Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Victorian Images, Ephemera and Vintage Images and Victorian Doll & Craft Tutorials, Shabby Chic & Vintage Tutorials, Video's, Pictures & How-To's Pinterest Boards


It is no secret that everything and anything Victorian is my passion. I just can't get enough of Victorian dresses, Victorian crafts, Victorian history, and Victorian images. I absolutely LOVE it all. And, I absolutely want to make everything I find.

I look at the beautiful Victorian dresses display on all the museum websites and find myself wanting to make a miniature version for a doll of mine. There are so many beautiful Victorian dresses out there it would be nearly impossible to make them all. That doesn't stop me from dreaming about it.


I also love Victorian images and saving all the Victorian images that I find on different websites that are sharing images in the public domain on my Pinterest board. Here, too I find myself dreaming of beautiful mixed media crafts I could make with them. I wish I could use each and every one of them. Use them all - I can't. Collect them on Pinterest - that I can do.



I just LOVE Victorian images, ephemera and vintage pictures - especially Victorian images that I can use with my mixed media creations and pictures of flowers or little girls and their dolls. Here's a few of my favorites.

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I also love searching the web for all the wonderful tutorials, patterns, articles, how-to's and printables there are for making Victorian arts and crafts. Some I have tried to make. Some are on my wish list. But, they are all fabulous and I want to make them all.

Again, this is impossible but I can continue to collect them on my Pinterest board. When I dream of Victorian crafts and want to see beautiful Victorian eye candy I can always visit my boards.




I just LOVE everything and anything Victorian, Vintage, Shabby Chic or Cottage. I especially love watching video's, reading tutorials, patterns, articles, and how-to's on making Victorian dolls & crafts. I hope you like some of the ones I've found.

Victorian Doll & Craft Tutorials, Shabby Chic & Vintage Tutorials, Video's, Pictures & How-To's board on Pinterest.


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Victorian Bride picture courtesy of The Graphics Fairy


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Another "Dollie" Demand - But, We Want A Dog!


"Come on Linda!"

"PLEASE! PRETTY, PLEASE!"

"Absolutely, Not!"

"But, we want a dog. We promise to take good care of it!"

"Yeah, right! Like I haven't heard that before."

I knew better and knew that there was no way I was going to get the "dollies" a dog. A living, breathing mammal that had real needs being taken care of by a group of inanimate "dollies." I don't think so. No matter how much they beg me I will not give in to this demand.

"PLEASE!"

"NO! Now leave me alone. I'm busy!"

"Aw.........!"

"That means you, too, Doris Marie."

"Okay, Linda. I'll be on my way," Doris responded. "I just thought I'd mention something I saw the other day while surfing the Internet. It might be the solution to giving the "dollies" a pet without really having to worry about it being taken care of."

"Hmmm...," Linda responded. "What exactly is your idea?"

I was intrigued and knew that if Doris Marie was suggesting it that it probably was a well thought out idea. She was smart as a whip, practical, and very logical in everything she did. So, it had to be good. Right?

So, I responded, "Okay, Doris Marie. Let's hear it."

"Well, given how the "dollies" can never decide on anything amongst themselves I thought that selecting either an interactive dog or interactive cat would be a problem. The girls would all want the kitten and the boys would all want the dog. They'd never agree," Doris said.

She continued, "Then I found something they could keep on their blog and watch every day. No disputing. No complaining about not having a pet. No "which pet" choices to make. Is that wonderful or what?"

"That's a brilliant idea, Doris Marie," Linda responded. "I Love it. Yes, yes - a virtual pet. I'm going to get it right now."

So, I did and here it is. I hope you and all the "dollies" love it.


How cute is that!



Little Girl Graphic Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Friday, July 24, 2015

Gotta Love Little Girl Dresses and Dress Forms

    

I have been in love with beautiful little girl dresses my whole life. I have to blame my grandmother "Dee" for this as she used to buy me the most beautiful little girl dresses filled with lace, ribbons, and tulle. My Mother would hang them up in my closet and I would just stand there and look at them. They were all so incredibly beautiful. I could hardly wait to wear them. Of course, they were all for special occasions and were off limits until then.

So, my grandmother is, once again, to blame for my love of beautiful dresses. Of course, she's to blame for my love of Victorian dresses so it's no surprise she would be to blame for the little girl dresses as well. If you're been a long time reader of my Linda's Blog you know that I've written about my granddaughters's little girl dresses before - HERE.  

When I started designing patterns and fabrics my love of dresses crept in. I had to design some little girl dress craft patterns and had to design dress fabrics as well. This led to cut and sew dress fabrics and cut and sew dress embellished ornaments. As you can see dresses have been a big part of my crafts for a long time.

Several years ago I saw a tutorial for making a dress form and was intrigued. Not only did I think it was a great way to showcase a beautiful dress, but how fabulous it would be to just embellish the dress form itself. After that my mind started thinking of all sorts of beautiful ways to create dress forms and, best of all, embellish them.


I fell in love with dress forms of every style, shape, and size and, as a result, wanted to make all of them. That's impossible so I'll  just have to be satisfied with making a few.  When I do I hope these tutorials, video's and how-to's will help me create beautiful dress forms.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

An Obsession With Brothers and Sisters! No Way!



My husband thinks I have an obsession. Then again, he thinks I have many obsessions. My primary being dolls and doll making. My secondary begin genealogy, my third being books, and my fourth being floral design. He wishes I had an obsession with housecleaning.

He told me this while moving my books, yet again, from one bookcase to another the other day. You see, my brother had made me some more bookcases for my doll and craft books and I wanted to get them all sorted and organized by category. I know that does sound obsessive.


In any event along with my obsession with books he told me he thinks I have an obsession with "brothers & sisters!" I asked them why he thought that and he said, "Just look at ALL of the dolls you've made and tell me how many of your dolls and doll e-patterns are "brothers & sisters." So, I of course, went to count and prove him wrong. I hadn't made that many "brothers & sisters" - or had I?

Well, I started to count. YIKES! The number was getting up there. I started to move backwards and, of course, backed right into hubby.

He stood there with a look I know you all are familiar with. It says "told you so!" without even saying so. My response, which I sure is your response too, was a look that said "SO! So what!"

He just smiled and left the room. He was satisfied he was right - once again.



To my obsession I say, "So what! I come from a big family. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister, 3 sisters-in-law, and 1 brother-in-law. That's a LOT of brothers and sisters don't you think? Just one BIG happy family. Maybe that's why my doll creations reflect so many brothers and sisters.


In any event I figure my obsession isn't necessarily about "brothers & sisters" as it is about "pairs." For every "ying" there's a "yang." After all I do have quite a few "Grandma's & Grandpa's," too. And, don't forget the "Husbands & Wives." PAIRS! I'm obsessed with pairs.



An obsession with brothers & sisters! No Way!

An obsession with PAIRS! Guilty as charged.

HERE'S AN IDEA - Alpaca Party Stickers Instead Of Cup Holders For Your Alpacas Rock Birthday Crafting Party or Alpaca Farm Days Events


One of the e-printables that I had also thought of creating for the "Alpacas Rock Products Gallery" line was cup wrappers.  However, when I was looking at all the different cup sizes that are available I decided there was no way I could create cup wrappers to fit all the different sizes.  So, I decided instead to create stickers of the Alpacas Rock graphics that could be applied to any size party cup. Just peel them from the label sheet and stick to the front of the party cups.

The stickers shown above  are two of the new designs.  If you would like to see the rest please CLICK HERE.

Kids also love crafting with stickers so I designed a rectangular sticker with 6 different alpaca images on it.  Just cut out the six different alpaca images and you'll have plenty of stickers for crafting activities.

I will be designing more party cup stickers in the near future so stay tuned. Party Cup Stickers instead of cup wrappers. What a great idea!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I Started My 7th and 8th Class At Artful Gathering

    

I started my 7th and 8th class in Session 2 at Artful Gathering  on Thursday ad I couldn't be happier. I have loved each and every class I've taken there as the instructors are fantastic and the classes are always delightful. I've had a blast in each class learning something new and, best of all, making wonderful new friends.

For the first time during this session I'm taking 2 classes at once.  I hope I can handle this.  Two at once seems like a lot, but I just couldn't decide between taking Mary Jane Chadbourne's "Tiny Topia & The Magic of Little Things" and Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" so I decided to take both of them.


During Session 1 I took Hally Levesque's "Bonnets & Bows: A Regency Doll Project" and LOVED it. Making an historic period doll - now why would I like that?  Hmm...

Here's how my dolls turned out:

   

During the last few years I've taken the following at Artful Gathering :


Julie Haymaker Thompson's "Let's Go For A Ride"
Mary Jane Chadbourne's "The Imaginarium: Anthologies of an Art Doll" 
Judy Johnson's "Lovely Sea Maiden"
Colleen Moody's "Briley The Birdie"
Pat Winter's "Crazy Quilt Gatherings"

Here's how my projects turned out:


So, I'm in for a lot of work, but couldn't be happier. Hmm....

Happier with a lot of work? Does that make sense?


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alpacas Rock E-Printable Free Made By Me Tags and E-Book Tutorial - New E-Printable and E-Book


Children just love showing off what they made especially when they can add an adorable "Made By me" tag.? If you agree then you'll love our adorable e-printable Alpacas Rock E-Printable Made By Me Tags and E-Book Tutorial that contain graphics of some of the alpacas from our Alpacas Rock Party Line.

