Friday, November 17, 2017

Please Vote For Me!



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The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Brr... It's Cold Outside, Bruce! and Brr... Why Is It So Cold, Laura!” Victorian Snow-Boy and Snow-Lady Art Dolls


If you love making snowmen and snow-ladies cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Brr... It's Cold Outside, Bruce! and Brr... Why Is It So Cold, Laura!” Victorian Snow-Boy and Snow-Lady dolls and their product lines.





Brr... It's Cold Outside, Bruce!



"Brr...Why Is It So Cold, Laura! " is a very unusual snow-lady. You see, she really doesn't like the cold weather. She's much rather stay inside her finely decorated "pink lady" Victorian house than be outside in the cold.

However, she promised her son, "Brr... It's Cold Outside, Bruce!" that she'd take him to the Victorian skating party at Regency Park this weekend. Bruce just loves to skate and is getting quite good at it. In fact, he's won several figure skating trophies which his mother has displayed on the living room mantle. But, he doesn't just love figure skating. He loves ice hockey too and is also very accomplished at that sport as well. So much so that everyone wants him on their team.

Bruce is looking forward to the skating party at Regency Park. Laura would much rather stay inside where it's warm.

"Brr...It's Cold Outside, Bruce!" is a 9" three-tiered self-standing Victorian snowman warm & natural cloth doll. He has an embroidered face with X-crossed eyes, resin carrot nose, X-crossed embroidered mouth, and blushed cheeks. He has a full head of straight mohair hair which is barely controlled under his flannel Sculley cap. He is wearing his favorite lined and coordinated Victorian jacket with top stitching, and cuffed sleeves. His jacket is secured in the front with three buttons. A fringed flannel scarf is wrapped around his neck and tied in a knot in the front. His skates are flung over his shoulder and he is carrying his newspaper sack. He figured he might as well deliver his papers on the way to the skating party.








Brr... Why Is It So Cold, Laura!



"Brr...Why Is It So Cold, Laura! " is a very unusual snow-lady. You see, she really doesn't like the cold weather. She's much rather stay inside her finely decorated "pink lady" Victorian house than be outside in the cold.

However, she promised her son, "Brr... It's Cold Outside, Bruce!" that she'd take him to the Victorian skating party at Regency Park this weekend. Bruce just loves to skate and is getting quite good at it. In fact, he's won several figure skating trophies which his mother has displayed on the living room mantle. But, he doesn't just love figure skating. He loves ice hockey too and is also very accomplished at that sport as well. So much so that everyone wants him on their team.

Bruce is looking forward to the skating party at Regency Park. Laura would much rather stay inside where it's warm.

"Brr... Why Is It So Cold, Laura!" is a 9" three-tiered self-standing Victorian snow-lady warm & natural cloth doll. She has an embroidered face with X-crossed eyes, resin carrot nose, X-crossed embroidered mouth, and blushed cheeks. She has curly white yarn hair on the top of her head. Her coordinated Victorian lined bonnet has a center band, gathered bonnet and bonnet brim with ear flaps. It sits wonderfully on the top and back of her head. She is wearing her favorite lined and coordinated Victorian jacket with front and back darts, and cuffed sleeves. Her jacket is secured in the front with two buttons and a lined jacket tie is wrapped tightly around her waist and knotted in the back. She is also wearing a coordinated and lined cape and a fringed flannel scarf is wrapped around her neck and tied in a knot in the front. Her skates are flung over her shoulder and she is carrying a tiny Victorian gathered purse. Her hands are being kept warm inside her fur puff.






Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Snow Go! Noodles” Country Snowman Doll Decoration



"Snow Go! Noodles" couldn't been any nicer. He couldn't be anymore positive and goodhearted. He couldn't be anymore charming, or intelligent, or distinctly dressed. He couldn't be any more of a philanthropist than he already is. He couldn't be any more helpful or physically fit. He couldn't be..... Well, let's just say he's perfect. Perfect for a snowman - that is!

"Snow Go! Noodles" is a 28" squared bottomed self-standing cloth and wood country snowman. His arms and hands are wired and his warm & natural cloth head and warm & natural cloth body are supported by a wood dowel and wood base. His face is embroidered and he has indented black bead eyes, a resin carrot nose, and outline embroidered mouth. His eyebrows and eyelashes are embroidered and his cheeks are blushed and slightly indented. He has a mass of thick, straight, cream colored hair along the side seams of his head with the back left bald.

His large brimmed and lined hat with contrast bands and decorated bows sits slightly tilted to the left of his head. He is wearing his favorite blue top stitched jacket with cuffed sleeves, facing along the edges, a large button for front closure. A bow decorated pocket with coordinated fabric is affixed to the front of his body. A fringed scarf is wrapped around his neck and overlapped in the front and a fringed scarf is wrapped around his waist and tied in a bow in the front. He has a corn cob pipe inserted behind his waist scarf and is holding a large wood and metal shovel in his hands.

"Snow Go! Noodles" is so positive and so nice that nothing can get him down. Not a little snow, not a little cold, not even a little thaw. Certainly nothing that can get the average snowman down. But, "Snow Go! Noodles" isn't just any snowman. He couldn't be happier. He couldn't be ..... Well, let's just say he's perfect.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quick and Easy Christmas Ornaments For Family Fun



If you love to sew and would like to make something simple for your family this Christmas season  or to sew as a Christmas projects with your family check out my twenty-five adorable Santa, Mrs. Claus, carolers and gingerbread men cut and sew doll ornaments from my "Christmas Fabric Designs Collection."

I now have 258 different cut and sew doll designs. Plenty of inspiration for learning how to sew. They're fast and easy and are a great way to teach kids how to sew. If you'd like to see all my cut and sew designs please CLICK HERE.

They are so easy to make.  Just follow the instructions below:

Cut and Sew Kit Finishing Instructions Per Piece

Additional Supplies Needed - Poly-fil, Sewing Thread, and Color Coordinating DMC Embroidery Floss For The Hanger For Each Piece.

1)  Cut the two pieces along the dotted lines.
2)  Place right sides together and sew 1/8” away from outer doll line leaving a small opening on the bottom for turning.
3)  Trim seam and clip edges.
4)  Turn right side out and stuff with poly-fil.
5)  Hand sew small opening closed with the sewing thread.
6)  Add a hanger to the top of the piece with 6 strands of the color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.

Alternative Method #1 For Blanket Stitch Finishing Each Piece Along The Edges

Additional Supplies Needed - Warm and Natural or Batting, and Color Coordinating DMC Embroidery Floss For Each Piece

1)  Cut the two pieces along the dotted lines.
2)  Using the front doll piece as a guide cut two pieces out of warm and natural or batting.
3)  Place the two doll pieces wrong sides together and then insert  the warm and natural or batting pieces in between the two pieces and pin along the sides to hold.
4)  Trim the edges so the pieces and warm and natural or batting  outer edges are even.
5)  Blanket stitch  1/8” - 1/4” away from outer edges with 6 strands of color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.
6)  Add a hanger to the top of the piece with 6 strands of color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.

If you don't know how to blanket stitch check out my free "Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Blanket Stitch Free E-Book"  e-book which shows you how here.

Copyright © 2004-2017 Linda Walsh Originals—Designs by Linda Walsh - Kit and Contents For Personal Use Only

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Olde St. Nick - Plump & Jolly!”


"Olde St. Nick - Plump & Jolly!" doesn't know what he would do without Mrs. Claus. He just adores her and is astonished at the amount of work she can get done in one day. She's ready, willing, and able to do anything and anything she can to help.

 She might be cooking for him and the elves. They do tend to get a little hungry after all that hard work. Or she might be crafting something for the good boys and girls. There's always so many presents that have to be made. Everyone has to pitch in and help. Or she might be decorating for the holidays. They do tend to have a lot of decorations at the North Pole! Floral crafts are her favorite. Or she might be washing and cleaning. Elves do tend to be messy - especially the boy elves. Or, she might be exercising the reindeer. They, too, need to be in shape for their journey. Or, she may be playing nurse to the elves who have the flu. Elves tend to overwork themselves and get a little run down - especially the boy elves.

Or she might be running to the grocery store. Even Santa and Mrs. Claus need to get supplies. They like to shop at the North Pole Walmart. Or she might be paying the bills. Santa does tend to rack up the bills. Or she might be babysitting some of the little elves. Reading a story to the little elves is her favorite time because she just loves to embellish. Or she might be mending some of his suits.

He does tend to put on some weight around the holidays and Mrs. Clause has to let his suits out a little. Okay - has to let his suits out a LOT!

"Olde St. Nick - Plump & Jolly!" is a 24" country St. Nick 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 embroidered and he has blue water colored and sunken eyes, an embroidered and raised nose, and a red mouth. His eyebrows, mustache, and full beard are made of raw mohair. His cheeks are pencil colored and blushed rosy. He has shading under his eyes and around his nose. St. Nick has a mass of white wool roving hair under his Santa cap. His cap is lined, fur trimmed, tassel and pompom decorated, and is attached to the top and back of his head. His round frame glasses sit on the bridge of his nose. St. Nick is wearing his favorite holiday jacket and cap. His long jacket is fur trimmed along the sleeve edges, bottom edge, and front edges. It is gathered at the neck and fastened in the front with six DMC embroidery bows. A gold cord is wrapped around his waist and tied in a knot in the front. He is holding a bag of Christmas toys that is gathered and tied with zig-zag trim.

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Mrs. St. Nicholas - A Little Plump, But Happy!”




"Mrs. St. Nicholas - A Little Plump, But Happy!" is one of the nicest woman you'd ever want to meet. She loves her life at the North Pole, loves her husband, and loves doing whatever she can to help him get ready for Christmas Eve. She's ready, willing, and able.

Now don't let a little bit of "plumpness" fool you. Mrs. Claus may be "plump" but she is as fit as a fiddle. She has to be to get everything done that needs to be done for Christmas Eve. She might be cooking for the elves and Santa - they do tend to get a little hungry after all that hard work. Or she might be crafting something for the good boys and girls. There's always so many presents that have to be made. Everyone has to pitch in and help.

Or she might be decorating for the holidays. They do tend to have a lot of decorations at the North Pole! Floral crafts are her favorite. Or she might be washing and cleaning. Elves do tend to be messy - especially the boy elves. Or, she might be exercising the reindeer. They, too, need to be in shape for their journey.

Or, she may be playing nurse to the elves who have the flu. Elves tend to overwork themselves and get a little run down - especially the boy elves. Or she might be running to the grocery store. Even Santa and Mrs. Claus need to get supplies. They like to shop at the North Pole Walmart. Or she might be paying the bills. Santa does tend to rack up the bills.

Or she might be babysitting some of the little elves. Reading a story to the little elves is her favorite time because she just loves to embellish. Or she might be mending some of Santa's suits. He does tend to put on some weight around the holidays and Mrs. Clause has to let his suits out a little.

Monday, November 13, 2017

My New Christmas Custom Fabric Designs



I can definitely get lost in designing custom fabric.  I love working on the computer and love creating whimsical designs, especially if they're for Christmas.   I hope you like my new Christmas Victorian, Santa, Mrs. Claus and carolers designs.

Please visit "Christmas Fabric Designs Collection" to see all my Christmas custom fabric designs.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Adorable New Christmas Stockings and Tote Bag Projects


If you love to sew and would like to make something simple for your family this Christmas season check out our eight adorable Christmas Stocking projects and four adorable totes bag projects in my shop on  in my shop on Sprout.  

For the stockings, according to Sprout Studios,  "this pattern is simple and fast - sew one up in less than 30 minutes!"

Just cut the project out and sew it.  Or, for a extra fee, have them sew it for you.  That's a win - win.

For the tote bags, according to Sprout Studios,  "The Everyday Tote from Sprout Studio is going to be your favorite go-to bag pattern. With a simple construction, optional lining, a box-bottom, and endless design options, this tote is a great beginner project that can be sewn together in an afternoon."

Just cut the project out and sew it. Make a lined bag or make two Christmas and Winter tote bags.   Or, for a extra fee, have them sew it for you.  That's a win - win.

Enjoy!
Christmas and Winter Themed Tote Bags

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Caroling Time, Jim and I Love Carols, Penny” Victorian Caroler Art Dolls




If you love making Victorian Christmas caroling cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Caroling Time, Jim and I Love Carols, Penny” dolls.




Caroling Time, Jim 


"Caroling Time, Jim" and his family look forward to the caroling season every year. In fact, it is their favorite time of the year. It's so joyous and so festive and Jim and his family are good singers. Truth be told - they practice several times over the course of the year. They enjoy singing together and enjoy caroling from house to house. And, truth be told - they're really good at it. Jim, and Katie, and John get so into caroling that they lose track of time. Penny, on the other hand never loses track of time. She loves the holiday season and loves to carol, too. But, it's such a busy time of the year for her that when it comes time to carol she has 100 other things on her mind. So, sometimes, she appears to be a little angry. But, that's not really what she is. She's harried. She loves to carol, but she's harried. And, she loves spending time with Jim and the kids. They can really get into it and sing their hearts out. It's just that with so many things to do.....

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Nellie” Victorian Snow Lady Art Doll


Two things today got me to thinking about "Nellie" my Victorian snow-lady doll pattern. The first is that winter is right around the corner. I hope Mother Nature takes pity upon is this year and doesn't inundate us with snow.

The second is a comment my husband made years ago. When the Christmas decorations are put away the Winter decorations, also known as snow-people, make their appearance. I always have a seasonal display in the  front foyer of our house.  For the winter season there is a large floral basket with all the winter blue colors and three of my snow-people dolls. The focal point of the winter display is my "Nellie" Victorian snow-lady doll.

"Nellie" was named after my husband's GrandAunt who was born in May of 1889, definitely during the Victorian Era. Or, at the very least, towards the end of the Victorian Era. All I could think of while I was designing her was that "Nellie" had to have been a bit on the shy, defined, and eloquent side. So, my "Nellie" had to be also.

Yah, so? Linda, will you please get to the second reason!!! Okay, okay. You know how I love to get off track. In any event, my husband told me years ago that he thinks that my "Nellie" Victorian snow-lady doll is the best doll I've ever made. Well, I couldn't agree with him more. She really is quite stunning. I have to keep that to myself though as "Nellie" is quite full of herself as are most of the dolls I've made. She just loves to be on display and begged me to show you the new pictures that I've just taken of her so you could judge for yourselves..

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “John - The First Noel Caroler! and Katie - The Noel Caroler!” Victorian Boy Caroler Art Dolls


If you love making folk-art cloth caroling dolls then you're going to love our “John - The First Noel Caroler! and Katie - The Noel Caroler!” Victorian boy and girl caroler dolls.




John - The First Noel Caroler! 


"Caroling Time, Jim" and his family look forward to the caroling season every year. In fact, it is their favorite time of the year. It's so joyous and so festive and Jim and his family are good singers. Truth be told - they practice several times over the course of the year. They enjoy singing together and enjoy caroling from house to house. And, truth be told - they're really good at it. Jim, and his daughter, Katie, and her brother, John get so into caroling that they lose track of time. Their mother, Penny, on the other hand never loses track of time. She loves the holiday season and loves to carol, too. But, it's such a busy time of the year for her that when it comes time to carol she has 100 other things on her mind. So, sometimes, she appears to be a little angry. But, that's not really what she is. She's harried. She loves to carol, but she's harried. And, she loves spending time with Jim and the kids. They can really get into it and sing their hearts out. It's just that with so many things to do.....

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Dolls Product Lies Series - “Call Me Margaretta Claus and Crazy Claus At Your Service!” Primitive Santa and Mrs. Claus Christmas Doll Ornaments


I just love making Christmas dolls - especially ornaments that I can use for decorating.  If you love making Christmas ornaments, too then you're going to love our “Call Me Margaretta Claus and Crazy Claus At Your Service!” primitive Santa and Mrs. Claus doll ornaments.




Call Me Margaretta Claus


"Call Me Margaretta Claus" and her husband, "Crazy Claus At Your Service!" just love to laugh and love to have fun. They just love to hang out and enjoy the holiday festivities. Whether it's at your house or at the North Pole, they're comfortable anywhere. Especially "Call Me Margaretta Claus."

"Call Me Margaretta Claus" loves to laugh and can get to laughing so hard that she'll start to cry, too. She, too gets to laughing so hard she starts to cry and then she can't stop herself. Maybe then things can get a little crazy. All this laughing and crying and laughing and crying could turn anyone crazy. Whether she's at your house or the North Pole get ready to laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Just Call Me Jeremiah Claus and Please Call Me Mrs. Karen Claus” Victorian Santa and Mrs. Claus Art Dolls


If you love making Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus dolls like I do then you're going to love our “Just Call Me Jeremiah Claus and Please Call Me Mrs. Karen Claus” Victorian Santa and Mrs. Claus dolls.





Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Quick and Easy Snowman and Snow-lady Cut and Sew Christmas Ornaments



If you love to sew and would like to make something simple for your family this Christmas season check out my eighteen adorable snowman and snow-lady cut and sew doll ornaments from my "Winter Seasonal Fabric Designs Collection."

I now have 258 different cut and sew doll designs. Plenty of inspiration for learning how to sew. They're fast and easy and are a great way to teach kids how to sew. If you'd like to see all my cut and sew designs please CLICK HERE.

They are so easy to make.  Just follow the instructions below:

Cut and Sew Kit Finishing Instructions Per Piece

Additional Supplies Needed - Poly-fil, Sewing Thread, and Color Coordinating DMC Embroidery Floss For The Hanger For Each Piece.

1)  Cut the two pieces along the dotted lines.
2)  Place right sides together and sew 1/8” away from outer doll line leaving a small opening on the bottom for turning.
3)  Trim seam and clip edges.
4)  Turn right side out and stuff with poly-fil.
5)  Hand sew small opening closed with the sewing thread.
6)  Add a hanger to the top of the piece with 6 strands of the color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.

Alternative Method #1 For Blanket Stitch Finishing Each Piece Along The Edges

Additional Supplies Needed - Warm and Natural or Batting, and Color Coordinating DMC Embroidery Floss For Each Piece

1)  Cut the two pieces along the dotted lines.
2)  Using the front doll piece as a guide cut two pieces out of warm and natural or batting.
3)  Place the two doll pieces wrong sides together and then insert  the warm and natural or batting pieces in between the two pieces and pin along the sides to hold.
4)  Trim the edges so the pieces and warm and natural or batting  outer edges are even.
5)  Blanket stitch  1/8” - 1/4” away from outer edges with 6 strands of color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.
6)  Add a hanger to the top of the piece with 6 strands of color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.

If you don't know how to blanket stitch check out my free "Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Blanket Stitch Free E-Book"  e-book which shows you how here.

Copyright © 2004-2017 Linda Walsh Originals—Designs by Linda Walsh - Kit and Contents For Personal Use Only


The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Morning Walk, Karl” Woodland Santa Doll Decoration


Morning Walk, Karl just loves walking in the woods. In fact, the mornings are his favorite time of the day. He gets to collect his thoughts and enjoy his walk with nature. Ah, there's nothing like the early morning sun to put you in the right frame of mind for the coming day.

He is a free-standing woodsman. He has a long embroidered jacket decorated with a painted wood canoe and painted wood spruce tree covered with snow. His shirt is white and he has cuffed velour pants, socks and green sock slippers. His hat is a wool cap and he has a very full beard and mustache and long white hair. His face is drawn and he has clear plastic and wire glasses. He also has a fabric covered head and wood body and feet. Rope is tied around his waist and his snow shoes so that he can carry them around his waist. He is using a walking stick.

"Morning Walk, Karl" is a likeable guy. But, he's usually in his best frame of mind in the morning. If you want to ask him something or get him to do something - ask him in the morning after his "morning walk." He'll probably say "sure."


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Caroling Gertie and Bah! Carols! Harpo” Country & Folkart Boy & Girl Caroling Ornaments



I used to love caroling as a child which might explain my love of  making all kinds of Christmas carolers.  If you love making folk-art Christmas caroler cloth doll ornaments then you're going to love our “Caroling Gertie and Bah! Carols! Harpo” country and folk-art boy and girl caroling ornaments and all their products..