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 ~ notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

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
www.Notforgottenfarm.etsy.com



Thursday, July 30, 2020

~ World Embroidery Day ~



Hello Friends & Folk ~
Happy Thursday to us all....

are you celebrating today?
have you gathered your linens, cloth, threads ~ needles and hoops?
will you be starting a brand new project or finishing off one already in progress?

will you be taking your embroidery on the road with you today? 
stitching in the car, in a park or simply at home?

However you decide to celebrate ~ 
may your day be filled with sweet tender stitches...
may your needles be sharp, your hoops tight ~
may your threads remain untangled,
...and your hands be gentle yet swift.



a few favorite past embroidered works of mine

 



 

 


 


 



If you would like to join my Facebook group for Hand Embroidery,
click on the link HERE
 



Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

~ There's no Telling... ~


 Good Tuesday Morning to you Friends & Folk ~
another unbearably hot day in store for us here in our part of Virginia...

I've been getting up earlier and earlier these days,
to beat the heat, and just get some quiet time in before farm-wife chores and such ~
...these stolen moments are so good for my soul!

I drink tea every morning.
copious amounts of tea...like 4-5 cups.
sometimes double-bagging!

 Honey and tea make me happy, 
and I can always get lots accomplished with the buzzzzz of caffeine lol.

Usually green tea is my preferred choice, but occasionally 
I will treat myself to some loose tea 
made by my sweet Herbologist & Hedgewitch Friend, 
Miss Nancy B. 


When I was younger, ...middle school age perhaps,
I had a girlfriend named Eileen ~
and I would walk to her house each morning to meet her, 
so then we could walk to school together...
her sweet little Mom always had a cup of tea waiting for me, 
as she knew I loved tea and together we would sit at her dimly lit kitchen table 
and sip our beloved drink from her dainty little china teacups 
...while she told me about her childhood and growing up in Germany.
 


This woman would watch me sip my tea to the almost last drop, 
then take my teacup away from me and swirl my cup around and around...

she would peer into my almost-empty cup then proceed to tell me my 'fortune' for the day!
...how I would do in math class {always not good! lol}
how I might meet that special boy, and so on...
 


...between the detailed stories she told me of her past,
 and the fun and excitement of hearing her predictions for the day ~
I would usually end up running to Eileens' house every morning!


with each cup of tea I drink, I remember this kind, sweet woman who took the time to
listen to me, and share with me her secrets...
~ I learned that her grandmother and mother also read tea leaves, 
and I learned that art is called 
"Tasseography"

I have always wanted to find an antique tea-reading cup, or Gypsy fortune cup...
and searched on Amazon and found the one you see pictured here...


... it is a reproduction of one from the 1950's.

 

I don't always use this cup when I take tea ~ 
nor do I always use loose leaf tea in it.
just occasionally, when I feel the need to connect to kinder, gentler days
that were sweetened with a bit of magic sprinkled in...

kindly forgive the farmwife hands, hangnails and crazy polish or lack there-of lol

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Monday, July 27, 2020

~ Turkeys & Plumbers ~




 Good Morning Friends & Folk ~

been a minute since I've posted here, but will be posting much more often!
...really need to get back to my 'roots' and this blog was started way back in 2008 ~
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Last evening, we went for our walk ~
we have to wait until the sun is down, it's been that hot here...
the moon followed us...


our fairy solar lights come on, and that's our clue to take a walk!
 
 
this stillness of the woods and fields at dusk is beautiful,
~ the crickets and whippoorwill call to each other
while Peter is always on the hunt for tracks:

looks like an opossum friend walked just ahead of us!


and turkey tracks too!
Peter gets extra excited when he spots these LOL !
 

 by the size of these prints, a gobbler must be in our midst...
 

my farmer and his turkey....


 we named them John & Priscilla,
but we do believe we have two females...
we should soon see, as they are reaching the right age/weight to begin laying eggs...


Our baby hens have begun to lay ~
top to bottom:
Silkie, Ameraucana, 2 Rhode Island Reds, and Barred Rock.
 

