Monday, November 13, 2017

A Little Something I Found ...

Hello my dear friends,

you know when you are out and about and you see a little something and think ... 'I could so use that!' and an idea forms instantly in your mind?! 

Well,  that is what happened to me a few weeks ago. I was out and about junking a little, looking for spoons and forks for my Winter pumpkins when I came across this lovely old doily. Right away I knew what I wanted to make using it and just had to buy it.

It was this little old doily that I had seen in a shop.
There is was laying amongst other crochet bits and pieces and I fell in love with it.

Two days ago I sat down and took the time to turn my idea into something real. 

And this is the little doily now ... it has become a part of a new needle!

I named it ..."Vintage Little Blooms".

From the moment I saw the little flower doily, I saw this in my mind.

I am so happy with my newest creation. 
There is something about being creative, there really is. It is calming (yes, I stay calm even when it doesn't turn out the first time), it is rewarding and it is fun too. No wonder I enjoy being creative so much.

So this new creation is now listed in my Etsy shop and if you are interested in it, why not pop over to my shop and take a look. I am still busy creating and right now I am working on a custom order again. This time it is for a little Christmas box. It is something I have made before but I will share it with all of you again, once it is finished.

So do stop by again some time 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, November 12, 2017

Now Listed For Sale ~ Winter Pumpkins ...

Hello my dear friends,

here is the second post that I was talking about in my first post earlier today.
I have just listed two of my Winter pumpkins for sale in my Etsy shop.

The first one below, is just like my other Winter pumpkins.
It is made in white with a pale grey seam binding bow and looks just so lovely.

And this is my second Winter pumpkin. 
This one is made in natural colors and it looks just as lovely as the white ones I have created.

I am so happy with the way these two creations have turned out. If any of you might be interested, why not pop over to my Etsy shop and take a look. For the moment they are the only one I have and I am not sure if I will be able to make more at this moment in time.

Thank you for stopping by again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

More Christmas Pumpkins ...

Hello my dear friends,

I have been keeping busy by working on some orders for my Christmas pumpkins and now they are ready to be mailed and I didn't want to miss sharing them with all of you first before I wrap them up and send them on their way.

 I wanted them to look just as lovely as my first one but I didn't have the right "hardware" for them at hand so that was a reason for me to go and do a little junking. I found what I need at one of the stores that I love visiting. It almost never has tarnished old silverware or silver plated items and I am sure there is a little elf sitting in the back some where that polishes all the silver plate pieces. I normally don't tend to buy cutlery there because I do love the tarnished look so much but this time it was the perfect place for me to shop.

And these are the beautiful pieces I found.

For the first time I think, I am loving polished silverware.

And these are my Winter pumpkins that I have made to order for two very lovely ladies.

This is the first order I made ... a set of three.

Each one has a different beautiful stalk but otherwise are the same.

And this was the second order, one lovely Winter pumpkin, again a pretty little creation.

Who would have thought that white pumpkins could look so lovely?! I didn't at first!

Whilst I was working on my orders, I decided that I would just make another one of my white Winter pumpkins for my Etsy shop. Once that one was done, I couldn't stop there so I made another one but this time in natural colors and I must say I like they way it turned out. I will be sharing these two pumpkins either later on today or latest tomorrow morning, when they will also be listed for sale in my Etsy shop. So if you are interested, do check back later on here at Todolwen.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me 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.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Listings In My Etsy Shop ...

Hello my dear friends,

it is gong to be just a short post today. I am busy, busy with all sort of things I will share hopefully soon with you.

I have just listed one of my past creations for sale in my Etsy shop.
It is a one time thing that I have made and won't be making again, so sort of a one of a kind creation. It is the Advent calendar that I created last year for a tutorial. If you haven't read about it and you would like to know more, just click on the link under the first photo and it will take you my original post about it.

It is completely handmade by me from felting the felt to sewing and crocheting each piece. I have put a lot of work and time into it but also a lot of heart went into this creation too. Everything has been sewn by hand and it has never been used but only displayed for the purpose of taking photographs. 
Please keep in mind that it isn't a toy but a somewhat delicate creation. It is also not meant for heavy items but lightweight little gifts or you could just use it as a display in your home with a few candy canes in some of the stocking.

It took me a little time to realize this but this lovely piece needs a new home and therefor it is time to let it go. If you are interested in it, why not pop over to my Etsy shop and take a look.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me her today at Todolwen. Do come back some time soon 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.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

These Past Weeks ...

Hello my dear friends,

life at times throws you lemons and sometimes you are just not able to make lemonade from them.

I have become quite sensitive when things go wrong over the past year or so. When something happens I tend to get worried and stress very easily. I can't be creative because my mind is filled with all sorts and that is what has been happening over these past weeks. They were filled with things going wrong but also thankfully, with a few things that were very good. 

It started with our washing machine broking down and unfortunately it couldn't be fixed so we had to buy a new set of washer and dryer.

Then 5 days later my car started to break down whilst I was out driving with my daughters. Thankfully it happened only about 100 yards away from where my dealership is located. There were no signs of something wrong, just all of the sudden and out of the blue, my car started to jolt around, making weird noises it normally doesn't make, it then started to loose power and finally it smelt like it was burning. Needless to say I was very happy to make it to my dealership where I just left it. After it being fixed or rather what we and the dealer ship thought was fixed and I picked it up. I didn't even get 100 yards before the same thing happened. I was annoyed, upset and somewhat stressed because no one had any idea of what was wrong with it and the thought of having to buy a new car was scary. I was given a courtesy car and sent on my way. Three days later my car was fixed again and the dealership actually was so great and paid for the repair! How kind of them, don't you think?! And ... my car was driving OK again and I felt a bit better but my worries continued though.

 My younger daughter ended up in the ER due to intense headaches, dizziness and nausea but again thankfully it wasn't something serious. She was diagnosed with fluid behind her eardrums due to a very mild cold she had weeks earlier and she was now suffering from vertigo. She received treatment and she is feeling better again.

And then there was a thing that was a huge worry to me.

 I recently had a health scare and had to have tests done. I had to wait 4 very long weeks for the results to come back and I have now received them. I am so very grateful to say that they were all negative! I have been so scared, stressed and worried. Every time the phone rang, I was worried to hear someone on the other end of the line to say that my results were positive but it didn't happen. I prayed everyday for good results and I was granted my wish.

Thank you God for hearing my prayers!

Right now I am trying to get into a better place within myself. I am also trying to become calmer again. I am finishing a few orders of my Winter pumpkins and I am also working on a few Christmas gifts and one or two new creations too which are coming along slowly but surely and it is helping me to feel a little bit better every day.

And finally ...

... I would like to apologize to any of you for not replying to comments, messages or emails. I was just not in a good place. I will try and answer them in the next week.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today and visit me. I am so grateful that you do so.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Different Kind Of Winter Decoration ...

Hello my dear friends,

it seems that I am just not getting away from pumpkins just yet!

Today I am sharing a different kind of Winter/Christmas decoration that I have created.
 Well, I have made it before just not like this if that makes any sense to you but you will see what I am talking about in a moment.

The idea of this was born a several weeks ago at my daughter Ashleigh's last tattoo appointment when I showed my pumpkin trio to her tattoo artist. All of the sudden the talk was about Christmas pumpkins and how beautiful they would and could look all in white and other "cold" colors, with crystals, snowflakes and kissed by the frost. Of course that idea got stuck in my mind and I could almost see how this neat idea could turn into something beautiful. I started to think about how I could create these beautiful things. My thoughts were with with snowflakes, jingle bells, holly leaves and the glistening of the frost floating around in my mind. Oh, the possibilities were almost endless.

I started "small" at first with a single leaf, not a holly leaf as I had planned at first but a simple pumpkin leaf made from my favorite pale green velvet ...

... to see if I would like the way it would look on my pumpkin.

I made a first attempt for the pumpkin not long after that but it went really wrong and I took it apart right away and didn't even take a picture of it. My second try out was exactly what I was thinking of.
Once I was happy with my idea there was nothing stopping me. It took me a little time to finish but I did it and today I am sharing my first Winter pumpkin with all of you.

And because I am a big softy for little happy stories, I thought it would be nice if this pumpkin creation had one to go with it.

~ The Little Winter Pumpkin ~

There was once a little pale pumpkin that been all forgotten about at Halloween time. It sat in a dark room in the basement of a house for weeks and weeks. Snow had already started to fall outside when the owner one day stumbled over it again. The little pumpkin had turned from pale orange to a pure white in the darkness. It's stem had fallen off at one time but the little pumpkin itself was still firm after spending all that time in the cool gloominess of the basement room. The house owner being a kind soul and not wanting to be wasteful felt a little sorry for the pumpkin not having it's "big day" or rather night on Halloween and decided to make it up to the Autumn fruit. Placing the pumpkin on the kitchen table and gathering lovely bits and pieces together, the homeowner went to work and shortly later, the pale pumpkin was transformed. It was now all festively dressed in sparkles and shiny things. It looked so beautiful like the Snow Queen had just kissed it and Jack Frost had done the same. Now the pumpkin was going to  have a special time after all because now instead of seeing lots of ghosts and ghouls on All Hallows Eve, it was going to see the wonder of Christmas.

And that is my short story for my Winter pumpkin and here are some more photos (actually a lot of them) of my creation for you to see.


I hope you have enjoyed my creation and the story that goes along with it. I thought that it is rather lovely. It is a nice thing to be able to imagine things having a happy ending in my eyes, it just makes you feel so warm inside.

 Dana and Ashleigh, thank you for giving me a neat idea and inspiring me to create it.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.