Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A 'Golden' Finding ..

Hello my dear friends,

I am normally not a huge fan of gold colored findings but the one I am sharing with you today, is the one I just couldn't walk away from.

I found this piece just last weekend on one of my junking journeys. It is a candle holder (but that is about to change), made of brass and it is able to hold three candles in what looks like to be morning glory blossoms that are held upright on leaves that have become the stand. I had actually been on the lookout for a piece like this since some time now, of course with a particular creations in mind for it.

Isn't it just such a neat piece?!

I have always wanted to make a really 'different' pincushion creation, something larger and special and that is where this piece comes into the picture. I am hoping it will turn out to be something really neat when it is done. I haven't made my mind up yet on which fabric I am going to use or the color of it. Neither do I know if I should leave the candle holder as is, in it's original color or maybe paint it. In the end I am sure I will make the right choices and once completed I will of course share it will all you lovely bloggers. When will that be? ... I have no idea. I am so busy with so many different projects right now that it is almost too much all at once but then again it's me we are talking about and one project at a time just won't do it for me as you all know.

But do come back and visit me sometime again here at Todolwen and see what has been going on.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A New Nest ..

Hello my dear friends,

when I talk about a new nest today, I am not talking about anything I have created but of what is happening in the front of our home.

Remember these two lovelies?

These two love birds were visiting our backyard for the past weeks and then a few days ago ...

... I saw one of them spending a lot of time on our front lawn,  picking up bits and pieces of dried grass and flowers.

They both suddenly seemed to have taken a liking to our blue spruce tree ...

... which is right outside of our front door and porch ...

... and spend a lot of time sitting in it.

I was getting a little excited and hoping they were maybe thinking of nesting there.

Watching them both spending more and more time ...

... together in the blue spruce ...

... settling down, was a good sign.

The next day ...

... it looked like this one was guarding an opening in the tree.

Peeking inside from time to time to make sure ...

... she was still there and safe.

Every other day, I very carefully peek inside the tree from a safe distance so I don't scare her and she is still there ... deep inside the blue needles, hiding and nesting. Now I will just have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks and maybe this little story might just have a happy ending!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, May 4, 2015

It Is Here! ..

Hello my dear friends,

my mail box is making so such 'music' these day.

Finally it is here ... my mail from the Netherlands has arrived! What is it?! .. The magazine 'Brocante Special' that featured my little hymn page feather and I am so excited about it!

It is a really lovely magazine with a lot of inspiration on how to decorate your home with vintage pieces and ideas on how to be creative.

And this is it ...

... and my little feather on the cover.

 Here are a few photos to show you some of the lovely things featured in the magazine.

Doesn't everything just look so beautiful?!
And is so much more to see.

You even get some lovely paper to create with.

And there it is, my little creation...

I think it says "Feathers telling stories" ~ so true.

(All photographs courtesy of the publishers of  'Brocante Special')

The article about my little feather was petite and so neat and I am beyond happy about being published in such a lovely magazine!

For those of you that are new to my blog, you can find the tutorial to my hymn page feather here.

A huge 'thank you' to all of you, my followers for making me work hard and for making me want to be more creative.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A New Pewter Tulip ..

Hello my dear friends,

I was very fortunate to have found another pewter tulip on one of my outings a few weeks ago and today I am sharing my finished creation with you.

Just like my first tulip, this one too has become a pincushion. This time I used a dusty rose pink velvet for the pincushion part itself and a crinkled seam binding bow with a vintage piece of sparkle as embellishments. It is very subtle and lovely looking in all it's prettiness. 

What do you think?

I named it 'A Dusty Rose Tulip'.

(Sold ~ thank you!)

This pincushion is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop if any of you lovely bloggers should be interested in it.

With this creation now done and I am already working on something new and am hoping to be able to share it with all you lovely bloggers very soon.

Thank you for taking the time to visit 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 and creative day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Mailbox Has Clattered Once Again ..

Hello my dear friends,

last week my mailbox made my favorite noise again.

There is was a larger letter from British Columbia from the lovely Jillayne, from 'A Fine Seam'.
Inside the envelope was something new for me to learn which I am so looking forward to and can't wait to start.

Jillayne is a sweet lady that does the most amazing and beautiful things with her skills which is almost anything to do with fabric and embroidery and I love everything she does.

Here are a few photographs of her work ...

(Photographs courtesy of Jillayne W.)

