Monday, July 31, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Sam Man - The Snow Patriot! and Snow Me Red, White and Blue Patriot


Who can resist  two adorable patriotic snowmen?  Not me.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" wants to show everyone how patriotic he is and is going to do so by wearing his favorite red, white, and blue outfit when he marches in the "Winter Carnival" parade. He doesn't care if they're the colors of summer and that it's winter time. He wants to wear them in the parade.

"Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!" wants to show everyone how patriotic he is and is going to do so by wearing his favorite red, white, and blue outfit when he marches in the "Independence Day" parade. His couldn't be prouder of his country or his fellow country men. They fought well in the Revolutionary War and won their right to independence. That's cause for celebration in Sam Man's book.



Snow Me Red, White and Blue Patriot



“Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!”, 15” Patriotic Snowman Doll E-Pattern - Patriotic Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner 

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" wants to show everyone how patriotic he is and is going to do so by wearing his favorite red, white, and blue outfit when he marches in the "Winter Carnival" parade. He doesn't care if they're the colors of summer and that it's winter time. He wants to wear them in the parade.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" is a 15" self-standing patriotic snowman doll. He has white felt body. His face is outline embroidered with black floss and he has black bead eyes, a resin carrot nose, and blushed cheeks. He is wearing his favorite outfit. His coat is lined and cuffed, and has fold down lapels and a red heart front button for closure. His bow tie is red, white, and blue and his lined top hat is, too. "Snow Me" is carrying two flags that he hopes to wave during the Winter Carnival parade.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!"is a proud citizen - that is, if snowmen can be citizens - and wants everyone to know it. So, let's hear it for the red, white, and blue.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals




Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!


“Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!”, 15” Country Uncle Sam Snowman Patriotic Doll Decoration E-Pattern - Patriotic Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner 

"Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!" wants to show everyone how patriotic he is and is going to do so by wearing his favorite red, white, and blue outfit when he marches in the "Independence Day" parade. His couldn't be prouder of his country or his fellow country men. They fought well in the Revolutionary War and won their right to independence. That's cause for celebration in Sam Man's book.

"Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!" is a 15" self-standing patriotic snowman Americana doll. He has warm and natural body. His face is outline embroidered with black floss and he has two large antique button eyes, a felt carrot nose, and blushed cheeks. He has two large black button down the center of his snowman body. He is wearing his favorite outfit. His coat is lined and cuffed, and is tied just under his neck with a floss bow. His bowtie is red, white, and blue and his floppy lined top hat is, too. He has a long white scarf wrapped around his neck and tied in a knot to the left side of his neck. "Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!" is carrying two flags that he hopes to wave during the Independence Day parade.

"Sam Man!"is a proud citizen - that is, if snowmen can be citizens - and wants everyone to know it. So, let's hear it for the right to be independent. Let's hear it for America - Land of the free!

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

The Doll Products Lines Series - Zacheus and Ursula At Play




I love "faceless" dolls as I believe that without their faces the doll's personality can speak for itself. You tend to look at the whole doll for her beauty versus just looking at her face. There is a quiet beauty to "faceless" dolls and "Ursula At Play" is one of those quiet beauties. She is new doll from our "faceless" colonial boys & girls series.

She and her brother, "Zacheus At Play!" along with her best girlfriend, "Rebecca" are a tight knit group of boys and girls. They are all "faceless" colonial beauties who just love hanging out together. Rebecca is the most dignified of the group and the most studious. Ursula and Zacheus are much more playful and love to tease each other as only "brothers & sisters" can. They pay attention to their studies, but when their done - well, they just love to play.

Zacheus can play with the best of them. Don't let his frilly outfit fool you. Zacheus is all "boy" and as rambunctious as only boys can get. He might have a filly outfit on but that won't prevent him from climbing a tree, going down to the pond to collect tadpoles, rolling down the hill, or chasing after butterflies.

Ursula pays close attention to her studies and is very attentive to the needs of her brother, Zacheus and her best girlfriend, Rebecca. While she loves to play she never forgets her manners and always remains very ladylike.

