April 2017 – Giveaway!

This giveaway is the sweetest one I’ve ever done and, although I would love to keep a set for my own, there will be twelve winners for the twelve Darcy & Elizabeth handkerchief sets available. Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter. The winners will be announced on April 1st or 2nd. As always, the giveaway is international.

I know, I should have ironed them before I took the photographs. Where is my iron? (shoulder shrug)


  1. Pam Hunter

    They’re beautiful! What a lovely giveaway!

  2. Anngela Schroeder

    These are absolutely adorable! Did you embroider them yourself? You’re such an accomplished lady!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Hah! NEVER!!! I don’t sew, iron, or do decorative stitching unless forced to do so. Ack!!! Not me!

      They were beautifully done by Cindy Nowlin-Reavis, a woman I’ve known for decades. She makes the most beautiful quilts.

  3. Anna

    Ooh, they are so pretty!

  4. JanisB

    Wow — it’s a perpetual Jane Austen birthday party here! Many thanks for offering these lovely gifts.

  5. Carole in Canada

    Absolutely lovely! I have a lovely set my Granny gave me that I keep in a box they came in. I should pull them out and use them in my bookshelf somehow…to put a smile on my face when I look at them. Thank you yet again for your generosity! I’ll be placing another order at Amazon today for Jennifer’s book! The excerpt she gave us really fueled my curiosity!!!!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Such a wonderful idea to put your Granny’s heirloom on display.

      Have you read the additional chapter she posted on her newsletter called the Jilt? Oh, my word!!! It’s the best piece of writing I’ve read in years. Even if you don’t read Jennifer’s story, it’s a great piece of fiction. However, when added to the book, it’s amazing!

      • Carole in Canada

        Yes! I read it and loved it! All the more reason I want to read this book! The sad part is Lady Catherine still hasn’t learned!!!!

  6. Rita Malone

    What’s an iron??? I don’t think that I have ever seen one!!! LOL. But seriously, Joy, your gifts are truly lovely…the handkerchiefs, too!!! 😉

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      For the sake of full disclosure, I will admit that I looked for my iron and couldn’t find it. Maybe I took it to Ecuador, I don’t have a clue. Oh, well. I’m sure NOT going to run out and buy one. Isn’t that what clothes dryers are for?

  7. Anji

    Your friend is a talented lady, Joy. I’ve done a fair amount of embroidery and cross stitching, so I know the work that’ll have gone into decorating 24 handkerchiefs. I love the little butterflies adorning the Elizabeth ones.

    I do possess an iron! OK, I may have to dust it off before use sometimes, but there are occasions where it’s the only way to get a crisp, clean finish to something. I don’t have a dryer, btw, so that’s why I may have the need to use the iron. Our washing machine is very forgiving and doesn’t crease things too badly, especially if we don’t use a high spin speed. And we’re getting to the time of year now where I can hang things outside to dry and blow in the wind – that gets some of the creases out too. Love that “fresh air” smell on things that have been dried outside. No fabric softener (or dryer sheet, I expect) has been able to duplicate that!

    Look at me – a whole paragraph on domestic/housekeeping stuff. Musn’t be feeling well – have to go and have a lie down to get over it!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Ha Ha! She did the embroidery on her sewing machine, which stymies me. I, too, love the fresh scent of sheets and towels that have dried,outside.

  8. evamedmonds

    Oh, my goodness! I love the handkerchiefs! I will be glad to iron them if I win – don’t give it a second thought. Thank you for this incredible giveaway.

  9. Shelley Hoisington

    Love the handkerchiefs? My great Aunt used to sew, cross stitch etc. She has made three dollies that she loved and never wanted to display or used them. I had them placed in a frame and she love it because, they were not placed in a drawer and forgotten. She has since passed away and now they are on my wall at my house.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      How precious. Thank you for,sharing your story, Shelley.

  10. MaryAnn Nagy

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I have enjoyed reading all your novels and your daughters as well! Keep up with the writing and great smile. All good things come to those who wait!
    Also thank you for the great giveaway and they will be treasured by any Jane Austen fan!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I think I have an allergy to waiting, MaryAnn. Since I’m 60-years-old, I sincerely doubt I’ll outgrow it. I’ll try.

  11. ladysusanpdx

    So sweet & I really love handkerchiefs!
    Remind me of thrones my grandmother
    used to make for me.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      What a lovely memory. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Kelly

    Oh my gosh! I love those! Sooo adorable!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      They are, aren’t they? I’d love to keep a set for myself, but I won’t. Sigh!

  13. darkchiibsb

    so kawaii

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      So you think so? Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  14. Sheila L. Majczan

    When I worked as a waitress during college we had to wear handkerchiefs in our breast pockets and I saved most of those. But I never embroidered any. These are lovely. I do needlework but not on handkerchiefs. Yes, I have read and enjoyed Jennifer’s newest and the bonus chapter re: Jilt. Very enjoyable.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I loved to sort through my grandmothers hankies. Hers had lovely bouquets of flowers. She was a poor woman who liked pretty things. Fond memories are tied to this giveaway.

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