...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….

Welcome to Notforgotten Farm ~

Our shop is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521

Regular Shop Hours:

most Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 ~ 3:00
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Monday, September 1, 2014

September Farmhouse ~

~ Happy September ~

I have been cleaning this old farmhouse,
sprucing it up and making it shine :)

I have changed out the Summer curtains to my black checkered ones for Autumn…
but I've left up the lace sheers {that Joan gave me} to keep out the late-summer sun.

we bought 2 new rugs for the keeping room too!
(I NEVER by anything new!)
I had boring white berber rugs in here before, 
...but now I have an explosion of folky design & color!!

'front' part of the keeping room ~ under the coffee table is a big metal basket that holds my books, magazines & WIPS

my favorite blue 'tulip' cupboard above the couch ~

here is our mantel decorated simply for the beginning of Autumn…

hate that glare from the TV ~ Peter will make a blanket crane for me to cover it when we're not watching it :)

another view ~

view from where I sit on the couch & stitch ~
...while watching the sci-fi channel!

 I keep some of my sewing needfuls in this old round wooden tote, 
{{plus my pencils are never out of reach}}

~ love my hooked rug ~

 here is the 'back' of the keeping room ~
this other new rug is just as colorful & folk art-y as the other one, but in a different pattern
(as suggested by Peter…yes, he has an 'eye' for design)

the colors in the rugs pick up EVERY color that I love to decorate with and am drawn to…
bittersweet, robins egg blue, brown, black, mustard & sage...

 a small collection of sewing baskets & tins:

makes me happy :)

 a corner of the back keeping room:

~ my basket-tree is filling up ~

 the photo below shows a thread-box/sewing bow that I picked up with Joan last week ~
it was stained very dark & was polyurethane'd really shiny ~ straight out of the 1970's….
I sanded it back, and repainted it like this:

I LOVE it!!

it also had a tacky polyester tweed fabric covering the pincushion on top, 
so I replaced it with hand dyed & stained velvet in a beautiful salmon color ~

it had all of it's original spool spindles too ~ happy happy!
 as I was snapping pics, 
'someone' wanted my attention …

Hi PEACH!!!!
Peaches (Sun Conure) & Barbara (our Parakeet)
live in this room with us and are always chattering & chortling away

Here is our dining room :

sorry about the blur….

 I covered up my books on the black bookshelf (below) 
with a piece of crewel fabric ~

I have SO many books & magazines ~ it's a sickness!!!

on the top of the black bookshelf is my collection of early shoes ~ 
...mostly children's shoes…

I put them in an OLD Mason's Blacking box
Blacking was used to polish the black high-top shoes back then...
I'll be working on finished goods now until the Gathering, so I will have lots of things to offer you!
OH and of course for my 'online' show here on this blog on the 28th :)

Enjoy your holiday & be safe my friends!!!

* Blessed be * 

Friday, August 29, 2014

a Little Front Porch Stitchin'….

today I can tell there is a change of weather coming ~
it feels like mid to late September with the cool breezes this morning…

...perfect time for me to stitch a little on the porch swing.

sit a spell with me, won't you?

 I'm not stitching anything in particular,
just letting my hands stitch a few pumpkins & such ~
nothing planned except random-ness ;)

stitches aren't perfect, but that's the way I like them.

I have a few little antique black frames that I want to use,
... so this finished stitch will be framed by one of them.

they will be available at the Gathering here in September…

i think this is a 40ct linen, not sure ~ it is a homespun and I love how primitive & early it looks

~ From my porch swing, 
I can see our volunteer gourds growing along our fence and gate…

gourds on the gate

these are yellow 'spinner' gourds

wart-y & bumpy & beautiful!

they are growing side by side with our tomatoes, fig, sweet annie & basil
getting along very nicely, thank-you ;)

cool, aren't they?

on the side of the house,
{behind me when I'm sitting on the swing}
are my beautiful mysterious passion fruit vines ~

creepy & alien-looking
and I love them…

love their 'stripes'

 while stitching, 
I hear a commotion over by the chicken/kitten coops ~
I look up to see Roxy bringing an offering to Lazy…

Hi Roxy!

Hi Lazy!

 "Wanna PLAY"?

good dogs
{even though Roxy is still a hot mess puppy, she is getting better. REALLY she is}

I can see the kitten coop from my perch 
and watch as Roxy heads over to offer her stick to the kittens…

...little does she know it, but the kittens and their momma are outside of their coop 
and are hunting for lizards in the woodpile behind the coop….

can you spot all 4 kitties?

that's Boogie Sugar-Britches hiding in there…

…oh those eyes...

 by now, Roxy has it figured out…
the cats are out and the game is ON!

"wanna play? wanna play? wanna play?"

 Minew (momma-cat) says 

the kittens and Roxy get along fine,
...not-so-much with the momma!
she 'tolerates' Roxy….

"…but I just wanna play…." :(

 and I can always count on my hubby Peter 
...to care for all of our friends here ~
they love him as much as he loves them
(but not as much as I love him!)

Hi Pete!
Thank You for taking care of all of us!!

Hoping your day is a beautiful one,
...spent with those that love you most!!

* Blessed be *

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