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COUNTRY PORCH

Spring 2008 Newsletter


Time to Refresh

Greetings from The Porch!

Up here in the North Country winter has overstayed its welcome. Despite new fallen snow, we are encouraged with the chatter of native birds and great skeins of honking geese returning to begin the chaos of setting up house. Spring, when it gets here, will surely bolt!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the
first spring day is another. The difference between
them is sometimes as great as a month.

~ Henry Van Dyke, Fisherman's Luck, 1899


Well, we're too busy now to give the weather much pause anyway . . . our glorious new patterns have arrived! We're thinking "refresh" and spring cleaning with oohs and ahhs as we unpack new country style curtains, table linens, ceramics, shower curtains, curtain valances and tiers, NEW Donna Sharp quilts, tab cut out valances, NEW layered valances and home accessories. Just wait 'til you see . . .

Take a minute to "refresh", browse and begin that creative process. You'll find many new patterns; 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.

Spring Cleaning
March bustles in on windy feet
And sweeps my doorstep and my street.
She washes and cleans with pounding rains,
Scrubbing the earth of winter stains.
She shakes the grime from carpet green
Till naught but fresh new blades are seen.
Then, house in order, all neat as a pin,
She ushers gentle springtime in.
~ Susan Reiner

What's New!

Black Star Ceramic Pottery
 

Botanica

Reminiscent of classical bark cloth, our new Botanica© table linens from Park Designs capture the look of a tropical garden, lush with cool greens and a touch of the rustic on a soft white background. Placemats reverse to green plaid, 100% cotton.

The best part is Botanica can be mixed to your heart's content. Start off with Botanica Ceramic Pottery and Botanica Home Accessories, then add Casual Classics and Rain Forest Kitchen Decorating Themes along with Village Dinnerware and Bakeware. It's easy to be green!

Find more outdoor living in Cottage Decorating Themes OR browse our entire Kitchen Decorating Themes catalog.

Botanica Kitchen Decorating Theme
 

Black Star Kitchen Decorating Theme

Black Star
Appliqued stars from heaven dot our patchwork concoction of prints, ticking and checks in this bold country design from Park Designs. It takes the guess work out of coordinating a range of prints and gives this pattern a casually coordinated look. 100% cotton.

Decorating options are almost unlimited with this very comfy country pattern. Mix it up with Sugar Creek, Tavern, Homestead© and Black or Wine Sturbridge Kitchen Decorating Themes. It's a cinch to decorate with coordinating Black Star Ceramic Pottery and Black Star Home Accessories.

Find more rustic living in Americana Decor and Rustic Primitive Decorating Themes or change your mind entirely with something new from Kitchen Decorating Themes.

 

Green Apple
Sweet and tart hues of apple green, rustic reds, dijon and soft white blend into this fabulous homespun plaid from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

An extraordinary plaid, Green Apple coordinates with Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Sand, Fern, Green, Celery, Persimmon, Red, Dijon, or Butter and Village Dinnerware in Vanilla, Persimmon and Dijon. How easy is that!

Find more cream of the crop decorating ideas in Apple Decor and Cottage Decorating Themes OR change direction with Kitchen Decorating Themes.

Green Apple Kitchen Decorating Theme
 
Bermuda Kitchen Decorating Theme

Bermuda
Patchwork madras plaid placemats and napkins by Park Designs are full of good cheer and take us back to the days of Bermuda shorts and flower power, of bright, happy go lucky colors and carefree Summer Daze Melamine tableware.

Discover more fun decor in Summer Daze, Aqua Dinnerware, Hot Pink glass napkin rings and Sea Isle Aqua Beverage Ware or mix it up with Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Celery or Butter and Village Dinnerware in Celery and Butter.

Head for the hammock with your laptop and check out Beach House Decorating Themes or change climates with Kitchen Decorating Themes.

 

Homestead
Appliqued stars from heaven dot our patchwork concoction of prints, ticking and checks in this quaint country design from Park Designs. If this humble appliqued homestead shaded with embroidered willow tree could talk it might say:

. . . but for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
Jos 24:15


It's a cinch to decorate with a mix of Black Star© Kitchen Decorating Themes, Black Star Ceramic Pottery, Black Star Home Accessories, Casual Classic Kitchen Decorating Themes in Wheat, Red, Olive or Dijon and Village Bakeware in Dijon Village Dinnerware.

