Thursday, June 28, 2018

My Snow Globe Cross-stitch KIt



I love snow-globes and have several of my own that I take out and display during the Christmas holiday season.  So, when I saw the Snow Globe Mill Hill #MH14-1734 cross-stitch kit I wasn't surprised that I was drawn to.  Snow globe, cross-stitch - what's not to love!

The Snow Globe Mill Hill #MH14-1734 pattern uses full cross-stitch and straight stitch highlighting as well as beads of various sizes for emphasis and depth. The Mill Hill patterns usually call for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched like the background or border. In this case they were leaving sections of the light blue perforated paper border untouched.

In embroidering the cross-stitch I decided to once again utilize the rectangular wood frame jig that my darling husband built for me that I could tape the edges of my perforated paper to. The wood frame jig is a rectangular embroidery hoop of sorts, but without bending the perforated  paper. He had made it out of 1/2" x 1" pine wood strips with an adjustable center strip that I used for this 5.25 x 5.25 square design.

I had learned from previous mistakes that I needed to draw diagonal lines to locate the exact center of the perforated paper as in previous perforated paper cross-stitch picture I have done the picture was slightly off center by a few holes which caused a problem with inserting the needles in the holes along one of the edges of my frame. So, I lightly drew a diagonal line across each corner with a pencil to get the center point of the perforated paper.

A lot of the cross-stitch 5.25" by 5.25" pictures I have made were finished in small 6 1/2" by 6 1/2" shadowbox frames with 5" by 5" openings that I had gotten at Michaels when they went on sale one year.  I used up all the shadowbox frames I had gotten previously and have been looking for them ever since and hadn't been able to find that size again.

I did, however, find some 7" x 7" by 1 1/2" shadow  box frames with a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" opening at Michaels last year and bought a few white ones and black ones when they were on sale.  I was hoping to use one of the white ones with this project.

The directions did not include any instruction for finishing the back.  I decided to finish mine with thin adhesive press-board paper.  I used an 8" by 10" Pres-On sheet that I cut 6" by 6"with kitchen scissors to fit my picture.  The shadow box came with a padded velvet sheet glued to the rigid back of the shadow box frame which was about 1/8" thick.  My cross-stitch picture glued to the thin adhesive press-board paper was about 1/8" thick so I knew this would be a good fit.

After adhering my cross-stitch picture to the 6" by 6" thin adhesive press-board paper I inserted it into the back of the frame and then inserted the 6" by 6" rigid back that came with the frame over it. The shadow box frame came with 8 metal clips to hold the rigid back inside the frame which I secured.  The press-board fit perfectly and was the right depth for the shadow box frame.

The pattern called for a blue colored wooden frame and for the border of the perforated paper to be left untouched like the picture shown below:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My Best Friend Santa Cross-Stitch Ornament



It definitely isn't any where near the holiday season so I'm sure you're wondering why I'm showing you a Christmas cross-stitch ornament I just finished.  Well, I started this after last Christmas and just finished it the other day.  It's a 3 1/2" by 5" ornament so it only takes a few hours to make but I only had a chance to work on it for a few minutes here or there.  As a result, it took months to finish.

I just love to cross-stitch small ornaments especially when they contain images of dogs.  I also love cross-stitching small ornaments because they don't take a lot of time to complete.So, when I saw the "My Best Friend Santa" cross-stitch ornament from Dimensions I knew I was going to make it.

The "My Best Friend Santa" ornament kit contained the presorted thread, 14 count perforated paper, needles (stitching and beading), beads and instructions.  The  pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and outline stitching for emphasis and depth.

The pattern came with starting, stitching and back finishing instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, beading instructions and color code chart (with code #'s, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a black and white chart with black and white coded symbols.  For the most part the colors and symbols on the keys and chart were easy to read and follow.  However, the symbols behind the highlighted lines were hard to read at times.  


A JS20-5106 Correction sheet for two of the key symbols that were wrong was included in the kit.  The medium salmon symbol was wrong and the white symbol was wrong in the code chart.

I had no problem cross-stitching the Santa ornament and then cutting the perforated paper close to the sides of the Santa figure. This kit did come with instructions for finishing the back and I opted to finish mine with red felt which I glued to the back with an Avery disappearing color glue stick.  
I trimmed the edges so the felt was aligned with the perforated paper.  

Instead of adding a floss hanger according to the instructions I opted to sew two strands of floss to the top of the ornament, securing the edge of the ornament with an additional stitch and then tying the ends at the top in a large knot. 



