"AS..the days grow shorter and the sun begins to lose her strength. The aging woods alight with flecks of Crimson and Gold. The glorious honking of Geese and the clucking of Turkeys fills the air and the scent of wood smoke mingles with the cold morning dew. THIS.. is where you'll find my heart. Autumn is in my soul." ~ Doreen Frost


~Welcome. Thank you ever so much for stopping by. ~ Doreen

Sunday, September 18, 2016

~Believe~


Goode  Morning To You.  Though, it is a rainy and cool Sunday here in Vermont, in my head it is snowing.  Gloriously fat, white flakes float past the window as a thick blanket of white wraps itself around us.  Cocoa simmers on the wood stove as smoke billows from our chimney.   It's A Wonderful Life is playing and I am sitting in my cozy chair by the fire and creating Christmas designs. :) Doesn't that sounds heavenly!  It won't be long and this will actually be happening but for now, I set the atmosphere for Winter creating with a cup of real cocoa by my side, cozy bayberry candles burning,  and watching It's A Wonderful Life while I am punching.  Right now I am working on meeting a deadline.  I am a bit behind (as usual) due to busily working on preparations for my upcoming show at Walker Homestead but this will soon be finished and on it's way (via email) to Deb for the Holiday edition of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine. :)  I am using a combination of Valdani Pearl Cotton and Moire' Wool Threads :) I AM LOVING IT.


:~)  It's exciting to be working on a bit of Christmas.  I have a new Father Christmas design just waiting to come to life :)  I think I will bring him with me, to the Show, to work on during down time :)


IN OTHER NEWS... ...Autumn On Acorn Farm is finished!!! My hope is to finish preparing the pattern so that I may offer them along with the finished piece at Walker Homestead!!!



Wishing you a joy filled and relaxing Sunday :) Until next time....Doreen

Monday, September 12, 2016

~AUTUMN On Acorn Farm~



 Twas 5:15 a.m and I,  bundled in my wool sweater and winter slippers, hands wrapped snugly around a steaming cup of coffee, stood on our front porch listening to the hoot, hoot, hoot of an owl and thoroughly enjoying the nippy 42* air.  Autumn has returned and it is heavenly.  

After a busy morning of tidying the house, printing weekend orders, answering emails and a lovely hot shower, I now find myself sipping hot cocoa, laced with cinnamon and vanilla, preparing to settle myself down for a lovely day of finishing up the many designs I have, in various hoops, scattered about the house.  The date for the Walker Homestead Show is quickly approaching and I am feeling quite good about how things are going.  I had thought however, that I would have Autumn On Acorn Farm finished at this point but ..these things happen.  Especially when you change your colors and backgrounds as many times as I have. 

 I really loved the Gentle Arts Barn Grey but I still felt it was a bit too dark (at least for my taste).  Thankfully I had this lovely Valdani Dove Tail grey arrive in my floss order and it's perfect!!  I am still going to add in a few GA Barn Grey storm clouds around the border tho :).  By the way..how adorable is Ms. Winifred Trumble above???  She's so darn cute I could hug her (you know how I feel about turkeys!!!)  


And here is a close up of Ms. Oaklee ♥♥.

I'm off now as my hoop and needle are telling me I'm running late. Wishing you a lovely day.  Doreen

ps...SO excited for a cozy dinner of Macaroni & cheese with smoked ham and popovers tonight!!  Dear crisp Autumn weather ~ please stay!!!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

SERIOUSLY????????




OH MY WORD..enough already with this heat and humidity!!!  Today is one of those days where finding the goode is NOT easy!!  Oh, if I gave it some thought of course I could but it's not right there ..it takes effort because this nasty humidity which, by the way, is the same as the temperature outside....is blocking my view!!!

I am longing for a nip in the air..someone please..if you have it, send it this way!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

~Goode Turkeys In Wool Threads~

"Autumn mornings:  Sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year's end and day's beginnings". ~ Terri Guillemets

Goode Wednesday morning to you.  Summer's heat & humidity has moved back in for a short visit.  Thankfully, the Autumn winds are blowing keeping the heat at bay.

