Sunday, February 7, 2016

My Sweet Valentine ..

Hello my dear friends,

with Valentine's Day it's way I wanted to create some thing sweet and petite and that is what today's post is all about.

I remembered that I had a few old pocket watch casings laying in one of my drawers for some time now. Looking at one of them I thought it would be perfect for a Valentine's Day creation and it was!

 My first idea unfortunately didn't work out so a little more thought went into what to do. Not too long after that, I decided on something different and it turned out to be perfect.

I love to crochet and especially tiny little things and that was no different this time.

I made a few tiny hearts, ...

... a few little pink flowers ...

... and some tiny little white blossoms too.

I gathered a small piece of tatting and last but not least some seam binding.
 Just like the tiny hearts the seam binding started off in the wrong color ...

... but that was soon changed.

All those lovely bits and bobs neatly put together and ...

... joined with the old pocket watch casing became my newest creation.

I named it ...

'My Sweet Valentine'.

Oh my little Valentine ... you are so sweet!

It was actually a little challenging trying to take some of the photographs for this post. The little pocket watch casing is old and the top is a little heavy with the glass in it and every time I just got ready to take a photo of the open case, the lid would shut on me. It took me several attempts to get the photos just right but in the end everything was just right ~ just the way I like it.

Thank you  for taking the time to stop by and I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Todolwen and my newest creation too.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, February 5, 2016

My Garden Critters ..

Hello my dear friends,

you all know how much I love the critters that visit our garden and today I am sharing a few new photos of with all of you Lovelies. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I always love it when the blue jays visit. They call out load and make me aware that they are there, in hope to receive a few peanuts.

A little cardinal came by too ...  

 ... and found a few little red berries to feed on.

And of course there are all the cute little squirrels ....

 At time we might have ten all at once in our garden, playing around, chasing each other and looking for a treat in the shape of a peanut or a piece of apple.

Just look at all the little food prints in the snow!

Everyone is very happy until this stunning creature showed up in our neighbours tree and then all of the sudden all the furry critters were all gone again. I don't blame them, do you?! I would be worried if I were a squirrel.

A beautiful and majestic bird but this time he left without a catch.

The next fethered beings that should 'fly in' will be the local ducks again but it will be a little while before they do because the pool is still solid ice. I am already looking forward to their first visit of the year and watching them swim in the pool and of course I will share a few photos of it too.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Silent Night ..

Hello my dear friends,

as I mentioned before I am quite far behind with things I wanted to share with all of you Lovelies here on Todolwen and this is one of them.

It was a silent night and holy night this past Christmas Eve.
 Everything was so beautiful, calm and all was bright. The moon stood high and shone down on us that night and it was so peaceful. That is what that night was all about ~ peace on earth to all mankind and believing.

 It felt like heaven was shining on us and right into my heart. I am so grateful for this and I will treasure it for a very long time. I was so fortunate to be able to capture that moment in my photograph and I hoped you have enjoyed it.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Spring Tulips ..

Hello my dear friends,

do you remember my little 'Tulip' pincushions?
I had made last year them from pewter candle snuffers I had found.

If you don't ~ here they are ...

I enjoyed making them so much! After that candle snuffers became a thing I would look out for or something similar like it since then but so far I haven't come across another one yet. I did come across something else very neat though. I am actually not sure if I have shared these findings before or not  (I am a scatter brain at times) so I am doing so today (maybe even for the second time). 

 They are two pewter tulip candle holders!

Aren't these just so pretty? ... 
They are the matching candle holders to the candle snuffers I had worked with.

Of course I wanted to work with them right away.

There is the saying ...'There is no time like the present ' and that is what I went with and that is why I am sharing my newest pincushion with all of you today. You know me and pincushions ... they are one of my most favorite things I love to make and I don't think it will every change.

Seeing these little pewter tulips made me think of Spring when the actual flowers start growing in so many beautiful colors. That is the reason why I am named my newest creations my 'Spring Tulips' pincushions. The perfect name for them in my eyes. Another big part of this creation was color. You all know that I am not one to often use color in my creations but this time it was a must. 

And here it is ...

... my first 'Spring Tulip' pincushion.

I named it ...

 ... 'Lovely Lilac'.

I used cotton velvet for the actual pincushion in a delightful shade of lilac which I then embellished with a small piece from a vintage doily. Crushed seam binding in a lighter shade of lilac was also must for this piece. The final touch was added in the shape of a little old rhinestone earring.

 Simple but yet very lovely.


Just like in the past, I find fewer bits and pieces have made this creation come together just right.
 I am happy that it has turned out the way it has and I you have enjoyed my newest creation too.
Since flowers grow in bunches, there will be another little 'Spring Tulip' pincushion to follow this one some time soon.

Thank you for visiting me here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your stay.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

All Wrapped Up ..

Hello my dear friends,

it seems that I am being very lucky and fortunate lately when I am out and about and it comes to finding neat treasures. These days I try not to just buy 'stuff ' for the sake of buying it but instead I search for a particular creation I want to make. Well, that is most of the time but not this time.

I was at one of our local Value Villages a few days ago after donating some things to the store,  just looking around and when something on their 'bag wall' caught my attention. I took it down and carried it around for a little while, trying to decide if I should or should not buy the item. It looked interesting but I couldn't tell how good it was due to the way the item was rolled up tightly in the scuffed up bag and also stapled up with a tag onto of it too. In the end I thought why not and took it home. 

I was over the moon when I opened the bag after arriving at home and took my newest finding out because it turned out to be a lovely treasure.

First I pulled out a little silver plated basket ...

... it was very neat, all tarnished up and exactly what I like but that wasn't all that was in the plastic bag. Out came two little salt and pepper shakers next. And this is where I got excited! The shakers were little metal critters, namely two little birds.

Just take a look ~ aren't they just so sweet and precious?!

The detail on the little birds is amazing!

I am in love with my newest treasure and I think that these little metal feathered creatures will have to stay with me. I am sure I will find a new home for them in one of my nests. What I am going to do with the little basket is still something I am not sure about. Sooner or later I will try and turn it into something lovely and give it a new life. So do keep an eye out for it in the future.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit me 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.