May 31, 2020

Sunday Scripture...

Brynwood Needleworks - Psalm 86:15 via Little Birdie Blessings

May 30, 2020

Strawberry Sachet - Lilacs & Butterfly...

Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Sachet - Lilacs & Butterfly - Detail

Today, I'm sharing photographs of the Strawberry Sachet I completed on Thursday. I'll show you the latest Wooly Strawberry Pincushion I created on Friday next week.

Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Sachet - Lilacs & Butterfly

This piece was so much fun to make. I created all the silk lilac blossoms in shades of purple, and then embroidered the leaves and branches. The butterfly was fabricated completely out of my head, and isn't of any specific butterfly. I just thought purple blossoms needed a yellow butterfly to compliment them.

Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Sachet - Lilacs & Butterfly - Flowers and Flourishes

I just stitched to my heart's content, adding elements until I felt it was complete.

Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Sachet - Flourishes

More silk ribbon flourishes and leaves.
Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Sachets - Packaged
When I complete the strawberries, I package them in pretty tulle bags. These two are now ready to go to new homes, and are listed in my online shop: (or you can click on the Etsy link in my right sidebar to jump over to my shop.

Which is your favorite? Pinks or purples?


May 29, 2020

Strawberry Sachet - Hollyhocks and Bee...

Brynwood Needleworks - Hollyhocks & Bee Strawberry Sachet - Detail

This is my completed Strawberry Sachet, featuring Hollyhocks and a sweet, little bumblebee. I'm showing the detail in this photo. Enjoy the rest of the photos, and I'll be listing this one in my shop later today.

Brynwood Needleworks - Hollyhocks & Bee Strawberry Sachet - Size Display

Brynwood Needleworks - Hollyhocks & Bee Strawberry Sachet

Brynwood Needleworks - Hollyhocks & Bee Strawberry Sachet - Flourishes

Brynwood Needleworks - Hollyhocks & Bee Strawberry Sachet
I have another Strawberry Sachet that will be completed today, and I'll share that one with you tomorrow. Can you tell I'm having fun with these?


May 28, 2020

Strawberry Sachet - "Hollyhocks and Bee" Embroidery...

Brywood Needleworks - Hollyhocks and Bee Embroidery
Can you tell my thoughts are turning to the outdoors and my gardens? This is the prototype for a new Strawberry Sachet. This one will be "Hollyhocks and Bee". I'm finished with the embroidery, so I'll turn it into a strawberry today. 

I'll definitely be making more of this design, and I have a few others in my head right now, too. I'm thinking Lilacs, Queen Anne's Lace, and a few others. I need a few more hours in the day, don't you think?


May 27, 2020

Tag's Waggin' Wednesday - Puppies!!...

Brynwood Needleworks - "Bubba" at Four Weeks Old

Hi, Everybody! 

It's Puppy Time!!!

Monday, Bella's puppies were four weeks old. That means their eyes are open and they're toddlin' around their whelpin' box. Be prepared for cuteness overload times seven!!

Uncle Mike is callin' the yellow puppy "Bubba". Isn't he just adorbs? I just wanna squinch his cute, little face. 

Brynwood Needleworks - Bella With Her Babies

Bella is bein' a really good mama to all her babies. They're all gettin' big and thrivin' under her watchful eyes. She's still nursin' her pups, until this weekend. I'm sure she'll be happy when the get their first nosh of softened puppy food. They've got little, sharp teeth now, and they can get overzealous when they eat.

Brynwood Needleworks - Bella's Four Week Old Litter

Try not to squeal lookin' at them, okay? Oh, alright. Go ahead. They're just too darn cute! Uncle Mike said that they look up at him when he talks to them, and then start waggin' those cute tails. I can't tell you how much Mom and Dad are whinin' when they look at the pictures. They really wanna be in Florida playin' with puppies. (So do I!)

Brynwood Needleworks - "Pick Me Up, Okay?"
Who could even resist pickin' up a puppy that's lookin' at you like this? Mom and Dad and I will be headin' to get Bella and her daughter the middle of June, but until we get there, we'll be waitin' for more pictures...just like you.
I'll see you again in seven six. 'til then...
"Just Do It...but not on the rug."
PS. Thanks, "Aunt" Julie Joy for the suggestion for my post title today!

May 26, 2020

Tuesdays With Tag - Delayed...

Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Rose Sachet

 I know you're disappointed. Please accept our apologies.

With yesterday being a holiday, we didn't get updated puppy photos, so Tag said he wanted to wait until tomorrow to write his blog post. He wants you to see the babies at four weeks old, so he'll be back tomorrow.

Instead, I'm going to share pictures of the Strawberry Rose Sachet I finished over the weekend for a custom order. I hope you'll be back tomorrow to see the puppies.

Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Rose Sachet - Floral Detail

I really enjoyed creating this strawberry, and I have ideas for two new embroidered strawberry designs that I'll work on this week. I can't wait to debut them!

