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, November 30, 2016

~ Rainy Day ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!
...a rainy afternoon here on the farm today ~
my very favorite kind of day.

The temps outside are warmer than usual today,
but I have the woodstove going to keep the dampness out of this old farmhouse.
~ our Christmas tree is lit with the soft glow of little white lights...
I have yet to add one ornament to it, preferring instead, to enjoy it in it's more-simple state.

I will not go overboard this year for my decorating.
In fact ~ as I get older, I find myself wanting/needing less - 
the more 'stuff' I have around me only makes my brain more 'busy'
{{ and good lordy it doesn't need any help. }}

I'll be purging everything I own in the next coming weeks.
~ from clothing to books,
crafting supplies to collectibles & antiques
... that just no longer suit my need for a simpler way of living.

I'll donate first, then give to friends/family....if they want anything!
I think I'll list the antiques/collectible things here on my blog for those that may want them.
so stay tuned, you never know what may show up!
So I have been hooking.
like, it's the only thing I want to do lately ~
yes, punching & stitching are good too, 
but there is something about pulling those loops through linen 
that grabs me and soothes me and keeps me focused.
{well not really 'focused' ~ I'm usually daydreaming about a future design while hooking one!}
... in between readying the shop for this coming weekend, 
I making time to hook everyday.

I finished the mat I've been working on,
a little Moravian star ~

and of course simply finished it 
with a sewn-on label...

~  I have two more small hooked projects 
that are waiting to be whipped/finished too:
a snowman & a small house.


... yep, 
there are my wonky loops...
fat & skinny

kinda like me.


Hoping you all are enjoying a peaceful day 
~ filled with simple-things you love!

Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

~ 2017 Class & Event Schedule ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!
 ... and we have RAIN!! 

Please keep our 
Tennessee neighbors in your thoughts and prayers 
... as they continue to battle terrible & devastating wildfires.

I've added my 2017 Class & Event schedule 
... over there on my sidebar to your right ~
this will be added to as the year progresses.


Busy busy little elves we are lately 
~ here in our studio & woodshop!
and we wouldn't want it any other way ~
today will be packing/shipping day!

~ then on to more finishing of goods for our Open House.

go hook something.

almost forgot!!
 I'll be offering a hooked mat on December 1st's

Hoping you are all safe & snug, happy & healthy!!
~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Monday, November 28, 2016

~ It's HERE ~

 Yes Friends, 
Cyber Monday is upon us...

please visit our Etsy shop to stock up on needlework patterns & needfuls
for your warm-winter stitching & hooking projects...

when you visit our Etsy shop,
please use this coupon code:
at checkout upon completing your purchase order...
Coupon Expires tonight at MIDNIGHT ~

and Orders will be shipped asap!

Rug Hooking Patterns & Supplies

Handcrafted from our very own farm grown & milled lumber

'Primsical' Cross Stitch designs

and... 'Primsical' Punch Needle designs

~ plus much, much more to see !!!!

 We value your kind friendships and support throughout the years ~
and we humbly Thank You from the bottom of our hearts ♥.

~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Peter & Lori 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

~ Blog Hopping ~

 Good {chilly} Morning Friends & Folk ~

today marks my day to play along in 

I love wool applique, 
{{ well - I love everything and have my hand in it all }}
but I wanted to design a simple, quick project for you
 in my very favorite medium

so here is my
Tiny Stocking ~ Wool Applique

and here are your pattern & directions ~
click on the photo below, then save to your computer...
then you can print it out & begin some quiet handwork!

This time of year is so busy for all of us, 
especially women ~
 we tend to over-exert ourselves
 to make sure everyone we love is happy & content...
we sometimes forget that WE need time to recharge
and just plain be good to ourselves.

Needlework is a huge part of my life, 
and I take time everyday to work on something ~
... whether it is a small project just for myself
or a new design for you!

