me Jane Austen Socks to keep your feet warm and cozy.
Or perhaps you might enjoy Socksmith’s Jane Austen crew socks instead.
If your house is chilly, tuck this Pride & Prejudice scarf snugly around your neck.
Warm up in a hot bath, cleansing your skin with Jane Austen Bath Soap (they call it ‘Suds and Sensibility,’ ha.
Light some Pride and Prejudice themed “Pemberley Estate” candles to make your home cozy.
You might also like the softly scented Lilac, Rose and Hyacinth candle based on Pride and Prejudice, from Forage Candle Company.
Pull out your Pemberley pillow and fluff it on the couch, your reading chaise lounge, or into your book nook.
Snuggle up in your Pride and Prejudice throw blanket, ready for your reading or coloring adventures!
Fill your Jane Austen mug with hot cocoa, hot tea, hot coffee, or perhaps a bourbon-laced hot toddy!
I promise not to judge you at all should you forego the caffeinated drinks and dive directly into a big glass of whiskey, bourbon or rye. Here’s a lovely Pride and Prejudice rocks glass to sip it from, via Etsy.
If you only have a small stretch of time, perhaps you might enjoy leafing through What Would Jane Do? It’s full of quotes and sayings from the beloved author.
You can pleasurably while away the snowy hours coloring quotes, costumes and scenes from Jane Austen books in this Classic Coloring: Jane Austen coloring book.
“She Said it Best” is another Austen-inspired adult coloring book, with “wit & wisdom to color and display.”
I think “Color Me Jane” is a bit too advanced of an adult coloring book for me – the drawings are so intricate! I’ll have to practice my coloring skills and get a bit better.
I like putting together puzzles if they aren’t too complicated, and this Jane Austen Jigsaw Puzzle fits the bill. A 500 piece puzzle doesn’t seem too taxing and is just enough for a snowy evening.
I truly believe there is nothing wrong with grown women (or men for that matter) playing with paper dolls. I’d love to spend a winter afternoon cutting out these Jane Austen paper dolls and staging a paper doll ball!
There’s nothing more hygge than huddling by the fire contentedly knitting. Here’s “Pride and Preju-Knits,” a book of Austen-inspired “genteel knitting projects.”
Perhaps you’re more of the crafting than knitting type. Find crafts and recipes for an Austen-inspired life in “So Jane.”
Perhaps “Dinner with Mr. Darcy” will inspire you to get into the kitchen and whip up some cozy comfort foods.
Those of you who are writerly types might enjoy writing in the Jane-A-Day journal. There’s room for five years worth of journaling, if you keep your entries brief enough! The journal includes a years worth of “witticisms” by Jane Austen.
You can write a long, handwritten, old-fashioned letter to a friend on this Jane Austen stationery set. Pour your heart out, or gossip shamelessly?
Or for dashing off shorter missives, try these small Jane Austen note cards from Potter Gift.
Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at solving some “ingenious riddles & vexing dilemmas” in “Pride & Prejudice & Puzzles.”
The adorable illustrations in this Pride & Prejudice Search and Find book make this excessively diverting on a winter’s day.
if you have friends coming over to join you for an evening of Jane Austen hygge, you can play Jane Austen’s Card Games. The book also includes three supper menus with recipes you can use to cook up a hot Regency-style meal for your friends.
Or your friends might get a kick out of playing “Marrying Mr. Darcy,” a Pride and Prejudice card game.
If your visiting friends are serious Janeites, you might enjoy challenging them to the Jane Austen trivia game, “The Jane Game.” A challenge of wits indeed!
Enjoy your day of Jane Austen hygge!