September 25, 2021

Booyah!!!...

Brynwood Needleworks - BW Exclusive Strawberry Sachet - Hydrangeas

One of the benefits of doing a deep dive into my studio supplies is that I'm finding things long-buried and forgotten (or lost). I was sure that I was on the last few scraps of a fabric I adore for making my strawberry sachets. Don't get me wrong. I like the linen a lot, but my first choice has always been this creamy white fabric.
 
I decided to empty a closet in my fabric studio. I knew that there were fabrics on rolls I want to donate, so I started pulling all the beautiful pieces into the light. One of the rolls that ended up with my bridal/formal fabrics was this fabric! I have at least a yard of 60" fabric...maybe even two yards! 

This discovery alone was worth the work I did yesterday. I think I have about a dozen bolts and three rolls of fabric pulled to list. I also have books, patterns and notions I'll be making available, too. I'm going back into my Square account to see about setting up a storefront. I promise I'll keep everyone updated about what I do, and make links that will be available to all. Thanks for your input yesterday, because it helped me see that this is probably my best option. 
 
Square also has a new feature that will allow me to share items right here on my blog, with an attached purchase button that you can click to buy. This could be really wonderful for some of my Exclusive Brynwood pieces in the future.

I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I really made a huge dent yesterday. I think I'm going to need to buy just a few storage containers so that I can move the offerings into my freshly-cleaned attic space for holding (until sold) out of my studio rooms. I'm going to run out this morning to find some, and then I'll be able to get a little more sorting accomplished over the weekend. Lots to do, so I best get after it. Of course, coffee first. wink See you later!
 
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September 24, 2021

A Nice Day For A Chat...

Brynwood Needleworks - Liljegren's Hickory Hill Farm - Turning Leaves

 Even though we always expect it in Wisconsin, it's still a little bittersweet when Summer yields to Autumn. That's taking into account that Autumn is my favorite time of year, too! Our stately maple in the front yard has begun turning color. The sky was Handsome's and my favorite...dark sky backdrop with sunshine in the foreground. Can you see it?

While the weather was brisk and breezy outdoors, I spent most of the day cleaning our attic. For at least the short term, when we bring in the "acorn bed", the farmhouse bed will be set up in the clean, walk-up  attic space. It won't be the only thing I have in mind, but it's going to be a while before I share any of that with you.

By the end of the day, I was gassed. A cup of tea, an Ibuprofen, and putting my feet up for a spell. Then, Handsome said, let's just go out to grab a bite to eat. Exactly what I needed! I ended the day with quite the sense of accomplishment.

So, now, let me tell you what else I have in mind. Fabrics (and more) are taking over two rooms in the upstairs. They're my two studio spaces. Some Most of the fabrics I couldn't sew through if I lived to be one hundred fifty. Likewise with many of my quilting/sewing books. There are some things I really want to make, but the rest I've decided to let go. I want to spend more time with my needlework, and sometimes I'll incorporate it into my sewing projects, but I'll keep more of those items, and make space by letting the fabrics go.

I'm going to keep the fabric lines for those projects I know I'll make; the cork fabric and coordinates for my handbags, wallets and such; and other things like that. I'm going to sort through my books and the rest of the fabrics, with the plan that I'm going to donate some things and list up the rest to sell.

Because I want to part with these things at reasonable prices, I don't really want to list them up on Etsy. I'm contemplating opening a special group on Facebook with the express purpose of promoting my items to sell. If I don't go through Facebook, I'll bite the bullet and figure out how to open a shop space through my Square account. Either way, buyers could safely and securely use their credit cards, but I wouldn't have the piled on fees levied by Etsy. I'd love feedback on this. I'm open to other ideas if you have some.

I'm almost shocked that it's already Friday again. Is someone stealing other days of the week? Are we missing a few of the early months? Someone, please slow down time. I have too much yet to accomplish this year!! I guess I'd better get busy. 

Today, I'll be in the fabric studio, pulling bolts of fabric and setting them aside to photograph - and my donation pile, too. I know it won't be easy. Some of these bolts are like old friends, but I know it's time to bite the bullet and let a lot of these beautiful cottons go to new homes. I really hope you'll take the time to give me feedback on your ideas of the best way to accomplish this. (Thanks in advance!)

Oh, one more thing. In case you're wondering how I'm managing to get these projects done with this knee of mine, I need to share something I decided to try. In the past, Handsome has shared his ice pump machine. I sit in a chair with the cooling pad wrapped around my knee. Once the pump is turned on, ice water circulates up through the pad to offer up some serious relief. Twenty to thirty minutes on, and then twenty to thirty minutes off. Great help, but limited (like no) mobility. I have to sit in the chair the entire time.

Three days ago, on a whim, I tried a Turmeric capsule (only one a day). I actually took my first one at dinnertime. The next morning, I realized that my limp and attendant discomfort was greatly diminished. I told Handsome I was looking forward to seeing how I felt after a week of this therapy. I was on my feet all day yesterday, pushing a vacuum, lifting boxes, and moving things around. I was sore, but not in pain like I have been these past few months. Turmeric (at least for me) seems to be a minor miracle. 

I'm not promoting it for others. I'm not remotely qualified to do that, but I know that Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory. I can say that (with only three days of using it) it sure is working for me. I don't think I'll go back to wearing my high heels any time soon, but walking without a pronounced limp is a real blessing. I just thought I'd share that today.

Reading this back, I see that this post is a potpourri of words. This is what happens when I sit and chat with my BFF. I've always said that writing my blog posts is like sharing a cuppa tea with a good friend. I guess this is the best example of that. Hope you've got a coffee or tea handy while you're reading this. I could use a plate of cookies right about now. How about you?
 
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September 23, 2021

Home...

Brynwood Needleworks - September - Deer On Our Lawn

Yesterday was bread-making day. By dinnertime, the whole house smelled of fresh-out-of-the-oven bread. After dinner, Handsome sat in his new recliner, when something caught his eye out the north window. Not wanting to get the dogs into "go crazy! Sound the alarm! Bark fool heads off!" mode, I tried to take as discreet a photo of our visitors as possible. Thankfully, no dogs were alerted to their presence.

Unfortunately, I had only seen one of two deer. Handsome said there was more than one, but I never saw it from around the window. You know. Stick the camera around the corner, stealth mode. Oh, yes. Through the window screen, too. This won't make it between the covers of a National Geographic magazine, but I think the screen looks intentionally artsy fartsy in spite of the fact that I made no particular effort for it to be. By the time I tried to get a second image, the deer had taken the path to what I've called The Habitat for the past few years. As quietly as they appeared, they were gone. 

I think of Dad, and again silently thank him for instilling a love for nature deep in my soul. Just like that, he's with me again, and I smile.
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September 22, 2021

Ta-Daaaa!...

Brynwood Needleworks - Carved Acorn Headboard - Before

Well, the suspense is over. I can finally show you what I've been working on. This is the before photograph of the detail on the headboard of a queen size bed set I purchase a few months ago.

Brynwood Needleworks - Carved Acorn Headboard -After

I waited to start work on it until I was healed from my last surgery. I knew I wanted to get the paint on before the weather got too cold to do that in the garage. I finished this project over the weekend, so I can finally share it with you! Have you guessed yet what drew me to this set?

Brynwood Needleworks - Carved Acorn Bed Set - Before

I found it on - you guessed it - Facebook Marketplace. It was about an hour away, so I showed it to Handsome, and he agreed we should get it. Once it was here, I realized it was a little (basement) musty, so before I could paint, I took the time to clean it with water and Murphy's Oil Soap™. Then I used the Deglosser from Heirloom Traditions All-in-One Paint Company.

To say there was a little elbow grease involved would be an understatement. I cleaned both sides of each piece - taking extra care around the spindles - and let it dry between sessions. When my nose and I were satisfied that I'd accomplished my goal, I was finally able to use the Deglosser to take the sheen off the wood finish. (I also removed the metal decorations from the footboard to deal with later.)

