Sunday, May 20, 2012

Opening Day - A source of inspiration

Today is the opening day of Country Handmaiden Week! I hope you will all enjoy this week. I have tried to incorporate what you all voted for as closely as possible into each day's post.

For today, I would like to feature one of the ladies who's work and lifestyles have very much inspired me.

Tasha Tudor
Born: August 28, 1915, Boston 
Died: June 18, 2008, Marlboro

Here is a brief summary of her life from Tasha Tudor and Family 

Tasha Tudor (August 28, 1915-June 18, 2008) is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators.  Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938.
Mother GooseShe illustrated nearly one hundred books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas.  She received many awards and honors, including  Caldecott Honors for Mother Goose and 1 is One. Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world.  She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works throughout her 70 year career.
Corgiville FairCorgiville Fair was published in 1971 and introduced everyone to the wonderful, idiosyncratic world of the Corgi dog. Tasha Tudor was devoted to Corgyn kept them for years having as many as 13 at one time.
Her Vermont home, though only 30 years old, feels as though it was built in the 1830's, her favorite time period. Seth Tudor, one of Tasha's four children, built her home using hand tools when Tasha moved to Vermont in the 1970's. Tasha Tudor lived among period antiques, using them in her daily life.  She was quite adept at 'Heirloom Crafts', though she detested the term, including candle dipping, weaving, soap making, doll making and knitting. She lived without running water until her youngest child was five years old.
From a young age Tasha Tudor was interested in the home arts. She excelled in cooking, canning, cheese-making, ice cream making and many other home skills. As anyone who has eaten at Tasha Tudor's would know, her cooking skills were unsurpassed. She collected eggs from her chickens in the evenings, cooked and baked with fresh goats milk, and used only fresh or dried herbs from her garden. Tasha Tudor was renowned for her Afternoon Tea parties.
Once summer arrives, Tasha Tudor would always leave her art table to spend the season tending her large, beautiful  garden which surrounds her home.
If this page has simply whetted your curiosity, the following books would be a great next step for you: Tasha Tudor's Garden, Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts, The Private World of Tasha Tudor or Drawn from New England.

Tasha Tudor is completely who I want to be!! She lived the "old-fashioned life" to the full. :) Here are some more pictures of her and her artwork....

Of course, I just couldn't resist posting this one :)

This work is said to be her favorite painting


Someday perhaps I will come close to living like her. :) 
I hope she has inspired you as much as she has inspired me!
Look for my other "role model" inspiration on the last day of Country Handmaiden Week!

Yours truly,


Stephanie said...

I have never heard of Tasha Tudor until today. Thank you for posting about her...I can't wait to read more about her in the books you recommended.


Lauren said...

Aw, you do remind me of Tasha Tudor! I love her illustration from the cover of A Little Princess. It is so sweet:)

Miss Elizabeth said...


I own A Little Princess, illustrated by her, and those illustrations are just precious!
And by the way, you aren't the first person who has told me I remind them of Tasha Tudor. :)

Thank you all for your dear comments!


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