Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gotta Love Adorable Christmas Stocking Projects - Just Cut and Sew


If you love to sew and would like to make something simple for your family this Christmas season check out our twelve adorable Christmas Stocking projects on Sprout.  Five of my designs are geared to alpaca lovers as well.

According to Sprout Studios,  "this pattern is simple and fast - sew one up in less than 30 minutes!"

Just cut the project out and sew it.  Or, for a extra fee, have them sew it for you.  That's a win - win.

Enjoy!
Christmas and Winter Themed Christmas Stockings










Alpaca Themed Christmas Stockings












Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My “Snow Go! Noodles” Country Snowman Doll Decoration E-Pattern




"Snow Go! Noodles" couldn't been any nicer. He couldn't be anymore positive and goodhearted. He couldn't be anymore charming, or intelligent, or distinctly dressed. He couldn't be any more of a philanthropist than he already is. He couldn't be any more helpful or physically fit. He couldn't be..... Well, let's just say he's perfect. Perfect for a snowman - that is!

"Snow Go! Noodles" is a 28" squared bottomed self-standing cloth and wood country snowman. His arms and hands are wired and his warm & natural cloth head and warm & natural cloth body are supported by a wood dowel and wood base. His face is embroidered and he has indented black bead eyes, a resin carrot nose, and outline embroidered mouth. His eyebrows and eyelashes are embroidered and his cheeks are blushed and slightly indented. He has a mass of thick, straight, cream colored hair along the side seams of his head with the back left bald. His large brimmed and lined hat with contrast bands and decorated bows sits slightly tilted to the left of his head. He is wearing his favorite blue top stitched jacket with cuffed sleeves, facing along the edges, a large button for front closure. A bow decorated pocket with coordinated fabric is affixed to the front of his body. A fringed scarf is wrapped around his neck and overlapped in the front and a fringed scarf is wrapped around his waist and tied in a bow in the front. He has a corn cob pipe inserted behind his waist scarf and is holding a large wood and metal shovel in his hands.

"Snow Go! Noodles" is so positive and so nice that nothing can get him down. Not a little snow, not a little cold, not even a little thaw. Certainly nothing that can get the average snowman down. But, "Snow Go! Noodles" isn't just any snowman. He couldn't be happier. He couldn't be ..... Well, let's just say he's perfect.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Monday, October 16, 2017

My Alpacas Fun In The Snow Mini Quilt and Embroidery E-Pattern




Alpacas Rock - Alpacas Fun In The Snow 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 trees. The evergreen trees are embroidered to the felt background. The snowman is embroidered to the trees and felt background and then his facial features and X's are embroidered . The snowman’s black hat is embroidered to the trees and felt background and then his red lazy daisy flower is embroidered to his hat. The fence rails and fence posts are embroidered to the trees, snowman, alpaca and the felt background. The wreath is embroidered to the tree and fence post. The red bow is embroidered to the wreath, fence post and fence 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 and step-by-step illustrations and instructions for embroidering the red lazy daisy flower.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Best Dog In Class Granny Esther and I'm The Best Papa Pepper



"Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" takes life one day at a time and wasn't too concerned about getting an invitation to the "Victorian Animals Tea Society" from "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" She knew that eventually it would come, so why get yourself all in a tither until it does? When she was younger she may have worried about such things, but aging has mellowed Granny Esther. She much prefers spending her time reading, watching her Grandchildren, sewing, and just plain enjoying life than worrying about memberships to tea societies. She can understand why "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" set-up their own tea society. She was young once and would of done the same thing. Now, memberships just weren't that important to her. Good health, love of family, love of life. Now those are important issues.

Granny Esther had no doubt that she and her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" would be invited to join as their families had been at the top of the social circle for generations. They were show dogs after all and had well established pedigree lines. The finest of the fine. In fact, Granny Esther had won "Best Dog In Class!" for so long that she had lost count. And, her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" had been Father of the Year for so long he had lost count. However, both had aged ever so gracefully and time had been kind to them. For that they were grateful. They were both proud of who they were, proud of their families, proud of their friends. But, they also knew that each and every moment they had together was precious and that there wasn't anything better than a quiet romp in the woods holding each others hand or sitting on the porch enjoying a glass of lemonade. Yes, time had mellowed both "Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" and her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!"

"I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" also takes life one day at a time and wasn't too concerned either about getting an invitation to the "Victorian Animals Tea Society" from "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" Just like his wife, "Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" he knew that eventually it would come, so why get yourself all in a tither until it does? When he was younger he may have worried about such things, but aging has mellowed him, too. He much prefers a walk in the park, a good crossword puzzle, a warm touch from Granny Esther than worrying about memberships to tea societies. The important things in life are good health, love of family, love of life.




Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My “Morning Walk, Karl” Woodland Santa Doll Decoration E-Pattern




Morning Walk, Karl just loves walking in the woods. In fact, the mornings are his favorite time of the day. He gets to collect his thoughts and enjoy his walk with nature. Ah, there's nothing like the early morning sun to put you in the right frame of mind for the coming day.

He is a free-standing woodsman. He has a long embroidered jacket decorated with a painted wood canoe and painted wood spruce tree covered with snow. His shirt is white and he has cuffed velour pants, socks and green sock slippers. His hat is a wool cap and he has a very full beard and mustache and long white hair. His face is drawn and he has clear plastic and wire glasses. He also has a fabric covered head and wood body and feet. Rope is tied around his waist and his snow shoes so that he can carry them around his waist. He is using a walking stick.

"Morning Walk, Karl" is a likeable guy. But, he's usually in his best frame of mind in the morning. If you want to ask him something or get him to do something - ask him in the morning after his "morning walk." He'll probably say "sure."

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


Monday, October 09, 2017

MY “Nellie” Victorian Snow Lady Art Doll E-Pattern



"Nellie Snow Lady" is a free-standing doll and such a beautiful snow lady dressed in her best street costume. She has a fancy double-tiered lace trimmed dress, full length double-tiered laced trimmed (inside and out) lined jacket with long puffed sleeves, fancy lace and floral decorated lined hat, lace trimmed and gathered slip, lace trimmed and gathered bloomers, lace trimmed parasol, and lace gloves. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. Her hair is white with bangs and is fastened in a bun. Her face is partly embroidered and she has a covered Styrofoam head and cloth body supported by a wood dowel and covered wood base. Her fancy hat is tied with a lace ribbon into a bow on the side of her head.

"Nellie Snow Lady" is the epitome of elegance in snow gals. She just loves her Victorian outfit and blue colors. It is a good compliment to her "snow" complexion. "Nellie Snow Lady" prides herself on her composure, her style, and her demeanor. She is everything you could want in a Victorian Snow Lady.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Sunday, October 08, 2017

My “Norman The Pilgrim” Country Thanksgiving Pilgrim Doll Decoration E-Pattern




Norman The Pilgrim is a free-standing doll getting ready for Thanksgiving. He has a shirt with long sleeves and embroidered cuffs, square-bottomed pants, long embroidered vest with Pilgrim belt and buttons, embroidered Pilgrim collar, corduroy lined hat with Pilgrim hat belt, a beard, mustache and long white hair fastened in the back. His arms are wire-shaped and covered. His face is embroidered. He also has a fabric covered head and covered rectangular wood base. His inner body is supported by a dowel and is covered by his shirt and squared-bottom pants. He is carrying a wooden rifle.

Norman The Pilgrim is on the hunt. You might wonder if he's on the hunt for turkeys? The answer would be "Yes" and "No." You see, he's really on the hunt for some "peace of mind" from his perfect wife, "Pleasantly Plump - Eunice." She just has to have everything so perfect hat Norman has to get out of the house. So, turkey hunting is an excuse. You see, "Norman The Pilgrim" is a practical man. So, just in case he was to happen upon a turkey, he brought his rifle along. He wouldn't want to disappoint Eunice. After all, she thinks he's the perfect man and perfect husband.....

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


My “Pleasantly Plump, Eunice” Thanksgiving Pilgrim Lady Doll Decoration E-Pattern




Pleasantly Plump, Eunice is a free-standing doll getting ready for Thanksgiving. She has a buttoned decorated shirt with long sleeves and embroidered cuffs, gathered skirt with a waistband, tied apron, embroidered Pilgrim collar, embroidered and lined bonnet, squared slip to form her lower body, and long curly brown hair framing her face. Her face is embroidered. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. She also has a fabric covered head and covered rectangular wood base. Her inner body is supported by a dowel and is covered by her shirt and square-bottomed slip. She is carrying a basket of pumpkins.

Pleasantly Plump Eunice is the "perfect" Pilgrim Lady. She is a hard worker and believes that everything should be cooked "perfectly." The table should be arranged "perfectly." Even the napkins have to be folded "perfectly." And, the apple pie, pumpkin pie, ricotta cheese pie, and blueberry pie had better taste "perfectly" delicious. She is carrying a basket of pumpkins that were "perfectly" grown in her own garden. She couldn't be more pleasant or more "perfect." Now, if she could just make her husband, Norman The Pilgrim, perfect.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Halloween - A Time For Kids, Bud, and Dumbo Ears!


If you've been following my blog for years you know that I absolutely LOVE Halloween.  So, it should comes as no surprise that I would write about some of my Halloween memories.  I wrote the following post on Halloween on October 31, 2009 and thought you might enjoy re-reading it.  Enjoy!

Today is Halloween and while thinking about my own childhood Halloween adventures or misadventures I concluded that Halloween was definitely a time for kids, and maybe, well Bud, too!

My Irish twin brother and I always went trick or treating together and there was always a competition to see who could get the most candy. The competition would always end with him punching me and my crying. Sometimes they were fake tears which, unfortunately, my Mother always saw through.

One particular Halloween when we were teenagers we seemed to get a lot of gum. For some reason my brother and I thought it would be great to see how many pieces of gum I could get in my mouth. So, he kept feeding them to me and feeding them to me until I couldn't chew anymore. I couldn't move my mouth either as there was so much gum in there and, of course, I started choking. My Mother had to pull the gum out bit by bit and she was not amused. Needless to say we didn't try that again.

In the family right now my two twin grandsons (who are 4) and my grandson, Noodles, who is 10 will be out trick or treating in a few hours. Like all kids I'm sure they're excited by the thoughts of all the candy they will get and all the candy they envision they'll be able to eat.

Of course, they think they'll be able to eat it when they get home! That's not gonna happen. But, they can think they will.

It's a magical holiday when kids get to dress up. When I was a kid my brother and I would help my Mom make our costumes. Sometimes we had a lot of time to put them together - other times they were kinda last minute this will do costumes. You know - the sheets thrown over your head with two eye holes for ghosts.

Nowadays kids costumes (and adult costumes for that matter) are big business. Kids get to dress up as their favorite superhero, favorite monster, or favorite cartoon character. Sometimes the costumes are simple and sometimes they're much more elaborate. Personally, for me - the simpler the better. I like handmade costumes. Store bought costumes have just become way too commercial and way to much of a money maker for the costume and party companies. But, in today's fast paced work it's hard to find time to make handmade costumes.

While thinking about Halloween and looking through some of the old pictures I was reminded about some of the stories behind some of the pictures shown in my post. The first three pictures of the little guy in the tiger outfit are of my grandson, Noodles - one with Bud! What you can't tell from the pictures is that he was sick that day. Really sick - fever and all.

But, he wanted to go to the grocery store to pick out the candy and wanted to help fill the candy containers with all the candy. He also wanted to wear his costume - which was a little hot for a little guy with a fever! So, we filled up 4 HUGE bowls of candy.

Now you might wonder why so many bowls of candy. Well, the simple answer is that my grandson lives in a neighborhood where they get hundreds of trick or treaters. Hundreds. The door bell never stops ringing.

The two pictures of the geisha girls are of my twin granddaughters when they were very small. What you don't know about this picture is why they are laughing.

You see, about 30 minutes before my granddaughters were to arrive I decided that my husband should have a costume, too.

So, I cut two huge Dumbo ears (you know Dumbo the elephant) out of white paper and made a little Dumbo hat out of the same paper and taped them to his head. It was a crude last minute costume - but, the girls laughed and thought it was great.

They, of course, had no problem recognizing their grandfather with Dumbo ears.

While browsing through some of the picture albums I also found a picture of my twin grandsons from Halloween 2008. They were pictured with their Dad, but I decided to crop him out and just show you the twins in their Halloween costumes.

I'm sure their Dad wouldn't mind. Halloween is for kids after all. Or, at least I hope he doesn't mind! LOL LOL Then again - he's always been a BIG KID, too. Maybe I should photoshop him back in! LOL LOL

I'm still looking for a picture of my other grandson from Halloween. He was in a period for such a long time where he didn't want to have his picture taken. I have lots of pictures when he was really small, but haven't been able to locate one for Halloween.

So I decided that maybe I should photoshop a picture of him with a fake Halloween costume on and then tell him it's a real picture. Do you think he'd believe it? Nah! I don't think so either. He's too smart for that.

I decided instead to take a picture of him and distort it. To my surprise it distorted him in such a way as to create Dumbo ears.

Kind of looks like his grandfather with his Dumbo ears but cuter. At least I think so. Let's see what he says when he sees this post.

In any event, it's getting dark and the ghosts, goblins, and witches will be out. Yikes! Is that the doorbell already? Bud's barking. Better get his costume on. Come on, Bud - every dog needs a Halloween costume. Bud, now don't run away from me. Bud.

Hmmm... if he won't wear a costume maybe hubby will. Where did I put those Dumbo ears.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Favorite BIG Halloween Dolls - YIKES! They're Scary! Or Are They?



Second to the Fall season as one of my favorite times to create and decorate is Halloween. I don't know why I like making witches, goblins, Frankenstein's, ghosts, mummies, and Dracula's, but I do. That's surprising as if I really saw one I'd probably have a heart attack. And, I cannot watch scary movies. Go figure! But, I do like to create them and the bigger the better.

So, I thought I'd show you pictures of some of my favorite BIG Halloween dolls and wood crafts that I made to decorate my house during the holiday season.


First, there is "You're Scary? You've Got To Be Kidding, Frankenstein!" I named him this way due to the expression on his face and his general "lack" of scariness. He couldn't scare a mouse let alone a human. But, every Halloween I put him in my hall with his own spotlight focused right on him for all the trick or treater's to see when they come trick or treating.

He stands 48" tall and is one of the BIGGEST dolls that I made. He was made based on a Tattered Treasures design.

He has a 3/4" thick pine wood body, painted green Frankenstein shaped head with bolts sticking out of the sides. He's wearing an old shirt of my husbands, and his wood legs are painted to look like plaid trousers. He has 4x4 cubes for his massive feet and a solid wood base. His vest is painted wood.

He's carrying a painted wood sign that says "Monster Mash! Trick or Treat!" and he's carrying a large rubber bat.

He also has a splattering of red blood everywhere and is adorned with raffia bows and tattered cloth. And, of course, he has the Frankenstein surgery scars everywhere. Maybe the red blood might scare some children, but his face surely wouldn't.


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?

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