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


~A Winters' Night In Vermont~
"Dusk fell as snow lay thickly on the ground. A biting wind howled and hammered about, knocking on the old windows in the manner of a frozen weary traveler seeking shelter from the storm. Outside, muffled by the blanket of snow, a faint scraping sound could be heard as Robert did his best to keep a path open to the big red barn & woodshed- not an easy task in the fast-falling snow. Inside, all was cozy. The tree stood proudly in the corner, adorned simply with beeswax candles, dapper gingerbread men and strings of popcorn & cranberry. Candles flickered in the windows and a fire burned low in the fireplace. The old wood cook stove in the kitchen glowed warmly as the rich scents of simmering soup, baking bread and Christmas spices rose from within." ~ Doreen Frost



PLEASE NOTE....Vermont Harvest Folk Art will be CLOSED as of Wednesday, December 7th so that I may wrap myself in the merriment that abounds and prepare our home and ourselves for a wonderful CHRISTMAS. Tis time to wrap, bake, cook.... gather and make merry with our loved ones. Any orders received between now and Wednesday will be shipped out on Friday, December 9th and then my vacation shall officially begin. **My Etsy shop will also close on December 7th.
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~Welcome. Grab yourself a nice warm mug of cocoa, settle in and stay a while. I'm so pleased to have you here.~

Monday, December 5, 2016

~Let The Merriment Begin~

Glad Tidings & A VERY Merry Monday to you.  We wake, on this first day of the week, to a fresh blanket of snow.  Tis perfect and OH SO FESTIVE!!


IN THE STUDIO.....My final punch needle workshop of the year has come and gone. It was such an amazing season and so very wonderful to have had such lovely folks here in our home. Now on to planning next years workshops, classes, teaching schedule and all the other goode things I have in mind!! 



Today I am working on orders, that came in over the weekend, as well as a bit of time with my hoop & needle. :) So relaxing and wonderful. 

I wanted to give all of you a heads up to the following;  

**PLEASE NOTE....Vermont Harvest Folk Art will be CLOSED as of Wednesday, December 7th so that I may wrap myself in the merriment that abounds and prepare our home and ourselves for a wonderful CHRISTMAS. Tis time to wrap, bake, cook.... gather and make merry with our loved ones. Any orders received between now and Wednesday will be shipped out on Friday, December 9th and then my vacation shall officially begin. **My Etsy shop will also close on December 7th.**

I will still, be here, blogging but whilst baking...wrapping and making merry.

Wishing you all a wonderful and MERRY day ~ Doreen

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

~Thanksgiving Greetings~


I find that the more willing I am to be grateful for the small things in life, the bigger stuff just seems to show up from unexpected sources, and I am constantly looking forward to each day with all the surprises that keep coming my way!” ~ Louise L. Hay


Goode morning.  I am popping in early this Thanksgiving eve' to say how very grateful I am for all of you and the abundant blessings in our lives.  



A busy day is ahead...a morning of packing orders, a run to the post and then it's back home and much cooking and baking to do for tomorrow as we prepare for our home being filled, to the brim, with loved ones.

WISHING YOU AND YOURS A WONDERFUL AND JOYOUS THANKSGIVING.



♥♥Doreen

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

~Get Out Your Woolens~


Billows of smoke float through the frigid air as Icicles hang from the eve's.  Snow crunches under your feet & hangs heavy from branches and the baaing of sheep echo's through the valley as the snowplow rumbles by.  Just like that our world has become a winter wonderland as Olde Man Winter settles in.  Inside a cozy fire burns round the clock as the blustery wind does it's best to creep in through the doors and windows.  We bundle in our favorite woolens and simmer soup on the stove.  Christmas music plays and we enjoy a glass of wine and watch the snow fall.  As you can imagine....I am ever so pleased with our current weather and send out a wish for many more days such as this :).

Speaking of Woolens...Valdani Wool threads have arrived.  I wasn't able to capture the colors well this morning as our skies are dark and cloudy but they are a lovely shade of green, red and yarrow.  I can not wait to give them a try.

The last couple of days have been VERY busy pouring beeswax and filling orders.  After today I should be all caught up and everyone's order will be on their way!!!


