Thursday, January 31, 2019

I Hate Snow, But Love Snowmen! Go Figure!


I hate snow, but I love snowmen.  Go figure!!!  There's just something cheery and irresistible about snowmen and their adorable faces.

The older I get the more I dread the winter season.  As far as hubby and I are concerned there is nothing adorable about snow.  So, why would two people who hate the snow stay in New England?  It's our home.  Always has been and always will be so we reluctantly approach the winter season every year.

No matter how reluctant I feel about snow I do love making snowmen.  If you love making snowmen too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free tutorials, e-patterns, and e-books for creating adorable snowmen.  Enjoy!


Just click the link below:


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Bookstore Shopping With Mom - What Can be Better Than That


I Just Love To Go Bookstore Shopping!  For me there is nothing more relaxing than going bookstore shopping at my local bookstores.  It was especially enjoyable when I would share this experience with my Mom.  She loved to bookstore shop too.

Not only was the time spent with my Mom thoroughly enjoyable, but we both loved books. We could spend hours upon hours just walking up and down the aisles looking at the best sellers, the discount books, the magazine section, etc. My mother always went to the "cooking" section first while I always went to the "dolls and crafts" section.

Now I wonder why that is????? Couldn't be because I love "dolls and crafts?" Nah!!!!

Why am I telling you this? Because I was fortunate enough while my Mom was still alive  to go bookstore shopping with her many, many times and for that I am so grateful. They were always delightful trips and usually I came home with some new best sellers from some of my favorite "romance" authors.

The last few trips I came home with a few "doll and craft" books to add to my collection.  If you believe I just bought a "few" craft books you don't know me very well.  My Mom used to look at my shopping cart and say, "Really, Linda!" LOL LOL

Over the years, however, I started to get a little disappointed browsing through the local bookstores for "doll and craft" books. You might wonder "why" that would be as I've just told you that I love shopping at my local bookstores.

Well, I've found that in browsing through my local bookstores several years ago that they just didn't seem to be carrying a lot of "doll and craft" books in their stores anymore. As a result I found when I'm looking for "doll and craft" books that I'd much rather shop online. I discovered Amazon a long time ago and found that I loved being able to search and sort for books to my hearts content. I could easily find the categories I wanted, the authors, best sellers, etc.

At Amazon I can browse by category, look at the new releases, scan the future releases, check out the magazines, etc. I don't have to get down on my knees (which at my age is no longer fun) and crane my neck to look for the "doll and craft" books on the bottom shelf. It's so much more enjoyable to sit in my chair and let my fingers do the walking.

I could spend hours and hours doing this as well. However, the one big drawback was that in sitting at my computer browsing through my online bookstore's is that I was missing one of the ingredients that made my local bookstore shopping experience so enjoyable - my Mom. I often thought about buying another computer and another computer set-up so my Mom could sit right next to me and let her fingers do the walking.

However, I know what she would have said to that and it would have been a big resounding "ABSOLUTELY NOT!" She'll give me that look that only Mother's can that makes you feel like your 3 years old even though you're a grandmother yourself. Then she'd say," Linda, a little fresh air never hurt anyone. Besides you need the exercise!" And, more importantly, she loved getting out of the house and loved going to the local bookstores to shop.  So, we would.

So, we continued to spend some lazy afternoons at the local bookstores. I'd still check out the "dolls and crafts" section first, but I wasn't going to be disappointed anymore because I knew I'd be coming home and letting my fingers do the walking. I like to think my Mom never knew I was doing online book shopping but I'd be foolish to think so.  She always knew.  They always do.  Perhaps, it's motherly instinct.

I learned to love books not only from my Mom but my Dad and Grandma as well.  They all loved books and instilled a love of books in me.  So, none of them would be surprised that I designed a "We Love Books" collection of graphics and products for my "It's Raining Doll Parties" website and gallery.  Bookstore shopping and products displaying a love of books - what could be better than that!

I love the new 'We Love Books" products so much I decided to order the following:


I can hardly wait for it to arrive. How adorable is that? It'll be great for all the future bookstore browsing and shopping I may do!


Monday, January 28, 2019

It's Raining Doll Parties Zazzle Custom Fabric


Our "It's Raining Doll Parties" fabric designs also include a line of fabrics at our "It's Raining Doll Parties Zazzle Gallery" perfect for any boy or girl birthday doll crafting parties.  Shown below are all the fabric designs that we have in our "It's Raining Doll Parties - Zazzle Custom Fabric Designs" products. We hope you and your guests enjoy making many, many things for your girls or boys birthday party, crafting party or friends party.


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



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

© 2004-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.




Sunday, January 27, 2019

Our Adorable New "We Love Books" Collection



We absolutely love books and our "It's Raining Doll Parties" has several product collections showcasing a love of books.  We love it so much we set up a "We Love Books" category of it's own in our "It's Raining Doll Parties" products gallery.  It's called "We Love Books" and it's filled with products containing the graphics below.

Our new line is a division of our "It's Raining Doll Parties" group of adorable products for throwing the best birthday, crafting, and friends parties ever.  Not only do we have adorable products for all your party needs but we've added adorable products for your child's bedroom decor, bathroom decor, school supply needs, accessories, clothing, and so much more.

Best of all - you don't need to be a child to enjoy our adorable new book designs.  We added plenty of designs and products for grown-up girls as well.  Accessories, clothing, office products, home decor, and kitchen needs are all there for you to enjoy as well.  Check it out.  You won't be disappointed.

 

"We Love Books Collection #2" is shown in the picture above on the left and "We Love Books - The Hawk Family Collection #1" is shown in the picture above on the right.

 

"We Love Books Collection #3" is shown in the picture above on the left and "We Love Books Collection #4" is shown in the picture on the right.

 

Our latest "We Love Books Collection #5" is shown in the picture above.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How To Make My Mixed Media Xmas Village Free E-Book



Three years ago I fell in love with mixed media creations.  Now I know what you're going to say, "You love every craft, Linda."  Well, that is very true but, right now, I love mixed media and can't get enough of it.

I have so many ideas for different mixed media creations I want to make but know there just isn't enough hours in the day or days in the year for me to accomplish everything that is on my "wish" list.  So, I must choose what projects to do and which to put aside for another day.

 

Three years ago I made a snowy mixed media winter and Christmas village set of houses that I placed on two rectangle wood blocks that I had in my wood stash.   This year when I put out my Christmas decorations I decided to put my mixed media  Xmas village out on my family room fireplace mantle and placed in just under the wreath I had created for all my Christmas pins.  I wrote about this in a Linda's Blog post entitled, "What To Do With All Those Beautiful Christmas Pins?" 



Every time I looked at it I had creative pangs and wanted to stop everything and go create some more mixed media decorations.  There was no time for that during the holiday season so I had to resort to just enjoying it up on the mantle.


Every time I looked at it I remembered how much fun I had making it.  So, I decided to spend some time creating a free e-book for all of you.

I hope you fall in love with mixed media like I did and enjoy making your own village.  Perhaps it will end up on your fireplace mantle next year, too.



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 from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Linda's How-Do-I Series - How I Made My "Happy Days" Mixed Media Snowman Free E-Book


I was so happy with the way my mixed media snowmen came out that I decided you might enjoy making one of your own so I created a free Linda's How-Do-I Series E-Book for you.


My e-book shows you how to make the front and backs of the snowman shown above and is viewable and downloadable on Google Drive.  Just click the link below:

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

For The Love Of Terra-Cotta Easter Decorations



When I was growing up Easter was a really big holiday.  It was the time of the year when we got new "best outfits" for going to church and had leg of lamb for dinner.  My mother always made the best leg of lamb.  No one else has ever been able to make it as well.  Just thinking about it brings back memories of sitting in the kitchen with the smell of the leg of lamb filling the air.  Yum..........

In thinking about Easter I remembered my beautiful and beloved step-daughter, Kim, and I had made some Easter egg terra cotta pots decorations over 18 years ago - one large and one small pot for the each of us.  We had so much fun making them I thought you might like to make some of your own so I decided to create a free e-book on how we did it.

I hope you have as much fun as we did.  Enjoy!


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 from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Why Throw Something Out When You Can Re-Design It! - My Artificial Christmas Tree How-To


Sometimes creating something works.  Sometimes it doesn't.  Wouldn't it be nice if all creations turned out beautiful each and every time?  Even 8 out of 10 times would be great.  The reality for me is more like 5 out of 10 times.

I don't know about the rest of you but when I make something that I'm just not happy with I don't just throw it away.  I hold on to the piece, sometimes for years on end.  I figure that it's a shame to waste a craft supply and if it can be re-designed then why not.  So, I hold on to it until I get a brain storm.


Well, back in July of 2015 when I was taking a class at Artful Gathering we were making some mixed media house creations using different media.  After taking that class I decided to make some mixed media house creations of my own.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

It's Never Too Early For Bunnies!


As far as I'm concerned it's never too early  for making bunnies - especially when they're all easy to do and totally adorable.  We've got 9 adorable free bunny decoration e-patterns and/or tutorial e-books that are easy to make for the Easter, Spring and Summer season that you're going to love. Enjoy!

Just click on the link below:


Monday, December 31, 2018

For The Love Of Needle Felted Pictures Free Tutorials, E-Books and How-To's


Four years ago my love of crafts expanded even more when my sister and her husband became alpaca farmers and started Rock Garden Alpacas. At the time neither they nor I had no idea what a big impact that would have on my art doll making and craft designs.  

With the alpacas came Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber for selling all their alpaca fiber products, including roving, raw fiber, carded batts, handspun yarn, hand dyed roving, and doll hair fibers and with this came my desire to create needle felted art dolls and other crafts using their products.

My sister and I were looking for ways to show her customers how to use her products when the idea for needle felted dolls and other crafts came into being. Hmmm... Lets do needle felted art dolls. Hmmm... Let's do some floral pictures... Hmmm... Now why would I think of both of those? Hmmm....


My sister gave me several large (make that HUGE) bags of roving and several carded batts (which I loved) from her alpacas Sunflower, Ivy, Cosmo, Zinnia and Masquerade which I used to make my needle felted art dolls and flower pictures, like those shown in the two picture collages above.   I loved working with the natural alpaca roving and carded batts - especially Masquerade's gray fiber batts. It was fabulous for crafting everything.

I fell in love with needle felting four years ago and decided to create free e-patterns, tutorials, e-books and how-to's for my needle felted floral pictures so you could try needle felting too.  I hope you fall in love with it as much as I did. 

Just click on the links below for the needle felted craft pictures below that you'd like to try:

Sunday, December 30, 2018

For the Love of Free Picture Crafts Tutorials, E-Books, and How-To's



If there is any type of craft I have made more of over the years in all different media it has to be pictures.  I've made a  large yarn picture, needle felted pictures, silk floral and ribbon pictures, pressed flower pictures, wool felt pictures, needle craft pictures, punch needle embroidery pictures, stenciled shadow box pictures, and quilted pictures.

Most of the pictures I've made have been gifts for my family that I enclosed in sponge painted frames that I painted and made.  If there is a choice between regular painting and sponge painting I always opt for the sponge painted.  Some of these gifts are shown in the picture collage below. 

For The Love of Wreath Crafts Free E-Patterns, Tutorials, and How-To's


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.

Holiday wreaths, seasonal wreaths, wreaths for special occasions, wreaths of every media - glass, real floral, silk floral, natural greens, wood, painted, paper, metal, ceramic, clay, needle felted, yarn, wool, fabric - even popsicle sticks or lego's. The list is endless.

Wreaths can be shabby chic, romantic, Victorian, primitive, rustic, recycled, contemporary, country, folksy - the list is endless.

For The Love Of Wedding, Bridal, and Bridal Shower Crafts Free E-Patterns and Tutorials



Who doesn't love weddings and beautiful brides? I know I do. So much so that I've designed and made several bridal dolls.



 Some are "faceless" and some have embroidered faces.  I've even made bendable grooms like the doll pictured below:

Here's An Idea - Terracotta Painted and Stenciled Pot Decorations


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.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas To All!



Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
(Alecia Elliott)

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.