Brynwood Needleworks - Strawberry Rose Sachet - Flourishes
I'll show you the designs as soon as they're finished, but this one is now complete. Tag will see you tomorrow!

May 25, 2020

We Remember...

God Bless America

May 24, 2020

Sunday Scripture...

Brynwood Needleworks via


May 23, 2020

A Little Embroidery...

Brynwood Needleworks - Ribbon Embroidery

I worked in the garden all afternoon, and had fun moving some of the plants that were on the outer border of the previous kitchen garden. After the porch was completed and the new walkway was installed, all those plants (hostas, phlox, and others) ended up more toward the center of my planting area. I moved the hostas and phlox, and then added new plants that I purchased last week.

When I was finished with the outside work, my body said I should sit and relax with a cuppa tea and my needlework. I was more than happy to oblige, so I picked up my Strawberry Rose Sachet project and did a little needle dancing.

Oh, in case you're wondering, the Corgi head is a little planter that a friend sent to me. I think I'm going to turn it into a pincushion by adding a pouf to the opening on the back.

Brynwood Needleworks - Ribbon Embroidery Detail
I still have a few buds and blossoms to add, and then I'll be ready to start embroidering the stems. It's supposed to rain this weekend, so I'll definitely finish this. As it hasn't started sprinkling yet, I'm going to go out and water all those transplants first. I can do that with a coffee cup in my hand, right?


May 22, 2020

A Beautiful Day (and Evening)...

Brynwood Needleworks - Thursday Night Sunset
I spent most of yesterday outdoors. Handsome and I finished dressing our upper yard (near the new porch) with mulch. I have plants yet to put into the ground, but wanted to be able to walk the entire area before deciding where I want them.

We also mowed the yard, which takes about two hours when we each ride our own mowers. Even being out in the morning, I managed to get my first sunburn (not too bad) of the season, so I'll be much more careful the rest of the summer. I just didn't think about it before going out this time.

Brynwood Needleworks - First Fire Of The Season

After dinner, we put our first fire of the season in the fire pit. It was still a little light out, so you can see our woodshed, which is filled to the brim with wood. As we no longer have a wood burner in the house, we'll use that wood for fires on evenings such as the beautiful night we had last night.

Brynwood Needleworks - Roaring Flames

We sat outdoors, enjoying the mild weather (without mosquitoes), and talked until the sun was well below the horizon.

Brynwood Needleworks - Tag, He's Got Our Backs
Of course, Tag enjoyed the evening with us. He sat behind Handsome's chair, making sure no one sneaked up on us. (I think, "I'm Batman" when I look at this. lol) 

I'll be putting my newest plants in this morning, and then, Handsome and I are going to take a little trip up the Valley (Fox River Valley is the designation for the west side of Lake Winnebago, here in Wisconsin) to go to Primitive Gatherings. They offered curb-side pickup of our next Wool Box, so we'll drive up together to get mine. That way, I'll get to play with the contents over the weekend. I'll finish stitching the Strawberry Rose Sachet, too. 

Monday is Memorial Day, so I'll share my projects with you after Tag's visit on Tuesday. Our puppies will be four weeks old Monday, so we're hoping to have new photos to share with you when Tag visits with you. Enjoy your weekend, and stay safe.


May 21, 2020

Closeup Quilt Photos...

Brynwood Needleworks - Block One - Chickadee & Sunflowers
Fair warning: This post is going to be picture-heavy! By personal request, I'm going to share closeup images of each of the blocks in my Wooly Critter Sampler Quilt.  

These are all the blocks in the quilt, pattern by Brandywine Designs, plus my personal touches. Much of the embroidery is my own styling, as the pattern called for blanket stitch throughout. 

My applique' work is COMPLETE now, so I'll be sending it off to the quilter as soon as I can get into Primitive Gatherings to choose the backing fabric!

Enjoy the pictures!
(Thanks again, Laurie, for requesting more pictures!)
Brynwood Needleworks - Block Two - Turtle & Pansies

Brynwood Needleworks - Added Bumblebee

Brynwood Needleworks - Boullion Bar Bumblebee Detail

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Three - Butterfly & Roses

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Four - Bunny & Strawberry Basket

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Five - Duck & Flower Wagon

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Six - Owl & Tree Branch

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Seven - Dragonfly & Blossoms

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Eight - Sheep & Willow Tree

Brynwood Needleworks - Added Red Bird
Brynwood Needleworks - Block Nine - Crow & Pumpkin

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Ten - Squirrel & Oak Leaves
Brynwood Needleworks - Block Eleven - Blue Bird & Heart

Brynwood Needleworks - Block Twelve - Hedgehog & Vine

Brynwood Needleworks - Bottom Border
Brynwood Needleworks - Snail on Bottom Border

Brynwood Needleworks - Added Snail - Detail

Brynwood Needleworks - Signature In Bottom Border

Brynwood Needleworks - Date In Bottom Border

Six years from start to this point. I'll call it finished once the binding is sewn on, but all my applique' work is complete. I'm a happy quilter, and I hope you enjoyed my recap.