...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 collect old & odd things ~ I throw my head back and cackle when I laugh and I see the past through the eye of a needle.
~ I love my life and those I share it with.

Our Farm Shop is located at:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
Studio Phone ~ 434-263-6508
email ~ not4got@aol.com

*******NEW SUMMER HOURS*******
11:00 ~ 3:00
{shop is closed from now until July 11th}

this is also Open Hooking & Stitching: 11:00 to 3:00
~ Bring your work in progress and come create with me ~

If you are traveling a distance,
or would like to visit on a day that we're not regularly open, please call or email us to make sure we will be here or to schedule a visit!!

Dear Friends ~

All original photographs & word content on this blog is ©Notforgotten Farm ~
unless otherwise stated.
Thank you!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

~ Juggling ~

...did you all know that I can juggle?
yep I can.
~ both relatively & figuratively.

I can juggle those little bean-filled balls 
{so as not to hurt myself}
and I can keep them in the air for quite the little while.

I taught myself how to juggle back when I quit smoking ~
many many moons ago.
and I can juggle the checkbook, the farm chores, the shop chores too ~
all while I'm juggling life-in-general.

Peter can juggle too,
tho he is more of a 'professional' than I am.
He can actually juggle those shiny-plastic purple & silver pins you see at county fairs…
he can also juggle knives {machetes ~ somewhat-dull, of course} 
a few of you have even seen him juggle fire.
that's right ~ 
my man can juggle flaming torches soaked in oil & set ablaze 
….to the astonishment of myself and many!!!

Peter is also a juggler of life ~ 
he manages to keep many things going for us here on the farm ~
... he helps me with every-little-thing and does so with love.
sometimes things don't go smoothly and something will inevitably fall out of motion 
and kink up the whole shebang.

I'm sure many of you reading this can relate
and are expert-jugglers too ~
we should all run away & join the circus!

...but then again, 
isn't life somewhat a circus at times itself?

ah well,
that's when we pick up whatever has fallen,
dust it off and begin again….


I have been working on my
"Huswifery" design that I stared a few weeks ago ~

the hot temps & humidity has kept me indoors as of late
and I try to put that to good use.

my favorite stitching spot

using my favorite tiny hoop, gold needle and favorite scissors ~
slowly coming to life in thread…

I have been charting other cross stitch designs
~ as well as sketching new punch needle designs…
{there's that juggling-thing again}

I have three names chosen for my upcoming cross stitch designs ~
I have chosen three wonderful stitchers to help me!
the names of the designs and who will be stitching them are as follows:

"Hallowe'en Treat Bag" ~ being stitched by Jim Waldecki
"The House that Jack Built" ~ being stitched by Pat Simon
"Olde Mustarde Moone" ~ being stitched by April Whitaker

all three of these fine-folk are members of our beloved
Prim Stitchers Society group on Facebook ~
{link to group on my sidebar --->}

I'm excited about adding new stitchers to help with my models ~
and I cannot wait to share the finishes with you all…

I have so many designs in my head they need to get out!

sometimes I just can't do it all.
that being-human-thing I guess…

this stitch-in-progress, "Huswifery" ~
 is being stitched by me in between the house-cleaning, 
~ order-filling, banking, shipping, laundry 
and any/everything else that happens to come my way daily…

it will all get done, 
… as everything good usually does :)

what are you juggling lately?
….taking care of your family?      …. tending your garden?        …. work?

whatever it might be ~
remember to keep those balls in the air,
and if one should fall
it is OK.
 it is always OK….

just toss it back up there and keep going!

where you'll find me ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Delightfully Dreary Day ~

My mother can attest to the fact that I love rainy days ~
always have ~ always will.

today, between running back & forth 
from shop to farmhouse, farmhouse to shop…

I stopped for a moment to enjoy the cool-dampness ~
{not that we haven't had humidity, but this is different.}

moisture-loving boston fern drinking it in ~

some of our hosts have bloomed again ~ seems early to me this year?

beautiful digiplex/foxglove wearing shades of pink

puddles in the stone

our farm-bell shines in the mist ~ {Roxy in the distance}

I've been accomplishing a lot lately 
{i think so anyway!}

I've been going through 'things' here in the farmhouse
 and the shop and am preparing to make a few changes in the decor of both…

nothing drastic, no major renovations…
just some new paint-colors and new curtains ~

I want to organize my sewing room a little better too…
and look who is here lending a paw:

my grand dog 
~ Willie Nelson ~

hi willie!

well, actually he was snoring resting in my stitching chair when I snapped these….


….see how helpful he is?


the rain makes us both lazy, and I would love to join you Willie,
~ but I will get back to my work now.


Hoping you are all enjoying good company & the weather, 
wherever you are...

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Howdy ~

...just a brief post to say
~ that our Summer House Scissors Fob Class
on Saturday July 18th is Full!
class begins at 10:00 a.m. 'til 3:00

I cannot wait to see everyone :)

to give myself a break from sketching, drafting, designing and stitching...
like many of you,
....I visit Pinterest ~
{ ~ You can visit my Pinterest Boards ~ Here }

I found this beautiful rendition of White Work Embroidery ~
it is loverly, don't you think?

~ white-work ~

I am hoping to incorporate something like this 
....into my Yuletide/Christmas designs ;)


*Friendly Reminder*
the Farm Shop will be
C L O S E D 
until July 11th ~ it's just too hot in there for guests,
 plus I am doing some much-needed shop inventory, 
getting the July/Aug/Sept 
Little Stitches Handwork Club kits 
ready to go!


~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

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