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 ~ notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

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
www.Notforgottenfarm.etsy.com



Friday, December 31, 2010

...for Auld Lang Syne





Hoping you all have a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year ~


may your Needles be always sharp,
may your Threads never tangle ~
may your Workbasket be overflowing
and your Hands be always busy ~


Keep the Joy of Stitching in your Heart!



Blessings from the farm,
~ Lori ~

Thursday, December 30, 2010

So crewel....

As a teenager,
I loved to embroider on my jeans, friends jeans & jackets...
I would sit for hours doodling up designs inspired by the latest rock band logo's
or hearts, flowers and unicorns...
(hey, it was the 70's...)
I never really lost my love for emnroidery or crewelwork,
and am happy to say that I will be including it in new patterns and finished goods.

So
... here is a sneak peek of my offering for
January 1st's
Early Work Mercantile
{ www.earlyworkmercantile.com }
a little bit of Colonial Embroidery to
charm away the Winter Blues...
Today
I will be taking Hannah & Skyler, Natalie & Shane
iceskating...
not promising that I won't attempt it,
haven't been on skates in at least a hundred years!
but, growing up in the Northern part of Connecticut,
I've had my share of dealing with ice ~
wish me luck that I don't melt the ice rink with a hellacious Hot flash!
Blessings from the farm,
~ Lori ~

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What's in my workbasket.....

I'm working on my Valentines Day cross stitch projects,
(among other things!)

and wanted to share the start of this one with you...
the finished project will be a Sewing Book,
to hold your needles, scissors & threads ~

the beautiful fabric that you see behind it,
will be used as the backing fabric...
I LOVE the little birds print, so sweet & spring-like.
(I'll include the name of the fabric in the pattern needfuls as well)

All of the Brown Egg Farm orders have been sent,
as well as the calendar orders...
thanks ever-so-much again ~

Today
Hannah & I will head out to Barnes & Noble and then over to Michaels
(to use those gift cards that I received from Peter for Christmas...thank you Honey!)

The sun is shining, it's not tooooo cold out~
enjoy your day!!!

Blessings from the farm,

~ Lori ~

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Losing it....

I'm losing my mind....

and I know I'm not alone....
you're out there too.
yes, you.
the one sitting there in your sweatshirt and pajama bottoms reading this blog.
I am in the THROES of MENOPAUSE
and I think I'm going crazy!!


my hair hurts.
my skin crawls.
I have freezing cold sweats after 5 minute-long hot flashes
that are trying to make me spontaneously combust.
my feet & legs are no longer my own,
for now they have become
" temperature-regulators"
that
uncontrollably jut out from under my bedcovers at night...
then curl back up like the Wicked Witch of the East's red-glitter shoes
... under the weight of a house.
I can't find anything.
I forget what I'm saying in the middle of saying it,
and
I'm mean as a snake.
I know you are going through this too...
maybe together we can battle this?

I promise not to laugh at you
when you are sitting there crying while watching
a Charmin Toilet Paper commercial,
if you promise not to snicker
at my nonsensical ramblings about the price of cheese
and the state of the ....um...what was I saying?
Deal?
oh, and if you have any hints as to how long this will last,
I'd appreciate it.


Blessings from the farm,
~ Lori ~

Monday, December 27, 2010

Brown Egg Farm ~

~ Good Morning Friends ~
'tis a COLD monday morn here on the farm....
I've been watching the news and see that some of you up North
are getting hammered with high winds and lots of snow ~
please keep warm & be safe...don't go out unless it's an emergency,
and please remember to feed & water our little feathered friends outdoors!
Here is
Brown Egg Farm all finished:
(well, not pressed or framed yet,...)
I especially love the baskets of eggs and the red Bull...
....and the willow tree, and the barn!!


{{sorry for the poor pic quality, I really need a new camera...}}

here is the info:
stitch count: 300w x 144h
finished size on 18ct aida: 16 5/8" x 8"
patterns are ready to ship and are $10.00 each with free shipping.
email me at Not4got@aol.com if you'd like to purchase,
and they will be in my etsy shop
www.notforgottenfarm.etsy.com
today as well....
Working on new
Valentines Day cards today!!
haven't designed new cards in forever, and need to make some for the New Year!

Hoping you are all safe & snug in your warm homes...

