Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day ...

Hello my dear friends,

I am very busy these days with all sorts but I didn't want to miss the chance to wish you all a ...


... Happy Valentine's Day!

May you day be filled with so much love, hugs and kiss ...
and maybe a little bit of chocolate too.

Many hugs,


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Being Inspired Whilst Being Under The Weather ...

Hello my dear friends,

my post today is one of those that is late.
 I should have shared this with you a little while ago really but as they say, better late than never.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to avoid getting a nasty cough/cold/flu after all this Christmas but luckily it waited just until after Christmas Day to effect me. In the one hand it was good because I cooked everyone a lovely Christmas dinner before I felt unwell but on the other I would rather do without be sick at all. Thankfully I was the one that got this nasty bug the least, my husband and younger daughter both had it quite bad.

Feeling unwell normally equals not being in the mood to be creative but to instead spend your day in bed or on the couch all wrapped up warm and resting. Well, I did a little of both. My older daughter Ashleigh had seen something she really liked on Pinterest (which had already been sold on Etsy) a week before Christmas.

It was this lovely embroidery hoop creation. It was just perfect for her because of a getaway weekend she and her husband had last year. They spent that particular weekend in a tree house here in Ontario and she had told me how they spent the night looking at the stars from laying in bed in midst of large old pine trees.

And this is the embroidery hoop art piece she found.

(Photograph courtesy of The Beefy Chicken)

This is so lovely!

 It is a design made by Kate Veneziano from 'The Beefy Chicken'. She makes very neat embroidery hoop art and you you can find her Etsy shop here ...


Why not pop over and take a look at her work?!

Where was I?! ...Oh, yes, ... me being the person I am and loving to create, just had to see if I could make this for my daughter for Christmas. I had everything on hand in my studio and a few days later it was done.

And this is my take on Kate's lovely 'Look Up' creation.



It has been some time since I did embroidery. My writing is a little off and my trees didn't turn out as beautiful as Kate's. They are crooked but they look a little more like the real ones where the tree house was built. I used an old 8 inch embroidery hoop that had once been stained but I decided to sand it in the end. It might not be noticeable in the photographs but instead of white embroidery yarn, I used silver thread for the stars and writing in hope that they might shine a tiny bit when they catch the light. 

My daughter is in love with it and that is all that counts for me really. 
Thank you for inspiring me Kate.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A New Nest In The Works ...

Hello my dear friends,

I have been playing with the thought of designing a new nest since a little while. The design is now almost done and I am hoping that I will be able to actually start working on it properly soon. It will be made just like my other nests from a lambswool sweater that came that came all the way from Scotland.


I have always made my own themes for my nests but this time it will be a little different.

Both of my daughters love the classic Disney movies and my older daughter especially. Movies like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. My daughter Ashleigh thought it would be neat to create a nest with a Disney theme in mind but to do it my way. So I thought of all of the classic Disney movies and I have now chosen the one that I think I am happy with. Right now I am in the process of figuring out how I am going to do this and I think, I am slowing heading down the right path.


I have already picked the the yarn/wool that I am planning on using in the nest and I couldn't resist to start to work on it just for a tiny bit. I am impatient when it comes to doing a new creation and it is hard for me not to work on it right away work but to wait until I have the proper time to do so.


It is going to be a little while though before the nest will be done.
 There are going to be so several bits and  pieces that I need to try out and see it it is the right thing for this little nest or not. I also have one order to finish that I am already behind with and a few things in our house that need to be done first but in between everything, I am going to work on it a little here and a little there. I am just hoping that I can make the picture in my mind become reality again, so fingers crossed. Once my newest little nest is done, I will of course share it with all of you here at Todolwen.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.