Inspired by Tasha Tudor's love of crafting toys and her illustrations of little mouse families carrying on their household duties and celebrations under the floorboards, I have crafted Mrs. Tasha Mousekin. She is not a wealthy mouse by any means, dressed in her wool cloak with hood, slightly showing wear and aging from all the years of use. Yet, she has a sincere heart and joyfully considers others at this festive time of year and always. She bears a frugally wrapped gift for a treasured friend.
Hmmm...Mrs. Tasha Mousekin looks as if she is considering the tastiness of the dried fruits on the twig tree. A delicasy for a little old-fashioned mouse of her meager means.
Mrs. Tasha Mousekin has impeccable manners! She rests atop a rusty canning lid waiting for an opportunity to take tea with a family member or dear friend.
All my children have loved reading the adventures of the Mousekins by Edna Miller. They really are the sweetest little stories. Sadly, they are out of print, but most libraries do carry them and you can find them through used book dealers. We have an old book shop a town over and I have been able to buy several for my grandchildren, but one must keep hunting.
We especially love to read the Christmas story where the little lost mouse finds a home in a creche.
I will be crafting Mrs. Tasha Mousekin enjoying some other Christmastide festivities. She has hinted she would love to carol this year. I do believe she has many old hymn books containing some lovely Christmas music.
I am considering taking orders for Mrs. Tasha Mousekin, if your interested you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They also may pop into my Etsy shop, as time allows.
I will be making these as gifts for my family this year, I know they will love them and it makes my heart sing to give a handmade gift they can keep and treasure.