Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Little More From My Kitchen Sink ...


Hello my dear friends,

I really enjoyed my recent kitchen sink dying sessions and that is why I just had to do a little more of it last week.


 This time I wanted to see if I could dye some of my uncolored and unbleached sari silk ribbon and so I tried it out and ...


  ... it worked!

I also used unbleached cotton batting instead of bleached and both took different to the dye. The unbleached batting didn't take the color as well as the bleached one did and the silk took much longer to dye than either of the batting but in the end, I think that I got a great result.

I couldn't wait to use some of both so I was very busy and now my newest little needle book is done and that is what I am sharing with all of you today. My new Hydrangea needle books of a another color.

My "Blue Hydrangea" needle book.








I just love this shade of blue!


My newest creation is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone might be interested.

I have a little more of the sari silk ribbon and batting in this lovely shade of blue leftover so I might just make another little needle book with it. I also have something else on my worktable right now but I will share that in a different post in the future. All I will tell you that it has something to do with my little dandelions. So ... do visit me sometime again and see what I have been up too.

Thank you for stopping by here today and I hope you enjoy your short stay.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Three Years Ago Or So ...


Hello my dear friends,

three years ago or so my dear friend Vicki, who makes the most beautiful nests, shared her idea for one of her special designer nests with me. Unfortunately life then had different things in mind for that lovely lady and the nest and her life was put on hold. Now years later her idea has finally come to life and oh my goodness, it is beautiful! 

Back then when I was told about her vision of this nest, I just had to make something little to send to her for that amazing creation to be.

 I came up with crocheting little stars ... 


... and true to the theme of the nest, I made them in red, white and blue ...


... and turned them into little banners.


Now my little banners live here ...



... on my friend's newest designer nest ... the "Freebird" nest!




Can you see my little red, white and blue star banner?
I am so buzzed and touched to see it on this stunning creation!

(Photos courtesy of  Vickie Boster)

You can visit Vicki's blog and see all the pretty things she creates here ... 2 Bags Full.
I promise you that you will be taken by the beautiful nest that she makes.

Thank you for stopping by today here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short visit.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Hydrangea Of A Different Color ...


Hello my dear friends,

I just have to say it again, how happy I am that for the time being my creativeness has returned and my heart is buzzing because of it.

Making that little sari silk ribbon Hydrangea was so much fun, I just couldn't resist making another one from a different colored silk. I had this lovely lilac colored ribbon that was just perfect for it.


 And after an afternoon of stitching my newest creation was finished. A little drop cloth needle book with a Hydrangea of a different color and I was very pleased with it

And that is what I am sharing with all of you today ...

... my "Lilac Hydrangea" needle book.


Just like my other needle books, this one too is from my favorite drop cloth and has a piece of vintage tatting as well as cotton batting pages and seam binding that allows it to be closed securely.









I hope you have enjoyed my latest making. 
This little needle book is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone might be interested.

Don't forget to enter your name to my "Christmas To Come" Giveaway, you will find the link to the original post on my right side bar.

Thank you for stopping by today and it would be nice if would would visit me sometime again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, June 3, 2019

A Little More Kitchen Sink Dying ...


Hello my dear friends,

I am beyond happy that I am being more creative these days.
 I was in a real unhappy place when it came to being creative for some time and nothing seemed to get me out of it. Maybe it's the sunshine and bright colors of Spring that have changed things. Whatever it was/is ... don't stop please!

So ... I have been quite busy lately.


 Not only did I finish a custom order for one of my 'Smitten With Dandelions' needle books which I have already mailed to my customer.


But I also started to work on a second one but I wasn't able to finish it just yet due to me still working on renovating my younger daughter's bedroom. I was hoping to work on it in between once I had decided which flowers I want to embroider onto it but then I got sidetracked again.

The nice weather inspired me to do a little more 'kitchen sink dying'. I had planned to go with purple, blue and possible a shade of green again but instead I went with purple, blue and red. I also wanted to attempt to mix a particular shade of yellow to work with.


After dying the cotton batting and some seam binding everything was hung out to dry in the sun in our fairy bush. I was very pleased because once it was all dry because I saw that the colors all turned out amazing!


Of courses I couldn't resist to start to work with some of the batting right away and that is what I am sharing with all of you today, my newest creation.

Drop cloth, seam binding, some of the dyed cotton batting, sari silk ribbon and a little piece of old tatting were again my chosen supplies to work with to make another needle book. I had already an idea in my mind that I wanted to try out but wasn't sure if I could match the look of it that was in my mind. I was very surprised that it did and that first try.

I had always wanted to try and make a hydrangea flower out of small pieces of fabric and I am glad I  tried it. It turned out just like I had hoped it would.

And this is my newest making ... my "Pink Hydrangea" needle book.

 







This little drop cloth needle book is already spoken for but I am busy working on my next one and also finishing of the other one I had started. As always, I will of course share with all of you again once they are done.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting me here at Todolwen. 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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Few New Makings ...


Hello my dear friends,

there is a lot going on here at our home right now. 

I am renovating my younger daughter's bedroom. She had old built in cupboards along one of the walls oh her room from the 1970's that I have now torn out. We found 1970's wall paper and shag pile carpet where the cupboards were which was a neat thing but it had to go. Stripping the wall paper, sanding walls and a new coat of paint is now done. All we have to do now is wait for the carpet guy to come before we can continue. Then day before yesterday we had new windows put into the front of our house. Two bedrooms (including my daughter's room) and our living room. I love the new windows and it is another thing of the never ending to-do list that I have and so I am happy about it.

Even though it is sort of busy all of the time, I have taken time to be creative too.
The weather was so lovely recently. The sun was shining and everything was green in our garden which inspired me to do some "kitchen sink dying". I decided to dye some seam binding again and this time some cotton quilt batting as well. Because of the what I was seeing outside, I chose the  colors green and yellow.



 I love using the hand dyes by DYLON. Their colors are so beautiful and I love mixing them to get shades of colors that I want to use. Dying with them goes quick and they are easy to use. The best of all is that you can do the smallest amount in a little bowl and that is what I do.



 It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. Once done I hung everything outside in our fairy bush to dry in the wind and sun.


 The colors turned out so lovely which again made me want to make something either the seam binding or batting right away.  Why wait, right?! I wanted to make something that I could also use to embroider my little fluffy "in between" flower on and it had to be useful. All of those things together, made me make my newest creations ... embellished drop cloth needle books.

And these are my newest makings.

Make from my favorite drop cloth, I embroidered the first needle book it with two of my little dandelions on the front.








Stems stitched from strong thread and little leaves of sari silk ribbon together again create my little dandelions plant. As a final touch I added a small piece of old tatting. I used non dyed cotton batting for the pages inside it and stitched around them in strong thread for that little extra touch. A vintage button and some seam binding in a matching color of the drop cloth allow this little book to be closed securely

And this is my second little needle book. (This one is already spoken for though.)

Again made from that cloth I just can't stop using, I embroidered it with a dandelion plant as well but this time with only one yellow flower. The other flower was one of my fluffy ones and I love it!










 I used some of the dyed cotton batting for the inner pages. I chose two different shades of the green and they harmonize so nicely together.


When it comes to the back of the little drop cloth needle books, both of them are the same. Just simple and plain drop cloth but never the less pretty. I am so please with my newest work mainly because I enjoyed making them so much.

The first dandelion needle book I have shared in this post is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop. I am thinking of maybe making one or two more like this but I am not sure when I will have the time right now. I am going to have another 'kitchen sink dye' day soon. This time I am planning to go with shades of blue and purple and maybe green again. What I am going to make from what I dye, I don't know yet but what ever that will turn out to be, I will share with all of you for sure.

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.