Friday, November 16, 2018

More Little White Mittens ...


Hello my dear friends,

I didn't know how much fun it could be to make little white felt mittens but I soon discovered it these past days. I feel like making hundreds of them but I will control myself for now. I did make two more new sets though and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

This is the second set of my little white mittens ...


... all decorated with bow made from lovely textured ice blue and white yarn. Glittered cuffs and a little silver jingle bell. So delicate and lovely in my eyes.





I am so liking the look of not too little and not too much but just right and I did the same with my third set of little white mittens too.

And here they are ...


They are again so delicate and so pretty.

Each one decorated with a little metal pine cone that has been kissed by the frost. Just like with the other two sets, the cuffs have been embellished with diamond glitter and for this set the final touch was a bow made from lovely textured white yarn.






I hope you have enjoyed my newest creations. 
There might just be some more in the near future, I will have to see if I have time. I have decided to  work on a set of little white felted stockings over this weekend and I am buzzed to do so.

All three sets of my little white felt mittens are now listed for sale in my Etsy shop. Why not pop over and take a look?!

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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Little White Mittens ...


Hello my dear friends,

having just finished my two newest winter pumpkins, I just wanted to make neat things for the upcoming season and the more wonderful time of the year.


With the colder weather now here (it is snowing as I started to write this post yesterday) and being inside, all toasty and warm, it is the perfect time to be creative. My fingers just wanted to stay busy but what could I make? I thought for a bit and then came up with the solution. Why not make some ornaments?! I hadn't made any in the longest time and with Christmas is on it's way, what better than that?! I so love to hand sew things, so fabric or felt it was. All I had to do was think of what the design should be. Again more thinking. Hmm ... something very wintry and also Christmassy, not overloaded at all but what could that be? Then the answer was all of the sudden there and the answer was ... mittens! Mittens are all about wintertime and they can also look Christmassy too, so my mind was made up and I was excited to start on those little mittens all dressed up pretty and nice.

I had a basic pattern handy which is exactly what I wanted. I also had some of that wonderful white wool felt which I had bought at the beginning of this year in Michigan. Tucked away in a few of the boxes in my studio were all sorts of bits and pieces that would be just right for the pretty and nice part of this project. Sari silk ribbon, seam binding and some old fashioned tinsel garlands, baker's twine, little jingle bells, metal pine cones, pearls ... the possibilities were endless. Oh, I almost forgot ... glitter was a must. The look of glistening frost is so beyond right for this too! Basically anything would go in my eyes, just think of Christmas and winter and that is what I attempted!

Work started right away by washing and drying the wool felt. Once that was done I could start the creative part! I cut out several little mitten halves and enjoyed every minute sewing them by hand together. (I think, I might just to started quilting again to get my hand sewing fix.)


With the sewing and stuffing of the mittens done, I started the trail and error of how I wanted the mittens to be decorated. After a little while I got what I was looking for! Not too little and not too much but just right. My first set of four mittens is now finished and that is what I am sharing with all of you today. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them.

And these are my little white winter mittens ...








I am so happy with the way they have turned out! 
A little touch of frost, a little bit of green and a small golden jingle bell living amongst some strands of white yarn and vintage looking clear garland ~ perfect! And just like I said, not too little but not too much. These wintry ornaments will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop very soon, hopefully with a few more newer and older creations of mine.

I am already working on some more sets of these little white felt ornaments and I am thinking of  maybe making a few little stocking ornaments like this too. I will see what happens next on my worktable. What ever that may be, I will for sure share with all of you again.

It was so nice of you to stop by and visit me here at Todolwen and it would be nice if you didn't in some time again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

New Winter Pumpkins ...


Hello my dear friends,

I had so much fun creating my Winter pumpkins last year and I still love the idea of Winter pumpkins, that I just had to make one for this year too. (I actually made two.)

 Just like last year, I made them in the colors white and off~white. This year's ones have a little vine growing on them, that is made from hand dyed seam binding in a lovely shade of green and three of my singed edge velvet pumpkin leaves are growing on the vine. The tendrils are made from that same shiny silver wire and of course a bow made from crinkled seam binding is also a part of the pumpkin, just like last year. The final touch this time is in the shape of three shiny jingle bells. All put together, a little Winter harmony in my eyes.

I am so happy to share them with all of you today ... my new Winter pumpkins!

Whether in off~white, which is so pretty or ...








... in white, both pumpkins look the perfect part for the Winter time and Christmas in my eyes.







