~Doreen Frost~ Teacher & Merry Maker of Needle~Work Designs, Folky Fraktur Woole~Worked Animals & Needle Work Patterns.

In~Home Workshops Given In The Early Autumn.

**At the foot of Round Mountain, tucked in among the graceful Maples, sits a cozy brown house, smoke billows from the chimney 8 months out of the year, a river rambles nearby, sheep & Cows graze in the meadows and turkey's forage nearby. Here you will find me...surrounded by wool & cotton threads, hoops & needles on my lap & sketchpads scattered about.**

** I love my life and enjoy sharing it with all of you.**

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Does the look on this young one's face say it all? It's been a LONG Winter for us all, to say the least.  Even I, snow lover that I am, feel the stirring and a bit of longing for green grass and temperatures somewhere near normal!  Take heart..it's sure to be here soon.  Here in Vermont, on this first morning of March, we woke to a deep RED sky, bitter cold and snow in the forecast.  That being said, I've  heard a Phoebe Bird calling for three days now,  a flock of geese returned earlier in the week and the air, regardless of it's cold and scary temperature, carries the scent of Spring.  We will blink and it will be upon us :).

Until then..stay warm and cozy my friends and enjoy this lovely day ~ doreen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

~Foraging For Acorns~

Good Tuesday Morning To You.  Tis bitter cold here in Vermont this morning.  A mere -20* below zero to be exact.  It is so very cold, in fact, that it is causing the wood stove to huff & puff calling to mind the wolf in the Three Little Pigs!  In actuality..it is drawing so heavily that, every now and again, a puff of smoke sneaks out through the damper.  OH, the trials and tribulations of a New England Winter. 

Now...you would think with this Winter being in full swing, I would not be rushing ahead to next Fall.  All I can say is that I must go wherever this creative mind of mine decides to take me.....And lately..that is to Autumn & TURKEYS.  Birds have always been one of  my favorite things to create, Turkeys in particular.  I love them, they hold a very special place in my heart and are, without a doubt, my favorite things to bring to life with my humble needle and thread.

I have two, of this particular design, in the works.  I will vary their colors a bit and place them both atop fabric covered paper mache boxes.  Once finished they will travel to Ohio with me for the From Our Hands & Hearts~Mercantile in May :)

I'm off now to tidy the house, brave the bitter cold to fill the bird feeders and take Mr. Oliver for his morning walk & then it's into the studio I go to pack a few orders.  THEN...I shall settle myself in my comfy chair, close to the toasty wood fire, with my hoop & needle.

Wishing you a joy filled day ~ stay warm out there~ Doreen

Thursday, February 12, 2015

....Where To Begin?

Goode day to you!  Tis dark, snowy and cold here in Vermont this morning as the fire snaps and pops, a fresh pot of coffee brews & the weather folks tell of an even deeper cold on the way.  Goodness, it has been a cold Winter, thus far, here in Vermont. 

Where to begin....that is a good question...  It has been so very long since I've last written a blog post I'm not quite sure where to start!  Well, perhaps..Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you are all healthy & happy!!  We are doing wonderfully and things have been quite busy, here at Vermont Harvest Folk Art.  So much of it has been behind the scenes that it's been hard to find something to share with all of you.   But alas, several of my deadlines have been met and I am moving on to finally being able to share AND have a couple of new designs/patterns to offer.


I have a new Valdani Floss ~ Designer Collection!!!   "Olde New England" will be available on my website on Sunday, February 15th.  You can also purchase the collection from www.valdani.com.

On Sunday, February 15th..I will also have TWO NEW PUNCH NEEDLE PATTERNS available... :)



**Spring Thyme At Walker Homestead Punch Needle Workshop. March 21st will find me at Walker Homestead in Brookfield, MA teaching a lovely group of folks.  A delicious lunch will be served as well.  Visit www.walkerhomestead.com to register for the workshop.

 FROM OUR HANDS & HEARTS ~ Creative...April 30th thru May 2nd in Peninsula, OH.   I am so very honored to be participating in this amazing event.  Visit www.fromourhands.com for all the details & to register.

