Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Little White Thistle Flower ...

Hello my dear friends,

after I made my little purple thistle flower pincushion, I knew I wanted to make a pincushion but with the very subtle colors like white, off-white, beige and grey and I have now done so and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

I only had one more of the larger pocket watch casings that had the little "ring" at the top where I could thread the seam binding through to make a crochet watch chain. It also wasn't like the plain one I used with the purple thistle. This one had a train design engraved onto the backing. At first I was a little concerned that it wouldn't look nice but it was done, I do think it suits the little pincushion after all.
And here is my newest pocket watch pincushion.

I call it simply "A Little White Thistle".

It has turned out just as neat as my other thistle pincushion did ~ just take a look!

I hope you have enjoyed my newest little making. 

 This pincushion is already spoken for but I am going to be listing my purple thistle pincushion in my Etsy shop in the next few days if any of you might be interested. Right now I am working on a few new ideas and hopefully one of them will turn out the way I hope it would. What ever does works out  I will of course share with all of you, here on Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Have You Entered Your Name Yet? ...

Hello my dear friends,

have you entered your name yet?

There is still time to enter my "Christmas To Come" 2017 giveaway!

All you have to do is click on the button on my right sidebar and it will take you to my original post of my giveaway. You will be able to read all about it there, what it is about and why I do it.

 Leave a comment there and there only and your name will go into the draw.
Some time next month I will pick the winner.
So ... off you go now and good luck to all of you!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Little Thistle Flower ...

Hello my dear friends,

remember this little embroidered thistle flower I just recently made?

I so love they way it looks, just so neat and different too. 

After making the little flower in white crochet thread, I couldn't resist dyeing some of the thread in a lovely shade of purple to give the little flower some color. Of course I couldn't resist making a pincushion that I could embellish with this sweet little embroidered flower. I used two different shades of strong thread for the stem and to hug and hold the pale purple blossom. Two small pieces of sari silk ribbon became the leaves. As always, seam binding was a must and I chose to use the one that is closest in color to the drop cloth, again one of my favorites. Seam binding also became the "chain" of this pocket watch pincushion. I crochet it and as the final touch I added a bow made of crinkled seam binding to the end and then it was done!

I made it very simple but very pretty in my eyes and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

My "Little Thistle Flower".

I love it when things turn out the way I hope they would and this is for sure one of them.
 I think it might be one of my new favorites.

Did you know that the thistle flower stands for so many good things?! Like bravery, devotion, strength and determination and the thistle is also the national flower of Scotland, a beautiful place. And last but not least ... did you know that the thistle is a part of the sunflower family? Who would have known right?!

Hopefully today I will have the time to start working on another pincushion again with this little flower but this time, I am going with the way I made it the first time, a little white flower.

So if you have a little spare moments, then do come back some time again and see what I have been up too.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Newest Pincushions ...

Hello my dear friends,

at last, I took a few photos that I am quite content with yesterday afternoon and now I am happy to share my newest creations, three pocket watch pincushions, with all of you. The pictures are a little lighter than they should be but that doesn't take away from how neat my newest makings have turned out. In reality the colors are a tiny bit more intense than they appear in the photos.

After dyeing more bits and pieces I just knew, I was going to make some more pincushions using them and I have enjoyed making these lovely pieces so much. They are all made with the same concept ... old linen, seam binding, a pieces from a vintage doily that have been hand dyed in some very lovely shades of colors and of course an old pocket watch casing. Each pincushion was given a vintage piece of sparkle that was perfect for it, as that final little touch.

And here they are, my newest pincushions!

I named the first one ...

... "Past Thyme"

It is made in different delicate  shades of green and is just so pretty.

The second one I named ...

... "Summer Thyme".

This one is made with some of my green and purple dyed bits and pieces and again I am quite happy with  it too.

And last but not least, my third and last pincushion that I am sharing with you today.

I named it ... "A Hue Of Purple".

It is made in shades of very light and delicate dyed purple lace, linen and seam binding.

There is just something about these delicate and very subtle colors that is taking hold of me right now, making me want to use more like them which I am sure, I will in the future.

I still have some other finished creations to share with all of you, I just have to find the time to write the post to go with them again. It seem that all sorts of other "things" keep me busy and away from doing so today. but maybe later on this evening I will be able to get it done, so fingers crossed.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I Am Having Issues ...

Hello my dear friends,

it seems that I am having issues ... to be exact photography issues.
(Oh, I hate stupid little things like this that bother me so much!)

