Saturday, February 17, 2018

Renew, Reuse And Remake ...

Hello my dear friends,

reuse, renew and remake are some of my favorite things to do these days.

Snow is still falling and it is cold outside and even though I love the Winter so much with all it's white beauty, I am thinking of Spring with all it's bright colors and flowers. I was also thinking of my happy place that lives in my mind which is "At The Forests Edge". That is where my lace mushrooms grow and my nests live. Nothing has to be perfect but everything is lovely and nice in it's own way. Imagination can be so lovely - you can go anywhere you want and today we are visiting my happy place (I think that Bob Ross would like this place!)

In a previous post I had told you about how I went a little overkill making many of my Alice in Wonderland nests and how I wanted to take them apart again. Well, I actually did and now they are redone and finished. The nests have changed a little but are still somewhat the same.

Today I am sharing my new Spring nests and their story that goes with them.

"This has happened before at the Forest's Edge; On a cold Winter day a strong wind blew so harsh again that two nests that had been living in a tall tree fell to the ground. Fortunately they didn't break from the fall but became a little crooked and lopsided. From that day the two nests happily lived at the bottom of the old tree from where they had fallen. Mother Nature had taken a liking to them being there. Winter left and Spring arrived and after all the snow had melted, she decided to be very kind to the little nests. She turned them into blooming pretties. Flowers started to grow and bloom all over the two little nature homes and even though they were not high up in a tree, the birds liked them so much that they decided to lay their eggs in the midst of them".

And these are my "new" Spring nests. I named them "Mother Natures Touch"

This is the larger nest of the two...

 It has white and pink primroses, yellow buttercups, little white daisies and lovely purple violets growing on it.

... and this is the smaller one of the two...

I am so very pleased with the way my "new" nests have turned out and I am also very happy that I have decided to only make these two. Both nests will be for sale soon along with a few other of my new creations if any of you should be interested. Once I have listed them, I will let you know here.

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Covered In Many Years Of Dust ...

Hello my dear friends,

not only do I love creating pincushions but I also love owning pincushions.
 You would think, that I would own many of them but I actually don't. If I count them, I don't even have a dozen that I can call mine. 

I was very fortunate several weeks ago when I was out and about. I had decided to make a quite stop at an antique store that I visit few times a year. I wasn't actually thinking of buying anything but just look around the store but changed when I came across a pair of earrings that I liked. My thought was that I could use in a creation maybe one day which I did. I recently used them in my little  brass tub creation.

On my way to the cash register, I spotted a wooden insert/tray from an old trunk sitting there with all sorts of bits and pieces in it. Not wanting to miss out on anything neat possibly, I had a quick peek at everything and there amongst all sorts of stuff that was covered in years and years of old dust, something again caught me eye. It also put a smile on my face. I quickly picked what I saw up and once in my hands, I went to ask the person that was working in the store if they were for sale and how much they would cost. To my delight they were for sale and the price was an added bonus for me. Of course they ended up coming home with me. I would have been silly not to take them really at $3 a piece!

This is what I had spotted laying in the wooden try ... antique pincushions!

Two beautiful antique fruit pincushions!
 Don't you think they look amazing for the age they are?! ... I just love them!

The one is obviously is a carrot and at first I wasn't not sure what the other one really was. Maybe two pears on a twig with a leaf? I have seen many carrots like this before but never anything like the other one. I did a little research about them. And yes, as far as I can tell, it is a twig with two pears and a leaf. If any of you have a little more information about  these two pretties, please drop me a line nd tell me all about them. The one thing that I do know for sure, is that they are old. Late 1800's or early 1900's.

It didn't take much to tidy them up. An old toothbrush and a little time spent gently brushing the years of dust off and that was all. 

The carrot still has the actual original dried grass attached!

I am so buzzed to have found these two beautiful pieces. 
They are going to happily live in my studio where I will be able to enjoy them every day.

I wonder what I might find on my next outing. What ever it might be, I will be sure to share it with all of you. What have you recently found that has made you smile? 

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Just Wanted To Take The Moment ...

Hello my dear friends,

I just wanted to take the moment to wish you all a ...

... Happy Valentine's Day!

May your day be filled with a ton of love, a tiny bit of chocolate and maybe even a little rose or two.

Many hugs.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

My "Christmas To Come" Giveaway 2018 ...

Hello my dear friends,

it is that time again!

Time to put your name into the basket for this year's ...

... "Christmas To Come" giveaway!

