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 -

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...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Running with Scissors and Waiting…...

...I recently have been revisiting a handcraft that I have done for many years,
 but for some reason or another,
I haven't done in quite a while…

Scherenschnitte ~or~ Papercutting 

I am of PA German descent, 
and I know that two of my aunts would use their scissors to create in this way ~ aunt in particular, aunt Dot (Dorothy) 
sat down one day with me and showed me how…
{I was about 9 yrs old at the time}
I loved that she took the time to show me ~ it made me feel 'grown up' :)

Fast forward to the late 1990's and early 2000's ~
I began selling my paper cuts online via Ebay & Etsy, and they were well-received.

Now, I find myself being inspired again,
by the artistry of a new Friend, 
Jeri of
...her cuttings, drawing and watercolors are mesmerizing to me.

from her inspiration,
I am doing this:

snip snip
 I love to create tiny paper witches…
busy tending their gardens, animals or just their simple silhouettes….

surrounded by vines, with brooms in hand…. scissors guide me through the penned lines 
as pieces are cut-away to reveal my subjects.

super-sharp scissors in all sizes (say that 3x fast!)

~ These will be framed under glass in my hand painted frames ~

Here are earlier works of mine (below)
that have been sold & are now in private collections ~

"The Dancing Witch" ©Notforgotten Farm

"Resting Witch" © Notforgotten Farm

"Gardening Witch" ©Notforgotten Farm

"Tending the Pumpkins" ©Notforgotten Farm
I am a proud member of GAP (Guild of American Papercutters)

Look for my new paper cuttings soon,
as I will be offering them again on Ebay & Etsy 
They will also be available at the Virginia Rug Fest, and our Spring Open House here at the farm….

AND speaking of farm...
….here is what the whole Farmyard (and us especially) are waiting for:
Minew is so big & round she looks like a basketball dressed in a cat suit!

"get them out….." she has been 'living' in Peter's workshop lately ~ to keep her safe from Mr. Fox!

…. poor baby-mama!
she loves to roll on her back and let us rub that big-belly of hers…


She is at her 9 week gestation, so we are expecting any minute :)
Peter is as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs ~
(he's never "had" kittens before) haha!

I will keep you updated on Minew's progress…
keep your fingers crossed it will be today?

Have a wonderful day, my Friends ~

* Blessed be * 


kelley said...

fingers crossed for kittens today...Minew is such a exciting for Peter!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, is there no end to your talents Lori, such wonderful creations, love the dancing witch..... Such a sweet Kitty, hoop the kittens come soon for her, Blessings Francine.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Ohhhh, sweet Minew...she is precious.
Luv your paper cutting. You are just so darned talented.
Peace and Blessings to all,

arttramp said...

Your work in cut paper is lovely. Wouldn't they look even more spectacular in a Tramp Art frame? :-)

As for Minew, she looks like a total LOVE! I hope that all goes well for all concerned with the delivery of her little ones.

Karen Martinsen said...

Hi Lori,
I love your work...paper cutting seems to be such an exact science in my wrong cut and it starts all over. Or am I over thinking this?
Either way they are just lovely.

Oh sweet Minew will be such a good mama - she has had a great mama herself.
Anxious to see her offspring!


WoolenSails said...

I love your designs in cuttings, really nice look to them. I haven't done any cuttings in years, but I usually do the traditional style and a ship I did, still hangs on my wall. I find it hard to do cuttings with my hands now, but it is a nice craft to do as gifts too so i might start making simpler ones.


quiltsbycheri said...

Love....Love....Love....Baby Kitties!!!
and your new paper cuttings too!

Jeri Landers said...

Yes, You Do like witches! Love the one in the grained frame, (my husband took over the graining for me, thank goodness)I don't believe I have ever cut out a witch in 26 years of papercutting. Hope Minew has at least 6, that is a nice manageable family for a mommy cat. They will be gorgeous kitties with a mama like that.

Elisabetta said...

I never saw such a great paper work before!! I love your collection of witches!!!!

Lori Ann Corelis said...

Your Scherenschitte is beautiful!!!
Give Minew a belly rub from me . . . she deserves it!

NMK said...

You are just so Creative !!!! Best wishes to Minew !

Robin said...

I have always been fascinated by Scherenschnitte. Yours look awesome. Good luck on the kitten front.

Stacey said...

As you are inspired, so do you inspire. My head is full of witches today as Mrs. Munson has been asking for a companion...especially at tea.
Sending my best to dear Minew <3

Bright Blessings,


Angie said...

Good idea for Minew to be inside, especially being a first time mom. I'm sure they will be the cutest kittens ever. Enjoy! Just like our children they grow up way too fast:)

gracie said...

Your paper-cutting is wonderful....oh sweet kitty...looking forward to seeing the babies

Martha Doe said...

Such a pretty Mommy...hope she has the kittens soon! She looks very cozy in Peter's workshop.


Jaja said...

Lovely work Lori ! Good luck with the new fur babies, so sweet!

Blessed Be

penelope said...

Sweet Minew...can't wait to see her babies! You have been blessed with so many talents!! All of them are truly remarkable. You never surprise me as to what is next!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Wonderful pieces of art! Such patience and a gift from your aunt to share it with you!

Heidi Steiner said...

Oh my, you are such a talented gal. These bits of snips are so lovely.
I adore the witches.

Barbara said...

Love the cuttings and just have to have one of the witches. I was born the day before Halloween and my sister has told me I was a witch my entire life!!I guess I need to roll with it!

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