Thursday, October 31, 2019

New Winter Seasonal Designs Collections - Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery




I love decorating my home all year for everyday, various seasons, holidays as well as decorating for all sorts of parties. I especially love decorating for the winter holiday season despite the fact that I hate snow.

So, creating snowmen and snow-lady whimsical designs for use with custom decoration products is right up my alley.  I hope you enjoy my whimsical winter seasonal designs that are part of my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery"and hope they help you decorate for the winter season.

The new designs and collections for my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" are just too adorable to resist.  Even for someone who doesn't like snow.


My Winter Seasonal Gallery is filled with all sorts of wonderful custom decorating and everyday products with whimsical winter designs.  We have all sorts of clothing, home decor, bathroom decor like towels, kitchen entertaining products, pillows, everything you need for winter gift decorating, paper products for entertaining, linens, led candles, jigsaw puzzles to entertain the kids, and so much more.

Each of the new designs has it's own collection as well, which are as follows:


I hope you like my new "Winter Seasonal Products Collection #5" and my new "Winter Seasonal Gallery"

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


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

My Christmas Mixed Media and Collage Embellished Bottles


As you all know from my previous posts I spent the last two months blissfully creating mixed media Christmas crafts.  I was in crafting heaven.  So, in thinking about some of the bottle crafts I wanted to make now I decided I would make some Christmas mixed media bottles that could function as vases with embellished paper flowers.

However, after creating four Christmas bottles I decided they would stay as bottles as I loved them just the way they were and hope after reading this post and seeing the pictures you'll agree.


I decided that I wanted all four of the bottles to have a stamped oval or round paper-clay Christmas words saying in the front of the bottle.  I chose "Joy, Peace On Earth, and Merry Christmas" word stamps.

I also decided I wanted all four sides of the four bottles to be covered with scrapbook papers with Victorian Christmas images or Victorian graphic images and with various mixed media trims, ropes, ribbons and different paint embellishments.

For the bottles above first I added old book page collage papers to them.  Then I sponge painted them with a dark green acrylic paint and then a combination of different metallic green paints, metallic red paint, metallic gold or silver paint, red acrylic paint and white acrylic paint.  After the Victorian Christmas images were added I sealed the bottles with a glazing medium.

Friday, October 18, 2019

How I Made My New Christmas Garland Floral Arrangement



I tend to have a lot of supplies in my crafts stash as I suspect most crafters do and whenever I'm given something or find something that could be re-purposed for a craft later on I tend to save it.  Such was the case with the heavy, clear glass square container that I sponge painted, the Christmas Santa and reindeer floral picks, and large pine-cones I had from my pine-cone adventures year ago. All three are shown in the collage picture above.

The clear glass square container was from a Christmas present one year from decades ago that held fresh Christmas flowers, cranberries and greenery.  After the flowers and greenery had dried I decided to save the heavy square glass container that they had come in.  You never know when a craft supply will be useful so I decided to save it and add it to my stash.

However, the glass container isn't the only item from my craft stash that I've had for decades that I used in this new floral arrangement.  I bought the Santa and reindeer wood floral picks three decades ago from a local plant store and have held on to them for a long time - just waiting for the right application.  I kept them in a container in the basement in my floral crafts work area and often wondered from time to time when I would have the right use for them.

Also, I've had a stash of pine-cones for years from my pine-cone basket adventures and thought they would come in handy here as well.

Well, this month the time finally arrived for all of these craft supplies to be used.  They were perfect for what I had in mind.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Mixed Media Blue Bud Vase For My Mom


One of the clear glass vases I decided to alter this past summer was a clear glass single bud vase that has 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 thought a new sponge painted exterior with haphazard strips of paper-clay with glitter paint might look nice.

For the vase above first I added old book page collage papers to it.  Then I painted it with black acrylic paint and added a sponge paint combination of metallic royal blue paint, metallic dark blue paint, metallic light blue paint, metallic purple paint, and white acrylic paint.  This time, once the sponge painting was dry I sealed it with a glazing medium.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

More Of My Pretty 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.

Some of the bottles I decided to embellish were small 4" - 6" clear bottles from my crafts stash.

The four bottles shown in the collage picture above will either remain as mixed media embellished bottles or end up with embellished paper flowers in them.  I haven't decided as of yet.


I decided I wanted my bottles to not only be Victorian in nature but "pretty."  A combination of Victorian, creative embroidery embellishments, collage, and paper-clay stamped images.  In other words, a real mixture of "prettiness"....