Here is the link to her blog ... A Fine Seam.
You should really visit her some time, say "Hello" and take a look at her work ~ it is so lovely.

 In one of her posts Jillayne shared her project that involved 'waste canvas cross stitch'. I honestly had never heard of it before and told her how much I loved what she was doing, ...

... so she put a little tutorial together for me with a little piece she had made to show me how it is done ...

... and everything else I would need to learn this technique. 

I always love to learn new things and now I am so buzzed (my newest favorite word) and waiting for a quiet moment so I can start on this new little creative adventure. I will keep you up to date on how I am doing.

Something else I would like to share with you today is some of the most beautiful embroidery 
thread I have ever seen. It is called 'Cottage Garden Threads' and it is made in Australia. I found it in this Etsy shop named 'Braidwood Heritage Crafts'.

(photograph courtesy of Braidwood Heritage Crafts)

Just click here Cottage Garden Threads and it will take you to where you can find this lovely thread.

This thread comes in the most amazing colors and the all have so pretty names too like ... Sail Away, Hugs 'n' Kisses, China Doll and Bird Bath and I could just keep going on and on.
So if you like to embroider or even if you don't, whenever you have a few spare moment, just pop over and take a look at all the wonderful color combinations that are available.

And that is all I have to share for today.
I have been intensely busy these past days. I am working on my older daughter bedroom that I turning now into a guest room. Unfortunately I am also somewhat under the weather these days but trying to ignore it still a little but a doctors visit is also on my to-do list because of it.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit here at Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Can You Blame Me? ..

Hello my dear friends,

 everyone loves to surround themselves with things they find beautiful and I am for sure one of them.

 It could be an a pair of old worn baby shoes, some old keys or an old tatty doily that cost 25 cents. For me one of them is my newest found love for sari silk ribbon in the most stunning colors or a breath taking creation by a friend. The price tag doesn't really matter all that much because I have found items for 20 cents or free on the curbside ~ you just have to love it.

These days I find it a little hard to say 'no' when I see silk ribbon in truly beautiful colors and once the images of what I could turn it into pop into my mind, I am lost. That is the explanation of  why I just bought some amazing silk ribbon over the past few days.

Just look at these color ...

 (Sari silk ribbon from Designtalentedone via Etsy)

But then all this lovely ribbon is not for me to keep but to work with.
 These days I try not to hold on too many of my creations which can be hard at times but I do have photographs of everything I make and that is all I need, most of the times. Of course there will always be the one creation that I just can't let go and these days those tend to be my Christmas pieces.

I usually don't really spend a lot of money on myself  these days but once in a while I gift myself with something beautiful which I did so last week. I couldn't resist this lovely piece.

It is my dear friend Vicki's newest 'Shabby Chic' nest creation.
(Photo courtesy of

I saw it, fell in love with it and like I said just couldn't say 'no' to it and since I have been good and I have been saving, I allowed myself to treat myself.  Honestly, can you blame me?! I love working with lovely treasures and bits and pieces and I love having a few of them as mine too.

After this though it is 'no spending time' again for a while and I am so fine with that. I think that if you treat yourself once in a while and not too often, you will really appreciate it so much more.

Thank you for taking the time and stopping by today to visit me here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do so and I would love for you to visit me maybe sometime again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Nest To Give ..

Hello my dear friends,

I just love to surprise others with gifts once in a while. This is one of the reasons I love doing my ' Christmas To Come' giveaway and it is no different with this creation. (By the way don't forget to enter your name to my giveaway!)

Today I am sharing a special little sari silk ribbon and hemp nest I have created as a gift. I made it for a lovely person I know and right now it is on the way to it's new home and I am so excited for it to arrive there!

As I have said this many of times before (sorry for repeating myself) you know I am not big into colors but I wanted this nest to be like a new Spring day, bright and full of lovely colors ~ I think, I have have achieved it. It took me a little time to find the right fabrics, in the right colors so that the roses would harmonize with the sari silk ribbon I wanted to use and in the end it was so worth the search. I love this nest and I think it has turned out perfect in every way! 

And here it is ...

... my nest to give which I have named ' Spring Roses' .

What do you think?
Hopefully it will arrived at it's destination soon and safe too. I will let you know once it does.
Fingers crossed the person I am gifting it will like it as much as I do.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting me  here at Todolwen and do come back some time soon 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.