Friday, May 31, 2019

I Can Hardly Wait For Artful Gathering To Start!


I'm a lifetime student or lifetime crafter always in search of learning something new.  So, for someone like me, what could be better than taking online classes.  I love taking online arts & crafts classes and could, literally,  spend 24/7 just doing this.

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.   I am taking her "Leonardo Loves Zia" class this Spring and can hardly wait. 

Here's what Zinnia had to say about Artful Gathering: Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats is a one-of-a-kind online event destination. Each summer we celebrate our annual tradition of presenting brand new mixed media art workshops, with new and returning art mentors.

We have been presenting our retreats online for at least a decade, working side by side with artisans from all over the world. We gather online in the spirit of our like-minded passion for learning, and out of a mutual reverence for the individual differences that make our artistic perspectives unique to us.

Our workshops are designed and presented by real-world working artists. Our mentors are selected not only on the basis of their knowledge and expertise within a particular genre, but for their passion for sharing with and inspiring others on the journey. 

Artistic people don't all fit into the same niche. Most of us are like a unique tapestry woven together with our personal experiences and creative vision. This is why Artful Gathering embraces a wide variety of artistic perspectives; there is always something new to see, do, and learn!

We love to seek new ways to inspire your imagination and broaden your horizons. What better way to learn than to see through the eyes of a kindred spirit. We hope to spark a passion for art in you. 

So far I've taken 11 Artful Gathering e-classes and can hardly wait to take classes this spring and summer.  I wasn't able to take any classes last year so, as you can imagine, I'm itching to go.

I've always looked forward to the excellent instructing by all the phenomenal artists that teach at Artful Gathering but, what really makes the classes outstanding is the student and teacher class participation.  That's what makes all the classes so delightful.  My guess is this year will be no different.



It's always been hard to select my classes as there are always so many unbelievable classes to choose from. The instructors are always amazing and their selection of classes to teach are always amazing.  This year was no exception.

Am I in love with the Artful Gathering choices this year.  Absolutely!  There are so many classes I wanted to take, but couldn't fit them all in time wise.  Here's what I decided to take:

My Adorable New "Booby" Wedding Category and Collection


As you know from my previous Linda's blog posts, I fell in love with the Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands in 2012 when I saw several pictures of the adorable bird.  He or she always inspired me to create something.  I didn't know whether it was the teal blue feet or how determined the birds looked in every picture I saw of them.

Well, last weekend I decided to create five Blue Footed Booby graphics and to create some custom fabrics based on my design.



Then, after creating my new Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos designs, I decided to add them to my gallery " Linda Walsh Originals Designs".

Well, in looking at my new graphic designs, I decided my  "Booby" would make adorable bride and groom dancing graphics.  So, I created a bride and groom.

The, I decided it would make an adorable wedding invitation, so I designed one, too.  Then, two, then....  Well, you know where this went.  I ended you creating a new "Wedding" category for my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs" and creating a "Let's Dance! Wedding Collection."

So, I ask you, who doesn't love adorable, whimsical designs of birds? Especially birds with teal blue colored feet who love to dance and love to celebrate weddings. Please come celebrate their wedding. Let's Dance!

It's filled with all sorts of wonderful custom products with my two bride and groom Booby designs on them.  I created everything you need for the perfect wedding and hope you like it.  Let's Dance!




Please note that all transactions for purchasing any of the items at my products galleries are between you (the customer) and Zazzle.com.



Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Design An E-Pattern & Where To Sell Them Online Free E-Book

Back in 2009 I decided to share my secrets of pattern designing.  Some thought it was a little foolish back then as it would be foolish as a pattern designer to give away trade secrets to the competition.

Actually, I was happy to do this. It was kind of a "pay it forward" for all the help I had received years ago when I was just starting out.

I was happy to do this and thrilled to know there were so many individuals out there  who wanted to design their own patterns which meant the interest in sewing, creating, and selling of e-products (i.e. digital goods) on the Internet was growing. More growth meant more business for all of us. Plus, if it meant more growth for e-patterns which, in my opinion were still in their infancy on the Internet at the time, then it was a really good thing..

Over the years I revised and updated my original e-book.  Well, I'm happy to report that it was time to revise it again and to revise my "I'm An Independent Pattern Designer - Where Can I Sell My E-Patterns?" Linda's Blog post as well.

I'm happy to report my free "Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Design An E-Pattern and Where To Sell Them E-Book" is finished and is now available as a free download in Google Drive.

So, am I still giving away trade secrets? Guilty as charged.

