...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.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

~ Bound & Determined ~

Hello Friends & Folk!

~ Happy Hot Friday to you ~
…back to our seemingly-sticky weather again…
~ not happy about that, but I know it won't last forever.

The Weather People say it's been the worst 
{as in hottest, muggiest, rainiest, stormiest….} Summer in a looong time.
I don't think I've ever spent so much time indoors any one Summer before this.

As I work in the somewhat-comfort of the chugging and overworked AC,
 I'm at least productive once again after not feeling well for over a month.
Waiting on test results now {again} hoping for some 'conclusive' results this time.
{kind thanks for your continued good thoughts}

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I finished hooking the Jack rug ~ and added a striped background.
isn't he a happy fellow? he is the same motif that I drew for my Jack's Folly Appliqué pattern,
 so if you have that, and are a hooker, you have my permission to use it for rug hooking as well ~
don't forget to share it with us on my Friends of Notforgotten Farm FB group!




the wool strip size I hooked with is #8 - or 1/4" wide
cut using my Fraser clamp on cutter ~ 


love my sleek black cutter!!

it needs a good cleaning, though ~
 Peter will blow it off with the compressor & then oil it for me…




as in everything I do, keeping it as simple as can be ~
the edges are turned back and whip stitched down…




I like to use heavy black crochet thread to bind with ~
...  guess just I like the contrast & the big old stitches!




Joan & I went on a field trip the other day to our 'local' quilt shop, 
Cottonwood in Charlottesville, VA
{I say 'local' b/c it is a good 45 minute drive up nawth ~ BUT we pass a great little antiques shop in Covesville, VA so we make the trip worthwhile if ya get my drift;) }

of course I needed fabric!
what a silly thing to think I have more fabric than I will ever use ~



Soooo
these colorful fat 1/4's came home with me.
yep, jumped right into my arms...




I never need an excuse to buy more fabric.
although I come up with many, I never really need an excuse…ha!
{and I know I'm in good company!}




 The fabrics will be used for backings, backgrounds, some double appliqué 
and perhaps even a few mini-quilts?
or,
who-knows-what.
:)





~ Filling and shipping orders today, 
then it's back to hooking more autumnal-inspired finished things for me ~

Hoping your day is full of beauty and creativity!

 ~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Thursday, August 25, 2016

~ Cats & Jacks ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!

and a hearty-happy Thursday to you all…
it's gotten a tad warmer again ~
 but that won't stop me 
from wishing for my beloved Autumn to arrive.

Lately I've been enjoying taking candid snaps of Iggy {Mr. Ignacious Catt}
in his natural surroundings ~ 
which have been known to include baskets, boxes & bags…
windowsills and wool piles.

here are some that I thought came out well;





a little crow-watching


we see you.


sleepy-eyed

and here is another little hooking-in-progress that I started last evening ~
a Jack, of course!
Tis the Season, you know
;)

This Jack is the exact motif from my new 'Jack's Folly' wool appliqué 
that I wanted to use for hooking ~
you can use it for hooking too, if you'd like.

almost finished, on to the background next...




but before I even begin a new hooking project,
Iggy must inspect each little snippet & worm of wool,
so color-planning my projects takes a little longer…


"hmmm….maybe not that green, mom…"


"That one! yes, that one…."


"and perhaps a few of these orange worms too ~"

"MOM! are you listening to me??? and why are you laughing?"

… oh well, 
at least he has a good eye for color!

Hoping you all have a color-full day my sweet friends :)

 ~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

~ A little Loop-Pulling ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!

what a pleasure it has been to take my rug hooking outside on the patio again :) 
the slightest hint of Autumn is now sighing on the breeze…

making me want to play in my wools once again!




I guess those of us that love wool have so much in common ~
from the past to the present it seems…




those little loops that draw me in
allow me to hook what is around me and in my imagination ~




I've added a Rug Hooker's POLL
 to the top of my sidebar over there on the right of this page ----->

Always interested in knowing your preferences :)

Plans are underway for another Rug Hooking Class here at the farm ~ 
… thinking of perhaps a Winter-themed class project this time
maybe a mitten to hold candy canes or holly berries?
stay tuned!


 ~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Sunday, August 21, 2016

~ Proper Implements ~


Hello Friends & Folk ~ 
another steamy Sunday here at the farm…

feeling much better than last week, have another appt with dr. on the 25th…
am hoping for more conclusive results to my symptoms this time?

I have been hooking again ~
the end of Summer always finds me pulling out wools & projects begun earlier in the year
or designing & dreaming up new ones!

I like to have everything near me ~ whether I'm stitching, punching or hooking.




here's my Standing Floor Frame with gripper strips that Peter makes ~ 
with a rug that's almost finished on it :)




  perfect size for me, I don't hook BIG-big rugs ~
but this frame is great for medium sized rugs like mine in progress...