And there you have it....busy and lovely days indeed.  And now, I am off to sip a bit of cocoa, tidy the house, take young Oliver for his morning romp in the snow and then head into the studio for the day.

Wishing you a merry day.  Stay safe & warm out there ~ Doreen

Monday, December 22, 2014

~Merry Christmas To You & Yours~

Christmas week has ARRIVED and with it comes a big olde storm..no, not a snow storm...rain..on Christmas eve..and lots of it. Rather rude of Mother Nature..wouldn't you say! I felt so sorry for our weatherman this morning, having to give such nasty news, you could tell he hated to do it. But...it is what it is....Christmas, after all, is not about weather.  

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." ~Charles Dickens

Don't get me wrong...I would positively love to wake, on Christmas morning, to the sound of coffee brewing, the fire crackling and the lovely sight of snow falling gently outside my window leaving a soft blanket of beauty surrounding our home.  But alas, it is not to be and I shall embrace the joy of waking to the sound of coffee brewing, a crackling fire and the beauty of loved ones filling our home.

Thank you all so very much for being a part of my life this past year.  Wishing each and every one of you a JOYFUL & MERRY Christmas.  May you be in the company of those you love  & your hearts filled with peace and joy.  xox Doreen

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Joyous Thanksgiving

**May the beauty and blessings of Thanksgiving bring warmth and peace to your home this year.**

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours ~ doreen

Saturday, November 1, 2014

~Tis November~

“November comes and November goes, with the last red berries and the first white snows. With night coming early, and dawn coming late, ice in the bucket and frost by the gate. The fires burn and the kettles sing, earth sinks to rest until next spring.”  ~ Clyde Watson

NOVEMBER 1st... Goode morning & welcome lovely November. Tis COLD here in Vermont with snow in the forecast!! A perfect way to kick off November in my humble opinion.  I LOVE SNOW!! Don't forget to stop by my website this evening at 7:00 pm for ~ *Here We Come A Wassailing* ~ my first, yuletide web show, of the season. Wishing you a wonderful Saturday ~ Doreen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

~Here We Come A Wassailing~

"A foot of snow presses against the front door, the presents glimmer under the Christmas tree, Aunt Lillie’s sugar cookies lie temptingly in the old painted tin box and the Wassail punch simmers slowly on the stove, the fragrance of cinnamon wafting through the house."  :~)

In actuality...Tis half past October and All Hallow's Eve draws near.  A cold rain falls, a chilly north wind blows and the tempting aroma of fresh brewed coffee is the only fragrance currently wafting through the house.  Be that as it may...It is nearly time for all things Yuletide.  A joyous time of year that, regardless of the grumblings I hear from folks far & near, I personally feel it comes and goes far too quickly.  I am not ashamed to say my holiday joyfulness has arrived and I am anxiously awaiting this most wonderful time of year.  I am knee deep in merry thoughts & ideas for gifts for my loved ones, have begun making list and handmade gifts AND... where my work is concerned..well..Yuletide surrounds me.
SO..embrace your holiday spirit & join me as I dive in, full force, to a snowbank full of holiday joyfulness.

Traditional Wassail Recipe With Mead
On a dark, cold winter night, when something visceral stirs like a tiny claw scratching at the wall, a cup of this bright and warm and soothing drink is in order. To banish the darkness away.

2 cups fresh apple cider
2 large oranges, cut in half
2 whole cloves
2 large apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into wedges
4 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of nutmeg
1 small slice of peeled ginger root
**¾ liter bottle of mead (750 ml.)
Orange and apple slices

Pour the cider into a large pot and add one of the orange halves with the two cloves stuck in it and squeeze the juice from the other halves into the cider. Add the apple wedges, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and ginger slice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let steep for about an hour. Add the mead, bring to a simmer. Remove the cooked fruit, cinnamon sticks, and ginger slice. Serve hot, garnished with slices of orange and apple.
**Mead is an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water.  Our sweet daughter Jenna is engaged to a wonderful guy named Ben who is quite accomplished in the art of Mead making...He shall be supplying us with our Mead for our Wassail throughout this festive season**


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

~Goode Witch Hester ... A gift for you~

Good Day.  This first day of October has dawned dark, rainy and cool here in Vermont with smoke billowing from our chimney, a thick shower of Autumn leaves carpeting the ground and an ever present honking of geese leaving us for the winter.  Gracious, what a wonderful and precious time of year.  Just a quick note to you this morning as I've much to do in these last few days before my open house....

