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 ~ notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

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
www.Notforgottenfarm.etsy.com



Sunday, March 29, 2015

"I Stitch…"

I posted these snaps on the PSS FB group page yesterday,
showing a new finish for a little idea I had ~

this is a cross stitched cuff bracelet…
the name of the design is "I Stitch…"



I stitched it onto 30ct Parchment Linen from Weeks Dye Works
using ons strand of floss over two threads of linen
in DMC colors 831 & 3858…




when finished I backed it with a brown/cream calico cotton fabric ~




…then I stitched tiny black seed beads along the two longer sides ~




it reads:
"I Stitch, Therefore I Am Remembered."

This will be a new pattern that I'll be taking along with me to the 
PSS Retreat Merchant Mall
May 1 & 2
in Williamsburg, VA ~

It will be available for everyone in my Etsy shop too !!

the next few designs that I'll be making will be coming along with me to the 
Virginia Rug Fest on April 18th
so I'll be sharing some finishes for punch needle & wool appliqué, and perhaps a small hooked project or two :)




~ and ~
I am inviting you to become a member of

a new Facebook group I've created 
...for those that want to share their finishes of my patterns 
for cross stitch, punch needle, wool appliqué, & embroidery ~

Once you're approved as a member, 
you can then upload photos of your finishes of a NFF design
for other group members to see
it is a closed group & I am taking membership requests now :)

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Well, the sun is shining, but it is cold this morning ~
there was a very hard frost last night and we woke to chilly temps.
Hoping that the sun will warm things enough so I can hang out some fresh laundry!


...Let the SPRING CLEANING begin!


~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rainy Day ~ CLOSED Today!


yep ~
 we are closed today ~



everything is wet ~
the driveway, the yard…
…the sheep!



hoping the sun will return this aft or tomorrow ~
we will definitely be 
OPEN
tomorrow!

...see you then my friends ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sepia Sampler Finish ~

...all finished
and framed too ~

how do you like it?




the big old heavy white painted & heavily-carved frame 
was found on my short trip to CT a few weeks back ~
truth be told,
I had already began stitching the sampler before I found the frame…




but
as things usually work for me,
the frame is a perfect fit!




the Sepia Sampler was stitched by me
onto 30ct Parchment hand dyed linen from

I did take the liberty of adding a few stains to my finish as well ~




stitch count: 82w x 121h
approx. finished stitched size of recommended linen ~ 5-1/2" x 8"

DMC 6 strand cotton floss used ~ 
{model stitched using one strand of floss over two threads of linen}

611 - drab brown
640 - beige grey very dark
869 - hazelnut brown dark
3021 - brown grey very dark




the frame dates to ca. mid 1800's…
it has two interior liners plus one frame, making it a triple-frame.

I love all of the layers of thick white paint that have built up over time…
and there are a few 'ghost spots' of guilt-gold paint peeking through in places.

remember, this {and a few others!} will be released at the PSS retreat 
April 29th ~ May 3rd 2015 in Williamsburg, VA
and the PSS Merchant Mall 
May 1st & 2nd...





you can't make it to the retreat or Merchant Mall?
no worries ~
this {and a few others!} 
...will be available in my Etsy shop in May :)

Well it  is a sublimely rainy morning here at the farm today ~
I love the rain. have some chores to do, then get back to my stitching….

Oh! almost forgot to mention ~
we have been blessed with  7 new little baby chicks!
I'll introduce you to them on the morrow….

have a *sparkling* day my sweet friends!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New-ness ~


there's a new kid in town…
actually, she's not a kid, and this is a farm, not a town.




her name is Annie ~
she is cousin Charlie's kitty-girl
who now lives with us.




...cousin Charlie is no longer able to care for sweet Annie ~
so now we are :)




Annie is adjusting fine ~
she loves to chase Iggy around the farmhouse.
and she loves napping in the afternoon sun.

she's a bit of a snark at times,
but
we know that's because she misses her home & Charlie ~
we're happy she's here with us!




I like to purchase fresh flowers for my kitchen each week...
here are my very favorite ~
 white tulips




they make me happy :)

the solar wind chimes you see hanging in my kitchen window below
make a sweet-sound every few minutes ~
perfect to wash dishes by!




and you all must know by now how much I love my little birds ~
bird's nests, eggs…
and birdcages.

this bottle stopper below is one I cherish ~
it came from my sweet friend Kathy Barrick a few years ago ~
I placed it into one of my early green glass bottles that we unearthed here at the farm….




and here is an auction find ~
a reproduction cast iron bird feeder….
love the color, weight & patina of it.

it is on our farmhouse front porch
next to a little cement urn & old basket full of found-things
like old farm tools, a deserted wasp nest and old hollow log.
{I don't know why I collect such old & odd things ~ but I do}




As I was snapping photos,
... I noticed that our white lilac bush is budding!
Hooray!
we almost lost the poor thing to last year's hard temps
and had to cut it down to the quick, so-to-speak…
but here she is,
tiny but strengthened and
I cannot wait for the first bloom to open ~




Pinnochio & Daisy are beginning to shed their winter-woolies…
the their thick wiry fur
 is now being carried off in the beaks of our little bird friends ~
to warmly line their far-away nests.




and here is more progress on Sepia Sampler ~
I am in the home stretch and finishing up the inside flowers of the border…

I'm enjoying this stitch,
and can't wait to see it all framed up!

Sepia Sampler, along with a few other new designs,
 will be a released in May at the PSS Retreat in Williamsburg.





Happy Wednesday everyone,
...make it a loverly & peaceful one!


~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Here Chick Chick….

….Chick!

Chickens have been taking over my sewing room.
tiny little cluckers with even tinier beady eyes ~





made from scraps of calico cottons
 ….from my overflowing scrap baskets ~




...and minuscule  snippets of red wool from leftover rug hooking projects.




each one has her own personality and expression ~
they look like they want to say something, 
don't they?




actually they do have something to say:
"…see us at the VA Rug Fest & the PSS Retreat in Lori's booth!"

the hard-working little dears ~
they love to hold your stray pins for you and will keep you company when you stitch :<




Now I'm off to hatch a few more!

Happy Tuesday my Friends…

~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Musings ~


Made a little progress last night ...
on the Sepia Sampler I'm stitching ~

I did have to frog-out the entire bird once :(
but
it is fine now :)




i'm in love with the floss colors I chose for this ~
...subtle, aged & old.




my stitching chair sits in our Keeping Room 
~ and I enjoy lots of natural light there…
although today is a bit cloudy,
my green glass still glows on my table.




I've been collecting pretty jars & other glass containers 
to make tiny terrariums out of 
for our 
Spring Open House & Market
Saturday May 23rd

...this one sits on the table as well ~




I'll try to finish this today ~
then I need to work on a bunch of tiny chickens 
{wait till you see!!!}
that I'll be bringing with me to the
Virginia Rug Fest
on April 18th.




I love what I do 
and am blessed everyday to be able to share it with all of you ~

Hoping you have a beautifully creative day my friends!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Punch Needle Class ~

Our punch needle class yesterday
was blessed with beautiful Spring weather!

at one point during the class,
...we all decided to head outside to grab a snack & take a break...
then 'some' of us wanted to work out there ;)

I was in & out and all-around,
but
the students were happy and that's all I could ever hope for!



















I always like to bake fresh goodies for our Saturday gatherings,
we enjoyed some of my chocolate chip scones, blueberry corn-bread
and were treated to a gift of chocolate chip cookies too!

'one' of us snuck in and was caught in the act of 'sampling'....




now that this week is over,
and all of the new Spring designs are out & on their way ~
it's time to get my ducks in a row and get BUSY!

I will be working on the next installment of the
~ Little Stitches Handwork Club ~
{a.k.a. "LSHC"}
due to ship the beginning of April...
I found a very pretty cotton fabric that I want to use in this project,
so I'm excited to share the finish with you!

then before I know it the
Virginia Rug Fest will be here!
it is a show NOT to be missed if you are a lover of rug hooking & wool...
I will be working on new smaller rug patterns & a few new punch needle designs for you!

and can you believe the PSS Retreat is just around the corner too?
oh my stars I need to get going ~

Hoping you all have a peaceful Sunday my sweet friends ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Friday, March 20, 2015

Finally ~

…it's here!
Spring is HERE ~

it arrived on tiptoes and gently nudged me awake this morning…
the birds sang me into the day outside my bedroom window 
and the sheep and donkeys shouted for joy!

Wishing you all thee happiest
first day of
~ S P R I N G ~


my spring mantle



Bobby says hello!



our little violets have returned :)

tomorrow is our 
Pansy Basket Punch Needle Class here in the farm shop ~

Looking forward to seeing old & new friends!
I'll share class photos tomorrow…


~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

…and a Happy St. Patrick's Day to ya!!!



The wearing of the green…

corned beef & cabbage on the menu 
...with a sweet & moist carrot cake to follow ~

perhaps I'll make a batch of Red Beet Eggs today too?




the wee Lass above 
is hinting at what I'll be doing today as well….

…stitching!

Wishing you all a 
~ Happy St. Patty's Day ~


~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Monday, March 16, 2015

Our Trip to TERRAIN in Westport, CT ~


The absolute highlight of my short-lived trip up north 
{besides seeing family of course}

was visiting a magical garden shop called
~ T E R R A I N ~
in Westport, CT

I'd heard about this shop from my sister Louisea, 
and she said it was beautiful…
but to me
it's more like beauty-full ~

it is huge, it is open & airy
it is filled with wondrous things that are garden/nature inspired

...and best of all
it gives one a sense of place in the world.

we are all but small organisms in the great cosmos too, 
but we seem to forget that…

being closer to nature, gardening and even just decorating my old farmhouse
with fresh live plants, beautiful wood and antiques
helps keep me connected somehow…

here are a few snaps for you
the quality of the photos is lacking, as I took them from my iPhone
{and was shaking with excitement just to be there}












{can you see me?}









Hannah & Louisea shopping happily


oh! hello!!





the humongous tree-trunk tables blew me away ~
...I need one for my dining room now!

I shopped, sniffed the plants, rubbed all of the wood surfaces
absorbed the good energies 
and soaked my brain while there ~ I want to go back again NOW!

This standing concrete hare wanted to come live with us
so I begrudgingly obliged…
{yeah right ~ he sure twisted my arm to make me take him home!}




he will not go into the gardens,
instead
he was introduced to the other rabbits in my warren 
and will live out his days here in the farmhouse ~




If you have a moment, please visit the link to
Terrain
that I've pasted at the top of this post ~
once there, you'll find their blog too…

I think you'll love it!

*and*
THANKS SO MUCH 
for the wonderful response to our release last night of our new
Spring Goods
in our Etsy shop

we're so happy that you love everything!



~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

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