Wednesday, February 10, 2010

bucket of kisses: tiny love part 3

I'm loving the preparations for my daughter's miniature Valentine surprise. Of course, that big brother of hers will be getting plenty of his own LARGE treats... but tiny seems just right for my youngest. What was in Grandma Bunny's bucket?

Kisses. I covered chocolate chips with aluminum foil and added a slip white tissue.

Who doesn't love baby kisses? They will be arriving with Valentine parcels and teeny cards via the Swallow Post inspired by Tasha Tudor's Sparrow Post. All of these little ideas were hatched after reading about Tasha Tudor's life in Heirloom Crafts.
I've always adored her delicately illustrated children's books and was fascinated to read about how she incorporated artistry into her daily life by preserving many 19th century traditions. The photos are gorgeous and depict Tasha making candles, spinning wool, hand stitching her clothing,tending to her goats and creating magical dolls and soft animal sculptures.

The image below absolutely captivated me.

In her hands are the carefully saved miniature Valentines that she created for her children's dolls... known as the Sparrow Post. After one glance, I was off to get my scissors... an idea was forming. I can't wait to finally show you the Swallow Post tomorrow!

May we all age as gracefully and with such creativity left in our fingertips. Pin It

28 comments:

  1. Oh, as precious as ever!!!
    Tasha Tudor has inspired me since I was a little girl, and checked out many a book of hers from the library. I have always loved her original name!
    Mini-kisses..so sweet!
    It's always a treat to see what Miss Maya has come up with!!
    xo Jenny

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  2. ooooh your daughter will be so thrilled & surprised & delighted !!! :D The tiny kisses are brilliant !! xoxoxo

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  3. Seriously wonderful stuff. I remember being fascinated by miniatures when I was younger. Seeing these posts is bringing it all back. I look forward to checking out this book.

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  4. Those teeny kisses are just so adorable!!

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  5. Maya, I have loved Tasha Tudor for as long as I can remember, and it's so wonderful to come here and see you keeping her loving intentions alive for your daughter! Those tiny kisses...often you create these things that are so genius in their simplicity, and make me think, "Why didn't I think of that?!" You have such a creative and inspiring mind. I am so glad you are here, sharing these amazing creations of yours!
    Can't wait to see the Sparrow Post!
    xo

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  6. Maya, lovely to see today's post on Tasha Tudor. My kids always loved her books. Our copy of "Tasha Tudor's Old Fashioned Gifts" is dog eared from all the projects they did for holiday presents. My personal favorite is "Tasha Tudor's Garden". Not only is the house and garden amazing, I'm a complete sucker for nubian goats. Thanks for inspiring us. I think I'll go pull those books out now!

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  7. This is LOVELY! I'm so anxious to run to the store now to get some chocolate chips. (I won't feel as bad letting them eat more than one.) :)

    I adore the final thought and do so hope that creativity continues to grow with me as I gracefully progress through my life.

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  8. such a sweet idea maya!
    i have a lovely photo of tasha tudor walking barefoot through her gardens hanging in our home, and collect her childrens books. she certainly is an incredible inspiration in my life. i look forward to your sparrow post! xo

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  9. My DD is 23 but we still love reading Becky's Christmas and Becky's Birthday by Tasha. May be out of print but try to track them down- you won't be disappointed!!

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  10. Gah! Your little mini kisses are adorable!!!

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  11. What an amazing idea- and such a treat for small girls :-)

    LOVE your blog :-)

    *ash

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  12. What a lovely, inspirational lady, thanks so much for bringing her life to my attention!

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  13. oh those mini kisses are too funny... you and your mini things.I love it! And it thrills me to see some one else that loves Tasha as much as I do. I plan on taking some time to study her life. She and the way she lived fascinates me so much. Have a very love filled Valentines Day

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  14. oh my goodness!! those kisses!!!

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  15. What a wonderful way to celebrate an amazing author and valentines. The name Sparrow Post alone is enough to charm me!!

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  16. absolutely itty bitty beautiful. i love the tiny kisses idea. thank you. happy valentine's to you.

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  17. I have been a huge fan of Tasha's since my mom gave me two of her books when I was a little girl

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  18. I know I use the word "love" a little too generously but I LOVE this idea. Maya, you've out done yourself!

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  19. Thos kisses are so cute!!!

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  20. i have always wanted to do that. the sparrow post. i love tasha tudor. this year we got as far as to at least set up a vintage box in the kitchen for valentines, but one day... making things for the dolls. so sweet.

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  21. Thank you so much for introducing me to this amazing woman! I can't wait to read more about her life and see more of her work.
    Love the mini-kisses!! Thanks for the great blog :)

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  22. What a precious little idea! Mini kisses, too cute.
    And your daughter will treasure her Swallow Post (if not now then definitely later)! I know my fondest V-day memories are coming home to little valentine's my mother made for me and left for me to find on my bed after school.

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  23. Came here after Dawn said a little something about you- she's right - those little kisses are adorable! So sweet! :) xxx

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  24. This is amazing! I love this post, from the beautiful aging woman with the owls in her hands, to the teeny tiny kisses. So sweet.

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  25. Hello~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek around. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.
    We share similar tastes for so many of the same creative design elements, especially the mini kisses. They're such a cute and clever idea.
    It's wonderful how inspiring blog friends as yourself can be, that's why I love returning the gesture, by sharing cooking or DIY ideas too.

    I've bookmarked you in my favs.
    I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
    Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  26. You are so inventive and whimsical! The tiny kisses are darling!

    Loved this post!
    Lilly

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  27. My Grandmother and Tasha Tudor were friends. We did our own version of Sparrow Post this year as well!

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