...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.

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Our Farm Shop is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email ~ notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

*** Farm Shop is C L O S E D ***
and will reopen on Saturday September 17th
with our 8th annual
Gathering of Primitive Friends Show!!



Monday, August 29, 2016

~ Early Morning on the Farm ~

~ Good Morning Friends & Folk ~

just a picture-walk of a post today for you ~
 … sharing this special place that we are blessed to call 

* H O M E *


pretty in pink & rust


climbing


resting in the morning sun


{ welcome to my Garden of Weedin' }


good morning, glory!



colors


a view of the farmhouse from the shop garden ~


the Privy


River  Oats


can you see her?

can you see her now? :)

my favorite bush ~ Harry Lauder Walking Stick

welcoming chairs


simple beauty

delicate nature


the slope of our homeplace


black walnuts are falling


Donkey butts!


Roxy & persimmons



farmhouse fence


our old farmhouse is in the midst of being repainted, with stone being added to the front… 


hello! {dirty sheep!!}


fresh laundry on the line


the 'kittens' who are now almost 3yrs old ~


well howdy, handsome!

"i brought you a gift, mom…"


 Hoping your day is fill with many small things 
… of much joy ~


 ~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Saturday, August 27, 2016

~ Harvesting Wool ~


Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
it's the last Saturday in August…can you believe it?

I am having trouble wrapping my pea-brain around the thought 
that our 8th annual Gathering of Primitive Friends Show will be here in 3 short weeks!
and as so, I am working sun up 'til sun down {and then some} on finished goods for the farm shop ~

Yesterday 
I hooked up some Indian Corn ~
loving the nubby texture of these, and how wonky they are…
they look just like real corn!


… here are some set amongst my dried gourds on our dining room table ~




and here are a few more
~ displayed on a white cupboard…




these are so simple & fun to make too ~



I'll have some finished cobs for sale at the show, but if you'd like to hook your own
you can purchase the pattern from Patternmart ~ 
the pattern designer of the corn is
BeFruitful Kreations
but be forewarned: 
once you hook one, you'll want to hook tons of them!


Hooked Indian Corn Pattern is available from BeFruitful Kreations
via Pattern Mart or CLICK HERE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

So the other day on my Facebook Group: 'the Out of Hand Rug Hookers'
I asked these questions: 
"what does everyone do with their cut wool strips after they've finished a rug? 
do you store the strips by color? by color-story?"
and got a lot of fun & helpful answers.

{here's the link to my FB group if you'd like to join}

CLICK HERE TO JOIN GROUP
and
to answer my own question and 'sheepishly' {pun-intended} 
share with you how MY wool strips are stored, 
here ya go...



thrown into a big basket!!
ha!




and it's ok, not only does my basket look beautiful wherever it is,
I love to dig in there for the perfect color strip ~ 
one of the group members' said she likes to do the same...
and likened it to 'digging for worms in the dirt" 
~ lol I agree ;)




the only problem I have with this is that each wool-worm I put in the basket
somehow multiplies into 3 or 4 ~ 
now how can that be? 
*wink wink*




Well friends,
 Peter & I are heading down the dusty road to go into town today.
My hook & linen and that worm basket will just have to wait until my return ~

Hoping you all enjoy this last weekend of August 2016!
it's been SO HOT that I'm not sad to see it go ~


 ~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Friday, August 26, 2016

~ Bound & Determined ~

Hello Friends & Folk!

~ Happy Hot Friday to you ~
…back to our seemingly-sticky weather again…
~ not happy about that, but I know it won't last forever.

The Weather People say it's been the worst 
{as in hottest, muggiest, rainiest, stormiest….} Summer in a looong time.
I don't think I've ever spent so much time indoors any one Summer before this.

As I work in the somewhat-comfort of the chugging and overworked AC,
 I'm at least productive once again after not feeling well for over a month.
Waiting on test results now {again} hoping for some 'conclusive' results this time.
{kind thanks for your continued good thoughts}

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I finished hooking the Jack rug ~ and added a striped background.
isn't he a happy fellow? he is the same motif that I drew for my Jack's Folly Appliqué pattern,
 so if you have that, and are a hooker, you have my permission to use it for rug hooking as well ~
don't forget to share it with us on my Friends of Notforgotten Farm FB group!




the wool strip size I hooked with is #8 - or 1/4" wide
cut using my Fraser clamp on cutter ~ 


love my sleek black cutter!!

it needs a good cleaning, though ~
 Peter will blow it off with the compressor & then oil it for me…




as in everything I do, keeping it as simple as can be ~
the edges are turned back and whip stitched down…




I like to use heavy black crochet thread to bind with ~
...  guess just I like the contrast & the big old stitches!




Joan & I went on a field trip the other day to our 'local' quilt shop, 
Cottonwood in Charlottesville, VA
{I say 'local' b/c it is a good 45 minute drive up nawth ~ BUT we pass a great little antiques shop in Covesville, VA so we make the trip worthwhile if ya get my drift;) }

of course I needed fabric!
what a silly thing to think I have more fabric than I will ever use ~



Soooo
these colorful fat 1/4's came home with me.
yep, jumped right into my arms...




I never need an excuse to buy more fabric.
although I come up with many, I never really need an excuse…ha!
{and I know I'm in good company!}




 The fabrics will be used for backings, backgrounds, some double appliqué 
and perhaps even a few mini-quilts?
or,
who-knows-what.
:)





~ Filling and shipping orders today, 
then it's back to hooking more autumnal-inspired finished things for me ~

Hoping your day is full of beauty and creativity!

 ~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Thursday, August 25, 2016

~ Cats & Jacks ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!

and a hearty-happy Thursday to you all…
it's gotten a tad warmer again ~
 but that won't stop me 
from wishing for my beloved Autumn to arrive.

Lately I've been enjoying taking candid snaps of Iggy {Mr. Ignacious Catt}
in his natural surroundings ~ 
which have been known to include baskets, boxes & bags…
windowsills and wool piles.

here are some that I thought came out well;





a little crow-watching


we see you.


sleepy-eyed

and here is another little hooking-in-progress that I started last evening ~
a Jack, of course!
Tis the Season, you know
;)

This Jack is the exact motif from my new 'Jack's Folly' wool appliqué 
that I wanted to use for hooking ~
you can use it for hooking too, if you'd like.

almost finished, on to the background next...




but before I even begin a new hooking project,
Iggy must inspect each little snippet & worm of wool,
so color-planning my projects takes a little longer…


"hmmm….maybe not that green, mom…"


"That one! yes, that one…."


"and perhaps a few of these orange worms too ~"

"MOM! are you listening to me??? and why are you laughing?"

… oh well, 
at least he has a good eye for color!

Hoping you all have a color-full day my sweet friends :)

 ~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

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