Thursday, October 22, 2020

My New Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Custom Products Category


In a two weeks the scariest holiday of the year will be upon us - Halloween.  

Given the Covid epidemic in the world right now there won't be trick or treaters in a lot of places coming around this year, at least not where we are.  

I'm sure all the kids will be disappointed but that doesn't mean you still can't make this a wonderfully scary holiday for them.  They can still trick or treat at their own home.  You can have a little mini Halloween party of your own with your kids at your house.  

It doesn't mean you can't have as many scary decorations around your house, like ghosts, goblins, and witches - Oh! My! 

Just think of all the possibilities for a wonderful little mini party, wonderful trick or treat mini hunt, and wonderful Halloween crafting activities you can have with your kids.  The parties might just be for the immediate family members but that doesn't diminish the enthusiasm for a scary, fun-filled time.

So, with Halloween in mind I decided to create a new Jack-O-Lantern Design category for the Halloween Holiday Category of my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery".


Given how much I love to craft and decorate for the scary time of the year I added several new jack-o-lantern custom fabric designs along with double sided scrapbook papers, rubber stamps, vinyl stickers in 5 different sizes, paper stickers, and wall decals.  

Think of the the spooky crafting activities you can create with your kids using the different scrapbook papers, rubber stamps, and stickers I have in this collection.  

If you want to see all the crafts supplies I created for my Halloween category line just click on the link for the collection above.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Gotta Love Fall Custom Product Decorations


I love decorating for the fall season.  

With the fall you get cool, windy days, apple picking, apple cider, pumpkin harvests, hayrides and sunflowers. So many things to love about this season.  I love to bring the outdoor fall season into my home which accounts for all the fall decorations I have.  

Instead of making my own handmade decorations for the fall season this year I decided to buy some of the designs I had created for the Fall Seasonal category of my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery 

I seem to be partial to my Fall Leaves Designs as well as my cheery Sunflowers, Leaves and Pumpkins Designs.


My Fall Leaves Designs section is filled with all sorts of wonderful custom decorating and everyday products for each of the 7 leaf designs.  

I just love the dark brown leaf design and light tan leaf design and ordered several of my custom products for my own decorating purposes this fall.  Here's what I bought:

Saturday, October 17, 2020

This Surprised Me - I Had To Change My Nurses Fabric Designs


Even after being online for 16 years you can still be surprised.  Well, at least I can.


On August 25th I was notified by Spoonflower that twelve of my nurses designs had been removed from my Spoonflower account.  

I thought, "What!  They were all my original designs from close to a decade ago based on the nurse handmade dolls I had designed and made years ago. What could possibly be in violation?"


Well, it turns out I had made a mistake in the design that I was totally unaware of and never gave any thought to.  I would never have thought what they were citing would ever have been a problem. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

How I Made My Harold Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Scarecrow Doll



For me I just LOVE the fall decorating season.  One of my reasons is because I just love scarecrows and have made many over the years.  So, when I got a chance to make some paper-clay and wood mixed media shelf sitter scarecrows several years ago I jumped right in and made two.


Harold, pictured on the left, and Hank, pictured on the right in the picture above are a pair of scarecrows that are a little apprehensive as to what they are supposed to do in the field.  They know they're there to scare the crows, but are unsure as to how to do it.  After all they don't want to be mean.

Harold and Hank are 4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian scarecrow wood dolls with paper-clay painted faces with brushed brown cheeks.  Their sides and back are sponge painted and their outfits are a multi-layer embellished paper collage with paper center band and black raised dots.  Paper patches add charm to their collage outfits.  Their wild raffia hair is barely controlled under their straw hat.    An orange bow is tied under their necks.

Right now Harold is sitting on my family room fireplace mantle.  He's seems so pleased with himself there.

I loved making my two mixed media scarecrows so much I thought you might like to know how I made my Harold Mixed Media Collage Shelf Sitter Scarecrow Doll so you could make one of your own.  Here’s how:


Supplies Needed:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

How I Made My Harem Mixed Media Collage Shelf Sitter Witch


If you've been following me all these years you know that I absolutely LOVE Halloween and all the wonderful creatures that can be made like witches, ghosts, goblins, Dracula, Frankenstein, jack-o-lanterns, bats, spiders and spider webs, skeletons, mummies, and so much more. There's so much for crafters to work with surrounding Halloween - what's not to love. 


