Tuesday, November 12, 2019

My One And Only Ball Jar ...

Hello my dear friends,

today's creation is one that I started and finish almost 3 years ago (yes, you did read right) but I never shared it because after it was completed there was a sort of "technical" issue with it which I didn't foresee. It unfortunately didn't work out the way I had hoped it would and the jar ended up in a back corner of one of my shelves ~ not forgotten but also not often remembered.

Back then, in 2016, I even I started to write this post but also never finished.
 I wasn't sure how I was going to fix what was wrong with my creation and make it the way I saw it in my mind but I did it now and I am so happy! I am finally ready to share it with all of  you. 
I am leaving the original part of this post as it is from 3 years ago and just adding on to it.

June/July 2016 ...

I own many mason jars but ...


... I only have one single old ball jar and it is a beautiful shade of blue.

Wanting to create something every neat with it, I have been putting a lot of thought into what that could be. It took a little time but it then suddenly came to me. Since I love Christmas and Winter the theme was now set. I don't know why but I always seem to end up picking Christmas as a theme in the summer time when it is hot outside.

 Already a picture started to appear in my mind of how I would love it to look like once it is done and now all I had to do is work on it actually happening. My idea was to create a Winter scene behind the lovely old blue shaded glass of the jar with snow, glitter and sparkles and then it should have that special 'thing' as well. Some more thinking was required and I had the perfect idea to make this creation with that very special little touch.

And this special touch was this ...


... a small solar light.

I purchased it from Michaels and was so buzzed I that I did.



 I removed the solar part from the tin lid and then fixed it to an old mason jar lid. Some fake snow and the look was perfect! I finished the inside of the jar as well and it looked just like I wanted it too.

Continue 2019 ...

That is how far I got in 2016. After finishing the jar, I placed the lid on it and then sat it on the windowsill in the sunshine to charge the solar panel. Not a good idea at all because that is when things went wrong. Within minutes the jar started to show signs of condensation which is an awful thing when it comes to fake snow. It can cause it to go damp and even moldy, so off came the lid right away and back to the drawing board I went. I looked but didn't find what I needed to make my little Christmas jar light up the way I wanted it to, so I just put it aside.

 That was until a few days ago. I was again was at Michaels looking for some beads when I stumbled across some Fall jars that had little lights that were meant to be fireflies in it and that was it ... finally the solution to my problem! I bought a few of them and back at home I headed into my studio and grabbed my ball jar once again from the back of that shelf. A little later and it was finally fixed and completed once again and this time the proper way. And I am one happy girl!

Now after 3 year I am finally able to share this creation with all of you today.

It is my one and only ball jar creation and I named it ...

... 'Noel'.

And this is it! ...


I chose to create a little Winter scene inside the pretty blue glass jar. 

And this time I left the original lid ...


... as is without any snow.
You know that less is more thing I like to do at times.


A simple tag all stained and glistening ...


... on a seam binding bow is all the embellishment this piece needed in my eyes because the inside is where all the prettiness lives.


A little bleached bottle brush tree all covered in glistening snow and ...


... one of my little pewter rabbits lives under it quite happily.


The tree is all decorated with a sparkly star ...


... and with pearls and more little sparkles.


And here is that little special thing about this creation.

Once it gets dark outside ...


... you can light it up ~ just as if the moon and stars would shine on a cold Winter night.
And it even has a timer! Perfect in every way in my little world.

This creation at last looks just like the way I wanted it to.
It has the sparkle and glitter I wanted it to have ...
... the Winter feel and snow I wanted it to have ...
... and most of all ...
... that special little touch I so wanted it to have.

I am so pleased that I was finally able to finish and share this creation with all of you and I hope you have enjoyed it. It will be listed in my Etsy shop later on today.

Thank you so much for visiting me here at Todolwen, it is always so nice when you do and maybe 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.

Friday, November 8, 2019

More Winter White Fruit ...


Hello my dear friends,

 I enjoyed making my Winter white pears so much that I just wanted to make more like this and I did ... well, not exactly actually.

I didn't make more pears but instead I made another Winter fruit ornament. I got the perfect idea right from our back yard. We have lots of squirrels in our neighborhood and they tend to bury all sort of stuff in our garden including crab apples and as annoying as they can be, I really like their look. So that is what I made ... little Winter White crab apples. I used my pear pattern and tweaked it and changed it and went to work. I started with one but soon after that here were half a dozen of them and I am so happy with they way they have turned out again or almost. I shared them with my Instagram friend Becky from 'Flax and Willow' and I was asked if  I was going to add little glitter to the fruit and not just the leaf. I had already thought about it but just not decided on it. But Becky gave me that little push I needed and I am so happy she did! It was that final touch they needed to look just perfect in my eyes!

Festive and simple but yet very lovely!






They are perfect to be "paired" with my little Winter white pears.
My little crab apples are now listed as a made to order item in my Etsy shop.


