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.




Sunday, September 3, 2017

MY 3 in 1 "Melanie Munchkin, Morty Munchkin and Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow” Victorian Munchkin Scarecrow Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern



If you love making Victorian munchkin scarecrow cloth dolls then you're going to love making our "Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins, Morty Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins, and Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow 3 in 1 combo e-pattern.

You already know that "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" and "Elmer's Little Boy" are best friends. Punky is a" Victorian Munchkin scarecrow who looks just like his best friend Elmer except he's a scarecrow.

What you don't know is that Punky has an adorable younger brother and younger sister who just happen to be fraternal twins. His younger brother is "Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins." His younger sister is "Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins." Morty was born December 31 at 11:59 P.M. Melanie was born January 1 at 12:01 A.M. So, while Morty might appear to be a year older due to the year differences in fact he is only 2 minutes older.

Punky got his nickname when Elmer was a little boy. You see, Elmer couldn't pronounce "Pumpkin" which was Punky's Dad's name for him. So, "Punky" just stuck and it's been his nickname ever since. "Punky - Elmer's Little Scarecrow" would prefer to be called Pumpkin, at least it relates to the Fall and scarecrows. Elmer pays him no heed. He likes "Punky" just fine.

So, when he learned that his younger brother and sister LOVED pumpkins and LOVED being surrounded by them he was thrilled. They could sit in the pumpkin field surrounded by pumpkins for hours on end and be in pumpkin heaven. For scarecrows it doesn't get any better than that.

"Melanie Munchkin, Punky's Little Sister Scarecrow Girl Doll and Her Pumpkins" just LOVES her older brother, Punky. So, when she found out that Punky had his own line of custom fabrics she wanted a dress made out of his fabric. Since she asked me and since I love sewing with Punky's custom fabric line I happily agreed. And, since she had some of Punky's customs fabrics in her clothing her twin brother, Morty The Pumpkin Munchkin, Punky's Little Brother Scarecrow Boy Doll and His Pumpkins, had to have something made out of Punky's custom fabrics as well. He has a shirt made out of his fabric as well.

Melanie and her twin brother, Morty, just LOVE their quilted pumpkins and especially love their older brother, Punky. As far as they are concerned life doesn't get any better than sitting in the pumpkin field surrounded by pumpkins and Punky.

My 3 in 1 “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 Shelf Sitter Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern



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 3 in 1 combo e-pattern.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My 2 in 1 “Spike A Peek! and Nancy Dew Drop” Country Boy and Girl Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


If you love making the whimsical cloth dolls of the Hawk Family then you're going to love our “Spike A Peek! and Nancy Dew Drop” 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"Spike A Peek and Nancy Dew Drop" are of the 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 then peaking around a corner, peaking over the windowsill, peaking 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 peak. 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 peak! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peak!

Spike A Peek is actually the most rambunctious of the Egg Muffs and, generally, the least level headed. He always lets the fun get the better of him and finds that, more often then not, he's in the "Muff House" (the Egg Muff Series version of a doghouse) being "muffed!" This is also known as a "time-out!" Spike A Peek doesn't use his "time-out" and being "muffed" wisely. He uses it as an opportunity to think up his next prank. The one he's going to play on Tom A. Hawk.

Nancy Dew Drop is actually the most well behaved of the Egg Muffs and, generally, the most level headed. Sometimes, even Nancy lets the fun get the better of her and you might just hear her giggling in the background. Just listen for a sweet "tee-hee-hee" and that will be Nancy Dew Drop.




"Spike A Peek" is a 10" squared bottomed self-standing country and cottage cloth doll. He has a 1/2 muslin body and 1/2 corduroy body. His face is embroidered with black and white satin stitched eyes, pink cheeks, and a raised nose. His eyebrows are embroidered as are his eyelashes. Spike has a mass of thick dark gray yarn hair on the very top of his head with the back and sides of his head left bald. He is wearing his favorite blue shirt with collar, his favorite fringed scarf, and his favorite knit vest with hand embroidered pockets.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


"Nancy Dew Drop" is a 10" squared bottomed self-standing country and cottage cloth doll. She has a muslin body and embroidered face with black and white satin stitched eyes, blue eye shadow, and a raised nose. Her eyebrows are embroidered as are her eyelashes. Nancy has a mass of gold and white combination yarn hair on the very top of her head with the back and sides of her head left bald. Her dress is lace trimmed along the bottom hem edge and along the neck edge and is adorned with a fabric bow in the back. Her apron is fringed and tied around what could be considered her waistline.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

My 2 in 1 “Tom A. Hawk and Toni E. Hawk” Country Boy and Girl Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern



If you love making the various dolls in the Hawk Family and want to make all of them then you're going to love our “Tom A. Hawk and Toni E. Hawk”  2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

The "Egg Muff's" are a fun loving group of dolls that love to sneak around and maybe, every once in awhile, drop in unexpectedly. And, the Toni E. Hawk and her brother, Tom A. Hawk are the most fun loving of the group. You might find then peaking around a corner, peaking over the windowsill, peaking 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 peak. 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 peak! No, not hide and seek! Hide and peak!