You can make all sorts of Halloween creatures out of cloth, wood, cloth and wood, paper, clay, needle-craft, etc. I love them all but have a fondness for witches. 

Several years ago, when I was doing a little cleaning of my craft area, I found some 3/4" wood shelf sitter shapes that my husband had cut out for me a years before.  I had intended to make a painted figure of some sort out of them. 

Well, in looking at the wood I thought they might make perfect mixed media shelf sitter witches with paper-clay faces and collage outfits.   So, I decided to make two of them, which are shown below. 


Hildegarde Brie, who is pictured on the left in the picture above, and her twin sister, Hildegarde Ann, who is pictured on the right in the picture above, can hardly wait for Halloween.  Not because they love scaring people. but because they're good witches and love handing candy out to all the trick-or-treaters. In fact, they're known in their neighborhood for having the best candy. 

 Both Hildegarde Ann and Hildegarde Brie are  6 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter wood dolls with painted paper-clay faces with black bead eyes, sponge painted wood bodies and paper collage embellished outfits. Their sides and back are sponge painted in their favorite Halloween colors and their outfits are embellished paper collages adorned with a jack-o-lanterns, clocks, bats,  scary insects, raised dots and ribbon bows. Their gray thick alpaca yarn hair is from my sister's alpaca Masquerade's Rock Garden Alpacas fiber and is barely controlled under their witches hats. Masquerade's yarn is also wrapped around the band of their witches hats and adorns the brim of the underside of their witches hats. 


I had so much fun making Hildegarde Ann and Hildegarde Brie that I decided to make three more and this time decided to make a trio of mixed media Victorian collage shelf sitter witches. Hazel, Hazlett, and Harem are a trio of witches are as ugly as they are confused.   

Halloween is coming up and they have lost their witches brew recipe.  They've looked everywhere and cannot find it.  Without it Halloween will just not be the same.  Can you help them? 

Hazel, pictured in the center, Hazlett, pictured on the right, and Harem, pictured on the left, are 6" x 6" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian witch wood dolls with painted paper-clay faces with black bead eyes, red painted mouths, rosy blushed cheeks, glitter painted finger nails, sponge painted wood bodies, paper collage and embellished outfits. Their sides and back are sponge painted and their outfits are multi-layer embellished paper collages with black paper capes tied with ribbon bows under their necks. Their light gray curly alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is barely controlled under their witches hats.  Paper jack-o-lanterns with painted faces and swords and key steam-punk paper images add charm to their collage outfits.  

It's almost time for the witches to come out and they can hardly wait. I loved making all my mixed media witches so much I thought you might like to know how I made my Harem Mixed Media Collage Shelf Sitter Witch so you could make one of your own. Here’s how: 

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

The Beautiful Artwork of Hally Levesque's "The Spirit Woods" Exhibition


In the spring I saw a Facebook post from Hally Levesque about an exhibit she was having at a local Canadian art gallery where she would be exhibiting and selling some of her beautiful  "The Spirit Woods" art pieces. 

Lady of the Woods Tryptich by Hally Levesque

I was thrilled as Hally is an exceptional artist who creates art dolls, mixed media art, paper art, collage art and more.  Not only is she an exceptional art doll artist, but she is also an art teacher, storyteller, photographer and a bit of a history buff. 

Her online class video's are easy to follow and beautifully taught as well as being sprinkled with all sort of historical tidbits or stories, which I just love.

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Quick and Easy Adorable Cut and Sew Halloween Ornaments


A lot of crafters LOVE Halloween due to all the wonderful decorations you can make.  Ghosts, witches, Frankenstein's and Monsters! Oh! My!  

So, when I was designing my Halloween custom fabrics I decided to add 11 new cut and sew Halloween doll ornaments.  

If you don't know what cut and sew dolls are they are a great sewing tool for kids and a quick and easy ornament to make for decorations.  Plus, they're great ornaments to sell at local church fairs and craft shows.

Just think of all the fun you and your family can have making your ghost, witch and Frankenstein ornament decorations.  

One Halloween Witch, Ghost and Frankenstein Cut & Sew Doll Ornaments Group fat quarter will make one ornament each of the 11 ornaments shown above.  If you purchase one yard of fabric that will make 4 ornaments each.  

There are two ways you can make your cut and sew Halloween ornaments: Machine stitch (as shown in the picture at the beginning of this post) or blanket stitching around the edges ( as shown in the picture below.)

Saturday, October 03, 2020

My Adorable New Raggedy Dollies Stories Category Designs

 

Like everything I do I tend to go overboard.  Such is the case with my new "dollie" graphics that I created from the graphics I developed for my "Raggedy Dollies Stories" Free Coloring E-Books. 

I always find multiple uses for everything I do and utilizing all the "dollie" graphics I had created from the Raggedy Dollies Stories free e-books was no different.


First I decided to combine some of the different graphics I had created for a Raggedy Dollies Stories custom clothing line for babies, toddlers, and little girls.  


I decided to combine some of the individual graphics I had created to create different combined designs for the little girl clothes: some for everyday use, some for the holidays, and some for the various seasons based on the individual graphics I had.  

I figured that I could use all of the clothing line graphics as complementary clothes for the various Raggedy Dollie Stories custom products categories I also wanted to create. 

I set up a separate Raggedy Dollies Stories category within my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery and then set-up 5 separate sub-categories within my Raggedy Dollies Stories category for these designs, which are as follows: 


Here, too I wanted to create custom product lines for everyday use, the holidays, and the various seasons for the Raggedy Dollies Stories category of my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

How I Made My Stenciled Shadowbox Pictures


I just love seasonal and holiday shadowboxes and have made many over the years. Some were decorations, some were given as gifts and some have been for sale.


The shadowboxes I made were mostly made out of 1/2"x 1" pine for the frames and 1/2" pine boards for the centers.  The centers were two different sizes: 4” by 4” and 5” by 7” wood pieces.  


The frames were cut from the wood and were painted one color and the center boards were painted another. The finished shadowboxes ended up being 5” by 5” and 6” by 8” when framed.  

The pictures were created by adding rub-on stencils to the center boards to complete the pictures.

Friday, September 18, 2020

My New Falling Leaves Heart Wedding Category



I have to confess I do love weddings and brides. I guess I've loved them since I was a little girl.   I think my love of both is driven by my love of the beautiful white dress you get to wear.  Perhaps they always look Victorian to me!

I can remember when I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade and my teacher was getting married.  She invited her whole class to her wedding.  We all got to see her at the church but not at the reception.  I was in awe of how beautiful she looked and how beautiful her white dress was.  


I suspect this love is what drove me to design several Victorian bridal dolls.  Some are "faceless" and some have embroidered faces.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

My New Fall Designs Galleries - 20 New Designs For Custom Products

 

There is no doubt that when it comes to the Fall Season I definitely get a feeling.  My mo-jo gets the better of me and I have to start designing something or crafting something.   I don't know why the fall season always does this to me, but it does.

Every year around the end of August I can start to feel it. This urge to create that just keeps getting stronger and stronger.

It starts slowly and builds gradually until it reaches a full-blown crescendo in November. I can always feel it starting and I know that I won't have any control over it, once again.  You can't fight it, so why not enjoy it.

Every year it just takes over my body. When it does I just have to sew, create floral arrangements or craft something.  

Due to all the different types of crafts I've learned over the years the media could be anything: from creating designs for custom fabric or other custom products, mixed media crafts, to paper-clay crafts, rubber stamping, collage, sculpting, painting, sewing, paper crafts, etc. You just never know.

Well, this year first my mind was on all of you and free fall crafts tutorials.   Then my mind was on designing 20 new Fall designs for use on my custom fabrics and custom products at my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery.

Monday, September 14, 2020

23 Different Fall Crafts Decorations How-To's and Tutorials



Looking for some fall decorating ideas?  Check out my 23 different free how-to's and tutorials for making fall home decorations.  

I have wreaths, quilts, ornaments, pictures, silk floral and dried natural floral arrangements, terra-cotta pots, wool felt mug rugs, mini-quilts, needle felted sunflowers, embroidered leaf garlands, embroidered leaves, and cloth pumpkins.

 My "freebies" range from easy to a little more challenging.  With so much to choose from I'm sure you'll find something you'll love creating and making for your home this fall.  Enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

How To Make A Large Trio Of Cloth Pumpkins


I just love the Fall and all the vivid colors. And, I love pumpkins, scarecrows, Fall leaves, and apple orchards. So, of course, during one of my Fall decorating seasons I decided I needed a trio of large cloth pumpkins for one of my coffee tables.

They looked great on my coffee table so I thought you might like to know how to make some of your own.  

When made the three pumpkins were a small (3 1/2” H by 2 1/2” W), medium (4” H by 5 1/2” W) and large (6 1/2” H by 5” W).  If you want to make even larger pumpkins the pattern pieces can be easily modified.   Think of all the possibilities for various size cloth pumpkin decorations all over your house this upcoming Fall season.

Here’s how I made them:

Thursday, September 10, 2020

How To Make An Embroidered Leaf 3D Mini-Quilt


Fall has always been the season when I really get my creative juices flowing.  During one Fall season I was dabbling in quilted and embroidered leaf ornaments, buntings or garlands, and 3D mini-quilts.

This free e-book shows you how to make the embroidered leaf 3D mini-quilt  with 24 embroidered leaves as shown in the picture above.

Supplies Needed For The Leaves and 3D Mini-Quilt:


For the fabrics you need to buy enough of the Fall seasonal theme fabric for the 24 leaves you will be making for your 3D mini-quilt.  The 3D mini-quilt shown above has 24 leaves on a 19” x 21” mini-quilt.  
Quilt Fabric - 1 Yard Cotton Fabric - Dark Brown
DMC Embroidery Floss - Various Shades of Brown to Match Your Fabrics
1” Decorative Ribbon - 4 Feet 
Sewing Pins
Sewing Needles
Sewing Thread
Embroidery Needles
Iron–On Interfacing
Warm & Natural or Batting
Scissors
Wood Wire & Wood Mini-Quilt Holder
Sewing Machine
Glue Gun (Low Temperature) and Glue Sticks 

So, here’s how to make my embroidered leaf 3D mini-quilt: 

Sunday, September 06, 2020

How To Make A Fall Embroidered Leaf Garland


Fall has always been the season when I really get my creative juices flowing.  During one Fall season I was dabbling in quilted and embroidered leaf ornaments, buntings or garlands, and 3D mini-quilts.

This free e-book shows you how to make the embroidered leaf ornaments garland with 12 embroidered leaves shown in the picture above.

Supplies Needed For The Garland:

For the fabrics you need to buy enough of the Fall seasonal theme fabric for the number of leaf ornaments you will be making for your garland.  The garland shown above has 12 leaf ornaments, 6 on the left and 6 on the right and utilizes 12 different colors of fall fabric.

6 Leaf Ornaments On The Left Side

6 Leaf Ornaments On The Right Side

DMC Embroidery Floss - Various Shades of Brown to Match Your Fabrics
3/4” Decorative Ribbon - 10 Feet or More Depending On The Size Of Your Garland
Sewing Pins
Sewing Needles
Embroidery Needles
Iron–On Interfacing
Warm & Natural or Batting
Scissors

So, here’s how to make my embroidered leaf ornaments garland: 

Saturday, September 05, 2020

How To Make Seven Different Fall Embroidered Leaf Ornaments

Fall has always been the season when I really get my creative juices flowing.  During one Fall season I was dabbling in quilted and embroidered leaf ornaments, buntings or garlands, and 3D mini-quilts.

This free e-book shows you how to make the 7 different leaf ornaments shown in the picture above.


So, here’s how to make my embroidered ornaments: 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

How To Make Another Quick and Easy Fall Door or Wall Wreath


It's almost time to start my Fall decorating and I can hardly wait.   I love the fall for the crisp air and all the vivid colors of the trees and leaves.  I love the vivid orange, brown, burgundy, and yellow colors of the season.  So many possibilities for decorating, inside and outside.  

So, I thought you might like a how-to on creating another really quick and easy fall door or wall wreath.

This one has some of the vivid fall colors I love.  

Here's how I made this wreath:


Like my previous wreath the reason why this wreath is so quick and easy to make is because you’re using a grapevine wreath and a silk floral garland.  It basically involves wrapping the garland around the grapevine wreath, making a few adjustments, creating a hanger and then hanging your wreath.  Easy! Simple! You’re done. 

So, here’s how to make this quick and easy fall wreath: