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 me...chasing our kittens, puttering in the herb gardens or talking to the trees.
and I collect old & odd things.

I pull wool & cotton through linen. I walk barefoot in my garden and throw my head back and cackle when I laugh ~
I'm just a little farm-witch that loves where I am & who I'm with ~
I love seeing the past through the eye of my needle...

Our Needlework Shop & Studio
is located here at our farm:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, Virginia 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email ~

Regular Shop & Open Studio Hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 - 4:00
*no Open Studio during pre-scheduled Classes or Events

Our ETSY Shop is Always Open!
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

~ Friendship & Class Photos ~

You know when you meet someone for the 1st time,
and you just 'click'?

and from that point, between the laughter and small talk...
you know. you just know. that you were meant to be friends?

that has happened to me many times.
thankfully, truthfully and wholeheartedly.
like, for reals.

today we gathered for a little class in embroidery ~
this small brooch was our project:

some came early, some came a little later...
I am happy that they come at all!

these girls that I can honestly say are my friends...
not a word to be used lightly, like as-in 'Facebook friends'.
I hold these women in my heart because they come back often, laugh & cry with me,
and support our family and friendship in a way that can only be called generous and honest...

it's not often that we meet souls that are like ours, 
~ or for that matter even want to put up with us!
I am blessed because I have known this group of women for a long time
and these are my friends:
 rough-tumbled, passionate, concerned, strong, opinionated...
married, single, widowed, mothers or chosen-ly not. 

not alot of out-ward judgement ~
 but perhaps quiet suggestions and always, always kind-guidance.

these women have planted themselves into my being,
and I am forever grateful for their strength & growth...
Nancy B
Nancy P
Pat W
Robin H
Anita R
Robin M
Shari K


Barbara H
Gail H
Amy G
Joan S

'twas a cloudy, then rainy day...
initially cold in the shop, {so sorry!} 
but then warmed with friendship and affection for one another...
then we plied our needles, untangled out threads 
and got to stitching with hands that have soothed many, and perhaps even scolded a few
in their lifetimes ~
yet remaining soft, creative and strong all-at-once:



Robin M

Nancy Z P





Nancy B

Robin H

good times yes, 
common small-talk and crazy strange conversations aside...
which we will not divulge to outsiders, they will just have to join us to know!

~ you really all have no idea how much you mean to us ~

we hope you enjoyed your class, 
~ as much as we enjoy well...
... just You.

Blessings from the Farm ~
 Peter & Lori


Rugs and Pugs said...

How funny two Nancys and two Robins.
Looks like a fun time!

elaine allerton said...

What an awesome day!
Looks like tons of fun,,,
Thanks for sharing,,,,

Jennifer M said...

Beautifully stated Lori. I wish I lived close so I could join in. I would love to learn to embroider like that. Do you offer instructions in pdf or something similar? xo

Maureen said...

What a lovely post to read today. Heart warming. I love the photos of those beautiful,creative hands. Thanks for the smile today. : D

NMK said...

What a lucky group of friends !!! I wish I lived closer to join the fun too !!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

I wish there were a “Robin B” in that list.... How I wish I were close enough to be in this amazing circle. You are blessed to have such friends and common souls in your life...and they to have your beautful creative soul in theirs. Hope your week is off to a grand start... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Myra said...

What a lovely tribute.

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