Brynwood Needleworks - Carved Acorn Bed Set -After

Once everything was, again, thoroughly dry, I began painting. I used the Heirloom Traditions' All-In-One Paint in Cashmere (white), and London (gray-green). The Cashmere took three coats to completely cover the oak finish. The London paint only took two coats.

Brynwood Needleworks - Small Bed Side Table Showing Drawer Detail

I also painted a small, antique washstand table I had to coordinate with the bed. The exterior is London, and I painted Cashmere inside the drawer.

I'm wasn't sure how I felt about the modern-looking drawer pull, so I've since actually changed that for a more rustic-looking one. I took the gold-tone medallions from the bed, and used Rub 'n Buff™ in a silvertone on them. I like them much better in the silvertone, but...

I also have some carved acorns that I've had for years. I may try those on the footboard to see if I like them better than the metal trim. If I do, I may switch them. 

The plan for this bed is to bring it into the main bedroom. As much as I love (and I really do) my farmhouse bed, I want to use that in a future guest room, and have a queen bed in the main bedroom. I just didn't like the mattress as tall as the last one was. It was nearly impossible for me to toss myself into bed every night with this gimpy knee. (My little brother wanted that set, so it has a good home.) 

I  have an antique oak table that's on the other side of my bed now. I've had it for 30 years, and I just can't bring myself to paint it. I do, however, have a table cover that fits it perfectly. I'm going to embroider it along the borders with my new flower obsession design, in colors that go with the bed and washstand. I think it will fit right in without having a painted finish. Fingers crossed. Otherwise, I'll find another washstand on Marketplace for painting. I see them just like the one I have all the time.

We have a few things we need moved in the house, so in a few weeks we'll hire professionals to do another "in-house move" for us. I'm making a list of what we want moved and where it needs to go, so I don't forget once they're here, and we can make the best use of their time. Time is money, you know.

When that happens, I'll be sure to take photos of the new setup. It will be all moved and settled before the snow flies, and we can just enjoy the new (and final) arrangement.

Now, what was I working on before this? Oh, yes. I remember. Time to get my morning coffee and then I'll get back to it.

September 21, 2021

Tuesdays With Tag - It's Pretty Blurry Up In Here...

Brynwood Needleworks - Taggart 9/20/21
 

Hi, Everybody!

It's that time again...Did ya miss me? Well, have I got some pictures for you today. Hold onto your horses. It's not pretty.

Brynwood Needleworks - "Larry, Mo, and Carly"

The weather was so perfect last weekend that Mom and Dad decided it was time to bathe a couple of stinky dogs. (Not me, of course!) Even so, all three of us got buffed and puffed on Sunday. It was so awful that I'm only gonna share after pictures with you. No one was safe. We all got hosed and soaped. Soak, soap, rinse, and repeat. Three times.

Brynwood Needleworks - Do You See That?

Now, if you looked at the first picture, you saw that I'm on the left, Boo is in the middle, and that big lump of black fur on the right is Carlita Puppita. Can you see why Mom and Dad are havin' trouble tellin' them apart when they're not wearin' their collars?

If you're wonderin' why we all seem a bit distracted, I'm gonna tell you why. First, Dad is standin' off to the right of this picture, and the girls always look to mind him before they'll listen to Mom. I don't have to worry about that 'cuz I don't listen to anybody! (You think I'm kiddin', don't you?) 

Second, we could all hear that stoopid cat mewin' from the garden. Lucky for her Bella Butt wasn't allowed off the porch, so she couldn't locate the exact origin of the sounds. Claudette actually sat and watched Mom while she was takin' pics. So this photo shoot is a little discombobulated.

Brynwood Needleworks - Oh, My!

I'll just close with the poster child for how all our fur looked apre' baths. Bella's got fur stickin' up all over. Dad tried brushin' her, and I'm tellin' you...it didn't help much. Same for The Kid and me. The more they brushed, the more we shed, and the more our fur stuck up. 

Mom's vaccumin' the house every single day, and she's fillin' the canister every time. It's awesome!!! At this rate, she'll be able to knit up a whole litter of new dogs. The post-bath sheddin' fun factor is enough to make the three of us look forward to the next time. Gotta run. We've got more coat blowin' to do.

I'll see you again in seven. 'til then...
"Corgi On, Corgi Strong!"

September 20, 2021

Just A Teeny Peek...

Brynwood Needleworks - Sneak Peek - Purple Commission
 

What a lovely and productive weekend we had here at the farmhouse. I've nearly finished my painting project; Handsome and I did a little barn cleaning; and some smelly pups got baths. I also had time to stitch.

It's nice that I have enough fabric to practice auditioning stitches and designs for the commission I'm currently working on. I can only share the teeniest of peeks so as not to give away any surprises. Every so often I hand my work over to Handsome to ask what he thinks. He tells me what he likes, and then cheers me on to the next phase. I really value his perspective...in more things than my needlework. I'll share more soon, in snippets, to keep the suspense going until the piece is complete.

If you visited on Sunday, you'll notice the beautiful cross vignette for my verse. The cross was gifted to me along with all the wonderful fabrics and fibers I told you about recently. It usually sits in a special place in my bedroom, but right now it's in a fall display in our living room. I can't tell you how much I love it. The surface is smooth, with hard edges, and the color reminds me of the Gulf of Mexico from our years in Sarasota County. I smile every time I look at it. Thanks again to the friend who sent it to me.

Tag can't wait to chat with you tomorrow. He's got all sorts of things to tell you. I'll be back on Wednesday!



September 19, 2021

Sunday Scripture...

Proverbs 27:9 - Brynwood Needleworks

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September 18, 2021

Sweet Distractions...

Brynwood Needleworks - Carly

I've been painting out in the garage the past couple days. Claudette likes to hang out with me, so the dogs usually stay inside with Handsome. Once I know they're coming outside, I shoo her back into the barn, or the dogs do when they come out. Such was the case yesterday.
 
Claudette was sprawled out under the lawn chair that was in the grass. She was quite comfortable there, so when I went on a short break, I sat down on the chaise and talked to her. Then the back door opened, and out blasted three dogs. Bella came straight for the chaise, having seen my wee cat under me.
 
I managed to grab the collars for the black dogs, and they had a short standoff with my cat. Of course, Tag was standing next to her, and she wasn't quite sure what to do. I moved the two girls away from my chair, and Claudette hi-tailed it for the barn while I held the dogs at bay. Carly is respectful, but I'm still not sure about her mother, so it's best to give the cat a head-start.
 
Once the excitement died down, I was talking with Handsome, and we both started laughing when we saw Carly. She's a fetching fool. She had jumped into the back of Handsome's truck and grabbed a retrieving dummy out of the box he keeps them in. She came out to the yard, proud as you please, that she'd purloined one of her "toys". Handsome tossed a few times for her, but not before I took this picture.

She looks like a puppy in this photo, but she's nearly as large as her mother, and Bella is 55 pounds! I think the last time she was weighed at the vets, Carly tipped the scales near 50 pounds. You'd never know it from this image. She looks so much smaller.

I'll be back in the barn over the weekend, and hope to finish my paint project to be able to show it to you on Monday. I'm sure Tag will have more photos of the weekend to share on Tuesday. Off to get my morning coffee...

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September 17, 2021

My Weekend Project…

Brynwood Needleworks - Passionate For Purple

This is the color way for my next project. This one is a special commission. I’m looking forward to working on this piece, and I’ve settled on my design. Shall we dance? I think we shall…right into the weekend. 

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September 16, 2021

National Sew A Jelly Roll Day...

September 18th - National Sew A Jelly Roll Day
 
Did you even know? I have lots of jelly rolls, so I might just need to jump onboard! Here's a link to learn more. There's a full explanation of the event, and you can even find links to scads of free patterns.
 
Are you going to participate? If so, which jelly roll (Designer and fabric line) are you going to use?

