"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

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

~July's Final Dance~



Goode Wednesday Morning To You.  July is making herself memorable, here in Vermont, with HOT and humid days and intense storms. All I can say is...Thank the heavens for air conditioning! I am hoping August is friendlier!  :)  I LOVE August..county fairs, an abundance of delectable vegetables and fruit from our gardens..the list goes on and on.  It's Summer's last dance and it's always enjoyable.

Speaking of county fairs....one of my absolute favorite things to do while at the fairs is visit the barns...especially the SHEEP barns.  I've always wanted sheep..actually I would love a gathering of Heritage animals.  If you are familiar with my book "Brown Paper Packages"..you will recognize the following... "Jane walked slowly through the thickly falling snow carrying her bucket and lantern.  As she approached, she thought she could hear soft noises and faintly see movement through the dimly lit windows of the barn that contained their small menagerie of animals.  "Good morning everyone" she said softly as she pushed open the heavy wooden door and entered the warm barn.  Slow stirrings began as the animals; two proud, beautiful sheep, four fat and fluffy chickens, a gentle and loving donkey and two spirited turkeys roused themselves from their slumber and said their good mornings with gentle baa's, clucks, gobbles and brays."   Ahhh..to dream.  but perhaps SOME DAY :)  For now, I bring them to life with my needle and thread.  As you can see in the photo above, I FINALLY have a sheep in the works.  This guy is, at the moment, on my wonderful frame from The Old Tattered Flag.  It's perfect for sitting at the table and punching, which I really enjoy lately.  This piece is actually too big for this frame as it's finished size is 10" x 12" but that's okay...these barbs are gentle enough where you can have your finished loops hang over the edges and it will not hurt them.  OR, I can also move it to my 24" Morgan hoop, if it suits me better :)..we shall see.

~Olde Heritage Sheep~  

 It took me forever to design a sheep. Nothing I sketched over the years felt right..they were always too whimsical for my taste..but this guy..oh..I LOVE HIM!!!   I am always pleased with my work (if I am not, I change the design until I am) but this guy...this guy I am PROUD of.  He looks real and I am really enjoying playing around with different needle settings on my cameo needle and different thread thicknesses to create the look I want to achieve...which is this wonderful WOOLY appearance.  I used an actual photo for my design reference, which I took years ago, of a sweet olde fellow at our local apple orchard.   I think he looks quite a bit like him don't you??

 I am actually going to keep this first one (shocking I know..I've never kept anything I've made) BUT..  I made him to fit into the recessed area of a wonderful handmade cupboard I purchased in Ohio (at the From Our Hands show) last year so..he is staying in Vermont  But..he WILL be a pattern and I am going to finish another, which I think I will frame, unless I can find another wonderful cupboard to mount him on for The Walker Homestead Show (in MA) in September.  

I am off now to jump in the shower and then do some serious reorganizing and updating on my website.  The end of the month is here and there's much to do.  Enjoy July's final dance.  Until next time, doreen

Monday, July 18, 2016

~Projects, Plans, Clubs & Kits~

~Autumn Sampler~


GOODE afternoon friends.  I hope this note finds you well.  :)

My brain has been on overdrive today!   Actually....it's been on overdrive for the last few days.  Thoughts and ideas are coming forth faster than I can keep up.  I've filled countless pages with sketches, ideas, note's and color plans.  This seems to happen to me a lot while I am in the midst of working on a new project.  I will be working along, minding my own business (such as I was on Friday while working on my newest design, Autumn Sampler, pictured to your left) when all of the sudden a parade of ideas begins pouring forth almost as if they are in a race to see who I will choose first!  My mind races and I scramble to get things down on paper, I step away and another possibility shoots forth causing me to stop what I am doing and hurry back to my paper and pencil.

Over the past 2 1/2 days I have sketched and made notes for 5 new designs as well as made the final design notes on a club/kit project that I am very excited to finally be moving forward with. Here are a few hints for the club/kit project....#wallhanging #seasons #sheep #WELCOME #Punchneedle #woolapplique'

Things are a bit chaotic and wonderful here right now....:)

Until next time ~ Doreen

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Back Home & Baking ~ Brioche Monkey Bread





Good July afternoon to you.  I hope this note finds you well. :)

We are back home after a lovely,relaxing  & inspiring Lakeside vacation.  Three days on the shores of Skaneateles Lake and then three days in the Adirondack mountains, camping in one of the most gorgeous spots I've ever seen.  Each evening the Loons began to sing and continued to serenade us until the wee hours..it was pure heaven.  Goodness, I LOVE the call of a Loon.  Mark & I plan to try and make it back up there this fall, with Oliver of course...who was in water heaven.  :!)

Our Lakeside Campsite!!!!!
We came home yesterday  unpacked and settled back in.  The only negative thing about camping.....I did 6 loads of laundry yesterday and two this morning!  Oh well, what ya gonna do :)!  At any rate......I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to go.  I've sketched, answered emails and reopened my website and Etsy shop...All of today's activities  made much more pleasant by the fact that we finally put the Air Conditioner in last night.  Each year we hold off putting in the AC because I dread being closed up in the house during the summer months. But today, I am loving it!!! The AC is on, Brioche Monkey bread is in the bread machine and I am making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!!! After my baking is done I will gather my hoop & needle and get back to my beloved punching :)


Photo credit ~Salad In A Jar

This is my first time making, this particular recipe, so, I've not had time for tweaking and adding yet....although.....I MAY  roll my pieces in cinnamon and sugar rather than just dip them in butter before baking. :) YUM!


Bread Machine Monkey Bread Inspired by Helen Corbitt
A pull-apart, brioche-like yeast bread, mixed and kneaded in a bread machine, then baked in the oven in a bundt pan.
Author: 
Recipe type: Yeast Bread
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 c. warm milk
  • 1¼ t. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup butter, softened + additional ¼ butter for dipping dough before adding to pan
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3-1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast

Instructions
  1. Dump all ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Select dough cycle and start.
  2. Check dough about 10 minutes into the mixing process. If too sticky, add extra flour one tablespoon at a time, 
  3. At the end of the dough cycle, remove bread to floured surface. Roll or press till about ¾ inch thick. No need to get the ruler. Preciseness is unimportant at this point.
  4. At the end of the dough cycle, remove bread to floured surface. Roll or press till about ¾ inch thick. No need to get the ruler. Preciseness is unimportant at this point.
  5. Slice dough into approximately 1-inch diamonds or squares. I do not roll in balls. It's part of the tradition. In fact, I use a pizza cutter.
  6. Melt ¼ cup butter. Dip each piece in butter and layer rather haphazardly into nonstick bundt pan. Cover and let rise until double.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown and/or temperature registers 190 degrees F. Cover with foil after 10 minutes to keep top from over browning. If not as brown as you would like, remove the foil for last few minutes. This burns easily on top, so watch carefully.
  8. Turn out onto serving plate. Serve uncut and let people pull off what they want.


Okay...back to the kitchen I go :).  Until Next Time.... Wishing you joy ~Doreen






Thursday, July 7, 2016

~Vacation Time~



Goode Hot & Muggy July Day To You.  It has been ever so warm, here in Vermont, these last few days and our old nemesis...Mr. Muggy..has settled himself in for a stay.  Muggy weather..the only weather I do not enjoy.  On the plus side, tho it is ever so HOT, a lovely breeze is blowing providing us with sweet relief every few minutes.

My work days have been ever so busy these last few months.  My online class, shop orders, custom orders and pattern releases have kept me running and I am just a wee bit tired.  SO...it pleases me ever so much to let you know that, as of this evening, I am officially on vacation.  I am just taking a few days off while we travel to the lake, visit family and friends and .. do a bit of camping.  Gosh, I have missed camping!  We have not gone in years and I absolutely LOVE it.  I can't wait!  We are taking Bean (my nephew) and, of course, OLIVER JAMES :)....evenings spent by the camp fire on the edge of the lake..it's heaven to me.

(Photo above ~ a custom order of Goody Andover..I'll be creating #2 in The Goode Ladye's Of Olde New England series very soon)

When I return....relaxed and refreshed next Thursday I will be diving back into work and, oh so merrily, into cool & crisp Autumn designs.


(Photo above....Autumn In Olde New England Sampler..my newest design/pattern..it's a large one too!!!  Coming soon)

Until next time ~ wishing you a lovely week.  Doreen


Friday, June 24, 2016

Today's The Day :~)




Goode Friday Morning To You.  We've a beautiful, cool and sunny morning here in Vermont with a warm and perfect Summer weekend ahead.  

Today is an exciting day for me...my online class went live at midnight!!!  I have had SO much fun doing this.  The filming and creating each classroom was so enjoyable. And now..the real fun begins as my students dive in and start punching!  Oh I hope they LOVE IT!  I am already planning a holiday themed online class :).

Now.....while still staying present in the "classrooms" to answer questions and give encouragement..I shall move on to filling orders, bringing my recent sketches to life & new Punch Needle releases :).

If you've not already signed up for the online punch needle class..it's not too late.  The course is a forever course.which means, once you sign up, it's your forever...start whenever you like and take as long as you need.

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

**Click on the photo below for more information on our class**




Friday, June 3, 2016

~Enrollment IS Now OPEN for my Online Punch Needle Embroidery Class~




 Good afternoon everyone.  I am DELIGHTED to finally tell you that enrollment is now OPEN for my online Punch Needle Embroidery Class!!!