Find more rustic living in Americana Decor and Rustic Primitive Decorating Themes or change your mind entirely with something new from Kitchen Decorating Themes.

Homestead Kitchen Decorating Theme
 
Newport Kitchen Decorating Theme

Newport
Nautical blue checks, stripes, prints and paisley boldly team up in one of our newest patterns from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

Match it up with Newport© Ceramic Pottery and Newport Blue Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes or take this crisp, clean design one more step with classic Basketweave Ceramic Pottery.

Find more themed living in Farmhouse and Beach House Decorating Themes OR change scenery with Kitchen Decorating Themes.

 

 

Mother's Day Quilts
The Country Porch is thrilled to offer Donna Sharp quilts! Donna, a Kentucky native and 5th generation quilter has put her creative gifts and love of fabric to work crafting a line of exquisitely pieced and appliquéd heirloom quilts. Here are a few of our Mother's Day favorites.

 
 

Dandelion Many Trips
Just like dandelion fluff carried on the wind, Donna Sharp's exquisite Dandelion Many Trips Quilt and bedding accessories are impressionistic with its watercolor design and hues of illusive color.

Dramatic in its simplicity, this rich variation of the traditional "Trip Around The World" pattern combines thousands of hand quilted one inch squares into diamond shaped squares separated by rows of soft white and yellows. Each diamond radiates leafy greens, tiny bees and floral prints creating an overall bursting effect with yellow prairie point edging.

Find more natural living in Cottage Decor or change direction with Kitchen Decorating Themes.

Shop our online Donna Sharp Quilts catalog or find more quilt patterns in Country Quilts and our Victorian Heart Quilts catalog.

Dandelion Many Trips Quilt
 
 
Barn Raising Pine Cone Quilt

Barn Raising Pine Cone Quilt
Cabin life lived richly! Rustic romance is captured in this Barn Raising Pine Cone Quilt and bedding accessories by Donna Sharp.

Quilt blocks are pieced and set in the old tradition of "barn raising" with rustic red center patches representing hearth and home and strips of black, olive, brown and tone-on-tone neutral prints symbolizing the sunshine and shadow of our lives.

Meandering embroidered pine boughs and pinecones murmur all is well while prairie point border has the final say. Patch work quilt reverses to a rustic gold-brown print and features Chocolate Gingham bedskirt and Euroshams.

Browse our online Donna Sharp Quilts catalog or find more quilt designs in Country Quilts and our Victorian Heart Quilts catalog.

 
 

Butterfly Garden Quilt
Cocoon yourself in Donna Sharp's glorious Butterfly Garden Quilt and bedding accessories.

Beautifully embroidered butterflies emerge from dormancy to shimmer on a field of butterfly print quilt squares set in a diamond pattern. Bound in olive, quilt reverses to yellow butterfly print while stipple quilting covers the quilt from head to toe. Matching butterfly print Euroshams create a sunny backdrop for roof tile, envelope and butterfly embroidered pillows.

Find more natural living in Cottage Decor or change direction with Kitchen Decorating Themes.

Browse our online Donna Sharp Quilts catalog or find more quilt designs in Country Quilts and our Victorian Heart Quilts catalog.

Butterfly Garden Quilt
 

Meanwhile back at The Country Porch, winter is beginning to melt down and tiny Snowdrops are breaching the snow. We're going to pretend its spring and celebrate with this delicious Fruit Trifle Salad!

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

A Pinch of This, A Dash of That
From Gooseberry Patch

Gooseberry Patch A Pinch of This A Dash Of That

Fruit Trifle Salad

6 oranges, peeled and sliced
3 bananas, sliced
3 c. blueberries
2 c. seedless grapes
3 c. strawberries, halved
4-oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1-3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. dairy sour cream
1 t. orange zest
 
In a large glass bowl, layer all of the fruit in order listed above. Fruit can be substituted for in-season items, except melon. For the topping, combine pudding mix and milk. Beat for one to 2 minutes. Beat in sour cream and orange peel. Serve with fruit.


Bon Appetite!

Spring Candle Club

The best way to see divine light is to put out thy own candle.
~ Thomas Fuller, British Clergyman 1608-1661


Spring is the season of fragrance and what could be more delicious then the sweet scent of Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Cherry, Snickerdoodle or our Coconut Layer cake candles.

 

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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