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

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fronica Beiler 1852 Sampler ~

Hi Friends & Folk ~
 I just got the model back from Felicia for my
"Fronica Beiler 1852 Sampler"

she's stitched onto my 32ct. Olde Farmhouse Linen
with seasonal shades of DMC threads in ~
Hazelnut Brown (422)
Golden Olive - med. (831)
Beaver Grey - ultra dk. (844)
Red Copper - dk. (918)

I've included an alphabet,
the name
Fronica Beiler
with 'her work 1852'
and the wording reads:
and includes numerals 1 - 13...

I was inspired by the beautifully graphic and oh-so-folky PA German Samplers of the past,
and as so, I included some unique motifs...
 like a ladderback chair with woven seat,
a saltbox house with weeping tree and rooster,
2 white & red birds,
2 red birds perched upon a basket of fruit,
and 2 potted flowers in baskets...

I found this old white frame with early, wavy glass whilst out picking one day with my buddy Joan ~
I love how this sampler looks in it ~
like it was framed by an unskilled person
(um, that would be me...I can design & stitch, but I am definitely not a very good framer!)
I love the look of unfinished schoolgirl samplers
and this one looks like one that wasn't quite finished...
the sampler (stitched portion) itself measures approx. 9 1/2" x 15 1/2"
...with a stitch count of 256w x 160h
if you are interested in a pattern, it is $12.00 shipping included.

If you are interested in a kit, which will include one fat 1/4 of my linen, threads and pattern
I can put one together for you for $38.00 shipping included.
To purchase a pattern or a kit,
you can email me at
Blessings from the Farm

My Talented Hubby ~

Peter has been helping me get ready for the open house Saturday,
and he has been as busy or even busier than I have been!
We decided to make some xmas trees out of tomoato cages, burlap and calico ~ but they still needed a little 'something' ~ so down to his workshop my little elf went...
and when he came back up, he has these!

beautifully rusty, perfectly patina'd ~ hand cut ornies for those trees!!
(I helped a little by drawing the patterns for them, but Pete did all the hard work!)

folky birds, spools, hearts ~ bells, little stars & bigger stars...
and one 'lone' house...which will have companions today.

and the kicker?
the rusty tin came from a piece of tin that was salvaged from this old farmhouse.
(my Dear Hubby knows what a true make-do is and like me, saves just about everything) I said ~ perfect.

they remind me of Christmas cookies...but please don't take a bite of these...
we'll have home-baked treats on Saturday that you can sink your teeth into :)

Please remember, that the shop will be
CLOSED tomorrow (friday, november 30th) in preparation of the
Open House ~ we'll see you on Saturday morning when our shop doors open at 10:00 am!
Blessings from the Farm

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gifting my Friends ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!
~ and happy Wednesday to you all ~
I wanted to remind everyone that will be visiting us for our
Christmas Open House on Saturday, that you will have a chance to win a
Gift Basket from Notforgotten Farm ~
all you have to do to win is come to the open house and enter your name in the drawing...
We will randomly choose the winners name during the open house.
The basket will be filled with everything you need to be creative ~
my hand dyed linen, hand dyed threads ~
 ~ repro Civil War era cotton fabric fat quarters, hand dyed crinkle ribbon,
and a couple more things to delight you!

I love to share, so this is my gift to those that will visit us ~
see you all soon!
Blessings from the Farm

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tiny Little Houses ~

I am SO excited!
I ordered a little grouping of these tiny lighted houses from Nancy at
for our open house Saturday...
look at all of the hand-painted details!!
 I should be receiving my order tomorrow and I cannot wait to open the box and 'play' with them ~
decorating the mantle in the shop ~ making tiny little vignettes with them...

Folk Art Perfection!
Nancy gifted me with one of her tiny lighted houses, and I am smitten!
THANK YOU so much for your Gift of Friendship Nancy!
I was supposed to add my Fraktur Prints to my Esty shop last night,
but didn't....I will be doing that today!
busy busy!
Blessings from the Farm

Monday, November 26, 2012

Homespun Holidays ~

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!
I'm hoping that you are all done with your turkey-hangover...
(we still have a h u g e pot of turkey soup to consume)
I cannot believe that our open house is less than a week away.
I have been a busy little elf ~ stitching, drawing, painting...
here's a peek at some of my UNfinished things that will be available :

handstitched snowfolk will adorn a wreath ~

another snowfolk with a couple of calico houses...
 working on new fraktur-inspired drawings too...
these will be available as prints in my etsy shop this evening for 
Cyber Monday
(and available at our open house on Saturday)

three new works...

"oh by gosh by golly"

"gathering the greens"

~ and ~

today I will be painting...(no worries Mizz Pat!)
so I will don my paint-covered overalls and head to my 'outside' painting studio
(which is a picnic table out in the yard by the chicken coop)
Please remember to support your local small shops for your Holiday shopping.
and always support AMERICAN made products!
Hoping you all have a beautiful day my Friends!
Blessings from the Farm

Friday, November 23, 2012

Coming Soon ~

For our Christmas Open House,
we will be honored to share with you some fantastic
Holiday Folk Dolls from my Good Friend
Tina of The Burlap Owl

I can't wait tuntil the box comes next week and I can display them in the shop!!
I have many sweet suprises in 'store' for you coming soon!
Blessings from the Farm

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our Holiday Farmhouse ~

took some pictures of the farmhousze yesterday ~

just simple and not fussy at all ~
put our tree in a big basket this year...i think i like it!
hoping you are enjoying the beginning of the holiday season!
Blessings from the Farm

Monday, November 19, 2012


...preparing for Family to come this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday...
preparing for my little girl to come home from college for a few days...
~ preparing the house for Holidays & Gatherings...
preparing the shop for the open house on
December 1st.
so that I may enjoy time with my family...
Shop will also be CLOSED Nov. 30th in prepration of our Open House :)
 I have tons of work to do...
but it will. get. done.
(she says with determination and through gritted teeth)
it will be worth it all to be with family ~ to spend a few quiet hours in a clean farmhouse
before the Holiday rush sets in.

so if you don't hear from me until AFTER Thanksgiving, then you'll know why :)

remember...the LOVE you put into the preparation & planning for the Holidays
is sometimes the biggest gift you could give of yourself, take time to enjoy it!
Blessings from the Farm

Saturday, November 17, 2012

YOU are cordially invited!!!

and 1 'special' guest....
each designer will offer a Holiday Ornament project for you to make
and a Cookie Swap recipe!!
((I can't wait for the cookie recipe swap myself..)).
Look for my ornament & recipe on December 3rd...
Blessings from the Farm

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gathering & Creating ~

Hello My Friends!
I am in the throes of creativity lately ~
readying my larder for our open house on the 1st of December...
to get ready for a couple of weeks worth of marathon creating, I like to gather everything I'll need and place them on my table in arms reach...

scissors, thread & fabric being turned into small doll-sized quilts ~

choosing fabric colors and making tiny stitches fills my heart ~
calicos, small floral prints and primitive, nubby solids.

sharp little pins & scissor blades make handwork easy...
and hand-parched paper, antique quill pens & colored pencils
stand at-the-ready...waiting to become frakturs and small paintings...

perhaps some new 'old' style holiday cards are waiting to be designed?
hmmm...been a while.
...maybe I'll entertain that muse this aft ~

whatever I do, comes from my love OLD.
any medium works for me and I'm blessed that my hands can create what fills my heart.
but the truest Blessing ~
is that I get to share what I love to do with you!
Blessings from the Farm

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

another sneak peek ~

remember, tomorrow's update ~
set of 8 handstitched, linen feather tree ornaments
can't wait to see the other artisan's offerings!
Blessings from the Farm

a small sneak peek ~

please remember to visit
tomorrow, November 15th
(or right after midnight tonight!)
be merry.
I'll be offering
a smattering of my finished handmades
to warm your home
Holiday Season.
Blessings from Notforgotten Farm...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cat Paparazzi ~

He BEGGED me...
"MOM!...Take my Picture!!!"
and I, always ready to please Him ~ complied...
do I have your attention?
 HE thinks he's larger than life ~
(well, he is large)
you may adore me now.
 He is constantly posing and grooming ~
always ready for the camera...
and no, he isn't shy.

a little pride would be nice...
really Ig?
 and if you don't like him or how he operates,
.....razzzzberries to you then.
 He will just continue on...Iggy being Iggy.
A Legend in his Own Mind.
Made Famous by me,
his personal photographer.
no shame at all.
 oh ~ you Handsome Devil.
you have me wrapped around your paw and you know it.

ready for my close up please ~
it's not an easy job either...
but I am committed (ha, or maybe I SHOULD be committed!)
to him and his never-ending demands of fame ~

Hoping you all have 'someone' that makes you smile today!!
Blessings from Notforgotten Farm...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Peace and Plenty ~ Freebie pattern for you

Just a little offering of Thanks ~
a quick & simple stitch,...
chiming a sentiment that I wish for all of you ~
the border is DMC 400
the lettering is DMC 3031
but you may stitch it it whichever colors & threads you prefer...
Happy Stitching!
Happy Sunday!!

Blessings from Notforgotten Farm...

Friday, November 9, 2012

LIFE ~ imitates ART ~

Fresh oranges ~ Whole cloves...
the mere scent reminds me of Christmases Past....
so it's no wonder that I love to make
Cloved Orange Pomanders
...come this time of year ~

 and I guess I love to make them SO much, that I even paint about making them...
hence, the painting below, that I rendered ca. 2010...
"Peace and Plenty"
original painting by ©L. Brechlin

see thee tiny painted cloves? the ironstone platter?...
my life really does imitate my ART...or maybe it's thee other way 'round??
maybe I get so inspired by my ART that I must create something to replicate it???

who knows...
I just know I'm happy doing either...
an early tin cup full of whole ironstonme platter laden with ripe citrus fruit...
so simple yet beautiful and historically acurate for Christmastide Decor ~
(according to Colonial Williamsburg)

Sitting quietly, with a sharp awl ~
...a bowlful of fruit and cupful of cloves is ALL I need
to get me
in the Christmas Spirit ~

been makin' these since I was a little girl ~
 Some of you, that live in our around New England, may have OLD pomanders...
they are usually passed down from generation-to-the-next...
I know I have one that is at least 100 yrs. old...
a cupful of dried orrisroot, some cinnamon & ground clove ~
to dust them all well ~ let them dry by the woodstove...turning them everyday till dry....
 They will shrink...almost by half.
and their skins will become leather-y...which is a goode thing.
after that, you can roll them again in ground cinnamon, orris root and ground clove.
these all act preservatives and will 'save' them for years to come.
I love the scent of orange & clove

and Miss Flea & I cut a BUNCH of fat 1/4's of the NEW Fabrics that I recently recieved today...
do they not look FABulous in that Olde Post Office Box that Peter got last week??

perfect for fat 1/4's...I KNEW it would be!

now I need MORE Fabrics to fill it up completely, but that will happen soon~

put it in front of the counter, so it 'greets' you when you walk in the front door ~

I could actually use another two or three of these ~
hopefully we can find more !!!

I can't wait to show you all of the simple, farmhouse/primitive 'things' we will be offering you for the Christmas Open House this year...
we are trying to simplify, reuse, recycle and re-do...
plus make original handmade items.
I will be GIVING you ALL a gift in the next couple of days too...
if you visit my blog, are a customer/friend and/or follower ~
I will be gifting you all with a FREE cross stitch pattern soon.
Have a beautiful, relaxing evening my friends ~
Blessings from Notforgotten Farm...

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