~"Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach to how you look at things. Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative." ~ Osho”~

~Glad Tidings. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. Do help yourself to a cup of cocoa and stay a while.~

Thursday, April 3, 2014

~Feeling Like Beatrix~

Good afternoon.  I sit, surrounded by thick papers, piles of pencils and mounds of erasers, sipping my coffee as the sun streams in the windows & a small fire burns in the hearth....feeling like Beatrix Potter.  Tonight I will participate in my first Watercolor Class and I am BEYOND excited.  This is something I have wanted to do since I was a young girl. To say that I am fan of Beatrix Potter would be an understatement.  I adore her.  I sorta feel like part of her is part of me..silly I know, but I wonder if perhaps I'm not the only person that feels this way about her.  She's a huge inspiration and is adored by so many.   I'm not sure where this new found skill will take me but I am SO excited to do just that.....let it take me.  So, this evening at 6:00pm you will find me, along with my other classmates, sitting in Pawlet in the studio of Lynn Pratt, soaking up all she has to teach me.

Mr. Windthorp here is the first dapper fellow I plan to paint..the moment I learn what I'm doing :)

Wishing you a merry day ~ doreen

Monday, March 31, 2014

~With My Needle & Hoop~

Tis a Windy and raw afternoon here in Vermont.  March would seem to be leaving us (or going out as they say) like a lion..of course, would we still say that when the whole of March was like a lion? Gosh, it's been so bitter cold!! During this, one of the coldest March's on record, I have been sitting by the fire, day dreaming and sketching away on summer and fall designs.  Olde Blue, who you see pictured here is one of my new designs and I absolutely LOVE it.  It's funny how things come together ~ I had put in a large floss order with Valdani and purchased this blue on a whim.  Odd for me as I generally do not use blue in anything I create.  But, at the last minute, I ordered a couple of balls mainly because I liked the name of it...*Seaside*..who doesn't like the sound of that when the temperature is 15* and snow is flying past your windows.  As it happens, when they arrived these three colors (red, blue and off white) where packaged in the same little box together.  Well, the moment I saw them I knew I had to make something with them.  That got me thinking.  I was born on July 3rd..actually, just a few minutes before The Fourth Of July. Yet, as much as I love the month of July and, in particular, July 4th, I hardly ever create anything that speaks of summer, the ocean, whales (one of my all-time favorite animals) Patriotism, fireworks etc.  Hence, this design..and several others not yet in my hoop, have been sketched and are in the works.  I'm am loving them & having an absolute blast!

Wishing you a lovely day :)D

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

~March Days~

 Glad Tidings. Goodness, can you believe March is nearly ready to depart? It seems she has just arrived. Alas, I am a bit grateful for her speedy visit as, April is sure to bring warmer weather...well, let's HOPE anyway :). I must say, tho it has been MUCH colder than when she usually visits with us, she has been a wonderful month nonetheless :).

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO.....A lovely morning of inputting the last of my invoices, expenditures and info into Quick Books. It is such a great feeling finally doing this. Knowing that I will, from here on out, be much better organized and much more able to track how things are going with this little business of mine. :) And, I will say, it's quite enjoyable to sit at the dining room table with my lap top, amidst the crackling of the wood stove with sunshine and birdsong outside my window and work on this project. This afternoon, I've new designs to work on. Several new punch needle patterns in the works and details to iron out regarding this years (that's right I said THIS YEAR)...punch needle class!!! SO EXCITING.

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN....Shepherd's Pie and popovers for dinner on this, slowly warming, evening in New England. The boys will be boiling tonight, so I may be bringing dinner down there!! :)

Wishing you a Merrye Day. ♥D

Thursday, March 13, 2014

~Patterns & Floss Kits Now Available~

~The Snow Fell Fast And The Wind Blew Wild~ The Gruffalo's Child.

This has certainly been the case here in Vermont these last two day.  The storm blew in on Tuesday evening and it has just, in the last hour, departed.  We were near blizzard conditions and I must say I can not recall such a bitter cold, howling wind.   I am truly beginning to wonder if Spring is holding off until June.  We are usually well into sugaring season by this date and we've not boiled an ounce.  It's quite unusual to be sure.  But alas, we are dreaming of Spring nonetheless.  

And..speaking of Spring...

The Patterns, both paper and PDF, and the Pattern/Floss Kit's for my new punch needle design ~Spring Thyme In Olde New England~ are now available on My Website and In My Etsy Shoppe.  I am SO very pleased with this design.  I have a great love for birds and it makes me so happy to finally be able to bring them to "life" through punch needle.

