Friday, September 20, 2019

My Adorable Vinyl Stickers Collections


As you all know I LOVE to craft and LOVE to design and have been having a delightful time designing vinyl sticker collections for my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery

All of the stickers are based on my custom fabric designs and my handmade doll designs and are for every holiday, every season, every occasion and just to use for crafting fun.  The possibilities are endless.

As you also know I'm fallen in love with mixed media and created all of these to use for my own mixed media creations.  Since I was creating them anyway I decided to make them available to all of you through my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery

There are five sizes of collections for my stickers: 14" by 14" sheet, 8" by 8" sheet, "6" by 6" sheet, "4" by 4" sheet, and 3" by 3" sheet.  All the images have been re-sized for each particular sheet.

To make it easier for all of you to see all the different vinyl sticker collections I've created I set up a
For The Love Of Vinyl Sticker Collections groupJust click on the link below:


I hope you enjoy my "For The Love Of Vinyl Sticker Embellishment Collections" designs. They're great for scrapbook projects, mixed media projects, gift wrapping needs, children's craft and activities projects, and so much more.

© 2004 - 2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Victorian Children and Animals Illustrations From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889


One of the things that delighted me so much with the illustrations from the Harper's Young People weekly was the number of illustrations of Victorian children with animals, like the illustration above that appeared in the August 31, 1889 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Book on page 670. The illustration was entitled "Getting ready for a walk."


When I was a young girl I can remember times when we found bird's nests with baby birds in them that seemed to be abandoned by their mothers.  We always tried to help the little babies and would take them home and with the help of our Dad try to feed them.  I can remember using a little eye dropper to feed them water and digging up worms to feed them.  Unfortunately we weren't successful in our endeavors.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

My For The Love of Crafting Collection Of Crafting Vinyl Stickers and Scrapbook Paper

I just love crafting especially when I'm making dolls or mixed media creations.  I also love designing custom fabrics and love when my designs can be used for adorable custom products like: scrapbook papers, vinyl stickers and sticker collections, and stickers.

I'm so happy to tell you that some of the designs in my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" are now available as scrapbook papers, vinyl stickers and sticker collections, and paper stickers.

Right now we've created vinyl sticker collections for some of our winter, Halloween, Christmas, and bird designs, baby and nursery designs and wedding and will be creating more over time.  If you'd like to see all the adorable designs please check out my For The Love Of Crafting Collection.  Just click on the link below:


Shown below are the vinyl stickers and scrapbook paper I have in my Winter Seasonal category.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Victorian Children At Play Illustrations From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889


There's nothing more delightful than watching young children play.  As a young child I have such fond memories of playing with my older brother or friends.  We were usually outside running around, playing a sport, riding our bikes, playing on the beach and looking for crabs, or getting into trouble with our antics.....lol

Seems times have drastically changed for children as I rarely see any children playing outside anymore.

So, of course I was drawn to the Victorian images of children playing like the illustration above which appeared in the December 8, 1888 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 on page 46.  It's entitled "The Only Boy In The Family."

In looking at the illustration you might think it was labelled wrong and that the child is a girl.  Well, it seems in the Victorian era boys and girls clothing was indistinguishable. There was a practical reason for why boys worn dresses and it has to do with diapers and potty training.  It would have taken way too much time for changing a little boy.  It was so much easier to just lift the dress. Unbuttoning Victorian trousers was way too time consuming for mothers and way too difficult for little boys to do.


I just love the illustration above entitled 'The Gossips."  It appeared in the July 6, 1889 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book on page 540.  How adorable are these two? Wonder what they were talking about?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

More Scary Designs For My New Halloween Holiday Category


Ghost, goblins and witches - Oh, My! It's almost time for Halloween.  With trick or treating going on, Halloween parties, scary home decor what's not to love?  For me, it's a delightful period of time.

So, with Halloween in mind I decided to add some additional scary designs to my new Halloween Holiday of my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery"


Saturday, September 14, 2019

My Scary Designs For My New Halloween Holiday Category


We're getting to one of the scariest times of the year - Halloween.  With trick or treating going on, Halloween parties, scary home decor what's not to love?  For me, it's a delightful period of time.

So, with Halloween in mind I decided to create a new category for my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" - Halloween Holiday.


Friday, September 13, 2019

For the Love of Reading - Victorian Girls and Their Books Illustrations



If you've been a reader of my Linda's Blog for awhile you know that I've had a long term love affair with dolls, doll patterns, the Victorian era, floral design, genealogy, research, history and books. As far as I'm concerned you can never have enough dolls and you can never have enough books.

So, of course, I would be drawn to illustrations of Victorian girls and their books from the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book of 1889, like the illustration shown above.  It appeared in the May 18, 1889 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 on Page 420.

It was drawn by Rosina Emmet Sherwood and appeared in a story "The A.O.I.B.R" by Elizabeth Eggleston Seelye.  According to her Wikipedia page: "Her story "“The A.O.I.B.R." appeared in Harper's Bazaar in 1889 with an illustration of a child reading. The Rockwell Centre for American Visual Studies cites this as a surprisingly early illustration of a girl reading. The subject of girls reading in the illustration by Rosina Emmet Sherwood is thought rare (like the ones in Louisa Allcott's Little Women)."

The caption reads: "She retired to the society of books." This brings back wonderful memories for me as so many times when I was growing up you could find me like this.

My house is filled with books of all kinds. My love affair with books and reading began very early on. My Mother was an avid reader, my Father was an avid reader, my Grandmother and Great-Aunt were avid readers, and so it was passed down to my siblings and I.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Victorian Children At School Illustrations From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889



I don't really think it matters what the time period is when it comes to school being difficult at times for students.  The look on the face of the little girl in the illustration above could just as well be from 2019 as 1889.  All you have to see is the expression on her face to feel her distress.

The illustration above is from the December 1, 1888 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrated book on page 45.  It was entitled "Katy's First Recitation in Geography After Vacation." (Or something that sounds very much like it.)


While you can easily feel the young girls distress in the recitation illustration at the beginning of this post you certainly can feel the sorry for the little girl in the engraving above who is so distressed she's sobbing while a friend tries to comfort her.  She's in detention for whatever reason and is upset by this.  I think we've all had times at school where as young children we were brought to tears.  I just want to go over to her, put my arms around her and comfort her.  I doubt the school mistress did that.

New Adorable Winter Seasonal Custom Products


For someone who hates snow I sure do love to design snowmen & snow-ladies whimsical graphics.  Doesn't make any sense...lol  In looking at my winter snowmen & snow-ladies custom  fabric graphics I thought one might make for some really adorable home decor products.



The design I chose contains graphic images of all my snowmen & snow-ladies images and is shown in the picture above.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Victorian Girls and Dolls Pictures From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889



I love dolls.  I love making dolls and I always loved playing with my dolls.  I also love the Victorian Era, history, and books.  So, it should come as no surprise that I would love illustrations from the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889 that I found recently.

As you might recall from a previous Linda's Blog post some of the mixed media projects this summer I created some mixed media items that required quite a bit of old book papers for collage purposes.  So much so I ran out of the book pages.


Well, in looking around the house I found an old Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 that was in poor condition and with some of the pages already missing.

For The Love Of Churches


When I was a child the first church I can remember my family going to was a typical New England white church with a steeple.  Since then I've always loved the look of this type of church, like the one shown in the picture above.  Pure New England simplicity and just beautiful.

As you all know at Christmas time every year we always had a Christmas decoration craft.  Well, one year I wanted to do a white steeple church out of Styrofoam and my Dad agreed to help me with this.  We wanted to build a church big enough to hold a lighted angel inside.

I was thrilled he wanted to help me as he was a meticulous craftsman so I knew whatever we would be working on would come out wonderfully.

I can't remember exactly how long it to to build this but it was a few days.  As my Dad was so meticulous about his crafts he spent a long time carefully carving the curve of the church steeple so it was perfect and carving the arch for the windows.  We wanted the church to have arched windows and stained glass mosaic type windows.  We would be using colored pieces of plastic to create this effect.

When we had finished putting it together and the glue had dried we put it out with the lighted angel inside.  It glowed beautifully and the light shown through the side windows that my Dad had meticulously carved.

We surrounded the church with a chorus of Gurley church choir wax figures, angels, and trees.  It looked wonderful and was my favorite Christmas decoration for many, many years.

Unfortunately, the Styrofoam did not survive the years and crumbled over time. I don't know what happened to the Gurley wax candles.  They certainly would be a wonderful vintage Christmas decoration 50+ years later.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Dolls Christmas Dinner Illustration From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889


Some of the mixed media projects I created this summer required quite a bit of old book papers for collage purposes.  So much so I ran out of the book pages.  Truth be told it wasn't the projects themselves that used up the paper it was the number of projects I was creating..... lol


Well, in looking around the house I found an old Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 that was in poor condition and with some of the pages already missing.

I don't know where this book came from and who it belonged to.  Most of the old books I have belonged to my great Aunt Flossie but I didn't think this was one of hers.  The time-frame was right but the book wasn't signed with her name - which she always did on the inside of the front cover.

I can remember as a young girl asking her why she signed all her books and she said; "so that anyone who borrows them will know who the books belong to."  Makes sense to me.  So, for my whole life every book I've ever bought I've signed the inside of the front cover, too.  Kind of a sweet tribute to my great Aunt.

I was pretty sure this book didn't belong to my great Aunt but had no idea where it came from or who gave it to me.  After all this time suffice to say I'll probably never know.

From what I could tell there were 52 weekly magazine volume's contained within that were dated from November 1888 until November of 1889.  Each of the weekly volume's sold for one penny.

So, I decided to do a little research on the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington in 1889.  Here's what I found out:

Monday, September 09, 2019

My Adorable Baby Swans Designs For New Category - Baby, Nursery & Baby Shower Products

I just love it when one of my designs can be used for other custom products.  Such is the case with my recent swans design.  I thought it might make for some really adorable baby, nursery and baby shower decorations, baby gifts and other home decor products.


So, I designed four different colors, shown in the picture above, for boys (baby blue), girls (pink) and those times when the parents don't want to know the gender of the baby (yellow and green) until after the baby is born.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

What Will They Become?


This summer I was inspired to create and try new techniques.  Well, try I did....lol

So, I decided to see if I could paint some of the round wood balls I use for my "faceless" Victorian dolls with an acrylic and watercolor painted face, like the balls shown in the picture above.

The one on the left was a wood ball with book collage papers that I painted on top of.  The other two were acrylic and watercolor paint on just the unfinished wood ball.


Next, I thought I'd see if I could paint watercolor and acrylic faces on level wood circles.  Worked great.


The problem now is - what should I make with them.  I'm not sure.  I may just wait awhile.  Then again, whenever I do that I hope I don't end up using them for years - even decades.....lol

Hopefully, that won't be the case here. We'll see......lol


Saturday, September 07, 2019

My New Handmade Mixed Media Creations For The Christmas and Winter Seasons



I have to plead guilty as charged.  I had way too much fun this summer making my mixed media Christmas decorations.  I made 27 in total, each a little different, and love how they all turned out.

Like all "dollies" that  you make they each end up with their own personalities and stories to tell.  So, of course, I wrote blog posts for each of them.  If you'd like to see more detailed pictures of them and read their stories just click on their links below:

Friday, September 06, 2019

New Swans Designs For My Birds and Birdhouses Products Gallery


Back in the winter of 2014 hubby and I were out walking near a local reservoir when we saw the most beautiful and majestic swan.  I for one don't know of any better way to start the day than looking at something exquisitely beautiful. Do you?


She seemed to have found a winter home just near and under a bridge on a local reservoir. Most of the reservoir was covered with ice except for the area close to the bridge.


For the next few weeks whenever we saw her we had to stop and just admire her beauty. She was just so unbelievably white and so graceful to watch. She inevitably sensed  us and would go under the bridge. Sometimes she'd just stay where she was and seemed to be looking at us.  I often wondered if she was sizing us up as to whether or not we were a threat to her.

A couple of times she has decided to walk on the ice and snow covering the rest of the reservoir. When she did that it was amazing to see how big her footprint in the snow was. Quite extraordinary to say the least.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

My New Handmade Mixed Media Wood Christmas Houses


I don't know why hubby and I are drawn to houses but our home is filled with pictures of houses.  Whether it's a picture of an old barn, a watercolor of a row of houses, graphics of houses, Americana pictures of farm scenes - we are a house or house pictures.

Add that to a love of dolls, the Victorian era and Queen Anne furniture, puritan furniture, handmade arts and crafts and you have an eclectic collection of home decor for our house.

My craft supplies stash includes 4" by 5" unfinished wood houses waiting to be created.  So, of course, when looking at my Christmas creative mode this summer you'd see 4 Christmas decorated houses.



Wednesday, September 04, 2019

New Tropical 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 three colorful new birds and birdhouses whimsical green tropical designs to my "Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery."

The first design I added to my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" is another one of my favorite designs - tropical birds with a green background color and is shown in the picture at the beginning of this post.






With this design I decided to add two other versions of that 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.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

My New Handmade Mixed Media Christmas Elves - Meet Pam



With the Christmas season fast approaching you need to get prepared for decorating - especially if you're making your Christmas decorations - which I always do. 


Pam is the oldest of the Christmas girl elves I made.  She feels she needs to set a good example for all the younger girl elves and takes her job seriously. However, she's experienced enough to know that you can't take it too seriously and need to reserve some time for enjoying the season.

My New Handmade Mixed Media Christmas Elves - Meet Lila



Christmas is such a wonderful time for making Christmas decorations - especially girl elves.


Unlike the other girl elves Lila loves the holiday hustle and bustle and looks forward to it all year long.  She loves her job and loves helping Santa with his very important tasks.  Disappointing him or the good girls and boys is not in her repertoire.