Vermont Harvest Folk Art by Doreen Frost
~Fine Needlework, Written Publications & Finished Goodes.~

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.

"I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions" ~ Augusten Burroughs.

"People aren't longing to be impressed; they're longing to feel like they're home. If you create a space full of love and character and creativity and soul, they'll take off their shoes and curl up with gratitude and rest, no matter how small, no matter how undone, no matter how odd." Shauna Niequist.

Saturday, March 21, 2020



 “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer, and that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” Albert Camus 
Charles Daniel Ward - The Progress of Spring, 1905

  If what we are going through right now,   is not a wake-up call for us to SLOW DOWN, SHOP SMALL & STAY LOCAL...I truly do not know what one is. We are EVER SO FORTUNATE right now, to have within our reach, an abundance of local farms, farm stands, small shops, breweries, bakeries, nurseries and ways in which to maintain our stay at~home mandate, but that is not the case everywhere. Growth & change are goode but equally important is keeping the small, family-owned and run shops.  We need our farms, small towns, and villages, now more than ever.


I don't have all the answers, in fact, I might not have any answers but I do know a few things.  
**We need the big & THE SMALL.....  We need larger grocery stores however, we do NOT need one every ten miles because that is what kills the small, local ones.  We need, as a society, to be willing to travel thirty or forty miles to do our "big" shopping.

This same thing can be applied to everything we have, as a society, right now.  Our fast-paced, hurry up,  I need everything quick, will be the end of us if we are not more mindful and careful.  We need both the small and the large, the quick and the slow.  We need balance!!!  

We are getting a taste right now of what can happen when things come grinding to a halt in our world...  Can we survive on just technology, the quick, the big the far-reaching.  NO, we can not & perhaps we should what is happening right now and let it be a warning!!!  

OH MY GOODNESS my friends, I apologize.   I decided to start blogging again to put a little encouragement out there, a little light in a dark time...... I had no intention of this, my return post, being a lecture of sorts.  I promise it will not be the case on a regular basis.   But, I am hoping, that when we make our way out of all of this, and we will, we remain mindful and, hopefully, be a part of the reason it doesn't happen again.

I'll be back, in a day or two, with a positive note, some lovely thoughts and goode things to share :).  Until then, I hope you are all staying healthy and your struggles are few.  Hugs to all of you, Doreen


  1. Your blog is very well said Doreen! Thank you!

    1. Hello Judy ~ thank you SO much :) SO happy you stopped by to say hello. Stay well my friend, Doreen

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    1. Right back at you Sue. Stay well my friend, Doreen

  3. Good morning Doreen, am glad you're blogging. Won't fib, I'm scared but hopeful we will make it through this. I agree it's time to slow down so I'm glad I retired. I've reached out to friends and family via phone, text and FB. Very pleased I learned punch needle. I have four more kits with thread so hopefully it will last these next couple months (I'm slow) otherwise you'll see me order. I remember what you said it one of your teaching videos. Something like everybody wants to hurry up and finish. Take your time, enjoy. Haven't forgotten that. And your gingerbread looks great. Thanks much, Irene H

    1. Hello Irene. I am so glad to hear you are doing well and have threads and patterns to keep you afloat. Challenging and scary times but, we'll weather the storm. Stay well my friend, doreen

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    1. Hello Jean. Thank you SO much. I had originally planned on getting back in this week with another post, but I've not had a chance. :(. SOON, I promise. Doreen

  5. Good to have something other than TV to entertain us...thanks!

    1. Awe, thank you SO much for stopping by. New post coming asap. Doreen

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