 

This morning while the sun was just waking up...
in the cool stillness of this farmhouse, and before it turned too hot to do anything ~
I made a few more stitches on a new little cross stitch design...

 
 
of course it has turkey motifs in it... LOL
 


we have two lamps in our living room that are Apothecary jar lamps... 
you can see that I love to fill them with feathers, nests and other natural-things
that we find on our walks ~ the feather-top you see {in the lamp-base} is a wild turkey feather.
the smaller jar holds my thread orts {Old Ratty Thread Snippets} from my needlework...
we also found the jar here on this property ~


so the title of this post is Turkeys & Plumbers.
here's why:



Iggy loves the bathroom. 
He loves the tub, the sink...the faucets and the pipes.
...he insists on drinking exclusively from an old pot in our sink.
and he also insists on sleeping on the back of the toilet, in the empty tub, 
or in said sink when the pot is not in there...
hey, I get it.
the porcelain is nice and cool, 
~ and it is usually a very quiet room with not a lot of traffic.

me thinks he was a plumber in a past life.
 
 
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Sunday, July 19, 2020

~ New Patterns Listed ~

Hello Friends & Folk ~
just a quick post to say I've just listed three new patterns for you!

 'Mary's Garden Friends'
Uncounted Cross Stitch {may be punched or embroidered too}



'Cheddar Moon' Folk Embroidery
 



and 'In Between' Folk Embroidery
 


 all three available in PDF or Mailed versions,
and are also included in our EXTENDED 20% off all patterns sale!


Happy Summer Stitching,
 be safe & well.....

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

~ And In Between... ~

 Hello Friends & Folk ~
a hot July Wednesday for us here at the farm...
we are in need of rains for the gardens, the ground is hard and dusty.
...relief comes from the ac in this old farmhouse,
 though I would much rather spend my days outdoors ~

I finished the little embroidery I've been working on and sharing with you on FB & IG:

"We come from the Earth
...we return to the Earth ~
and in between
we Garden."



Look for the pattern release for this design this weekend!
 

in other news ~
one of our young hens laid her 1st egg!

a good size for a beginner :)
 

{can you see the little bee flying in this photo?}
~ AND ~ 
members of our 
Little Witches Stitches Club
will begin receiving the 3rd quarter {July/Aug/Sept 2020} kit soon ~
please be kindly patient with us as we await thread and linen back-orders
 ❦

 

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Friday, July 10, 2020

~ Hello Kitty ~


Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
Friday Friday ~ what are your plans for the weekend?

mine are to stitch of course!
my punch needle has been put aside for the time being...
~ my right hand is arthritic and hurts too much if I punch for long stretches.

After dyeing the linen and osnaburg yesterday,
I am back to my cross stitching.

SO enjoying stitching over one on 30ct linen {as I did for Matilda Hornbuckle}
I enjoy looking at antique samplers on Pinterest,
~ and found a few that sing to my cat-loving soul...

aren't these the cat's meow?
or is it cat's pajamas?
either way....

19th Century Georgian Miniature Woolwork Needlepoint Cat Kitten ...

Antique Scottish cat! | Needlepoint patterns, Cross stitch, Cross ...

Antique Welsh Sampler with a Cat, Anne Evans, 1853 For Sale at 1stdibs

Eliza Ann Edwards 1826 Sampler published in Woman's Day magazine ...

Small Early 19th Century Cat Sampler by Martha Grinnell 1817 ...


SMALL EARLY 19TH CENTURY CAT, BIRD & MOTIF SAMPLER c.1830 (With ...

Charming Antique Sampler, Framed Needlepoint of a Kitten, Cat ...
Nilly Hall: CAT or DOG ?

me thinks my next design might incorporate an antique kitty, or two.
that is, after I finish the new design I started last night lol!

I am hoping to have more of my
"Old Farmhouse" and "Ironstone"
hand stained/dyed linen up in the Etsy shop very soon...

~ have a beautiful day my friends, stitch to your heart's content...
visit your garden, leave some fresh water out for our fur & feathered friends,
tiny toads & insects too!

Blessings from the Farm
~ Lori

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