Saturday, March 31, 2018

Revisions To My Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly - A Beautiful Trio of Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitters



Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay art dolls that I made back in September of 2014.

I was never happy with the way their faces looked (as shown in the picture below) because I always thought they were too big.  I didn't like how they looked with their hair as I always thought they weren't proportioned correctly.  So, I decided to change them and add bonnets to the top of their heads for better overall proportions with the shelf sitter parts of their bodies.


The one on the left in the picture above is Lucy.  Here's how she used to look:

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Revision For Peace, Serenity, and Composure - My New Mixed Media Victorian Collage and Paper-clay Art Dolls



Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.

Peace and Serenity live in an idealized world where everything is peaceful and serene.  Composure is more of a realist and lives in a realistic world where she is always composed.  It may be a realistic world, but not one that rattles her.

They are mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay wood art dolls that I made back in September of 2014 - two with paper-clay faces and one with a paper face.


I have always loved how Peace and Serenity came out.  They're the two shown on the left and in the center in the picture above.  I wasn't totally happy with Composure, who is the doll on the right in the picture above, so I decided to revise her face and sculpt a paper-clay one instead.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I Just Had To Tweak and Revise My Mixed Media Paper-clay Victorian Art Dolls


Back in September 2014 I decided to make some Victorian mixed media collage and paper-clay faced art dolls. So, combining my love of dolls with my decades long experience with sewing and crafting and utilizing everything I've learned in all the online classes I'd taken I decided that was the time to make those dolls. I tend to favor stump dolls, shelf sitters, and faceless dolls and knew these would be no exception.

I wanted to utilize some of the molds I had bought several years before when I was enthralled with goddess dolls. Given I never seem to have enough time for doing what I want to do right then and there my goddess dolls had sat on the back burner for several years.

Back then I decided to make some Victorian wooden dolls - some with paper-clay faces, some with paper-clay mannequin faces, some with paper faces. Their outfits were be a combination of fabric, lace, paper, creative embroidery embellishments, ribbon silk floral, beads, etc.

For their hair I utilized some of the alpaca yarn my sister, who is the owner of Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber, had given me. I had some alpaca yarn fiber from Cosmo, Zinnia, Sunflower, Ivy,and Masquerade. All was hand-spun, but some she had single plied and some she had Navajo plied.

Back in September 2014 when I was doing a little cleaning of my craft area I had found some 3/4" wood shelf sitter shapes that my husband had cut out for me several years before. I had intended to make a painted figure of some sort out of them and decided to create two witches with paper-clay faces.

I was happy with the way the shelf sitter witches turned out so I decided to make a bunch of templates of different shapes and sizes that my younger brother and husband could use for cutting the wood dolls that I wanted to make.

Since I never do anything in moderation I ended up with several templates - okay, make that lots of templates utilizing different lengths, widths, and depths of wood. It took us a long time to draw, cut and sand the wood pieces. By the time I was finished I had 41 dolls to make. I told you I never do anything in moderation!


After working on my dolls for what seemed like weeks on end I finally finished them and they are shown in the picture above.  At the time I was happy how most of them came out and unsatisfied with the way some had come out.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Wedding Custom Fabric Design




There's something charming about weddings and bridal fabric 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 wedding custom fabric designs I could not wait.

I loved it so much I ended up creating 22 new designs for this collections. Shown above are some of the new designs.  There are many more.  I hope you enjoy the new and revised designs from my Wedding and Bridal Custom Fabric Collection.





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

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

A Little Downsizing Is Good For The Creative Soul




If you've been following along with my blogs and websites over the last fourteen years you know that the "dollies" and I have had quite a few websites and quite a few blogs. Fourteen years ago for a small business owner to have a website online that you had control over you basically had to either create your own using HTML or some comparable software that could publish to the web and then FTP (file transfer protocol) it to what-ever service provider was hosting your website and domain name.

I wanted to be able to update my website whenever I wanted and change it whatever way I wished. As a result my first two websites were created in Publisher and FTP'd to my hosting accounts at GoDaddy where my two domain names resided. I used Paypal HTML coding back then and had to copy and paste their payment HTML coding for every item I wanted to sell. While I had complete control over my website design the coding was tedious at best.

When instant download e-patterns came along I used PayloadZ and Paypal to handle the "Buy Now" capabilities. This, too, utilized HTML coding which, again, was tedious at best.

So, before long I outgrew the capabilities of these two websites and needed websites with more sophisticated shopping carts and with the ability to handle instant download e-products. So, I decided to open two new websites utilizing a CubeCart shopping cart at In A Pickle Web Design, which is owned by Annie Kelly.

With the two new websites with Annie I now had 4 websites and a GoDaddy Website Tonight "About Me" page. Two of the websites I was still maintaining with Publisher and transferring via FTP to GoDaddy, two I was maintaining using the In A Pickle Web Design CubeCart interface, and one I was maintaining through GoDaddy.

Five websites, however, wasn't all I had. I had jumped on the blogging craze back in 2003 utilizing an AOL blog, then a Yahoo 360 blog, and then several Blogger.com blogs. For me blogging was the perfect solution for disseminating information about your small business and letting your customers get to know you. Back then, however, there was a lot of skepticism about blogging with some small business owners even claiming they would never buy anything off a blog. Not me. I took a giant step forward and stopped issuing newsletters. I jumped on the blogging band wagon and have never looked back.

My online interests continued to expand over the years as well as my doll & craft interests. Over time my blogs multiplied as each had a different audience and, therefore, a different subject to discuss. So, at one point in time I had 5 websites, 18 blogs, an Etsy shop, a Zibbet shop, 3 Zazzle shops, and several other secondary e-pattern and handmade goods online selling venues. I also had a topsite, several plugboards, and a lot of social media pages and/or groups to maintain.

Four years ago I decided to do a little downsizing.  All of this had all become too much to handle so I decided to start downsizing gradually. The first to go were the plugboards, followed by half of my blogs, followed by several social media communities and groups, followed by some of the selling venues.

Four years ago I decided to consolidate all of my websites into one selling website that could handle not only all my e-products, all my print patterns, and all my handmade goods but be expandable so it is able to be displayed correctly on all the desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices out there.

Back then I did a lot of research and decided to create my new Linda Walsh Originals Shop at GoDaddy utilizing their Quick Shopping Cart. What I liked about the GoDaddy website is that it would handle all of my different businesses under one roof as well as all my handmade products and all my e-products.

My consolidated website handling both digital products and handmade products has worked well for the past four years, but was still a lot of work with everything else I was doing, including online classes that I love to take.  So, I decided to downsize even more and closed my Linda Walsh Originals Shop which was selling my e-patterns and all my handmade doll and craft decorations.

I also decided to upgrade my Linda Walsh Originals Information website which is a GoDaddy Website Tonight website to be an "About me" portfolio with multiple pages of sorts for everything and anything concerning Linda Walsh Originals.

This doesn't mean you can't still buy my e-patterns and handmade doll & craft decorations.  You can.  All of my instant download e-patterns are available at my Linda Walsh Originals Etsy Shop and I will be adding my handmade doll & craft decorations as time permits over the next few months.

I'm still in the process of critiquing my business interests as well as my creative interests so don't be surprised if there are a few more changes to come. Sometimes too much is too much and down sizing is good for the soul.  Plus, it allows for plenty of time for creative processes.  So, stay tuned to wherever my muse takes me.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Lure Of The Leprechaun! They're Just Too Mischievous!


The lure of the leprechaun! Sounds ominous - doesn't it?

What do I mean by this? Well, what is it about leprechauns that makes people love them? What is their hidden attraction - their lure?

Is it their devilish nature? The twinkle in their eyes? Their dimples? Their rosy cheeks? Their sheer luck?

Maybe it's their tenacity? Their studiousness? Their lively spirits?

Or, the fact that they have little "pots of gold?" Hidden treasures and mischievousness?

Or, is it because they wear green outfits and live in the forest? Or is it because they are cobblers by trade? What?

So, what's the lure? Why do people far and wide love the little men in the green suits? (Almost sound like martians, doesn't it?) And, did they always wear green suits?

It's definitely something for everyone loves leprechauns, especially crafters. Of course, then again, crafters love just about anything that they can create. And, crafters love other crafters and leprechauns are shoemakers which makes them crafters after all. That's "crafters logic" for ya.

So, really, why do crafters love to create them? Is it their red hair? Is it because they are inherently lucky and we all hope some of that their luck will rub off on us? Or, is it because we can appreciate all their hard work and hard efforts to make their creations - shoes? What is it about these little men in green suits that lures us?

So, (surprise, surprise) that got me to thinking about the history of the leprechaun. If you're a reader of my Linda's Blog you had to see this coming a mile away. So, of course I had to find out - where did their legend begin?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Things To Think About - Some Irish Blessings For You



As St. Patrick's Day approaches please remember these Irish Blessings:

May you alway walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
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May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long
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May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
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May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
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May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
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May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
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Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
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And, my favorite Irish blessing:

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of your wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Jokes For The Kids



Here's some St. Patrick's Day jokes for the kids:

Q - Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?
A - Real rocks are too heavy!

Q - When is an Irish Potato not an Irish Potato?
A - When it's a FRENCH Fry!

Q - What do you call a fake stone in Ireland?
A - A sham rock!

Q - Why do frogs like St. Patrick's Day?
A - Because they're always wearing GREEN!

Q - What is out on the lawn all summer and is Irish?
A - Paddy O'Furniture!

Q - How can you spot a jealous shamrock?
A - It will be green with envy!

Q - Why did St. Patrick DRIVE all the snakes out of Ireland?
A - Because it was too far for them to CRAWL!

Q - What kind of bow can't be tied?
A - A rain bow!

Q: What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover?
A: A rash of good luck!

Q - Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover?
A - You never want to PRESS your luck!

Q - What do you call a clumsy Irish dance?
A - A JIG mistake!

Q - Why do so many people live in Ireland?
A - Because the capital is always DUBLIN!

Q - How can you tell an Irishman is having a good time?
A - He always DUBLIN over with laughter!




And, finally:


Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Irish!
Irish Who?
Irish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 05, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Craft Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board


St. Patrick's Day is always a fun holiday. I hope you enjoy some of the St. Patrick's Day crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's I have found.  Have fun decorating.

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

Saturday, March 03, 2018

MY Alpacas Rock Penny Rug Picture Decoration E-Pattern


Alpacas Rock Penny Rug Picture is an e-pattern to create a 12" by 12" alpaca felt picture in a 15" by 15" purchased picture frame with 1 large and 8 small alpacas in a penny rug style design.

Each felt alpaca piece is embroidered as a stitchery with the basic alpaca standing or grazing outline and then each is embroidered to the felt background. The large standing alpaca and small standing alpacas are embroidered using the same large and small standing alpaca design. The four standing alpacas are then needle felted with alpaca roving which I purchased from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber. The four grazing alpacas are eating grass behind a fence. The base and back lining are blanket stitch embroidered along the edge.

The pattern can be made as just a blanket stitched penny rug or as a wool felt blanket stitched picture enclosed within a wall picture frame or tabletop picture frame.

The pattern includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the alpaca penny rug 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