COUNTRY PORCH

May 2005 Newsletter

Greetings from The Porch!

May, glorious May! It’s the month of hope, spring flowers, May Day and Mother’s Day, of brides-to-be and the promise of summer days.  Here in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho pretty tulips and daffodils have sprung up and we are so thankful to see the color green again!

Our town makes a perfect setting for the upcoming month of weddings.  And we all know that newly weds need EVERYTHING from country style curtains, kitchen curtains, shower curtains, table linens and country quilts to home décor.  Fill their kitchens with pretty dishtowels and matching dishcloths.  Coordinate a lovely table setting from our large selection of table cloths, napkins and napkin rings or check out our new ceramic ware.  We have everything you need to make gift giving a cinch!
For those of you who are looking forward to the month of July, we’ve included our beautiful collection of Americana and patriotic kitchen themes.  You’ll also find many new patterns; check out our Bridal Favorites, Quilt of the Month, Candle Club, Cookie Cutters and Seasonal Recipes. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark so you can find your way back home.

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
- Proverbs 24:3-4
 

Bridal Favorites
 
Essentials
Our Essentials Collection from Park Designs is beautifully textured with napkins that reveal a unique hemstitched edge. They come in yummy colors and are made of 100% cotton. 

Mix and match Essential Blue with Fruit Cocktail, Essential Dijon with Dijon, Essential Moss with Cajun, Cinnamon, Saffron or Thyme.  Add a little whimsy with French Hen napkin rings in your choice of antique brass or pewter.

For more ideas visit Kitchen Decorating Themes.
 

Essentials Kitchen Decorating Theme
Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Theme Casual Classics
Casual Classics is the perfect description for this ribbed pattern of 100% cotton.  Mix and match Casual Classics Fern with Floral Garden, Casual Classics Sand with Arbor Stripe and Casual Classics Wheat with Sampler.  Start your favorite newly weds with a design they can add to.  How fun is that!

For more ideas visit Kitchen Decorating Themes.

 
Mardi Gras
Live up the party with these delightful vidid colors of celebration from Park Designs! Mix Mardi Gras Lime with Purple Grape Jacquard dishtowels and Grape pewter napkin rings. Or Mardi Gras Purple with Hydrangea and accessorized with Dragonfly or Teapot napkin rings. Dare to be bold and whimsical!
Mardi Gras Kitchen Decorating Theme

For you patriot’s out there, we have an incredible collection of Americana.  Celebrate this great nation!
 
Quilted Star Kitchen Decorating Theme Quilted Star
Americana, the very name evokes feelings of patriotism, family, home and hearth. Capture the feel of simpler times with this lovely old 8-pointed Quilted Star pattern in antique hues of country red and navy in plaids, stripes and prints on an ecru background. Settle an 18th century inspired reproduction oil lamp on your favorite table beside that stack of books you’ve been meaning to read.

Treat yourself to more patriotic decorating ideas from Park Designs with Star napkin rings (antique brass, iron, and pewter), lamps, lampshades, rag rugs or Chicken Wire Collection. For more Americana patterns, go to Flag, Colonial Star, Patriot’s Quilt and Star Ticking.
 

 

Flag
Hurray! This patriotic pattern from the American Collection starts with a twist of cranberry and navy on antique beige and bordered with embroidered flags. This is a fun pattern!

Add more color with Flag valances, tiers, and swags, then a little sizzle with Star napkin rings in antique brass, iron or pewter, and lastly some 18th Century reproduction lamps and lampshades.

Don’t stop here!  Check out more decorating ideas from Park Designs with Colonial Star napkin rings, rag rugs or Chicken Wire Collection.
 

