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Friday, May 23, 2014

My To~ Do's Are Taking Over ..

Hello my dear friends,

in these past weeks it seems that my to-do's or you could also call them chores are taking over a lot of my time and especially my mind and when I do finally have time to be creative, I am either not in the mood, too tired or there is just nothing there! Isn't that sad?! 

When it comes to being creative right now I feel it is like when you are trying to light a fire but it just won't start to burn. That is my mind ... trying to come up with something new is just not happening or if it does then only an uncompleted. I think my problem is that I want to do too much all at once again. But then again maybe I am being creative just in a different way or on a larger scale?! I am working on my studio a lot to get it just the way I want it too be. It rained a few days ago when I wanted to head into our garden to pull weeds, so I painted my studio instead. I also painted some of my smaller pieces of furniture too but then after that I needed to rest my poor body for a day ~ moving heavy furniture around on your own takes it's toll on your muscles!

 Now on top of it I am also sick with a cold or flu, I am not really sure which and I feeling quite under the weather so nothing is getting done at all and as you can seen writing a post to share isn't happening too often neither.

But on the other hand I am over the moon about something.
I created Todolwen in 2011 and I am so happy because it has been now viewed over ...

... 1 million times! WOW!
(fireworks are just going off in my head!)

Thank you to all of you who have made my day!
Thank you for all your lovely and kind words over the past years, thank you for your support and for following me through thick and thin ~ I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for all of you lovely people. My love to all of you.

Hopefully I will be better in a few days and maybe I will even have a new idea to work on and share, so do visit me some time again here at Todolwen ~ it always is 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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Have You Heard? ..Vicki Is Having A Giveaway!

Hello my dear friends,

I am sure most of you have already heard the news  ... Vicki from '2 Bags Full' is having the most amazing giveaway!

(All photos courtesy of  '2 Bags Full'.
I couldn't resist and I turned this one into a button for her giveaway.)
This is Vicki's biggest giveaway ever so far and these are the beautiful pieces waiting for be gifted ... 
Woodland nest
Nest Necklace
Vintage Margaret Smith purse
Mini-book of garden verses
Hand painted tea pot and mugs
Coupon for custom designed Needle book
Bluebird and flowers hand painted pitcher

Bluebird collection-
(notecards, book marker, buttons)
Hand painted nest gift tags
Each gift just as beautiful as the other!
There are nine gifts and that means there will be nine winners ~ so make sure you pop over and visit my dear friend Vicki and leave some love!
And since we are talking about giveaways ...
... don't forget to enter my giveaway ...
I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.
Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Springtime Babies ..

Hello my dear friends,

with Springtime finally here and hopefully staying more wildlife babies are being born.

Since just over a week we have been aware of a pair of Canadian geese (which are one of my most favourite animals) that have chosen the 'frog' pond in the park down our road as their nesting place. Of course we have been to visit a few times now and it is so nice to see them in our neighbourhood, feeling safe and wanting to have their babies here.

 Mama goose is sitting tight on that nest since weeks keeping the eggs nice and warm ...

 ...whilst Papa goose is making sure no one gets too close.
That was last week.
Yesterday we took some corn and grain to the pond and we knew right away something was different.

Mama goose had her wings covering the entire nest ~ it had rained earlier and to me that was a sign of something special ... we just had to be still and quiet and wait.

And then we saw something so beautiful ...

... a baby goose that hatched that morning!

A little later suddenly three more little feathered babies showed themselves too!

We left shortly after we took a few more photos so they could rest again.
Some of the photos I am sharing today were taken by my younger daughter Caylagh B. She is getting very good at pressing that button at the perfect time. She asked for me not to edit any of the because she prefers it that way and they are stunning.

And this is why they call it the frog pond.
Not only are there many, many frogs that sing so nicely but also a few snapper turtles live in the pond too.

Today we went back again and had a huge surprise waiting for us ...

 ... there were 6 little goslings in total now!

One cuter than the other!

We kept our distance not to worry the parents and goslings too much as they took a walk down the path along the creek and it was such a lovely sight. I am sure we are going to go back in the next few days to see how they are doing.

A short update on the bunny rescue ...

... as far as we can tell the three little bunnies left the nest a few days after we placed the basket over it. The last time they were seen, they were happily jumping in the grass of my neighbour's garden. Hopefully they will still be around in our neighbourhood.

Thank you for visiting me today here at Todolwen and it would be so nice if you would do so soon again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

For All You Mother's ...

Hello my dear friends,

today I would like to wish all you Mothers, Moms, Mums, Mothers, Mamas, Grandmas, Great-Grandmas ... just every Mother in the world  ...

... a Happy Mother's Day.!

Dickie .. I miss you every single day and I love you so much!

I hope your day is filled with much love.

Many hugs to all of you!


Friday, May 9, 2014

My Vintage Spring Nest Has Arrived ..

Hello my dear friends,

I am over the moon because my 'Vintage Spring' nest has arrived!
 It is so beautiful and it holds amongst so many lovely and pretty things, one of my little 'Flutter~Bys' which has now returned home to me.
What can I say other than Vicki's just has a magical touch to create these beautiful nests!
Every time a nest arrives, I feel like a child at Christmas when I unwrapped it. Of course I took many photos to share with you again. Some closer ones and some from further away so you don't miss a thing.

And here it is ...


... take a look!

There are so many beautiful bits and pieces that make this nest what it is ...stunning!


And there it is ... my little Flutter~By , all dressed up so pretty with glitter and a sparkling body ... just perfect for this nest.

I had seen this little fellow with another one slightly different and couldn't resist buying them. One lives with me in my Vintage Spring nest now and the other one has now found a new home with my dear friend Vicki.
I have said this before but I just have to say it again ... I am so happy that I was able to be a tiny part of this magical creation.
Thank you for stopping by and visiting me here at Todolwen today and do come back sometime soon again and see what I have been up too.
I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.
Have a peaceful and creative day. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wedding 'Leftovers" ..

Hello my dear friends.

I think I now why my studio has taken a back step in getting ready.

My deep down de-cluttering and organizing has now progressed all over the house and I am not concentrating on one thing first. And this is how my newest creation came to be instead of my organizing and putting stuff away but maybe that was needed ~ 5 minutes of creating time.

 Whilst I was looking through some boxes that contained wedding 'leftovers' from my daughter Ashleigh's special day which she didn't want or need anymore, I came across some pieces of old glassware. 
There was a plate, ...

... a shallow bowl ...

... and a glass.
All of the pieces were beautiful and they were all used at the wedding. I didn't want to part with them really but I unfortunately also didn't have any use for them as they were. My daughter Caylagh told me right away what to create with them.

This ...

... a tiered stand.
Doesn't it look quite posh?!

I will be using this lovely piece in my studio (once it is finally done) to display neat things on.
And that is what I am going to work on today again ... my studio. I have so much planned for it and I can hardly wait until it is done and for the time to come so I can finally share it with you.

Thank you so much for visiting me here today 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.