Celebrate Tasha Day!!!

Today we are remembering Tasha Tudor’s birthday. She was an incredible woman who touched many lives. Sadly Tasha died this summer leaving behind a legacy of beauty.

This is my tribute to Tasha and the things that remind me of her life and her passions.

I could go on and on.

Thank you Tasha for touching my life and influencing my love for life, my love for simplicity, my love for living purposefully.

Photo Credit: Flickr-each photo is linked to the original artist.


Tasha Tudor Day

Isn’t that a lovely photo of Tasha. Seems as if there are a bunch of folks doing a Tasha Tudor Birthday Celebration on August 28th. Tasha passed away this summer after living an inspiring life. She was an author, a creator and a lover of life. She inspired me many times to live more simply.

On August 28th why not celebrate a life well lived, by doing something that would honor her. Perhaps sitting quietly with a cup of tea and listening to the birds. Or feeding your chickens. Or in my world, putting up the chicken wire so I can go get my girls next week. Wrapping in your Tasha shawl while knitting. Or making your first batch of soap.

She really was a remarkable woman and loved by so many.

Won’t you come along and celebrate her birthday this Thursday.

Visit Clarice and let her know you’ll join in . You know, the more the merrier!

My Tasha Shawl

I love knitting. The rhythm is peaceful and predictable. I can watch TV or listen to the radio or even my herbal lessons on the Herb Mentor. It’s relaxing and allows me to unwind from the business of the day. I was motivated by the death of Tasha Tudor a few weeks ago to finally knit the shawl that I so often admired on her. It’s a simple pattern once you get the hang of it…simply knitting each row…with a lace stitch on the ends. Once completed you knit a lovely lacy scalloped edge to it.

It wraps around the shoulders like a comfy sweater. I’ve used it a few times already when I’ve grown chilly in the AC, even though we keep our home at a comfortable 77*F, sometimes while just sitting I need some warmth over my shoulders. I can’ t wait to wear it this winter. Now to find a lovely shawl pin to go with it.

My Truly Tasha Shawl

I made it with a buttery yellow wool that surprisingly does not scratch me!

I still need to block it

Don’t look toooo closely, as you will defintely find mistakes….I like the way of the Amish. I make mistakes because Only God is truly perfect…and what’s the fun in being perfect anyway?

I leave it draped over the back of “my” chair so I can pull it on when I need to. It’s a true keeper!

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.