Flag Kitchen Decorating Theme
Navy Colonial Star Kitchen Decorating Theme Navy Colonial Star
Americana at its most classic! Imagine bold checks of navy and embroidered colonial stars of country red on a tan background.  Return to simpler times with Quilted Star accessories and antique painted paper towel holder.  Compliment your table with Colonial Star napkin rings in antique brass or pewter or settle an 18th century inspired reproduction chamber stick lamp on your favorite table.  Light up the room with architectural star sconces and turn back the clock, relax . . . 

For more Americana from Park Designs, check out Mustard and Wine Colonial Star.

 
NEW! Cookie Cutters for Every Season and Every Reason!
Bake up some oven warm cookies for the bridal shower with a cookie cutter from Warren Kimble’s Collectibles Heart n’ Home or a plate of star shaped cookies to kick off the summer.

Little ones and big ones will love Ann Clark’s cookie cutters, cookie mixes, Mommy and Grandma cook books, animal treats and Warren Kimble Collectibles.  We are thrilled to offer these products and inspired to get in the kitchen and whip up some goodies!

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters
May
Quilt of the Month

We have so many beautiful quilts from C & F, Patch Magic and Victorian Heart that we couldn’t decide which ones to show you!  Here are some of our favorites.

Country Wedding Ring
It’s a real down home wedding with a gift of Grandma’s scraps sewn into this stunning wedding ring pattern from Patch Magic.  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. 

Layer it with matching pillow shams, tossed pillows, a table runner or rag rug. For more decorating ideas go to Wedding Ring Quilts and decorating themes.

Country Wedding Ring Quilt
Antique Bloom Kitchen Decorating Theme Antique Bloom
Antique Bloom is a pretty quilt in soft, romantic hues of pink and taupe with vintage inspired old-fashioned roses and luxurious rows of quilting. Scalloped border of pink and taupe pinstripe is repeated in pillows, shams and king dust ruffle. Give a loved one your blessing!

For more wedding quilts visit: Patch Magic and Country Quilts.
 
Stars of America
Primitive country stars make this homespun quilt by Victorian Heart a treasure! Country plaids and stripes in multi-country colors on a cream and plaid background are bordered in plaid.

For more beautiful Patriotic patterns from Park Designs, visit: Flag, Quilted Star, Patriot's Quilt, Star Ticking, Navy Colonial Star, Wine Colonial and Mustard Colonial Star.
Stars of America Quilt

For you patriot’s out there, we have an incredible collection of Americana.  Celebrate this great nation!
 
Quilted Star Kitchen Decorating Theme Quilted Star
Americana, the very name evokes feelings of patriotism, family, home and hearth. Capture the feel of simpler times with this lovely old 8-pointed Quilted Star pattern in antique hues of country red and navy in plaids, stripes and prints on an ecru background. Settle an 18th century inspired reproduction oil lamp on your favorite table beside that stack of books you’ve been meaning to read.

Treat yourself to more patriotic decorating ideas from Park Designs with Star napkin rings (antique brass, iron, and pewter), lamps, lampshades, rag rugs or Chicken Wire Collection. For more Americana patterns, go to Flag, Colonial Star, Patriot’s Quilt and Star Ticking.
 

 

Recipes
If you’re helping with the bridal shower, try this delicious Country Vegetable Dip. After all, everyone will be watching their calories before the wedding and vegetables are just the thing!

The Country Porch Dip Mix

The Country Vegetable Dip
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons Country Vegetable Dip Mix

Bon Appetite!

May
Candle Club

Scent-A-Buns

The fragrances of May are delicious and so are our cake candles.  For bridal showers we love Butter Rum, Coconut Layer, Pistachio and French Plum. 

To celebrate the red, white and blue, try our yummy Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon.  Our cake candles burn 92-94 hours.

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 kitchen decorating patterns, ceramic and home accessories 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 from 8 am to 4 pm PST and chat or leave a message; we promise to return your call by no later than the next business day.  We’d love to hear how you transformed your home with country decor from The Country Porch!  

From our house to yours . . .

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest; Home-keeping hearts are happiest.
- Henry Wordsworth Longfellow


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