Friday, September 22, 2017

Almost Forgot To List This ...

Hello my dear friends,

I for sure have way too much on my mind these days because I almost ... I did forget to list this little pincushion of mine but now it's done!

If any of you are interested, just pop over the my Etsy shop (on the right side bar) and take a look.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Hiding In An Old Tin ...

Hello my dear friends,

I am sure this has happened to all of you at least once ... you look into a box, drawer or tin that you haven't looked into for some time and find something you had totally forgotten about.

That is what happened to me two days ago. I was looking for something and came across an old tin that was just sitting there in a shelf and found this inside it ...

... some of my sari silk nests and the flowers I had made to go with them.
 Ha! ... I had totally forgotten that I had put them in there and not finished them.

 I made my first sari silk ribbon nests about two years ago and these must have been waiting patiently in that tin for me to return to them but I didn't until now. Well, that needs to be fixed of course. It will be nice to work on these again. So in between making some Fall home decor pieces, I will be working on completing these silk nests. Once done they will be listed in my Etsy shop right away if any of you might be interested in one of them.

Talking about flowers ...

 ... another thing I wanted to share with all of you today is my little new mum "plant".
(It has just become a plant about five days ago actually.) My daughter Ashleigh had picked up this little branch of a mum plant that had be snapped off and dropped on the ground at our local Walmart and gave it to me. Me, having a soft spot and trying to make things grow was very happy. At home it went into a glass of water and placed on the kitchen windowsill.

 After three weeks in water my little branch finally grew roots and now it is ready to be potted and moved to my studio which will become it's new home. My studio already looks like a green house these days so one more occupant won't be a big deal. The next time I am going to share a picture of my little mum will be hopefully when it has grown larger, so fingers crossed it will work.

It is so nice that you have taken the time to visit me today, here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your little stay.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Last Year's "Harvest" ...

Hello my dear friends,

just to let you know that I have just relisted some of my little pumpkin pincushions that were leftover from last year's "harvest'. They are just so neat and filled with crushed walnut shells to keep your  needles and pins nice and sharp but they are also just pretty to sit somewhere as they are.

Each one of them is embellished with crinkled seam binding, some vintage crystals and two of my handmade velvet leaves. If any of you might be interested, why not pop over to my Etsy shop and take a look.

Right now amongst other things like gardening, I am busy working on a few new Falls creations and hopefully will be able to share the first one in a few days so if you have a few spare moments, why not visit me again here at Todolwen and see how I have been keeping busy.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Decorating For The Seasons ...

Hello my dear friends,

for the longest time I haven't been into decorating our home for the seasons other than for Christmas but that seems to be on the change these days.

All of the sudden I would like our house to look a bit different for each of the four seasons. Now I just need to think of what I would like to use. Of course I am all about making things rather than buying them (depending what it is) but I also like to keep an eye on the cost of things too. I am also all about less is more these days and I don't want the house to be filled to the brim with all sorts of seasonal items but rather have a few bits and pieces in every room to make it just right.

I am looking forward to bringing the seasons back into our home with ...

... a little something for Spring,

... something lovely for Summer,

... something pretty for Fall and ...

... something beautiful for Winter and Christmas.

I made a little list of items that I think would be perfect to decorate our house with for each season and that won't be an issue to store for the rest of the year or break the bank. I am sure most of you already have your little collection of seasonal bits and pieces together.

Throw pillows ...
... something quite easy to make. I love that they are flat to store and that they have such a visual impact to the eye.  All you need is one or two for your room to make it feel right. 

Wreaths ...
... is the second item that has a huge impact on a room. I prefer it where possible, that the decor of the wreath isn't glued to the actual wreath but either just stuck in or fastened with a piece of wire so one base wreath can reused for all four seasons.

Pictures ...
... another thing that has a big impact on a room is pictures. You can store several prints in one frame and just pull the appropriate one for the season to the front and on top of that you can move pictures from room to room for a different look too.

Table decor ...
... also a place you can show off the seasons of the year. From faux flowers, pine cones to pumpkins and so much more, each season has its "own thing" that can represent it.

Blankets/throws ...
... the last thing on my list is a throw blanket. A thinner cotton ones for the warmer seasons and thicker, fluffier ones for the colder seasons.

And that is my list.

Now all I have to do is get to work. I am hoping to share some decor for the Fall/Autumn season that I have chosen for our home with you very soon, so do come sometime soon and see what I have been up too.

