Monday, April 20, 2015

A Busy Weekend In The Garden ..

Hello my dear friends,

this past weekend has been a very busy one for me.
I had gone and bought 6 more cedars on Friday which meant I had twelve all together then. Saturday came and there I was out in our backyard digging. I actually felt like one of the seven dwarfs digging away, making new homes for the cedars.

It was hard work but I didn't give in. Even when my arms were hurting and my back was aching, I did not stop and I actually got more done then I thought I would.

I started slowly at first and half way I still thinking of how many trees to plant along the one part of our fence and decided that seven trees looked the best there.

Just under 3 hours later I was done.
Seven cedars planted ~ five still to go! ... Well, at least for the moment. I might just be tempted to go and buy a few more because you see, you can never have enough trees in this world!

It was so nice, one of my little furry critters came to visit and enjoyed a piece of apple whilst I enjoyed a glass of cold water and a short break in between planting trees.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing a little and of course being a little creative too, which I will share with you tomorrow.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Time ~ Just Love It ..

Hello my dear friends,

I must say, I just love Spring!

 Everything is slowly coming back to life again after another very cold Winter. Our feathered visitors are slowly returning and it is so nice to see them again too.

The first duck came and had a little swim in our pool and ...

... the little mourning doves are back as well ...

... being all sweet to each other.

The nicer weather just gets me in the mood to work outside. Our backyard is in need of a little more green 'all year round' so that is what I am going to give it this year ~ new trees! And I love planting trees!

You see what I mean, very little green and a little to much fence but will all change now.

Don't these look great?! I get such a buzz from the bright green color.

I have just bought 6 lovely cedars and I am now working on their  placement of them so I can get them into the ground. Not only am I getting new trees and more color but the birds that live around here are getting new places to nest and live that makes it even better! I am not quite sure if I need a few more of them here or not.

Not only are things starting to grow outside but also inside too.

 Last Winter our maple tree lost a larger branch which stayed on the ground until a week ago when I finally cut it up. Right at the end of this dead branch I found a few little branches/twigs that had some buds, still closed tightly and because I am a softy, I took them inside where they now live in my kitchen window.

It didn't take too long and a change was noticeable ..

... slowly but surely the buds are starting to open ...

... every day a little more.

Once the nights don't get too cold anymore I am going take them outside again. They might still be  in water because they have no roots just yet and I am not sure if they will grow any at all. All I can do is wait and see what will happen over the next few weeks, so fingers crossed.

Apart from working outside, I am also being busy, busy in the creative department as well and I hope I will have something to share soon.

So .. do stop by sometime again 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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Apple Blossom Sari Silk And Hemp Nest ..

Hello my dear friends,

remember when I talked about at times things just come together as one?

Today I am sharing my newest sari silk and hemp nest with you.
 I was inspired by a special man and a childhood memory. The idea for this creation came about when I was on Etsy one day ...

... and I found this lovely sari silk ribbon in the most loveliest shade of green that was called 'Granny Smith Apple Green'. I saw it and fell in love with it right away.

Then suddenly there it was in my mind ... what I was going to make out of this silk. The neatest thing about this nest is my reason for choosing what to call this creation. It was the name of this particular silk ribbon that started it all.

When I was a little girl my big sister had a record that I loved to listen to over and over again and sing to as well. It played children's songs and one of them was 'Johnny Appleseed'. I loved it then and still love it til today. Believe it or not, when I remembered all this I actually was able to sing it to my older daughter. I was so amazed because the last time I heard it I must have been 4 or 5 years old. Seeing this lovely pale green sari silk ribbon made this memory of my childhood come back to life for me and that is why it was a must for me to give this nest a very special name.

For those of you lovely bloggers that don't know of Johnny Appleseed, here is a little information about him  ...

John Chapman (September 26, 1774 ~ March 18, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large part of  Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of the present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples.
(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Remember the apple blossom I had just shared with you? ...

... this is the creation I needed them for.

Now I had everything I needed ... my childhood memory, beautiful sari silk ribbon and my newly designed apple blossoms. All together they became this ... my latest nest creation.

And then finally the name. I called this nest  ...

... 'Remembering Mr Johnny Appleseed'.

 I was able to make two of these nests from the skein of silk that I had in this color. They are now listed in my Etsy shop for sale. If you are interested in this nest, you are able to choose between pale beige or blue painted eggs with this nest.

( Both nests are now sold ~ thank you!)

 I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation today. I am so glad that I decided to make it because it has brought so many happy memories back to me and I am still singing his song in my head even as I am writing this post ...

... and that is all for today .

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apple Blossoms..

Hello my dear friends,

I am taking to using color a little more and liking it a little more too these days. Maybe it's because Spring is in the air. I have also taken. as I am sure you are all aware of, a huge liking to making singed edge flowers and right now I am working on a new type. I need them for a new nest I am planning on making and they just shout out 'Spring' in my eyes.

 I wanted to create apple blossoms based on the singed edged concept and after a little trail and error, which is always a big part of my work process, I am happy to say that they have turned out just the way I wanted them to ... take a look!

I love the way they look, they have turned out so pretty.

Now all I have to do is work on how to create buds to go with the flowers and then I can take the next step to completing my latest creation.


A couple of days later ..

I didn't get the buds right far so I opted for just opened blossoms instead.

After a few attempts again my design for a half open apple blossom was worked out ...

... and now I can work on putting  my newest nest together but that will be or another post.

Do stop by when ever you have a few moments spare and take a look what I have been up too. I might just have something new to share.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, April 13, 2015

'My Little Hummingbird Garden' Pincushion ..

Hello my dear friends,

of course I couldn't help directing my attention to the little pewter hummingbird candle holder which I shared with you a little while ago and turn it into something I just love creating. 

Some gray velvet and a little gray seam binding, a few vintage velvet violets (now try saying that three times ..) and a little sparkle were all that was needed to complete my newest creation.

And here it is ...

... 'My Little Hummingbird Garden' pincushion.


I hope you have enjoyed my newest pincushion.

I enjoyed creating this pincushion so much, I think it is because I had searched for this pewter piece for some time and I always knew if I would find it, it would become a pincushion and in my eyes it is just beautiful.

You will be able to find this neat new pincushion now for sale in my Etsy shop if you lovely bloggers might be interested in it.

(It is now sold ~ thank you)

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me here at Todolwen ~ it is always so nice when you do.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.