IN THE STUDIO....I've begun working on "smalls" for The Walker Homestead Show.  This one, shown in the photo above, will be  a "goode turkey scissor pouch" :) I am making several of them, in different designs.  :) They will be worn around your neck like a necklace.  I don't know about you but I am always losing my scissors!!!  Steph (my lovely sister-in-law and helper) and myself will both be wearing one at the show and I will have several for sale :).  This particular turkey fello is made using the Moire Wool Theads!!! LOVE Them.  

IN THE KITCHEN.....Tossed Salad with garden vegetables and sliced, grilled chicken leftover from last night's lovely dinner :).

Until next time ~ Wishing YOU a lovely day, doreen 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

~Labor Day & A Goode Week Ahead~

"Come little leaves said the wind one day, Come over the meadows with me and play; Put on your dresses of red and gold; Summer is gone and the days grow cold" ~ George Cooper


Good Tuesday morning to you.  Tis damp and cool here in Vermont this morning with Squirrels scurrying about gathering their winters' food.  I wanted to wish you all a happy, belated, Labor Day.  I hope it was a wonderful one.  Ours was lovely.  A concert, Kayaking, a bit of shopping and antiquing and bbq's.  A lovely end to a lovely Summer.  Now..I am SO ready for crisp Autumn days and the anticipation of those first flakes.

IN THE STUDIO....Another busy week is ahead;  Beeswax orders out the door, patterns to print, pack and ship, shop orders to ship and then a lovely afternoon with my hoop and needle working on finished pieces for The Walker Homestead show.  Today I am working on smalls....a few pumpkin trinkets & floss keeps and then back to work on Autumn On Acorn Farm.

DINNER THIS EVENING.....Grilled Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini, Carrots and Onions and Popovers. :)

Until next time ~ Doreen

Saturday, September 3, 2016

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD....

A new look for Autumn On Acorn Farm
Glad Tidings and happy Saturday to you. Twas a mere 42 degrees, here in Vermont, this morning just before sunrise.  I wrapped myself in my wool slippers and favorite sweater and took myself to the front porch to enjoy the refreshingly chilly air as the steam rolled from my coffee cup and the faint clucking of turkeys rose from our woods (goodness how I love that).  Back inside, I settled myself down with another cup of coffee, my hoop and needle and the early morning news.  

As you may have noticed....Autumn on Acorn farm has changed a bit!!!  Actually, it has changed quite a bit .......I took the old one out and started over completely.  I just was not happy with the way the background was blending with the vines and leaves. 

Old Look..with dark brown background...just not working..
 Often a design can look great on the back but when you flip it over it just doesn't work and that is exactly what was happening here!  My vines and leaves were getting lost in the dark background.  I was trying to force it to work with the Valdani Colors I had on  hand and ...I should know by now..that doesn't work for me.  My punch needle pieces "speak" to me much the way my bears and sculpted dolls always did.  They tell me when it's right and this one was certainly not doing that!!!  Yesterday morning I finally decided to sit this one down and walk away for a bit..coming close to saying forget it and moving on.  However after a few hours of working on other projects I suddenly remember that I have tons of Gentle Arts threads in wonderful Autumn colors!!!  I went into my studio and there, hanging on little wooden spindles was the perfect Barn Grey!!!!!!!!!   



 OH, I was soooo happy!!!   SO..back to the drawing board I went..I took out a few vines and leaves, inside the urn, to help ensure cleaner lines, transferred the new design to a fresh piece of weavers cloth, changed up the colors a wee bit and started punching.  I believe it's going to work!!!!  The little dots you see all over the vines will be tiny little french knot "acorn buds" :)♥♥.  What do you think?

Sometimes I do not like to post what I am working on, early on in the design, as I feel like I then need to keep the design the way I originally shared it.  However, this time I am GLAD I did because I think if I had not, it would of ended up being one of those designs I simply took out of my hoop and set aside, possibly never getting back to!!

Must run now...much to do this morning before the mail man arrives!  Wishing you a lovely day!  Until next time ~ doreen

Thursday, September 1, 2016

~Welcome September~



"By all these lovely tokens

September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
-   Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885



Ahhhhh...September.  Welcome my lovely friend.  Our first September day begins with Pumpkin Spice coffee on the front porch, heavy fog, cool air and a symphony of cawing crows and crickets.  School officially begins today and I've just seen the first school bus pass by on the road below.  A hint of color is beginning to appear here and there as our Maple trees prepare to don their stunning Autumn attire.


