Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Favorite BIG Halloween Dolls - YIKES! They're Scary! Or Are They?



Second to the Fall season as one of my favorite times to create and decorate is Halloween. I don't know why I like making witches, goblins, Frankenstein's, ghosts, mummies, and Dracula's, but I do. That's surprising as if I really saw one I'd probably have a heart attack. And, I cannot watch scary movies. Go figure! But, I do like to create them and the bigger the better.

So, I thought I'd show you pictures of some of my favorite BIG Halloween dolls and wood crafts that I made to decorate my house during the holiday season.


First, there is "You're Scary? You've Got To Be Kidding, Frankenstein!" I named him this way due to the expression on his face and his general "lack" of scariness. He couldn't scare a mouse let alone a human. But, every Halloween I put him in my hall with his own spotlight focused right on him for all the trick or treater's to see when they come trick or treating.

He stands 48" tall and is one of the BIGGEST dolls that I made. He was made based on a Tattered Treasures design.

He has a 3/4" thick pine wood body, painted green Frankenstein shaped head with bolts sticking out of the sides. He's wearing an old shirt of my husbands, and his wood legs are painted to look like plaid trousers. He has 4x4 cubes for his massive feet and a solid wood base. His vest is painted wood.

He's carrying a painted wood sign that says "Monster Mash! Trick or Treat!" and he's carrying a large rubber bat.

He also has a splattering of red blood everywhere and is adorned with raffia bows and tattered cloth. And, of course, he has the Frankenstein surgery scars everywhere. Maybe the red blood might scare some children, but his face surely wouldn't.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Gotta Love Our Alpacas Rock Halloween Product Lines Series


Who doesn't love Halloween - especially Halloween decorating?  For sure, I do.  If you're anything like me then you love having all sorts  of media for your decorating needs.  And, if you love alpacas like we do you're going to be in decorating heaven with our product lines.

We started with a simple design for our handmade Alpacas At Spooky Hollow penny rug embroidered mini-quilt and created an e-pattern for you to create one of your own.

Then we decided to utilize our Alpacas At Spooky Hollow design to create a line of custom fabrics with five coordinating fabric designs so you could sew and decorate to your heart's content.  Think of all the decorations you could make with yards and yards of custom Halloween fabric.

Then  we decided to use this design to create some Alpacas Rock Halloween Holiday coordinating  products, such as, coffee mugs, stickers, magnets, coasters, door hangers, paper napkins, and serving trays.

With all this you've got plenty to suit your Halloween decorating needs.  Wouldn't you agree?

My Alpacas At Spooky Hollow Mini Quilt and Embroidery E-Pattern



Alpacas Rock - Alpacas At Spooky Hollow Mini Quilt and Embroidery is an e-pattern to create an 6 1/2" by 8 1/2" mini quilt decoration.

Your mini quilt and embroidery utilizes two 5 1/2” by 6 1/2” pieces of felt. One to sew all the wool felt pieces of the mini quilt to and the other as back lining. The felt alpaca piece is embroidered as a stitchery and then is embroidered to the felt background and tree.

The dark brown tree is embroidered to the felt background.  The house, roof, walkway, and chimney are embroidered to the felt background.   The door and shutters are embroidered to the house.   The fence rails and fence posts are embroidered to the alpaca and the felt background.  The ghosts  are embroidered to the felt background, house, and fence.   The witches hat is embroidered to the middle fence post, walkway, alpaca, and background.  The jack-o-lantern is embroidered to the house and the felt background.  The bats are embroidered to the felt background. The spider webs are straight stitch embroidered to the base, tree, and fence post and rail.

Felt tabs are added for hanging the mini-quilt to the mini quilt wire and wood hanger and then the base and back lining are blanket stitch embroidered along the edges.

The pattern includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the alpaca mini quilt from start to finish, full page picture layout sheet, alpacas embroidery design instructions sheet and full page single sided pattern piece sheets. The pattern also includes step-by-step illustrations and instructions for blanket stitching.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Call Me Frank N. Stein Frankenstein Doll



Call Me Frank N. Stein is a free-standing doll who doesn’t mean to be scary. He has a worn, tattered and fringed sash, embroidered and blood-stained vest, gathered long sleeved shirt, square-bottomed pants, long fringed scarf, shaped head with wooden screws and embroidered face. His arms are wire-shaped and covered. He also has a fabric covered head, wild black hair around the sides of his head and a covered rectangular wood base. His inner body is supported by a dowel and is covered by his shirt and square-bottomed pants. He is carrying a “Welcome to Spooky Hollow!” bag. Fringed scraps of Halloween material are tied around his waist and his wrists. He has embroidered scars, blood smears and blood drops all over him.

