August 2004 Newsletter

Greetings from The Porch!
Up here in the northwest its 100 degrees in the shade and so hot even the fish won’t bite. Bales of alfalfa dot the landscape while combines comb fields of golden wheat. Evening concerts float music through our town and zucchini is generously being passed over the fence from neighbor to neighbor.

It must be canning time! Dress your kitchen AND yourself for the occasion with pretty, summery aprons, dishtowels and oven mitts with over 68 patterns to choose from.

Or capture the spirit of summer idleness by spreading a quilt out in the backyard, serving yourself some tea and indulging in the art of creativity. Imagine a new valance in your kitchen; change those worn tiers, what about a vintage table cloth or put a tiny lamp on your kitchen counter.

Whether it’s your time to be productive or a time for reflection, remember: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes. 3:1

You’ll find many new patterns; check out our All-Time Favorites, Quilt of the Month, Candle Club, Decorating Ideas and Seasonal Recipes. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark so you can find your way back home.

All-Time Favorites
Relish the fruits of summer with this real cherry plaid pattern of deep red embroidered cherries sweet enough for cherry pie on cream background complimented with sage green plaid.  Play the part of harvest canning with a matching kitchen apron and matching oven mitts, dishtowels and valances.  Have you seen our darling pewter cherry napkin rings? Arrange them prettily in a country basket when not in use.

Baking hint: when baking a two-crust pie, bake it first in the microwave for 10 minutes on high and then pop it into the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. No more burnt crusts!

Visit our Kitchen Decorating Themes page for more ideas.

Cherry Kitchen Decorating Theme
Ginger Kitchen Decorating Theme Ginger
All the rich colors of summer come alive in this plaid apron with its saucy shades of pumpkin, hues of hunter green and threads of dark mustard and clay brown. Remedy for end-of-the-summer fatigue: slip on a pretty apron, toss a salad with Coeur d’Alene Ginger Salad Dressing and find a quiet place to just idle away the time.

For accents, lamps and shades or more ideas, visit our Kitchen Decorating Themes page.

A rich plaid of deep navy, country red and gold with threads of hunter and a touch of dark tan make Allspice the hottest pattern here at The Porch! Change the ambience of your kitchen with a small lamp and Allspice lampshade and then finish the look with valances, tiers, and a pretty table setting with Allspice napkins captured in antique Apple napkin rings.

Visit our Kitchen Decorating Themes page for more ideas.

Allspice Kitchen Decorating Theme
Head of the Hen House Kitchen Decorating Theme Head of the Henhouse
Crowing at the crack of a summer dawn is this primitive style rooster pattern in all his glorious colors of moss, pumpkin and country red.  Nodding sunflowers of toasted gold wake from their sleep as baby chicks wander among their stalks.  The plaid border of dusky moss compliments the tan and pumpkin accent colors.  Set a theme table complete with antique, iron, wood or pewter napkin rings, matching salt and pepper shakers, placemats and table runners.

For rooster collectors, check out Folk Rooster and Barnyard Rooster or visit our Kitchen Decorating Themes page for more ideas. 

Quilt of the Month
In the wee hours of these last summer mornings, the first breath of fall drifts through our open windows and quilts are pulled up under our chins. We have over 182 quilts to choose from and we’ve added even more! Here are just two of our newest quilts.
NEW! Loire
Clusters of mauve cabbage roses reminiscent of an English cottage garden punctuate this quilt of dusky moss. Abundant rows of straight and chain quilting provide tufted texture to compliment the charming scalloped border. Turn back the quilt to a surprise of country red and green stripes that both compliment and match the shams and dust ruffle. Made of 100% cotton.

Just think, no more running all over town and everybody else’s town to find all the accessories. Everything you need is right here to create your own nest!

Loire Quilt
Yellow Toile Quilt NEW! Yellow Toile
Delight yourself in the last days of summer with this sunshine and shadow quilt of butter Yellow Toile and cream.  Row upon row of quilting stitches in straight and chain patterns create a soft, old-world look. Finished with a pretty scalloped border, Yellow Toile has a delightful backing of butter yellow, country blue and green stripes.  Everything you need for a heavenly place to rest your head is right here.  Sweet dreams! Made of 100% cotton.

If it’s YOUR turn to cook tonight, order up some delicious Coeur d’Alene Salad Dressings and Marinade Glazes made right here in our home town.  Surprise your family and friends with your culinary brilliance when you marinade chicken breasts and pork roast in Apricot Dijon . . . or baste chicken with Ginger or shish kabobs with Russian.  And then there’s Huckleberry . . . oh so good on spinach and romaine salads.  So, how easy is that?

Coeur d'Alene Dressing

Candle Club
Buttercream bun candles make your kitchen smell just like a bakery! Place on a plate, along with a fork . . . these fat-free temptations will make your home smell just like fresh baked buttercream rolls, without the calories.  Besides that they burn 90-92 hours! 

Buttercream bun candles, (not shown), are pretty swirls of soft butter yellow candles drizzled with the look of melted sugar icing).

It was so good to visit with you and we thank you for your business! Since one quarter of you are repeat customers, we’ve come to know you by name. Our creative energy is in overdrive and we’re all on a mission . . . to bring you the very BEST of everything that we and the shop have to offer.  

New and exciting patterns are arriving daily, so visit often, anytime. We’re always OPEN on-line. Or call us at our toll free number @ 1-866-664-9182 and chat; we’d love to hear how you transformed your home with decorating themes from The Country Porch!

Our shop hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Savings time, Monday through Friday.

From our house to yours, we wish you a safe and happy summer!

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