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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Seriously Wicked {GOOD!!!}

When I tell you that we are 
 by your support of what we do,
we are putting it mildly….

we are so much more than that ~

we are thankful, grateful, blessed 
...and our hearts are so very full from your kindness & patronage

I though my computer was going to suffer a massive melt down last night
while the emails came pouring in from the Wicked Goode Web Show ~

{{{ I do apologize for the crazy reply emails that were sent from our end here! LOL}}}

Thank You All {my pretties!!}

as you can most likely see by the previous posting,
almost everything has sold…
I will leave the items there on that post below,
 available if you'd like to purchase ~

Today will begin my change-over to designing Winter/Yuletide/Christmas items ~

I have charts that need to be finished charting, then stitched
hook-ings that need to be sketched onto linen and hooked
punched work that needs to be punched!!!

I am also working on the finished items that will be available at the next show I'm doing ~

Hoping you can all join me for this event ~
I am SUPER excited about it!!!!


If you are signed up as a student for my October 18th
Thimble Coffin Class
you need to have the cross stitched portion FINISHED to bring with you to class :)

Have a beautiful day my friends!!

* Blessed be *

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"A Wicked Goode" Web Show

Hello Friends & Folk 

the finished pieces you see below are available for your amusement ~
each piece is signed/dated by me.

Once an item has SOLD I will REMOVE it from the blog ~ 
{many thanks for reading all of that}}

and now on with the show….

Up first are a few of my primsical paintings done in acrylics on stretched canvas…
each one has been aged and sealed with a rub of beeswax for a nice mellow glow ~

Jack #2 acrylic on canvas 8" x 10" = $45.00

white witch w/ jack acrylic on canvas 8" x 10" = $45.00

 Punched Witch silhouette Pin ~ Right Witch/White 2 1/4" x 3" = $32.00
please specify

...a few fun little homegrown gourd necklaces on waxed hemp cording ~
these look great worn with your sweaters, jeans & clogs
or denim shirts/jackets :)

Gourd Necklace #1 ~ $17.00

Gourd Necklace #3 ~ $17.00

Gourd Necklace #4 ~ $17.00

Gourd Necklace #5 ~ $17.00

* Blessed be *

Web show TONIGHT!!!!

Please join me this evening ~
for my
"Wicked Goode"
 web show
beginning at 6:00 pm eastern standard time 
{{we are located in Virginia}}

ALL finished items featured have been made by my hand,
 and have been executed in:

* Rug Hooking * Punch Needle * Cross Stitch * 
* Scherenschnitte (PA German paper cuttings) * Acrylic Paintings on Canvas *
* Pin Keeps * Owl Scissor Coffins *
* some Jewelry too :) *

How the Web Show will work:
items to be shown this evening will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis ~
you will need to email me asap to place your order…then I will confirm your order with you.

Hoping to 'see' you later!

* Blessed be *

Saturday, September 27, 2014

~ Snippets ~

Snippets are flying ~
not of the wool variety,
those of hand-parched paper….

each snip of my scissors or cut of my knife
steals-away pieces that bring details to life in my work…

entwining vines
crumbling leaves
sprouting mushrooms

tiny features that bring a smile to my heart

working their way to you on this blog
on Sunday (tomorrow!) evening
at 6:00 pm sharp

...will you will be able to purchase my finished offerings of this Season
on a first-come, first-served basis ~
by emailing me with your preference.

Until then,
I will be snipping away…

see you soon!

* Blessed be *

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hooking ~

I have been bitten once again by the Hooking Bug ~
but then again, when am I not infected with wool venom?

I'm working on a couple of small too-dads for the web show on sunday evening ~
this one is almost done…

little pumpkin folk

... there is just something about working with that wool…
it pulls you in and wraps itself around your heart.
don't you think?
{of course you do}

yes, I'm working on burlap.
no, it's not my favorite ~ but I will use whatever is at hand.
I prefer to hook on linen….you?

Here is "Old Tom"~
the rug I showed you yesterday….
YES it will be a paper pattern, available soon!!

I wanted to add a little 'something' to the finish of the rug...
 I like the triple-border too.

