Friday, August 23, 2019

My New Handmade Mixed Media Art Doll - Meet Glinda



As mentioned in my previous Linda's Blog post, I Had To Change Her Face, when I was buying the wood doll kits for my Artful Gathering 2019 Session 2 "Beyond the Imaginarium: A Compendium of Holiday Merriment" class taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne in July I saw she was still selling her I  "The Imaginarium: Anthologies of an Art Doll" wood kits containing the wood to make three dolls.

So, as you well know from my previous Linda's Blog posts "play" I did.


Glinda is a handmade 12" by 2" by 5" mixed media wood collage art doll who was painted a solid royal blue color.  And, surprise, surprise I didn't sponge paint her, which I usually do.  Sometimes a little change-up is good - don't you think?


Her face is a graphic image that I just love and think suits her personality.  She just looks like sweetness and life to me.  Kind of like Glinda, the good witch from "The Wizard Of Oz."

She believes in the "goodness" of mankind and strives to do nothing but "good" acts of love, joy, and compassion. She is joyful, colorful, full of love for all living creatures and loves butterflies.  As far as she is concerned: "There is Beauty In Everything."

So, I named her "Glinda."


Her face is surrounded by dirty blond curly roving.  Her wood crown is embellished with various  graphic papers and butterfly chipboard stickers.

She has a creative embroidery ribbon trim with silk flowers wrapped around her neck, wrapped around the bottom of her crown, and running down the sides of her outfit. Silk ribbons tied in a bow adorn the bottom sides of her crown, her neck, the bottoms of her skirt and the top of her blouse.


Her outfit consists of scrapbook paper embellishments as well as graphic paper embellishments and silk ribbon butterflies.  Her hands are graphic images and her vest has been embellished with puffy paint dots, and metallic pen stitch lines, which also line the bottoms of her shirt, vest, skirt and two over-skirts.


The words: "Be Bold In The Dreams You Dream For Yourself" are wrapped around her base and embody her feeling in the "goodness" of mankind.  Glitter Washi tape has been wrapped around her wood legs.  Silk ribbon colorful butterfly garland has been added to the top of her base and shaped around her legs. Paper flowers also adorn the top of her base.


The back of her outfit is embellished with two graphic words: "Perfect and Treasured" which is how Glinda views everyone.  Scrapbook paper graphics and chipboard butterfly stickers also adorn the back of her outfit.

The phrase "There Is Beauty in Everything" embodies everything Glinda stands for and adorns the back of her base along with scrapbook paper graphics and chipboard butterfly stickers.


The picture above is a close-up of her back embellishments.


The picture above is how she looks on her right side.


The picture above is how she looks on her left side.

I was pleased with the way she came out and really feels she conveys "goodness."  I hope you would agree.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

My New Handmade Mixed Media Art Doll - Meet Goldie



As mentioned in my previous Linda's Blog post, I Had To Change Her Face, when I was buying the wood doll kits for my Artful Gathering 2019 Session 2 "Beyond the Imaginarium: A Compendium of Holiday Merriment" class taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne in July I saw she was still selling her I  "The Imaginarium: Anthologies of an Art Doll" wood kits containing the wood to make three dolls.

So, as you all know I bought them to "play" and "play" I did.


Goldie is a handmade 15" by 2" by 5" mixed media wood collage art doll who was painted a medium  teal blue color.  And, surprise, surprise like 'Blossom" I didn't sponge paint her, which I usually do.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

My New Handmade Mixed Media Art Doll - Meet Blossom


As mentioned in my previous Linda's Blog post, I Had To Change Her Face, when I was buying the wood doll kits for my Artful Gathering 2019 Session 2 "Beyond the Imaginarium: A Compendium of Holiday Merriment" class taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne in July I saw she was still selling her I  "The Imaginarium: Anthologies of an Art Doll" wood kits containing the wood to make three dolls.

So, and this should come as no surprise to all of you, I bought more.   I told Mary Jane I just wanted to "play."

Well, as you all know when I "play" at crafts and dolls I always go a little overboard.  Let's just say these three dolls inspired me to make some more mixed media dolls and crafts.  You'll see what I mean in all the following Linda's Blog posts.  Stay tuned - there will be a lot of them.

Now I know what you're all thinking; "Linda, you don't just go overboard - you go crazy.  Moderation is definitely not in your playbook!"

Guilty as charged, but I do have fun!


Blossom is a handmade 15" by 2" by 4" mixed media wood collage art doll who was painted a solid light teal blue color.  And, surprise, surprise I didn't sponge paint her, which I usually do.  Sometimes a little change-up is good - don't you think?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

I Had To Change Her Face




Back in July of 2014 I was taking my 5th class at Artful Gathering. The class was ART-S2-307 The Imaginarium: Anthologies of an Art Doll and was being taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne.   It was a delightful mixed media art doll class that I loved.

I'd been anxiously awaiting the start of this class as I have never created mixed media art dolls so it was going to be an adventure for me. And, adventure it was. I never realized how much fun mixed media was, how much work was involved in creating mixed media art dolls and all the different supplies you would need.  I know now and have been addicted to mixed media ever since.

For this class Mary Jane class Mary Jane's husband had created wood doll kits that you could buy from her Etsy shop.  I had decided to buy one of the art doll wood kits as it contained all the wood I would need to make the 3 different art dolls taught in the class.

The dolls pictured above were the three art dolls I made back in 2014. The one on the left took the longest amount of time to make as I couldn't decide on the different papers and fabrics I would use for her outfit and what other embellishments I was going to add. Her message was "to listen is to learn, and to understand is to inspire" so I named her "Compassion."

Friday, August 02, 2019

A Progression Of Learning With Faces - I Hope!


I'm a lifetime student or lifetime crafter always in search of learning something new and have been teaching myself how to make things since I was knee high.  I've learned how to sew, knit, do a little woodworking, painting, floral design with natural and non-natural floral, create pictures, sculpting, drawing, collage, making dolls out of all sorts of media,  quilting, and handcrafting just about anything I could get my hands on.


Basically, there isn't any type of craft I wouldn't want to learn.  My bucket list is huge and, for sure, I won't be able to learn every type of craft there is.  I'll give it my best shot, which is all anyone can ever expect.

Some of the crafts I've tried have been easy for me.  Others have been difficult, like painting faces.  I find that my hand tends to shake a little when I'm trying to draw and paint faces for some of my doll creations.  That's probably what drew me to "faceless" dolls.  That and my love of the Victorian Era and Victorian dresses.

Well, many years ago now I discovered that the internet was a fabulous source for learning all sorts of crafts.  It was like crafting heaven for me.  I literally could spend 24/7 doing nothing by learning how to craft and apply the various techniques I'd learned.  What could be better than that?


In 2012 I discovered the Artful Gathering online classes and fell in love with them. They offer online art retreats that are available in the Spring and Summer each year that are are taught by some of the most unbelievable and creative artists I have ever encountered and whose creativity is beyond measure.


So far I've taken 13 Artful Gathering (counting the two I'm taking this year)  e-classes and just finished the second of the two online classes that I'm taking at Artful Gathering this year.  I have learned so much in all the classes I've taken, especially the doll making ones.

Here's some of my creations involving the painting of faces.  I'd like to think I've progressed in my learning and techniques over time and hope you would agree.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Linda's Review of "Beyond The Imaginarium - A Compendium Of Holiday Merriment" Class



If you follow my Linda's Blog you know that I love taking online arts & crafts classes and could, literally,  spend 24/7 just doing this.  So, for sure I was looking forward to taking two classes at Artful Gathering this year: Artful Gathering 2019 Session 1 "Leonardo Loves Zia" Class taught by Christina Zinnia Galliher and Artful Gathering 2019 Session 2 "Beyond the Imaginarium: A Compendium of Holiday Merriment" Class taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne.


In 2012 I discovered the Artful Gathering online classes and fell in love with them. They offer online art retreats that are available in the Spring and Summer each year that are are taught by some of the most unbelievable and creative artists I have ever encountered and whose creativity is always beyond measure.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

My Mixed Media "Deerly Yours" Art Dolls From The "Beyond The Imaginarium" Class



The second part of the "Beyond The Imaginarium - A Compendium Of Holiday Merriment with Mary Jane Chadbourne" was to make her "Deerly Yours" block art dolls.

I had bought Mary Jane's "Deerly Yours" unfinished wood kit as I didn't want to have to cut the wood.  The kit had enough wood to make three tiny art dolls, two of which had reindeer antlers.

In this class she provided several different ways for finishing their faces and one way was to learn how to watercolor them.


I had never drawn faces for dolls on a flat wood surface before let alone watercolor painted them so this was a new experience for me that I was really looking forward to learning.

I have always felt that drawing faces was my weakness and an area I definitely needed a lot of practice with.  So, while I was looking forward to this I was also hesitant as to whether or not I would be able to do it and would be happy with the outcome.

Monday, July 29, 2019

My Mixed Media Santa and Elf From The "Beyond The Imaginarium" Class


In Session 2 of Artful Gathering this year I decided to take "Beyond the Imaginarium: A Compendium of Holiday Merriment" Class which was being taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne.

We were to learn how to make mixed media holiday art dolls.  Well, for me, all you have to do is whisper holiday and art dolls and my ears perk up. Plus, I had taken two of Mary Jane's classes before and knew they would be a lot of fun.

I had decided to buy two of Mary Jane's art doll wood kits that were available for this class as I didn't want to have to cut the wood myself.  One of the wood kits had the unfinished wood pieces to make the Santa and Elf Doll and the other had the unfinished wood pieces needed to make the three "Deerly Yours" dolls.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Linda's Review of The Artful Gathering "Leonardo Loves Zia" Class By Christina Zinnia Galliher


If you follow my Linda's Blog you know that I love taking online arts & crafts classes and could, literally,  spend 24/7 just doing this.  So, for sure I was looking forward to taking two classes at Artful Gathering this year.


In 2012 I discovered the Artful Gathering online classes and fell in love with them. They offer online art retreats that are available in the Spring and Summer each year that are are taught by some of the most unbelievable and creative artists I have ever encountered and whose creativity is beyond measure.

Artful Gathering was established in 2009 by Christina Zinnia Galliher, who is an exceptional artist in her own right.   For the first time this year I decided to take one of Christina's Zinnia's classes,  "Leonardo Loves Zia" and could hardly wait.  

Artful Gathering 2019 Session 1 "Leonardo Loves Zia" Class by Christina Zinnia Galliher

Friday, July 26, 2019

My Artful Gathering Paper Flowers and Collage & Embellished Vases



Not only do I love doll making but I also love creating floral crafts so while taking the "Leonardo Loves Zia" online class in the first session at Artful Gathering I was thrilled to see that we were going to learn how to manipulate paper to not only create two totally handmade sculptured jesters but also how to create paper flowers in embellished and collage vases to add to the romantic story of our jesters.


So, for the last week I have been doing just that and have to tell you that I have been having a lot of fun.  Of course, I didn't quite follow the course and instructions.  I never seem to but, I did utilize what I learned in this class as well as other techniques I've learned or picked up over the years.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Something A Little Different "Don Juan" Romeo


As promised in a previous post, pictured above is something a little different.  I've named him "Don Juan" Romeo as he looks like a "ladies man"to me and is definitely in search of his "Juliet."

He was created along with the other jesters in my Artful Gathering 2019 Session 1 "Leonardo Loves Zia" Class by Christina Zinnia Galliher class but utilized some of the unfinished wood pieces I had bought from Julie Haymaker's Etsy Shop several years ago.

I've been wanting to use these some of her unfinished pieces since I bought them but just never had the time or found the right application.  Well, the romantic story centered around the jesters from this class seemed perfect for their application.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

My Second Group of "Leonardo Loves Zia" Jesters




As promised in an earlier post I finally finished and took picture of the second set of jesters from the "Artful Gathering 2019 Session 1 "Leonardo Loves Zia" Class by Christina Zinnia Galliher" that I took at Artful Gathering this year.

Monday, July 22, 2019

My First Group Of "Leonardo Loves Zia" Creations




After many long hours of learning and creating I finally finished the first set of jesters from the "Artful Gathering 2019 Session 1 "Leonardo Loves Zia" Class by Christina Zinnia Galliher" that I took at Artful Gathering this year.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

My Grand-Daughter's Wedding Flowers


When my grand-daughter was getting married she mentioned that she wanted silk floral arrangements and silk floral bouquets for her wedding but couldn't find any florists who would do this.  They all used naturals flowers.  So, she was considering making them herself and wanted to know what I thought of this.

Well, when it comes to silk floral crafts all you have to do is mention learning how to make silk floral arrangements and actually making them and I'm game.  At my age I've been making silk floral arrangements for so long for my own decorations that I can do it in my sleep.

So, I told her they were easy enough to do, she could certainly learn how and I'd be happy to help her with this if she wanted to.  Well, that brought a big smile on her face and there is nothing more endearing to a grandmother then seeing her beautiful grand-daughter with a big smile on her face.

We had plenty of time to plan this as we were discussing this at the Christmas holidays and she wasn't getting married until the following September.

Since my grand-daughter doesn't live near-by we communicated over the next few months via text and emails.

My grand-daughter is a beautiful, intelligent, confident, talented, self-assured, independent and organized woman who was planning the wedding herself with her fiance.  There was no doubt in my mind that they would be able to accomplish this and wind up having a beautiful and memorable wedding.

My grand-daughter told me via email that she had a ton of ideas for centerpieces on the guest table, decorations for the room, color schemes, venue concepts, etc.  I had no doubt she knew exactly what she wanted and would try to accomplish this.  She already had the venue she wanted which would fit perfectly with her concept.

What she wanted was a bohemian meets garden party concept, which I loved.  Here's what she said in her email; " What I'm really looking at is playing up different textures and really making everything pop. I wanted to get married in the forest. But, I'm allergic to everything and I can't control the weather so that seemed impractical. So, I'm going to bring as much green inside as possible. The color story for the wedding is Burgundy, pink (more dusty/vintage looking), ivory, green, and dusty blue. "

It was going to be a fairly large wedding with a large wedding party so that meant a lot of bouquets, a lot of table centerpieces, and a lot of room decorations.  The venue was a winery with multiple rooms with wood interior including a large rock fireplace and birch support pillars.  There was a large altar outside where the ceremony would be held,  dependent upon the weather.  If there was foul weather the ceremony would be inside in front of the large stone fireplace.

For the flowers she wanted to go the less traditional route, which was typical for her, and wanted King Protea, wildflowers, and thistle, which were all perfect for her color story for her wedding.

She wasn't sure what she wanted for containers for the tables and was thinking of possibly a cluster of terrariums, candles, etc. surrounded by greenery, but she wasn't sure.  I told her that terrariums look beautiful in clusters but are pricey even for little containers. 

Plus, they usually work best for a single fresh flower or small cactus plant.  With 15 to 19 tables as well as other decorations it would take a long time to make all the clusters, would be hard to maneuver with the silk floral and green foam needed for mounting and would require everything to be glued down inside the terrarium in order to transport them.

I told her that the King Protea she wanted were way too big and heavy for terrariums so she might have to consider other containers.  So, with a little research she decided birch containers would be perfect.  With the flowers she had in mind, the birch support pillars in the venue and woodland atmosphere the birch containers would be perfect.

The King Protea is not the normal type of silk floral you'd find at A.C. Moore or Michaels so we did a little research online.  Luckily, we were able to find some online that would work.  We ended up ordering a lot of the silk floral stems from the same website.  While we were happy with the King Protea stems we weren't as happy with the quality of some of the other items we had ordered and were short changed on some.  However, that's another story.

We knew that we would need one large King Protea for each birch container  as well as wildflowers, thistle, and greenery.  We would also need one large King Protea for each bridesmaids bouquet, maybe 2 for the maid of honors bouquet, and 2-3 for the bride's bouquet.  Plus, we would need several containers and decorations for the fireplace and elsewhere.

In any event, we ordered everything online we couldn't get at A. C. Moore, Joann's or Michael's stores and arranged a time for her to be here to put everything together.

Well, the day finally came when my grand-daughter and her fiance would be coming, as well as one of the bridesmaids to put the silk floral together.  We would be making everything in my basement workshop which had enough room and was suitable for working on silk floral crafts.  Unfortunately, it was a hot summer day so it was going to be warm down there.  Luckily, I had a big fan.

As mentioned previously, I've been creating silk floral arrangements for decades and can easily do this.  My grand-daughter and her fiance wanted to learn how to do this and do it themselves, which was fine with me,  so I decided to focus on teaching them how to do this.  They would develop the prototypes for the bouquets, centerpieces and decorations. Since time was limited I would finish whatever wasn't created after they left.  As long as I had the prototypes for what they wanted this would be easy enough for me to do.

Since the focal point of any floral decoration for a wedding is the brides bouquet we focused on that first.

Friday, June 14, 2019

My "Snowman and Friends" Dimensions Gold Petites Collection Cross-Stitch Picture



It seems a little crazy at the start of the summer to be posting about a winter cross-stitch picture I just finished.  You might wonder why I didn't post this in the winter.   Well, there's a really good reason for that.  I started this back on the Fall of 2018 and finally just finished it in June.  Everyone who cross-stitches knows that WIP sometimes take months or years to complete....lol.


I was looking for more cross-stitch winter seasonal pictures to display during the winter season and was drawn to the picture in the Dimensions Gold Collection Petites "Snowman & Friends" picture when I saw it.  So, I decided to buy the kit and add it to my other winter cross-stitch decorations on my fireplace mantle.

