Our little needlework shop & studio
is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email - Notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

Regular Farm Shop Hours ~ Unless otherwise stated in postings below:
10:00 - 4:00
{{ if you would like to visit us on a day we're not open, please call or email ~ we'll arrange a time }}

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Monday, August 7, 2017

~ Inspiration & Needle Night ~

Good Monday Morning
Friends & Folk ~

it is a beautifully rainy Monday here at the farm...
perfect for a bit of inspiration daydreaming ~
while I'm printing, folding and packing things for the upcoming
Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village.

Whenever I have the chance to visit my birth state of Connecticut
I try to get at least one walk in at an ancient graveyard....

the old headstones with their curious carvings
have held my fascination since I was a small child.

those in particular,
my very favorites...are very very early 
- like the 1600's early.

towns in CT like Guilford, Trumbull 
& Stratford all have these archaic 'people-gardens'...

the naiveness of the carvings,
some more prolific than others
continuously creep into my imagination
even this long after visiting them...
I hold them in my memory for future reference.

it's funny though,
to look at some of them now,
you would have thought that as a child I would have been scared of them?
... not me.
I would race home from school and then ride my bike down to the library where the best one was.
and I would lay on the grass amongst the stones and watch the clouds overhead
and chase the wild-rabbits that lived there by the hundreds....

i never considered a cemetery to be a scary place.
i thought {think} they are peaceful and beautifully serene,
with so much interesting history ~ 
mostly forgotten now, but meant to last Eternal.

to read their epitaphs, 
the names of small children passed so young ~
and almost feel them standing there next to you 
while you visit their sometimes hidden 
and more than likely forgotten resting places.

I'll take my cue once again,
from my past and the past of other artists ~
and turn their works of stone
into my works 
in needle and thread.

speaking of needle and thread ~
tonight is our
here in the farm shop.

We will be open from 5:00 - 9:00 for all you stitching night-owls...
we will have sandwiches and drinks to keep you fortified while you work,

so grab your basket, your work in progress and come create with us ~
and enjoy the rain.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori


Rugs and Pugs said...

Thanks for so many pictures of old gravestones. I enjoy seeing them.

Anonymous said...

I loved this post, Lori. I often visit old cemeteries when I travel...and take pictures for posterity. The gravestones in Norway are often literally that...big, round stones, some with words carved and some not. Of course, I'm partial to the Colonial 1600s...I have two very dear imaginary friends from that time period. :)

Anonymous said...

I too like to visit old cemeteries. To quote my beloved mother, "The dead won't hurt you but the living will."

Sandra in Texas

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Love your punch Notforgotten Farm. Is there no end to your amazement!

Jeannine520 said...

Lovely post and pics. I've always felt the same way about old cemeteries. Before our kids were born, when my husband had business travel to the east coast I used to go along just to visit the cemeteries and take pictures. We have a couple of really old (for California) cemeteries here, one in Yountville and one in Suisun City that I've used over and over for photo shoots of my kids. It freaks out my parents but I find them beautiful and peaceful - there really are no better parks. ;-) And I LOVE x-stitch patterns with tombstones!

gracie said...

I also love the old stones of the graveyards....thank you for sharing.

Susan said...

My son told me that one should say "I mean yo no harm" when entering a cemetery especially if you are planning to take pictures. I now do that.

Jan said...

When we lived near New Orleans, our kids went on a field trip to one of the oldest cemeteries in NO. It was so interesting to see and hear about all the graves that were there. I took tons of pictures which the kids thought was so weird but seeing the different types over the years there was fun. They have parades to the cemetery when someone dies and we got to see one in progress. An old custom that has stayed in that area.

koi seo said...

Sounds like fun! I'm loving all the colors here...your header is wonderful,


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