Monday, February 24, 2020

With Summer Time In Mind ...


Hello my dear friends,

I can't believe it's been over a month already since I have shared anything with all of you here on Todolwen. Life has just been busy lately and unfortunately the Winter blues has also gotten hold of me a little too. 

I am not sure how I actually came up with my newest idea. I was looking for something in my studio and my thoughts were with summertime, warm sunshine and luscious green grass when I came across this ... 


... white scrubby sparkle yarn that is for crocheting scrubby cloths for your dishes.

I had bought it a year or even longer ago and it just sat in my yarn box since then. My plan was, when I bought it, to crochet snowflake scrubbies but for some reason I never got to it. So there I was with this yarn in my hand, thinking of what I could make from it and then it came to me!


Like I said, I was thinking of summertime and everything that goes with it and the first step to make my idea was to make some pompoms from the scrubby yarn. Of course I couldn't just make one or two to try things out, I made many! My busy fingers didn't want to stop until my idea turned into a real thing and that is what I am sharing with all of  you today. It takes me back to when my girls were little and it was summer time.

And this is what I made from that scrubby yarn ...


... dandelion "blowy" flowers.

The leaves are made from wire and sari silk ribbon and are very basic and also even tatty I would say but that is what makes them go so well with the white fluffy blooms in my eyes.


Like I said, I did get carried away a little and just had to make lots of them. Now they are living in an old glass on my table in my studio and I love seeing them every time I'm in that room.


I love the way these neat summer "flowers" have turned out and that is why I have also made some small bundles of them for my Etsy shop.

And this is what you will get ...


... a small bundle of dandelion "blowy" flowers.

Each bundle is made up from 11 flowers, in a few different lengths and three leaves. Each bundle is wrapped in recycled brown paper and tied off with a strand of cream colored sari silk ribbon.


Unwrapped each bundle is tied together with some white twine.


These little summer flowers are just so delightful and look so lovely sitting in an old canning jar on a table or windowsill and I find that they are especially neat if you like farmhouse decor. It's almost like you had gone outside into your garden and just picked a few of them from your lawn.



I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation as much as I have loved making them and I already have another new creation to share with you in a few days. This time it is all about spring.

If you are interested in on of my little bundles of blowy flowers, why not pop over to my Etsy shop and take a look at them. As of right now I have 4 bundles ready.

It was so nice of you to take the time to visit me here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay. Maybe you will come back sometime again?

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Drop Cloth Root Vegetables ...


Hello my dear friends,

as much as I love Winter and the snow my mind was telling me to think of creating something for the approaching season of Spring and the idea I came up with was in my eyes just perfect and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

A few mornings ago, the sun was shining in the bright blue sky and the snow was as white as white can be. That just put me into the mood of wanting to be creative. I have been thinking and thinking over the last few weeks of what I would or could make and I have several ideas and projects on my to do list, but none of those appealed to me really that day. You all know how much I love working with drop cloth and sari silk ribbon so that is exactly what I chose.

With Spring decor comes all sorts of neat things and one surprised me actually. Did you know that amongst nests, flowers, eggs, birdhouses and bunnies, carrots are one of the most used things to decorate for Spring?! Yes, you read right ... carrots! I have only made carrots once and they were pincushions made from orange colored velvet. This time they look different and they are not pincushions but decor pieces that would look neat in a wooden bowl or basket, or displayed anywhere really.

Here are my take on carrots ...

... my neutral set, all in cream ...






... and my off-white ones with pale green tops.






I hope you have enjoyed my newest creations as much as I have enjoyed making them.


I have just listed a few sets of these carrots for sale in my Etsy shop so if you are interested why not just pop over and take a look? If they are already gone when you go there don't worry, I am working on a few more sets as I am writing this post.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Another Cigar Box Making ...


Hello my dear friends,

firstly I would like to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year too!

I am still recovering from some surgery I had before Christmas and unfortunately didn't get around to posting a lot here on Todolwen. Today's post is another wooden cigar box that I made a year ago and as so often these days, just didn't get around to sharing it.

I had found this lovely little nativity set and so wanted to do something with it and it seemed that it was made to fit inside said cigar box. A piece of driftwood I had found on the beach and a piece of bark from our willow tree, Salisbury, were also perfect for what I had in mind and with a few other bits and pieces that I had on hand, soon my little nativity scene was finished. Just like my first cigar box making, it lights up and I just am so happy with the way it turned out!

I know it isn't Christmas anymore but I just had to share it with all of you since it is now sold and will be mailed in a few days - I hope you enjoy it.










Unfortunately I am not that good at capturing good images of it in the dark but I hope you can see how neat this piece looks once the lights are on. In my mind things don't always have to be big and glamorous, simpler and smaller are at times perfect in every way.

Right now I am playing with some ideas and also working on a few new pieces too and hopefully I will be able to share something new soon. So whenever you have a few spare moments, why not stop by and see what I have been up to?!

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting me here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.