Monday, June 10, 2019

My Victorian Miniature Dress Ornaments Free E-Patterns


I have been in love with beautiful little girl dresses my whole life. I have to blame my grandmother "Dee" for this as she used to buy me the most beautiful little girl dresses. They were frilly, flouncy, lacy, filled with tulle underskirt dresses and I just loved them. I could stand and look for hours at my dresses.  The dresses I loved - the tulle not so much!

I, of course, wasn't allowed to touch them - I'd get them dirty. They were for our best occasions which I was hoping would be that day or the next day just so I could wear the dresses. Inevitably, a holiday or special occasion would occur and I would get to wear one of my dresses.

I'd tell my mother I just wanted to put them on for a few minutes.  Truth be told I wanted to put them on and just twirl around and around and watch them poof out!

I could just twirl and twirl and twirl in them. Around and around I'd go.  Until I got dizzy and fell down and, you guessed it, the dresses would get dirty.

My mother always knew I'd get the dresses dirty and then she'd have to wash and iron them before the special occasion I might be wearing them to so she always said "no." 

I never understood then why she'd say "no."  I do now, but didn't back then so I'd pout for the rest of the day.

In our family room we had some steps right next to a sofa. When I was wearing one of these dresses I would love to stand on the steps and then jump down into the sofa.

As I did my dress would fly up in the air like a parachute and then come landing down on me.  I loved it and thought this was a lot of fun!

Of course, everyone could see my frilly underwear, leotards, slip, etc. when I did this - but, only for the briefest of moments.

My Grandmother would "tsk, tsk" and would give me one of those looks of "that's not a lady like thing to do!" I'd just look back at her and smile. I just had to be me.

And, then I'd look over at my Mother and she'd be smiling. She knew I just had to be me, too.

My Grandmother was born in 1896 and she definitely had a closet of beautiful Victorian dresses when she was growing up, like the one shown in the picture to the right.  Unfortunately, she passed away in 1975.

While she is not here with me now she left an indelible impression on me, my life, and my creativity. She is largely responsible for my love of Victorian dresses.

When I was knee-high she gave me a very old print of Godey's Fashions for August 1870 that belonged to my great, great Aunt Flossie (the first female in my family to graduate from college). I was captivated with the dresses and forever hooked. That was the start of my love of Victorian dresses.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

My "Bruce Sunshine" Primitive Cloth Doll Clown Free E-Pattern



"Bruce Sunshine" is one of the members of the "Clown Around With Me Group" of cloth clown dolls that are a fun loving group of various kinds of clown dolls that love to having fun,  laughing and, most of all love to make you laugh.

In fact, they're willing to try anything to bring a smile to your face.

They'll make fun of themselves. Fall down. Run around. Bump into each other. Even pretend to slap each other - all in the name of "good" fun.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love making you laugh.

They are all so confident that they can make you laugh that they even have a contest going - to see which clown can make you laugh the most. The winner gets a free trip to Clown College.

"Bruce Sunshine" is a 19" primitive clown cloth doll. His body is made of muslin and his face is embroidered with black eyes, embroidered nose with dark rose water coloring , black embroidered smile, and embroidered cheek circles with bright orange water coloring. His eyebrows are embroidered as are his eyelashes. And, he has smile triangles on the sides of his eyes.

Bruce Sunshine has a mass of thick, curly, auburn colored yarn hair on the sides of his head with the back left bald. His favorite and coordinated beanie is on the top and back of his head.

He is wearing his favorite fringed print shirt which is gathered at the neck and has ruffled trim down the front center. He is also wearing his favorite fringed print pants with ruffled trim suspenders. There are two large white buttons holding the suspenders on the front of his pants. His pants are gathered to the tops of his boots on the bottom and gathered at the waist. His black boots are cross laced and he is coffee stained throughout.

"Bruce Sunshine" is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Nothing even his"BFF" clown pal "Ambrose Blues!" can change.

Nope! Nothing can change Bruce's mood.

If he wins the trip to Clown College - that's good.

If he doesn't win the trip to Clown College - one of his pals will and that's good.

Nope! Nothing can get "Bruce Sunshine" down.

My "Ambrose Blues" Primitive Cloth Doll Clown Free E-Pattern


"Ambrose Blues" is also a member of our the "Clown Around With Me Group" of clown dolls.

The "Clown Around With Me Group" of cloth clown dolls are a fun loving group of various kinds of clown dolls that love to having fun,  laughing and, most of all love to make you laugh.

In fact, they're willing to try anything to bring a smile to your face.

They'll make fun of themselves. Fall down. Run around. Bump into each other. Even pretend to slap each other - all in the name of "good" fun.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love making you laugh.

They are all so confident that they can make you laugh that they even have a contest going - to see which clown can make you laugh the most. The winner gets a free trip to Clown College.

"Ambrose Blues" is a 19" primitive clown cloth doll. His body is made of muslin and his face is embroidered with black eyes, embroidered nose with dark rose water coloring , black embroidered lips with yellow water coloring, and embroidered cheek circles with bright orange water coloring. His eyebrows are embroidered as are his eyelashes. And, he has smile triangles on the sides of his eyes.

Ambrose has a mass of thick, straight, bright orange yarn hair on the sides of his head with the back left bald. His favorite and coordinated beanie is on the top and back of his head.

He is wearing his favorite fringed striped shirt which is gathered at the neck and has ribbon trim down the front center. He is also wearing his favorite fringed striped pants with ribbon suspenders. His pants are gathered to the tops of his boots on the bottom and gathered at the waist. Large gray buttons are holding his suspenders to his pants in the front. His black boots are cross laced and he is coffee stained throughout.

"Ambrose Blues!" has a serious case of the "blues" is hoping to win. He knows he's funny , but he's just plain "blue" lately. He does not know why and is hoping a little time away at Clown College will resolve his "blues."

He's hoping that maybe the other clowns will recognize how "blue" he is and let him win. Poor Ambrose - he's "got the blues!"

Friday, June 07, 2019

My "Clown Around Sunshine Clarence" Free Cloth Doll E-Pattern


"Clown Around Sunshine Clarence" just loves having fun and always sees the beauty and good in everything.  He likes to spread joy, happiness, and kindness to everyone he encounters and incorporates his "positive" attitude in everything he does.

"Clown Around Sunshine Clarence" is a 16" country raggedy cloth clown doll. He has a muslin body and embroidered face with black and white satin stitched eyes, red satin stitched nose, and an outline embroidered mouth with red stain stitched lips. His eyebrows are embroidered as are his eyelashes and he has orange blushed cheeks. His legs are cross-laced with bright, yellow straps tied into knots. Clarence has a mass of thick straight orange yarn hair glued along the side seams and top of his head.

He is wearing a yellow shirt that is gathered at the neck and wrists and his wrists have matching yellow straps tied in a knot. His pants have suspenders, are gathered at the waist and have cuffs on the bottom of his pant legs. He has a bandanna tied in a knot around his neck that matches his pants.

"Clown Around Sunshine Clarence" loves to clown around but prefers spreading sunshine wherever he goes.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

My "Gypsy Annie" Free Primitive Cloth Doll E-Pattern


While "Primitive Andy" is the shyest "dollie" on the planet, and "Primitive Annie" is the sweetest "dollie" on the planet, "Gypsy Annie" takes the prize at being the most adventuresome "dollie" on the planet. She may be a "dollie", but she is a "gypsy" after all. She travels from town to town and lives an unconventional life.

Given how much she travels it's amazing that she was even aware of all the brouhaha she had created concerning the lack of stories for "Primitive Andy", "Primitive Annie" and herself over on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog and Linda's Blog  eight years ago.

You see, she was the impetus behind the letter writing and privately urged their stories being told then. She wrote the notes. If she thought seven years was enough time back then, most assuredly she thinks fifteen years is more than enough to wait for her story. I would have to agree which is why I decided to post her story now.

So, here's her story:

Like many of her relatives "Gypsy Annie" is a fortune teller. It's not an occupation she would have picked for herself. She'd rather be a travel agent, but she had a natural ability for it and so that is what she does for a living.

"Gypsy Annie" really prefers to travel and would love to travel around the world some day. The problem is that she doesn't make a lot of money as a fortune teller. But she's saving her pennies and hoping to do a bit of traveling this summer.

Gypsy Annie has a coffee stained cloth body, embroidered face with black bead eyes, and oodles of freckles.  She has red lace-tied boots and long raggedy red looped hair along the sides and top of her head.

She is wearing a coffee stained,  tattered, and fringed shirt that is gathered at the neck and has fringed sleeves that are gathered at the wrists. Her skirt is gathered at the waist and fringed along the edges. She has a tattered sash and fringe tied around her waist and she is wearing a pair of fringed bloomers that are gathered at the waist. She has a fringed gypsy kerchief tied around her head.

"Gypsy Annie" is a wanderer by nature. She dreams of one day circling the globe. She knows there is something like that in her future. She just doesn't know when it will happen. She's got her fingers crossed for "soon!"