This sweet folky bird is done in warm earth tones amidst a lovely soft spring setting. The entire piece is done in a mixture of gorgeous Valdani, Variegated, Solid & Three Strand Floss. 

Stop by for a visit, should you have the time and ..any thoughts of doing a bit of punch needle :)

I'm off now to make a lemon meringue pie..oh goodness, I have been craving this so much lately!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

~Spring Whispers~

Goode day to you. We wake to sunshine and mild temperatures here in Vermont. Truly, the calm before the storm. And what a storm it is expected to be. They are predicting 12-20" of snow for us!! March is definitely a month known for it's snow storms here in Vermont, but they say this one may be a record breaker. We shall see. At any rate, this morning after packing moppets for travel I shall be headed to run my errands so that I may spend the next two days stitching in the comfort of my home :). 

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO.....Last night I held my Spring Whispers Web Show..it was another wonderful success..something I do not think I will ever get use to :)..things being spoken for so quickly..it humbles and delights me!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.*My offerings last night*...The folky punch needle pillow shown above~Spring Thyme In Olde New England~ goodness how I love how it turned out.  The pattern and floss kits will be available tomorrow afternoon (on my website and etsy).

Also making an appearance last night.......

~Basil Rupert Willoughby~

~Finnigan Addison Taylor~

~Bertram Manchester Sheppard~

& Last but certainly not least..this sweet needle-punch carrot in my favorite Valdani color..accompanied by a small blackened beeswax hare :)

 IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN....Grilled Chicken, Baked Potatoes and Green Salad for dinner this evening.

Wishing you a Merrye Day. ♥D

Saturday, March 1, 2014

~The March Hare~

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." ~Charles Dickens.

 Goodness, this is ever so true today, THO...I wouldn't exactly say the sun is hot..more like...warm...ish .  Merry March To You. I must admit, Winter is feeling quite long to me this year. Which is a feeling I've never had before! Every morning when I wake & wander to the kitchen to pour myself a cup of coffee, my feet try and take me to the front porch rather than my cozy chair by the fire. My soul is, most definitely, longing to be outside. I shall remember, no matter how long the Winter...Spring is sure to follow. This weekend the guys are readying *The Sugar-house* and tapping tree's will follow in a few days. Sugaring Time is upon us and that surely means, Spring is not far behind :).

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO...A lovely repeat of yesterday...Merry moppets, a bit of needle felting sweet pups and my relaxing and wonderful time with my punch needle.... are all on the agenda for today. :)

STUDIO NOTES.....A Note Regarding Kits.....If you have previously purchased the Love Grows pattern you may purchase just the *Floss Kit* via my ETSY Shop. Pattern Kits (pattern, floss and weavers cloth) are available on my website :)

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN....Pizza from The Harvest this evening..YUM!!!
Wishing you a cozy day. ♥D

Friday, February 28, 2014

~The Warmth Of Stitching By The Fire~

GLAD TIDINGS. We awake, on this final day of February 2013, to frigid cold in Vermont this morning. The sun is doing her best to pull us out of the negative numbers tho.. I am not sure she will succeed. It is a day for the coziness of something baking in the oven, candles burning and the warmth of stitching by the fire. 

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO...Merry moppets, a bit of needle felting sweet pups and punch needle are all on the agenda for today. :)

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN....Macaroni & Cheese with Baked Ham on this, COLD New England Evening.
Wishing you a cozy day. ♥D

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~Pattern Kits & Punch Needle Supplies NOW AVAILABLE~

Glad Tidings. We awoke to sunny skies and COLD temperatures here in Vermont this morning. Around 7am the clouds moved in and snow began to fall. Tis lovely. A perfect day for baking and stitching. I've dough, for homemade rolls, rising by the warmth of the wood stove, my candles are burning and soft jazz music plays on Pandora ~ Tis so lovely. Now..on to my work day :)

GOODE NEWS....The Love Grows Pattern Kit is now available on My Website.  
The Kit Includes.... Pattern, Floss & Weavers Cloth all decoratively packaged and ready for you hoop :)  I am also now selling 12" Morgan locking-lip hoops and Cameo Ultra-Punch Needles. 
In the future, when a new pattern is released...the Kit to make that pattern, will be released along with it :~). 
Below is the next pattern I am working on..Spring Thyme In Olde New England.  

 I am off now as I've much stitching to do.  I've three sweet bears (2 black and one brown) awaiting my hands for our next web show.  Which, in case you did not see it posted on my website.. will be taking place Monday, March 10th at 7:00pm. I also have some new needle-felted pups in the works for the show...Oh this is such a wonderful and exciting time..I am having so much fun!!

Thank you ever so much for your time today.  Wishing you a warm and cozy day ~ Doreen

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

~Winter Is Still With Us~

Good day to you.  Brrrr..it is COLD here in Vermont this morning.  Our Spring teaser has left town and Winter has, once again, taken over.  We are a mere 10* at the moment and we've an expected high of only 16* with occasional snow showers..more January-like than late February to be sure.

This morning after Oliver & I come in from our walk, I shall put an apple tart in the oven as we seem to have accumulated an abundance of apples as of late.   It's warmth and aroma will help our beloved wood stove warm the house, making things perfect and cozy for a day of comfort and stitching.  On the agenda today....I've three bears coming to life, needle felted pups and a new punch needle design...all coming along nicely  for my next web show.

Speaking of Punch Needle....I finally have my stock of supplies inventoried, photographed and ....READY TO OFFER :)...YAY!     Below is a sample of the *Pattern Kits* I will be offering. :)  This one is for the ~Love Grows~ Pattern. 
Each Kits will include; 
~Valdani Floss~ 
~Weavers cloth~

**all decoratively packaged and ready for your hoop**

 I decided the kits were the best way to go for me for two reasons...one, I love a kit..it takes the guess work out of gathering the supplies one needs and two, it was necessary as I simply do not have the time for packing and shipping a lot of small supply orders....hence, the KITS will work perfectly for me and for my customers :)

WELL..Young Oliver is, at this moment, sitting here staring at me which means we are approaching 8:00am...tis time for his breakfast and our walk.  I am telling you..the boy can tell time!!!

Wishing you a warm and cozy day ...♥ Doreen

Friday, February 21, 2014

~Raindrops & Recipes~

We wake to the sound of raindrops on our roof tops here in Vermont this morning and our cold snowy world transformed into a slushy, ice covered one.  Our driveway is, quite literally, a sheet of ice.  I attempted to walk down to the mailbox this morning and found it absolutely impossible.  So...I am house-bound today as, maneuvering down the icy slope would certainly be impossible even with four rubber tires underneath me.  I am quite sure I would quickly find myself careening sideways and my beloved car meeting a large tree, long before the bottom was in sight.  SO, a trip to the post shall wait & I shall be staying safe inside, stitching bears, doing a bit of punch needle and enjoying the coziness of home. :)

In the oven this morning I've a batch of Gingerbread scones (yes..again)...in case you've not realized it yet...Molasses is my absolute favorite baking ingredient..oh goodness, I love it.  And...As promised here is the recipe for...

Gingerbread Scones 
(Recipe Courtesy of The Noshery)

1 3/4 cups  all purpose flour 
3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
 1/3 cup light brown sugar
 2 teaspoons ground ginger
 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces 
 Zest of 1 lemon (optional) 
1/3 cup
 dried cranberries or cherries (optional)
 1/2 cup buttermilk
 2 1/2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 Egg Wash: 1 large egg 1 tablespoon milk or cream
 Maple Glaze: (optional) 1/2 cup  sifted confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar
 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 
 1 - 2 teaspoons cream or milk
 Lemon Zest - The yellow outer rind of the lemon that contains the fruit's flavor and perfume. The rind being the outer skin of the lemon which consists of both the yellow zest and white membrane (pith). 
Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a baking stone as I do) and set aside.

In a large mixer bowl whisk together, flour, oats, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Using a fork or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until it looks crumbly.   Stir in cranberries and lemon zest.  In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, molasses and vanilla.   Set bowl with flour mixture on to the mixer with a dough hook attachment.  Set mixture at a low speed and slowly add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture.  Mix until just combined and begins to form a ball.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface.  Knead dough gently about four or five times and form into a large ball.   Push the dough down and form into a large circle about 7 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches thick.   Cut the circle i half and cut each half into 3 even slices.   Place scones on baking sheet.
Place baking sheet into another baking sheet to keep the scones bottoms from over browning.  Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Transfer to cooking rack when done.
To glaze combine all glaze ingredients, adding more sugar or milk till you get desired consistency.  With spoon drizzle glaze over cooled scones and let dry.


I'm off now to take these out of the oven, enjoy one for breakfast and then sit down to my day of stitching.   Young black bears await my attention.