I have been busy and have new creations to share but for whatever reason, I am not able to take any photos that I am happy with to share with all of you. I must have taken maybe 200/300 photos these last 4 days and deleted them all again. Either it was too bright or too dark or I just couldn't get a clear and sharp enough picture or I just didn't like the look of them. Maybe I am just being way too picky, I don't really know. One thing I know, is that I am a little frustrated.

The crazy thing is, that if I take photographs from far away and outside they turn out amazing!
See the little chipmunk on our deck ... I took this picture from over 30 feet away and it turned out very nicely, so why can't I take a decent photo of something I have made?!

Talking about the little critter on my deck ... this little chipmunk had decided to become a "house guest" for a several days. It had somehow gotten into into our basement and made it it's home. I haven now caught the little critter and I am happy to tell you that I have successfully re-homed the it to the park down the road, near a creek that flows there first thing this morning. Now that is something to be quite happy about!

As they say, tomorrow is another day and hopefully I will have a post with some of my newest creations to share with all of you, so if you have a few spare moments, why not stop by and see what I have been up too.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today, here at Todolwen. 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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Doves In Our Tree ...

Hello my dear friends,

you all know of my love for the mourning doves that visit our garden and I have told you about them before and about how they have been nesting of and on in our blue spruce tree that is in the front of our house every year for three years now.

Just recently I had shared in a post on how the dove couple had laid an egg just over 7 weeks ago but after weeks of nesting, it turned out that the egg had no baby in it. A few days later I removed the egg from the nest and to surprise the doves started to nest again almost right away. It didn't take long and there was a new egg laying in the nest and I was again excited. For weeks after, I had kept an eye on the tree and the happenings in the nest but I never got too close in fear of scaring the doves. On June 1st as I again took a very careful look at the nest and to my surprise I caught a glimpse of a baby dove! Three years and five eggs later and finally a baby dove has hatched but I didn't celebrate right away ... so many things could still go wrong. One of them is that we have too many cats in the neighborhood that are let outside and left to do what ever they want to do which includes killing wildlife which upsets me a lot. I am a cat owner too and my cats stay inside. It is safer for them and for the wildlife too.

But back to my good news again now ...

Every day I would look at the nest for a very short moment, just to make sure all was well. I didn't cut my front lawn for weeks so I wouldn't disturb the nesting birds and scare them away from their chick. I took notes of when what happened in the tree and waited patiently for the baby to make it's first appearance away from the blue spruce and a few days ago that day had finally arrived!

I was on my way to take a photo on my first rose of the year and had my camera with me which I am so happy about, when I found the little feathered critter, now a fledgling sitting on our driveway.

And this is it! ...

... Our sweet little mourning dove!

I spooked it a little and it went into hiding but I didn't see where. I didn't want to look for it so I wouldn't make things worse but Mom and Dad dove wanted to be close to it, so they started to look for it right away.

They even looked ...

... inside our house even!

They also looked ...

... inside the tree ...

... and searched the surrounding areas too.

After a while they came onto the back deck to get a drink of cool water ...

... and then flew off again to search for their baby again.

For the rest of the day I kept watching out for any signs of the doves and their baby.  Later on in the day at last, there they were! Baby and all on our deck. Needless to say that I spent a lot of time at the windows ...

... watching the little dove and everything that was going on.

I was so fortunate to actually ...

... see the little dove as it was being fed by one of it's parents and also capture a photo of it too.

Just look at this lovely and sweet little bird baby ...

... it took years for it to happen but at last a baby dove is here!

Over the next several hours I also was watched the adult doves teach their offspring how to fly. At first only a few feet, then from tree to tree, from our deck to the fence and back and in the end then from one end of our yard to the other. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to be able to watch all of this. My heart is still filled with so much joy! That was the last time I saw the new little dove and the adult ones too. I am hoping that they are all well and that their baby will grow to be a "big bird" and maybe one day come back to our yard again.

The nest in our blue spruce is once again empty but ...

... maybe next year we will have a little miracle happen in it again.

And last but not least and before I forget ...

... this is my first rose of the year ~  simply lovely.

It is so nice that you took the time and stopped by to visit me here at Todolwen and I would love for you to return some time again.

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

Have a a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Trying Something New And Different ...

Hello my dear friends,

whilst waiting for my newest dyed bits and pieces to dry a few days ago, I just couldn't sit around, doing nothing and wait. No, I had to keep myself busy. I had recently found a short tutorial on Pinterest on how to make what is called a 3 D embroidery. This tutorial was about making a tassel flower. I think they call it a tassel flower because you start making it as if you were to make a tassel. I personally think it looks like the flower of a thistle plant and I liked it's look so much, that I just had to try it out. 

I wanted it to look simple but pretty so I chose white crochet thread, strong sewing thread and my favorite ... drop cloth for this project. I also wanted it to be small, as small as I could make it. My first attempt is now done and I am quite content with the outcome. It took me a little longer than I thought it would in the beginning because the loops of thread would slip out of my fingers and I would have to start over again and wind them up but in the end I did it!

And this is my first little thistle flower ...

I am not quite there just yet with my rough edges and uneven stitches but with a little more practice, I am sure that in the end I will be very happy with it. I am already thinking of what I am going to make where I can use this little lovely flower ... any thoughts? One thing I do know is that I am excited to make more of these neat blooming pretties.

And last but not least ...

... this morning the little cottontail bunny was visiting our garden again and I was able to get a few new photos of the little furry critter. You can already see that it has grown since the last time I shared pictures of it.

The little critter sat in the morning sun, keeping an eye out for anything that moved and then went back home again after a while. It's short visit sure did brighten my morning a lot more than it already was.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

More Fabric Dyeing ...

Hello my dear friends,

my newest dyed pieces are now done and dry and that is what I am sharing with you today.

I not only dyed some more of my old linen but I also cut up a vintage doily and added let the pieces to the color baths. I tried to get them to match the seam binding I had done.

Subtle and delicate shades ...

... of colors. 
Oh, the pretty things I am going to make with these!

Now they are ready for me to work with and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be making more pincushions again. I don't think I have made that many lately but that is about to change. I am also working on a few other little things these days. It is just so nice to be creative right now. I am enjoying myself so much and I want to make the most of it. As always, I will share what ever I create with all of you here on Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and 

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Shades Of Colors ...

Hello my dear friends,

I am so in love with dyeing things my own colors!

Later last night I just had to try my newly bought colors of fabric dye out before I went to bed. I dyed some seam binding and I already liked it when it was wet.

What I like the most about this type of Dylon fabric dye is, that it is for "hand dyeing" only and all you need is a bowl, a bit of salt and some warm tap water and you are all set up to start! When I dye my small pieces of fabric and seam binding, I like to aim for very subtle shades and nothing too vibrant so I only use tiny amounts for the coloring powder which will make it last for a very long time for me. Talking about time ... again because my colors are subtle and not vibrant, it only takes minutes for the dye to it's work.

Last night's seam binding is now dry and that is what I am sharing with all of you today ... my newest shades of color.

Aren't they just beautiful?!

Two different shades of olive green and a very delicate shade of vibrant violet. I can't wait to work with these now but before I do, my plan for today is to dye some vintage linen to match these shades of seam binding and maybe I will even do some pieces from old doilies too? (I wonder how they are going turn out?). Of course I will share whatever it is that I create here on Todolwen.

It was so nice of you to take a few minutes to stop by, here at Todolwen and see what I have been up
 too. If you  have a little spare time, do come back again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Shades Of Blue ~ Another New Pincushion Is Done ...

Hello my dear friends,

I am still buzzing being creative and today I am sharing my newest pincushion with all of you.

 I am a little hooked on working with my dyed 'goodies' and of course those lovely old pocket watch casings too. I just can't get away from either at this moment. Another pincushion was also a must for me! I pretty much used the same concept as I did with the first pincushion just with different bits and pieces. The color of blue in this creation is called 'ocean blue' and again it is such a beautiful color. 

So enough chatting about it, here it is! I called it ...

"Just Can't Stop Lovin' The Blues".


My newest pincushion has turned exactly the way I wanted it too and I am very pleased with it.

I am actually quite happy these days dyeing my own pieces of fabric, seam binding and my crochet little pretties. I don't always use many colors or much of them, so I can make what I need and have no "waste" really. 

Last but not least ...

 I was in Michigan for the day yesterday and bought two more colors of the amazing Dylon fabric dye. This time I went with a green and a purple and I can't wait to try them out. Olive green and intense violet are the new colors I chose. I unfortunately couldn't find French lavender color that I was looking for at either at Hobby Lobby or at Joann's. I did find it though on eBay in the UK this morning and bought it. It is going to take a few weeks to get here but I am so OK with that. I will "play" with the other new colors first and share what I have made with them with all of you. 

It was so nice of you to stop by and visit me here at Todolwen today and I hope you will do so sometime again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.