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
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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...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Quiet Monday ~

...hoping everyone reading this has thawed out a bit?

we have been keeping our wood stoves piping-hot these past few days ~
Peter's been cutting & chopping wood,
{{I have been sweeping up the wood chips near said wood stoves.}}

aside from that,
the weekend was busy ~
although Saturday we had a some-what weird day in the shop:
seems as though the woodstove in there 
wanted to belch out woodsmoke 
...and fill up the shop while we were trying to work ~
I do apologize Ladies...*cough cough*

Sunday, Charlie came for his supper ...
he is looking frail to me again, somewhat more disheveled than usual and a bit more shaky.
I'll have to check with his nurses to make sure his sugar-levels are correct. 
{{remember that he is 83 and just a few months-ago 
was hospitalized with pneumonia, congestive heart failure & renal failure}}

Charlie enjoys jigsaw puzzles,
so while I'm cooking supper for us, he sits at the dining room table, drinks his sweet-tea
 and pieces them together ~
the one we're working on is a buster ~ 1000 pieces...but Charlie loves it.

So today I have a quiet day ~
I'll finally finish a couple of things that I've been working on...
like the bathroom curtains ~ 
...using the beautiful fabric below:

faded brick red with cream colored chain stitching

 { then I'll do a little more of that sweeping I mentioned... }

I'll wet my brushes and work on that little Robin-girl sketch too...

pretty watercolors

...then I'll pick up my needle and enjoy some quiet handwork
with a cat on my lap ~ 

antique quilt on my rack

 I think I may even go outside, visit our garden 
and ask permission (from said bush) to cut a few branches from our Forsythia bush 
and kindly force some flowers ~
...the ones below are faux,
but still they brighten my day :)

my old bicycle basket....really!

 more of the "faux-sythia" (good one! lol!!)
 in my big old ironstone pitcher below...

our little keeping room ~

 and then I will get back to the bathroom redux ~
Peter is working on the final painting of the window...
it needs to be reglazed and re-roped.

we've added some new (old, but new to us) things to the room too...

here is a peek at the curtain rods we've put up ~
they are beautiful,
a bit ornate but still simple to me and I cannot wait to hang the new curtains from them!!

one half of the pair ~ they swing open to let the sunshine in ~ LOVE the rust & paint...

here is a tease of an old wall-mounted oil-lamp holder below
that we picked up junking in Appomattox:
it will hold a candle or perhaps an ivy ~ not sure yet ;)

I'm mixing ornate with primitive for this old farmhouse of ours...and I'm loving it!

 below is an old hanging oak medicine cabinet
 that I bought at the Simple Goods show a couple of years ago... had a new mirror in it,
 so Peter replaced it for me with old wavy-glass 
that we recycled from some windows 
...that we replaced here in the farmhouse ~

I've filled it up with bottles that we've dug from the grounds here at the farm, old shaving brushes, vintage tin containers and a few bars of Kirkman Borax Soap ~

the original stenciling reads: "Dr. Daniels WARRANTED MEDICINES"

 the photo below shows one of the comb boxes I collect ~
...this one was also found at the Appomattox Gallery 
and came with a small hand mirror and old tintype photograph of a handsome woman...

love the patina on the tin

So there you have it
(for now)
More snaps to come of the bath, painting and curtains!!

Hoping your day is a peaceful & productive one ~

* Blessed be * 


Michele Hebson said...

Wonderful imagery to your eventful weekend. I am so looking forward to seeing the bathroom when it's completed. Peace to you and your family. Stay warm and safe.

Martha Doe said...

Hi Lori!
Just love the wonderful pictures of your antique quilt, wall cabinet full of great stuff abd the curtain rod and curtain fabric are beautiful! Ialso love the idea of having a puzzle to work on...just need a place to put one...perhaps I'll borrow a bridge table from one of my sons! :-)

backporchcarver said...

You have some beautiful antique pieces for your new/old bathroom. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to know that they are being given a new life and a new home where they will be loved and cherished again.Can't wait to see the finish.

PatC - All is Bright said...

I love that fabric for the curtains! I can't wait to see the finishing touches.

Keep warm!


Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Love the new header especially the little frock.
That woodsmoke can be a challenge at times when its quite windy.
Enjoy the day...
Susan x

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

The faux-sythia looks so real Lori. Your prim home looks so cozy.The bathroom will be so nice too. I am waiting for the finish.You have a real talent for decorating that way M.

NMK said...

Very pretty !

Raymond Homestead said...

You always have the most beautiful pictures of your home. Love your header picture too!

Sandra Sullivan said...

Loving all the things you are going to put in your new bathroom. Can't wait to see the end result.
Homespun Elegance

Jennifer Ann Fox said...

Looking very good!!! I love all your things you have and especially your rods.
I hope you have a great week!

Jennifer Fox
Feathers in the Nest

cottonreel said...

Must go to the bottom of my garden and break a few twigs of Forsythia . Than you for the reminder .
The Antique quilt looks interesting .I have a book called Country quilts by Linda Seward . It's very inspiring for vintage quilt lovers .

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

Greetings Lori!*!*!
AwEsoMe Curtain Rod... What a lovely Blog you have as well... Thanks for stopping by with your comment today!
Jeanine Burkhardt

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