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU........A lovely little sketch of a sweet pumpkin witch free for you to work with as you wish.  My gift to you on this first, lovely and spooktacular day of October. 

I hope you enjoy Goode Witch Hester..she's a sweet gal just learning to use her powers :)

Wishing you a spooktacular day!! Doreen~

Saturday, September 27, 2014

~September..where did you go...~

Goode Saturday morning to you. Gracious, where did September go?  I knew it had been quite some time since my last blog post but I was quite shocked when I popped in here and the date on my last post was August 8th....  Well, to say it's been a little busy here is an understatement.

Much has been happening...we've redecorated and remodeled several rooms in the house, split & stacked our Winter wood, cleaned out & put to sleep, the gardens and prepared them for snow.  Took a few day trips, went to a few county fairs, picked apples, had bbq's, family dinners and celebrations and lots of other wonderful things.  
IN THE STUDIO....much has been happening...custom orders, shop orders and lots of designing, punching and stitching has been happening as I prepare for Open studio weekend (Oct 4th & 5th).  And, last but not least, new designs and patterns are in the works and will be available soon. 
This guy..Olde Tom..has created quite a stir for me.  I am such a lover of Turkey's and it makes me so happy to hear such praise for him.  It's funny, I actually designed him years ago.  Longer ago than even I thought....when I looked through my photo's I found him in 2012.   He was done in wool applique then, but I never did anything with him.  I guess he was just waiting for the right medium to show his true character :).  At any rate..I love him and I am so very happy that you do too.  His pattern, along with several other, will be available soon :).

And now..a few other things I've been working on...

October Stroll..The finished piece will be available during Open Studio weekend, pattern soon.

A few smalls for Open Studio.....
And..last but not least...Harvest Thyme In Olde New England

Everyone is all punched and awaiting their final finishing :)...
Now that my punching is just about finished up (I think.....)... I am going to move on to finishing up a couple of moppets for the show..oh, and wool pumpkins..I need to do those yet......must not panic..must not panic

Next up.......YULETIDE Offerings :)

Wishing you a lovely day :)Doreen

Friday, August 8, 2014

~Happenings In The Harvest Studio~

Merry Day To You. Tis a glorious one here in Vermont as the birds flutter about, the sun shines & a cool wind blows merrily through the trees. I realized today that my correspondents to the folks on my newsletters list & even those here on my blog, as of late, have become quick and to the point and I quite dislike that. I want them to be something you look forward to and delight in reading! I apologize for letting them get away from me.

If you have visited my website in the last week, you will have noticed I have new graphics. I LOVE them. The lovely, dark, rich colors make it so much more cozy and give it a lovely homey feel. A very BIG thank you to Amy of Amybug's Graphics for once again providing me with a beautiful new look. You will  also notice a new look to my newsletter (should you receive it).  It is, I think, much prettier... with lovely quotes, photo's, sneak peeks, recipes and easy links to important sites. I hope everyone will find it enjoyable and easy to navigate. 

Pictured here is Olde Tavern Pete ~ isn't he the sweetest!

STUDIO NEWS......Things are ever so busy here in the studio. Something that I am SO, VERY grateful for. 
 At the moment, as far as my work goes, I am trying to concentrate on a weekly offering rather than a larger web show every six weeks or so. The reason for this is..I am participating in the Vermont Fall Open Studio weekend on October 4th & 5th, so I am attempting to build up a supply of finished pieces to have available. That weekend is, traditionally, peek foliage weekend here in Vermont.  I hope that many of you will take a drive through beautiful VT and stop by, visit my studio, enjoy some light refreshments and a lovely visit :).  *Please Note...there will be no weekly "Thursday's Harvest" offering the month of September so that I may concentrate on preparing for this event. 