perfect Autumn colors ~

~~~  I swear I am thee wonkiest hooker I know!
I used an abundance of as-is wools from Heavens to Betsy
for this rug and I love how it all comes together for his feathers….

all of my loops are akimbo ~ heading this way & that ~ but that's OK with me :)

and here is where that little feather ended up…
I used it for his 'beard' !!

"Old Tom" ©Notforgotten Farm ~ L. Brechlin

Will be in the shop today & tomorrow from 10:00 ~ 3:00
resuming our regular shop hours once again ~

Come on out & see me tomorrow, 
bring your needlework or hooking with you too!

* Blessed be * 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wool & Woodsmoke ~

It was so beautiful yesterday…
well in my mind it was ~
soft rain, overcast clouds and chilly.
perfect to me!

We even lit the wood stove to take the chill out of this old farmhouse :)
that was a record, never had it lit in September before!

I took to my wool and started a new little rug:

"Old Tom"

pulling wool through linen

working on the background now ~

my little Hookinpunch© frame comes in handy once again…

little workhorse!

 I just listed 5 more Hookinpunch© frames in my ETSY shop a few minutes ago…
if you missed out yesterday, you can get one now ~

love it

 I'll finish hooking this today, then steam & bind it ~
{{{I have a unique finish in mind for it once I'm done, will share snaps soon}}}

once finished, 
this will be available as a paper pattern
~ for YOU to hook :)

~ and ~
that I will be holding a 'Wicked Goode Web Show' RIGHT HERE on this BLOG
this coming SUNDAY (Sept. 28th) at 6:00 pm sharp ~
lots of little Halloweenies coming your way!!

* Blessed be *

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

it's the most Wonderful time….

I am in heaven…
this weather makes me come alive!!!

how can one not feel revived, recharged & rejuvenated?
the cooler temps alone help me to be more creative,
let alone the colors of this Season ~

I take my cues from Mother Nature always…
her color combinations & textures are proven winners for me.

beautiful orbs

different patinas

such texture

saturated colors inspire me ~

simple pleasures

 Of course, 
I add my own twist to things around here too,
to help fuel my creativity ~
This FABULOUS flag was a gift from my sister Louisea a couple of years ago…
it proudly flies above my shop high atop the flagpole for all to see my love of Old Hallow's Eve!!

one of my favorite color combinations ~

flying on the breeze

front of our shop

this colorful, spirited Season inspires other creative souls as well….
~ here is a fantastic bag made from one of my freebie cross stitch patterns,
by the talented hands and imagination of
Theresa Meloon ~

W O W 
 look at the detailed stitching and fabrics she chose…
(my 'Do Goode' Witch fabric is available in my Spoonflower shop HERE)

I will wear this bag proudly ~ for now it holds some sweet annie
THANK YOU Theresa!!

 Another uber-talented friend is
Faye Riggsbee

she gifted me with one of her clever and beautifully finished
Sewing Rolls….

love love love
Thank You Faye!!

rolls up to hold your work in progress ~ keeping it handy & wrinkle free

I've been toting it around the house lately in my basket :)

How does the change of seasons effect you?
do you become more inspired?

I will be decorating the farmhouse for Hallowe'en in the next few days,
so I'll share pics of my progress….

Have a
*SPARKLING* day my friends!!!

* Blessed be *

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gratitude ~

As I sit here 
trying to write a post on this blog 
about the show here this past saturday ~
I realize just how blessed we are.
everything came together
everything 'worked' this year….
my heart is so very full.

the weather was perfect,
the crowd was fantastic….

the only thing I wish for was that my little shop were BIGGER !!!!
(I do so apologize for it being so blasted hot in there, but yikes! we were crowded, weren't we?)

I am tired. exhausted, really ~ but in such a way as I would do it all again tomorrow.
Seeing you all with those smiles,
getting to put names-to-faces
and receiving wonderful hugs (although quite sweaty!)
was the absolute highlight of the day for me….

ok, enough chatter ~
here are some snaps for you….

this is the shop about 10 minutes before we opened the gate ~
{it was so pretty & neat & tidy…that did NOT last long!}

Let's head outside, shall we??

our guests waiting for gates to open ~
... and our fabulous vendors ~

Miss Nellie's Primitives

Olde Rectory Antiques


Olde Threads

Hi Trudy!


Cathy & Kathy

Jewel's booth

Theresa's booth

Dee Harmis Antiques

Homespun Elegance

Out of the Wood

Out of the Wood

Hi Jane!

Lois being busy!


Millstone Mercantile

Lee & Jack clowning around (per usual)

the Burlap Owl

Peter & Joan

me & Nan Lewis

me & the girls from the Prim Stitchers Society Facebook Group
(what a bunch of nuts ~ I LOVE you all…please come back sooooon)

my handsome, hardworking hubby ~ Peter

Our heartfelt THANKS go to:

Lee & Robin ~ {Millstone Mercantile} 
for your dedication, friendship and help with making our show what it has become.

Felicia Martin ~ {my right hand, my left hand and everything in between}
I couldn't function without you.

Robin M. & Cindy ~ {two of the most wonderful friends anyone could ever hope to have}
your help in the shop was so very very appreciated ~ we love you!

Nadia & Bella ~ {Felicia's beautiful daughters}
you were a HUGE help to us ~ thank you girls!!

Our Families ~ who put up with us, support us and give us 'space' when we are not at our best.
you hold our hearts…

Hannah & Peter:
Yes, I'm crazy ~ yes I'm sometimes off the wall.
yes I love you both more than you will ever ever know….

To All of our Fabulous Vendors:
Having you be here is the integral part of this event…without you, this show would not exist.
THANK YOU for always being there for us, for always being a positive gift in our lives!!

...and to the Friends and Folk that came out to see us all ~
please know that we value each and every one of you…
YOU are the reason
why we do what we do.

* Blessed be *

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