If you think living with a few women is difficult try living with 1,796 dolls. It's downright hazardous. The dolls think they're human and make dollie demands. One demand was their own blog for stories about life in "The Dollie Storage Room" where they live. So, to keep the peace in my house I created this blog for my dolls and for all the "grown-up girls" out there. It will be filled with everything and anything concerning the dollies. The dollies are in charge so it should be interesting!

The Dollie Storage Room Participants So Far



The "dollies" have so many stories to tell and so many fun things for you to do. They thought it might be easier for you to follow along with their adventures if you knew who they were and what they looked like. According to the dollies; "It's always better to put a face with a name!"

If you'd like to see pictures of the dollies who have been involved in some of the stories so far and read the stories each of the "dollies" is involved in just CLICK HERE for our "Dollie Storage Room Participants Page."


Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Cut and Sew Fabric - Peter The Primitive Farmer and His Wife Cut and Sew Ornament Fabric

Peter The Primitive Farmer and His Wife Cut and Sew Ornament Fabric

© 2014 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh. 

Perfect for making quick and easy cut and sew dolls, favors, decorations, ornaments, softies, etc.

(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2014 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)

Design Size -7.21 x 7.21 in

Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Spoonflower.com.  All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

CLICK HERE TO BUY OUR FABRIC NOW

Please CLICK HERE for all the fabric designs in our Dollie Storage Room Fabric Designs Collection.

For More Information About Spoonflower Please CLICK HERE For Their About Us Page.

We hope you like our new fabric designs.

We're working on all sorts of creations to show you what you can do with our new designs so be sure to check back often to see what we've created.

New Dollie Storage Room Custom Fabric - Peter and Margaret Farmer Fabric 1

Peter and Margaret Farmer Fabric 1

© 2014 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh. 

Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2014 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)

Design Size -3.0 x 3.0 in

Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Spoonflower.com.  All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

CLICK HERE TO BUY OUR FABRIC NOW

Please CLICK HERE for all the fabric designs in our Dollie Storage Room Fabric Designs Collection.

For More Information About Spoonflower Please CLICK HERE For Their About Us Page.

We hope you like our new fabric designs.

We're working on all sorts of creations to show you what you can do with our new designs so be sure to check back often to see what we've created.

New Dollie Storage Room Custom Fabric - Peter and Margaret Farmer Fabric 2

Peter and Margaret Farmer Fabric 2

© 2014 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh. 

Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2014 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)

Design Size -2.0 x 2.0 in

Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Spoonflower.com.  All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

CLICK HERE TO BUY OUR FABRIC NOW

Please CLICK HERE for all the fabric designs in our Dollie Storage Room Fabric Designs Collection.

For More Information About Spoonflower Please CLICK HERE For Their About Us Page.

We hope you like our new fabric designs.

We're working on all sorts of creations to show you what you can do with our new designs so be sure to check back often to see what we've created.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fast and Easy Cut and Sew Dolls Is A Great Way To Teach Kids How To Sew


When I was designing my cut and sew dolls I couldn't help but think about my own experiences as a child learning how to sew and thought that cut and sew dolls would not only be a good way to teach a young child how to hand sew but also how to teach them how to machine sew as they could be put together either way. Plus, they quickly see the results of their efforts.

My mother and her best friend taught me how to sew when I was about ten years old. First they made me practice sewing two pieces of fabric together by hand until my running stitches were even and I knew the difference between a running stitch, straight stitch, back-stitch, etc. Then they explained the various types of stitches and their use and some of the sewing terminology.

I, of course, was anxious to start with the sewing machine. Just let me make something.  They tried to explain that I needed to master the hand stitches before moving on to the sewing machine. I couldn't understand why back then. I can now.  I wanted to create something right then and there.


When they were happy with my hand sewing I moved on to the sewing machine. First they explained how the machine worked, the different parts of the machine, the different machine heads, the different stitches, winding bobbins, etc. I couldn't move on until I knew this. I had no idea when I wanted to learn how to sew how much I needed to learn first. I was ready to go. Let me at the sewing machine - now.

