Looking for Regency Era Christmas tree ornaments, any ideas?

We are doing a tree next year for a charity event (we decorate a tree that gets auctioned off for the charity) and ours will be in a Jane Austen theme. I know Jane would not have had a Christmas Tree, because those didn't show up in everyday English house hold for another 20 years, so ours will be Austen inspired. I'm wondering what we can make that will have an Austen or Regency feel. As we are NPO, and we already have to donate a big chunk of money for the tree, our budget for ornaments (and supplies to make ornaments) is limited. Thanks!
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  • Birdie Berghuis Birdie Berghuis on Jan 10, 2015
    According to what I have read about Jane Austen, that era did not decorate trees for Christmas. It was all about the family and doing things together. But, I will continue to find more info. What a puzzle for you!
  • Rita Lovestosingknitread Rita Lovestosingknitread on Jan 10, 2015
    You are right, only the royal family and Anglo/Germans had a tree. We'll be doing an homage to Jane. So I'm looking for ornaments/crafts that have a regency feel or mini books that we could decorate to look like P&P or S&S or Emma etc.
  • Rose H Rose H on Jan 10, 2015
    Tussiemuzzies, the little hand held vases of flowers that the women carried to balls would be pretty on the tree, and also replecations of dance cards.
  • Rita Lovestosingknitread Rita Lovestosingknitread on Jan 10, 2015
    Ohhh, That sounds interesting! Thanks!
  • Pat880866 Pat880866 on Jan 11, 2015
    A circle of fabric edged in lace and gathered up around a styrofoam ball and tied with ribbon is very pretty. You can tuck fabric flowers into the tie as well as beads or whatever fancy things yu desire.
  • Shira Shira on Jan 11, 2015
    Whenever I think of Jane Austen, I think of books, embroidery (seems that they are always embroidering in her era), lace, flowers (@Rose H love the tussiemuzzie idea!), bonnets and soldier accessories (from that time period). Sounds like such a cool project can't wait to see the finished project!
  • Rita Lovestosingknitread Rita Lovestosingknitread on Jan 11, 2015
    You ladies are coming up with some awesome ideas! Keep them coming :-) I'm glad we are starting early on this project so we have until November before we have to actually decorate the tree.
  • Rita Lovestosingknitread Rita Lovestosingknitread on Jan 15, 2015
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. Some great ideas here, but, it's a big tree. Any one else got any ideas?
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