Sunday, November 27, 2016

The "Dollies" Are Stirring and My Doll Furniture & Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's For Making Doll Furniture Pinterest Board


My "dollies" have always thought they were human and entitled to human niceties. As a result we have had many confrontations over the years as to something they wanted and which I was not prepared to give them.

One of the things I did give some of them was chairs.  I love taking pictures of my dolls in various types of chairs as they always look so beautiful sitting in them. And, I love displaying some of them as decorations in my home sitting in their chairs.

Several days ago I heard  rumbling coming from "The Dollie Storage Room." I thought all the muttering and sputtering that I was hearing was due to my using the little red wagon for my Fall decorations seasonal scene which I had posted about HERE.

However, that was days ago and I thought the boy "dollies" had already gotten over that. So, if it wasn't that what was all the clamor about? I didn't have to wait long to find out.

The "dollies" were annoyed that not only had I given chairs from the group of chairs my sister had gotten for me to Baptist and Jael but they now were prominently displayed on top of the book shelves in the upstairs hall.

"Just Look At Them," one of the "dollies" said. "Just Who Do They Think They Are?"

Oh, boy! The "dollies" weren't happy about this.

Of course, the "dollies" aren't happy unless they're all included. Well, with 2,000+ dolls of my own creation there was no way I was going to give each of them their own chair.

So, I explained to the "dollies" who had gathered in the upstairs hall that the chairs didn't belong to Baptist and Jael. I was going to use the two wonderful chairs Baptist and Jael were sitting in to display some of the other dolls from time to time.

The "dollies" that had gathered in the upstairs hall seemed pleased with this idea.

That is, until they returned to "The Dollie Storage Room" and told the others. I should have know what was going to happen. It had happened before with the boy dolls." The "dollies" wanted to know how I was going to decide who should be featured and when.

They were all yelling and stammering and jumping about so as to get noticed. When this happens the only thing to do is to shut the door and walk away. The "dollies" would have to figure this out on their own.

So, I shut the door and started to walk downstairs. As I passed Baptist and Jael in the upstairs hall I couldn't help but think how adorable they looked in the chairs. Perhaps I'd teach the "dollies" a lesson and give the chairs to Baptist and Jael after all. If all the clamoring in "The Dollie Storage Room" didn't stop soon that was exactly what I would do.

When I got to the bottom of the stairs I looked up and could see Baptist and Jael smiling from ear to ear. They were thrilled with their chairs and the possibility of their chairs becoming their permanent seats.

Given the "dollies" generally get their way I knew I was going to need other doll chairs and other type of furnishing for "The Dollies Storage Room."  Luckily my brother is a woodworker and capable of making just about anything I would need if I decided to make more furniture for the "dollies."

The problem would be deciding what to make.  So, of course, I set up a "Doll Furniture & Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's For Making Doll Furniture" Pinterest board for when and if I need to make some more furniture.


Dolls need doll furniture, too... don't they? I hope you like some of my doll furniture favorites and tutorials, video's, patterns and how-to's for making doll furniture.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet The Dollies - 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!"

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


"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.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals




Monday, October 17, 2016

Meet The Dollies - Gypsy Annie

 


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" 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!"

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Meet The Dollies - “William Come or Won’t They?, Hazard A Guess What I Am? and Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?”

 

There's just something very charming about a trio of shelf sitter cloth dolls - don't you think.  I love using shelf sitters to decorate for every season and holiday.  

If you do, too then you're going to love our “William Come or Won’t They?,  Hazard A Guess What I Am? and Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?” primitive scarecrow, ghost, and witch dolls.


William Come Or Won't They? can’t figure out whether the crows are going to come or not. If they do, he’s prepared. 

He's scarecrow. 

And, he knows he's a scarecrow through and through. 

He comes from a long line of scarecrows. William Come or Won't They? has a different problem. 

He just can't figure out whether the crows are going to come or not. 

If they do, he wants to be prepared. 

After all, that's what they taught him in the "Scarecrow Boy Scouts" and the "Scarecrow Army." "Always Be Prepared!" 

So, he's ready. Come on all you crows. 

Hey, all you crows! Williams ready for ya!!! 

Come and get him.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


Hazard A Guess What I Am? seems to have a bit of a problem in that people aren’t sure he’s a ghost. 

He can’t understand this because he thinks he’s scary. 

He scares himself. 

He's a little confused, but he's not scary. 

What's up with that? 

You see, "Hazard A Guess What I Am?" has a problem with his heritage. 

He isn't even sure he is from a ghostly line. 

If you can't tell he's a ghost and his heredity is in question - how is he ever going to know? 

Sometimes he looks like a ghost, he feels like a ghost, and he walks like a ghost. 

But, is he really a ghost?

Designer-Linda Walsh Originals



Mabel I Won't Cast A Spell! can’t decide whether to be a good witch or a bad witch. 

She’s watched “The Wizard of Oz” so many times your head would spin. 

And, sometimes, he’s does. She is a witch after all.

There is no confusion with Mabel. 

She knows she's a witch. 

In fact, she's a "teasing, taunting witch!" 

She may or may not cast a spell on her depending upon her mood.  

Lucky for us she's in a "Hey, Look At Me! I'A Model!" mood today and a little distracted. 

Otherwise we'd all be "frozen" in our chairs, literally.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Meet The Dollies - “Elmer’s Little Boy, Doris Marie - Elmer’s Little Sister, and Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow”

If you love adorable Victorian munchkin cloth dolls then you're going to love Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow” dolls.  He is adorable beyond measure.

Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow loves his nickname of “Punky.” He’s Elmer’s secret pal. 

Only Elmer can see him and talk to him. 

“Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow” loves his nickname of “Punky.” 

But, he can't tell anyone his name or anything about himself. 

Why? 

Because he’s Elmer’s secret pal. 

Punky likes Elmer but feels that Elmer keeps him from doing his job. 

After all, he is a scarecrow.

And his job is to scare away the birds and the crows not to spend all day playing with Elmer. 

But, he likes playing with Elmer so he's learned how to charm his way around the birds and scarecrows. And, it actually is working. 

Elmer is his friend. In fact, he's his best friend. 

Not only that, but he's his only friend.

 So, he'll play along with Elmer as much as he wants. 

For he knows that if Elmer doesn't think about him he doesn't exist. 

He has his wooden rake all ready for the leaves. Or, maybe he’s using it to swat those nasty crows. 

Nope! 

Not Punky. 

His rake is all show. 

He is "The Charming Scarecrow" after all.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Meet The Dollies - Rag-doll Anthony and Rag-doll Annabell Lee

 


"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 Annabell Lee



"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.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals




Rag-doll Anthony


"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.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Dolls Product Lines Series


As a reader of my Linda's Blog and The Dollie Storage Room Blog you are probably well aware that my dollies have always had minds of their own. That might even be an understatement. They have strong wills and strong points of view. When they want something they WANT it.

Now you might say, "So what! They're just dolls!" While that is true they do have a distinct advantage over me in sheer numbers. There are literally thousands of them in the "Dollie Storage Room."

It's my own fault.  I, simply, have made way too many dolls over the years. That's neither here nor there now. The fact is there are a lot of them. And, when they want something - well, THEY WANT IT! They're just so demanding.


Years ago when they demanded that they be allowed to have a 'Dollie Fashion Show Series" which I had to give in to. They loved their fashion shows and this has kept them quiet for quite some time.

While it's been quiet I knew it would just be a matter of time before they told me - or demanded something else.

Well, it seems the "dollies" had gotten together recently and decided they wanted a "The Dolls Product Lines Series."  Over the years many of the dolls have not only had e-patterns and handmade dolls made, but have graphics that have been used to create custom fabric lines, handmade goods lines, and products on demand lines.

In thinking about this new demand I had to agree with them.  That would be a good idea.

I know, I know... shock of shocks.  I agree with the dollies.  Just don't tell them....



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Meet The Dollies - Uncle Warren, A True Patriot! Primitive Uncle Sam Doll



"Uncle Warren" truly is a true red, white, and blue patriot. 

He loves his country and, even now, at the age of 82 is still willing to serve his country. 

If they need him to serve, he'll be ready. 

Of course, at his age he can't fight, but he can still serve. 

Paperwork, no problem. 

Cooking for the GI's, no problem. 

Cleaning the mess hall, no problem. 

Encouragement and moral, no problem. 

Uncle Warren is ready and able to serve.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals