November 30, 2015

Tuesdays With Tag - Time For Christmas Pictures Again...

Brynwood Needleworks - Taggart
Hi, Everybody!
Well, it's that time of year again...
Turkey leftovers, draggin' out the Christmas decorations and takin' pictures for our annual Christmas card.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Card Outtake 1
First, we all had to get into our positions. Mom had to help me 'cuz I couldn't get on the waterfall myself. Of course, the water was turned off so we didn't all get soaked.

I was pretty sure I wasn't gonna fall in, but I wasn't sure Mom wouldn't fall in and take me with her! The Black Dog wasn't sure what to expect. She stuck pretty close to Dad.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Card Outtake 2
I thought I'd toss a couple of ringers into the mix, so when Uncle Rick was ready to take a picture of us, I first turned the opposite way from everybody else. Yup. That's a picture they won't use!
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Card Outtake 3
My personal favorite was this "fake barf" picture. Can you tell I've been readin' Calvin & Hobbs? hee hee

I can't show you any of the actual good pictures. Mom said we have to save them for closer to Christmas to share. We really did get a few good ones though. Heck. Even Bella Butt looked good once she knew she was safe on our perch! You'll just have to trust me until you see 'em. It won't be long. Cross my heart.

I'm gonna head to the kitchen. I think I hear turkey leftovers bein' offered! I better put on my best "Good Corgi/Sweet Corgi" look if I'm gonna score a schnibble or two!

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

November 29, 2015

Gettin' Down To Business...

Brynwood Needleworks - #36 Corgi Wallet
I nearly completed the wallet to match the tote I finished on Friday. (I did take a little time off for the holiday, but worked in the studio most of the weekend.)
Brynwood Needleworks - #36 Corgi Wallet
All the parts and pieces are sewn into the wallet, and all that's left is to sew up the sides to finish it. The set will be on its way to a new home by tomorrow.
Brynwood Needleworks - #36 Corgi Wallet
I designed this label for my Corgi-themed projects about three years ago, and have frequently used it in many of my projects. Now that I'm embroidering "Brynwood" onto the back of these Corgi wallets, I'm installing these labels into the interior in front of one set of credit card slots.

From this sale - and through 2016 - if this label appears on a finished piece, the buyer will know that 5% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to CorgiAid. I will be doing more research to locate a charity that is involved directly in DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) research, and may split funds between CorgiAid and a research charity in the future.

Once I finish this wallet, I have a queue of other orders to fill. Today is the last day to order custom orders in my Etsy shop for Christmas delivery. Everything already on the books will be finished this week.

Handsome has a Christmas concert in Venice this evening, so I'll be quitting work a little earlier than usual today. This is my Birthday week, too!!! A little work - a little play...I can already tell this is going to be a great week!

November 28, 2015

Sunday Scripture...

Courtesy of  Sweet To The Soul (FB) via Abby of Little Birdie Blessings

November 27, 2015

Finished By Friday...

Brynwood Needleworks - Napkins
I've been busy since last weekend. I thought I'd show you what I've been doing.
Napkin sets make nice gifts, and I've been making them for the holidays.
Brynwood Needleworks - BaaBaa Tote
I've made another BaaBaa Tote for a client dear friend.
Brynwood Needleworks - BaaBaa Tote
I used the vintage tatted lace again, too.
Brynwood Needleworks - BaaBaa Tote
Instead of a label, I embroidered my logo on the back.
This one is already on its way to its new home.
Brynwood Needleworks - Corgi Tote
I have two orders for tote and wallet sets. This one will be Corgis. (The next is going to be embroidered with Spinones!) I'll make the wallet for the set today, so I can mail it out on Monday morning.
Brynwood Needleworks - Bella
I always know when it's time to take a break or leave the studio for the night. Sweet faces come in to let me know. Sometimes it's Handsome to tell me I've been back there long enough for one day. Other times, Tag will come and nudge me until I get dinner for him or take him outside. Then, there's this cutie. 
She quietly creeps into my space in search of flip flops under my sewing machine (I prefer to sew barefoot), or something else she can steal. Sometimes, she just wants a snuggle before trotting off to the front of the house to see where Handsome is - or bug Tag. It doesn't much matter to a nine month old puppy, as long as she's on the move. This time of year, I wish I had her energy!

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving In Photos...

Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving Transferware Plate
Just a few photographs of our Thanksgiving day this year.
Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving
Cranberries, orange juice, sugar and vanilla stewing. I love hearing the cranberries pop as they cook!
Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving
 They came together to become a perfect sweet side dish for dinner.
Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving
Each year, our dear friend, Richard takes our annual Christmas photo. It was a perfect day for posing outside this year. Of course, we took our Thanksgiving photos with him, too. 

