Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Wedding Custom Fabric Design

There's something charming about weddings and bridal fabric fabrics. Wouldn't you agree?

I know I love them and love designing them. So, when it came time to create some new fabric designs for some of my wedding custom fabric designs I could not wait. 

I loved it so much I ended up creating 22 new designs for this collections. Shown above are some of the new designs.  There are many more.  I hope you enjoy the new and revised designs from my Wedding and Bridal Custom Fabric Collection.

We hope you enjoy making many, many decorations and gifts.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Friday, March 16, 2018

A Little Downsizing Is Good For The Creative Soul

If you've been following along with my blogs and websites over the last fourteen years you know that the "dollies" and I have had quite a few websites and quite a few blogs. Fourteen years ago for a small business owner to have a website online that you had control over you basically had to either create your own using HTML or some comparable software that could publish to the web and then FTP (file transfer protocol) it to what-ever service provider was hosting your website and domain name.

I wanted to be able to update my website whenever I wanted and change it whatever way I wished. As a result my first two websites were created in Publisher and FTP'd to my hosting accounts at GoDaddy where my two domain names resided. I used Paypal HTML coding back then and had to copy and paste their payment HTML coding for every item I wanted to sell. While I had complete control over my website design the coding was tedious at best.

When instant download e-patterns came along I used PayloadZ and Paypal to handle the "Buy Now" capabilities. This, too, utilized HTML coding which, again, was tedious at best.

So, before long I outgrew the capabilities of these two websites and needed websites with more sophisticated shopping carts and with the ability to handle instant download e-products. So, I decided to open two new websites utilizing a CubeCart shopping cart at In A Pickle Web Design, which is owned by Annie Kelly.

With the two new websites with Annie I now had 4 websites and a GoDaddy Website Tonight "About Me" page. Two of the websites I was still maintaining with Publisher and transferring via FTP to GoDaddy, two I was maintaining using the In A Pickle Web Design CubeCart interface, and one I was maintaining through GoDaddy.

Five websites, however, wasn't all I had. I had jumped on the blogging craze back in 2003 utilizing an AOL blog, then a Yahoo 360 blog, and then several blogs. For me blogging was the perfect solution for disseminating information about your small business and letting your customers get to know you. Back then, however, there was a lot of skepticism about blogging with some small business owners even claiming they would never buy anything off a blog. Not me. I took a giant step forward and stopped issuing newsletters. I jumped on the blogging band wagon and have never looked back.

My online interests continued to expand over the years as well as my doll & craft interests. Over time my blogs multiplied as each had a different audience and, therefore, a different subject to discuss. So, at one point in time I had 5 websites, 18 blogs, an Etsy shop, a Zibbet shop, 3 Zazzle shops, and several other secondary e-pattern and handmade goods online selling venues. I also had a topsite, several plugboards, and a lot of social media pages and/or groups to maintain.

Four years ago I decided to do a little downsizing.  All of this had all become too much to handle so I decided to start downsizing gradually. The first to go were the plugboards, followed by half of my blogs, followed by several social media communities and groups, followed by some of the selling venues.

Four years ago I decided to consolidate all of my websites into one selling website that could handle not only all my e-products, all my print patterns, and all my handmade goods but be expandable so it is able to be displayed correctly on all the desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices out there.

Back then I did a lot of research and decided to create my new Linda Walsh Originals Shop at GoDaddy utilizing their Quick Shopping Cart. What I liked about the GoDaddy website is that it would handle all of my different businesses under one roof as well as all my handmade products and all my e-products.

My consolidated website handling both digital products and handmade products has worked well for the past four years, but was still a lot of work with everything else I was doing, including online classes that I love to take.  So, I decided to downsize even more and closed my Linda Walsh Originals Shop which was selling my e-patterns and all my handmade doll and craft decorations.

I also decided to upgrade my Linda Walsh Originals Information website which is a GoDaddy Website Tonight website to be an "About me" portfolio with multiple pages of sorts for everything and anything concerning Linda Walsh Originals.

This doesn't mean you can't still buy my e-patterns and handmade doll & craft decorations.  You can.  All of my instant download e-patterns are available at my Linda Walsh Originals Etsy Shop and I will be adding my handmade doll & craft decorations as time permits over the next few months.

I'm still in the process of critiquing my business interests as well as my creative interests so don't be surprised if there are a few more changes to come. Sometimes too much is too much and down sizing is good for the soul.  Plus, it allows for plenty of time for creative processes.  So, stay tuned to wherever my muse takes me.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Lure Of The Leprechaun! They're Just Too Mischievous!

The lure of the leprechaun! Sounds ominous - doesn't it?

What do I mean by this? Well, what is it about leprechauns that makes people love them? What is their hidden attraction - their lure?

Is it their devilish nature? The twinkle in their eyes? Their dimples? Their rosy cheeks? Their sheer luck?

Maybe it's their tenacity? Their studiousness? Their lively spirits?

Or, the fact that they have little "pots of gold?" Hidden treasures and mischievousness?

Or, is it because they wear green outfits and live in the forest? Or is it because they are cobblers by trade? What?

So, what's the lure? Why do people far and wide love the little men in the green suits? (Almost sound like martians, doesn't it?) And, did they always wear green suits?

It's definitely something for everyone loves leprechauns, especially crafters. Of course, then again, crafters love just about anything that they can create. And, crafters love other crafters and leprechauns are shoemakers which makes them crafters after all. That's "crafters logic" for ya.

So, really, why do crafters love to create them? Is it their red hair? Is it because they are inherently lucky and we all hope some of that their luck will rub off on us? Or, is it because we can appreciate all their hard work and hard efforts to make their creations - shoes? What is it about these little men in green suits that lures us?

So, (surprise, surprise) that got me to thinking about the history of the leprechaun. If you're a reader of my Linda's Blog you had to see this coming a mile away. So, of course I had to find out - where did their legend begin?

According to - "In Irish mythology, a leprechaun (Modern Irish: leprechaun) is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They are a class of "faerie folk" associated in Irish mythology and folklore, as with all faeries, with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical races said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts."

As with many legends and folklore Irish legends are steeped in Celtic or Druid superstition and folklore that are handed down one generation to another.

Irish folklore, in particular is full of tales of fairies, leprechauns, banshees and other supernatural beings. Centuries ago it was believed that fairies lived in fairy forts which were large mounds of earth and that if you were to touch a fairy that would bring you bad luck.

Banshee's were female spirits who had long flowing hair and who wailed outside the home of someone whose was about to die. In rural Ireland to this day many people still believe in the banshee.

The most famous Irish fairy of all is, of course, the leprechaun. They are said to be aloof and unfriendly and busy themselves all day making shoes. They aren't easy to spot, but are industrious - stashing away all their money in hidden pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. According to legend, the only way to track a leprechaun is to follow the sound of a leprechaun hammering the shoes.

The image of the Leprechaun is that of a mischievous little old man who is 2' tall and a cobbler or shoemaker by trade. They are usually thought of to be rich, having buried many, many "pots of gold." According to legend, if you come across a leprechaun do not look away. If you do they will disappear. If you keep your eyes fixed on them they cannot escape or vanish. But, they are cunning and often can trick you into looking away.

In most of the folklore surrounding leprechauns they are characterized as harmless creatures who live alone or in remote locations. They like their solitude, but if engaged in conversation can be quite worldly. But, don't expect them to tell you where they've hidden their "pots of gold." They aren't likely to tell you that and will trick you before they do.

According to some legends leprechauns can be ill-mannered and cunning.

One interesting fact that surprised me was that in 1831 Samuel Lover wrote that the leprechaun wore a red coat, and Yeats in 1888 in his book entitled Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry describes the leprechaun as follows:

"He is something of a dandy, and dresses in a red coat with seven rows of buttons, seven buttons on each row, and wears a cocked-hat, upon whose pointed end he is wont in the north-eastern counties, according to McAnally, to spin like a top when the fit seizes him."

Now-a-days he wears a green coat or green frock and is synonymous with shamrocks and St. Patrick's Day. And all of that is synonymous with the Irish.

The Irish have celebrated St. Patricks Day for thousands of years. Surprisingly, the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.

Over the next several decades Irish patriotism amongst American immigrants flourished and parades and "the celebrating of the green" became synonymous with Irish American pride.

Millions of Irish immigrants started pouring into to the U.S. during the Great Potato Famine of Ireland in 1845. They soon came to realize that their sheer numbers had political clout. As a result, their voting block, known as the "green machine," became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. To this day in the U.S. annual St. Patrick's Day parades and breakfasts are a must-attend event for seasoned politicians and political hopefuls. And, everything, including the food is "green" in color.

So, as with most legends and folklore the legends become history and the folklore becomes tradition. Soon it becomes hard to tell the legends and folklore from the facts. So, are the Irish lucky (i.e. the luck of the Irish) because of the leprechauns or the leprechauns lucky because they are "Irish?" We'll never know.

"The luck of the Irish" has been a saying tossed around for decades, along with images of tiny green men, green beer and, of course, the four-leaf clover. Some say that the saying "luck of the Irish" doesn't infer luck at all - but, instead, infers "bad luck!" We'll never know for sure. In any event, if you are lucky enough to be Irish or to see a "leprechaun" maybe you'll soon be finding your own "pot of gold." Maybe that even means that if you're a crafter who makes them "you will soon find your reward for all your hard work!"

For crafters, leprechauns come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, They are short, fat, skinny, tall, made of cloth, wood, ceramic, plastic, etc. They can be made out of just about anything, but for sure, they are all mischievous. Whatever it is that lures us to make them - they are a delight to make.

And, if you do make a leprechaun doll - watch out. They can be mischievous and cause quite the stir in your household.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Things To Think About - Some Irish Blessings For You

As St. Patrick's Day approaches please remember these Irish Blessings:

May you alway walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long
May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
And, my favorite Irish blessing:

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of your wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Jokes For The Kids

Here's some St. Patrick's Day jokes for the kids:

Q - Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?
A - Real rocks are too heavy!

Q - When is an Irish Potato not an Irish Potato?
A - When it's a FRENCH Fry!

Q - What do you call a fake stone in Ireland?
A - A sham rock!

Q - Why do frogs like St. Patrick's Day?
A - Because they're always wearing GREEN!

Q - What is out on the lawn all summer and is Irish?
A - Paddy O'Furniture!

Q - How can you spot a jealous shamrock?
A - It will be green with envy!

Q - Why did St. Patrick DRIVE all the snakes out of Ireland?
A - Because it was too far for them to CRAWL!

Q - What kind of bow can't be tied?
A - A rain bow!

Q: What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover?
A: A rash of good luck!

Q - Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover?
A - You never want to PRESS your luck!

Q - What do you call a clumsy Irish dance?
A - A JIG mistake!

Q - Why do so many people live in Ireland?
A - Because the capital is always DUBLIN!

Q - How can you tell an Irishman is having a good time?
A - He always DUBLIN over with laughter!

And, finally:

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Irish Who?
Irish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 05, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Craft Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board

St. Patrick's Day is always a fun holiday. I hope you enjoy some of the St. Patrick's Day crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's I have found.  Have fun decorating.

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Saturday, March 03, 2018

MY Alpacas Rock Penny Rug Picture Decoration E-Pattern

Alpacas Rock Penny Rug Picture is an e-pattern to create a 12" by 12" alpaca felt picture in a 15" by 15" purchased picture frame with 1 large and 8 small alpacas in a penny rug style design.

Each felt alpaca piece is embroidered as a stitchery with the basic alpaca standing or grazing outline and then each is embroidered to the felt background. The large standing alpaca and small standing alpacas are embroidered using the same large and small standing alpaca design. The four standing alpacas are then needle felted with alpaca roving which I purchased from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber. The four grazing alpacas are eating grass behind a fence. The base and back lining are blanket stitch embroidered along the edge.

The pattern can be made as just a blanket stitched penny rug or as a wool felt blanket stitched picture enclosed within a wall picture frame or tabletop picture frame.

The pattern includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the alpaca penny rug from start to finish, full page picture layout sheet, alpacas embroidery design instructions sheet and full page single sided pattern piece sheets. The pattern also includes step-by-step illustrations and instructions for blanket stitching.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I've Written A Lot of Doll Histories For My Linda's Blog and My Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me Blog

Besides being a lover of Victorian dolls and genealogy I also love history - especially doll histories. Being a lover of doll histories prompted me to write all the doll history posts that can be seen on my Linda's Blog and on my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me blog. Enjoy!

DOLL HISTORIES ON MY LINDA'S BLOG and My Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me Blog 

I hope you enjoy all my posts.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

"Winter Roses" Art Doll By Hally Levesque Featured In Winter Issue of Art Doll Quarterly

Last November I heard from Hally Levesque that the "Winter Roses" art doll I had won in the Hally Levesque "Romantic Rosebella" class at Artful Gathering last year was going to be featured in the winter issue of Art Doll Quarterly.

I didn't get a chance to buy a copy until recently and was thrilled to see that she was the first article and was being featured on page 6. In the article Hally describes what her design and creation process was in regards to making her and is a fascinating read.

Every time I look at her I can't believe how unbelievably beautiful she is and am thankful to Hally for creating such a remarkable art doll. I will cherish her forever.

I hope you all get a chance to read the article about 'Winter Roses" in the winter 2018 issue of Art Doll Quarterly .

Some Of The Designs I Entered In Spoonflower Design Challenges Recently

Once in awhile I decide to enter some of my fabric designs into the Spoonflower Design Challenges and entered 7 into their contests recently.  I didn't win any but I definitely had fun designing them.

I hope you like my designs.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Needle Felted Flower Garden Shadow Box Tray Picture - The Dolls Product Lines Series

For my last needle felted flower creation I decided I wanted to create a flower garden scene using a combination of the dark blue and dark green 100% wool felt 12" by 12" needle felted sheets I had bought felted to a backing of Nu-foam.

My flower garden picture was going to have a blue sky with white clouds, green grass, and brown soil.  To create the soil I decided to use some of the wonderful medium brown alpaca roving from my sister's alpaca, Ivy.  For the white clouds in the sky I decided to use some of the wonderful white alpaca roving from my sister's alpaca, Sunflower.  All of this I was going to enclose in a 8 3/4" by 6 1/4" by 2" deep unfinished shadowbox tray sponge painted with lively spring colors.

I decided to create the needle felted flowers using stainless steel flower cookie cutter molds that I had. The flower cookie cutter molds came in a 3/4", 1", and 2" and larger sizes.  I also decided to use a 1" leaf from a set of stainless steel leaf molds that I also had.

I also wanted my flowers to be combination of multi-layers of petals and a single layer of petals.  I wanted the flowers and leaves to be different colors and for some of the flowers to have stems.  I decided to use medium blue, dark blue, lilac, purple, pink, black, apricot roving, white alpaca roving from Sunflower, and medium brown alpaca roving from Ivy.  Lime green roving and sage green roving would be the colors for the flowers leaves.

I was pleased with the way my needle felted flower picture turned out and decided to create and e-pattern out of it so you could create a needle felted flower picture of your own.

My pattern includes tips for needle felting, step-by-step instructions for completing my flower picture, a colored flower picture instruction steps sheet so you can see what piece belongs to what step, and a colored flower picture layout sheet that is approximately the size of your needle felted flower picture. 

I also decided to create some summer custom fabric designs from the graphics used in my pattern as well as a free e-book on creating a flower panel fabric picture.  Enjoy!

Custom Fabric Designs

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Graduation Cap & Gown

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 pattern to go along with the pattern pieces. My customer was happy with their gown and I ended up with a new pattern.

My new graduation cap and gown for 20" doll e-pattern is for making 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 is one of my best selling patterns and because it is easily adjusted is used to make all sorts of graduation caps and gown for various size dolls, bears, centerpieces at graduation parties, etc.

Flora Ellen Bridal and Wedding Art Doll - The Dolls Product Lines Series

Flora Ellen has been waiting for her wedding day all her life. She has been groomed to be the epitome of exquisite and refined beauty. All in an effort to attract just the right Victorian gentleman.

After all her family is one of a line of Dukes and Duchesses and she is expected to marry someone of her families standing. So, she has been groomed and prepped for just the right dress, just the right style, just the right manner. Her wedding day is not just about her, but also about her family and she aims to make them all proud of her.

Flora Ellen is a free-standing doll who is wearing an 1896 Victorian bridal gown. She has a long, fancy double-tiered lace and ruffled trim satin dress with a flowing train and long double-tiered laced and gathered sleeves. Her bodice is a double criss-crossed lace overlay. Her long curly blonde hair is tied on one side with floral accents and looks beautiful underneath her very fancy lace & floral trimmed lace veil which is also decorated with floral ribbons and lace pearl streamers.

Her inner body is made from a dowel covered with fabric and eyelet lace and she is wearing a lace trimmed slip. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. She also has a painted wood head and covered round wood base.

Around her neck she has a long pearl necklace and she is carrying a bouquet of flowers with lace pearl and ribbon streamers. A large floral accent piece adorns the left side of her waistband.

Flora Ellen has not doubt that her wedding day will be perfect. Perfect for her and perfect for her family who worked so hard for this moment.

Flora Ellen Handmade Victorian Lady Bridal Art Doll Decoration

Elsa Bridal and Wedding Art Doll - The Dolls Product Lines Series

Elsa is a free-standing doll all ready for her wedding day. It's the first of October so she's hoping that it will be a bright and sunny day as she wants to look her best. She chose October as it shouldn't be rainy, shouldn't be snowy, and shouldn't be hot. However, she fastened her hair in a bun just in case it were to rain. Her beautiful, thick head of flaming red hair tends to frizz on a rainy day unless it's contained in a bun. So, for her wedding day she's taking no chance.A bun it will be.

She has a long, fancy lace trimmed dress with a flowing train, and eyelet lace covered puffed and lace trimmed long sleeves. Her wedding gown also has an eyelet lace and gathered full length dress front insert with ribbon floral lace trim. Her veil is made of & fancy lace and florals. Underneath her gown she is wearing a lace trimmed slip. She has a painted wood head and covered round wood base. Her inner body is made from a dowel covered with fabric and eyelet lace. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. Her red hair with bangs is fastened into a bun. Two large floral and lace pieces adorn the top of her veil and bodice of her dress. She is carrying a bouquet of flowers with streamers.

So far there are no signs of rain. Elsa has her fingers crossed. She just wants a beautiful wedding day.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Our It's A Boy! It's A Girl! Terra Cotta Baby Heads Baby Shower Fabric Designs Specifically For Twins

Grandparents just love to hear that they are going to be grandparents.  That is if they can first get over the fact that they are old enough to be grandparents!  Once they are over that - they're in for a delightful time.

We have six grandchildren and enjoyed being grandparents four times around.  Now, I know you're going to say, "Linda, your math is a little off......."  Well, it's not.  You see for our first adventure we were blessed with twin granddaughters.  Our second adventure we were blessed with a grandson and for our third adventure we were blessed with another grandson.  For our fourth adventure we were once again blessed with twins - this time twin boys.  How delightful!

So, I decided that it would be fun to design some "It's Raining Baby Showers" fabric specifically for twins and our designs are shown above.

Perfect for making baby shower decorations, favors, ornaments, pillows, baby quilts, etc. Coordinates with all our baby shower fabrics.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Our New It's A Boy! It's A Girl! Spool and Pincushion Baby Showers Fabric Designs

I just love baby shower fabric designs that are cheery and set the mood for a wonderful, happy occasion. That can't help but bring a smile to every one's face.

For sure our new "It's A Boy! It's A Girl! Spool and Pincushion" baby shower fabric designs will bring a smile to your face.  With those big grins it would be impossible not to smile.