Sunday, January 23, 2011

There's So Much Going On At The Everything E-Directory! WOW!



There is just so much going on over at the Everything E-Directory lately. We've been adding new listings and changing things around all in an effort to make it easier for everyone to find what they're looking for. 

Well, one of those changes was to create a separate category for all the wonderful "Artist E-Galleries" there are. So, we added "Artist E-Galleries" to our "E-Catalogs" category in an effort to highlight the e-gallery websites of so many outstanding artists. 

This is a category for individual artists and their websites. Our Arts & Crafts Shows, Exhibits, Galleries, and Museums category will still be listing all of the amazing brick and mortar art galleries and museums from around the world that we find. 

We still have lots of listings we want to add and will be doing so over the next few weeks, months, and even years so we hope you'll stop by our Everything E-Directory and our Everything E-Directory page on Facebook to see what's new.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Doll Street Dreamers - What A Fabulous Club!



We've got fabulous news.

Not only have we joined Doll Street Dreamers, which is a fabulous art doll club, but some of our e-patterns are now listed in their The Pattern Shop. Isn't that wonderful news!

You may not know this, but I have been wanting to join Doll Street Dreamers for years now as they are the premier internet doll club.  I have also wanted to take one of their e-classes. I just have never had the time.

Well, last Fall I decided that I should just join and make the time. So, I did.

Well, the last several months have been unbelievably busy and I haven't had the chance to really participate in the club or take a class as of yet. I'm hoping to change that in the very near future. Make that - I'm determined to change that in the very near future.

If you don't know what Doll Street Dreamers is it is an amazing art doll club run by Judi Wellnitz, who is a talented artist and doll maker in her own right. I have been a reader of her Art Dolls A Journey in Fiber blog for over five years now and just love it.

So, what is Doll Street Dreamers all about?

Well, according to their website:

Doll Street has something for everyone!  There is so much going on for today's doll maker - whether you create with cloth, clay, or mixed media.We have classes, swaps, and challenges, but best of all we offer friendship.

Want to learn a new skill or technique?  Pop on over to the Creative College ...See what's on the auction block at Carole's ... Wonder what the Dreamers are up to now? Check out the Post Office ...See the Dreamers' dolls at the Art Gallery ....... there's lots to see and do here on the Street.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Didn't Realize I'd Created and Reviewed That Many Craft Kits


Boy! Sometimes you really do surprise yourself.

I know that this morning I did and the surprise had nothing to do with dolls.

It actually had to do with the number of craft kits I have put together and reviewed for my "The Book Review Corner" blog.  During the last couple of years I have managed to put together 30 different craft kits.  They may have been cross-stitch or punchneedle or penny rug kits.  I guess whatever was suiting my fancy at the time.

In fact, over on my "The Book Review Corner" blog the number of craft kits reviewed has far exceeded the number of books I've reviewed.  Maybe I should change the name to "The Craft Kits Review Corner!" LOL LOL

Nah....  I like "the Book Review Corner" name just fine.

However, I guess I'd better start reviewing more books.

Now that's a good New Year's resolution for that blog.

Let's see if I can achieve it during 2011.

Cross your fingers.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Gotta Love Cross-Stitch Ornaments




I think if I tell you any more about some of  the cross-stitch kits I made this past year you'll want to strangle me! LOL LOL Well, maybe not strangle me, but say, "Linda, enough is enough." I know that's what my Mother would say. 

But, I just have to tell you about another cross-stitch kit I bought and made this year as it contained 6 adorable Santa and snowmen ornaments.  They're shown in the collage pictures above. 

Aren't they adorable?  I know you'd like to say that they are, but you're afraid if you do then I'll have even more cross-stitch kits to tell you about! LOL LOL  Not to worry.  This time I promise it's the last cross-stitch kit I'm going to tell you about for awhile. 

I had both the kit last Spring and written about all the cross-stitch kits I had purchased in a post on my "The Book Review Corner" blog entitled "Cross-Stitch Kits I Bought This Spring." The Santa and Snowman ornaments kit was one of the few cross-stitch kits I was able to complete this past summer. 


I am going to review this kit on my "The Book Review Corner" blog.  If you'd like to read that post please CLICK HERE.

I know enough is enough. but don;e the pictures below just make you smile? 







They certainly make me smile and given the year my family and I have had that is no small feat. 

I hope you all have a happy, "healthy" and peaceful 2011. 

