Sunday, March 28, 2021

"Peter - The Primitive Farmer & Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" Primitive Stump Dolls Free E-Patterns



If you love making whimsical cloth shelf sitter dolls then you're going to love our "Peter - The Primitive Farmer and Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" free  e-patterns.

Peter The Primitive Farmer believes that every day should be spent working hard and providing for your family. There is nothing like a good hard day of labor.  He gets up in the wee hours of the morning to start working on his farm. 

Margaret, being the dutiful farmer's wife that she is, gets up even earlier than her husband.

Why?

Because she has to prepare his breakfast so he has plenty of energy for working all day.

Margaret The Dutiful Farmer's Wife believes that she should do everything that she can to help her husband, Peter. 

So, she always has a home cooked meal ready for him at the end of a hard day of labor and at the beginning of the day so he has enough energy for all the demands of the farm.

Margaret gets up so early in the morning to prepare breakfast for Peter that at the end of the day she is a little tired. 

Peter understands this and when Margaret falls asleep on the sofa he just lets her sleep. 

She works so hard. 

She deserves her rest, too.

Friday, March 19, 2021

How I Made My Lacy Mixed Media Victorian Collage Stump Art Doll Free Tutorial


I fell in love with mixed media art dolls several years ago after taking online courses at Artful Gathering.  I loved those classes as I learned so much and they really had a delightful effect on my
 creative soul. 


When I first started creating my Victorian "Lady" dolls I decided to make them stump dolls as I wanted to focus on their outfits.  So, it's totally understandable that after falling in love with mixed media art dolls, I would experiment with mixed media stump dolls as well.  

Well, experiment I did! The Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly dolls, shown above, are a trio of "stump doll" sisters who are as different as they are beautiful.

 

 Lucy, who is on the left in the pictures above, is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, who is on the right in the pictures above, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly, who is in the middle in the pictures above, is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

They are mixed media Victorian collage stump art dolls that I made back in September of 2014. 

I had so much fun making these mixed media stump art dolls I thought you might like to know how I made them. So, I decided to create a free tutorial on how I made Lacy.  

I hope my free tutorial inspires you to create a mixed media stump art doll of your own.


Lacy - 4 1/2" x 6" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Stump Art Doll

Lacy is a 4 1/2" x 6" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian stump wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her fabric gathered and covered bamboo bonnet with paper floral and silk floral embellishments is fastened with a purple check ribbon that is tied in a bow under her chin. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit  is an embellished paper collage dress with a two tier cape with raised black dots. White lace trim adorned with a beautiful pearl and silk ribbon flower is wrapped around her neck.

Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun. A bouquet of flowers and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

Supplies Needed:

Thursday, March 18, 2021

How I Made My Mixed Media Snow Fairies Art Dolls - Meet Pixie, Dixie, and Mixie



Back in 2014 I decided to take Julie Haymaker's "Let's Go For A Ride" class at Artful Gathering. The project called for making an adorable little mixed media shadow box scene with 3 pets sticking their heads out the window of a car that was driving over a hill. The class looked like it would be a lot of fun to take so I decided to take it.

A kit was available for purchase from Julie's Etsy shop "Bisbeebliss" so I ordered one as it's a lot easier to do that than run around to get supplies. The kit came with everything you needed to create the project including thread and needle. It was fabulous.

Well, in looking at Julie's kits for sale she had some unusual unfinished wood pieces for making several different types of mixed media dolls.  

Julie is a remarkable mixed media artist who has an eye for unusual art doll creations and her unfinished wood kits were available as a tool to help you with this. 

So, of course I bought a few.  If you know me you know that a few translates to "a lot of them."

rolling  hand carved wooden heart on wheels ready to decorate.  

I've used a few over the years when the application seemed to fit something I wanted to create.  I used the heart and wood carriage above for my "Don Juan Romeo" mixed media art doll creation that I created this summer.

Friday, March 12, 2021

My Families Love Of Pillows and My Pinterest Quilting Tutorials Board


My mother, sister and I have been sewing for many, many years.  My sister and I learned from our mother at a very young age.  We started small and over the years both my sister and I, as well as our mother, honed our sewing skills and, as a result, ended up making many, many things including our own clothes, large quilts, small quilts, mini quilts, quilted pillows. place-mats and runners.


My sister continued her love of quilts by creating Inspired Creations By D quilted wall art.

After making a bunch of quilts that she gave away as gifts my mother gave up large quilts in favor of smaller pillows.  She loved making log cabin pillows like those shown in the picture at the beginning of this post.  She was happy to make the standard log cabin quilts and other quilted pillows until she learned how to make folded log cabin quilted pillows.  From that point on it was all folded log cabin pillows, table runners and place-mats.


She even took her love of log cabin quilts to the point where she was making miniature 8" by 8" pillows for my baby "Bud."  She made two of them just for him - one for downstairs in the family room when he was laying on the sofa and one for the chair we used as his bed upstairs.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Three Adorable Primitive Bunny Free E-Patterns


I was first introduced to primitive dolls with something I saw many over 20 years ago during a shopping trip to Sturbridge with my mother.  In one of the crafts stores we liked to visit I was looking at a box filled with patterns and just started laughing my head off. Of course, my mother asked, "what's so funny?" So, I showed her the pattern I was looking at and she burst out laughing, too. It was for a primitive cloth doll which was so ugly it was actually beautiful. So there we were - two grown women standing in the middle of a store laughing our heads off.

As I scanned through the box I found other patterns for primitive dolls that were just as ugly and just as beautiful. So, of course, I bought a few and could hardly wait to get them home so I could make them.   And, make them I did.

The popularity of primitive dolls - especially "raggedies" continued to grow and grow.  Primitive decor seemed to take over with all sorts of primitive things that could be made for one's home -  dolls, raggedies, make-do's, shelf sitters, holiday and seasonal primitive decorations, primitive animals, primitive graphics, primitive woodcrafts, curtains, rugs, furniture and so on and on.

Over the years I decided that I wanted to design my own primitives and created primitive dolls, primitive animals, and primitive ornaments for everyday, the seasons, and all the holidays. 

Recently I got to thinking about the three primitive bunnies I designed and thought you might like to make them.  So, I decided to make their e-patterns free and created blog posts on how to make them as well as a link to their free e-patterns.

Have fun making your primitive bunnies!

Just click on the links below:



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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

How To Make My "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" Primitive Bunny & Free E-Pattern


What could be better than stories about bunnies, reading, and libraries?  Not much as far as I'm concerned.  Well, maybe add dolls, Victorian dresses and history...lol

"Peter Prim Tail!" and his sister, "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" are on their way to read to the "bunny kids" at the "Great Bunny Library." 

They love to be involved in their bunny community and volunteered to read to the younger bunnies at the weekly story hour. 

Maybe we should say, that "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" thought it would be a wonderful idea for her and her brother, "Peter Prim Tail!" to read to all the younger bunnies. Leave it to sisters to decide for their younger brothers...lol 

Peter, on the other hand, would rather be out teaching the younger bunny boys any variety of sports. Hopping, jumping, skipping, relay races, leap frogging, hurdle jumping - that's his thing. 

Reading is really Mitzy's thing. But, Mitzy asked him ever so sweetly, so how could he say "no!" He couldn't, so they're off to the "Great Bunny Library" to read to the kids. 

They're only problem is what should they read?

"Peter Prim Tail!" has decided that he wants to read the bunny kids some of his favorite comic books.

His sister, Mitzy, doesn't consider comic books real books, but Peter feels that to get the "bunny boys", in particular, interested in reading that he should read them something to hold their interest. 

And, "Peter Rabbit" and "Alice In Wonderland" are just not going to hold their attention. At least, he doesn't think so. 

Mitzy is not so sure. She loves the classics and thinks the "bunny kids" will too. Even the boys. 

But, Peter is her brother and is being so nice about reading to the "bunny kids" she doesn't want to upset that. 

So, she'll let Peter win this battle. At least for this week's story hour.

Peter and Mitzy had so much fun with the kids I thought you all might like to learn how I made them. 

So, I decided to tell you so you could make some Peter and Mitzy bunnies of your own and read some books to your own children or even take them with you when you're reading at the local library. I'm sure the kids will love them, too.

"Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" is a 20" primitive cloth bunny with an embroidered face with two button eyes. Her nose is zig-zag embroidered with black floss and her mouth is outlined with a back stitch in black floss. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are straight stitched with black floss, her cheeks are blushed, and she has freckles and whiskers. Her ears are wired and bendable and she has cloth flower print inner ears. She is wearing her favorite primitive outfit. Her bloomers are fringed and gathered at the waist and are stitched with the seams on the outside with the edges being pinked. Her dress is fringed and gathered at the waist and neck edge. The collar of her dress is a crochet doily and there is a ribbon bow on the top of her head. A fringed apron is wrapped around her waist and tied in a knot in the back. A floral ribbon decorates the center of the apron's waistband. She is wearing her favorite scrunched socks.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Here's how I made Mitzy:  

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

How To Make My Peter Prim Tail Primitive Bunny & Free E-Pattern

What could be better than stories about bunnies, reading, and libraries?  Not much as far as I'm concerned.  Well, maybe add dolls, Victorian dresses and history...lol

"Peter Prim Tail!" and his sister, "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" are on their way to read to the "bunny kids" at the "Great Bunny Library." 

They love to be involved in their bunny community and volunteered to read to the younger bunnies at the weekly story hour. 

Maybe we should say, that "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" thought it would be a wonderful idea for her and her brother, "Peter Prim Tail!" to read to all the younger bunnies. Leave it to sisters to decide for their younger brothers...lol 

Peter, on the other hand, would rather be out teaching the younger bunny boys any variety of sports. Hopping, jumping, skipping, relay races, leap frogging, hurdle jumping - that's his thing. 

Reading is really Mitzy's thing. But, Mitzy asked him ever so sweetly, so how could he say "no!" He couldn't, so they're off to the "Great Bunny Library" to read to the kids. 

They're only problem is what should they read?

"Peter Prim Tail!" has decided that he wants to read the bunny kids some of his favorite comic books.

His sister, Mitzy, doesn't consider comic books real books, but Peter feels that to get the "bunny boys", in particular, interested in reading that he should read them something to hold their interest. 

And, "Peter Rabbit" and "Alice In Wonderland" are just not going to hold their attention. At least, he doesn't think so. 

Mitzy is not so sure. She loves the classics and thinks the "bunny kids" will too. Even the boys. 

But, Peter is her brother and is being so nice about reading to the "bunny kids" she doesn't want to upset that. 

So, she'll let Peter win this battle. At least for this week's story hour.

Peter and Mitzy had so much fun with the kids I thought you all might like to learn how I made them. 

So, I decided to tell you so you could make some Peter and Mitzy bunnies of your own and read some books to your own children or even take them with you when you're reading at the local library. I'm sure the kids will love them, too.

"Peter Prim Tail!" is a 20" primitive cloth bunny with an embroidered face with two button eyes. His nose is zig-zag embroidered with black floss and his mouth is outlined with a back stitch in black floss. His eyebrows and eyelashes are straight stitched with black floss, his cheeks are blushed, and he has freckles and whiskers. His ears are wired and bendable and he has cloth plaid inner ears. He is wearing his favorite shirt and pants. His pants are gathered at the waist and tied in several spots with ties along his legs. His shirt is frayed and has a center pocket. It is gathered at the neck edge. A fringed bandanna is wrapped around his neck and tied in a knot in the front.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Here's how I made Peter:  

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Patience Is A Virtue Primitive Bunny Stump Doll Free E-Pattern

 

I have wonderful news for you.  I decided to make my "Patience Is A Virtue" primitive bunny stump doll e-pattern free for all of you. 

I love bunnies so much and love 'Patience" that I thought you'd love her, too.

So, I'd like to introduce "Patience - Is a Virtue.

Patience is a primitive bunny and is so happy-go-lucky that she has a hard time controlling herself. 

She just hops from here to there without a care in the world.

Hop, hop, hop! Down the lane she goes.

Hop, hop, hop!

La dee da!

La dee da!

She is a free-standing primitive bunny with a warm & natural body with an embroidered face, white buttons for eyes, lace trimmed dress, and lace trimmed apron adorned with 4 large pink buttons. She is coffee stained throughout.

If you ask her, "Patience, where are you going?" she replies, "Just anywhere!

Hop, hop, hop!

If you ask, "Why are you going?" she just replies,

"To make everyone happy!"

Hop, hop, hop!

If you respond, "That's impossible!" she just smiles and replies, "I have all the time in the world.

Hop, hop, hop! 

Down the lane she goes.

Hop, hop, hop!

La dee da!

La dee da!

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Supplies Needed…..           

Thursday, March 04, 2021

11 Adorable Bunnies to Make For Easter, Spring and Summer Home Decor - Free E-Books & E-Patterns

 

As far as I'm concerned it's never too early for making bunnies - especially when they're all easy to do and totally adorable.  

I have 11 adorable free bunny decoration e-patterns and/or tutorial e-books that are easy to make for the Easter, Spring and Summer season that I hope you're going to love. 

Have fun making your bunny decorations!

Just click on the links below:

How I Altered An Unusual Witch!


I ran across this picture the other day and I couldn't help but think about why I made a pregnant witch.

Well, in the Fall of  2008 I got an email from a customer telling me that she just loved my witches and wanted to know if I could make an unusual kind of witch for her.

I, of course, was curious. Hmmmm..... witches are witches. What kind of witch did she have in mind that would be so unusual?

Well, it turns out that she had a friend who LOVED witches who also happened to be pregnant and my customer was throwing her a baby shower. So, she wanted to know if I had any "pregnant witches" and if not, would I make her one.

I told her that unfortunately I didn't do custom dolls requests but, would be more than happy to alter a witch I had already made to be pregnant and suggested one of my cloth and wood witches to her.

She loved the witch I had in mind so I altered her to be pregnant and here are the before and after results: