Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Twin Granddaughter's Mixed Media Tutu Dress Picture Gifts



This past summer I told you about taking Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" at Artful Gathering and starting a mixed media tutu dress canvas picture adventure.  The course involved creating  3 mixed media tutu dress canvas picture projects which are shown below:


I knew before taking this class that I would love it so as I was going along I anticipated making more then the number of projects required for the course. After sculpting the tutu for the class I decided to sculpt a few extra's in various sizes.  I love giving handmade gifts so making a few extra tutu's was the smart thing to do.

I ended up making five additional tutu's - which resulted in five other mixed media tutu dress canvas pictures being made.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Sneaks Family Custom Pillows Free E-Pattern For Creating 13" By 13" and 14" By 14" Pillows



You never know what is going to happen over at the "Sneaks Family" house.


The boys could be playing baseball or just plain horsing around.  So, it wouldn't be surprising if you saw pillows flying through the air.  When the boys get to rough housing anything is fair game - even the pillows.

The "Sneaks" love their custom fabric pillows and thought you might like to make some of your own. So, they designed a free e-pattern to show you how.

This pattern shows you how to make 4 different pillows: two pillows that are 13” by 13” (C and D) and two pillows that are 14” by 14” (A and B).  All pillows are made basically the same except for the finished embroidery stitches on the 13” by 13” pillows.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How To Make Our Trio Of Carolers Free E-Book


Who doesn't love an adorable trio of carolers?  Especially at Christmas time.

Our trio of carolers just love to carol and aren't bother at all by a little bit of snow.  As long as it's not a blizzard they'll sing their little hearts out.

How can you not love a trio of carolers like that?

If you would like to learn how to make our Trio of Carolers just download ourfree e-book.  Enjoy!

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

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2020 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2020 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

Friday, December 25, 2015

A Great Way To Use Up Old Potpourri


I love using potpourri in my bathrooms and throughout the house. However, potpourri doesn't last forever and you have to replace it with new potpourri.

Well, since I never like to get rid of anything that I think I can reuse again I save all the potpourri in plastic resealable bags. I did this until I ran out of room in my storage area. Well, instead of disposing of all the plastic bags I had saved I decided I should re-purpose the old potpourri!

If you haven't heard of re-purposing that's when you take something that had one particular use and turn it into something else for another use.

In this instance I took some potpourri that contained large potpourri elements that I had bought at Yankee Candle over the years and turned it into a potpourri basket that could be used to decorate my home at the holidays.

How did I do that? Well, it's fairly simple to do.

You take an old wicker basket and spray paint it whatever color you want. Since I had a lot of potpourri that I wanted to use I had to choose a LARGE wicker basket to hold it.

Then you place Spanish moss along the inside of the basket so as to cover any openings in the sides of the basket. Since my wicker basket was rather large I had to use a lot of moss.

Depending on how much potpourri you have and the size of your basket after lining the inside of the basket with Spanish moss you would glue green floral foam to the bottom of the basket using the low temperature setting of a dual temperature glue gun. Then, you would glue your first row of potpourri elements to the green floral foam. You would continue adding layers of potpourri elements and gluing them in place until you had completely filled the basket and were pleased with the results.

As I had a LOT of potpourri to use I decided instead to just layer mine.  I started layering the potpourri elements row by row and gluing them together. I alternated the different colors and sizes of the potpourri I was using until I had a pleasing result. When I had fully filled the basket and was pleased with the results I glued the final row in place.

I added a large wired ribbon loopy bow to the top center of my basket.

It's a little heavy - make that very heavy with all the potpourri in it, but I think it looks nice. What do you think?


How Adorable Is She? Happy Hollidays


Happy holidays!



Graphics - Ellen Clapsaddle - Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy


Thursday, December 24, 2015

I Love The Look Of The Mixed Media Christmas Ornaments On The Christmas Tree



Earlier this year I posted about a mixed media phase I was in where I decided to finish some wooden ornaments I had cut out years before and which were still waiting to be finished in a post entitled, "Fourteen Years Later I Finally Had Time To Finish The Wood Christmas Ornament Pieces."

I had decided to finish these using the mixed media techniques I had been learning during the past few years. I would be painting, collaging, embellishing, sculpting, stenciling, gluing and sewing the ornaments in various mixed media ways.

