Natalie Wise
February 14, 2013
{Postmarked & Stamped with Sparrow ink footprints}
It is such an exciting day when the mail holds Sparrow Post valentines! Opening the mail requires a special cup of Tasha's Hot Chocolate.
What lovely Valentine news will this missive contain?
There was even mail for the dolls in tiny pink envelopes!
Today I thought I'd share a Tudor Family tradition with you: Making your very own tiny missives to send via Sparrow Post to friends, family, dolls, and critters near and far. The supplies are simple: 
Glue, colored pens, pencil, pen, straight edge & ruler, scissors, cardstock, a catalogue or magazine, Watercolors if you paint, and a good dose of imagination.
To create your envelope template, print the above photo and size appropriately. Either trace over it or create a cardboard template and trace around it onto the paper you've chosen for your envelopes.
*Template for personal use only.
Cut the cardstock into small rectangles, approximately 1 1/4" x 1". Print your envelope template on scrap paper to ensure it will fit the cards. 
Fold flap 1 in, and put a dab of glue on the corner. Fold flap 2 over to meet it, and press down until secure.
Put a dab of glue on the corner of flap 2, and fold up flap 3 to meet it, pressing down until secure. Let dry while you write your notes and have your dolls do the same. 
Cut small squares of colored/patterned paper from your catalogue, or create small watercolors in the corners of the envelopes to create a stamp. Address the cards. You can create a small watercolor drawing on the back of the letter if you wish. Slip the letter inside the envelope, and seal with a dab of glue. 
When the glue to seal the envelope is dry, create a seal using colored pens (drawing a darker red heart on top to mimic a wax seal), or use a tiny drop of real sealing wax should you wish. 
Set your letters out for the Sparrow Post to pick up!
(If you are actually sending these in the mail, you'll need to put them in a larger envelope)
What a happy pile of mail!
Then it's time to make Tasha's marvelous Hot Chocolate recipe, from page 95 of The Tasha Tudor Cookbook.
Tasha Tudor's Hot Chocolate 
3 cups milk
2 squares Baker's unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup sugar
few grains salt
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
In a saucepan, scald the milk. Over hot water, melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Stir in the sugar and salt, add the cup of boiling water very gradually, and stir until smooth. Then boil for 5 minutes. Add this mixture to the scalded milk and beat it with a whisk until foamy. Stir in the vanilla and serve in a pretty chocolate pot you have warmed with boiling water. Whip the cream and spoon a bit on top of the chocolate as you serve each cup. 
Makes six 6-ounce servings
For more recipes check the Reciepts section of our Inspiration blog ("reciept" is an old word for recipe)! 
Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day from  everyone at Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.!