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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I Love Creative Therapy!

Hello my dear friends,

I have had a lovely time creating something new yesterday after not having a single creative thought in almost weeks now and I feel great!! I felt so relaxed and peaceful which working with all sorts of little treasures ~ just what I needed after my not so good weekend.

Don't get me wrong I did manage to do a lot of work in our back yard as well and I am happy that I didn't give up but being creative is the best and what is my most favourite item to create?

... Pincushions!!

I haven't made any for such a long time and it was just the right "therapy" I needed  ~ making those lovely little things and I must say I am very happy with the result of my work. 

 If you didn't see my post yesterday, these are the little treasures I decided to work with ...

... and these are my finished creations!

The first pincushion ...

My daughter Ashleigh came up with the idea of making the pincushion this way. I am so happy she told me about it because I wanted to do it differently and I know it wouldn't have looked this beautiful.
Thank you Sweetheart for your creative input!

Less is more in this case for sure.

The detail on the shaker top is so delicate and pretty ~ I just love it.

This is just to show you the size of this pincushion.

The second pincushion ...

This is the little tattered jar lid.

I used bits of old doilies and antique buttons to embellish this one ...

...  and the pincushion itself is made from brown velvet.

The third and last pincushion for today ...

... is made from old lace and stained muslin.

 Again old trinkets and a antique button give this piece it's charm.

All the pincushions have been filled with bird gravel. I know that some crafters use crushed walnut shells but I only had this to hand and it's great for keeping your needles nice and sharp.

Creating ~ the art to take something old and to give it a new life. This is how I created my blog name 
~ Todolwen ~ old to new!

I am really happy I could share my newest creations with all you lovely bloggers today and I hope that it won't be too long before I can write my next post again.

I hope you are all well.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Ohhhh my word those are absolutely
    adorable!!! You are so very talented!!
    Thank you for sharing them with us Karen :)

  2. THose are the sweetest pincushions ever!

  3. Hi Karen,
    those are just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a lovely week.

  4. just about the most clever things i've EVER seen! I'm Pinning! ;)

  5. Those are so sweet! I love them! t.xoxox

  6. I love these!!!! I wish you would do a tutorial on how you make your jewelry....Thank you for the inspiration.....I will be attempting to make me one of these....tfs

  7. You've done it again.... You make the mostest adorablest, charmingest pieces!! Glad your creativity is back. I love stopping by to see what you've come up with.

  8. Oh my these are so lovely!! what a clever idea!! Do you sell them?? you are a great inspiration! Thnx for sharing!! will stop in again to see what you are creating!! would love one of these though!! hehehe!

  9. Those are sooo neat! What a creative idea!

  10. So sweet and clever - I'll try it :-)



  11. Karen,
    Your pin cushions are wonderful beyond words!!!!
    Love them both ways.

    Going to show my friends if you do not care. =)

    sweet blessings
    barbara jean

  12. Oh my gosh these are so sweet!!! Would love to share them this coming Wed on my Discovery Beauty segment if that is ok!

    bee blessed

  13. I love this....love this!!!! That is such a sweet little thing...and would be a great gift! Thanks for sharing.

  14. How pretty! I love all of them. Great job thanks to your sweet daughter. Blessings, Vicky

  15. Oh Karen...these are PRECIOUS!!!! I love your wonderful ideas sweet friend, you so inspire me girl!!!! hugs and love, Dawn

  16. Karen, these itsy bitsies are so sweet! You must have tiny, delicate fingers to have created these!

    Hugs, Diane

  17. Hi Karen,

    I happened upon your cute blog while blog hopping. Love your adorable pin cushions!! And your blog name....very creative!
    Stop by and visit my place if you have time!
    Bee Haven Acres

  18. Those are just adorable!! So sweet, tiny and delicate!

  19. These are so adorable. What a wonderful little hostess gift! Even someone who doesn't sew would appreciate this. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I've found you through Pinterest....just now! I'm always late, :-)
    I am a folk artist...Paints & brushes are my usual tools, but I pick up needle & thread to be able to play ...I mean work...on the couch. Sometimes, I just need a change to come up with other things new.
    LOVE your pin cushions! I use old, yummy bits to make my own, and you have nudged my creativity!
    I smiled at your use of Toonies to show the size. A Canadian! And, from Ontario! (me too) Thanks for sharing.

  21. Just got here thanks to Barbara Jean and immediately thought "I will never leave this place!" So beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing.
    Elena (lascosasdeerb.blogspot.com.es/)

  22. Love these! What a great idea!

  23. I LOVE these little pin cushions! They are adorable! Do you have a tutorial on how to make them or do you sell them in your Etsy store. I checked your store but didn't see any. Convo me at my Etsy store " Cindy's Glass". Would love to make these for Christmas presents. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Just beautiful,...thanks to your daughter an idea sprouts...Blessings to you and your daughter! Thanks for sharing...keep up the good work!

  25. Those are so beautiful! I love them!

  26. These are really sweet. Can you please explain to me what is bird gravel..

  27. These are just the sweetest. I love how you spelled your daughter's name, beautiful. Your creations inspire me so much. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Hello!! I read somewhere that fine 0000 steel wool is great for pincushion filling, sharpens your needles/pins, etc. Sounds okay to me, as long as it didn't get wet tho.

  29. I have heard that too. There are all sorts that you can use to fill a pincushion/needle sharpener. It all depends on what you like and what you can get hold of.
    Karen B.