Thursday, October 23, 2014

Please Pray ..

Hello my dear friends,


please include Canada's safety in your prayers.

Thank you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Gem Waiting To Be Re-discovered ..

Hello my dear friends,

on one of my recent outings with my daughters I found this neat little piece. It is a true little gem in my eyes just waiting to be re-discovered.

Unfortunately someone had taken a can of silver spray paint to this lovely piece and even if I try and strip it chemically, I will not be able to save the lovely patina that time gives a piece so I will have to think of a different way to make this piece 'shine' again. 

I just love all the different details this little treasure has and I am just hoping I can do the right thing to it to make it right.







Here you can see the bad paint job.


I am hoping the next time I share this with you, I would have transformed it into a little beautiful gem once again which I will share all you lovely bloggers once it is done. So, whenever you have a little spare time, why not stop by and visit me again, here at Todolwen and see what I have been doing.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fighting A Loosing Battle ..

Hello my dear friends,

it seems I am right now fighting a loosing battle with a very distasteful website of a certain type that just won't stop using my photographs and now my own name too. Instead of things getting better it seems since I have launched a complaint against this website it has just gotten worse for me. They now have actually used my own name of their website and for some reason think it makes things OK that they have now given me the copyright to my photos on their website. This is just insane!! But they are not the only problem, there are other websites just as distasteful as the first ones using my photographs too I have discovered.

It is so sad because I feel actually somewhat uncomfortable right now to share any new photos on my blog due to the worry they will end up on some one's distasteful website again. But if  I do stop that will make it OK for them to do this and it is not. Don't get me wrong, I know that websites of a certain nature do exist and that is fine as long as they leave my property and everything else to do with me alone.

If you should ever see anything to do with my name, Todolwen's name or any of my photographs and the link to an inappropriate website, please be assured that they have been taken without my permission and knowledge and that I am doing my best to get this stopped but so far it's just not working yet.

 Unfortunately some people just have no continence at all and don't care how much damage and hurt they are causing to another person and I am not only talking about myself because many more others are also being a victim of this.

I am just speechless about this matter.

I am not sure if I am going to continue to share this matter with you anymore or not, since I don't want to be reminded too often that this is happening to me and I would rather share lovely things here with you on blogland and not negative things.

Thank you all again for all your kind support and comments. It means so much to me.

I wish you a lovely day.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A New Feathered Visitor ..

Hello my dear friends,

you all know how much I love all the critters that live or visit our garden and it is always so neat when a new visitors shows up.

A few days ago I was throwing a few peanuts to some of the squirrels in our backyard and a noise caught my attention. Looking around I soon found the source of the noise ...


... it was a Blue Jay sitting in our maple tree.

He or she was such a lovely bird and came back several times to get a peanuts from me which were then hid in our and the neighboring backyards. It was so nice to watch this lovely feather being.

The next day a neat thing happened. I was sitting at our dining table and the familiar noise of our new feathered visitor same from our tree again and there was the feathered critter, waiting to be feed and so I did.



The next day a neat thing happened. I was sitting at our dining table and the familiar noise of our new feathered visitor same from our tree again and there was the feathered critter, waiting to be feed and so I did.




The Blue Jay was so  happy to get some tasty peanuts, he or she came real close to where I was sitting on the deck outside so that I could get this great photos of it.

I wonder if  I will be visited tomorrow again?!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, October 17, 2014

My First Velvet Pumpkin ~ Ever ..

Hello my dear friends,

everywhere you look these days, you can find the most beautiful pumpkins created by some very talented person. Believe it or not, I have never made one because I am not really a Autumn person but a few days ago I thought maybe I should try and make at least one.

I found the perfect pumpkin stalk on a visit to Walmart a few days before laying in the bottom of a box filled with pumpkins. I am not really into a lot of colors these days anymore but I had the perfect colored velvet to hand which I had bought a few years ago in a stunning salmon color. I gathered some vintage tatty lace and some paper covered wire and I was already on  my way of having a lovely pumpkin.

I am sure I have mentioned how impatient I can be and it was no different this time. I should have gone out to buy some dried beans to weigh the pumpkin body down, but since it was the Sunday before Thanks Giving when I decided to make this creation, the shop I needed had already closed for the holiday.

 What to do, what to do?! ... A look into my kitchen cupboards and I found something that I chose instead. I had found my dried barley and grain that I had leftover from making heating pillows and instead of waiting for Tuesday and the stores to be open again, I just used that and it worked too.

The final touch for my pumpkin were a bow made from strips of recycled sari silk in a lovely shade of green and a antique rusty key that I added. There it was ... my first pumpkin, so pretty that even Cinderella would have liked it..

And here it is, in all it's color and prettiness ...












I hope you liked my first velvet pumpkin?
It was so much fun to create! 

I have one more little pumpkin stalk left and I already know what I am going to create with it but that's all I am going to share for now. I think. I might try and find some more pumpkin stalks and save them for next year Autumn and maybe create a few more pumpkins then?

Thank you so much for taking the time and visiting me again, here at Todolwen. Make sure you all come back now some time and until then ...

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A New Pocket Watch Pincushion ..

Hello my dear friends,

 since I enjoyed making my last pincushions using vintage pocket watch casings so much I decided to create another one. 

I wanted this one to look a little Victorian and elegant and I hope I have achieved it.
I had some lovely vintage dark red velvet in my fabric drawer that was beyond perfect for the look I was going for. The leftover half from the old doily that I used in my lamp creation was also exactly what I needed. The rest of this creation just came together as I was working on it.

 And this is my newest pocket watch pincushion ...


... 'Victoriana'.


I hope that you can at least a small sort of idea of the beautiful deep red color of the velvet.








I am so happy with the way my latest pincushion has turned out, just how I had seen it in my mind.

Unfortunately it seems that I can't capture the beautiful deep red velvet no matter how much I try which is such a shame, but believe me it is so lovely and rich.

I am hoping to share a few more new creations very soon with all you lovely bloggers so don't forget to stop by from time to time here at Todolwen and visit me again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Success ... So I Thought ..

Hello my dear friends,

this is what I had planned to share with all you lovely bloggers today. I had started to draft this yesterday after noon ...


"  I am so happy to be able to share this with you today.

 I was contacted by the 'Legal and Abuse' department from the domain provider of that disgusting website, who had no knowledge of what was going on and as of right now, the website I had an issue with is ...

... 'UNDER MAINTENANCE'.

I have checked it several times just to make sure and yes, it is not there anymore and I hope it stays that way. That also means that nothing outrages it linked back to Todolwen anymore or at least that is for the time being. And all the other links to other bloggers/crafters website are off that website as well and that makes me even happier now because I was able to help others too by pursuing this.

And to all of you my dear friends, thank you all so very much for all your support and sweet words ~ I love you all for this.

Now I can get back to normality hopefully and concentrate on being creative again."


Unfortunately I drafted my post too early.

Just after I had checked the first website out, I decided to just run a google search on the name Todolwen. Several pages came up and I flew over a lot of the descriptions of the websites and then suddenly, there was again something that made me stop and look further. You will not believe this, but again I found another website just like the first one, but this one that had used my photographs from some of my newest creations and they again added my website name too and again right next to my creations there were very explicit photos.

This time I found contact information which I did send an e-mail too but I again went one step further and tracked down the company that sold the domain name and again you won't believe this ... it was the same company that sold the other domain in the first case.

I again have written to this re-seller of the website now in question and again asked for everything of mine to be removed and I have now also started thinking of informing my lawyer about this.

Now again I am waiting to hear from someone that will hopefully will make sure that this issue will be sorted very soon.

I can't believe how many times I used the word again in this post. I am sickened that this is happening and I am outraged about it so much that I am not sure which steps I will take in this matter.

I would like to warn all of you lovely bloggers out there .again .. this could happen to you too. My advice to you is, once in a while go and google search  your blog or website name. Do an image search on a random photograph that you have published on your site and just check and if you find anything. If you do and you can't find a contact source then don't stop there but find out who sold the domain name and contact them.

Last but not least ..

... I am so sorry, I have felt the need to share all of this with all you lovely people, I just want to make sure that you are informed about what is happening on the Internet and how you can be effected.

Blogland is meant to be a nice place without anything disgusting and distasteful like this.

Fingers crossed ... again ... that this will be resolved very soon.

Thank you for all your support and kind words.

Hug,