February 23, 2018

My Latest Score...

Brynwood Needleworks' Singer Table

Could anything be more perfect for a studio located in a 100 year old farmhouse? I used to have about a dozen vintage Singer sewing machines when I had my needlework shop, but when I closed it, most of my machines went to live with a friend.

I've kept my eyes open for a treadle base, hoping to have a table top made for it when I found one in great condition. I didn't really want to have to use a wire brush to clean it up, though.

Table Top - Seller's photo
I finally found exactly what I've been searching for, at a perfect price...and it already has a beautiful top. I brought it home and now it's in the studio. It's another Facebook Marketplace score!
Brynwood Needleworks Table In The Studio
Until spring (when I open my studio door to let the fresh air in) it will sit right here. I've got it butted up to my Jane table, to give me a bit more working space while I'm making wallets and bags. For now, it's just perfect where it is.

February 22, 2018

Under My Needle...

Brynwood Needleworks - Blue Crystal Pincushion
I caught up on my current orders yesterday, and just as I was leaving the studio, my phone pinged to let me know I had a new order. I'm always excited to see what my clients liked well enough to order. This was what she ordered.
Today, I'm making a custom Kirby Crossbody bag for a dog-loving client, and then I'll make the Blue Crystal Pincushions. These orders will both ship out tomorrow. 
I only have one more of this pincushion container in my studio, so I'll make both of them up today. (It's one of my favorites!) The last one is listed HERE in my shop.
Wooly Critters Blocks
My next project will be to start assembling these blocks into a quilt top. I'm still debating whether or not I'm going to hand quilt this piece. The border will have applique'd flowers all around, so I've got plenty of time to make up my mind. 
I'd like to have the blocks assembled by Sunday, and I'll be able to choose my border fabric when I head to Primitive Gatherings on Tuesday next week. Fun! Fun!


February 21, 2018

New In The Shop By Noon...

Brynwood Needleworks - Quilter's Cork Kirby

It was a very busy, long day yesterday. This Limited Edition Bag will be listed in my shop today (no later than noon.) In addition to the fabric shown on the bag, I'll offer the additional fabrics shown above. I'm also going to make a few matching Bryn Clutch Wallets by the end of the week. 

If you love this bag, please order early. I only have a limited quantity of these fabrics, so when they're gone, they're gone.

Brynwood Needleworks - Quilter's Grab & Go Clutch

I also finished the sample for the Quilter's Grab & Go Wristlet. I will also offer this fabric in the Crossbody bag (and will create to order).

Project For A Friend... (Not finished yet)

Finally, I've been working on a custom set for a friend. The rest of this set will be completed today. I'd better get back to work. Watch the shop later this morning, when the new items will be added to my listings.


February 20, 2018

Tuesdays With Tag - Turkeys...

Yard Inspectors
Hi, Everybody!
When you read my headline today, you were thinkin' I meant us, weren't you?
Actually, I meant wild turkeys. The fat, feathered kind.
The Culprits

They started grazin' down the field out in front of our house. It's owned by our farming neighbor who lives east of us. (North is to the left of this picture. South is to the right.) They marched north to south, lookin' for stuff to eat. 

Bella actually saw them first. We heard her growlin', and then barkin' from our livin' room. I had to run in there right away to see what the ruckus was all about. There she was...up on the sofa. The hair was up on her back, lookin' out the front windows. She was peeved. 

I couldn't let her carry on alone, so I may have tossed in a warnin' bark (or two) of my own, while I was decidin' what to do next.

I jumped up to see what was botherin' her so darn much. and it took me a second (man, she's got good eyesight!), but once I saw the movement, I knew what her problem was. There were those birds.

They're pretty bold

They even crossed our road and headed up the hill. Actually, the bird over there in front was the only one that crossed over. He was headin' up the road, nibblin' on grass and seeds on his way. He realized he was alone about the time he was a quarter of the way up the hill. He stopped, turned around and scurried back down to the rest of the group. He was really fast! (Of course, he wasn't as fast and Bella - or me!) Mom laughed out loud.

There was other interestin' stuff last week, but this is the story I picked for you today. It's time for breakfast, so I have to leave you for now. Corgis don't ever want to miss a meal, and I have to admit I'm 'specially peckish this mornin'. 
"Come on, Mom. Bring on the Fromm, please."
I'll see you again in seven. 'til then...  
"Chase A Dream - Or A Squirrel".

February 19, 2018

It's A Sewing Week...

Brynwood Cork Fabric Selection
It's going to be a busy week in the studio. I'm going to be sewing cork projects for my shop. These are the current cork fabrics I'll be using to make Kirby Crossbody Bags, Bryn Crossbody Wallets, Grab & Go Clutches and Crossbody Bags, luggage tags, and a few other smalls. (I have a natural/navy paisley print, too. Hmmm. Not sure how I missed that for the picture!)

If you've been thinking about a bag for yourself or as a gift, please let me know. I'm happy to work with you to create a custom piece to your taste. 

We're supposed to get some rain, ice and snow over the next day or so, so the best place for me to be is in the studio. I'll be showing you more on Wednesday. Tag will be back tomorrow. Gotta run!


February 18, 2018

February 17, 2018

Spring Pincushions...

Brynwood Bunny Trio Pincushion

I've listed some new pincushions in my shop...all with a spring theme!

Brynwood Bunny Trio Pincushion Detail

 Ceramic bunnies in a cabbage patch...

Birds In A Basket Pincushion

Two birds in a basket...

Birds In A Basket Pincushion Detail

 with a pretty pink rose, and

Bunny Egg Cup Pincushion

 and a bunny family in a flower garden,

Bunny Egg Cup Pincushion

 with a little purple button tucked in the ruffles.

All the pins are included with each one, too.
These can be found in my shop.

February 16, 2018

Fly Away, Kirby...

Kirby Crossbody Bag

I finished this commission yesterday, and it will ship to its new home today. I used solid black cork fabric, with monsteria (leaf) print cork for the center panel. I can't get enough of this bag...to the extent that this is the style I carry.

Kirby Crossbody Lining Detail
I used starfish canvas fabric for the lining - another favorite. I used a new black/antique bronze zipper tape, and really like the way it finished out. I'm looking forward to using it in future projects.

More cork on the cutting table today. Next week, I'll be debuting the projects I planned to take to Florida for the quilt show booth. I'll also explain how those plans changed. 


February 15, 2018

Playing With Cork...

Brynwood Cork Luggage Tags
I played with my cork yesterday, and decided to show you what I'm working on. Don't look for perfect stitching on these. I was playing, but not using my edge stitch foot on my machine. Obviously, it's a foot I should keep handy!

Each tag is made with cork on each side, and a heavy duty vinyl window stitched on the front. They'll also have a tiny, belt-like strap in matching cork.

Anyway...Now that I've created my templates, I'll definitely be making more in different cork prints and colors to list in my shop. I'm just waiting for buckles to arrive so I can make the straps to attach these to luggage, etc. I'll share photos of the completed tags early next week.
Valentine's Day At Our House
Handsome gave me a beautiful card and box of chocolates for Valentine's Day. Of course, he knows my favorite variety is Whitman's. Once empty, what better box is there for a needleworker, but one that says "sampler" on the outside? I just use my labelmaker so I know what each box holds after I put them up on the shelf. It's a gift that keeps on giving...the best kind!

February 14, 2018

Remember Her?

Web Image
Do you remember the song about "dancing like no one is watching"? I told a friend once (and now I'm telling you) that I loved taking my boom box (I know. I'm dating myself. It's okay.) and my dogs, Bannor, Bryn and Kyra, out into our 40 acre training field. I'd start up the music, call in the dogs, and we'd all dance and be silly together. I only did this when Handsome wasn't home for fear he'd have me committed. (Not really, but I wanted to be safe.)

I know that silly woman is always alive in me, ready to bust a move on a moment's notice. I like to be the crazy aunt or the funny grandma. I want to be remembered for the fun things I've done with them. One of my older nephews has frequently told me that some of his favorite childhood memories were times spent with me. His sister has said the same thing, and it warms my heart whenever I hear it. 

I'm working today, but I won't forget to let out my silly girl from time to time. She's someone I never want to lose or forget. She's someone I want my grandchildren to know. She's someone I love and like to share with others.

The important thing is that you don't hurt anyone by taking time to do something wonderfully silly for yourself. It renews your spirit. It lightens a regular day. It brings a smile to your face and joy to your soul. Go on. Promise yourself to find that inner child again - or if you know where she is, let her out this week. Celebrate you!


February 13, 2018

Tuesdays With Tag - Dashin' Through The Snow...

Taggart, The Snow Dog
Hi, Everybody!

We got another snow day, and Mom wasn't the only one enjoyin' the white stuff. While she was takin' pictures to show you yesterday, The Black Dog and I were havin' our own fun runnin' around our yard. We were playin' and bein' snow fools!

Runnin' Bella Dog

The Black Dog loves to run around, tryin' to torment me. Those long legs can be a bit of an advantage in the tall snow, but age and guile can outwit youth and speed any day. (At least that's what Dad tells Mom all the time. hee hee)

Snow Dog, Liljegren's Suncoast Bella

I wanted you to see this picture. Bella loves to "snowplow" when she runs. So when she stops, Mom and Dad just laugh at her. You can tell by her expression, she's not quite sure what's so darn funny. Silly girl.

Tearin' Through The Woods

This is one of our favorite places to hang out on our property. Boo and I usually find rabbits or squirrels runnin' around back here, but when we're called, we skeedaddle! As you can see, I like to make sure I didn't miss anythin' before I leave.

Runnin' Corgi

But, once I set my mind to it, I'm quite the stylish runner. Don't you agree? I might amaze you to see just how fast I can run - snow or no snow! I can tear around the yard with the best of 'em.

Brynwood's Taggart

Now, just where is that Black Dog?

Corgis Can Run In The Snow!
There she is! Time for me to go. I think I have a little Labrador/Corgi business to attend to. If you're lookin' for us, we'll be dashin' through the snow.
I'll see you again in seven. 'til then...  
"Chase A Dream - Or A Squirrel".

February 12, 2018

Snow Day (Captions Only)...

Winter Closeup On The Farm

Beauty At Every Turn

A View From Our Front Yard - East

One Of The Hickory Trees (right side)

North Wood Lot On Our Property



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