Bath Bombs made with CBD Oil from The Little Flower Field available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

New Additions- September 2020

We have a few items to report-

Bath Bombs made with CBD Oil from The Little Flower Field available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

First: We now carry CBD soaps and Bath Bombs as well as candles from The Little Flower Field of Rapidan, VA.

Bars of soap made with CBD Oil from The Little Flower Field available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

The Soaps and Bath Bombs are made with CBD infused Sweet Almond Oil and all natural essential oils. The Bath Bombs come in “Eucalyptus + Tea Tree”, “Lavender + Mint” and “Pink Grapefruit” scents. The soaps are lightly scented with pink grapefruit and rosemary essential oils.

Hand Made soy candles from The Little Flower Field available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

The candles come in “Blood Orange”, “Forest”, “Green Tea Lemongrass”, “Himalayan Bamboo”, “Lavender” and (my favorite) “White Birch” scents. They all smell wonderful and they all smell like what their name describes! These candles are in simple yet elegant travelers tins w/ lids.

Jars of jellies and jams and bottles of Elderberry syrup frim The Country Canner available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

Also New: “Paper Jam” and Elderberry Juice from The Country Canner. “Paper Jam” is made with real coconut, coconut milk and a little vanilla. The Elderberry Juice is made with elderberries and local honey. It is lightly spiced with cinnamon and cloves.

We are also fully restocked on the many other jams and jellies from The Country Canner like Mango Jam, Spiced Pear Butter and Lavender Jelly.

Several varieties of gourmet, locally made cheeses from Harvue Cheese that are available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

We have some new, locally-sourced cheeses from Harvue Cheese of Berryville, VA. These come in “Garlic & Chives Cheddar”, “Ranch Cheddar” and “Tomato Peppercorn Cheddar”.

Two Jade Plant "Monstera" available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

And if you need any houseplants these peculiar fellows (?) need a new home.

A Jade Plant "Monstera" in a midnight blue hand made stoneware pot available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

They are “Monstera” jade plants due to their leaves. I call them “Martian Fingers” because to me the leaves look like a Martian’s fingers. They are great for novice gardeners as they are very low maintenance and tolerant of neglect. All they need is bright diffuse to partial sunlight and a little water now and then. They require little or no fertilizer.

Close up pic of the foliage of a Jade Plant "Monstera" in a terra cotta pot available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

The smaller of the pair is $25. It is housed in a hand made (by moi) Midnight Blue, Stoneware pot.

A Jade Plant "Monstera" in a terra cotta pot available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

It’s larger brother is $5 and is in just a simple terra cotta pot.

Almost forgot-

We will be CLOSED September 20-28 for a much needed, socially distanced vacation. The painting above is a hint as to were we will be staying.

Anyway…..

*Stay Safe- Stay Sane*

A purplish black shell bead necklace hand made by Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

New Additions- August 2020

We have a few items to report-Three shell bead necklaces and a pair of earrings hand made by Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

First: Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams has brought in a new collection of her hand made jewelry. This batch has a very beachey feel- especially the shell necklaces pictured above and below:A white brown and black shell bead necklace hand made by Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

A purplish black shell bead necklace hand made by Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

Two pearl beaded necklaces and two sets of earrings hand made by Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse
Pearls on the half shell-

This series goes quite well with my ocean-inspired pottery. The relish dishes, serving bowls and oyster-shaped spoon rests (pictured above) work just as well as jewelry holders and trinket dishes.Two turquoise beaded bracelets and three sets of earrings hand made by Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

Continuing with the beach theme I’ve sewn one of my peculiar new sculptures to the wall of the store-

Full view of a fabric sculpture by MJ Seal that resembles a giant gray sea fan hanging on the wall at The Virginia Farmhouse
“Dormant Form/Winter Forest”- Original sculpture by MJ Seal. Sackcloth, jute rope, PVA glue and acrylic, 40″ x 51″. c. 2020

It looks like a cross between a dark gray Sea Fan and a patch of one of our local forests in the depths of winter. I’m not sure it really fits in with the theme of the store but it does look interesting- and since there is no free wall space left in my apartment it has no where else to go.Detail of a fabric sculpture by MJ Seal that resembles a giant gray sea fan hanging on the wall at The Virginia Farmhouse

Also: We are fully restocked on soaps from The Olive Oil Soap Company. We have just about every scent available and they come in literally every color of the rainbow.A selection of soaps in every color of the rainbow from The Olive Oil Soap Company available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

And: Another air plant has bloomed!A chartreuse green and coral colored air plant with violet flowers in an emerald green hand made flower bud vase available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

I noticed the leaves had started turning red a couple weeks ago and upon closer inspection realized there were little flower buds popping up. The coral, chartreuse and violet hues of the air plant go quite nicely with the pastel emerald green on the hand made flower bud vase it inhabits. We have several air plants for sale here which would make perfect gifts for any plant lover in your life- even novice indoor gardeners. Air plants are very low maintenance- all they need are regular spritzings, an occasional dunk in rain or aquarium water and bright diffuse sunlight.Close up of the pastel purple flowers of a chartreuse green and coral colored air plant available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

*Stay Safe- Stay Sane*

Close up of the pastel purple flowers of a chartreuse green and coral colored air plant available for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

A variety of hand made US Flags and other July 4th regalia for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

New Additions- July 2020

We have a few new offerings to report and our buildings face lift is complete!A variety of hand made US Flags and other July 4th regalia for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

First and Foremost: We will be CLOSED for The 4th but OPEN regular hours the rest of July- which reminds me- we have expanded our hours a bit. Our new store hours are 11 AM – 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

Next on the Agenda:View of the front of the building housing The Virginia Farmhouse after after completion of the facade improvement of the historic Fravel House

The Historic Fravel House (where our store is located) has had a major face lift. Last month we reported on the repainting being completed and this month the beautiful new awnings were installed.View of the front entrance to The Virginia Farmhouse after after completion of the facade improvement of the historic Fravel House

And… We have a few new products on the shelves, including:Mini 187 ml bottles of Virginia Sparkling Apple Wine available for purchase at The Virginia Farmhouse

Mini bottles of Virginia Sparkling Apple Wine from Widow’s Watch Cidery of Edinburg. These 187 ml bottles  hold a glass and a generous samples worth of their delightfully crisp and refreshing, champagne-style apple wine. Plus these bottles are the perfect size for gift baskets and bags.Bottles of Pinot Grigio, Gruner Veltliner, Picpoul, Rose de Syrah and Sparkling Whites Wines available at The Virginia Farmhouse

Also new:

  • Ornato’s Pinot Grigio from Italy’s Veneto Region
  • Hugl’s Gruner Veltliner from Austria
  • Picpoul de Pinet from Cap Cette of France
  • Rubus’ Blanc De Blanc from France
  • Beauvignac’s Rose de Syrah also from France

All of these wines are light, crisp and refreshing- they make great summer sippers- and at a great price.

*Stay Safe- Stay Sane*

 

two Face Masks made with dog and cat pattered fabrics for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

New Additions- June 2020

We have some news and new items to report-Front entrance of The Fravel House in Historic Downtown Woodstock, VA after repainting in May of 2020

First and foremost: You may not recognize our building on your next visit after its dramatic (and much needed) face lift.

After a year of delays the facade of the Historic Fravel House (where we are located) was repainted and within the next few weeks will have brand new awnings.

Before:The Historic Fravel House in Downtown Woodstock is being repainted

After:Front view of The Fravel House in Historic Downtown Woodstock, VA after repainting in May of 2020

And with the Art Sale over  we’ve done a bit of rearranging-Some of the home goods for sale at The Virginia FarmhouseSome locally made gifts for gourmands-A selection of the locally made stoneware platters, plates and dishes for sale at The Virginia FarmhouseSome of the locally made hot pads, dishes and home goods for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

A plethora of Wildwood Hearts hand made from scraps of wood by Bruce Rosenwasser for sale at The Virginia FarmhouseI completely rearranged the jewelry display-Beaded jewelry by Sue Southee and hand made pottery by MJ Seal for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

I think the hand-knitted goods look a little more put together now-A selection of Hand knitted hats and scarves from Jill Gochenour and Clare Ellisfor sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

We have a few new additions to report like Sparkling Apple Wine from Widow’s Watch Cidery of Edinburg, VA. This is considered a wine not a cider- it tastes like a nice, dry champagne- which makes sense as it is produced a la methode champenoise. It does not taste apple-ey. We are tentatively planning on have an official tasting this July.Bottles of Sparkling Apple Wine from Widow's Watch Cidery of Edinburg, VA for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

Also new: “Our Mountains- The View from Shenandoah County”. This guide from the folks at the Mountain Courier is full of helpful information about our regions geology. It also has full color illustrations and topographical maps.Copies of Our Mountains a guide to the mountain ranges of the Shenandoah Valley for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

We have Face Masks by Dawn 2.0- this batch of cloth masks are larger (they fit my face unlike the previous masks) and come in a variety of different fabrics- like the cat and dog patterned ones pictured below:two Face Masks made with dog and cat pattered fabrics for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

And with some wall space cleared out I had some room to display a couple new hand made (by moi) mirrors in hand made (also by moi) picture frames- like this gold and black number with an eggshell veneer which measures 11 3/4″ x 13 1/2″ on the outside of the frame- just $50 (!). That’s real 24 kt gold leaf on the corner ornaments to.A hand made mirror in a hand made frame by MJ Seal woth eggshell veneer and gold corner ornaments for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse Detail of the corner of a hand made picture frame by MJ Seal for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

Back in Stock:

-Guacamole and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips from Nana’s Cocina.

-Ramp and Heirloom (Plain) Ancient Sea Salt from JQ Dickinson Saltworks

Bags of Guacamole Flavored and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips from Nana's Cocina for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse*Hang In There*Jars of various salts from JQ Dickinson Saltworks and stoneware pottery by MJ Seal for sale at The Virginia Farmhouse

Close up view of the bloom of an airplant in a hand made vase available at The Virginia Farmhouse

New Additions- May 2020

We actually have a few new additions to report in this strange season-Face Masks made by Dawn Steed with a plethora of fabric patterns available at The Virginia Farmhouse

First: We’ve just gotten in a batch of face masks hand made by local lady Dawn Steed. These 2 layer masks are made with a variety of fabric patterns and go for $5.00 a pop.Bottles of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin from Cave Ridge Vineyard available at The Virginia FarmhouseAlso New:

  • Cave Ridge Vineyard’s 2017 Chambourcin, 2014/2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Petit Verdot
  • Georges Duboeuf 2017 “Wildflower” Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Muse Vineyards’ 2018 Rose- on sale for just $15.99

three bottles of Muse Rose

Back In Stock:Bottles of Sake, British Beer and Ginger Beer available at The Virginia Farmhouse

Fuller’s London Pride

Jars of Plain and Ramp Salt from JQ Dickinson Saltworks available at the Virginia Farmhouse

Heirloom (Plain) and Ramp-Flavored Salt from JQ Dickinson Saltworks

Oh Yes- and we have plenty of options for Mother’s Day Gifts.view of the bloom of an airplant in a hand made vase available at The Virginia Farmhouse

Like this happy little airplant in a hand made flower bud vase by MJ Seal. The pastel lavender and coral hues of its flower go quite well with the verdant green glaze of the vase-Close up view of the bloom of an airplant in a hand made vase available at The Virginia FarmhouseClose up view of the bloom of an airplant in a hand made vase available at The Virginia Farmhouse

And there are plenty of other hand made and locally sourced goodies to brighten her day like these Wildwood Hearts from Bruce Rosenwasser-

Which reminds me- The Art Sale will continue through Mother’s Day and we still have a few prints of works by Shenandoah Valley Artists left like this one from Helen Jean Smith-Print of a painting by Helen Jean Smith depicting walnut gathering at the Mill of Forestville, VA

And please follow us on Instagram (@thevirginiafarmhouse) and/or on Facebook (@thevirginiafarmhouse) where you can keep up with all our new additions in real time (well almost real time:) and we are also posting daily (or almost daily) pleasant distractions- images of local scenery to help get your mind off of current events- like this:

Anyway-

*Stay Safe-Stay Sane*

Painting of Shenandoah alley flora growing on a rock outcrop by MJ Seal

Update

As you may have guessed the trip to France this April is off. So….Bottles of "Farmhouse" Red and White Wines from Cline Cellars available at The Virginia FarmhouseIn an attempt to make the best of a very bad situation we will remain OPEN for the month of April – as long as circumstances allow.We are (currently) well stocked on locally sourced necessities- like eggs (limit 2 dozen per customer), bacon, honey and cheese as well as tea and coffee. I am making a point of sanitizing high traffic surfaces (door knobs, handles, etc.) multiple times a day. And while we are never particularly crowded we understand those who don’t want to come into shop- so we are offering curbside pick-up. Our hours have been reduced a bit- now just 10-5 Thursday through Saturday. The rest of the week we are OPEN by appointment- simply call us at (540)459-9006, text us at (540)481-4355 or email us at thewoodstockfarmhouse@gmail.com. We are happy to open the shop for your personal shopping convenience- just Please give us a heads up (i.e- don’t let us know 5 minutes before 🙂  )And we still have plenty of wine, cider and mead.

*Stay Safe*

Oh yes- and the art sale is being extended until the end of April! Happy Shopping

Two wines from Shenandoah Vineyards that are available at The Virginia Farmhouse

New Additions- March 2020

We have a few new additions-3 hand kitted caps made by Jill GochenourIncluding these lovingly hand-knitted tamo-chanters from Jill Gochenourcolorful hand knitted tamochantersWe also now carry an assortment of her other  hand made and very functional outerwear like these “shawl-ettes”-2 miniature shawlsAnd these colorful scarves-

a large purple and pink scarf and a green and black infinity scarf

Also new: Shenandoah Vineyards’ Chardonnay and Riesling.Chardonnay and Riesling from Shenandoah Vineyards are now available at The Virginia FarmhouseThe Chardonnay is lightly-oaked and pleasantly buttery with a refreshing acidity on the finish. The Riesling is dry, crisp and citrusy.

And…..

The Art Sale will continue until the end of this month. We still have a few Helen Jean Smith prints left (framed and unframed) as well as an assortment of artwork from other Shenandoah Valley artists. A painting of a shady forest floor peirced by sunbeams painted by MJ Seal“Woodland Scene IV- Sunbeams on a Mossy Forest Floor”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board in hand made frame, 14″ x 11″. C. 2017

*This is my favorite of all the realistic woodland scene paintings I made- from a slight distance it’s like looking through a window into the cool shady depths of one of our verdant local forests on a mid-summer day.

Originally $115 this piece is now just $57! Including the beautiful, hand made frame it’s housed in.A painting of a forest in a black and gold Dutch-style reverse frame both made by MJ SealAlso….

Don’t forget: we will be CLOSED for most of the month of April for our trip to France (fingers crossed)- so stock up now!

All Natural Birdseed Wreaths from J & W Farms available at The Virginia Farmhouse

The Countdown Has Begun-

You have less than two weeks before the big day- but don’t worry we have plenty of options for last minute gifts!Bottles of "Farmhouse" Red and White Wines from Cline Cellars available at The Virginia Farmhouse

First for the wine lovers in your life we now carry “Farmhouse” Red and White Wines from Cline Cellars of Sonoma. The red blend is rich and full-bodied with cherry and plum notes and a hint of black pepper. The white blend is light, crisp and citrusy with hints of peach and lemon curd. And for cider lovers we just got in “Farmhand” from Old Hill Cider-"Farmhand" Hard Cider from Old Hill Cider at The Virginia Farmhouse

The candy table is well stocked and we have a couple new additions from Nancy’s Candy like “Old Fashioned Lemon Drops” and “Chocolate -Covered Brownie Bits”.Chocolate covered Brownie Bits and Lemon Drops from Nancy's Candy available at The Virginia Farmhouse

For the foodies we have Flavor Pourfection’s new infused white balsamic vinegar, “Lemongrass Mint”. We also have a variety of their gourmet oils and vinegars in cute little sample bottles- which make great stocking stuffers.Sampler bottles of infused olive oils and gourmet vinegars from Flavor available at The Virginia Farmhouse

And we have plenty of other locally made goodies for those on your list (or yourself)Spice Blends from The Shenandoah Spice Company and Firefly Hot Sauces filling the shelves at The Virginia Farmhouse

Birdseed Wreathes from J & W  Farm are back- Makes a great treat for your feathered friends or a gift for birders.All Natural Birdseed Wreaths from J & W Farms available at The Virginia FarmhouseAnd for your shopping convenience we will be OPEN on December 24th until at least noon- possibly a little later (you may want to call for hours on Christmas Eve). Happy Holidays!

New Additions- December 2019

We have something for pretty much everyone on your list-Hazelnut flavored mead from Misty Mountain mEadworks available at The Virginia Farmhouse

First- Mead from Misty Mountain Meadworks is back in stock- and we have their new brew, “Hazelnut ‘n’ Honey”. This mead is made from clover honey and aged with crushed hazelnuts- which impart a pleasant amaretto-like note. It goes great with -well- everything at the holiday table.

gourmet cheese knife set from Twine available at The Virginia Farmhouse

And just in from True- “Twine” Gourmet cheese knife sets, “Cahoots” Owl-shaped waiters corkscrews and “Spot-On” dog shaped wine glass markers. All great gift ideas for the gourmands and wine aficionados in your life- especially if they like dogs.

Spot-On dog shaped wine glass markers available at The Virginia Farmhouse

Cahoots owl shaped waiters corkscrews available at The Virginia Farmhouse

We also have a new addition to the jewelry table: beaded jewelry hand made by Sue Southee of Gemini Dreams. We now have a selection of her earrings, bracelets and a couple necklaces.

beaded jewelry from Gemini Dreams now available at the Virginia Farmhouse

And for those of you looking for some upcycled home decor I transformed this charming old window into a mirror. Some of the panes of glass in it must be truly ancient- the one in the top left looks like ripples on the surface of a pond.

An antique mirror transformed into a mirror by mj seal

portion of an antique mirror transformed into a mirror by mj seal

Happy Holidays from Us to You!

Functional Arts and Crafts- Making a Mirror

Easy as 1-2-3-

First I took a plate of clear picture framing glass and rubbed it down with alcohol to thoroughly remove any grime or oils. The glass’ surface must be  scrupulously clean- if it is not you’ll have issues with  peeling later on.

Then I drew up a little design for some corner ornaments on a post it note. I placed that under each corner and carefully dabbed on a thick coating of contact gilding adhesive. I used Pebeo’s Gedeo Mixtion Relief which comes in an easy-to-use tube with a fine-tip applicator. The adhesive is white when wet but dries clear. Remember you are reverse gilding/silvering- so you will be working in reverse on the inside surface of the soon to be mirror.

After the adhesive dried I cut up a sheet of 23 kt transfer gold leaf. I then carefully pressed the leaf (gold side down) into the adhesive. The parchment backing of the leaf was peeled back leaving the gold thoroughly stuck in place on the ornaments.

After the gilding size has cured for a few days I dusted off the excess gold leaf and sealed up the ornaments with a layer of raw sienna acrylic paint- which gives the overlying layer of gold a richer color and renders the ornaments opaque-

Next I turn the glass into a mirror with some handy-dandy Looking Glass Silver spray paint from Krylon-

The Looking Glass paint is easy to use- just make sure to apply it in multiple thin coats or the mirror with develop a blotchy appearance. Do this outside. Yeah note the weird reflections around the mirror-in-progress above- I did this in the parking lot against my car using a sheet of old plexiglass as a shield- hence the hubcap visible in the upper left.

After the spraypaint has dried (which only takes a few minutes) it needs to be top coated with something to protect it- I find Rust-Oleum’s Matte Clear Enamel works wonderfully. The enamel coating seals up the looking glass coating and it’s matte appearance makes the reflective finish more pronounced and brighter.

After the enamel has cured for a bit the mirror is ready to be framed. I placed this mirror in a cassetta-style frame I made a few years ago. The gilt ornaments beautifully complement this simple but classic molding profile.

A slightly closer view-

The Looking Glass paint gives a softer reflective effect than commercially made mirrors. It also has a slight texture to it (due to the droplets of paint) and with a dark board placed behind it takes on the appearance of an antique mirror.