DIY

  • A is for Annabelle Counted Cross Stitch KIT

    Tasha Tudor's beloved book is adapted for cross stitch. This project reflects Tasha's love of everyday life, and would make a welcome addition to any home, with its nostalgic reflection of days gone by.

    Size 8" x 13 1/2"

    On 18 count Charles Craft fabric.

    Designed by Barbara Bangser for the Posy Collection.

  • Building Chicken Coops Booklet

    "Chicken-coop designs are as varied as the people who keep chickens. The best design for you depends on how many chickens you keep, your purpose in keeping them, their breed, your geographic location, and how much money you want to spend. A handy way to get ideas is to find successful chicken keepers in your area -- or correspond with those who live in a similar climate -- and learn what works and what doesn't." 

    This Storey booklet has all of the information you need to design and build a variety of chicken coops while keeping in mind temperature controls, water sources, ventilation requirements, bedding, nest boxes, yards and free-range considerations. 

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Building Stone Walls Booklet

    Why stone? Well, a better question might be, why not? For building or landscaping, you simply can't do better. Tasha has many stone walls and terraces. Pick up this Storey bulletin as a do-it-yourself beginner's guide.

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Christmas Heralds Counted Cross Stitch KIT

    Bringing in the greens was always a cheerful endeavor, full of laughs and smiles, as the family snow-shoed through the woods to find the perfect dressings for the home on Christmas Eve. The procession of Christmas greens is brought to your very own Christmas tree with this popular image, hand-made by you to display in your home as a symbol of tradition and the excitement the Christmas season brings us all.

    *Counted Cross Stitch

    *KIT

    *On 18-count Charles Craft Fabric

    *Designed by Barbara Bangser for The Posy Collection, licensed images from Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.

    *Finished size is 8½" by 5"

    *Frame not included

  • Feathered Friends Counted Cross Stitch KIT

    A young girl carries something delicious in her bowl as all the fowl follow her.  In our experience, it's unlikely the corgi would be following quite so peacefully...they are herding dogs after all.  Tasha may have had a very polite corgi when she originally painted the Christmas cards that this kit was adapted from.  

    *Counted Cross Stitch

    *KIT (does not include actual seed packet)

    *On 18-count Charles Craft Fabric

    *Designed by Barbara Bangser for The Posy Collection

    *Finished size is 5½" by 11"

  • Gardening to Attract Birds Booklet

    "There is nothing more exciting than watching a mother bird drop seeds from your feeder into her young one's throat for the first time -- unless it's catching a hummingbird dart and dive at the nectar flowers and brightly colored vines you've planted. Or maybe it's hearing the call of a bobwhite as it forages for seeds in your backyard wildflower meadow. Gardens that attract birds are sources of everlasting enjoyment and beauty. Of course, the entertainment for you as a gardener can't compare with how the birds benefit. You're providing them with the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, and water. 

    Perhaps the most important benefit of gardening for the birds is the happy effect it has on the environment. When you plant a bird garden, you create a new habitat that is good for the entire ecosystem. Insects, butterflies, and often mammal populations will thrive. 

    You may think there's not much you can do to help restore the wild and diverse landscape that dominated North America just a few decades ago. But as ecologists around the world like to say, "Think globally. Act locally." When you look outside at your own backyard, the task becomes easier. And if you can get your neighbors and community interested in bird gardening, you can create much larger areas of bird-friendly territory. 

    Bringing nature back into balance is a challenge, but every little bit helps. Start by planting a garden just for your backyard birds; you and your avian friends will appreciate it."

    This is the ideal guide for anyone interested in learning how to attract birds in their garden. It lists flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees to attract a wide variety of birds.

    We receive many requests for "How to" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom bulletins offer practical, hands-on instruction designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Homemade Ice Cream

    Winslow Tudor
    November 3, 2010

    Hand cranked ice cream is one of those traditions that is particularly relevant nowadays. It takes a while to make, but it is supposed to. That is why it tastes so good. Tasha used an old ice cream churn, painted green on the outside with copper wire holding the staves together. The gear and crank assembly that spanned the top of the wooden bucket and turned the stainless drum within never quite stayed seated and required occasional adjustment during the cranking process, but it made the very best ice cream. The open door of the woodshed with a view past the dovecote and to the pines to the south was the preferred location for ice cream production. Even on hot days the shade is cool beneath the roof where rows of firewood sit quietly, and there was always a corgi enjoying the proceedings.

  • Housebreaking & Training Your Puppy Booklet

    We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    "Puppies are great fun, and they make wonderful family pets. However -- They're playful to the point of being rambunctious, and they tend to demand a lot of attention. How do you help your playful, energetic puppy become a happy, well-mannered member of the family? It's all in the training!"

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Laura in the Snow Counted Cross Stitch KIT

    Laura, Tasha's granddaughter, and the kittens take a midwinter walk to gather berries. One of Tasha's favorite images, and yours too, now adapted for counted cross-stitch so the warmth of this darling image may adorn your own home.

    *Counted Cross Stitch

    *KIT

    *On 18-count Charles Craft Fabric

    *Designed by Barbara Bangser for The Posy Collection, licensed images from Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.

    *Finished size is 8½" by 5"

    *Frame not included

  • Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt Booklet

    We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    "Farm-fresh dairy products you can make in your own kitchen! Then thousand years of cheese making (as well as butter and yogurt making) wisdom is distilled in this detailed bulletin. Expert cheesemaker Ricki Carroll teaches you the latest, most healthful methods for whipping up delicious dairy products in your own kitchen. Here is everything you need to know -- from what equipment and ingredients are required to how to pasteurize your own milk. And, of course, you get recipes for making cheeses and other dairy products that surpass anything you could buy at the store." 

    32 pages

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Making Hand-Dipped Candles Booklet

    Tasha is well-known for dipping her own supply of beeswax candles in an old iron cauldron over a fire. This booklet will explain the process and give you tips, even for a smaller scale! We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    From the introduction "Humans have used light to lengthen and brighten their days for 15,000 years. Hollowed-out stones filled with animal fat and used as lamps were among the earliest light sources. Modern-day oil lamps work in much the same way, with a wick pulling fuel up to a flame. Early methods of torch lighting involved soaking papyrus, flax, or other fibers in resins, pitch or natural oils and burning them as torches. This technique progressed to the use of twisted fibers dipped in various combustible substances that remain solid at room temperature. These dipped fibers were early versions of candles."

    30 pages 

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Making Herbal Hand Creams & Salves Booklet

    "Experience the best moisturizers that nature has to offer! Whether you're an office worker or a stonemason, a gardener, or a mechanic, chances are your hands could use some love and attention. Help is here! In this bulletin, you'll find easy-to-follow recipes for more than twenty all-natural lotions and creams designed to hydrate, replenish, and smooth your skin for a beautiful, silky feeling. Author Norma Weinberg also offers expert advice on healing dry, cracked skin; preventing premature skin aging; and removing age spots, as well as essential information on evaluating commercial products." 

    We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

     

  • Making Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Booklet

    From the introduction: "Ice cream and its various relatives, including ice milk, sherbet, sorbet, ice, and frozen yogurt, are America's favorite dessert -- likewise, more of these threats are consumed in this country than anywhere else in the world. Today, ice cream knows no social boundaries, but early in its recorded history, it was a food of royalty. 

    What made ice cream readily accessible, however, was the invention of the ice cream churn, complete with dasher, hand crank, two tubs, ice, and salt, by a woman named Nancy Johnson in 1846. By 1851 ice cream was produced commercially. Ice cream sodas became an American mainstay after the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1879. That ubiquitous treat, the ice cream cone, came on the scene in 1904 at the St. Louis Exposition."

    We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Making Maple Syrup Booklet

    "This bulletin will tell you how to make syrup on the three simplest levels. The first level is for people who intend to tap only a couple of trees, to make only a couple quarts of syrup, and to spend no more than $20 on equipment. The second level is for people who may have a dozen trees to tap, who may make five or even ten gallons of syrup, and who will put $300-$450 into equipment. The third level is for people who want to be small commercial producers. If you're one of these, you will get the smallest size of a true evaporator, make anywhere from 60 to 200 taps, and produce from fifteen to fifty gallons of syrup each spring. And you will make an initial investment of at least $1750, unless you can buy used equipment from another small producer who is quitting." Note: These dollar figures, and all others in the book, apply to 1988-89.

