Friday, December 15, 2017

Mr. Jolly, The Pencil Tree And The "Dollies"


When we walked into Lowe's the other day I knew I was going to be in trouble.  As we entered the door my eye caught sight of the jolliest Santa you'd ever want to see.  He was just standing there greeting all the customers with the biggest smile on his face.  I, of course, instantly fell in love with him and dubbed him Mr. Jolly.

As I approached him he called me Linda and asked if I was enjoying this holiday season.  I thought he might be reading my mind but figured the joy of this holiday season was written all over my face so it was obvious to him that I was so happy.

Somehow he knew that Christmas was my most favorite time of the year.  Not just for me, but the "dollies" as well. Oh, yeah.  He knew all about the "dollies." Go figure!

I knew for sure that I would be coming home with him and wondered what hubby would think of this.  It wasn't as if we needed another Christmas decoration.  We have a few! Ya think?

Mr. Jolly asked him how he was and I knew he was smitten as well.  So, we looked at each other and knew we'd be taking him home with us.  We both thought he would look wonderful next to our new "pencil" tree, which we both love. So, we told him to follow us to the check out line.

When we were checking out there was only one cashier and one person in line ahead of us.  When we got to the cashier there was a problem.  Mr. Jolly didn't have a tag on him and she needed his item number in order to ring him in.  While she was calling the holiday department I decided to run over and read the item number off the sticker where we had found him.  I literally had to run as I could see that the line was building up already.  Yikes! People don't like waiting in line. Especially during the holidays. Yikes!

On my way back I noticed there were "a lot"of  people in the line now.  In fact, it was winding down one of the aisles. Yikes!

However, the strange thing was they didn't seem annoyed.  How could this be?  One cashier, lots of people in line and the holiday season?  They all had to be annoyed, but they weren't.  It seems Mr. Jolly had won them all over as well.  They were all smitten as well.  Phew! I wasn't looking forward to approaching an angry mob of customers.

I told the cashier his item number which she was happy to have as she was still waiting on hold on the telephone.  Two minutes later we had checked out and were walking out the door.  I thought Mr. Jolly was behind us, but when I looked back he wasn't.  He was still talking to the customers in line and they were all still smiling, laughing and carrying on.  Simply amazing.

I went over to him and whispered in his ear that we had to go home now so he waved to all the customers and off we went.


I was anxious to bring him home as I knew he was going to look so wonderful next to our new "pencil" tree.

As we were driving home hubby reminded me that the "dollies" weren't very happy the last time we brought giant nutcracker decorations home.  In fact, there was a big brouhaha when we brought them inside the house.

  

You see, the last time I brought two wonderful nutcrackers home without consulting the "dollies" I nearly had World War III in my house. I wrote about it in a  post entitled, "I Should Have Known Better!"

They were, however,  the most adorable decorations for our family room and perfect to frame our family room fireplace.  The problem was they weren't handmade like all the "dollies." 

The "dollies" were infuriated that I would bring non handmade dolls into the house without consulting them first. So, to keep the peace I apologized and said, "it wouldn't happen again."

Mr. Jolly could tell from my face that something was up.  Then he reminded me that when "Theo" came into our lives I had honored that promise.  How Mr. Jolly knew this I'll never know.  Maybe he read my blog post.  Hmmm....


I don't know if you remember but Theo was a large Christmas bear that we bought at BJ's one year at Christmas that wasn't handmade either. I wrote about him in a blog post entitled "It Was The Holiday Season After All -When Anything Magical Could Happen."

When I wanted to bring him home hubby pulled out his cell phone and called the "dollies." A promise is a promise even if it is to inanimate objects.

As hubby was talking to the "dollies" Theo and I were holding hands and pacing back and forth in the middle of the aisle at BJ's. His hand was five times the size of mine. But, boy was it soft.

Back then when I looked into Theo's big brown eyes I could see that he was holding back the tears at the thought of not coming home with me. It nearly broke my heart. I knew I had to take him home with me whether the "dollies" agreed or not. Handmade or not didn't matter. Theo needed a loving home and we had one. He belonged with us.

