Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Beautiful Trio Of Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls - Meet Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage art dolls I made recently were a trio of sisters that I named Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille.


Catherine - 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 14 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille are a trio of sisters who are always competing with each other. Who is the smartest, who is the prettiest, who is the most dignified, who has the most handsome beau. You name it. They compete over it.

Catherine is a 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 14 1/2" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished black and white paper collage adorned with white trim around her neck. Her paper collage dress has a two layer center band adorned with pearl dot, lace and ribbon trim and a beautiful pearl and silk ribbon flower decoration. Her waistband is two layers and is adorned with a lace trim and raised red dots.  Her dress skirt is four layers and adorned with beautiful black decorative braid trim. A beautiful white crocheted shawl with black decorative fringe trim is wrapped around her shoulders and adorned with a black silk floral with white pearls. Her brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with beautiful white crocheted trim. Black and white ribbon is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base. A colorful 6 silk floral bouquet adds charm to both the front and back of her base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


 Chelsea - 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 14 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Chelsea, Catherine, and Camille are a trio of sisters who are always competing with each other. Who is the smartest, who is the prettiest, who is the most dignified, who has the most handsome beau. You name it. They compete over it.

Chelsea is a 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 14 1/2" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with white trim around her neck. Her paper collage dress has a three layer center band adorned with black raised dots and green raised dots. Her waistband is three layers and is adorned with raised green dots.  Her dress skirt is five layers and adorned with green raised dots.  Her hands are paper gloved and her dress sleeves are adorned with raised green dots.  A beautiful cream colored lace shawl with floral ribbon decorative  trim is wrapped around her shoulders and adorned with a large crocheted pendant with white pearl. Her brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with light green pearl and lace trim. Green and white ribbon is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base. A colorful 6 silk floral bouquet adds charm to both the front and back of her base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


 Camille - 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 14 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Camille, Chelsea, and Catherine are a trio of sisters who are always competing with each other. Who is the smartest, who is the prettiest, who is the most dignified, who has the most handsome beau. You name it. They compete over it.

Camille is a 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 14 1/2" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with white trim around her neck. Her paper collage dress has a two layer center band adorned with blue raised dots and white silk ribbon flowers with white pearls. Her collage dress has a raised paper waistband.  Her dress skirt is four layers and adorned with blue raised dots.  Her hands are paper gloved and her dress sleeves are adorned with raised blue dots.  A beautiful white crocheted lace shawl with green decorative  fringe trim is wrapped around her shoulders and adorned with a large white silk floral with white pearl center cluster. Her gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with beautiful white decorative lace trim. Teal blue and white ribbon is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base. A colorful 6 silk floral bouquet adds charm to both the front and back of her base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls - Meet Gail, Gertrude, and Gloria



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage  art dolls I made recently were a trio of pleasantly plump Victorian sisters that I named Gail, Gertrude, and Gloria.


Gail - 1 1/2" x 7" x 9 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Gail,  Gertrude, and Gloria are a trio of sisters who just love to have fun. They love to dance, sing, play the piano, and hope one day to become actresses.

Gail is a 1 1/2" x 7" x 9 1/2" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with white lace trim around her neck embellished with a blue silk ribbon flower.  Her paper collage dress has a two layer center band adorned with raised white dots, waistband adorned with a paper flower, sleeves adorned with raised white dots, and two layer dress skirt adorned with lime green silk ribbon leaves.  A beautiful shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and tied in a knot. Her gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with the lime green silk ribbon leaves that adorn her dress. A floral bouquet and dove add charm to her collage outfit.  Green and white ribbon is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.



Gertrude - 1 1/2" x 7" x 9 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Gertrude, Gail, and Gloria are a trio of sisters who just love to have fun. They love to dance, sing, play the piano, and hope one day to become actresses.

Gertrude is a 1 1/2" x 7" x 9 1/2"mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, purple painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with white lace trim around her neck. Her paper collage dress has a three layer center band adorned with raised black dots, lace trim and blue velvet ribbons. Her waistband is adorned with a beautiful blue and white silk ribbon braid and white silk floral and her sleeves are adorned with raised black dots, lace trim and blue velvet ribbon. Her dress skirt is four layers and adorned with burgundy and blue roses tied with blue velvet ribbon. A beautiful shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and tied in a knot. Her brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with the beautiful blue and white silk ribbon braid and white silk floral that adorns her dress. Navy blue and white ribbon is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Gloria - 1 1/2" x 7" x 9 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Gloria, Gail, and Gertrude are a trio of sisters who just love to have fun. They love to dance, sing, play the piano, and hope one day to become actresses.

Gloria is a 1 1/2" x 7" x 9 1/2" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, purple painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with white lace trim and ribbon bow around her neck. Her paper collage dress has a two layer center band adorned with raised blue dots. Her waistband is adorned with a white silk floral and her sleeves are adorned with lace trim, raised blue dots and ribbon bow. Her dress skirt is two layers and adorned with raised purple dot bangles with blue raised dots.   A beautiful shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and tied in a knot. Her light brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with white flower and leaves braid.  Paper water lilies add charm to her collage outfit.  Baby blue and white ribbon is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

An Adorable Trio Of Maidens - Bea, Bailey, and Betty



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of adorable maidens. They're a trio of sisters that I named Bea, Bailey, and Betty.


Bea - 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Bea, Bailey, and Betty are an adorable trio of sisters who are maidens. They don't mind doing their chores, but much prefer romping in the park together or collecting berries in the fields together. Whatever it is they are doing they are always in playful competition with each other.

Bea is a 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with center band with raised white and pink dots and waistband adorned with pink raised dots. White lace trim is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful burgundy thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is fastened in pigtails and tied with burgundy ribbon bows. A Victorian paper fan adds charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.



Bailey- 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Bailey, Bea, and Betty are an adorable trio of sisters who are maidens. They don't mind doing their chores, but much prefer romping in the park together or collecting berries in the fields together. Whatever it is they are doing they are always in playful competition with each other.

Bailey is a 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with center band with raised white and pink dots and waistband adorned with pink raised dots. White lace trim adorned with a burgundy ribbon bow is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful blond braided yarn hair is adorned with a tulip embroidered ribbon.   A Victorian paper fan adds charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Betty- 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Betty, Bailey, and Bea are an adorable trio of sisters who are maidens. They don't mind doing their chores, but much prefer romping in the park together or collecting berries in the fields together. Whatever it is they are doing they are always in playful competition with each other.

Betty is a 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with center band with raised white and pink dots and waistband adorned with pink raised dots. White lace trim adorned with a burgundy ribbon bow is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped around her head in a bun and is adorned with a burgundy embroidered braid. A Victorian paper fan adds charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly - A Beautiful Trio of Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitters



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Victorian shelf sitter wood dolls. They're a trio of sisters that I named Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly.


Lucy - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

Lucy is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit  is an embellished paper collage dress with a two tier cape with raised orange dots. Orange lace trim adorned with a paper floral is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a delicate white flower and leaf ribbon braid. A white flower and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Lacy - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Lacy, Lucy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

Lacy is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit  is an embellished paper collage dress with a two tier cape with raised black dots. White lace trim adorned with a beautiful pearl and silk ribbon flower is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a delicate white flower and leaf ribbon braid. A bouquet of flowers and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Lilly - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Lilly, Lucy, and Lacy are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

Lilly is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage dress with center band with raised white dots, waistband, and cape with raised blue dots and blue bow. Her beautiful dark gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a dressy silver braid. A bouquet of flowers and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pat, Polly, and Phebe - New Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitter Art Dolls



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Victorian sisters that I named Pat, Polly, and Phebe.


Pat - 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Pat, Polly, and Phebe are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

Pat is a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage two tier bodice dress with raised orange dots, dark green waistband and green cape with raised orange dots. Orange lace trim adorned with a print pattern paper flower is wrapped around her neck. Her light brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a white flower and leaf ribbon braid. She is holding a Victorian paper fan in her hands.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Polly - 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Polly, Pat, and Phebe are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

Polly is a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage dress with center band with white raised dots, dark green waistband and sleeves adorned with raised purple dots.  She has a two tier cape with raised purple dots. White lace trim adorned with a silk ribbon floral is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful white thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a delicate pink rose embroidered flower and leaf ribbon braid. She is holding a Victorian paper fan in her hands.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Phebe - 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Phebe, Polly, and Pat  are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

Phebe is a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage dress with center band with white raised dots, waistband, and sleeves with raised blue dots.  She has a floral print cape with raised blue dots.  White lace trim adorned with a red silk ribbon floral is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a white flower and leaf ribbon braid. She is holding a Victorian paper fan in her hands.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Martin, Manfred, and Morris - New Mixed Media Man In the Moon Shelf Sitter Art Dolls



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Man In the Moon wood dolls with paper-clay faces. They're a trio of brothers that I named Martin, Manfred, and Morris.