Something I would like to share with you today is my beautiful Mums.

They live happily on our front porch next to my concrete pumpkin and bring me so much joy.
Again for the longest time I haven't bought flowers but this year I couldn't resist and I am so happy that I didn't because they just too pretty to not have.

Wishing you all a lovely Fall day.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Beautiful Piece To Work With ...

Hello my dear friends,

 a little while ago I was very fortunate to come across a very beautiful tarnished treasure that had be become mine and it did! I normally don't often work with bigger pieces but this one was a must for me. In the past I have used old cookie cutters, butter dishes and lids and turned them into these lovely pincushions.

My newest treasure is a step up from these and I am so buzzed to be working with it hopefully soon.

And this is my newest treasure ...

... it is an antique silver plate biscuit tin/barrel. 
It is Victorian and it was made in the early 1900's "just down the road" in Toronto and is now over 100 years old. It is all tarnished and so beautiful!

From the moment I saw this neat piece, I knew exactly what I am going to turn it into!


Not only is the lid just right to become a pincushion but the jar itself is beyond perfect because of it's wide opening. You are able to place things inside it and take them easily back out again. Things like  scissors, measuring tape, thread and thimble would happily live in this neat tarnished treasure ... so it is a done deal for me ... a sewing caddy it will be! I just need to work out the "small print" ... which colors to use and which fabric and whatever else I want to do/make for it. Once done I will of course share it with all of  you.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by here at Todolwen and visit me. It is always so nice when you do so and I hope you will come back sometime soon.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Friday, September 8, 2017

I Just Had To Try This ...

Hello my dear friends,

you know when you see something which you can't resist and just have to try it out?!
Well, that is what I recently did.

I had seen concrete pumpkins on Pinterest and on other websites since some time now and I had wanted to make one last year Autumn already but never did. I think it was because I couldn't find the plastic pumpkin "buckets" anywhere when I felt like making one. Eventually I did find a few of them but then the "wanting to try it out" feeling had disappeared. That is, until last week.

I feel like that I have become very comfortable with what I create and needed to do something different, so making a concrete pumpkin was the perfect way to go. I thought that we still had half a bag of concrete somewhere hiding in our garage from when our new fence posts had been put it but then quickly remembered that it had gotten wet and had to be thrown away. So a new bag was needed which was no big deal since a 30 kg bag of premixed concrete was under $5. We still had half a bag of small gravel which I also wanted to use. I didn't want my pumpkin to be all smooth and perfect. I also didn't want it to be lightweight so I only use gravel and concrete. The question of what to use for a stalk was not a difficult one to answer. I had some old railway nails sitting in a shelf in our garage, just waiting to be use for something and that was now ... I was all ready to start!

 I didn't take any pictures of the actual making of the Autumn fruit because I forgot too and when I realized it, my hands were stuck mixing concrete and no camera was near. But you haven't miss anything really. I just mixed the concrete mix with water and added some more gravel to it (almost too much), filled my pumpkin "bucket" and stuck the railway nail into the center of it and that was it. After that was done, all that was left to do was tidy the mess I had made up and wait.

Three days later and it was time to cut the plastic pumpkin open and into pieces and hopefully pull a neat Autumn fruit from it.

And I did! This is my Autumn fruit aka pumpkin on our front porch now ...

It didn't turn out perfect, weighs a ton but I like it because it is different!

I am really starting to like this thing of decorating for the seasons of the year these days. Maybe it's something I should look into doing it a little more now. Whatever I do, if anything, I will make sure to share with all of you.

Before I go for today, I wanted to say "Thank you" to all of you for your kind well wishes ~ you are so thoughtful and sweet. A tiny update on my health ...

... the infection in my elbow is almost completely gone now now and my bite wounds are all healed up too but I now I might have broken a toe and badly bruised a few more. I don't know what it is with me right now ... bad luck maybe?!  How did it happen? Something fell behind one of the large drawers of our kitchen island and after I pulled the drawer out to get the lid that had fallen behind it, I tried to get it back in and after the first attempt didn't work, I pulled the drawer back out again and that too much and it fell onto my poor toes. Drawer and all of it's contents right onto three of my right foot's toes. Oh, did it hurt! I don't think I have used so much bad language in a long time whilst walking the pain off. Now everything is taped together and I am again feeling better. I really hope this ends my little spree of injury.

I hope all of you, my dear friends are well and that life is treating you very kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.