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Monday, August 26, 2013

Creative Clutter Is Better Than Idle Neatness ..

Hello my dear friends,

that is a quote I heard for the first time yesterday and I love it because is suits me so well.
 Things have been very busy this last week again with so many different things to do and one of them was to find a wedding gift for my daughter Ashleigh and her fiancé Ryan from my daughter Caylagh and we were very lucky because we found it!

For obvious reasons I can't really tell you anything about the item we bought ... my daughter Ashleigh always reads my blog posts ... but I can tell you a little about from whom I bought it.
This is Meg ...
... and this is Sarah.
I met Meg ~ one of two sisters (the other one is Sarah)  ~ that live very close to me and are the creators behind ... 'Thistle Thatched Designs' ~ a two lady company that loves to reuse and recreate old furniture by painting them beautifully amongst other things like ... making quilts!
There are just a few of their pieces ...
(Photo courtesy of Thistle Thatch Designs)

(Photo courtesy of Thistle Thatch Designs)
(Photo courtesy of Thistle Thatch Designs)
These two ladies are so creative and I just had to tell you about them and what they do and it was just so neat to finally find somebody that loves creating as much as I do and that so close by to home!
So ...why not pop over to their website?! You will be able to see many more of their finished pieces and you might just find something you like!
After the wedding I will share the piece we had purchased so I don't give anything away just yet but it is lovely and exactly what we were looking for.
And last but not least ...
Remember the title of this post? ... Well, I liked it so much that I created a blog button from it and this is it! (Thanks for telling me the quote, Meg and Sarah!) I tried to research who came up with this first but to no luck ~ where ever I looked it either said nothing or anonymous. 
  I think it turned out rather neat!

Otherwise work on the house is still a daily happening here. We managed to lay the flooring in two of the three rooms in our basement and I also got some more work done on my river bed project. Right now I am planning to paint our family room hopefully very soon and maybe a few more things before the wedding.

The rest of my week was spent  having a little family time on Saturday which we spent together in Canada's Wonderland but the heat and huge amount of park visitors were intense at times. I haven't had any creating time at all these two past weeks really which is a bit of a shame but hopefully I will in the next few days.

Last but not least ...

... I had mentioned in my last post that I was going to list my two original wee birds and nest. Well, I won't anymore because they will be on their way to a new home in Australia. Erica from Queensland asked me to hold on to them until I could give her the shipping costs and then decided that she liked them so much that she wanted them to come all the way to Brisbane and tomorrow they will start their journey!

And finally ...

... I do ship my creations to places other than the US or Canada ~ so if you every are interested to purchase something from my shop and you need to know the shipping costs to your country, just drop me a line and I will do my best to answer your question as soon as I can.

If you ever have any questions at all about anything that has to do with Todolwen ~ please drop me a line!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit me here at Todolwen again. It would be nice for you to do so sometime soon again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. I am going to print off your "Creative Clutter" quote and put it on the door to my "isolation paper cave" (that is what my hubby calls it) since every time he walks into the room the first statement out of his mouth is "So have you seen the top of your work table in the last 6 months?" Silly boy - silly question ha ha! Can't wait to see the gift :)

  2. Great quote....it describes me too!
    Thank you for the link to Meg & Sarah's website...they ARE very talented! Of course you are too. Love those cute little birds!!

  3. Hi love al what I see from holland greats like your blogxxx tanja

  4. please take off your word sertivicatie its not to read