February Oh, February

February – Oh, February you have been a very busy month!

I was sitting in my rocker last night realizing  that it was indeed the end of the month. So I started contemplating exactly where this month and this is what went to…….

First part of the Month my Dan came down with a cold….oh dear, his sister came for a visit. It was a very nice visit even though we did not really do anything special – due to sad cold.

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Tuesday with Tasha Tudor

February from the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, displayed with a few of my favorite things

The first part of the month of February brings several birthdays. The first one to arrive is my oldest  gran – daughters, who turned eleven this year, oh my! She decided last year she was going to start collecting and wearing fashion scarves, so naturally, I knit her one. This year I knit her a neck kerchief. She likes to make list and schedules so I thought she might enjoy a felt note pad case along with a hair bow – she loves to wear hair adornments!!

Hand made gifts Unique yarns Kelp fiber Hand made hygge

Amellia’s Neck Kerchief.Hand knit in Sea Song yarn made of cotton and Kelp fiber. I like to try to use a unique yarn, last years scarf was knit of a yarn made of corn fiber!

February is also Amellia’s Daddy’s birthday…. and several more in the family.

Comforts of home handmade home felt note book pencil case hair bow necklace

Happy Eleventh Amellia! Felt note pad case along with the hand-made hair bows and necklace.

In the mean time ….

I was finishing up an order for one of my Hand-knit Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance cotton shawl. I enjoy including free gifts in my orders and have wanted to design a brooch / shawl pin to go with my shawls. Here are two I tried out.

 

Cottage Elegance Shawl Safety pin brooch Tasha Tudor style shawl pin brooch Handmade comforts of cozy home hygge Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance Kindred spirit shawl Tasha Tudor Tuesday

Tasha Tudor style shawl safety-pin brooch / shawl pin. I hand wired this brooch with beautiful cranberry and gold  czech glass beads.

We do see Tasha using a safety-pin to hold her shawl on……It always makes my kind of cinch when I see that the pin is just attached to just one stitch on each side, but I’m sure Tasha knew how to mend it if a stitch was to break. If you look close at the picture you can see that I catch two-rows of stitches on each side. Here is another style of brooch / shawl pin.

The hand made life handmade hygge Tasha Tudor style shawl pins brooches Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit shawl Tasha Tudor Tuesday

My Yo – yo brooch is made with a hand-dyed fabric (I purchased from another artesian) Encircled with czech glass beads accented with a shell button.

Happy Custmer = Make me happy!!
Received the  beautifully made shoulder Shawl,  I am late in saying thank you, Also thank you for the 2 pins And the two sachets.
I will email you Again as I would like one in grey And a little bigger I have wide shoulders and I am 5 feet 9.
I am happy to take custom orders.

Then came Valentines day and Dan shared his cold with me!!!

Be Mine Tasha Tudor Valentines Day Advent Calendar Bees was candle hygge Elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Tasha Tudor “Be Mine” Valentine Advent calendar in the lovely glow of bee wax candle. A beautiful relaxing scene I take in from my rocking chair.

Dan did make up for sharing his cold with some lovely Valentines Day gifts.

Tea Cup Tuesday Limoges France China Violets print Valentines Day Gift Republic Tea German tea tray

Gifts from my Valentine

A beautiful wooden tea try from Germany with water colored wild flowers. I think I’m going to hang this on my wall. Some yummy Chocolate Velvet and peppermint chocolate republic tea.  Several years ago while visiting P.E.I  – Robert Montgomery ( Lucy Maud Montgomery’s second cousin once removed) gave Dan a lesson in how to identify fine china and Dan was a very good student  indeed, Here is yet another lovely tea-cup – Theodore Haviland Limoges fine china Tea up from France with a lovely violet print. I know you would like a closer look….

Tea cup Tuesday Theodore Haviland Limoges France Tea cup Fine china Lessons from Robert Montgomery Prince Edward Island Lucy Muad Montgomery Anne of Green Gables Tea cup Collections

My violets in my new violet tea-cup.

