Thursday, December 18, 2014

My 'Christmas To Come' Giveaway 2014 ~ The Gift ..

Hello my dear friends,

finally I can share with you today what the gifts were from my 'Christmas To Come' giveaway this year. I can do so because the lovely Pat who it has now received her mail and opened it.


I had made a small stocking from a gray wool fabric ..


... and embellished it with some of my little silver flowers and snowflakes.


Of course the stocking couldn't be without a little white seam binding and some lovely white glistening and fluffy wool.


Inside the stocking were little gifts all wrapped up in white tissue paper with red thread bows, in a little white organza bag and a little white paper envelope.


There were little snowflakes punched out from velum and pretty papers.

                                                        
                                                        Tiny little golden jingle bells ...

... as my favorite penny shows the true size of the bells.

                                      
       Some lovely old white lace.

                               
                              Of course there had to a little bunch of my crochet flowers too.

                                       
                                        And all wrapped up in Christmassy red tissue paper ...

                                                         
                                                         ... a beautiful red silk scarf ...



... all covered in snowflakes ~ a true Christmas scarf.

And I am happy because Pat loved her giveaway gift and that is what it was all about.

Don't forget me little giveaway that I am having right now. Just click on the button on my right sidebar and it will take you to the post that will tell you all about it.

Lat but not least, I am sorry that this post is a little messed up, it seems that there is a problem with bloggers posting page. A few of their gadgets don't want to work right since yesterday.

Do stop by and visit me soon again here at Todolwen and take a look what I have  been up to.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone Loves Christmas ..

Hello my dear friends,

I think I have made a matchbox creation every Christmas since the past 3 years now and this year is no different. I had a few matchboxes leftover from last year, already covered in old book pages and waiting to be completed and I knew exactly how I was going to do it.

 I had two special pieces that were perfect for this creation.


Remember my little frozen men ...


... and my teeny, tiny tree?

They would both live together in their own little ...


... Winter Wonderland.

And that is what I would like to share with you today, my newest Christmas match box creation.
It is about the love for Christmas and snow and Christmas trees and snowmen.

I named it ...


... 'Everyone Loves Christmas'.

I crochet the he little snowflakes on the top of the box and then dipped them into a melted sugar and water mixture to make them really hard. Of course snowflakes glisten and that's why they were given a good sprinkle of glitter and that is also why they each have now a tiny Swarovski crystal living on them.

When you slip the box lid up ...


... you will see the inside of this creation.

It had snowed but that didn't stop my little frozen man from finding himself a teeny tiny Christmas tree which he decorated with tiny golden beads and a little Swarovski crystal star as the topper that he had picked from the frozen skies and now he is very happy and ready for Christmas.






My little friend, the penny, will give you an idea of the size of this creation.


Like I said, everyone loves Christmas and a Christmas tree, even the tiniest little snowman.

I hope you have enjoyed my latest Christmas creation ~ I just loved making it.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me again here at Todolwen and I hope you will come back some time soon.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Just One More..

Hello my dear friends,

I was tidying my craft room yesterday after having not done so for a few weeks and whilst doing so, I came across a Christmassy something and thought, just one more ... 

... one more little giveaway before Christmas.


The little something I found was two yards of fabric.
 Remember my Valentine's fabric with the tags? Well, this is a lovely fabric with all sorts of Christmas images on it.

 Take a look ...







All in all there are 24 tags to a yard and one is as neat as the other and you could make so many lovely things with them.

Two of you lovely bloggers will be able to win this neat Christmas fabric. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will be drawing the winner next Sunday at around noon again.
Good luck to all of you!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Large Scale Work Continues ..

Hello my dear friends,

remember me saying that I was thinking of painting my kitchen and dinning room last week?! ... Well, I actually did this a few days ago! Again I am so happy it is done and it was the best thing I could have done really this past week.

I was so eager to start that I remembered to take a picture or two just in time before I started to prime the walls but after everything was moved around. I need to take note of doing so before I start work the next time.


Can you see my blackboard on the right?
 It barely stands out and it is such a pretty piece (I made it from an old picture frame I had bought for $ 5 in a second hand store) but hopefully that will change. Please ignore the mess! But as you can see the wall color is very rich but also very dark.


Again before with the old wall color in a dark barn red ...


... primed and ...


... with the new color! (And still a mess ..!)

Oh my ... how big and bright the room now is! It really is amazing what a change of color can do for a room. I love my living room and dinning/kitchen so much more now.
(Sorry that the pictures are a bit blurry, I have no idea why this happened.)

