October 21, 2016

Nuts - In More Ways Than One...

Brynwood Needleworks - Babylock Destiny

I didn't take a new photograph of Destiny today, so I'm using this previously-used image. The reason I'm sharing it is because I didn't take a new one before I had to take Destiny back to the spa. It seems she liked being away so much last time, she let me know (through a few recent tantrums) that she needed a little more time off.

So, although I'd planned to be sewing for (at least) the next few days, I've had to come up with a Plan B for the next few weeks while Destiny slacks off takes another break. What did I do instead, you ask?

Brynwood Needleworks - Hickory Nuts

I ran a few errands, and came back home to a few things that needed my attention. The painting is still underway (looking great, by the way), but the rest of the work will wait until December. The work can't always take place on my time schedule. I must work with contractor's schedules, as well. I'll keep repeating, "patience is a virtue".

Remember these? I started cracking these little nuts. So far, 2 cups of unshelled nuts have yielded about a 1/4 cup of precious nut meat (and the shells, which I'll reserve for future grilling or smoking meats).

I think I'll pace myself on this task. It's a little harder on my hands than I expected. (I'm such a wimp!) I'll forget all about that, though, when I taste the delicious cookies and cakes I'll make with them.

For now, I'll enjoy this Autumn and all the blessings that come with each beautiful, colorful day. I think I'll spend a little more time outside with the pups. It's really too nice to stay inside.


October 20, 2016

Autumn Dress...

Brynwood Needleworks - Queen Anne's Late
Queen Anne now wears her pretty, Autumn dress.
All too soon, she'll slumber under a blanket of white;
Resting, until she returns to dance again in her Summer finery.


October 19, 2016

Our Farmhouse Bed...

Brynwood Needleworks - Bed Frame Detail

I've been hunting...hunting for the perfect bed for the master bedroom here at the farmhouse. Last week I found it!

I can't tell you the style, but I can tell you what it feels and looks like to me. When I saw the detail in the woodwork, I was reminded of the Swedish farmhouse style. I think the white paint had something to do with that, too.

Brynwood Needleworks - Bed Frame
The frame was only partially painted when I found it, and the side rails don't really belong with this head and foot board set. I don't mind though. The bed is solid and not at all wobbly, so I'll finish painting it, and when those side rails are done, no one will be any the wiser.

My only real decision at this point is whether or not I want to paint it to match the woodwork paint color I've chosen for the house, or to use a chalk paint. I know the chalk paint is very trendy right now, but that wouldn't be my reason for choosing it. I know that I don't want the "chippy" look. I'd prefer clean lines, so whichever paint I use, it will be solid and clean on the wood. What do you think? 

Ahhhh, you're getting a peek at the master bedroom, too! Of course, the walls and woodwork will match the rest of the house, but I'm pondering whether or not to keep the carpeting. I love the feel of it underfoot, and it's in perfect shape. Although it would be nice to have refinished maple floors here, too, getting up in the morning and putting your feet on plush, soft carpeting definitely has it's appeal. I think I'll wait until the walls and woodwork are painted to decide. I still have time. 

Painting the bed will wait a bit, too. I have commissions that need to be finished, and oh, dear...must I say it? I'm going to have to start working on Christmas projects soon, too. I'd better make my list, so I don't miss something important! 

Do tell me what you think about the bed. I'd love to have some feedback before I get back to working on it!



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