Sunday, October 21, 2018

Loving The "Simple" ...


Hello my dear friends,

it's been a little while again since I have shared anything with all of you here on Todolwen. 
Life just seems to be busy with all sorts one way or the other for me these days.

More and more I am leaning to simpler things. Less clutter, less fussiness when it comes to our home. I am not saying that I am becoming any type of minimalist or something like that. Nope, not at all, just not so much stuff anymore. I used to have things stored in our basement but now most of it is either gone or finally displayed in our home and not stuffed in a cupboard. I still have some of my treasures, again just not as many as I used to have. I have kept my most favorite pieces and now I can enjoy them even more. 

My liking to do a little more decorating for the seasons hasn't changed at all and is still very much there but that also in a simpler way. A year or two ago I had added a wreath to our living room and I had also introduced fake flowers and greenery but that also in limits. 

My "newest" piece is a 34 inch grapevine wreath. Well, it is new hanging but not new having it, if that makes sense. I had bought it over a year ago and put it into the basement because I was painting a part of our house and I had not thought about it too much anymore until recently when I decided to finally do something with it or give it away.

Now it is hanging in our dining room and I love it! I didn't do too much to it and there is nothing very special about it really. It is just nice and nice is so good in my eyes. 


And this what my "nice" for the Autumn looks like!

Just like with the wreath in our living room, I don't like to permanently attach things to the new one either. Only a few small pieces of wire were used to attach my cotton branches and nothing else and the bow has a wooden clothes peg on the back of it. That again means that I can change everything for the seasons so easily without damaging the wreath or the pieces I am using to decorate it with ... again a win!

Talking about my frayed grapevine wreath ...  



... it started looking like this at the beginning of Autumn.

A bunch of fake grass in a deep rust color and my burlap bow from last year worked perfect together. But I did need that bow for my big wreath and I didn't really want to make another one so I decided to exchange it for something else. At another visit to Michaels, I was fortunate to find a "pick" on sale and it was just right for the job of replacing the burlap bow.



Isn't this "pick" so lovely?!

 A few pumpkins and leaves and now my wreath has that little more color, even though somewhat subtle. It couldn't be more Fall themed in my eyes ... simple but to the point and just right for me!

You don't have to use and spend a lot when it comes to decorating your home.
 I paid under $ 6 for the decor for my living room wreath and under $ 5 for my dining room wreath. Both of my wreaths were also bought with a 50 % off coupon. Take advantage of sales which I do when it comes to shopping for anything really and pick a few good pieces that you can use in different rooms of your home. One year in the living room and the next maybe in the hall or dining room. I love the way this works for me and it might just be the way for a few of you too, so why not maybe try it?!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today here at Todolwen. It is so nice when you do!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Now Listed For Sale ...


Hello my dear friends,

I just wanted to share that I have just listed some of my creations for sale in my Etsy shop. 

Now available are these pieces!

 My pincushion ...


... "A Touch Of Pink" ...

... and my sewing helper ...


... "A Piece Called Jill".


My "More Tatty Berries" pincushion ...

... and also ...


... my " Simply Berrylicious" pincushion.

Last but not least ...


... my "Heart Berry" pincushion ...

... and finally ...


... my "Garden Gems" pincushions.

All of these creations need a new home so if you are interested, why pop over to my Etsy shop and take a peek, you might just find something you like!

I am planning on listing more of my creations in my Etsy shop over the next weeks so do stop by soon again if you have a few spare moments.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Another One Of Those Late Posts ...


Hello my dear friends,

today's post turns out to be is one of those late ones again.

  It is about a pincushion that I had made some time ago and just forgot to share it with all of you. I honestly can't even tell you when I made it, other than some time earlier this year.

It came to be after I was inspired by this pincushion of mine.

My "Tatty Strawberry Delight".


The look of this pincushion appealed to me so much that I just wanted to make something using some of the same bits and pieces again combined with new ones. That is what I did and it turned out exactly the way I hoped it would. And that is what I am sharing with all of you today, my newest strawberry pincushion.

