July 2005 Newsletter
from The Porch!
We love July! It’s
the very essence of summer with brightly colored sail boats skimming
across the lake, porches decked out in patriotic colors and the aroma
of summer barbecue. All over our town the merriment of children and
sprinklers can be heard while roses bloom profusely and neighbors chat
about their gardens.
The one fact
that I would cry from every housetop is this:
It’s the month of summer celebration, of setting a pretty table,
hanging new window
curtains or shower
curtains, of finding just the
for your country, farmhouse or primitive home, of
replacing worn dishtowels,
of dining al fresco in the French style, of
baking patriotic cookies
with the kids.
the Good Life is waiting for us – here and now.
-B. F Skinner
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 and we’ve added new features to our, now monthly,
newsletter. Look for our New Favorites, Quilt of the Month, Candle
Club, Decorating Hints and Seasonal Recipes. Oh, and don’t forget to
bookmark so you can find your way back home!
Mix gently and enjoy the sweet fragrance of summer! Old-fashioned
English roses in hues of rose, mauve and pink are nestled in leaves of
antique sage on an ecru background.
Quilted placemats, table runners and baskets have the added detail of
pretty scalloped edges as do the dishtowels, table cloths, half aprons,
baskets, curtain panels, shower curtains, swags, valances and
tiers. All by Park Designs.
folklore, Hydrangea means “thank you for understanding.” Hydrangea
lovers will adore this beautiful floral from Park Designs in hues of
periwinkle and lavender with touches of sage and moss on an antique
This collection from artist Annie LaPoint further emphasizes this
feminine pattern with coordinating scalloped ceramics and ruffled chair
pads. We adore Dragonfly, Teapot or Rose Filigree pewter napkin
to add that little bit of sparkle.
Set a summer table
under the stars! Meandering wild roses in hues of dark mauve and
raspberry are nestled in sage leaves on a soft white background.
Luxuriously quilted placemats and table runners are softly scalloped as
are dishtowels, half aprons, table cloths, baskets, curtain panels,
shower curtains, swags, valances and tiers.
Sweet nosegays of
miniature roses in hues of mauve with sage leaves are tied prettily
with flowing blue ribbon on an ecru background to make up this charming
pattern. Dishtowels, half aprons, table cloths, baskets, curtain
panels, shower curtains, swags, valances and tiers are softly
Set a celebration table, add a little sparkle with Rose Filigree or
Teapot napkin rings (antique
brass or pewter)
then tie on a pretty,
scalloped half apron and invite your friends to tea!
Dine al fresco
with the sunny colors from the South of France and its traditional
French floral print on your choice of backgrounds in rich reds, French
blues or bold mustard yellows. To complete this sunny French
country look cover a table in our charming Provence round cloth and add
a touch of whimsy with French Hen napkin rings in your choice of
Can’t you just smell the lavender
For more French Country decorating ideas drape a table with Charlotte or Rosetta
quilt, and then visit our lamps and lampshades
for that special French country accent.
Everything but the
kitchen sink has been mixed into this vintage pattern! Utterly charming
. . . imagine sweet bouquets of flowers in periwinkle, country red and
mauve with apples of gold and sprigs of luscious red cherries on a
crisp white background. Add happy yellow ricrac for a border and crown
it all with a cherry on top. The whole thing just makes you want
This pattern is fast becoming one of our favorites and we absolutely
adore the new ceramic ware!
of the Month
|Red Rose Garden Quilt
coming up roses! Sprays of antique roses twine into a classic
toile pattern and are bordered in ravishing red roses and white
gingham. Victorian Heart thought of everything to create a
gorgeous bed and it’s all right here. . . no more shopping all over
town and in everybody else’s town. How fun is that!
Pamper yourself in
this lovely rose garden of patchwork in pink, lilac and sage on an ecru
background and embroidered prettily with ribbon art and beads. For
sweet dreams add these lovely pillow shams, ribbon art pillows, and
Rose Garden is a luxury oversized quilt from C & F and is featured
with Sage Leaves bedding accessories and Chantelle hooked rug.
Meanwhile back at The Porch, while the sun shines and visitors play we
continue to be busy. However, we are
never TOO busy to eat and have a little fun.
One of our newest patterns Coq
Au Vin is actually a traditional French
Coq au Vin
Translation: Chicken Stew
Country Porch Style
- 1 (3 lb,
or 1.5 kg) chicken, cut up
- 1 onion,
- 1 carrot,
- 3 tbsp
flour (wheat, rice)
- 1/2 tsp
- 1/4 tsp
- 1/2 lb
(200 g) small mushrooms (optional)
- 1 cup red
- 1 clove
- 1 tsp
basil, chopped and fresh
Mix flour, salt and
pepper. Coat chicken, onion and carrot in flour mixture and set aside.
Sauté mushrooms, set aside. Brown the chicken pieces a few
at a time, set aside.
Brown onions and carrots. Put chicken into large casserole on
medium-high heat along with onions, carrots and mushrooms.
Combine wine, garlic, and basil; pour over chicken. Cover the
casserole, cook until chicken is ready (1-1.5 hours), stirring
occasionally. Serves 4-6.
Now we know why we
think of food, it’s the candles!
We have sooo many yummy candles for celebrating summer. How about
Blueberry, or Tart Cherry, we like Vanilla Pound and Sugar Cookie, then
there are Butter Pinwheels and Raspberry, don’t forget Pistachio and
Butter Cream . . . we give up. You choose!
Our cake candles burn 90-92 hours.
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; we’d love to hear how you
transformed your home with decorating themes from The Country Porch!
our house to yours, have a happy summer!
If summer falls on the 4th of
July we all get together and have a barbecue.
-Old North Idaho Saying-
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