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 us...chasing our kittens, puttering in the herb gardens, or talking to the trees.

Our Needlework Shop & Studio
is located here at our farm:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, Virginia 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email ~

Due to Covid-19 Health restrictions, the Shop & Studio at Notforgotten Farm is CLOSED until further notice...

Our ETSY Shop is Always Open!
visit our Etsy Shop by clicking on any one of the thumbnail photos below or going to

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I Almost Forgot!

HI Folks!
I will be leaving in the morning,
but wanted to let you know that the shop will be


until Friday, July 10th
Hoping you all have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!!!!

*Blessed be*


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Going on Holiday!!!

Hi Friends!!!

wanted to let you all know
that I'll be heading up north to CT on sunday, june 28th...
till july 6th (give or take).

Hannah & I will be visiting family, my old stomping grounds and
the WATER!!!!

we miss the salt water SOOOooooo bad!!!!!!!
I don't even care if it's low-tide or not,
...I'm jumpin' in!!!!

So, while I'm gone, i'll be checking in on you all...
I'll keep you updated on things and keep my eye on you all!

p.s. that's me in the picture above,
setting on my front porch,
spinning on my Ashford wheel....
just a peaceful thing to do!

Monday, June 22, 2009

An Olde Farmwife's Words of Wisdom...

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

*Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

*Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life.
Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with,
watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence,
try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

*Don't pick a fight with an old man.
If he is too old to fight,
He'll just kill you...

*Blessed be*


Saturday, June 20, 2009

...just passing through....

...more kidney stones, that is.
Last night was a rough one, I couldn't get comfy for beans.
felt like I was lying on pebbles.

I feel another stone passing it's way through,
painful, but kinda numb at the same time.
what's more weird
are the dreams I'm having from the Vicodin i'm on.
woohoo0000OOOoooooo !!!
I've been writing them down,
thinking they would make good horror-stories
or inspiration for some hallowe'en art...LOL !
but my drug-induced scribblings aren't making any sense to me now!
thanks for all of your well-wishes,
and Jo thanks you all for looking after me, too.
*Blessed be*

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Turn !!!!!!

I woke up early yesterday morning,
got dressed and hopped in the car...
was on my way to get Jo and bring her to her chemo appointment...
earlier in the morning, I had noticed that my lower back was feeling a bit 'out', but, i chalked it up to strenous excersize and stress, perhaps, so i went on my merry way.
by the time i arrived at Jo's house (which is seriously only 10 minutes away,) I couldn't stand up and was feeling nauseous...i ran past her into her bathroom and, well, lets just say it wasn't pretty.
of course, Jo was now in full Nurse-Mode, being a specialized RN herself, and was banging down the bathroom door trying to get in to help her little sister,
she broke in and found me trembling, sweating profusely and freezing all at the same time, and I was experiencing thee worst pain i've felt since childbirth.
(actually, childbirth wasn't that bad, thanks to a drug called Stadol)
I had a death-grip on my left side...pain was shooting from behind my left hip and traveling down the front of my groin...
we got in the car and brought me back home, all the while I was thinking I was experiencing an appendix attack, but it wasn't for the pain was on my left, appendix is on the right.
I called Peter, he flew home from work, in the meantime he had called our local emergency dispatch and they called for an ambulance... KNOW i'm sick if I'm requesting a ride to the hospital.
Ambulance arrives, attendants find me in my bed, writhing in pain, my sister Jo barking orders, my husband standing at the foot of the bed with those deer-in-the-headlights look on his face, and my poor daughter, in the hallway, half in tears, holding the phone...
I managed to walk down the stairs, (don't ask me how) and got on the gurney, into the ambulance, hooked up to IV fluids,
head in a barf-bag on on-my-merry-way to Lynchburg General.
Got to the hospital, got shot up with morphine
(btw, YUCK.)
and was sent for an immediate MRI ~
Now I'm laying on the bed, in Bay 11 of the Emergency Department.
half-hallucintaing from the morphine, still vomitting
and thinking I was on an underwater roller-coaster
(as I mentioned before, YUCK.)
Zophran finally kicks in, stopped vomitting, MRI results are back:
"a 3 centimeter stone is lodged in your bladder, Mrs. Brechlin"
i heard the doctor say...
"it should be passing soon"...
"we found a cluster of stones in your left kidney, where this one traveled from..."
"2 more the size of this one, and a bunch of smaller ones..."

I kinda drifted off at that point, as the nurse said to my hubby:
"Get ready for round two"
SOOOOoooo, now I'm home
with a sore belly, a foggy head, no appetite whatsoever and
on Lortab (vicodin, codeine, etc...)

"Drink plenty of fluids, water especially to help them pass"
are my doctor's orders...
I'm about to float away...........
on an underwater rollercoaster.

and how was YOUR day?

Blessed be,

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


my sister Jo has been hospitalized since Sunday June 14th...she was admitted onto the Oncology floor of Lynchburg General Hospital in Lynchburg, VA, where they hooked her up to IV fluids and meds...she has been suffering terribly with pain in her stomach, which we believe to be caused from the tumors on her liver...the chemo that she's taking makes her so violently ill that she can't sometimes hold down her pain meds, and that in turn, makes things just plain worse...
I'm waiting for a phone call this morning from her, to let me know if they will release her, or keep her yet for more tests...she was scheduled to have an MRI/CT-scan to help diagnose the pains she's been having, but she couldn't have that done because she can't hold down the Barrium drink needed for the procedure...*sigh*...a vicious circle to say the least...
My continued thanks to you all who keep us in your thoughts and well-wishes...I'll keep you posted as to what happens next!
Please, enjoy this day, no matter if it is rainy...tell your loved one how much he/she is cared for and appreciated...give hugs to everyone, and

Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Morning Photo Op's...

...Thought I'd share a few photo's
I took this morning~

Pete & Buddy

my beautiful Cala Lily ~

hard at work on the Hen House...

a different angle ~

a project in progress...
Hoping your Weekend brings you small, but Great joys!!!
*Blessed be*

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Ebay Listings!

Fresh from the Farm!

two more Americana/Patriotic pincushions
(for your bidding pleasure and amusement)
have been listed on my ebay auctions page...
drop me a line and tell me what you think!
Don't forget to hop on your broom & fly over to my
Halloween blog
for your chance to win a free Giveaway!!
Where having BAD storms again...our phones are completely wonky
...Queen Sherry tells me I sound like I'm underwater...
...high wind damage, toppled trees, hail and horizontal torrential rains...
perfect weather for stitching!!!!
*Hope your weather is better where you are*
Blessed be, my sweet Friends!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Go Take a PEEK !!!

please visit
for your chance to win this !!!!

another giveaway?


This one will be on my

HAllowe'en Folk Art blog
watch for an update on this blog AND the other,
later this evening!!!
enjoy the cool morning before the heat and rains come again!!!
Blessed be,

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


(Barbeeque4) !!!!!!!!!!

everyone, lets give a cheer for him!
Congrats Edgar!!!
I'll need you to email me at
with your shipping info please!!!
My apologies for the delay in posting...
as I sat down to post earlier,
a terrible thunderstorm came through
& I had to shut down the ol' 'puter...
I really would like to thank all of you for your posts...and for following my blog!
this was so much fun,
that I'll be offering a giveaway every month!!!

Blessed be, my Friends...

Monday, June 8, 2009

One More Day till the Drawing and other news!

Hi Folks!

sorry I haven't posted since last week,
... I've been getting things back in order a bit here...
I can't believe how many kind folks such as yourself
left me a comment on my pinkeep giveaway post!...
Thanks so much !!!

I'll draw the winner's name tomorrow evening
and post it here, so stay tuned!!

in other news....
we've begun yet another project here at the farm...
('s always somethin'!)

A New ChickenCoop!

(Pete and his Buddy)

we're putting it alongside the sheep's barn...
complete with a hen house, nursery for the ditties (chicks)
and a totally enclosed outdoor run!

we've had a whole slew of ditties born this past month!
a dozen little banties... cute!
popcorn chicken!
(just kidding folks, don't write in...
all of our beloved feathered friends are named, and well-cared for
and we only raise them for eggs,.... not soup.)

anyhoo, Pete's been out there sweating and building and planning & swearing (oops!)
and I know it will be beautiful when he's finished...
like everything he creates....

I am one lucky Farmgirl!

Blessed be, Friends,
and watch for tomorrow's post
around 6:00 pm eastern time.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pincushion Giveaway ~

Howdy Folks!
In the spirit of my group,
BLESTB's Pincushion & Pinkeep launch on Ebay this month,
I have a sweet little pincushion for you!
no, it's not patriotic ~or~ red, white or blue...


I made it from 5 different early-looking calico's, in blues and browns...
the center has a cross stitched alphabet done 1-over-1 in red thread
on a slice of early4oct. linen from my stash of antique textiles...
it is 'flat-stuffed' with some of my raw sheep's wool
to help keep your pins and needles sharp,
and on the back I've stitched a little patch with my initials...
it measures just 2 1/2" x 5" sweet to tuck into your basket, place in a wooden bowl with drieds or set on a shelf or cupboard...heck, you can even use it to hold your pins! LOL!
To be eligible to win this little sewing needful from
Notforgotten Farm,
all you have to do is leave a comment for me on this post
and/or become a follower of this blog.
I'll gather up the names on June 9th, place them in a basket
and pick one lucky winner!
(winner's name will be posted on the evening of June 9th on this blog)
...just my way of thanking you all for visiting me here so often...

I do so enjoy looking for 'reason's' to post,
and am glad that I can perhaps
brighten someone's day!!!
Hugs to you all and Blessed be!

BLESTB Group Launch!

my ebay group~
is holding a month long group launch!!!
all month long we'll be offering you our best, handmade
early style
Patriotic Pinkeeps & Pincushions!
you can visit our auctions by following the link on my sidebar...
remember, this is a MONTH LONG launch,
so please visit our auctions throughout June ~
On another note, the show at Pharsalia Farm was just wonderful!
we had beautiful weather and great crowds,
even a little spending by the customers!
I will have pictures for you soon,
but now I have to get caught up on my pattern printing and shipping...

Hoping you all enjoy this beautiful (albeit HOT!) day,
make sure your bird and garden friends (critters)
have plenty of fresh, cool water to drink!!
Blessed be,

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