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.

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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!!!

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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

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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

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A perfect moody day!

 

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

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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! 😉

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

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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.

 

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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.

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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

 

~ Take Joy, Melissa 

 

You can my Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” shawl PDF pattern, for sale here:

 

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

Tasha Tudor style colonial reenactor historical costuming custom handknit shawl Fall Autumn sale elegantlyhandmade .etsy .com

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

OR – you can purchase a custom hand-knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘ KINDRED SPIRIT’ VERMONT WOOL – shawl, like Emily is wearing here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/142839/cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit-vermont-wool-handknit-shawl

~ My hand – knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘COTTAGE ELEGANCE’ COTTON SHAWL, Here:

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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”

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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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 !!!

 

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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….

AUTUMN OF MY SOUL

 

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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….

 

OR ~  you can order a custom hand knit shawl, like Emily is wearing.

~ My hand-knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘KINDRED SPIRIT’ VERMONT WOOL SHAWL, here:

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Tasha Tudor style colonial reenactor historical costuming custom handknit shawl Fall Autumn sale elegantlyhandmade .etsy .com

A happy customer wearing her custom knit Tasha Tudor style  shawl

OR  ~ a beautiful Red TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘COTTAGE ELEGANCE’ COTTON SHAWL, here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/225866/cottage-elegance-red-cotton-shawl-hand-knit

Here are a few of my handmade fall 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……

You can find the Candy Corn Man, here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/148163/candy-corn-man-organic-stuffed-felt-toy-fall-decoration-halloween

Have a beautiful day!

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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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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BIRD NOTES

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

Violet Notes:

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.

~ Sarah Hale

 

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 sessions 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!

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Apple blossoms, budding, blowing

In the soft May air:

Cups with sunshine overflowing —

Flakes of fragrance, drifting, snowing,

Showering everywhere!    ~ Lucy Larcom

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Memorial Day

I do hope you had a peaceful, Memorial day.

I’ll see you in June!

~ Take Joy

Melissa

 

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February Portrait ….

February Portrait ~ Emily Dickinson.

AN AMETHYST REMEMBRANCE

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:

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/emily-dickinson 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:

http://tashatudorandfamily.com/

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Fall, leaves, fall

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Fall in New England Vermont Leaf Peeping Fall Foliage

Fall

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Join me for a little leaf peeping in New England….are your leaves falling yet?

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Fall in Vermont –

Lengthen night and shorten day;

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The fall mountains of Vermont…..poetry to the eyes.

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Bliss

 

Every leave speaks bliss to me

Every leaf speaks bliss to me emily bronte poetry fall foliage New England autumn in Vermont leaf peeping in Vermont

Autumnal Trees

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Leaf peeping

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

~ Emily Bronte

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Moose in the fall New Hampshire Fall foliage in New Englad

Happy Fall

You can find some lovely Autumnal Jewelry, Toys and housewares in my etsy shop;

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElegantlyHandmade?ref=hdr_shop_menu

My NEW SHOP:  AFTCRA.COM is a handmade in America venue. This helps to  narrow your search for handmade products down to made in the USA!

https://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade

Pumpkin orange Necklace Fall Jewelry Autumnal Elegant Necklace Orange jewelry orange necklace tropical jewelry

Elegant Bright Pumpkin Orange Necklace with a lovely AB shimmer.

Autumnal Jewelry Handmade jewelry Grape Glass Bead Jewelry Made in the USA Handcrafted Harvest Autumnal Jewelry

Frosty Harvest Grapes Necklace accented with the shimmer of morning dew.

Organic Felt Toy waldorf toy handmade in USA Fall Halloween Toys decorations

The Candy Corn Man. He is much healthier for you as he is stuffed with organic cotton from the USA and made with felt that is made in the USA.

 

Copyright 2015 – 2016 By Melissa O’Connor

A Stroll through the Kingdom of Vermont

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Watercolor of nature ~ by nature!! Perfect ~ the color is so vibrant yet so soft lending a lovely calming feel.

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Fall in Maples Autumal colors of Vermont Fall in New England States Traveling in the North East Kingdom Brighton State Park Vermont Tasha Tudors Vermont

All dressed up in autumnal red ~ I love the truck of this tree!

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Majestic Fall

Vermont Farm Sheep farm Vermont Autumn New England States Yankee Fall Sheep in Autumn North East Kindom

Sheep North East Kingdom Vermont New England States

Growing wool… Hey you with the knitting needles ~ what are you looking at?!