Call Me Frank N. Stein considers himself to be the "politest" Frankenstein around. In fact, he loves to introduce himself. He's not "Frankenstein!" Why, he's "Frank N. Stein!" A right proper name for a gentleman. Call Me Frank N. Stein is a free-standing doll and doesn't mean to be scary. He can't help it if they run away from him screaming. He does his best to be proper, refined, and respectful at all times. Yet, they still run from him. He has embroidered scars, blood smears and blood drops all over him but those are there for decoration only. They are not meant to be scary. But, no matter what he does he still scares everyone away when he tries to introduce himself. He barely gets "Hi, Call Me Frank N. Stein!" out of his mouth when they start fleeing away.

Call Me Frank N Stein Handmade Country Frankenstein Handmade Doll Decoration








© 2004-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane! and I Lost My Head! Abraham, The Headless Horseman!”


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as there are so many different types of decorations you can make.  I love making Victorian Halloween cloth dolls like witches, ghosts. Frankenstein, etc. but also love making unusual dolls, too.  If you do, too then you're going to love our “Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane! and I Lost My Head! Abraham, The Headless Horseman!” dolls.




Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane! 



"Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane!" is hoping that by being very forthright and honest about his fears that he can enlist every one's help in getting over his fear of the dreaded "Headless Horseman." He is so tired and just wants to get a good night's sleep and hasn't been able to do that in so very, very long. You see, he's been afraid of the "headless horseman" for hundreds of years and figures that it's time he got over that. It's time he was able to get a good night's sleep without having nightmares about the "headless horseman." He's hoping that with your help he'll finally be able to conquer and overcome his fears. So, with the help of his therapist he decided that he should confront the "headless horseman" and let him know that he's no longer afraid of him. He can't invade his dreams anymore and can't try to scare him to death. And, if he tells him that and you tell him that then, maybe, Ichabod can get a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, the one night he tried to confront the headless horseman on his own he awoke to find the tombstone and pumpkins at the foot of his bed. YIKES!

"Here lies the body of Ichabod Crane - never to be seen AGAIN!" YIKES! How is Ichabod ever to get over his fear?

"Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane!!" is a 16" Victorian gentleman from our new Holiday Victorian line. Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane! is a self standing cloth doll. He has an embroidered and watercolor pencil painted face. He is wearing a brushed black denim outfit with a coordinated and multiple lace trimmed shirt with lace trimmed sleeves and cummerbund. He's wearing an olive colored felt vest with button and lace trimmed coordinating black check ascot. His brushed black denim jacket is lined with coordinating black check fabric, is top stitched, has rolled cuff sleeves, and two buttons. He's also sporting a lined and coordinating top hat and fringed flannel scarf. He has a full head of curly gray mohair hair. He is very refined and Victorian like.

At the bottom of Ichabod's body is a tombstone inscribed with "Here Lies The Body of Ichabod Crane - Never To Be Seen Again!" His tombstone is surrounded by plastic pumpkins and fall floral leaves.


Ichabod I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane Handmade Victorian Art Doll

“Ichabod - I'm Not Afraid Of You Crane!”, 16” Victorian Gentleman Art Doll E-Pattern - Victorian Holiday Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate








© 2004-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.




I Lost My Head! Abraham, The Headless Horseman!



"I Lost My Head! Abraham" could hardly wait for his Victorian debut. He was just dying to show you his extremely coordinated Victorian outfit - among other things he was dying to show you. Like his heads!!!!! Why, he didn't even get any blood on his outfit? Now, that's gentlemanly - don't you think? What's the problem? Are the heads throwing you off? Actually, Abraham otherwise know as the "Headless horseman" is quite the Victorian gentleman. He always dresses in his Victorian best. He's always coordinated. And, he's always the PERFECT gentleman.

Except when he can't find "Ichabod Crane!" Then he gets - well, a little nasty. You'd think "Ichabod Crane" would make it easy on him. Oh, no! He has to see a therapist who's trying to help him overcome his fears of the "headless horseman." Now how's Abraham supposed to do his job if Ichabod manages to overcome his fears?

