Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you!

Irish Blessing to You Happy St Patriicks Day Ireland Forever

 Many Blessings to You…

May the Leprechauns be near you

To Spread Luck along your way.

And May all the Irish Angels

Smile upon you Saint Patrick’s Day!

Irish Film for this St Patrick’s Day..

THREE CHEERS FOR THE IRISH

Peter Casey has been with the New York City police department for 25 years. He’s totally surprised when he’s asked to retire on his 25th anniversary with the force. He’s even more unprepared for the romance that develops between his favorite daughter, Maureen, and the Scottish cop who takes over his beat.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

~ Melissa

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

Advertisements

A Great Day For The Irish

A Great Day for the Irish with Little Nellie Kelly (Judy Garland)……and Irish Freckle Bread?

Its a great day for the Irish Little Nellie Kelly Judy Garland A Girl Milking her cow Sunday vintage Move Irish movies St Patricks Day Celebration vintage tradition Irish Recipes Songs

It’s a Great Day For The Irish…

In Ireland, Jerry Kelly marries his sweetheart, Nellie Noonan  over the objections of her ne’er-do-well father, Michael Noonan , who swears never to speak to Jerry again, even though he reluctantly accompanies the newlyweds to America, where Jerry becomes a policeman, and all three become citizens. Michael continues to hold his grudge against Jerry, even when Nellie dies while giving birth to little Nellie.

And here is Judy Garlands only death scene …….

Years later, Jerry is now a captain on the police force, and little Nellie (also played by Judy Garland) has grown up as the spitting image of her mother. When Nellie becomes enamored of Dennis Fogarty, the son of Michael’s old friend Timothy Fogarty , the squabbling between Nellie’s father and grandfather intensifies, as Michael objects to the romance, and finally leaves home because of it.

Eventually, the three generations are reconciled, and Nellie and Dennis remain a couple.

 

Judy entertains us with her lovely voice singing ‘A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH’

Along with a traditional song ‘ A Girls Milking Her Cow’ sung partly in Irish – Gaelic

 

IN MY IRISH KITCHEN

In my Irish Kitchen Traditional Irish recipes of Ireland Irish cooking comforts of home St Patriicks day foods Parsnips scones

Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

For our tay time and movies snack let’s try a wee bit of freckles bread……

Vintage Irish Recipes and movies In my Irish Kitchen soelegantlyvintage ,etsy .com

Irish Freckle Bread…..mmmmm

 

May the fairies Luck go with you Irish blessing Irish vintage movies elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

May The Fairies Luck Go with you !

~Melissa

 

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

 

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

When Irish Eyes are Smiling Of Ireland Irish Heritage Ireland elegantlyhandmade by Melissa elegatnlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Hello, I am Melissa O’Connor (Maiden name), and there is more Irish about me than just my name it is indeed running strongly through my veins. O’Connor is from my father, and we are predominantly Irish with a very interesting family history that takes us on a long journey from a doctor in the United States in the 1840’s to his adopted family in England, then on to our family roots in Ireland. Also, with the last name Yates on my mom’s side, this adds even more Irish to my heritage.

 

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

When Irish Eyes are Smiling sure it’s like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing
when Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay
but when Irish eyes are smiling sure they’ll steal your heart away

Dan & Melissa

There’s a tear in your eye and I’m wondering why
that it ever should be there at all
with such power in your smile sure a stone you’d beguile
and there’s never a teardrop should fall
when your sweet lilting laughter’s like some fairy song
and your eyes sparkle bright as can be
Oh then laugh all the while and all other times smile
and then smile a smile for me

Chorus…
For your smile is a part of the love in your heart,
And it makes even sunshine more bright.
Like the linnet’s sweet song, crooning all the day long,
Comes your laughter and light for the springtime of life
Is the sweetest of all
There is ne’er a real care or regret; ad while springtime is ours
Throughout all of youth’s hours, let us smile each chance we get.

 

~ let us smile each chance we get!

 

An Irish sketchbook in potographs Irish blessing recipes handmade cottage and home eleganthandmade,wordpress.com

Rainbow over Dublin.

~Melissa & Dan

 

All content and photographs copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

Secrets Of Ireland…..

Roan Inish Of Ireland Folklore selkies donegal county Ireland A Sketchbook of Ireland in photographs Traditional Irish Foods Tea St patricks day celebrations recipes elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

There are many Secrets Of  Ireland she  also has many folklore stories, a strong history…… beautiful landscapes and seashore. And let’s not forget the perfect “cuppha tae” and  delicious foods such as buttermilk scones to go with todays movie.

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH

Fiona  is a young Irish girl with an unusual family history, including a long-missing baby brother. When she goes to live with her grandparents on the west coast of Ireland, Fiona hears stories about her ancestors, tales that involve mythical creatures called selkies who can shift from seal to human form. After Fiona ends up on the small island of Roan Inish, her family’s ancestral home, she believes she may have found her little brother living by the sea.

“The east is our future, and the west is our past,” Fiona’s God-fearing grandmother (Eileen Colgan) declares. But the old island draws Fiona to it, even though her inquiries make her elders nervous. Before long, the girl is poking around on Roan Inish, accompanied by a 13-year-old cousin, Eamon (Richard Sheridan). One day she spies a naked wild child in a field, picking flowers. But when she cries out her lost brother’s name, the little boy runs off to a tiny boat-shaped cradle and paddles out to sea.

Fiona’s  grandfather  tells her of a Conneelly ancestor who fought the British to defend the Irish language. Then her dark-haired cousin Tadhg tells her about the forebear who fell in love with a “selkie” .  He fathered a brood with her before she returned to her marine-mammal form.

Roan Inish Of Ireland Folklore selkies donegal county Ireland A Sketchbook of Ireland in photographs Traditional Irish Foods Tea St patricks day celebrations recipes elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Selkies are said to live as seal in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land.

 

Here is a small clip of the beginning of the movie. I own this movie and enjoy it very much through out the year and well worth the small fee some are  charging to watch the full length movie  on-line.

“The Secret of Roan Inish” freely mixes Celtic myth and everyday reality.  Its focus is not so much on the collision of modern life with traditional ways as on a private journey to discover roots – of family history, geography and ties to nature.

An Irish Sketchbook – of Ireland in photographs!

The Secret of Roan Inish was filmed on the  rugged coast of  Donegal in northwestern Ireland which boast some of the highest cliffs in Ireland and England. BEAUTIFUL

Ireland A Sketchbook in photograpghs Highest sea cliffs of Ireland Donegal county Ireland of Irealnd The Secret of Roan Inish elegantlyhandmade.wordpresss.com St Ptricks day celebration Irish Heritage Celtic Music foods recipe

The highest sea cliffs in Ireland. The mountain on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, Ireland. At 601 metres (1,972 ft)   * Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

Northern Ireland Donegal Ireland Secrets of Ireland A Sketchbook of Ireland in photos St Patricks day Irish Heritage celebrations food recipes folklore elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Donegal County Northern Ireland.

 

IN MY IRISH COTTAGE KITCHEN

In my Irish Kitchen Traditional Irish recipes of Ireland Irish cooking comforts of home St Patriicks day foods Parsnips scones

Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

Put the kettle on for a cup or two of tay  (Irish for tea)

Irish Cup of Tea Foods of Ireland Irish Heirtage Month March St Patircks Day Celebrations Foods recipes A Scketchbook of Ireland in Photographs

The Perfect Pot o tay ( AN Irish, “Cuppah Tae”)

Morning and afternoon tea in Ireland are often severed with scones, brown bread or soda bread  topped with delicious Irish butter and jam.

BUTTERMILK SCONES 

2 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup currant (or raisins)

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 cup of buttermilk

1 egg, slighty beaten

  1. Grease a baking sheet and pre-heat the oven to 375 ~ F.
  2. Blend the flours, sugar, salt,baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  3. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it is well-distributed. Mix in the currants (or raisins) and caraway seeds.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Turn onto a floured board and knead for a minute or two.
  5. Roll the dough flat to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut it into circles and place them on a greased baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack, and serve warm with a pot of jam and a cup of tea. (cuppha Tae)

 

An Irish sketchbook in potographs Irish blessing recipes handmade cottage and home eleganthandmade,wordpress.com

 Where ever you go, whatever you do, May the Luck of the Irish be there with you!

 

 

Enjoy you Tae Time Movie. ~ Melissa

You can find my handmade Irish – St Patrick’s Day items in my etsy shop

Wearing of the green Elegant Jewelry for St Patricks day An Irish sketchbook in Photographs recipes and folklore elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

Shades of Irish Green lariat / necklace

https://www.etsy.com/listing/70112486/shades-of-irish-green-necklace-lariat?ref=shop_home_active_7

Handmade home comforts of home and cottage My Irish Cottage decor Hand knit home Irish st Patricks day home decor elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com by Melissa elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Hand – knit Dishcloth – a Beautiful shade of green handknit of cotton yarn in Irish moss stitch  with a lovely cherry wood (eco harvested) small spatula.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172125712/kitchen-set-cherry-wood-spatula-hand?ref=shop_home_feat_3

All contents and photographs copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

DO NOT PIN  – DO NOT REMOVE WITH OUT PERMISSION

 

 

Three Wise Fools – Vintage Movie

Three Wise Fools a 1946 film about a young Irish orphan  Sheila who, with the help from leprechaun’s only she can see, softens the hearts three harden old bachelors who were once unsuccessful suitors of her grandmother many years before.

Vintage Irish Movies Sunday Vintage Movie and Radio programs St Patricks Day celebrations Irish home and cottage Hygge

Three Wish Men

Here we start with a Lux Radio Theater 1947 presentation of the ‘Three Wise Fools’

 

VINTAGE MOVIE NIGHT SUNDAY MOVIE vintage retro Irish movies Irish home and cottage St Patricks Day

Vintage Movie Sunday with Margaret O’Brien

And Here is a youtube  videos to this lovely vintage Irish Movie starring Margret O’Brien, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone  and Edward Arnold.

 Three wise fools vintage movie Irish Heritage folklore St Patricks day celebrations Irish blessings Wherever we go Irish blessing Ireland When Irish eyes are smiling Ireland an Irish sketchbook in photographs elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Hope you have little help from leprechaun’s today!

Blessing

~ Melissa

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

If you would like to add a bit of the stylish green to your Home Decor   I think you would enjoy my hand – knit dish cloths and cherry wood spatula in my shop.

Handmade home comforts of home and cottage My Irish Cottage decor Hand knit home Irish st Patricks day home decor elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com by Melissa elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Hand – knit Dishcloth in a beautiful shade of green. Handknit in Irish moss stitch with addition of a  lovely cherry wood (eco harvested) small spatula.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172125712/kitchen-set-cherry-wood-spatula-hand?ref=shop_home_feat_3

 

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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/elegantlyhandmade

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

https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com

All Content and Photographs are under copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

Do not remover – do not PIN!!!

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

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

victorian-christmas-cards

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!

IN MY COTTAGE KITCHEN

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.

IN MY ETSY SHOP

I find my hand – knit dish cloth to add a delightful touch to my seasonal kitchen decor. You can find a few for sale in my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElegantlyHandmade?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Hand made home Kitchen cottage decor elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

I love the cherry wood mini spatula that is included with this set.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172125712/kitchen-set-cherry-wood-spatula-hand?ref=shop_home_feat_3

Hand made home and cottage comforts of a cozy home elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

I find hand – knit clothes to be so useful and versatile

https://www.etsy.com/listing/93548750/set-of-three-hand-knit-dish-wash-cloths?ref=shop_home_feat_1

 

I wished you a very Healthy, blessed,  Happy Thanksgiving

~Melissa

All content copyright 2016 by Melissa O’Connor

Christmas Holiday Cranberry Necklace elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com Handmade for the holidays shop small business monday black Friday

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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/99042429/cranberry-sunset-lariat-necklace?ref=shop_home_active_11

 

 

 

Forever Christmas ~ in July….

Christmas in July Hand made Christmas Hand knit dish cloths Sinterklaas, St Nickolas, Christmas, Advent with Tasha Tudor

Merry Christmas – in July. Have you started your working on your handmade Christmas gifts?

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What better way to give a portion of thyself than in a well thought out meaningful and useful gift. And now is the perfect time to start making a list of the love ones and friends you would like to delight with a lovely handmade gift.

Hand made Christmas, knitting with Tasha Tudor, Forever Christmas Gifts, Old fashioned Christmas Gifts,

Like Tasha , I also work on my gift’s throughout the year! so I’m not quite so rushed as Christmas approaches.

Then we are not quite so rushed as Christmas approaches.

Old fashioned Christmas Gifts making with Tasha Tudor, Forever Christmas, Advent, St Nickolas

A little added touch to round out the theme of a gift is to include something purchased. Maybe a bar of soap, some hand lotion or for the kitchen maybe a wooden utensil.

I do however like to add some finishing touches,  when I’m making the finial decision of who ~ gets ~ what, it adds to the festive Christmas feel. Here is a picture of some of the types of cloths I hand knit  with the addition of some purchased, specialty bars of soap.  You could always make your own soap, have you ever made soap? I have not ~ yet!!

The many color and designs of my Hand knit face and dish cloths. There are many cotton yarns available out there some are very good and hold up well, and there are some "I do not love"

The many color and designs of my Hand knit  cloths.

There are many cotton yarns available out there, some are very good and hold up well. It is nice to keep some hand-knit cloths on hand for when you need an unexpected gift ~ such as guest bath set, they also make really nice gift set when paired with a wooden spoon, spatulas, candles or lovely decorative soaps.

Hand knitted cloths tutorials

My lovely clothes have many more uses than just face and dish cloths. 

Hand – knit cloths also make good candle mats, coaster, napkins, pot holders and hot pads. All you need to do to change the size of your cloth and it’s thickness by simply changing the size of your needles and the number of stitches you cast on.

 Tutorial for Basic hand knit dish cloth, pot holder, candle mat, napkin

Here is a rather basic  but pretty cloth.

You can also get differing effects depending on the color of yarn you use especially with the variegated yarns, like the ones pictured above.

Etsy shop Tasha Tudor Shawl Birthday Tuesday celebration tea time knitting tutorial

Tasha Tudor style Cottage Shawls, such as my “Kindred Spirit” Vermont wool and Mohair and “Cottage Elegance”  cotton shawls also make lovely gifts !!

I do believe the best gifts are handmade gifts and a gift  that a person will actually use. I have gifted my hand-knit cloths and shawls to many throughout the years and to see them in use in their homes for many years to come!!

***You can now PURCHASE My  PATTERN  to knit your very own –  Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” and “Cottage Elegance Cotton” Shawls Here:

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

Tasha Tudor shawl sale elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com Mothers day hand made gift sale fall hand knitting PDF pattern Autumn of my soul autumn knitting

PDF Pattern – To knit your own shawl in Two styles, Cottage scarf and hand-warmers Plus many tips – Doll shawl etc

You can custom order a shawl – Hand-knit for your, Here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Tasha Tudor style shawl cottage elegance knitting pattern elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com Autumn of my soul hand knitting fall autumn knitting Handmade in USA  Christmas gifts

Tasha Tudor style ” Cottage Elegance Shawl.” hand – knit of Vermont wool and Mohair

 A hand knit Cotton C”Cottage Elegance” Shawl, Here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/266957880/cottage-elegance-tasha-tudor-style-shawl?ref=listing-shop-header-2

Tasha Tudor style cottage elegance kindred spirit cotton shawl hand knit wool shawl PDF pattern Forever Christmas Red Wool Cottage scarf and hand warmers elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Here you see a little bit longer version of my “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”

https://www.etsy.com/shop/elegantlyhandmade

All Content of this blog under copyright to 2013 – 2016 By Melissa O’Connor