"Tom A. Hawk" is one of the members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls. He also happens to be "Toni E. Hawk's" twin brother.

Tom A. Hawk is anything but shy and well-mannered. He, too, is highly intelligent and loves a good joke and isn't afraid of taking on his twin sister, Toni E. Hawk, or his best friend, Spike A Peek. Unlike his sister, however, his intelligence isn't intimidating at all. In fact, Tom A Hawk does an exceptional job of hiding his intelligence while showcasing his wit, his charm, and his good looks. The girls just can't resist a charming, good looking, bit of a devil in him type of guy with a tomahawk hairdo.

"Toni E. Hawk" is also one of the members of the "Egg Muff Series" of cloth dolls. She also happens to be "Tom A. Hawk's" twin sister.

Toni E. Hawk might seem shy and well-mannered, but she is anything but. She is highly intelligent and loves a good joke. She isn't afraid of taking on her twin brother, Tom A. Hawk, or his best friend, Spike A Peek. In fact, Toni E. Hawk actually comes up with the best thought out practical jokes around which makes her just a little bit intimidating to the other member's of the Egg Muff Series. However, when everyone gets to laughing at Toni E. Hawk's latest gag everyone soon forgets how intimidated they are by her intelligence.




"Tom A. Hawk" is a 10" squared bottomed self-standing country and cottage cloth doll. He has a 1/2 muslin and 1/2 corduroy body. His face is outlined and embroidered and his eyes are a black and white satin stitch. His nose is pointy and embroidered as is his mouth, eyelashes and eyebrows. He has orange blushed cheeks. Tom A. Hawk has a mass of burgundy hair on the very top of his head that runs straight down his back that is fashioned in a tomahawk style. It is his trademark and what he and his twin sister, Toni E. Hawk, are best known for. He is wearing his favorite blue check shirt with collar and a scarf tied in a bow. He is also wearing his favorite knit vest which he considers a perfect match for his favorite shirt.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


"Toni E. Hawk" is a 10" squared bottomed self-standing country and cottage cloth doll. She has a muslin body and outlined and watercolor penciled face with black and white eyes. Her nose is pointy and outlined with colored pencils and her mouth bears a 1/2 grin. She has rosy pink cheeks, painted eyelashes, and painted eyebrows. Toni E. Hawk has a mass of burgundy hair on the very top of her head that runs straight down her back that is fashioned in a tomahawk style. It is her trademark and what she and her twin brother, Tom A. Hawk, are best known for. Her dress is hemmed along the bottom and gathered along the neck edge. Her apron is fringed and tied around what could be considered her waistline with crinkled ribbon bow decorations. She has her favorite blue boa wrapped around her neck.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Monday, August 7, 2017

2 in 1 “Baptist and His Smile and Jael Loves Her Smile” Primitive Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


If you love making whimsical folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Baptist and His Smile and Jael Loves Her Smile” primitive boy and girl dolls  2 in 1 combo e-pattern.


3 in 1 “Elmer’s Little Boy, Doris Marie - Elmer’s Little Sister, and Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow” Victorian Dolls NEW Combo E-Pattern


If you love making adorable Victorian munchkin cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Elmer’s Little Boy, Doris Marie - Elmer’s Little Sister, and Punky - Elmer’s Little Scarecrow” 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Primitive Annie and Primitive Andy




"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.

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Wanna Quilt? Annie and Read All About It, Andy



Well, they don't get any cheerier or happy go lucky than "Wanna Quilt? Annie"

"Wanna Quilt? Annie" could be called the happiest crafter around. She loves to craft and he specialty is quilting. In fact, she really LOVES to crazy quilt.

Crazy quilting requires a lot of time to do especially if you love to embroider parts of your quilt. Sometimes "Wanna Quilt? Annie" just doesn't have time to invest in a crazy quilt so she'll just make a patchwork quilt instead.

She always carries her bag of fat quarters around with her a she never knows when she may just squeeze in a few minutes here or there to do some crazy quilting. It could be waiting for the school bus, during her lunch hour, or in study hall.

And, since she's the President of the "quilting bee" group that always meets for an hour after school she always need to be ready to work on her quilt.

"Wanna Quilt? Annie" is a 14" country Annie doll. She is a self-sitting cloth doll with a cloth body and embroidered face. Her head is fastened in an upwards position to her neck.

"Wanna Quilt? Annie, is wearing fringed and gathered bloomers and her red striped boots are cross tied with DMC Embroidery floss. She is wearing her favorite denim dress that is gathered at the waist with two pockets in the front that are decorated with jute bows. Her denim dress is gathered at the sleeves and neck.

