Sunday, April 11, 2021

Snow Me Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Country Snowman Free E-Pattern


 

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" wants to show everyone how patriotic he is and is going to do so by wearing his favorite red, white, and blue outfit when he marches in the "Winter Carnival" parade. 

He doesn't care if they're the colors of summer and that it's winter time. He wants to wear them in the parade.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" is a 15" self-standing patriotic snowman doll. He has white felt body. His face is outline embroidered with black floss and he has black bead eyes, a resin carrot nose, and blushed cheeks. He is wearing his favorite outfit. His coat is lined and cuffed, and has fold down lapels and a red heart front button for closure. His bow tie is red, white, and blue and his lined top hat is, too. 

"Snow Me" is carrying two flags that he hopes to wave during the Winter Carnival parade.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" is a proud citizen - that is, if snowmen can be citizens - and wants everyone to know it. So, let's hear it for the red, white, and blue.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Uncle Warren - A True Patriot! Primitive Uncle Sam Doll Free E-Pattern


"Uncle Warren" truly is a true red, white, and blue patriot. 

He loves his country and, even now, at the age of 82 is still willing to serve his country. 

If they need him to serve, he'll be ready. 

Of course, at his age he can't fight, but he can still serve. 

Paperwork, no problem. 

Cooking for the GI's, no problem. 

Cleaning the mess hall, no problem. 

Encouragement and moral, no problem. 

Uncle Warren is ready and able to serve.



Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Eleven Adorable Cloth Stump Dolls Free E-Patterns

 



Recently I got to thinking about some of the cloth stump doll e-patterns I designed and thought you might like to make some stump dolls of your own.  So, I decided to make their e-patterns free and created blog posts on how to make them as well as a link to their free e-patterns.

If you don't know what stump dolls are they are dolls made of anything (i.e. wood, cloth, etc.) that are basically a body and head.  Sometimes they have arms, sometimes they don't.  Most are capable of standing on their own but don't have to be in order to be considered stump dolls.  Primitive stump dolls sometimes have little arms and legs.

My cloth stump dolls, shown above, could also be classified as shelf sitter dolls which are small dolls that can sit by themselves on a shelf.  Sometimes they have dangling legs, sometimes they don't.  The cloth stump dolls of mine, shown above, do not have dangling legs but have square bottoms so they can sit on a shelf by themselves.

My cloth dolls are stump dolls but on my e-patterns I classified my cloth stump dolls as stout dolls because they are bulky in their bodies and their middle section is wider than their length.  

No matter what - whether they are stump, shelf sitters, or stout dolls they're easy to make so I hope you have fun making yours.

Just click on the links below:

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Hazard A Guess What I Am? Primitive Ghost Stump Doll Free E-Pattern


Who can resist a scary but adorable ghost?  Especially one who is a little confused.

Hazard A Guess What I Am? seems to have a bit of a problem in that people aren’t sure he’s a ghost. 

He can’t understand this because he thinks he’s scary. He scares himself. 

Hazard is a free standing ghost doll with a cloth body, and an embroidered face with button eyes. He is wearing a vest and multi-colored fringed scarf. “Hazard A Guess What I Am?” is coffee stained throughout.


He's a little confused, but he's not scary. What's up with that? 

You see, "Hazard A Guess What I Am?" has a problem with his heritage. 

He isn't even sure he is from a ghostly line. If you can't tell he's a ghost and his heredity is in question - how is he ever going to know? 

Sometimes he looks like a ghost, he feels like a ghost, and he walks like a ghost. But, is he really a ghost?

Designer-Linda Walsh Originals

Monday, April 05, 2021

Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?” Primitive Witch Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



Mabel I Won't Cast A Spell! can’t decide whether to be a good witch or a bad witch. 

She’s watched “The Wizard of Oz” so many times your head would spin. 

And, sometimes, hers does. 

She is a witch after all.


Mabel is a free standing primitive witch doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and a full head of curly gray. She is wearing a lined cape, dress, fringed scarf, and lined witches hat. “Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?” is coffee stained throughout.

There is no confusion with Mabel. She knows she's a witch. 

Sunday, April 04, 2021

William Come or Won’t They? Primitive Scarecrow Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



There's just something very charming about a trio of shelf sitter cloth dolls - don't you think?  Even if we're talking about a scarecrow in April.  

A little early for the Fall season - don't you think, Linda?

Nah! I love using stump dolls to decorate for every season and holiday.  

If you do, too then you're going to love my “William Come or Won’t They? primitive scarecrow stump doll free e-pattern.

Why not make a couple now in time for next Fall's scarecrow season.  Who says scarecrows can only come out in the Fall.


William Come Or Won't They? can’t figure out whether the crows are going to come or not. 

If they do, he’s prepared. 

Saturday, April 03, 2021

My Isabell Cross My Heart Primitive Snow-lady Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



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.

My Benjamin Cross My Heart Primitive Snowman Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



"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.

Friday, April 02, 2021

My Brian Snow Buddy Snowman Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



With the birds chirping and the smell of spring in the air I decided to release a few free snowman e-patterns.  

Now I know you might say, "Come on, Linda! Snowmen and snow-lady's, now!"  

My response is, "Why not!"  

So, here's the first of three snow people shelf sitter doll free e-patterns I'm releasing.   

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?

"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 his 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. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

"Peter - The Primitive Farmer & Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" Primitive Stump Dolls Free E-Patterns



If you love making whimsical cloth shelf sitter dolls then you're going to love our "Peter - The Primitive Farmer and Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" free  e-patterns.

Peter The Primitive Farmer believes that every day should be spent working hard and providing for your family. There is nothing like a good hard day of labor.  He gets up in the wee hours of the morning to start working on his farm. 

Margaret, being the dutiful farmer's wife that she is, gets up even earlier than her husband.

Why?

Because she has to prepare his breakfast so he has plenty of energy for working all day.

Margaret The Dutiful Farmer's Wife believes that she should do everything that she can to help her husband, Peter. 

So, she always has a home cooked meal ready for him at the end of a hard day of labor and at the beginning of the day so he has enough energy for all the demands of the farm.

Margaret gets up so early in the morning to prepare breakfast for Peter that at the end of the day she is a little tired. 

Peter understands this and when Margaret falls asleep on the sofa he just lets her sleep. 

She works so hard. 

She deserves her rest, too.

Friday, March 19, 2021

How I Made My Lacy Mixed Media Victorian Collage Stump Art Doll Free Tutorial


I fell in love with mixed media art dolls several years ago after taking online courses at Artful Gathering.  I loved those classes as I learned so much and they really had a delightful effect on my
 creative soul. 


When I first started creating my Victorian "Lady" dolls I decided to make them stump dolls as I wanted to focus on their outfits.  So, it's totally understandable that after falling in love with mixed media art dolls, I would experiment with mixed media stump dolls as well.  

Well, experiment I did! The Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly dolls, shown above, are a trio of "stump doll" sisters who are as different as they are beautiful.

 

 Lucy, who is on the left in the pictures above, is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, who is on the right in the pictures above, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly, who is in the middle in the pictures above, is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

They are mixed media Victorian collage stump art dolls that I made back in September of 2014. 

I had so much fun making these mixed media stump art dolls I thought you might like to know how I made them. So, I decided to create a free tutorial on how I made Lacy.  

I hope my free tutorial inspires you to create a mixed media stump art doll of your own.


Lacy - 4 1/2" x 6" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Stump Art Doll

Lacy is a 4 1/2" x 6" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian stump wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her fabric gathered and covered bamboo bonnet with paper floral and silk floral embellishments is fastened with a purple check ribbon that is tied in a bow under her chin. 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. A bouquet of flowers and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

Supplies Needed:

Thursday, March 18, 2021

How I Made My Mixed Media Snow Fairies Art Dolls - Meet Pixie, Dixie, and Mixie



Back in 2014 I decided to take Julie Haymaker's "Let's Go For A Ride" class at Artful Gathering. The project called for making an adorable little mixed media shadow box scene with 3 pets sticking their heads out the window of a car that was driving over a hill. The class looked like it would be a lot of fun to take so I decided to take it.

A kit was available for purchase from Julie's Etsy shop "Bisbeebliss" so I ordered one as it's a lot easier to do that than run around to get supplies. The kit came with everything you needed to create the project including thread and needle. It was fabulous.

Well, in looking at Julie's kits for sale she had some unusual unfinished wood pieces for making several different types of mixed media dolls.  

Julie is a remarkable mixed media artist who has an eye for unusual art doll creations and her unfinished wood kits were available as a tool to help you with this. 

So, of course I bought a few.  If you know me you know that a few translates to "a lot of them."

rolling  hand carved wooden heart on wheels ready to decorate.  

I've used a few over the years when the application seemed to fit something I wanted to create.  I used the heart and wood carriage above for my "Don Juan Romeo" mixed media art doll creation that I created this summer.

Friday, March 12, 2021

My Families Love Of Pillows and My Pinterest Quilting Tutorials Board


My mother, sister and I have been sewing for many, many years.  My sister and I learned from our mother at a very young age.  We started small and over the years both my sister and I, as well as our mother, honed our sewing skills and, as a result, ended up making many, many things including our own clothes, large quilts, small quilts, mini quilts, quilted pillows. place-mats and runners.


My sister continued her love of quilts by creating Inspired Creations By D quilted wall art.

After making a bunch of quilts that she gave away as gifts my mother gave up large quilts in favor of smaller pillows.  She loved making log cabin pillows like those shown in the picture at the beginning of this post.  She was happy to make the standard log cabin quilts and other quilted pillows until she learned how to make folded log cabin quilted pillows.  From that point on it was all folded log cabin pillows, table runners and place-mats.


She even took her love of log cabin quilts to the point where she was making miniature 8" by 8" pillows for my baby "Bud."  She made two of them just for him - one for downstairs in the family room when he was laying on the sofa and one for the chair we used as his bed upstairs.