Pop on over to my CourseCraft site; for all the important information and to enroll. :)



Gather your supplies ...the class goes live on June 24th.
I hope to see you there :) ~ doreen

Sunday, May 22, 2016

~Online Class First Look~


Goode Sunday Afternoon Friends.  I hope this note finds you well and enjoying your weekend.  It is lovely here in Vermont.  Cloudy and warm with rain moving in later this evening.  Mark has been working in the garden this morning while I did a bit of Sunday cleaning, hung some laundry on the line, filled the humming bird feeder (when I popped out onto the front porch this morning to have my coffee a wee humming bird, who was apparently waiting for me to emerge, buzzed him or herself right in my face and hovered there for several seconds as if saying..."we are back..please fill our feeder" which, I ran in and did)   AND...I finished sketching  the design for my upcoming ONLINE PUNCH NEEDLE EMBROIDERY CLASS :).

You can see a "First Look" of the design and materials in the photo to your left.  There will be THREE finishing options for you to chose from...

1.  Just the center design punched and placed on a painted and aged box.

2.  The center design punched and then finished with a background of wool, with wool applique accents and used as a table mat.

3.  The center design punched, finished with the wool applique background and then laid on top of the painted & aged box.

** I will cover EVERYTHING in class from tracing your design onto your weavers cloth to finishing the project in all the ways mentioned above.  

***The class will be an online video class..I will be giving you a list of supplies,  CLASS INFORMATION, class cost, etc. soon and then give you a week or so to collect your supplies.

**** I begin filming tomorrow and if all goes as planned class will begin the 2nd week in June.

*Things you will absolutely need (and can gather now if you like)

1. 14" Morgan Locking ~ Lip Hoop or gripper frame (I prefer the hoop but this is totally up to you).  

2.  18" x 22" piece of White or Natural weavers cloth

3.  Cameo Needle with the small & medium needle tips

:~) Stay Tuned..more info coming soon :~)

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I am off now as Mark has just come in to ask me for my assistance in making horseradish....:)

Until next time ~ wishing you a wonderful day, doreen




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

~New Facebook Group AND A GIVEAWAY~



Goode afternoon friends.  I hope this note finds you well.  Currently I am enjoying the sounds of tractors, in the field across the road, as the sun shines down warmly and the plough works it's magic to turn the earth.  I LOVE seeing a freshly ploughed field.  I have lived here all of my life..having grown up just across the boarder, a mere 15 minutes from where I now live, and I must say...after 50 Springs..it never gets old...I never fail to feel enjoyment from the newly opened leaves, fresh turned earth and new life all around me.   It's a goode feeling loving where you live..loving where your feet are planted :).

:) ~New Facebook Group and...A Giveaway :)
TO celebrate the Grand Opening of my new Facebook Group ~Threads~ Original Needlework Creations by Doreen Frost, I am holding a giveaway!!!
To win the lovely *Floss Keep* shown in the photo's below
simply....
1.) Join My Facebook Group ~Threads~ **Visit the link below and click on "Join"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/904333746379088/
2.) Leave a comment on the giveaway post...inside the group once you've joined. smile emoticon
3.) Share THIS post smile emoticon
A winner will be drawn on Monday evening, May 23rd. 


**I hope you like it :)**

Before I go...I MUST Mention and give a VERY BIG THANK YOU TO Laura Hakes....we were chatting about Punch Needle class ideas and she suggested I make one of my floss keeps.  Well, at the time I drew a complete blank  but after a couple of days and  idea popped into my head AND..the results are above.  THANK YOU SO MUCH LAURA FOR PUTTING THE IDEA IN MY HEAD!!!
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THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH and....GOODE LUCK, Doreen

**Of note....future *Floss Keeps* will only be available as finished offerings from me & as a workshop and/or class project.





Monday, May 9, 2016

~If I Were A Skein Of Wool~


Goode May Morning To You.  I hope this message finds you well. Here in Vermont we are enjoying warm sunshine accompanied by a blustery cold wind.   We are still burning wood each morning and some areas actually work up to a dusting of snow.  Tis an odd Spring to be sure. :)

I belong to a wonderful group called Flourish through The Joyful Entrepreneur.  What an amazing group.  Even though I have been working & creating from home for over 12 years now, it really wasn't until I began my journey with Punch Needle Embroidery that my hobby became A REAL BUSINESS.  I now take my business and the running of that business seriously because, if I want it to continue and grow...I HAVE TO.  Just sitting down and creating isn't enough..there is so much more to it.  Weekly paperwork, submissions, taxes, following through, communication (calls, emails, social networking, blogging) submissions, ads, branching out, branding, seo..the list goes on and on.  SO, as part of "the business of running a business" I belong to several wonderful entrepreneur groups...Flourish being one of them.

Recently we were given a Branding challenge to create a Pinterest board that represents our business brand.  At first I was at a total loss as to what I would pin to this board and then I realized..I already have a board that represents ME and My Brand...it's who I am...what I love..how I create.  It's called; 


The entire board is a collection/representation of my love for wool, color, nature and the coziness of home.  Something that I feel like my business represents and speaks of who I am.

If I were a skein of wool.....this is who I would be
The color..the texture..♥♥♥

pop by and have a look at my Pinterest Board..let me know what you think...does it represent me?  When you see my work..does it evoke a sense of home, coziness, color, texture and nature?

Until next time....♥Doreen