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, March 17, 2016

The Story Behind My "Anna" and "James" Dolls



This is the story behind my "James" and "Anna" graduation doll patterns and involves my Dad, my niece, and my twin granddaughters.

When both my twin granddaughters and my niece were graduating from high school and college, respectively, I wanted to give them something special. For me, that usually involves something crafty that I'd made or, and this may come as a surprise to all of you, a doll. So, I decided on a doll. But, I didn't want just any graduation doll. I thought how about taking their graduation picture and transposing that onto a doll's head using iron on transfer paper. It was a nice idea, but a bad application from the start.

So, I set about to design a stand alone graduation doll that would have each of their respective graduation gown colors. I knew I wanted the doll to be stand alone and wanted the body bottoms to be made out of denim. I decided that I would use popcorn kernels to weight the bodies down. So, I began by scanning in their respective graduation pictures and then setting about to crop the images and adjust the image size until their faces would fit on my graduation doll patterns head. I should have known right from the start that this was going to be a disaster. I just couldn't seem to get the right size face with the right size head. In any event, I finally had something I could work with and transferred the face to my cloth head piece.

Then I put the three dolls together using my rough draft pattern pieces. The doll's bodies and graduation gowns came out wonderful. Their faces were an entirely different story almost bordering on scary. See for yourself. What do you think? Scary, frightening, yuck?

The first person to receive her doll was my niece. Well, the graduation doll was the talk of the graduation barbecue until my niece arrived and I gave it to her. Everyone thought the doll was creative and unique. My niece loved it but thought it was "CREEPY!"

She wasn't sure whether she should thank me and keep it or thank me and hide it at the back of her closet. I have to admit it was pretty "creepy" and pretty scary looking. I suppose having ones face on a doll is "creepy" and just the looks of the doll was pretty scary. Not that her face is scary or anything. It's just the flat dimensions on what's supposed to be a three dimensional face just didn't work. Flat faces look great on pillows. On dolls, that's another story.

My twin granddaughters were the next group to receive their graduation dolls. Once, again, everyone thought they were unique, exceptional, and downright scary. My grandsons wouldn't even look at them. They were too scared. My granddaughters just laughed and got a kick out of showing all their friends their "frightening" graduation dolls.

So, I decided I had to make something positive out of this disaster and decided to design the graduation doll with an embroidered face. After all I already had the rough draft pattern. All I needed was a face. Instead of doing just one doll pattern I decided to do two: a male graduation doll pattern and a female graduation doll pattern. I could easily alter the clothes underneath the gown to suit either a male or female.


Anna is so happy to be finally graduating. It seems like it's been a long time coming and she's looking forward to her summer vacation. Of course, it won't be a vacation for her as she has to prepare for moving into college all the way across the country from where she lives. She wanted the best school in her field and it was far away. While Anna and her parents weren't really happy that she'd be this far from home they want her to have the best education possible - so they agreed. So, Anna has a lot to do before she goes on to college.

Anna has been waiting a long time for her Graduation Day and is a free-standing cloth doll with a square bottom denim base. She has a long tunic shirt with fringed 3/4 gathered sleeves and square-bottomed denim pants. Her face is embroidered and she has round black button eyes. She is wearing a white satin graduation gown with 3/4 sleeves and is holding a bouquet of silk ribbon flowers with streamers and diploma in her right hand and her commencement exercise booklet in her left hand. She has long flowing red hair framing her face and has a white graduation cap on her head. A string of pearls and ribbon bow decorate her outfit.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


“Anna”, 20” Girl Doll - Graduation Doll E-Pattern - Graduation Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner



James has been preparing for his Graduation Day for quite some time. He decided that he wanted to take the summer off after his graduation and travel around the country. He wants to have some fun before he has to settle down into a real job in the real world. He's not sure his parents will approve the summer off. He certainly is going to give them all the reasons why this is a good thing, maybe, even throw in an "impish" smile of two. That will sway them to his way of thinking. He can be a charmer when he wants to.

James has been impishly awaiting his Graduation Day and is a free-standing cloth doll with a square bottom denim base. He sports a long cotton shirt with rolled sleeves and square-bottomed denim pants. His face is embroidered and he has round black button eyes. He is wearing a black satin graduation gown with 3/4 sleeves and is holding his diploma in his right hand and his commencement exercise booklet in his left hand. He has wild curly brown hair framing his face and has a black graduation cap on his head.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


“James”, 20” Boy Doll - Graduation Doll E-Pattern - Graduation Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner


Well, this story had several phases. It was a nice idea whose application was downright frightening and was rescued by creative embroidering. Hopefully, you'll agree.

If you'd like to try your hand at transferring the face of a graduate you know please do so. Maybe you'll have better luck then I did.

If not, the embroidered faces in my "Anna" and "James" graduation doll patterns are just adorable and make great centerpiece decorations for any graduation party. At least, they won't cause nightmares.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It Was The Holiday Season After All -When Anything Magical Could Happen



The "Dollies" love stories and asked me to post "Theo's" Christmas story from December 2012 again.  So, here it is for the "Dollies."

As I was walking the aisles of BJ's I could hear someone's name being called and, funny thing, it sounded like mine. Someone was calling "Linda." For sure they couldn't have meant me. After all I didn't know anyone at BJ's other than hubby and he was in another aisle. So, I looked around, but there was no one here but me. Odd. So, I kept walking.

The closer I got to the end of the aisle the louder the name calling got. Someone was definitely calling for "Linda." I heard, "Over here, Linda. Look over here." I didn't see anything. Just a BIG white box.

Someone said, "I'm in here, Linda. Look in here." So, foolishly I did. Sitting inside the BIG white box was a HUGE (and I do mean HUGE) white teddy bear.

"Well, hello there," I said.

"Hello, Linda. I'm T.T.D. which stands for Theodore Teddy Bear. Theo for short."

I said, "Nice to meet you Theo. What are you doing in there and why are you calling my name?"

'Well," he said, "I've been waiting a long time for you. Waiting for you to take me home."

"Home to my house," I replied.

"Well, yes," he replied, "that is home after all isn't it?"

"Oh, Theo. I would LOVE to take you home with me. You're so adorable, so BIG, and so CUDDLY. Who could resist you? Certainly not me. Plus, you'd be perfect for my dining room North Pole Christmas scene. But...."

"Well," Theo said, "What's the problem?"

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Another Free Coloring Book From The Dollies - Happy Holidays Free Coloring Pages and Printables Pages E-Book For An Adorable Trio Of Angels


Who doesn't love an adorable trio of angels?  Especially at Christmas time.

"Sophisticated Gwen", "Happy Molly Angel", and "Who Me? Angel Angela" are a very unusual group of angels. Very unusual indeed.

You see, they aren't at all alike. In fact, they are as different as, well - angels can be.

"Sophisticated Gwen" is the epitome of sophistication and style. She is very much in "vogue" and aware of the latest trends in fashion. Her special charge is to protect all the "high fashion models" out there. It's a big task as, let's just say, the "high fashion models" don't always behave themselves.

"Happy Molly Angel" could care less about fashion. In fact, style and fashion mean nothing to her. She'd much rather spend her day crafting up a storm and doesn't care if she breaks a nail or gets her hands messy. In fact, it doesn't even matter to her if her clothes get messy. Sometimes the messier the better. Her special charge is all the crafters out there. It's a tall order as there are millions and millions of them.

"Who Me? Angel Angela" isn't quite sure why she's here or what her special mission is. When asked to do something she inevitably answers "Who Me?" She's a shy as a mouse and doesn't have a lot of confidence. She's not sure that she's really good at anything in particular and isn't too sure that she'll be able to fulfill her mission. Her charge is all the shy people out there.

How can you not love a trio of angels like that?

If you would like to view and download my Sophisticated Gwen angel free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. If you would like to view and download my Happy Molly angel free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. If you would like to view and download my Who Me? Angel Angela free e-pattern please CLICK HERE.

And, now, you can get their free coloring pages and printables pages e-book.  Now you can create them, color them, and print them.

The Trio Of Angels Happy Holidays free e-book contains 1 printable page and 4 coloring pages.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

New Dollie Storage Room Custom Fabric Designs - Baptist and Jael Primitive Fabris Collection

Baptist and Jael Primitive Fabric 3

© 2015 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh.

Perfect for making doll clothes,birthday doll crafting party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, wall art, totes, table linens, etc.  

(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2015 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)



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

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

New Dollie Storage Room Custom Fabric Designs - Baptist and His Smile Cut and Sew Primitive Doll Ornament

Baptist and His Smile Cut and Sew Primiti e Doll Ornament

© 2015 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 © 2015 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)



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

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

New Dollie Storage Room Custom Fabric Designs - Jael Loves Her Smile Cut and Sew Primitive Doll Ornament

Jael Loves Her Smile Cut and Sew Primitive Doll Ornament

© 2015 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 © 2015 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)



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

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

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Wanna Quilt, Annie and Read All About It, Andy - New Custom Fabric Designs


Wanna Quilt, Annie and Read All About It, Andy
Raggedies Fabric 1

© 2015 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh. 

Perfect for making decorations, ornaments, linens, pillows, totes, upholstery, etc.

(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2015 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)


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


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


A Free Coloring Pages and Printables Pages E-Book For The Candleweeds


If ever there was unusual cluster of wood-crafts it would have to be the Candleweeds Family. There's Will, Larry, Bill, Harry, Barry, and Phil.

They were born several years ago and were made from upside down unpainted candle cup holders I saw at a local craft store.  I was looking for a quick and easy craft project that I could make with my mother.  Something that could be created in a couple of hours. Something we could do on one of the crafting days we liked to have.

Unfortunately, I never got a chance to make these with my Mom so I decided to make them myself and then create free e-patterns to share.

After creating the free e-patterns I decided to create free coloring and printable pages so you could color your favorite Candleweed or cut out their printable.  They're a fun group of individuals who just want you to have fun with them.


Bill is the most artistic sibling in the Candleweed Family.  He loves art and has had a natural talent for drawing anything he sees since he was a baby.  He loves to ask the rest of his siblings to pose for him.  His free e-pattern is here.