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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Very Busy Time Before Christmas ..

Hello my dear friends,

 I don't think I am going to ever learn!

This happens to me every single year for sure. I either leave things way too late or I just take too much on and this year is no different from others past really.

My plans were to create an Advent wreath for this Christmas and more projects that needed to be done some time for December and it just didn't happen.

Another one of my goals was that I had designed a Christmas Advent calender which I was hoping get done in time to share it here on Todolwen before December 1st, also that didn't work out. I am annoyed with myself about this because I should have planned the use of my time better. You see, I am the one that always says to my daughters ... 'Make sure you have enough time because some things take far longer than you might think!' I should have taken my own advice and started earlier this year. but I am determent to finish my Advent calender. What I am going to share with you today, is a little sneak peek of  some of it.

I love that I made this more about texture and not so much about color and I can't wait for it to be completed. I have a picture in my mind and I so hope it will look like it in reality.

One of the reasons that my bigger projects did not get done on time like they should have is, I got caught up working on smaller creations and not just one but several again. I am currently writing the posts for those creations and taking photos too. So in the next days I am  hoping be able to share them with all of you lovely bloggers.

One thing I did complete is that I wrapped all my little gifts ...

.. for some I am using old dictionary pages ...

... for others tissue paper, all both of them all tied up neatly with bright red thread ...

... and I wrote all my cards to go with my little gifts too.
I finally decided to use my lovely little vintage Christmas cards I had found at a church sale a few years ago.

It would be such a shame just to leave them in a box and not use them.

I gave my envelopes a Christmassy touch ...

... filled them with goodies ...

... and mailed them yesterday and I am so happy that that is now done and off my to~do list!
This also means my 'Christmas To Come' giveaway gift that is now on it's way to the lovely Pat who won it. What that was I will share after Christmas.

But I still have so much more to do ... my list is very long and can you believe it, one of the things on it is ... paint the living room within the next week! Will I do it? ... I am not sure yet but I will let you know. I do have many other things to share with you for sure ... an old ball jar creation, a antique Christmas tree candle clip that is true to it's name, a little matchbox that now has a new life and more, so do stop by again some time and visit me here at Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Your little white stockings are delightful - what a pleasant change not to have any bright colour at Christmas - they are so pure and refreshing!

  2. Karen I am filled with anticipation to see your new projects. The advent calendar looks lovely so far.
    Have a creative and productive day, Pam

  3. Karen you're such a tease...but...you always come through with a great project after leaving us in suspense. Nan always said "Idle hands are the devil's playground." and she was right.

    p.s. Love the yarn you used for your little stars, so fluffy and snow-like.

  4. That's a very pretty post - I loved the packaging and the vintage cards. I think over-planning and underachieving are a common thread at this time of the year...but just because we creatives have so many great ideas to make Christmas beautiful.

  5. I think the little white stockings are the prettiest things I have seen in years and to finally use the vintage cards must have been a struggle ( I don't know if I could have been so brave) Set the room painting for a New Year project and just enjoy making these lovely items in your head, Loads of Joy. Mary

  6. Ohhhhhhhhhh, Karen ... that stocking is absolutely TO DIE FOR. So soft and comforting. I absolutely love it.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Karen , I'm a huge fan of yours ! Doesn't matter if you get behind !! All is good !!
    What did you use to make your snow flakes or ?? They look so soft ! I have tried to teach myself to crochet but can't get the hang of it . Brain fog is a terrible thing to have !
    Hugs to you from Arkansas in the US !
    Cathy Thompson

    1. Cathy,
      the snowflakes were crochet from mohair yarn. Don't stop trying to learn how to crochet, it is such a neat thing to know how to do and I think you would love it.
      Karen B.

  8. Wow! I thought I was busy! To think about painting a room too!! I'd never be able to get it all done! You are so amazing! Those stockings are so cute, I love the snowflakes, the tone on tone is lovely! Thank you for sharing! Love ya' Patricia B

  9. I know the feeling of taking on too much and leaving too many things too late all too well. Every year I am determined that I will be organized and every year it comes back to haunt me. It like when I clean up my studio and put everything away and resolve that *this* time I will put things away as I use them so I don't get in that mess again. Then I get in the throes of creativity and all those resolutions go right straight out the window (or under the debris pile, depending on how you want to look at it). Your vintage cards are definitely treasures as is your wee little stocking.