The nicest thing about this is that I am done with painting for this year but the new year is just around the corner so I am already thinking of another room to work on. Now I just have to get everything all tidy and neat and decorated for Christmas ... I am just so crazy busy these days!

I already have a few new creations which I made a little while ago to share with you hopefully very soon I just haven't finished the posts about them yet but as soon as I have they will be here on Todolwen.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me again ~ it is always so nice when you do.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Third Advent ..

Hello my dear friends,

today's post is just a very short one to wish you all a ...

... Happy Third Advent.

(photo courtesy VCJM Westbund)

Looking at this Advent wreath/decoration I am more determent to make one for the Christmas in the new year and I am already excited about which treasures I am going to might choose for it.

Today will be a very busy day for me. I have so many things on my to-do list and I am hoping to get  many of them done and maybe I might find a few minutes spare to be creative too. What ever I might get up too, I will make sure to share here on Todolwen, so do stop by sometime soon again. You never know what I have been up to next.

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

Have a peaceful day.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mail From Zipper Stop ...

Hello my dear friends,

the mailman stopped by my house a few days ago and left me a little something which I had been waiting for.


I was mail from New York form Zipper Stop ... my new seam binding was here!


As always I went for subtle colors apart from one ~ metal green. I just had to have it.
Looking back now, I should have chosen and bought more colors because I think there is no much thing as having too much seam binding. Maybe next time?!

And here are the colors I had bought ...




...  from the top
~ Coconut. ...
~ Mushroom, ... 
~ Ascot Gray and also ...
~ Croquette Beige, ...
~ Metal Green ...
... and a new roll of Winter White which I had just run out of.

Last but not least ...

I would like to thank the sweet Dawn, from the Feather Nest and to Zipper Stop both for the great Black Friday deal on the Hug Snug seam binding ~ you have made a lot of us very happy!

To tell  you the truth I hope that Zipper Stop will have another Black Friday sale in 2015 ... I am already looking at new colors to order and this time I will order more. I guess, I will just have to wait and see just like all of you other Hug Snug addicts.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welcome To ' Wintery Woolens ' ..

Hello my dear friends,

I should have shared this post some time ago but things don't always work out the way we want them too.

As I am sure you all already know since some time now that I just love being creative as much as possible and I love the so many different ways I can be creative too.

This year I am spending a lot more time sitting in my car, waiting for my younger daughter to finish high school for the day. I hate just sitting there with nothing to do and for a while I had been crocheting little snowflakes to use with my gifts for this Christmas but there is only so many snowflakes you can crochet without straining your fingers and eyes.

A little while ago my daughter Ashleigh had found a lovely image on Pinterest and saved it for me because it gave her an idea. The image was of a little angel sitting in a tree knitting a red scarf and two little squirrels were her helpers. She told me of how lovely it would be to knit this red scarf.


 The perfect little gift to someone for a cold Winter season ... you see, nothing is nicer than having a nice lone, cuddly and warm scarf when it is cold outside. I liked her thought so much that I right away I started searching for the perfect red yarn to make this simple yet special scarf. I found what I was looking for at a supplier in Europe that I have bought from before. Only 4 days later my red yarn at my front door ... I was so excited!

The yarn is so soft and lovely and the perfect color too. Believe it or not, the next morning my first scarf was completed and I was a happy knitter with the way it turned out. A simple design, long, soft and made with warm and caring thoughts, just like it could have been created by that little angel and those two little furry critters.

And because I love snowflakes so much they all are embellished with some of my crochet mohair
snowflakes as you will see below.

And this is it ...


... my red scarf.

But I didn't stop there ...

 ... it was so much fun to knit again and I have a thing for lovely yarn and that's why I ended up making a few more scarves which were these two.


A lovely gray scarf and ...


... a lovely blue/gray scarf.

Whilst knitting on my scarves, I had the idea for  'Wintery Woolens' ...



 ... my new and second Etsy shop.

It seems that many close their shops towards Christmas but I have decided to still open mine instead.

My second shop will be a seasonal little shop that, next Winter, that will be open from mid November (which unfortunately didn't work out for this year) until the end of January for when it is cold outside. This little shop will have anything woolly and warm that I might create for the cold season of the year. ( That is what I am hoping it will be.)

I just pressed the publish button and right now my new little shop is officially open and ready for business. You will find my first three completed knitted creations listed including a red scarf, so why not pop over and take a peek?! You can click on the link above or you will find it on my right side bar too.

I would love to hear what you think of my newest woolly creations if you have a moment to spare.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.