Monday, October 14, 2019

My Winter Seasonal Mixed Media Paper Flowers and Collage Embellished Vases



As you know, I have been having a delightful time experimenting with wood, glass, and paper-clay crafts for the past few months. 

Some of the vases I decided to embellish were a large clear glass flower vase I had from one of the birthday flower arrangements my husband gave me, an odd shaped clear glass vase that reminds me of Aladdin's lamp, and a forty-five year old Pfaltzgraff  blue and white stoneware vase I had been given.

I wanted to try something a little different with all three.


I decided to start with the Pfaltzgraff  blue and white stoneware vase which is shown above and which is 4" tall.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

My Mixed Media Collage or Embellished Vases



I have to tell you that I have been having a delightful time "playing" with wood, glass, and paper-clay crafts for the past few months.   The two classes I took at Artful Gathering this summer put me in a creative crafts hyper drive.

I have been experimenting with collage and painting or doing both to many of the glass vases or bottles I have accumulated over the years or from my crafts supplies stash.   I finished all the glass vases or bottles I want to do right now and are currently creating paper flowers for them.  Some I love just the way they are so they will remain as mixed media collage and painted vases and/or bottles.

Shown above are three of the glass vases I had in my crafts supply stash that I've accumulated over the years.


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.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

How I Made My Halloween Mixed Media and Collage Embellished Bottles


As you know from my previous post this past weekend I finally put out my fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving decorations.  Well, two of those decorations were two new Halloween mixed media and collage embellished bottles.

These two will remain as Halloween mixed media bottles and will not become Halloween bottle vases with paper flowers.

I had decided that for these two mixed media bottles I would make them a combination of sponge painted collage bottles with paper-clay and mixed media fiber embellishments as well as Victorian Halloween images.

Friday, October 11, 2019

My Fall Seasonal Mixed Media Paper Flowers and Collage Embellished Bottle Vases



This past weekend I finally put out my fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving decorations.  For me this is really late.  I usually have them out by the first of September.

Well, part of the reason I was so late was I was happily creating mixed media embellished bottle vases and are now just starting to create some embellished paper flowers for them.  So, I was a little preoccupied for my favorite season.  In writing this post I'm even aghast at myself for being so late.  I absolutely LOVE the fall so this is unprecedented for me.

All is not bad, however, as two of the bottles I recently created were for the fall.  I'm hoping to create their paper flowers and will, hopefully, post pictures of them in their bottle vases shortly.


In the meantime, shown above are the fronts of the two embellished bottle vases.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Victorian Illustrations of Real Life From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889


Not all the illustrations in the Harper's Young People weekly's were of joy or celebration.  Some were of the grim reality of life and the event of the day.

Such was the case with the illustration above appeared in the December 15, 1888 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Book on page 76.  It was entitled " The doctor drew the man's left hand to him and felt his pulse" and was part of a story entitled "Uncle Peter's Trust" written by George B. Perry about a dying man.

You can just feel the sorrow and compassion in the room for this man as he lay dying.


Saturday, October 05, 2019

New Colorful Fall Seasonal and Sunflower Custom Products



Given that I absolutely love the Fall season because it inspires me to create I couldn't help but thoroughly enjoy the past few weeks as I've been blissfully creating colorful Fall seasonal custom products.

For me, there is nothing quite like the bold, bright, beautiful colors of the fall.  So, of course I thought they would make for some really adorable home decor products based on some of my fall whimsical graphic designs.

One of my favorite fall flowers is the sunflower.  It is just so big and so bright and colorful.  What's not to love.  So, of course, I created whimsical sunflower designs as well and hope you like them.

Friday, October 04, 2019

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


There's nothing quite like looking at the different expressions of family members within gatherings - especially the expressions of mother's and children.

You cannot help but feel the despair in the face of the mother from the illustration above that appeared in the July 27, 1889 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Book on page 580. It was entitled "Homeless" and was drawn for the poem "Homeless" written by Dora Read Goodale.


The illustration above appeared in the February 9, 1889 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Book on page 670. It was entitled "Celestial Geography." The captions were: "Charlie (recently promoted to the study of geography, and much interested in the same.) "Mamma, do all the big countries have capitals?" Mamma. 'Yes, Dear."  Charlie. "Then what's the capital of heaven?"

For the above you can see the questioning look on the boy and the surprised look on the mother who is trying to decide how to answer that question.