Good Bye Tasha Tudor

There are probably two people who have influenced my becoming an artful homemaker. One is the wife of the late Francis Schaeffer.The other is Tasha Tudor. Tasha died Wednesday, June 18th at her home in Vermont. She was 92.

Tasha lived an inspiring life. One that emphasized simplicity and reflected that of times gone by. She also was an illustrator for “Little Women” and “The Secret Garden” as well as many other books.

My knitted shawl hangs over our GGma’s childhood rocker that her Pa built for her on her 12th birthday in 1914. It reminds me daily of Tasha and the simpler life. Every winter I wrap my shawl around my shoulders and am transported back to the days that were slower. When time was spent baking bread, cooking a pot of stew, tending a garden, knitting by the fire, weaving cloth to sew, picking berries to dye fiber, placing flowers on the table with a linen cloth and falling asleep from shear tiredness. This was the life that Tasha lived even in 2008 and this is the way I aspire to live. One that reflects my love for The Creator God and my love for all that He made. My love for my family and for living a simple life. For loving to create beauty to bless all those around me.

In honor of Tasha, I am starting her “Truly Tasha Shawl”. I have always admired this shawl and how it wraps like a good sweater around the shoulders to keep one warm on a cold winters morning. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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