He and Handsome have been friends since fourth grade, and he lives about four miles from us. He stood up in our wedding and he's family to both of us. We're so glad we could spend the afternoon and evening with him again.
Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving
We received calls from family members far away, and friends near and far. We shared weather reports and watched football. (Our team lost. sigh)
Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving
 Taking the turkey out of the oven is always a little like opening a gift.
Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving
The right temperature for the right amount of time, and this fourteen pound bird was perfect this year. There was enough meat, dressing and sides for our dinner; leftovers for Richard to take home; two dinners I delivered to a friend while the guys did cleanup; and still more for turkey sandwiches on the weekend!
Brynwood Needleworks - Thanksgiving
Rick always brings dessert. This year, it was a beautiful pumpkin pie topped with pecans and caramel. It tasted as good as it looked (of course).

We are blessed indeed.
I hope all of you had a wonderful day, too.

I have been sewing the past few days (except yesterday), so I'll share my projects with you tomorrow. I never do "Black Friday", preferring the quiet of my studio to the craziness of the shops. In keeping with that, I'll be happily completing projects that will be shipped to customers early next week.

November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving...

Image from
  Thanksgiving Blessings
from our family
to yours.
(Handsome, Tag and Bella, too!)

November 24, 2015

It's Been One Year...

Written by Henry Scott Holland
It seems like forever...I feels like yesterday.
I miss you, Mom.
Brynwood Needleworks - Aunty Margaret's Daisies
 Daisies will always bring you to mind.
...Until God brings us together again.

November 23, 2015

Tuesdays With Tag - She's A Runaround Sue...

Brynwood Needleworks - Brynwood's Taggart
Hi, Everybody!
Boy, did we have a busy weekend.
Mom warned me, but I just didn't believe her.
Brynwood Needleworks - Brynwood's Taggart
It seems like just yesterday, I was sittin' by the front door mindin' my
own business. Dad headin' over to Uncle Mike's on Friday changed that.
Brynwood Needleworks - Tag & Bella
He brought Bella Butt back home with him. Feels like I've got a shadow now!
Brynwood Needleworks - Liljegren's Suncoast Bella
Every time Mom or Dad lets her outside, it leads to the same thing...
Brynwood Needleworks - Bella on the Run
Puppy's gotta run!
Brynwood Needleworks - Bella on the Run
I think we shoulda called her "Runaround Sue"...
Brynwood Needleworks - Bella on the Run
'cuz she'd rather run around than just about anythin' else.
Brynwood Needleworks - Tag Chasing Bella
I finally couldn't stand it anymore, and thought I'd give her a run for her money.
Brynwood Needleworks - Tag Chasing Bella
She sure grew some long legs while she was at Uncle Mike'! Even runnin' full speed, I couldn't catch her! The best I could do (in Corgi fashion) was circle back around and cut her off.
Brynwood Needleworks - Tag and Bella
I'm tellin' ya, it was nice to sit a spell and enjoy the cooler weather
that finally arrived yesterday. Mom's pretty happy about it, too!
Brynwood Needleworks - Taggart on the Move
I think I'm lucky I didn't get a charlie horse with all that runnin'. I mean, we didn't even do warm up exercises! We just started chasin' around my front yard 'til our tongues hung out!

I'd better rest quick. I know "Runaround Sue" and I will do this all over again next time we go outside. (Don't tell anyone, but I get happy just thinkin' about it.)

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

November 22, 2015

Another Coraline...

Brynwood Needleworks - Pomegranate Coraline - Front
I'm having great fun making these wristlets!
I love choosing the fabrics.
I adore having my own logo embroidered on the outside.
Brynwood Needleworks - Pomegranate Coraline - Back
The dart details allow for a more roomy interior, so you can carry the important things...
Brynwood Needleworks - Pomegranate Coraline - Credit Card and Currency Pocket
including a safe place for credit cards and currency (money not included).
Brynwood Needleworks - Pomegranate Coraline - Lining detail
Choosing just the right lining fabric can elevate the project.
Brynwood Needleworks - Pomegranate Coraline - Hardware
Just as choosing the proper hardware. I installed goldtone hardware this time,
and a charm from a vintage bracelet. It looks like a lacquered slice of wood.
I especially liked it because the fabric reminds me of Autumn leaves.
This wristlet is already listed in my Etsy shop in case you'd like to own it.
Oh, and Tag can't wait to visit with you tomorrow!