...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
ph. 434-263-6508 email Not4got@aol.com

11:00 ~ 3:00

Monday, August 3, 2015


Happy Monday Friends & Folk ~
...hoping you are all enjoying the cooler, drier temps where you are?

Virginia has had some pretty weather since I've been home, 
~ and boy am I thankful for that!

Yesterday I decided to take a short walk to our pumpkin patch.
{a.k.a. the compost hill out beyond the barn}
every year something volunteers and grows here, usually beautifully.
most years we have squash, watermelon, gourds & pumpkins, but this year only pumpkins grew.
and not too many of them either, sadly….

while taking a closer look,
 I think I found the answer to why we didn't have a bumper-crop like years past….

~ those tiny little white specks that you see on the pumpkin below are squash-bugs.
{they look like grey warts on the lower right}

so I decided that I needed to save them 
from having the life sucked out of them from those pesky critters, 
~ and I harvested some…
very early yes, but at least they won't rot in the patch and we can enjoy them a bit.

a small wheelbarrow-full of beautiful orbs!

some haven't even turned completely orange yet, but I love them still ~
I'll place these around the farmhouse porch & the shop porch too….

I went back to the patch to see if I could find any others that 'needed' me,
and found the carcass of this one below…
seems as though the squirrels like my pumpkins too!

not only do the squirrels love pumpkins, they love nuts.
and we have over 100 black walnut trees for them to choose from.

~ here I am standing in a spot where it looks to me like they had a picnic!
pumpkins & black walnuts…

the empty nut-shells look like tiny owl faces to me….
Hmmmm….wheels are turning.

on my way back to the farmhouse I visited one of our butterfly bushes ~
wow, lots of activity there!

swallowtails, red admirals, white sulphurs…
silver-spotteds and the occasional hummingbird moth!

I haven't seen but two monarchs this year though….
they are becoming more & more scarce.
we are directly in the path of their migration route, 
and usually see them flying over head or stopping in for a quick drink.

please please grow milkweed for them in your garden if you can ~ 
they only lay their eggs on the milkweed plant and the larvae then eat the leaves. 
...the only leaves in their young diet before turning from caterpillar to butterfly.

here is a snap of our little bunny ~
 Peter named him Buckwheat ~ not sure why though. lol.
remember that Roxy our lab brought the bunny to us and I bottle-fed him?
yup, this is him…I swear he is a dwarf cottontail. he is still SO small!
But he is healthy, happy & loves us ~ he eats fresh veg's, alfalfa, nuts & clover…
...along with pellets.

I will be working on orders today…
beginning with shipping the July/Aug/Sept kits for the Little Stitches Handwork Club ~
Distributors po's and Etsy orders.
it should take me only a couple of days to get caught up, then once I am ~
I will release our new Hallowe'en/Harvest 2015 designs ! YAY!

I am trying to finish up another little painted Hallowe'en-themed wooden sliding box for Ebay tonight 
...if plans go accordingly too ~

My sweet Hubby
 has been putting in a lot of overtime helping me here since I got sick…
taking care of me & making sure I don't over-do-it 
{which I have a tendency to do}

and with his help everything is falling back into place where it should be!

~ Love You Peter John to the Moon & Back ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy August!

August is a good month ~ 
altho days are hot, 
it hints at the beginning of 
 {my favorite time of the year }
 with cooler nighttime temps and changes in the air ~

))) ~~~~~~~~(o)~~~~~~~~ (((

I came home to my models from Jim & April ~ all I can say is WOW!
Here are a few glimpses of them, along with Pat's model too ~ 

This is a peek at
~ Hallowe'en Sweet Bag ~
stitched by Jim Waldecki

this will be finished into a sweet bag, as the title suggests ~
I'll be working on the finish of all of these today while resting & healing….


Here is
~ The House that Jack Built ~
stitched by Pat Simon

not sure how I'll finish this one yet, 
but I think the size of this one may be good for an oversized, 
sawdust-filled pin keep with a 'different' trim…
we'll see….


and here is
~ Olde Mustarde Moone ~
Stitched by April Whitaker Taylor

this one will be framed, 
I have a new frame coming that I think you'll all love ~

Thank you Pat, April & Jim
...for stitching these for me ~ 
I'm proud to have your beautiful handwork shown on my designs!!


Peter brought this little friend to me this morning ~
a beautiful Luna Moth

this one is a female and was still sleepy/chilly from the 60* temps we had last night…

I think they are just loverly!
from their glowing-green wings…
to their tiny little 'faces' ~

did you know they have 'fur' on their backs?

you can learn more about them by clicking the link below:


while I was 'on vacation' in the hospital,
the temps were hot hot hot ~ 
...so I came home to our garden looking like a jungle!

~ here is a snap of Peter standing in front of our cornstalks!
the tallest ones measure in at over 10 feet high!

Hoping your first day of August is a peaceful & creative one my friends ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Friday, July 31, 2015


I am HOME.
I am exhausted, 
......but I am Happy.

I will be taking the weekend 'off ' and that means the
Farm Shop will be CLOSED Saturday {tomorrow}

~ I need to recuperate from recuperating.

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 


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