...Down a dirt road, past woods and fields sits a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof ~
it's here you'll find me pulling thread and wool through linen and chasing after my kittens…

I love my life and those I share it with….

Welcome to Notforgotten Farm ~

Our farm shop is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
Regular Shop Hours:
most Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 ~ 3:00

Best to call ahead PLEASE!!

and will reopen DECEMBER 6th
(Etsy shop will remain open)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Oh by Gosh by Golly ~

…it's time for ~
me to get my rear-in-gear!!!

I am almost finished with the 'finishing' of my new 
Winter/Yuletide designs for 2014….

here is a peek at what I have so far:

this will be a larger wool appliqué project ~
"Peppermints and Holly"

remember when I recently mentioned 
how I was attempting the blanket-stitch with pearl cotton?
...not so much.

I am just drawn back to the simplicity & 'light-ness' of appliquéing my work
 with one thin strand of linen thread and a {very} primitive whip-stitch….

my stitches are wonky and sometimes disappear into the wools & fabrics that I am using ~
I like this look….makes me happy!

using linen thread, I can see the beautiful wools and fabrics more than the stitching ~
not for everyone, but it pleases me well.

not that I dislike the blanket stitch used nor do I dislike pearl cotton…
in fact I LOVE it ~
{well, to LOOK at it when someone else does it}
I prefer to stitch it my way, that's all ~
remember, your handwork has to make YOU happy!!

little leaves, tiny berries and simple stitches…
need to put the backing & sashing on this now.

next is a glimpse of
"Cedar Waxwing"
a new cross stitch design…

happy, colorful little fellow :)

and who doesn't love orange/clove pomanders?
{our little bird-friend, above, does too }
I have an OLD pomander that is over 50 yrs old!!!
(when I dig out my decorations I'll take a pick & show you)

I think I'll make this into a Balsam-filled pillow
...and toss in a few handfuls of whole-cloves too…
~ mmmmmmmm ~

and here is a speck of
"Pomegranate Garden"
the 2nd new cross stitch design…

our little angel's hair is blowing in the breeze high-atop the roof ~

all of those windows!!!
I would not want to wash them ;)

17 windows in this stately home ~
which is surrounded by pomegranate vines…
*THINKING* about framing this one ~ but we'll see….

I have to yet finish punching the new ornaments 
there will be 4 not 5 of them as planned…
and then one more punched design that I want to also stuff with Balsam.

I will be visiting friend Robin's
 Christmas Open House tonight:
6:00 - 8:00
115 Faulconer Dr.
Amherst, VA 24521
 it will also be open tomorrow (Saturday) ~ 
check Robin's FB page for times

Have a beautifully productive & peaceful day my Friends ~

* Blessed be *

Thursday, November 20, 2014


...to my beloved ~

50 yrs young today :)


Pinocchio & Daisy {donkeys}, 
Lazy & Roxy & Buddy in Heaven {dogs}, 
Minew, Tig, Mickey, Sugar-Britches & Iggy {kittens}, 
Toby & Roosty (and all of the roosters), 
Billy {peacock}
all the Ladies in the Hen House, 
Peaches {parrot}, Barbara {parakeet},
 Esther & Bobby {sheep}

….and me {your wife}!


wishing you health & continued happiness always ~

We ALL Love YOU!!!!!

* Blessed be *

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's Beginning...

little-by-little…room by room ~
Christmas is creeping in to our old farmhouse once again…

I prefer simple, subtle touches 
when it comes to my Winter/Holiday decorating.


here are a few snaps
of the start ~

Frosty sits in his potty chair... (just in case he melts a little)

I won Frosty at the Simple Goods show a few years back ~
...not sure who made him, but he is a staple in my Winter decorating.

my Arnetts Santa standing on my old jelly cupboard…
I have a slew of other Santa dolls just waiting to make their appearance again this year…
I tuck them everywhere :)

redware batter pitcher was brought home with my from the From OUr Hands Show this past weekend ~
it will be filled with fresh greens & nandina berries.

here is a snap of our dining room ~

{one of } my small trees in the dining room ~
this one is nestled into an old grey graniteware coffee pot...

I hung a small collection of whisk-brooms on it,
along with blue calico boxes by Linda Evans from Remember When Farm…
the tree-topper is a grey graniteware funnel ;)

here is our cozy bedroom…
I change out the curtains and bedding for the season ~

early red checkered quilt keeps us warm at night…
dolls on the bed are from Tina Lewonski of The Burlap Owl,
and Tammy Speicher of By Thy Hands Tinkerings...

and of course, 
no old farmhouse bedroom should be without a bed-warmer…
ours is named
~ Iggy ~

…and to all a Good Night.