Unfortunately I can't tell you how many hours it took me to complete this ornament as I've been working on it little by little over the last few months and didn't keep track of it. 


I was very happy with the way my Dimensions Counted Cross Stitch, Santa and best friend Ornament turned out and hope you like it too.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A Crazy Quilt Bridal Purse For My Granddaughter


Six years ago I took an Artful Gathering class by Pat Winter on making a crazy quilt purse.  It was my first Artful Gathering class and I LOVED it.  That's when I fell in love with crazy quilting.  It was just so much fun and produced such beautiful results.


As with every craft I try, crazy quilting gave me all sorts of ideas for creating other beautiful items that I could make and give as gifts.   I had a great idea involving special occasions and bought a bunch of fine fabrics when they were on sale.  If you want to check out what fabrics I bought my post is here.  Suffice to say - there were a lot of them.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

4th of July, Hairy! - The Dolls Product Lines Series


"4th of July, Hairy!" loves Uncle Sam and just wishes that everyone would stop telling him that he looks like a "Santa!"

Now, don't get "Hairy" wrong. He doesn't think there's anything wrong with looking like "Santa." He just feels that he looks more like "Uncle Sam."

After all - just look at his folksy, country outfit.

"4th of July, Hairy!" is a 16" country Santa doll with a muslin cloth body. His face is embroidered and he has black bead eyes, wired glasses, and pink cheeks. His eyebrows and mustache are made of raw mohair as is his scraggly beard. His have red and blue colored stars all over them.

He has a full head of wool roving hair that is barely controlled underneath his lined and patriotic hat.

He is wearing his favorite fringed shirt which is gathered at the neck and wrists. He is also wearing his favorite fringed and pantaloons with cross suspenders that are tied at his ankles with straps.

So, what do you think? Does "4th of July, Hairy!" look more like "Santa?" Hair and all?

Custom Fabric Designs



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tissue Paper and Ribbons


I just love coordinating designs, especially when it comes to gift giving.  So, when I had the occasion to utilize some of my custom gift wrap designs from my Linda Walsh Originals page at Spoonflower.com I jumped at the chance.  The custom gift wrap is part if a bridal collection I set-up at Spoonflower.com and is for sale here.


I love wrapping my presents with ribbons so I decided to add a coordinating ribbon design for the boxed gift and created one at Zazzle.


I also created a custom gift card utilizing the same design and tucked it under the bow I had fastened to the top of the gift.


My gift included both a large box and something I had made which I wanted to put into a gift bag as it was too delicate to wrap.  So, I created a custom gift bag and custom tissue utilizing the same design at Zazzle as well.


I had a little of the custom ribbon left over after wrapping the box present and added it to the top of the gift bag.  I also had a little of the custom gift wrap left over and created a gift tag which I folded in half for the top of my gift bag as well.

I created the custom gift bag, tissue, ribbon, and gift card at Zazzle as private designs.  I'm contemplating opening them up for sale in their public marketplace but haven't quite decided to do that as of yet.  Do you think I should?




Monday, June 18, 2018

Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie! - The Dolls Product Lines Series


If you love making folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" primitive Americana raggedies 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are getting ready to celebrate and getting ready for the parade. You see, they and their fellow countrymen just won the revolutionary war and are now free and independent. That's cause for celebration - if anything was. So, they're dressed in their best primitive "patriotic" outfits and are going to the parade.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are hoping to get front row seats at the parade, but are running a little late. Andy couldn't find his flag and Annie couldn't find her bell. Do you think they'll make it on time?






Yankee Doodle Andy!


“Yankee Doodle Andy! ”, 16” Primitive Raggedy Andy Americana Doll E-Pattern - Patriotic Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Sunday, June 17, 2018

My “Smiling Sam! The USA Man” Country Uncle Sam Doll Decoration - The Dolls Product Lines Series



"Smiling Sam! The USA Man" is a proud American. In fact, he's a direct descendant of George Washington and couldn't be any prouder of his heritage. That's why he's wearing his favorite patriotic outfit. He loves his country and fellow countrymen and will do anything he can to lend support where ever he's needed. Today he's going to the public library for History Day. He's Uncle Sam and will be teaching the kids about patriotism.

