Monday, April 09, 2018

My Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Saintly Angel Dolls Twins - Meet Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings

One of the wonderful things about creating angel dolls is they're appropriate for so many holidays, seasons and just for everyday.  As a result I have created many over the years.  Some come out at Christmas, some come out at Easter, and some are out year round.  

They can be made of cloth, wood, a combination of cloth and wood, paper-clay, paper, cross-stitched, needle felted, and embroidered.  

So, when I got a chance  to make some mixed media Victorian shelf sitter angel dolls I jumped at the chance.  Meet Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings.

If ever there were a saintly pair of twins it would be have to be Marie Angelic and Marie Blessings.  They are the sweetest, most angelic pair of twins you'd ever want to meet.  Both are thankful every day for their blessings and are not afraid to express their gratitude with love and compassion.  They also both share a love of  singing and are prominent in the angelic choir. 

Marie Angelic -  8" x 4" x 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Collage Angel 

Marie Angelic is a 8" 4" x 1/2" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter  angel wood doll with a paper face,  sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted. Her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with silver sleeve cuff  paper trim and white and silver raised dots.   Braided lace trim decorates her neck and gathered lace trim is wrapped around her waistband.

Her beautiful face is framed with a full head of curly blond hair that is held back with a lace and gold trim headband. Her heavenly wings are combination of a hardened crochet doily embellished with white ribbon loops.  She is holding a Christmas carols book.

Marie Blessings -  8" x 4" x 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Collage Angel

Marie Blessings is a 8" 4" x 1/2" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter  angel wood doll with a paper face,  sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted. Her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with silver sleeve cuff  paper trim and white and silver raised dots.   Braided lace trim decorates her neck and gathered lace trim is wrapped around her waistband.

Her beautiful face is framed with a full head of curly brown hair that is held back with a lace and pearl drop trim headband. Her heavenly wings are combination of a hardened crochet doily embellished with white ribbon loops.  She is holding a Christmas carols book.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Revisions to My Victorian Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Art Dolls - Meet Bea, Bailey, and Betty.

Bea, Bailey, and Betty are an adorable trio of sisters who are maidens. They don't mind doing their chores, but much prefer romping in the park together or collecting berries in the fields together. Whatever it is they are doing they are always in playful competition with each other.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls that I made back in September 2014. 

Here's how they looked when I first made them:

While I was initially pleased with the way they came out over time I decided they needed a little more height for their heads to give them a little more dimension so I decided to add bonnets to their heads.

Here's how they look with their bonnets:

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Revisions to My Mixed Media Victorian Munchkin Art Dolls - Gail, Gertrude, and Gloria

Gloria, Gail, and Gertrude are a trio of sisters who just love to have fun. They love to dance, sing, play the piano, and hope one day to become actresses.

They are pleasantly plump mixed media Victorian collage art dolls that I made back in September 2014.

I wasn't totally happy with them as I thought the faces on two of the dolls were just a little too big and there wasn't enough definition between the bodies, head and hair on all three dolls.  The proportions were all off.   So, I decided to change them and add bonnets to the top of their heads for better overall proportions with the shelf sitter parts of their bodies.

The picture shown below is how they looked then:

Here's how they look now:

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Revisions To LuLu, LeAnn, and Lidia - An Adorable Trio Of Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls

LeAnn, LuLu, and Lidia are the cutest, most adorable trio of Victorian little girls. They love to laugh and love having fun. There is never a dull moment when they are around. In fact, they are so mischievous you really have to be on your toes when you're around them.

They are mixed media Victorian collage art dolls that I made back in September of 2014.  Shown below is how they looked back then.

Shown below and in the picture at the top of this post is how they look now:

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

I Had To Revise My Beautiful Mixed Media Victorian Mannequin Faced Art Dolls - Penelope, Pauline, and Page

I just love looking at pictures from museums displaying Victorian dresses on mannequins or headless dress forms and back in September of 2014 I wanted to create some mannequin dolls of my own.  So, back then I decided to combine my mixed media Victorian collage art dolls with mannequin faces. That meant they had to have the shape of a head and indentures of a face, but nothing painted.

Penelope, Pauline, and Page are a trio of sisters who are are the epitome of fashion elegance.  They are meticulous as to the details of their outfits and never leave the house without being perfectly attired.

Initially I was happy with the way Penelope, Pauline, and Page had turned out (as shown in the picture above) as I had never sculpted mannequin faces before and, as you all know, LOVE faceless dolls.  Over time and as I learned more about painting faces I decided I'd like to see how they looked with faces so I decided to revise them as shown in the picture at the top of this post.

Penelope is the doll shown on the left in the 2nd picture from the top of this post above.  Here's how she used to look:

Monday, April 02, 2018

I Had to Revise My Beautiful Trio Of Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls - Meet Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille

Three of the mixed media Victorian collage art dolls I made back in September of 2014 were a trio of sisters that I named Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille.

They are a trio of sisters who are always competing with each other. Who is the smartest, who is the prettiest, who is the most dignified, who has the most handsome beau. You name it. They compete over it.

Shown below is how they looked back in September 2014.

Shown below and in the picture at the top of this post is how they look now:

Sunday, April 01, 2018

My 2 in 1 "James and Anna" Graduation Dolls New Combo E-Pattern

Graduations are always a wonderful occasion - especially if you're having a party.  And what could be more adorable for a graduation party centerpiece decoration then a graduation boy and girl doll.

If you're looking for a unique graduation party decoration then you're going to love our "James and Anna" 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

Revisions To A Beautiful Trio Of Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Mixed Media Art Dolls - Meet Pat, Polly and Phebe

Pat, Polly, and Phebe are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

They are mixed media Victorian collage shelf sitter art dolls that I made back in September of 2014.

I was never happy with the way they turned out and thought they could be approved upon.  So, I decided to change their faces from paper faces to paper-clay sculpted and painted faces with paper and painted eyes.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Revisions To My Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly - A Beautiful Trio of Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitters

Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay art dolls that I made back in September of 2014.

I was never happy with the way their faces looked (as shown in the picture below) because I always thought they were too big.  I didn't like how they looked with their hair as I always thought they weren't proportioned correctly.  So, I decided to change them and add bonnets to the top of their heads for better overall proportions with the shelf sitter parts of their bodies.

The one on the left in the picture above is Lucy.  Here's how she used to look:

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Revision For Peace, Serenity, and Composure - My New Mixed Media Victorian Collage and Paper-clay Art Dolls

Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.

Peace and Serenity live in an idealized world where everything is peaceful and serene.  Composure is more of a realist and lives in a realistic world where she is always composed.  It may be a realistic world, but not one that rattles her.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay wood art dolls that I made back in September of 2014 - two with paper-clay faces and one with a paper face.

I have always loved how Peace and Serenity came out.  They're the two shown on the left and in the center in the picture above.  I wasn't totally happy with Composure, who is the doll on the right in the picture above, so I decided to revise her face and sculpt a paper-clay one instead.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I Just Had To Tweak and Revise My Mixed Media Paper-clay Victorian Art Dolls

Back in September 2014 I decided to make some Victorian mixed media collage and paper-clay faced art dolls. So, combining my love of dolls with my decades long experience with sewing and crafting and utilizing everything I've learned in all the online classes I'd taken I decided that was the time to make those dolls. I tend to favor stump dolls, shelf sitters, and faceless dolls and knew these would be no exception.

I wanted to utilize some of the molds I had bought several years before when I was enthralled with goddess dolls. Given I never seem to have enough time for doing what I want to do right then and there my goddess dolls had sat on the back burner for several years.

Back then I decided to make some Victorian wooden dolls - some with paper-clay faces, some with paper-clay mannequin faces, some with paper faces. Their outfits were be a combination of fabric, lace, paper, creative embroidery embellishments, ribbon silk floral, beads, etc.

For their hair I utilized some of the alpaca yarn my sister, who is the owner of Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber, had given me. I had some alpaca yarn fiber from Cosmo, Zinnia, Sunflower, Ivy,and Masquerade. All was hand-spun, but some she had single plied and some she had Navajo plied.

Back in September 2014 when I was doing a little cleaning of my craft area I had found some 3/4" wood shelf sitter shapes that my husband had cut out for me several years before. I had intended to make a painted figure of some sort out of them and decided to create two witches with paper-clay faces.

I was happy with the way the shelf sitter witches turned out so I decided to make a bunch of templates of different shapes and sizes that my younger brother and husband could use for cutting the wood dolls that I wanted to make.

Since I never do anything in moderation I ended up with several templates - okay, make that lots of templates utilizing different lengths, widths, and depths of wood. It took us a long time to draw, cut and sand the wood pieces. By the time I was finished I had 41 dolls to make. I told you I never do anything in moderation!

After working on my dolls for what seemed like weeks on end I finally finished them and they are shown in the picture above.  At the time I was happy how most of them came out and unsatisfied with the way some had come out.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Wedding Custom Fabric Design

There's something charming about weddings and bridal fabric fabrics. Wouldn't you agree?

I know I love them and love designing them. So, when it came time to create some new fabric designs for some of my wedding custom fabric designs I could not wait.

I loved it so much I ended up creating 22 new designs for this collections. Shown above are some of the new designs.  There are many more.  I hope you enjoy the new and revised designs from my Wedding and Bridal Custom Fabric Collection.

We hope you enjoy making many, many decorations and gifts.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Friday, March 16, 2018

A Little Downsizing Is Good For The Creative Soul

If you've been following along with my blogs and websites over the last fourteen years you know that the "dollies" and I have had quite a few websites and quite a few blogs. Fourteen years ago for a small business owner to have a website online that you had control over you basically had to either create your own using HTML or some comparable software that could publish to the web and then FTP (file transfer protocol) it to what-ever service provider was hosting your website and domain name.

I wanted to be able to update my website whenever I wanted and change it whatever way I wished. As a result my first two websites were created in Publisher and FTP'd to my hosting accounts at GoDaddy where my two domain names resided. I used Paypal HTML coding back then and had to copy and paste their payment HTML coding for every item I wanted to sell. While I had complete control over my website design the coding was tedious at best.

When instant download e-patterns came along I used PayloadZ and Paypal to handle the "Buy Now" capabilities. This, too, utilized HTML coding which, again, was tedious at best.

So, before long I outgrew the capabilities of these two websites and needed websites with more sophisticated shopping carts and with the ability to handle instant download e-products. So, I decided to open two new websites utilizing a CubeCart shopping cart at In A Pickle Web Design, which is owned by Annie Kelly.

With the two new websites with Annie I now had 4 websites and a GoDaddy Website Tonight "About Me" page. Two of the websites I was still maintaining with Publisher and transferring via FTP to GoDaddy, two I was maintaining using the In A Pickle Web Design CubeCart interface, and one I was maintaining through GoDaddy.

Five websites, however, wasn't all I had. I had jumped on the blogging craze back in 2003 utilizing an AOL blog, then a Yahoo 360 blog, and then several blogs. For me blogging was the perfect solution for disseminating information about your small business and letting your customers get to know you. Back then, however, there was a lot of skepticism about blogging with some small business owners even claiming they would never buy anything off a blog. Not me. I took a giant step forward and stopped issuing newsletters. I jumped on the blogging band wagon and have never looked back.

My online interests continued to expand over the years as well as my doll & craft interests. Over time my blogs multiplied as each had a different audience and, therefore, a different subject to discuss. So, at one point in time I had 5 websites, 18 blogs, an Etsy shop, a Zibbet shop, 3 Zazzle shops, and several other secondary e-pattern and handmade goods online selling venues. I also had a topsite, several plugboards, and a lot of social media pages and/or groups to maintain.

Four years ago I decided to do a little downsizing.  All of this had all become too much to handle so I decided to start downsizing gradually. The first to go were the plugboards, followed by half of my blogs, followed by several social media communities and groups, followed by some of the selling venues.

Four years ago I decided to consolidate all of my websites into one selling website that could handle not only all my e-products, all my print patterns, and all my handmade goods but be expandable so it is able to be displayed correctly on all the desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices out there.

Back then I did a lot of research and decided to create my new Linda Walsh Originals Shop at GoDaddy utilizing their Quick Shopping Cart. What I liked about the GoDaddy website is that it would handle all of my different businesses under one roof as well as all my handmade products and all my e-products.

My consolidated website handling both digital products and handmade products has worked well for the past four years, but was still a lot of work with everything else I was doing, including online classes that I love to take.  So, I decided to downsize even more and closed my Linda Walsh Originals Shop which was selling my e-patterns and all my handmade doll and craft decorations.

I also decided to upgrade my Linda Walsh Originals Information website which is a GoDaddy Website Tonight website to be an "About me" portfolio with multiple pages of sorts for everything and anything concerning Linda Walsh Originals.

This doesn't mean you can't still buy my e-patterns and handmade doll & craft decorations.  You can.  All of my instant download e-patterns are available at my Linda Walsh Originals Etsy Shop and I will be adding my handmade doll & craft decorations as time permits over the next few months.

I'm still in the process of critiquing my business interests as well as my creative interests so don't be surprised if there are a few more changes to come. Sometimes too much is too much and down sizing is good for the soul.  Plus, it allows for plenty of time for creative processes.  So, stay tuned to wherever my muse takes me.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Lure Of The Leprechaun! They're Just Too Mischievous!

The lure of the leprechaun! Sounds ominous - doesn't it?

What do I mean by this? Well, what is it about leprechauns that makes people love them? What is their hidden attraction - their lure?

Is it their devilish nature? The twinkle in their eyes? Their dimples? Their rosy cheeks? Their sheer luck?

Maybe it's their tenacity? Their studiousness? Their lively spirits?

Or, the fact that they have little "pots of gold?" Hidden treasures and mischievousness?

Or, is it because they wear green outfits and live in the forest? Or is it because they are cobblers by trade? What?

So, what's the lure? Why do people far and wide love the little men in the green suits? (Almost sound like martians, doesn't it?) And, did they always wear green suits?

It's definitely something for everyone loves leprechauns, especially crafters. Of course, then again, crafters love just about anything that they can create. And, crafters love other crafters and leprechauns are shoemakers which makes them crafters after all. That's "crafters logic" for ya.

So, really, why do crafters love to create them? Is it their red hair? Is it because they are inherently lucky and we all hope some of that their luck will rub off on us? Or, is it because we can appreciate all their hard work and hard efforts to make their creations - shoes? What is it about these little men in green suits that lures us?

So, (surprise, surprise) that got me to thinking about the history of the leprechaun. If you're a reader of my Linda's Blog you had to see this coming a mile away. So, of course I had to find out - where did their legend begin?

According to - "In Irish mythology, a leprechaun (Modern Irish: leprechaun) is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They are a class of "faerie folk" associated in Irish mythology and folklore, as with all faeries, with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical races said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts."

As with many legends and folklore Irish legends are steeped in Celtic or Druid superstition and folklore that are handed down one generation to another.

Irish folklore, in particular is full of tales of fairies, leprechauns, banshees and other supernatural beings. Centuries ago it was believed that fairies lived in fairy forts which were large mounds of earth and that if you were to touch a fairy that would bring you bad luck.

Banshee's were female spirits who had long flowing hair and who wailed outside the home of someone whose was about to die. In rural Ireland to this day many people still believe in the banshee.

The most famous Irish fairy of all is, of course, the leprechaun. They are said to be aloof and unfriendly and busy themselves all day making shoes. They aren't easy to spot, but are industrious - stashing away all their money in hidden pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. According to legend, the only way to track a leprechaun is to follow the sound of a leprechaun hammering the shoes.

The image of the Leprechaun is that of a mischievous little old man who is 2' tall and a cobbler or shoemaker by trade. They are usually thought of to be rich, having buried many, many "pots of gold." According to legend, if you come across a leprechaun do not look away. If you do they will disappear. If you keep your eyes fixed on them they cannot escape or vanish. But, they are cunning and often can trick you into looking away.

In most of the folklore surrounding leprechauns they are characterized as harmless creatures who live alone or in remote locations. They like their solitude, but if engaged in conversation can be quite worldly. But, don't expect them to tell you where they've hidden their "pots of gold." They aren't likely to tell you that and will trick you before they do.

According to some legends leprechauns can be ill-mannered and cunning.

One interesting fact that surprised me was that in 1831 Samuel Lover wrote that the leprechaun wore a red coat, and Yeats in 1888 in his book entitled Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry describes the leprechaun as follows:

"He is something of a dandy, and dresses in a red coat with seven rows of buttons, seven buttons on each row, and wears a cocked-hat, upon whose pointed end he is wont in the north-eastern counties, according to McAnally, to spin like a top when the fit seizes him."

Now-a-days he wears a green coat or green frock and is synonymous with shamrocks and St. Patrick's Day. And all of that is synonymous with the Irish.

The Irish have celebrated St. Patricks Day for thousands of years. Surprisingly, the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.

Over the next several decades Irish patriotism amongst American immigrants flourished and parades and "the celebrating of the green" became synonymous with Irish American pride.

Millions of Irish immigrants started pouring into to the U.S. during the Great Potato Famine of Ireland in 1845. They soon came to realize that their sheer numbers had political clout. As a result, their voting block, known as the "green machine," became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. To this day in the U.S. annual St. Patrick's Day parades and breakfasts are a must-attend event for seasoned politicians and political hopefuls. And, everything, including the food is "green" in color.

So, as with most legends and folklore the legends become history and the folklore becomes tradition. Soon it becomes hard to tell the legends and folklore from the facts. So, are the Irish lucky (i.e. the luck of the Irish) because of the leprechauns or the leprechauns lucky because they are "Irish?" We'll never know.

"The luck of the Irish" has been a saying tossed around for decades, along with images of tiny green men, green beer and, of course, the four-leaf clover. Some say that the saying "luck of the Irish" doesn't infer luck at all - but, instead, infers "bad luck!" We'll never know for sure. In any event, if you are lucky enough to be Irish or to see a "leprechaun" maybe you'll soon be finding your own "pot of gold." Maybe that even means that if you're a crafter who makes them "you will soon find your reward for all your hard work!"

For crafters, leprechauns come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, They are short, fat, skinny, tall, made of cloth, wood, ceramic, plastic, etc. They can be made out of just about anything, but for sure, they are all mischievous. Whatever it is that lures us to make them - they are a delight to make.

And, if you do make a leprechaun doll - watch out. They can be mischievous and cause quite the stir in your household.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Things To Think About - Some Irish Blessings For You

As St. Patrick's Day approaches please remember these Irish Blessings:

May you alway walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long
May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
And, my favorite Irish blessing:

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of your wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!