Is more competition bad news? Absolutely not! I couldn't be happier, especially if it translates into more business for e-patterns on the Internet.

You know my crafting community motto - what helps one of us helps all of us.

I hope you enjoy the revised version of my "Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Design A Print Pattern and E-Pattern and Where To Sell Them E-Book" and hope it motivates you to create your own e-patterns.

I'm An Independent Pattern Designer - Where Can I Sell My E-Patterns? - Updated 5/28/2019

I often get asked by independent crafts pattern designers where they can sell their e-patterns so I thought it might be helpful to create a blog post about this.

To give you a little background on me I'm a doll maker and doll pattern designer and have had several websites for over 15 years.

Fifteen 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.

Back in 2004, when I started, I created two of my own websites that I updated to Godaddy via FTP.  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 Microsoft 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 was owned by Annie Kelly.

With the two new websites with Annie I now had 4 websites and a GoDaddy Website Tonight "Information" 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 the "Information" page I was maintaining through GoDaddy's interface.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

There's Nothing Quite Like These Cakes - Especially The Doll Cakes!


Some of my earliest memories of birthday parties had me sitting in a chair propped up on pillows so I could reach the table, like the picture shown above.

It's too bad the picture above is a black and white photo.  What you can't tell from the picture is my cheeks were bright red and I had a fever.  I was sick but there was no way I was going to miss my birthday party.  I'm sure you all have memories of such times.  There is no way you can go through childhood and not remember a time when you were sick and should have been in bed, but wanted to attend the birthday party.

I can remember family birthday parties as well as birthday parties filled with some of my childhood friends.  There would be birthday cakes with candles to blow out, ice cream, party hats, those old fashioned party horns that you would blow into, and presents.

My older brother and I were "Irish Twins" because we were born 10 months apart.  So, when I was very young for the family birthday party when one of us had a birthday the other one would get presents, too.  I guess it was just easier for my folks and grandparents to give both of us presents at each others birthday then to deal with the fallout of one of us not getting presents that day.  That way neither one of us was jealous of the other getting presents when we didn't and we ended up having two family birthday parties. Sounds like a win-win.

In the early years my mother always made the birthday cakes.  As I got older I always wanted to make the birthday cakes. A lot of the time I didn't get to as my Dad and brothers inevitably wanted a white cake with white frosting loaded with coconut.  I hated coconut and never had a piece of their cakes.

I never had a piece of this cake.  I couldn't stand the smell of it. The reason is I had made the mistake of eating a whole package of coconut snow-balls on a dare from my older brother and ended up upchucking the whole bunch. As a result and to this day, I can't stand the smell of coconut. If someone asks me what kind of dessert I want for my birthday I always say lemon meringue pie. So, when it came to birthday cakes I let my mother make them.

Like most young girls from the "baby boomer" generation I learned how to cook from my mother. We'd bake cookies, cupcakes and cakes. I loved cookies and cupcakes, but really wasn't a big fan of cakes. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Reflections On Memorial Day


For my Dad who was a corpsman who fought in World War II at the battle of Iwo Jima.  For my grandfather who fought in World War I.  For my two uncles who fought in World War II.  For my brother who served in the military.  For my brother-in-law who served in the military.   For my great, great grandfather who fought in the Civil War.  Thank you for your service to our country.

For those military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and who we honor this Memorial Day, thank-you from a grateful nation.  We will never forget what you did for all of us.

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” –Unknown

 “May we never forget freedom isn’t free.” –Unknown

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well. Jennifer Granholm

“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.” –Barack Obama

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” –Elmer Davis

Sunday, May 26, 2019

My Cupcake and Cupcake Making Recipe Pinterest Board



I have loved flowers, floral design and floral crafts since I was a little girl.  My love of flowers was fostered by my next door neighbor's beautiful English Garden. I was mesmerized by the colors and textures of the various flowers.  I can remember just standing there admiring all the beautiful flowers and thinking of creating a beautiful bouquet with them.


While I loved all the flowers my favorite was always the dahlia.  It never mattered to me whether it was a spider dahlia, anemone dahlia, cactus dahlia, waterlily dahlia - it didn't matter.   I loved all of them.  Every time I planned a garden I planted dahlia bulbs.

When I was 8 I decided I wanted to have my own garden and wrote about this experience in my "Wonder What The Birthday Flowers Will Be Next Year?" post.  It was definitely a learning experience and one I never forgot.

I think being mesmerized by my neighbor's beautiful garden at and early age fostered  my love of all things floral, including floral crafts.  While I absolutely love fresh flowers and can be mesmerized for hours at their shear beauty, unfortunately, they just don't last.