Tea cup Tuesday fine china

A closer look

Then another exciting visit…….My oldest daughter, son-in-law and two of my gran- daughter’s. I was over my cold enough to meet them at the park. It was a lovely day.

A Visit..... a little conversation on the shell phone ;)

A Visit….. a little conversation on gran’s  shell phone 😉

Knitting beginning projects Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Hygge shawl Spring cotton shawl

A little help knitting my Tasha Tudor Style shawl!!

She has always tried to help me with my knitting so this year I gave her a basket with her own yarn and knitting needles.

Nature Notes:

Feast of Fish Pelicans Florida in the Winter

The Pelicans, Sea gulls, cormorant love feasting on the fish in the canal this time of year.

Pelcan birds of Florida in the winter

Pelicans are interesting birds to watch. They are so big but glide so gracefully through the air and just above the water!

February Fest of the Pelicans on the banana River

Gliding in search of the perfect fish.

February Country Diary of and Edwardian Lady Birds of a Feather Bethany Tasha Tudor

Is it time yet? No we have until April this year!!

I hope you had a lovely February !

Take Joy ~ Melissa

You can find my shawls and PDF Pattern to knit your own shawl in My etsy shop. I also take custom orders for the brooches.

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You can find the lovely Valentines Day Advent Calendar – ‘Be Mine” at

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Just Another ‘Perfect Day’

It was another chilly, blustery day, rain clouds were brewing in the distance –  indeed it was /  is a   “Perfect Day” to steep a pot of tea and indulge in The World of Peter Rabbit. This is one of my favorite version of  Beatrix Potter’s stories!  I was at first enjoying these whimsical little tales playing in the background on my computer while I went about some daily task – washing up some dishes, cleaning ceiling fan, dusting –  this then called for some therapeutic – meditative style knitting ( you know the kind you get while knitting my Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl  – the pattern is  available in my etsy shop 😉  ) and a nice cup of tea. While going about my task  slowly, calmly taking in the words of these lovely little stories realizing once again that there is indeed some deeper meaning in these little tales of Beatrix Potter’s, I also took notice of the music – very mystic, celtic sounding, that was played at the beginning and end of each episode lending to that serene, calm atmosphere of my day. I just had to find out the name of that song  – that voice! I  did a little google search – as one does!   I found the song to be  “Perfect Day” by Miriam Stockley!

I thought you might enjoy listening to the song while you start some soup!

 

Perfect Day – With Beatrix Potter and Miriam Stockley.

Perfect Day

The rain has moved on
And left a new day
Nothing seems to move everything is still
It’s just a perfect day

A Perfect Day song Beatrix Potter The world of Peter Rabbit and Friends a Hygge day song and stories hygge knitting Tasha tudor style cottage shawl

A perfect moody day!

 

The shadows and light
That move with the wind
Hidden violets grow splashed with summer spray
Just another perfect day

African Violets Botanical Buddies Perfect Day Hygge with Beatrix Potter The World of Peter Rabbit Song perfect day Miriam Stockley Hygge Knitting Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Shawl Pattern
On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

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On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

And all of this world
Is for children who play
Days that never end always should remain
Another perfect day

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Another Perfect Day!

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A  “Perfect Day”  to enjoy watching / listening to The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.  It will keep playing all episodes – Enjoy another perfect day!

Here you can enjoy my post about Squirrel Nutkin and his friend scamper who stopped by to visit us while on one of our camping adventures. I also share some fun information about Beatrix Potter:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1509&action=edit

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A Perfect Day in my world would also include a nice bowl of my vegetable soup….. so today I think we will call it Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup! 😉

Peter Rabbits Vegetable soup Another Perfect Day with Beatrix Potter The world of Peter rabbit and friends Hygge day tea time hygge in the kitchen hygge Knitting Tasha Tudor style cottage shawl knitting pattern

First thing is to go to Mr McGregor’s garden and gather your ingredients – fresh is best.

