Sunday, August 30, 2015

Such A Nice Day ..

Hello my dear friends,

I like it so much when it's little things that can still make me happy.

The last weekend my daughters and I headed out for the beach at Lake Huron for some 'girly' time together. The day started out nice right from the beginning ... the sun was shining but it wasn't too hot and it just got better as it went on. Not even 15 minutes into our little outing and our attention was caught by a garage sale at the side of the road. We had to stop and at least take a look of course and I didn't leave empty handed.

I found a few new treasures that were happy to be going home with me. As we carried on with our journey to the lake, I was already trying to think of what I was going to do with them but so far I have no real ideas.

Since some time now, I made a little thing of mine that every time I visit a beach ...

 ... I try to find one little piece of  'sea glass'. This time I picked up a few pebbles and a few small pieces of drift wood too.

 We stayed for several hours but when the beach got very busy we decided it was time to head home. As we started to get ready to leave, right there in midst of all the people and the noise, this little fellow showed up.

 He landed right in front of our blanket and just stayed there for a while. Me being me, I couldn't resist taking his photo just in time, before a little boy decided it would be fun to chase him away again.

Then while I was waiting for my daughters to return from the changing rooms, I just sat there, looking around when I saw some grass stuck in the sand at the edge of the water.

Being a little bored I picked some of it up and formed it into a little nest.
 I liked it so much that I took a smaller piece and did the same with it. I left them in the sun for a little bit to dry out and of course took them home, where they now will now find a home in my studio.

Our day ended driving home in the warm sunshine and a light breeze blowing into the open windows of the car, my daughters both sleeping in their seats and being grateful.

Like I said, I love it when little things in life make me happy ... being with my daughters, finding a little treasure or two, taking a young sea gull's picture and finding some tatty grass at the edge of the water ... it was such a nice day!

And now I wish you all such a lovely day.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My 'Christmas To Come' 2015 Giveaway ..

Hello my dear friends,

it is now over a month since I had picked the winner for my 'Christmas To Come' Giveaway 2015.

I notified the winner but until now I haven't heard back from her. I had planned to try and get in touch with her again yesterday morning but was unsucsessful. Tat is why my dear bloggers, it is important when you take part in a giveaway that you have a e-mail address that you can be contacted at or that you make sure you check back to see if you have won. 

Today I have decided that I am going to pick a new winner for my 'Christmas To Come' 2015 giveaway. I actually still had the name lists and all the little notes with number still sitting in my studio in a box, so all I had to do was place them into a bowl and then pick a little piece of paper and that is what I did.

And the number I picked this time was ...

... No. 51.

And the no. 51 belongs to ...

... Betty Jean from 'Shabbyteaparty'.

Betty Jean, please send me an e-mail with your mailing address within the next two weeks if possible.

Again thank you all that had entered their name to this little thing of mine.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Other 'Very Berry Gathering' ..

Hello my dear friends,

it is quite late in the the day now but I still wanted, as I had promised, to share my second 'Very Berry Gathering' pincushion with all you Lovelies today.

I made it from untouched drop cloth but unfortunately the lighting was a little too bright when I took the photographs of my newest creation, so I wasn't quite able to capture the true color of the drop cloth, which is a pale gray. 

 I am not sure which I like more now ... this one, the 'as is' gathering or the red dyed gathering that I had shared with you a few days ago.

Everything apart from the color of the drop cloth is exactly the same as my first 'Very Berry Gathering', I just changed the way the berries were hanging on the brass ring. Very alike but then again they both look is very different.

The little berry in the the photograph above is very close to the actual color of the drop cloth that I used to create it with.

I hope you have enjoyed my newest drop cloth strawberry creation. 

I am again very pleased with the way it has turned out and I am sure I will be making a few more of them soon. I have of course a lot of  'as is' drop cloth left over and I have just checked how much of the reddish drop cloth is left over. It's a little 'patchy' as in the color didn't take to the fabric the same all over but then again strawberries aren't always one solid color. I am also wanting to try to bleach some drop cloth and maybe make a few white strawberries. I wonder if that would work out?! I guess I will just have to wait and so will you Lovelies too.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit me here at Todolwen. I love when you do.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, August 21, 2015

A New Treasure To Work With ..

Hello my dear friends,

I just wanted to share my newest found treasure with all you lovelies today.
It is a tarnished candle holder that is just the perfect piece for me to work with. Ever since I had created my 'Golden Afternoon' triple pincushion I had been on the lookout for another neat multiple candle holder and who knew how hard it would be to find a nice looking one?! But I was very fortunate to see this one yesterday.

It is a lovely tarnished piece and it holds three blossoms.
I have just realized that  I actually have worked with a single one of these before  ...

... and I created this piece with it.

My mind is now working overtime to come up with the right way on how to turn this neat candle holder into a very special pincushion. I am thinking it could go a few ways ... white linen and lace, seam binding, some sparkle maybe or gray velvet, seam binding and a little sparkle or drop cloth? Hm ... I am not quite sure just yet but it will come to me eventually but the one thing I do know ... I am already excited to work on it! So so stop by sometime again and see what I have been up too, here at Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A 'Very Berry Gathering' ..

Hello my dear friends,

not only do I love tarnished silverware, I also love tarnished brass as well.

 Quite a few months ago I had seen a bag full of old brass curtain rings in one of the thrift stores I enjoy visiting. I took a liking to them right away but didn't want to buy them without a clue of what I could use them for, so I didn't. For weeks and weeks every time I would visit the store I would again look at them but not buy them. Well, that has changed now. I ended up driving to the store only to buy them because I finally had an idea for what I could use at least a few of them for.

They are tarnished, old  and a little chunky and perfect for my newest creation.

On that same day I also returned to an antique store I had visited the week before and again had see something of interest and again not knowing what to do with them, I left them behind and again now they are mine and the will be a part of something hopefully very neat.

I had seen these brass 'caps' or bezels as it said on the tag. Old, dinged and tarnished, they too were perfect. Of course drop cloth was a must as well and this time I finally could use my reddish dyed drop cloth which made me really happy.

 And what else would one create using reddish colored drop cloth but ...

... little strawberries!

Remember I had shared this photograph of my little berry with you before.
It now has become a part of my newest little making which is what I am sharing with all you lovely bloggers today.

And here it is my first ...

...  'Very Berry Gathering' Pincushion.

I have tried to keep it 'simple' so that each part of this creation could stand out on it's own a little. (I hope that makes sense to you?!) Crinkled seam binding, sari silk ribbon, a tiny piece of sparkle and of course my drop cloth strawberries make this piece what it is.

I really do like the way this creation has turned out and since I love drop cloth as it is ... untouched, I am also creating another one of these neat little makings using it and that I will be sharing with you hopefully tomorrow or the next day.

You will be able to find this neat piece now listed for sale in my Etsy shop if any of you might be interstested.

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

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Just Listed In My Etsy shop ..

Hello my dear friends,

just a short post to let you know that I have just added a new listing to my Etsy shop. It is my first 'Strawberry Delight' pincushion and it is now available for sale if any of you should be maybe interested.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It Can Never Be Just One ..

Hello my dear friends,

as so many times before I can't just can't seem to work on one project at any one time.
 I must have at least six different creations that I am working on these days. I start one and then I think of something else and start that one too and so on. One good thing is that I won't get bored in the near future for sure and I hopefully will have several creations to share with all you lovely blogger soon.

If I am not working on a new pincushion ...

 ~ which I am and I am finally using this, I am working on a new nest.
I am not only working on my pink sari silk nests I told you about a little while ago ...

... but I am also working on this one as well. It is a pale cream nest with many different yellow roses.

With the heat still here every day and it almost being 40 C with humidity outside yesterday,  you wouldn't believe what I have been thinking of ... you guessed it ... Wintertime , snow falling, Christmas and more nests!

I had bought another very lovely sari silk ribbon in the most pretty shade of green which was called 'Dried Rose Leaves' several months ago with a Christmas nest in mind.  I had started to work on choosing which  flower I wanted to create and when I found the 'Christmas Rose' I just knew that it had to be this one ~ it is such a beautiful blossom and it was perfect. My first attempt to recreate it or rather my version of it didn't work out the way I wanted it to but then the second try-out turned out much better. I created a lovely sparkly, frost kissed little blossom that would be perfect for my Christmas/ Winter nest creation.

And these are my little Christmas roses.
Now all that is left to do is make this creation 'come to life' but that won't be for a little while yet.

But there is more that I am working on right now.

I am still working on my fabric sweet pea design as well these days.

It is slowly coming together the way I hoped it would and I am very happy with it so far.

So you can see my dear friends, I am one little busy bee here at Todolwen these days and I doubt that that will end very soon but that is a good thing in my book. I just love being busy and creative just like so many of you do too.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today 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.