"Smiling Sam! The USA Man" is a 29" country Uncle Sam doll from our "Pleasantly Plump Series." He is a squared bottomed self-standing cloth and wood doll. His arms and hands are wired and his cloth head and cloth body are supported by a wood dowel and wood base. His face is outlined embroidered with black back stitches and he has indented black beads for eyes. His cheeks are rosy and blushed and his moustache is made of raw mohair. He has a beautifully trimmed goatee made of wool roving. Sam has has a mass of straight, white wool roving doll hair which is barely controlled under his patriotic top hat. His hat is lined and has a large, wide brim and contrast hat band strip. He is wearing his favorite patriotic outfit. His inner body is supported by a dowel and is covered by his shirt and squared-bottom and striped pants. His white shirt is gathered at the neck edge and wrists. A double layered ribbon cummerbund is tightly fastened around his waist. His jacket has facing along all the edges, cuffs, and fold down lapels. It is top stitched along all the edges and fastened with 4 floss bows. A red, white, and blue bowtie is just under his chin. Sam is carrying an American flag decorated with patriotic stars and patriotic wired ribbon bows. A painted wooden U.S.A. heart is secured to his base with wired ribbon bows.

"Smiling Sam! The USA Man" is anxious to show the kids how proud he is of his country and his heritage. He hopes his enthusiasm will rub off on some of the kids. Let's hear it for "Smiling Sam! The USA Man."

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

My 2 in 1 "Snow Me Red, White and Blue! and Sam Man" - The Snowman Dolls New Combo E-Pattern


Who can resist making two adorable patriotic snowmen?  Not me.  If you can't either then you're going to love our new "Snow Me Red, White and Blue! and Sam Man" patriotic snowmen cloth dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gotta Love Patriotic, 4th of July and Americana Crafts Home Decorations


It's almost the start of the summer season in the U.S. and around this time of the year my thoughts turn to 4th of July, patriotic, and  Americana home decorations.  Over the years I have made many, many different  4th of July, patriotic, and  Americana home decorations.  Some of my own and some based on other crafters patterns.

If you'd like to check out my 4th of July e-patterns they're in my Etsy shop here.




As you know I love BIG woodcraft decorations.  One of my favorite BIG dolls and woodcraft is a self-sitting Uncle Sam that resides in the corner of my kitchen for the entire summer. He just sits there and every time I look at him I can't help but think of the role New England played in the history of this country. In particular he makes me think of the American Revolution and Paul Revere, etc.

Friday, May 11, 2018

My 2 in 1 “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" New Combo E-Pattern


If you love making folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" primitive Americana raggedies 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are getting ready to celebrate and getting ready for the parade. You see, they and their fellow countrymen just won the revolutionary war and are now free and independent. That's cause for celebration - if anything was. So, they're dressed in their best primitive "patriotic" outfits and are going to the parade.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are hoping to get front row seats at the parade, but are running a little late. Andy couldn't find his flag and Annie couldn't find her bell. Do you think they'll make it on time?



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Who Doesn't Love Purses? I Know I Do! How About You?


My recent project got me to thinking about purses and totes. Now I wonder why that is?


I love making totes and have designed and made many of them for It's Raining Baby Showers collection, my Alpacas Rock collection, and my Custom Fabrics Designs collection.  They can be big, small, lined, unlined - it doesn't matter. They are just so versatile. You can never have enough of them and you can never run out of uses for them. 

I loved making them so much I decided to create a free e-pattern for the Halloween tote above here and a free e-book for the large flower tote above here.


As I mentioned in a previous post back in 2012 I decided to take my first online class with Pat Winter on Artful Gathering. The class was called Crazy Quilting 101 and I  LOVED every minute of the class. Pat was such a fantastic teacher. I only wish I had taken one of her classes years before. I made the crazy quilted purse shown in the picture above which I posted about this here.  

After taking this class I had visions of making several semi-formal and formal clutches - some for me and some as gifts.  I never had time until.......  Does this give you an idea of what my latest creations were? Come on? Really? You must have some idea?

In any event, my latest projects got me to thinking about purses, clutches, wallets, totes, etc. and all the wonderful tutorials I've found for my  Purse, Bag,Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.  

I have close to 1,000 pins on this board.  All wonderful "freebies" for creating beautiful purses and totes.

I've been collecting these pins for several years now and have visions of making all of them.  For sure that is not going to happen.  Even for me that is a bit much.  Close to a 1,000 purses... really?  For sure I'd be in divorce court... lol. 

While I won't be making all of them I do have my eye on a few tutorials I'd like to try.  There's the craft organizer sewing bag tutorial by Torie Jayne here,  the boho bag tutorial by Gerry Krueger here,  the quilted suitcase tutorial by Ashley of "Mommy By Day Crafter By Night" tutorial here, the crocheted granny square purse by Lily of  "Sugar'n Cream" which I would need to learn how to crochet first here (it's on my list of to do's),  and the fold over bag tutorial by Anna Graham here.  

