Monday, August 02, 2021

My Free Graduation Cap and Gown E-Pattern - For Any 20" Doll (Including American Girl)



Back in 2008 I received a request from a customer asking if I would consider making a special order item for them. Now, I don't normally do special orders, but my customer wanted a graduation doll and both of my were sold out.

I told my customer that they could make either my "Anna" or my "James" graduation doll as both patterns and e-patterns were available. Well, for my customer, that was not an option as they did not sew and they already had a 20" doll. What they really wanted was a graduation cap & gown to fit their 20" doll.

So, what to do? My customer pleaded with me to "please" consider a special order request and make them a graduation cap and gown for a 20" doll. After much discussion I finally agreed and made them the black graduation cap & gown you see in the picture above.

Since I had already created the pattern pieces in order to make the graduation cap and gown I figured I might as well create the e-pattern to go along with the pattern pieces. My customer was happy with their gown and I ended up with a new e-pattern.


My graduation cap and gown for 20" doll e-pattern makes a gown with a two-snap front closure with fold down lapels, gathered front, and mid length full sleeves. The lined cap has a cardboard top, tassel, and elastic strap for affixing the cap to the doll's head.

As it turns out, it was one of my best selling e-patterns because it was easily adjusted and used to make all sorts of graduation caps and gowns for various size dolls, bears, centerpieces at graduation parties, etc.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

My Victorian Conservatory and How I Put It Together


For most of my life I have wanted to build a Victorian dollhouse.  As far as I was concerned the more Victorian and ornate the better.  I wanted to build everything in the dollhouse from the Queen Anne furniture to the traditional Victorian furnishings.

I was not naïve as to how much work was involved, or so I thought.  I knew it would be a LOT of work starting from the wood kits to the adding of all the embellishments like the wallpaper, buildable furniture, floors, rugs, lighting, ceilings, and all the accessories associated with a dollhouse.  

I wanted everything to be handmade.

Well, time definitely gets ahead of you the older you get and over the years life kept happening.  I never did build my dream dollhouse.  Well, here I was at 67 years of age, in the in the middle of a Covid pandemic and thinking about building that dollhouse.  

You might be wondering - why now? Well, as it happens in April 2021 I saw a June 2016 blog post by Laura Carlson on the Alpha Stamps Blog entitled "Miniature Victorian Conservatory!


I was intrigued by this and thought it might be a good introduction into miniatures and a good example as to what was involved with creating a doll house which I knew would be much more elaborate and time consuming than a Victorian conservatory.

I was drawn to this conservatory as it was Victorian and involved plants, which I also happen to love and thought it would be perfect in my sunroom.

I decided to research what supplies were needed and started with the Alpha Stamps website to see what was available now.  Keep in mind the blog post was written in 2016 and it was now 5 years later so I wasn't sure what supplies were still available.

Well, to my delight the conservatory itself was still available in laser-cut 3D chipboard, as was a platform foundation of laser-cut 3D chipboard.  I was thrilled.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Fun With Paper Dolls - New Christmas Mixed Media Art Picture Creations


As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands. 

I also wanted my mixed media pictures to create a 3d effect so I added a combination of collage images, sponge painting,  mixed media fibers, ribbons, buttons, 3d paper flowers, paper foliage, dried floral, and fringe. 

Given that Christmas is my all time favorite decorating season I knew I would love all of Jo's Christmas paper art doll images.  So, when I saw Jo's paper art doll star angels and elf I knew I would be making some of them right away.  They were the first pictures I created.  

I ended up making 3 pictures for the Christmas holiday decorating season and they are as follows:

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Fun With Paper Dolls - New Fall and Halloween Mixed Media Art Picture Creations



As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them - especially the witches.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands. 

I also wanted my mixed media pictures to create a 3d effect so I added a combination of collage images, sponge painting,  mixed media fibers, ribbons, buttons, 3d paper flowers, paper foliage, dried floral, and fringe.