Finally, the day came when I was allowed to start my machine sewing - or so I thought. Au contraire!

First my mother and her friend explained all the sewing terms, showed me how to sew a straight line with the machine, how to sew in reverse, etc. Here, too, they had me practicing rows and rows of stitches on single pieces of fabric. I, of course, thought I was ready after sewing two or three rows of stitches.

My mother would look at my rows of stitching and tell me to continue practicing. My rows of stitching were crooked. I wasn't allowed to move on until they were straight. I really think my mother made me practice much more then I needed just to keep me out of her hair. In any event, I practiced sewing straight lines forward and backwards until I could do it with my eyes closed.

When I thought I was done and ready to start my project here, too, I was wrong. I had no idea they had a test in store for me. YIKES! I'm learning to sew not going to school. Needless to say I passed my quiz with flying colors and they decided I was ready to move on to my first pattern.


The first thing I decided to make was a shirt for myself. I set about buying a pattern, buying the material, supplies, etc. My mother wanted me to start with a simple pattern like a pillow. I convinced her I could handle a shirt. Little did I know that here, too, I would need to understand patterns and how they work before moving on.  Just put me in front of the sewing machine. I can do this!

So, she showed me how to read the pattern and how to layout the pattern pieces on my material. I never followed the pattern layout instructions, then, and I still don't as I always thought they wasted too much material. She also told me to read the instructions carefully and to follow the pattern step by step. For my first few years I didn't dare go to step 5 before finishing steps 1 through 4. I thought the earth would fall apart if I did. What did I know I was just a kid!

So my mother explained how to read the various instructions on the pattern sheets and what the little black notches meant. I used to cut them off until I realized they could be quite useful. So I set about cutting out my shirt and then attempting to sew it.

I knew what I was doing, or so I told my mother. Let me do my shirt. So she, as mothers always do, sighed and said "fine!" Go ahead!


I sewed the side seams and the shoulders, then the side seams of the arms. Piece of cake. This is easy. Then the instructions said that I needed to sew the arms to the shirt easing the fabric so that it fit. Well, I looked at the shoulders of my arms and the armhole opening of my shirt. No way that was going to fit. The shoulders of my arms were way too big. I figured the pattern must be wrong so I cut the arms of my shirt straight across the top of the side seam so that the armhole opening of my shirt and shoulder of my arms would fit. Hey, no problem now. No more excess material. Oh, was I good. I sewed both of the arms on and then turned the shirt RSO.

I figured this might be a good time to try my shirt on. Of course when it came time to put the shirt on it was difficult at best. Well, you all know what happened. The sleeves were way too short and my armhole opening was a bit too tight. I looked ridiculous. So, when I asked my mother what the problem was she could barely contain her laughter. She didn't want to laugh as I knew she didn't want to discourage me but, I really did look ridiculous.

When she asked me to tell her how I had sewed the sleeves on she gently explained that there was a purpose for the shoulder curve of the sleeve after all. She helped me remove the stitching, cut out new sleeves, and showed me how to ease the shoulder seam of the sleeve to my shirt. Of course, when I tried my new sleeves on they fit.


My mother told me that there were so many things to learn when sewing that you can't master them all at once. She, in fact, was still learning. So, when in doubt the best course of action is to ask.

What else did I learn. Well, I wasn't a superstar and laughter is the best medicine. No matter how old you are or skilled you are sewing is always an adventure. I figured if you don't try something you'll never know if it would have worked. My solution could have worked and the pattern could have been wrong! Right?

So, when I was designing my cut and sew dolls I wanted to create something that would be a great sewing tool for kids as well as something that would give them a more immediate feeling of achievement. Something they could do without have to go to school and pass a final exam! Something that they could be proud of that they had created. Something to inspire them to want to learn more.

I now have 88 different cut and sew doll designs. Plenty of inspiration for learning how to sew. They're fast and easy and are a great way to teach kids how to sew. If you'd like to see all my cut and sew designs please CLICK HERE.



