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COUNTRY PORCH

Spring 2007 Newsletter


There's No Place Like Home

Greetings from The Porch!

Up here in the North Country it seems as though winter has camped out in the lap of spring. All over town people are waiting for that first breath of spring, for the March wind, the lion in the sky to rid us of winter, and Snowdrops to breach the snow. We know its spring somewhere!

Its spring fever . . . You don't quite know what you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
~ Mark Twain


Well, we're too busy now to give the weather much pause anyway . . . our glorious new patterns have arrived and we've moved into our long awaited new building! We're organizing our shelves with oodles of country style curtains, table linens, ceramics, shower curtains, curtain valances and tiers, NEW tab cut out valances, NEW layered valances and homespun dishtowels. Just wait 'til you see . . .

Take a minute to browse and begin that creative process. You'll find many new patterns; check out our Mother's Day Favorites, Quilt of the Month, Candle Club and Seasonal Recipe. Oh, and don't forget to bookmark so you can find your way back home.

There's no place like home,
there's no place like home,
there's no place like home.

~ Frank L. Baum, The Wizard of Oz

What's New!

Apothecary Jar
 

Cabin Quilt Kitchen Decorating Theme

Cabin Quilt
Blessed are the piecemakers! Piecework by Park Designs is stitched into a yummy primitive quilt block of checks, plaids and prints.

Looking like found treasures, plaid napkins boast a pieced print border and are captured in antique replica iron napkin rings.

Find more primitive needle art in our NEW tab cut out valances and Lodge and Log Cabin Decorating Themes or strike camp for Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW Fishtail swags and Tab Top Curtains.

 

Sugar Creek
Plaid on plaid! Park Designs has crafted homespun red or black plaid into history echoing the age old traditions of our founding fathers and the Pennsylvania Dutch. Placemats and table runners are quilted.

Discover more history in Americana Decorating Themes OR change scenery with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW fishtail swags and tab top curtain panels.

Sugar Creek Kitchen Decorating Theme
 
Stars & Stripes Kitchen Decorating Theme

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 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
Pretty blowsy flowers from Park Designs speak cottage living. Pair up with vintage 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.

Emma's Garden Kitchen Decorating Theme
 
Northern Exposure Kitchen Decorating Theme

Northern Exposure
Our newest pattern from Park Designs is the epitome of our neck of the woods. Imagine embroidered mossy trees and roaming moose all bordered tidily in hearty woodland plaid.

There are so many home accessories we don't know where to start! We love the burl pinecone napkin rings, Pine Lodge accessories, iron hooks, Pine Lodge© ceramic pottery and our NEW tab cut out valances. Or camp out at Lodge and Log Cabin Decorating Themes for more rustic ideas.

 

Tavern
Perfect design starts with classic lines. Park Designs features hard to find bold checks in your choice of black, moss, navy or wine with khaki.

Now the fun really begins! There are so many design options starting with coordinating country lamps, home accessories, candleholders and bath accessories. There's no need to shop all over town and in everybody else's town. It's all right here at The Country Porch!

Find other new patterns in Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW fishtail swags and tab top curtain panels.

Tavern Kitchen Decorating Theme
 

Mother's Day Quilts

These are our quilt picks for honoring your mother on her special day.
 
Emma Quilt

Emma Quilt
Chocolates for breakfast! Abundant florals of deep russet, terra cotta brick, teal and dusty coral bloom among leaves of olive. A milk chocolate background provides the coordinating design element for Terra Cotta Matelesse and Vintage Stripes dust ruffle with beeline stripes of chocolate, terra cotta brick and shades of gold.

Add beautiful Vintage Rose draperies to warm your heart and Emma wool hooked rug to warm your pinkies, then call it a day.

Find more glorious quilts in our Victorian Heart Quilts catalog or change scenery with Kitchen Decorating Themes catalog, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and window swag curtains.

 
 

Magnolia Quilt
Heavenly scented soft white magnolia flowers blossom throughout this lovely quilt on a background of green. Turn back the quilt for a sweet surprise of green and burgundy stripes.

Fluff up your nest with mix and match bedding accessories - pillows of Magnolia blossoms with Green and Burgundy Stripes dust ruffle, Euro shams, pretty Jacqueline Matelesse quilt and Magnolia Floral draperies.

Delight your senses with more floral decor from our Cottage Kitchen Themes online catalog. For a change of scenery visit Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW Fishtail swags.

Magnolia Quilt
 
 
Pastel Stripes Christmas Quilt

Pastel Stripes Quilt
Pretty patches of vibrant, pastel stripes sing with energy! Wherever you abide, our quilt brings home the sounds and smells of spring, of droning sprinklers on summer's grass, the sounds of children and seagulls playing on the beach . . . umbrellas flapping, breakers crashing.

Fluff up your nest with oodles of coordinating pillows, pillow shams, Apple Green Matelesse quilt or perky striped dust ruffle and call it a day.

For more penny candy colored quilts, take a peek at Botanical Tufted and Wellesley Pink Stripes or for a change in venue visit our Kitchen Decorating Themes catalog, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and window swag curtains.

 

 

Meanwhile back at The Country Porch, spring continues to be fickle. Between snow showers and grey days, we all dream of summer down on the lake.

This delicious recipe comes from Gooseberry Patch and their new Speedy Suppers cookbook.

Gooseberry Patch Speedy Summers Cookbook
 


Santa Fe Pork Chops

3 T. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1 lb. pork tenderloin, sliced 1/4-inch thick
3 t. oil, divided
1/2 c. salsa
1/2 c. frozen corn, thawed
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
Combine flour, salt and pepper; dredge pork in flour mixture. Heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat in a non-stick skillet. Sauté half the cutlets for one to 1-1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining oil and cutlets. Cover to keep warm. Add salsa, corn and water to skillet. Simmer over medium heat for one minute. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and cilantro. Spoon salsa mixture over cutlets. Serves 4.
Bon Appetite!

Spring Candle Club

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all
the years you have lived

~ Helen Keller


Spring is the season of fragrance and what could be more delicious then the sweet scent of Tart Cherry, Snickerdoodle 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,

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us
~ Winston Churchill

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