Thursday, August 25, 2016

Look What I Won! Wow! A Beautiful Art Doll By Hally Levesque "Winter Roses"





Over a week ago I learned that I had won the beautiful "Winter Roses" art doll  that Hally Levesque was raffling off to one of the students from her Romantic Rosabella and Wee Winter Whimsies classes at Artful Gathering. I couldn't believe it! I never win anything - especially a gorgeous art doll made by an unbelievably talented and gifted art doll artist - Hally Levesque.

So, you can imagine my anticipation awaiting the mailman every day. Well, today, she finally arrived - safe and sound.

I have to tell you that she is even more beautiful than her pictures depict.   According to Hally, "The doll is a combination of elements taught in both the Romantic Rosabella and Wee Winter Whimsies workshops and stands 11.5" tall (the same size as a Barbie doll). I used synthetic fur for the hair to give her that windswept look."

What I can't get over is her remarkable face. She is a totally handmade, hand sculpted, and hand painted art doll. The hand painted features on her face, which is only 1 3/4" long and 1 1/4" wide, are beautifully done and unbelievable. All I can say is "Wow!" She is utterly gorgeous and a true inspiration for what a beautiful art doll can look like.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart, Hally, for creating such a gorgeous doll and wonderful inspiration. I will cherish her forever.




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My New Thanksgiving and Pilgrim Custom Fabric Designs



Thanksgiving was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.  Today it is a time for families.  A time for giving thanks for our blessings.  A time for family gatherings, feasts, football, and shopping.

It is one of my favorite holidays and times of the year.  So, I thought it was time to design some Thanksgiving and Pilgrim custom fabric designs.  We have 12 new Thanksgiving and Pilgrim custom fabric designs that would be great for all you home decorating needs.  Enjoy!


 
Pilgrims Fabric G - Thanksgiving and Pilgrim Custom Fabric Design


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Let's Give Thanks For Fall, Pumpkin, Pilgrims, Silk Florals and Thanksgiving Season Decorations Free E-Books and E-Patterns



Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for giving thanks, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and decorations. As a crafter I just love decorating for the Fall and Thanksgiving holiday season.

If you do, too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free e-patterns and e-books for creating adorable Fall and Thanksgiving decorations.  Just click the links below.  Enjoy!

Gotta Love Arts and Crafts Blogs


I just love handmade arts & crafts and craft blogs. Don't you?

Since 2006 I've posted about the best artist and crafters blogs in my Top Blogs By Crafters blog as a tribute to all the wonderful artist and crafters blogs there are. Since then I have seen many blogs come and go. I'm always sad to see a blog that I like go, but I'm thrilled when I find another one and love telling you about all the wonderful art, hobby, craft, and handmade items blogs that I find so you'll know about them,too.

I've been so busy the last few years I haven't really been able to tell you about all the amazing arts and crafts blogs I've found over the last few years.  I do, however, follow them through different online services and decided it was about time to tell you about some of those that I follow by posting about them on my Top Blogs By Crafters blog

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gotta Love Halloween Decorations and Bags Free E-Patterns


I LOVE Halloween and can't wait for the Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving holiday season to decorate my house.

If you love Halloween too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free e-patterns for creating adorable Halloween decorations.  Just click the links below.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Halloween Haunted House Trick Or Treat Lined Tote Bag Free E-Pattern



I used to love Halloween as a kid and loved collecting as much candy as I could to fit into my trick or treat bag.  Of course, back then my brother and I used brown grocery bags as our trick or treat bags.

I would have loved to have the trick or treat bag shown in the picture above that I made using some of my Halloween custom fabric designs.

Halloween Haunted House Trick Or Treat Tote Bag is an e-pattern to create an adorable 12" by 18" by fully lined trick or treat tote bag made using my custom designed Halloween Haunted House fabric - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2202848 and my custom designed Halloween Haunted House Mini fabric - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/22028568.   A large version of my Halloween Haunted House custom fabric with ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, witches hat, spider webs, and bats is surrounded by a smaller version of the same adorable fabric.  What an adorable way to collect all your Halloween treats.

