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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

…and we're OFF!

ok, so we don't leave 'til tomorrow ~

I'm making my lists & checking them twice,
trying to figure out how many pairs of shoes will fit into my already-overstuffed bags ~
trying to decide what to bring to work on while I'm there…

oh who am I kidding?
 it I'm packing it ALL!

I'm just trying NOT to freak out with excitement that the reality of the 
PSS Spring Retreat & Merchant Market 
is actually HERE!

*oh my stars*
this is gonna be fun.

Ladies & Gents
Sharpen those Needles!

Safe travels to all who will be visiting with us over the weekend ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Garden Swap!!!

Good Monday Morning
~ Friends & Folk ~

…and we have sunshine!
*woot woot*

I know I love to garden ~ and I know a lot of you do as well….
so the timing for this is perfect!

Our friend Rhonda over at
has created a 
~ Garden Swap ~

I am playing along, 
and hope that many of you decide to also!

hop on over to Rhonda's blog
by clicking the link above to read the rules and sign up :)
This should be
 F U N!!

Enjoy the beginning of another wonderful week my sweet friends!
make it a good one :)

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Sunday, April 26, 2015

a Sunday for the Birds ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~

we woke to our power out in the middle of the night,
~  and torrential rains pounding our farmhouse's tin roof…

I usually enjoy the sound of rain, 
but this was driving so hard 
that it sounded like a train coming through the front yard!

although soggy, the clouds are promising to part
and hopefully we will see a glimpse of the sun.

my Sunday's are usually house cleaning days ~
while a pot roast simmers or a stew bubbles away,
I like to putter around dusting and sweeping the previous week from the house…

I'll put on my big-band & 1940's music and have at it.

The floors need a good washing 
...from all of the mud we've had lately, 
so that is on the list too
along with going room-by-room and clearing out any & everything 
...that I just don't want/need any longer, 
or that has fallen out of favor with my ever-evolving-taste for my farmhouse decor.

I have been perusing, absorbing and drooling over all of the beautiful photos on 
Pinterest lately of a cleaner, lighter & whiter farmhouse look.

my favorite blogs at the moment for this type of decorating are

I still love primitives, but I am just not happy 
with the dark-ness and dark colors in my decor.
I live in a farmhouse that needs to be lightened up and change is always a good thing, isn't it?

all of the items that I no longer favor from my home will be available at our
Spring Open House & Market
on Saturday, May 23rd 10 ~ 3:00
you never know what you're going to find as I have extremely eclectic taste in decor!!!

My color palette for my needlework and folk art will not change from what it is now ~
the muted, old colors that I still love to work with in my designs will remain, with the addition of a few others I'm sure, so you don't have to worry about that :)

I just need to de-clutter & lighten up my home a bit 
and I think we will be re-doing things one room at a time, 
so I'll share photos with you…. can read about our bathroom transformation 
by clicking on the posts below:

Sorry this post is so long today! my stars!!

I have been working away at finished goods for the upcoming PSS Retreat & Merchant Mall 
this coming-weekend

my trusty Pfaff treadle has been churning away 
...and I swear I've lost 10 lbs from peddling away on her !! ha!!!

~ just another benefit of how the old ways are best!

I'm working on a few heart-shaped pincushions
with old ticking backing and crewel-work fronts, that I'll be embellishing ~

and finally have  a flock of 12 tiny birds made from old linens, feed sacks and flax fabric
that have been waiting in my basest for me to turn them into 'something'…

right-facing birds ~

left-facing birds ~

all made from obsessively hoarded  lovingly-saved scraps of lace, 
small crocheted snippets and tiny pieces of calico's ~

{{these will be all pins to wear}}

Ok, sorry for the long-winded-ness! too much caffeine this morning while waiting for the sunshine!

Hoping you all enjoy the weather, 
~ whatever it is, 
...wherever you are!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Friday, April 24, 2015

~ Creative Chaos ~

"For me, peace comes when I embrace the beautiful mess that I am ~ 
and that this world is…and just let it be that. "
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

and oh what a mess….

I am in the throes of the final creative week before the upcoming
PSS Retreat & Merchant Mall

full throttle
pedal to the metal
full steam ahead

my sewing room looks like a tornado has come through ~

fabrics piled here and there…
no rhyme-or-reason to 
...or print

loose threads
tangled selvedges
scattered everywhere

not that I am a neat-nic when I create ~
{{{ I tend to leave a trail of 'stuff' all around the farmhouse when I'm creating…}}}
when I get in the moment
I just can't stop for housecleaning, eating or
sometimes even sleep…

I go to bed at night thinking about linen, colors, fabrics, threads ~
and wake up the

I'm working on a little collection of finished textile jewelry
brooches, pins, bracelets & necklaces
made up of spent cloth, old quilts, odds & ends
of things in the bottoms of my sewing baskets & such.

I want to incorporate everything into these tiny bits of wearable art ~
snippets of lace
old fasteners & eyelets
vintage threads

I'll be using these below to make a few unique things too ~

Will share again soon~

Have a most-creative day today my friends!!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Just DUCKY!!!

~ h e l l o ~
to my little friends!!

please meet...
" Fred & Ethel "

well hi there!

Fred and Ethel are 'Swedish Black' ducks…
and will grow to be gentle and loving ~

I'm pretty sure that you can already guess 
 ~ how very loved they will be here with us ~

They already come running to us when they spot us coming to feed them :)
we had raised 'Indian Runner' ducks before ~ 
you may remember them, their names were 'Henry & June'
and they were with us for many years….

at the moment, we get mixed up between who's-who…
but I think I have an idea…

and I believe this is Ethel, shown below
standing on Pete's lap ~

~ then I tried to snap a photo of them together in their little coop and….

{{{ I'm sure that these two will end up in my folk art & needlework }}} 

hoping your day is filled with friends of all types!!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Morning Walk…and other things ~

Good Morning Roxie ~
….wanna go for a walk?

 " 'morning Mom…walk?…um, let me ask Lazy ~"

"Lazy says he's tired this morning Mom…so I'll stay here next to him…that ok?"

"good Roxie…Lazy is an old-man-dog now ~ you're sweet to stay by his side. we'll go for another walk later."

So I headed out alone, 
...with camera in hand ~ for a picture walk instead ~

Hope you enjoy!

Wisteria climbing on the farm shop porch post

a view of the old farmhouse from the garden gate…new wild grape-leaves have sprouted!

little Redbud tree {that my sister Jo-ene gifted me with before she passed almost 5 yrs ago} is doing wonderful

naturalized narcissus grouping growing in our back-woods

they make me so happy!

we replanted some in our smaller beds too

my patch of Lily-of-the-Valley {a gift from my sister Louisea} is spreading and I cannot wait to smell them!

remember the Harry Lauder Walking Stick I showed you a few weeks back?
Mr. Lauder is sporting a new green coat ~

i love the twisting branches and curling leaves on him...

…there is beauty in everything if we take the time to notice ~

for instance ~ my little fairy-moth friend here…didn't even know she was there until I took a closer look :)

or the subtleties of the veins on this newborn iris just waiting to unfurl in the morning sun….

~ or how a cluster of hydrangea blossoms can resemble stars in the sky.

 Little details make a difference in our lives…
and sometimes we don't slow down enough to notice.

I love small nuances of things that make us lean in a little closer to get a better view ~
I try to incorporate that into my folk art & needlework too.

…like adding strips of cotton fabrics to my rug hooking ~

~ just a glimmer of something 'different' to keep our eyes entertained
...and our hearts wanting more ~

here is a sneak peek of a punch needle project that is presently on my frame ~
look for this design in the Winter 2015 Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine ;)

I shared these little canning jars with rusty-lids 
at the VA Rugfest last weekend & they were a BIG hit 
with those of us who use Valdani pearl cottons…

they have that 'farmhouse feel' that I love so much!
... just drop in a ball, and bring the thread up through the smooth-edged hole in the lid ~
no more chasing the cat who is chasing my thread around the house! 

plus, they're just plain sweet-as-pie, aren't they?
I'll Be bringing some along with me to the 
PSS Retreat & Merchant Mall too ~
but in the meantime, they are now in my Etsy shop!

….and I HAVE to share my new hook with you all ~
isn't she a beauty?

she is sterling silver and brass ~ 
very fancy for this down-home farmwife and hooker!!

love love

look how she fits the palm of my hand…
so very pretty and comfy :)

the brass ferrule and hook is SO SMOOTH to my tired hands…
just pure pleasure to hook with ~

and just look at the detail in her handle…
made from antique flatware and engraved with the letter "M"
{{{which I am saying stands for all "MINE"}}}

I purchased one for me, one for Felicia and one for Joan….
each one as different & unique as we are

YOU can be the keeper of one of these beautiful sterling hooks by visiting my sweet friend
Lisanne Miller at or her Etsy shop:

Hoping you all have a wonderful day filled with beautiful things ~ 
great and small….

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

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