Friday, March 17, 2017

Gotta Love Beautiful Dresses



I absolutely love beautiful dresses - especially embroidered and beaded couture dresses.  I can spend hours just browsing through the couture websites and looking at beautiful dresses eye candy.  So, of course I had to set up a Pinterest board to house all the Beautiful Dresses I love.

I've pinned close to seven hundred dress designs I love.  Here's a few of my favorites:














I hope you enjoy all the beautiful dresses I've pinned to my Beautiful Dresses Pinterest board and hope it inspires you to create one of our own.


I absolutely LOVE beautiful dresses - especially those of the Victorian kind or elaborately decorated with beautiful embroidery or beads. Here's some of my favorites.

Beautiful Dresses


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Thursday, March 09, 2017

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


 

I hadn't realized how many doll histories posts I'd written for my Linda's Blog and my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me Blog until I decided to create some free e-books for all the posts.

 Most of the doll histories articles were posted to my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me blog.  If you would like to read any of these please click on the links below.

Doll Histories On My Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me Blog 


My Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me blog doll histories are mainly of a historical and vintage nature.  However, there are 3 additional posts on my Linda's Blog for other doll histories I'm interested in.  If you would like to read any of these please click on the links below.

DOLL HISTORIES ON MY LINDA'S BLOG

I hope you enjoy all my posts.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Gotta Love Doll Histories Free E-Books - Part 1 - Part 4

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 on my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me blog.

I thought if you were as interested in doll histories as I am you'd like an easier way to read all my dol history posts.  So, I created .PDF's for all of my posts.  In all there are 4 different .pdf's each with up to 50 pages.  If you would like to download my "Gotta Love Doll Histories Part 1 - Part 4 just click on the pictures or titles below:

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The Bangwell Putt Rag Doll
The Molly Brinkerhoff Doll 
The White House Doll
Apple Head Dolls
Penny Wooden or Peg Wooden Dolls 
Wishbone Dolls
Early American Wooden Dolls By Joel Ellis 
Tuck Comb Wooden Dolls
Grodnertal Tuck Comb Wooden Peddler Dolls 
Grodnertal Wooden Costume Dolls
Beautiful Peddler or Pedlar Dolls 
William F. Goodwin Patent Walking Doll 
Dolls From The Index of American Design at National Gallery Of Art
Shell Dolls 
Frozen Charlotte Dolls 

Friday, March 03, 2017

My Dimensions Cliffside Beacon Counted Cross Stitch Picture



January and February afforded me plenty of time for cross-stitching due to some health issues I was experiencing.  So, I decided to complete some Spring and Summer seasonal cross-stitch picture kits that I had previously purchased.  Most of the cross-stitch pictures I have completed have been for the Fall, Halloween, Christmas and Winter seasons so I decided to buy some flower and beach themed kits.

The cross-stitch kit I just finished was a counted cross-stitch kit from Dimensions Gold Collection Petites entitled Cliffside Beacon.

Like the other Dimensions Gold Collection Petites kits I had bought the kit included the pattern, pre-sorted cotton thread, 18 count ivory cotton Aida, needle and instructions.

The Cliffside Beacon pattern uses full counted cross-stitch, half cross-stitch, french knots and outline stitching for emphasis and depth and this detailing really makes the picture stand out. It also varies the number of threads used with the various stitches to add to the depth emphasis. The design of this cross-stitch gives the finished picture a 3 dimensional aspect with the half cross stitch, french knots and outlining being used for artistic effect.

The pattern came with starting and working order instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, color coded keys (with code #'s, lengths, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a chart with color coded symbols.  The kit came with instructions for finishing the back of the picture.

While I was very pleased with the end results of this design there are some things in the kit and in the instructions that can be improved upon.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

My Dimensions Bayside Cottage Counted Cross Stitch Picture



January and February afforded me plenty of time for cross-stitching due to some health issues I was experiencing.  So, I decided to complete some Spring and Summer seasonal cross-stitch picture kits that I had previously purchased.  Most of the cross-stitch pictures I have completed have been for the Fall, Halloween, Christmas and Winter seasons so I decided to buy some flower and beach themed kits.

The cross-stitch kit I just finished was a counted cross-stitch kit from Dimensions Gold Collection Petites entitled Cottage Bayside.

Like the other Dimensions Gold Collection Petites kits I had bought the kit included the pattern, pre-sorted cotton thread, 18 count ivory cotton Aida, needle and instructions.

The Cottage Bayside pattern uses full counted cross-stitch, half cross-stitch, french knots and outline stitching for emphasis and depth and this detailing really makes the picture stand out. It also varies the number of threads used with the various stitches to add to the depth emphasis. The design of this cross-stitch gives the finished picture a 3 dimensional aspect with the half cross stitch, french knots and outlining being used for artistic effect.

The pattern came with starting and working order instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, color coded keys (with code #'s, lengths, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a chart with color coded symbols. The colors and symbols on the keys and chart were easy to read and follow. The kit came with instructions for finishing the back of the picture.

While I was very pleased with the end results of this design there are some things in the kit and in the instructions that can be improved upon.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Joy Snow Globe Ornament Cross-Stitch Kit From Dimensions



I just love to cross-stitch small ornaments because they don't take a lot of time to complete.  I also love Christmas decorations that have the word "Joy" in them because everytime I look at them I think of my  mother whose name was "Joy."  So, when I saw the  "Joy Snow Globe Ornament Cross-Stitch Kit" from Dimensions I knew I was going to make it.

The "Joy" globe Santa ornament kit contained the presorted thread, 14 count plastic canvas, needle, and instructions.  The  pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and outline stitching for emphasis and depth.

The pattern came with starting, stitching, finishing and even cleaning instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, and color coded keys (with code #'s, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a chart with color coded symbols. The colors and symbols on the keys and chart were easy to read and follow. 

I had no problem cross-stitching the globe ornament and then cutting the plastic canvas close to the sides of the globe. I was pleased with the way the globe ornament came out but was disappointed that the finishing instructions only contained instructions for making the cord and nothing for finishing the back of the ornament. It's was such a cute ornament to leave the back unfinished with the cross-stitch threads showing didn't seem to me to be the right way to finish this ornament.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Helena's Not Your Grandmother's Gray! Gray Is Beautiful Products Gallery New Designs and Products


These days gray is nothing like what it was in your Grandmother's day.  At least not as Helena is concerned.  She's on the go and doing everything.  Nothing can stop her.  If Helena is any indication of a new trend gray hair these days is "Not Your Grandmother's Gray."

Helene's adorable new "Helena's Not Your Grandmother's Gray! Collection" 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.




She hopes you like her "Helena's Not Your Grandmother's Gray! Collection" design and products.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rebecca's Collections - Gray Is Beautiful Product Gallery New Designs & Products


They used to say that "Blondes Have More Fun!" Nowadays "Gray Is The New BLONDE!" and no one is having more fun these days than "The Grays."


The "Grays" have always been proud of being senior citizens. After all, with age comes wisdom, pride, experience, appreciation & beauty of all this world has to offer, and the knowledge of knowing what really matters in life. So, they have no problem letting everyone know they're senior citizens and PROUD of it.


If you ever thought that gray wasn't a movement that was here forever you would be wrong. "Gray Is Here To Stay" and seniors are very proud of their gray and white hair. If you're aged to perfection you last forever.

"Rebecca's Collections" includes all three of the adorable designs shown above and 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.





Rebecca hopes you like her "Rebecca's Collections" designs and products.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

GRADUATION FABRIC DESIGNS COLLECTION




Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Spoonflower.com. All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh watermarks.

© 2015-2016 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.





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.



BUNNY & EASTER FABRIC DESIGNS COLLECTION




Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Spoonflower.com. All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh watermarks.

© 2011-2016 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.





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.



Friday, February 24, 2017

Gray Is Beautiful - Words Collection - Gray Is Beautiful Gallery


The "Grays" really do believe that aging is beautiful and gray hair is not only beautiful, but something to be proud of. So, they thought that a graphic with all the phrases they've developed for their  "Gray Is Beautiful" Gallery would be perfect on their new products.

Their adorable new "Gray Is Beautiful - Words Collection" 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 "Gray Is Beautiful - Words Collection"  design and products.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - James and Anna Graduation Dolls



This is the story behind my "James" and "Anna" graduation doll patterns and involves my Dad, my niece, and my twin granddaughters.

When both my twin granddaughters and my niece were graduating from high school and college, respectively, I wanted to give them something special. For me, that usually involves something crafty that I'd made or, and this may come as a surprise to all of you, a doll. So, I decided on a doll. But, I didn't want just any graduation doll. I thought how about taking their graduation picture and transposing that onto a doll's head using iron on transfer paper. It was a nice idea, but a bad application from the start.

So, I set about to design a stand alone graduation doll that would have each of their respective graduation gown colors. I knew I wanted the doll to be stand alone and wanted the body bottoms to be made out of denim. I decided that I would use popcorn kernels to weight the bodies down. So, I began by scanning in their respective graduation pictures and then setting about to crop the images and adjust the image size until their faces would fit on my graduation doll patterns head. I should have known right from the start that this was going to be a disaster. I just couldn't seem to get the right size face with the right size head. In any event, I finally had something I could work with and transferred the face to my cloth headpiece.

Then I put the three dolls together using my rough draft pattern pieces. The doll's bodies and graduation gowns came out wonderful. Their faces were an entirely different story almost bordering on scary. See for yourself. What do you think? Scary, frightening, yuck?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Try Your Hand At Making Silk Floral Centerpieces and Decorations With These Free Floral Arrangement Tutorial E-Books


I just love designing and creating silk floral arrangements.  If you do, too, you be happy to know that we have 7 free tutorial e-books showing how to create several different kind of silk floral centerpieces and arrangements and topiaries.  Just click the links below.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2017

7 Easy Free E-Pattern and E-Book Tutorials For Making Birds And Birdhouses



If you like birds and birdhouses and are looking for some easy and adorable woodcraft decorations to make for the upcoming Spring season we have 7 free e-book tutorials that might interest you.  Just click on the links below.  Enjoy!