Monday, March 31, 2014

How I Created My Large Silk Floral Arrangement



I just love decorating my home with large silk floral arrangements and have made several large arrangements for the various seasons and holidays to decorate the right hand side of my dining room fireplace which is 41" by 48".    It's a large area to cover so it requires a large floral arrangement to fill it up.


I was unhappy with the floral arrangement I had made several years ago to cover the spring and summer seasons and wanted to change it.  I wanted the colors to be bright and cheery and already had several dark blue, light blue, burgundy, and white silk floral I was going to re-use.

   

I decided that I needed to add pink, royal blue and some other whites to the mix so last weekend I bought several 3' to 4' silk floral stems I thought might be suitable.

   

For my large silk floral I like to add large silk floral grass stems, pussy willow stems, silk eucalyptus leaves stems, and white reed stems as filler.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Would We Do Without Nurses? Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All! - New E-Pattern



"Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All!" is one of the members of the "Nurse Series" of cloth dolls and they are all getting ready for the "Emergency Worldwide Disaster Drill."

You see, you can never be prepared enough for a natural disaster or disaster of any nature - even a global one. So, they like nurses all over the world are all getting ready to do whatever is required of their nursing position during the drill.

They all took an oath to save lives and that is what they all intend to do. But, they and we all know that their jobs aren't just about saving lives - their jobs also entail caring for the patients, encouraging the patients, and teaching the patients how to care for themselves.

Nurses are vital to the health care profession and anyone who has even been in a hospital anywhere in the world knows that hospitals cannot function with nurses. They are the heart and soul of any hospital and heart and soul of the health care profession.

So, the nurses are getting ready. I have no doubt they will be. No matter where in the world they are.


"Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All!" is a 16" primitive raggedy Annie cloth nurse doll. She has a muslin body and embroidered face with black stitched eyes with white water coloring, orange water colored nose with black embroidered stitches, and an outline embroidered mouth with orange water colored lips. Her eyebrows are embroidered as are her eyelashes and she has bright orange water colored and blushed cheeks. Her boots are black and cross-laced.

Nurse Hannah Anna has a mass of raggedy straight red yarn hair glued all over her head. Her nurse's cap is lined, has a red cross on the front, and is attached to the top and back of her head.

She is wearing fringed bloomers that are gathered at the waist and legs. Her nurse's uniform is fringed on the sleeves and gathered at the neck. A lined collar surrounds her neck.

Her blue nurse's fringed apron has a front bib, cross straps, and waistband that is tied in a bow in the back.


"Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All!" is actually the the youngest of the nurse's and probably the most eager. You see, this is her first drill so she is anxious to do everything right.

She's wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl and follow in her Mother's footsteps. So, she wants to make sure she doesn't make any mistakes during the drill.

She's ready, able, and eager to be of assistance. "Helper To All!" that's Hannah Anna.

“Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All!”, 16” Primitive Raggedy Ann Nurse Doll E-Pattern - Occupation Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Friday, March 21, 2014

Linda’s How-Do-I Series? How To Make My Flower Panel Fabric Picture Free E-Book



I have been anxious to use my flower picture large panel fabric design for a few months. With Spring finally arriving I decided it was time to create my “Flower Panel Flower Picture.”

I had decided to frame my fabric picture in a finished frame as I wanted to hang it as a picture in one of my bathrooms. So, I chose a finished gold frame that I had used for some press flower pictures I had created years ago that were faded now. I thought the gold frame was perfect for the cheery flower fabric. I also thought a dark teal blue 16” by 20” mat with 11” by 14” opening would be a perfect compliment to my flower fabric picture. I had also decided ahead of time that I wanted to add some dimension to my picture and thought a few silk ribbon flower heads would be perfect for that.

Here’s how I made my picture:

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Fat Quarter Flower Picture - Large Panel Fabric - https://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1520850
16" by 20" Finished Picture Frame
16” by 20” Mat With 11” by 14” Opening - Teal Blue
Quilt Batting - 16” by 20”
3/4” Cream Colored Silk Ribbon Flowers - 5
16” by 20” Heavy Cardboard, Poster Board, or Foam Board
16” by 20” Piece Heavy Cardboard (If Necessary)
Masking Tape
16” by 20” Heavy Stock Paper For Backing
Double Sided Tape
Pencil
Glue Gun and Hot Glue
Picture Hanger With Saw Teeth
Nail (for Hanging Picture On wall)
Hammer

DIRECTIONS

1) Measure around the fat quarter flower picture - large panel fabric so it evenly measures 16” by 20” and then draw a line around it with a pencil. Make sure there is the same amount of spacing on the vertical and horizontal sides of the flower picture - large panel fabric.

2) Cut the 16” by 20” flower picture - large panel fabric out along the pencil lines you just drew.

3) Cut a piece of the quilt batting 14” by 18”.

4) Apply the double sided tape along all the edges of the 16” by 20” heavy cardboard, poster board, or foam board.

5) Center and lay the 14” by 18” piece of quilt batting on top of the 16” by 20” heavy cardboard, poster board, or foam board.

6) Center and tape the 16” by 20” flower panel fabric picture evenly to the 16” by 20” heavy cardboard, poster board, or foam board and on top of the 14” by 18” quilt batting.

7) Apply hot glue to the backs of the 5 cream colored silk floral and glue them to the front of the flower panel fabric picture as shown in the locations below:


8) Put the 16” by 20” teal blue mat inside the picture frame.

9) Put the flower panel fabric picture glued to the heavy cardboard, poster board, or foam board inside the picture frame and behind the mat making sure the picture is centered properly.

10) If the heavy cardboard, poster board, or foam board is not flush with the depth of the frame add a 16” by 20” piece of cardboard(s) until it is.

11) Tape the back of the heavy cardboard, poster board, foam board or cardboard piece you may have added to the back side of the frame with masking tape.

12) Apply the double sided tape along all the back edges of the 16” by 20” frame.

13) Cut a piece of the heavy stock paper 16” by 20”" for the backing.

14) Tape the heavy stock paper to the back of the frame so that it is evenly spaced on the back .

15) Center the picture hanger with saw teeth in the center of the top of the picture frame back and then hammer it to fasten it.

16) Hammer the nail into the wall where you want to hang your flower panel fabric picture and then hang your picture on the nail.




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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Annie and Andy Gotcha - New Handmade Primitive Raggedy Anne and Andy Ornaments and E-Patterns


"Annie Gotcha" just loves to tease her brother, "Andy Gotcha" and tease him she does. Almost incessantly. She can go on and on and on. Most of the time "Andy Gotcha" is a good sport about it. Sometimes, however, he isn't in the mood for being teased.

Sometimes he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Or so he thinks. Well, to him he feels like the weight of the world is on him. "Gotcha" do this or "gotcha" do that. What about this? What about that? The list is endless.




Monday, March 10, 2014

Penelope Pumpkin Lady - Victorian Pumpkin Art Doll - New E-Pattern



Penelope Pumpkin Lady is just the sweetest pumpkin lady you'd ever want to meet. She's very refined and loves dressing in her finest Victorian outfit and sipping English Breakfast Tea with scones. For her life doesn't get any better than that.

Penelope's pumpkin friends get angry at her because she doesn't spend any time in the pumpkin patch with them. She tries to explain to them that the pumpkin patch is not a place for a refined lady, especially one wearing her finest Victorian outfit. And, the bonnet - well, there's no way she'd wear that in the pumpkin patch. So, she tries to coax her friends into having tea and scones with her. It's not an easy sell as they like being outside in the pumpkin patch and hope that Penelope will one day come to her pumpkin senses and join them. They've got their fingers or should I say stems crossed.

Penelope Pumpkin Lady is a 19" cloth pumpkin head lady doll with a beautifully embroidered round head and self-sitting square bottom body. Her orange pumpkin hands and feet match her orange body and round orange head. Her beautiful pumpkin head is outlined and indented with dark brown floss to create the affect of a pumpkin. She's wearing black boots that are criss-crossed with embroidery floss for laces.

She is wearing eyelet lace trimmed bloomers gathered at the waist and upper calf. Her multi-colored dress coordinates beautifully with her large eyelet lace trimmed lined bonnet with gathered lace trim, silk floral, and ribbon decorative accents.

Her beautiful dress skirt matches the outside of her bonnet and her dress bodice matches the lining of her bonnet. Her dress has a beautiful eyelet lace trimmed dress insert and eyelet lace and ribbon trimmed dress sleeves. It is gathered at the neck and waist and has 3 accent buttons on the dress insert and a wide ribbon wrapped around the waist and tied in a bow in the front.

Her beautiful coordinating jacket is eyelet lace and ribbon trimmed along all the edges and the sleeves and is fastened together with a beautiful ribbon and bead floral decoration.

Penelope is as Victorian and refined as a pumpkin can be. She just wishes her pumpkin friends would join her for afternoon tea. Perhaps one day they will. She's hoping.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Sunday, March 09, 2014

My New E-Pattern For Celia's Art Doll



Meet the newest member of the Gray Is Beautiful Society.  Her name is Celia and she loves being a member of the Red Hat Society.

Celia has been a member of The Red Hat Society for a long time and thoroughly enjoys the times they get together. She and the other ladies of the club love dressing up in their purple dresses and red hats, and letting their hair down. Sometimes things get a little wild, but that doesn't deter any of the ladies. They love their lives, they love each other, and best of all they love happy fun - especially when it's the dress-up kind.

If you would like to read the story behind my Celia - Art Doll please CLICK HERE.


Friday, March 07, 2014

Big Brother Andy and Kid Brother Randy - New Handmade Andy Ornaments E-Pattern



"Big Brother Andy" and his "Kid Brother Randy" come from a large, loving family and as siblings often do get on each others nerves.

Now don't get us wrong. "Big Brother Andy" and "Kid Brother Randy"love each other as brothers. It's just that sometimes they act like a bunch of boys do and get on each others nerves. This inevitably leads to wrestling, which leads to fighting and then punching. Playfully, of course!

When the gloves start coming out is when their "Big Sister Annie" and "Kid Sister Frannie" intervene. They calm them down and straighten out whatever the problem is so the boys can - well, "be boys."

"Kid Brother Randy" wants to be just like his "Big Brother Andy." He dresses just like him. Wears the same clothes. And, even gets the same haircut. Sometimes this bothers "Big Brother Andy" but, most of the time, he just gives his younger brother a playful shove. He can shove and push his little brother around, but if someone else does that - well, they have "Big Brother Andy" to contend with then.

Andy & Randy are 9" primitive or country raggedy Andy cloth doll ornaments. Their bodies are made of muslin and their raggedy red boots are cross laced. Their faces are embroidered with black and white satin stitch eyes. Their noses are satin stitched red as are their lips. The outline of their mouths is embroidered as are their eyelashes and eyebrows.

Both Andy & Randy have thick, straight dark brown hair sticking out of the top of their heads with the sides and back left bare. Their cheeks are blushed with an orange color.

Their outfits are identical with frayed shirts gathered at the neck. Both of their blue plaid pants are frayed and gathered at the waist.

Boys will be boys and brothers will be brothers. They might fight a lot between themselves, but are thick as mud. They're steadfast and loyal to the core when it comes to their family even though that might be hard to tell at times from all the fighting.

"Boys if you're going to wrestle - take it outside!" 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Big Sister Annie & Kid Sister Fannie - NEW Raggedy Annie Ornaments E-Pattern




"Big Sister Annie" and her "Kid Sister Fannie" come from a large, loving family and as siblings often do get on each others nerves.

Now don't get us wrong. "Big Sister Annie" and "Kid Sister Fannie" adore each other and truly love each other as sisters. It's just that sometimes "Big Sister Annie" wishes she were an only child. Well, maybe not an only child as she dearly loves her brothers, "Big Brother Andy and Kid Brother Randy." Maybe just the only girl.

Well, not even that as she really does love Fannie. It's just that sometimes she wishes she could be alone with her friends without "Kid Sister Fannie" tagging along. And, sometimes she wishes she could buy an outfit without Fannie wanting to buy the same. And, sometimes she wishes she could have sleepover parties without having to include Fannie. And, sometimes she wishes she didn't have to take care of her kid sister Fannie. "And, why does she have to have the same hairstyle as me!"
Annie & Fannie are 9" primitive or country raggedy Annie cloth doll ornaments. Their bodies are made of muslin and their raggedy red boots are cross laced. Their faces are embroidered with black and white satin stitch eyes. Their noses are satin stitched red as are their lips. The outline of their mouths is embroidered as are their eyelashes and eyebrows.

Both Annie & Fannie have thick, curly dark brown hair along the side seams of their heads with the back left bare. Their cheeks are blushed with a lovely rosy color.

Their outfits are identical with frayed and gathered at the waist bloomers. Both of their blue plaid dresses are frayed and gathered at the neck. Their aprons are lace trimmed and lined and wrapped around their waists and ties in the back. Blue embroidery floss bows decorate the fronts of their aprons.

Poor "Big Sister Annie!" Doesn't she know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. "Kid Sister Fannie" just worships and adores her big sister and wants to be just like her. To do everything she does. To be loved by her.

"Big Sister Annie & Kid Sister Fannie" would make the cutest pair of ornaments for any primitive and country home. 

Monday, March 03, 2014

Peter With The Big Eyes Loves His Fall Outfit - New Handmade Colonial Doll and E-Pattern


"Pamela With The Big Eyes Loves Her Fall Colors" and her brother, "Peter With The Big Eyes Loves His Fall Outfit",  are unusually close.  They're fraternal twins, born two minutes apart on October 12 - Columbus Day. As a result they love the Fall and it's bright, beautiful colors, and they love being Colonial. Born and bred in Salem, MA.

So, it is no surprise that they love to wear their best Fall outfits when out for a walk on a beautiful Fall day. They love to walk down near the pier and the harbor. It's just so beautiful and peaceful down there. Plus, when they get hungry they can have afternoon tea and one of their favorite scones at a local cafe.

Pamela is a quiet, shy but  proper, colonial girl. She was taught how to be a gracious lady and believes in being proper,  friendly and courteous at all times - especially when out in public. Her only problem is that everyone keeps looking at her and her big, beautiful eyes - especially the young "gentlemen.". With all the eyes on her she gets self-conscious and starts to blush.  And, when that happens she blushes from head to toe. Then all the young gentleman can't help themselves and vie for her attention - which irks her brother, Peter, to no end.

Peter is a terrific brother but is a tad conceited. He also has a bit of a temper - especially when it comes to his sister and all the young "gentlemen" vying for her attention.   He knows she is absolutely beautiful with her big, beautiful eyes but hates all the attention she gets from the young "gentleman."  Since he also has big, beautiful eyes he gets an enormous amount of attention himself from  all the young "ladies."  Of course, he doesn't mind this.   That's okay.  It' just not okay for Pamela.

Peter is a 16" handmade Colonial boy doll. He has a cloth body with an embroidered and chalk colored face with a mass of brown curly hair on the top sides of his head.

He is wearing his favorite Fall print shirt with burgundy ribbon and lace trimmed ascot and his "Sunday Best" suit. His cuffed  pantaloons are cuffed and gathered at the waist.  His coordinating color lined jacket has cuffed sleeves, fold down lapels, and running stitch embroidery along all the edges.  One large button adorns his jacket.  He also has black boots with gold embroidery floss cross-crossed for ties.

Pete is the epitome of a Colonial "gentleman" - except when it comes to his sister, Pamela, and his temper gets the better of him.

Calla - New Wall Art Quilt E-Pattern By Inspired Creations By D


I know that I've told you many times how proud I am of my baby sister and her beautiful wall art quilt designs. Every time she comes up with a new design I tell you that it's her best and can't be topped.Well, once again, she has outdone herself. This time it's "Calla" and it's eye candy. Don't you just love the colors? I know I do. It's just beautiful. I hope you like it as much as I do.




Here's what she said about "Calla:"

A few years back I took a photograph of the beautiful pink calla lilies in one of my gardens; that picture has hung in one of my rooms since.  I so enjoy that photo that it seemed to make sense to turn it into one of my art quilts.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Pamela With The Big Eyes Loves Her Fall Colors - New Handmade Colonial Doll and E-Pattern


"Pamela With The Big Eyes Loves Her Fall Colors" and her brother, "Peter With The Big Eyes Loves His Fall Outfit",  are unusually close.  They're fraternal twins, born two minutes apart on October 12 - Columbus Day. As a result they love the Fall and it's bright, beautiful colors, and they love being Colonial. Born and bred in Salem, MA.

So, it is no surprise that they love to wear their best Fall outfits when out for a walk on a beautiful Fall day. They love to walk down near the pier and the harbor. It's just so beautiful and peaceful down there. Plus, when they get hungry they can have afternoon tea and one of their favorite scones at a local cafe.

Pamela is a quiet, shy but  proper, colonial girl. She was taught how to be a gracious lady and believes in being proper,  friendly and courteous at all times - especially when out in public. Her only problem is that everyone keeps looking at her and her big, beautiful eyes - especially the young "gentlemen.". With all the eyes on her she gets self-conscious and starts to blush.  And, when that happens she blushes from head to toe. Then all the young gentleman can't help themselves and vie for her attention - which irks her brother, Peter, to no end.

Peter is a terrific brother but is a tad conceited. He also has a bit of a temper - especially when it comes to his sister and all the young "gentlemen" vying for her attention.   He knows she is absolutely beautiful with her big, beautiful eyes but hates all the attention she gets from the young "gentleman."  Since he also has big, beautiful eyes he gets an enormous amount of attention himself from  all the young "ladies."  Of course, he doesn't mind this.   That's okay.  It' just not okay for Pamela.

Pamela is a 16 handmade Colonial girl doll. She has a cloth body with an embroidered and chalk  colored face and a mass of dark brown curly hair on the sides of her head with the back left bare.

She is wearing lace trimmed bloomers gathered at the waist. Her lace trimmed slip is also gathered at the waist. She has black boots criss-crossed with gold embroidery floss for laces. She is wearing a beautiful , multi-colored Fall print "Sunday Best" dress with burgundy lace trim and fancy cord trim along the bottom hem edge and sleeve hem edges. Her dress has a burgundy lace trimmed pumpkin colored insert which is adorned with two floral ribbon and bead decorations. It is gathered at the shoulders, wrists, and neck and has burgundy lace and white fancy cord trim wrapped around her waist.

All in all Pamela is the epitome of a proper Colonial girl.  If only the young "gentlemen" would leave her alone.