Holiday 2007 Newsletter

The Season of Miracles

Greetings from The Porch!

Up here in the North Country our hometown is beginning to don its holiday clothes. Dressed in amber fires and downy snowflakes, the season of thankfulness and the essence of Christmas are almost upon us with precious gifts of the Spirit wrapped in miracles of love, forgiveness, thankfulness, selflessness, generosity, compassion, charity, peace and tidings of comfort and joy.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~ Albert Einstein

Here at The Country Porch we're all busy filling shelves with presents to complement the season. Our NEW Christmas patterns are a delight and long awaited curtain panels keep out the cold. Stocking hangers express the joy of the season and NEW fishtail swags, lined point valances, ceramic pottery, cookie cutters, country quilts and lodge bedding give the heart a lift.

Christmas, my child, is love in action. ... Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas
~ Dale Evans Rogers

All wrapped up in ribbons and bows is our NEW Early Riser and Pine Lodge Home Accessories eager to outfit your farmhouse or cabin for the holidays.

Each day has 24 golden hours . . . we invite you to disconnect for awhile and begin to dream. We have many, many NEW patterns to browse. Look for our New Favorites, Quilt for the Season, Candle Club and Seasonal Recipes. Oh, and don't forget to bookmark us here at The Country Porch so you can find your way back home!

PS - The shop is humming with the season and we can't wait to share. Take a peek inside our NEW Christmas Decorating online catalog that's chocked full of enough ideas to keep you up all night!

Then their most precious gifts they unfold;
Myrrh and frankincense, Purest of gold

~ Michael J Urbonas

What's New!

Cookie Cutter Gift Sets


Our hearty woodland Noel plaid pattern by Park Designs makes a bold and merry statement. Mix it up with Casual Classics Red to extend your decorating options. Made of 100% cotton.

For a rustic Christmas look set your table with Very Merry ceramic pottery and Christmas napkin rings.

Noel Christmas Kitchen Decorating Theme

Merry Christmas To All Christmas Kitchen Decorating Theme

Merry Christmas To All
Artist Teresa Kogut created for Park Designs the Christmas scene of our childhood with Santa and his reindeer flying high through a midnight sky right over our town, his sleigh full of treasures and twinkling stars to light his way.

Make memories with your little ones this season with adorable Merry Christmas To All© ceramics complete with houses, Santa and Christmas tree. And don't forget to put out the welcome mat with our NEW Merry Christmas To All floor mat.


Very merry embroidered snowmen bob between embroidered snowflakes in one of our newest Christmas patterns from Park Designs. For more decorating diversity, mix it up with Snowflake beverage napkin and Snowman paper cocktail napkins. Made of 100% homespun cotton.

Match'em up with Vanilla Very Merry ceramic pottery and shimmering snowflake napkin rings or have a little fun with Holiday Stockings© snowmen salt and pepper shakers.

Snowflake Christmas Kitchen Decorating Theme
Holiday Quilt Christmas Kitchen Decorating Theme

Holiday Quilt
Christmas patchwork of 100% cotton in country checks and holiday prints of country red, moss and tea stain ring out a warm welcome.

Sit your guests down to a cozy table accented with Very Merry ceramics and pretty Christmas napkin rings by Park Designs. Keep the party tidy and simple with our NEW Holiday Quilt paper cocktail napkins and Pine Lodge napkin holder. Enjoy!


Patchwork Tree
From Park Designs and Grandma's scrap bag comes this primitive pieced tree pattern in plaids, checks and prints of country red, green and brown. Dishtowels come in assorted checks, prints and plaids and make adorable Christmas pillows! Made of 100% cotton.

Shop our Feather Tree© Ceramic Pottery catalog chocked full of enough ideas to keep you sleepless in your hometown. And don't forget to put out the welcome mat with our NEW Patchwork Tree floor mat.

Patchwork Tree Christmas Kitchen Decorating Theme
Quilted Holiday Christmas Kitchen Decorating Theme

Quilted Holiday
Set a festive table with luxuriously quilted placemats and bordered napkins in traditional Christmas colors by Park Designs. Softly scalloped border accentuates leaf and cross-hatch quilting. 100% cotton.

Mix it up with Casual Classics Red, Snowflake, Noel and Holiday Stockings© Christmas Decorating Themes OR change seasons with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW tab top curtains.


And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .
Christmas Stocking Hanger Holder

Christmas Stocking Hangers
The Country Porch features iron, antiqued brass, and pewter Christmas stocking hangers from Park Designs. Available in Fir Tree, Moose, Snowman, Snowflake, Pine Cone, Christmas Tree AND our newest designs: Plain, Joy, Peace, Noel and picture frame hangers.


Holiday Stockings Ceramic Dessert Plate & Mug Set
Invite the whole neighborhood in for cocoa and dessert served on adorable Holiday Stockings© ceramic pottery by artist Linda Spivey and Park Designs. Dessert plates of raised Christmas tree design and jolly snowman enjoy textured background and swirling holly leaves and berries. Generous mugs are all wrapped up with raised ribbons and stars. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Match it up with Holiday Stockings© kitchen decorating theme or mix it with Forest Very Merry ceramic pottery.

Holiday Stockings Ceramic Dessert Plate & Mug Set
Ann Clark, Ltd. Baking Kits

Ann Clark, Ltd. Baking Kits
The gift of time! No need to rummage around looking for long lost cookie cutters or checking the cupboard for cookie ingredients. Ann Clark has packaged them very prettily in four different themes. Perfect for gift giving . . . or pamper yourself!

Don't forget Fido, Prancer or Garfield! Bake up a batch of yummy treats for your favorite four-legged friend with Ann Clark Animal Treat Mixes, complete with cookie cutters. Shop our entire collection of products.

Holiday Quilts
Holiday Greens Christmas Quilt

Holiday Greens Quilt
Oh, the weather outside is frightful . . . but the bed inside is inviting and warm with its quilt of ribbon art florals bordered with moss velvet. Patches of traditional holiday plaids and prints keep the cold from nipping your nose.

Warm your pinkies on our adorable Holiday Greens wool hooked rug and capture the spirit of the holiday with mounds of quilted pillows, needlepoint pillows and pieced shams.


Holiday Royale
White as freshly fallen snow, sprigs of evergreens and holiday red leaves swirl their way around this quilt. Machine quilting looks like mounds of snow while jagged dogtooth border has the last word.

Make a snow fort with oodles of matching and coordinated pillows then burrow down in for a long winter's nap. The adorable wool hooked rug will warm your pinkies on Christmas morn.

Holiday Royale Christmas Quilt
Cozy Cabin Christmas Quilt

Cozy Cabin
Ah, cabin life! We love this country cabin mix in hues of country reds with moss and sage and lots and lots of plaids and prints. Appliquéd acorns add a touch of whimsy while needlepoint cabin pillow adds authenticity to our rustic cabin bedding.

Camp out at our new Lodge/Cabin Decorating online catalog or shop our entire country quilts selection.


While hands and minds are busy with preparation for the holidays, winter is beginning to drift into our town. Take a moment to nudge yourself gently into a winter frame of mind with this easy and yummy recipe from Gooseberry Patch's Cozy Country Christmas Cookbook.

Gooseberry Patch Cozy Country Christmas

Caramel Sticky Roles

Just as tasty as Mom's caramel rolls... yet oh-so easy to make!
1/2 c. chopped pecans
12 frozen dinner rolls
3.4-oz. pkg. cook & serve butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
Sprinkle nuts in the bottom of a greased 13"x9" baking pan; arrange rolls on top of nuts. Sprinkle dry pudding over rolls; set aside. Bring margarine and brown sugar to a boil together in a small saucepan; pour over rolls. Cover with greased aluminum foil; let rise at room temperature, 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn out of pan immediately.

If there is a little time to bake, try our Scent-A-Bun candles that look and smell just like the real thing!

Make Spirits Bright!

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
~ James Keller

The fragrance of the holidays comes in the scent of Sugar Cookie, Cranberry, Gingerbread Cake and Pinenut Cake candles. Besides being pretty and fragrant, our cake candles burn 92-94 hours.

Christmas Tea Light Votive Holders

Create your own festival of lights with lamps, lanterns, jar candles and candle holders from Park Designs. We love the look of twinkling colonial pewter candle holders.


It was so good to visit with you and we thank you for your business! 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 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday, PST; we'd love to hear how you transformed your home with decorating themes from The Country Porch!

From our house to yours,

Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.

~ Martin Luther

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