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Friday, June 12, 2015

Once An Old Table Lighter ..

Hello my dear friends,

I am so excited to share my newest pincushion creation with you all of you lovely bloggers today!

Of course I couldn't hold myself back to work with one of my newest findings but I always seem to do so when I find something really special.

It was a little tough for me in the beginning to make the decision which way to go ~ either with a more traditional look using red or with a more subtle look and using off-whites and creams. In the end I chose to go more traditional by using a deep dark red velvet and taffeta. The fabrics were from a vintage dress that I had bought years ago and perfect for this piece. Once my mind was made up I didn't waste any time but gathered everything together that I wanted to use and then started to get to work. A few hours later and it was done ~ my newest pincushion creation was completed.

This old table lighter couldn't have been any better to work with. I actually think so far it might have been my best treasure to date! The only little 'flaw' this piece really has is that the top doesn't close completely but it is an old and lovely piece and after all it doesn't take away any of it's beauty and charm.

The lighter part just pulled out so easily and I then I was left with this ...

... a blank 'canvas' and all this canvas now needed was some 'paint'.

On the outside this little tarnished strawberry hasn't changed at all much. 

I just added some little white leather flowers and a collar made from the dark red taffeta.

The inside is a different story though ~ take a look!

I covered the inside of the lid with the dark red taffeta and it looks amazing.
Teeny, tiny white leather flowers embellish the inside of the lid and also the pincushion with a few vintage little pearls.

That my dear friends was my newest little pincushion creation which I have named ..

... 'Hidden Treasure'.

The perfect name in my eyes! ~ What do you think?

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today, here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed my newest pincushion creation. Do stop by some time soon again and see what I have been up to.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Stunning, beautiful, unique.

  2. This is just beyond charming. Perfect choice on colors.

  3. Red was the perfect choice I think - it adds a wonderful aura of richness. I love the wee little trilliums too!

  4. The sweetest treasure~ I love how you think :)

  5. OK Karen, I think this is my favorite one so far! I love the whole concept of it, and it's so beautiful Love to look at your awesome creations!

  6. Oh my goodness....lovely. as I expected a creation of yours to be!

  7. What a wonderful hidden treasure!!!!
    You are soooooooooooooooo great Karen!

    Hugs Ines

  8. This is truly a hidden treasure:) Simply gorgeous.

  9. Karen, you always give me so much inspiration. Every time I go to the thrift store, I'm looking for interesting metal pieces. I'm getting a small collection of them. One of these days I'll take a run at making something, hopefully as beautiful as your pieces. Love ya' Patricia B

  10. I love it. Beautiful job.. I need to find one now to make over. I saw your site on Brywood Needle, she
    asked if we would leave word where we saw your site for her.