swedish & german brushes

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Favorite Things35 Comments

I am a brush-lover and have been for many years.  And my soft spot for brushes goes beyond those used for paint.  I love pretty brooms, dish brushes, make-up brushes, basting brushes, new brushes, old brushes…you get the idea.  When I sold in a retail space and at markets, I was on a mission to find some pretty brushes to sell beyond the antique and vintage brushes I would pick up here and there.  I imagined bouquets of dish brushes in ironstone pitchers.  I eventually found and started carrying Redecker brushes from Germany.  Not only did I sell them online, out of my studio, and at Lucketts…

…but, I kept a whole hoard of them for myself to use in my home.  I’ve slowly been working my way through that stash, holding onto each brush until the wood is split and the bristles are nubs.  Now that I’m down to just a few brushes, I needed to find a new source.  I found a comparable stiff-bristle dish brush HERE that I have been purchasing and using and it’s worked well, but I’m always on the lookout for new brushes.

Well, I hit the Swedish brush motherload at Ingebrestsens and the Foundry Home Goods, both shops in Minneapolis.  These brushes are more expensive than their German counterparts, but they are beautifully-made brushes and I couldn’t resist!

My fellow brush junkies will totally get the thrill from seeing these bristled beauties with shapely wood handles!  (Joy in the little things, right?)

I basically bought one of each brush…brushes for the body, face, fingernails, mushrooms, and dishes.

And even one for dusting…

I had it hung up by my shelf, but Violet kept grabbing the bristles in her teeth, pulling on it with all of her five pounds.  She wouldn’t give up, so I moved it to the hooks for my aprons and bags.

When we left Ingebretsen’s on Friday, I told Jeff that he needn’t worry.  We had plenty of brushes and yarn.  He was relieved.

And, random for this post, but I wanted to share I also bought a pair of brass sewing scissors.  They are so pretty, have sharp blades, and a nice weight in the hand.  I love little tools and contraptions, so I couldn’t resist.

And, I bought a Swedish cookbook and some books on embroidery & decorative painting…

I can’t wait to look through them and mark pages that give me ideas or have recipes I want to make or patterns I want to try.

I’ll let you know which brushes and books are my favorites once I’ve had the time to really use them!

You’d think I’d have lots of time to sit around and read and work on projects, but it’s been a surprisingly busy week given that everything has been canceled.  I’ve had a lot of meetings and computer work to do.  I’ve also been helping the boys keep up with their schoolwork, so we’re all making adjustments.  I do hope to have more time for projects, though.  There are many things on the home to-do list and I’m always trying to find more creative time…


swedish & german brushes

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35 Comments on “swedish & german brushes”

  1. I’m now picturing the cover of Painted Rooms in your color palette. Hope to see something along that line soon. : )

  2. I love Rachel Khoo. Her Little Paris Kitchen is my favorite, as was her show. If you get the time make her Lavender Chicken recipe. I prepared it for a dinner party and everyone loved it. What brand are those scissors?

  3. I’m glad to meet another brush junkie. What is it about well-made bushes, both old and new, that is so intriguing? Thanks for source references.

  4. Good afternoon, I thought this might be a good time to ask you about the “Square Soap” you also used to sale…? I’ve been wanting some for a while now, but not sure what’s best or where to purchase
    What’s your advice
    Faithful reader,
    Cristie In Kansas City

    1. I bought it wholesale, but I’ll try to find some retail sources. It’s Savon de Marseille soap, so you might be able to find it with some internet searches.

      1. Believe it or not Have seen this brand of soaps at T J Maxx and Homegoods. I buy them for my guest bathrooms. I just love the shapes and scents.

  5. Love those short little round brushes. Do they have an intended purpose? Or what are they supposed to be used for?

    1. The one with brown bristles and the smaller beige-bristled one are both dish brushes. The larger one is a body brush.

  6. OMG! I’m in love! I love all of these brushes. I saw on for the computer… imagine! Will be ordering one of those plus others.

    Tgank you for the beautiful post, Marian!

