Spring 2009 Newsletter

Spring Fever!

Greetings from The Porch!

Cloaked in drama, spring is finally arriving with a rowdy entourage of hail, popcorn snow and wild blustery winds. The weatherman claims it will arrive this weekend!

Overhead the chatter of native birds and great skeins of honking geese return to begin the chaos of setting up house and confirm his prediction. Our town no longer waits for snow drifts to step aside so we can set to gardening, for ice to ease off the lake, for rumbling snowplows to turn into street sweepers and crocus to poke their heads up. Our wait is over!

It's spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, you want
– Oh, you don't quite know what it is 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! We're thinking "refresh" and spring cleaning with obvious delight as we unpack new curtains, table linens, ceramic pottery, home accessories, hand-hooked rugs, quilts, shower curtains, curtain valances and tiers, NEW French door curtain panels, NEW lined curtain panels and lined button pleat valances. 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 is when you feel like whistling
Even with a shoe full of slush.

~ Doug Larson, Runner
1924 Gold Medalist

What's New!

Gardener's Journal Home Accessory Collection

New! Gardener's Journal Kitchen Decorating Theme
Cry for daylight! Our Gardener's Journal© pattern captures the excitement of new beginnings with visions of seed packets, sprigs of our favorite flowers and the textured feel of natural cotton.

Take the journey! It's a gardener's paradise with coordinating Gardener's Journal valances, Gardener's Journal single point valances, Gardener's Journal home accessories, Meadow Kitchen Decorating Theme and Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Leaf.

Gardener's Journal Kitchen Decorating Theme

Ashley Kitchen Decorating Theme

Our Ashley Kitchen Decorating Theme from Park Designs is the epitomy of cottage decorating! 100% cotton.

Got a little cottage that needs a dose of TLC, well, start with our adorable Ashley© Kitchen Decorating Theme complete with happy aqua dot Ashley ceramic pottery and Shabby Chic style home decor.


New! Oasis Kitchen Decorating Theme
Our Oasis Kitchen Decorating Theme from Park Designs is the epitome of beach house living! 100% cotton, placemats and runners are self-backed.

Pretty as sea glass, our Oasis Kitchen Decorating Theme captures the serenity of gentle waters where sky meets water and all becomes one. Keep it soft and gentle with matching Oasis curtain valance and Ashley ceramic pottery, or give it a designer look with pretty floral Ashley Kitchen Decorating Theme.

Oasis Kitchen Decorating Theme
Nature Walk Kitchen Decorating Theme

Nature Walk
Rich in color, our new Nature Walk Kitchen Decorating Theme from Park Designs echoes nature's colors of teal, terra cotta, celery, chocolate and spicy neutrals. Placemats and runners are self backed and 100% cotton.

Nature Walk partners beautifully with coordinating Nature Walk Curtain Valances, Nature Walk Shower Curtain, Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Chocolate Brown or Bisque and Casual Classics Ceramic Pottery also in Chocolate or Bisque.


New! Sea Worthy Kitchen Decorating Theme
Crisp as the snap of a main sail! Our Sea Worthy© Collection from Park Designs is all about details; grommets and rope, stripes and stars with colors fresh from the sea.

This pattern has places to go and seas to sail with its Red or Blue Sea Worthy curtain valances, Atlantic Isle, Blue Shells and Jackson Quilts or Dockside Kitchen Decorating Themes with Sea Worthy and Sea Breeze Home Accessories.

Sea Worthy Kitchen Decorating Theme
Dockside Kitchen Decorating Theme

Permission to come aboard! Stay dockside with our Dockside Kitchen Decorating Theme from Park Designs. Patchwork of crisp plaids, stripes and solids are inspired from the sea and a perfect compliment to companion prints from Sea Worthy Kitchen Decorating Themes.

This pattern is content in port with Dockside curtain valances, Atlantic Isle, Blue Shells and Jackson Quilts along with Sea Worthy or Sea Breeze Home Accessories.


New! Aspen Kitchen Decorating Theme
Rich in texture, our new Aspen© Kitchen Decorating Theme from Park Designs is nubby with buckstitch design and southwest colors of rustic red, moss, celery, dijon and spicy neutral. 100% cotton.

It partners beautifully with coordinating Aspen curtain valances, Aspen shower curtain and rustic Aspen ceramic pottery.

Aspen Kitchen Decorating Theme


Spring Quilts
The Country Porch is thrilled to offer C&F Quilts, Victorian Heart and J. Clayton Quilts. Here are a few of our Mother's Day favorites.

Clara's Blue Rose Quilt

Clara's Blue Rose
Slip into a cocoon of roses in Clara's Blue Rose quilt comforter and bedding accessories from C&F Enterprises.

Classic blue and pink palette, Clara's Rose quilt is lush with cabbage roses of blush and pink and mixes beautifully with Blush Matelesse quilt and pillow shams. Quilt turns back to a brace of colorful stripes matching dust ruffle and Euro shams and mixes prettily with luxurious Clara's Blue Rose or Clara's Pink Rose hooked rug.


Chesapeake Sorbet
Chesapeake Sorbet quilt comforter and bedding accessories from the Williamsburg collection by C&F Enterprises embraces exquisite colonial design. Also available as Chesapeake Bay Blue quilt.

Shades of sorbet tell the story of life in the colonies in florals and geometrics. Quilt is finished with scalloped border and turns back to spunky pink and green plaid matching dust ruffle and Euro shams. Mix it up with Apple Green and Blush Matelesse quilts and luxurious Chesapeake Sorbet hooked rug and Chesapeake Sorbet Shower Curtain. Everything you need to create an 18th century bedroom is right here!

Chesapeake Sorbet Quilt
Helena Quilt

A patchwork of antique vintage style roses create a checkerboard of florals in our exquisite Helena quilt comforter and bedding accessories by C&F Enterprises.

Looking like treasured bed linens, Helena creates a luscious backdrop for pillows of vintage blossoms, quilted Green or Blush Matelesse quilts and Pink and Sage Stripe dust ruffle and Euro shams. For a designer look match it up with pretty Erin's Rose wool hooked rug. Beautiful!

Shop our online Country Quilts catalog or find more nesting material in Oversized Luxury King Quilts, Victorian Heart and J. Clayton Quilts.


Meanwhile back at The Country Porch, winter is beginning to melt down and tiny Snowdrops are breaching the snow. It's still cold but we're going to pretend its spring with this delicious Garlicky Chicken-Mushroom Stew!

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

Garlicky Chicken-Mushroom Stew

What's For Dinner Cookbook
From Gooseberry Patch
Gooseberry Patch What's For Dinner Cookbook
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
10-3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom & roasted garlic soup
3/4 c. water
8-oz. pkg. whole mushrooms
1 c. baby carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped
Arrange chicken in a slow cooker; add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together soup and water; pour over chicken. Add mushrooms, carrots and celery; stir gently. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until chicken juices run clear when pierced. Serves 4.

Bon Appetite!

Spring Candle Club

Spring is the season of fragrance and what could be more delicious then the sweet scent of Lavender Pound, Lemon Delight, or Tutti-Frutti 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,

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
~ Abraham Lincoln

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