I hope you have enjoyed my newest makings as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

I will be listing these two Winter fruits in my Etsy shop this evening at around 8 pm ET if any of you should be interested. Why not pop over and take a look?!

We have just had our first snow here in Ontario and with the falling snow come a few new ideas for Christmas creations. Right now I am working on something little and I am just hoping that my idea will turn out they way I would like it too. Guess you and I will just have to wait and see. So when ever you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what I have been up too?!

Thank you for taking the time to strop by 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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Time To Let Go ...


Hello my dear friends,

my Christmas creations are all so very special to me and dear to my heart.
I have not sold many of them over the years but I am now changing that because I can't hold on to everything I make anymore.

In 2014 I made a creation that I have now listed for sale in my Etsy shop. It is a one of a kind creation and just shouts Christmas time in my eyes. It is my pocket watch creation that I named ...

... "Christmas Time" .



Christmas Time

You can see a little more of this creation if you like, just click the link above.

I will be listing more of my past creations hopefully in the near future and possible a few new ones too. So if you would like to see what those will be, why not stop by either here or at my Etsy shop now and then. You will find the link to it on my right side bar.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting me here at Todolwen, it was so nice of you.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

To Go Bold ...


Hello my dear friends,

the creation I am sharing with all of you today was made earlier this year when it was still gray outside, raining and even snowing a little off and on here in Southern Ontario. We had recently gotten through an ice storm with thankfully no damage to our home or trees. That was over 6 months ago and that this is another one of my late posts. This creation has been sitting in my studio since then, waiting patiently for me to get into gear yet again. (Sigh, I so need to get more "late" posts written!)

Most of you know who much I love the snow and Winter but on that day I was looking forward to bright green grass, bright colored flowers, blue skies and sunshine because the grey outside is giving me the blues. Another thing you all know is that I love, love, love to use subtle colors so much when I create but not that day. That day's theme was "go bold or don't bother!" On one of my weekend outings with my two lovely daughters I found this pretty piece and it was the pansies that just did it for me, so the old sugar bowl just had to come home with me.


The photo of the sugar bowl looks a little blurry but it is the design on the bowl and not my camera that is the reason for this. The design has been applied slightly off but when you look at the actual piece it isn't as noticeable for some reason.


 I knew exactly how I wanted this piece to look once I was done with it.
Again my stash of cotton velvet was the first thing I had a look at and I was so fortunate to find a piece of it in the right shade of green that I needed. When it came to the seam binding that I wanted to use with it, it wasn't that easy. I don't have many colors of seam binding so I hand dye it when I need it. I try to get the right color through trail and error. It doesn't always work but this time I got the right shade of purple first time. Matched up with the green velvet, it was perfect in my eyes. One more thing was needed though ... that final special touch.

I knew that I would have something that would work but I didn't know that I had the perfect piece sitting in a drawer until I opened it and ...


... found this!
It was beyond perfect in my eyes and it was as it had been waiting all the time for that sugar bowl.

My newest pincushion is finished (since months) and I am happy to finally share it with all of you. They do say, better late than never, right?! When it came to naming it, there was only one name I could pick and that was ...

"The Bold And Beautiful".
(Do you think it fits?)









I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation. I have actually enjoyed making using the bolder colors, something I might do more often in the future.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

My One and Only ....


Hello my dear friends,

 Happy Spook Night!


Before I share my newest creation I just wanted to say that it almost didn't happen.
I had started off with a neat idea but whilst working on it I spent quite some time looking at it again and again and every time I looked at it, a little voice in my head said "Nope, not you." Thankfully I didn't give in to that voice and I am buzzed to finally share my one and only Halloween pumpkin for this year with all of you ghosts, ghouls and witches and that on the spookiest night of the year.

Remember that things didn't go well when it came to dying the fabric but I made do with what I had. Together with the purple seam binding, black velvet leaves (sorry, not photos of when I made them), the beautiful old tarnished fork and my little jingle bell spider (which I named Cobweb) this creation has now "come to life" and I am lovin' it!

I called it ...

"Cobweb's Home"

And this is it!


I am happy that I went with everything I thought of using instead of only some of it.
That has made this spooky creation perfect in my eyes.









(I am sorry that some of the pictures are a little blurry.
 It is either my eyes or the camera lens, not sure which one just yet)

I hope that you like my spooktacular creation as much as I, in the end, have enjoyed making it.

Enjoy the rest of your spook night and Happy Halloween to all of you.

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

Have a frightful night.