Just as I was about to tell hubby we were taking Theo home with us whether the "dollies" liked it or not he got off the phone and said, "The dollies said to tell Theo - welcome home. We'd LOVE to have you join our family. You're HUGE and cuddly and adorable. Plus, you'd be perfect for the dining room North Pole Christmas scene."

Theo and I were delighted and he came home with us.

I began to wonder if the "dollies" would welcome Mr. Jolly as well.  The problem was I hadn't consulted them and we were already pulling into the driveway. I was bracing for WWIII.

To my delight the door opened and all the "dollies" poured out to form a welcome line for Mr. Jolly.  It seems they already knew he would be coming home with us today.  They'd known for weeks.

How could that be?  We just saw him at Lowe's today.

I looked at hubby and said, "what's going on?" It's almost as if they've already met him.  Well, it seems they already had.   Mr. Jolly had asked them ahead of time if it was okay if he came home with us today.  What? How could he know we'd want to take him home with us?

Just then Mr. Jolly jumped out of the car and went to greet all the "dollies."  They surrounded him and that was the last we saw of him that day.  They took him up to "the dollie storage room" and had a grand old time.  It was like they'd been friends forever.

That evening, after supper, I happen to glance over at the "pencil" tree and saw Mr. Jolly standing next to it.  He just looked so happy and so adorable standing there.  I couldn't help but smile.

He had put several presents under the tree for the "dollies" and had hung their stockings all over the house.  As he was preparing his "dollie naughty or nice" Christmas list he looked up and saw me looking at him.  I wondered which of the "dollies" was on his naughty list.  I had a few in mind, but to my surprise there weren't any names on the naughty side.   Hmmm..... Did they buy him off? Hmmm...... There had to be a few..... Hmmm.....

As I was looking at him he gave me the jolliest smile I've ever seen and I knew I would be smitten with him every Christmas season from now on.

He was a member of our family  now along with the "pencil" tree.  I had no doubt Mr. Jolly, the "pencil" tree and the "dollies" were going to make this the best Christmas holiday season ever.  And, every Christmas season thereafter.

I decided that we had more than enough Christmas decorations to last a lifetime.  No more shopping trips and coming home with Christmas decorations.  Now if you believe that I have a bridge I could sell you.........

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  Ho! Ho! Ho!



Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Best Dog In Class Granny Esther and I'm The Best Papa Pepper



"Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" takes life one day at a time and wasn't too concerned about getting an invitation to the "Victorian Animals Tea Society" from "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" She knew that eventually it would come, so why get yourself all in a tither until it does? When she was younger she may have worried about such things, but aging has mellowed Granny Esther. She much prefers spending her time reading, watching her Grandchildren, sewing, and just plain enjoying life than worrying about memberships to tea societies. She can understand why "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" set-up their own tea society. She was young once and would of done the same thing. Now, memberships just weren't that important to her. Good health, love of family, love of life. Now those are important issues.

Granny Esther had no doubt that she and her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" would be invited to join as their families had been at the top of the social circle for generations. They were show dogs after all and had well established pedigree lines. The finest of the fine. In fact, Granny Esther had won "Best Dog In Class!" for so long that she had lost count. And, her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" had been Father of the Year for so long he had lost count. However, both had aged ever so gracefully and time had been kind to them. For that they were grateful. They were both proud of who they were, proud of their families, proud of their friends. But, they also knew that each and every moment they had together was precious and that there wasn't anything better than a quiet romp in the woods holding each others hand or sitting on the porch enjoying a glass of lemonade. Yes, time had mellowed both "Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" and her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!"

"I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" also takes life one day at a time and wasn't too concerned either about getting an invitation to the "Victorian Animals Tea Society" from "Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" Just like his wife, "Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" he knew that eventually it would come, so why get yourself all in a tither until it does? When he was younger he may have worried about such things, but aging has mellowed him, too. He much prefers a walk in the park, a good crossword puzzle, a warm touch from Granny Esther than worrying about memberships to tea societies. The important things in life are good health, love of family, love of life.





They Finally Got Their Dogs - Albeit Victorian Dogs


Several years ago "the dollies" asked, or should I say demanded, that Linda get them a dog.  She didn't want to get a real dog so she substituted a virtual pet and wrote the following post about it:

"Come on Linda!"

"PLEASE! PRETTY, PLEASE!"

"Absolutely, Not!"

"But, we want a dog. We promise to take good care of it!"

"Yeah, right! Like I haven't heard that before."

I knew better and knew that there was no way I was going to get the "dollies" a dog. A living, breathing mammal that had real needs being taken care of by a group of inanimate "dollies." I don't think so. No matter how much they beg me I will not give in to this demand.

"PLEASE!"

"NO! Now leave me alone. I'm busy!"

"Aw.........!"

"That means you, too, Doris Marie."

"Okay, Linda. I'll be on my way," Doris responded. "I just thought I'd mention something I saw the other day while surfing the Internet. It might be the solution to giving the "dollies" a pet without really having to worry about it being taken care of."

"Hmmm...," Linda responded. "What exactly is your idea?"

I was intrigued and knew that if Doris Marie was suggesting it that it probably was a well thought out idea. She was smart as a whip, practical, and very logical in everything she did. So, it had to be good. Right?

So, I responded, "Okay, Doris Marie. Let's hear it."

"Well, given how the "dollies" can never decide on anything amongst themselves I thought that selecting either an interactive dog or interactive cat would be a problem. The girls would all want the kitten and the boys would all want the dog. They'd never agree," Doris said.

She continued, "Then I found something they could keep on their blog and watch every day. No disputing. No complaining about not having a pet. No "which pet" choices to make. Is that wonderful or what?"

"That's a brilliant idea, Doris Marie," Linda responded. "I Love it. Yes, yes - a virtual pet. I'm going to get it right now."

So, I did and here it is. I hope you and all the "dollies" love it.


How cute is that!


Well, it seems "The Dollies" had decided recently that they weren't happy with their virtual pet anymore.   They realized they already had the most beautiful dogs with impeccable pedigree's among them and thought they would be the best dogs to represent them they could ever ask for.  After all, nothing is better than family and Granny Esther and her husband "Pepper" were family.

Granny Esther and her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" had been at the top of their social circle for generations. They were show dogs after all and had well established pedigree lines. The finest of the fine. In fact, Granny Esther had won "Best Dog In Class!" for so long that she had lost count. And, her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!" had been Father of the Year for so long he had lost count. However, both had aged ever so gracefully and time had been kind to them. For that they were grateful. They were both proud of who they were, proud of their families, proud of their friends. But, they also knew that each and every moment they had together was precious and that there wasn't anything better than a quiet romp in the woods holding each others hand or sitting on the porch enjoying a glass of lemonade. Yes, time had mellowed both "Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" and her husband, "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!"

"Best Dog In Class, Granny Esther!" and "I'm The Best Papa, Pepper!"  were so honored when the dollies told them this.  As far as they were concerned good health, love of family, and love of life were what life was all about and they'd loved sharing their experiences with the younger dollies in their "dollie" family. 



Little Girl Graphic Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Elmer's Little Boy! and Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow Love Their Fall Custom Fabric Lines



Given Elmer's Little Boy and Punky, Elmer's Little Scarecrow's relationship it's no surprise that Elmer loves the fall season and loves his custom fabric line.  So, does Punky.  They hope you do, too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My “Helena” Colonial Doll New E-Pattern




“Helena” is a PROUD member of the “Gray Is Beautiful!” Club.

Helena is a 12" Colonial doll that is proud of her beautiful grayish white hair. She's a tough old bird and can definitely handle anything that is thrown at her. The reason for that is that there is nothing in life that Helena hasn't seen or done. Everything she's learned to do she has taught herself. She's street smart, wise, prudent, loyal, feisty, and delicate, too. After all she is a female. She may be tough but she still likes frilly, feminine things like lace trimmed dresses and lace shawls. Helena kind of reminds me of the two old biddies from the movie "Gone With The Wind." You might see her walking down the street conversing with everyone and definitely letting them know her opinion on different subjects. Of course, she's also the one you turn to when you need advice for you can always count on her. If Helena says she'll do something then she will. She has beautiful whitish gray hair underneath her straw bonnet. She is a free-standing cloth doll with an embroidered face, lace trimmed dress with lace insert and floral ribbon decoration, lace trimmed slip, and lace shawl. Her bonnet had velvet ribbon ties, velvet ribbon band, and a floral ribbon decoration.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

My “Baby Nicky” Baby Boy Baby Shower Centerpiece Doll and Decoration New E-Pattern


"Baby Nicky" was named after my grandson, Nicky, who I affectionately call "Noodles." Like his brother he too is adorable, cuddly, lovable, and has the most enviable head of brown curly hair that you'd ever want to see. I would give my eye teeth, so to speak, for his curly hair. He, on the other hand, would probably prefer my straight hair. Well, boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. We always want just the opposite, don't we?

My grandson "Nicky" was born premature at 31 weeks weighting 3 pounds 1 ounce and spent the first 9 weeks of his life in an intensive care unit. The nurses there were exceptional and treated Nicky as if he were one of their own. In fact, I began to wonder, at times, if they were dragging out his release just because they loved him so.

Fifteen minutes after Nicky was born his Dad took us in to the intensive care unit to see him. I couldn't get over how humanly perfect he was at just 3 pounds 1 ounce. He just looked like a very, very tiny little man. I don't know what I was expecting to see but, he just took my breathe away. Even then he had a full head of brown hair. It wasn't curly just yet but would be within a matter of time.

His Mom, who was my biggest fan besides my husband and my Mother, used to give me all Nicky's baby clothes and shoes for my dolls. I know she was hoping that they would all come back to her in one way or another in the form of a doll for her house. A lot did.

In any event, I just loved all Nicky's little baby clothes. There's just something special about tiny little Reeboks and little denims. I can remember shopping with her one day at a "Baby Gap" store. We went in and just laughed and laughed at how tiny everything was. I just loved all the clothes and so did she. We went shopping several times after that for clothes for Nicky and always came away laughing. Sometimes we bought some. Sometimes we just went to look and laugh.

So, I knew I wanted to create a doll that would remind me of Nicky and his full head of curly brown hair and his most adorable baby clothes. That's how "Baby Nicky" was born. Isn't he adorable? Don't you just want to grab all those curls? I do. In fact, I used to hate it when his father would cut all his curls off. I tried to teach "Nicky" to tell his Dad "Don't cut my Hair!" It didn't work. Maybe someday Nicky will realize how beautiful his head of curly brown hair is and leave it alone. Yeah, sure, Nana! Dream on!

Baby Nicky is a 20" baby boy doll pattern. Nicky is a free-standing boy doll in his pajamas and ready for bedtime. He has an undershirt, flannel jacket with long rolled sleeves and pipe trim, and flannel pajama bottoms. He has round black button eyes, a fabric covered wood head, wood body and wood feet covered with slipper socks. He has long curly brown hair and has a night cap knotted at the end on his head. He is carrying a teddy bear in his left hand and a cherished flannel blankie in his right hand.

Every time I look at the "baby Nicky" doll I can't help but remember how small and tiny "Nicky" was at 3 pounds 1 ounce and think "how precious life is!"

My 3 in 1 "Patience Is A Virtue, Peter Prim Tail and Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy” Primitive Bunny Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


If you love making whimsical and primitive bunny cloth dolls then you're going to love our "Patience Is A Virtue, Peter Prim Tail and Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy” primitive bunny dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.






I'd like you to meet "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

My 2 in 1 "Peter - The Primitive Farmer and Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" Primitive Shelf Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern



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"  2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

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.

My 2 in 1 "Primitive Anne and Primitive Andy" Primitive Doll NEW Combo E-Pattern



If you love making folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our "Primitive Anne and Primitive Andy" primitive raggedy Annie and Andy dolls 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.


My 2 in 1 “Wanna Quilt? Annie and Read All About It, Andy!” Country Raggedy Annie and Raggedy Andy Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


If you love making country cloth dolls and raggedies then you're going to love our “Wanna Quilt? Annie and Read All About It, Andy!” 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.