Sunday, September 25, 2016

Many New Treasures ...

Hello my dear friends,

I was planning on sharing this post with you a few days ago but things don't always go the way we would like them too. I had started to work in our garden and just got lost in time and didn't get around to sharing it before and therefore you are reading it today.

Due to a little stormy weather the night before we visited the beach of Lake Huron last Sunday, there were many beach treasures to be found. Every other step there was a peace of beach glass just waiting to be picked up. It didn't take long before one of my pockets was full with many pieces of the smooth pieces of broken glass. I also collected some little pebbles and rocks that were neat and a few pieces of driftwood that I couldn't leave behind.

My older daughter found this pebble and she thought it looked like a sail of one of the boats on the lake. 

 That is such a neat thought and it got me thinking about what I could do with some my findings from this walk.

The flea market we went to was very busy and I also found some very neat pieces there and one of them was a 'true' treasure.

It was so lovely walking under the roof of leaves  ...

... with the sun rays peeking through.

In a far corner I saw this sign ...

... and just loved it!

We walked through the ailses of the outdoor market and then finally headed back home after an hour or so. Me with more new treasures in hand.

I found four ...

... of these tarnished chalices.
I love having items like this always around at all times for some reason.

I have never seen a large ball jar lid of this size before, only smaller ones like my old one above it.

Some bits and pieces to use as embellishments on my creations.

And finally ... my 'true' treasure!

I walked past one of the last stalls of the market that had all sorts of old bit and pieces and this one just stood out.

It is a little more quirky than I would normally go for but it too had to come home with me. Back at home, I researched it a little bit more and I discovered the following. It is an ...

... "antique American silver/silverplate figural toothpick holder c. 1880. 
It is a chick's head breaking through the egg with a wishbone base made by the Meriden B. Company #63."

That is an official description that I found on the Internet of this item. Over the many years all it's shiny covering faded away but it is still such neat piece and a true treasure. I am not quite sure about what I am going to do with it just yet. Keep it or use it in a creation? ... That is now the question. I guess, I will just have to wait and see how I make my mind up and that means so will you.

Thank you for stopping by today and spending a little time here at Todolwen and be sure to come back again another time to see what else I might have to share.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Du hast ein Händchen für ausgefallene Stücke und Schätze!
    Ich bin begeistert...

  2. I love the way you always look beyond the obvious and things you find speak to your heart. I find that same thing often happening to me. Old abandoned places feel a bit like dejavu, and some things that others consider throw aways find their way into my pocket. I just rearranged my china cabinet to make room for part of a collection that belonged to my Mother at one time. I came across some old Chinese figurals off of a piece of pottery that a friend found when screening for metals at an old dump. I can't think of what to do with them, but to me they are treasure from another time. Thank you for sharing all your lovely projects, too.

  3. Wow... what nice findings and I know by now, that the little egg will be a pincushion, Karen!

    Hugs Ines♥

  4. Love it! I am seeing a future bird's nest?

  5. Goodness but I sure do love that toothpick holder. Cannot WAIT to see the magic you work on it because I know it'll be beautiful.

    Happy crafting!

  6. Was that the Armada flea market you visited? The season for that flea is coming to an end BUT the Lapeer Flea Market opens the first of October (inside a building to keep the weather off). If you're ever back near Port Huron, let me know and I'll show you around some little know but much loved fleas. Around these parts, those in the know are always thrilled with our fleas and affordable finds.