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After touring Tasha Tudor's home we all retired to our hotel. Some friends did have to leave right away.
After a brief rest we all joined together in a conference room where LaVonne and Kristen had created a magical little place filled with dolls, teapots and teacups, and delicious snacks!
We had quite the spread of enticing foods. There were many fresh fruits and dips, Italian salami and cheeses rolled up, little bagels with cream cheeses and a whole array of sweets that we all brought in.
I made the thumb print cookies from Tasha Tudor's cookbook. This recipe by Linda Allen never disappoints. Linda had brought Harry & David cookies and petite fours. Wilhelmina had baked scones and made cookies in the shape of corgis. Kristen also made delicious scones.
There was candy--there is always candy!
Kristen, our Tashette friends we call Dr. Dolly, created this French fashion doll-isn't she lovely!
Lest you think we made the dolls sit by and watch us, we set up tea services for all the dolls and goodies too. I think they were quite satisfied with their delectables.
This is Dr. Dolly on the left-Kristen. Here blog is HERE. She makes beautiful Izannah Walker dolls. LaVonne runs a sheep farm and has recently added a milking cow. She also has converted two antique shepherds wagons into mini accomodations one can stay at. She offers a bit of a farm experience camped out on her 160 acre ranch she calls Serenity Sheep Farm.
This is the beautiful Cat, the talented corgi artist and breeder of champion corgis. You can follow her corgi adventures and be the first to know of her available art HERE. Tasha Tudor would have loved Cat's illustrations. Cat's corgis remind me of Tasha's corgi illustrations in Corgiville Fair.
This is Wilhelmina and Melinda. Melinda (in forefront) works at the Tasha Tudor Museum and is a very knowledgeable guide there. She loves sharing everything Tasha Tudor with the visitors who walk through the door. And she makes a mean cup of tea for all that visit. If you haven't been it is really a wonderful little spot to get to know more about Tasha Tudor, her art, and her lifestyle.
Linda organized a teacup exchange. We were going to do it yankee swap style, but we were all satisfied with the one we got to pick. Linda said we were all just too polite.
We also exchanged little gifts with one another.
Bet you can guess who painted this portrait and put it on a magnet. Every time I open my fridge I think
of Cat and her lovely corgis.
I gave these notecards as gifts. One card was a fancy dress gown from the 1800's and on the back of the package was a fancy boot to match the dress. The little gift tags were pictures of antique perfume bottles.
This ETSY shop seller has these if your interested, plus many more fascinating designs.
Above an assortment of chocolate and tea was gifted by Kristen.
And I couldn't forget to give little treasures for the dolls. I handed out packages that contained
sweets from this lovely ETSY shop. I have bought quite a few of her sweets and have
always been quite satisfied.
There were many flavored and frosted donuts.
Tiny delicious cupcakes and slices of dark chocolate cake, too.
LaVonne and Linda devised a craft where we all made a doll out of old salt and pepper shakers. These
were paired with old doll heads-most found at flea markets or vintage shops. Clever! We all
decorated one, they are quite unique.
While the food, sweets, doll craft and teacups were delightful, the best part was spending time
with kindred spirits. Tasha Tudor brought us all together, for that we will all be very grateful.
If you , too, are a lover of all things Tasha Tudor, you will find many kindred spirits on our FB page
Take Peace. Join us if you like.
We have many things in common such as corgis, goats, spinning, knitting,
weaving, journaling, art, dolls, natural dyeing, candle making, chickens, gardening, homesteading, herbs, flowers, and many old fashioned things.