It's late evening now and I feel as if I should be writing this with a quill pen by lamplight. Instead I am typing away on my laptop in a room lit by a lamp.
Today was Tasha Tudor Day - It's her birthday. Clarice at Storybook Woods is hosting a celebration as she does every year.
I became a fan of Tasha when I was a girl - my Mom had a book called 'Take Joy' by Tasha that was a Christmas book - with story and songs. It had the most darling illustrations. I remember my 5th grade teacher was from France and I showed her the book and she taught our whole class the song 'Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella.'
I appreciate the way that Tasha lived her life in a simple way - made her own clothes from the time period she loved, kept goats and corgis and chickens....
Victoria Magazine did many features over the years and I would read them over and over. A few years ago when Tim and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary we went to Williamsburg, PA and I specifically went to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
Tasha's dollhouse was on display. I wrote all about it in this post.
Tasha is not, nor has she ever been an 'idol' to me - I think she would think that silly. However she has inspired me in simple living and in making things homemade and beautiful.
I think she would be happy to be remembered in this way.
photo from my visit to Williamsburg to view her dollhouse.