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Monday, April 24, 2017

~ Creative Weekend ~

 Well Hello
Friends & Folk....
~ this has been a busy weekend!

I managed to get quite a few things accomplished, 
... and even began some things I didn't know I would begin!

I thought I was done punching new designs 
before heading out to the PSS Retreat in Columbus OH on the 5th & 6th of May 
but I just had to start working on this one that has been rattling around in my brain ~

it was inspired by an early PA German fraktur circa 1800's...
I have adapted it for punch needle and chose beautiful Valdani size #8 pearl cotton to work it with.

my main motifs are finished, 
and now I'll move on the the background...

I actually love filling in the backgrounds of my punch needle works ~
they can be as simple as outlining the motifs and filling in,
 or as complex as using directional punching techniques.

we'll see what this design dictates to me once I begin...

I am also working with my watercolors
creating new small paintings that will soon be offered as prints and notecards!

here is my latest in-progress
{and I love it so far} 

pretty colors...no?

h e l l o!
 I have more detail to add yet...

I recently received a few finished models back 
from my fabulous model stitcher ~ Heather
{{ Thank You Heather!!}}

I'll show them all soon, but for now here is the new design for our
Little Stitches Handwork Club 
~ otherwise known as 'LSHC'

and it is it's called

the verse reads:
"Industry is the best cure for Melancholy"

... for those who don't know what 'melancholy' may be, it's described thusly:
a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.

and I agree...a little 'industry' {in my book that means needlework!}
surely can cure the blues...

here is the fabric that will be included in the kit 
along with the chart, linen and threads....it's a Civil War era repro in shades of mustard & red ~
... I think it matches the threads nicely, don't you?

 each kit contains a little brass thimble
to attach to your 'scissors' on the pillow...like a little scissors fob

I've had this old little square-shaped basket forever, 
... and although I didn't design this to fit in it,
it sure looks sweet in there!

 To read about how to become a member of our LSHC,
please click
to join our exclusive cross stitch club or re-new your membership ~ 
{thanks again for your patience}

~ AND ~

I've saved the BEST new for last!

... at approx. 4:00 am today,
our little visitor-hound delivered the first of MANY puppies!!!!!
{{{ I think I counted ten little butts, BUT they are so squirmy I cannot tell for sure. }}}

At the moment, 
she is being a bit aggressive, as all new mothers can be.
~ so we are giving her space to bond and nurture with them...
since she came to us many weeks ago, she has warmed up quite a bit to Peter & I ~
...well, more to Peter than I, but that's ok.
at least she knows that we won't hurt her ~ and that she is safe here.

Peter made a huge nesting box for her in the barn and that's where she is...
nuzzling & licking her squealing little butterball babies!

Stay tuned for photos, don't want to scare her by flashing lights in her eyes...

guess that's all in a nutshell for now ~ 

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, April 21, 2017

~ Short & Sweet & Soggy too ~

 Just a quick
H E L L O friends & folk....
~ before I head out the door and into the rain.

much to do today, 
shipping orders, grocery shopping
and if I can fit it in ~ a trip to the salon for a {much-needed} pedicure.

Here are the few little watercolors I managed to paint yesterday,
and I will get back to my brush later this afternoon.

simple & folky & primsical

These will be made into blank notecards and available soon ~

 'Pin Me'

 'Sampler Garden'

 'Needle Pulling Thread'

Hope you like them!
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
in lieu of the impending heavy rains & strong winds
 in the forecast for tomorrow {Saturday}
will be 
CLOSED Saturday April 22nd
 sorry for any inconvenience my friends.
** please note that we do have friendly but rambunctious dogs  ~
and if the sign at the end of our driveway reads closed, the dogs will not be tied up, 
... and they will be so happy to see you ~ that they may jump on your vehicle!!
Now, we don't want that to happen ~ 
so kindly refrain from coming down our drive if our sign says shop is closed.
If you would like to schedule a visit to our Farm Shop on a day that we aren't usually open, 
please call us at 434-263-6508 or email me at notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com.
We are always happy to make time for you if you cannot come out on a regular Saturday.
Thanks for understanding my Friends

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

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