December 12, 2017

With the garden tucked in for the year and the long nights of winter for company, we are in the midst of Christmas preparation and enjoyment. In the early days of winter, when one anxiously awaits the first fall of snow, long before Christmas day’s much-anticipated arrival, the excitement of Christmas can be felt in the air.

November 27, 2017

 We usually encourage the avoiding of hurry, however every rule has its exception. Today, we release six limited edition offset prints. Since we only printed fifty of each and won't be printing these images again for at least five years, we might encourage a bit of haste to procure your favorites before they sell out.

September 14, 2017

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. 

Amy Tudor
September 6, 2017
Ellie's drawing of the film crew

In April 2017, Seth, Marjorie, Winslow, Ellie, Katie and I gathered to watch the Tasha Tudor movie that had been recently released in Japan.  While an elderly Tasha was featured in the film, the surrounding net of care that Seth, Winslow, Marjorie, and I provided to her became a character as well.  We still strive to continue Tasha's legacy in homage to her and as the credits rolled, the film makers had cleverly tucked images of us handing down traditional skills to our very small children, Tasha's great-grandchildren.  

August 28, 2017
 

We’re delighted to share a Tasha Tudor Day celebration written by Emily Zahasky of Life at Blueberry Barn.  Emily took the idea of celebrating Tasha and made it into something that she could manage in her own way and time.  On the 102nd anniversary of Tasha’s birth join us in celebrating her birthday in a way that resonates with you.

In honor of Tasha's birthday, we thought it would be a wonderful time to share her favorite birthday cake recipe! You can find this recipe in the highly covetable Tasha Tudor Cookbook (currently out-of-print). In it, Tasha says, "This receipt has been the family birthday cake for as long as I can remember. For many of my daughter Bethany's birthday parties we placed the cake on a wood-shingle raft, surrounded it with flowers, and floated it down our stream. We also had a shingle raft and a candle for each child's sandwich. We positioned the guests downstream, and when the right moment came we would light the candles and send the cake and its flotilla of shingle boats out into the stream. It was dark by then, so you can imagine the surprise of the guests at the sudden appearance of this fairy convoy. Once, the cake took off into a faster current and my son Seth had to wade in to rescue it." 

August 15, 2017

As Tasha Tudor's birthday of August 28th approaches, we are talking and dreaming about how we will celebrate this year.  In 2008, Clarice Fox-Hughes annointed August 28th as Tasha Tudor Day saying “Really I would love if the whole world would stop and remember her. This could simply be sitting in your garden with a cup of tea, reading her books, doing a sketch or just stopping and smelling the roses. Let us all on Tasha Tudor's birthday remember her and all she has inspired us to live.”

June 26, 2017

Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response to our 2017 calendar, we’re excited to release our all new, limited edition 2018 Wall Art Calendar! This year, we endeavored to include a range of popular and lesser-known illustrations by Tasha Tudor for you to add to your collection.  

June 21, 2017

In the fullness of summer, on the longest day of the year, Tasha threw a party. Late June was always peak flower season so at this time of year Tasha invariably heard from friends and admirers requesting a visit to her exquisite garden. Always one for mixing efficiency with pleasure, Tasha decided to host an event every year on the summer Solstice where friends, family, and admirers could come marvel at her vibrant garden while also enjoying live music, dancing, food, and more!

Inspired by the Shakers of New England, Tasha and several friends invented a "religion" called Stillwater (which wasn't so much a religion as an excuse to get together, hold tea parties, and dress up in fancy, antique clothes). "Stillwater connotes something very peaceful, you see, life without stress...Life is to be enjoyed, not saddled with. Joy is there for the taking. That's the first commandment of the Stillwater religion." (Tasha Tudor, The Private World of Tasha Tudor). Every Midsummer's Eve Tasha and her family had what they called a "Stillwater Party" that usually included a marionette show, square dance, and a large bowl of cold, refreshing Stillwater Punch. Guests of our Corgi Cottage tours enjoy cups of Stillwater Punch after ambling through Tasha's home and garden and always ask for the recipe! Enjoy Stillwater Punch after a long day of gardening, swimming, or at your own Midsummer's Eve party. You just might make some new Stillwater converts yourself!