Zacheus also pays close attention to his studies and is very mindful of his duties. However, when he gets a chance to play he really likes to do so. And, even his frilly outfit, won't stop him from doing so. He is a rambunctious and playful Colonial boy after all.




Ursula At Play


Saturday, July 29, 2017

My “Sweet Julianna” Primitive Art Doll New E-Pattern



"Sweet Julianna! Sweet Julianna!" There should be a song about "Sweet Julianna."

Sweet Julianna is a sweet and shy young primitive woman. She doesn't want to intrude. She just wants to help where ever she can.

She loves cleaning, gardening, sewing, crafting, decorating and cooking. She's extremely creative and oh so clever.

She was "Martha Stewart" before Martha was.

Sweet Julianna is just the sweetest little thing. You can't help but love her. And, she has a head of the most gorgeous dark gray curly hair that you'd ever want to see. It is so thick that it is the envy of all her graying friends.

Her goal in life is to serve others and do a little crafting."

She has a mass of dark grey curly hair which she is trying to control to no avail under her kerchief. She is a free standing doll with a cloth body, embroidered face with glasses, frayed house dress with lace collar, and frayed apron with bib and ties. “Sweet Julianna” is coffee stained throughout. She just wants to help.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Thursday, July 27, 2017

My “Helena” Colonial Doll New E-Pattern and Handmade Doll




“Helena” is a PROUD member of the “Gray Is Beautiful!” Club.

Helena is a 12" Colonial doll that is proud of her beautiful grayish white hair. She's a tough old bird and can definitely handle anything that is thrown at her. The reason for that is that there is nothing in life that Helena hasn't seen or done. Everything she's learned to do she has taught herself. She's street smart, wise, prudent, loyal, feisty, and delicate, too. After all she is a female. She may be tough but she still likes frilly, feminine things like lace trimmed dresses and lace shawls. Helena kind of reminds me of the two old biddies from the movie "Gone With The Wind." You might see her walking down the street conversing with everyone and definitely letting them know her opinion on different subjects. Of course, she's also the one you turn to when you need advice for you can always count on her. If Helena says she'll do something then she will. She has beautiful whitish gray hair underneath her straw bonnet. She is a free-standing cloth doll with an embroidered face, lace trimmed dress with lace insert and floral ribbon decoration, lace trimmed slip, and lace shawl. Her bonnet had velvet ribbon ties, velvet ribbon band, and a floral ribbon decoration.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

My 3 in 1 “Nurse Hannah Anna, Janice Nightingale and Bridget - Nurse For All Seasons!”, Nurse Dolls E-Pattern


If you love making whimsical cloth dolls and love nurses then you're going to love our “Nurse Hannah Anna, Helper To All!, Janice Nightingale - She's Always There For You! and Bridget - Nurse For All Seasons!” 3 in 1 combo e-pattern.




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My 2 in 1 “Chef Andy - Head Chef To The Stars! and Chef Connor - Food Is My Pleasure!!” Chef Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


If you love making folk-art cloth dolls and ornaments and are a big fan of chefs then you're going to love our “Chef Andy - Head Chef To The Stars! and Chef Connor - Food Is My Pleasure!!” 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.



My 2 in 1 “Laura, The Quintessential Lady Bunny! and Devin, A Bunny Gentleman!"E-Pattern


If you love making our "Victorian Animals Society" cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Laura, The Quintessential Lady Bunny! and Devin, A Bunny Gentleman!"  Victorian bunny dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"Laura, The Quintessential Lady Bunny!" was pacing around the house and couldn't wait for her husband, "Devin, A Bunny Gentleman", to get home. You see, she was quite beside herself. She just couldn't understand what they hadn't received their invitation to join the "Victorian Animals Tea Society" that was started by "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" for all their wonderful Victorian animal friends.  Laura and Devin were not only "animals, but "old money" animals which meant they were the creme de la creme of the Victorian animal establishment. They were definitely eligible to join the "Victorian Animals Tea Society." So, why hadn't they received an invitation yet?

"Laura, The Quintessential Lady Bunny!" is quite the epitome of a fashionable lady of society and has been for a very long time. Despite her 70+ years she is still the creme de la creme of society. So, where is her invitation? When will her husband get home?

"Devin, A Bunny Gentleman!" knows that when he gets home he will have wonderful news for his wife. You see, he has the invitation to the "Victorian Animals Tea Society" in his pocket. It was hand delivered by "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" himself. Devin wasn't surprised by the invitation. Despite his 70+ years he is still the creme de la creme of society and fully expected to receive a personal invitation. Just wait until Laura hears. She'll be thrilled.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My 2 in 1 “Rebecca and Blue Bell Sara, The Long Sleek Sitting Boudoir Doll!” Faceless Dolls E-Pattern


I love "faceless" dolls as I believe that without their faces the doll's personality can speak for itself. You tend to look at the whole doll for her beauty versus just looking at her face.  If you love making faceless colonial and Victorian cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Rebecca and Blue Bell Sara, The Long Sleek Sitting Boudoir Doll!” 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

My 2 in 1 “Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe! and Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!” E-Pattern


If you love making our "Victorian Animals Society" cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe! and Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!” Victorian lady and gentleman mouse art dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" is hoping that her life long friendship with "Barely Victorian, Deb!" will guarantee membership for herself and her brother, "Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!" into the new Victorian Tea Society started by "Bearly Victorian, Ryan!" and his wife "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" She's got her fingers and tail crossed.

"Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" knows that her lineage is of the highest so she and her brother should have no problem getting accepted. Plus, well - you know, she had that live long in with Deb. They're BFF's and tight as mice. Or should we say, tight as mice and bears! "Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" is regal and Victorian to the core, but she has a little bit of an imp in here and just loves a good laugh. Or, in her case, a good squeak! While ball room dancing she has been known to belt out several squeaks or two or even three of laughter. She just loves to dance, and twirl, and laugh, and squeak. Her brother, "Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!" is much more serious. Much more studious. He is every bit the proper Victorian gentleman. He has a high IQ, great style and pizazz, and is well behaved. It's not that he doesn't like a good laugh like his sister, Phebe. It's just that he feels there are some things you can do in the privacy of your own home and some things you can't. Squeaking is one of those things that belongs at home. Not when attending the finest social gatherings. However, he adores his sister, Phebe and can't help but chuckle every time he hears her delightful squeak. He loves when she is enjoying herself, but just wishes she were a little quieter about it.




My 2 in 1 “I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle! and Come Here, William Augustus!” Victorian Animal Cat Art Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


If you love making our "Victorian Animals Society" cloth dolls then you're going to love our “I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle! and Come Here, William Augustus!” Victorian cat dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle!" could hardly wait to tell her husband, "Come Here, William Augustus!" that they had gotten the much anticipated email from "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" "I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle!" was anxiously awaiting her membership email. She had no doubt that she and her husband, "Come Here, William Augustus!" would be invited to join as their families had been at the top of the social circle for generations. They were, cats, after all and highly prized for their poise, elegance, tenacity, and grace. In fact, "I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle!" had won the grace competition every year since she was 7 years old. She could jump with such refined elegance that it simply took your breath away. So easy. So smooth. So light as air. And, her husband "Come Here, William Augustus!" was as refined and dignified a gentleman cat as there ever was one. He moved with the sleekness of a fine tuned leopard. He could be right behind you and you wouldn't even notice it. And, his manners. Well, they didn't get any more dignified than William Augustus.

"I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle!" is always up on the latest fashion from the catwalks in Paris. In fact, she used to be one of the models. That is, until her parents told her that it was time for her to take her place within society. So, she gave up the glamorous life of a cat model and came home much to the chagrin of her cat model friends.

Sleek, graceful, beautiful, and refined. What a package all rolled into one. "I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle!" is the epitome of grace and elegance.

Since "I Love Mrs. Buzz, Michelle!" is always up on the latest fashion from the catwalks in Paris she makes sure that her husband, "Come Here, William Augustus!" is too. Since she used to be one of the sleekest cat models in Paris she knows who to go to for the latest in fashionable gentleman's attire. And, every time she comes home with yet another fashionable gentleman's suit for her husband she has to rib him about the fact that she gave up the glamorous life of a cat model and came home much to the chagrin of her cat model friends to marry him.

