Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Papier Mache Craft Tutorials, Video's and How-To's Board on Pinterest




I love working with papier mache and love trying different kinds of projects.  If you do, too, I hope you like my selection of papier mache tutorials, video's and how-to's.

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

Happy papier mache craft making.

Gotta Love Cloth Dolls and My Cloth Dolls Tutorials, Video's, Patterns, and How-To's Pinterest Board



I absolutely love dolls of every shape and kind.  Cloth dolls are a favorite of mine and range from all different sizes to all different styles to all different time periods.


It doesn't matter if they are Victorian, country, folk art, primitive, colonial, or shabby chic.  I love making all of them.


It doesn't matter if they are for everyday use or just for the holidays or seasons.  I love making them and decorating my house with them.


Basically, I love cloth dolls. In fact, I've never seen a doll I haven't loved or seen a type of doll I haven't wanted to make. I want to try making every conceivable type of doll there is. It's a lifetime quest which I know at this point I'll probably never finish. For sure, I'll give it my best shot.  At this point in time I've made over 2000 dolls, some of my own design and some based on other doll makers designs.


Not only do I love making dolls, but I love finding out the history of all the different types of cloth dolls made over the decades and different ways for making them.  You could say I love history and research as well. As a result many of my doll histories are about various cloth doll histories.


In doing my research on the history of faceless dolls I learned that several types of faceless dolls throughout history have been cloth dolls.


In my book review series I ran across several books about cloth dolls.

Over the years I've bought many doll patterns and created dolls from some of the wonderful free tutorial, how-to's and patterns I've seen.  So, of course I had to set up a Pinterest board for all the wonderful cloth doll patterns, tutorials, video's and how-to's that I've found.


I just LOVE making cloth dolls and finding tutorials, patterns, articles, projects, and how-to's for making them. If you love cloth dolls, too I hope you enjoy what I've found. Happy doll making.

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

Happy cloth doll making.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ball Jointed Doll BJD Tutorials, Clothes, & Accessories Tutorials Board on Pinterest




I would love to make a BJD Ball Jointed Doll someday.  When I do I hope these tutorials, video's, patterns and how-to's for making BJD art dolls and their clothing & accessories will be helpful.

If you love my Ball Jointed Doll BJD Tutorials, Clothes, & Accessories Tutorials, Video's, Patterns, and How-To's board please follow my board by clicking on the link above.

Happy ball jointed doll making.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Look What I Won! Wow! A Beautiful Art Doll By Hally Levesque "Winter Roses"






Over a week ago I learned that I had won the beautiful "Winter Roses" art doll  that Hall Levesque was raffling off to one of the students from her Romantic Rosabella and Wee Winter Whimsies classes at Artful Gathering. I couldn't believe it! I never win anything - especially a gorgeous art doll made by an unbelievably talented and gifted art doll artist - Hally Levesque.

So, you can imagine my anticipation awaiting the mailman every day. Well, today, she finally arrived - safe and sound.

I have to tell you that she is even more beautiful than her pictures depict.   According to Hally, "The doll is a combination of elements taught in both the Romantic Rosabella and Wee Winter Whimsies workshops and stands 11.5" tall (the same size as a Barbie doll). I used synthetic fur for the hair to give her that windswept look."

What I can't get over is her remarkable face. She is a totally handmade, hand sculpted, and hand painted art doll. The hand painted features on her face, which is only 1 3/4" long and 1 1/4" wide, are beautifully done and unbelievable. All I can say is "Wow!" She is utterly gorgeous and a true inspiration for what a beautiful art doll can look like.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart, Hally, for creating such a gorgeous doll and wonderful inspiration. I will cherish her forever.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Some Of The Arts & Crafts Blogs I'm Following



I've been adding blogs to my Top Blogs By Crafters blog for ten years now. Here's a few I've added that I've been following:


Magpie Heaven - http://magpieheaven.blogspot.com/


Geta's Quilting Studio - http://www.getasquiltingstudio.com/blog


I Heart Arts n Crafts - http://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/


Tracy Fletcher King Blog - http://www.traceyfletcherkingblog.com/

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gotta Love Halloween Decorations and Bags Free E-Patterns


I LOVE Halloween and can't wait for the Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving holiday season to decorate my house.

If you love Halloween too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free e-patterns for creating adorable Halloween decorations.  Just click the links below.  Enjoy!

