Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Gotta Love My Spring Flowers Home Decor


I don't know if you remember or not but this past Christmas I decided to  purchase some of the Christmas Holiday custom products I had designed for my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery  In particular, the gingerbread design.

I had created all sorts of adorable gingerbread custom products for the holiday season like, Christmas stockings, place-mats (paper, cloth, and laminated), tablecloth, bathroom towels, kitchen towels, coasters, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, LED candles, ornaments, stickers, paper plates, napkins, pillows, tote bags, gift bags, wrapped canvas pictures and wanted to decorate my home with some of them.

I loved four of the products so much I decided to buy some of them with my spring flowers design on them for decorating my home in the spring.  

So, this past winter purchased some of my Spring Flowers Collection #1 custom products from my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery for use in my home this spring.  I've been wanting to post pictures for all of you but haven't had a chance until recently.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

My New "We Love Crayons" Category and Crafts Supplies Collection For Crafters


The "dollies" are a fun loving bunch and they LOVE to color, which is why they've demanded that I keep creating coloring books.  


They also love to design and loved the crayons graphic that I designed so much that they wanted to create a "We Love Crayons" category of custom products for this in our We Love Books Gallery.


The "dollies" are all very artistic and like to try all different types of art supplies to use for their artistic mixed media, collage, decoupage, scrapbooks, and paper crafts creations.  So, of course, we had to start with crafts supplies for their new "We Love Crayons" category.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

My Raggedy Stories Dollies Free Coloring Pages E-Books



I know you won't be surprised by the fact that I love everything and anything concerning dolls, books, reading and history. 


I was introduced to books early on by my Grandmother - especially books about dolls.  I would sit in her lap while she was sitting in her rocking chair and she would read the stories to me.  I loved the stories and loved holding my own "dollies" as we sat there rocking.


When primitive cloth dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive cloth dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  e-book written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" e-book written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.

My Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Free Mixed Media, Collage and Scrapbook Sheets Free E-Book



   

 


In May I decided to post on my Linda's Blog about the  "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland"  Arthur Rackham's and John Tenniel's illustrations I had captured from the Lewis Carroll free e-books.  I had colorized a few, and created reversible E-printable sheets that I could use for my own mixed media, collage, scrapbook and paper crafting needs and then created posts for them so you could use for your crafting needs.

My Linda's Blog posts contained all of the images I captured so you could save them and print them out on your computer.  My Linda's Blog posts were as follows:


While you can certainly save and print out all the image illustrations I captured on my Linda's Blog posts I thought it might be easier for you if I created a free e-book containing all 16 of the printable sheets.


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I hope you enjoy my free coloring pages e-books.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Craft Supplies For Mixed Media, Collage and Scrapbooking Purposes




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




You also know how much I love designing fabrics, love books, and love history so when you saw my posts regarding the adorable illustrations from "Sir John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham Illustrations From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Free E-Books" you had to be thinking that I would want to do something with the adorable illustrations from a crafting perspective.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Original Raggedy Stories Dolls - Ann and Andy Illustrations Free Reversible Mixed Media, Collage and Scrapbook Images




I don't know about the rest of you, but when I find something I like I tend to get a lot of crafting ideas for what I can make with it and I look for other things I can utilize as well.  

Such was the case with the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 that I found in my home last fall.  I didn't have any other old books like that around so after finding that and the wonderful old illustrations I could use for ephemeral collage purposes I decided to see if there were any other old books with illustrations I could find online.  To my delight The Project Gutenberg website had a lot of old public domain books they had created free ebooks for.  


So, I started searching for old books on dolls and found a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there that are in the public domain.  I found two: 1) "Raggedy Ann Stories" written in 1918 by Johnny Gruelle ebook and 2)  "Raggedy Andy Stories"written in 1920 by Johnny Gruelle ebook.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dollies Illustrations Free Coloring Pages Group #2


Not only is "Raggedy Ann" one of most popular dolls for decades for little girls and grown-ups girls and has been since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918 but so is Raggedy Andy, which was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1920.  After all, why should only the little girls have all the fun!

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Andy" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  e-book written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" e-book written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.

I found Raggedy Andy's Stories with illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming and decided I would create free coloring pages based on the illustrations from the 1920 free e-book so all the little girls and boys could enjoy coloring images of their favorite dolls together.



Saturday, June 20, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dollies Inspired Free Coloring Pages Group #1



"Raggedy Ann" has probably been one of the most popular cloth dolls for little girls for decades since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918.

So, of course, when primitive cloth dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive cloth dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  e-book written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" e-book written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.


While the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy stories are a product of their time, I found the doll illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming as, of course, they depicted all sorts of "dollies" at play.  So, I decided I would create free coloring pages, inspired by these illustrations from the 1918 free e-book, so all the little girls and grown-up girls could enjoy coloring images of their favorite "dollies."  Kind of like a shared young and old experience.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Raggedy Andy Stories Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle in 1920 Free E-Book



You all know how much I love dolls of all kinds and how much I love history.  So, I'm sure you weren't surprised when I posted a link to the "Raggedy Ann Stories" free e-book yesterday.

Well, like my dolls, I generally design and create boys and girls dolls like brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, etc.

So, it should come as no surprise that I would post a  link to the  'Raggedy Andy Stories" free e-book written & illustrated by Johnny Gruelle as well.

Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle free e-book - https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18190
Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle free e-book - https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17371

I found Raggedy Andy's Stories illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be as charming as the Raggedy Ann illustrations were.  


In 1920 Johnny Gruelle filed for a patent for a cloth Raggedy Andy doll, as shown in the illustration above.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Raggedy Ann Stories Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle in 1918 Free E-Book



When I look at primitive doll faces I can't help but melt as they are so darn cute.  I was first introduced to primitive dolls with something I saw many years ago during a shopping trip to Sturbridge with my mother.  In one of the crafts stores we liked to visit I was looking at a box filled with patterns and just started laughing my head off. Of course, my mother asked, "what's so funny?" So, I showed her the pattern I was looking at and she burst out laughing, too. It was for a primitive cloth doll which was so ugly it was actually beautiful. So there we were - two grown women standing in the middle of a store laughing our heads off.

As I scanned through the box I found other patterns for primitive dolls that were just as ugly and just as beautiful. So, of course, I bought a few and could hardly wait to get them home so I could make them.   And, make them I did.

The popularity of primitive dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of raggedy ann dolls) continued to grow and grow.  Primitive decor seemed to take over with all sorts of primitive decorations that could be made for one's home -  dolls, raggedies, make-do's, shelf sitters, holiday and seasonal primitive decorations, primitive animals, primitive graphics, primitive woodcraft's, curtains, rugs, furniture and so on and on.

Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love dolls, history and old books I decided to see if there were copies of some of the old dolls books out there and found a lot of different dolls books out there on Project Gutenbergwhich displays books that are in the public domain.  Surprisingly there were two for "Raggedy Ann and Andy", which were as follows: 1) "Raggedy Ann Stories" written in 1918 e-book and 2)  "Raggedy Andy Stories"written in 1920 e-book.


According to Wikipedia.org in 1915 Johnny Gruelle filed for a patent for a cloth Raggedy Ann doll, as shown in the illustration above - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raggedy_Ann

As far as Raggedy Ann is concerned, one of the legends surrounding her creation is that a little girl was rummaging around her Grandmother's attic and finds a battered old doll with only one button eye. She brings the doll down to her grandmother who sews on a missing button eye.  While reminiscing about playing with Raggedy Ann as a young girl she decides to give it to her granddaughter and in doing so introduces her granddaughter to the world of Raggedy Ann.  And so Raggedy Ann was born.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Arthur Rackham Illustrations Free Reversible Mixed Media, Collage & Scrapbook E-Printable Sheets


My previous posts contained colorized and black/white illustrations from "The Tenniel Illustrations for Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by Sir John Tenniel" that I had made into reversible mixed media, collage & scrapbook printable sheets for.  

This post contains e-printable collage sheets from the original Artrhur Rackham color illustrations I had captured from the "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll free e-book. They're reversible as well.  

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Free Reversible Black/White Mixed Media, Collage & Scrapbook E-Printable Sheets #2




My previous post contained black/white illustrations from "The Tenniel Illustrations for Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by Sir John Tenniel" that I removed the backgrounds from and had made into reversible mixed media, collage & scrapbook printable sheets.


Friday, May 29, 2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Free Reversible Black/White Mixed Media, Collage & Scrapbook E-Printable Sheets #1


My previous post contained colorized illustrations from "The Tenniel Illustrations for Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by Sir John Tenniel" that I had made into reversible mixed media, collage & scrapbook e-printable sheets for.

As you know, like many of you I can remember my grandmother and mother reading "Alice In Wonderland" to me and reading it myself when I learned how.  I always loved the story and the beautiful illustrations.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Free Reversible Colorized Mixed Media, Collage & Scrapbook E-Printable Sheets



I don't know about the rest of you, but when I find something I like I tend to get a lot of crafting ideas for what I can make with it. 


 "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" is such a charming book and I have been having such a wonderful time with the illustrations I decided to create "freebie" e-printable sheets for the all the "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" crafters who dabble in mixed media, collage, scrapbook and paper crafts.

I took all the Arthur Rackham's and John Tenniel's illustrations I had captured from the "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll free e-books, colorized a few, and created reversible E-printable sheets could use for your crafting needs.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mixed Media Man In the Moon Shelf Sitter Art Doll Free Tutorial - Morris


Back in September of 2014 I decided to make a bunch of mixed media shelf sitter art dolls.  Some were Victorian and some were just plain whimsical.

Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made were a whimsical trio of Man In the Moon wood dolls with paper-clay faces. They were a trio of brothers that I named Martin, Manfred, and Morris.


Martin, Manfred, and Morris were a trio of brothers that had the weight of the world on their shoulders.  They're job was to protect the world and ensure peace and harmony in the universe.  A heavy responsibility indeed.

Martin and Manfred found wonderful new homes and, from what I'm told, are very happy there.  Morris is still with me and occupies his spot on my dining room fireplace mantle.


Morris - 4" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Collage Man In The Moon Shelf Sitter Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Morris is a 4" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter Man In The Moon wood doll with a yellow painted paper-clay face with black pupils, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished suit and tie. His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is an embellished paper collage shirt, vest with pockets, and tie. White paper rays adorned with yellow ribbon trim is wrapped around his head.

I loved making this trio of brothers and thought you might like to know how I made my Morris.  Here's how I made him:

Supplies Needed:

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Twenty Years Without You - Kim


Today is May 23, 2020 and it's been twenty years since we lost you  - our beloved Kim.

Twenty years without seeing you, without hearing your voice, without participating in your infectious laugh, without seeing that "little twinkle" of impishness in your eyes - especially when you were plotting something, without seeing your adorable dimples, without seeing your beautiful face and experiencing your beautiful soul every day, and without talking endlessly with you.

Twenty years without shopping, shopping, and shopping with you, without watching you mothering our amazing grandchildren and seeing them grow into the extraordinary adults they have become, and without helping you with whatever you needed done.

Twenty years without planning and attending events with you, without discussing everything from a good recipe to world events, without cooking, cleaning and crafting with you.

Twenty years without the quietness of just being with you and doing absolutely nothing (which wasn't very often given you had four children).

Most of all, twenty years of missing you.  Our beloved daughter, step-daughter, sister, wife, mother, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, cousin, aunt, granddaughter, niece, and to so many - a friend.

Twenty years without living life with you - our beautiful Kim.

I promised you we would never forget you and we haven't and never will.  How could we possibly ever forget the imprint you left on our hearts and souls.

How could we ever forget the love you shared with all of us during the precious thirty-four years we had with you.

How could we ever forget you, Kim.  That would be impossible and something none of us would ever be capable of doing.