Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Goody Bag Winner....

    Just popping in to announce our Tasha Tudor Centennial goody bag winner....

Karen Peterson!~
Congrats, Karen! I cant wait for you to see all these little goodies in person! Hope you love them!~

Monday, August 31, 2015

Open House: October 3!

     Friends! I am SO so happy to finally announce our FIRST open house! You are all cordially invited to visit us at our studio, which we have dubbed "prairie house" on Saturday October 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
   I will be offering original art, prints and a sundry of other items and Tasha will be offering handspun yarns, macrame and weavings for the home and garden!

   We also plan on having yummy autumnal treats and goody bags for the first few people who come! If you're in the area we'd love to see you! Sapulpa is 15-20 minutes outside of Tulsa and about an hour and a half from Oklahoma City.

   Can't wait to see you, and hope you can come!~

Friday, August 28, 2015

Scarf Winners

   Also--- popping in to announce the winner of this week's giveaway of the Anokhi Scarves--- in poetic coincidence of rhyming--- Winnie and Linnie! Congrats, ladies!~! :D

  To see my FINAL giveaway and Tasha Tudor Centennial post, see post below!~

Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor!~ With Goody Bag Giveaway

    And so, here we are! The Tasha Tudor Centennial! Thank you all so much for coming by each week for the Tasha Tuesday posts and giveaways. We had fun, didn't we? Congrats to all the winners and thank you for all your wonderful comments and participation and sweet notes. 
   Today would have been the 100th birthday of Tasha Tudor-- and I'm happy to celebrate today with a nice cup of tea and something sweet! 

   Discovering the art of Tasha Tudor has been so special to me--- it has inspired me to begin my own life as an artist and has brought me so many lovely kindred spirit friends. Our journeys up to New England have been highlighted with visits to Vermont and the Tasha Tudor museum as well as her home and garden. To be able to be at Tasha's home, among all the things she loved and her beautiful creations--- with the people I love and cherish most--- has been fantastic.

  Tasha's birthday illustrations, especially the floating birthday cakes drawn for "Becky's Birthday" (and something she really did for her daughter Bethany's birthday!) has become iconic.

   All Tasha's work can be found celebrating, home, family, animals and simple homemade fun.

  I hope on this day you take a moment to engage in some simple delight in honor of Tasha....on her 100th birthday!~
   Of course....we need one more treat as we celebrate the day, don't we? So I have a very special goody bag to give one lucky poster! The goody bag is full of all things Tasha would love-- one more gorgeous hand blocked scarf from Anokhi in an amazing shade of deep teal blue, a block of handmade goat's milk soap made locally, a handful of heirloom flower seeds with sweet illustrated packaging, a selection of tea bags, and a note card with one of Tasha's homey illustrations on it.

   If you'd like to win the Tasha Goody Bag, just leave me a comment here in this post! FOr extra chances to win, you can share on your social media and let me know in additional comments! The winner will be chosen early next week.

   And so, I will leave you to enjoy your day!~
Take Joy!~

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Etsy Shop Update

   I'm happy to report that I just did a huge restock in my etsy shop this morning and have gotten in several prints that sold out, as well as added some larger size prints (including a limited amount of extra large prints, such as the one pictured above)
   Be sure to stop by and check it out in case you've been waiting for something to come back into the shop!~

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tasha Tuesday: The Homespun Beauty of Anokhi Scarves

 Dear Friends,
     What fun we have had this month as we celebrate the art and life of artist Tasha Tudor for her 100th birthday! I hope you all have enjoyed our Tasha Tuesday posts, giveaways and interviews! I have had such a great time putting together these special posts for you, and hope that it's brightened your Tuesdays in August. 
   This week will be extra special as it is the last week of August and Tasha's 100th birthday would have fallen on this coming Friday--- August 28.
Photos of Tasha Tudor by Richard Brown
 This week's post--- and giveaway--- are inspired by Tasha's unique fashion sense, inspired by days gone by. And what is more iconic to Tasha Tudor than her beautiful scarves that she was always seen wearing, no matter the season....

    This summer when I was able to visit Tasha's home and shop at The Rookery on the Tudor property, I was introduced to the gorgeous Anokhi scarves. The Tudors have selected these gorgeous scarves for sale in their family shop as reminiscent of the scarves Tasha was so fond of. I was immediately taken with how gorgeous the patterns were, and the scarves are made of the lightest silky cotton.
    Soon after I returned home, I visited the Anokhi USA shop online and was overjoyed to see how many lovely patterns they have available---- in designs ranging from intricate florals to simple geometric designs.

    The scarves are all handmade and hand blocked in design. And best of all, Anokhi is a fair trade company. Anokhi is well known for its success in preserving and revitalizing traditional textile skills, and for its involvement with educational and social projects in Rajasthan, India, where the company is based and its products produced.

   Anokhi  uses hand block printing, on the highest quality pure cotton to create their textiles. The process begins with handmade teak printing blocks to create the design of each textile. For each scarf pattern, the printer designs from one to thirty print blocks, each of which takes two days to carve. Printers stamp every three-meter block of cloth approximately one thousand times. All the embroideries and decorative stitching are done by hand, mostly by the Meghwal community in the district of Barmer, in the Thar desert region of Northwest India. 

   I have simply fallen in love with these scarves and now count myself as a fan and collector. They are so well made--- the colors are deep and the detail of the patterns so lovely--- and the cotton is so light and breathable (which is handy during sweltering Oklahoma summers!)
   The scarves are pretty enough to be used as decorative pieces, placed in the center of a table with flowers or wrapped up with favorite books and tea for a lazy afternoon spent reading on the porch.

   I am happy to share my new found love of these dreamy scarves with you--- Anokhi USA has been so kind as to offer this lovely pair of scarves for YOU, my readers! The designs chosen for this giveaway were hand picked by the wonderful folks at Anokhi. The scarves they chose are some of their most "Tasha" looking designs, and goodness, did they pick just right! I cant wait for you to see and feel these beautiful scarves that are sure to become a staple in your own wardrobe--- whether you wear it with an apron and petticoat, or  jeans and a blouse. 

  Because of Anokhi's generosity, I have this pair of scarves to offer to TWO lucky winners this week--- one for each winner.  I have a blue floral scarf and a dark pink floral scarf for you to choose from (see photos below).  When commenting, just let me know which one you'd prefer  and on Friday I will choose a winner for each scarf!

  In the meantime, if you'd like to browse Anokhi USA's amazing collection of scarves, you can visit their website here. Not only do they offer their designs in these beautiful and decadent scarves, but they also sell kimonos, kaftans and surongs to wear as well as pillow covers and quilts to enjoy around the home.
   And while the scarves offered here today are very reminiscent of Tasha Tudor, they have many patterns that might suit your tastes even better, in the most amazing array of colors. Happy shopping!~

  And so--- if you'd like to make one of these scarves your own---- all you need to do is comment! And for added bonus chances to win, I would love it if you would share this post on your social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) and then just come back here to leave an additional comment letting me know! That will help spread the word and also up your chances of having your name selected!

  Best of luck and, of course---
Happy Tasha Tuesday!~

PS: Be sure to check back again on Friday, Tasha's actual birthday....there will be one LAST giveaway, and perhaps a little more from Anokhi.........

Friday, August 21, 2015

This week's Tasha Tuesday book winner....

    Hello, and good afternoon! I am popping in to announce the winner of this week's Tasha Tuesday post! Are you ready?!?! This week's winner is......

  AMY from Pan Pan Studios!

Congrats, Amy! Let's get in touch and I will send your copy of Tasha Tudor's Garden your way!!!

A big thanks to all who entered, and again to Tovah Martin for her wonderful interview. Be sure to come back next week for our last Tasha Tuesday and giveaway.......

Take Joy,