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COUNTRY PORCH

June 2007 Newsletter


Is It Summer Yet?

Greetings from The Porch!

Up here in the North Country we sit perched on the brink of summer . . . not so patiently waiting for the biggest production of the year.

No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.

~ James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848


Like getting ready for a long awaited house guest, we're spring cleaning, recycling that which is worn and putting out our newest patterns of country style curtains, table linens, ceramic pottery, shower curtains, curtain valances and tiers, NEW tab cut out valances, NEW layered valances and homespun dishtowels.

So pack up the remains of winter and get creative! Turn your home into a breezy Beach House, Lake House, Patriotic House, or summer Cottage House. We invite you to take time to browse and begin that creative process. Oh, and don't forget to bookmark so you can find your way back home.

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
~ Henry James

What's New!

Village Bakeware Ceramic Pottery
 

Emma's Garden Kitchen Decorating Theme

Emma's Garden
Pretty blowsy flowers from Park Designs speak cottage living. Pair up with vintage style Emma's Garden© ceramic pottery and our new Butter or Celery Village Dinnerware to pull off that found cottage look. Placemats and runners reverse to stripe. Made of 100% cotton.

Dig up more garden treasures in Cottage Decorating Themes OR change scenery with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW fishtail swags.

 

Sea Breeze
Create a little island living right where you're at! Park Designs helps you cozy up your bungalow with colors fresh from the sea with beach chair stripes of sea moss, sage, olive and sand. 100% cotton.

The entire Sea Breeze Collection has us kicking off our shoes and searching for our flip flops! Accentuate your cottage with companion Sea Breeze ceramics of rustic white dinnerware, sea shell accessories and beautifully distressed ship's lantern. Sea, sky and sand . . . we love it.

Go island hopping for more treasures in our new Beach House Decorating Themes catalog or change course with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, fishtail curtain swags and lined curtain valances.

Sea Breeze Kitchen Decorating Theme
 
Beach Chair Kitchen Decorating Theme

Beach Chair
Awning stripes of stonewashed red, green, yellow, pink and blue from Park Designs begs to be the conversation piece at your next family cookout. Made of 100% cotton.

Invite a school of colorful fish like Splish Splash ceramic pottery along with Cornflower and Persimmon Village Dinnerware to play host to your favorite yummy dishes. And for a touch of sanity, anchor all that color with our new sparkling Glass Napkin Rings and Green Depression Glass. All done, now you can splash!

 

Stars & Stripes
Glorious! We love our NEW Stars and Stripes© pattern from The Country Cupboard by Park Designs. Traditional 'Uncle Sam' country red ticking marches beside a circle of stars on a field of rich navy in 100% homespun cotton.

Celebrate with more glorious Americana color and our Stars and Stripes ceramic pottery. Capture napkins in star napkin rings, add a red tall onion lamp, then sit down with loved ones and give thanks.

Find additional patriotic patterns in Americana Decorating Themes OR change scenery with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW fishtail swags.

Emma's Garden Kitchen Decorating Theme
 
Village Check Kitchen Decorating Theme

Village Check
It goes with everything! Village Check is the perfect complement for all the Village Dinner and Bakeware from Park Designs. A rainbow pallet in hues of sage, blue, mustard and rustic red makes decorating easy! Placemats and runners are self backed. Made of 100% cotton.

Mix it up with Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Theme or find new patterns in Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW tab cut-out valances.

 

Quilts for the Summer Season

The nights still get chilly up here in the North Country, so we always keep a bundle of quilts handy. These are a few of our summer picks.
 
Hightide Shells Quilt

Hightide Shells
Hightide is in and look what's washed up on the sand! Embroidered starfish, sand dollars, seashells and coral blend with Neptune's palette of sea colors in plaids and stripes and seafoam from C&F Enterprises.

Go island hopping for more treasures in Beach House Decorating Themes OR change course with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and window swag curtains.

 
 

Nantucket Dream
Crisp as the snap of a mainsail, our Nantucket Dream Quilt captures the feel of the sea with its shades of ocean blue and white surf. Add a crisp dust ruffle and dream of sailing away on oodles of coordinating pillows.

Ride the trade wind to Beach House Decorating Themes or chart a new course for Kitchen Decorating, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and window swag curtains.

Nantucket Dream Quilt
 
 
Rosemary Quilt

Rosemary Quilt
Snuggle up in your own bed of roses from C&F Enterprises! Pretty sprays of cabbage roses in shades of pink are collected in our Rosemary Quilt and accentuated with a softly scalloped border. Quilt turns back to a coordinating floral print found in the ruffled dust ruffle and euro shams.

Mix it up with sister quilt Gabrielle and Jacqueline Matelesse Quilt or just call it a day nested in a mound of coordinating bedding accessories.

Find more nesting material in Victorian Heart Quilts or discover something new in Cottage and Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW layered valances.

 

 

Meanwhile back at The Country Porch, soft spring rains fall, mountain mushrooms push gently up and we all go out and grill anyway . . . under an umbrella. So if it's your turn to cook, try this delicious recipe from Gooseberry Patch and their new Our Favorite Grilling Recipes Cookbook.

Gooseberry Patch Our Favorite Grilling Recipes Cookbook

 


Blue Cheese Burgers

3 lbs. ground beef
4-oz. container crumbled blue cheese
1/2 c. fresh chives, minced
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. hot pepper sauce
1 t. dry mustard
1-1/2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
12 hamburger buns, split
Combine all ingredients except buns in a large bowl; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Form into 12 patties; grill over high heat to desired doneness, turning to cook on both sides. Serve on buns. Makes 12 servings.

Bon Appetite!

Man is a peculiar creature. He spends a fortune making his home insect-proof and air-conditioned, and then eats in the yard.
~ Author Unknown

Summer Candle Club

While summer is dawdling around we can still dream of the fragrance of the season with Tart Cherry, Strawberry Shortcake or our Coconut Layer cake candles. Besides being pretty and fragrant, our cake candles burn 92-94 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 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,

Blessed be the Lord for the beauty of summer and spring,
for the air, the water, the verdure, and the song of birds.

~ Carl Linnaeus

Swedish Naturalist - 1707 - 1778

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