Wednesday, July 25, 2018

And The Winner Of My "Christmas To Come" 2018 Giveaway Is ...

Hello my dear friends,

I had planned to get this post out earlier today but I am recovering from a nasty summer cold and today is the first day that I am feeling a bit better but enough of that now. I am sure you are all waiting to find out who won my this years "Christmas To Come" giveaway.

As always each one of you became a number and ...

... your numbers ended up all together in a bowl.

It was time to pick the winner.

I picked the number ... 11!

And that number belongs to  ... Dear Faye!

So, "Dear Faye" all I need you to do now, is to email me your shipping address.
 I will mail your gift to you some time in November, just in time for Christmas. As in the years before, I will not be sharing what my gift will be until after Christmas. This way it stays a surprise gift. 

Thank you all for taking part in my giveaway and let's do this again next year!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My "Christmas To Come" Giveaway ...

Hello my dear friends,

even though my break from blogging is turning out to be longer than I though it would doesn't change the fact that I am having my this year's "Christmas To Come" giveaway and there is still time to enter your name! 

So if you haven't done it yet, head over to the original post and leave a comment.
One thing though ... please enter your name on the original post and there only.
You will find  the link on the right side of my blog. Just click it and it will take you to that post.

Are there any rules to enter? ... Yes, just one little one.
I would love for you to become a follower of my blog Todolwen.

I will be picking a winner on July 25th, sometime during the day and will share it here on Todolwen.
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, May 16, 2018

Lost My Mojo ...

Hello my dear friends,

it has been a while since I have posted anything here on Todolwen and I just wanted to explain to you why. 

The reason for my absence is that I have seem to have lost my mojo and that really badly when it comes to my blog and being also being creative.

Over the past weeks and weeks I would sit down and think of what I could do or make and there was a lot of nothing for most of the times. No creative thoughts came to me. I would go into my studio and gather some things to work with only to put them back after a while. My studio then became that messy place with things every where and any where just in case that thing called creativity suddenly appeared and I wanted/needed to pull something back out again. 

Don't get me wrong, once in a while I would have a creative moment or two and that is when I would start and finished a new creation in a day or so. I have shared a few things on my Instagram page but that is as far as it has gone. Unfortunately those moments have been far and few over the past weeks and months.

 I am so hoping that I am just under a sort of belated Winter blues thing even though I love it when it snows so much. Hopefully with more and more sunny days and bright colors outside it will change very soon again. So please, don't give up on me just yet. I am working on coming back.

Many hugs to all of you.

Monday, April 9, 2018

A Few "New Old" Creations ...

Hello my dear friends,

it is always nice to try something new but I do enjoy making "old" things again too.

I have several unfinished projects in my studio these days and all in need of completion. One of them I re-found a little while ago. It was some of my sari silk nests that were hiding away in an old biscuit tin and with them were some of my singed edge roses.

Looking at it all I thought that it would be such a shame to get rid of everything and not do something with all of the bits and pieces from the old container. And I hate to waste things so I decided to work with what was inside that tin and today I am happy to say that I have a few old "new" creations to share with all of you.

When I first started to work on them I was very unsure if I liked what I was doing or not.

I had planned to use the pink nests with the pink roses but instead the flowers are now happily "growing" on the two off-white colored nests. But something just wasn't right. Something was missing ... something little which I ended up finding in a basket in my studio. It was off-white little stems of stamen. Added between the roses, they were exactly what was making me like the nests so much more and I now feel very content when I look at them. Just like I did with my very first nests like these, I used hemp fibers as the cushion for the wooden eggs to live in and that was all these two silk nests really need - no more, no less. One nest is a little smaller than the other but they both look so lovely in my eyes and have turned out quite pretty. They have a soft and delicate look to them as well. These actually might be the last sari silk nests that I will make but nothing is set in stone just yet.

And here are my two "newest" sari silk and hemp nests.

 I named them ...

 ..."Blooming In Pink"

This is the smaller one of the two nests, and it has 2 little wooden eggs living in it's midst.

And this is the larger one of the two. This nest has three little eggs happily living in it.

I honestly didn't think that they would end up looking this nice and I am happy I decided not to just empty the tin out and be done with what was inside it.

And I did more! Apart from the two off-white nests and pink flowers, there were a few more nests in the old biscuit tin, two bright pink ones and one pale brownish one and some more flowers. After putting a lot of thought in to what to do with them, I went to work and this is what the pink nests look like now!

