December 3, 2016

Today I Celebrate...

December 3rd. Today is my Birthday.

As I add years to my score sheet, I find that my "list" gets shorter.
I savor moments spent with family and friends. 
I treasure people, not things. I want for nothing.
I count my blessings...daily.
I thank God for each and every gift He's bestowed on me.

This year, I'll endeavor to do more, live more, love more, share more, and enjoy every second of this wonderful life I've been given...and to always show gratitude.

This weekend, Handsome and I have planned a few things together. Dinner tonight and a concert tomorrow. Hearing him play is always a special gift to me. Monday, we'll head to the farm to spend December with family and friends. I can't think of a better way to start my next year.


December 2, 2016

Gifts For The Farm...

Brynwood Needleworks - Ellen's Gifts For The Farm

My dear friend, Ellen, invited me to her home yesterday so that I could choose my Birthday gifts from her array of antique crockery. She's always so generous with me, and she's someone who always brings a smile to my heart when I think of her.

She had told me that her daughter isn't interested in having any of the antique treasures her mama has collected over the years, and she knew I'd love having them for the farm. She couldn't have been more right.

Brynwood Needleworks - Ellen's Gifts For The Farm

The first item that caught my eye was the (British) Dundee Marmalade piece. Ellen had three of them, and hers are much older than the two I already have. The older ones are more ornate than the later versions, too. This one is so beautiful.

Behind it is a tall crock bottle. Ellen had two and chose one for me. They were old beer bottles! While she had a few large jugs that reminded me of the vessels my grandfather used in winemaking, my dear grandpa also loved his beer. This bottle is definitely easier to transport than the larger jugs, so I accepted it.

The larger crock was a gift to Ellen from a friend in the 1990s. Of course, the crock itself is much older, and it's beautiful. I can see this one holding utensils in the kitchen at the farm. It's perfect.

Brynwood Needleworks - Ellen's Gifts For The Farm

The last two pieces have been Ellen's for a long time. She told me how she used to use this large crock for making pickles and other dishes. The interior is brown glaze and in perfect condition.

She told me the tall bottle is an ink bottle! It has a spout on one side, so I naturally thought it was used for oil or vinegar, but she corrected me. I think it's so cool that ink was held in such a unique and wonderful bottle. Of course, on reflection, I doubt that farm families had oil and vinegar sitting on their tables for dressing salads like we do today.

I'll take these with me to the farm next week. Once we design the kitchen, I may have to have a special shelf made to showcase all these beautiful containers! So many things I'm looking forward to. Seeing these on "proper" display is one of them.

PS. Happy Birthday (in Heaven) to my uncle. Larry, it's impossible for me to celebrate my Birthday every year without taking time to reflect on your special day (the day before mine), and how very much I always miss having you in this world. Until we meet again...

December 1, 2016

Farmhouse Update...

Brynwood Needleworks - Farmhouse Back Hall To Kitchen

As we prepare to head back to Wisconsin for December, my "spies" continue to whet my decorating appetite with photo updates. I recently received new images of many rooms in the farmhouse, but I'm only going to share these two with you today. (I'm taking my wide angle lens with me so I can give you more encompassing images of the other rooms.)

Once you enter our "family and friends" back entrance and head up the stairs into the house, you're in our upper back hallway. Of course, from this entrance, you come right into the room that will eventually be our farm kitchen. The first doorway leads to the pantry and the second doorway goes into the room that will become Handsome's study.

Brynwood Needleworks - Farmhouse - Kitchen To Back Hall
If you turn around, you can see how nice and bright the back hallway is with the new paint scheme. The flooring will change here (along with the same flooring in the kitchen, pantry and side porch entry area) once we decide what we want.
I can't wait to get back to share more images with you. One area that's going to drastically change will be the living room and dining room as the damaged ceiling is removed and repaired. I'll chronicle all those changes, too. 
It's going to be a very Merry Christmas is Wisconsin!


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