IN OTHER NEWS....I am working on the project for my Winter Punch Needle Workshop

This is the color palette for the project. :)   I am SO excited about hosting this workshop!! A small group of people, a crackling fire, candle glow, a seasonal lunch (and refreshments throughout the day) and a beautiful punch needle project. A few of the details are still up in the air as I am having trouble deciding on a date . I would love to hold it the first Saturday in December (the 6th) though I worry the weather may present a problem. My other chosen date would be November 22nd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) I would love your input!! The project is a needle punched (with wool back) *Olde Sturbridge Christmas Stocking* so December would be perfect if that's possible. The workshop will be one day from 9:30am to 5pm. All materials, seasonal luncheon, refreshments & blackened beeswax thank you gift are included in the cost of the class :) Doesn't it sound so wonderful! I am hoping snow flurries at least make an appearance to lend an extra special festive flare. 

I'm off now, as I must make it to the post office before they close for the day. Thank you all so much for being a part of my world ~ Doreen 

 ps....I hope you enjoy the recipe I've shared. I shall be making it for our dinner this evening.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Goode Dark & Raining Monday To YOU :). Dawn arrived with a rumble of thunder, a gust of wind and then the skies let loose a torrent of rain that is still falling. Tis a wonderful day for stitching, which is my plan for the afternoon..with candles glowing, Cold Mountain playing and my hoop & needle in hand.

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO....OH MY GOODNESS..thank you all SO much for your wonderful response to Goody Andover. I have re-listed her Pattern & Floss Kits, twice now, both on my website & in my ETSY shoppe and she has nearly sold out of the second listings already. There will be lots of wonderful Goode Ladye's Of Old New England throughout the country. :) A VERY busy day of printing, packing and shipping is ahead!! Later this evening, I hope to find time to begin working my second design in the "Goode Ladye's" series as well as the design for my Winter Workshop. The colors I've chosen for this project as so lovely, I can not wait to see how they come together :).

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN....Spinach & cheese quiche for our dinner on this cool and dark day.

Wishing you a cozy and joy filled day. ~ Doreen

Sunday, July 27, 2014

~Contrast In Seasons~

Goode afternoon.  I am quite the contrast in seasons here today.  Tis wavering back & forth outside between dark & stormy and sunny & humid.  Inside, I've an All Hallow's Eve candle burning and I just made a big batch of freshly squeezed lemonade :).  The seasons seem to be changing...I know it is early and I am sure, some of you are contemplating sending me a cyber slap, but something feels different to me.  The air is whispering of Fall more prominently than it usually does this last week in July.  It is inspiring me greatly in my work.  I am in Autumn mode early and my head is spinning with new ideas.

AND....Speaking of Autumn.  Goody Andover (a very Autumn looking ladye)  is now available as a PATTERN :).  Thank you all so very, very much for your request for this gal.  Originally I had intended to offer her solely as a finished piece.  However,  I simply could not keep up with the requests for her!  Hence, a pattern has come to life.  To maintain the uniqueness of the original, I've changed the pattern version a bit.  She's nubbier....I used two different needle depths to give her more dimension and.... the palette is darker, for a bit of a spookier look.... she's also facing the opposite direction.   I JUST LOVE HER!!!  And I HOPE you will too.  You may now purchase her, in PDF & Paper pattern form, on MY WEBSITE.  


Wishing you a lovely and cool Summer day ...or fall..whichever season you may be experiencing today :) Doreen

Saturday, July 26, 2014

~New Pattern Available Today~

Goode Saturday Morning To You. Oh my heavens, it is positively gorgeous here in Vermont this morning. The air hints of Fall...Oh, I know it is still only July, but when hurricane season begins, often, our air whispers of Autumn. Perhaps it is Mother Nature's way of inspiring us for the months to come. Her way of reminding us of weather yet to be & of the winter we must now prepare for. Whatever the reason, mornings, such as this, are truly a welcome inspiration & gift that inspires me greatly.

