November 5, 2012

Around the Year


I've mentioned just a few times that I kind of worship at the shrine of Tasha Tudor. Really Melissa, you did? Where? Oh, HERE (you get to see 3 yr old Julia!) and also HERE in my 'A Time to Keep' post (the most beautiful book ever!).  I just checked out Tasha's cookbook from the library and I'm loving it.

I just can't get enough of her work. There are a few authors and artists out there who are so special and unique that I'm slowly working on collecting each and every one of their works. Tasha belongs in that group. Her books are THAT special. These are the books you pass down to your kids and they pass down to their children. 

Here's how strong a position I take about her ~ either read the version she illustrated of  'A Little Princess' (by Frances Hodgson Burnett) ~ or don't read it at all.

Few people draw like her, and even fewer are depicting the time and the old fashioned style of life that she illustrates.

She doesn't just draw, I've decided.

She illuminates.

If you're looking for a lot of story or text, keep looking, Her books are to be savored for their breathtaking visuals, especially as they reflect a time which most of us are unaware and unfamiliar. Popular pastimes and activities particular to every month and many of the year's holidays are SO charmingly rendered, and shine a little light into the world of a New England family as they celebrate the passing of the seasons.

Do you love Tasha like I do? I really want to make my family stand around a Christmas tree this year and sing songs. I want to play charades and shadow puppets. 

(Lest you forget, I'm the girl who wore a real petticoat under her Laura Ashley dress to school in high school.)

19 comments:

  1. This reminds me I have a Tasha Tudor book of poetry I need to blog about. :) LOL@ the petticoat!!

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    1. Oh please do Leanne! I'd love to see that!!

      (oh yeah, me and the petticoat. then I went thru a 'Heather's' phase of dressing -- did you ever see that film with Winona Ryder? I was such a funny little bean :)

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  2. Beautiful. Her books are so lovely. Great pick, too. I'm getting a wee bit giddy looking at the Thanksgiving into Christmas pictures...

    Ah, Laura Ashley dresses...

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    1. Laura Ashley and I, we had a good decade long run of love. I still have a black full length coat from them, I call it my Russian Princess coat. It's probably way tight, but I'll save it for Julia!

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  3. I so need to get my hands on some of her books. Sadly, I've never seen one in person. :( Love that photo of toddler Julia by the way! She's such a doll! :)

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    1. I've had to order my Tasha books -- I rarely see them in stores -- except for 'A is for Annabelle', that one I do see around.

      Don't you love those cheekies? Julia had champion cheeks when she was a baby and toddler :)

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  4. Beautiful illustrations indeed! I have to find those books! Little Miss J was adorable!

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    1. Oh you will love them so very much!! Go find as many as you can -- I've had great luck at my library :)

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  5. Yes! Yes, I most certainly do love Tasha! In fact, on my blog, I have a segment called "Tasha Tuesday" where I pretty much worship all things Tasha as well ;)
    I love her art and her lifestyle and how the two so strongly intermingle. Knowing her story and cicumstances, she gives me hope and motivation as a mama and artist and writer that I can "live the life I have imagined."
    My husband is in love with her meatloaf from the cookbook ;) She makes me want to go live in the woods and paint with a bunch of dogs at my feet (I do that pretty much...just not in the woods, lol)

    I'm always so excited to meet other Tasha lovers out here in the world of blogging! She is so special!~

    You have a wonderful blog here!~
    heather

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    1. I love your Tasha Tuesdays, Heather. I always look forward to them!

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    2. Miss Heather, you and I are going to have a LOT to discuss! Just saw your blog -- OH MY -- I am going to be having a good time over there!!

      My sis in law just wrote me and told me she was lucky enough to see the Tasha museum in Vermont -- what fun that would be to see!

      I need to make that meatloaf. :)

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  6. What a gorgeous book! Beautiful. Just Saturday night I happened upon a second hand copy of 'A Child's Garden Of Verses' illustrated by Tasha Tudor. I got it for 75 cents and its in perfect condition! I was very excited. :)

    Also, adorable picture of little Julia. xoxo

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    1. what a fun find!!! I'm torn between wanting to own that one or the Gyo Fujikawa version - wait, just figured it out for myself -- have BOTH :)

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  7. Oh what a GORGEOUS book! I'm restocking my daughter's library for Christmas, and this is definitely being added to the list.

    Sarah
    the Reverie blog

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    1. FUN Sarah!! What a great idea for Christmas!! You must share what you end up getting :)

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  8. Yes!! Love her and this book. We own this one--hooray! I'm on a hunt for her little princess--I think we are ready to start those big girl books...hooray!

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    1. You should totally go ahead and get A Little Princess ~ and then maybe save for a few yrs -- I'm trying to remember when I read that one, I read it on my own cuz my parents weren't into the read aloud thing ;) -- I think I read it around age 9??? 8?? can't remember!

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  9. Another question---which SEcret Garden version do you recommend and also do you have a favorite mother goose anthology for toddlers? I think you must know all the secrets to all the books.

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    1. Guess which Secret Garden I like....the Tasha Tudor version!!! She did that one too! But I don't care about that one so much, it was never huge in my life like A Little Princess was...so if you want to read another version, I for one, will be totally at peace with that. Aren't you thrilled?? hee

      I love love Gyo Fujikawa's Mother Goose. Looooved it and read to Julia tons. I just pinned the Cyndy Szekeres version of Mother Goose for you to see on Pinterest on my Kid Lit Vintagey board and tagged you. That one is DARLING. We also had a little mini book of Lisa McCue's illustrated Mother Goose rhymes that Julia loved, it's tiny and short, not many rhymes. Great pix tho. But all 3 of those are really toddler friendly!

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