  7. For the person asking about the soap, looks like it can be purchased on Amazon. Maybe Marian can take a look and comment on which ones seem authentic/what she used to sell or how to pick.

  8. I love that you used the word, ‘contraption’ in your post!
    When was the last time you heard that word?

    1. It’s the one with the turned dark wood handle and black bristles. I actually didn’t know it was a mushroom brush, so I’ve been using it for basting (butter on a crust.)

  9. Oh Marian that dust brush is to die form I will have to figure out which shop you purchased it from😉 As you know from the many brushes and fly swatter I have from you, I too am a junkie. Believe it or not, I am at the end of my stash from you..but Jenn Baker sells some brushes ..I am so thankful! I think she got that from you?? Praying for you. Please do the same? Xoxo

    1. Yep, I turned her onto my source! 🙂 It’s such a good extra to put in a retail space. The duster is from The Foundry.

      Praying for you, too, my friend. Take extra good care of yourself!

  10. The photos of the brushes grouped all together are so pretty. I’m intrigued by the cloth they’re sitting on – is that cross stitch and did you do that work or is it vintage? It’s beautiful with that Greek key-like motif!

  11. Lovely! Speaking of rushes do you have a list of the brushes you use for oil painting? I recently took it up again and am having difficulty knowing what brush to use. I took a Bob Ross class but they only use larger brushes. Any help would e appreciated.

    1. I don’t have a list, but I’m working on putting one together. I like brushes from Rosemary & Co and I use flats most often. I have hogs bristle and a synthetic called evergreen. I also like their ivory and evergreen daggers and I have a few sable brushes, too.

    1. I keep them as long as they are useable. Once the bristles are worn to nubs or the wood splits so it’s falling apart, then I’ll get rid of it. The nice thing about brushes is that they don’t hold moisture the way sponges do. They dry out pretty quickly and don’t get stinky.

  12. Love love love the brushes too! I have a quick question for you though. The picture in the laundry room showing all of your cleaning bottles, brushes, etc. Can you please share with me the source of your spray bottles? I love the clean sameness of them all and thought this would be a great productive way for me to organize during our “social distancing”. Thanks so much! And please keep posting…anything! It brings normalcy to me in a world that is not at the moment.

    1. Yes! The glass spray bottles are from Grove. I order most of my cleaning supplies and some toiletries from them, which was very handy when there was a run on hand sanitizer! I get all of my glass bottles from them and mix some of my own cleaners – soapy water, bleach cleaner, vinegar cleaner, lavender cleaner, linen water, etc.

  13. Looking forward to hearing what you think of & create from the book “Painted Rooms”. It woke up my memory, taking me back to the time when I took a painting class of Norwegian Rosemaling!

    1. I’m excited about it,too. I bought the book mostly for some pattern & painting ideas, but I’m not sure how I’ll use it. I used to have a lot of decorative painting in my home, but I haven’t done much in this house.

  14. LOVE the brushes. When you finish with them and the bristles are worn down to a nub, you could probably use the wooden part as the top to make thick fancy tassels. I have seen some done with embroidery thread & they had wooden tops. Or you could try some of the yarn, too, to attach to the bigger wooden tops. Stay safe and thank you for your posts.

  15. Marian,
    As I was enjoying your pictures of all your finds, your last couple of posts (yarn, index card paintings), an idea formed in my head… I would love a printed book of your aesthetic, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one! Your photos of “your” unique style through the years speak to my heart! Just as you love flipping through your inspiration books, I would love to look at all your photos in one place! You probably have thought of this already… but I encourage you to really consider it! ❤️❤️❤️

  16. Love the scissors. Where did you get in Mpls? Knitting can be most enjoyable too. Although I must warn you it’s addicting. I could see you making mittens or dying yarn. Be safe my online friend. Connie

  17. When I was a little girl I remember when the Fuller Brush Man would come door to door and sell all types of brushes. I miss those days. Thanks for sharing. I love the pics of the different brushes. (my website is not published yet)

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