February 14, 2015

Hearts, Flowers and Tasha Tudor!

Valentine's Day and Delights from the Herbary!
Emma and "Little Dear One" at Old Sturbridge Village in the Salem Towne House garden.
What a warm, serene and delightful sight on this blustery, cold and snowy Valentine's Day!
Salem Towne was a cousin through old New England family lines to my great great great grandmother Sarah Towne.

Emma and her lovely clothing were made by talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin.

Emma brought the herbs from home. She picked them from the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs. She fashioned them into a tussie mussie that includes feverfew, lavender, lemon thyme, and rose geranium.

The Herbary at Corgyncombe.

 I made a special Valentine cake using "The Tudor Family's Valentine Cake" receipt in Tasha Tudor's book "All for Love".
It is so delicious at Valentines tea!

During the Days of Valentines we display some of our Tasha Tudor Valentine delights at the Corgyncombe Library. In the upper left is Tasha's "Be Mine" Valentine Calendar. It has 14 doors to open with quotes behind them. The book in the upper right is Tasha Tudor's "A Time to Keep". "A Time to Keep" and "Around the Year" (not pictured) are such beautifully illustrated books for those who like to partake in all the seasons' monthly celebrations! There is always something nice to look forward to in the upcoming season. They are two of my favorite Tasha Tudor books and I highly recommend them. Below "A Time to Keep" is the "Dr. Cupid Corgi" Valentine card, "The Jenny Wren Book of Valentines", and the "Be Mine" Valentine card. In the lower right is "Dr. Cupid Corgi's Laboratory of Love" Valentine calendar with 14 doors to open. In the lower left are the wrappings from a gift that Tasha Tudor gave us. Next is "All for Love" filled with poetry, songs, and Tasha Tudor's Valentine traditions. It was a gift from my husband.

Tasha Tudor's work is always so cheerful and lovely, especially in February near Valentine's Day when it's cold and snowy outside! The "Be Mine" Valentine Calendar and "Dr. Cupid Corgi's Laboratory of Love" Valentine Calendar are such fun to open as Valentine's Day approaches! My daughter Sarah was the model for the little girl in Tasha Tudor's "Be Mine" Valentine Calendar and Valentine card.

Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

The Hittys, The Little Dolls of Pumpkin House, celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday at Towpath Cottage with our friends Hitty Beth and her Mum. We will feature Valentine's Day at Towpath Cottage in a future post!

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February 2, 2015

Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle at Towpath Cottage!

Little Girl and Dolly Play Time!
 The next meeting of Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle was held at Hitty Beth's dollhouse, "Towpath Cottage". Hitty Beth belongs to our dear friend and we were so happy to visit Hitty Beth and her wonderful dollhouse!

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Tillie Tinkham is measuring Hitty Beth for the new frock that she is helping the girls to make. The girls are learning to sew under the tutelage of Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe. The Hittys were made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.

Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle Emblem!
Tillie Tinkham on her tuffet with her golden metal thimble!

Little Hitty Diane peeks around the dress form, ever so quietly as to not disturb Tillie Tinkham as she is beginning to cut into the fabric.

After Tillie is done measuring, Hitty helps Hitty Beth put back on her lovely frock made by Judy Brown.

"Towpath Cottage"
The roof and front come off and inside are four rooms. The dollhouse is very old and has wooden casters to roll it around the floor. The Little Dolls of Pumpkin House and Tillie Tinkham were delighted to visit Hitty Beth
at Towpath Cottage!

A towpath is a path where boats were pulled along a canal by horses or mules.

My cousins and friends liked to come over to my play house and backyard to play. All three of us girls brought our dollies to play!

The playhouse my Daddy made for me.

Here is a link to our post at
the Corgyncombe Courant
about a previous
Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle Meeting:

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