Monday, October 19, 2020

Summertime Daisies ...

 Hello my dear friends,

I enjoy working with sari silk ribbon more and I always look for new creations to use it with and since I love to make pincushions and needlebooks, why not put these together? That was the thought I had some weeks ago and so I went to work on them right away. Once done I shared my finished pieces on my Instagram page but since my purple baby (laptop) was gone and I still had a few issues with my new laptop, I didn't get to sharing it on Todolwen until today.

I chose my favorite drop cloth and an antique pocket watch case to work with. I wanted the pincushion and needlebook to look pretty but simple and not too fussy.  With the less is more thought in my mind, I embellished them both only with some hand dyed seam binding in a lovely shade of green and my pretty white sari silk ribbon and glass beads daisies and that was it and I was very pleased with the way they turned out.

Here they are, my newest needlebook and pincushion set that I named ...

... "Summertime Daisies". 

I can't tell you how happy I am, being more and more creative these past weeks, I have missed it so much! Hopefully it will stay that way for some time now so I will have many more new creations to share with you.

Thank you for visiting 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, safe and creative day.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

A Little Something In Brass ...

 Hello my dear friends,

I am really trying to keep busy and create these days and so far I am doing OK I think. 

I am not making something new every single day but for sure more than I have been in the past and today I am sharing one of my newest pieces with you. It is a neat sewing tray and pincushion that I made from a small brass tray, a vintage chalis and a beautiful dragonfly embellishment that I just had to buy on one of my visits to Hobby Lobby (which I realy miss going to). It was almost like they were meant to be together once I turned them from individual pieces into my newest creation. They harmonized so nicely with eachother. 

Here it is! I named it simply ...

"Peaceful Morning"

I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation, it was so much fun to make.

This piece and several others will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop very soon. I will let you know here on Todolwen when they will be available a day or two before so if you are interested in something, keep an eye out for that post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay.

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

Have a peaceful, safe and creative day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

My Newest Pincushion "Velvet Truffle" ...

 Hello my dear friends,

today I sharing another new pincushion that I have recently made but not yet shared here on Todolwen.

I just love to use neat and a little unuaual pieces when it comes to making my pincushions and that of course goes for this one as well. I had found this beautiful tarnished lid in an antique shop and it just had to be mine and so it did but it then turned out to be one of those pieces that stayed in a box for the longest time before I finally refound it and worked with it.

Beautiful vintage velvet in a lovely shade of brown made the actuall pincushion and old millinery flowers and netting from an old pretty hat became the embellishments for it. Everything just harmonized so nicely together and that is why I stopped when I did, I didn't want to over do it.

And this is what I cam up with ...

... I named it "Velvet Truffle".

I hope you like my newest pincushion and I can already tell you that it won't be the last one like this!

I have found an even bigger lid to work with and I can't wait to do so sometime in the future. I have also found some other very neat tarnished pieces to make sewing caddies with again but I haven't started them yet. But I do have more new creations to share so I will be back soon again.

So until then ... 

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

Have a peaceful, safe and creative day.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Of Purples and Greens ...

Hello my dear friends,

do some of you remember my little violet nests that I made some time ago?

Back then I was inspired by a scarf I had seen on Pinterest. Recently I was inspired by the nests I made and the colors I used. And that is what I am sharing with you today,  my newest creations which are a few of my newest pincushions. 

I chose some neat pieces again for the bases. For the one I chose a little art nouveau vase and for the other a little old tarnished teastrainer. Along with hand dyed seam binding and sari silk ribbon, pieces from wool sweater (also hand dyed) and vintage bits of sparkle, both pincushions have turned out rather deliteful in my eyes but see for youselves ...

This is my "Pretty in Lavender" pincushion ...

 ... and my "Lavender Tea Time" pincushion ...

Oh, I do like how they have turned! 
I think I just might have to make something else using these colors again. These shades of purple and green just go so well together! They are so pleasent to look at and so pretty overall, don't you agree?

So, that is all for today again but I am hoping to be back very soon with more to share.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed your short visit today and what I have shared with you.

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

Have a peaceful, safe and creative day.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Blue Pumpkins ...

 Hello my dear friends,

Autumn and pumpkins go together like cookies and cream or fish and chips, so of course I was going to make a few of them this Fall again.

