Sunday, January 24, 2016

My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make My "Gotta Love Fairies Peg Dolls" Free E-Book


I have made many, many different types of dolls over the years. Most of them I have loved creating, but I have to tell you that I really liked making flower fairies out of wood doll pegs and silk florals. There's just something enchanting about them. I would hope you would agree.

Each fairy is made from a painted wood doll peg with a painted wood bead head with a drawn face. Each sports a full head of curly doll hair and is costumed in a silk floral dress and, in some instances, a silk floral head dress.

So, I thought you might enjoy a few free e-book on how I created my "Gotta Love Fairies Peg Dolls" so you could make some of your own.  My free e-book is here.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Gotta Love Pictures and My Picture Craft Tutorials, Video's and How-To's Pinterest Board



If you've been a reader of my Linda's Blog you know that I LOVE creating everything and anything. One of the items I love creating is pictures.  Not just photographic pictures, but all sorts of picture decorations and have written about many of the picture decorations I've made all of which are shown in the collage above.

Needless to say I love creating all sorts of picture crafts.  So, of course, I had to set up a Pinterest board for all the amazing picture crafts I've found.  I hope you find my Pinterest board helpful.

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I love creating pictures. If you would love to learn how to create pictures perhaps these tutorials, video's and how-to's will be helpful.

If you love our Picture Craft Tutorials, Video's and How-To's board please follow our board by clicking on the link above.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Frosty Snowman Beaded and Buttoned Cross-Stitch



I was not someone who was hoping for a white Christmas. In fact, given the horrendous snow season we had last winter, I was hoping we'd have a mild winter and maybe even - no snow! Unfortunately Mother Nature was not cooperative. We had our first horrible snow storm last Tuesday and, horrible it was! There was only 4 inches of it, but it was heavy and wet. It was like trying to move concrete. Impossible to push. Needless to say, hubby and I were not happy campers.

Given how much we dislike snow you would think I wouldn't like crafting snowman or snow ladies. Au contraire! I love crafting snowman and snow ladies. Go figure!

So, when deciding what cross-stitch kits I wanted to make this year I decided to do one with a snowman.  This time I decided to do Mill Hill Frosty Snowman Winter Buttons and Beads Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 5 by 5-Inch.

The Mill Hill Frosty Snowman Winter Buttons and Beads Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 5 by 5-Inch pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and beaded half stitch as well as beads of various sizes for emphasis and depth. It also uses straight and Smyrna stitch for highlighting and emphasis. 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 navy blue perforated paper background untouched.

I decided to frame my finished cross-stitch picture using a Mill Hill wooden frame with snowflakes on it versus the Mill Hill Wooden Frame, 6 by 6-Inch, Matte Blue that was shown in the pattern picture. My frame is a 6" x 6" handpainted blue wooden frame painted with snowflakes but 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 certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background like the picture shown below:

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Just Add My Graduation Cap and Gown To Any 20" Doll (Including American Girl)



Back in 2008 I received a request from a customer asking if I would consider making a special order item for them. Now, I don't normally do special orders, but my customer wanted a graduation doll and both of my were sold out.

I told my customer that they could make either my "Anna" or my "James" graduation doll as both patterns and e-patterns were available. Well, for my customer, that was not an option as they did not sew and they already had a 20" doll. What they really wanted was a graduation cap & gown to fit their 20" doll.

So, what to do? My customer pleaded with me to "please" consider a special order request and make them a graduation cap and gown for a 20" doll. After much discussion I finally agreed and made them the black graduation cap & gown you see in the picture above.

Since I had already created the pattern pieces in order to make the graduation cap and gown I figured I might as well create the pattern to go along with the pattern pieces. My customer was happy with their gown and I ended up with a new pattern.

My new graduation cap and gown for 20" doll e-pattern is for making a gown with a two-snap front closure with fold down lapels, gathered front, and mid length full sleeves. The lined cap has a cardboard top, tassel, and elastic strap for affixing the cap to the doll's head.

As it turns out, it is one of my best selling patterns and because it is easily adjusted is used to make all sorts of graduation caps and gown for various size dolls, bears, centerpieces at graduation parties, etc.


My graduation cap and gown for an 18" to 20" doll e-pattern is for making a gown with a two-snap front closure with fold down lapels, gathered front, and mid length full sleeves. The lined cap has a cardboard top, tassel, and elastic strap for affixing the cap to the doll's head.

Fourteen Years Later I Finally Had Time To Finish The Wood Christmas Ornament Pieces



I often get asked how I manage to make so many things. My answer is always - think kits and assembly line. Whenever I've made something over the years I've always made a  bunch at once in an assembly line fashion creating kits to be done at some later point in time.

For instance when I was in my woodworking phase I would spend days on end outlining the pattern pieces on the wood pieces hubby and I had bought. Then hubby and I would spend days on end cutting the wood. If the projects called for fabric or other embellishments I would spend days on end cutting the fabric and putting all the embellishments together. Then I would put everything together in a kit and store it until I was ready to make it.

When I did make it I would make many at one time painting everything that needed painting first, then sewing everything that needed sewing, gluing everything that needed gluing, etc. Multiple projects were worked on at the same time which, in the end, resulting in my being able to make a lot of things in less time. If I made each item one at a time I would waste a lot of time in the set up and cleaning up of tools and work areas each time. If you do it all at once you only set up and clean that particular area once.

Needless to say since I never do anything in moderation I have a lot of kits waiting to be assembled. So, since I was working on the wood projects for my Tinytopia class I decided to see what other wood kits I had waiting to be finished and found two that could be made at the same time as the projects for my class.

One of the wood kits I had waiting to be made was from a Plum Purdy by Renee Mullins pattern I had bought in 2001. The pattern called for making 6 wood Christmas ornaments painted on one side. I had cut two pieces of wood for each ornament so I would be making 12 ornaments.

I was hoping to show you a picture of the pattern but it is so old it is no longer in circulation - at least I couldn't find a picture of it online.

Since I was now in a mixed media phase I decided to finish the ornaments this way on both sides.  I would be painting, collaging, embellishing, sculpting, stenciling, gluing and sewing the ornaments in various mixed media ways.

Here's my results:

 
Fronts of the two Santa ornaments.


Backs of the two Santa ornaments.


Fronts of the two mitten ornaments.


Backs of the two mitten ornaments.


Fronts of the two snowman ornaments.


Backs of the two snowman ornaments.


Fronts of the two stocking ornamrns.


Backs of the two stocking ornaments.


Fronts of the two gingerbread ornaments.


Backs of the two gingerbread ornaments.


Fronts of the two angel ornaments.


Backs of the two angel ornaments.

Fourteen years later and this kit was finally finished.  Albeit not like the pattern had called for, but finished the way I wanted to for now.  In looking at the ornaments I was pleased with the way they had all turned out.  I hope you would agree.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Linda’s How-Do-I Series? How I Created My Large Artificial Outdoor Christmas Floral Decoration



In November 2015 I wrote a blog post entitled, "I Can Do Better - My Xmas Evergreen Arrangement Decoration" about the fresh evergreen arrangement I had bought for decorating outside my farmer's porch in the front of our house.

This year I had decided that our farmer's porch area needed some Christmas decorations, too, So hubby and I 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 needed a large arrangement and that I would need to put this arrangement on a container in order for it to be seen above the yews.


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 fresh arrangement I had bought needed 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 was happy with the way the arrangement looked on the farmer's porch. It was bright and festive and complimented 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 and it wouldn't cost me anything going forward.

So, I decided that when the floral Christmas stems went on sale at Michael's or A.C. Moore that I was going to buy some to make a large artificial outdoor Christmas floral decoration to replace the fresh one. I figured that at the end of the Christmas holiday season I'd remove the dried fresh branches from the arrangement and replace them with artificial evergreen branches. Then it would last forever and wouldn't cost me anything going forward.

Well, the artificial evergreen's went on sale and I bought what I needed to create my arrangement.

As I was putting my large artificial outdoor Christmas floral decoration together I created a tutorial so you could create one of your own and created a free e-book for you as well.

I hope you enjoy my free tutorial e-book.


To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book 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 © 2004-2019 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 - 2019 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.

Manda - The Fairie Twin Victorian Fairy Doll Dress Free E-Pattern




What child hasn't imagined playing with fairies and wanting to make a fairy garden.  I know I did. While I never got the fairy garden I did enjoy making some fairies.



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 © 2004-2019 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 - 2019 - 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, January 01, 2016

Mish - Fairie Twin Victorian Fairy Doll Dress Free E-Pattern




What child hasn't imagined playing with fairies and wanting to make a fairy garden.  I know I did. While I never got the fairy garden I did enjoy making some fairies.



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 © 2004-2019 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 - 2019 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.