William knew that when his wife came home with his latest, but fashionable, outfit that he would, once again, be the most refined cat among his friends. And, secretly he was so proud that his wife decided to give up her cat modeling career to marry him and join him among the elite of society. They don't get much better than his wife and he knows that. Just don't tell Michelle he said that.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

My “Play Ball, Please! Jeffrey” Little Boy Doll Decoration New E-Pattern



Play Ball, Please! Jeffrey just wants someone to play ball with him. That's all he can think about from the time he gets up until the time he goes to bed. He just wants to "play ball!" Anyone up for a little baseball. Come on now. Jeffrey wants to "play ball!" Anyone?

Play Ball, Please! Jeffrey loves baseball. Jeffrey is a free-standing boy doll. He has an undershirt, long sleeve knit shirt, and sweatshirt vest. He has knit pants and Champion athletic socks. His face is drawn and he has round black button eyes and ears. He also has a fabric covered wood head, wood body and wood sneaker feet. His hair is long, brown, and wind blown. He is carrying a ball and bat is his hands.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My 2 in 1 "Primitive Anne and Primitive Andy" Primitive Doll NEW Combo E-Pattern



If you love making folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our "Primitive Anne and Primitive Andy" primitive raggedy Annie and Andy dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

2 in 1"Primitive Anne and Primitive Andy" Primitive Doll Combo E-Pattern - 20 Pages

Monday, July 17, 2017

My 2 in 1 "Peter - The Primitive Farmer and Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" Primitive Shelf Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern



If you love making whimsical cloth shelf sitter dolls then you're going to love our "Peter - The Primitive Farmer and Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife"  2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

Peter The Primitive Farmer believes that every day should be spent working hard and providing for your family. There is nothing like a good hard day of labor.  He gets up in the wee hours of the morning to start working on his farm. Margaret, being the dutiful farmer's wife that she is, gets up even earlier than her husband.

Why?

Because she has to prepare his breakfast so he has plenty of energy for working all day.

Margaret The Dutiful Farmer's Wife believes that she should do everything that she can to help her husband, Peter. So, she always has a home cooked meal ready for him at the end of a hard day of labor and at the beginning of the day so he has enough energy for all the demands of the farm.

Margaret gets up so early in the morning to prepare breakfast for Peter that at the end of the day she is a little tired. Peter understands this and when Margaret falls asleep on the sofa he just lets her sleep. She works so hard. She deserves her rest, too.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Tassels & Tiaras: A Winged Wonders Doll Projects Artful Gathering Class - Butterfly Dolls



As you all know I love taking online arts & crafts classes. I literally could spend 24/7 just doing that.


I have been taking online classes at Artful Gathering since 2012 and have loved every one of the eleven classes I've taken.  Each year the selection gets better and better making it almost impossible to decide which class to take. So far I've taken crazy quilting, mixed media art dolls, needle felting, cloth art dolls and paper-clay art doll making classes.

I have to admit I'm a little partial to any classes being offered for doll making and have taken several of those.  Four have them have been taught by Hally Levesque who is an exceptional art doll artist and instructor who has a passion for historic, primitive, and mixed media art dolls.

Hally's classes are always filled with historical tidbits, multiple projects, and very detailed instructions on the making of each of the class projects.

The class I took in Session One this year was the 11th class I've taken at Artful Gathering and, once again, it didn't disappoint.  It was another of Hally's art doll classes and was for making 3 different kinds of 1900 - 1920 art deco or art nouveau tassel half art dolls.

Hally's classes are always filled with historical tidbits and this class was dedicated to some of the more famous women of the 1900's like Mata Hari, Lillian, Gish and Theda Vamp.

Like all the other classes I've taken my projects don't always end up looking like the finished class projects.  This class was no exception.

No matter how hard I try my dolls always seem to have a tiny Victorian slant to them. Even if they are supposed to be vamps.  What can I say - I love everything Victorian.  In this instance I gave them a Victorian type hairstyle versus and vamp hair style.