...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
Studio Phone ~ 434-263-6508
email ~ not4got@aol.com

Regular Shop Hours:
Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 ~ 3:00
{weather permitting}

~ Creative Saturdays ~
10:00 ~ 3:00
bring your work in progress and come create with me!
{no beginner classes please, and not during pre-scheduled class times}

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rainy Day ~ CLOSED Today!

yep ~
 we are closed today ~

everything is wet ~
the driveway, the yard…
…the sheep!

hoping the sun will return this aft or tomorrow ~
we will definitely be 

...see you then my friends ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sepia Sampler Finish ~

...all finished
and framed too ~

how do you like it?

the big old heavy white painted & heavily-carved frame 
was found on my short trip to CT a few weeks back ~
truth be told,
I had already began stitching the sampler before I found the frame…

as things usually work for me,
the frame is a perfect fit!

the Sepia Sampler was stitched by me
onto 30ct Parchment hand dyed linen from

I did take the liberty of adding a few stains to my finish as well ~

stitch count: 82w x 121h
approx. finished stitched size of recommended linen ~ 5-1/2" x 8"

DMC 6 strand cotton floss used ~ 
{model stitched using one strand of floss over two threads of linen}

611 - drab brown
640 - beige grey very dark
869 - hazelnut brown dark
3021 - brown grey very dark

the frame dates to ca. mid 1800's…
it has two interior liners plus one frame, making it a triple-frame.

I love all of the layers of thick white paint that have built up over time…
and there are a few 'ghost spots' of guilt-gold paint peeking through in places.

remember, this {and a few others!} will be released at the PSS retreat 
April 29th ~ May 3rd 2015 in Williamsburg, VA
and the PSS Merchant Mall 
May 1st & 2nd...

you can't make it to the retreat or Merchant Mall?
no worries ~
this {and a few others!} 
...will be available in my Etsy shop in May :)

Well it  is a sublimely rainy morning here at the farm today ~
I love the rain. have some chores to do, then get back to my stitching….

Oh! almost forgot to mention ~
we have been blessed with  7 new little baby chicks!
I'll introduce you to them on the morrow….

have a *sparkling* day my sweet friends!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New-ness ~

there's a new kid in town…
actually, she's not a kid, and this is a farm, not a town.

her name is Annie ~
she is cousin Charlie's kitty-girl
who now lives with us.

...cousin Charlie is no longer able to care for sweet Annie ~
so now we are :)

Annie is adjusting fine ~
she loves to chase Iggy around the farmhouse.
and she loves napping in the afternoon sun.

she's a bit of a snark at times,
we know that's because she misses her home & Charlie ~
we're happy she's here with us!

I like to purchase fresh flowers for my kitchen each week...
here are my very favorite ~
 white tulips

they make me happy :)

the solar wind chimes you see hanging in my kitchen window below
make a sweet-sound every few minutes ~
perfect to wash dishes by!

and you all must know by now how much I love my little birds ~
bird's nests, eggs…
and birdcages.

this bottle stopper below is one I cherish ~
it came from my sweet friend Kathy Barrick a few years ago ~
I placed it into one of my early green glass bottles that we unearthed here at the farm….

and here is an auction find ~
a reproduction cast iron bird feeder….
love the color, weight & patina of it.

it is on our farmhouse front porch
next to a little cement urn & old basket full of found-things
like old farm tools, a deserted wasp nest and old hollow log.
{I don't know why I collect such old & odd things ~ but I do}

As I was snapping photos,
... I noticed that our white lilac bush is budding!
we almost lost the poor thing to last year's hard temps
and had to cut it down to the quick, so-to-speak…
but here she is,
tiny but strengthened and
I cannot wait for the first bloom to open ~

Pinnochio & Daisy are beginning to shed their winter-woolies…
the their thick wiry fur
 is now being carried off in the beaks of our little bird friends ~
to warmly line their far-away nests.

and here is more progress on Sepia Sampler ~
I am in the home stretch and finishing up the inside flowers of the border…

I'm enjoying this stitch,
and can't wait to see it all framed up!

Sepia Sampler, along with a few other new designs,
 will be a released in May at the PSS Retreat in Williamsburg.

Happy Wednesday everyone,
...make it a loverly & peaceful one!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

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