December 24, 2013

Warm on a Snowy, Cold Christmas Eve!

"All Through the Night"

Emma kneels down on her knees to tuck her doll "Little Dear One" in snugly under her cozy wool cover. 'Tis cold outside and the snow is softly falling o'er the ground. Emma wears an antique flannel nightgown. Flannel is so cozy and warm! Emma was made by talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin.

Dolls are so special at Christmastide!

"All Through the Night" by Rachel Field
A sweet little story about Mary and Joseph only finding room to spend the night in a stable. When the Baby Jesus is born all the animals sense how special the Child is and the dog in particular spends all night guarding the little family. When Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus leave the stable in the morn the dog watches them leave and then runs to catch up with them to be a part of this family, too.

Silent Night at Corgyncombe

We at the Corgyncombe Courant
wish all of our Dear Readers a 
Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Be sure not to miss our previous post:
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December 23, 2013

Nanny Nettie-Kin Decorates for Christmas!

A Nanny for "Pumpkin House", What Fun!
Nanny Nettie-Kin making wreaths for
"Pumpkin House".

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"Pumpkin House" is the large golden dollhouse where the Izannah girls play with their dolls.

The Izannah girls' little doll "Little Dear One" was wishing for some friends her own size. Her wish has come true and there will be many little dolls who will make "Pumpkin House" their home.

They decided they would like a Nanny to help them care for their dolls and help them keep things smoothly running, with all the required cooking and cleaning, at "Pumpkin House".

The Izannah girls wrote inquiries in their local paper the "Corgyncombe Courant".

They were seeking a Nanny who is caring, fun, clever, wise, sweet, likes babies, likes to cook and bake, and a teacher who will help them with their lessons. A Nanny who reads Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter stories to the children in her care.

This is who they chose:
Nanny Nettie-Kin, the name picked out by the Izannah girls,
the Nanny at "Pumpkin House".


Nanny Nettie-Kin holds up the finished wreath that she made for the front door.

She is ironing a ribbon for a bow to adorn the wreath for the front of "Pumpkin House". She irons with an old fashioned iron she heats on the woodstove, with a potholder to protect her hand from the heat. I myself have used an old fashioned iron and it works quite well!

Nanny Nettie-Kin was made by the talented dollmaker Judy Brown. The wonderful furniture that the Izannah girls collected for "Pumpkin House" was made by talented Roy Bubbenmoyer.

Nanny Nettie-Kin found this little antique stove for only one dollar!

She made a Dundee cake using the receipt from
"The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".
Dundee cake is enjoyed at December teas.

The door of her little stove "Ark".

Nanny Nettie-Kin decorates her Advent wreath with rose hips that she collected from the Corgyncombe Gardens.

St. Nicholas has left treats in Nanny Nettie-Kin's shoe!
The bed is an antique and has a cozy handspun, handwoven cover.

A Corgyncombe Chickadee on St. Nicholas Day.

A Dundee cake from Corgyncombe Bakery, made using the receipt from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".

Three Dundee cakes made at the
Corgyncombe Bakery.
Dundee cakes are so delicious and festive at December teas.

Just the right piece of Princess Pine in just the right place.
Our friend Carol helps Nanny Nettie-Kin collect Princess Pine for her Christmas decorating at "Pumpkin House" and mine, too, at Corgyncombe Cottage. Nanny sits on a settle bench, that serves as a table and a bench.

Nanny Nettie-Kin is in awe of the beauty of the lit Advent Wreath.

Nanny Nettie-Kin adjusting the wreath on the front door of "Pumpkin House".

She loves her pretty red Christmassy shawl and wants to make a Tasha Tudor shawl using her handspun yarn.

Rrrrring, rrrring... Nanny Nettie-Kin reaches to answer the telephone. Is it her friend Myrtle? She'll have to invite her over for tea and a slice of Dundee cake!

In Tasha Tudor's "Corgiville Fair", there are amusing illustrations of Mother Rabbits talking on old fashioned phones, discussing Edgar Tomcat's "shocking" gambling habit!

Simple elegance, a beautiful wreath upon the front door of
 "Pumpkin House",
 an old New England house.

We at Corgyncombe Cottage and Pumpkin House wish you a 
Merry Christmas!

 Here is a link to our previous post
about the Large Golden Dollhouse:
Tasha Tudor Birthday Celebration 2013!
copyright © 2013 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson