Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring Is Here ...


Hello my dear friends,

Happy Spring to all of you!

This morning the sun was shining, the skies were blue, most of the snow is gone and life is just good right now.

Things have been busy these past weeks with working on our kitchen and me having started my Spring cleaning early this year. I had decided to work on our basement and basically the rest of the house aswell again and go through every single drawer, cupboard, box and what ever else there was. Two carloads later I am beyond happy with the results of my efforts so far. I am not done just yet but the first part is finished. 


Talking about Spring ...

I have little daffodils and tulips in pots growing on my kitchen windowsill and ...


... I can't tell you how much joy they bring me every time I look at them. Doing dishes has now become so much nicer. Once they are all bloomed out, they will be planted in our backyard near our willow tree Salisbury and I am already excited to see them bloom next Spring.

I haven't been able to work too much when it comes to being creative in my studio but there was a little time for a new pincushion and it is perfect for today. It is simply cheerful and sweet.

And this is my newest creation.

 I named it after today ...


... "First Day Of Spring".

The white represents the snow in Spring and the flowers are the first blooms of Spring.


The vintage beauty of a broach is either made from ceramic or porcelain, I am not quite sure but it just looks so pretty and bright in all it's colors.



I have used raw silk for the pincushion itself and then topped it with a piece from a vintage doily to give it a little more detail and it works just nicely together.




I hope you have enjoyed my newest making.

This pincushion will be also one of the ones that I am going to be listing for sale in my Etsy shop this weekend. I am trying to work on one or two more new ones but I am not sure if I will get them done in time. Do stop by again and see what I have been up too here at Todolwen.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Room For Improvement ...


Hello my dear friends,

when I am creative I always try do my best to make an idea of mine come to life and I am sure that I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to it. It could just be a stitch or two out of place and if I don't like it, it just doesn't happen. I have taken apart and redone some of my creations several times. What I have realized these days is that with some things I have made it takes a while for me to see that there is still some room for improvement even though I do like my design overall. It doesn't have to be an entire redo, but just something that gives a piece that final touch or more detail. That is what happened with the piece I am re-sharing with you today.

I had made two pincushions and I was quite happy with them at first. I don't know why but a few days ago I was looking at these particular pincushions and my thoughts went with the 'there is always room for improvement' thing and maybe a little more detail is the right way to go, and in my eyes these two piece did need a little more work after all. So I sat down, thought for a while, and started to work on the first one of the two pincushions again. I finished adding a few more details to the first one and I am much happier with it now.

Adding more detail was all that was needed to make this pincushion that tiny bit better and prettier to me and I think that when it comes to enhancing the look of this creation, the small improvements I made really complete it now.

Here is a photo of one of my berry pincushions before ...


... and this is what it looks like now!


What do you think?

 I added the green cap (little leaves that live on the top of it) to the strawberry. I used the same beautiful green sari silk ribbon to make it and hand stitched them. Looking at the strawberry now, I realize that is actually something that I missed adding right from the beginning of making this pincushion.





In my eyes, my berry now looks even more like a strawberry than it did before and I am so much happier with it too. I am working on my other berry pincushion as I am writing this and hopefully I will be able to give it that special little touch to make it that tiny bit nicer than it already was. So do come back and see what I have done to it if you would like to know how it ends up!

I am planning to relist this pincushion and a few other ones in my Etsy shop this weekend if nothing comes in between.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here today and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, February 15, 2019

An Apple Fit For A Princess ...


Hello my dear friends,

the weather here in South Ontario was quite bad yet again and so it was a stay at home time year again. All school were closed and I had no need really to head outside so I took the time to created somethings.

As a child one of my most favorite Disney movies was Snow White and the seven dwarfs.
 I just loved everything about it. From the beautiful girl and seven dwarfs to the animals and the lovely music and from the handsome prince to the mine filled with diamonds. I remember being 5 years old and I didn't like the mean Queen/the nasty witch and how she poisoned Snow White with the red apple. That is I think, why my mind went where it did when I saw the piece I am sharing with all of you today. I turned something I didn't like as a child into something lovely.

I had been out donating things and afterwards I headed to one of my favorite stores and found this piece. It wasn't very old but had a nice tarnish to it but it was perfect to work with. My newest creation is now finished and I am very pleased with how the way it turned out. I

I named it ...

'Snow White's Apple'
... and this is it!












Hand dyed seam binding and a few pieces of vintage sparkle combined with the velvet ~ perfect in my eyes and I really like the less is more thing very much with this creation.

For anyone that might be interested, it is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thank you for visiting me here, at Todolwen today and I hope you will come back soon.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Day Filled With Love ...


Hello my dear friends,

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day.


May your day be filled with love!

Many hugs.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Now Available In My Etsy Shop ...