The pattern is very easy to make and includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the mug rug from start to finish,  full page color finish layout sheet, and full page single sided pattern piece sheets.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Halloween Haunted House Embroidered Trick Or Treat Lined Tote Bag Free E-Pattern



I used to love Halloween as a kid and loved collecting as much candy as I could to fit into my trick or treat bag.  Of course, back then my brother and I used brown grocery bags as our trick or treat bags.

If I were to trick or treat today I'd certainly make a trick or treat bag using some of my Halloween custom fabric designs.

Halloween Haunted House Trick Or Treat Tote Bag is an e-pattern to create an adorable 12" by 18" embroidered fully lined trick or treat tote bag made using my custom designed Halloween Haunted House fabric - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2202848 and my custom designed Halloween Haunted House Mini fabric - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/22028568.   A large version of my Halloween Haunted House custom fabric with ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, witches hat, spider webs, and bats is surrounded by a smaller version of the same adorable fabric.  What an adorable way to collect all your Halloween treats.

The pattern is very easy to make and includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the mug rug from start to finish,  full page color finish layout sheet, and full page single sided pattern piece sheets.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Halloween Haunted House Mini Quilt Free E-Pattern



Halloween is definitely one of my all time favorite holidays and I just love decorating my house for the Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving holiday season.  As a crafter I have all sorts of decorations I use from cloth decorations to silk floral designs to woodcrafts.  Everything is fair game during this holiday season.

One of my favorite decorations is a Halloween mini quilt I made several years ago using some of my Halloween custom fabric designs.  So, I thought you might enjoy a free e-pattern so you could make one of your own.

Halloween Haunted House Mini Quilt is an e-pattern to create an adorable 8" by 14" adorable mini quilt decoration made using my custom designed Halloween Haunted House Mini Quilt fabric - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2202845.   My Haunted House custom fabric is surrounded by adorable black with white dots fabric and lined with solid black fabric.  Black with white dot fabric hangers are used to hang the mini quilt from it's adorable cat wire and wood dowel mini quilt hanger. Bright orange ribbon bows are added for Halloween cheer.

The pattern is very easy to make and  includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the mini quilt from start to finish,  full page color finish layout sheet, and full page single sided pattern piece sheets.

What an adorable and cheery way to decorate for the Halloween season.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Halloween Haunted House Mug Rug Free E-Pattern



As a crafter I just love the Halloween holiday as there are so many different things you can make.  So many monsters and creatures.  So, when I was designing some of my custom fabrics I decided to create a few Halloween designs and, of course, create some free e-patterns for you.

Halloween Haunted House is a free e-pattern to create an 8" by 8"mug rug using one of my favroite Halloween custom fabric designs - Haunted House Mini Quilt fabric - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2202845.

The Halloween haunted house with ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, witches hat, spider webs, and bats is surrounded by bright and cheery Halloween colored binding fabric.  What could be cheerier than enjoying a cup of coffee or tea while visiting the Halloween Haunted House.


The pattern is very easy to make and includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the mug rug from start to finish and full page single sided pattern piece sheets. The pattern also includes suggestions for alternative bindings like those shown in the picture above.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gotta Love Pilgrims - Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Some Adorable Clothespin Doll Pilgrims Free E-Book



Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for all we have - especially if we have good health.
Thanksgiving is also a time of the year when families gather, there are huge feasts to be eaten, football games to watch, and shopping to be done. It's basically, a time of enjoyment. And, the "dollies" just love having fun, eating a good meal, watching a great football game, and of course - going shopping on Black Friday!

However, we should never loose sight of what Thanksgiving started out as - which is a time to "Give Thanks" for one's blessings. Enough said - "Let's eat!"

I know that I've told you a zillion times how much I love the Fall season and love decorating for the Fall. Well, the "dollies" love it, too!  I just love Pilgrims and turkeys and don't think you can ever have enough of them for a wonderful Fall and Thanksgiving scene. Add a few pumpkins to your scene and you're all set.

Over the years I've seen various types of Pilgrim woodcrafts and dolls.  I always have some on my to do list for the Fall and Thanksgiving season and thought clothespin pilgrim dolls would be a cute decoration for the holiday season so I made some.

They really are quite adorable and make a cute decoration for the Thanksgiving table.  So, I thought I'd create a free e-book showing you how I made mine so you could make some of your own.



To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

How I Made My Two Adorable Doll Pin Pilgrims & Free E-Book


Since there's two holidays in the Fall I tend to put all my Fall seasonal scarecrows, spooky Halloween dolls, and Thanksgiving pilgrims all out at the same time. They're usually up for three months - from the end of August or first of September until just after Thanksgiving. By putting them all up at the same time I same a lot of time by not having to change them out. I blend them together so they look fine for the three months.

I also like to alternate what I put up each year for a couple of reasons. First, I have so many wonderful decorations and secondly, it gives every one of the "dollies" their 15 minutes of fame. After all, we have to keep the "dollies" happy and keep the peace in "The Dollie Storage Room." Letting them all shine at some point in time is a way to do this.

Over the years I've seen various types of Pilgrim woodcrafts and dolls.  I always have some on my to do list for the Fall and Thanksgiving season.  Years ago I saw some Pilgrims made out of little woodcraft doll bodies and thought they'd be a cute decoration for the holiday season so I made some.
They really are quite adorable and make a cute decoration for the Thanksgiving table.  So, I thought I'd create a free e-book showing you how I made mine so you could make some of your own.


To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

So Proud of My Sister


My sister just keeps outdoing herself every year with her garden club floral display entries at the Chenango County Fair. This year's theme was Victorian and her display took 2nd prize.

She blew up a picture of a Victorian house from her town, placed it behind a window she had refurbished, added cutains, and placed Victorian flowers from her garden inside a Victorian vase placed on a pedestal with a Victorian lace tablecloth. How beautiful is that.

Way to go baby sister. CONGRATULATIONS.


Gotta Love Mini Pumpkin Ornaments Free E-Pattern


I just love the Fall and all the vivid colors. And, I love pumpkins, scarecrows, Fall leaves, and apple orchards. So, of course, when designing some of my new Fall dolls I had to create some colorful and adorable pumpkins and, of course, I had to create a free e-pattern so you could make your own.  I hope you enjoy my free e-pattern.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Needle Felted Pumpkin Picture Free E-Pattern


One of the free style needle felted pictures that I wanted to create several years ago was a needle felted pumpkin picture using a 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" pumpkin cookie cutter that I had bought recently and using some of the wonderful roving that my sister had given me from some of her alpacas.  She and her husband are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.

Before you consider needle felting there are a few things you really need to know.

Tips For Felting:

Needle felting is basically using a single or multiple needle tool to mesh the fibers of roving into itself to form an object or shape, mesh the roving into another piece of felted roving to create an object, or mesh the roving into a piece of wool felt to create an object or picture.

You can freely shape the roving yourself using needle felting tools or use needle felt molds or cookie cutters to shape the roving into the desired object.  If using cookie cutters or molds you will need to purchase a felting needle mat that looks like a brush.

What the mat does is it allows you to place a mold or felting surface on top of it and then felt the roving by using one of the different types of felting needles and just inserting the needle in and out until the roving is felted in a manner that is pleasing to you. It provides the hardness and resistance you need to mesh the roving either by itself or to felt the roving into a small felting surface without breaking your needles.

The felting mat is good for small molds and small felting surfaces. It is not good for larger felting surfaces. If you want to felt larger areas of roving or want to do some free style felting of pictures, etc. then you need to purchase a larger 8" by 9" felting foam mat.

What I discovered about the felting foam mat is that while it is big and allows you to cover a wider felting surface it isn't any where near as hard as the felting needle mat so you tend to leave a depression in the surface if you're punching hard, have been punching for a few days,  or you've used the same area over and over. If you're using this for molds and the surface has any kind of depression in it already it will affect the felting of your roving.

One of the most important things for felting is not only the quality of the roving, but the felting needles. When it comes to felting needles there are all sorts of different types - each with their own use. Here's what I discovered:

The first thing you need to understand about the felting needles is they are very, very, very sharp and can easily prick your finger drawing blood. As a result I would not recommend this as a craft for young children. If you prick your fingers the needles really HURT!

Monday, August 08, 2016

Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make A Quick & Easy Fall Indoor Wall Hanging Floral Wreath


As you know one of the floral crafts I love creating is wreaths.  As far as home decorations are concerned you can never have enough wreaths. They're just so much fun to work with and so versatile.

Several years ago I decided I wanted to create a fall wreath for my bathroom wall.

I wanted something that was not too big and didn't extend too far from the wall as it was going to be on a wall adjacent to the downstairs sink and on the wall to the right of the downstairs bathroom mirror.  So I decided to go with a thin grapevine wreath I had bought.

When the wreath was done I brought it upstairs and, with my fingers crossed,  tried it.  Luckily for me it fit the bathroom wall perfectly and didn't extend too far out.

I was so pleased with the way my wreath came out so I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step tutorial of how I made my wreath.   Here's how I made it:

Supplies Needed:

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make A Fall Wall Hanging Basket Floral Arrangement



As you know I am a big fan of silk floral arrangements and have been decorating my house with them for several decades. Some are just as old as that and have never needed to be replaced or redone. They're as good as new as the first time they were made. That's the beauty of silk florals. Plus, silk florals are just so much fun to work with and so versatile.

Several years ago I decided I wanted to create a Fall wall hanging flat basket silk floral arrangement for my entrance hall.

I wanted something that was not too big and didn't extend too far from the wall so I decided to go with a rustic basket I had purchased years before.

When the basket was done I brought it upstairs.. Luckily for me it fit the entrance hall wall perfectly and didn't extend too far out.

I was so pleased with the way my basket came out so I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step tutorial of how I made my Fall wall hanging flat basket silk floral arrangement. Here's how I made it:

Supplies Needed For The Fall Flat Hanging Basket:

1” Wired Ribbon (For Bow)  - 6 Feet
12” Flat Hanging Wall Basket With Handle
18” Grass Silk Floral Spray - 4 Bunches
18” Silk Floral Cattails Onion Grass Stems - 3 Stems
18” Silk Floral Yellow Rose - 1 Stem
8” Moss Green Leaf Bunch - 4 Stems
18” Silk Floral Tiny Flower Sprays  (Yellow and White ) - 6 Sprays Each
18” Fall Silk Floral Mums (Rust) - 8 Stems
Floral Picks With Wire
Pipe Cleaners
Green Florist Foam - 2 Bricks
Wire Cutters
Green Foam Cutters or Knife
Green Excelsior Basil - 1 Bag

Instructions:

Thursday, August 04, 2016

We Have Six New Adorable Cut and Sew Doll Ornaments Fabrics


If you love cut and sew doll ornaments you'll be happy to know that we have 6 adorable new designs. How cute are they?

Snowman Trio Cut and Sew Doll Ornament Custom Fabric Design


Sylvia Cut and Sew Snow-Lady Doll Ornament Custom Fabric Design

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Amusing Free Coloring Books and Printables To Keep The Kids Busy



If you're looking for some adorable free coloring books and e-printables to keep the kids busy you'll be happy to know that we have several for your kids to enjoy.  Just click the links below.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

My Wee Winter Whimsies Online Class Dolls and Ornaments


I've had a delightful time the past few days making the dolls for Hally Levesque's "Wee Winter Whimsies" class in Session 2 of Artful Gathering.


2016 - Hally Levesque - Wee Winter Whimsies - Primitive Folk Art Dolls for the Holidays

Once again, Hally's video's and instructions for painting the faces and characters didn't disappoint. She is an amazing instructor and provided lots of information on the painting of the shelf sitter angel dolls & angel ornaments which I appreciated as the drawing and painting of faces and characters is not my forte.


The class called for making 1 shelf sitter angel doll and 5 angel ornaments. I decided instead to make three shelf sitters and three ornaments as I'm a sucker for shelf sitter dolls. I love them.   Plus, I'm a beginner when it comes to painting faces and characters and knew that painting tiny faces and characters on tiny ornaments was going to be a challenge for me. Well, challenge it was.