 They will come in sets of 6 and would look great in any Winter/Christmas decor, so if you need a little something wintry white and naturey for your Christmas tree, these might just be right!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting 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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Just A Few More Spooky Ones ...


Hello my dear friends,

I was in the creative mood yesterday and with pumpkins still on my mind what better to do, then to create a few more little ones of them, right?!


I opened up my fabric drawer and the most beautiful colored cotton velvet looked back at me. I picked my colors to work with, a elegant grey, a posh purple and of course a neat orange and everything else I needed and off to work I went. I again made them with a spook night theme instead of a Autumn look. These will be the last ones that I make for this year and I have enjoyed creating so very much.

Late last night I finished the last one of the three and that is what I am sharing with all of you today. Each one is embellished with some of my singed edge black velvet leaves, a pieces a vintage sparkle and some bits of seam binding.

And here they are!

The first one I named ...

... "Purple Potion"




The second one I called ...

..."Dark Night" ...




And last but not least there is ...

... "All Hallows Eve'.






I hope you have enjoyed my newest making. They are now listed in my Etsy shop.

I am busy working on some new pieces but this time for the most wonderful time of the year ... Winter and Christmas and I am also working on a custom order of my pear ornaments. I am hoping to share something here on Todolwen very soon again, so when you have a few moments, why not take one of them and visit me here at Todolwen 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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A Beaded Beauty ~ Part 2 ...


Hello my dear friends,

... here is part 2 of my "A Beaded Beauty" post.

I am happy to share that little old beaded flapper handbag I had found with all of you toady that is now transformed. I worked very hard on repairing it and giving it a new meaning and life and I hope you will enjoy what I have created.

Like I said, my thoughts went with Autumn, oak leaves and acorns and in my eyes it was the perfect way to go with this piece. I made the leaves just like I make my singed edge pumpkin leaves.


This time I picked a vintage velvet in a lovely shade of brown to work with.

And this is what I found in one of my drawers, that made me choose the theme I went with. I had some brass acorn caps hiding away since I think a year now ...



... and it was finally their time to come out again and shine.



I hand stitched the actual acorns again from vintage velvet in a harmonizing color but that wasn't the end of it. I searched and found more neat bits and pieces that I thought would be just right for this creation and now you can see for yourself how everything looks!

And here it is ...

... my "A Beaded Beauty".


Hidden away is that nasty dark stain under one of the two velvet oak leaves that I have hand sewn to the bag.


The drawstrings now have little brass and velvet acorns as their decorative pieces ...


... and the little bag now also has a new lining sewn from satin in a harmonizing color.

But this is not all ... there is more!

Not only have I repaired this lovely piece but I have also given it a new meaning and life. This little flapper bag is now filled with lovely bits and pieces that makes it something really neat. It has now become a beautiful sewing kit ... just take a look!








There is a vintage compact lined with velvet, that can hold many needles and pins.

A little old thimble is also there to ensure fingers wont' be pricked.

A pincushion made from an antique pocket watch casing is there to help when sewing and another little acorn, this time stuff with crushed walnut shells will sharpen any dull and blunt needle or pins.

And last but not least there is a pair of vintage embroidery scissors, that live in a velvet pouch embellishes with a oak leaf, will lend a helping hand when needed.


All together they make my newest creation just right and ...


... I am so happy with the way it has turned out. It is just like I saw it in my mind.

My "A Beaded Beauty" sewing kit is now listed in my Etsy shop.

Thank you so much for visiting me again 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.

A Beaded Beauty ~ Part 1 ...


Hello my dear friends,

today I am sharing a new treasure that I found a few months ago. I had already share it on Instagram but didn't get around to sharing it here until today.

I was out and about not looking for anything really when I was very fortunate to come across a beautiful beaded flapper bag from the 1930's or 1940's. It was such a lovely piece, made with so very many beads and other neat parts but ...




...  I almost didn't buy it because when I first saw it, it was in a sorry state.





The lining, apart from a few torn and frayed little pieces, was none existent and some of the decorative strands of beads were also gone.

And  then there was this!


 A nasty and very visible dark stain but there was just something about this little beaded beauty. It just spoke to me and it had to come home with me and my rescue mission started.


First I had to tackle that stain. 


I tried all sorts of soaps and stain movers that would were safe enough for this vintage piece but nothing worked. All of my efforts trying to get the stain out were unfortunately unsuccessful. That stain was here to stay, so I had to come up with some way to hide it and I did.

I sat down and put a lot of thought into what to do with this lovely bag and then I had the idea I went with in the end. Thoughts of nature and Autumn came in my mind. The design had to be a "posh" enough but not then again not too over the top either. I chose vintage velvet to work with and then found something in one of my drawers that made me come up with the actual theme I was going to use which was oak leaves and acorns. That though is all I am going to tell you about it today. You will be able to see the finished piece in part 2 of my "A Beaded Beauty" post.

It was so nice of you to stop by here today and visit me here at Todolwen. Do come back some time again and see what I have been up too.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.