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…..



‘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.

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!

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Peaceful, calm Autumnal  knitting….

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.

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The Candy Corn Man……

Have a beautiful day!


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Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor – Words of Wisdom

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor!

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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.


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Kindred Spirit – Stories of Inspiration

Tasha Tudor Lace

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.

Afternoon Tea with Tasha Tudor 2011 Museum Exhibit, Tasha Tudor Birthday celebration, Tasha Tudor Tuesday

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”.


Fall in New England Staes New Hampshire Vermont Traveling colors of fall Vintage Poetry September Bride of Fall Vintage Home Art Magazine

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.


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!

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:                                                    

~ One Berry Red Vermont wool and mohair shawl Here:                                                     

~ One Red COTTON Elegance shawl here:                          

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


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God’s in his Heaven….

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Beautiful view on Prince Edward Island

“God’s in his Heaven all’s right with the world” ~ Anne of Green Gables, L.M.M.

Prince Edward Island light Houses

P.E.I. has many delightful light houses. You are able to climb to the top in many of them. I do so enjoy the view from up there – a little closer to heaven!!

The world certainly does seem a lot calmer when we slow down and take in the tranquil beauty around us. (stop thinking quite so hard, or just take a break for a little while!)

Take Joy ~ Melissa


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August – Summer’s Queen

August – Summer’s Queen

August Moon over Vermont Summer Tasha Tudor Poetry handknit shawl

Enchanting August Moon over Vermont……


‘Fairest of Months! ripe Summer’s Queen                                                                                                    The hey-day of the year                                                                                                                           with robes  that gleam with sunny sheen,                                                                                           Sweet August doth appear.’                                                                                                                               ~ R. Combe Miller

I found this cheerful poem In the book ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’

August Summers queen Golden rod in Vermont

Golden Summer….

Goldenrod – Summer’s Queen!!


Upon reflection: do you like August? I would have to say that summer over all is not my favorite season of the year. The month of July and August I would be quick to say – NO Hot humid Hot!!  But……upon further reflection, My Birthday is this month, along with My daughter, granddaughter, Bethany and Tasha Tudor. And when I’m not in the south August can be rather pleasant on some days. Blueberries are ripe in Maine, beautiful wild flowers in the north-east, the wonderful farmers markers….. Do you like August”?

Take Joy ~ Melissa


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…..of Love and Faith

of Love and Faith

Love Faith Hope in the world Peace Beauty in the world PEI seashore roses Anne of Green Gables quote Roses LMM

“After all, the only real roses are pink ones. They are the flowers of love and faith.”
~ Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables

Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Everything is beautiful….

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It is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament.

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Welcome it in every fair face……

Every fair sky....

Every fair sky….

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Every fair flower.


                                                         ….of Love and Faith!
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“Sing a song of Spring”

                “Sing a song of Spring” cried the sunshine of May,

Sing a Song of Spring Celia Thaxter spring blue skies feather clouds The New England Butt'rt shelf almanac Spring in New England Maine

The deep blue of spring skies is puffed with featherbed clouds. ‘The New Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ Mary Mason Campbell

And the whole world into blossom burst in one delightful day,

Every path we take is embroidered in flowers.....

Every path we take is embroidered in flowers…..

The patient apple tree blushed bright in clouds of rosy red,

And the dear birds sang with rapture in the blue sky overhead. ~ Celia Thaxter

Sing a Song of Spring wild flowers spring flowers

spring is in the air…..the flowers are blooming and the birds singing the jubilant song!!


……almost before Anne realised it, spring had come again to Green Gables and all the world was abloom once more.

~ LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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Sing a song of Spring Birds flowers gardens seagull Natures beauty

We have been enjoying the early morning blissful song of our resident cardinal couple. They have welcomed some fledgling to their family. I love the fact that cardinals mate for life!

More bird notes:

We’ve delighted in observing two doves nesting in the corners of our car port and raise their little baby to fledglings. One bird of note is that  a mocking-bird has nested in a tree where Lady Mitzy and I take her morning promenade and has it has not been very welcoming! I think it was using naughty bird language at us – Lol.  All of the our baby birds have now fled the nest – sigh! That happens quick in the bird world.  We had a visit from a crow, he sat upon on back yard fence giving us his cawing crow opinion. Now I have to say I think I have been mistaking back birds for crows as he was quite large, and loud and for the duration of his visit he proceeded to exasperate the nesting mocking birds. I  think we were witness bird duel in the air as the mocking – bird chased the crow they would then reverse the chase – this was quite a site

May flower the violet Sing a Song of May Poetry Flowers Birds nature through the year

The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanacs choice of Flower for the Month of May is the Violet.

Violet is for Faithfulness,

Which in me shall abide,

Hoping, likewise, that from my heart

You will not let slide.


I do believe that Mary Mason Campbell was speaking of wild violets. But my African violets do give me great pleasure, they have been quite happy this year and have been delighting me with four consecutive of blooms, which makes up for their lack of scent –  that and their lush velvety leaves!

I did try to grow wild violet from seed without success – this time!

Violet faithfulness modesty meaning of flowers

My ever faithful violet.

Notes from the Herb Garden

Tasha Tudor style herb garden Notes from my herb garden

Oregano in my Tasha Tudor style herb garden

Oregano : Joy, Health and Longevity

Basil Tasha Tudor Style herb garden virtues of basil Sing a Song of Spring

Basil – I keep basil growing year round in my Tasha Tudor Style, patio herb garden.

Basil has been a kitchen garden herb for centuries. It was once used for “strewing” about the floors to keep them sweet and clean: for chasing away witches, flies and headaches. In Italy it is a symbol of love and fidelity!

Have you started your herb garden? Do you grow your herbs from seed or do you purchase starts / plants? I do start some from seeds and buy some potted herbs. My local grocery store carries very healthy looking herbs in pots in the produce section. I have had great success with them!


Apple blossoms, budding, blowing

In the soft May air:

Cups with sunshine overflowing —

Flakes of fragrance, drifting, snowing,

Showering everywhere!    ~ Lucy Larcom


Memorial Day

I do hope you had a peaceful, Memorial day.

I’ll see you in June!



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To My Mother

Since Mother’s Day is May 8, 2016 I was looking for poetry about Mothers, a lot of the poetry I came across pertain to the loss of one’s mother. I know that many have indeed lost their sweet mothers to heaven’s realm but I am very blessed to still have my Mother here on earth with us. My Mom is a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement  in my life and especially with my etsy shop / boutique and my blog and I appreciate her very much.

And my Mom does love a sale so a long with some lovely poetry about Moms I am featuring some of my handmade treasures – hand-picked by my Mom, Now on sale!!

One of the first items my daughters and I created during our craft show – home show days was the very popular swarovski crystal necklace. And yes, my mom does own one.

Handmade in USA swarovski crystal mothers day gift sale

Available in two styles. Featured here with a larger center focal crystal/bead.
Now on sale for 15 % off enter coupon code 1TAKEJOY2016 at check out.

You can find both Necklaces here:

and here:


To My Mother

The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother”

~ Edgar Allen Poe

I especially love that last line – None so devotional as that of “Mother”

My Mom loves to stay warm therefore she likes all of my hand-knits. My Mom crochets she tried knitting but prefers for us to knit for her. One of her favorites – My Tasha Tudor style shawls both cotton and wool. My shawls are hand knit by me of USA wool and mohair purchased from a local mill, in a town in Vermont where Tasha lived – I think she would approve !!

Tasha Tudor shawl sale Mothers day hand made gift sale

ON SALE  – I do not do this very often ….  See more detail in my shop.

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My lovely, cozy warm, Berry Red Tasha Tudor style shawl !



Sonnets are full of Love

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.

~Christina Rossetti

“I learnt love-lore”…. and many things…..

I do believe I inherited my love of hand crafting from my Mother. She taught us  how to sew in our 4-H class. I made a bathing suit and cover up and won the Miss congeniality  award at our local fair. Ugh, I had to model that bathing suit!! My Mom made / sewed many of our outfits during elementary school. My Mom was also our Girl Scout leader and when we went to Girl Scout Camp I learned to Macrame Necklaces. I macramed and sold necklaces  while in High School. My mom crochet and My grandmother knitted, I still have some of my grandmother’s  knitting needles.

I Love you, Mother…  she, my daughters along with Dan lovingly encouraged and assisted with my next endeavor, the writing of a story pattern and creating it into a PDF – the  knitting pattern for my Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance Shawl a long with bonus patterns. And yes, it is ON SALE!

Tasha Tudor style shawl PDF pattern mothers day sale

My PDF digital downloadable story pattern includes Two variations of the pattern for my Tasha Tudor style cottage shawl,  A Cottage scarf along with tutorial, hints & tips on how to use left over yarn – such as making a doll shawl and hand warmers.

PDF pattern is 20% off  through Mother’s Day.

Enter coupon  code 2JOY2916 at check out. Available here:



Quality Heirloom Jewelry Mothers Day Sale Elegant jewelry fairy nuggets

My Mom and grandmother always bought quality jewelry. I remember when she bought me a black diamond pinky ring. A lovely faceted black diamond set in a  sterling silver band and when we turned thirteen we received our birthstone ring – mine a Peridot set in 10 Kt Gold band. We also had  a few pieces of Sara Coventry and Avon,( when she was selling Avon). I still have some of the Avon jewelry – just not the same quality today!

I like my grandmother and Mom believe in heirloom quality – so that’s all I use when creating my jewelry. The Necklace above was made using genuine amethyst nuggets, quality sterling silver chain, components and clasp. Made to pass down from one generation to the next.

Please stop by my etsy shop where all jewelry is 15 % Off through Mother’s Day.

Enter coupon code 1TAKEJOY2016 at check out.


Mother’s Love

Her love is like
an island in life’s ocean,
vast and wide
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the wind, the rain, the tide.

Tis bound on the north by Hope,
By Patience on the West,
By tender Counsel on the South
And on the East by Rest.

Above it like a beacon light
Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer;
And thro’ the changing scenes of life
I find a haven there.

~ Unknown

Happy Mothers day Yellow Rose

My mom loves yellow roses, so when I see one I take a picture and send it to her! She has an Iphone, she text, send pictures and is on FB.
Happy Mother’s Day


I think I  may like this last poem best – too bad the author is unknown ?

I love you, Mother ~ Melissa

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February Portrait ….

February Portrait ~ Emily Dickinson.


I held a jewel in my fingers

and  went to sleep.

The day was warm, and winds were prosy;

I said: “Twill Keep.”

I woke and chid my honest finger,-

The gem was gone;

And now an amethyst remembrance

Is all I own.

Poetry Emily Dickinson An Amethyst remembrance Tasha Tudor Rosemary for remembrance February leap year New England Buttry shelf Almanac

a sweet little picture from my book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’ by Tasha Tudor. I hope your February leap year day is warm and your winds are prosy!


Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Throughout her life, she seldom left her home and visitors were few. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she first met on a trip to Philadelphia. He left for the West Coast shortly after a visit to her home in 1860, and some critics believe his departure gave rise to the heartsick flow of verse from Dickinson in the years that followed. While it is certain that he was an important figure in her life, it is not clear that their relationship was romantic—she called him “my closest earthly friend.”

By the 1860s, Dickinson lived in almost complete isolation from the outside world, but actively maintained many correspondences and read widely. She spent a great deal of this time with her family. Her father, Edward Dickinson, was actively involved in state and national politics, serving in Congress for one term. Her brother, Austin, who attended law school and became an attorney, lived next door with his wife, Susan Gilbert. Dickinson’s younger sister, Lavinia, also lived at home for her entire life in similar isolation. Lavinia and Austin were not only family, but intellectual companions for Dickinson during her lifetime.

While Dickinson was extremely prolific as a poet and regularly enclosed poems in letters to friends, she was not publicly recognized during her lifetime. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890 and the last in 1955. She died in Amherst in 1886.

February Portrait Emily Dickson leap year special unique touches letter writing

While I do not enclose poetry in my cards and letters I am known to include some dried petals. What fun when you open a letter and petal sprinkle out. I sometimes add little white ‘ feathery’ dove feathers!! My Gran- daughters love it!! Do you add special little touches to your mail?? This little water color posy is by Tasha Tudor and can be found in her book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’

Upon her death, Dickinson’s family discovered forty handbound volumes of nearly 1,800 poems, or “fascicles” as they are sometimes called. Dickinson assembled these booklets by folding and sewing five or six sheets of stationery paper and copying what seem to be final versions of poems. The handwritten poems show a variety of dash-like marks of various sizes and directions (some are even vertical). The poems were initially unbound and published according to the aesthetics of her many early editors, who removed her unusual and varied dashes, replacing them with traditional punctuation. The current standard version of her poems replaces her dashes with an en-dash, which is a closer typographical approximation to her intention. The original order of the poems was not restored until 1981, when Ralph W. Franklin used the physical evidence of the paper itself to restore her intended order, relying on smudge marks, needle punctures, and other clues to reassemble the packets. Since then, many critics have argued that there is a thematic unity in these small collections, rather than their order being simply chronological or convenient. The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (Belknap Press, 1981) is the only volume that keeps the order intact.

Some information on Emily Dickinson was found at: and at  Wikipedia.

Emily Dickinson was a jewel indeed and so is the book – ‘The New England Butt’ry shelf Almanac. By Mary Mason Campbell. Emily is featured for February’s portrait, February’s flower is the Amaranth, as I shared in my last post.

February Portrait Bird ~ THE SONG SPARROW

The most optimistic and hopeful bird we know is the Song Sparrow, who arrives in the garden – if indeed he has ever left it- to sing his first Song of Spring in the wintry cold and dark of February.

`The New England Butt’ry Almanac by Mary Mason Campbell

I sit and hear the blithe song-sparrow sing

His strain of rapture not to be suppressed…..

That song of perfect trust, of perfect cheer,

Courageous, constant, free of doubt or fear.

~Celia Thaxter

We have some lovely little sparrow living about us. They serenade Mitzy and I on our promenades. We also have doves that coo to us in the morning and a cardinal couple who sing to us from the trees out back as we sit in our rocking chair sipping  our tea. What lovely feathered friends to you have about you?

FEBRUARY ~ Portrait – Tea Time Delectable

~ Rosemary Butter –

~ Mother’s Ginger Tea Cakes

~ Quaker Maids

~Apricot filled cookies

~Doubles Chocolate Tea Cakes

~Gillian’s Tea Loaf

You can find the recipes for these delectables in the book – ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ By Mary Mason Campbell & Tasha Tudor

Happy leap year to you. I know I’m glad I had an extra day!!

You can find many of the books I mention in my post at:

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Thank you very much to those who ask, I enjoy working with you!


Fair- Maids of February

FEBRUARY ~ from ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’

~One month is past , another has begun…..Hartley Coleridge

~ February bring no rain ‘Tis neither good for grass nor grain.

~ “In February, if thou hearest thunder,Thou shalt see a summer wonder”

~’ If Candlemas Day be fair & bright –  Winter will have another flight – But if Candlemas Day be clouds & rain – Winter is gone & will not come again.’

How was your Candlemas Day / Groundhog day? It was indeed fair & bright here and today we are having a little bit more winter like weather –  cool and rainy. Perfect weather for knitting and drinking tea.

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Fair – Maids of February.
Snow drops.

The Snowdrops

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!     ~ Lord Alfred Tennysen


Speaking of flowers…. some say the violet is the birth flower of February. According to ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ the birthstone is Amethyst and the flower is Amaranth!?   Hmm, now I have heard of Amaranth as bird seed and even a health food and flour alternative but not as a flower representing a month of the year.

It is said that the ancient gods wore wreaths of it ; and Milton in his Paradise Lost crowns angels with it. Its meaning to the ancients was Immortality or Unfading Love.  ~ “The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac”

Amaranth Flower

Amaranth Flower

A quick google search led me here;

The amaranth flower is a genus of roughly 60 species, which are all considered cosmopolitan. These annual herbs, which are native to North and South America, can grow between 1 to 6 feet in height, and are thought to be very long-lasting plants. This flower, which is a member of the amaranthaceae family and amaranthoideae subfamily, is made up of a small inflorescence which blossoms from an either drooping or erect spike. Their colors range from the well-known crimson red, to purple and even golden hues. Amaranth are thought to be very hardy plants which are resistant to most diseases; however, they are susceptible to frost, and are best grown in warmer weather.

The amaranth flower is one of the most useful blossoms around. These plants are not only loved for their ornamental applications, but also for their use as a food source, dye and medicine……


The language of the VIOLET = Humility, modesty, devotion, faithfulness

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The Lost Love ~

A violet by a mossy stone
Half-hidden from the eye!-
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.

~William Wordsworth

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One of my little violets with a Tasha Tudor drawing of a pretty bouquet of flower. From Tasha’s book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’ .  This picture and post will be the remembrance of the violet I accidentally plucked. I tried to pluck off the spent violets and this happened!

The Victorian Language of flowers Violets Rose geranium lavender jasmine calendula poetry Christina Rossetti American violet society

My handmade sachets contain both flowers that I have collected and dried with some that I purchase from my local health store.  I like to include free sachets with a  purchase from my etsy shops. The brooch in this photo was purchased from my vintage shop; This customer also purchased my PDF shawl pattern from my shop.

The language of my sachets :

~ Lavender = Devotion, luck, housewifely virtue, acknowledgment

~ Pink Rose Petals = bashful love –  love, victory,pride

~ Jasmine Petal = Grace, elegance, amiability

~ Rose (Attar) Geranium = Preference

The Language of Herbs

“Plants have a language of the creator intended for our translations” ~ Louis Agassiz

~From ‘A Basket of Herbs’ By Tasha Tudor and Mary Mason Campbell


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She was as sweet as violets in the spring…..
~Christina Rossetti

Who Hath Despised The Day OF Small Things?

As violets so be I recluse and sweet,
Cheerful as daisies unaccounted rare,
Still sunward-gazing from a lowly seat,
Still sweetening wintry air.

While half-awakened Spring lags incomplete,
While lofty forest trees tower bleak and bare,
Daisies and violets own remotest heat
And bloom and make them fair.

~ Christina Rossetti
I found this poem, along with more poems about the violet by Christina Rossetti Here:
Sweet Heart Valentines Day Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool mohair Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern

My Lovely  “Cottage Elegance Sweet Heart Valentines Day Berry Red Shawl”  hand knit by me with cozy soft Vermont wool and Mohair yarn. I will offer this shawl on sale for the month of February – It is ready to ship. Enter coupon code 1TAKEJOY2015  at check out to receive 15 % off.  OR……

It’s the perfect time of year to sit by the fire and knit your own shawl Tasha Tudor Style “Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawl” So it a lovely time to offer a SALE for my PDF PATTERN.

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February PDF Pattern sale 20 % OFF enter coupon code ( starts with Numeral 1)  =  1LOVE2016 at check.


I hope you are having a sweet start to the lovely month of February.


You can find many of the Tasha Tudor books I mention in this post at her family’s site. They also have tickets available to tour Tasha’s house and gardens:

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