IN THE STUDIO....a busy day is ahead...Beeswax to pour, pattern orders to print, pack and ship, paperwork and a new design for PNPS Magazine to sketch and ready for submission.   My Autumn On Acorn Farm will have to wait patiently for this evening before I can pick it up again.

DINNER THIS EVENING....Baked Potatoes, Grilled Pork and Saute Zucchini and Onions.

I'm off now to put a gingerbread bundt cake in the oven :)

Until Next Time ~ Find the joy, Doreen

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

~Farewell Summer~

AS YOU CAN SEE...I have taken to writing my pattern notes
on my weavers cloth :)

Good Wednesday afternoon to you.  The last day of August is cloudy and humid here in Vermont with a gusty cool wind blustering about every few minutes.  It's as if Summer is fighting to stay as Autumn tries to shove her off.   Or, it may be that August is giving us one last taste of humidity so you won't feel quite so bad to see September, and the inevitable cool weather to follow, arrive.  Personally, I can not wait for cool, crisp weather and snowflakes floating through the air!!!  :) At any rate, it's quite lovely out and the fluttering breeze swaying the tree branches and spinning the fern baskets on the front porch is a natural mood enhancer.  I LOVE the wind..I always have...I feel like it makes things interesting.

Speaking of interesting...WE HAD ONE OF THESE FELLOWS IN THE BACK YARD YESTERDAY!!!  A FISHER CAT..it's a type of weasel apparently.  Obviously I did not take this photo yesterday!!  It was too quick for me to photograph and well...I didn't know what it was and by the time I finished saying to myself..what on earth is that...it was long gone.  I've actually seen it once before.....I did not know what it was then either.  Both times I was far enough away to not be able to get a good look at it but I also knew it was something I had never seen before..  Finally after seeing it yesterday (for the second time) mostly it's back and tail as it was jumping off the stone wall on the edge of our property, I came inside and did a bit of research.

Apparently they are VERY common here in Vermont but very elusive so they are not often seen by us regular folks just hanging out at home.  They are apparently very mean and kill all manner of small animals, young birds (turkey's even)  CATS and will attack dogs.  You know how I love animals but....this guy has GOT TO GO!!!   Oliver has been going crazy all Summer running up to the stone wall and barking like a mad man.  Mark and I have been assuming it's deer and we just never saw them (which we thought was odd but didn't think TOO much of, as our woods are quite dense) tho we did  ask each other a time or two..."but why can't we hear them running through the woods??"    We even thought it might be a bear close enough for him to smell but not close enough for us to see or hear.  Well..... after seeing this guy twice and finding out our woods are their favorite type of area..I think we've solved the mystery...but he's still got to go.  

I don't know what I would do if we were walking in the woods and this thing attacked my boy!!! Apparently they do not hunt or stalk their prey...they are the.......walking along..oh there's a rabbit...let's kill it .....kind of animal.  It's like having a murderer living in our woods!!! And Larry, our sweet kitty, sticks close to the house, but he does like to chase the chipmunks on the stone wall now and again, and that's where this thing was!!!  Seriously..it's unnerving!!!

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OKAY..on to more pleasant topics....I've made some lovely progress on Autumn On Acorn Farm..I am LOVING it!! Tho I must say, I am planning on a black background and i'm a little worried it might not be right.......I don't want the design to get lost.... What do you think?

I'm off now as Oliver is pacing..letting me know that it is 4:56 and his dinner time is 5pm...as if I could forget ;).  

FAREWELL SUMMER..YOU'VE BEEN WONDERFUL.  

Until next time, wishing you a wonderful evening, doreen

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

.....On The Edge Of Autumn....



