Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Golden Treasures ...

Hello my dear friends,

I so love to work with old tarnished silver pieces but when I found these two treasures, I couldn't resist buying them. I found this piece first, a candle holder and it just appealed to me. It reminded me of a pincushion I had made a while ago. It too was gold colored and also a flower or rather three of them.

My next finding was from a different store and again normally I wouldn't have thought about buying it but it reminded me too of that same pincushion again I had made some time ago. With that one I had used a brooch that was made up from two golden colored butterflies. It became my ' Golden Afternoon' pincushion.

Isn't this such a beautiful dragonfly?!

No question that these two golden treasures will together become a new pincushion creation of mine. They just seem to be made for each other in my eyes. All I have to do I just have to figure out how I am going to do it and which fabric I am going to use and hopefully I will be able to share it soon with all of you.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Beauty Of This World ...

Hello my dear friends,

this past weekend my daughters and I drove to Port Huron in Michigan for the day and had such a lovely time shopping a little and having lunch. I didn't take many photographs, just a  a few photos on our day out.

We always drive down a country road when we go to Michigan and only take the highway for the last 20 minutes. We would otherwise miss so much beauty of south-western Ontario. Normally I don't just stop at the side of the road but this time I just had too and that twice, once on the way to Michigan and then again on our way back home. You will see why in a moment and I hope you will enjoy them.

This is why I stopped the car the first time ... beautiful Fall colors were to be seen every where.

I couldn't resist taking this picture though ...

... my younger daughter loves photography too just as much as I do.

It is just amazing how the leaves exchange their green coats to the most beautiful shades of yellows, golds, oranges, reds and even strawberry pinks. It is such a joy to take in all of the beauty that Nature shares with us in the Fall season.

That evening on our way home, we were very fortunate to be where we were for the perfect sunset in midst of farmer's fields and a few trees. Posting just one photograph just isn't enough to show you how breathtaking it was!

Our day ended with a smile on our faces being able to witness so much beauty this world has to share and having had such a lovely day together.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here today at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do.
Do come back some time ... you never know what I might have to share.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Early Fall Foggy Morning Walk ...

Hello my dear friends,

remember me recently saying I hadn't been to our park in a long time?
 Actually the last time I was there snow was still on the ground and that is some time ago! A few days ago I did the same walk I always do but it is never really the same. There is always something different than the time before.

On that morning the air was cool and damp and smelt so good. Almost no one was out walking apart from a few people with their dogs. The birds were singing in the distance and it was just so peaceful.

I hope you will enjoy walking with me again.

Walking into the park, everthing was so still.

Looking down at the water ...

 ... a few ducks were in the distance ...

... quietly sitting or maybe even sleeping in the creek.

Here and there leaves were slowly changing their colors.

Cat Tail pond was filled with what I have named it after... many, many cat tails. 

So many actually that there was almost no water to be seen.

The creek was flowing very slowly ...

... and I found the cause of it a bit further up stream ...

... one of our local beavers had worked on it's dam.
I am so happy that our city is now working on leaving local beavers to in live in peace and not having them trapped and taken away.

Little maple seed 'helicopters' all dried up and waiting for the next stronger gust of wind to let them 'take off ' on the flight of their life.

There is something lovely about the fog ... everything tends to look much softer and maybe even a little magical too in my eyes. (Only if I am not driving in it though!)

The water of the creek is so clear this morning and the banks are overgrown with lots of plants from the past summer days.

Soon all the leaves will be gone and snow and frost will cover this beautiful place and make it even prettier in white.

More little 'splashes' of red along the path that I am walking.

One of the nice things that I saw was that ...

... even an old fallen dead tree doesn't go to waste. Instead it gives new life!

I have never looked at this place before. I had to go right to the waters edge to see how lovely this part of the creek is. I know my younger daughter has seen deer resting on the grass on the right before whilst walking here.

Further down the water starts to rush and not slowly flow anymore, taking fallen leaves with it.
There is something about the sounds it makes. I would love to live somewhere where there is a creek at the bottom of our garden or a small river... that is a little dream of mine.

And there is the bridge, the turn point of my walk as always.

This time I went a little further than I normally do but ...

... then it was time to head back.

Back over the bridge ...

... and down the long path again.

I call these leaves ghost leaves. They turn from a lovely green to a beautiful white color in the fall and are just so stunning.

The fog was slowly lifting now and ...

... my walk is almost over.

Back at the top of the creek ...

... one last photo of this lovely morning and then back home again.
I love walking here; It is so close to home and such a beautiful place to be.

Thank you for 'walking' with me and I hope you have enjoyed it.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What A Great Night! ...

Hello my dear friends,

this is one of those posts that I should have shared a little while ago.

My older daughter Ashleigh was such a sweetheart! 

She recently surprised me and gifted me a night out with her to go and see no one else but ... the one and only Elton John in concert!! I used to listen to him all of the time when I was younger and love his music! He is one of those great artists and it is a neat thing to be able to see him live.

Unfortunately cameras were not allowed and your bags were checked at the doors but my daughter managed to take a few photographs on her phone. We both were so buzzed to see this great musician so it didn't really matter that we couldn't get many photos because the experience is was what counts.

It was such an amazing night!

Great music and lots of singing. My hands were aching from clapping so much and my throat was a little rough too at the end of the night from shouting and singing out load but it was so much fun. I had such an awesome time and loved every moment of that evening with my daughter.
One little thing though ... I need to work on my whistling with my fingers again, I have become a little rusty.

I am so grateful for this lovely gift,  a memory that I won't forget.
Memories are a treasure that nothing can replace and I wish you all happy memories in your life.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, October 17, 2016

My Last Pumpkins Of This Year's Harvest ...

Hello my dear friends,

today I am sharing the the last of my Autumn fruit for this year.
Christmas is on it's way and there is so much to create or at least try too.

I made two pumpkins from some beautiful velvet and one from a lovely embossed fabric and all of them in very nice shades of brown.

Pumpkin 'L' ...

Pumpkin 'J' ...

... and the last one ...

... Pumpkin 'L' ...

 I hope you have enjoyed my pumpkin harvest. I had so much fun making them. 

And last but not least ...

 I have just listed many of my pumpkins for sale in my Etsy shop. If you are interested in one of them, why not pop over and take a look? Thank you all for all your kind comments about my Autumn fruit and for taking the time to visit me here at Todolwen.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.