"I Lost My head! Abraham, The Headless Horseman!" is a 14" Victorian Horseman doll from our new Holiday Victorian line. Abraham is a self-standing horseman cloth doll - albeit without a head! He is wearing a multi layered lace trimmed shirt with lace trimmed sleeves and coordinating lace trimmed ascot. His cummerbund is a wide gold trimmed ribbon. His brown corduroy jacket is lined and top stitched with rolled cuffs and folded back lapels with buttons. He's also sporting a lined black cape.

Abraham is carrying the heads of two of his latest victims in his left hand and his favorite ax in his right hand. He just wants to show them to Ichabod Crane. Now why can't he find him?


I Lost My Head! Abraham The Headless Horseman Handmade Doll

“I Lost My Head! Abraham, The Headless Horseman!”, 14” Victorian Monster Horseman Art Doll E-Pattern - Victorian Holiday Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate







© 2004-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.


Friday, September 15, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - "Be Very Afraid, Dennis! and Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!” Victorian Ghost Art Dolls


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as there are so many different types of decorations you can make.  I love making Victorian Halloween cloth dolls like witches, ghosts. Frankenstein, etc. but also love making unusual dolls, too.  If you do, too then you're going to love our “Be Very Afraid, Dennis! and Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!” doll products.




Be Very Afraid, Dennis! 


If you've never seen a proper and dignified, gentleman ghost get ready for "Be Very Afraid, Dennis!" He's every bit the Victorian ghost that be seems. But, be very afraid! Hmmmm..... I don't think so. You see, you don't have to be afraid of him because he's not terrifying or nasty. No! No! No! It's more like - be very afraid because he'll try to charm the socks off of you. And, once he's charmed you - well, you're his! And, then, maybe you should be very afraid! He's a charmer, he's a gentleman, and he's very much a proper Victorian. So what if he's a ghost? That doesn't mean anything. Or does it? Be very afraid! Don't be very afraid! Be charmed! Hmmmmm......

"Be Very Afraid, Dennis!" is a 14" Victorian ghost from our new Holiday Victorian line. "Be Very Afraid, Dennis!" is a self-standing ghost cloth doll. He has an embroidered and watercolor pencil painted face. He is wearing a coordinated Victorian outfit. He has a black shirt with a coordinating black lace trimmed ascot, a lined and coordinating vest with a button and lapels. His ghostly jacket is lined and coordinates with his lined vest and is top stitched with flaps, lapels, collar and cuffs. He's also sporting a lined and coordinating top hat. He's wearing his top hat slightly to the right hand side of his head so you can see his wonderful, ghostly head. You see, he thinks that's his best asset.

In fact, "Be Very Afraid, Dennis!" thinks he's got lots of assets and is down right dapper. "Dapper Dennis!" Hmmmm...... I don't know about that. I still think it's smart to warn everyone - "Be Very Afraid, Dennis!" is on the loose and might just try to charm you.

Be Very Afraid Dennis Handmade Victorian Gentleman Ghost Doll

“Be Very Afraid, Dennis!”, 14” Victorian Ghost Art Doll E-Pattern - Victorian Holiday Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate





Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost


The Victorian side of "Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!" has her waiting patiently for her introduction while the "ghostly" side of her has been rather impatient. "Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!" wants desperately to be thought of as a "lady" and being accepted by all the proper "ladies" of society. She doesn't want to be thought of as a ghost and figures that if she gets accepted as a member of the "Victorian Ladies Tea Society" that the other "ladies" in her social circle will have to accept her. So, she has been petitioning the "Victorian Ladies Tea Club" to let her join. For some reason, however, they have been reluctant to do so citing some old rule against ghosts becoming members.

"Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!" has been working endless hours on meeting all the members and showing them just what a wonderful "lady" ghost that she is. She figures if they get to know her they will love her and will have to agree that she is in fact a proper lady ghost and entitled to membership. So, she is waiting patiently - ever so patiently. She's just hoping they decide soon before her "ghostly" side has just had too much waiting.

"Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost" is a 13" Victorian ghost from our new seasonal Victorian line. Valerie is a self-standing ghost cloth doll. She has an embroidered and watercolor pencil painted face. She is wearing a cotton slip with black tassel trim and a lace trimmed black diamond printed dress. She has a fashionable hooded and lined multi-sectional cape with black tassel trim and a lined bonnet with matching black tassel trim.

Valerie is the epitome of class and style, if she doesn't so so herself! She just wishes they would hurry up and decide.

 Valerie The Proper Victorian Lady Ghost Handmade Art Doll
“Valerie, The Proper Lady Ghost!”, 13” Victorian Ghost Art Doll E-Pattern - Victorian Holiday Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate






© 2004-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.