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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

'Being Inspired' ~ Perfect In Almost Every Way ..

Hello my dear friends,

my little flowers are now finished and like I said in my last post, they now need a little company in the shape of small leaves that will 'grow' with them.

I knew exactly what I wanted the leaves to look like, I just had to find the right fabric to make them from and this time it was going to be a little challenging. The color of the fabric had to be just right and especially the texture too and I didn't want to budge from the picture in my mind, not one tiny bit.

 I started to look in second hand stores for something like a wool jacket or something similar but I just couldn't not find anything that was right. After looking for about a week, I came across one of our local fabric stores that was closing it's doors for good. That is where I then went to search for the perfect fabric and ... I found it! It was this bright moss green woolen fabric that was full of texture and perfect in almost every way.

The leaves I wanted to make had to be smaller ones but the fabric as it was, once cut would fray on all of the edges which wasn't a good thing. Sewing around the edges wasn't the look I wanted at all, so I had to come up with an idea of how to solve my little problem. The answer was hot water, a few drops of dish detergent and lots of elbow grease. I chose to felt the fabric in hoping it wouldn't fray once cut. Can you believe it? ... $54 the meter and I stick it in a sink of hot water but it worked!

A few hours later and my first leaves were in the works.

 I finished the last ones yesterday and they too are now growing on thin wire stems just like the little violets I made.

I am so happy with the fabric I choose to use to make them. The next step is to make my little woolly leaves and my little bold violets 'grow' together and that is something I will be sharing with all of you in a future post. 

And last but not least ...

... I just had to share this little guy.

He was sitting outside the kitchen window this morning eating a piece of fresh apple I had thrown out for the critters that visit our garden. Winter has return yet again to Ontario. We had a storm yesterday and last night again with about 6 inches of new snow. I don't really mind it at all. Clearing snow gives me exercise outside and afterwards I love sitting down with a hot cup of tea and doing something creative.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here at Todolwen today. It is always 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.


  1. The leaves are wonderful...so want to see how this will be.

  2. Can't wait to see what creation you have in your mind!

  3. I want to see the after...
    I dream when I come here... snow, littler critters...
    Have a good day ;-)

  4. I love your leaves and I love hearing how you go about bringing into being what you have in your mind. Can't wait to see the finished project. Oh love the violets too! :)

  5. Your leaves are better than nature can do them Karen and the photo you have taken of the squirrel is amazing again. PLEASE do a calender for next year with all your photos of the little visitors of your garden!!!!

    Hugs Ines♥
    who would like to sit at your window to see the squirrels

  6. Hi Karen! Winter isn't over in Chicago either. We got a dusting, but that quite enough for me! Anyway, your little leaves are super cute as is that squirrel! Have a creative and cozy day!

  7. Looks like you found the perfect fabric. It made beautiful violet leaves.

  8. These leaves would work perfectly shaped like a four-leafed clover for St. Patrick's Day!

    Just sayin'