I also love my 'Stripper's Tote' that I painted black with gold accents ~
{{ I personalized mine with my name & floral/bird motifs }}
you can see my trusty Fraser cutter clamped to the top/handle…




a portable cutting station you can carry wherever you want to work!
the strips flow down into the box when you cut them ~ perfect!
{{works with ANY clamp on cutter like Fraser, Townsend, Honeydoo…etc…}}













my Sliding Needle Box is painted in the same colors 
for a colonial/primitive look that I love ~ personalized with my name again.




the needle box fits down inside tote for traveling :)



what's in there?
well, I've got a tape measure, sharpies, thread, pencil & scissors
a 'spare' hook and a loop-puller ~ some green ribbon clamped with a clothespin {why? who knows}
my cutter's wrench in case it needs tightening,
some mad-money and Burts Bees lip balm {you can wax threads with this tooooo!!}




~ here are my favorite Rug Hooks that Peter makes:
this is my primitive Pencil Hook with Brass tip ~




and my very favorite primitive Ergo hook with Steel tip
{{we will be offering these again soon!}}




I keep my hook-in-use in the handy little hole in the top of the stripper's tote ~




I keep these off-set scissors in my needle box too…
love them for cutting tails to pile height.







I can identify my scissors by the beautiful witch's hat charm at the end of my scissors fob
made by Victoria {Vikki} Gable {on Facebook}
Love it!




I also like to use my wool covered double-magnet
to hold my scissors and steel tipped hook when I'm not using my cutter, 
it holds fast to it, since it's metal!




see?




but it is mostly found on my hooking-in-progress…
one magnet on the top of my work, one underneath. handy dandy!




I made this little snippet pocket from wool and old buttons…it holds LOTS of snippets
until I'm ready to use them as stuffing -or- offer them to my bird-friends to use for nesting material :)




so there ya go…
a comfy chair, 
all of the proper implements 
and they make for a perfect hooking nest of my own!





~ almost forgot! ~
my beloved bird-friends here in the old farm-house 
keep me entertained and happy while I work away…

who could ask for better companions?




hoping you have a beautifully creative & relaxing Sunday eve ~ 
my sweet friends...

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Thursday, August 18, 2016

~ Healing Stitches ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
well, the preliminary blood tests have come back inconclusive.
really not what I had hoped for, but it's something anyhow.

I have another appointment to see another dr. and am hoping for more thorough testing and results.
I am pretty sure it is tick-bite related as I have been having 'normal' symptoms of Lyme's but also
not-so 'normal' signs of other strains. 
… and So we hurry up & wait.

in the meantime again, I am resting as much as I can
 {or as much as Peter can make me rest}
... I'm sure by now you've guessed I am type-A and am never still or idle ~
so it's hard to keep me down when I don't want to be!

I thank you all for your continued positive thoughts and well-wishes!

I have been stitching, of course.
I can only focus though on doing my free-hand cross stitching…
my brain won't let me focus on much more right now, 
~ so this works at the moment to keep me from going nuts.

this is my little friend, 
Good Witch Mary ~ she finds her way into my work often!




I enjoy this look…
a scattered & naively stitched look I guess ~
such crooked little stitches
wonk-ily worked one at a time to fill in a penciled motif;
in this case an apron adorned Farm Witch!




I have shown you how I stitch like this before, 
but if you'd like a reminder, 
you may click on the links below of my previous postings on this subject:


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see that sweet little Hitchcock chair? it's only about 5 inches tall….
{{ I wish I was small enough to sit in it! }}

I am originally from CT, 
where these chairs are made and found this tiny version {salesman sample?}
 in PA of all places!




I think I'll add a chair like this one to this sampler ~ or two ~ 
one for her, one for a friend perhaps?
right now I'm stitching on her red saltbox styled farmhouse…




Once finished with the stitching, 
I think I'll make this into a sawdust stuffed pillow ~
at least that is my thought for now ~ 
~ but it will be available here in the Farm Shop for our 8th annual
Gathering of Primitive Friends Show on Sept. 17th
{{WHICH btw, is now less than a month away!}}}
wha whaaaaat?




haven't done much gardening,
but Mother Nature has been generous with rains & heat ~
so we have plenty of fresh tomatoes, green peppers, basil to make a nice sauce.
and yes, although I have to strain mine to remove all seeds, 
I enjoy making it for Peter and LOVE the smell of cooking fresh sauce in my farmhouse
:)

our sunflowers have gotten so heavy that I've had to cut them ~
they now hang, drying for next years' planting.




and although most of our plants are thriving,
the japanese beetles have done terrible damage to our hibiscus, roses and hydrangea…
~ leaving skeletal leaves and nibbled petals.
This one has so far been lucky not to have been devoured yet!




Hannah bought me a beautiful Yellow rose bush for mothers' day a few years back, and the bush it fighting off those blasted beetles.
I will NOT use pesticides though ~ preferring to let Nature take her course…
I have seen praying mantis in our larger herb garden, 
… so I'm hoping they will fly over to the farmhouse and begin eradicating the beetles soon,
before the entire bush is eaten beyond recuperating ~




amidst the rain, heat & humidity ~
and along with illness and stress…

there is always something to be thankful for;
simple beauty
simple handwork
and
love ~

Thank you Peter for taking such good care of me while I'm under the weather….





wishing you all a day filled with things you love,
and those who love you most!


~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

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