Monday, December 30, 2019

Victorian Happy New Year Illustration From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889


What better way to send a "Happy New Year" greeting than with a beautiful illustration from the cover of the February 2, 1889 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Book on page 177.  It was entitled "New Year Greeting" and was drawn by F.S. Church, N.A.

I, too wish you all a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Loved Decorating With My Gingerbread-Man Collection of Custom Product Designs



I've been working on adding custom product designs to my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery   The past month I have been adding some Christmas custom products to my gallery.

One of the designs I decided to create custom products out of for Christmas was my gingerbread-man design.  I ended up creating all sorts of adorable gingerbread custom products for the holiday season like, Christmas stockings, place-mats (paper, cloth, and laminated), tablecloth, bathroom towels, kitchen towels, coasters, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, LED candles, ornaments, stickers, paper plates, napkins, pillows, tote bags, gift bags, wrapped canvas pictures and so much more.

I even created gingerbread-man nail art, cutting boards, postcards, jigsaw puzzles, key-chains, vinyl crafting stickers, ribbon, ornaments, tree skirts, magnet, greeting cards, fleece blankets, throw blankets, custom fabric, tissue paper, bandanna's, men's ties, gift labels, return address labels, gift tags, cake pops, scrap-booking papers, cooking aprons, cake stands and paper cups.  I'm still working on this collection so there may be more.


After creating the custom gingerbread-man design products I decided to purchase a long table gingerbread-man cloth tablecloth for my dining table.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!


Yes, Linda, there really is a Santa Claus!

I can remember my Mother telling me that, as I'm sure most of you can too.

We all know Santa as the familiar image with his red suit, sled or sleigh, reindeer's, and sacks of toys delivering packages to "all the good girls and boys!"

And, we all know about Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, the hard working elves, and all the reindeer.

For me the Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year.  I just love the Christmas season and I always have.  Whether it's the hustle and bustle and busy nature of the season, the colors, or the festive atmosphere - I just love it.

Of course, when I was a child I loved it for very different reasons - the presents.  I could hardly wait for Santa to arrive so we could open presents.  In fact, back in 2005 I wrote about an incident that happened to me as a child on my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me blog entitled "Who Doesn't Love Christmas Presents!"  I hope you click on the link to read this story.  Let's just say I wasn't a "good" girl that year.

In thinking about Santa Claus and the Christmas season I was reminded of another Linda's Blog post I had written back in 2005 entitled "Yes, Linda, There Really Is A Santa Claus!" about the history of Santa Claus and thought you might like to re-read it. So, here it is:

The Christmas Decorations in the Farmer's Porch and Bathroom This Year



Entry ways and bathrooms are sometime overlooked when it comes to Christmas decorations.  I like to decorate them, even the bathroom.

On the farmer's porch wall I decided to hang one of the quilted pictures hubby and I had made years ago, one of my new custom designed gingerbread-man wrapped canvas pictures, and one of the cloth wreaths I had made years ago.






Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmas Decorations In The Sun-room This Year


One of the cheeriest and sunniest rooms in our house is our sun-room. It's one of my favorite rooms and was both my "beloved" mother's and our "beloved" Bud's favorite rooms. I know why it was my mother's favorite rooms - she just loved sunshine. Since this room is on the south side it gets a lot of sun and because of this can be "hot" at times.

I often wondered why it was "Bud's" favorite room too until one day it dawned on me that the sun-room was the only room in the house that he could see out of. He'd sit in front of the french doors all day just looking out.

So, I thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the Christmas decorations in our sun-room.

Christmas Decorations In The Dining Room This Year



One of the reasons I just love the Christmas season is that everything is just so festive. Lots of bright colors and lots of wonderful color.  Add beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and you have a perfect season.

In my house we have three fireplaces that I have loved decorating for over 20 years. I used to decorate all three of them, but that got to be a bit much so I scaled it back to the family room fireplace and mantle and the dining room fireplace and mantle.

Here's what the Christmas decorations in the dining room look like this year.


The focal point of the dining room is the large Rumsfeld fireplace and mantle.  In front of the fireplace I placed the following Christmas decorations:

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christmas Decorations In The Kitchen and Dining Area This Year


The kitchen, family room, and dining area are the focal point for our Christmas decorations every year and, if time is of the essence, is the only room I decorate every year.


I had spent the summer making all sort of mixed media Christmas decorations for our house this year and was anxious to see how they would look around the house.  In particular, I wanted to see how my mixed media Santa and Mrs. Claus trees, mixed media bottle vase with handmade paper poinsettia flowers, and mixed media Christmas trees would look on my dining table.

