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
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

~ Crafty Saturday and so much more! ~

~ Hello Friends and Folk ~

... Happy Sunday to you all!

We enjoyed a fun day here in the Studio yesterday ~
I can't tell you how much I enjoy this group of girls ♥ when we get together,
... we just never know what will happen!

Janice and Anita have been knitting and crocheting.
I have mentioned how many times before that I cannot knit but I can crochet {a little}?
well Janice took me under her wing yesterday and showed me how to crochet...
but we'll get to that in a little bit ~

Here is my sweet Janice working on the cutest little crocheted trees:

she brought along with her some extra yarn and hooks for me to try...

and knowing how much I want to make a granny square afghan, 
she also brought this book for me to look through :)

here she is showing her knitting skills below ~

my dear Anita worked her needles too...
these two sisters have such talent ~

when this Tribe of creative women gathers together, 
they bring with them more than their bags and baskets of works-in-progress...

the always bring with them cheerfulness, friendship and positiveness ~
and I love them for that.
...way to go Anita!

our talented and funny friend Sharon can do so many types of crafting...
beading, needlework, and...

~ knitting and crocheting too!
{I can't knit with two straight needles, let alone two needles attached to each other!}

just look at the beautiful hats she is knitting for a very lucky recipient ~

again, here are more of their bags and baskets full of supplies, 
and projects for show 'n tell....
we don't travel lightly!

Miss Joan was working on a 'secret' project that she kindly declined to share, 
but you will all see it soon enough.

in the meantime, 
she brought along a few of her own antique needlework for us to drool over ~
I just love the old motto samplers...

Joan loves to hunt for needlework treasures {don't we all?}
and came upon this set of 4 needlepointed coasters ~

we never know what our wonderful friend Nancy will bring along with her...
but we can expect nothing but stitchy-goodness of some kind!
here is her applique from Rebeka L. Smith's newest book:

Nancy loves her horses and this project resembles
 her gorgeous Frisian-girl "Vrome"

see those wrap bracelets? yep. Nancy made them...
our entire tribe is addicted to beading now too ~ we love everything! 

I worked on making necklaces from some older embroidery bits & bobs
that I have had stored away for a couple of years ~
see? I can crochet! I crocheted the necklace portion for all 3 of these!
{ok, so it's just chain stitch crochet, but I added BEADS to that one! LOL

here is the results of my 'class' with Janice yesterday ~
my very. first. EVER....granny square!
made with beautiful worsted yarn and a larger hook...
{and I just realized it is the color of a granny smith apple hahaha!}

with Janice's guidance and patience
{I can be very trying as I am not a good student lol}
I got the hang of it... 

so I decided to try another one while she was by my side ~
I doubled some Valdani size 8 pearl cotton,
grabbed my smaller hook and made another granny square!
YAY for me!!!!!

while us 'girls' were in the Studio "playing"
my dearest was in the Shop "working" ~
here he is packaging the remainder of club kits that will ship out on Tuesday ~
{thank you Peter}

as I mentioned, we never know what a day together will bring ~
Nancy showed us how to make Elderberry Syrup on the woodstove !

Nancy is a plethora of knowledge when it comes to organics, herbs, 
homeopathy and Natural healing ~

...simmering the berries and cinnamon ~ can you smell that? mmmmmmm

straining out the juice after cooling...

and voila! the best natural remedy to keep on hand
when one feels like they're getting sick...
Nancy says: 
"its high in Vit C and has antiviral properties that help fight cold, flu and URIs. 
Also helps with coughs and congestion as it is an expectorant. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons 3 times a day when you feel "something" coming on and during an illness...".

thank you Dear Friend ~

after a nice lunch of split pea and ham soup, 
crusty bread, salad, globe grapes cheese, crackers and bran muffins,
we got back to work...but not before checking in on Nicky, 
Nancy's little old corgi-girl who is deaf ~ she likes to sleep at our feet under our work table...

she is so sweet ~

here is Nicky's brother Jack ~ always looking for a treat!
sweet boy!!

I love this photo of my girls below!

Cannot wait till next weekend to be together again ~

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori


  1. Such a warm and talented looking group of ladies!! I gasped when I saw Joan’s antique needlework— the lower piece is identical to one I bought last summer at a thrift shop for a quarter. It is in our rv. I recognized the treasure for what it was.

  2. Looks like so much fun !!!! You are so lucky to have such a great group of ladies to create & hang out with !!! Wish I lived closer too !!!!

  3. que bonito blog que bello es estar en una mesa y compartir labores se ven super animadas y muy buenas companias besos

  4. Sounds like a fun Saturday sure wish I lived closer.

  5. Your Saturday looked like a lot of fun. Time spent with crafting friends is time well spent in my book.

  6. What a fun day, but it't the Corgis that made me swoon.


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