Martin - 4" x 4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Collage Man In The Moon Shelf Sitter Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Martin, Manfred, and Morris are a trio of brothers that have the weight of the world on their shoulders.  They're job is to protect the world and ensure peace and harmony in the universe.  A heavy responsibility indeed.

Martin is a 4" x 4" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter Man In The Moon wood doll with a yellow painted paper-clay face with black pupils, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished suit and tie. His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is an embellished paper collage shirt, vest with pockets, and tie. White paper rays adorned with yellow ribbon trim is wrapped around his head.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Manfred - 4" x 4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Collage Man In The Moon Shelf Sitter Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Martin, Manfred, and Morris are a trio of brothers that have the weight of the world on their shoulders.  They're job is to protect the world and ensure peace and harmony in the universe.  A heavy responsibility indeed.

Manfred is a 4" x 4" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter Man In The Moon wood doll with a yellow painted paper-clay face with black pupils, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished suit and tie. His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is an embellished paper collage shirt, vest with pockets, and tie. White paper rays adorned with yellow ribbon trim is wrapped around his head.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Morris - 4" x 4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Collage Man In The Moon Shelf Sitter Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Martin, Manfred, and Morris are a trio of brothers that have the weight of the world on their shoulders.  They're job is to protect the world and ensure peace and harmony in the universe.  A heavy responsibility indeed.

Morris is a 4" x 4" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter Man In The Moon wood doll with a yellow painted paper-clay face with black pupils, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished suit and tie. His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is an embellished paper collage shirt, vest with pockets, and tie. White paper rays adorned with yellow ribbon trim is wrapped around his head.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Peace, Serenity, and Composure - My New Mixed Media Victorian Collage and Paper-clay Art Dolls



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay art dolls I made recently were a trio of wood dolls - two with paper-clay faces and one with a paper face. They're a trio of sisters that I named Peace, Serenity, and Composure.


Peace - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.

Peace is a 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with lilac blushed eyelids, rosy cheeks, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with lace trim and ribbon trim. A gathered lace and ribbon over-skirt serves as a bustle for her outfit. An embroidered shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and fastened with a pearl beaded button. Her light gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a dressy silver braid. Lilac ribbon trim is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Serenity - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.

Serenity is a 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with blue blushed eyelids, rosy cheeks, red painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with lace trim and ribbon trim. A fancy lace embroidered shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and fastened with a red silk floral. Her light brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a white flower and leaf braid. Blue polka dot ribbon trim is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Composure - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure.

Composure is a 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with lace trim and pearl drop ribbon trim. A fancy lace embroidered shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and fastened with a purple silk floral and a beautiful burgundy silk floral is fastened below her neck. Her light brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a  beautiful lilac flower and leaf silk ribbon braid. Burgundy polka dot ribbon trim is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gotta Love Mixed Media Multi-Holiday and Multi-Season Collage Art Blocks


Finally Fall has arrived and I couldn't be happier.  If you're a reader of my Linda's Blog you know why.  If you're not and are wondering why it's because Fall is my favorite season for decorating.

In a previous post entitled A Perfect Decoration For Multi Seasons and Multi Holidays I told you a story about my Mother's love for decorating but her problem with living in a small apartment with little space for decorating.

I also told you that in thinking about this over the years and thinking about my own need to down size a little on my decorations I thought about handmade decorations that could be left out for several holidays and several seasons.  For me that would mean something I could bring out in September and leave out until March.  But, what kind of form would be conducive to that?

Well, after experimenting with the mixed media art dolls I had learned to make in my latest Artful Gathering class and thinking about multi level wood blocks a light bulb went off in my head.  The multi level wood blocks would be perfect for a multi seasonal multi holiday mixed media collage decoration that could be left out for many months.

Since the Fall, Christmas, and Winter seasons are my favorite times of the year I thought my blocks should have a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.  And, best of all, they could be left out for 7 months.  All you'd have to do was turn the block for the season or holiday you wanted.

Initially, I ended up creating four 3-tier mixed media collage art block towers with  a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.

I didn't realize until I started making my collage art blocks how much work they were going to be and how time consuming mixed media collage really is.  And, time is my enemy.  I just never have enough of it to do everything I want to do.

However, despite my lack of time I had so much fun making my initial blocks I decided to make some more.  So I made two 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 9 1/2" mixed media collage art block towers with  a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side and three 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" mixed media mini art lock towers with a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.  I also made a bunch of other mixed media collage type crafts, but that's for another post.

If you love mixed media collage art and you're looking for a decoration that doesn't take up a lot of room and can be left out from September 1st until March 31st our 3-tier Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter mixed media art collage cube tower would be a perfect fit.

With a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side all you have to do is turn the block for the season or holiday you want.

My decoration is perfect for anyone with limited space for displaying decorations and limited space for storing decorations.

Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter 3-Tier Handmade Mixed Media Art Collage Cube Tower A -  3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 9 1/2"

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter 3-Tier Handmade Mixed Media Art Collage Cube Tower B -  3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 9 1/2"

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Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter 3-Tier Handmade Mixed Media Art Collage Mini Cube Tower  A -  2" x 2" x 5 1/2"

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Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter 3-Tier Handmade Mixed Media Art Collage Mini Cube Tower B -  2" x 2" x 5 1/2"

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Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter 3-Tier Handmade Mixed Media Art Collage Mini Cube Tower C -  2" x 2" x 5 1/2"

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Confused Trio of Witches - Meet Hazel, Hazlett, and Harem Mixed Media Collage Witches


I just love witches so, of course, when I was deciding what mixed media Victorian collage shelf sitter dolls I wanted to make I had to make a trio of witches.


Hazel- 6" x 6" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Witch Doll With Paper-clay Face

Hazel, Hazlett, and Harem are a trio of witches are as ugly as they are confused.   Halloween is coming up and they have lost their witches brew recipe.  They've looked everywhere and cannot find it.  Without it Halloween will just not be the same.  Can you help them?

Hazel is a 6" x 6" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian witch wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with black bead eyes, red painted mouth, rosy blushed cheeks, black painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with black paper cape tied with a ribbon bow under her neck. Her light gray curly alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is barely controlled under her witches hat.  A paper jack-o-lantern with painted face and sword and key steam-punk paper image add charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Hazlett - 6" x 6" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Witch Doll With Paper-clay Face

Hazlett, Hazel, and Harem are a trio of witches are as ugly as they are confused.   Halloween is coming up and they have lost their witches brew recipe.  They've looked everywhere and cannot find it.  Without it Halloween will just not be the same.  Can you help them?

Hazlett is a 6" x 6" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian witch wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with black bead eyes, red painted mouth, rosy blushed cheeks, black painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with black paper cape tied with a ribbon bow under her neck. Her light gray curly alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is barely controlled under her witches hat.  A paper jack-o-lantern with painted face and sword and key steam-punk paper image add charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Harem - 6" x 6" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Witch Doll With Paper-clay Face

Harem, Hazlett, and Hazel are a trio of witches are as ugly as they are confused.   Halloween is coming up and they have lost their witches brew recipe.  They've looked everywhere and cannot find it.  Without it Halloween will just not be the same.  Can you help them?

Harem is a 6" x 6" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian witch wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with black bead eyes, red painted mouth, rosy blushed cheeks, black painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with black paper cape tied with a ribbon bow under her neck. Her light gray curly alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is barely controlled under her witches hat.  A paper jack-o-lantern with painted face and sword and key steam-punk paper image add charm to her collage outfit.

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My New Mixed Media Collage Scarecrow Shelf Sitters - Meet Harold and Hank



What would Fall be like without an adorable scarecrow decoration?  So, of course, when I was deciding what types of mixed media collage shelf sitters I wanted to make recently I had to include scarecrows.  So I made a pair of scarecrows with paper-clay faces that I named Harold and Hank.


Harold - 4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Santa Shelf Sitter Doll 

Harold and Hank are a pair of scarecrows that are a little apprehensive as to what they are supposed to do in the field.  They know they're there to scare the crows, but are unsure as to how to do it.  After all they don't want to be mean.

Harold is a 4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian Santa wood doll with a paper-clay painted face with brushed brown cheeks.  His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with paper center band and black raised dots.  Paper patches add charm to his collage outfit.  His wild raffia hair is barely controlled under his straw hat.    An orange bow is tied under his neck.

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Hank - 4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Santa Shelf Sitter Doll

Hank and Harold are a pair of scarecrows that are a little apprehensive as to what they are supposed to do in the field. They know they're there to scare the crows, but are unsure as to how to do it. After all they don't want to be mean.

Hank is a 4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian Santa wood doll with a paper-clay painted face with brushed brown cheeks. His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with paper center band and black raised dots. Paper patches add charm to his collage outfit. His wild raffia hair is barely controlled under his straw hat. An orange bow is tied under his neck.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Gotta Love Mixed Media Victorian Collage & Paper-clay Art Dolls


It should come as no surprise to all of you that I LOVE dolls of every shape, size, medium, type, season, and holiday, but Victorians have always been my favorite - especially faceless ones. Over the last 5 decades I've made all sorts of dolls and woodcraft's. Some were cloth only, some were wood only, some were a combination of cloth and wood, some were paper, some were even terra-cotta. Some had faces, some didn't.

It should also come as no surprise to all of you that I LOVE taking online classes - especially those offered from Artful Gathering. In fact, over the last three years I've taken 5 different kinds of classes at Artful Gathering and have written about all of them in the following Linda's Blog posts:


I've wanted to make some Victorian mixed media collage and paper-clay faced art dolls for quite some time. So, combining my love of dolls with my decades long experience with sewing and crafting and utilizing everything I've learned in my classes I decided now was the time to make these dolls. I tend to favor stump dolls and shelf sitters and knew these would be no exception.

I also wanted to utilize some of the molds I had bought several years ago when I was enthralled with goddess dolls. Given I never seem to have enough time for doing what I want to do right then and there my goddess dolls have sat on the back burner for several years - that is, until recently.

I decided this was the perfect time to make some Victorian wooden dolls - some with paper-clay faces, some with paper-clay mannequin faces, some with paper faces. Their outfits could be a combination of fabric, lace, paper, creative embroidery embellishments, ribbon silk floral, beads, etc.

I also wanted to utilize some of the alpaca yarn my sister, who is the owner of Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber, had given me for their hair.  I had some alpaca yarn fiber from Cosmo, Zinnia, Sunflower, Ivy, and Masquerade. All was hand-spun, but some she had single plyed and some she had Navajo plyed.

When I was doing a little cleaning of my craft area several weeks ago I found some 3/4" wood shelf sitter shapes that my husband had cut out for me a few years ago. I had intended to make a painted figure of some sort out of them and decided to create two witches with paper-clay faces which I wrote about in a post entitled " Who Doesn't Love Witches? My New Hildegarde Ann and Hildegarde Brie Mixed Media Collage Art Dolls With Paper-clay Faces."

I was happy with the way my shelf sitter witches turned out so I decided to make a bunch of templates of different shapes and sizes that my younger brother and husband could use for cutting the wood dolls that I wanted to make. Since I never do anything in moderation I ended up with several templates - okay, make that lots of templates utilizing different lengths, widths, and depths of wood. It took us a long time to draw, cut and sand the wood pieces. By the time we were finished I had 41 dolls to make. I told you I never do anything in moderation!

After working on my dolls for what seemed like weeks on end I'm happy to report they are done.  It took a long time and was a lot of work, but I'm happy with the results.  I'll be posting about them over the next few days so stay tuned.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Brian Snow Buddy Adorable Snowman E-Pattern And Print Pattern


Brian Snow Buddy was the first shelf sitter doll that I designed and is one of my favorites. The reason couldn't be because he has a story associated with him regarding one of my grandson's - or could it?