Friday, July 4, 2014

Another Baby Alpaca Cousin For The Dollies


Mom "Zinnia" and her new 1st baby "Petunia"

Petunia standing on her own.

Petunia just after being born.

The "dollies" have been on pins and needles for several days as Zinnia was due to deliver her first baby the first two weeks of July.  They were placing their bets on a 4th of July baby alpaca cousin, but Petunia had her own schedule in mind.  She decided to come a day early.  

Given that it was Zinnia's first baby my sister was a little apprehensive as to how Zinnia would be handling this.  She came through like a trooper and to my sister's delight was very attentive to her baby.

Here's what my sister had to say, "She is here! Rock Garden Alpacas Perucoyo Petunia! Dam is Rock Garden Alpacas Perucoyo Zinnia and Sire is Accoyo Cuba Libre of Ideuma Creek Alpacas. A special thanks to my good friend Denise at Ideuma Creek for talking me through staying calm as Zinnia is a first time mom and I was not sure it was moving along as it should."

Welcome to the world Petunia.  Great job Zinnia.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet the Dollies - Toni E. Hawk


"Toni E. Hawk"and Tom A. Hawk are members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls. Toni E. Hawk happens to be "Tom A. Hawk's" twin sister.

The "Egg Muff's" are a fun loving group of dolls that love to sneak around and maybe, every once in awhile, drop in unexpectedly. And, the Toni E. Hawk and her brother, Tom A. Hawk, are the most fun loving of the group.

You might find then peaking around a corner, peaking over the windowsill, peaking through a keyhole in a door, or sneaking into your room. You just never know.

Sometimes you might just catch a glimpse of their eyes and hair as they try to sneak a peak. If you listen carefully, you might even hear them laughing, even chuckling away.

Sometimes you might even catch them doing a little jig. You just never know what they may do.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love to play hide and peak! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peak!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Meet the Dollies - Tom A. Hawk



"Tom A. Hawk"and Toni E. Hawk are members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls. Toni E. Hawk happens to be "Tom A. Hawk's" twin sister.

The "Egg Muff's" are a fun loving group of dolls that love to sneak around and maybe, every once in awhile, drop in unexpectedly. And, the Toni E. Hawk and her brother, Tom A. Hawk, are the most fun loving of the group.

You might find then peaking around a corner, peaking over the windowsill, peaking through a keyhole in a door, or sneaking into your room. You just never know.

Sometimes you might just catch a glimpse of their eyes and hair as they try to sneak a peak. If you listen carefully, you might even hear them laughing, even chuckling away.

Sometimes you might even catch them doing a little jig. You just never know what they may do.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love to play hide and peak! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peak!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Meet The Dollies - Nancy Dew Drop




"Nancy Dew Drop"and "Spike A Peek"  are members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls.

They are a fun loving group of dolls that love to sneak around and maybe, every once in awhile, drop in unexpectedly.

You might find then peaking around a corner, peaking over the windowsill, peaking through a keyhole in a door, or sneaking into your room. You just never know.

Sometimes you might just catch a glimpse of their eyes and hair as they try to sneak a peak. If you listen carefully, you might even hear them laughing, even chuckling away.

Sometimes you might even catch them doing a little jig. You just never know what they may do.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love to play hide and peak! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peak!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Meet The Dollies - Spike A Peek! - The Egg Muff Series


"Nancy Dew Drop"and "Spike A Peek"  are members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls.

They are a fun loving group of dolls that love to sneak around and maybe, every once in awhile, drop in unexpectedly.

You might find then peaking around a corner, peaking over the windowsill, peaking through a keyhole in a door, or sneaking into your room. You just never know.

Sometimes you might just catch a glimpse of their eyes and hair as they try to sneak a peak. If you listen carefully, you might even hear them laughing, even chuckling away.

Sometimes you might even catch them doing a little jig. You just never know what they may do.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love to play hide and peak! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peak!