Halloween Haunted House Trick Or Treat Lined Tote Bag Free E-Pattern



I used to love Halloween as a kid and loved collecting as much candy as I could to fit into my trick or treat bag.  Of course, back then my brother and I used brown grocery bags as our trick or treat bags.

I would have loved to have the trick or treat bag shown in the picture above that I made using some of my Halloween custom fabric designs.

Halloween Haunted House Trick Or Treat Tote Bag is an e-pattern to create an adorable 12" by 18" by fully lined trick or treat tote bag made using two of my  Halloween Haunted House, Witch Hats, Spiders, Spider Webs, Bats and Jack O Lantern Mini-Quilt Fabrics.  A large version of my Halloween Haunted House custom fabric with ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, witches hat, spider webs, and bats is surrounded by a smaller version of the same adorable fabric.  What an adorable way to collect all your Halloween treats.

The pattern is very easy to make and includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the mug rug from start to finish,  full page color finish layout sheet, and full page single sided pattern piece sheets.

Halloween Haunted House Embroidered Trick Or Treat Lined Tote Bag Free E-Pattern


I used to love Halloween as a kid and loved collecting as much candy as I could to fit into my trick or treat bag.  Of course, back then my brother and I used brown grocery bags as our trick or treat bags.

If I were to trick or treat today I'd certainly make a trick or treat bag using some of my Halloween custom fabric designs.

Halloween Haunted House Trick Or Treat Tote Bag is an e-pattern to create an adorable 12" by 18" embroidered fully lined trick or treat tote bag made using two of my  Halloween Haunted House , Witch Hats, Spiders, Spider Webs, Bats and Jack O Lantern Mini-Quilt Fabric.   A large version of my Halloween Haunted House custom fabric with ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, witches hat, spider webs, and bats is surrounded by a smaller version of the same adorable fabric.  What an adorable way to collect all your Halloween treats.

The pattern is very easy to make and includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the mug rug from start to finish,  full page color finish layout sheet, and full page single sided pattern piece sheets.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Halloween Haunted House Mini Quilt Free E-Pattern



Halloween is definitely one of my all time favorite holidays and I just love decorating my house for the Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving holiday season.  As a crafter I have all sorts of decorations I use from cloth decorations to silk floral designs to woodcrafts.  Everything is fair game during this holiday season.

One of my favorite decorations is a Halloween mini quilt I made several years ago using some of my Halloween custom fabric designs.  So, I thought you might enjoy a free e-pattern so you could make one of your own.

Halloween Haunted House Mini Quilt is an e-pattern to create an adorable 8" by 14" adorable mini quilt decoration made using my custom designed Halloween Haunted House , Witch Hats, Spiders, Spider Webs, Bats and Jack O Lantern Mini-Quilt Fabric.   My Haunted House custom fabric is surrounded by adorable black with white dots fabric and lined with solid black fabric.  Black with white dot fabric hangers are used to hang the mini quilt from it's adorable cat wire and wood dowel mini quilt hanger. Bright orange ribbon bows are added for Halloween cheer.

The pattern is very easy to make and  includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the mini quilt from start to finish,  full page color finish layout sheet, and full page single sided pattern piece sheets.

What an adorable and cheery way to decorate for the Halloween season.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's That Time Of The Year - For The Love Of Pumpkins and Scarecrows



What would the Fall season be for crafters without pumpkins and scarecrows?  They're an integral part of everything Fall.  Just as integral  as blowing leaves, hay bales, and crows. Given how versatile they are they're a favorite design for crafters.

I love designing pumpkin and scarecrow dolls, crafts, custom fabric, ornaments, Fall mixed media collages, and so much more. Here's a little run down of some of my pumpkin and scarecrow creations:

Penelope Pumpkin Lady 

Morty Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother 


Melanie Munchkin 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Gotta Love Mini Pumpkin Ornaments Free E-Pattern


I just love the Fall and all the vivid colors. And, I love pumpkins, scarecrows, Fall leaves, and apple orchards. So, of course, when designing some of my new Fall dolls I had to create some colorful and adorable pumpkins and, of course, I had to create a free e-pattern so you could make your own.  I hope you enjoy my free e-pattern.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

So Proud of My Sister


My sister just keeps outdoing herself every year with her garden club floral display entries at the Chenango County Fair. This year's theme was Victorian and her display took 2nd prize.

She blew up a picture of a Victorian house from her town, placed it behind a window she had refurbished, added cutains, and placed Victorian flowers from her garden inside a Victorian vase placed on a pedestal with a Victorian lace tablecloth. How beautiful is that.

Way to go baby sister. CONGRATULATIONS.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Needle Felted Pumpkin Picture Free E-Pattern


One of the free style needle felted pictures that I wanted to create several years ago was a needle felted pumpkin picture using a 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" pumpkin cookie cutter that I had bought recently and using some of the wonderful roving that my sister had given me from some of her alpacas.  She and her husband are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.

Before you consider needle felting there are a few things you really need to know.

Tips For Felting:

Needle felting is basically using a single or multiple needle tool to mesh the fibers of roving into itself to form an object or shape, mesh the roving into another piece of felted roving to create an object, or mesh the roving into a piece of wool felt to create an object or picture.

You can freely shape the roving yourself using needle felting tools or use needle felt molds or cookie cutters to shape the roving into the desired object.  If using cookie cutters or molds you will need to purchase a felting needle mat that looks like a brush.

What the mat does is it allows you to place a mold or felting surface on top of it and then felt the roving by using one of the different types of felting needles and just inserting the needle in and out until the roving is felted in a manner that is pleasing to you. It provides the hardness and resistance you need to mesh the roving either by itself or to felt the roving into a small felting surface without breaking your needles.

The felting mat is good for small molds and small felting surfaces. It is not good for larger felting surfaces. If you want to felt larger areas of roving or want to do some free style felting of pictures, etc. then you need to purchase a larger 8" by 9" felting foam mat.

Monday, August 08, 2016

How To Make A Quick & Easy Fall Indoor Wall Hanging Floral Wreath


As you know one of the floral crafts I love creating is wreaths.  As far as home decorations are concerned you can never have enough wreaths. They're just so much fun to work with and so versatile.

Several years ago I decided I wanted to create a fall wreath for my bathroom wall.

I wanted something that was not too big and didn't extend too far from the wall as it was going to be on a wall adjacent to the downstairs sink and on the wall to the right of the downstairs bathroom mirror.  So I decided to go with a thin grapevine wreath I had bought.

When the wreath was done I brought it upstairs and, with my fingers crossed,  tried it.  Luckily for me it fit the bathroom wall perfectly and didn't extend too far out.

I was so pleased with the way my wreath came out so I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step tutorial of how I made my wreath.   Here's how I made it:

Supplies Needed:

Sunday, August 07, 2016

How To Make A Fall Wall Hanging Basket Floral Arrangement



As you know I am a big fan of silk floral arrangements and have been decorating my house with them for several decades. Some are just as old as that and have never needed to be replaced or redone. They're as good as new as the first time they were made. That's the beauty of silk florals. Plus, silk florals are just so much fun to work with and so versatile.

Several years ago I decided I wanted to create a Fall wall hanging flat basket silk floral arrangement for my entrance hall.

I wanted something that was not too big and didn't extend too far from the wall so I decided to go with a rustic basket I had purchased years before.

When the basket was done I brought it upstairs.. Luckily for me it fit the entrance hall wall perfectly and didn't extend too far out.

I was so pleased with the way my basket came out so I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step tutorial of how I made my Fall wall hanging flat basket silk floral arrangement. Here's how I made it:

Supplies Needed For The Fall Flat Hanging Basket:

1” Wired Ribbon (For Bow)  - 6 Feet
12” Flat Hanging Wall Basket With Handle
18” Grass Silk Floral Spray - 4 Bunches
18” Silk Floral Cattails Onion Grass Stems - 3 Stems
18” Silk Floral Yellow Rose - 1 Stem
8” Moss Green Leaf Bunch - 4 Stems
18” Silk Floral Tiny Flower Sprays  (Yellow and White ) - 6 Sprays Each
18” Fall Silk Floral Mums (Rust) - 8 Stems
Floral Picks With Wire
Pipe Cleaners
Green Florist Foam - 2 Bricks
Wire Cutters
Green Foam Cutters or Knife
Green Excelsior Basil - 1 Bag

Instructions:

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

How To Make A Painted and Stenciled Terracotta Pot Decoration


Since I had just finished my Linda's Blog post on the painted and stenciled terracotta pots I had made I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step "How-to" on how to make one of your own.

My instructions on how to make painted and stenciled terracotta pots of your own are shown below.

Supplies Needed

4"-5" Round Terracotta Pot (with or without a tray)
Patio Paint - 1 Bottle
Varnish - 1 Small Can
Provo Craft First Impressions Rub-On Stencils - 1 Each For The Border and Picture
Popsicle Sticks
Brush - 1
Potpourri - 1 Pkg

Instructions

The Victorian Animals Society and My Animal Crafts Tutorials Pinterest Board



I don't think I've ever met anyone who hasn't loved making animals.  Whether their sewn,  knit, crocheted, sculpted, paper crafted, woodcrafted or painted - everyone loves them.  So, of course, given I love everything and anything Victorian I had to make some Victorian animals of my own.

However, my Victorian animals decided all on their own to form their own "Victorian Animal Society" for themselves and all their animal friends.  Here's why:

"Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" have decided to start their own "Victorian Animals Tea Society" for all their wonderful Victorian animal friends.

After getting rejected for the umpteenth time from the latest Victorian tea society that he had applied to "Barely Victorian, Ryan!" decided that he and his wife should start their own club.

Their club would truly have an open membership and be accepting of all individuals and creatures. None of this "open to all", but really closed to animals rules. So what if Ryan and Deb were bears. They were still Victorian to the core. In fact, their lineage was probably older than some of the snooty Victorians who turned down their membership application.


Only one way around - start your own club! So, "Bearly Victorian, Ryan!" and "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" did.


While I absolutely love my Victorian animals I also love all types of animals of various syles and have made several primitive type animals of my own designs.


While I absolutely love my own animal designs I also love all types of animals, insects, birds and reptiles and love finding all sorts of "freebies" for making them.


If you do, too, I hope these tutorials, video's, patterns, and how-to's are helpful.

If you love my Animal Crafts Tutorials, Insect, Bird & Reptile Tutorials, Video's, Patterns, & How-To's board please follow my board by clicking on the link above.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Gray Is Beautiful 1 Fabric Designs Collection








The "Grays" and I just LOVE designing fabrics and love it when some of the graphics we created for other purposes end up creating wonderful fabric designs. Such was the case with some of the graphics we created for some of the products in our Gray Is Beautiful Products Gallery.

Most of the new fabric designs will have coordinating Gray Is Beautiful Gallery Products. The Grays are working on that now so stay tuned.

© 2007-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Amusing Free Coloring Books and Printables To Keep The Kids Busy



If you're looking for some adorable free coloring books and e-printables to keep the kids busy you'll be happy to know that we have several for your kids to enjoy.  Just click the links below.

Monday, August 01, 2016

The Dolls Product Lines Series


As a reader of my Linda's Blog and The Dollie Storage Room Blog you are probably well aware that my dollies have always had minds of their own. That might even be an understatement. They have strong wills and strong points of view. When they want something they WANT it.

Now you might say, "So what! They're just dolls!" While that is true they do have a distinct advantage over me in sheer numbers. There are literally thousands of them in the "Dollie Storage Room."

It's my own fault.  I, simply, have made way too many dolls over the years. That's neither here nor there now. The fact is there are a lot of them. And, when they want something - well, THEY WANT IT! They're just so demanding.


Years ago when they demanded that they be allowed to have a 'Dollie Fashion Show Series" which I had to give in to. They loved their fashion shows and this has kept them quiet for quite some time.

While it's been quiet I knew it would just be a matter of time before they told me - or demanded something else.

Well, it seems the "dollies" had gotten together recently and decided they wanted a "The Dolls Product Lines Series."  Over the years many of the dolls have not only had e-patterns and handmade dolls made, but have graphics that have been used to create custom fabric lines, handmade goods lines, and products on demand lines.

In thinking about this new demand I had to agree with them.  That would be a good idea.

I know, I know... shock of shocks.  I agree with the dollies.  Just don't tell them....

If you'd like to see each of the "Dolls Product Lines" that have been created so far please click here.

Let's Give Thanks For Fall, Pumpkin, Pilgrims, Silk Florals and Thanksgiving Season Decorations



Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for giving thanks, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and decorations. As a crafter I just love decorating for the Fall and Thanksgiving holiday season.

If you do, too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free e-patterns and e-books for creating adorable Fall and Thanksgiving decorations.  Just click here.

Babies Splashing In The Rain Fabric Designs






There's something irresistible about babies and delightful pink and blue baby fabrics. Wouldn't you agree?

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

I loved it so much I ended up revising most of the fabric designs in my baby shower collections. I hope you enjoy the new and revised designs from my Babies Splashing In The Rain Custom Fabric Collection.

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

© 2011-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.