We're happy to announce that you can now download Sparrow Post templates here and use them on any of your favorite papers, magazines or in any way you can imagine (personal use only please). Looking for inspiration and instructions? Check our Sparrow Post DIY / craft article from last December.
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.”
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!
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.
Tasha was in the habit of forcing bulbs to grace her home throughout the winter months. Bulbs of choice were, tulips, hyacinths, amaryllis, and paper whites (tender fragrant narcissi). My son, Benjamin, who is an avid gardener, recently remarked that one of his favorite childhood memories was coming downstairs each morning to the enveloping fragrance of a large bowl of paper whites in bloom.
The time came to try our hands at making a Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) tincture for bug bites and other skin irritations. The magical forest we live in extends its reach to exclude poison ivy from growing here. But if it grew here, this recipe would be good for poison ivy bites too. Like many of the most enjoyable projects, this one came on its own. We noticed. And we followed it.
Our new A is for Annabelle fabric has been unveiled on Facebook, and orders have shipped. Oh friends, it is just so beautiful! We've received such a wonderful response to this new endeavor...it seems you agree that is is beautiful! Many of you noted it was, "worth the wait" for the pre-orders, but all fabric is in stock and ready to ship NOW for your spring projects!!!
So many of the good things in life take some extra care. A garden, a special meal, tea time...they all take a bit of extra time and attention out of your day. But if you do them, and do them with a bit of extra love as well, you will be greatly rewarded. The same goes for woodenware--it is a workhorse in the kitchen, constantly at the ready to do battle with thick stews, or to carefully coax beaten egg whites into a batter. But if we take a bit of extra time to take extra care with the woodenware, it shines so beautifully! A well-oiled, well-seasoned wooden spoon feels so nice in the hand, and keeping your woodenware in prime condition will help it last for decades.