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? 


February 19, 2017

Sunday Scripture...

Brynwood Needleworks via Little Birdie Blessings (Thanks, Abby!)

February 18, 2017

My Latest Find...

Brynwood Needleworks - Acorn Egg Cup
When visiting my online friend, Susan Pilotto's, FaceBook page recently, I saw something that caught my eye in the background of one of her photographs. (I'd share, but didn't ask for permission prior to writing this post.)

She has a beautiful new piece that she's working on, and in the background was a pincushion that started its life as an egg cup. Hers is a beautiful blue and white china cup (which I'll find someday, too), but as I searched for one online, I came across this one!

What would make a more perfect egg cup pincushion for me than one with acorns, oak leaves and bittersweet all around it? I didn't think twice. I immediately purchased it, and it arrived in yesterday's post. 
I'm going to find the perfect shade of hand dyed wool to make my own pincushion insert for it. It may take a while, and I may wait until after I get back to the farm to work on it, but it's going to be a fun project.  I'm just tickled to have it for my new studio!


February 17, 2017

Fabric DeStash...

Brynwood Needleworks - Fabric Assortment In My Shop
I've been busy packing up the "non-essentials" in the studio these days, preparing for our move north. As I go through my fabrics, I'm pulling items to list in my shop. I took lots of photographs yesterday, and today, I'll be listing them up for sale. (BrynwoodNeedleworks.com)

Here's the great news: All the fabrics I'm adding will be only $5.00 a yard!! I'm selling full pieces, so some may only be one yard, while others may be as many as five yards (at $5/yard = $25!!).

If you subscribe to my shop, you'll get notifications as I add the new items to my listings. I have many pieces to add, so I'll do my best to get them all up today....just in time for your next project!


February 16, 2017

Shades of Purple...

Brynwood Needleworks - Shades of Purple

Stitches came out and now I can fully concentrate (and smile) a little easier. After I got home from the doctor's office, I went to the studio to pull purple fabrics. I have three clients who have requested Crossbody Clutch Wallets which incorporate purple into the linings.

Brynwood Needleworks - Shades of Purple
I love the Tula Pink owls I showed you before, but decided to pull other options, so that they wouldn't all be matchy smatchy. I'll be making them with different cork exteriors...black, black with silver flecks, and natural.
Brynwood Needleworks - Purple Cork
I also have a purple cork on its way, but I'm going to wait until it arrives to try to match a lining fabric with it. Computer monitors, editing software, cameras and eyes all see color differently, so I won't know if this image is color accurate until it arrives in a few days.

In the meantime, I'll be finishing up on my outstanding orders while I think about all the "shades of purple" possibilities.


February 15, 2017

Feeling Better In The Studio...

Brynwood Needleworks - 64 - Black Cork Batik Crossbody Wallet

Yesterday was the first day I've been able to concentrate enough to be back in the studio. It was blissful! I created wallet number 64. It may look familiar. I made one just like this for one of my friends, and her girlfriend wanted one just like it.

Brynwood Needleworks - 64 - Black Cork Batik Crossbody Wallet Interior
I used my favorite zipper in this one, which matches the hardware. I use metal-look (antique bronze) poly zippers. I also have them in nickel finish, which I'll use when appropriate, but this client wanted the same hardware as the last one I made like this. Done! I made them just a bit different so they're unique, but similar. I'll be delivering it today when I'm out to get my stitches removed.

It's only been a week since my surgery, but the plastic surgeon who did the procedure doesn't like to leave facial stitches in too long or they're more likely to leave scars. I'll be glad to have them out, too! Not only do they pull, but they're starting to itch.

Best part is that I won't need anymore pain meds, and that means back in the studio! I have another Grab & Go Crossbody Clutch, as well as another Crossbody Wallet to make this week. Now, I'm feeling well enough to actually make them. It's going to be a good week.

February 14, 2017

Tuesdays With Tag - Bella Shakes...

Brynwood Needleworks - Brynwood's Taggart

Hi, Everybody!
I'm gonna keep the chatter low today. I have a video to share.

Seems Boo is a smart Padfoot. It only took half a day for Mom and me to teach her her latest trick. Of course, a mitt-full of Mom's homemade sweet potato snacks didn't hurt either.

So, without further delay, I present our latest video - recorded by Dad - for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/RQ-9zHcq07w

Wasn't that fun?

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

February 13, 2017


Brynwood Needleworks - Studio Packing
Many of you noticed that I didn't write a blog post last Friday. I apologize for not being here, but my surgery really kicked my butt. If you're a FaceBook friend, you got to learn more about it, but I don't want to just put it all out in cyberspace, except to say that I needed to up my pain meds on Thursday (and Friday), and spent most of those two days in a fog. You probably wouldn't have read anything coherent had I posted something anyway. You didn't miss anything. LOL

While I continue to heal (and feel better daily), I'm sitting around bemoaning the fact that I'm not getting a darn thing done. I have orders waiting in the studio, and packing to do at the same time. sigh

Brynwood Needleworks - Studio Packing
I've been sorting through fabric and such in the studio, and did manage to get more than a few boxes packed before I had to temporarily quit last week. As soon as my stitches come out, I'll be busy again. Orders first, and then more boxes to fill. 
All the swap partners are paired and communicating. As soon as I have word that people are starting to receive their gifts, I'll share photos. In the meantime, I'll be putting together two mug mat gifts of my own for the drawing I'll hold in March. I may even do a third to have a drawing for my readers!

It's going to be a fun (and productive) week.


February 11, 2017

Mug Mat Swap Partners...

It's time to announce the swap partners for our March Madness Mug Mat Swap!
As there are an even number of people who signed up, I'll sit this one out, and
work on making the two mug mats that I'll give away after our swap is complete.

I'll be sending an email to everyone with their partner's email address so you can contact each other. If you are participating, but don't receive an email from me, it's because I don't have your email address. Please contact me asap so that I can put you in touch with your partner.
  • Terry G. (Goatldi) and Sherry E. (Createology)
  • Danice G. (Homespun Hannah) and Jody A. (tja)
  • Lucy G. (The Farmer's Attic) and Mary Ann M. (Handcrafted by Mary Ann...)
  • Toni S. (Sewing in CT) and Noreen H. (auntmeanie)
  • Denise E. (Happybugs) and Gloria Martin 
  • Lyn S. (Australia) and Nancy Stone (Nancy Matters)
Just to recap, here are the rules (reprinted from the last swap post) so everyone knows them. (Now that you know your partner's name, please contact them through the email I'll be sending to you to find out the information listed below.):
  • I will need your name, address and email information to correspond with you outside the blog, and to transmit your partner's information to you. I may post partner lists on the blog, but not your private information. It will not be shared with anyone except your swap partner. PLEASE contact me if you don't hear back from your partner.
  • What's your favorite color or theme? Your swap partner will need an idea of what you like to make your custom mat. When I assign you to your partner, I will share that information with them, and their information with you.
  • Yes, you may add a few goodies to your package when you ship the mat. If you want to share a local candy, or something that represents where you live, that would be nice. Nothing expensive, please. These are just little things...a tea bag of your favorite tea, a postcard from your state, or a treat. You'll need to make sure that whatever you include doesn't "leak" onto your mat, so separate ziploc bags are a safe precaution. You could choose to include a notion or two that you especially love...vintage buttons, ribbon... You get the idea.
  • Remember, you're committing to send a mug mat to your assigned partner. It would be sad (and not nice) if your partner sent a mug mat to you, but they didn't get one in return.
  • I'll ask that you each take a photograph of your swap packages before you send them out, and then email them to me. Once everyone has their package in the mail, I'll do a wrap up post here on my blog. I think it will be fun for everyone to see all the beautiful creations I know are going to be made. 
Due date to send out your swap package is: March 15th, 2017.

Have fun! I can't wait to see what you create for each other.

February 9, 2017

Change Of Plans...

Brynwood Needleworks - Cork With Gold Fleck and Lining Fabric

I intended to create these three Cork Crossbody Wallets yesterday. Today, (I thought) I had a procedure scheduled. I'd double checked the date and time, so I could go ahead and work on these the day before.

Brynwood Needleworks - Black Cork with Red Batik Lining

However, someone's signals got crossed (not mine), and I got a call when I didn't show up for the procedure. "It's okay. You can still come." So, I put aside my projects, jumped in my Explorer and drove right to my appointment. Handsome and Bella were across the state, so I drove myself. One good thing was that moving the date up helped me avoid fretting about the surgery for another day.

Brynwood Needleworks - Black Cork and Tula Pink (Purple) Owls Lining
Three hours later, I left the doctor's office to head home. I filled an Rx for pain meds and antibiotics and was home a half hour later...sore, swollen and wanting to lie down. (This was a surgery to deal with a recurring problem I've had with my bottom lip for the past 12 years. This was my third, and hopefully last, surgery.) 

Funny story: The doctor had Pandora playing music during the surgery. Two consecutive songs had us laughing out loud. 1) Frank Sinatra singing "I've Got You Under My Skin, and 2) Nat King Cole singing "Smile". Honestly. I asked if they had a special mix selected just for surgeries like mine!

As I write this, my bottom lip looks like one of the characters from Bill Cosby's "Fat Albert" cartoon. I'm not going to sew today, but should be feeling better tomorrow. You know me. I'd rather be sewing than lying about any day, but it's hard to work the fabric through the machine while holding ice to my face. sigh.
Don't worry. I'll be fine. I hope you'll excuse me while I go lie down now (with my head elevated). I'll let you know how I'm doing tomorrow.


February 8, 2017

A Productive Weekend...

Brynwood Needleworks - Grab & Go Clutch and Acorn Pincushion

I finished these two projects over the weekend, and shipped them out on Monday.

Brynwood Needleworks - Grab & Go Clutch and Acorn Pincushion

You've seen my pincushion design before. I've used hand-dyed wool in this one, and
it really brings the leaves to life. I like the houndstooth check for the acorn top, too.

Brynwood Needleworks - Grab & Go Clutch - Blue/Silver Fleck Cork

I really love this blue cork. It has a wonderful silver fleck that simply sparkles.

Brynwood Needleworks - Grab & Go Clutch - Blue/Silver Fleck Cork - Coral Lining
I chose a coral print fabric, and the blue/green color lining is a near perfect match.
I'll definitely be making more of these.

February 7, 2017

Tuesdays With Tag - I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face...


"I've grown accustomed to her face
She almost makes the day begin
I've grown accustomed to the tune that
She whistles grumbles night and noon


Her smiles, her frowns
Her ups, her downs
Are second nature to me now
Like breathing out and breathing in


I was serenely independent and content before we met
Surely I could always be that way again
And yet 

I've grown accustomed to her look
Accustomed to her voice
Accustomed to her face"

 Bella will turn two this month. Time flies when you share your life with a Lab.
We'll party later in the month. 

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

February 6, 2017

Swap Participants - Last Call...

Brynwood Needleworks - Mug Mats
Last call for participants in our  
March Madness Mug Mat Swap!!

If you're interested in joining us (or if I missed your earlier message and your name doesn't appear in my list) for our mug mat swap, please let me know by Friday, Feb. 10th. You can send an email to me HERE. (Just click on the word "here" to send me a message.) Please be sure to put "Mug Mat Swap" in the subject line.

To date, these are the names of the people I know of that want to participate:
  • Terry G - Goatldi
  • Danice G - Homespun Hannah blog
  • Mary Ann M - Newark, OH
  • Jody A - tja
  • Lyn S - Australia
  • Nancy S - Nancy Matters blog
  • Gloria M 
  • Noreen H - auntmeanie
  • Sherry E - Createology blog
  • Lucy G - The Farmer's Attic blog
  • Toni S - Sewing In CT 
If you're participating and haven't yet given me your address, please send me a note when you can. It will help me when I assign partners. Although I'll post the names (as shown here) for the swap, all contact information will only be shared between partners. (ie. Partner A will know Partner B's information and vice versa. I won't share that information with other participants - or openly here.) I'll share this information so that you can contact each other to find out favorite colors, themes, etc.

Remember, I'll participate in the swap only if we have an odd number of partners, however, I'm going to make up two swap kits of my own and will have a drawing for two names from the group after we complete our swap.

All swap packages must be mailed by March 17th, and I ask that each of you photograph your mat before you send your package off to your partner. (More on that later.) Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact me. 

I'll assign partners on Saturday, February 11th, and will post the partner list that day. I'll then send an email to each of you to share your partner's contact information. I'll also set timelines for contact, creation of your mug mat, and mailing in your emails.

