Faire May

Welcome be thou,                                                                                                                                            faire, fresshe May.                                                                                                                                               ~ Geoffrey Chaucervi

Faire May Happy May Day may blossoms spring gardening in my Tasha Tudor style herb garden elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

The african violets are in bloom ….. again.

African violet

May is the month we plant the garden – ‘ A Time to Keep ‘ ~ By Tasha Tudor

May Day A time to plant Garden where you are Tasha Tudor inspired herb garden

Tasha Tudor inspired patio herb garden.

Has the weather allowed you to start your garden? I have indeed started my patio, Tasha Tudor inspired, patio herb garden.  My basil, rosemary and oregano that has loved a very pampered life succumbed to what – to hot then cold?? They were quite productive living about three years!

 

Happy May Day  ~ 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…..

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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

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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!

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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.

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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:

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

 

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.

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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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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.

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                                                         ….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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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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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 elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com aftcra.com

Available in two styles. Featured here with a larger center focal crystal/bead.

You can find both Necklaces here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/148299/heirloom-crystal-necklaces-customized

https://www.etsy.com/listing/130357360/heirloom-crystal-necklace-mothers?ref=shop_home_active_21

 

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 elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com Mothers day hand made gift sale

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

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

 

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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/266957880/cottage-elegance-tasha-tudor-style-shawl?ref=shop_home_active_3

 

 

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 elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

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:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_feat_1

 

 

Quality Heirloom Jewelry Mothers Day Sale elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com Elegant jewelry fairy nuggets

Fairy Nuggets, sterling silver chain necklace available in my new AFTCRA store:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/148161/fairy-amethyst-nuggets-sterling-silver-necklace

 

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 New Aftcra shop

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade

 

I have a few items left in my etsy shop and it’s they place I can sell my digital PDF pattern (for now)

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

 

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

You can also find me at :

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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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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.

Fair Maids of February Poetry Lord Alfred Tennyson The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Elegantlyhandmade,woedpress.com

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; http://flowerinfo.org/amaranth-flowers

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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Violets

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

Rosemary for Remembrance Victorian language of flowers William Wordsworth The lost love poetry Tasha Tudor Valentines elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

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 elegnatlyhandmade.wordpress.com

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; soeleganlyvintage.etsy.com. This customer also purchased my PDF shawl pattern from my eleganlyhandmade.etsy.com 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 elegantlyhandmade.etsty.com

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.

Tasha Tudor style hand knit shawl pattern sale elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com Valentines day Fevuary Sweet Heart sale

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.

~Melissa

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:

Tashatudorandgfamily.com

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Old ~ January

Then Came old January, wrapped well in many weed to keep the cold away….  faerie Queen, S. Spencer

Old January poetry S Spencer THe Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Edith Holden water colors

January – from ‘ The Diary Of An Edwardian Lady”

Happy New Year! I hope you are having a great start to the new year!

Country Diary of AN Edwardian lady Daisy poetry Old January 2016 Fletcher Wordsworth

“Daisies smelless but most quaint”. Fletcher
                                                Child of the Year!… Ready to salute the sun….Wordsworth                                               ‘The Country Diary Of AN Edwardian Lady’

I think you can see what book I have been enjoying. I do hope if your world has been wrapped in weeds, that it has at least been daisies!! I think in most parts of the country the daisies are most likely  – Frozen!!  In my part of the world they may be drowning and according to Edith Holden’s book, ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’ – “A wet January A wet Spring”. Oh Dear! We might as well wrap ourselves up in a nice cozy shawl and enjoy our favorite books. Have you ever watched the movie, ” A Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady”?

You can find a nice warm Tasha Tudor style shawl to wrap around you –  available in  my etsy shop.

I just sent my first shawl order for 2016 off to its new owner and she was quite pleased! Which makes me quite pleased!

“Perfect size, weight, and warmth. I love that this is a little smaller than most–I can pin it on and move around without catching on anything. And the soft grey color goes with anything I wear. LOVELY! Thank you!”

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-100-percent?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance Shawl.

It’s also a good time of year to knit yourself a nice warm shawl. It makes me happy to be able to say I have sold quite a few of my PDF pattern.  My PDF pattern contains full instructions to  knit your own T.T. style Shawl along with two variations and a Cottage scarf –  available in my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_feat_3

We do hope you had a Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

You can find out more about Tasha Tudor and family at Tashatudorandfamily.com The family are preparing to offer this years (2016) tour tickets for sale – they sell out fast. Winslow Tudor (Tasha’s grandson) will be releasing a family cookbook this year and Marjorie (Seth’s wife) will be offering a watercolor class!! The T.T. museums exhibit this year will be Tasha’s garden!!!

~ Melissa

 

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