Supplies Needed:

Download Alpacas Rock E-Printable Free Made By Me Tags - .PDF Format 


Plus: 

Cardstock or Heavier Weight Paper
Color Laser Printer
Scissors
One-Hole Punch
DMC Embroidery Floss

INSTRUCTIONS:



1.  All of the Alpacas Rock Made By Me Tags are made the same way so follow the instructions for each of them.  Print enough of the tags as you need for your party guests on heavier cardstock using a color printer.


2.  Cut  the tags out with scissors.


3.  Punch a hole in upper left hand corner of the tag with a one-hole punch.


4.  Cut a 10” long piece of the DMC embroidery floss.


5.  Insert 10” long piece of DMC Embroidery floss in hole in tag and tie a knot.


6.  Add party guests name or have them sign their tag.



Alpacas Rock E-Printable Made By Me Tags and E-Book Tutorial

Copyright © 2013 - 2015 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal use only.

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2015 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals Products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals products are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2015 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.
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Alpacas Rock E-Printable Coloring Pages and Printable Trading Cards - Free E-Book and E-Printables




Looking for fun crafting activities for your guests to do at your boys and girls birthday or crafting party and alpaca farm days events? If you are then you'll love our adorable free e-printable coloring pages that contains graphics of some of the alpacas from our Alpacas Rock Line that your guests or farm days events participants can color with crayons or markers.

Our free e-book contains contains 2 printable tarding cards pages and 6 coloring pages.

Copyright © 2013 - 2015 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal use only.

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2015 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals Products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals products are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2015 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.
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Alpacas Rock E-Printable Bunting Set and Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Alpacas Rock E-Printable Bunting E-Book Tutorial


Looking for an adorable decoration for your boys and girls birthday crafting party? If you are then you'll love our adorable Alpacas Rock e-printable bunting set that contains graphics of some of the alpacas in our Alpacas Rock Boys and Girls Birthday Crafting Party Line.





Copyright © 2013 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal use only.

E-Printable Specifications -  Eleven&nbsp 8 1/2" x 11" sheets containing one alpaca pentagon graphic image per sheet and instructions.   300 DPI.  E-Printable will be in a downloadable and printable .PDF Format which is read by Adobe Acrobat.   Each design prints on one piece of 8 1/2" by 11" laser paper, card stock or heavier weight paper.  Best printed on color laser printer


Includes our Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Alpacas Rock E-Printable Bunting E-Book Tutorial.

Our Alpacas Rock E-Printable Bunting Set  makes an adorable decoration and is easy to make.




CLICK HERE  For More Information on all of our Alpacas Rock E-Printable products.

Alpacas Rock E-Printable Standing Paper Animals Set and Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Alpacas Rock E-Printable Standing Paper Dolls E-Book Tutorial



Looking for some adorable paper animals for your Alpacas Rock party or alpaca farm days events activities? If you are then you'll love our adorable e-printable standing alpaca paper animals set that contains graphics of some of the alpacas from our Alpacas Rock Line.  Your guests will have a fun time making our adorable and easy to make standing paper alpacas.





Copyright © 2013 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal  use only.

E-Printable Specifications -  Six 8 1/2" x 11" sheets containing one triangle graphic image per sheet and instructions.    300 DPI.  E-Printable will be in a downloadable and printable .PDF Format which is read by Adobe Acrobat.   Each design prints on one piece of 8 1/2" by 11" laser paper, card stock or heavier weight paper.  Best printed on color laser printer.


Includes our Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Alpacas Rock E-Printable Standing Paper Animals E-Book Tutorial.

Our Alpacas Rock E-Printable Standing Paper Animals Set are adorable and easy decorations for your guests to make at your boys birthday crafting party.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hawk Family It's Raining Doll Parties Free E-Printable Free Made By Me Tags, Tutorial and E-Book


Children just love showing off what they made especially when they can add an adorable "Made By me" tag.? If you agree then you'll love our adorable e-printable Hawk Family E-Printable Made By Me Tags that contain graphics of all eleven children of the "It's Raining Doll Parties" Hawk Family on one sheet.

Supplies Needed:

Download It's Raining Doll Parties E-Printable Free Made By Me Tags - .PDF Format 


Plus: 

Cardstock or Heavier Weight Paper
Color Laser Printer
Scissors
One-Hole Punch
DMC Embroidery Floss

INSTRUCTIONS:


1.  All of the doll party Made By me Tags are made the same way so follow the instructions for each of them.  Print enough of the tags as you need for your doll party guests on heavier cardstock using a color printer.



2.  Cut  the tags out with scissors.


3.  Punch a hole in upper left hand corner of the tag with a one-hole punch.  


4.  Cut a 10” long piece of the DMC embroidery floss.  


5.  Insert 10” long piece of DMC Embroidery floss in hole in tag and tie a knot.


6.  Add doll party guests name or have them sign their tag.

Copyright © 2013 - 2015 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal use only.

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2015 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals Products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals products are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2015 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.
http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/