DIY

  • 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!

  • Making your own Sparrow Post Box

    December 6, 2016

    The Sparrow Post is one of the most beloved and enduring traditions in the Tudor family. Every year, especially near Christmas and Valentines Day, Tasha Tudor, her children, and (later) her grandchildren would spend hours crafting miniature letters or valentines, envelopes, and post-boxes. Once constructed, the family would hang their little post-boxes on their bedroom doors and every morning they would wake eagerly to check to see if any mail had arrived in the night. Sometimes they would use the Sparrow Post to write to each other and sometimes the letters were addressed to or from their famous dolls such as Thaddeus Crane and Melissa Shakespeare who were considered part of the family. 

  • 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 was 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 home, with it's nostalgic reflection of days gone by.

    *Pattern only

    *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" 

  • Rainy Day Sewing

    May 14, 2014

    It has been rainy in Vermont lately. As gardeners, we relish the rain this time of year, especially after a dry winter. The garden bursts with life after a good rain. But for a nice rainy afternoon, inside, we relish the opportunity to finish a few sewing projects for the summer, and to take a break from outdoor work. 

  • Sweet Cicely Counted Cross Stitch KIT

    This cross-stitch kit is a reproduction of our seed packets for Sweet Cicely, a lovely fern-like foliage that releases anise scent when brushed. All parts are edible and useful in baking and herbalism. One of the earliest nectar-producing plants for insects, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Design features a boy and his pet cow.

    *Counted Cross Stitch

    *KIT (does not include actual seed packet)

    *On 18-count Charles Craft Fabric

    *Designed by Barbara Bangser for The Posy Collection, licensed images from Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc., original seed packet design by Swannery Design

    *Finished size is 5½" by 8"

    *Frame not included.

    Originally $19.95 Now 75% off

  • Tasha Tudor Centenary Counted Cross Stitch KIT

    Limited supply! This very special kit was designed for Tasha Tudor's Centenary Birthday Celebration workshop, August 29, 2015. We produced a few extra for the devoted collector.

    The kit includes all floss, needles, etc. Also includes a second chart (no floss) so you may choose the colors from your stash. Each finished needlework fits into a 2" x 3" frame.

    14 count Charles Craft fabric. Designed by Ceil Humphreys for the Posy Collection. Made in the U.S.A.

    Originally $12.95 Now 40% off

  • 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"  

  • Ten Herbs for Happy, Healthy Dogs 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.

    "Are you curious about using alternative health care for your dog, but not sure where to start? Let herbalist Kathleen Brown be your guide! In this booklet, Brown identifies ten of the safest and most versatile herbs for use with dogs. You'll find everything you need to know to prepare herbal remedies at home and administer them to your dog, including how to calculate the proper dosage. You'll also find a wide array of recipes for herbal remedies designed for everything from soothing hot spots to relieving bowel problems to healing cuts and scrapes. You can even make daily herbal boosters - nature's vitamins! - to help your dog stay at the peak of health for a lifetime."

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2"