~"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn." ~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.~

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**

WISHING YOU A BEAUTIFUL AND JOY FILLED WEEK :) Doreen

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

~Goodness~

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.  



I ALSO HAVE PATTERN/FLOSS KITS AVAILABLE FOR HER :)

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~  
*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

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