April 25, 2015

The Winds Of Change...

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Change is inevitable, and along with it comes excitement and curiosity.
What is around the corner for us?
Handsome and I have decided that we want to plan ahead for those changes that are inevitable. With some of the wonderful changes we've chosen over the past few years - my creative endeavors and his favorite venues for making music - moving makes perfect sense.

His musical endeavors are almost entirely centered in Sarasota now, and in just the past twelve months, he has driven nearly 6,000 miles between there and home. Those miles spent driving are dangerous, tedious and time that could be spent doing something more enjoyable.

We've also discussed options to be closer to our sons and their families. We're factoring in where we might like to be to facilitate that, too.
So, the first phase of our plans involve selling our home here in North Port, along with the three acres on which it sits. 
 
While we're packing, tossing, donating and generally clearing out, we'll be exploring our north/south choices and planning for the next stage of our journey together. Whatever we do and wherever we go, we're happy and exhilarated knowing we have each other to share the trip.
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April 24, 2015

My Newest Tool...

I recently saw this in an ad in one of my quilting magazines.
I knew right away that it would be a useful tool to add to my kit.
It's called a Press Perfect Point 2 Point Turner, designed by Joan Hawley.
I've been using this Clover tool for quite a while to mark stitching lines. It puts a fine crease into fabric that I can follow with my machine, and I don't have to go back and remove an ink or pencil line. 
 
I use a separate tool - a bone folder - with a point to turn and push out fabric to form points after sewing. It seems I'm always looking for one or the other while I'm working.
The tool I've been using is at the top. My new tool is the longer one in the bottom of this photo. It's about 7" long and has a point turner on one end and the creaser on the other. I'll be using it today, and I know it's going to work just great. 2-in-1!!! Could it be more convenient?

I admit it. I'm an unapologetic gadget freak. I think for Christmas this year, I'm going to ask Handsome for a tool chest for the studio. I might need a larger studio, too. Seriously.
 
Did you feel it? That faintest of breezes? That would be the Winds of Change. Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you all about it.
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April 23, 2015

#25 "Corgi On"...

I completed "Corgi On" yesterday.
The Corgi is machine embroidered onto the flap.
I chose a heart-shaped paw fabric for the main body exterior of the wallet, as well as for the zippered pocket, divider and security tab. I also used it on the straps and key fob.
Of course, when everything was assembled, I added a "handmade" tag to the zipper pull. I think they're such a nice, finishing touch.
I planned this one to be mine, so I added my Florida Corgi Picnic pin to the exterior above the latch. I removed the pin back and then used a secure adhesive to permanently attach it. I don't want it falling off, and the pin back would have been in the way on the inside of the wallet.
I used two of these three fabrics in my wallet, and now I've got this design uploaded into The Boutique. Clients will have the option of which fabrics they prefer for the exterior and interior. I also added a solid black option for the exterior. 
 
I also have different embroidery designs, dog breeds, and could even do cats or other animals. I can also change up the flap fabric for different breeds so that the embroidery is showcased. Clients may choose from any of the colors in the paw print fabric for their flap choice. All you have to do is ask - and I can work on your specific request.

If you're interested in your own custom-embroidered wallet, you can click THIS LINK to go to the wallets in The Boutique. (www.BrynwoodNeedleworks.com)
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April 22, 2015

Bella's Big Day...

There was a hurdle to overcome yesterday. Taggart. Little Man of the House. The canine in charge. She needed to win him over. Once that happened, she'd be in like Flynn.
She had no problem looking like Her Royal Highness as she watched Taggart from a distance. Better safe than sorry.
She just stayed on the rug for the longest time. She was in no hurry, and she became fond of this particular rug!
Then, without warning, it was Game On! She and Taggart ran through the house while I reminded him to be gentle with the puppy.

Most times, little dogs can get away from bigger dogs by going under things. Unfortunately for Bella, most places she could go, so could Tag. Except one place. She could scoot under the sofa and Tag couldn't follow.
All she had to do was lick Tag's face and he was ready to go another round. They played for quite a while.
They played until both their tongues were hanging out. They shared a bowl of water - at the same time! (That's actually great, because it shows Tag is accepting her.) Bella was also pool-proofed today, but we're saving that video for later.
I didn't get photographic proof of just how much Bella likes this table. Each time I got down to take her picture, her head popped up.

She positions herself in just the right place and rests her head on the table. She's knocked the magazines off multiple times, but Handsome just puts them back in place (to set her up for next time).
By the end of the day, we had two tired dogs - who decided to accept each other - and were exhausted from assessing each other and all that play. All in all, it was a very great day. We're looking forward to what today will bring. We're off to a great start.
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