Friday, June 26, 2020

The Dollies and My New "We Love Crayons" Category and Crafts Supplies Collection For Crafters


The "dollies" are a fun loving bunch and they LOVE to color, which is why they've demanded that I keep creating coloring books.  


They also love to design and loved the crayons graphic that I designed so much that they wanted to create a "We Love Crayons" category of custom products for this in our We Love Books Gallery.


The "dollies" are all very artistic and like to try all different types of art supplies to use for their artistic mixed media, collage, decoupage, scrapbooks, and paper crafts creations.  So, of course, we had to start with crafts supplies for their new "We Love Crayons" category.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

My Raggedy Stories Dollies Free Coloring Pages E-Books



I know you won't be surprised by the fact that I love everything and anything concerning dolls, books, reading and history. 


I was introduced to books early on by my Grandmother - especially books about dolls.  I would sit in her lap while she was sitting in her rocking chair and she would read the stories to me.  I loved the stories and loved holding my own "dollies" as we sat there rocking.


When primitive cloth dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive cloth dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  e-book written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" e-book written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dollies Illustrations Free Coloring Pages Group #2




Not only is "Raggedy Ann" one of most popular dolls for decades for little girls and grown-ups girls and has been since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918 but so is Raggedy Andy which was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1920.  After all, why should only the little girls have all the fun!

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Andy" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  e-book written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" e-book written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.

I found Raggedy Andy's Stories with illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming and decided I would create free coloring pages based on the illustrations from the 1920 free e-book so all the little girls and boys could enjoy coloring images of their favorite dolls together.

  
Raggedy Stories Dollies Inspired Free Coloring Pages Group #2

While the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy stories are a product of their time, I found the doll illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming as, of course, they depicted all sorts of "dollies" at play.  So, I decided I would create free Raggedy Andy coloring pages, inspired by these illustrations from the 1918 free e-book, so all the little girls and little boys could enjoy coloring together.  

I created 31 different coloring pages on my Linda's Blog in group #1 for hours of coloring fun.  Just click HERE for my Linda's Blog post or click on the two images above.  They'll bring you to my Linda's Blog post that has all 31 of the coloring pages.

Once you're in my post just click on the images for the full image size.  Then save to your computer and print out a full size image on an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet.  If the image isn't sized for a 8 1/2 " by 11" sheet when you open it in your computer viewer zoom in and re-size it until it fits on a full size sheet and then print it out.

I hope you have fun coloring the different illustrations I have combined into 31 different coloring pages and hope they provide you with hours of coloring enjoyment.

Copyright © 2020 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal use only.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dollies Inspired Free Coloring Pages #1



"Raggedy Ann" has probably been one of the most popular cloth dolls for little girls for decades since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918.

So, of course, when primitive cloth dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive cloth dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  e-book written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" e-book written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.


While the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy stories are a product of their time, I found the doll illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming as, of course, they depicted all sorts of "dollies" at play.  So, I decided I would create free coloring pages, inspired by these illustrations from the 1918 free e-book, so all the little girls and grown-up girls could enjoy coloring images of their favorite "dollies."  Kind of like a shared young and old experience.

I created 30 different coloring pages on my Linda's Blog in group #1 for hours of coloring fun.  Just click HERE for my Linda's Blog post or click on the two images above.  They'll bring you to my Linda's Blog post that has all 30 of the coloring pages.

Once you're in my post just click on the images for the full image size.  Then save to your computer and print out a full size image on an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet.  If the image isn't sized for a 8 1/2 " by 11" sheet when you open it in your computer viewer zoom in and re-size it until it fits on a full size sheet and then print it out.

I hope you have fun coloring the different illustrations I have combined into 30 different coloring pages and hope they provide you with hours of coloring enjoyment.

Copyright © 2020 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal use only.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Sir John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham Illustrations From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Free E-Books



Like many of you I can remember my grandmother and mother reading "Alice In Wonderland" to me and reading it myself when I learned how.  I always loved the story and the illustrations.  My favorite characters were the white rabbit, the mad hatter, the caterpillar, the footman frog, the mock turtle and the queen.  I always had visions of making my own versions of dolls for these characters but haven't done so yet.  They are, however, on my bucket list.

Recently I created a new "We Love Books" category with 12 book related designs.  One of my recent designs was inspired by one of the characters in "Alice In Wonderland" - the white rabbit.  I don't know if it's the red hearts on this design that makes me think of this book, but it does.

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Alice in Wonderland" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there were several.


I found Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Arthur Rackham.  After finding that ebook I them looked at The Tenniel Illustrations for Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel ebook and decided to post them as well as they are all so wonderful and inspiring.

Raggedy Andy Stories Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle in 1920 Free E-Book



You all know how much I love dolls of all kinds and how much I love history.  So, I'm sure you weren't surprised when I posted a link to the "Raggedy Ann Stories" free e-book yesterday.

Well, like my dolls, I generally design and create boys and girls dolls like brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, etc.

So, it should come as no surprise that I would post a  link to the  'Raggedy Andy Stories" free e-book written & illustrated by Johnny Gruelle as well.

Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle free e-book - https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18190
Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle free e-book - https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17371

I found Raggedy Andy's Stories illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be as charming as the Raggedy Ann illustrations were.  


In 1920 Johnny Gruelle filed for a patent for a cloth Raggedy Andy doll, as shown in the illustration above.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Raggedy Ann Stories Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle in 1918 Free E-Book



When I look at primitive doll faces I can't help but melt as they are so darn cute.  I was first introduced to primitive dolls with something I saw many years ago during a shopping trip to Sturbridge with my mother.  In one of the crafts stores we liked to visit I was looking at a box filled with patterns and just started laughing my head off. Of course, my mother asked, "what's so funny?" So, I showed her the pattern I was looking at and she burst out laughing, too. It was for a primitive cloth doll which was so ugly it was actually beautiful. So there we were - two grown women standing in the middle of a store laughing our heads off.

As I scanned through the box I found other patterns for primitive dolls that were just as ugly and just as beautiful. So, of course, I bought a few and could hardly wait to get them home so I could make them.   And, make them I did.

The popularity of primitive dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of raggedy ann dolls) continued to grow and grow.  Primitive decor seemed to take over with all sorts of primitive decorations that could be made for one's home -  dolls, raggedies, make-do's, shelf sitters, holiday and seasonal primitive decorations, primitive animals, primitive graphics, primitive woodcraft's, curtains, rugs, furniture and so on and on.

Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love dolls, history and old books I decided to see if there were copies of some of the old dolls books out there and found a lot of different dolls books out there on Project Gutenbergwhich displays books that are in the public domain.  Surprisingly there were two for "Raggedy Ann and Andy", which were as follows: 1) "Raggedy Ann Stories" written in 1918 e-book and 2)  "Raggedy Andy Stories"written in 1920 e-book.


According to Wikipedia.org in 1915 Johnny Gruelle filed for a patent for a cloth Raggedy Ann doll, as shown in the illustration above - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raggedy_Ann

As far as Raggedy Ann is concerned, one of the legends surrounding her creation is that a little girl was rummaging around her Grandmother's attic and finds a battered old doll with only one button eye. She brings the doll down to her grandmother who sews on a missing button eye.  While reminiscing about playing with Raggedy Ann as a young girl she decides to give it to her granddaughter and in doing so introduces her granddaughter to the world of Raggedy Ann.  And so Raggedy Ann was born.