My Skinny "Pencil" Christmas Tree Decorations This Year



In 2017 I bought and fell in love with my pencil Christmas tree. While shopping in Michaels I saw some tall, skinny artificial Christmas trees that I call "pencil" trees and thought they might look nice in our family room. My sister had bought a tall, skinny artificial tree a few years before for her living room as the tree she had was just too big for the room and was really, really happy with it.

So I thought about our Christmas trees over the years and wondered if the pencil tree would be good for us too.  The problem with our Christmas trees every year was they always ended up in the dining room, living room, or sun-room. That's okay, but we spend most of our time in the kitchen and family room, which isn't big enough for a large Christmas tree without moving some of the furniture out, and as a result we don't really get to see much of the Christmas tree.

So, I mentioned this to hubby and we went to look at them as they were on sale in 2017. We both thought it would be nice to see a lighted Christmas tree (albeit tall and skinny) in the family room. So, we bought one as the sale price was good and brought it home.


After setting it up I put on all the ornaments I've made, my mother or sister made, or were given to me by family members and I was determined to uphold this tradition with my skinny tree. I wasn't sure the tree would be big enough to hold them all but decided I would give it my best shot.

Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I was finished. I was happy to see that all my decorations fit perfectly. In fact, I loved the way they looked on the "pencil" tree as it really highlights the decorations and there's still plenty of room to add more. That's when I fell in love with it.

This year I had made quite a few new mixed media ornaments like small gingerbread houses and small decorated presents cubes and was hoping there would be room on my pencil tree for them along with everything else I like to put on it.  To my delight everything fit including my new decorations.


I couldn't have been happier and even more in love with my pencil tree.  It is just so beautiful this year.  I'm happy, hubby is happy, Mr. Jolly is happy, and the little doggie is happy.

Like the past two years both Mr. Jolly and the Little Doggie took their place of honor next to the pencil Christmas tree.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Decorations In My Family Room This Year



I just love decorating for the holidays for a couple of reasons. The first is I love the bright colors of the holiday season - especially the red's.

The second is that it gives me an opportunity to display some of the handmade dolls and crafts I have made or bought over the last 45 years. And, yes, given my age and the number of years I've been doing this I have quite a few items in my Christmas decorations stash.

And, thirdly - it gives me the opportunity to display some of the floral craft creations I've made during this period as well.  What always amazes me every year is how well the floral craft decorations I've made over the years are still as good as new. Not only do I love to make dolls, love to craft, but I also love to create pine cone baskets, silk floral arrangements, decorated Christmas trees, and wreaths.

Over the years from time to time I've shown you many of the Christmas decorations in my house.  Given how many mixed media Christmas decorations I've made this year I thought some of you might be curious as to how I blended them with all the other Christmas decorations I've made or bought over the years.


I have a lot to show and several rooms so I figured I would break this down into several Linda's Blog posts so stay tuned.

Here's what's up in the family room this year.


The first item in the family room is a large ceramic Christmas tree from five decades ago that belonged to my "beloved" mother-in-law.  She cherished it and put it out in her apartment every year so we put it out as a tribute to her now.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Mouse Christmas Decorations From 1975


Like many of the Christmas decorations in my house the mouse boy and girl Christmas dolls in the picture above have a story.  They are actually piggy banks that I got back in 1975 when I was 21 years old.  Back then  I worked at a bank first as a teller and then as a trainer to all the tellers.  It was the 3rd professional job I had gotten in my life.

Technically I'd been working part-time for eleven years by then.  I'd been babysitting for neighbors all over my neighborhood for less than $1.00 per hour an hour since I was 10 years old.  My first professional job was at 15 1/2 years old working part-time as a nurse's aide in a nursing home that my grandmother was in. The women who ran the nursing home used to be the school nurse so she knew me and I knew her.

After that I worked part-time as a cashier in a grocery store and then as a deli clerk in another grocery store.  While working at the deli store I lost the tip of one of my fingers, but that's another story for another post.

I Have "Joy" Inside and Outside of My House


 

I think about my beloved mother, who was my best friend, all the time and are always pleasantly pleased when I find items that say "Joy" as that was my mother's name.  She was everything that the word means and was herself "joyful" inside and out.

According to the name definition websites the name "Joy" is taken from the word "joy", meaning delight or great happiness.  It is derived from the Old French word "joie"and is a virtuous name like Hope, Faith, Charity and Patience.

Given it's meaning it's no surprise that the word "joy" is seen everywhere at Christmas time.  Sometimes I see the word during the year and like to think that when I do it's my mother's way of letting me know she's watching over me from heaven.  Thinking of that always makes me smile as that gives me great comfort as an adult in this often crazy world.

When I was a child and did things I shouldn't have, as children always do, she always seemed to know no matter how secretive I thought I was....lol! She always knew when I had been up to something.  I always thought she had eyes in the back of her head and everywhere else.

In reflecting on this years later it suddenly dawned on me that she didn't have eyes everywhere or in the back of her head.  She was just very intuitive, like mother's always are in regards to their children -  she knew just by looking at my face.  There was no way to lie to her.  If I tried to I ended up smiling when she would give me that look that only a mother can give and say, "Linda."

Thursday, December 12, 2019

My New Mixed Media Paper Cube Christmas Ornaments



One of the supplies I bought from Alphastamps.net was 2"cube Kraft boxes.  I thought they might make cute paper ornaments for my Christmas tree.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

My Sister's Beautiful Nuno Felted Scarves and Hand-Knit, Han-Dyed and Hand-Spun Scarves


I am so proud of my sister, Debbie Bohringer.  Not only does she sell alpaca fiber products but she also sells her beautiful handmade scarves and nuno felted (wet) scarves from the alpaca fiber of her own herd of Full Accoyo and Perucoyo Huacaya Alpacas.  She and her husband, Karl, are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas which they established in 2011. 


She sells hand processed, hand spun yarns, mill processed rovings, and hand processed carded batts in her Rock Garden Alpacas Etsy Shop  as well as beautiful one of a kind handmade nuno (wet) felted scarves, and beautiful hand-knit, hand-spun and hand dyed scarves.

If you love hand made items like I do you'll appreciate the beautiful colors and workmanship involved with creating beautiful handmade one of a kind nuno (wet) felted scarves.



Beautiful Nuno Felted Scarves -Rock Garden Alpacas Pinterest Board

If you love hand made items like I do you'll appreciate the beautiful colors and workmanship involved with creating beautiful handmade one of a kind hand-knit, hand-spun and hand dyed scarves.


Beautiful Hand Knit Scarves - Rock Garden Alpacas Pinterest Board

I hope you get a chance to visit her Rock Garden Alpacas Etsy Shop  to see for yourself.

Monday, December 09, 2019

New Mixed Media Christmas Decorations - Adorable Gingerbread Houses


As I mentioned in my previous Linda's Blog post when I fell in love with mixed media crafts I was searching the web for various mixed media crafts suppliers websites and found Alphastamps.net which sells collage supplies.

In perusing their blog I found several projects, make that many projects....lol, I wanted to try.  One of the projects I wanted to try was "The Jolly Christmas Houses of Jingle Lane by Kristin Batsel!"

It was just so adorable I had to try it! She utilized the house treat box, which is a chipboard house to create her Christmas gingerbread houses.  So, I bought four.  As always, I figured I could keep one and give some away as gifts.


I put the chipboard houses together and then looked at my mixed media crafts stash to see what supplies I wanted to utilize for making my gingerbread houses.  Needless to say, like the other smaller gingerbread house ornaments I had made,  there were a lot of stash supplies containers out while making these houses, too.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

My New Miniature Mixed Media Gingerbread House Christmas Ornaments


When I fell in love with mixed media crafts I was searching the web for various mixed media crafts suppliers websites and found Alphastamps.net which sells collage supplies.  It's a wonderful website filled with all sorts of supplies for mixed media crafting including: Beads, Charms & Filigree, Collage Sheets, Collage Supplies, Digital Images, Kits, Miniatures, Paper, and Rubber Stamps.

They also have a blog filled with all sorts of inspiration for various creations you could make utilizing their supplies.


So, of course, I started perusing the blog and found several projects, make that many projects....lol, I wanted to try.  I found a post for "The Jolly Christmas Houses of Jingle Lane by Kristin Batsel!" and thought the gingerbread house was just adorable.

After looking at the blog I started looking at the 3D Chipboard Collection and found several chipboard house ornaments I could use to make some gingerbread house ornaments of my own.  One was the house treat box, one was a small chipboard house, and one was a 2"cube Kraft boxes.

I thought the small chipboard house pieces would make adorable mixed media gingerbread house ornaments for my Christmas tree so I bought six of them.  I figured I could put some on my tree and some I could give away as Christmas gifts.

Friday, December 06, 2019

How I Made My New Mixed Media "Twas The Night Before Christmas" Wood Cube Decoration



I have always loved the "A Visit from St. Nicholas" poem which is better known as "Twas The Night Before Christmas" poem.  It has always been my favorite Christmas holiday story and over the years I've read it so many times I almost have all the words memorized.

According to Wikipedia.com it was first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837.  For more of the history of this beautiful poem please visit the Wikipedia.com page here.

During the past few months I have been creating a lot of mixed media Christmas decorations utilizing wood, paper, paper-clay, sponge painting, collage, decoupage, and scrap-booking crafts.

One of the scrap-booking papers I had was a 12" by 12" page that contained the entire "A Visit From St. Nicholas" poem as well as several Christmas graphic images.  I believe it was from the "Echo Park - Twas the Night Before Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit - Volume 1" that I had bought a few years ago.  I also had bought stickers, die cuts, and other scrapbook pages to match this collection.


I loved the page when I saw it and had been wanting to utilize this poem and scrapbook sheet in some way.  I decided to use a large 6" by 6" unfinished wood cube that I had in my stash to show case the page, words, graphic images, die-cuts, and other scrapbook pages and thought decoupaging the cube in a mixed media collage type mode would be nice.

I also decided to add four 1 1/4" unfinished wood spools to the bottom as legs and add a 1 1/2" unfinished wood knob to the top center so the cube could be easily turned and the poem read.

So, first I drilled four 1/2" deep holes 1/4" wide in the bottom corners and top center of the 6" x 6" cube to hold the 1" by 1/4" wood dowels that I was going to cut and then insert into the wood cube to hold my legs and knob.  Then I drilled a 1/2 deep hole 1/4" wide in the center of the flat side of my unfinished wood knob.

I added wood glue to the holes in the bottom of the cube and inserted the 1" dowel 1/2" down, leaving 1/2" showing.  Then I added wood glue to the holes in the wood spools with 1/4" openings and inserted them onto the 1/2" wood dowels that were showing until the spools and bottom of the cube met.  I turned the wood cube with legs over until the wood glue had dried and the legs were secure.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Victorian Christmas Illustrations From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889


I decided that one of my all time favorite illustrations that I saw in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Books was the one that appeared on page 97 of the December 29, 1888 weekly.


I love it for three reasons: 1) The most adorable Santa figure I've seen;

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Great News - We've Grouped All Our Cut and Sew Dolls Together


When I was designing my cut and sew dolls I couldn't help but think about my own experiences as a child learning how to sew and thought that cut and sew dolls would not only be a good way to teach a young child how to hand sew but also how to teach them how to machine sew as they could be put together either way. Plus, they quickly see the results of their efforts.

So, when I was designing my cut and sew dolls I wanted to create something that would be a great sewing tool for kids as well as something that would give them a more immediate feeling of achievement. Something they could do without have to go to school and pass a final exam! Something that they could be proud of that they had created. Something to inspire them to want to learn more.

So, back in 2014 I designed my first cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments.  I started small, but this quickly grew to a lot.  I now have 265 cut and sew doll and/or ornaments designs. Plenty of inspiration for learning how to sew.

However, when looking at my cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments I started to think that grouping them into fat quarter sizes (21" by 18") of fabric would really be great for everyone who wanted dolls and/or ornaments by holiday, occasion, season, style, or just plain everyday use.

So, I designed 26 different cut and sew doll and/or ornament groups.  If you want Christmas cut and sew dolls I have 4 groups to choose from.  If you want winter seasonal snowmen I have 2 groups.  If you want baby or baby shower cut and sew dolls or favors I have 3 groups to choose from, and so on and so on.

Each of the groups contains anywhere from 11 to 18 cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments.  So now if you want to decorate for Halloween you have 2 groups to choose from.  Each group fits on a 21" by 18" fat quarter.  So, all you have to do is buy one fat quarter and you'll be able to create simple and easy Halloween cut and sew doll and/or ornament decorations.

Not only are cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments fast and easy, but they are a great way to teach kids how to sew. 

I hope you like my new cut and sew doll, favor, and ornament fabric groups,which are shown below:




 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Paper Flowers For Winter Seasonal Mixed Media Paper Flowers and Collage Embellished Vases


One of the bottles I embellished was an unusual bottle to say the least.  It was an odd shaped clear glass bottle that reminded me of Aladdin's lamp.  I don't know why but it's shape intrigued me.

For this vase first I added old book page collage papers to it first.  Then I painted it with black acrylic paint and added a sponge paint combination of metallic royal blue paint, metallic silver paint, metallic dark blue paint, and white acrylic paint.

Since it was so different I also decided to add an embellished texture in several areas with paper-clay smeared shapes that I could stamp and then paint.

In looking at my unusual vase I decided to add five two-layer passion daisies to it as they, too, were a little unusual in nature so they would fit the unusual vase.

I decided to compliment the colors of the vase and created five royal blue and dark blue metallic painted blossoms with a tinge of light acrylic blue.   After painting my paper blossoms I inserted them into the paper clay centers I had fashioned to hold them and set them aside to dry.  After the paper-clay centers were dry I painted them with a bronze silver paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Because the vase was bigger than my miniature bottles and because the flowers were larger and heavier I decided to add smaller cubes of the green floral foam to the inside of the vase until it filled it up to within 1" of the top of the vase.  This helped to stabilize the larger floral stems.

When everything was dry I added the paper stems to my unusual bottle vase and bent them into positions that I thought would compliment my unusual vase.  I love how the vase turned out and hope you do too.  Unusual but beautiful in it's uniqueness.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Paper Flowers For My Mixed Media Collage or Embellished Vases


There's nothing quite like having a delightful time "playing" with crafts and being lost in your creations.  Such is the way I've been for several months now and I couldn't be happier.  Lost in my crafting bliss.

I have been experimenting with collage and painting of glass vases or bottles I have accumulated over the years or from my crafts supplies stash and creating paper flowers for them.

One of the vases I embellished was a round glass vase that stood 6" tall.  The vase above was originally solid blue in color and I wanted it to be a combination of blue, teal, black and white sponge-painted colors.  I added a paper collage to the vase first and then added the sponge painting to it.

In looking at the paper flowers that I should make for this vase I decided to go with a combination of daisy like flowers and poppies. I created three double-layer white daisies and five blue poppies.

I decided to compliment the colors different colors of metallic paints on the vase and painted the poppy blossoms with a combination of royal blue, dark blue, and silver metallic paints and painted their paper-clay centers with a silver metallic paint.  For the double daisy blossoms I painted them a combination of white and silver metallic paint with purple glitter paint and painted the paper-clay centers with a Christmas green metallic paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Because the vase was bigger than my miniature bottles and because the flowers were larger and heavier I decided to add smaller cubes of the green floral foam to the inside of the vase until it filled it up to within 1" of the top of the vase.  This helped to stabilize the larger floral stems.

Once the flowers were dry I added them to the vase and bent them into the positions I wanted.


One of the vases I embellished was a glass vase that stood 13" tall.  The vase above was originally solid blue in color and I wanted it to be a combination of blue, teal, black and white sponge-painted colors.  Generally I like to collage the vase first and then add the sponge painting but, this time, I decided due to the shape of the vase I would just sponge paint it.

I loved the way it turned out so much with just with the sponge painting that I decided not to embellish it any more.  I was going to add Victorian collage images but felt the beautiful colors should stand on their own.

In looking at the paper flowers that I should make for this vase I decided to go with large daisy type flowers as this vase was so tall it needed tall flowers.  So, I created eight daisy like paper flowers.

I decided to compliment the colors of the teal and royal blue metallic paints on the vase and created three royal blue metallic painted flowers and five teal blue metallic painted flowers. I painted the royal blue blossoms with a combination of royal blue, white, and silver metallic paints and painted the paper-clay centers with a silver metallic paint.  For the teal blue blossoms I painted them a combination of dark teal, light teal, and silver metallic paint and painted the paper-clay centers with a green metallic paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

When everything was dry I added the paper stems to my vase and bent them into positions that were pleasing to my eye.

Because this vase was bigger than my miniature bottles and because the flowers were larger and heavier I decided to add smaller cubes of the green floral foam to the inside of the vase until it filled it up to within 1" of the top of the vase.  This helped to stabilize the larger floral stems.

I created these two vases for the winter season decorations and can hardly wait to put them out.  They're just so pretty and so beautifully blue.  Maybe they'll cheer me up during the snowy winter season when I, too, might be blue....  One can hope......

Monday, November 18, 2019

New Paper Flowers For My Mixed Media Paper Flowers and Collage Embellished Bottles



As you know, I have been having a delightful time experimenting with glass vases and bottles for the past few months.  During the last few weeks I decided to make paper flowers for my embellished vases and started with the two small 4" - 6" mixed media vases I had made with a Victorian theme.

When deciding what paper flowers I should make for this vase I decided that small daisy multi-layer like flowers in complementary colors to match the embellished vase would be pretty and would add to their overall prettiness.

I decided that five small flowers (one center flower with four surrounding flowers) would be suitable for the size of this vase. For their blossoms I thought a combination of royal blue acrylic paint, dark blue metallic paint, light blue metallic paint, and silver glitter paint would be pretty.  I also thought the center stem for this group should be just a little different than the four stems surrounding it.  After the paint had dried I inserted them into the paper clay centers I had fashioned to hold them and set them aside for the paper-clay to dry.

After the paper-clay was dry I painted the paper-clay centers with a metallic silver paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Once the flowers were dry I added them to the vase and bent them into the positions I wanted.  In looking at the bottle I have to say it's still very Victorian and still very "pretty."


The small lace embellishment from my creative embroidery stash made the second vase in this group  a little different so I decided to make the flowers for this vase just a little different as well.

Once again I decided that five small flowers (one center flower with four surrounding flowers) would be suitable for the size of this vase. However, since this vase was already a little different I thought this arrangement should be a little different as well and decided to make the center stem a different color than the stems surrounding it.

For the four stems surrounding the center one I thought the blossoms here should be a combination of teal blue acrylic paint, dark teal metallic paint, light teal metallic paint, and silver glitter paint. I painted the center stem with a combination of royal blue acrylic paint, dark blue metallic paint, light blue metallic paint, and silver glitter paint.  After my paper blossoms were dry I inserted them into the paper clay centers I had fashioned to hold them and set them aside for the paper-clay to dry.

After the paper-clay was dry I painted the paper clay centers of the four teal blue flowers with a metallic silver paint.  I painted the paper clay center of the royal blue flower with a gold metallic paint.  Once the metallic paints were dry I added a clear glossy glazing medium.

Once all the flowers were dry I added them to the vase and bent them into the positions I wanted. I was happy with the way this bottle came out as well.  It, too, is certainly "pretty."

I hope you like how my mixed medial paper flowers and collage embellished bottle turned out.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Flowers For My Mother's Bud Vase



During the past two months I've been working on creating paper flowers for the mixed media vases I had embellished this past summer.


One of the clear glass vases I decided to alter this past summer was a clear glass single bud vase that had sentimental value to it for me.  You see, over 40 years ago my mother gave it to me as a present.

The purpose of this vase was to hold one flower stem - usually a rose.  I have held on to this vase for many decades and decided this summer it would make a lovely mixed media blue bud vase.


I had originally decided I wanted to create an embellished paper rose for my vase. I wanted the paper rose to compliment the blue/purple color theme and glitter paint. However, in looking at the vase and where I wanted to put it I thought it would be easier to embellish a silk floral rose stem with the blue/purple glitter paint and add it to my vase.

Plus, I wasn't quite sure how to create a paper rose so I decided to put this off until I had more time. The holiday season is coming up so fast and I have so much to do I really didn't have time to experiment with this right now. I figured I can always learn how to do this later.


So, I bought two floral rose stems.  One was a silk floral stem with three white roses and one was a silk floral stem with three white and pink tinged roses.

I decided that the silk floral stem with three white and pink tinged roses would be a good fit with one of the roses cut off.  I had originally thought one rose would be good but after testing this stem I decided two roses would be good.

I wanted the color of the roses to compliment my vase so I decided to embellish the buds with the blue/purple glitter paint.

The pictures above don't really do the vase and embellished roses justice.  It is just so pretty.  I know my mother would be pleased.  I know I am.  At least until I learn how to make my paper rose.... lol

Saturday, November 16, 2019

New Birds Designs For My Birds and Birdhouses Products Gallery



As you all know I love decorating my home all year for everyday, for the various seasons, for the holidays as well as decorating for all sorts of parties. I also love sharing all my whimsical designs with all of you and strive to get new ones all the time.


So, you'll be happy to know that I added another colorful new birds and birdhouses whimsical blue clouds and sunshine design to my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery."


With this design I added a version of this design to my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" for several products where position orientation may or may not be needed like: fabric, tablecloths, blankets, throws, pillowcases, duvet covers, bathroom towels, kitchen towels, platters, serving trays and so much more.