Monday, September 18, 2017

Gotta Love Our Alpacas Rock Halloween Lines - The Dolls Product Lines Series


Who doesn't love Halloween - especially Halloween decorating?  For sure, I do.  If you're anything like me then you love having all sorts  of media for your decorating needs.  And, if you love alpacas like we do you're going to be in decorating heaven with our product lines.

We started with a simple design for our handmade Alpacas At Spooky Hollow penny rug embroidered mini-quilt and created an e-pattern for your to create one of your own.

Then we decided to utilize our Alpacas At Spooky Hollow design to create a line of custom fabrics with five coordinating fabric designs so you could sew and decorate to your heart's content.  Think of all the decorations you could make with yards and yards of custom Halloween fabric.

Then  we decided to use this design to create some Alpacas Rock Halloween Holiday coordinating  products, such as, coffee mugs, stickers, magnets, coasters, door hangers, paper napkins, and serving trays.

With all this you've got plenty to suit your Halloween decorating needs.  Wouldn't you agree?


For our handmade Alpacas At Spooky Hollow penny rug embroidered mini-quilt please CLICK HERE.



For our handmade Alpacas At Spooky Hollow penny rug embroidered mini-quilt e-pattern please CLICK HERE.


For our Alpacas Rock Halloween custom fabric please CLICK HERE.


For our coordinating Halloween custom fabric please CLICK HERE.


  

For our Alpacas Rock Halloween Holiday Home Decor products please CLICK HERE.

My Alpacas At Spooky Hollow Mini Quilt and Embroidery E-Pattern



Alpacas Rock - Alpacas At Spooky Hollow Mini Quilt and Embroidery is an e-pattern to create an 6 1/2" by 8 1/2" mini quilt decoration.

Your mini quilt and embroidery utilizes two 5 1/2” by 6 1/2” pieces of felt. One to sew all the wool felt pieces of the mini quilt to and the other as back lining. The felt alpaca piece is embroidered as a stitchery and then is embroidered to the felt background and tree.

The dark brown tree is embroidered to the felt background.  The house, roof, walkway, and chimney are embroidered to the felt background.   The door and shutters are embroidered to the house.   The fence rails and fence posts are embroidered to the alpaca and the felt background.  The ghosts  are embroidered to the felt background, house, and fence.   The witches hat is embroidered to the middle fence post, walkway, alpaca, and background.  The jack-o-lantern is embroidered to the house and the felt background.  The bats are embroidered to the felt background. The spider webs are straight stitch embroidered to the base, tree, and fence post and rail.

Felt tabs are added for hanging the mini-quilt to the mini quilt wire and wood hanger and then the base and back lining are blanket stitch embroidered along the edges.

The pattern includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the alpaca mini quilt 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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My “Call Me Frank N. Stein” Frankenstein Doll New E-Pattern



Call Me Frank N. Stein is a free-standing doll who doesn’t mean to be scary. He has a worn, tattered and fringed sash, embroidered and blood-stained vest, gathered long sleeved shirt, square-bottomed pants, long fringed scarf, shaped head with wooden screws and embroidered face. His arms are wire-shaped and covered. He also has a fabric covered head, wild black hair around the sides of his head and a covered rectangular wood base. His inner body is supported by a dowel and is covered by his shirt and square-bottomed pants. He is carrying a “Welcome to Spooky Hollow!” bag. Fringed scraps of Halloween material are tied around his waist and his wrists. He has embroidered scars, blood smears and blood drops all over him.

Call Me Frank N. Stein considers himself to be the "politest" Frankenstein around. In fact, he loves to introduce himself. He's not "Frankenstein!" Why, he's "Frank N. Stein!" A right proper name for a gentleman. Call Me Frank N. Stein is a free-standing doll and doesn't mean to be scary. He can't help it if they run away from him screaming. He does his best to be proper, refined, and respectful at all times. Yet, they still run from him. He has embroidered scars, blood smears and blood drops all over him but those are there for decoration only. They are not meant to be scary. But, no matter what he does he still scares everyone away when he tries to introduce himself. He barely gets "Hi, Call Me Frank N. Stein!" out of his mouth when they start fleeing away.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My 2 in 1 “Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane! and I Lost My Head! Abraham, The Headless Horseman!” Victorian Halloween Art Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as there are so many different types of decorations you can make.  I love making Victorian Halloween cloth dolls like witches, ghosts. Frankenstein, etc. but also love making unusual dolls, too.  If you do, too then you're going to love our “Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane! and I Lost My Head! Abraham, The Headless Horseman!” 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.


Friday, September 15, 2017

My "Be Very Afraid, Dennis! and Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!” Victorian Ghost Art Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as there are so many different types of decorations you can make.  I love making Victorian Halloween cloth dolls like witches, ghosts. Frankenstein, etc. but also love making unusual dolls, too.  If you do, too then you're going to love our “Be Very Afraid, Dennis! and Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!” 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wickedly Plump, Dot”, 25” Witch Doll – Country Halloween Witch Doll E-Pattern




Watch out Ladies and Gentleman! Don't get too close to the runway! Dot can be quite scary. That is - when she puts her "scary" face on. And, she has it on for "The Dollie Fashion Show." After all, she and all the rest of the dolls have been waiting a long, long time for their blog post. She wants to make the best of it for it might not happen again for awhile. So, watch out - BOOO!!!!!!! Dot's strutting (or should be say half-flying half-strutting) down the catwalk. She considers herself quite "the fashionable witch" and dares anyone to prove otherwise. Go ahead - see if she'll cast a spell on you?

Wickedly Plump, Dot is a 25" free-standing cloth and wood happy witch. Her inner body is supported by a dowel and wood base and is covered by her square-bottomed orange body slip. Her head is fabric covered and face is embroidered and dirtied with black blush. She is a witch after all and they do get into some messy stuff. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. She has a worn and shredded dress with long gathered sleeves, shredded multi-layered overskirt with tulle and shredded shoulder caps. Her scallop trimmed vest is embroidered and fastened with a large button. She has an embroidered and lined cape which is folded back along the edges. Black tulle is hanging from her waist and arms. She has black mohair hair which is barely controlled underneath her embroidered, lined and wired ribbon & tulle decorated witches hat which is pose-able. She is carrying a witches brew bag filled with orange and black raffia and a decorated broom. Orange and black colored raffia is tied around her hat, broom, sleeves, waist, and her neck for decoration.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Here's An Idea - Terracotta Painted and Stenciled Pot Decorations For All Seasons and Holidays



As you probably know I LOVE to create and decorate with just about anything I find for the various seasons and holidays.  So it should come as no surprise that I'd be looking for different ways to decorate over the years and back in 1999 fell in love with the idea of using painted and stenciled terra-cotta pots.

Whether it's decorating with dolls, floral arrangements, or wood crafts I just love decorating - especially when it comes to decorating my sun-room for the different seasons and holidays.

The reason this is so much fun for me is because I've now limited the seasonal decorations in my home to a couple places in the house.  I used to try and decorate every room for every season and holiday, but that was getting to be a  OF WORK.  And, I just didn't have the time for it.  So, I've been limiting the decorations to a few areas - which I'm very happy with.

Well, several years ago I was looking for something different to decorate my sun-room and thought that maybe I should paint some of the terracotta pots I had bought on one of my many shopping trips. And, I had bought a few - well, make that A LOT!

I don't know why I'm always drawn to the terracotta aisle of the craft store, but I am.  I just love all the different sizes of the terracotta and love experimenting with different ways to use them.  And use them I have.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My 2 in 1 “Call Me - Your Count Dracula! and Lady Amanda, The Mannerly Witch!” Victorian Dracula Art Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as there are so many different types of decorations you can make.  I love making Victorian Halloween cloth dolls like witches, ghosts. Frankenstein, etc. but also love making unusual dolls, too.  If you do, too then you're going to love our Victorian “Call Me - Your Count Dracula! and Lady Amanda, The Mannerly Witch!” dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

My “Scarier Per Pound, David” Halloween Ghost Doll NEW E-Pattern



"Scarier Per Pound, David" is a happy ghost and a right proud "DAD GHOST." And, right now he has his "Baby" ghosts with him. They were born just a few days ago and are still just "infant ghost heads." The rest of their ghostly bodies will develop over time. For now, they're healthy "infant ghost heads" and "Scarier Per Pound, David" is very happy over that.

"Scarier Per Pound, David!" is a free-standing cloth and wood happy ghost. His arms are wire-shaped and covered. He has a square-bottomed body and covered rectangular wood base. His inner body is supported by a dowel and is covered by his squared–bottom body piece. He has a fabric covered and wire shaped head and embroidered face. He has a worn and shredded gown with gathered long sleeves, pinking sheared cut vest, and long fringed scarf. He is carrying a “Boo!” bag filled with 2 small baby wire-shaped ghost heads. Orange and black raffia is tied around his neck, his sleeves and his “Boo!” bag.

He might be named "Scarier Per Pound, David" but he us anything but. In fact, he'd be better suited to the name "Prouder Dad Per Pound, David.

"Scarier Per Pound, David" was the 2nd large wood and cloth doll that I designed and was named after my baby brother who is anything but "scarier per pound." In fact, he's just one big teddy bear.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals



Monday, September 11, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Scare Me Dazed!, Scare Me Happy! and Scare Me Melancholy” Primitive Scarecrow Ornaments


Fall is one of my favorite seasons for decorating as I love making all sorts of items to decorate my home.  If you love the Fall and love decorating then you're going to love our “Scare Me Dazed!, Scare Me Happy! and Scare Me Melancholy” primitive scarecrow ornaments product lines.

My 3 in 1 “Scare Me Dazed!, Scare Me Happy! and Scare Me Melancholy” Primitive Scarecrow Ornaments NEW Combo E-Pattern


Fall is one of my favorite seasons for decorating as I love making all sorts of items to decorate my home.  If you love the Fall and love decorating then you're going to love our “Scare Me Dazed!, Scare Me Happy! and Scare Me Melancholy” primitive scarecrow ornaments 3 in 1 combo e-pattern.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Be Thankful - Mill Hill Cross-stitch Picture



Since Fall is one of my favorite seasons for decorating I am naturally drawn to Fall cross-stitch kits. Such is the case with the Be Thankful cross-stitch kit by Mill Hill - MH14-7202.

The Be Thankful Beaded Counted Cross Stitch Kit Mill Hill Buttons & Beads Autumn Series MH14-7202 pattern uses full and half counted cross-stitch and straight stitch highlighting as well as beads of various sizes for emphasis and depth. The Mill Hill patterns usually call for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched like the background the border. In this case they were leaving sections of the brown perforated paper background and border untouched.

In embroidering the cross-stitch I decided to once again utilize the rectangular wood frame jig that my darling husband built for me that I could tape the edges of my perforated paper to. The wood frame jig is a rectangular embroidery hoop of sorts, but without bending the perforated  paper. He had made it out of 1/2" x 1" pine wood strips with an adjustable center strip that I used for this 5.25 x 5.25 square design.

I had learned from previous mistakes that I needed to draw diagonal lines to locate the exact center of the perforated paper as in previous perforated paper cross-stitch picture I have done the picture was slightly off center by a few holes which caused a problem with inserting the needles in the holes along one of the edges of my frame. So, I lightly drew a diagonal line across each corner with a pencil to get the center point of the perforated paper.

A lot of the cross-stitch 5.25" by 5.25" pictures I have made were finished in small 6 1/2" by 6 1/2" shadowbox frames with 5" by 5" openings that I had gotten at Michaels when they went on sale one year.  I used up all the shadowbox frames I had gotten that year and have been looking for them ever since and haven't found them again.

So, I decided to buy some 8" by 8" hand painted wood frames that Mill Hill created for their cross-stitch pictures.  This frame is bare bones.  There's no glass or plastic cover and there's nothing on the back to hold the picture into the frame.  They do, however, provide a thin 6" by 6" cardboard back and wood dowel for inserting in the holes in the back to allow for the frame to stand on it's own.  Of course, if you're going to hang this on the wall you'd just add a picture hanger to the back.

The directions did not include any instruction for finishing the back.  I decided to finish mine with 1/4" thick self sticking art needle-craft mounting foam.  I used an 8" by 10" by Pres-On sheet that I cut 6" by 6"with an X-acto knife to fit my picture.  Since the depth of the back of the frame for inserting the picture is 1/4" deep the 1/4" foam was a perfect fit for inserting it as well as the cardboard backing that came with the frame.

After adhering my cross-stitch picture to the 6" by 6" adhesive foam board that I bought I inserted it into the back of the frame and then inserted the 6" by 6" cardboard that came with the frame over it.  I taped the back of the cardboard with masking tape to hold it.

The antique white wood frame is 8" by 8" so to totally finish the back I cut a piece of thick decorative paper 8" by 8" to entirely cover the back.  I rubbed purple color disappearing glue stick all over the back and then pasted my 8" by 8" decorative paper sheet on the back.  I signed by name and dated it and was done with finishing the back.  I used a pencil to stab the decorative paper I had glued to the back so I could insert the dowel into it so the picture would stand on it's own.

The pattern called for a antique white colored wooden frame and for the border and certain sections of the background of the perforated paper to be left untouched like the picture shown below:

Saturday, September 09, 2017

My “Babies In the Pumpkin Patch” Penny Rug Baby Shower Picture Decoration E-Pattern



Sometimes you just totally enjoy what you're designing. Such was the case with my "Babies In The Pumpkin Patch" penny rug baby picture.

I had been wanting to create wool felt penny rug type pictures for my "It's Raining Baby Showers" baby shower decorations line and thought that little baby heads coming out of pumpkins or wearing pumpkin tops as hats would be cute. They'd all be kind of hiding in the pumpkin patch waiting to be found. So, "Babies In The Pumpkin Patch" was born.

"Babies In The Pumpkin Patch" is a pattern to create an 8 1/2" by 11" wool felt penny rug picture enclosed in an 11" by 14" picture frame. For the finished picture I used an orange foam sheet as the background instead of a mat. The wool felt picture is made from two dark brown pieces of wool felt (8 1/2" by 11") which are blanket stitched around all the edges. The orange wool felt pumpkins and leaves are outline embroidered. The baby heads have embroidered and blushed cheek faces, yarn for hair, and ribbon bows for decorations.

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

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

So Many Different Fall Custom Fabrics To Choose From In So Many Collections


If you look at all my custom fabric designs you can't help but come away with the impression that I love the Fall season.  As a result many of my custom fabric collections have fall themed designs, such as:






We are so pleased to offer our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs at Spoonflower.com. Please note that all transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

We have lots of fabrics to choose from and have created several collections for our different kinds of fabric collections to make it easier to shop. Each of our collections has been created to include complementing fabric designs within the individual collection and within our entire fabric collection.


Our fabric designs are perfect for making decorations, favors, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc. We hope you enjoy our designs.



Thursday, September 07, 2017

My 2 in 1 “I'm A Refined Scarecrow, Jimmy and The Proper Scarecrow, Nancy” Victorian Scarecrow Art Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern



If you love making our Victorian seasonal and holiday cloth dolls then you're going to love our “I'm A Refined Scarecrow, Jimmy and The Proper Scarecrow, Nancy”  Victorian scarecrow dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"The Proper Scarecrow, Nancy!" and she is a very proper Victorian lady, indeed! "The Proper Scarecrow, Nancy!" knows she is a scarecrow, but that doesn't mean she can't be Victorian and can't be the proper lady at all times. After all, Victorians are well known for their manners and etiquette and Nancy has plenty of that. She is always correcting her brother, "A Refined Scarecrow, Jimmy!" His manners are atrocious and his language skills - well, let's just say he has a lot to learn. Nancy knows that she has been well trained and has no doubt she can teach her brother how to behave in a mannerly fashion. She is so confident she is even willing to teach him how to dance. And, if you've ever taught your brother how to dance - well, you know how that goes!

Nancy knows that when she is out in public she always has to look her best. You just never know when your picture is going to be taken and Nancy, the proper scarecrow, always wants to look her best. After all, she does have a reputation for class and elegance to maintain.

Despite his name "I'm A Refined Scarecrow, Jimmy!" is not very refined - at least, according to his sister "I'm A Proper Scarecrow, Nancy!" Nancy's hoping she can help her brother, Jimmy and turn him into a right proper and respectable Victorian. The problem is he is a boy and a scarecrow to boot! But, Nancy thinks that doesn't mean he can't be Victorian and can't be the proper gentleman at all times. After all, Victorian males are also well known for their manners and etiquette and since Nancy has plenty of that she figures she can transform Jimmy. Nancy knows that she has been well trained and has no doubt she can teach her brother how to behave in a mannerly fashion. She is so confident of her skills that she is even willing to teach him how to dance. And, if you've ever taught your brother how to dance - well, you know how that goes! Jimmy is willing to give all this a try. He loves his sister - after all and will do his best to see that she doesn't fail. He knows he can do it and also secretly knows that he really is every bit as refined and proper as Nancy is. But, he can't let her know that. He has to have a little fun - after all he is a boy and a scarecrow.


Gotta Love Alpaca Custom Fabric Designs For The Fall Season and Halloween Holiday



Fall is one of my favorite times of the year for decorating.  If you love it too and you love alpacas or are an alpaca farm then you're going to love all our fall seasonal and Halloween Holiday custom fabric designs.

Our custom fabric designs are great for decorating your home with pillows, place-mats, table runners, seat cushions, shower curtains, quilts, bedspreads, wall quilts, ornaments, pictures, tote bags, etc. They are also great for creating adorable clothing designs.  Enjoy!