Annie's beautiful head sits atop her shoulders in an upright position. She couldn't be any happier in the world. A small scarf is wrapped around her neck and tied in a knot in the front and two large scarves are wrapped around her shoulders and tied in loose knots in the front.

Annie has a mass of thick, curly raggedy read hair all over her head. Her fat quarters bag is made of denim and has a square bottom and straps. It holds quite a few fat quarters. Annie is also holding one of the patchwork quilts that she just made.

"Wanna Quilt? Annie" is working on a new quilt and can hardly wait to show it to her "quilting bee" group. She couldn't be happier.

The Dolls Product Lines Series - James and Anna Graduation Dolls



This is the story behind my "James" and "Anna" graduation doll patterns and involves my Dad, my niece, and my twin granddaughters.

When both my twin granddaughters and my niece were graduating from high school and college, respectively, I wanted to give them something special. For me, that usually involves something crafty that I'd made or, and this may come as a surprise to all of you, a doll. So, I decided on a doll. But, I didn't want just any graduation doll. I thought how about taking their graduation picture and transposing that onto a doll's head using iron on transfer paper. It was a nice idea, but a bad application from the start.

So, I set about to design a stand alone graduation doll that would have each of their respective graduation gown colors. I knew I wanted the doll to be stand alone and wanted the body bottoms to be made out of denim. I decided that I would use popcorn kernels to weight the bodies down. So, I began by scanning in their respective graduation pictures and then setting about to crop the images and adjust the image size until their faces would fit on my graduation doll patterns head. I should have known right from the start that this was going to be a disaster. I just couldn't seem to get the right size face with the right size head. In any event, I finally had something I could work with and transferred the face to my cloth headpiece.

Then I put the three dolls together using my rough draft pattern pieces. The doll's bodies and graduation gowns came out wonderful. Their faces were an entirely different story almost bordering on scary. See for yourself. What do you think? Scary, frightening, yuck?

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Peter - The Primitive Farmer and Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife



"Peter - The Dutiful Farmer" and "Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" are both 7" Primitive dolls and doll patterns from my Linda Walsh Originals "Stout Doll Pattern" series.

Margaret has been wringing her hands with worry regarding her story on my The Dollie Storage Room" blog. She's a nervous Nelly and just doesn't know how she can fit this in during her busy schedule. She has so much to do to get the house ready for Peter.

Peter, on the other hand, isn't at all concerned. He's a salt-of-the-earth farmer. A little extra time out of his busy farming day doesn't worry him a bit. What doesn't get done today will get done tomorrow is his philosophy.

"Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" believes she should do everything she can to help her hard-working husband, Peter. So, she always has the house cleaned and a home cooked meal ready for him at the end of a hard day of farm labor. She's always busy tidying this or cleaning that. She just wants everything perfect for Peter.

If you can't tell already Margaret is a little obsessive about her cleaning. She's starting to wear the skin down on her hands from wringing them so much.

"Peter - The Primitive Farmer" believes that every day should be spent working hard and providing for your family. Peter is fond of saying, "There is nothing like a good day of hard labor to enrich the soul."

He believes that the house being neat and tidy is nice but isn't worried about a little dirt here or there. A little dirt never hurt anyone not even Margaret.

Peter likes to get Margaret's goat every once in awhile by putting his boots up on the coffee table. As Margaret dashes to remove them Peter will start to laugh in a fit of laughter. Then Margaret catches herself and starts to laugh at herself too.
So what's a little dirt.

You'd never think by looking at them that Peter and Margaret have a wonderful sense of humor. Margaret can get to laughing so hard she has to leave the room or she'll embarrass herself.

Peter can get laughing so hard that he'll cause himself to have a case of the hiccups. When that happens, he needs a glass of water and a spoon. It's the only remedy for the hiccups - holding the spoon between your teeth and drinking a glass of water. Works like a charm every time.

Margaret, being the dutiful wife that she is always has a the glass of water and spoon ready. It may be a tried and true " old wives tale" but, it works.

Once the laughter dies down Margaret and Peter settle in for the night. Tomorrow will soon be upon them and they will need their energy for another day of hard work and, most likely, more dirt.




The Dolls Product Lines Series - Uncle Warren - A True Patriot!



"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.

Uncle Warren, A True Patriot! loves his country. He is a self-sitting Primitive Uncle Sam doll with a cloth body and drawn face. He sports a long beard, moustache, and white hair. He is wearing a shirt with long cuffed sleeves, lined vest, and long cuffed pants. His patriotic stove pipe hat is lined and rests on his head. His right arm is saluting and he is holding a flag in his left hand. His boots are adorned with bows.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

“Uncle Warren - A True Patriot”, 22” Uncle Sam – Primitive Doll - Primitive Series