That's what drew me to naturally dried floral and then silk floral in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  The silk floral last for decades and if they get a little banged up, you just re-do the floral arrangement.  It's hard to do that with fresh flowers.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memories To Be Cherished Of Cookie Making Marathons


 

One of the things I always looked forward to during the Christmas season was my multi-day cookie marathons with my mother. There's nothing quite like the smell of cookies baking, the scent of Christmas candles burning, and the festive atmosphere of a busy kitchen during the holiday season.

And, there's nothing like working with your mother in the kitchen when you're both totally in sync and have similar cooking habits.  Not only did she teach me how to cook when I was a young girl,  but she taught me her cooking and kitchen style.  As a result, whenever we cooked together we were always in a perfect rhythm.

For many years my Mother and I would reserve 3-4 days in the weeks before Christmas for our annual cookie marathons. We would spend two days baking cookies and then one day packaging the cookies for our friends, loved ones, and several senior centers and nursing homes.

Every year we would select the cookies we would be baking from our list. For the most part we kept making ones that we knew were really good. Once in awhile we would add a new cookie, but it had to be exceptional to bump another cookie off the list.

Sometimes we added fudge and chocolate candies that we'd made.

We knew that our cookies were good - how could they not be with many, many years of experience honing our cookie making skills? As our list continued to grow we even had people asking to be put on our list. So, of course, we added them and the list continued to grow and grow.

During this period we really took over the kitchen, the dining room, the family room and the sun-room. Let's face it during our cookie marathons we basically took over the house. There were tables everywhere for cooling the cookies or cookies on cookie sheets waiting to go into the oven or tables for the bags of finished cookies. Everywhere you looked there were cookies, but the smell was irresistible.

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Blue Footed Booby Of The Galapagos Designs and Gallery



I fell in love with the Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands in 2012 when I saw several pictures of the adorable bird.  He or she always inspired me to create something.  I didn't know whether it was the teal blue feet or how determined the birds looked in every picture I saw of them.


What ever it was they are, after all quite irresistible.  Wouldn't you agree?

Well, after all this time I decided this weekend to create five Blue Footed Booby graphics, one of which is shown above, and to create some custom fabrics based on the design, which are shown below:

Birds and Birdhouses Custom Fabric


Birds and Birdhouses Custom Fabric




© 2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh

I think the designs will make adorable custom fabrics and hope to make them available soon in my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower shop.

In the meantime, since I love decorating my home with whimsical designs all year long after creating my new Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos designs I decided to add them to my gallery. I hope you enjoy my new whimsical " Linda Walsh Originals Designs" and hope you love them enough to add them to your home decor.


Let's Dance! Blue Footed Bird Of The Galapagos #1




Blue Footed Bird Of The Galapagos #4



I just adore the Booby and couldn't resist adding four whimsical designs to the  Birds and Birdhouses section of my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery"

It's filled with all sorts of wonderful custom products with my four Booby designs on them.  I created all sorts of clothing, electronic accessories, home decor, bathroom decor like towels and shower curtains, bedroom decor like duvet covers and pillowcases, kitchen products, pillows, various types of purses and tote bags, everything you need for gift decorating, paper products for entertaining, linens, pad-folio's, led candles, jigsaw puzzles, and so much more.


How adorable is she? The Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos loves to dance so "Let's Dance!"

I hope you like my new "Blue Footed Bird Of The Galapagos Collection" and my the new additions to my " Birds and Birdhouses Gallery."

Please note that all transactions for purchasing any of the birds and birdhouses items at my products galleries are between you (the customer) and Zazzle.com.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kim Would Have Loved Creating These


Cookie Art by Czerina

The past few weeks I'm been perusing YouTube for video's on creating cookie art.  If you don't know what cookie art is it's a popular medium now for creating little works of art on cookies.  The new cookie art takes all sorts of different forms with some being elaborately painted on or molded on using all sorts of frosting or piping gel.

It used to be that you'd use cookie cutters to cut out your cookie shape and then add sprinkles or icing to the top.  Well, cookie artisans have taken that to a whole new level.

In perusing YouTube I found one such cookie artist, Czerina, who creates all sorts of drawings on cookies including Precious Moments designs, like those shown in the picture above and who has several video's on YouTube, like the one Precious Moments one shown below, that demonstrate how she created her design.

Precious Moments Handpainted Cookie Video by Czerina 's
https://youtu.be/BqsXHAV_qkY


I couldn't help but think how our beloved "Kim" would have loved doing this.  She loved Precious Moments figurines and, I know, would have loved spending hours creating little cookie works of art.

