Jane Austen

Jane Austen Journals!

September 25, 2018
Something about the turning of the seasons must make me want to launch a Kickstarter...at least, that's what I'm doing for the third year in a row!
You can check out my project--Jane Austen Journals--below:
I used some of the illustrations from She Coloured for the covers of these Austen-inspired journals, besides creating a few completely new illustrations. I'm super happy with how the journals are turning out! Here's a shot of the journal interior:
Visit the Kickstarter page for all the details, and please share (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest) if you have friends who love Jane Austen--and journaling!

February Watercolors

February 24, 2018
I can't believe it's almost March--where has the time gone? I haven't posted much online lately (though I'm always working on something) so I thought I'd share a couple of small 5"x7" watercolors I've done this month.
 This was a super quick painting with a 3/4" flat brush. Kinda sloppy, but kinda fun to use a larger brush than usual!
I've been listening to The Lord of the Rings audiobook over the last several weeks, and I love that the adventures in both The Fellowship and The Hobbit begin with a kitchen full of dishes--Tolkien clearly knew what he was talking about. :)
audiobook

Audiobook Giveaway!

December 31, 2017
Guys, I'll be honest. When I look at my art or writing, I often cringe internally. Ahh! Can't believe I actually shared that! It could be so much better! What was I thinking?! 

(I imagine this is the feeling Winnie-The-Pooh explains so eloquently: "When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.")

HOWEVER.

I am so. very. pleased. with the audiobook of A Really-Truly Princess. The narrator, Sarah Kempton, did an absolutely amazing job of bringing the characters to life and making my little book sound like a really-truly actually story!

You can get it on Audible or on Amazon, and if you're not already a member of Audible, you can sign up for a free trial and listen to A Really-Truly Princess for free!


Aaand...to kick off the New Year I'm giving away four copies of the audiobook! 

You can enter through this blog post, or on twitter, instagram, or facebook. I'll be choosing one winner from each platform and announcing the winners on January 10th.

Giveaway Rules:

Four winners will receive an audiobook download of A Really-Truly Princess from Audible.com (value $6.95) Entries are open from January 2 through 11:59 CST on January 9, 2018. All participants must be US citizens 18 years or older.

Participants may enter in one or more of the following ways, for a total of up to four entries:
  1. Twitter: Follow @storyseamstress & retweet the giveaway
  2. Instagram: Follow @storyseamstressart & tag 3 friends in a comment on the giveaway post
  3. Facebook: Like Amanda Kastner Illustration share the giveaway post & comment on the post (so I know you entered)
  4. Blog: Join the newsletter & comment on this post (so I know you entered)
Four winners will be chosen (one from each platform) using random.org and will be contacted via email or social media to receive the audiobook download code.


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