    We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Making the Best Apple Cider Booklet

    Tasha has pressed her own apple cider for many years. If the process interests you, this bulletin is full of insight for making yours the best! We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    From the introduction "The heady fragrance of fresh sweet cider running from the press is a wonderful blend of mellow apples, the faintly acidic scent of fallen leaves, and the brisk taste of country air that has been cleared by early morning frost. The memories of family cider-pressing days stay with children for a lifetime, and through the cooperative work, the fine scents and flavors of the raw material, the instant, gratifying reward of labor in the torrent of delicious golden juice, and the row of filled jugs stored away with anticipation, cider makers enjoy the first-hand experience of self-sufficiency, cooperation, and the pleasure of work." 

    30 pages

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Making Valentine Mobiles

    February 2, 2017

    One of the most exciting things about February 14th is making and exchanging paper valentines. A Valentine Mobile makes a creative and unique substitution for a card, and also serves as a re-usable decoration for February 14th. 

    In the wonderful book Tasha Tudor's Old-Fashioned Gifts, Tasha Tudor and Linda Allen include instructions for making Valentine Mobiles and today we are going to show you how to make our own, somewhat simplified, version!

  • Painting Easter Eggs

    April 11, 2017

    Tasha Tudor went out of her way to make every day full of beauty and magic. This was especially true on holidays. Whether for Christmas, Valentines Day, or birthdays, Tasha and her family spent many hours preparing decorations, gifts, and delectable treats to mark the occasion. 

    Easter was the main event of Spring, perhaps second only to Christmas when it came to preparing elaborate decorations! Her son, Seth Tudor, remembers the sometimes harrowing tasks he and his siblings were given in the lead-up to Easter, “We would take brown or white chicken eggs (occasionally the larger duck and goose eggs), puncture a small hole in either end, and using mouth pressure, force out the contents--neither an easy nor enjoyable task.” 

  • Q is for Quilt - Annabelle Quilt Pattern

    This miniature quilt is inspired by the "Q is for quilt" page of Tasha's beloved book, "A is for Annabelle." This project reflects Tasha's love of everyday life and would make a welcome addition to any doll bed, with its nostalgic reflection of days gone by.

    *Pattern only, fabric not included.

    *Designed by Carla Rexroat for The Posy Collection.

    *Finished size is 20" by 24."

  • Quilting Basics Booklet

    "Why would anyone want to go through the expense and time necessary to make a quilt in this day of ready-made comforters and bedspreads? Why indeed? 

    A quilt is not now nor has it ever been exclusively a practical cover for keeping a body warm. Even when great-great-great-grandmother made a quilt, it was not just for physical warmth. It was a creative outlet in an otherwise bleak existence -- a way of expressing oneself, of giving life, of venting frustrations or despair. Quilts were for "kivvers," quilts were made for weddings and births, quilts were made for mourning." 

    We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

  • Tea and Teatime Recipes Booklet

    Everyone knows that tea time is an institution for Tasha Tudor and her family. This booklet has recipes and ideas to make tea time a wonderful habit in your own life. We receive many requests for information on "How To" live the Tasha Tudor lifestyle. Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins offer practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

    From the introduction "Of the more than 3,000 varieties of tea (not including herb teas), all begin with the dried leaves of one plant: Camellia sinensis a species grown throughout Asia. The leaves of Camillia sinensis develop slightly different tastes depending on the soil, climate, and elevation of the site of its cultivation, resulting in an amazing variety of tea flavors. When harvest, dried, and processed, these leaves become what is collectively known as black tea. Tea names often indicate geographic origin: Assam is a province in northern India, Ceylon tea comes from Sri Lanka, and Darjeeling is a district in the foothills of the Himalayas. 

    Most packaged teas are blends of two or more varieties of Camellia sinesnsis, and they are often flavored with the essential oils of flowers, fruits, and spices. One of the most popular varieties is Earl Grey, which contains citrus oil. It is named for a 19th-century Englishman who served as a diplomat to China, where he learned to enjoy the orange-scented tea blend that still bears his name."

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2"