18 degrees upon waking this morning.
chickens haven't left their nest-boxes yet and the kittens are sugaring into one big pile of fur.

Donkeys & Sheep have donned their Winter Woolies ~
Our wood stoves are piping-hot 
...and wool socks are being put to good use!!!

Wanted to say that the 
FARM SHOP {here on the farm}
will be 
C L O S E D 
the next couple of weekends
…in preparation of our
Christmas Open House
>>> December 6th <<<
Hoping to see you then!

Have a peaceful day my friends &
...Stay Warm!

* Blessed be *

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

That's Entertainment ~

some of you say that I'm 'energetic', or 'lively'…
{I'll give you that.}

but I received a few photos from friend Pat Cross this morning, 
that she thought I should post here
to show the 'real' me 
interacting with what she calls my 'audience' 
at the show on Saturday…

I can't help the way I get when I'm out & about with folks ~
especially folks that share the same love for handmade items & needlework-things…
I just get so excited to see you!

so here goes,
hopefully these will entertain you a bit:

yack yack yack…pack pack pack.

"oh little Town of Bethlehem"…oh wait. I wasn't singing!

"blah blah blah & then some…."
{why Miss Joan ~ you look bewildered!}

"that's my story & I'm sticking' to it…"

wow ~ I look like a fish….
...wonder what I was talking about at that moment?
~ oh! I think it was blending valdani & dmc threads.

thanks Pat & Tom ( I think) for the snaps…
was so good to see you both at the show!

here is the little heart & hand mat I was hooking on at the show,
all finished up.
I didn't really have a lot of time at the show to hook on it,
... but I brought it with me to show how I use my Hookinpunch© frame.

hand-cut & #8 cut strips on linen…
just something to keep my hands busy :)

looks like a stained-glass window?

and after seeing Rebekah L. Smith's
MOST-AWESOME woolies & applique, 
I decided to humor myself into thinking I could do the blanket stitch…
I can do it, but just not as good as she ~
practice practice!!!

I prefer to use a whip-stitch and thin linen thread…
what do you think?

Ok, it is a C O L D one out there today ~
only in the 30's with a wind-chill of who knows what.
the chickens are laying ice cubes!

I have a big pot of spaghetti sauce bubbling on the wood stove, 
~ and am UNdecorating for Hallowe'en…

now it's time to pull out Christmas!!!!

~ hoping you all have a snuggly day ~

* Blessed be *

Monday, November 17, 2014

From Our Hands ... and Hearts ~

The sleepy little town of Peninsula, Ohio
 is as quaint as any one depicted in the Currier & Ives prints from days gone by.

Church steeples reaching towards the heavens...
…charming-ly painted homes with gingerbread trim in
colors of red, mustard, brown & sage  heralded us from both sides of the road ~
both welcoming and guiding us towards the beautifully historic
Boston Township Hall
where we would be gathering for the show.

Friends & Folks were lining up early in the cold sunshine outside the hall,
~ down the sidewalk and around the corner.

{the PSS members were first in line, of course ~ chattering with excitement and anticipation}

Lori Ann & Rebecca were the perfect hostesses 
~ greeting us with their beautiful smiles and personalities...

here are photos of the artisan's booths before the doors opened ~
I'll let them speak for themselves….

Lori Ann Corelis ~ The Spotted Hare

Notforgotten Farm ~ (and Miss Joan)

Marilyn Wilmore ~ Hooked Rugs

Allen Cunningham

Marta Urban ~ Fraktur

Dean Hicks

Orchard Canyon ~ Tinware

Kathy Bonnes ~ Homespun Antiques

Leisa Kirtley

Jane Theobald ~ Nantucket Baskets

Stacy Nash

Lanna Omlor ~ Humble Rugs

Scott Smith ~ Rucus Studio

Nicol Sayre

Schooner Redware & Pottery

Jerry & Darla Arnold

Christine Miller Antiques

Mark Kimball Moulton  ~ Author & Photographer

Rebekah L. Smith ~ Folk Artist

Kelsey A. Smith ~ Fraktur

{{ If I've missed anyone, please forgive }}
I'm sure there are more photos out 'there' on the web ~
I want to thank Lori Ann & Rebekah for all of their hard work & hospitality ~

I would like to thank everyone who came out to the show
for their smiling faces & support of what we do…

* Blessed be * 

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