...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 love my life and those I share it with.

Our farm shop is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
434-263-6508
not4got@aol.com
Regular Shop Hours:
most Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 ~ 3:00
{weather permitting}

Best to call ahead PLEASE!!

**FARM SHOP will be CLOSED Fri & Sat December 26th & 27th
and CLOSED Fri & Sat January 2nd & 3rd**
ETSY SHOP is always open :)
Farm Shop will resume regular hours on Fri January 9th ~

**SATURDAYS**
OPEN HOOKING, STITCHING & PUNCHING
bring your work in progress and create with me!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Winter Solstice!

First Day of Winter!

thought I'd brighten your day with a few of my favorite works of art ~
{all found on Pinterest of course}


this one is so 'me'….



who doesn't love a smiling and dancing opossum? ;)


Winter King



St. Nicholas & Friends



Mother Winter shaking her feather pillow onto the town below...



love the 'bowing' owl ~



have you hugged your bobcat today?


Wishing you all bright & sunny days and cozy nights ~
wishing you all peace and happiness,
health and true wealth!!


* Blessed be *
 Lori

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Tree & Birthday Wishes….


"The Tree"

I wanted to go with a more old-fashioned look this year ~
 and of course lighter too…

so I brought in a tree that I had been using in the shop 
~ instead of our usual huge, dense tree.
opting instead for the more-airy, sparse look of this one.


our farmhouse Keeping Room


I purchased the white table from a local antiques shop in Amherst, VA
(Warehouse Antiques)
and thought it would look good placed between my old wingback chairs…
{and it does}
then
I had the idea to put the tree on the table ~
and
I love it!

I kept the decorations very simple this year too…
only german glitter pinecones, beeswax sheep, a sprinkling of candles
and
the squirrel.
{can you see him?}

he was made many moons ago
~ by the talented hands of Angela Hillstrom from

I keep him out year long 
and this year decided he needed to be included in the Christmas decor ~
lending a nod and a wink to the famed squirrel-in-the-tree scene from the infamous
National Lampoon Christmas movie ;)


see him?

 under the tree,
I placed a few of my beloved rabbits ~
one is chalk ware and is a flowerpot
 {which now holds an abandoned birds nest}

...the other is velvet and was made by my dear friend
 Lori Ann Corelis from The Spotted Hare


of course these will make room for many presents soon ~


my farm & field friends

in between decorating, getting ready for Hannah to come home for the Holidays,
stitching & such ~ I like to flip through these:

Country Living's ~ The Farm Chick's Christmas
Country Living's ~ Merry & Bright
and
Ti's the Season from James Cramer


good reads!!
….all three of these have wonderful inspiration and joyful photos!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And now for the
BIRTHDAY WISHES ~

20 years ago today
a gift was given to Peter & I….

...we welcomed our long-awaited daughter, 
Hannah 
into our lives.

she taught us how to be better people ~ to always expect miracles.
we are blessed with her love, laughter and light
everyday.

We LOVE YOU Pumpkin!!!!!


* Blessed be * 
Lori

Friday, December 19, 2014

Shop Open

Good CHILLY Morning!

wanted to chime in here to say that the 
~Farm Shop~
 will be OPEN today & tomorrow 
10:00 ~ 3:00

come on in for a visit & warm up a bit…
and don't forget to bring your handwork with you!

I'll be there stitching the day away both days  :)





**ALSO please note:
the Farm Shop
 will be
CLOSED
 Friday December 26th & Saturday December 27th
Friday January 2nd & Saturday January 3rd
to celebrate the Holiday with our friends & family.

We will REOPEN with regular business hours again on Friday January 9th 2015

Have a beautiful day my friends & keep warm!


* Blessed be *
 Lori

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simply Christmas ~


forcing paperwhites on my kitchen windowsill



kitchen tabletop vignette



mourning dove



keeping room table vignette



one of my older angel paintings and favorite quilts



basket santa by Becky Carney hangs on my blue tulip cupboard door



tall santa by Becky Carney on our mantel



ironstone needlepunch & holly



mercury-glass tree & old children's brooms



little white log cabin 'smoker' and tiny glitter-bird w/ abandoned nest



our snug farmhouse



keeping room where Peaches & Barbara live



shoe-shine box with my collection of children's leather shoes



ironstone & pinecones


...as you can tell,
I'm paring down a bit with my Christmas decorating…
just tucking in greens amongst my treasures & collections, and keeping it lighter this year

the 'big' tree will go up when Hannah comes home this weekend ~
….please come visit again soon!!


* Blessed be * 
Lori

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When the phone rings…..

THAT MOMENT
when the phone rings in the middle of the night,
or in this case
very early in the morning,
and you jump out of bed and run to answer it ~
hoping you don't trip over the cat or fall down the stairs, get your nightgown tangled in your ankles,
{or inadvertently answer the television remote because you're not wearing your glasses}
OR when that moment of panic strikes you and you think 'oh no' …
and proceed to clunk yourself on the head {hard} with the receiver while answering said ringing phone
because you have now imagined everyone you have ever known is in some sort of trouble or distress?

….ever have that moment?
~
I did ~ this morning.
BUT I'm happy to say that it was a GOOD phone call from a far-away friend in South Africa!
Seems as though my Dear, Sweet Miss Cucki needed to renew her LSHC membership with me
..and she wanted to do it personally!
How's THAT for a devoted member & Friend?
xoxoxox
I was SO relieved to hear her sweet voice 
...and knew at that point all was right with the world!

{We Love you Miss Cucki ~ Hoping you heal well & fast so you can get back to your stitching!}



when I finally calmed down 
from the shock of running through the house like a blind chicken wearing leotards
and settled back into bed, I had an attack of the giggles….
I was trying not to shake the whole bed at the thought of what I must have looked like
{that is if anyone other than Iggy was watching} 
and he was…from high-ground atop the dresser. Smart Cat.

Of course I couldn't go back to sleep.
too much to think about as my brain began it's normal (?) mind-chatter ~
oh well, time to start the day…I'll nap later ;)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here is the little project I'll be teaching at the class
~ for the Virginia Guild of Needleworkers on Jan. 15th

"My Threads" pocket ~

front of project


back of project showing brown calico fabric

The members liked the 'Spools' pouch that I made designed for the 
April/May/June Little Stitches Handwork Club {LSHC} project ~
... so I used that as inspiration for their project.

April/May/June 2014 LSHC project

If you are a member of the LSHC and would like to renew for 2015, 
OR if you'd like to become a member ~you can contact me at not4got@aol.com
to read more about our 
Litte Stitches Handwork Club

Hoping you all have a creative & beautiful Wednesday my friends…
{{and if I call you better answer!}}

* Blessed be *
Lori

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