Summer 2008 Newsletter

Good Old Summertime

Greetings from The Porch!

Lovely summer . . . all over town children dash through sprinklers and town gardens grow lush. Farmer's Market is offering up its first fruits and round bales lay golden in the fields. The great Ironman race is over and folks are beginning to anticipate that long awaited trip to the lake and a glorious mountain summer.

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

Time to turn off the computer and lose the cell phone. Think summer and hunt for NEW needful things, dine alfresco, set a pretty outdoor table or hang light and airy summer window curtains. Even pretty dishtowels can freshen up the kitchen.

Each day has 24 golden hours . . . we invite you to disconnect for awhile and begin to create. We have been busy adding many, many new patterns and products. Look for our New Favorites, Quilt of the Month, Candle Club and Seasonal Recipes. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark so you can find your way back home!

What's New!

Hooked Rugs

Cottage by the Sea
All the elements of cottage and beach house living are right here at The Country Porch! Layer your cocoon with Chateau Quilt and window treatments from Victorian Heart, add Sea Breeze and Sea Isle Home Accessories. Fill effervescent Bubble Glass Pitcher with found treasures and light your way with shabby chic style Pillar Candle Set abundant with Coconut cake candles.

Chateau Quilt

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 embroidered stars on a field of rich navy. 100% homespun cotton.

Celebrate with more glorious stars and stripes decor from Americana Decorating Themes and Stars and Stripes ceramic pottery or mix it up with Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Sand and Village Dinnerware in Vanilla. Capture napkins in red star napkin rings and dine by the glow of our red star lamp.


Blue Lagoon
Create a little island living right where you’re at! Park Designs helps you cozy up your bungalow with colors fresh from the sea with beach chair stripes of sea blue, butter and sea foam. 100% cotton.

Set a classic table with beautiful Basketweave ceramic pottery OR mix it up with the colors of the sea, sky and sand with Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Sand, Sea Glass or Butter and Village Dinnerware in Vanilla and yummy Butter. We love it!

Blue Lagoon Kitchen Decorating Theme
Emma's Garden Kitchen Decorating Theme

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, Celery, Vanilla and Persimmon Village ceramic pottery to pull off that found cottage look. Placemats and runners reverse to stripe. Made of 100% cotton.


Stylized flowers of terra cotta, cornflower, mustard and sage bear the mark of ancient weavers from Paisley, Scotland. A design originating in the 17th Century, Park Designs has recreated the look of yesterday for today with updated stripes and vivid colors. Placemats and runners reverse to stripe. Made of 100% cotton.

Mix it up with vibrant Casual Classics and Village Serve Ware OR change your mind entirely and browse Cottage and Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, fishtail curtain swags and lined curtain valances.

Paisley Kitchen Decorating Theme
Newport Kitchen Decorating Theme

Blue York Lights
Lighten up! Choose this traditional pattern of large checks in your choice of sage or country blue on soft white bordered in mini-check. How cute is that? It's an all time favorite here at The Country Porch and a repeated best seller from Park Designs.

Mix it up with Blue York Lights and Casual Classic Kitchen Decorating Themes in Sand and Village Dinnerware in Vanilla. Mix Sage York Lights with Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Sand and Village Dinnerware in Vanilla, Celery and Persimmon.


Zinnia Zest
This joyous pattern from Park Designs speaks volumes with its vibrant hues of yellow, gold, orange, rustic scarlet and shades of green on a white background. In the language of flowers it means constancy, goodness and daily remembrance. Placemat and runners reverse to stripe. Made of 100% cotton.

Pretty striped napkins are captured with adorable Spade Napkin Rings, but wait until you see the double adorable Beverage Napkin Holder (did we already say adorable?). ALL the Garden Gate green wire make the perfect companions for Zinnia Zest©.

Zinnia Zest Kitchen Decorating Theme


Summer Quilts
Quilts galore! These few quilts are just a snippet from our large gallery of quilts. For more summertime cocooning shop our extensitive collection of J. Clayton Quilts, Country Quilts and Victorian Heart Quilts.

Blessed are the Piecemakers
~ Unknown


Surfer's Bay
Endless summer! Pop up from under our Surfer's Bay Hawaiian quilt and bedding accessories by C&F Enterprises and get out for dawn patrol and the illusive bombora.

Mix and match with Blue Shells and woody car pillow, hang ten on coordinating hooked rug then layer with Apple Green and Jacqueline Matelesse Quilts and Blue Reef draperies. Shaka!

Surf for more beach quilts in Blue Shells and Hightide Shells Quilt.

Surfer's Bay Quilt
Kahala Quilt

Island life is depicted in big, bold patches of color with applique and embroidery in our tropical Kahala Quilt and bedding accessories by C&F Enterprises.

Lightly sprinkle with coordinating Toucan sequined pillow, hooked Cockatoo pillow and appliqued Kahala pillow shams, then layer with Apple Green Matelesse Quilt. It's so easy!

Kahala is a cotton filled, prewashed, luxury oversized heirloom quality quilt. For more beach quilts, visit Kauai, Flamingo Fun, Coral Shells and Tropical Paradise Quilt.


Atlantic Isle
Stay anchored in your favorite port cocooned in our nautical Atlantic Isle Quilt and bedding accessories from C&F Enterprises.

A sea palette of ocean blues, sea foam and signal red echo a sailor's life in a patchwork of appliqued nautical symbols. Hit the deck on exquisitely hooked maritime rug, complete with hooked Anchor pillow and appliqued Lighthouse and Sailboat Pillows or mix it up with quilted Colonial Blue Matelesse quilt.

Atlantic Isle is a 100% cotton shell/cotton filled, prewashed, luxury oversized heirloom quilt. Find more seafaring quilts in Nantucket Dream and Hightide Shells.

Atlantic Isle Quilt
Sunshine Patch Quilt

Sunshine Patch
All decked out for a midsummer's eve our Sunshine Patch Quilt and bedding accessories from Donna Sharp sighs an invitation to come fluff up your nest.

The sweetness of simplicity is captured in this large patch work pattern. Prints and stripes in hues of butter yellow and muted blue are strewn with hand-embroidered ribbon flowers accented with embroidered french knots and outline stitching. Quilt reverses to a coordinating yellow print while prairie point border has the last word.


My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
~ Thomas Jefferson

Celebrate the Patriotic Decorating season! All over town flags are waving, folks are entertaining on their decks and enjoying summer. Serve your guests appetizers in patriotic style and wash it all down with refreshing iced coffee!

Iced Honey Coffee

Enjoy this recipe from

Classics Coffee and Tea (M573)

by Gooseberry Patch
Gooseberry Patch Cookbooklet Coffee and Tea M573
2 T. instant coffee granules
1/4 c. boiling water
1/4 c. honey
5 4-inch cinnamon sticks
3/4 c. cold water
3 c. milk
1 c. ice cubes
Dissolve coffee in boiling water; add honey, mixing well. Add one cinnamon stick and cold water; stir and set aside. Fill 4 tall serving glasses with ice; discard cinnamon stick and add 1/4 cup coffee mixture to each glass. Fill with milk; add one cinnamon stick to each glass. Serves 4.

Bon Appetite!

Summer Candle Club

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

Summer is the season of fragrance and what could be more delicious then the sweet scent of Strawberry Shortcake, Blueberry 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,

Where liberty dwells, there is my country
~ Benjamin Franklin

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