 I also had two customorders for pumpkins placed and it was nice because my customers trusted me to make them something lovely. Appart from the color, which was blue and that the pumpkins should have silverware stems, everything else was up to me. I found a piece of cotton velvet in a beautiful shade of blue and the other bits and pieces like antiques crystals, seam binding and some bits that I needed to make my velvet pumpkin leaves, I already had at hand. It didn't take me too long to create the Autum fruit and one is already at it's new home and the only is still on it's journey all the way to England. I have already shared them on Instagram but not yet here, so that is what I am doing today.

The first pumpkin is already at it's new home ...

And the second one will hopefully arrive at it's new home soon.

These are not the only pumpkins that I have made so far. 
I made a few from linen and a few other ones that are larger than I normally would. They are also not the the same style I normally would do but different, the less is more style. No sparkle and more subtle. I will be sharing them soon here on Todolwen but that is again that is all for today.

It is so nice that you took the time to stop by today, here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short visit.

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

Have a peaceful, safe and creative day.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

It's Been A While Again ...


Hello my dear friends,

firstly I hope that all of you and your loved ones are safe, healthy and well and that life is somewhat being kind to you in this difficult time the world is going through.

It has been a while again hasn't it, months actually and you would think that being at home for almost all of this time it would give me so much more time to create and blog but it just didn't happen that much. I did create a little and shared what I made on Instagram but when it came to blogging, it wasn't in me for some reason. Well, there are a few reasons actually ...

... firstly I was made aware that photos are missing on Todolwen. No idea why and how many but after I checked it seems that quite a few are just gone which is so sad. Unfortunately it would take forever trying to fix this and I don't even have all of the photos anymore. So that really bothered me quite a bit.

Then after almost 9 years my "purple baby" (my laptop) died on me and it was with me from the beginning of Todolwen so I was a little lost. My husband was so sweet and spoilt me and gifted me with a new laptop for my birthday. It's a different to my old one but I am getting used to it so hopefully things will get better with blogging because I do have things to share with you. I still need to get a lot of information and photos off my old laptop but that will be done soon as well with the help of my son-in-law who is amazing with anything to do with computers.

Another issue has been that I had been locked out of my Todolwen facebook account for the second time now due to changes that facebook made. I am hoping that they will soon fix this problem otherwise my page on facebook might be something of the past unless I might decide to start fresh again but I am not sure just yet. Good news is that I am still on Instagram. I like it alot because it is simple, fast and it is "on hand" or rather "in hand" with me alot of the time or rather most of the time, so I will be around one way or the other and sharing with you what I am up too.

What am I doing these days?! ... 

I am working on some new bits and pieces right now, mainly for Christmas and Winter time. I am also working on getting some of my older and newer creations ready to be listed in my Etsy shop.

On top of that I am working in our back and front yard to get them ready for the Winter. 

And last but not least ... we are having one more thing done to our home this year possibly. It all depends on how bad things might get these next few months. If everything is OK, we are going to have a new window cut into the outer living room wall and a transom window installed to allow more natural light into the room. If you don't know what a transom window looks like, it looks like a letterbox opening ... wide and short. I am excited but also worried of course, because I always worry about stuff like that but I am sure it will look great once it is done and that is that.

Now my dear friends, you are mostly up to date with me and my little life.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me today. It is always so very nice when you do.

I hope you are well my dear friends and please, stay safe and stay healthy.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Summer Lavender Needle Books ...

Hello my dear friends,

it's been a little while again since I have shared anything with all of you here on Todolwen. Again I have been busy learning a little something new and using it to create something. I was inspired by the lavender in our garden that is now blooming so lovely and that made me want to make it bloom on my newest needle books too. I love french know but this time I wanted to use beautiful glass beads from Europe to make the sweet smelling flowers and that is what I have done and that is what I am sharing with all of you today. 

And here are my three newest beauties ...

... my "Summer Lavender" needle books.

~ No. 1 ~

~ No.2 ~

... and last but not least ...

~ No.3 ~

I am so pleased with my newest little needle keeps and I hope you have enjoyed them as well. They are now listed for sale in my Etsy shop.

Tomorrow I will be sharing a few new pincushions I made a little while ago.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay and what I have created.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.