I named it ...

... "More Tatty Berries"

Old tattered lace, sari silk ribbon and the same lovely red fabric became my berry. This time though the berry lives on a old tarnished piece and looks just lovely.


It even has a little friend, a little sidekick in the shape of a smaller strawberry which is a needle sharpener that is filled with crushed walnut shells.






  


Not so forgotten anymore, which would have been a shame really in my eyes, if it was.
I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

Thank you for  taking the time to stop by here at Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Little Tarnished Creamer ...


Hello my dear friends,

I know that I said, that I would be sharing a new pumpkin creation in my next post but I changed my mind. This post is one of those "late ones" I talked about when I returned to blogging a little while.
 The creation I am sharing today was made about a year ago, I just never got to sharing it until today.

I had this lovely little creamer in on of my drawers. It was a simple but very delightful and one day it just spoke to me so I "answered". I gave it a new life as something useful and that as one of my tarnished pincushion creations. I love the way it looked when I made it a year ago and I still love the way it looks today.

And this is my newest creation. 
I named it simply ...

... "A Little Cream"









I hope you have enjoyed my newest making. It is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here at Todolwen today. It is always so nice when you do.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, September 24, 2018

My "Almost Twin" Pumpkins ...


Hello my dear friends,

I am busy, busy making more pumpkins as I am writing this post. I am also working on my black Halloween pumpkins after just finishing the two that I am sharing with you today.

Theses two lovelies are made from a rich colored cotton velvet. They are again flatter than my usual pumpkins but that is such a nice change in my eyes. These days I am so trying to more and more make do with what I have at hand but then again I am not trying to always use the same supplies if possible and this time it worked out very well in my eyes. Instead of making my velvet singed edge pumpkin leaves for these pumpkins or using sari silk ribbon, I found a beautiful piece of old tatty crochet lace. It was white but that wasn't the color I needed. So what to do but to hand dye it the color that I thought would be perfect. In this case it was a dark olive green. Of course, needless to say bows made from crinkled seam binding would be a part of these Autumn fruits and vintage knife handles would again become the stems. I wanted something special to embellish the pumpkins and then I thought of some vintage smokey colored crystals that I have recently found in an antique store ~ perfect in each and every way for this project.

My pumpkins are now finished and look the perfect part for Autumn and that is what I am sharing with all of you today. They are very much alike and just that tiny bit different from each other,  just like some twins are in real life.

And that is why I called them my ...

... "Almost Twins" Pumpkins.

Twin 1 ...








 And Twin 2 ...








My two newest pumpkins are now listed for sale in my Etsy shop.

Like I am already at the beginning of this post, I am working on a new idea that I have for Halloween pumpkins. I am crossing my fingers that it will work out the way I hope it will and if it does, I will of course share it here on Todolwen with all of you again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Neutral Pumpkin ...


Hello my dear friends,

I am still busy making some more Autumn pumpkins right now and I have also started to work on one or two of my new Winter pumpkins as well.

After sharing some of my pumpkins, I was asked by the dear Kris from "Junk Chic Cottage" if was going to make any neutral ones?! How could I not make not one or two from my so loved drop cloth! So I worked on that thought right away and now it is done!

My drop cloth pumpkin is "simple" and I love the way it looks. I again used a seam binding that was very close in color and that just harmonizes so nicely and of course, my new thing ... pip berries have become a part of it too. Because this pumpkin is so "plain" I picked a very lovely vintage knife handle for the stem. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and that is what I am sharing with all of you today and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It is now listed in my Etsy shop for sale.

I called it ...

"My Favorite Things" Pumpkin ...








It is just so pretty in my eyes and not really simple and plain at all.
What do you think?

In my next post I will be sharing velvet pumpkins that I am finishing as I am writing this post so do come back and take a look at what I have been making.

Thank you for stopping by today. It is always so nice when you do.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.