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September 15, 2021

Embroidered Wedding Roses...

Brynwood Needleworks - Red & White Rose Embroideries
 
I completed the embroidery I started over the weekend. I chose the colors of roses that I carried when I married Handsome for this one. I think this one is my favorite of all I've done. It's definitely a favorite among the Facebook friends who've seen it. 
 
When I shared it on my personal and Brynwood's Facebook pages, one of my friends said she loved it because she and her husband always exchanged red and white roses. Red for passion, and white for truth. I really love that, but never thought of the language of flowers when I chose what I wanted for my wedding bouquet. How appropriate for a wedding, though, don't you think?
 
Brynwood Needleworks - Auditioning A Frame Option

I'm not sure if this one will be listed for sale, or if I'll keep it myself. I know I'll do more in this color combination for Possibles Bags, and perhaps in other applications. 

I'm toying with the idea of framing this one, so I grabbed a small shadow box frame and set it up to try to visualize this treatment. Maybe an oval frame would be better? I haven't cut my linen yet, so I haven't committed to doing this. I'll think on it a while.

I started a paint project in the garage yesterday. I'm going to continue that today, and I'll share it all when I finish. I have taken "before" images, so you'll be able to see where I began, and how it ends. More on that later. 

Time for coffee, and a few morning chores, and then off to the garage. See you tomorrow!
 
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September 14, 2021

Tuesdays With Tag - Creaky Bones...

Brynwood Needleworks - Taggart - September 2021
 
 Hi, Everybody!

It's been a dark and stormy week. (HA! Not really, but I've always wanted to say that.)

Okay, I'll quit pullin' your leg and get right to it. I'm mostly borin' this week, 'cuz Mom has been extra busy, so I mostly shadow her around all day. One thing she made time for was to give me a good brushin' and cuttin' off my toes. She's actually got a bit smart about it, too. 
 
She started doin' my back toes first, which I really didn't mind. Then, she did my front toes. Even though I gave her a little grief, she was up to speed by the time she finished my back ones, so she was PDQ (pretty darn quick) about the front ones. Before I even knew it, it was cookie reward time!

Brynwood Needleworks - Dog Age Chart via Eukanuba

Mom asked me if I'd share this with you this week. You know she's been a little concerned about my health. Did I tell you she put me on a diet? sheesh I guess I've gained a few pounds over my fightin' weight, so she said I had to lose three pounds. I knew what that meant. She'd still give me an occasional treat durin' the day, but she's cut my twice-daily rations by two tablespoons each meal! It's been awful.
 
I know that doesn't sound like much to you, but when a guy only gets a half cup at each meal, a couple tablespoons is a bunch! Last time she weighed me, I'd already lost a pound! I'm gettin' back to my optimum fightin' weight, or at this rate, I'll waste away to nothin'!
 
So, if you look at the chart from Eukanuba™ above, and you look across from 10-11 years old to the first column. I'm in that weight range. (It's kilograms, but Mom looked that up.) I'm 33 pounds, which equals 14.98 kilograms. I'm almost sixty years old in human years! No wonder I'm feelin' a little achy in my bones. Pretty soon, I'll catch up to Mom!

So, if you have a puppersnapper, you might be interested in how old your pet is in human years. Bella is middle age. Six years old equals about forty two years old, and Carly is almost fourteen years old in human years. Teenagers! hee hee

The girls and I have to start thinkin' about how we're gonna dress up for Halloween. It's about six weeks away, and we have to tell Mom how we wanna dress up. We want to be especially stylish this year. 
 
How are you dressin' up this year? Don't tell me if you don't trick or treat. I know you're at least handin' out treats, so tell me what you're handin' out this year. Inquirin' minds wanna know! 
 
Anyhow, that's all I've got for this week. Not to excitin', I know, but informative, for sure, right? Mom said it's a good thing she doesn't have a chart for people...especially the weight part. She really appreciates that! Gotta run. Don't worry. I'll definitely be back.
 
I'll see you again in seven. 'til then...
"Corgi On, Corgi Strong!"

