Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gotta Love Sunflowers, The Fall Decorating Season, and My Creative Overdrive


There's nothing quite like walking through a field of beautiful, BIG Sunflowers.  After all how can you resist their bright, big yellow flowers.

I know I can't which is why many of my Fall decorations include Sunflowers and which is why I decided last year to design several Fall sunflower fabrics.  I haven't used them yet, but I'm planning on it for this Fall decorating season.  The question is" What shall I make?  Any suggestions?


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Sunflower Fabric 2

© 2015 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh.


© 2015 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh. 


This year I'll be putting one of my all time favorite silk floral arrangements out.  It's a simple Fall seasonal Sunflower, Black-Eyed Susan, pink Carnations, grass, and yellow and white floral reeds floral arrangement that I made several years ago.  As you know, I'm a huge fan of bright and cheery silk floral arrangements and love decorating my house with them all year and just love the colors and the simplicity of the arrangement.


Last year I created a free e-book on how I created my "How To Make A Beautiful Fall Sunflower and Black-Eyed Susans Silk Floral Centerpiece" so you could make one of your own.  If you'd like to try your hand at making a beautiful sunflower silk floral piece my free e-book is here.


I know I've told you many, many times about the Fall season and my creativity being in overdrive. In fact, just writing this post I can feel it starting.  I'm ITCHING to do some Fall decorating.  Itching to create something new with my sunflowers fabric.

It's only July so I have to stifle this for awhile.  At least until the end of August.  However, since I don't know exactly what I'll be making with my sunflower fabric I don't know how much time it will take. I may just have to start NOW,  Ya, sure, Linda! Like anyone would believe that.


In thinking about the Fall and my desire to create, sew, and design and all the blog posts I had written about the Fall (and there were a lot) I remembered the story I had written about this in November of 2006 and thought you might enjoy reading it again.

In the 10 years since I wrote that post I would have to say that this has happened to me many (well, make that many, many, many) times and, as a result, I've made many (well, make that many, many, many) Fall related dolls, crafts, and floral arrangements for my home. My "What Is It About This Season That Drives My Creativity?" post is here.


Of course, with my creativity being n overdrive in the Fall I've created a lot of fall decorations.  So many that I have to rotate them year to year.

I don't know if I'll ever find out why I have this over drive or what it is about this season that enhances my creativity?


Maybe, however, I should I should stop worrying about it and just enjoy the "creative" moments? Tis the season - the "creative" season that is!  And, I CAN HARDLY WAIT!  I can feel the itch.

One of the worst things I can do right now is peruse my Fall Tutorials, Video's, Patterns, and How-to's Pinterest Board.  That would be a disaster.  I wouldn't be able to hold back my drive.

However, that shouldn't stop you from looking.  I hope you enjoy some of the Fall seasonal crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's I have found.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

My New Colonial Custom Fabric Designs For Ursula At Play and Her Brother, Zacheus At Play


I just love the Victorian and Colonial Era and love designing fabrics for that period.  I especially like it when my fabric designs include graphics for some of my original handmade dolls & crafts.  The "dollies" have so many demands, one of which is they all have their own custom fabric design.  This time my new fabric designs are for Ursula At Play and Zacheus At Play.

Ursula and her brother, "Zacheus At Play!" along with her best girlfriend, "Rebecca" are a tight knit group of boys and girls. They are all "faceless" colonial beauties who just love hanging out together. Rebecca is the most dignified of the group and the most studious. Ursula and Zacheus are much more playful and love to tease each other as only "brothers & sisters" can. They pay attention to their studies, but when their done - well, they just love to play. Whether it's the lace that surrounds her, the colors of her outfit, the way her hair is fashioned, or her intricate beauty "Ursula At Play!" is a beautiful Colonial doll.

Rebecca has new own " Gray Is Beautiful" custom fabric designs, which are shown below:

Friday, July 22, 2016

Over The Years I've Bought and Reviewed A LOT of Craft Kits - Ya Think!


Craft Patterns & Kits Bought Reviewed and Made By Linda

I just love crafts, love books about crafts, and LOVE craft patterns and kits. 

Whether it's cross-stitch, punch needle, needle felting, holiday crafts, seasonal crafts, doll making, embellishing, beadwork, applique, mixed media crafts, needlepoint, quilting, sewing, painting, woodcrafts, or wool felt craft patterns and kits - I love them all.


And, if I find a craft pattern or kit that I love - well, I'll buy it and make it.  And, once I have then I'll review it for you and let you know what I think.

Sounds like a bargain to me!

If you'd like to see all the craft kits I've bought, made and reviewed please visit my Book & Crafts Review Corner Pinterest board.


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Grays Are The Cream Of The Crop! - Gray Is Beautiful Products Gallery New Designs and Products


As far as "The Grays" are concerned "Grays Are The Cream Of The Crop."  Aged to perfection. Like fine wine.

Their adorable new "Grays Are the Cream Of The Crop!" design and new products are for senior citizens, grandma's and grandpa's and are intended for use as gifts and accessories for seniors birthdays, retirement parties, and other special occasions. They have products for home decor, special occasions, home office supplies, clothing, accessories, fun and entertainment, and so much more.


They hope you like their new "Grays Are the Cream Of The Crop!design and products.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fall Decorating Fun Free Tutorials, E-Patterns, and E-Books


Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year and it pleases me immensely to ponder which Fall decorations to display this year. Truth be told I've made a lot of them.  I simply can't help it - I love to decorate.

If you do, too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free tutorials, e-patterns, and e-books to help with your Fall decorating.  Just click the links below. Enjoy!











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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Who Doesn't Love Paper Dolls?

Image Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ballerina and Bloomer Girls (Prima Donna) Paper Dolls
Publisher:Littauer and Boysen
Purveyor:Dennison Manufacturing Co. (New York, NY)
Date:1890–1905
Medium:Lithographs
Dimensions:each: 14 3/8 × 6 1/8 in. (36.5 × 15.5 cm)
Classification:Prints
Credit Line:Gift of D. Lorraine Yerkes, 1959
Accession Number:59.616.403a-g

I don't know if you're like me or not, but I like to reminisce about my childhood and the dolls, toys, or items that I loved to play with. In doing so I always say to myself, "Why didn't I save them?" I wish I had saved all of them. Some of them would be worth a fortune today.

Unfortunately, we moved a few times and old toys were discarded. Plus, what child thinks about saving something so they can have it 50 years down the road? None, that I know of and certainly not me. So, all my old toys, "Barbie" dolls, other dolls, and "paper dolls" were thrown away.

Today, with the advent of computerized doll makers and graphics "paper dolls" are making a comeback. You can create your own doll online or in your own graphics program and then print it out on your color printer on cardboard stock. Then just cut it out just like you did as a child. You're all set to play. How great is that?

In the paper, scrapbooking, stamping, and mixed media area there are so many gorgeous paper dolls being created and supplies generated to help you with that. In the mixed media and scrapbooking arena paper dolls are becoming an art form. Some of the creations are just astonishing. If you'd like to see some beautiful paper art dolls my" Paper Art Doll  Creations" Pinterest board is here.

Plus, with the advent of the computers, paper dolls went virtual.  You can create your own avatar dolls and virtual doll worlds. Over the years I've created a few avatars of my own, like my YoVille Linda shown below:

 

The Linda avatar on the left is the original YoVille (now known as YoWorld) avatar I created back in 2006.  The Linda on the right is the "Punk" version.  DollZ, which is what digital dolls are now known as, are extremely popular with numerous websites devoted to them.  You can create the dolls, create their clothing, their homes, their worlds, their friends, etc.  It's mindboggling.

Monday, July 18, 2016

My Fairy, Gnome, and Bendy Doll Making Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board


What child hasn't been enamored with fairies at some point in time?  My granddaughters certainly were.  I know I was as a child and used to imagine them flitting around in the woods or imagining tiny little houses in the woods around my house.

Nowadays there are just so many different types of fairy dolls and fairy villages that you can create. It's mind boggling and difficult to choose just one to make.  If you're anything like me you've made many different types: fairies, gnomes, bendy's, fairie pegs, fairy wands, fairy houses, fairies out of pinecones, fairy villages, flower fairies, fairy toadstools, mushrooms, etc.

I just love making everything and anything fairy. If you do, too and would like to learn how to make them I hope you find the tutorials, patterns, articles, projects, and how-to's helpful.

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Who Doesn't Love Fairies - Free Fairy Tutorials, E-Patterns, and Ebooks


What child hasn't imagined playing with fairies and wanting to make a fairy garden.  I know I did. While I never got the fairy garden I did enjoy making some fairies.

If you like making fairies, too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free tutorials, e-patterns, and ebooks for creating some.  Just click the links below.  Enjoy!






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Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Doll Making Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board


It's no secret that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE dolls.  Ya think!

I love everything and anything about them. In fact, I've never seen a doll I haven't loved or seen a type of doll I haven't wanted to make. I want to try making every conceivable type of doll there is. It's a lifetime quest which I know at this point I'll probably never finish. For sure, I'll give it my best shot.

Over the years I've bought many doll patterns and created dolls from some of the wonderful free tutorial, how-to's and patterns I've seen. I've made close to 2000 dolls now, some of my own design and some based on other doll makers designs.

Not only do I love making dolls, but I love finding out the history of all the different types of dolls there are and different ways for making them.  You could say I love history and research as well.

I used to print out all the free doll making tutorials and patterns I wanted to try and saved them in a folder. Well, as you can imagine, I ended up with way too many folders and places to store them. So, I created a Pinterest board for doll making tutorials, patterns, articles, projects, and how-to's for making dolls. I hope you enjoy what I've found.

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The board above is for general doll making. As there are so many different type of dolls and ways to make them I decided to set up several specific types of doll making Pinterest boards for art dolls, clay dolls, paperclay dolls, papier mache dolls, reproductions dolls, paper dolls, cloth dolls, primitive dolls, softies, goddess dolls, fairy dolls, and Matryoshka dolls. I also set up Pinterest boards for dollhouses, doll clothes, doll furniture making tutorials, patterns, and how-to's. I'm hoping to post about some of those in the posts that follow. So, if you love making dolls like I do I hope you'll be pleased with all my Pinterest boards.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Summer Crafts Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Boards


Gotta love the good ole' summer time. After all - what's not to love about the beach, seashells, driftwood, building sand castles, collecting rocks, seagulls, ice cream cones, sea glass, walking along the beach, sand dunes and playing in the surf.

Plenty of time to relax and enjoy yourself.  For me that means relaxing by crafting.  So, of course, I have a bunch of projects on my to-do list  and my summer Pinterest board. If you love decorating your home or cottage with summertime decorations you're going to love the projects on my summer crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's pinterest board.  It's hot fun in the summertime.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Art Doll Making Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board


I am in awe of some of the art doll designers I've met or become friends with online.  They create some of the most astonishing art dolls that just take your breath away.

I love the fact that so many of them are willing to share their art doll making secrets by creating free tutorials, patterns and how-to's for all of us to use.  So, of course, I had to set up an Art Doll Making Pinterest board to house all the wonderful links I've found.

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The board above is for art doll making tutorials, etc.   I also have a board specifically for the art doll designers themselves and their blogs and/or websites.  If you'd like to see some astonishing creations by some amazing art doll artists please click here for my Art Doll Designers & Art Doll Creations Pinterest board.  Then please click through to their respective websites and blogs.  Their creations are guaranteed to take your breath away.   They take mine away every time.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Gotta Love Beautiful Fans - My Fan Tutorial, Video's and How-To's Pinterest Board

Image Courtesy of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Date:ca. 1750
Culture:Spanish
Medium:Paper, paint, ivory, gilt
Dimensions:22 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (57.2 x 29.8 cm)
Classification:Fans
Credit Line:Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923
Accession Number:24.80.5

I can remember as a child playing with the Victorian fans, similar to the one shown in the picture above,  from my great, great Aunt Flossie and my Grandmother.  They were just beautiful and I loved opening and closing them.  Of course, I ended up breaking one and that was the last time I was allowed to play with them.  To pacify me my mother bought me a little plastic fan that wouldn't break as quickly.  However, over time break it did.  I still have that broken fan somewhere as well as a wooden fan from my grandmother.  I don't know what happened to my great, great Aunt Flossie's Victorian fans.

Beautiful fans have been a fashion accessory for awhile.  After all who can resist a woman wearing a beautiful Rococo, Edwardian, or Victorian dress holding a beautiful fan. I would love to see some of the beautiful fan pictures that I've pinned to my Beautiful Fans Through The Ages Pinterest board. They're just beautiful works of art all unto themselves - don't you think?  I have a few hundred pictures of these beautiful and historic fans from some of the museum websites I like to visit and am always looking for more.  If you'd like to see some of these beautiful works of art please click here.  Be sure to click through to the respective museum page to see more of the beautiful fans in their respective museum collection.

While I can't recreate such beautiful works of art perhaps these tutorials, video's and how-to's will show me how to make one.


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Oodles Of Boys & Girl Primitive Dolls and Ornaments Free Tutorials, E-Patterns, and E-Books


When it comes to fun and easy to make decorations you can't beat some adorable primitive boys and girls shelf sitter dolls, doll pin dolls and Raggedy Ann and Andy ornaments.

With this in mind you'll be happy to know that we have several free e-patterns for making some.  Just click the links below.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

My Review Of Hally Levesque's "Romantic Rosabella" Class At Artful Gathering - 2016


I finally finished the art dolls that I was making based upon the Romantic Rosabella online class that I've been taking during the first session of Artful Gathering 2016.



2016 - Hally Levesque - Romantic Rosabella - A Ribbons & Roses Doll Project 

The online class was taught by Hally Levesque who is an exceptional art doll artist, photographer and a bit of a history buff. This was my 2nd class with Hally. Last year I took her Bonnets and Beaus: A Regency Doll Project Online Class and loved it. My review of that class is here.

Hally Levesque, is an amazing art doll artist that I greatly admire. She makes the most beautiful historical cloth, primitive folk art, and character original art dolls. If you would like to learn more about Hally her Creative Doll Works website is here and her blog is here.

For this class I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.

I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.


Monday, July 04, 2016

Art Doll #7 From My Artful Gathering Class - Arabella


I've had a delightful time the past few weeks making the dolls for Hally Levesque's "Romantic Rosabella" class in Session 1 of Artful Gathering. I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.


I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.

Art Doll #6 From My Artful Gathering Class - Georgiana


I've had a delightful time the past few weeks making the dolls for Hally Levesque's "Romantic Rosabella" class in Session 1 of Artful Gathering.  I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.


I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.

This is the sixth doll I made from that class.  She has a handmade with hand sculpted paper clay face, arm, and bonnet. She also has handmade silk ribbon flowers as well as painted flowers down the front of her dress. Handmade silk ribbon flowers are also used for her bouquet and to decorate her bonnet.