I also love {{{LOVE}}} cookies.
they are tiny portable bits of heaven!
all kinds of cookies 
~ chocolate chip, peanut butter, apricot thumbprints
pfeffernusse and linzer-tarts.

the Peppermint Meltaways below
are simple to prepare and aren't fancy, but they are divine!


~ Recipe ~

This next week will be a busy one for us
 here on the farm ~ 
beginning midnight tonight
Cyber Monday in our Etsy shop :)

 and if you're in our area on Saturday, December 3rd, 
please stop in for some cookies & cocoa 
at our ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~


Thursday, November 24, 2016

~ Cyber Monday ~

... come visit our Etsy Shop for 
Cyber Monday Savings
 on patterns, supplies and other needful things 
for your needlework-basket and Holiday/Winter handwork.

beginning Monday at 12:01 a.m.
and ending at midnight ~
...stock up and save by using the coupon code:
on all purchases when you check out.

just our little 'Thank You'
for your kind support throughout the year.

~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Peter & Lori

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

~ Save the Dates ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!

~ while walking in the woods yesterday 
the tang of woodsmoke filled my lungs along with the crisp air of late November.
Crows cackled in the distance and cows lowed across our neighbors pasture, 
... telling us that rain might be on it's way.

I foraged for mushrooms, turkey feathers and antlers ~ 
filling my basket with plump acorns instead
that will be scattered about the farmhouse for a little decorating fun.
ah, the pleasures of simple living.

Two events happening soon that I wanted to remind you all about....

1st ~
is Buttermilk Basin's Blog Hop beginning on Friday, November 25th
my "hop" day is Sunday, November 27th ~
 I'll be sharing a cookie recipe and a small applique project with you
and you can see all of the participants 'hop' days on the sidebar of my blog to your right :)


 and 2nd ~
for those more 'local' folks...
is our annual Farmhouse Christmas Open House...
a quiet & simple event that we look forward to each year
to usher in the Holiday & Winter Season ~

I'll have some of my finished punched, hooked and appliqued goods,
new patterns, new woolens, new fabric 1/4's & new threads too!
a new look to our farm shop!
{{we've been busy little elves}}


I'll be preparing the farmhouse & pantry 
~  today & tomorrow...
for our 
}}}}∞∞~~~ Thanksgiving ~~~∞∞{{{{

Wishing each & every one of you
Peace & Plenty

~ Blessings from the Farm ~
Peter & Lori

Friday, November 18, 2016

~ The Sweetest Word.... ~

I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.
 ~ George Washington

good old George.
he sure knew best, huh?

I am a self-admitted and heartily proclaimed homebody. 
and very proud of it.

...there really isn't anywhere I would rather be than in my own tattered chair
pulled up snug against our woodstove in this old farmhouse -

unless, of course, it is at my mom's house....
~ or anywhere really, that she is,
that feels like home to me...

our days begin & end at the places we call home.
... some are fancy, others plain
most are lovingly in-between. 

we fill our homes with things & souls we love ~
from collectibles to family & kittens...
old things, new things, broken things, 
and beloved ~ things.
filled too, with laughter and pain and every other emotion known to human-kind,
H O M E is where our hearts are.

So, with that being said, 
~ I thought it would be appropriate to design the next project for our
Primitive Punch Needle Club
using that thought-provoking word...

rendered in the style of, and inspired by
and antique hooked rug ~
what better way to celebrate the place we hold so dear?


Club members will begin receiving their kits this coming week ~
we do apologize for the delay with us being so busy this time of the year.

kits include:
weavers cloth
paper pattern
color photo
punching instructions
finishing suggestions

I finished mine by attaching it to the front of one of Peter's Coffer Boxes,
but you can finish yours however you'd like ~
here is the link to join ;
and here is where you can purchase a Coffer if you'd like to ;

I do love to see photos of your finished club projects!

Have a *sparkling* November day my friends, 

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

~ Finally a Posting ~

 Well Hello There!
it's been a while...
... hoping you are all well 
and anticipating the Thanksgiving Holiday?

I have my menu planned & shopping list written...
folks from Up North will be heading down to our farm again soon ~
~ this old farmhouse will once again fill up with the warm scents & familiar sights 
of the 
~ Holiday Season ~

This past weekend was the From Our Hands & Hearts Show in Peninsula, Ohio
Joan & I always have such a great time traveling to and from the show ~
... seeing old friends and making new
and of course ~ 

Here are a few snaps of the show for those of you who couldn't attend this year...
{you really should mark this on your list of shows for 2017!!}

Friendly folks in line early ~ braving the cold... 
... come in and warm up!!
 and here are the Dealer/Artisans tables and booths ~
hello Miss Joan ~ bright smile you have there my sweet friend

Notforgotten Farm

Dean Hicks

Marta Urban

Worked in Wool

C. Yenke & Co.

The Eclectic Jewelers {a.k.a. Melissa, Lauren & Bobbie}

Stacy Nash

Christine Miller

Jane Theobald ~ Nantucket Baskets

Primitives Past

Lana Omlor

Shooner American Redware

Kelsey Smith

Rebekah Smith

Lori Ann Corelis ~ The Spotted Hare

Jerry & Darla Arnold

Country Textiles

 There were a few shots that didn't turn out well, 
and I so apologize ~

After the show, we headed to Berlin, Ohio to shop...and shop we did! 
{{ I'll share with you my 'loot' brought home with me from the show in an upcoming post... }}

At the moment I am finishing up the model for the current
Primitive Punch Needle Club {PPNC}
{yes, I know it's late ~ I need another hand/arm, maybe a few more hours in the day/night too?}
but I think you'll love it ~ it is based on an antique hooked rug!

stay tuned for photos of that ~ 
PPNC member's kits will begin shipping this week ~ 
so if you haven't received yours yet,
... well, that's why!

Kindly ☞  CLICK HERE to read more & join the club.

stay warm, stay well & be kind....
~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

~ Over the River....

 ....and through the Woods...
to Ohio we go!

 Miss Joan & I will be leaving early tomorrow morning ~ 
car packed and suitcases-full...
to head out to the most wonderful 
and much anticipated

From Our Hands & Hearts Show
Boston Township Hall
1775 Main st.
Peninsula, OH 44264

If you've not experienced this event
where artisans gather in a most-beautiful, inspirational and historic place...
 you must try and get there ~ I promise you will not be disappointed!
Safe Travels to all and see you soon!

Our heartfelt Thanks to all who visited our Etsy shop yesterday,
and for the kind words about our new offerings!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

~ And They're Up.... ~


... here you go Friends & Folk...
our latest & greatest offerings are now available in our 

 and they are: left to right, clockwise:

Colonial Fruit Basket 
hooked wool dummy board project -
 pdf & mailed pattern {wooden dummy board available too}

Merry Maker Sawdust Pillow 
cross stitch pattern 
pdf & mailed pattern {our organic sawdust available too}

Folding Wool Strip Rack ~ 
yes it's AWESOME !!

STEEL Shank Primitive Rug Hooks

Winter Angel 
punch needle project 
pdf & mailed pattern {wooden angel wings available too}

Santa's Hat & Santa's Boot 
wooden thread winders/floss holders
{sold separately}

Hoping you like everything ~ 
Thanks so much for your kindness, support & patience!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Saturday, November 5, 2016

~ Farm Shop Open Today ~

 Wear your warm woolies, come on out for a few hoursand create with me ~
grab your hooking, punching, and some show & tell too :)

I've baked fresh chocolate chip cookies and the kettle is hot!

 Farm Shop Open Today
10:00 ~ 4:00

*Friendly Reminder*
our little Farm Shop will be CLOSED Nov 11th & 12

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Friday, November 4, 2016

~ NEW WInter/Holiday Designs ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~

...just a quick post to share a few pre-finish snaps 
of my upcoming New Winter/Holiday designs...

 I'm hoping for a Sunday release of these patterns,
 plus a couple of finished wooden needfuls as well ~

I am busier than a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs!!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

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