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO....A lovely and busy day in the studio is ahead. THE GOODY ANDOVER PATTERN WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS AFTERNOON and then I've a busy late afternoon & evening with my hoop and needle working on new patterns. I also will be spending time with this week's Tuesday's Tinkerings offering :)

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN....Leftovers from last night's delicious pot roast. The air was cool, the house freshly cleaned, and I was in the mood to make something hearty in the oven. Oh how lovely and comforting it was. :)

Wishing you a beautiful day. ~ Doreen

Friday, July 18, 2014

~Goody Andover~

 Goode day to you.  Friday has dawned positively GORGEOUS here in Vermont.  The air is crisp and cool and then sun shines brightly down upon our little world.  The air is so cool, in fact, that a sweater was needed while Oliver & I took our morning walk and whilst weeding one of my perennial gardens.  Oh how pleasant it is to do so in the coolness of the morning :).

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO....**Thank you ALL SO MUCH for your messages, comments, custom orders and emails regarding my original punch needle design; Goody Andover. I am joyfully overwhelmed with your response to her.

**Goody Andover~No. 1 In The Goode Ladies Of Olde New England Series~will be available as a pattern next week.  **No. 2 in the series is on my drawing board and will be finding her way to my frame in the next few days.

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN...A quick & early dinner Of BLT's this evening as I will be headed up to Mr. Beans house to help his Mama prepare for his very big birthday party tomorrow.  What a wonderful time.

Until next time....May your day be filled with abundance & joy ~ Doreen

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

~Tuesday, July 15th~

A very goode & lovely morning to you. Tuesday has dawned a bit cooler with a lovely breeze and abundant bird song floating through the open windows. Tis ever so lovey to have the windows open after several hot and humid days and the hum of the air conditioner. Oh, but I am grateful for the AC, when it is needed, as I am able to create and not have my work interrupted and/or dictated by the weather.

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO....Don't forget about today's Tuesday's Tinkering. A sweet moppet awaits your company.

Dinner this evening. Homemade Spinach & Cheese Quiche, green salad fresh from the garden and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Until next time....May your day be filled with abundance & joy ~ Doreen

Monday, July 14, 2014

~Summer Is Flying by~

Goode Monday Morning To You.  Summer is flying by in a flurry of gorgeous sunshine, cool breezes, humid days, bbg's, parades, fireworks, haying, gardening and goode times. I LOVE this time of year.

My work days are filled to the brim and I am loving every minute of it. I am caught up on moppet orders, progressing nicely with my punch needle orders and keeping up with beeswax, pattern and floss kit orders. Along with all of that, I am working on new punch needle designs, to be made available as patterns, the finished pieces I will be keeping for my Fall Open House. I also have several new things in the works..including the design for my Winter Workshop :). A very busy and wonderful time indeed.

IN THE HARVEST STUDIO.....Look at the wonderfulness that I now hold in my hands...a fantastic "Hookin Punch" frame from Notforgotten Farm. I absolutely LOVE it! 

 Much to do in the studio on this gorgeous day. I've just run two orders to the post office now, I've a bit of beeswax to pour and then an afternoon with my frame and needle on the front porch :)

Chocolate chip cookies are fresh from the oven & two loads of laundry are fluttering on the line. This evening, after my work day is done and our dinner of leftovers from yesterday's roast chicken is thru..I've a bit of gardening to do.

Until next time....May your day be filled with abundance & joy ~ Doreen

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

~Now Available~

Goode July Afternoon To You.  Today's Offerings For...Tuesday's Tinkering's..is now taking place in...THE SHOPPE KEEPER'S CUPBOARD :)

Thank you ever so much ~ Doreen

Thursday, June 26, 2014

~Happy Accidents & A Hectic Schedule~

Goode day to you.  Gracious, can you believe June is coming to a close?  Where, exactly, does the time go???  I've all sorts of grand intentions and far too little time to go along with them!  Oh well, such is this wonderful artistic life I find my self so happily in.

Just a quick pop in today to let you know that I have decided, due to my work schedule these days, rather than work on an abundance of offerings for a larger monthly web show, I will be doing a weekly offering of just one or two things (generally, one but this first time I am attempting to have two).  Web shows are, for me, quite time consuming with all those photo's to be taken, edited, uploaded, description written, etc..all in one day, and this will, hopefully, cut down on my time constraints just a wee bit. 

