December 31, 2015

Last Chance To Enter The Giveaway...

 
The deadline to enter is fast approaching!
I'll be closing entries at 11 pm tonight and will announce the winner tomorrow.
CLICK HERE while there's still time to add your entry.

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve.
Handsome, Tag, Bella and I will be here to greet you and the new year tomorrow.
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December 30, 2015

What William Morris Said...

Brynwood Needleworks - Sherre's Second Sock
Our anniversary was lovely. We spent the day in each other's company, and had a nice dinner at a favorite restaurant. There are so many wonderful things about a life shared over decades...stability, forever love, and laughing or sweet comfort in memories we made together.

I also spent a little time in the studio...I started a second sock for my sister-in-love and set up a few projects for Destiny to embroider in the next day or so.
Brynwood Needleworks - Sherre's Second Sock
We're going to empty out a storage unit today. (Have I said how much I miss having a basement and/or an attic?) I've begun a "declutter" effort for the new year.

We emptied twenty photo albums yesterday, keeping the few photos we wanted, setting aside a few to send off and tossing the rest. After all, how many different poses do you need of the same subjects? One or two really great ones should be plenty. I found myself wondering why I'd even considered keeping so many that were out of focus? I'm married to a photographer, after all. I should have known better!
 
Our plan is to archive and share these images over the next year, rather than have the task fall to someone else "when the time comes". It's one of those love/hate tasks. I love looking at the images, but thoroughly dislike the clutter they engender. It feels great to purge all the redundancies. It also feels good to know that many of the memories will be in the hands of the rightful keepers, too.

After the storage unit is emptied and swept, we'll bring all those items we felt needed to be kept, and go through the same process. William Morris said, "Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful." I think that's a perfect criteria for making our decisions...at last.
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December 29, 2015

Tuesdays With Tag - Today Is Special...

Brynwood Needleworks - Hello Tag
Hi, Everybody!!

Christmas was just great. Bella and I got presents and everybody had lots of good food. Aunt Ellen and Uncle Ricky came over for the day, so we shed all over them had fun with them, too.
Brynwood Needleworks - Tag and Bella
Swell. 
There goes The Black Dog with the wrappin' paper again.This is gonna be fun.
Brynwood Needleworks - Bella, Tearing It Up
I was right. All the new toys to play with, and she steals and tears up paper.
Way to go, Bella Butt! (snort) Puppies!
Brynwood Needleworks - Tag and Bella
December and January are always excitin' months for us. Mom's Birthday, Grandson's Birthday, Christmas (yay), then TODAY...Mom and Dad's Anniversary!! They've been married for THIRTY ONE YEARS! Wow! That's like dead in dog years!

We're gonna spend the day doin' fun stuff around here, and then Dad's gonna surprise Mom with a nice celebration dinner. Yeah. We're gonna help. I'm in charge of stayin' out of the way, and Bella's job is to wag her tail and look cute.

Next up is Fireworks Night (New Year's Eve) and then it will be time for Dad's Birthday! I told you. Excitin' times. I'd better go figure out what I can make for Dad this year. Maybe Bella and I can do somethin' with paw prints (or Bella's favorite...pinecones!).

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, MOM & DAD!
and
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY.

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

December 28, 2015

Kicking It Up With The Double Points...

Brynwood Needleworks - Sherre's Socks, knit through the heel turn
I love those completely lazy days when there are no demands for one's time except by choice. When there's time to put up your feet, take a deep breath and just decompress.

Sometimes, I fill that time with a good book (I got a few new ones this Christmas!), hanging out by the pool with Tag and Bella, sewing on just about anything, or getting busy with my double point needles. Yesterday, I chose the needles.
Brynwood Needleworks - Sherre's Socks
I'm moving along at a pretty good clip on this pair. as I'm nearly finished with the first one. (I just have to finish the toe on this one.) These will go to my sister-in-love when they're finished. I'm sure they'll keep her feet toasty warm on those chilly days or nights in Wyoming.

I'll be working on them exclusively, until I get them both done! Now, where did I put that egg nog?
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December 27, 2015

December 26, 2015

It's Boxing Day...