Can you believe it?! ... This is my 5th year now that I have been doing this. I started it in 2014 and I am still loving it as much as I did it the first year. For those who have never heard of my "Christmas To Come" giveaway or taken part in it, this is what it is all about!

 Sometime in February, I share a post about my "Christmas To Come" Giveaway like this one and that is it really. All you have to do to take part is two things ... please follow me and once you do, just leave a comment on this post and on this post only! Then you have to wait a while.

Sometime in July I pick a winner for my giveaway. I notify the lucky person that their name has been picked and then ... nothing! ... Nothing until early December. That is when I mail my gift to the winner, just in time for it to be placed under their Christmas tree. What that gift will be, is kept a secret until after Christmas Day or if the winner decides to open it before that, maybe earlier. When it comes to what the gift will be, at times I don't even know until November what I am going to choose and this way it will stay a Christmas surprise for the winner.

Why do I do this?! ... Because I love putting a smile on someones face and in their heart. But there is another reason too. I remember all the excitement on Christmas Day when I was a young child. I would take a gift from under the Christmas tree and I would have no idea what I was going to find under all the pretty wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. It was just such a neat feeling and that is what I am wanting to give to the winner, that feeling of being a child once again on Christmas morning.

And now it's your turn, click that follow button if you are not already following me and then just leave a comment below!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Rub A Dub Dub ~ A Little Rusty Brass Tub ...

Hello my dear friends,

my studio is like a huge surprise box at times because I never know which neat piece I might "re-find" in one of my drawers or boxes. That is what happened with this piece that I am sharing today.

 I must have had this tarnished and rusty little brass bathtub since years now, all tucked away in one of my drawers. 

Again when I bought it, I did so because I liked it so much but also again I had no idea what to do with it back then ... until now. That changed when I recently found a pair of vintage earrings in an antique store.

They were perfect to become partnered with the little tub and I was excited to be finally able to work with the neat brass piece. What would it become? ... Of course my favorite things I just love to create!

I had some more seam binding that I had hand dyed. This time in a lovely shade of blue. I was fortunate to again have a piece of cotton velvet that was a close match to it and both were exactly what I needed for this creation. I couldn't stop myself to work on it right away but I had a little doubt at first if I would like the end result of this piece. That was soon gone because it actually turned out very nicely and I like very much.

And that is what I am sharing with you today.  It is my little brass rub pincushion.

I named it simply ..."Rub A Dub Dub".


Did you see the little pearls? They are meant to be little soap bubbles!
 My younger daughter Caylagh came up with the idea and I just loved it! They added that little touch to make this creation that tiny bit more neat in my eyes.

I am loving being creative again these days and I am going to make the most of it while it lasts and the ideas are popping into my mind. I am working on a few more bits and pieces at the moment and will be hopefully able to post something new with all of you soon.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit here at Todolwen. Do come back some time again! ... I might just have something new to share.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

More Berries ...

Hello my dear friends,

I am "walking" down my path of making strawberry pincushions right now and it seems that I found my "happy place" for the time being when it comes to being creative. 

Last year I had a custom order to create a pincushion using a beautiful candle stand/holder and I decided to use a large strawberry made from drop cloth with it and created this!

I love the way it turned out ... just lovely! I was very happy and so was my customer.

I liked it so much, that now after several months I wanted to make something like it again.
I had a few candle stands/holders hiding away in one of my drawers since what seems forever and one of them was perfect for what I had in mind. Of course the berries had to again be made from my favorite drop cloth and this time I didn't use seam binding but instead beautiful sari silk ribbon in a pretty shade of green. Also instead of embroidering the large strawberry, I decided to embellish it with some vintage tatting. Little berries that are filled with crushed walnut shells were also a must for my newest piece.

 My pincushion is now completed and I am excited to share it with all of you today. I am so very pleased with the way it turned out, just like I had imagined it would.

And this is it ...

... my "Simply Berrylicious" pincushion.

And that is my newest pincushion. 
I feel that every individual part of it was meant to come together to become one lovely creation.

I already have another pincushion to share with you. I should have done so before I shared this one but I seem to have camera issues these days. The focus on my camera might not bet working properly because some of my pictures turn out slightly blurry. As soon as this is fixed, I will of course share it with all of you again. Right now I am busy working away on another pinkeep as I am writing this post and I am hoping to share it with you very soon.

I hope you have enjoyed my newest pincushion as much as I am enjoying making them. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit me today, 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.