This first Tuesday's Tinkerings will be of a patriotic theme.  Two sweet bears with a Festive Flare For The Fourth Of July :).  The blue mohair shown here was created quite by accident... A happy accident... as they always seem to end up being my favorites in the end.  Anyway... I have a custom order for a smokey grey cat and after attempting to achieve this color (and failing) several times, I finally gave up and ordered some..which was quite difficult to find, hence the reason I was trying to dye it myself....at any rate this particular piece came out a wonderful flag blue and therefore will be stitched into a wee bear this very afternoon :)

I'm off now to head back to my work table...until next time, wishing you a merry day ~ Doreen

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

~Abundance & Joy~

~Goode day to you.  Tis positively lovely here in Vermont.  Summer has arrived and with it, lush greenness, glorious bird song, abundant flowers, the music of fields being mown, hay being baled, crops being planted and life being renewed. So refreshing and soul satisfying. Along with all this abundance & joy in nature comes quite a bit of the same here in the studio.....

Goodness, so many new and wonderful things are happening here at Vermont Harvest Folk Art. Here is just one of the new things I am working on in the studio this week. I have titled it *October Stroll*..I just love it! 

A large pile of custom orders has been keeping me oh so busy these last couple of weeks and will continue to do so for a couple more. Along with that, I am beginning to make offerings for my October Open house & create the sample for my Winter workshop, which will take place in Late November (or perhaps early December). I have also been busy filling shop orders who are now carrying my punch needle embroidery patterns (so exciting). 
 Another bit of exciting news... I am now a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hookers Guild..another direction my punch needle designs are taking me in...oh, how I love this journey I am on :). 

Until next time....May your day be filled with abundance & joy ~ Doreen

Monday, June 9, 2014

~As The Days Grow Longer~

Goode afternoon.  We've a warm and lovely day here in Vermont.  Abundant clouds fill the sky and whisper of an approaching rain, a soft breeze whirls about & bird song fills the air.  A perfect day for settling back into work after a lovely vacation. :).  We have just returned home from a lovely five day trip to the Ocean.  Goodness, how I love it.  Our cottage was just a few feet away from the lapping waves...what an amazing way to start the day.  

We relaxed on the beach, took walks, did some antiquing, had lovely cocktails & delicious dinners and enjoyed each others company.  What a lovely way to refresh one's soul. :)

And now..we shall head back to our busy schedules.  Mark with his 4am to 6pm work days and me with nearly the same (tho my day doesn't start until 5:15 am)...thankfully..we both LOVE what we do and therefore, work doesn't seem like work :).  

This past month has been crazy.  What is usually my slow time has become one of my busiest.  It is challenging and wonderful. Right now I am working on custom orders for bears and punch needle creations AND filling shop orders for both as well. I've never had my patterns available thru shops before..it's so exciting!!! :). 


As of late, my evenings have been spent on the front porch sipping a cocktail or lemonade, with my hoop & needle.  Right now I am working on another Spring Thyme In Olde New England.  This one is for a benefit being held to raise funds to help our local general store keep it's door open.  Something near and dear to my heart.  

The air is feeling cooler and the rain has begun to fall.  AND...I've just remembered that I've a pile of bear bits and pieces scattered about the porch therefore, I must run.  I will pop in tomorrow & share my offerings from last week's web show with you.

Wishing you a joy filled day.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

~Tuesday, May 13th~

Good Morning.  Just a quick note to let you know that my Web Show will now take place on Tuesday, May 27th at 7:00pm.  I've a small fracture in my right foot which is slowing me down a bit.  They gave me crutches...argh..have you ever had to use them?  This is the first time for me and it is awful!!

I'm off now to hobble to the studio ~ Wishing you a merry day :)Doreen

Monday, May 12, 2014

~Monday, May 12th...SPRING has arrived~

~Greetings. This glorious Monday has dawned with brilliant sun shine and gloriously warm temperatures. The tree's have donned their leaves, flowers are in bloom, birds are twittering about & the Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles have arrived. It would appear Spring has finally taken control and sent Winter scurrying off! :) Oh, how could you not LOVE this gorgeous time of year!

IN THE STUDIO.....much to do this week! Bears to stitch, watercolor classes and time with my hoop and needle. I've also some new and exciting things in the works tho tis too soon to mention them just yet! :) I am working with a bit of a hindrance however :(. I seem to have injured my foot somehow. It is many shades of blue, purple & red, swollen and giving me quite a lot of paint. I am off to the doctors this afternoon...let us hope it is nothing major as I do not have time for such things!!

IN THE KITCHEN.....Homemade spinach and shallot quiche for dinner this evening :).

Wishing you a merry day.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

~Sunday, May 11th~

~A VERY happy and joy filled Mother's Day to all the amazing and wonderful Moms out there :)~

Friday, May 9, 2014

~Friday, May 9th~

~Goode Day To You. Friday has dawned warm, dark and rainy here in Vermont with thunderstorms on the way ~ Tis a perfect day for creating. I do believe Downton Abbey will be my studio companion on this lovely day.

IN THE STUDIO.....Much work is taking place in the studio and all manner of lovelies are springing forth. :)

IN THE KITCHEN....Homemade pizza for dinner this evening.

Wishing you a merry day ~ Doreen

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

~Wednesday, May 7th~

~Goode Morning. A brilliant sun shines down upon us and the mountains are dotted with glorious green. There are bits of frost dotting the fields from last nights cold snap which, I believe, has the birds sleeping in as they are quite silent this morning. I am sure the sun will soon warm them and they will be fluttering and swooping, twigs tucked snugly in their beaks, within the hour.

IN THE STUDIO.....Yesterday's productive day has me well on the road to being caught up ~ such a great feeling. Today; bears to stitch, stuff and age, a new silhouette to transfer to cloth and place in my hoop and ....a first wash to put on a watercolor painting I am hoping to "possibly" enter into an exhibit this summer..depending, of course, on how it turns out..who knows what it might look like at this point .

IN THE KITCHEN....~Leftovers for dinner this evening..stew is always better the next day

Wishing you a merry day ~ Doreen

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

~Tuesday, May 6th, 2014~

Goode morning dear friends.  Tis a gloriously beautiful Spring Morning here in Vermont.  Tho it is a cold one and indeed, a chilly and windy day is ahead & a small fire still burns low in the hearth,  I know Spring has surely arrived AS The tree's are leafing!!! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT!!!

IN THE STUDIO.....A busy day is ahead ~ A bit of packing & shipping this morning & then it's on to custom orders, Olde & Worn Bears for my next web show (May 19th at 7:00pm) and time with my hoop & needle. A lovely & busy day indeed.

IN THE KITCHEN....~ Beef Stew & homemade rolls. This will, more than likely, be our last stew until the weather grows cold once again :).

Wishing you a joy filled Spring day~ Doreen

Monday, May 5, 2014

~A Whirlwind Of Seasons~

 ~Friendly Witch Silhouette In Progress ~ LOVE these gals~

Oh my goodness, I have been such a BAD blogger lately.  I always have the best intentions with the 10 different directions I find myself going in, at any given time, but something always seems to fall by the wayside.  This past month has been SO busy with every aspect of our lives..family, friends, work, home, recreation..you name it and there has been something going on with it.  Thankfully, it has all been wonderful things, anniversary parties, vacation & special trips being planned, family & friends visiting from all over the country, family moving into new homes, kids taking trips, babysitting, learning a new medium (watercolor..oh gosh I love it) becoming more involved with that medium and art groups, a pile of custom orders, web shows, and a pile of sketches for new punch needle designs.  Speaking of which, I always believe everything happens for a reason and for me, learning watercolor has led to a GREAT improvement in my drawing and sketching.  Since taking up watercolor last month I have drawing every single day.  That is wonderful for me and something that will highly improve my punch needle creations. 

It seems, I have been working in a whirlwind of seasons.  I have something for every season in the works right now.  I don't usually do that but I am having so much fun.  :)  My fingers do not work nearly as fast as I would like them to and that dreaded need for sleep really interferes with things...
~Olde Blue~  
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but that does tend to happen :)... and we just deal with it and move on.  I'm off now to do a bit more work, as the day is growing olde and I've dinner to start soon.  I promise I will attempt to be better about my daily musings.

Wishing you a joy filled day. ~ doreen