GOODE Tuesday morning to you.  A chilly sunrise on the front porch this morning..... steaming coffee in hand, wrapped tightly in my favorite wool sweater enjoying the scent of Autumn dripping lazily off the tips of the maple leaves that are just beginning to change their colors.  In the distance.. the clucking of turkey's blends with the mooing of cows and crowing of the neighbors rooster.  The corn sways as Oliver barks, at the deer he can smell but I can not see.  The Robins have left us, we've not seen any in four days now and Canadian Geese are beginning to gather. :~)

IN THE STUDIO.....Another lovely, busy morning of filing orders, packing and shipping and then an afternoon of working on finished punched pieces for The Walker Homestead Show.  I finally got this design "Autumn On Acorn Farm" into my hoop yesterday afternoon. It's another large piece and a bit more whimsical than I usually do but sometimes I just need to tell a story with my needle and thread.  I am also working on some smalls for the show...today...broom folk and a few primitive necklaces.



And of course..I'll be bringing turkeys with me to MA....I couldn't forget to bring my favorite feathered friends with me :).


DINNER THIS EVENING.....(I think it's about time I start adding this again)  Chicken Cacciatore' using fresh local chicken and veggies from our garden (we are overrun with tomatoes and peppers) AND... crusty homemade bread, which I'll mix and put to rising when I'm finished writing this post.

Until next time....find your joy ~ doreen

Monday, August 29, 2016

~Busy, Busy Days~


Glad Tidings and Happy Monday To You. Tis beautiful here in Vermont! The wind is so very gusty making the air so pleasantly cool. The sun is still quite hot for the end of August, but the gusty winds and the chilly nights make for oh so lovely days.  I can hardly believe August has almost come and gone but I am oh so happy for the lovely month of September to arrive.


My work days are quite busy right now as we fast approach my busiest time of year.   Shows, workshops, projects, kits and classes to attend to an another book to put together.  The decisions and details have kept me up at night!!!  But alas I feel like things are falling in to place and I am finally working out when to do this...what to put where & when to schedule that....:~).


I've listed the patterns for both these pieces on my Website and in my Etsy shop should you wish to purchase them :)

I'm off now to do a bit of baking and then settle myself down for an afternoon of punching.

Until next time ~ Doreen

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vermont Harvest Folk Art ~ Rainy Sundays



A fine Sunday morning to you my friends.  Outside, rain is gently falling and the air is cool and breezy.  Robins are scattered across the lawn pulling fat earth worms from the soft ground.  Inside, I've candles burning, bacon frying and French Toast Casserole (recipe here) in the oven.  A perfect Sunday!  The rain and cool air is VERY welcome after a week of heat and humidity.  I would like to say the humidity will not be returning however they say it will be back, with a vengeance, later this week :(.  I am planning to embrace this crisp air while it last and do a bit of baking, cooking and punching.

I am make great progress on my Autumn pattern releases and will let you know just as soon as they are all ready.  

I struggled with my color choice for the background for my Olde Heritage Sheep but I finally decided on a wonderful earthy green from Valdani (Pearl Cotton O1901)  called Lichen Moss.   It's a new color and I LOVE IT!  It's going to be my new, "go to" green!  It will be especially wonderful for my Yuletide themed designs.  

I am just loving this design...it's one of those ones that I have trouble putting down because i'm so anxious to see what it looks like finished.  Thankfully..I have a nice rainy day and Downton Abbey to help me along.

Wishing you a lovely relaxing Sunday.  Until next time, doreen

Thursday, July 28, 2016

~Thursday's Thoughts~


Goode Day My Friends.  I hope this morning's message finds you well.  It is a hot one here in Vermont..again...  We do have rain in the forecast and a cool off on the way tho :)..so we are thankful for that.

 My plans for yesterday had an unscheduled change as just before noon our power went out!  At 2:00 the house was heating up quickly, any lingering coolness from the AC now long gone in the intense heat,  SO.. Oliver & I packed ourselves up and headed out to meet Jenna for a swim on Lake George.  It was just what we needed and the mile long hike to the swimming area (and back) has me feeling energized this morning and my muscles ready for more.  My health tracker, on my phone, sent me a congratulations message last night for walking 8,962 steps yesterday!!!    Typically I only take 2,000 or so (when I remember to carry my phone with me :~).  When we arrived back home at 6:30 the power was back on and all was good :).

So today...I will make up yesterday's schedule and then move on to today's.  Time with my hoop & needle, patterns to print and ship and beeswax to pour.....I've turkey's that would like to gather :).

Wishing you a joy filled day ~ doreen