There's so many I want to try and make.  So, many little purse organizers, wallets, storage baskets, etc.  You get the idea.  More than I could possible make in a lifetime.  I'll just have to settle for a few.  Maybe a little more than a few..... lol.



There are so many wonderful tutorials out there for making all sorts of purses, totes, bags, pouches, clutches, wallets, pocketbooks, bags, etc.  I, of course, love them all and have collected close to 1,000 tutorials, patterns, and how-to's on my Purse, Bag,Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.

If you love making purses, totes, clutches, wallets, pocketbooks, etc. then you're going to love my Purse, Bag & Tote Tutorials, Pouch, Clutch, Wallet, Case & Pocketbook Patterns, Video's & How-To's Pinterest board.

Have fun!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Do You Remember This Post From August 2012? My Crazy Quilting Passion


Back in 2012 I took an Artful Gathering class by Pat Winter on making a crazy quilt purse.  I LOVED it and fell in love with crazy quilting.  It was just so much fun and produced such beautiful results.  As with every craft I try, crazy quilting gave me all sorts of ideas for creating other beautiful items that I could make and give as gifts. 

So, of course, I went out and bought all sorts of supplies and wrote about it on the following Linda's Blog post. 

Now you might wonder why I had to buy so many supplies.  Well, the thing with crazy quilting is you just never know what fabrics you might be using, what colors, what embellishments would be best, or what embroidery designs would really enhance your creation.  So, you have to have a  large stash of all sorts of  items.  So, create a stash I did..... lol

I had thoughts of creating all sorts of crazy quilting items back in 2012 and just never had the time.  Well, you'll be happy to know that I finally found some time and decided to put what I learned from Pat to good use.  And, well, like everything else I do, create I did..... lol  Certainly more than I would ever need or be able to give away.

As I told hubby, "you never know how the creation is going to turn out so I wasn't sure which creations I would want and which creations I would be giving away."  Sounds like a wonderful excuse for blissfully creating away - right?

My creations aren't quite done yet so I can't reveal them just yet but will be doing so as they are finished.  So, stay tuned.

My August 2012 post:

Monday, April 09, 2018

My Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Saintly Angel Dolls Twins - Meet Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings


One of the wonderful things about creating angel dolls is they're appropriate for so many holidays, seasons and just for everyday.  As a result I have created many over the years.  Some come out at Christmas, some come out at Easter, and some are out year round.  

They can be made of cloth, wood, a combination of cloth and wood, paper-clay, paper, cross-stitched, needle felted, and embroidered.  

So, when I got a chance  to make some mixed media Victorian shelf sitter angel dolls I jumped at the chance.  Meet Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings.

If ever there were a saintly pair of twins it would be have to be Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings.  They are the sweetest, most angelic pair of twins you'd ever want to meet.  Both are thankful every day for their blessings and are not afraid to express their gratitude with love and compassion.  They also both share a love of  singing and are prominent in the angelic choir. 


Marie Angelic -  8" x 4" x 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Collage Angel 

Marie Angelic is a 8" 4" x 1/2" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter  angel wood doll with a paper face,  sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted. Her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with silver sleeve cuff  paper trim and white and silver raised dots.   Braided lace trim decorates her neck and gathered lace trim is wrapped around her waistband.

Her beautiful face is framed with a full head of curly blond hair that is held back with a lace and gold trim headband. Her heavenly wings are combination of a hardened crochet doily embellished with white ribbon loops.  She is holding a Christmas carols book.


Marie Blessings -  8" x 4" x 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Collage Angel

Marie Blessings is a 8" 4" x 1/2" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter  angel wood doll with a paper face,  sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted. Her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with silver sleeve cuff  paper trim and white and silver raised dots.   Braided lace trim decorates her neck and gathered lace trim is wrapped around her waistband.

Her beautiful face is framed with a full head of curly brown hair that is held back with a lace and pearl drop trim headband. Her heavenly wings are combination of a hardened crochet doily embellished with white ribbon loops.  She is holding a Christmas carols book.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Revisions to My Victorian Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Art Dolls - Meet Bea, Bailey, and Betty.


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.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls that I made back in September 2014. 

Here's how they looked when I first made them:


While I was initially pleased with the way they came out over time I decided they needed a little more height for their heads to give them a little more dimension so I decided to add bonnets to their heads.

Here's how they look with their bonnets: