Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Blue Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial

Victorian Cut and Sew Dresses Blue Pair

In my Linda's Blog post entitled "Victorian Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #1 and #2" I told you about the Victorian cut and sew doll dresses that I had spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing.

I also told you that I had decided that while I was creating each of them I would create Linda's How-Do-I? E-Book tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself and that the e-book tutorials would be available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I'm happy to tell you that my Victorian Cut and Sew Blue Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials are now available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I hope you enjoy my free e-book tutorials.
Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Blue Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial


My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial shows you how to make two different versions of my blue Victorian cut and sew  dress ornaments, which are pictured above.

Each dress is 6" long and is hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides. Each dress is blanket stitched around the edges and a Basic Blanket Stitch Guide is included in the e-book.

Both dresses would be perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.

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

Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Blue Cut and Sew Dress Ornament Version A E-Book Tutorial


My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornament Version A E-Book Tutorial shows you how to make the blue Victorian cut and sew  dress ornament pictured above.

The dress is 6" long and is hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides. The  dress is blanket stitched around the edges and a Basic Blanket Stitch Guide is included in the e-book.

The dress ornaments would be perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.

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


Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Blue Cut and Sew Dress Ornament Version B E-Book Tutorial


My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornament Version B E-Book Tutorial shows you how to make the blue Victorian cut and sew  dress ornament pictured above.

The dress is 6" long and is hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides.  The dress is blanket stitched around the edges and a Basic Blanket Stitch Guide is included in the e-book.

The dress ornament would be perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.

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

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Victorian Custom Fabric Victorian Cut and Sew Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #1 and #2



I have spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing 16 Victorian dresses on BOTH sides using my Victorian Cut and Sew Custom Fabric Designs Dress Collection.  I had been anxious to create these dresses and finally had a chance to do so.

I also decided that while I was creating each of them I would create tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself.  The tutorials will be available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and Google Drive shortly.

Two sets of my hand embroidered and embellished on both sides Victorian dress ornaments are available in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop.  Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #1 is here.  Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #2 is here.

I had created six Victorian Christmas dresses.  One each were include in the 6 dress sets.  The remaining four are available in two sets of two pairs each in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop.  Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Christmas Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Pair #1 is here.  Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Christmas Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Pair #2 is here.

Two 6-Victorian Dresses Group Cut and Sew Ornaments Kit are available in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop, too so you can create your own sets.  For more information please CLICK HERE.


Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #1

A beautiful set of 6 Victorian dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long and the remaining five are 6" long.


Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.

For more information please CLICK HERE.



Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #2

A beautiful set of 6 Victorian dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long and the remaining five are 6" long.



Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Christmas Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Pair #1

A beautiful pair of Victorian Christmas dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long.

Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home during the Christmas season.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Christmas Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Pair #2

A beautiful pair of Victorian Christmas dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long.

Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home during the Christmas season.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


6-Piece Victorian Dresses Group Cut and Sew Ornaments Kit - Creates Six 3 1/2" by 6" Cotton Fabric Dress Ornaments 

Cut and Sew Kit Contents: Six (6) pieces, as shown above, consisting of our Victorian Dresses cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments. Kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, iron-on interfacing, ribbons, beads, lace trim decorations and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments.

Instructions included for finishing the ornaments via blanket stitch embroidering the edges of the ornaments. Kit includes how-to tutorial for blanket stitching. Kit does not includesewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, iron-on interfacing, ribbons, beads, lace trim decorations and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew dress ornaments.

The Victorian Dresses cut and sew kit contains 6 of the Victorian Dresses cotton fabric pieces.



Copyright © 2004-2015 Linda Walsh Originals—Designs by Linda Walsh - Kit and Contents For Personal Use Only

Designer-Linda Walsh Originals

For more information please CLICK HERE.


There are ten design panels in my new Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments Fabric Collection.  Two of the design panels are for my decorated cut and sew Victotrian dresses.   The remaining six, shown above, are the ones I used for my Victorian hand embroidered and embellished dress ornaments and which you can use to embroider and embellish your own Victorian ornaments.   For more information on my Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments Fabric Collection please CLICK HERE.



Monday, May 25, 2015

A Beautiful New Addition To My Sister's Family - Marigold


My sister has a new addition to her family.


Meet Marigold.


What a little sweetie....


Cute as a button.


Wouldn't you agree?

