October 2005 Newsletter

When the Frost is on the Pumpkin

Greetings from The Porch!

Here at The Country Porch we’re feeling the first stirring of our most favorite season!  We’re laying in firewood, visiting the punkin patch, raking leaves and wishing for just one more dash across the lake, one more barbecue, one more . . . while the roar of our hometown football game can be heard all across town and signals the official close of summer.

O, it sets my heart a tickin’ like the clickin’ of a clock,

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodders in the shock

-James Whitcolm Riley

We’ve gathered our most beautiful farmhouse patterns together and mixed them up with a little autumn and some Christmas patterns for this month’s newsletter.  We have so much to share!  If you absolutely can’t wait, take a peek at our country style curtains, valances, tablecloths, shower curtains and kitchen dishtowels

What’s new?  We’ve created new online decorating theme catalogs with some of our favorite curtain patterns, table linens and home accessories.   Visit Americana, Lodge, Retro and Spice Cabinet for ‘oh so easy’ decorating!

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment,

All you have is all you need.

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Each day has 24 golden hours . . . we invite you to disconnect for awhile and begin to dream.  We have everything you need!  Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark so you can find your way back home!



Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

We were thrilled to be part of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition segment for the Barrett family.  Discover our country home decorating accessories as seen on the show.

Nutmeg Valances are Back!

One of our most popular patterns, Nutmeg is back and we couldn’t be happier!

Lined Valances

Have you seen our delightful NEW lined scalloped valances!  They’re so sweet!



Tried and True! Spiced Apple

An apple for the teacher! A darling homespun pattern from Park Designs that’s just perfect for that one-room school house (or your kitchen!).

You may also like Apple Bowl and antique brass napkin rings.  If you don’t like them apples, visit Kitchen Decorating Themes for more fruitful ideas.
Spiced Apple Kitchen Decorating Theme
Rise N Shine Kitchen Decorating Theme NEW! Rise `n Shine Kitchen Decorating Theme

Get up Farm Chicks!  Its time to Rise ‘n Shine. What a fun way to greet the day with homespun plaid linens and ceramic pottery on your breakfast table in country red, mustard and antique tan. Oh, and it comes with a flock of embroidered chickens . . . roosters that is.

Egg money burning a hole in your apron? then check out Four Bells.  And if that don’t make your chickens lay, visit our Kitchen Decorating Themes for more nesting material.
Spice Check Kitchen Decorating Theme

The vibrant colors of a New England fall shimmer in this homespun plaid of toasted mustard, plum, moss and tawny pumpkin.  Set an abundant table with Spice Check linens or mix it up with Spice Leaf and antique brass maple leaf napkin rings.  Don a Spice Check apron and invite the neighbors over for hot apple cider and pumpkin pie . . . be thankful!

Spice Check Kitchen Decorating Theme
Snowman Check Kitchen Decorating Theme Snowman Check Kitchen Decorating Theme

Darling country snowman by Park Designs is dressed in soft white with country red on a backdrop of denim and bordered in candy stripe fashion. The whole thing just makes you want to smile!

Running out of ideas?  Then see our Snowman Check table setting featured in the Country Sampler Magazine (pg 163) for a fresh new holiday look.  This is just too much fun!

If you simply can’t wait for Christmas, visit Santa’s Workshop for our Christmas preview or browse Kitchen Decorating Themes for more autumn patterns.

Discontinued Kitchen Decorating Themes

Last chance to purchase Happy Harvest and Pumpkin Patch decorating themes from Park Designs, quantities are limited, please call for availability...
Happy Harvest Kitchen Decorating Theme

Christmas Iron Stocking Hangers Christmas Stocking Holders

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . . order early! 

Our stocking holders from Park Designs are hefty, weighing in at 3 lbs. and are made of either solid brass or hand cast metal in your choice of antiqued brass, pewter or iron finish.  Our angel, Christmas tree, snowflake, snowman, pinecone, fir tree and moose all come with a felted bottom to protect surfaces.


8 3/4” tall

4 3/4” L x 2 3/8” W (pinecone 3” W) base

3” drop in the hook

3 lbs.


Quilt of the Month

Harvest Quilt

Harvest Crazy quilt is pieced in the timeless tradition of crazy quilting where pieces of velvets are sewn together and embellished with old-fashioned embroidered wheat strands. Compliment your quilt with pillow shams, petit point pillows, dust ruffles, and quilted throws from the Velvet Collection of C & F Enterprises.

For more country living visit Country Quilts and Victorian Heart or for a change of scene browse Kitchen Decorating Themes.

Harvest Crazy Quilt


Back at The Country Porch we’re celebrating Oktoberfest!  Here’s a yummy recipe to come home to.


Blue Berry Kuchen

Taste of AutumnGooseberry Patch

Spoon into custard cups and top with a bit of cream.

1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
2/3 C milk
3/4 C sugar 1/4 C butter, melted
2 t. baking powder 1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 t. lemon zest 1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. nutmeg 2 C blueberries
1/4 t. salt

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, nutmeg and salt; stir in milk, butter, egg and vanilla.  Beat until well blended.  Pour into a greased 13” x 9” baking pan.  Sprinkle with blueberries and topping.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Makes about 24 servings.



3/4 C sugar 1/4 C butter, melted
1/2 C all-purpose flour


Combine ingredients in small bowl; toss with a fork until crumbly.


Bon Appetite!


EASY Gift Giving Ideas

When these adorable Snowman Check spreaders were delivered to our door the ideas started to fly!  We loved the idea of making herb butter and tying a spreader on the jar with homespun.  These snowman spreaders are irresistible!


Here at the shop we fold a dishtowel into a pocket and wrap around a package of dip mix, add a spreader and tie with homespun.  How easy is that!



Candle Club

Create a centerpiece with our Dijon pattern and fall leaves, a Pumpkin Spice cake candle with country candle pan and scented rose hips.  Or try Apple Cinnamon, Carmel Pecan and Oatmeal Butterscotch.  Delicious!  Our cake candles burn 90-92 hours.

Cake Candle

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!


From our house to yours,


A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.


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