( Tasha and her cat Minou, photo credit Richard Brown)
How to celebrate Tasha Tudor Day? On my yahoo group Take Peace we have had much discussion on just what Tasha has meant to each of us. What struck me from one of the members on the list was her heartfelt thanks that Tasha has brought so many kindred spirits into her life. I realized that this is exactly where I feel my thanks to Tasha should go. Let me also say, that I beleive the Lord has put each of these precious people in my life. From an admiration of Tasha's art and lifestyle I have met so many ladies and men (!) that I feel an affinity with. No, not because someone cooks on a woodstove or spins a lovely skein of yarn, but because these people are the kind of folks I treasure as friends. They feel like family. I was just telling my friend on the list Angelia that I want to visit her--and as always, she just tells me in her lovely southern accent ( I can hear her twang in my head from watching her encouraging youtube video's!) that she would love it! Angelia and her husband Paul open their home and have a homestead weekend where they teach self-sufficiency and farming. They minister to those that show up through these weekends spreading the love of Christ! Please visit them at Shepherd's Hill.
A wise, older woman in the Lord once told me life is all about our relationships and if we lose that focus we lose some of the most important things in life God intended for us to enjoy. A mutual affection for Tasha brought us together. Each person I have met, over the internet and in person has blessed my life, through their words, through their encouragement in notes and prayers, and just by being a presence that accepts me for who I am. For these individuals I am truly grateful to God! Their friendship has been a gift to me I could never have imagined possessing.
So, for me , celebrating Tasha Tudor Day is about celebrating the relationships the Lord has brought my way through her.
Our Take Peace group organized a private garden tour of Tasha's property. This was where I first met the most amazing group of Tasha admirer's and formed friendships I carry to this day. The picture is in front of the Rookery. We spent a weekend together fellowshipping over food and different ladies planned a Tasha Tudor inspired craft. This day was also bittersweet as our dear friend Kristen, who designed all our dolls for our Annabelle club, fell while picking up LaVonne from Montana and Linda from Oregon with me at the airport. She shattered her knee so badly she had to have emergency surgery and faced a long and painful revovery! She did manage to show up the last day of our gathering as LaVonne taught needlefelting--souped up on pain killers, but there! Kristen, who we affectionately refer to as Dr. Dolly, as she has a doctorate in biochem, but is a superb dollmaker, is our resident expert on all things doll related! How woud I have ever met her except through a mutual love of Tasha! Although, we did find out that we worked in adjoining labs at UMASS Hospital for a number of years and never once bumped into each other!!!!
LaVonne, our resident shepherdess on the group, taught needlefelting to us all and I did a cut wool owl/bunny workshop as seen in Tasha and Linda Allen's book, Old Fashioned Gifts. The talented corgi artist Cat Santarsiero took this photo of all the finished crafts. Do visit her blog as she is the Queen of Corgi's, in my book! From Cat, I got my adorable corgi, Bailey.
Linda, well Linda, what can I say. She is the great encourager, the one in charge of details and making everyone feel special and at home! She preshipped numerous items for our very special tea that day!
I have always loved this picture of Tasha, it shows her joy in the ordinary tasks.
This is a cut wool bunny that I learned how to make when Kristen (aka Dr. Dolly) travelled to VT to spend a day at Marjorie Tudor's home. I have made many more and given them as gifts. I did a tutorial for these cut wool animals, the link is on the sidebar--just click the bunny to be taken there:-)
My Tasha Tudor shawl I knit. I love this in the chilly winter! I knew I had to knit this up in red as one of my favorite paintings by Tasha is, Red Shawl. Available at the family wesbite here.
Another bunny I made with my daughter Lydia when she was four years old.
I love roosters and chickens and while these are not the breed, because of Tasha I found the Spitzhausen, which I love!
Our whole family loves the old ways! My son did an internship at Old Sturbrdige Village and learned alot of blacksmithing--for which I am gratefully using some of the old fireplace tools he forged.
Doll Lucy that Dr. Dolly made for me. Isn't she lovely! And all those little presents were an advent gift from the thoughtful Linda, a friend who always encourages me!
Truly, this life is all about family and relationships. My son and children here with two of my grandchildren who were much younger. The days spent with each of them, sharing hearts, is more precious than gold!
A gift from another treasured Tasha friend. Farmer Steve sent me this spinning wheel. Who gives up a beautiful and quite expensive wheel these days? Kindred spirits do!
While I could post many pictures and write so much more I point you to my sidebar where the categories section has a Tasha Tudor section as well as other categories that incorporate alot of her traditions we have tailored to our own specific home life.
At the bottom of the post is a Mr. Linky, please share your Tasha Tudor post there so all may find you. And do especially visit the lovely Clarice. Clarice brainstormed TT Day. She is also a kindred spirit and member of Take Peace. She delights in making a loving and beautiful home for her family! She is also the author of Wren Bay, a poignant story of a young mother setting up housekeeping.
Today , I will think about all the lovely relationships I have made over tea and cookies. The rain is peltering and the winds are howling as hurricane Irene unleashes her fury. I look forward to hearing how your all celebrating Tasha Tudor's birthday!
And as a special treat I am giving away a copy of Tasha's book, Take Joy. If you own any books on Christmas it must be this one! Just leave a comment or add your post to the linky tool to be entered. If you want extra entries then just blog, FB, tweet , etc., and come and add another comment saying you did! I will pick a winner Monday evening:-)
A winner has been selected!
I would love to be entered for the book Take Joy! We love all things Tasha at our home, especially around the holidays! We did not celebrate Tasha Tudor Day yesterday because we spent the day cleaning up from Hurricane Irene, but today we will indeed take peace and curl up with one of her great books and a cup of tea!
Congratulations Laura! You are going to find this one of your favorite books celebrating the Christmas season. Please email me your address at : firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ship your book to you in the next couple of days!
Thanks to all who entered!
As many of you know, Tasha was quite the homesteader! Enjoy a visit to the Homestead Barn Hop.
Our focus, as Christians is on the Lord Jesus. While I admire Tasha, I do not idolize her and I feel the need to say this as a Christian. I appreciate her art, a gift from the great artist Himself, Jehovah. Many always ask, won't it be wonderful one day to meet Tasha in heaven? Well, she believed in reincarnation, going back to the 1830's and all. So, I don't believe I will meet her in heaven, but I hope to be pleasantly surprised in this area.
Are you ready to meet the Lord? Please watch Dr. Charles Stanley to see.