Thursday, March 26, 2020

Staying Home ...


Hello my dear friends,

with staying home I am trying to keep myself busy by being more creative these days.

 I was working on making some more blowy flowers for my bunches again but I have now run out of paper covered wire that I use for the stems ... 


... and I only needed a few more piece of it for a few more flowers ... (sigh).
 (Hmm ... looking at that old cracker tin my thoughts for it are going with turning it into a sewing caddy with pincushion some time in the future.)


So for now my fluffy white blooms will have to be put aside and wait for a while to be finished.

I am also putting the final touches on a new creation that is on my worktable.
I will only give you a little sneak peek for now ...


... but I am hopping to be able to complete it and then share it with all of you soon.

And last but not least ...

I am also learning something new these days!
I am trying to teach myself how to write the font "old German" or better known as "Alt Suetterlin".


My German grandma used to write like this and I have always wanted to be able to do the same and now I am learning it bit by bit. I am actually thinking on using it possibly with my newest creation but I am not quite sure just yet.

So, now you all know what I am up too when it comes to being creative.
Apart from that I am starting to work in our garden and tidy it up from the winter. I also have a to-do list for some smaller projects in our house so I don't think that boredom be an issue for me in the next few weeks for sure. What are you all up too staying home and safe?

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

Stay home, stay safe and stay healthy and have a peaceful and creative day. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Choosing Unusual Pieces ...


Hello my dear friends,

I have gotten picky with choosing things to work with.

These days I like to find unusual pieces that I normally wouldn't even have looked at a while ago and use them for my creations, like the antique piece I am sharing with you today. I seem to have also taking a liking to larger pieces to work with as well as you will see. Unfortunately I forgot to take a before photo but I am sure you will still get the idea of what it looked like before it ended up on my worktable. 

It all started with this little butterfly that I made one day.


 I was actually bored one morning last week and needed something new to try and so I did. I made several of these fliers in different sizes but then I need somewhere for them to live and that is when I came up with what turned out to be my newest idea and now creation.

 I am so very fortunate to have a studio filled with all sorts of stuff and bits and pieces. I don't have to go out at all right now and it's like shopping but at home and you don't pay. Yay! ... Anyways,  I chose one of those unusual pieces I had found a while ago and knew it was perfect in every way.

It is now finished and I am excited to share it with all of you.

Here it is ... my newest pincushion and scissor holder.


I made it using an antique pickle jar holder.

The glass serves me as a little vase now and the lid and tongs are long gone but this piece is still very beautiful even without them and now once again it has a new life and and useful one too.









When I bought the old pickle jar holder I had also found a lovely pair of scissors that day and it just made sense to me that they therefor belong together now.




I can just imagine how neat this piece would look on a busy sewing table.

I will be listing this piece and others in my Etsy shop over the next few weeks. I am happy to put pieces on hold or rather reserved if you see anything you would like to purchase but I won't be going out for the next two weeks as of right now, so I wouldn't be mailing anything for a few weeks, just to be safe which I hope all of you are doing as well if you can. So if you see something you would like to purchase over the next little while and are happy to wait, then just email me and let me know or contact me via my Etsy shop.

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

I hope you and your loved ones are all healthy and safe by staying at home and I wish anyone that is ill a fast recovery. You are all in my thoughts right now where ever you are.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay. Do come back some time again because you never know what I have been up too.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Please Stay Healthy ...


Hello my dear friends,

just a short message to all of you ...

Please stay safe and healthy.

 Only go out if you have too and wash your hands often. Take this time to do all of those things inside your home and garden that you have been putting off. Read a good book or watch that movie you have wanted to watch 5 months ago. Write a letter to that old friend or family member that have wanted to do since a while. Create something or learn something new. Spend quality time with you family.

Hopefully we will get through this scary time just fine.

Sending you all hugs.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Again Thank You To All Of You ...


Hello my dear friends,

I saw this on my Etsy page a few days ago and it just made my day!


I just wanted to say "thank you" again to all of you that have purchased my creations.
 It touches my heart that you like what I do so much. I also wanted to say "thank you" for all your support and kind comments over these years, you are all so sweet and kind.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Dandelion Blowy Flowers Just Listed ...


Hello my dear friends,

just a short post today to let you know that I have just listed 6 more bundles of my blowy flowers in my Etsy shop.


So if you would like any, why not pop over there now!


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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Things Are Growing Again ...


Hello my dear friends,

at last ... things are starting to "grow" here again!

I have finally received the sari silk ribbon I have been waiting for. It took a bit longer than I had hoped it would but now it is here and I can be busy again.


This morning the sun was shining, the sky was blue and I was being productive ... a good start to the day. Even as I am writing this post, I am still working on "growing" more of my dandelion blowy flower bundles and I am hoping to have at least 6 bundles done and listed some time tomorrow.


Since the last ones I made sold quite fast, you can reserve a bundle or two if you wish to do so. Just drop me a line via email and let me know. I am happy to place your name on my reserved list.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

More Fluffy White Blooms ...


Hello my dear friends,

firstly a big "thank you" to those who bought my first bundles of dandelion "blowy" flowers. 
I am so buzzed that you like them!

You actually liked them so much that I had to ...


... "grow" more of them.

I had several orders placed and went to work on them right away. I made over 110 blowy flowers in 2 days and then things came to a short stop. The sari silk ribbon I had ordered got stuck Chicago for some unknown reason and still hasn't arrived here but luckily I had just enough silk ribbon to continue working. 



Work progress nicely and I was happy when I was close to being finished last night and then first thing this morning I was actually done!


Most of my bundles have already sold and are all wrapped, ready up to be mailed. 

But ...


... there are still a few bundles available and now listed in my Etsy shop.

 So if you would like one, pop over there quickly before they are gone again. 
I am positive that I will be making more of these neat white fluffy blooms. I just have to wait until I have all the supplies together again before I can do so. So if you would like some, you could place a custom order with me. Just drop me a line and we can talk about it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. 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. 

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.