December 16, 2010

Two Tasha Tudor Inspired Giveaways!

Pink Luster and Yellowware, Some of Our Favorite Things!

Our Friends at Tasha Tudor and Family are having a fantastic Giveaway of six Pink Luster Tea Cups!In the photograph above are Diane and her doll Amelia's Dundee Cakes cooling from the oven. A pink luster tea cup is always so pretty!

The Corgyncombe Courant is also having a Tasha Tudor inspired Giveaway of a reproduction Yellowware Bowl with green seaweed decoration!

Tasha Tudor loved both pink luster and yellowware and they both appeared frequently in her illustrations.

In the photograph above you can see Diane's pink luster tea cup.
Beatrix Potter also featured pink luster in her illustrations.
A story that is always fun to revisit at Christmastide, and especially enjoyed by Tillie Tinkham of Corgyncombe, is "The Tailor of Gloucester", by Beatrix Potter. "The Tailor of Gloucester" was employed to make a coat and waistcoat for the Mayor of Gloucester's wedding, which was to take place on Christmas Day in the
morning. After he had cut them out, he went home and sent his cat out to get several things, including one penn'orth of cherry-coloured silk twist, to be used for one-and-twenty button-holes. Whilst the cat was away, the curious Tailor, upon hearing tip, tap, tip, tap, sets free the mice that the cat had captured under tea-cups. The Tailor became ill and Christmas was fast approaching. If you have never read "The Tailor of Gloucester" before, we are sure you will enjoy discovering who completes the coat and waistcoat, except for one button-hole with a little note attached stating "No More Twist". In Diane's photograph above, there is a charkha spindle of Diane's handspun silk. In the small bowl is cochineal for dyeing the silk a pleasant shade of cherry. Do you hear a tip, tap, tip, tap, tip?

Tillie Tinkham, Corgyncombe seamstress

Silk has been spun on the charkha spindle. The charkha is a delight to spin on! Diane's two-ply silk twist is in the upper compartment.

Elizabeth shows her sister Violet, and their bear Theodosia, some clothing choices for the fashionable bear in the Christmas Issue of "The Bouquet, A Journal for the Lady of Fashion", by Tasha Tudor. "The Bouquet" is a delightful publication that contains news, poetry, garden notes, fashions, the receipt of the month, music... and library items. The Library section lists in small volumes, the complete works of William Shakespeare. Amelia's library also boasts the complete works of Shakespeare in volumes just her size! Diane's Santa Claus that she speaks of in the Corgyncombe Courant's "Christmas Memories!" post, besides being Santa Claus was also a Shakespearean actor!

Elizabeth is thinking about where she put that fine piece of red material that would be perfect for a jacket for Theodosia, whilst Violet studies the fashions. Blue material is waiting to be made into a skirt, with scissors and thimble at the ready. Elizabeth used to model for the prestigious House of Bluebird, and now she is under the tutelage of Tillie Tinkham, of T. T.'s F. & F (Tillie Tinkham's Frocks and Fashions). Elizabeth is learning how to design and sew and she finds "The Bouquet" very interesting and helpful. Tillie Tinkham designed and made Elizabeth's charming apron.
The words for "The Holly and the Ivy" and an illustration of carolers are in "The Bouquet" by Tasha Tudor.

Carolers can also be seen and heard in "The Tailor of Gloucester", part of "The Word Peter Rabbit and Friends, Beatrix Potter".

Here is the link to:
"The Tailor of Gloucester" from YouTube.

In the video, the girl playing the violin and the child in the red hat both bear a striking resemblance to Sarah when she was little.

Here is the link to: Tasha Tudor and Family Pink Luster Tea Cups Giveaway!
where you can see the lovely photographs of six pink luster tea cups.

Here is the link to: Corgyncombe Courant Yellowware Bowl Giveaway!



Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your site. It warms my heart and makes my day...gorgeous...Singing Wind

Mo'a said...

What a beautiful blog...and lucky you to have had Tasha Tudor as a friend.
Thank you for the link to The Taylor of Gloucester. It is absolutely delightful. I am sending the link to my Grandchildren in Denmark.

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