Off to work I go.  Until next time.  Enjoy the day ~ Doreen

Friday, November 11, 2016

As The North Wind Howls

The north wind howls and blusters about, slamming itself against our windows and ripping the cornstalks from the porch and mailbox.  In the field across the road,  the small forgotten few sway as if they are dancing.  Birds and squirrels battle for a spot at the feeders, feathers and fur fluffed against the cold.  Inside, a toasty fire burns, candles glow and Season 1 of Downton Abbey plays.   

One of my favorite customers, from Northern Vermont, just called and told me it is snowing "Bing Crosby snow" at her house.  She is so very sweet..we have much in common and she honors me with her calls.  She does not have internet, as it is not available in the far reaches of Vermont in which she and her husband live, so she travels to their local library to visit my website.  You can not imagine how special that makes me feel.  It truly humbles me.

I've a busy day ahead...a run to the post office & grocery store and then it is back home to melt & pour beeswax for Monday evenings web show.  Corn chowder to make then a batch of pumpkin cinnamon rolls, which I promised my husband I would make him, for the start of hunting season tomorrow morning.  Later, a relaxing evening with my hoop & needle.

Before I go..I wanted to share the final finish for my next upcoming Punch Needle workshop.  *Winter Blessings*..I LOVE how she came to life.  She does have a halo tho you are not able to see it in the photo :(.  She is ever so sweet and I think our workshop ladies will quite enjoy creating her.

I'm off now to put another log (or two) on the fire and run my errands.

Until next time ~ Wishing you joy. Doreen♥**

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

~It Should Be Snowing~


 Each year,  I patiently await the arrival of our first snow storm (that's an outright lie...I am not the least bit patient about it)..I day dream and wish and greatly anticipate it's slow arrival.  Oddly enough, a couple of weeks ago I said to Mark, "Time goes by so very fast these days, we'll have snow before you know it!!!" An odd statement for me to be sure!  Today, our skies are dark and a cold drizzle is falling but I'm thinking..It should be snow!!!  I guess i'm not waiting so patiently after all :)

So anyway...while I wait, somewhat patiently, for our first big SNOW *I am merrily working on festive Yuletide ornaments.  Let me just say, before I go any further...I LOVE Thanksgiving,  and I, in no way, think that getting ready for Christmas now..blogging, creating, decorating, planning, being excited about it, what have you....takes anything away from the wonderful Holiday of Thanksgiving.  TO me...Thanksgiving is still it's own holiday but (for me at least) it is part of the Holiday Season!!  When I wish someone a joyous holiday season..I mean Thanksgiving & Christmas.  It's such a wonderful time of year..there should be no rules as to when folks are allowed to start celebrating!  

And now..back to my festive Yuletide Ornaments.

I have wanted this mold for years!!!!  It took me several years to locate one & then, the darn thing was so expensive I just couldn't talk myself into purchasing it. I have finally done it!  When it came in the mail it was truly like Christmas day for me I was so excited!!!  I will begin offering these during my Yuletide Web Show on November 14th in three lovely colors; 

 Olde Red, shown in the photo below as well as Hearth Brown (a deep brown) & Chimney Dust (a soft tan)...I am working on Winter White but I am having trouble with that one so we will see.  Each will be in my new amazing scent I am calling Winter Hearth..oh my word, it smells amazing.  A combination of vanilla bean, coffee, maple, gingerbread ,wood smoke and a couple of secret scents :).  They will also include a little rusty wire hanger and an aged and waxed tag that says "Merry" :)..I JUST LOVE THEM!
 I hope you will be as excited about them as I am :)

I'm off now ti make myself a cup of cocoa and make another batch of Apple Crisp..oh my goodness it is so good!!

Until next time ~ wishing you joy ~ Doreen

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

~My Olde Fashioned Gingerbread Cookie Recipe &...a story :)~

~The Bakeshop On Walden Street~

Anna buttoned her coat and wrapped her wool scarf more securely about her neck as she gazed out the window at the heavily falling snow.  "What a perfect day for baking" she thought, as she closed her door and scurried down the street to her bake shop.  It was still dark, yet the falling snow seemed to create the illusion of a later hour.  She smiled, seeing smoke billowing from her neighbor*s chimneys, their glowing candles and lanterns giving their frosted windows a beautiful and festive golden glow. 
After a short walk Anna reached the shop. She stood outside in the falling snow and admired the view into her cozy little shop through the big front window.  A small fire, lit by the night baker, burned warmly in the hearth and illuminated the young Fir tree donned with paper chains, popcorn and peppermint sticks.  A small wooden table stood next to a cozy high backed arm chair and held a beeswax candle, a plate of gingerbread cookies and a mug of hot cocoa.  Anna smiled, unlocked the door and stepped inside the cozy well-appointed shop, savoring the delicious smells, warmth and soft jingle of the sleigh bells hung on the door..  She hung her woolens in the coat closet, donned her apron and prepared herself for a lovely day of baking; first on her to do list this morning, Gingerbread Cookies.  By doreen frost

~Doreen’s Olde Fashioned Gingerbread Cookie Recipe~
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Molasses
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
2 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
3/4 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Ginger
1/8 tsp. Allspice
Preheat oven to 375* Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the coffee and molasses and mix until well combined.  Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and sift to combine. 
Stir into wet ingredients just until well incorporated as these cookies can get over-worked fairly quickly  Roll out mixture* onto floured board to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut with favorite cookie cutter, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until a light golden color (be careful not to over bake).  Immediately remove from oven onto a cooling rack.  Cool completely.

*If you do not feel like going through the rolling out and cutting, simply roll into small balls then roll in white or brown sugar and bake as above.  I make these cookies year round and other than Christmas time, this is how I make them.

Until next time ~ wishing you a merrye day.  Doreen 
J


**Excerpt from "Brown Paper Packages" ~A Collection Of Original Short Stories, Patterns, Recipes, Traditions & Thoughts For An Olde Fashioned Holiday~  Available on My Website.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

~Glad Tidings November~

She arrived at midnight on a blustery cold wind.  Her gown of frost, glittered like diamonds, as snow swirled around her.  She settled  herself in amongst the cozy houses as smoke billowed from chimneys and lights twinkled in windows.  Yes, Sweet November has arrived!

Goode day to you.  My FAVORITE two months of the year have begun...November & December.  Oh how I LOVE this time of year!  The first snow,Thanksgiving, gathering with those we love, walking in the falling snow, cozy nights by the fire with my sweetheart, children's laughter, the smell of gingerbread, wood smoke billowing from chimneys', birds fluttering to and fro, making heartfelt gifts for those we love, wrapping presents, holiday baking, eggnog, Christmas music....Christmas eve...Christmas Day....Christmas dinner....wonder, joy, peace and love!!  All of it so wonderful and so precious.  Remember to take time to enjoy it and take it all in.

I have much happening here in The Studio....classes begin this weekend, orders to fill and A WEB SHOW in the works.

**Please join me on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 pm, on my website, for my ~Making Merrye Yuletide Web Show~  I've goode things in the works....several new beeswax offerings, that I am SO excited about, along with goode paper chains for your Yuletide Tree, Punch Needle patterns & kits along with wool & cotton floss & new floss minders!!!    This will be my final web show of the year so I hope that you will be able to join in the festivities.

Until next time  ~ I bid you farewell & goode cheer.  Doreen


Thursday, October 27, 2016

~It's Time To Put My Shopkeeper Hat On~ :~)

Smoke billows from the chimney and floats gently to the frosty ground, thick gray clouds fill the sky and the leaves crack and snap underneath our feet as Oliver & I wander through the cold bare woods.  Off in the distance a flock of turkeys chatter and a lone owl hoots.  Tis a mere 29* and my fingers and nose are chilled as we make our way back to the comfort of home and a creamy mug of cinnamon hot cocoa.  We've  snow expected here in Vermont this morning for a brief time and then rain is expected to take over and dominate the day.  Perfect for a cozy meal, a bit of baking and time with my hoop & needle.  First things first however..I've a bit of an announcement to make...One that is very exciting for me and hopefully for many of you!!

