Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I Call It ' My Golden Afternoon' ..

Hello my dear friends,

I am so happy to share my newest creation with all of you lovely bloggers today. It is the 'special' pincushion I wanted to make from my 'golden finding' a few weeks ago and now it is finished.
 It took me quit a lot of back and forth, trying to decide if I wanted to keep or change the color of it or not ...   

... and in the end I came to the decision to leave this piece as it was and not paint it and I am glad I did. It spent a little time in the middle of the table in my studio because I just couldn't figure out how I was going make things work and then one day it came to me.

One day I looked at my little mannequin that holds most of my brooches and stands right next to my work table. There sitting on it was a little golden brooch that was made with ...

... of two little golden butterflies. That was it! The idea on what to do jumped into my mind. First though I had to listen to a song from a wonderful old Disney movie and once I did, I knew that my idea was perfect for this creation.

The movie I am talking about is 'Alice in Wonderland' and the song is 'Golden Afternoon'.
 If you don't know this song, it is about all the flowers that grow and live in a garden, including Morning Glories and little butterflies (well, in the song it was bread and butterflies) and how all of them bathe in the golden afternoon sun. You see, perfect in each and every way at least in my eyes. I gathered everything I wanted to use in this creation, some drop cloth, pieces from a vintage doily and pearls all in closely matching colors and all of them are now a part of this making and of  course it just wouldn't be right without some seam binding, so that was a done deal too!

And this is my newest pincushion creation that I have named ...

... 'Golden Afternoon'.

It is my 'biggest' pincushion creation I have made so far ~ it's three pincushions all together look just so lovely. I am beyond happy with the theme and name I have given this piece.

I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation as much as I have enjoyed making it.
It is now available for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone of you might be interested in it.

(The pincushion is now sold ~ thank you!)

Last buy not least ...

I would like to thank all of you lovely bloggers for your kind words and well wishes.
You are all so sweet ~ thank you so much! Please, don't forget to enter my 'Grateful Giveaway'!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Grateful Giveaway ..

Hello my dear friends,

I had recently mentioned that I had to take a step back from any strenuous work this past week and there was a reason for this.

I hadn't been feeling well since a little while. I thought I had gotten a cough that didn't want to develop fully and therefore my chest was aching a little and I just felt not too well among a few other things but it got worse this past week. I actually had issues being able to breathe properly and at times I was scared because it seemed I could not get enough oxygen into my lungs. First thing on Wednesday morning I headed to my doctor and after he said that everything sounded OK and asked me if I had asthma (which I don't think I have) ~ prescribed me some steroids to help my lungs clear and he sent me to have a few x-rays taken. All that was done within the next hour and then the waiting started and I can tell you it was not a good time for me. I was very worried that I might be very ill, you see I was one of those silly teenagers that thought smoking was cool and in those days there were no health warnings about all the bad things that come with it. I had quit just over 10 years ago now and am so happy I did. I sat next to our phone for two and a half days waiting for it to ring and every time it did I thought ... this is it, here is the bad news now. It was awful, really awful to pick the receiver up every single time and wait to see who was on the other end. Most of them were wrong numbers or someone that wanted to sell me something I didn't need. I only left the house when I had to. This morning I was in such a state because I knew that today might be the day when the phone would ring and it would be my doctor... and it did. You have no idea what it felt like to hear the words ... 'Everything is OK! No cancer!'. I cried and was so happy and took a deep breath of relief and it felt so good. They are still not quite sure what caused my breathing problems, it could be that I have developed asthma or it was a chest infection that just got quietly worse over the weeks.

I am so grateful, I pray almost everyday but these past days I did so much more, asking God to stand by me. Asking that he would not let me be very ill and he must have heard my voice. I am so grateful beyond any words that I could say.  

Because I am so grateful and happy I would like to place a smile on one of your lovely faces with a little giveaway. I decided to giveaway one of my sari silk ribbon and hemp nests to one of you lovely bloggers instead of selling it.

It will be this one here ...

... one of my 'Woodland Blush' nests.

All you have to do is enter your name by leaving a comment on this post.
 I will draw the winner on June 2nd which is actually my birthday and which day better to gift someone than on your own birthday. I will share the winner here on Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Victoria Day ..

Hello my dear friends,

just a very short post today to wish all of you ...

... a Happy Victoria Day!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A New Little Tarnished Get~Together ..

Hello my dear friends,

I have to take a few days off from doing any strenuous work and rest a little but that also means I am able to be creative which is so very nice.

I haven't even shared any of my findings of what I had purchased whilst treasure hunting two weeks ago even though I have taken all the photos. Time just wasn't on my side so far because I have been so incredibly busy. I did use one of these findings though in the creation I am sharing with all of you lovely bloggers today.

This is one of the pieces I found.
It was a little tarnished tray and as I saw it ...

... I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.
It has become such a lovely piece ... not too little and not too much but just right.

I turned it into this ...

... a small 'tarnished get~together' and I love it!

I named it ... 'Just Sew Lovely'.

For this little sewing tray I used a small tarnished egg cup for the pincushion base. The actual pincushion I made from linen that is covered in a piece from an old doily.The final touches were an old tatty broach and a box made from crinkled seam binding. All together they were perfect in my eyes.

I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation.
This neat little piece is now for sale and listed in my Etsy shop.

(This little creation is now sold ~ thank you.)

Thank you so much for stopping by today and visiting me here at Todolwen. It would be so nice if you came sometime again to see what I have been up too.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some Times Things Are Just Not Meant To Be ..

Hello my dear friends,

at times unfortunately things are not always not meant to be in life. 

I am sad because our I hadn't seen our little mourning doves and they seem to have abandoned their nest about 6 days ago and with the nest ..

.. they left two little eggs behind. 

I am not sure why they left. I had tried to be very careful when taking photographs. All of them apart from one were taking from inside our house, from our living room window and from behind half closed blinds. I also made sure I never got close to the tree when passing. It might have been because they were just too close to our front door or maybe it's because neighbors have let their cats out again, which I have seen on our front porch and under the tree already. I did a little research and mourning doves are very sensitive to stress. If they sense any sign of danger or stress they are known to just leave their eggs or even their young. It is sad but I have to tell myself that that is nature and things happen for a reason.

Then one morning, two days ago, my neighbor called to let me know that the doves had returned to the tree.

While one sat on our big rock, the other spent a few moments in the blue spruce and eventually went to look at the nest ...

 ... which lasted only a few seconds but in the end the doves just left again and they haven't been back since then. That means that unfortunately we won't have baby doves this year after all but maybe things will be better next year. I will just have to wait and see what will happen then. Maybe I will set up a nesting shelf for mourning doves somewhere away from where they would be disturbed. What ever happens I will share it with you.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wishing You All A Belated ..

Hello my dear friends,

I didn't for get to do this but I was so busy this past week and therefore I would like to wish all you Mama's, Mum's, Mom's, Mutti's and Mother's all a belated ...

... Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you all had a lovely day just like I had spending it with my sweet daughter's Ashleigh and Caylagh.

Many Hugs.

Friday, May 8, 2015

My Little Azalea Bush ..

Hello my dear friends,

it is so wonderful how everything is now slowly blooming in our garden.

Right outside our dining room window we have a lovely little azalea bush.
I had replanted it whilst I was doing the landscaping a few years ago. Back then it was stuck between a bunch of flame bushes and not doing too well but now things have changed. It has grown a lot and is looking much healthier too. Over the past week I have been taking some photographs of it and today I would like to share them with you so you can see my little beauty.

When Spring arrives and the sun starts shining more and more ...

... the first little buds start to show and grow.

With more warm sunshine comes ...

... more flowers starting to appear.

Then once ready they start to bloom!

At first only a few but as the days go by ... 

... more and more stretch their petals towards the warm rays ...

... until the entire bush is one ...

... beautiful bouquet of color.

Whilst taking a few more pictures one early evening, I was very fortunate to capture this little creature happily going about it's 'beesness'. 

Isn't a bumble bee just something so neat and lovely?! ~ I get a buzz from them.

I am still keeping my eye on our little feathered nesting couple and everything seems to be OK so far and I will try and keep you up to date if any little beings arrive.

It was so nice of you to stop by here today and I hope you will do so some time again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.