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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

~ A TWO-fer !! ~

YEP! a 2-fer!! two posts, one day!
not only did I post here previously this morning about 
Joan's Home Tour 
{kindly scroll down to that} 

I finally have uploaded the latest, 
most recently shot video for our Crafty Saturday Series on Youtube!

Click on the link below to watch it & please be kind!

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

~ Joan's House Tour - Lori's Bedroom ~

Hello Friends & Folk!
Happy Tuesday to you all ~

have been having issues with our internet/computers lately, 
sorry for being MIA for a bit here ~

Today I wanted to share with you another room in Miss Joan's House Tour:
"Lori's Room" {yes, mine} 
this bedroom is my very favorite in the house, 
which our readers will know is an old Church Rectory... 

come on in and have a look around ~
click on each photo to enlarge!

Joan has a way of choosing the perfect color combinations,
although she will tell you she doesn't, 
and always asks me to help with her wools for her rug hooking...

these greens, mauves, pinks and creams 
all go together perfectly ~

she collects SO many things,
 like her tole painted tinware trays hanging above the beautiful iron double beds...

as well as her love for pyrography, the art of woodburning:


Joan's collection of celluloid is only partially shown here...
she has much, more believe me ;)
the shelf above the fireplace is an organ top...awesome!

Joan's handiwork can be seen in every nook and cranny of her home
...the fireboard scene was painted by her, her beloved Arthur also created the board for her.


more collections below include flower/floral frogs.
you know, those cage/wire/spikey things we find at antiques malls?
yep. Joan has a few....{she has more in her kitchen, stay tuned for when we share that}

and you can see more of her painting on the quilt rack and shelf to match;

My friend has always been crafty, 
she says this little turtle embroidery was the first one she ever stitched. 

her attention to detail is evident in every room of her home,
nothing is left plain...even her light covers are unique!
{little sailor-man doll is another thing miss Joan loves, her dear Arthur was a Navy man}

below the shelf of frogs, 
hangs a vintage item that was used to store sewing needfuls...
it looks like a clothespin holder, but the hand-scripted tag inside 
has a poem about putting thimbles in the tiny pockets! 

child's doll quilts reign high among Joan's favorites too!

small antique sewing machines are also on her list of things to collect is a hand-crank model, below:
{in an upcoming tour, we will be showing her sewing will not want to miss that!}

Joan & Arthur spent many wonderful years 
lovingly working on and decorating their home together...
this closet below shows Arthurs' woodworking skills ~ 
he built this around the old shuttered doors:

a doll-baby crocheted pillow rests on one of the beds ~

while yet another sailor lad keeps a watchful eye on her 
from the other bed...

more of Joan's painting is shown on the tin lamp and round carrier under the table ~

on th eother side of the room is a beautiful dresser
that holds more celluloid and pyrography pieces -
the rack on the wall is a tie rack!

always paying attention to detail,
Miss Joan not only made the curtains and seat cover for the hamper below...

but she also painted the floorcloth under the hamper to match the fabric!!
clever girl she is :)

everywhere you turn in this warm, inviting home
you can see the love Joan & Arthur have put in it....

an old advertisement for Spalding's Glue rests happily on an old writing desk ~
{Spalding is Joan and Arthur's last name}

I hope you have enjoyed our tour today of my bff's beautiful home!
please do leave us a comment so I can share with Joanie!

More rooms coming soon!!!!!

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Monday, July 30, 2018

Technical Difficulties

We are having a load of trouble with our computers ~
Thanks so much for your concerns and emails ! we'll be posting again asap!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Saturday, July 28, 2018

~ Crafty Saturday ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!

Farm Shop will be 
10:00 ~ 4:00

and it is also
Crafty Saturday!

So grab your needlework in progress, some show & tell ~
hop on that broom and fly on over
and create with us!!

we would love to see you!
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

~ In-betweens ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
happy Tuesday to you all!

another sunny/rainy/sunny day here...
we've been going between clouds, showers & sun
but we need this rain for sure.

In between working on new pattern designs for you,
I have been working on finished goods that will be available in our shop here on the farm, 
and on our Goods for Sale page here on this blog {link to your right under 'my links'}...

Don't forget to visit me on Instagram at: 
I usually post photos during the day and evenings there too, so you don't want to miss anything!

here is a little embroidered witch in progress of being 'born'....
I'll work on her again this afternoon after orders are done and chores are finished ~
golden needle & silver scissors...

Our upcoming Gathering of Primitive Friends Show/Hook In is quickly approaching!!

our Hook In is almost full, 
so if you would like to register to hold your seat for the day, please email me asap:


 hoping your day is full of wonderful in-between moments too!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Sunday, July 22, 2018

~ Crafty Saturday at NFF series Debut is up! ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!
Ok, it's uploaded for your amusement...
our Debut Video for our 1st in our series :)

I'm crackin' up at mine & Joan's Faces in this photo!

click on the arrow to watch, or better yet ~
please go to our Youtube Channel and subscribe for our weekly videos at:


Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Saturday, July 21, 2018

~ Crafty Saturday is upon us! ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!

