Friday, December 21, 2012

Giveaway Winner & First Day of Winter

Oh this is exciting! From the nearly 600 entries we received by comment, email, and phone, we randomly selected a number, and the winner of our antique turkey red tablecloth is: 

Deborah in California! 
This beautiful tablecloth has been sent off with loving Christmas wishes to Deborah and her family! I know they will cherish it.

Thank you ALL for participating and for your generous, inspiring comments. It was an absolute heart-warming joy to read the stories of your families, traditions, and the ways Tasha has inspired you. Thank you for sharing. I wish we had 600 tablecloths to give away to each and every one of you!

On this Winter Solstice, we offer you the best of warm Christmas cheer this year. Only a few more days, so savor each moment and take joy in the little things. 

~Natalie & Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dundee Cake and St. Nicholas Day

 Did you enjoy your St. Nicholas Day last Thursday? We sure hope so! I heard from many of you that you included Tasha's traditions of the first appearance of Dundee Cake at tea time on December 6th, one of my personal favorite traditions!

This time of year, amdist all of the hustle and bustle, it is even more important than ever to stop for a cup of tea. The Tudor family traditionally has tea around 4pm, which is just about dusk this time of year in colder climes. This means the candles shine brilliantly beautiful, illuminating faces and the glow seems to add a special ingredient to the Dundee Cake as the candied cherries glisten in the light.

Dundee Cake is a special treat for teatime during December. Tasha took time to make everything special, and the Advent season is no different. From hand-painted Advent calendars, the handmade Advent wreath, and Dundee Cake teas, December remained significant the whole month through.  

Tea and Dundee Cake are necessary companions for writing out Christmas cards, don't you think?

Come to think of it, Dundee Cake inspires many a Christmas tradition and bolsters many a dark afternoon full of knitting, sewing, and baking.

Don't forget to enter our December GIVEAWAY (click on the link to be directed to the giveaway post!)! We are giving away a real treasure: an antique Turkey Red tablecloth, a beautiful addition to any tea table. 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Giveaway: Turkey Red Tablecloth

Happy St. Nicholas Day to you all! We hope you'll be celebrating with your Tasha Tudor advent calendar, maybe writing out your Christmas cards, enjoying Tasha Tudor tea, and Dundee Cake! We'd love to see pictures. 
After you enjoy your tea, be sure to enter our Christmas Giveaway:

We are thrilled to announce our December giveaway: this antique turkey red tablecloth! 

Turkey Red tablecloths from the 1800s are a signature Tasha Tudor item, and they set the stage for every tea time (winter or summer) and every holiday gathering. They look especially striking with Tasha's trademark Blue Canton chinaware making a visual impact that feels so significant with the glow of candles and fireplace reflecting warm light over all.

We will be giving this beautiful antique tablecloth (sized approximately 48" x 72", though we're sure you can find a use for it even if this isn't the size of your main table) to one lucky winner. Granted, this tablecloth has its imperfections, being an original from the 1800s. It has its fair share of stories to tell. The small stains, small rips, and wax drips to help tell them. We think it is all part of the charm, and will encourage you to actually use it like Tasha used her antiques, to continue gathering the marks of holiday and year-round memories.

How to Enter: Leave a comment on THIS blog post with your email address or link to your blog (so we can contact you!). One entry per person, please, open to US and Canadian residents. We are also accepting email entries for those who don't have access to the blog (sorry, posts on Facebook or other blog posts do not count as entries). Just drop us a line saying you'd like to be entered! Deadline for entries is midnight on December 19, 2012. Winner to be randomly drawn.

Please spread the word, tell your friends, and reblog so everyone can have a chance to win this real beauty! 
To help you, we've created this button to put on your blog: 

You can grab the code on the sidebar (at right) to add it to your blog! 
Good luck to you all, and we'll announce the winner here after December 19th! 
~Natalie & Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.