Monday, February 11, 2013

Sparrow Post Valentines

{Postmarked & Stamped with Sparrow ink footprints}

It is such an exciting day when the mail holds Sparrow Post valentines! Opening the mail requires a special cup of Tasha's Hot Chocolate.

What lovely Valentine news will this missive contain?

There was even mail for the dolls in tiny pink envelopes!

Today I thought I'd share a Tudor Family tradition with you: Making your very own tiny missives to send via Sparrow Post to friends, family, dolls, and critters near and far. The supplies are simple: 

Glue, colored pens, pencil, pen, straight edge & ruler, scissors, cardstock, a catalogue or magazine, Watercolors if you paint, and a good dose of imagination.

To create your envelope template, print the above photo and size appropriately. Either trace over it or create a cardboard template and trace around it onto the paper you've chosen for your envelopes.
*Template for personal use only.

Cut the cardstock into small rectangles, approximately 1 1/4" x 1". Print your envelope template on scrap paper to ensure it will fit the cards. 

Fold flap 1 in, and put a dab of glue on the corner. Fold flap 2 over to meet it, and press down until secure. 

Put a dab of glue on the corner of flap 2, and fold up flap 3 to meet it, pressing down until secure. Let dry while you write your notes and have your dolls do the same. 

Cut small squares of colored/patterned paper from your catalogue, or create small watercolors in the corners of the envelopes to create a stamp. Address the cards. You can create a small watercolor drawing on the back of the letter if you wish. Slip the letter inside the envelope, and seal with a dab of glue. 

When the glue to seal the envelope is dry, create a seal using colored pens (drawing a darker red heart on top to mimic a wax seal), or use a tiny drop of real sealing wax should you wish. 

Set your letters out for the Sparrow Post to pick up!
(If you are actually sending these in the mail, you'll need to put them in a larger envelope)

What a happy pile of mail!

Then it's time to make Tasha's marvelous Hot Chocolate recipe, from page 95 of The Tasha Tudor Cookbook.

Tasha Tudor's Hot Chocolate 
3 cups milk
2 squares Baker's unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup sugar
few grains salt
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream

In a saucepan, scald the milk. Over hot water, melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Stir in the sugar and salt, add the cup of boiling water very gradually, and stir until smooth. Then boil for 5 minutes. Add this mixture to the scalded milk and beat it with a whisk until foamy. Stir in the vanilla and serve in a pretty chocolate pot you have warmed with boiling water. Whip the cream and spoon a bit on top of the chocolate as you serve each cup. 
Makes six 6-ounce servings

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day from myself and everyone at Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.!


  1. Just lovely :) Thanks,and Happy Valentines to all...the dolls too.....blessings

  2. So Sweet! Thank you for sharing and also for reminding us of Tasha's famous hot chocolate. Enjoy you're time at the Rookery:)

    1. One can never have too much hot chocolate! Next on the list: homemade marshmallows, I think!

  3. Love your blog! And everything Tasha Tudor we all hold dear! Thank you for SP pattern!

    1. Thank you, Debbie! You are so welcome. Enjoy!

  4. Very fun and love the envelope templet. Our group makes tiny Valentine card every year for our dolls to exchange. I save them all. Our Annabelle dolls are quite spoiled. It's just so fun to remember Tasha and keep her traditions alive. Thanks for sharing.


    1. How fun to hear that you keep the tradition alive with your Annabelle dolls, too. Isn't it great fun? Happy Valentine's Day!

  5. Happy Valentine's Day to all! I am so fortunate to have quite a stash of Tasha's Sparrow Post Valentine's. I send them to my daughters dolls, bears, etc. I also send them to friends who have an Annabelle doll or other little friend:-) For Valentine's Day I am hosting a party for our homeschool group and will be using all of Tasha's books such as All for Love and A Time to Keep to illustrate different ways this day of love can be celebrated. I am sure another Tasha admirer will be born this day...LOL!

    1. Hi Suzanne, That sounds like such fun! I do hope you'll send me some pictures! Happy Valentine's Day :-)

  6. Natalie, thank you for posting! So sweet! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!
    Thank you so much for the template, too! AND I am going to have to try Tasha's hot chocolate :0)

    I had a little question, though...My Mother~in~Law gave me a little tin of Tasha's, "Welsh Breakfast Tea". The instructions call for loose-leafing it in the pot, could I use a little t~sac tea filter, or would that diminish how it should brew/taste? Thanks So Much!

    1. I'm so glad you'll be trying the recipe and making your own Sparrow Post valentines AND hot chocolate. It is the perfect combination, and I had such a fun time creating them, I'm sure you will, too. As for your question, adding the tea to a tea sac should be just fine! I generally recommend dipping the tea filter (assuming it's a paper kind you mean) in a bit of water first to remove any paper dust that might affect the taste, much as you would a coffee filter. I have those myself and find them quite handy when I need to take my tea to go! When I travel I usually fill several dry and keep them in a bag, so I think you'll be fine either way. Enjoy!

    2. Thanks, So Much, Natalie! Also, I have been meaning to tell you that you are a little closer to us now...We live in WI! :0)

  7. So charming! These are one of my absolute favorite things to make! Thank you for the inspiration! And especially the hot cocoa receipt! I'll most positively be trying it our tomorrow!
    Happy Valentines day!
    Miss Emaline

    1. Hello Miss Emaline, I'm so pleased to hear you'll be trying the receipt :-) It is entirely delicious and I hope you'll agree.

  8. attn. Natalie~ PK says in gleeful whisper, I see something I didn't see before! :}