February 22, 2017

Packing Up The Studio...

Brynwood Needleworks- Packing The Studio

You've seen lots of pictures of my studio many times in the past. This weekend I began packing it up for our move to the farm. I've already boxed up many (many) bolts of fabric, and tackled the flat folds that used to rise up to the ceiling on my stacked cubby shelves.

I have to get more of the boxes I use for bolts of fabrics before I can take down the rest of them. I found one size that's perfect for them. They stand up and I can put a full shelf into each box. They're heavy, but we won't be lifting them. (That's what hunky moving guys are for!)

Brynwood Needleworks- Packing The Studio

I've also detached my Stitches sign from the wall so it can go north. I'm hoping it will fit on one of the studio walls, but if it doesn't, I'll install it on the north wall of our machine shed. I'll be able to see if from the studio window if I put it there.

The crates in the foreground are filled with fabrics that are for sale in my shop. I'll be adding more items in the coming days, but I'm in the process of listing more today.

Brynwood Needleworks- Packing The Studio

I haven't taken down my quilt show ribbons yet. I like seeing them up above the door, but it won't be long before they, too, will be packed up. I still have my shipping supplies out, and I have orders to fill, which I'll be finishing this week.

I'm juggling lots of balls in the air right now, but I'm making lists and that helps keep me on task. Once my custom orders are filled, I'll finish packing up the studio so the room can be emptied. The walls (where the shelves were installed) will be repaired and painted before the new owners come in for final inspection.

Brynwood Needleworks- Packing

In the meantime, I'm trying to keep all the boxes organized so that it's not too chaotic for Handsome and the dogs as we continue to live here leading up to our closing date.

Brynwood Needleworks- Packing
 
Yes. I guess I haven't said it out loud yet. We've accepted an offer on our Florida home, and are moving toward closing. We'll be in Wisconsin in time to see the lilacs, tulips and narcissus bloom.
 
We're hiring a moving company, contacting service providers, completing inspections and all the other things that one needs to do to prepare for a cross country move. We'll still be coming back to Florida for the music season, but for now, we're concentrating on the farmhouse and family. It's all pretty exciting around here these days.
 
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February 21, 2017

Tuesdays With Tag - I Will Survive...

Brynwood Needleworks - Groomin' Tag

 Hi, Everybody!

It's that time again. Time for me to get spiffed up. Mom said I was startin' to look homeless!

Brynwood Needleworks - "Help"

Help! I really don't like groomin' days. Mom beats me with a loopy brush (that's actually for combin' horses!), so she can get all the loose hair off me. Then she grabs a wire brush, which I'm not too fond of, either. Next she grabs a comb, which pulls. I really hate that!

I don't know why she cares about my coat, except she said she's tired of vacuumin' up all the dog hair in the house. I'd like to blame Bella, but most of the fur she's been pickin' up isn't black. It's all gorgeous tumbleweeds of fabulously blonde fur. Busted!

Brynwood Needleworks - Tag's Floofy Butt

She brushes my floofy butt, and then she goes back to the front of me and starts all over again. She said I've been blowin' my spring coat, so she's pretty driven to get as much off me as she can. Me? I don't know what the big deal is.

Brynwood Needleworks - Quite The Handful

Look. She said this is just from one pass. Ooops! No wonder she's brushin' so much. I guess I'm good at growin' fur!

Once she gets most of the loose stuff, I know what's comin' next...and I don't like it one bit. She gets out the toe trimmer and Dremel tool to do my toenails. She practically cut off all my toes, and I think she even cut off part of my feet! Then she sanded 'em all down to nothin' but nubs. I don't even know how I can walk any more! I think I need to call the ASPCA (the American Society for Preventin' Corgi Abuse)!

Brynwood Needleworks - Groomin' Tag

I guess I'll just stand here and tolerate this torture. Lucky me. Maybe she'll get this out of her system for another few months (and give me treats!). Just in case, I'm gonna try not to look spikey. I don't want to do anything to get her goin' again!
I have to admit, I'm lookin' pretty hunky about now, though.

I'll see you again in seven. 'til then...  
"Chase A Dream - Or A Squirrel".

February 20, 2017

Farmhouse Renovation - Dining Room Buffet...

Brynwood Needleworks - Buffet (Before)

There are so many wonderful built-in and unique features in our Wisconsin farmhouse. One of my favorite things is our dining room buffet.

When we decided on the color scheme for updating the house, I knew that I wanted white woodwork to visually open up the spaces. That included this buffet.

Brynwood Needleworks - Buffet (After)

I got new photos last week, and was so excited when I saw the buffet. I knew it was going to look good, but I'm thrilled with the makeover! Can't you just imagine all my blue and white china in it? (squeee!)

This week, all our hardwood floors are going to be sanded and refinished. I wish I were there to see the transformation, but I can wait until we move north in April.

The electrician will be back in to hang and install light fixtures after the floors are finished, so you won't see another photo of this space until after our furniture is in the room. Are you as excited to see the total makeover as I am? 

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