September 13, 2021

Decisions While Dancing...

Brynwood Needleworks - Wedding Roses

This was a very nice weekend. I got in a little yard work with Handsome, dealt with too much a lot of laundry, Sunday brunch with my BFF, Lee, and a little needle dancing. I made a few decisions, too. I actually did less stitching than anything else, but between mowing the lawn with Handsome and needlework, I got in a lot of "thinking time". 
 
This past year has been a bit difficult, having had four surgeries. I found out last week I have at least two more in my future. The doctor is great because she really listens to me, understanding how I'm not really anxious to plan for another surgery only three months since the last one. So, I've decided that I'm not going to have any further surgeries this year. I'm going to spend this time healing and enjoying my life without appointments, doctors, and clinics looming over me. I'll think more about such things after the first of the year.
 
I'm going to be showing at the November crafters event in Kewaskum, WI again, so soon I'll start production for that. I have wallets, handbags, and a few new design styles to make, plus I'm adding some of my needlework pieces to the lineup this year. I'll be concentrating on that beginning in early October.
 
After that, it will be time for my Christmas sewing/stitching, and then deciding if I'll be creating to enter pieces in the quilt guild's biennial show in Florida in February. That will mostly depend on whether or not Handsome will be going to Florida to make music this winter.
 
I think I'd better get out my date planner and start making a few lists. I've found that making lists is a great way to declutter my mind. That way, I can tick off items as I accomplish them, too. 
 
So, now you know what I know. Carpe diem, right? And one day at a time. I think I'd better stop before I close with any more cliches'. Tag will see you tomorrow. I'll be back on Wednesday. Toodles...

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September 12, 2021

September 11, 2021

We Must Never Forget...

Remember 9/11 - Glenn Beck Image

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September 10, 2021

In The Pink...

Brywood Needleworks - Pastel Roses

If practice makes perfect, I'm getting there with my roses. I continue to work on roses and other leaf/floral designs for my BW Possibles Bags. I'm particularly fond of these colors. 
 
None of them are listed in my shop yet, but I'm hoping to get all of them up by the weekend. I'll finish this one, sew the last two into new bags. Then, I can them into the shop.

I made bread yesterday, and then had to run out for last minute lab work at the clinic. Today, I'm having a bone density scan. I guess they're recommended at my age. sigh I'll sew when I get back home. I'm so over doctor's appointments.

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September 9, 2021

More Embroidered Roses...

Brynwood Needleworks - Lavender-Colored Roses

Surprise. Surprise. I'm still needle dancing. Soon there will be more Possibles Bags.

There are doctor's appointments this week, along with a day of bread making and laundry, but there's always time to put needle and thread to fabric. I always sneak in some embroidery time after dinner. Busy hands are happy hands.

Claudette and the pups have been fed, so it's time for coffee, and then I'll be off about my tasks for the day. See you tomorrow!

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September 8, 2021

Completed Possibles Bags...

Brynwood Needleworks - Embroidered Hollyhocks and Roses Possibles Bags

This post will be heavy on images and light on words.
These two Possibles Bags will be listed later today.
 
Brynwood Needleworks - Embroidered Hollyhocks Possibles Bag
 
Each Possibles Bag is made of high quality linen fabric; measures  8-1/2" long x 6" tall; and has a zipper closure. The fabrics are reinforced with a woven fusible fabric, adding strength and structure to each bag.

Brynwood Needleworks - Hollyhocks Detail

I've attached a small silvertone acorn charm to each zipper pull.
 
Brynwood Needleworks - Rose Possibles Bag

This is the soft yellow rose version. The lining has the same soft yellow inside.
 
Brynwood Needleworks - Rose Possibles Bag Details
 
 As I've said, they're named "Possibles Bags" because only you can find all the uses for a bag like this one.
 
Brynwood Needleworks - Back of Possibles Bags

 This is the back of both bags, and will be the same for future bags in this line.

I'll have the bags listed later today. You can click on the Etsy link in my sidebar to see all my listings.
 
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