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Friday, July 22, 2022

My Heirloom Tomatoes Are Now Listed ...

 Hello my dear friend,

my heirloom tomato pincushions are now listed ...

... for sale in my Etsy shop!

Why not pop over and take a look?!

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

Have a peaceful and creative day!

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Roses Are Red And Tomatoes Are Too ...

 Hello my dear friend,

roses are red and tomatoes are too and I think you might know where this is going.

 I so wanted to make a red heirloom tomato pincushion. I would have prefered using vintage velvet but I couldn't find any that I liked fast enough and like I said, I am inpatient so I bought the most exspensive velvet I could find locally to stop my inner child from whining.

It is the most beautiful red color and perfect in each and every way. Paired together with the dark green seam binding, the two made the perfect tomato.

Take a look ...

Now isn't that a pretty tomato and little berry too?! I am so happy with the way they look.
My velvet tomato pincushions will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow in case any of you are interested and I am already working on my next one. Same design but completley different look.

It was so nice of you to stop by here at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

An Old Trusted Helper ...

 Hello my dear friends,

when I was a teenager and loved to sew my own clothes I bought myself my first pincushion. 

 You know, the old trusted helper in the shape of a tomato and it's little sidekick strawberry. 

I still have and use it today and it has now inspired me to make my own design of it, just tweeked a little to make it my style. My favorite tomatoes are the heirlooms tomatoes, I just love the way they look so that is what I wanted to create, a heirloom tomato pincushion. It took me a few tryouts at first but once I had a shape that I was happy with and my first tomato 'grew' quickly. 

I used some of the beautiful green velvet from the curtain valance I had found for the tomato and the little sidekick strawberry was made from some new red velvet. I filled both with crushed walnut shells to keep any needles and pins sharp and some hand dyed seam binding became the greenery. Hapy me of course I couldn't just make one tomato now, could I, so I 'grew' another one, this time from the that beautiful golden colored velvet.

And here is my newest 'harvest', my newest pincushions, my heirloom tomatoes.

Glorious in green ...

... and bold in gold!

I haven't made the little sidekick strawberry for this one just yet, something to do this evening and who knows, maybe another tomato might 'grow' too. 

I hope you like my newest work. I will be listing these pincushions in my Etsy shop in a few days as a 'made to order' item if you are interested in one of my heirloom fruits.

It is so nice that you have stopped by here today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

When Green Turns Gold ...

 Hello my dear friends,

I love trying new things but I find it's harder for me to find things that interest me these days. But from time to time it does happen thankfully.

I had recently found this vintage velvet curtain valance in a stunning shade of green and loved it! I was thinking of what I could do with this beauty and ended up with my favorite go-to which of course is pincushions. Good ... idea found but that wasn't enough, I wanted that tiny bit more to do with it and then it came to me.

Some years ago my dear friend Dawn, from The Feathered Nest had tried something new with vintage velvet and I loved the outcome so I just had to give it a go. She had used 'color remover' to remove some of the color from a piece of vintage red velvet and oh my, the result was this beautiful pink color. So off I went, bought RIT color remover and went to work.

 Hot water in an old pot, a few tablespoons of color remover and my green velvet. I did exactly what Dawn had done, put 5 minutes on a timer and sumurged the velvet in the liquid. Five minutes later and I didn't feel that there was a big difference to my velvet, so 3 more minutes were set on the timer ...

 and OMG I LOVE the result!

My velvet went from vibrant green ...

... to bold gold! 

Well, it almost all of it did. The green thread decided not to budge and stayed that vibrant green color.

Having now two colors of this beautiful velvet I can finally start work and make my newest pincushions. I am going with a good old and well known design but I am going to tweek it just a little to make it my style. I am not going to share more right now, you will have to wait until they are done. Fingers crossed they will work out they way I see them in my mind.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me here at Todolwen today 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.