Amanda Kastner's 1912 Kimono Dress artwork
Amanda’s sweet illustration for her 1912 Kimono Dress pattern

I’ve known Amanda Kastner for what seems like donkey’s years–way back to the early 2000s before she started her own line of patterns, Hint of History. In fact, Amanda entered and won my 2004 Young Designers’ Pattern contest with her beautiful 1912 Kimono Dress pattern! After that, she went from strength to strength, creating her own gorgeous pattern designs and branching out into illustration with her Story Seamstress brand. I’ve been delighted to see the lovely things Amanda has created and how she has honed her talents.

Amanda has now produced a simply charming coloring book, featuring 25 of Jane Austen’s most famous quotes in whimsical settings with delightful hand-drawn ink illustrations.The 8.5″ x 11″ book is printed on smooth white 65# paper, which is excellent for colored pencils, pens, markers, and even light watercolor washes! (Full list of quotes and previews of all the pages:

Amanda Kastner inking pages

If you love the relaxation of coloring and enjoy Jane as much as I do, this book is directly up your alley! Or perhaps you have a Janeite friend who can’t get enough Austen paraphernalia? This makes a fabulous gift. If you aren’t keen on coloring the illustrations yourself, Amanda also offers mini prints that she has inked in beautifully, making them suitable for framing and sharing:
Amanda Kastner set of mini printsTo celebrate Amanda’s achievements, I am hosting a giveaway of a copy of “She Coloured,” and I’ve also got a special coupon code you can use in Amanda’s online shop! First, the giveaway: Please share this post on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or email), using the hashtag #shecolouredgiveaway and tagging me (@S_and_S_Patterns on Instagram, @sspatterns on Twitter, Sense & Sensibility Patterns on Facebook — or CC in your email). The contest will run from today (March 9) through midnight C.S.T. Saturday, March 12. At the end of that time, I’ll take all the names of those who’ve shared the post and draw a name, using a third-party random draw service. The winner will receive a hard copy of the coloring book (shipped air mail from South Africa).
She Coloured cover by Amanda Kastner
And the coupon code: Amanda’s shop’s cart works for both the Story Seamstress line and Hint of History patterns, so feel free to jump back and forth. Once you’ve settled on what you want, add a mini print to your cart, then use the coupon code “FreeMiniPrint” to get it free of charge with your order. Anyone can use the coupon code–not just those who share this giveaway post–so feel free to share amongst friends and family!
Northanger Abbey Chapter 10 (Amanda Kastner illustration)
UPDATE: Sunday, March 12
And the winner is….Alysha Ashley, who shared my post on Facebook and won the random drawing held through Random Result. Thanks, Ashley! I know you will enjoy the book!

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