I ended up making two sets of six ornaments each.  One set was to be a gift for my daughter-in-law and the other set would be kept for decorating hubby's and my tree.  So, I thought you'd like to see how the ornaments looked on our tree.


Penelope - The Rocking Horse Doggie Finally Has Her Santa



Penelope, the rocking horse doggie, has been patiently waiting for her Santa.  After all, she was made a year ago so he could sit on her and create a new Christmas display in the dining room.    So you can imagine her delight when it came time for the Christmas decorations to be put out this year.

A year ago I wrote a post entitled, "No Sooner Was The Rocking Doggie In The Door ........." about bringing Penelope home.

If you remember she was a beautiful wooden rocking dog that my brother had made for me.   My brother had made one for our new grand nephew and I had loved it so much I, of course, wanted one.

When I told my brother this hubby gave me a look of "you've got to be kidding. Where are we going to put that?" I, of course, gave him a look of " I have someplace in mind. You'll see."

This Christmas season he finally found out what I had in mind.


Santa couldn't be happier sitting on Penelope and she is thrilled to finally have him there.  He's a perfect fit.

Penelope, of course, would love for Santa to stay out all year, but isn't quite sure that will happen. We'll see.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

My Dining Room Fireplace Christmas Display This Year



One of the things I absolutely love about my house is the living room rumford fireplace that I like to decorate for the various seasons and holidays. This year I decided to once again utilize some of the Christmas silk florals I had made a couple years ago.


I also decided to utilize some of the Nutcrackers and cross-stitch shadowboxes I had made as well as a few new decorations.


This year I found two bright, cheery, red and green glittery metals trees at Michaels this year. While I prefer handmade the trees were as glittery as the red bows I was using and I thought they'd be a good compliment. I placed one on each end of the mantel.

My Family Room Fireplace Christmas Decorations - Gotta Love The Cross-Stitch


For the past several months I've been working on some Christmas cross-stitch kits I had bought and thought you'd like to see what I did with them.

I wanted to make four of the kits to include on my family room mantel this Christmas along with three other shadowbox cross-stitch kits I had made previously.

To this I added two of the Terra-Cotta Santa's I had made decades ago as well as a large red bow.

I made the Terra-Cotta Santa's as Christmas presents and recently decided to offer them as a free e-pattern.  If you would like to learn how to make the Terra-Cotta Santa's my free e-pattern is here.


I wrote about the two cross-stitch kits shown in the picture above in the following posts:


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I Finally Decided To Take Some Craftsy Online Classes - Here's What I Chose


As a pattern designer I'm always on the look out for great websites to sell my e-patterns and have been a big fan of Craftsy since January 2012.  In fact, I sell some of my e-patterns there.  If you'd like to see my e-patterns shop at Craftsy please click here.   Unfortunately, as of 12/28/18 Craftsy is closing all indie designers pattern stores including mine.

I'm also a big fan of websites that offer online classes and have been eyeing Craftsy's online classes for quite some time.  They have so many wonderful classes to choose from.  My problem has always been lack of time.

Well, in November and early December I finally decided to purchase 4 of their online classes. I figured that over the holidays and winter snow season I would certainly have some time to take some of the classes I've been wanting to take.


Here's what I chose and the reason why:

Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design

I decided to purchase the Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design as I've been interested in fiber arts for years and wanted to learn more about how different fiber applications can really enhance my quilt creations.

Re-Piecing the Past: Civil War Blocks Then & Now

With my passion for history and the Victorian era how could I resist the Re-Piecing the Past: Civil War Blocks Then & Now class.

Stumpwork: Raised Embroidery Essentials

I've been a needlecrafter since I was a little girl and have created cross-stitch, crewel, needlework, stitchery, and crazy quilt creations over the years.  Recently I've fallen in love with 3D quilts and have wanted to see how stumpwork would enhave some of my 3D quilts. So, of course, I had to take the Stumpwork: Raised Embroidery Essentials class.

Embroidering With Ribbon

And, last but not least, I have also been a huge fan of SRE (Silk Ribbon Embroidery) and the beautiful floral embroidery creations you can make using silk ribbons for decades.  I know a few of these techniques but wanted to learn some more so, of course, I had to choose the Embroidering With Ribbon class.

I'm hoping that this week I can start watching the video's for these classes. The problem is which to pick first. I'll let you know what I think so stay tuned.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Have You Checked Out My Free E-Patterns, Tutorials, and Printables Lately?



I love to create free e-patterns, free e-printables, and free e-books for my customers and blog readers and have created several of each.

All of my "freebies" are on my "My Free E-Patterns, E-Printables, E-Tutorials, and E-Books" Pinterest board.

All of my "freebies" are also on a page at the top of my Linda's Blog and on the right hand sidebar of my Linda's Blog. If you'd like to check out the Free E-Patterns, E-Books and E-Printables page of my Linda's Blog please CLICK HERE

All of my free e-patterns, e-printables, e-books & tutorials are also shown below and viewable and downloadable on my Google Drive.

If you'd like to read or download any of my free e-patterns, e-printables, or e-books just click on the image you want below. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view my free e-products. Then just download my free .pdf e-product by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Once my e-product is downloaded to your computer you can save it and print it. You can also save my e-products to your Google Drive. I hope you enjoy my "freebies."

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2020 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2020 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

What Does Laughing My Head Off Have To Do With My Primitive Dolls



When I look at primitive doll faces I can't help but melt. They are so darn cute.  I was first introduced to primitive dolls many years ago during a shopping trip to Sturbridge with my mother.  In one of the crafts stores we liked to visit I was looking at a box filled with patterns and just started laughing my head off.  Of course, my mother asked, "what's so funny?" So, I showed her the pattern I was looking at and she burst out laughing, too.  It was for a primitive cloth doll which was so ugly it was actually beautiful.  So there we were - two grown women standing in the middle of a store laughing our heads off.

As I scanned through the box I found other patterns for primitive dolls that were just as ugly and just as beautiful.  So, of course, I bought a few and could hardly wait to get them home so I could make them.   And, make them I did.  I was definitely smitten with primitive dolls.

So, when Pinterest came along I was thrilled.  I could store all the free primitve doll tutorials, patterns, and how-to's I found on my Pinterest board and get rid of all my piles. Yippee!


I fell in love with primitives, Raggedy Anne and Raggedy Andy, rag dolls and folk-art dolls over a decade ago. If you would like to learn how to make them I hope you find the tutorials, patterns, articles, projects, and how-to's helpful.

If you love my Primitive Doll Tutorials, Rag Doll & Folk-Art Tutorials Video's, Patterns, and How-To's board please follow my board by clicking on the link above.

Happy cloth doll making.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It's Us! Ma, Pa, Sis, Bro, and Baby Walsh Terra Cotta Carolers - Free Carolers E-Pattern



I just love working with terracotta and creating all sorts of wonderful decorations.  Several years ago I decided to experiment and try making Christmas carolers and Santa decorations out of terracotta. They turned out wonderful so I made a bunch to give away as gifts. Everyone loves them so I thought I'd create e-patterns so you can make your own group of terracotta carolers and Santa's.

"It's Us! Ma, Pa, Sis, Bro, and Baby Walsh" is a pattern to create a family of terracotta carolers. There's Ma and Pa, and Sis and Bro, and a baby. All have painted terracotta bodies, painted wood knob heads, yarn or roving for their hair, knit caps, and scarves of various materials.

"It's Us! Ma, Pa, Sis, Bro, and Baby Walsh" are fun and easy to make and are adorable decorations for the holiday 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.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2020 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2020 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Happy Holidays Free Coloring Pages and Printables Pages E-Book For An Adorable Trio Of Angels


Who doesn't love an adorable trio of angels?  Especially at Christmas time.

"Sophisticated Gwen", "Happy Molly Angel", and "Who Me? Angel Angela" are a very unusual group of angels. Very unusual indeed.

You see, they aren't at all alike. In fact, they are as different as, well - angels can be.

"Sophisticated Gwen" is the epitome of sophistication and style. She is very much in "vogue" and aware of the latest trends in fashion. Her special charge is to protect all the "high fashion models" out there. It's a big task as, let's just say, the "high fashion models" don't always behave themselves.

"Happy Molly Angel" could care less about fashion. In fact, style and fashion mean nothing to her. She'd much rather spend her day crafting up a storm and doesn't care if she breaks a nail or gets her hands messy. In fact, it doesn't even matter to her if her clothes get messy. Sometimes the messier the better. Her special charge is all the crafters out there. It's a tall order as there are millions and millions of them.

"Who Me? Angel Angela" isn't quite sure why she's here or what her special mission is. When asked to do something she inevitably answers "Who Me?" She's a shy as a mouse and doesn't have a lot of confidence. She's not sure that she's really good at anything in particular and isn't too sure that she'll be able to fulfill her mission. Her charge is all the shy people out there.

How can you not love a trio of angels like that?

And, now, you can get their free coloring pages and printables pages e-book.  Now you can create them, color them, and print them.

The Trio Of Angels Happy Holidays free e-book contains 1 printable page and 4 coloring pages.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself), Website and Blog Designers & Hosting Providers


I often get asked by independent small business artists and crafters where to go to build a website.   I usually tell them that depending on their requirements they probably don't need to hire a professional website designer.  Depending on their needs if they are a small business owner most of the DIY websites and blogs will work just fine.

To give you a little background on me I'm a doll maker and doll pattern designer and have had websites for over 10 years.  I created two of my own websites that I updated to Godaddy via FTP and also managed and maintained two websites that were hosted through In A Pickle Web Design: one an instant download e-products website using MyCartToGo e-commerce software and Mals-E shopping cart and one selling my handmade goods and crafts

Now I have 1 consolidated Linda Walsh Originals Shop website at Go-Daddy that I maintain that uses a Quick Cart shopping which allows me to sell all my handmade goods and e-products on the same website.

For the past 5 years I've also maintained a Linda Walsh Originals Info website utilizing Website Builder at Go-Daddy.  This is basically a 5 page DIY website that contains all the information about me, my websites, and all my blogs.  Website Builder is very easy to use and very suitable for my information purposes.

Over the years I've created many, many, many selling and non-selling blogs, most of which were created using Blogger.com.  My main Linda's Blog  was created in 2005 and is used for posting everything and anything concerning Linda Walsh Originals.  It's a personal blog, selling blog, and promoting blog all in one.

When I started you only needed to worry about how your website looked on a desktop computer and laptop.  Now you have to worry if your website is optimized for a desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone.  You also need to be concerned with the browser used, as well as the computer platform. The good news is most of the DIY websites and hosting providers are already equipped to handle this. Just be sure to check this out before making a final decision on where to create your website.

So, I  thought I'd create a list for you of  DIY (Do-It-Yourself), Website and Blog Designers & Hosting Providers that I'm aware of.  If you're an independent small business artist and crafter looking for a website please check out my list below.  I hope you find it helpful.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Fiber & Textile Art Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board



I am in awe of fiber and textile artists and would love to learn how to create fiber & textile art. Here's a few tutorials, video's and how-to's that may help along the way.

If you love my Fiber & Textile Art Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's board please follow my board by clicking on the link above.


Thursday, December 03, 2015

A Little Bit Of Primitive, Santa Free Make-do E-Pattern



"A Little Bit Of Primitive, Santa" is another one of the new members of the "Santa Make-Do's" series of cloth and wood make-do's. He's "A Little Bit Primitive" while his buddy is "A Little Bit Country."

They are a fun loving group of Santa make-do's that just love to decorate the homes of primitive and country lovers alike during the holiday season.

"A Little Bit Primitive, Santa" is a 7" self-standing primitive Santa. He has a muslin cloth head and wooden candle stick body. His face is embroidered and his nose is embroidered with a burgundy zig-zag stitch. He has two button eyes and his eyebrows and eyelashes are embroidered, as is his mouth. Santa has a thick mohair yarn mustache and beard. He has a dark print Santa cap with gold bell decoration and a green painted wood candle base decorated with a round grapevine wreath which is decorated with gold bells and fringed bows.

"A Little Bit Of Primitive, Santa" is looking forward to the upcoming holiday 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.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2020 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2020 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

We Doesn't Love Home Decor - Make That Who Doesn't Love Home Decor?



I love decorating my home for the various holidays and seasons and love reading DIY tutorials for home decorating. If you do, too I hope the home decorating and DIY tutorials, video's, patterns, and how-to's are helpful.

If you love my Home Decor DIY Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's board please follow my board by clicking on the link above.

“Sammy Snow, Spoon Me Up” - Free Wood Spoon E-Pattern




"Susie Snow, Spoon Me Up" could hardly wait to tell her brother, "Sammy Snow, Spoon Me Up" that the forecast was for a thaw. You see, "Susie Snow, Spoon Me Up" and her brother are very special snow people. Or should we say - a very special snow-lady and snowman. The reason being - they are not just made of snow. They have wood spoons and cloth covered and padded wood heads. So, in the event of melting - well, that just won't happen. Or, just shouldn't happen in Susie's way of thinking. Susie is anxious to see if they will melt so she'd been waiting for the first sign of spring. Waiting for the thaw. "Sammy Snow, Spoon Me Up" isn't as confident as his sister and isn't sure he wants to test that theory. He's not looking forward to the first thaw as he doesn't want to melt.

"Sammy Snow, Spoon Me Up" is a 13" Wood covered spoon snowman ornament. He has a wooden spoon body and warm and natural spoon covered body and head. His face is embroidered and he has two button eyes and a resin carrot nose. His cheeks are blushed and her head is padded. He has straight and thick braided yarn for hair along the side seams of the top of his head with the sides and back left bald. A ribbon and ribbon bow decorated derby hat covers the back of his head. He is wearing a felt shirt decorated with a ribbon trim centerpiece. A fringed felt scarf decorated with a brass snowflake is wrapped around his neck and overlapped in front.

Normally, snow people wouldn't be anxious for the first thaw. Susie, on the other hand wants to test her wooden capabilities. Do you think she's right? Will they melt?


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

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2020 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s ) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2020 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

“A Prim Or Two! Santa” - Free Self-Sitting Primitive Santa Free E-Pattern



"A Prim Or Two! Santa" just loves the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. With so much to do and so little time there isn't much room for sleeping. So he takes a quick cat nap whenever he can. He figures if he's holding a bag of toys while napping everyone will think he's busy working. What do you think? Is he fooling anyone?

"A Prim Or Two! Santa" is a 9" self-sitting country Santa. He has a cloth body, arms, and legs that sewn in a sitting position. He has an embroidered face, cloth body, roving eyebrows, roving mustache, and bushy roving beard. His white roving hair is barely controlled under his Santa cap with pompom. He is holding a bag of presents in his lap filled with presents.

"A Prim Or Two! Santa" is an easy Santa to make and is an adorable Christmas decoration for any country, folk-art, or primitive home.


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Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

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Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

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"Trio of Santa's", Terracotta Santas Free E-Pattern



I just love working with terracotta and creating all sorts of wonderful decorations. Several years ago I decided to experiment and try making Christmas carolers and Santa decorations out of terracotta. They turned out wonderful so I made a bunch to give away as gifts. Everyone loves them so I thought I'd create e-patterns so you can make your own group of terracotta carolers and Santa's.

"Trio of Santa's" is a pattern to create 3 different sizes of Santa's.  All have painted terracotta bodies, painted wood knob heads, fur for their hair and beards,and decorative Christmas fabric caps with pompom tips.

"Trio of Santa's" are fun and easy to make and are adorable decorations for the holiday season.




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Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

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Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

I Can Do Better - My Xmas Evergreen Arrangement Decoration


Back in November of 2011 I wrote a Linda's Blog post entitled "20 Years Later and Still As Good As New!" It was about the  BIG artificial wreaths I had bought 20 years before which were still as good as new and which we take out every Christmas to decorate the front of our house.


If you would like to read that post please CLICK HERE.


This year I decided that our farmer's porch area needed some Christmas decorations, too, So we went out on Black Friday, which we hate to do, to buy a fresh arrangement of pine and evergreen branches in a container that would be suitable for the farmer's porch.


I found a container and  arrangement that I thought might work for us and would be visible on the farmer's porch. We have a row of yews along the walkway to our farmer's porch that are about 2 1/2' feet tall so I knew I'd need to put my container on something so it would be seen.

The arrangement container we bought was black in color so we decided to use a plastic black container we had turned upside down on which to place the arrangement.

I also decided that the arrangement I had bought could use more height so I added red berry sprigs and gold painted bamboo to give the arrangement height. It came with one white painted pinecone so I added a trio of 3 Christmas color bulbs and another white painted pinecone for decoration.

I'm happy with the way the arrangement looks on the farmer's porch. It's bright and festive and compliments the wreaths on the front of the house. However, I wasn't happy with the price as I know I could have made an artificial arrangement that would last forever for half the price.

So, I decided that when the floral Christmas stems go on sale at Michael's or A.C. Moore that I'm going to buy some. At the end of the Christmas holiday season I'll remove the dried fresh branches from the arrangement and replace them with artificial evergreen branches. That way I'll already have my arrangement for the farmer's porch ready for next year's Christmas holiday decorating.

It won't be as good a buy as my artificial wreaths were, but it won't dry out and will last 20 or 30 or 40 more years. For sure it will outlive me!

When I put my artificial arrangement together I'll try to create a tutorial for it so you can create an arrangement of your own. So, stay tuned for that.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

One of These Days I'll Create an Art Journal



I love seeing beautiful art journals and would love to create one, or two, or three....... It's on my bucket list. When I do I'm hoping some of these tutorials, video's and how-to's will be helpful.

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For The Love Of Gingerbread Men



There's nothing quite like the smell of gingerbread cookies baking, the scent of Christmas candles burning, and the festive atmosphere of a busy kitchen during the holiday season.

For many, many years my Mother and I would reserve 3-4 days in the weeks before Christmas for our annual cookie marathons. We would spend two days baking cookies and then one day packaging the cookies for our friends, loved ones, and several senior centers and nursing homes.

Every year we would select the cookies we would be baking from our list. For the most part we kept making ones that we knew were really good. Once in awhile we would add a new cookie, but it had to be exceptional to bump another cookie off the list. Sometimes we added fudge and chocolate candies that we'd made. We knew that our cookies were good - how could they not be with many, many years of experience honing our skills? As our list continued to grow we even had people asking to be put on our list. So, of course, we added them and the list continued to grow and grow.

During this period we really took over the kitchen, the dining room, the family room and the sunroom. Let's face it during our cookie marathons we basically took over the house. There were tables everywhere for cooling the cookies or cookies on cookie sheets waiting to go into the oven or tables for the bags of finished cookies. Everywhere you looked there were cookies, but the smell was irresistible.

Of course, the rest of the house had already been decorated with Christmas decorations. We'd have the Christmas music playing in the background and the moods were bright and cheery. After three days of cooking we were always tired, but that never dampened our joy or the festive atmosphere.

One year I thought it might be fun to build a gingerbread house so I bought a kit.  Unfortunately we didn't have the time to fit it into our cookie marathon schedule so it went unmade.  But, I always wanted to make one.

So I started collecting pictures of gingerbread houses that I loved on Pinterest like the gingerbread White House replica, shown in the picture at the top of this post, made by pastry chef Bill Yosses in 2009.

Every time I visit my Gingerbread Houses Pinterest board I fall in love with all the houses there. Each time I think I've settled on a favorite I scroll down and see another.  I just can't decide.

I would still love to make a gingerbread house. If I do make one maybe some of the ones on my Pinterest board will provide me with inspiration. I'd have to make a simple one as some of the elaborate ones definitely require a great deal of skill and really are food works of art.


I have always loved gingerbread houses. The more elaborate the bett.er I hope you find the pictures, tutorials, video's and how-to's helpful in your gingerbread house creating.

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Shelf Sitting Primitive Andy - With Blue Plaid Shirt! Stump Doll


"Annie - With A Red Bow!" and "Andy With A Blue Plaid Shirt!" are adorable shelf sitting primitive raggedies who just love hanging out in  any primitive home.  Whether they are alone or paired together they make an adorable primitive decoration.

"Andy - With A Blue Plaid Shirt!" is a self sitting raggedy boy stump doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and a full head of raggedy red straight hair which he cannot keep controlled under his Sculley cap. He is wearing his denims, and a checkered shirt decorated with 3 large buttons. He is coffee stained throughout.

I think I'll make him a free e-pattern so stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Ho Ho Ho Santa Beaded and Buttoned Cross-Stitch



There is nothing I find more relaxing than cross-stitching.  Given that I've been blogging about my cross-stitch projects for years now it should come as no surprise that I created another Christmas cross-stitch.  This time I decided to do Ho Ho Ho Santa - Cross Stitch Kit from Mill Hill that had a lot of the background unfinished.

The Ho Ho Ho Santa - Cross Stitch Kit pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and beaded half stitch as well as beads of various sizes for emphasis and depth. The pattern also calls for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background. In this case they were leaving sections of the brown perforated paper background untouched.

I decided to frame my finished cross-stitch picture in the Mill Hill Wooden Frame, 6 by 6-Inch, Holiday Red, which is shown in the picture above.  It's a 6" x 6" handpainted red wooden frame without glass.  Unlike the shadowbox frames I had been using more of the perforated paper would be seen surrounding the cross-stitch picture.

The pattern called for a green frame and certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background like the picture shown below: