Happy New – 2017

Happy New!! – 2017

 

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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

Yes- There is a Santa Clause! 1897

There is a Santa Clause

Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus Letter movie pictures Victorian Christmas hygee Traditions comforts of home cozy settings

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May we all enjoy the FEELING / Hygge of believing there is – Indeed-  the spirit of  Santa Claus at Yuletide and throughout the year!

Take Joy

~Melissa

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

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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.

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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???

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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.

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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?

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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

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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

 

 

 

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!

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.

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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!

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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

 

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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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Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor – Words of Wisdom

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor!

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Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor.

Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more.   ~ Tasha Tudor

How do you relax? I do enjoy sitting in my rocker enjoy a nice cup of chamomile tea while knitting or escaping into the world of one of my books!

 

Tasha Tudor Birthday in Vermont sheep in the meadow

…..and watching the gentle wandering & frolicking of the sheep in the meadow.

There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment. ~ Tasha Tudor

Peaceful Sunday Relax on the porch Take Joy Tasha Tudor Birthday celebration

…….Harvesting goldenrod!

“I enjoy solitude. It’s probably selfish, but why bother about it. Life is much too important, as Oscar Wilde said, to be taken seriously…..” ~ Tasha Tudor, ‘The Private World of Tasha Tudor’

 

Peaceful relaxing Sunday Stroll on the shores of PEI

….I do enjoy a lovey, peaceful stroll a long the seashores of P.E.I. 🙂

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor Quotes Aging relaxing peaceful living

Happy Birthday Dear Tasha.

“It’s wonderful to grow old,” Tasha Tudor said in an interview. ” You can get away with murder. Everyone takes great care of you. And they’re afraid of offending you. You can say the most outrageous things and get away with it. I fully believe old age is one of the most delightful periods of my life.”

Take Joy – Wishing you a peaceful , relaxing Sunday.

~Melissa

***My Tasha Tudor style shawl  PDF pattern is available for sale -here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_1

**Completed shawls  are available for sale -here:

My had-knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE KINDRED SPIRIT VERMONT WOOL SHAWL is available here:

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

My hand-knit COTTON TASHA TUDOR STYLE COTTAGE ELEGANCE SHAWL is available here:

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

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You may enjoy my other post about Tasha Tudor here:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/tuesdays-with-tasha-tudor-tashas-shawls-a-closer-look/

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_1

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/irish-cottage-style-knitting-with-tasha-tudor/

 

Have a wonderful day!

Take Joy

~Melissa

 

All Content Copyright 2016 By Melissa O’Connor

Kindred Spirit – Stories of Inspiration

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Tasha Tudor’s Lace ~ photograph by Richard Brown

For this years Tasha Tudor Birthday celebration, I thought it would be nice to share some of the kindred spirits stories! This would be the lovely stories that have been shared with me, from my many new Tasha Tudor kindred spirits.  They have shared with me how they came acquainted with Tasha Tudor and / or how she inspires them – what they have in common. Here is the first story from Cynthia:

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Photograph by Richard Brown.

I love Tasha, and live a lot like her. She was a wonderful human being, as well as inspirational. I live in Idaho. I have been spinning etc., for 23 years.

Basket of hand dyed wool yarn

Basket of hand dyed wool yarn – “Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Craft” by Tovah Martin Photographs by Richard Brown

Cynthia goes on to share ~ “I love my treadle machines, I have four of them. They all have a different voice and purpose. I have two one thread chain stitch machine. Willcox Gibb and Singer.

I own one of this first singer electric sewing machines. I like using it for few of my sewing projects, such as lavender sachets I include with each Shawl order.  It only sews a straight stitch so it’s not always practical to use. It just seems befitting to use on my sachets.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                                                                                             “I use only treadle sewing machines, I don’t own an electric, I spin, weave, hook rugs, crochet, knit a little, chop wood, hunt, fish, and the list goes on”.    ~Tasha Tudor

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The small piece of weaving on the right was the last piece Tasha was working on. This picture and more can be found in my blog post about my visit to the T.T. museum .

“I also collect and use very old kitchen tools, in good shape, and use a clothesline on good days”. 

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Do you Collect antique kitchen utensils and ware as Tasha, Cynthia and I do? Do you use yours or display them?  Cynthia and I  put our’s to use in the kitchen, as intended. I do enjoy using my old fashion egg beater when making my Sunday morning pancakes or french toast.

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

A beautiful view through the window ~ but who is that our in the garden? ( It is a window posters)

As March arrives, I am out in the garden planting potatoes and onions, as well as Kale and some lettuces.  After that is constant drying, canning, freezing and gardening.
You are fortunate to live close to Tasha’s place. I would love to go there, but I don’t travel at my age. I hate freeways, and fast traffic. My husband is from Pa, but I’ve never been there. I’m afraid I would want to stay”.

 

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

I (Melissa) do not live in Vermont year round – but it does call me back each year –  spring through fall .

I would love to purchase an e pattern from you, to knit my own Tasha Tudor style shawl.

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You too, can knit your very own Tasha Tudor style shawl

If you, too, like Cynthia, would enjoy knitting your very own Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl, you can find a pdf of my shawl pattern in my etsy shop. I will be offering at a special price  through  our Birthday month of August!  I make this special discount most years. See details at the bottom of this post

Thank you again. I have to go finish getting a lot of wood in. It is snowing again, and going to be down to 3 degrees tomorrow night. Brrrrr.

 

Talk soon.

Cynthia 

Thank you so much Cynthia with me how Tasha Tudor has inspired you. I am so happy that you are pleased with my shawl pattern. I would love to see pictures of your finished shawls.

Take Joy Melissa

If you would like to know more about Tasha Tudor and her family stop by and visit their new web site:

You can find my shawl pattern here: It is on sale!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_1

My shawls that I have knit for you – are also on SALE:

****SALE is good on completed shawls only – Limited amounts!

~ One Birch grey Vermont wool and mohair shawl here:                                                              https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=listing-shop-header-2

~ One Berry Red Vermont wool and mohair shawl Here:                                                               https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=listing-shop-header-2

~ One Red COTTON Elegance shawl here:                                    https://www.etsy.com/listing/150994904/cotton-cottage-elegnace-tasha-tudor?ref=listing-shop-header-3

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

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/tuesdays-with-tasha-tudor-tashas-shawls-a-closer-look/

 

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God’s in his Heaven….

Anne of Green gables quote Prince Edward Island landscape beautiful view Gods in his heavens alls right with the world PEI

Beautiful view on Prince Edward Island

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

Prince Edward Island light Houses

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

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

Take Joy ~ Melissa

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August – Summer’s Queen

August – Summer’s Queen

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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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