Down a dirt road, past fields and deep woods ~
stands a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof...
it's here at our beloved Notforgotten Farm that you will find me...

chasing kittens, puttering in the gardens or talking to the tree.

I love seeing the past through the eye of a needle ~
...I collect old & odd things.
I pull wool & cotton through linen. I walk barefoot in my garden and throw my head back and cackle when I laugh...

I'm just a little farm-witch that loves where I am & who I'm with ~

Our little needlework shop & studio
is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email - Notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

Regular Shop/Open Studio hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 ~ 4:00
*unless we are away at a show or teaching a class*
{better to call/email first}


our Etsy Shop is ALWAYS OPEN!
Please visit our ETSY Shop ~
by clicking on any one of the thumbnail photos below...



Thursday, March 21, 2019

~ New Patterns Listed! ~

Hello Friends & Folk ~
just a note to say that I have listed the following designs/patterns in my Etsy Shop ~

"Prize Tomato"
Rug Punch/Hooked Wool Project
 


"Overachiever"
Punch Needle Project
 

 "Tulip Farm"
Rug Hooking Project


and

"Purple Heart Chairpad"
Rug Hooking Project
 


all project patterns are available as PAPER/Mailed or PDF/Instant Download
 
you may visit my Etsy shop by clicking:

Kind Thanks and a Happy day to you!!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

~ Welcome Welcome Spring and a Blessed Ostara! ~

Today marks the first day of Spring ~
the rites of Spring are many & diverse throughout our world,
so I thought I might share some of my personal favorites with you!
 
~ The Vernal Equinox...
the phrase literally translates to 'Spring's Equal Night',
meaning, on this day the amount of daylight & darkness will be equal
...also, the poles or gravitational pulls of our mother Earth align perfectly, thus,
you are able to stand an egg on it's 'round' end!!
(try it, it's fun!!)


~ Wiccans celebrate the Sabbat of Ostara on this day...
A Blessed Ostara to my Witchy Friends!
 

 
And today marks the first day of my Spring Cleaning! YAY!
(( no, really,...I look so forward to this day every year ~ ))
regardless of the weather, the windows of the old farmhouse will be opened, 
letting in much needed fresh air in the stale rooms that have been closed up all year.
 
First ~ I will burn or 'smudge' the entire house with White Sage
to release any negative energies that have gathered
in the house over the past year...
 
I start sweeping these old floors at the very top of the house,
~  sweeping in every corner, from the ceiling down...
then down the stairs, and finally to the cellar and out the cellar door!
 
 ...the windows will be washed with white vinegar & newspaper, inside and out
making our view outside crisp & clear through the old wavy glass.

I will take down the curtains , wash them and hang them in the sun to dry...
bringing in the freshness of a new day and warmth of the sunshine ~
 
I'm sure you all have your own 'ritual's that you perform this time of year, and I like to look back in my collection of Almanacks for the 'olde time' ways people readied their homes,
farms & lives for the upcoming Spring Season...

 on another note,
I have recipes that I make each year for our family ~
and one of our favorites is
Red Beet Eggs!



~Notforgotten Farm's Red Beet Eggs~
8 hard boiled eggs, shelled
2 cans of red beets + their liquid
1 tbls. pickling spice
1/4 c. sugar
2 cups vinegar
(I like to use apple cider vinegar for better flavor)
In a large glass jar with tight fitting lid, place all ingredients except eggs...
stir and then place in shelled eggs.
refrigerate over night for better flavor, can be kept for 2-3 weeks in fridge,...
(I usually keep adding new eggs once the original eggs are eaten)
...these are great as a side dish or in salad!


another thing I love to do is make these in preparation for Easter:

Onion Skin Dyed SILHOUETTE Eggs ~


Here is how I make mine:
boil 6 large white eggs in salt water (1/2 c. in 4 c. water)
*you will not be eating these!!!*

drain cooked eggs and let cool completely...

in a saucepan, add about 2 handfuls of yellow onion skins (not red onion skins!)
and add 4 cups water...bring to a boil, then simmer...

you'll need some old knee high's or old stockings for the next part...
to make stencils for the eggs, cut our your design from parchment paper...
wet your paper stencil and place on cooled egg...now wrap your egg, covering stencil, with a piece of stocking (approx. 5" x 5" square...) and tie off with a twist tie...
continue to do this for each egg.

now place eggs into dye bath and simmer for at least an hour,
or longer until your desired shade of dye is achieved...
once dyed, let entire pot of liquid and eggs cool completely.
~ now you're ready to snip off your stocking and peel away your paper stencil.
dry each egg with a paper towel, then coat each egg with a light rub of vegetable oil.
this will help 'seal' the eggshell, and make them shine a little...

place eggs in a bowl or straw-filled basket to display...