Yes! ... I took them apart!

They just didn't work for me anymore. Not only did I take these two apart but I also turned nine other sari silk nests that I had made a few years ago and also not yet used, back into balls of sari silk ribbon and I am feeling so good about it. One day, I will find a project that they are made for!

Like I have said before, at times you just have to go back, take apart, undo and reuse!
It might be annoying at first but it might be the best thing to do in the end. Every time I had walked into my studio and saw all of the nests I was not happy with myself knowing they were sitting there unfinished. Now that I have made the decision to take them apart, I feel so much better and I am looking forward to working with this beautiful ribbon some time again. I have donated all of the other flowers that were in the old tin. This way they will hopefully be used by someone else when they are being creative.

And last but not least ...

... once I have enough time, I will be listing these two pretties for sale in my Etsy shop in cause anyone might be interested.

It is so nice that you have taken the time to visit me today, here at Todolwen. I hope you have enjoyed your short stay. Do come back again when you have a few spare moments 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.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wishing You All ...

Hello my dear friends,

I have been quite busy with all sorts over the past few weeks again but I didn't want to miss wishing you all ..

... a Happy Easter!

Have a peaceful weekend.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Walk Along The River ~ Part 2 ...

Hello my dear friends,

this is the second part of my walk along the river Thames here in London, Ontario. I hope you will enjoy it as much as you have the first part. Again lots of photos and few words in this post because the pictures tell it all. It is the walk back to the parking lot. The same walk but a different view and just a stunning as the first part of it.

I would love to be able to go down the river in a small boat or canoe but unfortunately it's not safe enough this time of the year.

Whilst walking I heard a sound that I love. It took me a few moments but then I found the source of the noise which put a smile on my face.

It was a single Canadian goose swimming in the cold water, calling out loudly.
The sun was so bright that I could barley see the goose, so I just started to click away and I was lucky ... I actually caught it in one of my pictures! I love Canadian geese so much. They are such beautiful creatures!

This was the last view of the river Thames on that cold morning. I am so happy that I decided to do this walk, it was so worth getting cold feet and fingers for sure. 

Thank you for taking the time and visiting me here today at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Walk Along The River ...

Hello my dear friends,

as so often these days, I am late sharing something again.

 It is now the second day of Spring and here I am quickly wanting to share photographs that I took a few weeks ago of  the Winter. As times before, I have taken many pictures and again can't choose which ones to share and which ones not, so I am sharing them all. That means there will be a part 2 to this post because I don't want you to miss out on how beautiful everything looked.

After all the snow had previously melted away and had caused a lot of flooding in the city, we had another Winter storm over night with new snow falling and temperatures dropping once again.
I have always had a thing of going for walks in the Winter and this time it took me to the river here in London, Ontario. It was early in the morning which was nice because not many people have time to go for walks that time of the day. I parked my car close to a walking trail and went on my way. It was fascinating by how much beauty I was met during my short walk along the river Thames. So if you have a few spare moments, grab a cup of coffee or maybe your favorite tea and ...

... come walk with me!

Whilst walking to get to the trail from the parking lot, I was already greeted by a Winter Wonderland.
Everything had been covered and hugged by the newly fallen snow. The skies were bright blue and the sun was shining and it was very cold but that didn't matter to me too much. I just wanted to walk and not miss a thing.

The first thing that caught my eye was the warning sign that coyotes were in the area. A good thing to know and beware of for sure but what what did worry me a little more was this!

The previous flooding caused by the first snow melt and a huge down pore of heavy rain a week before had made the earth crack and become somewhat dangerous at the edge of the trail.  

 The cracks were very deep and it the ground looked unstable, so I made sure to stay away from it.
After passing that part of the river, the paths were a little icy and covered in snow but otherwise good to walk on. I just walked and took in my surroundings and how beautiful it was.

The river was flowing fast but almost silent. Everything just looked magical to me and other than a few birds singing somewhere in the trees, there was almost no noise to be heard. I don't think many words are needed to tell you that this is Mother Nature at it's best in the Winter.

So just take a look at what I saw!

Wasn't it so pretty out there that day?

I hope you have enjoyed the first part of my Winter walk along the river Thames.
I am hoping to share the second part of it with all of you tomorrow.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.