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!"

Sunday, June 02, 2019

My Lady Loren of Galapagos Custom Fabric Is Now Available!


Lady Loren of Galapagos is in a really happy mood and is dancing up a storm.

The reason is she loves the fact that her custom fabric designs are now available in my Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs Spoonflower shop.  Yippee!

Think of all the possibilities for creating adorable home decor.

I've got a few items in mind that I want to make and hope you do too.  Let's dance!