~I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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

~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 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

~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

~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

~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

~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

~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 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 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 11th~


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

~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 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 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

~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~  
*Pattern & Floss Kits Available On My Website*

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

~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


~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

~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

~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!!


~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

~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

~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

~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

~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; 
~Pattern~
~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

~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.

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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

~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

~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
 

~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)
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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

~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

~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 :).

IN THE HARVEST KITCHEN.....
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

~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