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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


My guest today is Donna from Brynwood Needleworks. Your going to love her just as I do!

Greetings to all of Maggie’s friends! Don’t you just love this gal? I sure do! Thank you, Maggie, for inviting me to join you in your “blogazine” this week. I consider it quite an honor to be included!

My name is Donna Liljegren and I am Brynwood Needleworks. No employees, no elves,no magic wand. Just me.

I owned a needlework shop (Stitches) and a design business (the original incarnation of Brynwood Needleworks) in Wisconsin in the 1980's and 1990's. At that time, my husband (Handsome) and I lived in Campbellsport, WI.

We have been living in Florida since 2001, and Brynwood Needleworks has evolved from the cross stitch design business of old into my new creative business and blog. I’m in love with the needlearts in all forms…and I love blogging - usually posting a daily update.

 I’ve been sewing since I was about twelve years old, and I enjoy making quilts,handbags, garments and even christening and wedding gowns. In 2008, I dressed my eldest niece (who is also my goddaughter) and her attendants in their wedding attire. I’m making another wedding gown this month, and can’t wait to reveal wedding photographs of the bride wearing her gown.

 I also knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint, and occasionally make jewelry. There is no such thing as “bored” in my house!

 When I’m not in the studio, Handsome and I roll out our Harleys and ride. We share our home with my twelve year old yellow Labrador retriever, Kes, who is the last of ourbreeding bloodlines, after nearly thirty years of raising and training hunting retrievers.(Perhaps it’s time to get her a little brother to keep her company?)

My favorite quote is from William Rutherford, “The way to use life is to do something that outlasts it.” I try every day, whether I’m creating, blogging or otherwise living my life, to live up to that quote.

Thanks again, Maggie for inviting me to tell my abridged story over here at Just Between Me and You. Stop in and visit me at There’s always a cup of tea, conversation and some south Florida hospitality waiting for you there.

You are so welcome Donna and thank you for writing this for all of us to enjoy. Ladies I have been following Donna for a while now and for the life of me I just can not picture this beautiful dainty lady on a Harley!  Isn't she lovely and her site is too.

Sorry Donna I just had to borrow this picture off of your site!

My next story comes from another lovely blogger Frenchy and you will love her as well.

Remember to email me if you want to tell me your story!  We all have a story to tell so share yours with us! As you know I am still trying out names for these when Donna sent me her story she said this is for your Blogazine so I am trying it out. 

I had to call in sick the last two days and I know they think it was because of the PJ you guys think its because of Roy....but the real reason is bad headaches....I got hurt at work a while back (another really crazy story) and its the same kind of headaches I had then but it could be from not being use to the tractor and all the bouncing around (on the tractor not with Roy) hahaha  Girl friends if there was a Roy out here that looked like him who would have time to blog!!!!

Send your stories to

Love to all


Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Ya right, ya really think were gonna buy that headache story??? Heeeheehe! I do hope you are feelin' much better girl. Those headaches can be a beast, might even make Miss Pearl show her ugly side.

I thoroughly enjoyed readin' about the life and times of Donna. Thanks for bringin' us so many interesting people.

Have a fun day filled with sweet blessings from above!!!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

Love getting to know your peeps! They are incredibly talented.

Kissed by an Angel said...

Thank you Donna for telling us your story!!! I't great to learn about our friends!!!
Maggie, so sorry to hear about your head aches. Hope you are feeling better now!! Did you over do it at the weekend!!!!!!!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I hope you are feeling better..headaches can take so much out of you take anything for them? have a great rest of your week..:)

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for sharing your friends...hope your headaches will be gone very soon, I just hate them! Come say hi :D

Cherrie said...

I just love your blog! And Donna has so much talent! I wish I had just one! lol I am going now to check out her blog!
Thank You!

Carole Burant said...

I so enjoyed reading Donna's story, what a talented lady she is AND she rides a Harley!! Awesome!!

Oh dear, I do hope your headaches go away soon. I get really bad ones once in a while so I sympathize with you! Told you that would happen from riding John Deere! hehe xoxo

Unknown said...

Donna...You are so much fun!!!!
I am next! Thank you!!!
Gros bisous

Bunnym said...

I wanna ride a Harley like Donna. Very talented lady I might add. And Maggie, we're not falling for the headache
Feel better.


Grandma Yellow Hair said...

How funny Bunny I knew you would not fall for Sgt probably did not either....
Isn't Donna her story!
Thanks everyone for stopping by...I am better and the sun is shining so I need to sit outside for a while...wish you all were here so we could laugh...I know that would the ole headache.

Unknown said...

Blogazine...what a great idea Maggie...very creative!! Donna's life certainly makes mine seem a bit on the boring side! :) She was a real joy to read about!!

:) T

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Thanks for allowing Donna to tell her story.
Her blog is a very welcoming place and I have been a follower for awhile and always enjoy it.

I just love coming to visit you and see what you are up to. You always make me smile


Auntie Cake said...

I have to remember not to read your blog at night. The last paragraph has me laughing so loud I work the kiddos up. They were not happy with me, and now they have confirmed that I am crazy...

I love Donna, and that pic of her with her bike is great. So wishing she was still in Wisconsin!

Anne Lorys said...

I'm sending prayers that you get to feeling better, pronto! Gotta have you at 100% for Warrenton. :-)

And yep, I love Donna, too. She's the best!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Unknown said...

G'morn my friend ~ I do hope you are feeling better now.

Donna is one fabulous gal. She's been a real sweet friend since my early blogging days. Her creations are exquisite, I am the proud owner of her beautiful talents ... that adorn my home.

I only wish I could hop on the back of her Harley & ride with her ... oy! that can never happen.

TYSM for sharing Donna's story with all our wonderful friends.
Hugs & be well, Marydon

Ms. Kathleen said...

So nice to meet you both... First trip to you blog. Great song playing there!

The Strawberry Mallard said...

TYSM for sharing DOnna and her life; it made my day for certain!!!!

Kelly said...

Hi I lust popped accross from Angel's blog. Nice to meet you :)

The French Bear said...

Maggie, this is such a great thing to do, love the idea of a blogazine!!
Donna is a true friend, she is a huge inspiration to everyone that knows her!
I do hope your headache is gone now..... I used to suffer from them (then I divorced him) he he, when I moved the pressure went away, but I still remember them!!!
Margaret B