~ Lori ~

Sunday, December 26, 2010

changes a'comin.....

as this year comes to an end,
and another is almost upon us ~
like most of you, I find myself remembering the past...
and looking forward to the changes a new year will bring.
in 2011,
I will be offering needlework patterns on a monthly basis,
instead of quarterly...
I will be stocking the shop with more supplies,
books and patterns from other designers,
and more wonderful fabrics~
I will be holding more classes, (watch my class schedule on my sidebar!)
and changing things around a bit to accomodate more students,
bringing in comfy chairs and creating a 'stitching area'...
of course, there will be primitive needfuls available from
sweet Robin of Millstone Mercantile,
and new goods from dear Felicia of The Martin House too~

(and we're actually hoping to build on to the shop this spring,
to incorporate more like a shopping 'village' experience for you...)
oh big plans and wonderful things are on the horizon!!
Hoping you are all dreaming of amazing things to come ~
~ Lori ~

Saturday, December 25, 2010

FLEECE Navidad ~
and a Happy New Ewe.
(sorry, I couldn't help myself)
that's our Esther, {aka Mommy}
up there wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Day!


~ Lori ~

Friday, December 24, 2010

...shades of Christmas Past ~

.....................................................................................................................................................
Faded reds & winter whites...

front-porch green & cream ~
.................................................................................................................................................................

aqua blue, mossy green & sparkling silver and gold.
..........................................................................................................................................................

Wishing you All the Colors of the Season,
with Peace to Everyone, Everywhere~
Merry Christmas from all of us at
~ Notforgotten Farm ~
......................................................................
xoxoxoxox

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dreaming of a White Christmas ~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
here are some pictures to link to
(if you haven't had the pleasure of visiting them before, you are in for a treat)
I love all of the beautiful whites in our surroundings,
and here are a few of mine ~

~an antique ironstone platter with my antique sewing hoops~


~ the white wreath that hangs in my little studio's window ~



~ antique white bone & mother of pearl buttons & my trusty sewing scissors wrapped in fabric ~

~ Lori ~

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

beautiful threads...

Good Morning!
aren't these floss colors beautiful?
such an old looking pallette, I think....
soft & almost spring-like...
perfect for a Winter stitching project!
Felicia & I need to get started on the
Friendship Sampler pattern,
so I chose some floss to show her....
we still have to get the motifs together,
then we can begin working on our seperate samplers,
which will be combined into one pattern~

I hope you are all snug in your homes...
it is a cold morning here at the farm~
I will be heading out to the shop to fire up the woodstove & printer again today...
to get the rest of the calendar orders out.
{{Thank you so much for your purchases,
and there were many, hence the printing again today
...I'm so happy that you all like my folk art}}
Stay warm, & keep stitching!
~ Lori ~

Monday, December 20, 2010

They say it's your Birthday...



Happy Birthday to YA!
our sweetheart, our baby....

you fill our lives with laughter & pride,
you make us more conscious of 'the little things' in life....

your fierce independence and strong love of living creatures
brings a better sense of value to our lives


{{and your unpredictable silliness and stubborness
surely keeps us on our toes ~}}


Your laughter fills our days with joy,
and your music fills our hearts with love....

Happy Sweet 16 Hannah

all our love, all our lives...


~ Mom & Dad ~

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The value of Friendship ~

...not measured in ounces like gold,
but treasured beyond measure....
Last night we had the extreme pleasure of visiting
Lee & Robin at their annual
Christmas Open House...

Their home is such a reflection of them,
home-y, comfortable, colorful,
warm & cozy...
(I don't have pics of the house,
...but hopefully we will be seeing it soon in a major magazine!)
We ate, laughed, talk ~
ate some more & imbibed in Holiday Spirits!!!

Thank you,
Lee & Robin for choosing us as Friends~

we Love You!!!
Today we will semi-celebrate Hannah's 16th Birthday
(i'ts tomorrow, the 20th)
I've had a custom "Hello Kitty" cake baked for her,
(a surprise)
and we will all go out for dinner this evening,
followed by enjoying the cake!!

I hope that you all have a beautiful Sunday
...with those you love the most~
~ Lori ~

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A few questions answered...