I can recall standing in Kim's kitchen in March of 2000 creating chocolate Easter candy for the kids using the different candy molds I had.  We melted both dark and white chocolate in the microwave and poured the melted chocolate into the candy molds.  Then we put the molds in the freezer for a few minutes.

While waiting for the chocolate to harden in the molds we wanted to use we melted white chocolate in ten little containers that we added food coloring to in order to create different colors of chocolate to decorate our candy with.  Instead of using a paint brushes we were using toothpicks to create the designs on the molded chocolate shapes. 

As you can imagine, using toothpicks to decorate takes a little while.  As a result, we spent several hours over a four day period to create our little works of art.

Kim was a very talented artist who was very meticulous in her designs and could work on her creations for hours on end until she had achieved the perfection she wanted.  Candy decorating was no exception and I know she thoroughly enjoyed creating her little candy works of art.

With everything else going on in her life at the time I was always happy for her when she had brief periods where she could escape from her current reality and enjoy what she was doing.  Creating her little works of art and showing them off put a smile on her beautiful face and, for that, I was thankful.

If she were here with us today I know she would love not only creating "Precious Moments" works of art on cookies, but I know she would love creating all the elaborately decorated cookie works of art that are being created nowadays.  And, given her artistic talent, her cookies would have been unbelievable works of art and way too beautiful to eat.

In fact, my guess would be that she would have perfected her food art to include cookies, cupcakes, and even cakes.  And, I know, she would have been exceptional at all three. 


Those we Love remain with us,
For Love itself lives on.
Cherished memories never fade,
because a loved one is gone.

Those we love can never be,
more than a thought apart.
For as long as there is memory,
They'll live on in our heart.

Author Unknown




Will They Let The Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos In?


I fell in love with the Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands in 2012 when I saw several pictures of the adorable bird.  He or she always inspired me to create something.

I didn't know whether it was the teal blue feet or how determined the birds looked in every picture I saw of them.

I thought, "Perhaps he or she will become a member of the "Victorian Animals Tea Society."


They are, after all, quite irresistible.  Wouldn't you agree?

When an animal is as exquisite as the Blue Footed Booby they deserve a title and a name so I've decided to make mine a female and name her "Lady Loren of the Galapagos."

With a name like that she's surely distinguished enough to be a member.  Wouldn't you agree?


Well, after all this time I decided this weekend to create three Blue Footed Booby graphics, one of which is shown above, and to create five custom fabrics based on my new designs, which are shown below:

Monday, May 20, 2019

Alpacas Love Their Daisies Product Lines Series


Who doesn't love alpacas anytime of the year?  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 Spring and Summer decorating heaven with our product lines.

Alpacas Rock - Alpacas Love Their Daisies Handmade Embroidered Framed Mini Quilt and Picture

We started with a simple design for our handmade Alpacas Love Their Daisies penny rug embroidered mini-quilt, which we framed as a picture.

Then we decided to create an e-pattern for you to create one of your own.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hunting Is In My Blood, Quinn Free Woodland Ornament Doll E-Pattern



"Hunting Is In My Blood, Quinn" is a hunter to the core and he's ready to get going. It's hunting season after all and he looks forward to it every year. It doesn't matter if it's freezing out there - he'll be outside.

He doesn't mind a little cold weather, freezing weather, or even rainy weather. He loves the outdoors and all that comes with it. Of course, he also loves to hunt. Not for sport, but to talk to his "friends." You see, he loves nature and he loves all his animal friends. He "hunts" just to talk to them. To him there is nothing better than a brisk walk in the woods and talking to all his "deer" friends.

Quinn's all set for hunting. Now if he could just find his "deer" friends.



To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book.

Alpacas Grazing In The Field Product Lines Series



Who doesn't love alpacas anytime of the year?  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 Spring and Summer decorating heaven with our product lines.

Alpacas Rock - Alpacas Grazing In The Field Handmade Embroidered Mini Quilt 

We started with a simple design for our handmade Alpacas Grazing In The Field penny rug embroidered mini-quilt.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Alpacas Fun In The Woods With Their Apple Tree Products Lines Series


Who doesn't love alpacas anytime of the year?  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 Spring, Summer and Fall decorating heaven with our product lines.

Alpacas Rock - Alpacas Fun In The Woods With Their Apple Tree Handmade Embroidered Mini Quilt 

We started with a simple design for our handmade Alpacas Fun In The Woods With Their Apple Tree penny rug embroidered mini-quilt.