...Down a dirt road, past woods and fields sits a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof ~
It's here you'll find me pulling thread and wool through linen and chasing after my kittens…
I collect old & odd things ~ I throw my head back and cackle when I laugh and I see the past through the eye of a needle.
~ I love my life and those I share it with.

Our Farm Shop is located at:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
Studio Phone ~ 434-263-6508
email ~ not4got@aol.com

*******NEW SUMMER HOURS*******
11:00 ~ 3:00
{shop is closed from now until July 11th}

this is also Open Hooking & Stitching: 11:00 to 3:00
~ Bring your work in progress and come create with me ~

If you are traveling a distance,
or would like to visit on a day that we're not regularly open, please call or email us to make sure we will be here or to schedule a visit!!

Dear Friends ~

All original photographs & word content on this blog is ©Notforgotten Farm ~
unless otherwise stated.
Thank you!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

~ Colors ~

Good Morning
~ Friends & Folk ~

last posting I was talking about choosing colors of threads for my punch needle work ~

I have narrowed it down to these Autumnal hues :

this color palette will be a new collection with Valdani soon!!!

aren't they luscious?

deep jewel-tones, 
...variegated in the best primitive-manner ~

I'll share some previews 
of my punching-in-progress using these colors 
...on tomorrow's post ~

And here are the wools that I've chosen for the upcoming
Stitching in the Valley Retreat
October 9th ~ 11th 2015
in Middletown, Virginia

I'll be teaching a "Black Jack Pocket"
{wool applique & primitive embroidery}
….and will share the class model photos soon :)

the wools are from Rebecca Herb 
 ~ and are just perfect for a little Hallow's Eve handwork!
dont'cha think?

check these out~
mushrooms growing in the donkey paddock!

...just how humongous you ask?
they dwarf Mr. Guinea Hen ~ that's how big!

Pinocchio & Daisy won't go near them {thankfully} 
….but the slugs & snails and other 'slimies' love them!

{{ I love their ghostly/chalky white color and nubbly textures ~ }}

photo bomb!

Minew had to come see what I was doing of course….
such a pretty girl….such loverly green eyes…such a good Momma-kitty

hi Mimi!

…I noticed our younger Lavender plants are blooming…YAY!
the bees & butterflies love them ~
I love the pale color of their delicate buds.

~ I bring tiny bouquets of them into the house ~
Lavender makes me 

our oregano is blooming as well…
this is a large bush of it growing in a little garden on the hill
in the front yard…

such a pretty color too!
especially set against the green background of it's leaves.

how does your garden grow?

Well I am off to create ~

it's humid again today,
~ so in the farmhouse I'll stay.

Hoping your day is a colorful one!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

~ Let the Punching Commence!

I am ready ~
I have gathered all of my punching supplies….

punch needle & threader{s} ~ check.
weavers cloth ~ check.
Valdani threads ~ check.
Hookinpunch gripper frame ~ double-check.

I have my scissors, ball jar & notebook

choosing colors first ~ 
let me see…..oh 'witch' one?
decisions decisions

colors chosen ~ check
what to punch?

...on to that notebook aforementioned.

usually I carry notebooks with me.
in the car, in my purse, next to my bed ~ on the side table by by stitching chair{s}
~ and always always in my workbaskets.

the little notebook below 
hold my many muses and inspirational words:

and I open it up to reveal ~

no kidding…..

 with the 'help' of a couple of friends of mine,
I begin listing motifs….

they won't stop talking…blah blah blah

ok I get the idea!
I will punch them all!!!

weavers now on my Hookinpunch gripper frame ~
~ punch needle standing by.

Valdani threads dropped into my ball-jar,
punch needle threaded

knows what I'll be creating next?
{he does!}

Happy July 1st everyone!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

~ Tuesday Morning Musings ~

…Good Morning!

our garden is growing!
~ my farmer is beaming!

squash, beans, tomatoes ~
corn onions & peppers…

leeks, white eggplant ~ lettuce!

cukes & zucchini too !

 A Happy Garden = A Happy Farmer
{hmmm….a sampler?}

here is my sewing box.
well, another sewing box…that is.
{I have many}

this is the one I use for my cross stitch ~
{I have one for each of my needle crafting}

I generally dislike the fabrics that are on the sewing boxes we find at Joanns & other crafts stores…
but this one, with it's graphic black & white somehow appealed to me ~
{plus I knew I could 'fix' it by staining/painting it}

I simply spritzed it with my walnut/spice dye ~
then added my touch to the lid & innards ~

on went the little cross stitched piece first:

...then on to the embellishing part!

~ I love little charms, so I had to attach some of my very favorite ones ~
using rusty safety-pins of course ;)
buckels & clasps & keys and ribbons….
the little basketful of ducks & the spider-web came from Kathy Barrick ~
...love them, love her.

I added a red calico heart & a wool strawberry too ~

I stained it too.

then added old photographs, antique pins & needle books ~

the little tart-tin holds my beeswax & magnetic needle-minder, 
while my giant stork scissors wait patiently to help with another project.

a tangle of threads on a huge safety-pin
are waiting in the wings for my sampler-in-progress to be finished,
...then they will be safely tucked away below this tray.

yes, that is $$ you see clipped on to my tiny-but-powerful Ott light ~
... every girl needs Mad Money you know!

underneath the tray you'll find linen, tiny wooden hoops, a sketchbook ~
and a small plastic box that holds my DMC thread cards.
{I need to get a few more of these boxes ~ one for my Weeks' & another for my GAST threads!}

while at the PSS Retreat this past Spring, I had the pleasure of meeting the girls from
and I bought these beautiful hand-dyed pins from them…
I will be using them in a future needlework finish, but for now ~
 they rest in my sewing box
...just being pretty to look at!

here is the progress I've made on my 'Huswifery' sampler ~
coming along nicely ~ and I'm loving the colors….

…and speaking of colors, since everyone has been sharing rainbows ~
~ here's mine.

Today is my sweet Mother's 85th birthday!
Elda Elizabeth Geiste Reed Berke Smith
 {a.k.a. 'Aunt Sissy' or 'Sis'}
the youngest of 6 children born to Pa German parents ~ born in 1930 in Harrisburg PA.

Happy Birthday Mommy ~ we love you a whole bunch!
see you soon ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

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