Eggs like this were made by the PA Germans (and still are!) 
and some have even survived over 50 years with careful handling, 
being stored away in a cool dark place and brought out again each year ~
BUT
make sure you don't break one of these old eggs
you'll have to evacuate your house if you do!

 and to help you celebrate the day, after all of your chores are finished....
here is a little embroidery project that I have previously shared ~





I stitched this using DMC threads ~
 
all stems ~ 3011 ~ straight stitch
all leaves ~ 832 ~ satin & lazy daisy stitch
bird ~ 647 ~ satin stitch
bird's belly ~ 3064 ~ satin stitch
lettering, bird legs & berries ~ 610 ~ back stitch & french knot
 
but you may choose whichever stitches/threads or colors you'd like!



 Hoping you all have a lovely Spring day my sweet Friends,
no matter how you celebrate!
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Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

~ In the Farm News ~


 Good Morning Friends and Folk!
it is a beautifully sunny day here at the farm...
we have been watching our robins, sparrows and bluebirds
flit about gathering tufts of this and that to cozy their nests ~
 I always enjoy watching our bird friends.

on a sad note, we had to say goodbye to our 11 year old little-boy parakeet 'Barbara'
who was named by Hannah when we got HIM for her... 
{we didn't know 'she' was a 'he' so the name stuck.}
Rest in Peace and fly high little friend ~ we so loved you being here with us...
you will be missed
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We Know You Love To Stitch ~ so
we are so excited to announce that we will be holding our 1st annual
Summer Stitch In & Market!!
and
*registration is now OPEN*
call or email to grab your spot in our beautiful new Studio ~ 
your $20.00 registration fee also includes a light lunch and snacks throughout the day for attendees.

Come spend the day working on your **cross stitch, embroidery, punch needle or needlepoint...
{**remember that we hold our Hook In in September for our Wooly Folks}


Inside, we will be filling the Shop with hand dyed linens, 
supplies and finished goods for needleworkers, 
new patterns from top designers,  fresh-picked antiques & primitives and some farmy-folkart too!

Outside ~ we will have a few dealers of primitives/antiques & folk art ~ 
as well as fresh flowers, herbs and plants for you to purchase!

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We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the Woolwright's Spring Hook In last Saturday!
we were so busy oin our booth that I forgot to take any photos at the show, 
except for this one LOL:


Joan and I had to do some retail therapy of course after the show,
you know, to decompress 😉

one of my favorite shops to visit while in Lancaster is ~
Hodge Podge 
14 East Main Street
Strasburg, PA 17579
(717) 687-8951
 
a quaint little needlework/antiques shop run by the sweetest lady!

I bought the following linens from there ~

30ct Cocoa from Weeks Dye Works

30ct Tin Roof from WDW

36ct Vintage Sand Dune from Lakeside Linens

30ct Havana from WDW

30ct Straw from WDW
 and my absolute favorite of the day that I can't wait to chart a Christmas design for :
28ct Antique Red Gingham from WDW
 We also stopped off at a few antiques shops in PA & MD
~ in Maryland at the 
Beaver Creek Antiques Market & Shops
here is their link on FB: 

I found a bunch of small treasures like this white basket...


two little pincushions and old pail handles from Jimmie Cramer's booth ~
 

also this sweet basket in need of some tlc...
that I will patch with the old scrap of quilt that I found too!
 


I love old crochet work too, and found some doilies for a small pittance ~
oh and a little quilted pinkeep too!
 


yet another basket, this one is in pretty good shape ~
 

...some of the fabric was gleaned from The Country Store in Lancaster PA,
 


while the smaller pieces were found in antiques shop booths!
 


 I am always happy to go to a show or travel to teach ~
but coming home with new treasures is the best part of any trip...

Hoping you all have a beautiful day filled with things you love 
~ and those who love you most.
 
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Thursday, March 14, 2019

~ Friendly Reminder ~


Just in case you missed it ~
the farm shop & studio will be 
C L O S E D 
Friday March 15th & Saturday March 16th 

come visit us at ~




Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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