I've gotten a bunch of emails asking about my new calendar,
so I thought it would be easier to answer yor questions here....
"are the calendars glossy?"
no...they are not.
they are printed on Wausau 67lb.cardstock, in a nice Ivory color...
"is the calendar stapled?"
no.
they are hand-bound, using a spiral binding...
"are they mass produced?"
not really...
each calendar is printed out by me, here in our shop...
then hand-bound by me as well.
although I will print many, I don't consider them being
'mass produced'
"are the drawings recent or from your collection?"
each drawing is one that I purposely drew for this calendar in 2006,
but chose not to release it at that time,
so you will see my signature and the year 2006
on each drawing....
"will you be offering your calendars wholesale to shop owners?
yes!...just email me at not4got@aol.com for a price quote.
I hope this helps answer some of your questions~
I'm always pleased to hear your comments too,
either here on this blog or via email...
and I would like to thank all of you who have already ordered your calendars!!
they will ship out this coming week ~
~ Lori ~

Friday, December 17, 2010

Something Different ~

It was the year 2006 ~
I wanted badly to design a calendar of my whimsical drawings ~
to perhaps offer a bit of myself to those that follow my work...
I illustrated 12 pages, all intended to be compiled together
to form this said calendar...
I doodled and drew, colored and sketched.....
and the outcome was beautiful,
{{if I should be allowed to say so myself...}

BUT
instead,
I emailed the pictures over
to my friend Kris at www.spruceridgestudios.com
and asked her if any of my drawings would interest her for rug hooking patterns...
she obliged, worked her magic and produced some wonderful patterns for hooked rugs,
all adapted from my said designs...
(which, by your emails & comments,
have been well recieved ~ Thank You for that!)
now that 2010 is almost over,
I've felt a little melancholy about these drawings...
I feel they should be shared in their proper format...
So I offer you~

Notforgotten Farm's ~ calendar of days 2011
a sweet little calendar, filled with my original drawings...
a way to share my love of folk art with you all,
~ 365 days a year !!
it measures 8.5" x 11"
(closed)
and is printed on
acid-free, 67 lb. Ivory Wausau Cardstock
to better enhance my primitive Folk Art...
each month,
you will be visited by an original illustration~
one coming from my hands and heart....
I personally can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year~
to purchase, you can email me here,
of visit my Ebay or Etsy sites...
(links are on my side-bar)
finally,
~things are coming full-circle for me & I feel great about it!

Here's looking towards 2011,
with confidence, pride & humility...
and especially,
Thanks from you all....
Wishing you everything Merry & Bright

~ Lori ~

what IS that???

SSSSHHHHHHhhhhhhhh...
be still a minute.
....there...
out there in the snow!
can you see it?

what is it?
a bear ?
a yeti ???
The Abominable SNOWMAN ????

whatever it is looks hungry....
hmmmm...I wouldn't go near it if I were you....

LOOK!
it's foraging for food...
poor, huge hungry Beast!!

it FOUND something!!!
a poor defensless bird? mouse? rabbit???
**GASP**

oh no....
wait a minute....
that's only our Buddy ~ with a frozen pizza crust in his mouth....
umm....
never mind.

~ Lori ~
p.s. Buddy, our Great Pyrenese, now weighs in at around 212lbs...
& he absolutely LOVES this weather!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow Day!

Hannah is home from school today,
the farmhouse is toasty-warm from the woodstoves...
...we made cooked oatmeal with fresh blueberries and pecans for breakfast!!

the little junco's are flitting about on the porch,
scavenging for dropped seeds from the feeder...

I think they're so cute,
they look like they're wearing little tuxedos....
here,
a beautiful cardinal stops on a snow-covered branch
to open a black sunflower seed...

my surroundings are constant inspiration
for my needlework designs,
and
I never lack for something new to create...

I am working on a few new punch needle designs,
& a couple of new cross stitch designs
(previously, I shared a snippet of Brown Egg Farm with you all)
but Felicia & I have decided to collaborate on a
Friendship Sampler ~
one pattern that will combine 2 samplers...
we will choose from the same color pallette, same motifs and same size linen,
but
from there,
we will design our own friendship sampler to share with one another,
and to share
with you
in time for Valentine's Day!!
((I'm looking forward to starting on this))

I have finished the free pattern project for the
Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine,
& I want SO Bad to share a pic of it with you!!!!
(but I'm sworn to secrecy!!) :))
so if you haven't already signed up for your subscription of the magazine,
please click on the link on my sidebar...

well, friends,
I'm heading out to the barn,
Pinnochio & Daisy are hollering for their oats, too...

...have a beautiful snow day!!

~ Lori ~

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Sewing Basket....

Good Wednesday Morning to You!
Like many of you reading this post,
I too keep my needlwork in a sewing basket...
although I admit,
mine might be just
a little bigger
than yours...

Lately I'm finding myself lugging around this huge
(15" x 26")
antique laundry basket...
that I've filled with fabrics, quilt scraps, books, magazines, scissors (many, many scissors),
string, needles, punches, hooks & wool...
oh,
and a couple more baskets inside this one,
that are needed for pincushions, thread, papers & pencils.
I carry it from room-to-room as a sort of portable sewing room I guess!
hey, keeps everything handy, and helps build stong bones too...
'nuff said.
what does your sewing basket look like?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
and here are a few shots of the farmhouse
dressed in her very simple holiday frippery~




Today I will pack the last of the orders, and head off to our local post office,
which is run by the sweetest ladies ~
{{it is so very rural here, that they still hand-write the receipts!}}

&

I think i will take a woodland walk...
it is cold outside, but the fresh air will do me good...
I'll bring my camera and take some pics of our little forest...
plus,
we are expecting snow/freezing rain tomorrow,
and we'll be snugged up in the farmhouse...
( I better check that basket again to make sure I'm ready for a snow-day or two!)

Wishing you all a peaceful day filled with warmth ~

~ Lori ~

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

playing with fabrics ~

We went out to the quiltshop yesterday...
I swear I get light-headed anytime I walk into a quiltshop~

I found these:


...a beautiful pallette of beiges, cream, brown, red & faded blue....
perfect for the punch needle project I'm working on!
(just don't know which fabric I'll end up using,
but I do have a preference,
which is subject to change luike everything else I do! LOL)
see the basket the fabric is in?
it is a wonderfully old, shaker-style swing-handled one in awesome
dry, crackled oyster-colored paint.
...perfect.
found it on our way home from the quiltshop,
at a local antiques shop that just-so-happens to
be on the way....so we had to stop, right?
(nodding head here.)
~~~~~~~

the Christmas Concert last-night was beautiful,
(too dark in there for any pics, sorry)
but Hannah performed her flute solo without a hitch...
we're so proud of her.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Today will be spent packing up orders and purchases,
the temps are only in the teens this morn,
and won't go much higher throughout the day,
...so I'll need my wool mittens and 'long-janes' for sure.

and
I'm thinking
chicken & dumplings for supper,
what do you think?

Have a wonderfully creative day spent playing !!!!
~ Lori ~

Monday, December 13, 2010

~ Snow Pretty... ~

This was our kitchen window view this morning at 7:30 ~


... and here's a little vignette of my cupboard dressed in greens and birds
for the Holiday Season ~


greeting you as you come in our front door,
is an antique time-clock ~
it's innards are long gone, but I love it's cabinet and clock-face...
on top is an old basket filled with welcoming greens.
you can see a peek of our tree in the keeping room doorway~

Felicia & I went out to Cottonwood Quiltshop today,
and I came home with some beautiful fabrics~
I will be using one in my upcoming project for the
Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine
(link on sidebar)
it is a blustery day,
the kind of day that makes you want to cook
chicken soup on the woodstove and bake a loaf of
crusty sourdough bread ~ yum.
instead,
we'll have take-out pizza and then attend
Hannah's High School
Christmas Concert...
but you can be assured that I will have cookies and cocoa
upon our return home...
Stay warm!!

~ Lori ~

Sunday, December 12, 2010

~ 600th post ~


when I began this blog, I wanted it to reflect my love of
needlework, farm-life, family & friends...
it has changed often** ,
(sometimes many times in one day!)
and I think it now shows who I truly am...
I am a person who loves change,
...yet is firmly planted in routine...
a person who looks forward to the future,
but remembers the past with a warm heart...
my blog is a place where I can come to connect,
and it has been a place where I can come & get lost.
I can share about the weather, my animals and our daily life here on the farm,
places I'm going or where I've been,
new designs and crazy ideas that I have to get out of my head....
and I never get tired of sharing with you ~
I'm humbled that I have over 500 followers,
that you take the time to visit with me here
...and still want to leave me nice comments!
so with this said, I'm off to chart up some new designs....
have a wonderfully cozy evening ~
~ Lori ~
** p.s. due to circumstances beyond my control,
this blog's background, colors, font, layout & title
are subject to change anytime without warning
(& I love doing that~)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Don't Forget!!!

Please visit my Selling Blog
http://www.goodsfromnotforgottenfarm.blogspot.com/
at 6:00 this evening
(saturday, december 11th)
~ for my Christmas Update ~


Thanks!
Have a great weekend~
~Lori~

Friday, December 10, 2010

a little Spring sneak peek ~

Howdy Folks!
my sweet, little stitching-elf friend Felicia finished my
"Brown Egg Farm"
sampler....



I designed it to honor my friend
Joshua Durst's
farm in Tennessee....
with his permission, of course~
(I hope he likes it, he hasn't seen it yet!)
look for this one to be available with two others
for Spring 2011
(I can't believe I'm writing that.)
feeling a little better from my flu-bug-yuckiness...
just really weak & tired...
actually,
I feel like an old wet dishrag.
(how's that for a mental picture?)
LOL
SOOOoooooo
don't know if I'll be in the shop tomorrow or not,
if you plan on coming out, please call first to make sure we're open.
434-263-6508
~ Lori ~

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

oh...how sweet...

oh look...here's Tippy,
our Maine Coon ~
curled up in my antique Appalachian Baby's Basket,
snuggling with my early Cat Print Dolls....



Tippy is 15 years young...
she 'adopted' Peter & I long ago~
we were looking for a kitten, & she found us....
needless to say, she has been a sweet & constant companion,
and has grown up with Hannah...

Speaking of which,
my baby,,,my one-&-only~
my world, my love & my heart,
will turn 16 yrs. old on
December 20th...

and we will celebrate her wishes:
**dinner at Red Lobster
**Ice Skating
**shopping at unique Vintage shops in Charlottesville
and
**a simple cake & ice-cream party
celebrated here at home with those she loves the mostest...
(per her requests, of course)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I have begun work on my patterns for the upcoming
Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine...
I have pondered over projects:
Hmmm...should they be:

Needlepunch
Cross Stitch
Wool Applique
Rug Hookery
Primitive Stitchery
???
and Needle Punch has won...
SO
I've dusted off my needle,
Found my threads and
sharpened my pencil~
stretched weavers cloth on frame and...
{{ oh...but you'll have to wait to see!!!}}
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have had a bought of Laryngitis this past week
no doubt from standing in the freezing snow at last saturday's parade...
but now...
*blech*
I have the full-blown-flu...
or is it the
Flu Blues?
either way it is not nice~
....and hope none of you come down with it.

So I am off to bed yet again,
to snooze & sniffle and snuggle with Suzy
(my cat & constant companion)
and dream up wonderful dreams of wool...thread....
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
~ Lori ~

working on new patterns....

for inspiration for new designs,
I only have to look at my ever-growing
Tower of Threads...
(actually, I have two, one a bit smaller)

i choose a palette,
then hang the threads next to my worktable her in my little studio~

right now I'm working on designs for the upcoming issues of
Primitive Quilts & Projects
magazine
(www.primitivequiltsandprojects.com)
due on newstands in April 2011
(I personally can't wait to get the magazine in my hands!!)

AND
I know that I was teasing you with some snaps of my newest little mohair friends,
and I WAS going to post them on my selling blog update on the 11th ~
BUT
I have changed my mind, and will be offering them ALL
on Ebay this evening....
(no, not all on one auction, seperate ones...)
the selling blog update however, WILL still be held, but it is full of
Old Tyme Primitive Dolls & Samplers...
(wanted to do a kind-of "theme" this year)
SO
please do stop by my auctions tonight, and my selling blog on saturday
(both links are on my side-bar)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TODAY
I'm hoping to head out to Cottonwood,
a really nice quilt shop in Charlottesville....
yeah, I know.
I have NO BUSINESS buying more fabric.
ever.
but
it
is
a
sickness
I
tell
ya....
(and I know you suffer from it too)
so tomorrow I will share my goodies with you from the quilt shop.
it is COLD out today...
please remember to feed your little bird friends,
save up your thread and wool scraps for them to line their cozy nests with,
and don't forget to offer them fresh fruits, nuts & water!!!



~ Lori ~

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oh c'mon...admit it ~ you'll feel better...

not brave enough??
well then,
I will be the first one to stand up and say it ...
Hi...
my name is Lori,
and I wear
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS!!

I wore them in the eighties, the nineties,
and now still...
and did you know, that the college students are now holding
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTIES?
how dare they poke fun?....
i mean...
just look at the ribbons,
bows, sequins, rhinestones and bead-dazzled frippery on these bad-boys...
awesome!!!!
the shoulder pads ALONE are enough to draw attention ~
did we really need to sew little jingle-bells to them too?
or what about the ones that play music, or
(shudder)
LIGHT UP???
yes, I've seen & worn them all ~
even down to the self-appointed one announcing everyone to
MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE...
(bad mistake...many unwanted advances from those who shall remain nameless)
I've had sweatshirts, pull-overs, way-too-long cardigans...
I've had teddy bears, xmas trees, seemingly-drunk snowmen, plaid ones, argyle ones...
and the old stand-by,
JUST PLAIN BLACK WITH TOO MANY FAUX JEWELS...
(oh....how festive...and HEAVY too!!!)

But
I'll tell ya what,..
I won't let society dictate to me
"what-not-to-wear..."
oh no...
I will proudly stand in line at
WalMart
wearing my best (read:worst) Christmas Sweater ~
along with matching socks, black stretchy pants and gold lame' flats....
Oh I am a Fashionista ~
join me, won't you?
help me to revive a Tradition that has gone passe'....
shoulders back now....stand tall in those sweaters!!!!

{{{I could even lend you my
Pink Poinsettia clip-on earrings!!}}}
~ Lori ~
p.s. for those that may take offense to this
puposefully-humorous post,
please know that I truly do wear them...
just ask my girlfriends!!!!!
:)
life's too danged serious & short to not wear
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS!!!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mixing it up a bit....

at Christmastime,
my heart is tugged in many different decorating directions....
I love my primitive 'stuff'...
but
I also love my Old Fashioned,
1940's ~ 1960's
ornaments and decorations too...

so I have been blending the years for my own look...
in my little studio
sits an antique wooden trencher,
it's patina is worn smooth from years of use...
in contrast, I placed a small silver tinsel-tree in it
and draped a garland of pink glass beads on the tree.
then I tucked in faux greens, berries and white twinkle-lights...
and lastly,
I found an old photo of a sweet old farmhouse in beautiful sepia-tones,
with three farmwives standing outside of their garden gate...
see?
...not too bad, huh?
I can get the best of both worlds and love all of it!!
Hoping you all are enjoying your own way of celebrating
with the things you love!

~ Lori ~

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Small Town USA ~

Good Sunday Morning Friends!
last night we went to our Christmas Parade!!!
it started snowing just as we arrived and the setting was PERFECT!!!
the benefits of living in a small town are many ~
smiling & waving, knowing your neighbors,
and great fresh LOCAL food!
woohoo!

(Skyler & Hannah)

when we found out that our part of VA celebrated with Christmas Parades...
well, let's just say we haven't missed one yet...
especially now, since Hannah is first-flute in her marching band,
...and her beau Skyler is in the drum section
(Skyler is on the right, holding the banner)

(Hannah is on the left, playing her flute)


I've spent my entire life celebrating a
Christmas is Connecticut
and I do miss our families at this time of the year,
but
a Small Town Christmas
is just perfect for us...

~ Lori ~

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Show pictures....

Hi Folks!!
...we had a great time at the preview show last night in Fishersville ~
Thanks to so many of you who came out to visit & shop!!
here are a couple of pics of our booths for you to enjoy:





We loved seeing so many of you & your dear hubby's ~
many thanks again from Robin, Felicia and Myself
(and Peter, Lee & Jason too)
~ for your kind words and support of our work!!
and
a SPECIAL THANK YOU to my 2 bestest girlfriend's in the WORLD
for holding down the fort at the show today,
and allowing me to spend some time with my family...
I love you both dearly...
... you two are my Christmas Presents this year!
Today at 4:00 is our local
Nelson County Christmas Parade
here in Lovingston, VA
Hannah & Skyler will be marching with their band,
The Nelson County Marching Governors
we're supposed to have flurries this eve
...how nice it would be for it to snow for the parade?
(fingers crossed)
I'll take some snaps to share with you tomorrow!
have a super Saturday evening ~~~

~ Lori ~

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