Doreen Frost ~ Designer, Teacher & Merry Maker of Original Needle~Work Creations, Folky Fraktur Woole~Worked Animals & Needle Work Patterns.

I have always dreamed of owning my own business, working with my hands, creating what made my heart sing . Fifteen years ago that dream began to take shape. My business grew slowly at first and I have dabbled in many different art forms (which I still do from time to time :). Six years ago I decided to concentrate on my love of Punch Needle Embroidery. I did loads of research, purchased the tools & supplies, that I knew I would enjoy using, and taught myself everything I could (and felt I needed to know) about this wonderful needle art. In 2011, I began offering my original Punch Needle Embroidery designs and things just took off from there!! Over the years my business has grown tremendously. I now travel throughout New England teaching classes & giving workshops. I also hold small classes here, in our Vermont home in Autumn & Early Winter. Outside, the wind howls, crisp leaves fly past the windows & snow swirls about... inside, a cozy fire burns and a homemade meal is prepared..we settle ourselves with our hoop & needles and enjoy a day of learning, goode conversation, friends and food. Each day I give thanks for this wonderful life I live. ~ doreen

~Welcome. Do help yourself to a cup of tea and visit A while.~

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.



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 

**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

~Punch Needle Embroidery~

~Punch Needle Embroidery~
** The art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle. *Embroidered work or ornamentation. Elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story

~In My Hoop~

~In My Hoop~
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~Folk Art Punch Needle Club~

~Folk Art Punch Needle Club~
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I am so very pleased to announce.....

I am so very pleased to announce.....
My Punch Needle Embroidery designs are now available as Rug Hooking/Rug Punching Patterns. Available exclusively through Spruce Ridge Studios