Thursday, May 30, 2013

Reviewers Wanted


Do you love reading good books? Do you find yourself telling everyone you know about how good (or bad) the last book you read was?

If so, I have some exciting news to share with you. Our sister site Royal Reviews is seeking several new reviewers.

I have 5 permanent positions to fill as well as 8 Ladies in Waiting (guest bloggers) positions to fill. If there is an overwhelming interest in becoming a Royal Reviewer, either permanent or guest, I will consider those and may add more than just the aforementioned 5 permanents and 8 guests.

Here is a bit more about what each position entails:

Permanent Reviewer:

If you'd like to be a permanent reviewer you would be required to contribute four reviews every three months. Each review is to be done the week before it is due. A choice of genres and weeks is sent out well in advance and then you nominate which weeks you'd like to participate in. The reviews are spread out over different weeks and we will be specifically looking for reviewers who love historical fiction. You are also expected to respond to our lovely readers comments (especially when your reviews go up).

Guest Reviewer (Lady in Waiting):

Guest reviewers are required to do one review every three months. I also often call on Guest Reviewers to help out if I am short on reviews or someone is sick. Guest reviews are required to be completed and emailed to me the week before they are due.

To apply, please fill out the form below

If you have any questions or are unable to fill out the form, please email me at:

becomearoyalreviewer {at} yahoo {dot} com

We look forward to hearing from you!



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday Tea—Jane Austen TeaIY & Giveaway

Hello Lovelies,

I am bit late with posting—I was hoping to have it up last week, although the remodeling with a little awry when the contractors hammer when through the wall in the upstairs bedroom.

As this is Tuesday it’s time for a Tuesday Tea post and although I thought that I would mix it up and do a DIY, or rather a TeaIY, post. So here is a step by step process of how to make a Jane Austen-inspired Tea-dyed scarf.

What you will need:

1 White Scarf

An old pan or bowl

Tea bags

Liquid laundry detergent & softener

Iron-on transfer paper



First, find an image (or imagines) that you wish to use as well as your favorite Austen-inspired quote (quotes). Make sure to mirror the images and quotes so that when you iron them on they will be correctly positioned.


Print them out on Iron-on transfer paper and cut them out leaving only a small border around them. I found the iron-on transfer paper works the best if you have allowed the print-outs to cure at least over night before ironing them on to the surface.


Wash and scarf according to manufactures directions.


Find the colour of tea that you wish to use. You may want to experiment on a piece of paper before hand to get the colour you desire.

HPIM3949 Colour were achieved by using the tea shown above

I used three Twinings English Breakfast teabags and steeped them in a gallon and half of boiling water for about an hour.


Add your scarf to the tea. I dyed mine for about an hour, stirring about every ten minutes to make sure the tea dyed evenly.


Remove from tea, hand wash in cold water using a mild detergent then drain sink, refill, and wash using fabric softener to lock in dye.


Dry according to manufactures directions on scarf then iron.


Follow directions according to your selected Iron-on transfer paper packet.




Have you ever made a Jane Austen-inspired DIY item? I would love to hear about your adventures in crafting.


1 lucky winner will win a copy of Austentatious Crochet

Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE

Ends May 30

Best Wishes & Happy Crafting,

angela new

Whilst writing this post I was:



Twinings Pear & Apple Green Tea

Listening to:


Time by Rod Stewart