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Yarn in progress!

 

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The beauty of fall!!

 Vermont Fall Yankee States New England Autumn Tasha Tudors Vermont quote World of imagination Tasha Tudor Tuesday

Gnome Home! “I’ve always lived in a world of imagination” Tasha said, I can assure you it’s a very delightful way to live.”

The pond Vermont Vermont Fall Autumnal Color New England Yankee states

Stop ~ Relax ~ take in the beauty around you! If you listen you can hear the leaves changing colors…

I hope you having a beautiful fall? I took these lovely photos while traveling in the North East Kingdom of Vermont at the end of September. We like to head to northern Vermont around September to try to catch some color before we turn south. It worked out perfectly this year ~ as we checked each morning to see what color the cool nights brought to life.  I have so many pictures it was hard to pick. Become my friend and follow my blog and you will receive an email when I make a new post, so you will not miss when I share pictures from Tasha Tudor’s part of Vermont ~ along with our wonderful adventures and new friends we made along the way!

 

Of Seaweed and Tidal Pools

Seaweed Seagull Bar harbor Maine Seawall Maine Acadia National park Maine Seaweed recipes

The lovely colors and treasures ….. of the sea. One more look at summer. And a happy Birthday to my sister, I hope you have a lovely day at the beach!!

 

Hig tide low tide seawa;; Campground Acadia National Park bar Harbor Maine

Seawall has such serene beauty ~  with the waves rolling in the high tide…….and at low tide ~ seeing what treasures the tide has left behind.

By the sea barnacles Bar Harbor Maine seawall Maine Acadia Nation Park seaweed

A ~ very by-the-sea look!

Fresh and dried kelp seaweed seawall campground a Acadia National Park Maine By the sea Sight of low tide

The dramatic look of the naturally dried  kelp and other seaweeds, laying about the rocks and shore. When kelp is fresh and wet it is a pretty deep  shade of green. I have found some stripes as tall as me ~ 5’1!!

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Seaweed drying / lying about on the rocks ~ at low tide.

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More of what is left behind as the tide goes out. oh, the many shapes, sizes and color of rocks and shells!!

Summer Sailing

From the sea Low tide Seawall Acadia National Park Maine Vacationing at the sea By the sea Seaweed

….from the sea!

Summer vacation on seashore of maine Tides of the east coast

I love to watch the ~ changing of the tides!!

By the Sea vacation living by the sea photos Seawall Acadia National Park Maine

Low Tide leaves beauty behind ~ picture perfect

 

By the Sea Living by the Sea Seaweed Seawall Acadia National Park Maine

It’s so pretty and calming by the Sea.

Seagull by the sea seaweed

Watching and listening to the Song of the Seagulls….. by the Sea.

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Tidal pools … hold many treasures to discover…at beautiful Seawall Acadia National Park, Maine

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I hope you have enjoyed our visit to the sea, with the seaweed, tidal pool treasures and seagulls. To see more of seaweed floating to the song of the seagull and seashore stories, please view my vimeo video:

 

You can enjoy more post about my visit to the sea here:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/the-sea-shell/

Summer Has Walked So Softly…..

 

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Summer has walked so softly
Over the flowery grass,

 

sailing in Maine Seashore Vacationing in Maine Black woods Acaida Park Path to the sea

Summer has walked so swiftly
No one has seen her pass.

 

Summer Has Walked so softly poetry Ethel Romig Fuller Seashore Summer Maine Vacationing Summer Waning Poetry Summer has walked so softly Vintage Home Art Magazine Ethel Romig Fuller

Now yellow leaves are blowing
Down the path she trod
Between the first blue iris,
And the last of the goldenrod

 

 

Summer Has Walked so softly poetry Ethel Romig Fuller Seashore Summer Maine Vacationing Summer Waning

And where she lingered for saying,
Goodbye, had any heard ~
No doubt we thought it a wind song,
Or the cry of a migrant bird~

Summer Has Walked so softly poetry Ethel Romig Fuller Seashore Summer Maine Vacationing Summer Waning

Are only a mist of wild asters
And a thistledown-light imprint
Of a small and worn green sandal
On a bed of rusty mint.

I discovered this delightful poem ~ Summer Has Walked So Softly by Ethel Romig Fuller, in one of my vintage magazines ~ The Home Art Magazine September 1934.

I hope you enjoy!