As many of you know......my humble little studio currently resides in a small bedroom in our home. It's lovely for me as a studio/office but when customers come to visit or take workshops, it isn't exactly conducive to  shopping or seeing my work in progress..it's just too small.  A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely couple from Wales, England stop by to meet me!!!    They were coming to Vermont, on "holiday" and before they left Wales, Cynthia contacted me to ask if they might stop by, meet me and purchase a few things. Oh my goodness..I was so  honored!!  She ordered her items ahead of time and I had them ready for their arrival.  Such a sweet couple and I thoroughly enjoyed their visit..however, after they left I thought to myself ..that would have been so much nicer had I had an actual shop area set up.....with all my supplies (Moire' Valdani & Gentle Arts Threads...hoops, needles, floss keeps, gorgeous Merry  Hooker Woolens, Weavers cloth,...etc) not to mention my own designs in finished and pattern form, KITS and my beeswax offerings!!!!  Over the years I have had countless folks contact me asking to visit my "shop" and, of course, I say you are welcome to visit my studio but I do not have a shop.. :(. 

 SO....my humble little studio is moving and growing :).  We have two lovely rooms, just off of our kitchen...one is long and narrow, we currently call it the "back room"...I know...cleaver, and just off that room is another small room where Mark currently has his den/office.  After the holidays..the transformation will begin....Mark will move his office/den into my "studio" AND..the larger "back room" will become  my Open Studio/SHOPPE and the smaller room will be my office!!!!  Oh my goodness..I am so excited about this!!!   It won't be a retail shop with daily, open to the public, hours but it will be a cozy open studio/shop where folks can call ahead and stop by to visit, shop and have a yummy homemade treat.  I also plan on holding a HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE next year!!!! I will keep it stocked with supplies and finished offerings and I am hoping there will be room enough for a sewing group as well!!!
 I AM SO EXCITED!!


I'm off now as I have much to do on this chilly New England day.  An apple tart to put in the oven and then off to "work" I go :)

Until next time, wishing you a joy filled day, doreen

ps...I also have a good supply of ..well, supplies :). that I will be listing, on my website and in my etsy shop in the next week or so :)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

~Winter Wonder Class Is Now Full~


 We wake, on this Autumn morning in New England, to thick clouds and blustery temperatures.  While standing on the front porch this morning, sipping coffee bundled in my heaviest sweater and wool slippers,  I was greeted by the howl of a very close coyote!!!    Such an ominous sounds in the wee hours of the morning.  Needless to say, I hurried back inside to the comfort of a crackling fire and the morning news!!  I am feeling better today, thank goodness.  It's so frustrating when an illness dictates your days!!  Hopefully I can stay awake throughout the entire day today AND not find it necessary to be in bed at 7pm!!!  

At any rate....I am starting the morning with some energy to which I am going to take advantage of.  First things first, I am going to make an apple crisp with our freshly picked apples, then I shall catch up on orders and finally settle myself in to a day of working on Winter Blessings (workshop project #2).  I am needle felting the little snow folk head right now....SO sweet!

Speaking of workshops....My first workshop, Winter Wonders is now full and just a few spots remain for Winter Blessings & Merry Olde St. Nick.  I am looking so forward to the workshops this year..the nervousness,of the first couple of years (making sure all bases were covered), has parted and, for me, they now kick off the Holiday Season with Merriment and Friendship.  If you are hoping to join us this year do be sure and contact me, to reserve your spot, as soon as possible.  IT'S A MERRY TIME :)




Well, the sky is beginning to lighten and day break is upon us.  I must gather myself, tend the fire, give Oliver James his morning treat and tidy the house.  I think I will make a Shepard's Pie for dinner this evening.  Tis expected to be cold with heavy rain (finally)  so that will be perfect.  Speaking of perfect....we've a blustery and cold weekend ahead with the possibility of a snowy flurry or two :~)!!!!!

Until next time ~ wishing you the loveliest of days...Doreen

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

~Snails Pace~



Goode morning.  Please excuse my absence these last couple of days...I woke up Monday quite under the weather.  The flu perhaps?  I'm not sure but at any rate, I am beginning to emerge from the fog but I am still moving at a snails pace. Perhaps it's illness from our odd weather as of late.  Yesterday it was in the 80's here in Vermont!!!  It was lovely but odd for October 19th!!!  Thankfully, it was short lived and we are cooler today with a lovely forecast of heavy rain headed our way and perhaps even a few snowflakes, in parts of Vermont, over the weekend with temperatures not reaching out of the 40's.  PERFECT soup weather...  I am making a batch of potato, ham and leek today. :~)

Wishing you a lovely day, doreen

Sunday, October 16, 2016

~ A Winters' Night In Vermont~


"Dusk fell as snow lay thickly on the ground. A biting wind howled and hammered about, knocking on the old windows in the manner of a frozen weary traveler seeking shelter from the storm. Outside, muffled by the blanket of snow, a faint scraping sound could be heard as Robert did his best to keep a path open to the big red barn & woodshed- not an easy task in the fast-falling snow. Inside, all was cozy. The tree stood proudly in the corner, adorned simply with beeswax candles, dapper gingerbread men and strings of popcorn & cranberry. Candles flickered in the windows and a fire burned low in the fireplace. The old wood cook stove in the kitchen glowed warmly as the rich scents of simmering soup, baking bread and Christmas spices rose from within." ~ Doreen Frost

We wake, on this October morning, to chilly temperatures, a light frost and the promise of much needed rain on it's way.  Certainly not the snowy tale I've told above, which by the way is one of my short stories from my 2nd book, From A Little Brown House, but it is what comes to mind while I am working away on Merry Olde St. Nicolas.  

December 2016 Winter Workshop Project
Speaking of stories......  I recently took a framed photo of Olde Sturbridge ~ Salem Tavern Keeper, with me to the Walker Homestead Show last month, and had it on the table where folks checked out.   I included his story with the photo (you can read it in the column to your right if you would like).  Everyone who read it, asked who wrote it & complimented me on it.  One sweet lady in particular took me aside, introduced herself and told me I had writing talent and I needed to write a book.  She said, when reading the story, she felt as if she was actually in that Salem Tavern and could truly feel the fire.  She made my day!!!  I told her I would LOVE to be able to write a book but all I seem to have in me and am able to write are short little blurbs such as Olde Sturbridges' story.  She gave me some advice on how to proceed and went on her way.  A short time later she came back, took my hands, wished me luck and gave me a small token.  It meant so much to me.  I think of that story every single day!!! 


I truly hope to do more with this writing of mine....maybe one day my blurbs will group themselves together and become a story!

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I'm off now to tend the fire, tidy the house and put a pot of spaghetti and meatballs on to simmer.  Mark, our nephew Adam (and Oliver of course) are putting the rest of this years winter wood into the basement and I must make sure they've a  cozy meal when they are done :)..tis chilly out there.

Wishing you a relaxing & joy filled Sunday.  Doreen

Friday, October 14, 2016

~Inspiration Abounds~

I did MUCH Christmas shopping!!!

Goode day to you.  I warn you..this post is going to be bouncy.  I feel like I have a hundred things to say and no mind to put it together properly.  ....That is how Colonial Williamsburg will make you feel!  

Oh my goodness, it was heavenly!!!  Walking through a home where George Washington slept, ate and planned strategies for our independence..it truly gave me chills.  Viewing the trades and ways of life, eating the foods, drinking in the tavern, hearing tales, songs and ghost stories of the time...staying in one of the colonial houses.....Walking into a period bakery to the smell of wood smoke and ginger as they are pulling huge trays of hearth baked gingerbread cookies out of oven.....OH MY WORD....truly an amazing experience.

Jenna (my lovely daughter) and I had the most amazing time and we definitely plan on going back just as soon as we can!!!  



Here are just a few of the photo's we took!

George Wythe House..where GEORGE WASHINGTON STAYED!!
Baking Gingerbread Cookies!!!!
Basket making..another new thing I MUST learn!
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Spinning wool...can this be any more heavenly!!!

NOW..I am back home and FULL of inspiration..for my work, life...CHRISTMAS..everything. :).   Speaking of home...Tis COLD in Vermont!!!  A blustery wind is blowing a thousand leaves from their branches and we now have a beautiful orange and yellow lawn.  It looks and smells amazing.  Today, for the first time, I have kept a small fire going.  I am melting wax for pouring molds and am getting ready to have a bit of freshly baked apple tart and a cup of coffee before settling myself into a bit of punching:).  It's lovely to go away (especially to such a wonderful place as Colonial Williamsburg) but it's oh so heavenly to come home.

Until next time ~ ♥doreen