Remember, there's still time if you want to join in. I know this is going to be fun!

February 5, 2017

Sunday Scripture...

Brynwood Needleworks via Patheos.com

February 4, 2017

A New Chair For The Farmhouse...

Brynwood Needleworks - Farmhouse Chair
I had my regular Friday lunch with my girlfriend, Stacey, yesterday. After our meal, we went next door to a newer consignment shop. It's just chock-full of high quality furniture and accessories. 

I told Stacey I've been looking for a nice, comfy chair for the farmhouse...a place to sit and stitch, or read a good book. We were almost ready to leave, when I spotted this beauty tucked in a quiet corner. I moved through the other pieces and sat down. I knew right away I'd found what I was looking for. This was it!

Once we got it back to our house, Stacey helped me carry it in. (Handsome was across the state, training with Miss Bella and Stacey lives next door to us.) The upholstery fit right in with our living room rug and colors. So, now, I'll have to decide whether or not this will sit in our northern living room, master bedroom or my studio room (which was what I had in mind when I bought it!).

Either way, I know it's going to be a perfect fit for the farmhouse. Although I don't have recent update photos to share with you these days, there's been a lot going on there. We've had some electrical work done (adding new switches and fixtures); some plaster repairs (and new drywall where appropriate); and more painting. Later this month, our maple floors will be refinished, and then the farm will be ready for us to move in. 

I'm looking forward to being able to share more photographs with you - and I will - just as soon as I have some. In the meantime, I'll continue to show you decor pieces that will help make the farmhouse our new home in the north.


February 3, 2017

Stitching & Such...

Brynwood Needleworks- Strawberry Pincushion

I began my Thursday completing a wallet project for a client, and then moved to one of my favorite pursuits. You know. Needlework.

I have an order for a square Woolen Strawberry Pincushion, so I worked on the needlework portion of the project. I'd cut and fused the wools earlier in the week, so I was ready to proceed with needle and my chosen Sulky #12 perle cottons.

Brynwood Needleworks- Strawberry Pincushion Needlework Complete
All my stitching is done, so I'll assemble and fill this pincushion, and then I'll send it off to its new owner in today's post. I'll be creating another pincushion order before the week is over. A great end to a great week.

February 2, 2017

Grab & Go Crossbody Bag...

Brynwood Needleworks - Cork Grab & Go Crossbody Clutch

Yesterday, I presented our realtor, Mary Westbook (Coldwell Banker agent extraordinaire!), with her own cork Grab & Go Crossbody Clutch.

I had shown her the regular G & G clutches, and she told me that she and her realtor friends wished they could find a simple crossbody for stashing their phones, keys and a few necessaries when showing houses. We discussed size requirements, and I got busy.

Brynwood Needleworks - Cork Grab & Go Crossbody Clutch Back

I knew she loved the Vintage Hibiscus Cork, and she preferred the brown cork I'd used for the back of some of the clutches I'd shown her. All they needed was a crossbody strap, and a little larger size.

Brynwood Needleworks - Cork Grab & Go Crossbody Clutch Lining

I used more of the starfish lining fabric, and made this bag 10" x 7" finished size, and added two tabs for attaching the longer strap.

Brynwood Needleworks - Cork Grab & Go Crossbody Clutch  Label

There's a Brynwood label front and center, too. I had the first one finished in plenty of time to give to Mary when she came to meet with us yesterday. She was thrilled. She said it was a perfect size and she loved the feel of the cork. When she left, she said she was off to share her new acquisition with her colleagues. (Of course, I put multiple business cards inside the bag so she could hand them out!)

I'm listing this bag in my shop now, so that it will be available to my readers, or anyone seeking a lightweight, cork solution to a wristlet.

Brynwood Needleworks - Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher Tins
Before I leave you today, I need to make a correction. My longtime blog friend, Lesley in the UK, left a comment for me about my tin post. She was so diplomatic, asking whether or not I was sure that the froggy tin was from The Wind in the Willows. She suggested it might instead be Jeremy Fisher from the Peter Rabbit stories.
Of course, she was right!!! I also have a Peter Rabbit tin from the story. I don't know why I never associated the two. (face palm)
Thanks so much for leaving a note for me, Lesley...and for doing it in such a sweet, kind way. I'm happy to correct the record, my dear.


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