Kitchen Hygge Peter Rabbits Vegetable soup on a Perfect Day the world of peter rabbit and friends Vegetarian vegetable soup from Mr Mcgregors Garden

Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup.

“Soup is to the meal, what the hostess smile of welcome is to the party…”                                                         ~’The Soup Book’ 1949 Louis P De Gouy 

Do you start your meal with soup? I usually have it as a  meal  accompaniment with a sandwich or crackers and cheese.

 

Vegetarian Vegetable soup Hygge Kitchen A perfect Day Hygge Knitting Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl and Pattern

Pretty Carrots!!

Perfect hygge Kitchen Peter Rabbit Vegetable soup The world of Peter Rabbit and Friends

mmmm….carrots, cabbage, celery, leeks, potatoes, squash…..

Yes Peter, these are just a few of the vegetable we all love.

Vegetable soup recipes Kitchen Hygge Another perfect Day

Veggie,herbs and spices of choice. It’s your soup

I start by dicing:

1 leek or onion

4-6 ribs celery

4 – med carrot

1 red, yellow and /or orange bell peppers

4  med to large tomatoes

– diced potatoes

1/2 – Med head of cabbage cut into desired size chunks

1 Each of Yellow squash and zucchini squash, diced

Saute in olive oil. I then stir in

6 -10 fresh chopped tomatoes

I then put the lid on and let this simmer.

Veggie soup kitchen hygge a perfect day

Another perfect day soup!

After you have simmered this briefly – 10 – 15 minutes.                                                                       Add more of the same and more vegetables but chopped this time.

 

2- Potatoes 2- ribs – celery (optional, I like celery) 1 – Each yellow and zucchini squash, chopped cabbage if you like, and….. other vegetables that you enjoy……

 

Comforts of home cozy kitchen hygge The soup book 1949 vintage recipes Vegetarian vegetable soup Peter Rabbit and friends

Maybe you like turnips, parsnips. I do I enjoy that little surprise bite of tangy tartness.

The Perfect day for soup Hygge Vintage soup recipes Vintage hygge

I love Green Beans in my soup.

After you have added all the vegetables you like, fill the pot with water to cover the vegetables and boil adding more water as needed.

Seasoning:

1- 4 Tbsp Dried dill –   chives and Tarragon  are also a tasty addition but optional                                           2 – Tbsp  onion flakes (yes, in addition to what you have already added)                                                    salt and Pepper  ( I use celtic / grey salt)

I do not like to over season so as not to lose or over power the wonderful flavors that the vegetable seep into the broth, that is why we start with small diced vegetables most of these will cook down into the broth.

Perfect hygge day Peter Rabbits vegetarian vegetable soup Beaatrix Potter Spring vintage Hygge

Mmm… something smells good in there.

“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup,                                                                                Its wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation…..”                                                ~ ‘The Soup Book’ 1949 ~ Louis P De Gouy 

 

The soup book Louis P De Gouy quotes Hygge hearth and home the Perfect day for soup

“Soup is the song of the (my) hearth……. and (my) home”.

The World of Beatrix Potter and Friends Vegetarian Vegetable soup The Perfect Hygge Soup Day

Is the soup done yet!!!

When is it done ? Well how to you like your vegetables – real soft or a little more texture to them – it’s up to you!

When I turn the heat off I like to stir in:

2 – cups of spinach or mixed greens – just to wilt.

1/3 – cup Nutritional yeast optional

There are a few  options / additions :

I enjoy zoodles (AKA zucchini noodles)

1 can of beans – garbonzos are good in here, drain or add with liquid

pre-cooked noodles or rice

 

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As many of us are aware, Tasha also admired Beatrix Potter you can find recipes at her families site, to enjoy with todays soup. Tasha Tudor’s Corgi Cottage Soup  can be found in her Cookbook not only does it contain delicious family recipes but is accompanied by family stories related to each recipe and Tasha’s excellent water colors. There is now available a new – up-dated version of the cook book by Tasha’s grandson Winslow.

https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/inspiration/recipes

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The Up-dated version of the cook book

 

Enjoy

 

You can my Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” shawl pattern here:

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_active_1

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A happy customer wearing her custom order Tasha Tudor style , colonial style shawl

 

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Here we come to “The End Of A Perfect Day” with Barbara Stanwick from the movie “Remember the Night”

 

The end of a perfect day song hygge

The end of a Perfect Day

I hope you do indeed have another “Perfect Day”

~Melissa

All content of this blog Copyright @ 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

 

Happy New – 2017

Happy New!! – 2017

 

Happy New Year 2017 Victorian Post Cards Paper cones Tasha Tudor style elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

The birth of a New Year is a time of reflection, bringing with it an opportunity for change….for developing a greater appreciation of what is most important in life. ~ Victoria magazine

We can take delight entering into this New Year of 2017 with Anne’s words of hope……

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… Yet.”

~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your New Year!!

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your New Year!!

“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it”

~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

May all of your imaginations come true this year!

Take Joy

~Melissa

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

Yes- There is a Santa Clause! 1897

There is a Santa Clause

Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus Letter movie pictures Victorian Christmas hygee Traditions comforts of home cozy settings

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May we all enjoy the FEELING / Hygge of believing there is – Indeed-  the spirit of  Santa Claus at Yuletide and throughout the year!

Take Joy

~Melissa

We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Victorian Era Hygee

Celebrating Christmas Family gatherings comforts joy friendship hygge Victorian Christmas

A Celebration of Family and friends – around the tree.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

I hope you enjoy the youtube I came across of  beautiful Victorian Christmas music accompanied by lovely Victorian scenes.

 

Beautiful comforting music to have playing while putting your culinary skills to work on delicious traditional foods and treats your family has come to love.

Victorian Christmas celebrations Family and friends gatherings hygge cozy comforts of home family traditions

Taking time to bake with your children or grandchildren is a wonderful tradition they will also remember – and so will you. 

What are some of your family favorite Christmas foods. We also enjoyed making our own chocolate candies – peppermint bark, hazelnut bark, lavender bark, orange bark,  chewies ( that happened by accident – but turned out quite tasty), chocolate covered graham crackers, clusters – nuts, raisin and crispy clusters.

A few lovely – elegant examples of Victorian Christmas – hygee ( I’m not sure about that trendy word being applied to Victorians….. but Victorians definitely knew how to celebrate home – family, friends in a  very cozy way – throughout the year.

Victorian Christmas Home decor Victorian Hygg

A beautiful Victorian – Christmas – House

Victorian Christmas Hygge

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Merry Christmas – Victorian style !

~Melissa

Photos from the internet – if one is yours and you would like me to credit you please let me know.

Copyright 2016 By Melissa O’Connor

Happy Thanksgiving

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving with Currier & Ives and                                                                               Over the River and through the Woods and                                                                                                    Vintage Pumpkin Recipes 

Over the river and through the woods
To Grandfather’s house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Winter Road Sleigh Rider - Currier and Ives.

Winter Road Sleigh Ride – Currier and Ives.

Over the river and through the wood —
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Ting-a-ling-ling!
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

An Old Fashioned thanksgiving Currier and Ives Over The River and through the snow Thanksgiving blessings family gathering

Currier and Ives

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow —
It is so hard to wait!

Currier and Ives Thanksgiving Traditions Family friends gather

Currier and Ives – A lovely winter scene.

Over the river and through the wood —
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurray for the pumpkin pie!

 

Did someone mention pumpkin pie???

Vintage thanksgiving Pumpkin pie recipes soeleganltyvintage etsy com Family traditions family and friends gather An old fashioned Thanksgiving

Do you have a traditional family recipe that you use?

Growing up my family always used Libby’s canned Pie filling and ready made pie crust.

Vintage pumpkin Pie collection Thanksgiving traditions Family and friends gather so elegantly vintage .etsy .com Vintage life

Mmmm pecans on top!!

When raising my daughter’s we started our own / new family traditions and recipes. We  roasted our pumpkin ( sometimes – right from our garden) in the oven and puree to make our own fillings. We also made our pie crust from scratch.

Vintage pie Holiday Thanksgiving recipes baking collections Family and friends gathering so elegantly vintage .etsy .com

A lovely fluffy pie!

One of my daughter’s bakes a makes layer cheese cake pumpkin pie. The bottom layer is cheese cake then topped with pumpkin pie filling. Her husband thinks it is delicious!!

Do you have some new and old traditional family recipes?

Baking with pumpkin Vintage recipe collections Vintage Thanksgiving Christmas Holiday baking Family gatherings Making traditions together

Some additional creative ways to bake with pumpkin – for us pumpkin lovers.

I use to love to bake breads in cans, that nice round shape.

Pumpkin does have many health benefits and good in many dishes beside pie. I use to freeze my oven roasted pumpkin. It makes (canned works just as good)  a tasty addition stirred into most soups.

 

 

I wished you a very Healthy, blessed,  Happy Thanksgiving

~Melissa

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My Handmade Cranberry Golden sunset Christmas – Holiday Necklace. Available in my etsy shop

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November Days

It was NOVEMBER  ~ the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. ~ LM Montegomery –  Anne of Green Gables

November Thanksgiving Blessing Nature Gathering Friends Family

Crimson sunsets…..

Fall Nature LM Montegomery Anne of Green Gables poetry November family gathering friends

Parting birds

Good bye November

Good bye November

“It’s not what the world for you. It’s what you bring to it.”

 – LM Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables

 

November sea

November sea

November 2016 Gathering family friends traditions togetherness

 I love sitting on the rock and listening to the …..Hymns of the Sea

November family friends gathering LM Montgomery Anne of Green Gables Poetry  sounds Moods of the Sea

I love the sad songs of the sea.  The roaring sounds of the waves hitting the rocks splashing into the air are breath – takingly beautiful !!!

 

November Gathering family friends traditions Lover lane whispering Pines Anne of Green Gables LM  Montgomery

Whispering pines along Lovers Lane……

“It’s  dreadful what little things lead people to misunderstand each other

~” LM Montgomery.

November Nature Family gathering friends love Anne of Green gables PEI Lovers Lane

Isn’t it lovely the peace that nature can bring to us, if we just take the time to stop listen and take in the beauty and calm even in among turbulence – that’s the wonder of nature and friendship – love!

Anne of Green gables quote Prince Edward Island landscape beautiful view Gods in his heavens alls right with the world PEI

 

 

I hope you have had a wonderful November and a very Blessed Happy Thanksgiving.

~Melissa

P.S. If you are in need of a delicious pumpkin pie recipe –  stop by T.T. & family site where they are sharing a recipe from their family cookbook.

https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/inspiration/recipes/296-tasha-s-pumpkin-pie

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Autumn of my soul….

First Day of Fall Autumnal scenes pictures Happy life sunflowers golden rod pumpkins Autumn shawls and scarves Poetry September

September Yellows…..

 

SEPTEMBER  

‘Best I love September’s yellow,                                                                                                               morns of dew-strong gossamer,                                                                                                           Thoughtful days without a stir,                                                                                                                      Rooky clamours, brazen leaves,                                                                                                                   Stubble dotted over with sheaves –                                                                                                             More than Spring’s bright uncontrol                                                                                              Suit the Autumn of my soul.’                                                            

 ~ Alex. Smth

Autumn of my soul First day of fall poetry autumnal scenes pictures poetry Goldenrod Sunflowers

“Goldenrod is one of the fairy, magical flowers…..”
~ Margaret Fuller

Goldenrod is one of the fairy magical flowers of autumn color and scenery

Lovely Lady Bug seems to find goldenrod quite magical.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

First day of fall Autumn of my soul pumpkin patch pumpkin field

Pumpkins ripe in or from the field ….. Suite the Autumn of my soul!