I ended up making 4 pictures for the fall and Halloween decorating season because the witches were too adorable to resist.  The pictures I created are as follows:

Saturday, May 29, 2021

A Mixed Media Art Picture For My Grandson


As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

When I saw one of Jo's art doll digital images of a Victorian man in the moon I knew I had to make a picture from him as a graduation present present for my grandson.  He would be perfect as a handmade gift that I could give him and the words were definitely fitting for a college graduation.  

Friday, May 28, 2021

Playing With Mixed Media Paper Dolls and Art Pictures For The Spring


As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands.

I also wanted my mixed media pictures to create a 3d effect so I added a combination of collage images, sponge painting,  mixed media fibers, ribbons, buttons, 3d paper flowers, paper foliage, dried floral, and fringe.  

I absolutely adored Jo's bunnies and decided to use two of them in one large art board picture for the wall in my farmer's porch.  I ended up making 2 pictures for the spring and summer decorating season and they are as follows:

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Fun With Mixed Media Paper Art Doll Pictures


Over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands.  

I ended up making 4 pictures for the fall and Halloween decorating season, 3 for the Christmas holiday decorating season, two for the spring and summer decorating season and one as a graduation present for my grandson.

I still have a lot left to create when I get a chance.  I'm not sure when that will be but I do, eventually, end up with some free time when I can play with Jo's paper art doll images again.  

If you get a chance to visit Jo's waifsNwhatnots Etsy shop to see her adorable paper doll images I hope you end up playing like I did.  Way, way too much fun for a senior citizen to be having.... lol




Saturday, May 01, 2021

My New Victorian Little Women Crafts Supplies Collection

 


By now you definitely know that I love anything and everything revolving around crafts.  Not just any crafts, but ALL crafts.  

In fact, my bucket list is filled with different crafts I want to try.  It will take more than a lifetime so I know I won't get to trying everything, but it won't stop me from trying...lol

My latest crafts adventure revolved around the wonderful black and white illustrations from the 1880 Little Women free E-Book on the Project Gutenberg website that had more than 200 illustrations by Frank T. Merrill and a picture of the Home of the Little Women by Edmund H. Garrett.


As I started looking through the pages, looking at the beautiful black and white illustrations, and reading some of the chapters again I felt inspired and thought they'd make for some adorable toile mixed media, collage, decoupage  or paper-craft creations. So, I created fabric designs in 4 complimentary toile colors: black. white, burgundy, blue, and brown.  

Of course, I didn't stop with just the fabric designs.  

Au! Contraire!

I went on to create custom scrapbook designs, rubber stamps, vinyl stickers, paper stickers, wall decals, etc.  

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Free E-Book of Mixed Media and Collage Scrapbook Pages From the 1880 Little Women Book


Last July I posted about my love of books and my grandmother's and great Aunts influence on me. Two of the first books I got from my grandmother back in 1966 when I was a young lady were Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.  

I loved the books and especially loved Jo because she was so fiercely independent.  I also admired Louisa May Alcott as she was an abolitionist, feminist and involved in the women's suffrage movement.  


For several months in 2020 I had been looking for illustrations in some of the free e-books that are in the public domain on the Project Gutenberg website.  To my surprise I found the Little Women free E-Book (cover shown above) on the Project Gutenberg website from 1880 that had more than 200 illustrations by Frank T. Merrill and a picture of the Home of the Little Women by Edmund H. Garrett. 

Even though they were all black and white I was still thrilled.

The books my grandmother had given me had 4 color illustrations for Little Women and 5 color illustrations for Little Men, which is certainly not a lot of illustrations. Plus, they currently aren't in the public domain.

As I started looking through the pages, looking at the beautiful black and white illustrations, and reading some of the chapters again I felt inspired and thought they'd make for some adorable mixed media, collage, decoupage  or paper-craft creations. 

Just like Louisa May Alcott "I want to do something splendid...." however, unlike Louisa my creations would involve crafts not writing books.

I thought you might get inspired by the books and illustrations too, so I decided to post the illustrations back then for you all to enjoy.

In thinking about my post from 2020 I thought it would be a lot easier for all of you if I created a free e-book with all the illustrations in it that you could save and download to your own computer, which would make it easier for all of you to use the illustrations in your mixed media or collage crafting projects.

So, shown below is my free E-Book.   

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.