Monday, October 14, 2019

A Few Re~Do's And Pumpkins For Sale ...


Hello my dear friends,

gosh! ...Talk about time flying, it has been forever since I have been here in blogland!

Life has just busy with all sorts these days and I have been sick with a nasty cold these past three weeks. I have been somewhat creative in the past month but I just hasn't gotten around to sharing anything really. Today I am feeling much better and therefore I have been busy all morning getting this post ready to share with all of you which makes me so happy.

I hadn't actually planned to make anything new for Autumn and I was at one point thinking of just skipping it this year but now I changed my mind. My thoughts are with possibly making a few bits and pieces after all in the next few days but today I am sharing a few re~do's that I have done.

 In the past I have made things and I have liked them very much but then after a while, I sometimes decide to redo them and change their look. This time it was some of my pumpkins that I worked on again. They will be listed in my Etsy shop in the next few days amongst a few more of my pumpkins I have made in the past. 

Here is my first remake. It is my natural pumpkin which is made from my favorite drop cloth.
The changes for this pumpkin are very subtle.


 Away went the big seam binding bow ... 



... and now lovely grey velvet pumpkin leaves and more pip berries embellish this Autumn fruit.

The next pumpkin also had a makeover to a different and again a more subtle look. 


Again gone is the green dyed lace, black crystal and larger seam binding bow.   




Now in it's place is a simple bow made from crinkled seam binding and lots of pip berries, a lovely Autumn look.

And these are the other pumpkins that will also be listed in my Etsy shop for sale.

You might remember them from when I shared them for the first time but just in case you don't, I will tell you a little about them.

The first one is my very first pumpkin that I made.




It is made from vintage velvet in a beautiful color. It's stem is a real pumpkin stalk and it is embellished with a piece of vintage lace and a bow made of sari silk ribbon. The final touch is an antique old key that I bought whilst living in England. It is such a lovely Autumn fruit in my eyes and I still love everything about it but it's time for someone else to enjoy it now.

 Second is my little black velvet pumpkin.




This was my first little Halloween creation. 

It also has a real pumpkin stalk and is embellished with a piece of old tatting and some hand dyed black seam binding. It has tendrils made from paper covered wire and the neat little touch is a little spider that made from two jingle bells and wire lives on it. A neat little Halloween creation which is looking to spend some spooking time with someone new.

And last but not least ... my set of pumpkins "And One Makes Three".
I made them a few years ago but never listed them until now.








Each pumpkin is made from a subtle colored fabric and the stem is either a handle of a vintage/antique fork or knife. Each pumpkin is embellished with some vintage tatting or lace, some seam binding, leaves made from sari silk ribbon and a piece of sparkle. All together they make a very lovely set of Autumn fruit.

I have just finished another pumpkin re~so that I will be sharing here on Todolwen hopefully tomorrow. This one has a more spooky look for that special night with the ghouls and ghosts.
So if you have a few moments spare, why not pop by again and take a look?!

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here today and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Whispering Leaves ~ Patchwork Beauty ...


Hello my dear friends,

I think I have mentioned before that I used to hand quilt a lot years ago, something I that I should really start doing again.

A little while ago I was decluttering my linen closet and I found a wall hanging that I had made years ago. Back then when I had my country and primitive phase, it was perfect for our house, but these days it just doesn't suit our decor anymore. I decided to gift it to someone that would once again use and display it which I did a few days ago. My wall hanging went to a lovely lady named Kassy. She lives in a small town called Arva here in Ontario, just outside of the city of London in midst of farmers fields as far as the eye can see.

She has converted the top of her barn into a shop/classroom which is called "The Wagon Shed". This is where she teaches weaving and quilting and she also sells all sorts of neat things. It is such a lovely place to be and this is where my quilt now lives.


The Wagon Shed

Unfortunately I never took pictures of my wall hanging when I made it. I also forgot almost take one with my camera before I gave it away but fortunately I did take a few on my phone.

And this is my wall hanging ...




The pattern is called "Whispering Leaves".

I had found it in a quilting magazine years and years ago and just loved it so much that I had to make it. I hand pieced and hand quilted it, like all my other quilts. It is such a easy way to create a lovely quilt. I had shared this on my Instagram page a week or so ago and I was asked about the pattern for it and where I got it from. I had no idea if I still had it but went on the search for it.


Back in the days this was your storage for anything when there was no computer in the house. A simple binder to hold all of the quilt patterns that I wanted to one day make and that is where I actually found the pattern again!


And this is it!

I am sharing the 'how~to' of this neat pattern today because it would be a such a shame for this beautiful design not to be made anymore. It was published in August 1997 (22 years ago) by "American Patchwork and Quilting" and the design itself is by Susan Miller of  Pella, Iowa.




(Instructions and photos courtesy of American Patchwork and Quilting and Susan Miller.
 All rights reserved by American Patchwork and Quilting and Susan Miller)

Like I said, it is an easy design and perfect for beginners. If you like quilting or want to start it, you should so try this out. I loved making my wall hanging all those year ago and you never know, I might just make a new one, one day.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by here at Todolwen and visit me. It is always so nice when you do. I am hoping to share a few new creation in the near future so do come back from time to time 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.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

My "Christmas To Come" Winner ...


Hello my dear friends,

finally ... I have picked a winner for this year's "Christmas To Come" giveaway!

Just as in the years previous, everything has stayed the same.


I made a list and gave everyone a number.

 Every number got a little 'ticket' ...


... and every ticket ended up in my old biscuit tin and then one was picked!


And ... the number that was picked was number ...


... number 27!

And number 27 belongs to  ...


... Sue Kosec!

Congratulations Sue!
Please email me your mailing address.

Thank you everyone that took part and made this giveaway so much fun.
I hope you will all take part in next years "Christmas To come" giveaway again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Winter Pears In July ...


Hello my dear friends,

this year I might just skip Autumn and go straight to Winter and Christmas creating.

I am sure most of you know the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days Of Christmas".  
Recently I was having a day inside when it was really hot outside and was thinking of what I could make, when for some reason the thought came to my about the Christmas song and it's words. One particular part stood out to me which was "a partridge in a pear tree". My thoughts then went to Christmas trees and Wintertime. And to why not a pear in a Christmas tree? A Winter pear or rather pears. I had made fabric pears years ago but back then they were primitive pears, all stained and baked. I made a template for them but who knew if I still had it. Well, I did and work started right away.  It was all about my favorite thing, trail and error and using neat bits and pieces. I need to decide which fabric I would use, which size I wanted my pears to be and how to embellished them.

I made my first pear but it was too big (this sounds familiar!). I made it from thick wool felt but I wasn't happy with it because it was too stiff. The next one I made from bleached cotton batting. It was still too big but I liked the look of it much better. Still not the right size though, so I made another one this time a bit smaller. It turned out neat but it was still a little too fat. So I then made my third pear and it was just right and that in every way.

The little stalk was something I didn't even have to think about, it would be a piece of a little branch. My friend Lise was the perfect one to got to for that. She has some big branches in her garden and I found exactly what I needed. The next step was to work on the leaf and now I really had a lot of options to choose from. To my mind came book pages that have been painted green or left original, sari silk ribbon, green or white felt or pale green velvet with singed edges. And now which one to choose? Again decisions, decisions.

Well, I made my decisions and today I am sharing my Winter pears with all of you.
I actually made three types of pears and not just one. My bowl fillers, my clip-on ornaments and my traditional hanging ornaments.

And here they all are ...

First are my blow fillers.


There are five pears in a set. 

One large, two medium sized and two smaller ones. Some of the pears have one leaf and some two. Placed into a bowl with a few evergreen twigs or pine cones, they look so festive and wintry.







Second are my traditional hanging ornaments.


The come in a set of 4.

These neat pears can be hung from a length of hemp twine and look so lovely.
Again some pears have one leaf and others have two.





And last but not least, my clip on ornaments.


These also come in a set of four.

Using an old wooden clothes peg, these pears will sit neatly on a branch. Just like the others, some pears have one leaf and some have two.






I am so pleased with the way these wintry fruit have turned out. 
I love the less is more look I have chosen and because of that, they would look so neat in a farmhouse style decor or in a Winter white one or anywhere really.

I have just listed all of my pears my Etsy shop. 
For the first time, these are made to order and they are also limited because I only have a certain amount of my vintage pale green velvet left over for the leaves. As of right now there will be only 5 sets of each style available.

In my next post about Christmas in the summer, I have another Christmas making to share with all of you in the next few days so do stop by again. And ... tonight I will be picking the winner of my "Christmas To Come" 2019 giveaway and I will share who it is tomorrow here on Todolwen, so if you haven't entered yet, there is still a little time left.

Thank you so much for not forgetting me and stopping by here at Todolwen even though I have been absent a lot. I hope you have enjoy your visit and my newest creations.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.