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.

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is located here at our farm:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, Virginia 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

My out-door studio ~ part II

I finished my paintings, and while waiting for them to dry
I took a little more advantage of the beautiful day we had here yesterday…
I donned my shorts, tank top & flip flops,
grabbed by hook, wool, scissors and frame and set up for a little hook-y plain'!

i need a new chair ~ but hey, it works...

 behind where i was sitting you can see our barn & coops…below -
they were called the chicken coops at one time, 
 ~ but they have housed everything in between ~
from ducks, to peacocks, to chickens…
...then baby opossums and now 

my little spot of heaven

...for me, simple is best, so I just pile wools in a basket…
then I pick from there what to hook with ~ nothing is ever really 'planned'
and somehow things always seem to come out ok ~


 the grass has gotten SO green ~ 
and I love how it looks against this purple wool:

beautiful colors

...while working out here in my 'studio'
lot of visitors and neighbors come by for a spell ~
(or two!)

our roosters usually come to investigate my wool-worms dropped to the ground while hooking…
but never out-stay their visit.


 I usually get a shout-out from Pinocchio from across the way ~
he lets me know of his approval or disapproval of my color choices...

hello big boy!
 and if Nocchi is volunteering criticisms, 
...then Daisy chimes-in too ~

sweet Daisy
 Of course, I am EASILY distracted by our new family of fur-buckets…
who now reside in the opossum-hut 
(a.k.a. one of the chicken coops)

this coop is SNAKE-proof.
so I know they are safe and sound while they grow, play and enjoy the outdoors ~

here they are:

"Boogie Sugar-Britches" (a.k.a. 'Shug')
 Shug is SOOOOooooo tiny ~ 
she weighs an ounce I swear and is mostly fluff…

and here are my handsome boyfriends ~

"Mickey" (l) and "Tiggy" (r)

 their innocent eyes have cleared up and are turning colors now ~ 
...I'm hoping they will all have Minew's color ~
a haunting gold/green…

'Shug' beating up her big brother 'Mickey'

~ Minew still favors little 'Tiggy'
and he really milks it! (pun intended)
these two are inseparable.

Speaking of milking it, they are almost weaned now,
but they ambush Momma whenever they get a chance ~ 
...Minew is just over a year old too, so she's a small kitty-girl
with a delicate frame ~ but don't get me wrong, she is a certified snake killer!!

she killed a 4 foot black snake when we first spotted her here on our property ~
you GO girl!

head-butting is a favorite past time

they have all wriggled their way into our hearts ~
ESPECIALLY Peter's huge heart ~ the end of a long day of work, you will find him in there with them,
each one getting his or her share of his love ~
((wonderful medicine for the blood-pressure))


and I almost missed this photo (below) while going through them all:
thought you'd get a chuckle from it!


Hoping you all have a wonderful day my friends,
...get outside and enjoy the weather & nature…
oh, and hug a kitten if you can :)

* Blessed be * 


  1. You have THE bestest neighbors! So cute.... especially Shug! ;-) Love the photo bomb... :-)

  2. So cute...I wish my neighbors were that cute and cuddly. hahaha....kittens are so precious...

  3. I enjoyed your photos today so much.....

  4. Nothing better than an outdoor studio!!! Sweet pictures of your family pets too!

  5. Love this post... LOL at photo bomb pic!!

  6. Just more proof that Notforgotten Farm is magical!!

  7. It looks idyllic, can I come and play? Just took a rug-hooking class from Polly Minnick in France so I could sit alongside you and practice!

  8. I love all of your designs, wool, needle punch, stitching, and artwork. I also love your wonderful farm…each and every animal…and those sweet kittens are my favorites right now. Enjoy the day !!

  9. Love sharing your world. Wonderful pictures.

  10. What a great post, Lori! It's so wonderful to see the Spring unfold at Notforgotten Farm. Your world is so filled with inspiration, which probably explains your tremendous creativity! I just plain love your work.

  11. I just love those sweet kitties. I have always loved cats and kitties. You are lucky.


  12. Thank you for the daily peek into your life & works! Such beauty and inspiration to us all as well as a nice positive way to start my day!


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