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      Tuesday, May 10, 2022

      Painted Daffodils ...


      Hello my dear friend,

      I don't know about you but I LOVE throw pillows!

       They are one of the things that can change the look of a room instantly along with blankets/throws. I normally go to my favorite store, Home Sense, to see if they have anything I like and I am normally sucsessful with my search but this Spring I found nothing.  Don't get me wrong they had lovely pillow for Easter with bunnies and stuff but noting just Spring. 

      So ... what to do other than make some myself. I had two plain covers that I had bought at Hobby Lobby before COVID happened that I was thinking of donating and I am so happy I did in the end. The were made from unbleached thick fabric almost like drop cloth and had zippers, perfect! Now all I needed was the pretty part and after thinking a bit I decided to go with painting. 

      I love daffodils and found an image online that I really liked the look of so off I went. I enlarged it to the size I wanted and using a simple pencil I transfered it to my pillow covers. Well, the first one I did, the second one I did free hand and it actually turned out OK.

      With the painting done, all I needed to decide was what the next step was. Something was missing and it was that little more detail that was needed. I would have loved to have free motion stitched the outline of the flowers but the pillow case openings were too small to do so and I didn't want to cut them open them up to do so, so I chose to use a fine permanent black liner instead and it turned out how I hoped it would.

      A little messy, out of line and not perfect and I love it!
       I would have actually bought these in a store if I would have found them there, they are exactly what I wanted. Simple, full of Spring vibes, just pretty and oh yes, the have daffodils, some of my most favorite flowers!

      And now I am on to the next project, making pillow inserts for them. It seems the are a somewhat weired size and I can't find pillows that fit them or when I do the cost a little too much for my liking. Simple white cotton fabric and a IKEA feather pillow will give me what I need to display my lovely Spring throw pillows where they are meant to be ... on my bed. 

      Thank you for stopping by here at Todolwen and visiting me. It is always so nice when you do and I hope you will come back soon again.

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

      Have a peaceful and creative day.

      Friday, May 6, 2022

      Some Of My Favorite Things To Create ...

       Hello my dear friends,

       It has been quite a while again since I have posted something here, hasn't it but here I am, back at last.

      And I am so happy that I have some new work of mine to share with you since I have actually been busy creating some of my favorite things this past week. I love and enjoy making my sari silk hydrangeas so much and as most of you know of my love for making pincushions. Combining them together is just perfect in my eyes. Each flower is made from approx. 100 small pieces of sari silk ribbon and looks just so pretty!

      And once I start, I can't just make one so here are my newest pincushions ...

      My first "Blue Hydrangea" ...

      My second "Blue Hydrangea", this time in a small brass dish.

      My "Sweet Two Tone" Hydrangea ...

      And last but not least ...

      ... my "A La Creme" Hydrangea.

      I am so happy with the way theses piece have turned out and I don't think that I am quite done making them just yeet. Maybe one or two more are needed to get them out of my system (for now).  

      All but the "A La Creme" pincushion (it has already sold) are now listed in my Etsy shop. Why not pop over and take a look.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sticking by with me. You are so kind! I hope you have enjoyed your short vistit and it would be lovely if you stopped by soon again to see what I have been up too.

      Oh ... before I forget ... my Todolwen facebook page is up and running again after almost 2 years now. So excited about this!

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

      Have a peaceful and creative day.

      Thursday, December 9, 2021

       Hello my dear friends,

      yes, another late listing in my Etsy shop! ( I don't think I will ever learn ... sigh) 

      I had shared my miniature crabapple and pears ornaments with you earlier this year and I love their natural look so much but because off white isn't everyone's thing, I decided to also make them in white and must say that they turned out just as lovely!

      I have a few sets still availabe so if you are looking for that little something for you Christmas tree, why not take a look at my Etsy shop?!

      That's all for today unfortunately. I still need to work on getting our Christmas tree finally up and the house decorated and I also really want to craft a little something for myself soon too. I will have to see if I have time for it though. So until next time, which won't be too long from now fingers crossed. It was so nice of you to stop by again and visit me, it always is.

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

      Have a peaceful and creative day.

      Wednesday, December 8, 2021

      My Newest Winter/Christmas Pumpkins ...

       Hello my dear friend,

      I am again a little behind in sharing what I have been making lately but I am trying to catch up. 

      Today I am sharing two of my new Winter pumpkins I have recently made. They are so enjoyable to make and I love how pretty they look once they are done all glistening and frosty.

      The first one I am sharing was a custom order and I am so happy to say that my customer was very happy with it. 

      And this is the second one is my newest Winter/Christmas pumpkin and most probably the last one for this year . I actually think that it might be one of the prettiest one I have made so far. I wasn't going to make another one but now I am happy I did.

      All in white and glistening with an beautiful stem and a very special touch in the shape of two large silver acorns, just perfect!

      This pretty thing is now listed in my Etsy shop and ready to find a new home.

      I am still behind with so many things right now. My tree isn't up yet (it's hiding behind all sorts still in our basement) but I did get our outdoor Christmas lights up and I will share some photos soon. I still need to wrap gifts and write Christmas cards and clues for our yearly treasure hunt for our girls (yes, we still do it!) on Christmas day. And that's all for the moment but I will try and be back here soon again.

      It was so nice that you stopped by today and visited me here at Todolwen. Do come back some time again and see what I have been up too.

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

      Have a peaceful and creative day.

      Wednesday, November 24, 2021

      Pretty Sparkly Snowflakes ...

       Hello my dear friend,

      it's been a while again, hasn't it.

        I am happy that I can share my newest making with you today. It is one of those projects that I started almost a year ago, to be exact a few days before Christmas last year and that is where it also once again ended (this seems to be the story of my crafting life these days ... sigh).

       These days it's more and more about reusing and recycling which is such a great thing in my eyes and we should all try to do so much more of it. With that in mind I had wanted to make something neat, wintery/Christmassy and pretty but also very useful and that in more than one way and I think, I came up with a neat idea. ... I made sparkly snowflakes! I love to crochet and snowflakes are just so beautiful so that is why I decided to make them and I am so glad I did. 

       Like I said, they are not only pretty but quite versatile and useful too!

       You can hang them as ornaments on your Christmas tree or in your window. They would make a beautiful garland too or look pretty embellishing your wreath and ...

      ... you can decorate a gift with them too.

      The best thing is that once you are 'done' with them or you would just like a change in decor, you can scrub your dishes with them ... now if that isn't versatile and useful!

      Oh and just by chance, they stack up looking a little like a Christmas tree.

      I have just listed a few sets of these pretties in my Etsy shop if any of you are interested. They are a custom order and I will need a few days to make them. I will also be listing a few more of my creations in the next few day, some pretties from last year and some new ones from this year. So, why not pop over and take a look?!

      What is on my worktable right now? ... I am working on a Winter/Christmas throw cushion cover since I couldn't find what I wanted, so 'do it yourself ' is the solution to that and I am using my snowflakes to embellished it. Once done and if I like it, I will share it here at Todolwen with you.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit me, it is always so nice when you do

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

      Have a peaceful and creative day.

      Thursday, October 14, 2021

      Sharing Some Old Creations Again ...

       Hello my dear friends,

      Life is keeping me quite busy but not too creative unfortunately these days.

       I have once again started to declutter our house/home. I do this every few years and it is actually enjoyable. When I worked on my closet, way in the back I found a few of my creations tucked away and I thought it would be nice to re-share them with you. I had made these two pieces I am sharing in my early blogging days and I love them like I did the day I made them. 

      And this is what was hanging hidden away,  two of my little altered cotton baby dresses.

      I had dyed them in my kitchen sink with tea and embellished them both with lace and ribbon and an embellished tag with a lovely saying. I also made the little wooden coat hanger for them.

      I have decided that instead of having these two pretties hide in my closet any longer, it is time for them to find a new home. So if you are interested, you will be able to find them in my Etsy shop some time next week.

      I am hoping to work on a few new Christmas pieces soon, that is as soon as an order of mine arrives in the mail. Things just take so long these days don't they.?! Of course what ever I made, I will share with you here on Todolwen.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and visit me. I hope you enjoyed your short stay and that you will return again.

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

      Have a peaceful and creative day.

      Monday, September 6, 2021

      Another Knobbly Pumpkin ...

       Hello my dear friends,

      when life will give you 'happy mistakes', enjoy them because they are the best ones to make!

      Today I am sharing my newest knobbly pumpkin. It is made from the same vintage bedspread that I used for my other pumpkins but this one is a "happy mistake'. I had wanted to dye it a deep orange like the seam binding that I used with one of my other pumpkins but it turned out this pale and pretty shade of orange instead and I love it! 

      And this is it ...

      Again I used a piece of a branch from our much missed willow tree Salisbury as the stem and some pretty cream colored seam binding to make this pumpkin the neat Autumn fruit it is. It is now listed in my Etsy shop for anyone that might be interested.

      It was so nice of you to stop by again and visit me here at Todolwen.

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

      Have a peaceful and creative day.