Wishing you a joy filled day. ♥D

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

~The Soft Side Of Mother Nature~

Goode Snowy Day To You. It is snowing so very beautifully here this morning. Thick, perfectly formed snowflakes are falling fast and heavy giving our world a magical beauty we only see a few times a year. Oh, how I love these kind of snow storms. It reminds us of the beauty & soft side of Mother Nature. Inside, a warm fire burns, candles glow and a batch of peanut butter cookies bakes in the oven. The house is tidy, my comfy work clothes are donned and it's time to begin a day of stitching.

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO.....Moppet making continues today as does my progress on my new punch needle designs ..AND I've begun a sweet new needle felted pup :).

~IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN......Baked Chicken, Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with Cheddar Cheese, Onion & Apple stuffing and roasted Acorn squash for dinner on this snowy New England Evening.

Wishing you a cozy day. ♥D

Saturday, February 15, 2014

~In My Hoop...Making progress~

Glad Tidings. Oh what an absolutely beautiful morning it is here in Vermont. Yesterday's storm has passed leaving us with close to two feet of fresh snow.  Mother Nature was NOT kidding when she sent this one our way!!  This morning, after breakfast, I donned my snowshoes & Oliver and I headed out into the snowy woods (hence the reason for my tardy post). It was actually difficult going as the snow was so very deep. After only 1/2 hour we were both quite tired and decided to head in. On our way back, snow began to softly fall, as the next small storm moves in.

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO.....As you can see I am making progress with my new Fraktur design. Oh my goodness, I just love it. He's such a regal looking fellow don't you think?  

 (a look at the back)

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN......Dinner out at one of our favorite restaurant this evening..The Iron Lantern :).

Wishing you a cozy day. ♥D

Friday, February 14, 2014

~Robins In Winter~

Good morning & Happy Valentines Day.  I use to think that the appearance of Robins meant our Winter was over...I no longer believe that!!  Goodness, we are snowed in here in Vermont.  I'm not sure how much snow we have as the wind has blown it every which way, but from the looks of things we have at least 15" of fresh snow and it's still coming down quite heavily.  This poor Robin was tweeting away when I trudged outside to fill the bird feeders this morning. She was all alone and looked so cold, I wished I could have convinced her to come inside with me until the storm passed.  But alas she flew off and Oliver and I continued on with our chores.  He, running around in absolute heaven, somehow and inexplicably dragging his blue plastic swimming pool all through the yard.  Oh, I do not care for that ugly thing...he has it torn to shreds, it's frozen and therefore when he flies past you with it in his mouth, with it flapping every which way, it scraps against you and rips your clothing!!

  While he was busy playing, I was shoveling the porch and walkway.  Mark actually shoveled before he left at 4:00am but after he left for work is when it really started to come down. So...I had no choice as it was so deep I couldn't even see the front steps..  Shoveling done & feeders filled we headed back inside to our cozy fire and the promise of a lovely day of needle punch, stitching and dusting beeswax.  I actually need to mail two beeswax orders but I am not sure that's going to happen today!
(I  love how our old shed looks in the snow)

By the way..what are your Valentines plans?  Mark &I are going to our favorite restaurant tomorrow evening. With his work schedule and this storm, tonight wasn't possible...so, this evening we shall be dining late but a lovely one it shall be.  Grilled London Broil, Baked Potatoes, Roasted Butternut Squash with brown sugar and Maple syrup and Guinness and cheddar biscuits :) YUM!

I am off now to take my Gingerbread scones out of the oven ~ OH GOODNESS do they smell heavenly!
 Wishing you a cozy and safe day ~ ♥D

Thursday, February 13, 2014

~In My Hoop~

Good snowy afternoon to you...and OH, what a beautiful snow filled one it is.  They are saying two feet of snow is possible!  While the storm begins to intensify outside, inside I am delighting in the coziness.  I am just about to sit down and begin work on a new design.  I am awaiting the arrival of my larger order of floss, so I am lacking a few colors for it, but until then, I shall outline everything and work with the gorgeous colors you see here.  The spicy orange is one of my FAVORITES.  Isn't it lovely :)

I'm off now to make a big old mug of cocoa & begin my punching.  A bit later I am going to make a batch of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream frosting..mmm, perfect on this snowy day.

Stay safe & warm in the storm ~ ♥Doreen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

~As The Storm Approaches~

Goode Wednesday to you.  Outside, the bitter cold wind doth blow and a major storm gathers as what may be our biggest snow storm of the Winter, makes it's way to us.  Inside, a cozy fire burns, candles glow and the oven warms as it awaits a cinnamon yeast bread that is rising on the counter.  The house is tidy and a bubble bath awaits and then it is time to head into the studio for the day.