He is a free-standing snowman with a warm & natural cloth body, embroidered face with black eyes, flannel vest, fringed scarf, snow cap with bell , and carries a small “I (heart) snow” sign. Small bows decorate his vest.

"Brian Snow Buddy" loves to snowboard and is always looking for a challenge. He looks for the toughest and steepest hill he can find. The steeper and rockier the better. He is a bit of a dare devil and, so far, has broken any bones.

He is also a bit of a flirt. All you have to do is look at his "Facebook" page to attest to that.

Here's the story behind my Brian Snow-Buddy doll:


I posted this story on my Linda's Blog, but thought you might enjoy reading it here. Here's the story:

The snowguy to the left is called "Brian Snow Buddy" and is named after one of my grandsons.

I named him that because he is just so adorable, as is my grandson.

He's my buddy, as is my grandson.

He's my pal, as is my grandson.

He's so squeezable, as is my grandson.

He's just so huggable, as is my grandson.

He's just so lovable, as is my grandson.

He's so......Stop it, Nana. You're embarrassing me.

Who said that? "Brian Snow Buddy" or my grandson Brian? Both.

Nah! They both love compliments.

When I was designing this doll he kept telling me "make me like Brian." I know, you think I'm crazy that the dolls talk to me. It's bad enough that they talk to me after they're created but before too. Well, yah.

Anyway, I had to make something that was as adorable, squeezable, lovable and excitable as Brian was as a little boy. Still is for that matter. He had the cutest fiery red cheeks. Talk about excitable. At Christmas time he could barely control himself.

Back to the story. So, "Brian Snow Buddy" became the most adorable lovable, excitable, and squeezable snowman around. Go on, give him a squeeze or a hug. He'll love it. So will you.

Brian Snow Buddy just loves the snow, as does my grandson.

"Brian Snow Buddy" is strong in body, as is my grandson.

He's determined, bold and brave, as is my grandson.

He's stubborn, staunch and firm, as is my grandson.

He's powerful and forceful, as is my grandson.

He's bulky in figure, thick set and corpulent, as is.......OOPS! That's not my grandson.

He's a lean, mean fighting machine and I LOVE HIM.

Stop it, Nana! You're embarrassing me.

Who said that? My grandson or "Brian Snow Buddy?"

“Brian Snow Buddy” -  5” Snowman Doll E-Pattern  -Winter Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level is Beginner


Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Cross My Heart's Adorable Snowman and Snow-lady Patterns and Handmade Shelf Sitter Dolls



"Benjamin - Cross My Heart" is always making promises he can’t keep. He always says he’ll be around forever but every spring he’s gone.

He has a mass of white/gray hair on the top of his head that sticks straight up. He is free standing and has a warm & natural body with an embroidered face, lined coat with four pockets, two fringed scarves around his neck, and a large bow. He is coffee stained throughout.

Benjamin's sister, "Isabell Cross My Heart", is forever telling "Benjamin Cross My Heart" not to make promises he can't keep. But, he keeps doing it and, every time, come Spring, all his friends are disappointed. It seems Benjamin will never learn.

“Benjamin - Cross My Heart”, 7” Primitive Snowman Shelf Sitter Doll Pattern - Stout Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner


And then there's "Isabell - Cross My Heart" who is Benjamin's sister.


Benjamin's sister, "Isabell Cross My Heart", is forever telling "Benjamin Cross My Heart" not to make promises he can't keep. But, he keeps doing it and, every time, come Spring, all his friends are disappointed. It seems Benjamin will never learn.

"Isabell - Cross My Heart!" just loves to make little girls smile. Unlike her brother, Benjamin, she never makes promises she can’t keep.

She has a white/gray hair that sticks up from the sides of her head. She is a free standing snow-lady and has a warm & natural body with an embroidered face, lined vest with four pockets which ties in a bow in the front, a fringed scarf tied around her neck, and old lace hanker-chief tied around her neck. She is coffee stained throughout.

All the little snow girls love to gather around Isabell as she is just so sweet and, unlike her brother, Benjamin Cross My Heart" never tells them she'll be around forever. She knows better. She tells them she'll see them next winter and they are happy with that thought. Isabell is too. She would hate to tell a lie.

“Isabell - Cross My Heart”, 7” Primitive Snow-Girl Shelf Sitter Doll Pattern - Stout Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner