Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Dollie's Free Coloring Pages E-Books


The "dollies" are a fun loving bunch and they LOVE to color, which is why they've demanded that I keep creating coloring books.  

The problem is there are a LOT of dolls that live in "The Dollie Storage Room" and they get bored when they have nothing to do. And, "bored" dollies or children is not something you want.  If you're a parent you'll know what I mean by that. 

So, to keep them busy I need to keep creating coloring books for them.  So, far I've created nine coloring books and, so far, I've managed to keep them occupied.

The "dollies" are all very artistic and like to try all different types of art supplies to use for their coloring pages.  They'll use colored pencils, markers, lead pencils, pens, and crayons.  I tend to think they prefer their crayons the most.

Several years ago I found a saying by Shane DeRolf that I absolutely loved.  It was entitled "The Crayon Box That Talked" and was a beautiful saying about humanity.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Crayon Box That Talked

While walking into a toy store the day before today

I overheard a crayon box with many things to say

"I don't like Red!" said Yellow and Green said "Nor do I"

"And no one here likes Orange but no one knows just why"

"We are a box of crayons that doesn't get along

Said Blue to all the others "Something here is wrong"

Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me

 And laid out all the colours so the crayons all could see

They watched me as I coloured with Red and Blue and Green

And Black and White and Orange and every colour in between

They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky

The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by

Colours changing as they touched becoming something new

They watched me as I coloured - they watched me till I was through

And when I finally finished I began to walk away

And as I did the crayon box had something more to say

"I do like Red!" said Yellow and Green said, "so do I"

And Blue you were terrific! So high up in the sky

"We are a box of crayons each one of us unique

But when we get together the picture is more complete"

(Shane DeRolf)




If you're looking for some adorable free coloring books to keep the kids busy you'll be happy to know that we have nine for your kids to enjoy.  Just click the links below.

You'll be brought to my Linda's Blog post where you'll find a download link. Just click on that link and you'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view my free coloring e-book. Then just print or download it.

I hope you enjoy my coloring books and hope they keep your kids as busy as they keep the "dollies."  




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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dolls - Andy Illustrations Coloring Pages Free E-Book


Not only is "Raggedy Ann" one of most popular dolls on the planet for little girls and grown-ups girls and has been since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918 but so is Raggedy Andy which was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1920.  After all, why should only the little girls have all the fun!

I for one am a huge fan of the Raggedy Ann and Andy Stories Books Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle and was introduced to them by my Grandmother many years ago.  I loved the stories and loved my own Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls.

So, of course, when "primitive" dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."



So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Andy" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  ebook written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" ebook written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.

I found Raggedy Andy's Stories with illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming and decided I would create a free coloring book based on the illustrations from the 1920 free ebook so all the little girls and boys could enjoy coloring images of their favorite dolls together.

I hope you have fun coloring  the different illustrations I have combined into 30 different coloring pages and hope they provide you with hours of coloring enjoyment.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dolls - Ann Illustrations Coloring Pages Free E-Book


"Raggedy Ann" is one of most popular dolls on the planet for little girls and grown-ups girls and has been since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918.  I for one am a huge fan of the Raggedy Ann Stories Books Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle and was introduced to them by my Grandmother many years ago.  I loved the stories and loved my own Raggedy Ann dolls.

So, of course, when "primitive" dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  ebook written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" ebook written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.

As far as Raggedy Ann is concerned, one of the legends surrounding her creation is that a little girl was rummaging around her Grandmother's attic and finds a battered old doll with only one button eye. She brings the doll down to her grandmother who sews on a missing button eye.  While reminiscing about playing with Raggedy Ann as a young girl she decides to give it to her granddaughter and in doing so introduces her granddaughter to the world of Raggedy Ann.  And so Raggedy Ann was born.

I found the Raggedy Ann's Stories with illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming and decided I would create a free coloring book based on the illustrations from the 1918 free ebook so all the little girls and grown-up girls could enjoy coloring images of their favorite doll together.  Kind of like a shared young and old experience.


I hope you have fun coloring  the different illustrations I have combined into 26 different coloring pages and hope they provide you with hours of coloring enjoyment.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Free Coloring Pages E-Book


"Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" is such a charming book and I have been having such a wonderful time creating scrapbook papers, vinyl sticker collections, custom products with the Alice designs, and custom fabric designs I decided to create something for the "dollies" and all the children out there who love "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland."


The "dollies" like when I'm having a good time but sometimes they get a little jealous so I have to appease them and thought free coloring pages that I created from the Arthur Rackham's and John Tenniel's illustrations from the "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" book by Lewis Carroll would make them happy as they love to color.


To my delight they were thrilled with the coloring pages and grabbed the free e-book right out of my hands.  I had only made one copy of the free e-book and had to quickly make enough copies for all the "dollies" who wanted to color. Needless to say I was at the copy machine for quite some time.

My free e-book contains contains sixteen 8 1/2" by 11" coloring pages.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Story Behind My Victorian "Ladies" Faceless Dolls


I have loved Victorian dolls since I was a little girl and can blame my grandmother for that. You see, as a young girl she gave me a Godey’s Fashion print for August 1870 that belonged to my great, great Aunt Flossie. From that moment on I was hooked. I was captivated by the beautiful dresses and wanted to create dolls wearing them.  But, I didn't want to design a typical Victorian doll.  I wanted mine to be "faceless."


Now you might be wondering why I would want them to be faceless. It's because I wanted each to have its' own distinct personality.

My feeling is that faces overwhelm the dolls personality and have a greater impact on their personality. I wanted the clothing, clothes, hair, color scheme, etc. of the Victorian period to determine the personality of the doll.

As far as I was concerned "Beauty lies not only in what is seen, but what is imagined. I believe the essence of a dolls beauty should determine her personality."

You could compare this to the use of mannequins by museums. Most mannequins in museum dress & textile exhibits are either headless or have heads, but they are generally faceless. Or, they have the sculpted definition of facial features but they are not painted. The idea is to not distract from the beauty of the dress or textile piece on display. The same holds true for store window displays.

I have also been a history buff since I was a little girl and loved doing research for history projects all throughout my school years. I especially loved to research everything and anything about the Victorian Era. Their history, their etiquette, their fashion, their hopes, their desires.... In fact, sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Great News - We've Grouped All Our Cut and Sew Dolls Together


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.

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.

So, back in 2014 I designed my first cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments.  I started small, but this quickly grew to a lot.  I now have 265 cut and sew doll and/or ornaments designs. Plenty of inspiration for learning how to sew.

However, when looking at my cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments I started to think that grouping them into fat quarter sizes (21" by 18") of fabric would really be great for everyone who wanted dolls and/or ornaments by holiday, occasion, season, style, or just plain everyday use.

So, I designed 26 different cut and sew doll and/or ornament groups.  If you want Christmas cut and sew dolls I have 4 groups to choose from.  If you want winter seasonal snowmen I have 2 groups.  If you want baby or baby shower cut and sew dolls or favors I have 3 groups to choose from, and so on and so on.

Each of the groups contains anywhere from 11 to 18 cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments.  So now if you want to decorate for Halloween you have 2 groups to choose from.  Each group fits on a 21" by 18" fat quarter.  So, all you have to do is buy one fat quarter and you'll be able to create simple and easy Halloween cut and sew doll and/or ornament decorations.

Not only are cut and sew dolls and/or ornaments fast and easy, but they are a great way to teach kids how to sew. 

I hope you like my new cut and sew doll, favor, and ornament fabric groups,which are shown below:




 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gypsy Annie's Story and Free Primitive Cloth Doll E-Pattern


While "Primitive Andy" is the shyest "dollie" on the planet, and "Primitive Annie" is the sweetest "dollie" on the planet, "Gypsy Annie" takes the prize at being the most adventuresome "dollie" on the planet. She may be a "dollie", but she is a "gypsy" after all. She travels from town to town and lives an unconventional life.

Given how much she travels it's amazing that she was even aware of all the brouhaha she had created concerning the lack of stories for "Primitive Andy", "Primitive Annie" and herself over on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog and Linda's Blog  eight years ago.

You see, she was the impetus behind the letter writing and privately urged their stories being told then. She wrote the notes. If she thought seven years was enough time back then, most assuredly she thinks fifteen years is more than enough to wait for her story. I would have to agree which is why I decided to post her story now.

So, here's her story:

Like many of her relatives "Gypsy Annie" is a fortune teller. It's not an occupation she would have picked for herself. She'd rather be a travel agent, but she had a natural ability for it and so that is what she does for a living.

"Gypsy Annie" really prefers to travel and would love to travel around the world some day. The problem is that she doesn't make a lot of money as a fortune teller. But she's saving her pennies and hoping to do a bit of traveling this summer.

Gypsy Annie has a coffee stained cloth body, embroidered face with black bead eyes, and oodles of freckles.  She has red lace-tied boots and long raggedy red looped hair along the sides and top of her head.

She is wearing a coffee stained,  tattered, and fringed shirt that is gathered at the neck and has fringed sleeves that are gathered at the wrists. Her skirt is gathered at the waist and fringed along the edges. She has a tattered sash and fringe tied around her waist and she is wearing a pair of fringed bloomers that are gathered at the waist. She has a fringed gypsy kerchief tied around her head.

"Gypsy Annie" is a wanderer by nature. She dreams of one day circling the globe. She knows there is something like that in her future. She just doesn't know when it will happen. She's got her fingers crossed for "soon!"


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