Thursday, May 25, 2017

It's Being A Good Day So Far ...

Hello my dear friends,

so far today is a good day and I hope it will last all day.
Why, is it a good day. Well even though it is yet again raining, things are good!

My fabric dyeing attempts have turned out to be successful!



The colors of the old linen and seam binding match very nicely, better than I had hoped really.
I have a little picture in my head of what I am going to do with them.

My lily of the valley is blooming so beautifully this year in our garden and there are so much more of it this time which makes me very happy. I do love nature so much!


I took this photograph just after it had stopped raining earlier.

And last but not least ...

... the mailman was here!

He brought me the the first one of two parcels I was waiting for ...


... and I am so buzzed with what it inside it! ~ Just take a look! ...


... Lovely old pocket watch casings!


Oh, how I love old pieces like this ~ I just can't seem to get enough of them!

Some of them are going to become one of my favorite things that I just love to create. 
That is the reason why I needed the seam binding and linen in shades of blue. I am sure that a few of you already know what I am going to be making in the next few days.

 So whenever you have a few spare moments, stop by and visit me here at Todolwen 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.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cuteness Alert! ~ Baby Cottontail ...

Hello my dear friends,

 this post is going to be full of cuteness, so be aware that you will be doing a lot of  'awing'! 

We have a little baby cottontail that visits our garden since a few weeks now and  yesterday morning it was back again. I hadn't seen it in several days and I was a little worried but the little furry baby it is safe and well and thriving by the look of things. I was able to take some photos of the little critter and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

And here is the cute little thing. Awe, it makes my heart melt!

  







Isn't it just so adorable?! 
I love it when I am able to watch the critters in our garden. There is just something so special about it, it is peaceful and just puts a smile in my heart.

I didn't just do bunny watching yesterday. 
Remember a few days ago I dyed some seam binding in lovely shades of blue? ... 


... I have now also dyed some small pieces of vintage linen fabric to match the seam binding.
 I have a few ideas of what I want to do with the fabric and seam binding and hopefully I will be able to work on them very soon. There are actually so many different things I would like to work on right now. Home and garden stuff and creating stuff too. Oh, the days just hasn't got enough hours for me but there is no time like the present as they say, so I am going to wish you all a lovely day and head to my studio and see if I can be a little creative.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Second Try, A Little Better Than The First ...

Hello my dear friends,

I am so determent to get better at watercolor painting and like I said in my last post ...'practice makes perfect' and if not perfect, at least a little better! And that is what I am doing ... I am practicing and hopefully getting a little better. 

This time I decided not to watch another video but try it on my own.
 I chose a  picture I recently had taken at Lake Huron (Sorry, I haven't shared them yet with all of you, once again I am behind in posting.) I found a photograph that I liked very much and set to work on it. I also changed another thing this time round. This time I drew very fine pencil lines to mark the areas out on my paper and then went over them with an almost empty Micron marker. Once that was done, I erased all of the pencil lines completely. Now it was time to put paint to paper. Just going by what and how I saw it, I mixed the colors I needed and bit by bit my colorless paper turned into a little painting and this time, I am quite happy with it!

This is the photograph I chose ...


... the beach at Grand Bend, Lake Huron.

My line drawing followed ...


... and then the colors.

And this is my little painting completed.

It's called ... 'A Morning At The Beach'.


My colors aren't quite there yet as they are in the photograph but it is a little step in the right direction I think.


I know, it's not perfect again but it is a little better than my first painting and that already is a huge success to me and that has put a tiny smile in my heart.

Seriously ... everyone of you! ... Try something new!
 Challenge yourself  to do something you haven't done before. It doesn't have to be this huge thing, it can be something little, just like I did. You might just find 'your thing'!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me here at Todolwen 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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Rainy Sunday Well Spent ...

Hello my dear friends,

yesterday was a dull and rainy day and I didn't have to go anywhere which was so nice!

I had cut my lawn, front and back and tidied the front of our property up the day before and now it was time to relax. But what to do? I have been playing with the thought of trying myself at watercolor painting since a little while now and today was the day. I found an artist on YouTube that I really liked. His name is Peter Sheeler and he is actually from Ontario! I took to watching several of his tutorials and then it got serious ... time to try it out myself. 

My painting didn't turn out as amazing as his in the tutorial but that was obvious to me from my first brush stroke. Mine suddenly had land in the distance where his had storm clouds but for the first time I don't think it turned out too terrible.


It's meant to be a scene of a approaching storm.


Mine just turned out the be a seascape instead. I don't need it to be perfect just a little better than it is. How does that old saying go ...'practice makes perfect?!' I so need to practice much more.

 Once that was done, I just had to do something else and this time I knew exactly what that something was going to be right away. 

I had bought some vintage rhinestone earrings in a beautiful shade of blue ...


... and I now needed seam binding to go with them so out came the white ribbon and fabric dye. Fifteen minutes later and I had two new colors in my seam binding collection.


The top one is a light ocean blue and the bottom seam binding is China blue. I only made approx  2 to 3 yards each and for now that is all I need. What do I need it for?! Unfortunately you will have to wait and see for now. I am waiting for a parcel in the mail or rather two parcels to arrive with some very neat treasures to work with in it. I was the winning bidder on eBay a few weeks ago and I am so excited about it but also so impatient too. I am hoping the mailman will ring my door bell this week some time and until then I will need to find something else to keep me busy but I am not sure what that is going to be just yet. What ever it might end up being, I will make sure to share it with all of you here on Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

At Last ... Pincushion No.4 For Pat ...

Hello my dear friends,

at last I have finally made pincushion no.4 for the lovely Pat.


For some reason it took me much longer than I thought it would to come up with the right idea for this one. At first I didn't have any clue of how I wanted this pincushion to look like and then I did think of something but I was unsure, so I thought and thought a little more and then went right back to my first idea. I chose to go with something I love to make and went back to using a design that I have done before ... my drop cloth strawberries. These fabric berries turned out to be perfect for the beautiful candle holder.


I made one large strawberry and two small ones from my favorite drop cloth.


 I added an embroidered design to them in the shape of little swirls which were neatly stitched using upholstery thread in a slightly darker color than the drop cloth. Some of my purple lines were still visible when I took this picture but shortly after they too disappeared. (I love disappearing ink!)


Of course this creation needed that final special touch and that turned out to be a lovely piece of vintage sparkle in beautiful colors that harmonized perfectly with the gold color of the candle holder.

I also added my seam binding frill to this creation in a very close matching color to the drop cloth. I was somewhat worried it might look a little too much but in my eyes it turned out to be just right. Now it is finished and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

 I gave this pincushion a bit of a whimsical and neat name that my daughter Caylagh thought of and I think it suits this creation very well or as Mary Poppins would say ... "Practically perfect in every way!"

And here it is ...

... "De'light'ful Strawberries".














I have already shownd a few photos of the pincushion to Pat. She has been very patient with me and she loves my newest creation for her. I am so grateful and happy that she likes it so much. All that is left to do now is to wrap them all up and send them on their way home to Pat.

Last but not least ...

... I am happy to do custom orders.

 If you have something you would like to be turned into a pincushion, just drop me a line with a photo of your piece and your thoughts on how you would like it to look. I will get back to you and let you know my thought on it.

Thank you for visiting 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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My Sweet Ladies ...

Hello my dear friends,

I just wanted to wish all you Moms, Mums, Mothers all over the world and every single one of you ...


... a Happy Mother's Day!


May your day be filled with sunshine, hug and kisses, much love and a few flowers and maybe a chocolate or two too!

Many hugs.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Update On Our Nesting Doves ...

Hello my dear friends,

over the past weeks every once in a while I would very carefully glimpse into our blue spruce to see what was happening and the little dove would be sitting there calmly, keeping the nest warm. She sat there patiently for days and days, week after week for about 3 weeks. I didn't dare to look for more than a moment and I didn't take any photos for fear of scaring her. Every two or three days I would look out of our living room window and I would see one of the doves flying in/out of the tree and things were looking promising.


Yesterday morning I was even more hopeful when I saw both doves out of the nest and sitting in the sunshine for a few moments before one of them returned to the nest.



The other one stayed sitting on our rock in the shade for some time and unfortunately this turned out not to be a good sign after all. A little while later both doves flew away and I didn't see them come back.

 Later in the day I carefully took a quick peek to see what was happening and there was the nest, no adult, no babies and what I could see was one little egg.



 I must admit that it made me a little sad, I had so hoped for little dove babies. For the rest of that day the doves did not return to the nest but flew around in our back yard.

This morning there were still no doves in sight at the blue spruce and I decided to carefully take a proper look at the nest.


Just as I saw before, there was only one little egg that unfortunately hadn't hatched and after a very cold night last night and no adult dove keeping the egg warm, I knew that it wouldn't hatch at all. I saw a little hole in the shell and my thoughts went with that the little chick might have tried to get out of the shell and died. I removed it from the nest. It was very cold. Using a flashlight I looked through the shell and I felt a little better after seeing that there was no baby in the egg. I think the adult dove must have pecked a hole in the egg to see if there was anything in it and when the discovered that there wasn't, they then left the nest. That made me feel a little better because I then knew, that I did nothing  wrong and the doves didn't either, it just wasn't mean to be this time but hopefully the next time the doves return, things will have a better outcome.

Nature is beautiful and for a baby bird to hatch from an egg is one of those little things that I call a wonder of nature. Maybe next year one of those wonders will happen in our blue spruce, right outside our front door.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.