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Some Of Our Handmade Cross-Stitch Christmas Gifts This Year



You may have noticed in my last few Linda's Blog posts that I've been on a cross-stitch kick this year.  In fact, I think I've been on it now for close to three years. 

Just recently I finished an enormous Dimensions Gold Collection Victorian cross-stitch kit. 


I have been a fan of the Dimensions cross-stitch for quite some time and have written about them several times on my The Book Review Corner blog before. 


Back in June I had written a "The Book Review Corner" blog post about several cross-stitch kits I had bought and was hoping to finish this year. 


Well, I finished several - two of which were woodland landscape scenes and which are shown in the pictures at the beginning of this post and below: 




They were made based upon the following Dimension Gold Collection cross-stitch kits: 






Dimensions Moonlit Cabin Counted Cross-Stitch Kit


Gold Collection Petite Morning Lake Counted Cross-Stitch Kit


I had bought these two because they were different from all the other cross-stitch kits I had seen. They were woodland and I knew some of my relatives would just love the pictures. 


I ended up giving the Dimensions Moonlit Cabin Counted Cross-Stitch ( shown at the beginning of this post) picture I had finished to my younger brother as a Christmas present his year. You know, the one with the amazing workshop.  Well, he and his wide just loved it and were amazed at the detail within the picture and how it had a three dimensional aspect to it. 


The Gold Collection Petite Morning Lake Counted Cross-Stitch (2nd picture in this post) picture I finished I decided to keep for hubby and I and have it hanging next to our desk in our kitchen. It looks wonderful there and I, too, am amazed at the detail within the picture and it's three dimensional affect every time I look at it. 


I was hoping to finish more of the cross-stitch kits I had bought this Spring but just ran out of time. 


Oh, well! There's always next year! 


In my opinion,  it's never too early to start on Christmas presents. 


In fact, I already have a few gifts in mind! 


Hmm........ Do you think they'll be cross-stitch gifts? 


They'd better be with the number of kits I've bought and haven't completed as of yet. 

My Dimensions Santa & Snowman Cross Stitch Ornaments



I think if I tell you any more about the cross-stitch kits I made this past year you'll want to strangle me! LOL LOL Well, maybe not strangle me, but say, "Linda, enough is enough." I know that's what my Mother would say.

But, I just have to tell you about another cross-stitch kit I bought and made this year as it contained 6 adorable and delightful Santa and snowmen ornaments. They're shown in the collage pictures above.

Aren't they adorable? I know you'd like to say that they are, but you're afraid if you do then I'll have even more cross-stitch kits to tell you about! LOL LOL Not to worry. This time I promise it's the last cross-stitch kit I'm going to tell you about for awhile.

Monday, January 03, 2011

My Dimensions Gold Collection "Morning Lake" and "Moonlit Cabin" Cross-Stitch


You may have noticed in my last few Linda's Blog posts that I've been on a cross-stitch kick this year. In fact, I think I've been on it now for close to three years.

Just recently I finished an enormous Dimensions Gold Collection Victorian cross-stitch kit and wrote about it on a Linda's Blog post entitled "You Spent How Many Hours On That Cross-Stitch?"and wrote about it on a "The Book Review Corner" blog post entitled "Linda's Review of M'Lady's Chateau - Dimensions Gold Collection Cross-Stitch Kit."

I have been a fan of the Dimensions cross-stitch for quite some time and have written about them several times on my The Book Review Corner blog before. There was the Christmas In The Adirondacks Cross-Stitch Kit From Dimensions The Gold Collection review, my Christmas Village Ornaments Cross-Stitch Kit by Dimensions The Gold Collection Kit #8785 review, and my Colorful Rooster Cross-Stitch Kit #7195 From Dimensions review.

Back in June I told you about several cross-stitch kits I had bought and was hoping to finish this year.

Well, I finished several - two of which were woodland landscape scenes and which are shown in the pictures at the beginning of this post and below:

Just One More, Mom! One More!


If you've been following my Linda's Blog for awhile and my The Book Review Corner Blog then you know that among a million other things I LOVE crafting with wool felt and wool felt kits.

In fact, I've written several posts about my wool felt adventures, which are as follows: "I Just Love This "Pumpkin Patch" Penny Rug", "More Handmade Presents for Christmas 2009 - Wool Felt Santa Ornaments", and "More Of My Projects From This Year - My Needle Felting Projects."

Whether it's making wool felt penny rugs, or needle felted penny rug pictures, or ornaments I just LOVE wool felt.

And, it doesn't have to be limited to penny rugs  or ornaments. Over the years I have made hundreds of cloth dolls using wool felt, brushed felt, shaggy felt, etc. I have found that it is especially useful for making animals, but the uses are practically limitless.

I was introduced to penny rugs during a shopping trip with my Mom to Sturbridge many, many years ago. There were several wonderful primitives shops out there that we liked to visit that carried primitive doll kits, wool felt kits, punchneedle kits, and penny rug kits.

One store in particular specialized in wool fabric. And, boy, did they have wool fabric. Some of the most beautiful wool fabric you'd ever want to see. And, boy, was it EXPENSIVE.

This store, in particular, would put together wool fabric bundles, maybe 10-15 wool pieces per bundle. I just loved looking at the color combination's and would imagine what I could make out of them. Then, my Mother would snap me back to reality by turning the price tag over. YIKES! Beautiful wool is expensive. Alas, all I could do was dream and save my pennies.

During the last couple of years there was a store out there that we liked to visit that put together penny rug kits. It, too, is no longer there. However, during our last visit I bought several penny rug wool kits and have been trying to find the time to make them during the last few years.

As usual I had many, many kits that I wanted to buy.  So many, in fact, I asked my Mother if she would carry a few to the counter.  Well, when she saw how many I had she said, "LINDA, one or two would do!  Look at how many you have!" I, of course, just laughed at the numbers I was carrying and decided to put a few (just a few) back.

That year I had decided that I wanted to try needle felting and wool felting as it seemed like everyone was having so much fun with it this year. I don't mean wet needle felting where you are actually creating a needle felted object from the wet felt. I'm just not that adventuresome!

I started with three wool felt kits where one was a penny rug type decoration that needed to have some sheep and tree decorations needle felted. The other two kits were more like wool felt embroidery kits to create primitive wool decorations which could be hung on a wall or placed on a table top.

Well, last Spring I finally had an opportunity and a small window of time that I could use to create some more of the penny rug kits I had bought. I had already created 3 of the kits back in 2009 and had posted about them in a Linda's Blog post entitled "More Of My Projects From This Year - My Needle Felting Projects." During this window of opportunity I was able to finish two more of the penny rug kits I had bought.  One of those was a pumpkin patch penny rug picture that I wrote about in a Linda's Blog post entitled "I Just Love This "Pumpkin Patch" Penny Rug."

The other was a penny rug kit to create a holiday candle penny rug. The kit was put together based upon a Lakeview Primites "Holiday Light" pattern #423. The finished size of the penny rug was 16 1/2" x 13 1/2".

The pattern was very easy to follow and I had no problems with it. It contained the pattern pieces, supplies list, and directions for creating the Holiday Candle penny rug decoration. As penny rug decorations are usually put together using a blanket stitch the pattern also included an illustration for how you stitch a blanket stitch. The pattern also calls for pre-felted wool - which, in my case, was already provided in the kit. However, if you don't have a kit and buy wool the pattern contains directions for felting your wool. And, it also contains instructions for creating French knots which were used in the pattern.

Like all the other wool kits it was nicely put together by the store and contained plenty of the wool and DMC floss needed for the pattern. In fact, once again, there was plenty of wool scraps and DMC floss left over that I could and would utilize for another design if I wanted to.

With all the other penny rug wool kits I created I had placed a piece of cardboard in between the front and back sections of the penny rug to give them some rigidity and stability.  However, the "Holiday Light" pattern had three layers of wool felt and, as a result, I didn't need to add cardboard to the middle to give it some stability.  It seemed to be rigid enough as it was.  I had decided to hang this off a hook so I created a small hanger on the back of the "Holiday Light" out of DMC embroidery floss that I could use to hang it.

The result is shown in the picture at the beginning of this post.

I still have a couple of penny rug wool kits left from that shopping trip with my Mother.  Maybe in 2011 I'll have another small window of opportunity that I can use to finish the rest of the kits.

And, if I do that, well - I'll just have to go on another shopping trip.  However, as the shop is no longer in Sturbridge this time I'll let my fingers do the walking all over my keyboard and all over the internet. You never know what I'll find but, I'm sure I'll find something I like.

And, I'm sure if I go overboard in the amount I'm buying a little bird will be whispering in my ear, "LINDA, don't you think you have enough of those!"

And, I'll answer, "Just one more Mom. One more!"