Tucked in a valley, at the foot of Round Mountain, among the graceful Maples & Oaks you will find our Little Brown House. Smoke billows from the chimney seven or eight months out of the year, a river rambles nearby, sheep & cows graze in the meadows and turkey's forage along the olde stone walls. Here you will find me, tucked into my cozy studio surrounded by my work. This is Vermont Harvest Folk Art.

~ I am a Punch Needle Embroidery Folk Artist, Rug Hooker and teacher, who is inspired by my love of Early American art. I have a small open studio and shop in our Vermont home, where I hosts holiday events, workshops and individual lessons.~

Monday, August 13, 2018

~August Days~

Goode day my friends.  I hope you are all well and enjoying all that August has to offer.  We certainly are.  Our local carnivals and county fairs have begun ~ my favorite thing about this month!!!  Another wonderful thing August holds, garden abundance.  Ours is doing wonderfully and oh my goodness, the pumpkin patch is enormous this year.  I can not wait to see how many wonderful pumpkins we gather at months end!!

It is still quite warm here in Vermont but Mother Nature is definitely sharing a few hints of Autumn with us.  The breezes feel lovely and hold a soft Autumn coolness.   The birds are singing their "preparing for Winter" songs,  (you may find it crazy but I swear their songs change this time of year) the fruiting tree's and berries are loaded this year and the smell of their ripening is heavenly.    Our apple tree's are actually bending under the weight of the abundance of apples this year.  Each day squirrels can be found in the larger of the two trees in our back yard, shaking the branches and gathering the apples.  Something Mark nor I had any idea they did.  We've never, in our many years, seen squirrels gathering apples!!!  I hear this Winter, weather-wise, will be a repeat of last Winter...OH I DO HOPE SO!!

All of this anticipation is SO exciting!!  I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!!

I'm in high gear, creatively, at this time of year and thankfully, Stephanie, my dear sister-in-law and wonderful sample puncher is quick to bring all of my sketches to life!!!  These are just a few of my new designs.

The two Olde Salem Cat & Jax designs will be available soon. I am still working on the larger one, shown below, but just as soon as I have it finished I will be offering the pattern.

The Olde Autumn Pumpkin, shown above, is this month design for my 2018 PN club.  It will be a hanging door pocket to hold some lovely Autumn dried florals.  :)


~My first Winter design/pattern of 2018, NOELLE, is ready!!!  Yes, I realize I am offering Winter before Autumn but she is ready and insisted on making her debut. :)  You can find her patterns (with options) on my website or you can purchase the instant pattern in my Etsy shop.  Links are in the column to the left.

That's it for today. Wishing you a JOY ~ Doreen


  1. I love them all!!!! Perfect as always!!

  2. Hello Doreen, I am sooooo looking forward to Fall. It has been so hot and humid here but for the past few days we were getting alot of rain. People think I'm crazy but I love rainy days. Your two new designs are wonderful, can't wait to do them.

    1. Hello my friend. I too LOVE the dark rainy days!! It's like a snowy day, you can stay in and make things cozy and not feel quilty about it :)

  3. Ooooh! I am loving that Pumkin for the PN August club pattern/kit. It will be arriving at just the right time! 90*F here in Minnesota today and oh so humid!

    1. Hello Bobbi :) Thank you SO much :). Isn't that pumpkin wonderful. The color was a last minute decision and worked out so well.

      Stay cool (if you can) :) Doreen

  4. Your blog is lovely!
    Love ur patterns,,, cant wait to start the 2 I bought from you,,,
    Thanks for sharing, doreen,,,
    Hot here, too,!

    1. Greetings Elaine. Thank you SO much!! Please share your finishes when you can :) Stay cool, if you are able...think Autumn thoughts!! :) hugs, doreen