Brynwood Needleworks - Happy Boxing Day
Many will be out and about, exchanging gifts or taking advantage of the after-Christmas sales. I'll be at home...counting my blessings, knitting on the current sock project and otherwise relaxing. I've never been much for "town time", much preferring hearth and home. So, home is where you'll find me today.
There's still time to enter my Celebration Giveaway before it closes!
CLICK HERE to enter.
Good Luck!
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December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!

Brynwood Needleworks - Liljegrens Christmas 2015
  It's time for our annual Christmas photograph.
This year, our beautiful Bella joined our family.
 
Direct link: https://youtu.be/YI-E2FYXxq8
 
I'm adding a video I put together from one of the Christmas medleys Handsome helped perform with the Suncoast Concert Band in Sarasota on Sunday, December, 20, 2015. I hope you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I did that day.
 
Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
 

December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Merrymakers
  Yesterday, Nifty 50s gathered for a little holiday merriment (and last-minute sewing).
It's always fun when we get together, especially when we can celebrate a holiday!
Of course, we remembered to commemorate the event with a photograph.
 
Today, I'll be enjoying time with Handsome and the critters as we prepare for our
Christmas gathering. As always, we'll keep the reason for the season in our hearts.
Brynwood Needleworks - Angel (web image)
Merry Christmas Eve to one and all.
If you're traveling, please be safe. 
If you're staying home, enjoy all the blessings of family and friends.
 
Let the angels sing. His promises are true.
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December 23, 2015

Gifties For The Girls...

Brynwood Needleworks - Triangle Pouch (Bubble Bag)
Each year, the ladies who meet at Paneras make handmade gifts to exchange. Sometimes it's a favorite recipe (Kathy's Greek cookies or Ann's pumkin, apple or lemon poppyseed breads); a crocheted gift (Krisann's crocheted s'mores!), or even Christmas ornaments.
Brynwood Needleworks - Triangle Pouch (Bubble Bag)
This year, I pulled some of my knitting sheep fabric (for the exterior) and coordinating fabric for the inside, and then I grabbed an assortment of zippers.
Brynwood Needleworks - Triangle Pouch (Bubble Bag)
I asked for suggestion from my friends in my Brynwood Facebook group, and settled on Tammy's idea of Bubble Bags (these cute triangle pouches).
Brynwood Needleworks - Triangle Pouch (Bubble Bag)

Each one started with two 6 1/2" squares (one for the exterior and one for the lining), a zipper and a Brynwood label.
Brynwood Needleworks - Triangle Pouch (Bubble Bag)
Fifteen minutes later, I had a completed pouch! By the end of the afternoon Monday, I had sixteen ready to take with me to Paneras last night. (They were a big hit!)
Brynwood Needleworks - Triangle Pouches (Bubble Bags)
One can never have enough little pouches for keeping knitting, sewing, crochet or craft tools...or little accessories or any sort.

In fact, these were so simple to make that I think I'll make more in the next month to donate to our quilt show boutique in February. They're a little like potato chips. It's hard to stop at just one!
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December 22, 2015

Tuesdays With Tag - Shoppin' With Mom...


Brynwood Needleworks - Taggart
Hi, Everybody!!

Only a couple more days 'til Christmas!
Have you been naughty or nice?

I've been a good boy most of this year...I've been real nice to Bella, after all. In fact, Mom and I went Christmas shoppin' for her today.

We went to the pet store and bought a big bag of food for her (man, she likes to eat and she gets way more food than I do!). She's gonna love this present!

After we bought food, we went looking for a new collar for her. You know...somethin' to bring out the color of her eyes. (hee hee) We didn't find one we really liked, so we decided to try another store before Christmas. 

But, we did find a name tag for her collar and we had it 'specially engraved with her name and phone number. (I figured this was better than writin' it on a bathroom wall in the pet store. snort) It's a real nice tag and I bet Dad will like it, too!

So, I know you're wonderin' where all the pictures are, right? Yeah. Mom didn't take any pictures. She's really droppin' the ball here. Surely, she can't expect me to do all the work!

Anyway, I don't know what I'm gettin' for Christmas yet. I've been sniffin' all the packages under the tree, but Mom must not have mine there yet. She better not forget me! Christmas is only a couple of days away, and she's runnin' out of time. 

I think I'd better go see what she's up to. Maybe she needs a little reminder. Before I forget...
Zazzle.uk Image - Menagerie Mayhem shop
Best Wishes from The Black Dog and Me!!

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

December 21, 2015

Dressed For The Holidays...

Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
Handsome and I decorated our home on Saturday. There are twinkling lights, sparkling tulle and vintage touches all around us.

The small music box on the left (red), features a skating Santa and Mrs. Santa who spin to the music and occasionally kiss. It belonged to Handsome's parents and is probably from the 1960s. Santa and the reindeer are newer, but Santa has been with us at least fifteen years.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
This is the end wall in our living room. We decided to use our fiber optic tree again this year. Freshly cut trees have been on the lots for at least a month now, and we didn't want to bring one in just to have it shed all over the floor in a few days. We'll do "real" tree next year.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
I'm quite fond of this little tree, though. We add garland, bows, sparkling snowflakes and a few other meaningful treasures.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
Tucked among the branches of this little tree are remembrances of dogs past...the last card we had with Kes and Fezzik, turned into an ornament; and the ornament that is a memorial to those beloved pets now across the Rainbow Bridge. They're always with us.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
There is the lighted, ceramic tree, painted and decorated by my fraternal grandmother and given to me, her eldest grandchild. It's one of my treasures.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
Two nutcracker stand sentinel on our makeshift mantle. One is actually a tower of containers that were previously filled with holiday treats. It was a gift from our old friend, David. The smaller nutcracker was tucked into a beautiful holiday floral arrangement I received one of the first years we lived here. More memory keepers.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
There are Christmas stockings for each of our family members - sons, daughters-in-love, grandchildren and each other. Some are hanging behind the tree.

The personal stockings that Handsome and I hang each year are from our childhood. Our stockings aren't in this picture. They're in the photo above, hanging on either side of the television.

I think I was about seven years old when I received mine - as a Christmas gift. It was made by the sister of my father's best friend. Geraldine placed each sequin and trim piece with love and care, and I treat it the same way...when it's stored eleven months of the year and when it's hung every Christmas.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
This is the first year I've displayed my music boxes in years. Each was a gift from my father over four Christmases. They all play a different holiday tune. I think I'll add to the collection from now on, and share them with our grandchildren when the time comes.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
This Santa mug and pitcher set is our oldest family Christmas piece. Our home isn't fully decorated until this set is on display. These are the "real" deal, not reproductions. They belonged to Handsome's parents and were used for egg nog or Tom & Jerrys each year. I'm sure we'll give at least one toast to his parents on Christmas Day from this set.
Brynwood Needleworks - Christmas Decorations 2015
This is our new tradition.

Last summer, I purchased the quilt that I dubbed the "Kingston Quilt" from a sweet lady named, Ann. She also offered this beautiful nativity set to me, and I was immediately taken with it. This set was in her family for years, and it was treated with tender, loving care all that time.
From this year forward, our family will be its caretakers. Someday, it will be passed to a member of our family who will love and treasure it. Isn't that really what the holidays are made of? Shared memories, shared traditions and the joy found in making new ones...The true meaning of Christmas that lives on in the hearts and minds of family.

We really are dressed for the holidays. 
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December 20, 2015

Sunday Scripture...

Brynwood Needleworks  via word-picture.org
Christmas week Advent verses.
Celebrating the coming of our Lord.
Luke 1:26-38 - Luke 2:1-21
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December 19, 2015

Catching My Breath...

Brynwood Needleworks - New Sock Start
Packages shipped.

Without so much as a second thought, I relaxed the rest of the day. Only last night, after I put my feet up, did I start knitting a new pair of socks while we watched television together...
Brynwood Needleworks - New Sock Start
...my boy at my side.
 
Time with Handsome, Tag and Bella the rest of this weekend.
 
I do live a blessed life.
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