Saturday, October 11, 2014

Did You See Our Cousins New Alpaca Pictures?

My sister and her husband, who are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas, had been planning on participating in their first National Alpaca Farm Days Weekend Event for a year and that weekend was finally here.

My sister had also decided that this would also be the official opening of their Rock Garden Alpacas Farm Store. This meant products had to be made and the store had to be set up. Needless to say even with a year to plan all this the closer it got to the day the more harried everyone became.

The event was meant to showcase alpaca farms, teach the public about the alpacas and to, hopefully, sell some products. So, of course, with a two-day event the weather was important. Luckily for us the weather forecast for that weekend was beautiful sunny days.

What could be better than spending a beautiful Fall day at the farm, sitting on the hill and taking in my sister's incredible view, learning about the animals and their fiber, and doing a little shopping. Sounds like a perfect day to me.

So, of course, I went to help.  Truth be told I just love the alpacas and taking pictures of them.  And, I knew the "dollies" would love seeing new pictures of their alpaca cousins.  Here's some of the pictures I took:

The girls were getting ready.

Petunia was in her hay pile.

Roxy and Zinnia were getting ready.  There would be visitors today so they needed to look their best.

This meant a little rolling in the dust to make themselves beautiful for their guests.

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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

They're Skinny Mini's

As Doris Marie came around the corner of the Dollie Storage Room she saw Patience pacing back and forth looking at a picture.  She was jumping from one bunny foot to the other.  Definitely not a good situation for such a timid, shy, worry wart of a bunny.  So, she decided to ask Patience what the matter was.

"Oh, Doris Marie I'm so happy you stopped to ask me.  Look at this picture of our alpaca cousins. Somethings happened to them.  Why they're almost naked and so skinny,"  Patience exclaimed. "Make that they are naked and are definitely skinny mini's.  What should we do, Doris Marie?  How can we help them?  Are Debbie and Karl not feeding them?  You don't think they're abusing them do you?"

"Oh, for goodness sake, Patience.  Don't be silly," Doris Marie replied.  "They're just been shorn."

"Shorn?" "What's that?" Patience asked.  "Is that the same as starving?"

"Absolutely not, Patience.  Let's just say they've had a really, really good haircut," Doris said. "And, don't worry.  Debbie and Karl feed them plenty of grass and hay.  They are far from starving."

"That's so good to know, Doris Marie.  But, you can see Roxy's ribs.  And, Sunflower has no top.  I really hope they don't get cold," Patience cried.

"Not to worry, Patience," Doris Marie responded.  "They're alpacas and are used to this."

"They don't shear bunnies do they Doris Marie," Patience wondered? "I certainly wouldn't want that to happen to me."

"Not to worry, Patience.  Linda has no plans to shear you," Doris Marie replied. "And, I know you get plenty of food."

"Oh,what a relief that is," Patience said. "That makes me feel so much better."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Meet The "Egg Muff Series" of Dolls

Meet the "Egg Muff Series" of new handmade cloth dolls and e-patterns.

"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.

"Nancy Dew Drop"and "Spike A Peek"  are also 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 them peeking around a corner, peeking over the windowsill, peeking 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 peek. 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 peek! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peek!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Meet the Dollies - It's Time For Primitive Annie's Story

"Primitive "Annie" is on the shy side, just like "Primitive Andy" who is her prince charming. 

While he is the shyest "dollie" on the planet she is the sweetest "dollie" on the planet.

 And, both got embroiled in the "dollie stories" fiasco on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog and Linda's Blog. 

She, to, doesn't like any attention being brought to herself and knows she didn't write the notes back then.

So, she was happy when Primitive Andy told her that I wasn't going to release the identify of the note writer back then.

It had been 10 years since her creation and, to date, she still has no story. 

Some of the "dollies" feel this isn't right. It doesn't bother "Primitive Annie." She's far too sweet to let anything like that bother her. She knows that I would tell her story in due course.

When Primitive Annie read Primitive Andy's post yesterday she knew hers was about to be released, too. It was time and Primitive Annie was happy with that.

Here's "Primitive Annie's" story:

"Primitive Annie" was the 2nd primitive doll that Linda designed, but her first "raggedy Annie."

Sometimes you find someone who is just plain sweet. Someone who always thinks of others before herself, always tries to do the right thing, always tries to be polite and respectful of her elders, and who always tries to be the best she can be.

Well, "Primitive Annie" is such a person - or, such a "dollie!"  She is just the sweetest and nicest "dollie" you ever could meet. And, she's in love with her prince charming - "Primitive Andy.

"Primitive Annie" likes to pretend that she's Cinderella and that "Primitive Andy" is her prince charming. She dreams of a beautiful future and life together. 

The problem is that "Primitive Andy" is so shy that it's almost impossible for her to get near him. In fact, he is the shyest "dollie" on the planet.

"Primitive Annie" may be wearing tattered clothes, but she is sweetness in life.  

And, she has a dilemma. 

 How can he know how wonderful she is if she can't even get to talk to him? 

How can Cinderella meet her Prince Charming when he's so shy?

Can you help her?

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Meet The Dollies - It's Time For Primitive Andy's Story

There are shy people and there are really, really, really shy people. Primitive Andy is one of those people. He could very well be the shyest person in the world.

Well, maybe we should clarify that. He could very well be the shyest "dollie" in the world.

He just hates to draw attention to himself, hates to be the center of attention, hates talking before an audience, hates to have his picture taken, and hates having things written about him. 

The latter is why he has gone 10 years without a story.

Seven years ago a lot of attention was draw to 3 of the "raggedies" who had written notes to me demanding Linda tell their story. 

She posted about the latest "dollie stories" fiasco on "The Dollie Storage Room" blog and my Linda's Blog back in 2011.

Linda never disclosed who wrote the letters.  

What all the "dollies" don't know is that Primitive Andy asked her not to write a story about him. He told her he was just too shy and would prefer not to have a story written about him. 

So, Linda took pity upon him back then and didn't write his story. 

However, he's not a kid anymore and has grown up a lot in the last three and is just so adorable she decided it was time to tell his story.

Here's his story:

"Primitive Andy" has the distinct honor of being the first primitive doll that Linda designed and likes to pride himself on being small, lean, and, well, adorable. Just don't tell anyone he said that and just don't draw any attention to him. "Primitive Andy" is probably the shyest "dollie" in the world. And, he's just fine with that.

He just hates to draw attention to himself, hates to be the center of attention, hates talking before an audience, hates to have his picture taken, and hates having things written about him. It was tough enough for him to have his picture taken for his pattern. 

He was on edge for several days before and sick to his stomach. 

But, Linda assured him there would only be two people in the studio taking pictures. 

She would be there and "Primitive Andy" would be there. No one else.

So, "Primitive Andy" agreed.

If you look closely at "Primitive Andy's" pictures you may see a little trepidation in his face. 

He could barely muster a smile when Linda said, cheese!" 

He knows there's only Linda and himself in the studio taking his picture, but he's just so shy. 

He really would prefer not to be photographed at all.

He's just unbelievably shy. 

Probably the shyest "dollie" in the world. 

But, he's just fine with that! Not everyone needs there 15 minutes of fame! 

Certainly not "Primitive Andy."

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Meet The Dollies - Big Brother Andy, Kid Brother Randy, Big Sister Annie, and Kid Sister Fannie

Siblings will be siblings and teasing among siblings has gone on since time began. 

While they might fight and tease each other they also adore each other and when it comes to families - well, blood is blood.

They can joust and wrestle all in good fun. 

Sometimes even accidentally hurting one another for which they secretly feel horrible.

Kidding among family and fighting among family is just that - it's among family.

However, beware anyone who tries to hurt a member of their family. 

Then the gloves are off and you really see how much they will protect one another. 

How much they really do love and care for each other.

Big Brother Andy, Kid Brother Randy, Big Sister Annie, and Kid Sister Fannie are a loving, teasing, caring, fighting, wrestling, (and occasionally hair pulling) tight knit family. 

They are thick as "mud" and protective of each other to the core.

"Hey, cut that out!" 

"I said cut that out!" 

"Stop it!" "Mom, Randy hit me!" 

"Mom, Randy won't leave me alone!"

 "Get out of my room!" 

"I'm warning you.........." 


"Andy, stop chasing your little brother!"

"Fannie, put that down!" 

"Put my lipstick down, Fannie!" 

"Leave it alone!" 

"Mom, Fannie won't leave my make-up alone!" 

"Fannie, I'm warning you!" 


"Mom, she's pulling my hair!" 


"Annie, stop pulling Fannie's hair!"

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals