July 2004 Newsletter
Greetings from the Porch!
Summer, glorious summer;
it’s finally arrived here in the northwest! American flags flutter,
sailboats skim across the lake, pretty brides toss their bouquets and the
smell of new mown grass permeates our town.
Like all blessings, creating
a “summer house” starts with a state of mind. Begin with a frosty
glass of lemonade and then put away all that is heavy and warm. Start
with fresh, summery dish towels,
create a real-life dining room with a pretty table cloth
or valance (we have 68 patterns!),
show your patriotic colors with our charming Old Glory
and napkin rings or
turn your bath into a secret haven with one of our classic
Elsie King Moreland was once
quoted in the 1934 Edition of American Home that “Change is an excellent
remedy for that tired feeling.” 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.
Old Glory has waved over
this blessed country for almost 200 years! A truly beautiful table setting
with its old flag style placemats and star napkins, Old Glory is rich in
colors of brick red, deep navy and antiqued tan. Compliment your
table setting with patriotic
wood napkin rings
or get in the spirit of celebration with an Old Glory
apron and a platter
of your own special recipe for barbecued ribs (try our special Russian or Huckleberry
Send out the message of celebration
and hospitality by hanging an Old Glory quilt on your clothesline or cuddle
up in it while watching the fireworks.
Up here in the northwest,
we’ve adopted this New England theme for our very own. Its cheery
stripes of sea foam and country red compliment the colors of the sea creating
a very pretty “summer house” look. So even if you’re land locked
use your creativity to sail away by hanging fresh Nantucket valances, drape
your captain’s table with a matching table topper and napkins anchored
with pewter napkin rings. Take the kids to Grandma’s house
then weigh anchor by the light of the stars and a little Square Lantern lamp.
Quilt of the Month
The summer months belong
to brides! For something old and something new, consider giving the
gift of love by wrapping them in a wedding quilt. We have over 182
quilts to choose from and we’ll be adding more soon! Here are just
two of many of our favorites.
|Grandma's Memories Quilt
Use it up or wear it out...
in Grandma’s day quilts were recycled from dresses and shirts, even Grandpa’s
boxers! This quilt is indeed Grandma’s Memories with a kaleidoscope of
rich country colors in plaids, stripes and checks. Nicely finished with
a saw tooth border, we think this quilt is destined to become a family
||Country Wedding Ring
A real down home wedding
with a gift of Grandma’s scraps sewn into this stunning wedding ring pattern.
Patches of many colors in homespun plaids, stripes and checks on a background
of seersucker ecru and white gingham are finished with a pretty scalloped
border. Make your own family tradition and hand it on down.
Meanwhile back at The Porch,
June came and went in a blur . . . but July is just beginning. And
we’ve declared it the official month for BBQ and fresh salads! So,
if it’s YOUR turn to cook tonight, order up some delicious Coeur d’Alene
Salad Dressings made right here in our home town and surprise your family
and friends with your culinary brilliance! Hint: huckleberries are about
to ripen and we’d eat them 24-7 if we could. So, how easy is that?
Next door to our shop is
a wonderful bakery with heavenly aromas that waft through our door.
We especially love the smell of Snicker doodle cookies . . . well, guess
what? Our Snicker doodle cake candles are just as aromatic and quench
our craving without the calories. Besides that they burn 90-92 hours!
Need we say more?
NEW! Decorating Ideas
from The Porch
One question that constantly
comes up is the dilemma of slider and French doors and what to do with
them. Consider using one of our many shower curtains and hang them
either with decorative hooks, or sew tabs from matching dishtowels, or
for a more country rustic look, tear the towels into rags and hang them
that way. Whatever’s your style, it works!
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
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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