Monday, February 24, 2020

With Summer Time In Mind ...


Hello my dear friends,

I can't believe it's been over a month already since I have shared anything with all of you here on Todolwen. Life has just been busy lately and unfortunately the Winter blues has also gotten hold of me a little too. 

I am not sure how I actually came up with my newest idea. I was looking for something in my studio and my thoughts were with summertime, warm sunshine and luscious green grass when I came across this ... 


... white scrubby sparkle yarn that is for crocheting scrubby cloths for your dishes.

I had bought it a year or even longer ago and it just sat in my yarn box since then. My plan was, when I bought it, to crochet snowflake scrubbies but for some reason I never got to it. So there I was with this yarn in my hand, thinking of what I could make from it and then it came to me!


Like I said, I was thinking of summertime and everything that goes with it and the first step to make my idea was to make some pompoms from the scrubby yarn. Of course I couldn't just make one or two to try things out, I made many! My busy fingers didn't want to stop until my idea turned into a real thing and that is what I am sharing with all of  you today. It takes me back to when my girls were little and it was summer time.

And this is what I made from that scrubby yarn ...


... dandelion "blowy" flowers.

The leaves are made from wire and sari silk ribbon and are very basic and also even tatty I would say but that is what makes them go so well with the white fluffy blooms in my eyes.


Like I said, I did get carried away a little and just had to make lots of them. Now they are living in an old glass on my table in my studio and I love seeing them every time I'm in that room.


I love the way these neat summer "flowers" have turned out and that is why I have also made some small bundles of them for my Etsy shop.

And this is what you will get ...


... a small bundle of dandelion "blowy" flowers.

Each bundle is made up from 11 flowers, in a few different lengths and three leaves. Each bundle is wrapped in recycled brown paper and tied off with a strand of cream colored sari silk ribbon.


Unwrapped each bundle is tied together with some white twine.


These little summer flowers are just so delightful and look so lovely sitting in an old canning jar on a table or windowsill and I find that they are especially neat if you like farmhouse decor. It's almost like you had gone outside into your garden and just picked a few of them from your lawn.



I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation as much as I have loved making them and I already have another new creation to share with you in a few days. This time it is all about spring.

If you are interested in on of my little bundles of blowy flowers, why not pop over to my Etsy shop and take a look at them. As of right now I have 4 bundles ready.

It was so nice of you to take the time to visit me here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay. Maybe you will come back sometime again?

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Drop Cloth Root Vegetables ...


Hello my dear friends,

as much as I love Winter and the snow my mind was telling me to think of creating something for the approaching season of Spring and the idea I came up with was in my eyes just perfect and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

A few mornings ago, the sun was shining in the bright blue sky and the snow was as white as white can be. That just put me into the mood of wanting to be creative. I have been thinking and thinking over the last few weeks of what I would or could make and I have several ideas and projects on my to do list, but none of those appealed to me really that day. You all know how much I love working with drop cloth and sari silk ribbon so that is exactly what I chose.

With Spring decor comes all sorts of neat things and one surprised me actually. Did you know that amongst nests, flowers, eggs, birdhouses and bunnies, carrots are one of the most used things to decorate for Spring?! Yes, you read right ... carrots! I have only made carrots once and they were pincushions made from orange colored velvet. This time they look different and they are not pincushions but decor pieces that would look neat in a wooden bowl or basket, or displayed anywhere really.

Here are my take on carrots ...

... my neutral set, all in cream ...






... and my off-white ones with pale green tops.






I hope you have enjoyed my newest creations as much as I have enjoyed making them.


I have just listed a few sets of these carrots for sale in my Etsy shop so if you are interested why not just pop over and take a look? If they are already gone when you go there don't worry, I am working on a few more sets as I am writing this post.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Another Cigar Box Making ...


Hello my dear friends,

firstly I would like to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year too!

I am still recovering from some surgery I had before Christmas and unfortunately didn't get around to posting a lot here on Todolwen. Today's post is another wooden cigar box that I made a year ago and as so often these days, just didn't get around to sharing it.

I had found this lovely little nativity set and so wanted to do something with it and it seemed that it was made to fit inside said cigar box. A piece of driftwood I had found on the beach and a piece of bark from our willow tree, Salisbury, were also perfect for what I had in mind and with a few other bits and pieces that I had on hand, soon my little nativity scene was finished. Just like my first cigar box making, it lights up and I just am so happy with the way it turned out!

I know it isn't Christmas anymore but I just had to share it with all of you since it is now sold and will be mailed in a few days - I hope you enjoy it.










Unfortunately I am not that good at capturing good images of it in the dark but I hope you can see how neat this piece looks once the lights are on. In my mind things don't always have to be big and glamorous, simpler and smaller are at times perfect in every way.

Right now I am playing with some ideas and also working on a few new pieces too and hopefully I will be able to share something new soon. So whenever you have a few spare moments, why not stop by and see what I have been up to?!

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting me here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

My Little SnowMan ...


Hello my dear friends,

many years ago whilst being stationed in Alberta with the military, I decided to teach crafting classes just before Christmastime to army wives at the MFRC and one of the things I taught was how to make a neat fabric snowman.

Unfortunately back then I was very uncomfortable taking photos of what I made, so there is none to share of the actual one I made. Since some time now I wanted to recreate that little cold man just they way I like to do things these days. It has taken a while but I did it. I am normally not happy with the word "cute" for some reason when it comes to my creations. But with this one it is the perfect word to use when it comes to describing my little fabric frosty man. I finished him a little while ago but again never got to the publishing part of him here but today is the day ... finally ... to share him with all of you.

And here he is, my little SnowMan ...






I hope you have enjoyed my newest making as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

I am planning on making him one of my creations that I will be selling in my Etsy shop for Christmas 2020. I am planning on giving him a few different looks that will compliment each other. I might even think about creating a tutorial on how to make him but I am not set on that just yet. I am also hoping to come up with one or two new ideas to join him in my shop. As you see I have a lot planned for nest Christmas, I just hope I will be able to get it all done. So stayed tuned at Christmas time next year and see what I have come up with.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, December 20, 2019

My Gift Has Arrived ...


Hello my dear friends,

I can finally share what I had chosen as my this year's give away gift with all of you.

For a short moment it got a little scary because it took the post office somewhat longer to get it to it's destination but a has finally arrived with Sue K. and I am so happy it did. When it came to what I would send her my only thought was that I wanted to put a smile in her heart and I think I have done so.

And is what I chose to send her ...

... my Stocking Advent Calender.





Thank you to all that took part again in my "Christmas to Come" giveaway.

Don't forget that there will be a new one in 2020!

I hope you are well and life is treating you.

Have a peaceful and creative day.



Thursday, December 19, 2019

Once An Old Cigar Box ...


Hello my dear friends,

it is mid December so it is the perfect time to share today's creation with all of you. I should have done so almost a year ago because that is when I actually made it, I just never got around to telling you about.

I recently had re-shared my first altered art cigar boxes. After making them, I still had several more old wooden cigar boxes in one of my cupboards now since a few years, sitting there just begging me to work with them again. In that same cupboard was also a bag of coarse bottle brush trees, again just sitting there. They were really hard and the kind that you can't bleach. I was on the verge of donating the boxes and trees when suddenly an idea came to my mind. I was perfect because I could use both pieces for it. As so often I had almost everything I needed at hand and I "found" a small Christmas house ornament in one of my supply boxes. It looked so festive and I knew it was right for what I was planning on making. And last but not least I had bought a kit to make your own 'lit up' Christmas cards from Michaels. The cards you could make were lovely but I wanted to use the tiny Christmas light chains for something special and this project was that something! Oh yes ... and brown paper! I always wrap my parcels with brown paper and one of my drawers is full of the cut offs, so that would become a part of this project too. And of course glitter and snow were just a "must use" for me.

Once I gathered everything together, I was excited to start to work on my newest creation. Like before, it felt almost like I was putting things into a mixing bowl and stirring them around, adding a little here and a bit there and in the end a creation came to be from all the ingredients. OK, it wasn't that easy really to tell you the truth. It took me many hours to make this and I messed up a few times too but in the end my newest Christmas making turned out exactly the way I hoped it would and I couldn't be happier with it.

And now, without further ado, here is my newest Christmas creation.

I named it ...

"Christmas In The Old North".


This reminds me of some of the older beautiful houses that can find in our city.


And this is how the box looks like now on the outside!


The large snow flakes glisten so lovely but unfortunately it doesn't show in the pictures.


And this is my favorite part ... 


... it lights up!



And this is what it looks like in the dark ...


Like I said, I couldn't be happier with the way this piece has turned out.
It is now being wrapped up and soon it will be on it's way to it's new home.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do and I hope you will return sometime again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sari Silk Summer Hydrangeas ...


Hello my dear friends,

do you remember my sari silk hydrangeas that I embroidered onto needle books? I had so much fun making them that I wanted to make something else with them and I did.



I had two little tarnished silver plate baskets that were perfect for the job and once I had gathered what I needed it didn't take too long for my idea to come to life. I had shared them on my Instagram page a while ago but didn't get around to sharing with all of you here, so that is what I am doing today!

Two of my newest pincushions ... "Summer Hydrangeas"

Each pincushion has over 35 small double layered flowers made from sari silk ribbon. The leaves are also made from sari silk ribbon in a lovely shade of green.

The first one is my lilac hydrangea basket ...




... and my second one is my pink hydrangea basket.




These two pincushions are now also listed in my Etsy shop.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here at Todolwen, it is always so nice when you do.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind

Have a peaceful and creative day.