Old-fashioned Gardens

“All old-fashioned gardens had at least two things in common. They had roses; they all had herbs”. -‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’

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Old fashion – roses

While further enjoying this months chapter – June in ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’. And with this month’s flower being Rose,  a little cottage we once lived in came to mind. The girls and I called it the “Old-fashioned Rose Cottage” – because, well ~ old-fashioned roses grew in abundance all around the cottage. That is what still survived in the flower borders / bed all the way around this antique cottage and in various locations throughout the yard!! They had the most Heavenly Scent!!! This is when I first starting really playing with roses. Rose- water for flavoring foods, such as rose petal teas and cakes, as well as for soothing our skin, along with jams, jellies and flavored honey. We also dried rose petal and hips for tea and potpourri.

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Seashore Rose Boutique

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Old- fashioned Roses

Gather thee rosebuds while ye may

Old time is still a-flying

And the same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.

~ Robert Herrick

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Make the most of life…. each day!!


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I have always enjoyed collecting petals along my daily path…… through my cottage garden.                    As in the ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Cookbook’ (by Mary Mason Campbell and Tasha Tudor) oh, this book is so much more than just a cookbook!!!

Today’s petal collection ~  jasmine, rose petals, lavender and a few wild flowers. I enjoy the combination of these petals and the rose and lavender retain their color for a long time. This is what i call my Petal Potpourri!!

Have you ever made your own rose-water or maybe rose marmalade??

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I enjoy the scent of sea-shore rose and balsam combination of this petal collection.

For a little added elegance I like adding seashells and/or gemstones to my potpourri!!

I will just have to extend the herb garden visit into July ~ my herb garden is still flourishing , And just where did June go…….




June – Almanac – A Rose is Sweet

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A couple of my books that I am really enjoying…

I received my book “An Island Garden” by Celia Thaxter for my birthday last summer. I also received  the “New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac” by Mary Mason Campbell which was illustrated by Tasha Tudor, as a Christmas gift. I’m just now finding or making the time to really savor every word and drink in every illustration …… Now let me share a little with you…..

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And what a wonderful collation it is.

June Flower – THE ROSE – Rosa…

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Junes sweet little bird is THE HOUSE WREN.

One can express almost any sentiment through a gift of roses, depending on the color or kind, but roses generally have a connotation of love. ~ “The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac”

and a sweet drawing by Tasha Tudor.

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“A Rose is Sweet”  ….. ~ Lucy Larcom

A rose is sweet

      No matter where it grows;

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Seashore roses of Maine.

But our wild roses, flavored by the sea.

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Elegant Rosebuds by the seashore of Maine

And colored by the salt winds and much sun

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A Rose so sweet – and beautiful by the sea..

To healthiest intensity bloom

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We think the world has none more beautiful. ~ Lucy Larcom

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Lovely Maine seashore roses.


“Cottage Elegance” ~ “Kindred Spirit Shawl” Pattern

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You might enjoy viewing my New Post –  Old ~ January 2016


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Emma – Rose, Sally-Marie, Sally Anne and I Take Joy in letting you know that we have a limit number of “doll shawls”  (the three pictured) available in my etsy shop here….


And  my pattern to knit your own Tasha Tudor style shawl is now available…….


That the PDF downloadable pattern for my “Cottage Elegance” Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” shawl – is available in my etsy shop. The PDF pattern tells the story of how I came to design my shawls with the instructions for knitting grey wool shawl I am wearing in the top picture and suggestions for knitting your dolls a shawl – like the girls are wearing in the above picture.

This pattern includes a few bonuses. Such as…

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Tasha Tudor style “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”

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***** “A beautiful, perfect, warm, lovely shawl. (Think I like it?) Melissa is a wonderful, friendly person to do business with. You will not be disappointed!!!!!”

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Here you see a little bit longer version of my “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” Full instruction in my PDF pattern available in my etsy shop: elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

I have also included a basic “Man about the Cottage Neck Warmer scarf”

A five star review from a wonderful lady who purchased a knitted scarf.

***** ” My husband loves it (Christmas gift)…thank you!”
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This scarf would make a nice gift for a man, teenager or to layer with your shawl, as we so often see Tasha doing.!!

The Pattern for my  Tasha Tudor Style ” Cottage Elegance Kindred spirit Shawl” is now available for purchase – in my etsy shop!

Five star rating from a customer in another country.

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Yes, you can translate my pattern into your language, after you purchase it!

Forever Christmas Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern elegantlyhandmade.etsty.com

Here is my “Cottage Elegance Forever Christmas Red” Shawl knit in a lovely Berry red, cozy soft Vermont wool and mohair yarn. Instructions in my PDF Pattern


~In my pattern I share with you the story of my shawl with instruction for knitting your very own Tasha Tudor Style grey  wool “Kindred Spirit Shawl” !

~Bonus instructions for knitting my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton shawl”- as previously featured on my blog. Within my story pattern I share with you, what yarn I  use and  the best size needles to use with different yarns.

~I have also included the instructions for my  “Cottage Scarf” pattern! This scarf  makes a great gift for a man or teenage,  especially when knit in other colors such as elderberry (Purple), Balsam (Green) or raspberry red.

My “Cottage scarf” also looks nice when layered with your Shawl. I have also included many suggestions for using left over yarn!

~ Plus a separate Tutorial pdf.


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