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Since this page was first launched in 2000, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet many people from all over the world who also love Jane Austen and the Regency period. Thank you for making my work so much fun!

While my original training was in desktop publishing and web design, my true interest lies in costume creation. I also love working with miniatures and have created eight dollhouses to date.

I discovered an interest in hats, especially those of the Regency period, while reading Jane Austen. At first I began making them, just to "see if I could". I made my first as a Christmas present for a friend enamored of Pride and Prejudice. Finding that I really enjoyed it, I decided to pool my talents and create this page. If you are interested in purchasing a hat or pattern, visit the Boutique. If you are looking for information, please enjoy your browse.

Since the start of this site, I have have the privilege to marry, and am now a homeschooling mom to four precious children. In 2009, my husband and I collaborated on Cooking with Jane Austen and Friendsfor the Jane Austen Centre, in Bath. This cookbook featured many of Jane Austen's own recipes, presented with modern measurements and photographs. It was printed, sold out, revised, printed again and is again sold out. If it comes back into print, we'll let you know!

Because of time involved in homeschooling our children, I am not always able to work as quickly as I once was, and rely on Etsy and Ebay as additional avenues of bringing my items to the marketplace. I invite you to check out our offerings in those places as well, since they are often different or one of a kind items that would be too time consuming to list here.

God has certainly blessed in the years since He first gave me the idea for Austentation and none of this would have been accomplished except through HIS grace. He IS the author of creativity, and nothing is possible without Him ("All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3) We truly do serve an Awesome God!

~Laura


Read an Interview from the Victorian Ladies Tea Society, Fall 2001