I can't wait to see how beautiful her natural fiber will be.  I'm going to need lots of it.  Hint... Hint...

If you get a chance please visit my sister's two websites - Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Are You Ready To Try Your Hand At Self-Publishing?



I love to read and have loved visiting public libraries since I was a child. I just loved roaming through the stacks of books and magazines or sitting and reading for hours on end and always wanted to have a study or library of my own.

I tend to prefer hardcover books versus pocketbooks as I always had a hard time reading the little print and nowadays always buy hardcover. I also tend to prefer books and magazines with lots of illustrations, pictures, and step by step instructions. Truth be told I also love romance novels, but we won't get into that.

So when e-books and e-zines came into being I was intrigued. E-Books? E-Zines? What exactly were they and how would that work? For sure they weren't going to be hardcover books that you could hold and feel. They weren't going to be magazines you could just flip through.  Or would they? I wasn't sure I was going to like them or that they would ever replace books and magazines as we know them to be.

So, what exactly are they? Well, an e-book is basically the electronic version of a print book.  It can contain all the traditional sections of a regular print book and be quite lengthy. It is basically a book that can be transmitted digitally in .PDF format and either downloaded onto a computer, read via a computer, or nowadays transmitted into a reading device that could house thousands of e-books.

An e-zine is basically the electronic version of a print magazine that is transmitted digitally in .PDF format and either downloaded onto a computer, read via a computer, or nowadays transmitted into a reading device that could house thousands of e-zines.

E-Books and e-zines have become wonderful e-products for artists and crafters to either sell or give away for free. Most of the e-books and e-zines that are sold by the artists and crafters are in .PDF format that can be downloaded once they are paid for and then saved to your hard drive and read by Adobe Acrobat. Or, they can be downloaded to an e-reader (like the Kindle or Nook), or to a tablet, notebook, or pc and are usually in an .epub or.mobi/.prc format.

Over the last few years the self-publishing industry has basically exploded.  As a result there is a growing number of e-book and e-zine publishing websites where you can publish your own e-books and e-zines for sale and turn your craft tutorials, patterns, how-to's, projects and DIY's into a profitable business.

The good news with all of this is you don't have to be a professional writer to publish an e-book or e-zine on the web. You can be a small, independent crafter just trying to get your name out there or wanting to share your passion with the world.

So, I thought I'd put together a list of all the self-publishing websites and e-book & e-zine creation, selling & resource websites out there and add it to my Tips For Crafters On The Web blog.  If you'd like to see the list please CLICK HERE.  I hope you find my list useful.



Graphic - Openclipart.org

Thursday, May 21, 2015

There's Something Very Endearing About Wishbone Dolls


Before doing my research for faceless dolls I would never have thought about making a doll from a turkey or chicken wishbone.  However, knowing the history of the colonial period and the pioneers and using materials on hand I shouldn't be surprised as to wishbones being used to make playthings.

Some of these dolls were faceless, but most had faces.  Even though they didn't fit the criteria for my "faceless" dolls research I was intriqued and had to know more.  Here's what I found:

They were also known as pen wiper dolls that were used about 150 years ago.  In Colonial times people kept them on their desks to wipe away extra ink from their pens.

The wishbone doll shown in the picture above is for sale on Ebay by abclovell and can be found here.


Page 205 of The Doll Book written in 1908 by Laura B. Starr under the Homemade Dolls chapter talks about the merry-thought doll which is made out of wishbones from turkeys, chickens, ducks, and birds - with all the different sizes being perfect for different family members.

According to the chapter, "The merry-thought doll affords no end of pleasure and amusement.  The wishbones from turkeys, chickens, ducks and birds offer various sizes for a large family of these dolls.  The head may be molded of ceiling wax, black, white or colored; here is a chance to show skill and artistic ability.  Again a head may be penciled on the flat surface of a cork and each end of the wishbone thrust into or glued on to the other pieces to give the manikin necessary stability, and make it flat-footed enough to let it stand alone unaided."

"Doll pen wipers are made from a wishbone and dewssed like a ballet dancer.  They usually wear a card around the neck upon which is printed the following epitaph:  

One I was a wishbone and grew upon a hen,
Now I am a little slave amd made to wipe your pen."

From my research I discovered that most wishbone dolls had cork heads, walnut heads, cloth heads, or wax heads.  Most had faces, but there were some that didn't so I gave some thought to including them in my History of Faceless Dolls but decided not to.  

