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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A 'Very Berry Gathering' ..

Hello my dear friends,

not only do I love tarnished silverware, I also love tarnished brass as well.

 Quite a few months ago I had seen a bag full of old brass curtain rings in one of the thrift stores I enjoy visiting. I took a liking to them right away but didn't want to buy them without a clue of what I could use them for, so I didn't. For weeks and weeks every time I would visit the store I would again look at them but not buy them. Well, that has changed now. I ended up driving to the store only to buy them because I finally had an idea for what I could use at least a few of them for.

They are tarnished, old  and a little chunky and perfect for my newest creation.

On that same day I also returned to an antique store I had visited the week before and again had see something of interest and again not knowing what to do with them, I left them behind and again now they are mine and the will be a part of something hopefully very neat.

I had seen these brass 'caps' or bezels as it said on the tag. Old, dinged and tarnished, they too were perfect. Of course drop cloth was a must as well and this time I finally could use my reddish dyed drop cloth which made me really happy.

 And what else would one create using reddish colored drop cloth but ...

... little strawberries!

Remember I had shared this photograph of my little berry with you before.
It now has become a part of my newest little making which is what I am sharing with all you lovely bloggers today.

And here it is my first ...

...  'Very Berry Gathering' Pincushion.

I have tried to keep it 'simple' so that each part of this creation could stand out on it's own a little. (I hope that makes sense to you?!) Crinkled seam binding, sari silk ribbon, a tiny piece of sparkle and of course my drop cloth strawberries make this piece what it is.

I really do like the way this creation has turned out and since I love drop cloth as it is ... untouched, I am also creating another one of these neat little makings using it and that I will be sharing with you hopefully tomorrow or the next day.

You will be able to find this neat piece now listed for sale in my Etsy shop if any of you might be interstested.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting me here at Todolwen and I hope you will come back again soon.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. This is lovely. I am always amazed at how you see the pieces and put them together into something so beautiful.

  2. You continue to outdo yourself! As I read your post I could see no possible use for those brass rings (but I also knew that you would have a great idea in store for us). I'm not a fan of polished brass but I do love the look of tarnish.

  3. What a beautiful way to use the rings and bezels Karen, I think these are my favorite strawberries so far. Absolutely stunning!

  4. Now that's using your noggin! Love how this turned out ... perfection once again!

    Tarnish on ...

  5. Always a pleasure visiting with you. You inspire me to create...your creations ae lovely.

  6. Oh wow... I am impressed!
    You always find something you can use for something sooooo sweet.

    Hugs Ines♥