Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It's Been A Little While Now ...

Hello my dear friends,

 gosh, it's been a little while since I have shared a new creation with all of you.

After all the hustle and bustle with Christmas and New Years and being unwell, I have been resting a little more than I normally do. I have enjoyed it actually but now I am getting bored and that is something that almost never happens to me.

I really can't believe how ' un/ non-creative' I have been these past few weeks if not even months but I am hoping that it will change again and that, as my dear friend Dawn from 'The Feathered Nest' calls it my 'juju' will slowly but surely return and being creative will become a daily and that even in the smallest way. I am behind with a few orders that need to be made and I feel so bad that I am taking so long to do them but that will soon be sorted too.

When I feel unmotivated at times all I need is. to see a neat piece that gets me into the mood of being creative and that is what I found a few days ago. I just can't stop myself from picking up a neat old tarnished treasure to work with and this lovely piece is what I am going to work on tonight. It is a sweet little old wire work basket.

Isn't this so neat?! I found it at an antique store and it just had to come home with me.

Oh my, it is such a lovely and detailed little basket ... take a look!

I already know what I am going to do with it. (Yes, ... it will become a pincushion.)
That's just me and my thing and I LOVE making them, another thing I can't stop myself doing.

These are what I am going to use as embellishments ... some of my vintage velvet violets. 

They are some of the most beautiful treasures and unfortunately I don't have too many left of them anymore. They are going to become a part of my newest pincushion creation.

Now all I have to do is start and I am so excited to do so. 
Being creative is so rewarding to me and it brings me so much joy too. If you would like to see my newest creation, then all you have to do is visit me some time tomorrow again, here at Todolwen,  

And last but not least and in case anyone is interested ... 

... this creation will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop, once it is completed.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017 ...

Hello my dear friends,

I would like to wish everyone, all over the world ...

... a Happy New Year.

May 2017 bring you much joy and happiness.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Little Christmas Gifts ...

Hello my dear friends,

unfortunately I just wasn't able to find the time to share this as I had first though I would. I have just been quite busy with all sorts and of course with Christmas this past week. But today I took the time and put everything else aside for a little bit so I could write this post.

 Today I am sharing the little gift I had made for some of my friends.
It turned out to be a sweet little creation and I am so happy with the way they came together in the end. As so many times before I had my doubts how they would turn out and if the would look like the way I had them pictured it in my mind. At first I wasn't too happy but but once I added that last little thing, they were just right in my eyes!

I had already shared how I had started to make my little gifts with you earlier this month.

I embroidered seam binding roses ...

... onto white 'felted' wool felt.

Once my creation were finished, the were quickly all wrapped up in white tissue paper and ... 

... off they went on their merry way to their new homes.

OK, not that fast ... there is a between the last two photographs and this is it ...

... today I am finally going to share my little Christmas gifts that I had made with you. 
They became Christmas tree ornaments and I named them ...

 ' Roses At Christmas'.

A lovely white rose with little green leaves of felt,
golden thread and very neat golden jingle bells made each one the lovely creation it is.

All in all, I made seven of them ...

... and each one just as pretty as the other and each one just a little different than the other.
The one thing they all have in common though is, that they were all made with from the heart with much love too. 

I already can't wait to think of what I am going to make for next Christmas. I also think that I am going to add a few more names to my Christmas list, I just love to send little gifts out at Christmas time.

Well, that's all for today. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family and much love and laughter.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here today 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.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas ...

Hello my dear friends,

I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
I hope that all your dreams and wishes come true.

Many hugs.

Friday, December 23, 2016

I Love Gifting ...

Hello my dear fiends,

 I love gifting others and especially at Christmas time.

This morning I received a message from some one I had sent a surprise gift to and I am happy that the name 'little stinker' and 'secret Santa' was given to me which put a huge smile on my face just after 6 am.

 I love to picture the mailman delivering an unexpected gift to someone and the little smile on their face because someone thought of them at Christmas ~ this gives me so much a joy! (I have never an expectation or thought of anything in return, I just want to give and that is the same this year.)

 My Christmas mail is all on it's way and most of it has already been received which makes me again so happy that it was just in time for Christmas.

  I am especially excited about another thing I am trying to do.
 I am on a special mission to gift one of my old army friends but I will have to tell you all about it after Christmas. I am not sure if she reads my blog or not, so just in case ... it will have to wait for now, but just in case you were wondering what is wrapped up in the tissue paper? ... That I will share with all of you tomorrow. 

Are you ready for Christmas my dear friends?
 All the gifts are wrapped, the eggnog is cooling and you are almost ready to put the turkey in the oven? I hate to admit that I am quite unorganized this Christmas. I had planned to make things that are not done and handmade gifts are not finished just yet either and I will have to really get my skates on, there is only 48 hours left before Christmas Day. I spent 6 hours in the ER with my younger daughter yesterday. She is very unwell but now home again and resting. The doctors think it might be some sort of throat infection which caused her to have a high fever and her heart beating too fast which took hours to slow down again.. A scary thing for sure. I am hoping she will be a little better for Christmas Day.

And last but not least ...

... don't forget to find a little bell and have it standing somewhere in your home, maybe near your Christmas tree and forget to ring it a few times. You see ... I do believe that when ever a little bell rings on Christmas Day an angel receives it's wings. Don't you think it would such a nice thing, for as many angels as possible to be gifted with their wings this Christmas?

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Life Can Throw You A Lemon Sometimes ...

Hello my dear friends,

life at times will throw you a lemon. 
 Some times it isn't very sour and some times the taste of  it is just awful.

 I was thrown a lemon this last Friday but thankfully it wasn't too sour.  

I had taken my younger daughter to high school and on the way home when I stopped at a stop sign the driver behind me, which was foolishly driving too close and fast behind me all the way down the icy road already, tried to stop and ... hit me. My poor car and the sound it made ... such a load bang! In a way it was a good thing that the road was icy because my car moved at it was hit and therefore the impact wasn't as bad as it could have been. I have never been in an accident in the 24 years that I have been driving. I was a little shook up but I was OK. I was upset, very angry for the first few seconds and I think a little in shock but that was all and the young girl in the other car was OK too.

My poor car took a nasty knock to the back of it though but it could have been so much worse. You could actually almost see the full licence plate number imprinted on my tailgate in the blue paint from the other car's licence plate. My biggest worry was that the frame of my car was damaged because that brings a whole new type of problem. After the weekend I took my car to a repair shop to have it inspected. It might not look like it but so far it needs a new bumper, new tailgate and new back light on the right side and the frame needs a little pulling back into place too but hopefully nothing else will show up once the start taking it apart. But ... my car is going to be fixed, so I am happy! It will unfortunately cost the other driver's insurance over $2500 to get the damage sorted but that is what happens at times when people don't adjust to the driving conditions properly, especially in the winter. I am just so happy that things weren't worse. I would have hated to have to be in the hospital over Christmas.

Life will throw us lemons but hopefully not too many that are very sour and that will in the end have a 'sweeter' outcome than we first thought. I wish you all very few nasty tasting lemons in life.

Please, be safe on the roads this winter and when out and about walking too!

Last but not least ...

 I am a broken record, I swear I am. 

I am again behind with all the Christmassy things I wanted to share with all of you but I will do me best to make sure to get it done in the next few days hopefully. So if you have a few spare moments in between all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, why not stop by and see what I have been up too.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Advent, Advent, All Four Candles Are Now Lit ...

Hello my dear friends,

it has been a busy and intense weekend and I know the day is almost done but I didn't want to miss wishing you all a peaceful fourth Advent.

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