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO.....A busy week it has already been and today shall be no different.  Beeswax orders to pour, moppets to pin and stitch and punch needle designs to transfer to weavers cloth.  Speaking of punch needle I have some exciting news...I am now an official *Qualified Designer* with Valdani threads.  This is such a thrill for me..I can not even tell you.  It is an honor that humbles me :).

And, another delight...I have finished my very first needle-felted dog.  Oh my goodness..I JUST LOVE HIM.  As he was coming to life, I began to see our sweet Odie, our pup that passed away just before Christmas of 2012 :(.  I know it's silly but it makes me feel like he is with me MORE now, a more solid presence I guess.  He will watch over me from now on as I create. :).

  I do have plans to make more of these.  I wrote to Domenica and asked if we were able, after taking her "Class/kit" to go ahead and make more to offer for sale, to which she responded "You are a rare person to ask me if I would mind you doing your own dogs, for which my thanks." :).  And..she gave me the go ahead to "create and be inspired."..to which, I am so thankful and shall do just that!!  I have ordered an abundance of gorgeous roving colors and will be needle felting up a storm...perhaps during the snow storm :). My next pup is going to be Young Oliver.  A gift for my sweet husband to put on the dashboard of his truck. He is always wanting to take Ollie to work with him, now he will be able to :)...shhh, it's surprise for him :).

Chicken and dumplings for dinner on the bitter cold New England evening.  We were suppose to have this last night however, I ended up on a little shopping trip with my sister. :).

I am off now to shape the cinnamon bread and pop it in the oven...oh the heavenly aroma that will be floating through the house soon ~ Delightful!

Wishing you a cozy and wonderful day, ♥D

Monday, February 10, 2014

~Taking My Line For A Walk~

"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk."
Paul Klee. 

Goode day to you.  I do apologize for my late greeting this positively beautiful, snow filled morning.  My time was taken up with my sketch book working on new punch needle patterns as well as new moppet characters.  Goodness, I am having so much fun.  I am quite thrilled this morning as I just signed up for a drawing course.  I would like to give my work a little more polish therefore, I think classes are a step in the right direction :).  Now..I've a house to tidy, orders to pack and run to the post office and then back home and into the studio I go :)

I leave you with this photo from mine & Olivers walk this morning.  Another fresh layer of snow fell overnight, my favorite kind of snow.  One that settles itself softly on everything in site transforming our landscape into a magical world of beauty.

                                                   Wishing you a merry day, :)Doreen

Saturday, February 8, 2014

~Goode Things To Know~

Good afternoon.  I thought I would share a couple of things I have found helpful when doing punch needle.  These are not hard and fast rules, simply things I have found that work for me, made things easier and may also work for you :).

1.)*… I keep my ball of floss in a small juice glass that I purchased at an antique shop. It’s the perfect size.  The ball fits in with room to jiggle about as you punch and the floss is pulled from the ball.  Keeping the thread loose and snag free was one of my greatest difficulties when I first started punching.   If there is the slightest pull on your floss as you are working, the loops will not form.  No one told me how important this was and it was quite a while before I realized why my loops kept pulling out and where the problem was.  It is also important to keep your ball of floss clean, knot free AND....if you are like me and happen to have a crazy pup around who thinks that the colorful ball of thread bouncing from your lap to the floor is for him to grab and run with..you'll want to keep it out of his reach :).  SO..my small juice glass works perfectly all around.   AND..I think I paid $2.00 for a set of six and ..they work well for juice drinking too ;~).

2.) *…Move in the direction of the slant of the needle turning your HOOP as you go.  This all depends on how you hold your needle (which will be the same way you hold a pencil) For me..the top of the needle slants toward me, therefore I punch toward me.  You will find your preference & rhythm as you go along and your speed will come once you are comfortable. But regardless of how you hold your needle..ALWAYS turn your hoop not your hand as you punch.

As far as how you punch....Some folks go up and down, some in circles, I actually do a little of both but I generally go in circles only punching in lines (up and down) when I'm at the very center of a circle. But that's not a hard and fast rule for me either.  For me..what I am punching, whether it be a flower, a heart or an animal, dictates my punching pattern.  You will find yours too :).

These "goode things to know" along with many others, I tend to be chatty with my directions, (big surprise there right) are included with each of my patterns however, I thought it would be nice to share them here as well :).

Wishing you a pleasant day :)Doreen