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.

I hope you enjoy my free coloring pages e-book and hope they inspire you to read the free "Alice's Adventurers in Wonderland" free e-books.  You can find links to the free e-books in my Linda's Blog post entitled: "Sir John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham Illustrations From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Free E-Books ."

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


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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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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Check Out Our New Raggedy Annie and Andy Little Dolls Free 4 in 1 Combo E-Pattern


If you love making folk-art, primitive and raggedy cloth doll ornaments or little dolls then you're going to love our “Big Brother Andy and Kid Brother Randy and Big Sister Annie and Kid Sister Fannie”  2 in 1 combo free e-pattern.

"Big Brother Andy" and his "Kid Brother Randy" come from a large, loving family and as siblings often do get on each others nerves. Now don't get us wrong. "Big Brother Andy" and "Kid Brother Randy" love each other as brothers. It's just that sometimes they act like a bunch of boys do and get on each others nerves. This inevitably leads to wrestling, which leads to fighting and then punching. Playfully, of course!

When the gloves start coming out is when their "Big Sister Annie" and "Kid Sister Frannie" intervene. They calm them down and straighten out whatever the problem is so the boys can - well, "be boys."


"Kid Brother Randy" wants to be just like his "Big Brother Andy." He dresses just like him. Wears the same clothes. And, even gets the same haircut. Sometimes this bothers "Kid Brother Andy" but, most of the time, he just gives his younger brother a playful shove. He can shove and push his little brother around, but if someone else does that - well, they have "Big Brother Andy" to contend with then.

Boys will be boys and brothers will be brothers. They might fight a lot between themselves, but are thick as mud. They're steadfast and loyal to the core when it comes to their family even though that might be hard to tell at times from all the fighting. "Boys if you're going to wrestle - take it outside!"


"Big Sister Annie" and her "Kid Sister Fannie" often do get on each others nerves, too. Now don't get us wrong. "Big Sister Annie" and "Kid Sister Fannie" adore each other and truly love each other as sisters. It's just that sometimes "Big Sister Annie" wishes she were an only child.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

My Free "Rag-doll Anthony and Rag-doll Annabell Lee" Primitive Dolls 2 in 1 Combo E-Pattern



"Rag-doll Anthony" and "Rag-doll Annabell Lee" are as close as brother and sister can get. "Rag-doll Anthony" is very protective of his baby sister "Rag-doll Annabell Lee." He's much wiser, or so he thinks, and knows the ropes, or so he thinks.

"Rag-doll Annabell Lee" lets her brother think that he's in charge but she really knows who rules the roost. Not her Mother, not her Father, and certainly not her older brother, "Rag-doll Anthony." For Rag-doll Annabell Lee it's amazing what a little intuition can do.

"Rag-doll Anthony" and "Rag-doll Annabell Lee" aren't your average rag-dolls. They're very special rag-dolls. You see, they were born with all their seams on the outside.

Their parents were very concerned about this when they were born as they didn't want their children to have a difficult childhood. They were envisioning that they would both be teased unmercifully. You know how children can be! However, they were pleasantly surprised. All the the rag-doll children love both "Rag-doll Anthony" and "Rag-doll Annabell Lee."

The Rag-doll children feel that, "they may be different but, once you get to know them, you realize they are just like you and me." So, their seams being on the outside doesn't bother anyone in the rag-doll children's school yard. They are treated like anyone else and that suits "Rag-doll Anthony" and "Rag-doll Annabell Lee" just fine.

 


"Rag-doll Anthony" is a 16" primitive cloth doll with an embroidered face, and running stitch embroidery on his body, head, legs, and arms. He's wearing a tattered and fringed shirt with collar and four decorative buttons tied with DMC embroidery floss.  His pants are tattered and fringed and gathered at the waist.  He has a fringed burgundy scarf tied around his neck and knotted in front.   He has burgundy ties around his legs and feet and has a mass of dark burgundy curly hair on the top of his head.


Annabell Lee is a primitive girl rag-doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and running stitch embroidery on her body, head, legs, and arms. She has dark raggedy red curly hair on the top of her head decorated with fringed bows. She is wearing a fringed dress with fringed bodice insert decorated with buttons tied with DMC embroidery bows, fringed bottom ruffle, and fringed balloon sleeves gathered at the elbows. She also has fringed bloomers gathered at the waist.  Strips of burgundy material are tied to her legs.

"Rag-doll Annabell Lee" thinks she looks quite pretty with her burgundy ties around her legs and feet and hairbows on the top of her head. Her mass of dark burgundy curly hair makes her brother "Rag-doll Anthony" look like he's bald.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

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Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The Dolls Products Lines Series - Big Brother Andy & Kid Brother Randy and Big Sister Annie & Kid Sister Fannie



"Big Brother Andy" and his "Kid Brother Randy" come from a large, loving family and as siblings often do get on each others nerves. Now don't get us wrong. "Big Brother Andy" and "Kid Brother Randy" love each other as brothers. It's just that sometimes they act like a bunch of boys do and get on each others nerves. This inevitably leads to wrestling, which leads to fighting and then punching. Playfully, of course!

When the gloves start coming out is when their "Big Sister Annie" and "Kid Sister Frannie" intervene. They calm them down and straighten out whatever the problem is so the boys can - well, "be boys."