.... rev up that broom,
gather your sharpest pins and needles...
collect that basket of projects and fly on over!

another Crafty Saturday is upon us!

 our Farm Shop will be open today 
from 10:00 - 4:00
for your shopping and visiting pleasure...
 Come create with me!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, July 20, 2018

~ Pumpkin Season ~

 progress on my newest stitch ~
'Pumpkin Season'
is coming along nicely...

this little Ladye is walking amongst her pumpkin patch....
hoping to choose the perfect gourd to make into her lantern for Hallow's Eve!

hoping to have her finished and available soon...

loving the cooler temps we've been having here in Virginia....
Autumn can't be that far off now, right??

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

~ Stitchy Superstitions ~

 A collection of 'Olde Wife's Tales' found on the interweb...

I find these fascinating and often wonder about their origins!
my PA German side of the family has a few of these that have been passed along & down the family, you know of any others??

- Superstitions About Scissors -

You will "cut off'" your fortune if you use scissors on New Year's Day.

Scissors should be put away during thunderstorms decrease the likelihood that the house will be struck by lightning.

Placing a pair of scissors under the pillow of a woman in labor will
 ‘cut her pain in half’....

As with childbirth, placing a pair of scissors underneath the pillow of anyone in pain will halve their discomfort, making it more bearable.

Breaking both blades is a sign of an impending disaster.

Giving a pair of scissors as a gift
will cause problems in a friendship by cutting the relationship in half.
When giving scissors as a gift,
the receiver should always give a little money in return,
since ‘buying’ the scissors will not cause the friendship to be cut.
Scissors should always be sold, they should never be given.

A pair of scissors nailed above a door in the ‘open’ position,
 so they resemble a cross to some extent, was said to protect a household from dark witchcraft and evil influences.

Dropping a pair of scissors is said to warn that a lover is unfaithful.

Breaking one blade of a pair of scissors
 is an omen of quarreling and discord;
...if both blades are broken at once; a calamity is to be feared.

On Wednesday and Friday, should use a needle or scissors, bake bread or sow flax.

 - Superstitions about Needles,Pins & Thread -

See a pin and let it lie, ...sure to rue it by and by.

Never lend a pin to a friend lest it prick the friendship.

A bent or crooked pin is thrown into a wishing well for good luck.

Dropping a needle was good luck unless it sticks upright in the floor, then company was expected.

Remove a needle or pin from the packet
and prick the recipient before giving it to them.

If you break a needle while sewing a dress you will live to wear that dress out. If you prick you finger with a needle depending on the hand and finger it means something different.
Hand: Right – Work, Left – Heart
Thumb: Happiness
Index Finger: Trouble
Middle Finger: Love
Ring Finger: Letter
Pinky: Farewell

- Sewing/stitching in General -

Single girls who sew a single piece of hair into a wedding dress in couture, will get married within the next year. A bride can sew a swan’s feather into her husband’s pillow to ensure fidelity. If you make a quilt, finish it, or you’ll never get married.

Never sew on Sunday because you will have to rip out all of those stitches when you get to heaven. There is harm in sewing on Sunday if you do not use a thimble.

It is bad luck to sew clothing while some one is wearing it unless the person in the clothes holds a thread in their mouth.

Always sew a pillow case on New Years Eve to hold all of your troubles.

When you are sewing and your thread knots and tangles,
someone is talking about you.

A knotted thread means an argument is coming.

A tangled thread on a needle during mending gives health and prosperity to the owner.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Sunday, July 15, 2018

~ We've got CLASS! ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
and a happy steamy Sunday to you all!

{and a very happy birthday to my sweet sister Sharon}

Yesterday we had the pleasure once again to host a finishing class
taught by Beck Noland from Lucy Beam - Love in Stitches!

~ her project for class was this sweet as honey Tea Box ~

Becky always brings along a few of her beautiful models for us to drool over, 
and other needfuls for class...

{she also brought along AWESOME cupcakes from Frosting bakery in R'mond, VA}

here she is during the class ~
Becky is a wonderful teacher and we love to host her classes!

some of us brought along other forms of needlework, too ~
and they sure were fast at it, see those busy blurry hands?

here the class students are wprking on covering their tea boxes...
they had previously cross stitched the top portion ~

Becky carefully chose pages from a vintage cookbook for class ~

after class,
a few gals shared some of their show 'n tell with us...
below is Debbie holding up her lovely quilt that she made, and taught a class for as well...

and here are a couple of Deb's stitched reproduction samplers 
from Susan Greening that she stitched:

our beloved friends Steve & Shari Kritikakos 
joined us for a much overdue visit!!
{you may also know them as Santa & Mrs. Claus}

here Shari is showing us a beautiful embroidery done by her grandmother... 
such perfect stitches and so fully embroidered!

treasured family heirlooms indeed.

My sweet friend Heather gifted me with this happy ORANGE coneflower!
I have never seen one this color, but she knows I love orange and thought of me...
this will be planted here in our kitchen garden to come back each year and remind us of how much we love our friends ~

Much thanks to Becky for another awesome class ~ 

and thanks to all who came out to the shop for the class, 
so good to see everyone's beautiful faces
as well as our shoppers who visited during class too!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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