 

Brazen yellow leaves of September.

Brazen yellow leaves of September.

THe many colors of fall the autumn of my soul first day of fall

The Autumn of my soul enjoys the many colors of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

What suites the autumn of your soul? The beautiful colors, do you have a favorite? Cooler weather? Comforting foods – pumpkin (everything), soups, homemade breads?

Do you decorate - inside or out or both. I enjoy both

Do you decorate your home and outside. I enjoy decorating both!

Fall Sunflowers Autumn of my soul poetry autumn knitting

It’s still rather hot and humid for many of us…….

So join me under the  shade of the drooping sunflower umbrella where we can chat and knit our Tasha Tudor Style shawls. It’s a calm relaxing knit whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter. You can find the PDF pattern or completed shawls on sale for Fall in my etsy shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_2

From a Happy Customer

5 out of 5 stars  *****

 Angela Oct 2 , 2016

Adorable, love it, will be one of my first projects after scarves, can’t wait to make it, excellent seller, highly recommended, will buy more patterns from, thank you!

Tasha Tudor style shawl pattern Fall Autumn Sale Shawl for sale Etsy fall autumn sale Elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Peaceful, calm Autumnal  knitting….

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Or you can order a custom hand knit shawl, like Emily is wearing

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A happy customer wearing her custom knit Tasha Tudor style  shawl

 

I have included a few of my handmade toy / decoration as well.

 Etsy Fall autumn sale elegantlyhandmade etsy worldpress.com Fall Decor Handmade toys Candy Corn Man Autumn of my soul

The Candy Corn Man……

Have a beautiful day!

~Melissa

All content of this blog is under copyright © 2016 By Melissa O’Connor

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor – Words of Wisdom

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor!

Tasha Tudor Happy birthday celebration take joy peaceful calm living

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor.

Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more.   ~ Tasha Tudor

How do you relax? I do enjoy sitting in my rocker enjoy a nice cup of chamomile tea while knitting or escaping into the world of one of my books!

 

Tasha Tudor Birthday in Vermont sheep in the meadow

…..and watching the gentle wandering & frolicking of the sheep in the meadow.

There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment. ~ Tasha Tudor

Peaceful Sunday Relax on the porch Take Joy Tasha Tudor Birthday celebration

…….Harvesting goldenrod!

“I enjoy solitude. It’s probably selfish, but why bother about it. Life is much too important, as Oscar Wilde said, to be taken seriously…..” ~ Tasha Tudor, ‘The Private World of Tasha Tudor’

 

Peaceful relaxing Sunday Stroll on the shores of PEI

….I do enjoy a lovey, peaceful stroll a long the seashores of P.E.I. 🙂

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor Quotes Aging relaxing peaceful living

Happy Birthday Dear Tasha.

“It’s wonderful to grow old,” Tasha Tudor said in an interview. ” You can get away with murder. Everyone takes great care of you. And they’re afraid of offending you. You can say the most outrageous things and get away with it. I fully believe old age is one of the most delightful periods of my life.”

Take Joy – Wishing you a peaceful , relaxing Sunday.

~Melissa

***My Tasha Tudor style shawl  PDF pattern is available for sale -here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_1

**Completed shawls  are available for sale -here:

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You may enjoy my other post about Tasha Tudor here:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/tuesdays-with-tasha-tudor-tashas-shawls-a-closer-look/

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_1

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/irish-cottage-style-knitting-with-tasha-tudor/

 

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Kindred Spirit – Stories of Inspiration

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Tasha Tudor’s Lace ~ photograph by Richard Brown

For this years Tasha Tudor Birthday celebration, I thought it would be nice to share some of the kindred spirits stories! This would be the lovely stories that have been shared with me, from my many new Tasha Tudor kindred spirits.  They have shared with me how they came acquainted with Tasha Tudor and / or how she inspires them – what they have in common. Here is the first story from Cynthia:

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Photograph by Richard Brown.

I love Tasha, and live a lot like her. She was a wonderful human being, as well as inspirational. I live in Idaho. I have been spinning etc., for 23 years.

Basket of hand dyed wool yarn

Basket of hand dyed wool yarn – “Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Craft” by Tovah Martin Photographs by Richard Brown

Cynthia goes on to share ~ “I love my treadle machines, I have four of them. They all have a different voice and purpose. I have two one thread chain stitch machine. Willcox Gibb and Singer.

I own one of this first singer electric sewing machines. I like using it for few of my sewing projects, such as lavender sachets I include with each Shawl order.  It only sews a straight stitch so it’s not always practical to use. It just seems befitting to use on my sachets.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                                                                                             “I use only treadle sewing machines, I don’t own an electric, I spin, weave, hook rugs, crochet, knit a little, chop wood, hunt, fish, and the list goes on”.    ~Tasha Tudor

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The small piece of weaving on the right was the last piece Tasha was working on. This picture and more can be found in my blog post about my visit to the T.T. museum .

“I also collect and use very old kitchen tools, in good shape, and use a clothesline on good days”. 

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Do you Collect antique kitchen utensils and ware as Tasha, Cynthia and I do? Do you use yours or display them?  Cynthia and I  put our’s to use in the kitchen, as intended. I do enjoy using my old fashion egg beater when making my Sunday morning pancakes or french toast.

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A beautiful view through the window ~ but who is that our in the garden? ( It is a window posters)

As March arrives, I am out in the garden planting potatoes and onions, as well as Kale and some lettuces.  After that is constant drying, canning, freezing and gardening.
You are fortunate to live close to Tasha’s place. I would love to go there, but I don’t travel at my age. I hate freeways, and fast traffic. My husband is from Pa, but I’ve never been there. I’m afraid I would want to stay”.

 

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I (Melissa) do not live in Vermont year round – but it does call me back each year –  spring through fall .

I would love to purchase an e pattern from you, to knit my own Tasha Tudor style shawl.

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You too, can knit your very own Tasha Tudor style shawl

If you, too, like Cynthia, would enjoy knitting your very own Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl, you can find a pdf of my shawl pattern in my etsy shop. I will be offering at a special price  through  our Birthday month of August!  I make this special discount most years. See details at the bottom of this post

Thank you again. I have to go finish getting a lot of wood in. It is snowing again, and going to be down to 3 degrees tomorrow night. Brrrrr.

 

Talk soon.

Cynthia 

Thank you so much Cynthia with me how Tasha Tudor has inspired you. I am so happy that you are pleased with my shawl pattern. I would love to see pictures of your finished shawls.

Take Joy Melissa

If you would like to know more about Tasha Tudor and her family stop by and visit their new web site:

You can find my shawl pattern here: It is on sale!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_1

My shawls that I have knit for you – are also on SALE:

****SALE is good on completed shawls only – Limited amounts!

~ One Birch grey Vermont wool and mohair shawl here:                                                              https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=listing-shop-header-2

~ One Berry Red Vermont wool and mohair shawl Here:                                                               https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=listing-shop-header-2

~ One Red COTTON Elegance shawl here:                                    https://www.etsy.com/listing/150994904/cotton-cottage-elegnace-tasha-tudor?ref=listing-shop-header-3

You can read more about Tasha Tudor’s shawl here;

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/tuesdays-with-tasha-tudor-tashas-shawls-a-closer-look/

 

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