Hello my dear friends,

I just wanted to let you all know that I have just listed some of my creations in my Etsy shop.

There are two of my 'sari silk and hemp nests'.


Nest no. 1 and ...


Nest no.2.

Also listed is ...


... this pincushion creation.

And last but not least ...


... my little black handbag sewing kit.

If you are interested, why not just head over to my Etsy shop and take a look.

Thank you for stopping by.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

That Little Black Handbag ...


Hello my dear friends,

a little while ago my younger daughter decided to decluttered her room and amongst the things she was letting go was a little vintage black velvet handbag. She had bought it at an antique store on one of our visits but now she no longer wanted it anymore. It is such a neat and delightful little thing and I liked it so much so my sweet daughter and gave it to me to work with.



As soon as it was on my worktable I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
Black velvet, seam binding, some vintage sparkle and a few other things were on hand so I could start to work on my idea right away. My design slowly but surely came to life bit by bit. One by one, each part of my newest creation was made and now everything is finished and I am so happy to share the result of my work with all of you today.

I named it simply but perfectly ...

"That Little Black Bag" and this is it!


This is what that little black bag looks like now on the outside.
 I didn't want to add too much but also not too little and I think I achieved exactly what I had hoped for ... a touch of elegance.


But wait! ... There is more to it!

Of course a little black handbag has told hold some neat and useful bits and pieces and because of that, this one does so. It has almost everything a sewing girl needs.

Just take a look! ...



There is an old compact looking oh so nice. Dressed up with a piece of vintage sparkle, old tatting and seam binding ...


... waiting to hold needles and pins safe.


I covered the inside with black velvet and seam binding to match the handbag.

Then is a black velvet strawberry.


Again all dressed up with old tatting and seam binding and filled with crushed walnut shells to sharpen those needles and pins.

Of course these pieces are also needed ...


... some neat old scissors to cut any thread and two old thimbles to keep your finger tips unhurt.

And last but not least ...


... of course a pincushion is required!
I made one of my pocket watch pincushions for the little black bag and decorated it matching to the other neat bits and pieces.

All put together, they all make my newest creations complete and I am so very pleased with the way it has turned out, just as I had hoped it would!


I love it how something pretty as it is can become something a bit unusual and simply elegant.
I will be listing his little bag for sale in my Etsy shop in the next few days for anyone interested.

It is so nice that you decided to stop by today and visit me and I hope you have enjoyed your little stay.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Blooming Spring Nests ...


Hello my dear friends,

I have been saying this what seems like forever but this year is finally going to be all about decluttering and 'less is more' when it comes to holding onto my creations. It is often hard for me to let some pieces I have made go but my shelves are full and it has to be done, starting today and no going back!

I am not sure if many of you remember the creations that I am sharing today.
 It is almost a year ago now that I did my "Renew, Reuse and Remake" post on a few of my felted nests. I had taken a two of my "Alice in Wonderland" themed nests apart and then turned them in to lovely blooming Spring nests. Again once I made them and like so many other creations of mine, they ended up on one of my shelves in my studio but hopefully not for much longer. They both are looking for new homes and are therefore now listed for sale in my Etsy shop. 

There is a larger nest and a smaller one. Both are embellished with little crochet and hand dyed flowers and hand felted leaves. Each nest holds painted wooden eggs but I can't make my mind up which color is the one to use and since I think both look very nice I have decided to give an option when it comes to the color of the eggs. They can be either a shade of blue or an off white color. You can see each option in my photos.

This is the larger one of the two Spring nests.



Many little bunches of flowers are growing from it.
 There are lovely white daisies, purple violets, primroses in white and pink and bright yellow buttercups. Three wooden eggs live happily in this nest.


And this is the smaller one of the two Spring nests.



Little white primroses, yellow buttercups and purple violets grow from this nest and two little wooden eggs live happily in it's midst.

I love to write little stories for some of my creations and that is what I did for these two nest too.

"This has happened many times before at Forest's Edge: On a cold Winter day a strong wind blew so harsh again that two nest that had been living in a tall tree fell to the ground. Fortunately they didn't break from the fall but became a little crooked and lopsided. From that day the two nests happily lived at the bottom of the tree from where they had fallen. Mother Nature took a liking to them being there and after Winter left and Spring arrived and after all the snow had melted, she decided to be very kind to the little nests. She turned them into blooming pretties. Flowers started to grow and bloom all over the two nature homes and even thought they were not high up in a tree, some birds like them so much that they laid their eggs in the midst of them."

I am already thinking of a new nest that I would like to try and make one day. I will give you a tiny clue, one word only ... mushrooms. Fingers crossed I will be able to create it the way I already can see it in my mind. It won't be for a while though but it is on my to-do list for sure.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed my creations and your visit today.

I hope you are well my dear friends and that life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.