So I decided to write this blog post about them - mainly because I find the wishbone dolls so charming.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gift Baskets & Bags Tutorials, Gift Boxes Video's, Patterns, and How-To's Board on Pinterest



I've always liked adorning my presents with big bows and other accessories - silk florals, stuffed animals, and cute little decorations for kids like bendies, softies, etc. My grandchildren loved getting gifts with little creatures attached.


During the holidays one of my favorites things to do is decorate the presents. Hubby does all the wrapping. I do all the decorating and, when I doing this, I'm in my glory. Storing all the different accessories needed for decorating presents all year can be a bit of a challenge, but the end result is always worth it.


So, of course, I love it when I find beautiful, creative ways to decorate presents, gift baskets or gifts in a jar. If you love decorating as much as I do I hope you find the tutorials, video's, patterns and how-to's on my Pinterest board helpful.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

I'm In Love With Penny Wooden or Peg Wooden Dolls


As you all know I absolutely love dolls of all kinds, shapes, and sizes.  However, while doing my research on the "History of Faceless Dolls" I read an article about Penny Wooden Dolls, like the doll pictured above from Wikipedia.org, and fell in love with them.

According to Wikipedia.org, " Peg wooden dolls also known as Dutch dolls are a type of wooden doll from Germany and the Netherlands. They originated as simple lathe turned dolls from the Val Gardena in the Alps. These dolls were sold undressed. Young girls would then make their clothing from scraps of fabric."

"Other similarly constructed wooden dolls, using a jointing technique where the arms and/or legs are attached to the body with pegs, are some of the oldest surviving dolls, and were made worldwide. Sometimes a peg wooden doll's arms or legs are locked together by the jointing system, so if one arm is moved the other will move. An advanced form of peg joints is where the body pegs are "split" and attached separately allowing independent movement."

"Tuck comb dolls are a special style of peg wooden doll, named for their carved hair comb. The head and body is turned as one piece. The hair is usually painted with curled bangs and with a painted comb. Early tuck comb dolls had elongated, graceful proportions, nicely carved details, painted slippers, and sometimes with wood pendant earrings. Some dressed as merchants were called pedlar dolls."

I was intrigued by the picture, shown here, and wanted to know more.  So, of course, I had to do some research.  Here's what I found.


Page 146 of the Information Please Girls' Almanac by Alice Siegel said this about Pennywooden Dolls, "These are English dolls carved out of wood.  The joints are moveable and fastened by pegs. These are also know as dancing dolls."

My question was whether Peg Wooden dolls and Penny Wooden dolls were the same thing.  I had to find out.

According to an article on eHow.com entitled Penny Wood Dolls History by Christy P., "Penny wood dolls were known by a variety of names, including peg wooden dolls, penny woodens and wooden poppets. These dolls typically resembled wooden clothespins with simple peg joints."

So now we know they may be called Dutch dolls, peg wooden dolls, penny wooden dolls, pedlar dolls, and tuck comb dolls.


The  doll pictured above was listed as a Grodnertal Wooden Peddler Doll and sold for tousands of dollars on the Rubylane.com website.  Her description was as follows:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Craft Tutorials, Articles, Patterns, DIY's, & How-to's and Projects Submission Websites For Independent Small Business Crafters On The Web



Have you noticed there seems to be a lot of craft articles, tutorials, DIY's, patterns and how-to's everywhere you look on the Internet now? Whether they are artists and crafters writing posts for their blogs, small business owners writing content for their websites, or craft magazine professionals and businesses looking for crafters to submit free crafts content - there is no shortage of free craft content articles.

There are articles, tutorials, patterns, DIY's, projects and how-to's that explain how to do this or that and come in all different kinds of formats. Some are contained within a webpage or blog, some can be downloaded, and some are a combination of both. It seems like more and more crafters are writing.  It might be small independent artists and crafters writing content or professional crafters and magazine publishers writing content.

If you like to read crafts tutorials, like I do, then with the amount of blog posts and free content out there you can be reading 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days of the year and still not read it all.

The good news with all of this is you don't have to be a professional writer to have a crafts tutorial, pattern, article, DIY, how-to or e-book published on the web. You can be a small, independent crafter just trying to get your name out there or wanting to share your passion with the world.

Over the last few years I've noticed that not only is there a proliferation of free crafts content and how-to content on a lot of small business artist and crafters websites, but a a proliferation of free crafts content websites springing up for posting tutorials, patterns, DIY's, and how-to's written by just about anyone. The only criteria for the latter seems to be that the article must be an original copyrighted article written by the article submitter.

Terms and conditions for usage of this content vary website to website so if you want to submit your article to them read the terms and conditions of your rights as to your articles and the rights of others utililizing the content from these websites.

I hope you find my list of websites that allow you to submit crafts articles, tutorials, patterns, DIY's, how-to's, and projects useful.  The links are to the submission, terms and FAQ pages.


Please CLICK HERE for my "Craft Tutorials, Articles, Patterns, DIY's, & How-to's and Projects Submission Websites For Independent Small Business Crafters On The Web" list on my "Tips For Crafters On The Web" blog.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Perhaps It's Time I Made An Apple Head Doll


While doing my research on the "History of Faceless Dolls" I ran across the Wisconsin Historical Society website that had an amazing collection of 23 apple head dolls, including the beautiful applehead doll shown in the picture above.

She is described as, "Applehead doll, woman, black dress, white apron, USA, 1952-1956." I loved all the dolls in the collections and think it is well worth seeing. If you would like to see all 23 of the apple head dolls in their collection please click here.

According to Wikipedia.org, "An apple doll is a North American cultural phenomenon where the doll's head is made from dried apples. The apple is peeled, then carved with the facial features of the doll. Next the apple is left to dry for several days or weeks. When completely dry, the apple is positioned on the top of a wire frame which is shaped into the rest of the doll's body. The rest of the wire frame is covered up by the doll's clothing, which is usually sewn by hand. In modern times, apple dolls are mostly used as decorations or to display craftsmanship, rather than as children's toys. Because of the different effects drying produces, no two dolls are alike."

That latter statement is definitely true and all you have to do is look at the 23 apple head dolls in the Wisconsin collection above to see that no two dolls are alike.

Viewing this collection got me to thinking about apple head dolls and their history.  So, of course, I had to do a little research.


According to the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art, "Unlike corn hisk dolls, which have dual origins in  the European and Native American cultures, nuts and apple dolls were largely indigenous to American soil."

"Americans made the first apple-head dolls.  As pioneers came into contact with various tribes, they began to copy their dolls.  Traders persuaded Native Americans to dress their apple-head dolls in bright costumes with elaborate ornimentation, for sale to tourists. Their apple faces were either carved or pinched in, to create the features before they shrunk as they dried."


The Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri website had a Bittersweet article in 1974, Volume II, No. 2, Winter 1974 by Verna Lucas entitled APPLEHEAD DOLLS.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The White House Doll


In doing my research for the "History of Faceless Dolls" I ran across several articles regarding a historical doll named "Sally" (shown in the picture above from the National Museum of American History) that is now in the Smithsonian and was otherwise known as "The White House Doll."  She was described as a rag doll, but from the picture above you'd think she was a china head doll.  So, of course I was intrigued and had to find out more.

According to the "Creating A Private Life" section of "Life and Death In The White House" this doll was made around 1829 for Mary Louisa Adams, grandaughter of John Quincy Adams.

  

According to Child Life in Colonial Days, Volume 1 By Alice Morse Earle - Published 1909, "The White House doll spent the days of her youth in the White House  at Washington,with the children of the president, John Quincy Adams and is still cherished by his descendants."


Section VI of  Our Early Presidents, Their Wives and Children: From Washington to Jackson By Harriet Taylor Upton published in 1890 contains a section about the family of John Quincy Adams and his grandchildren, including Mary Louisa Adams, shown in the picture below from a painting owned by her husband, W. C. Johnson, Esq., Newburyport, Mass.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Gotta LOVE Babies and My Baby Shower & Baby Gifts Tutorials, Patterns, Video's and How-To's Pinterest Board



When it comes to melting my heart an adorable smile from a little baby will get me every time.  I can't resist babies - especially smiling babies.


One of my all time favorite doll designs is my "Baby Nicky" doll. He's a baby shower centerpiece doll that I designed based upon my grandson "Nicky" who had the most wonderful, curly head of hair as a baby that you could ever imagine. I just LOVED it and would love to swap hair with him.


If you've been following my Linda's Blog you know that "Baby Nicky" has been involved in a lot of what goes on in "The Dollie Storage Room." That's not hard to understand as he's a fun loving doll and is very popular amongst the other "dollies." If you'd like to read his story and the stories "Baby Nicky" is involved in on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog please click here.

When I was designing new patterns a couple of years ago I wanted to design some more baby shower centerpieces and favors or ornaments to compliment "Baby Nicky." So, I ended up designing a bunch of centerpieces and favors.

I wanted something for the centerpieces that would capture the guests attention at a baby shower and decided that a baby boy and baby girl doll around 16" tall each would be perfect. Something that could stand alone on a center table or individual tables and be easy to make.

  

I also wanted the centerpiece to look soft, cuddly, warm and inviting so I decided to create my dolls out of some old flannel pillowcases that my sister had given me. You see, in our family we never throw anything away that could be used in sewing or crafts. So, as you might expect I get a LOT of stuff. In any event, the old flannel pillowcases were perfect for the two baby centerpiece dolls I had in mind.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Molly Brinkerhoff Doll - Buried With A Families Cherished Possession During The Revolutionary War



When I was doing my "History of Faceless Dolls" research I ran across another doll that I was intriqued with and wanted to know more.  She was also around in the colonial times and had an amazing history. It seems she was loved so much she was buried in a chest by her owners with other cherished possessions when the British invaded Long Island and then dug up later when the war was over.

Can you imagine loving a doll so much you want to safeguard her during a war? I certainly can.

While she wasn't pertinent to my research on "faceless" dolls I just had to know more. While there wasn't a lot of information on her there was some. Here's what I found.

The Chicago Tribune in 1948 had an article in their Books Alive column by Vincent Starrett that was reviewing a book "The Dolls of Yesterday" by Eleanor St. George (Scribner).


In their article they mentioned the Molly Brinkerhoff doll and said:  "YOU will not find the name of Molly Brinkerhoff in American history, and that is a pity, for she was a heroine of the Revolutionary War who merits our sympathy and respect. One of the oldest rag dolls in the United States, she has come down the years in fair condition, all things considered, and now lives in Vermont - aged perhaps 175 years - with her present owner, Mrs. Richard G. Miller of White River Junction."

"Molly is mother made of  old homespun linen stuffed with flax. Her hair and features are embroidered.  One arm now is missing, and her clothing has long since vanished: but with care she may last another century or two and survive seven more wars."

"Her adventures have already been notable.  Certain colonial Brinkerhoff kids loved her and wept to leave her when the British army swept toward their Long Island home. They hid her in a chest, with other treasures, and buried her in the sands of Long Island, then fled with their parents before the tide of war. Later, when the war was over, she was resurrected and restored to her adoring family."

"After her mother's death, Mrs. Miller -a direct descendant of two colonial famiies - found Molly in her attic, together with a plaque that had accompanied her to some fund-raising fair in Civil War times.  The plaque reads:"
Molly Brinkerhoff

I am not made of dust or wax,
But homespun linen stuffed with flax,
No human being treads the earth
That was alive at Molly's birth.
Many scores have I, old Molly,
Kept the Brinkerhoff children jolly.
During the war of '76
I ofken chest deep in the sand
I was buried on Long Island strand.
There safe from British and Tories I lay
Til the last of the redcoats skedaddled away.


"There is no signature, but the poet is obviously Molly herself, writing perhaps on her hudreth birthday.  The note of quiet authority is unmistakable."


In the book  Cloth Dolls From Ancient to Modern - A Collector's Guide With Values by Linda Edward there is a mention of the Molly Brinkerhoff doll on page 8 that said, "A Revolutionary America period doll known as Molly Brinkerhoff was oened by the Brinkerhoff children. She is 25 inches (63.5cm) tall and made of linen stuffed with flax. Her hair and features are neatly embroidered. She was held in such hig esteem by her owners that when the British troops advanced on Long Island, New York, she was buried in a chest on the Long Island Strand along with the other family valuables to protect her from the "Redcoats and torries." When the family returned home after the wa she was dug up again safe and sound to become a cherished family heirloom."


Also, according to The Information Please Girls' Almanac By Alice Siegel - Page 146, "Molly Brinkeroff - Molly was a doll that was buried by her owners along with their household goods when the British invaded Long Island in the days before the American revolution. When  Molly was dug up she became a keepsake for generations of Brinkeroffs, who associated her with that period in history."

I wish I had found more information on her and had found a picture.  I haven't yet, but I'll keep trying.