Saturday, May 1, 2021

My New Victorian Little Women Crafts Supplies Collection


By now you definitely know that I love anything and everything revolving around crafts.  Not just any crafts, but ALL crafts.  

In fact, my bucket list is filled with different crafts I want to try.  It will take more than a lifetime so I know I won't get to trying everything, but it won't stop me from trying...lol

My latest crafts adventure revolved around the wonderful black and white illustrations from the 1880 Little Women free E-Book on the Project Gutenberg website that had more than 200 illustrations by Frank T. Merrill and a picture of the Home of the Little Women by Edmund H. Garrett.


As I started looking through the pages, looking at the beautiful black and white illustrations, and reading some of the chapters again I felt inspired and thought they'd make for some adorable toile mixed media, collage, decoupage  or paper-craft creations. So, I created fabric designs in 4 complimentary toile colors: black. white, burgundy, blue, and brown.  

Of course, I didn't stop with just the fabric designs.  

Au! Contraire!

I went on to create custom scrapbook designs, rubber stamps, vinyl stickers, paper stickers, wall decals, etc.  

Sunday, February 28, 2021

My Alpacas Rock Gallery Has A Whole New Look and New Categories

 

I have great news.  My Alpacas Rock graphics, custom fabric, and product galleries have all been re-designed and I think you're going to love them.

Back in 2008 I created my original Alpacas Rock Gallery and designs for alpaca farmers and lovers of alpacas.  I designed custom products for everyday home decor use, for alpacas farm day business events and business products, for children's alpaca themed birthday parties, and for seasonal and holiday alpaca themed home-decor.  In looking at my old designs I decided to re-design some of them and to create new designs.  The purposes are still the same.  Just the designs have changed.

If you love alpacas and love alpaca home decor I still have all sorts of household and home decor products to satisfy every decorating need including everyday home decor as well as home decor for the seasons and holidays.  If you're an alpaca farmer with business product needs and "farm days" needs I still have designs for you.  If you still love alpaca themed birthday parties for your kids I have designs and products for you.  And, if you love wearing  clothing showing your love of alpacas I have designs for you.  


What is new is that I now have a line of custom designed products for crafts like: custom fabric, scrapbook papers, rubber stamps, paper stickers, vinyl stickers, posters, and wall decals.  So, if you love paper crafts, scrapbooking, mixed media, collage, sewing, and general crafting we have alpaca themed crafts supplies, too.

Alpacas still Rock at my "Alpacas Rock Product Gallery."

My Alpacas Rock Products Gallery  is very easy to navigate. My Alpacas Rock Gallery has 7 categories to choose from, some of which have their own design sub-categories, and they are are as follows:

Thursday, February 4, 2021

My New Gray Is Beautiful Gallery



Like all senior citizens, the "Grays" know how to adapt to change. In fact, they excel at it which is why they have been working feverishly over the last few weeks creating brand new graphics for their new "Gray Is Beautiful" Gallery, which is now a division of the Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery.  They've come under Linda's umbrella and they couldn't be happier.

It was out with the old and in with the new. The "Gray Is Beautiful" custom products line got a face lift - so to speak.

However, that doesn't mean the "Grays" have changed their feelings and goals.  The "Grays" still believe that aging is beautiful and gray hair is not only beautiful, but something to be proud of.  They are still proud of their age & their gray hair and are proud to say so. As far as they are concerned, they have earned each and every strand. 

They still say "Be PROUD" of your gray. Whether you are a senior citizen, baby boomer, female, or just have gray or white hair their "Gray Is Beautiful" products are definitely for you.

The "Grays" always like to be current with the times and love creating new graphics, new fabrics, and new products and have been busy doing this for their new gallery.  

If you don't know who the "grays" are there are 15 dolls in the "Gray Is Beautiful" group now. We have Celia, Blue Bell Sara, Rebecca, Grandma Aurora May On An Expedition, Grandpa Lewis On An Expedition, Sweetheart Faith, Petronella The Birdhouse Lady, Doug The Handy Dandy Gentleman, Laura The Quintessential Bunny Lady, Devin A Bunny Gentleman, Helena, Sweet Julianna, Mabel - I Might, Magdalene - The Drama Queen, and Susan Renee - My Beautiful Gray.

All are beautiful "Grays" and all have their own feelings and ideas so, as you can imagine, it takes awhile for them to agree on something.  But, agree they do.  And, when they're ready to go - well, they are READY to go.

Right  now their new gallery has 5 categories as follows: 


If ever there was a guardian angel it would have to be "Grandma."  At least as far as the "Grays" are concerned.  So they thought they would show their respect to all the Grandma's out there with an a new angel design.

Their adorable new "Grandma's Are Our Guardian Angels!" design and new products are for senior citizens, grandma's and grandpa's and are intended for use as gifts and accessories for seniors birthdays, retirement parties, and other special occasions, as well as home decor. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

My New Let's Dance Wedding Custom Products Category and Fabric Design



As you know from my previous Linda's blog posts, I fell in love with the Blue Footed ird of the Galapagos Islands in 2012 when I saw several pictures of the adorable bird.   I didn't know whether it was the teal blue feet or how determined the birds looked in every picture I saw of them.   He or she always inspired me to create something or do something. To get up and move - like dance!

Back in 2012 I decided to create five Blue Footed Bird graphics, one of which was my "Let's Dance!" Blue Footed Bird of the Galapagos design.

Then, after creating my new Blue Footed Bird of the Galapagos designs, I decided to add them to my gallery " Linda Walsh Originals Designs".

Well, in 2019 while looking at my "Let's Dance!" graphic design, I decided my bird would make adorable bride and groom dancing graphics.  So, I created a dancing bride and groom.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

My New Baby Swans Nursery, Baby Shower and Baby Gifts Category Designs

 

White Swans Wedding and Baby Fabric

Baby Custom Fabric
Baby Custom Fabric 
by LWOriginals

I just love it when one of my designs can be used for other custom products.  Such was the case with the blue swan design I created back in 2019.  

I thought it might make for some really adorable baby, nursery and baby shower decorations, baby gifts and other home decor products so I set up a Baby, Nursery & Baby Shower Category for my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery."


I originally designed four different colors, shown in the picture above, for boys (baby blue), girls (pink) and those times when the parents don't want to know the gender of the baby (yellow and green) until after the baby is born.

Since then I decided to add three new colors: white, yellow/green, and blue/pink, which are shown in the pillow pictures above along with the original four colors.

I also decided to create two new swans designs, which are shown in the two white pillows in the center bottom of the picture above.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

New Blue Swan Design For My Birds and Birdhouses Products Gallery



I fell in love with swans back in the winter of 2014 when hubby and I were out walking near a local reservoir and a saw the most beautiful and majestic swan.  I for one don't know of any better way to start the day than looking at something exquisitely beautiful. Do you?


She seemed to have found a winter home just near and under a bridge on a local reservoir. Most of the reservoir was covered with ice except for the area close to the bridge.


For the next few weeks whenever we saw her we had to stop and just admire her beauty. She was just so unbelievably white and so graceful to watch. She inevitably sensed  us and would go under the bridge. Sometimes she'd just stay where she was and seemed to be looking at us.  I often wondered if she was sizing us up as to whether or not we were a threat to her.

A couple of times she has decided to walk on the ice and snow covering the rest of the reservoir. When she did that it was amazing to see how big her footprint in the snow was. Quite extraordinary to say the least.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

My New Birds and Birdhouses Custom Products Gallery

As you know, I love decorating my home all year for everyday, various seasons, holidays as well as decorating for all sorts of parties. I also love flowers, birds, birdhouses, and nature.  So, you shouldn't be surprised that I would love creating whimsical bird, birdhouse, flowers and nature style designs.

I hope you enjoy my whimsical birds and birdhouses designs category that are part of my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" and hope they help you decorate for the spring season.

The new designs and collections for my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" are just too pretty to resist.  I can hear the birds chirping already.

There are 8 sub-categories within my Birds and Birdhouses Category which are as follows: 

My New Birds & Birdhouses and Baby Swans Custom Fabric Designs

 


I have been in love with birds & birdhouses and baby swans for decades and have been having a wonderful time designing new custom fabric designs as well as other designs to use with my custom products galleries.  I can hardly wait to start crafting with these. 

I have added many of these designs to my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery and will be adding more designs and making customs products as time permits.   

Here's what I've added so far:

Monday, January 25, 2021

My New Spring Flowers Custom Products Category

 
I love decorating my home all year for everyday, various seasons, holidays as well as decorating for all sorts of parties. I also love flowers and love to create natural and silk floral arrangements for my home.  I just love seeing flowers everywhere within my home.

So, creating floral whimsical designs for use with custom decoration products is right up my alley.  I hope you enjoy my whimsical spring flowers seasonal designs category that are part of my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" and hope they help you decorate for the spring season.

The new designs and collections for my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery" are just too pretty to resist.  I can already smell the roses.....

There are 5 sub-categories within my Spring Flowers Category which are as follows:  

My New Spring Flower Custom Fabric Designs


I just LOVE flowers and have been having a wonderful time designing new spring flower custom fabric designs.  And, of course, most have blue backgrounds.  Wait until my sister see's these.

Spring Flowers Custom Fabric

My New Crafts Supplies For Crafting, Scrap-booking, Rubber Stamping, and Mixed Media Enthusiasts




Last year when I was creating some mixed media dolls and woodcraft's I found the need for a specific design for some stickers I wanted to include on my  mixed media creations and decided to create some of my own based on my own graphic designs.

Well, like everything else I do, designing some turned into designing many.  As a result I ended up creating all sorts of crafting supplies for my " Linda Walsh Originals Designs" galleries.

Each of the design categories for my galleries have a crafting supplies category and/or custom fabric designs category.  So far, I've created vinyl stickers, scrapbook paper, rubber stamps, paper stickers, wall decals, etc.  Hopefully, there will be more soon.

I hope you enjoy all  the crafting supplies and custom fabric designs I've created so far.  They are as follows:

Friday, January 1, 2021

The Sneaks Family Category of Custom Products Line For My "It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery"


I had saved some of one of my grandsons sneakers from the time he was a baby until he was in elementary school and had been itching to use them for something I was creating.

The beauty of creating dolls is they can be anything you want and be any stretch of the imagination, which is just fine.  Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Back in 2007 I decided to design 4 boy dolls based on my four grandsons.  Two of my grandsons were twins, the other two were 14 years apart but I decided to go with two sets of twins for this design.

So, I decided to use the sneakers and go with four boys heads with sneaker bodies who loved playing baseball.  The funny part of this is none of my grandsons liked or played baseball.  The sneakers just seemed to call for baseball players more than football, basketball, or soccer players.  Plus, I had four miniature wood bats which helped swing the idea that way.  So, baseball players it was and "The Sneaks Family" was born.

It's always a wild and crazy scene at the "Sneaks Family" house with four young boys running around. Four young boys would be bad enough, but four young boys consisting of two sets of fraternal twins with one set aged 7 and the other set aged 8 - well, that's just plain crazy.

While the "Sneaks Family" of two sets of fraternal twins are not physically identical they do bear enough of a similar physical appearance that it is hard at times to tell them apart.


"Slammin Ryan Sneaks" and "Stealin Base Devin Sneaks" are the fraternal twins age 7. "Nicholas Fast Ball Sneaks" and "Home Run Brian Sneaks" are the fraternal twins age 8. If you can tell any of them apart we congratulate you.

So, while they are a little bit different physically that's where the difference ends. They are identical in likes, dislikes, energy levels, attitudes, intelligence, and strength. They are all highly intelligent boys who just love to rough house and play their favorite sport - baseball.

It's always a wild and crazy scene at the "Sneaks Family" house with four young boys running around so you can imagine how excited they are by the release of their revised custom fabric designs, custom gift wrap, birthday party products and home decor products. They can't sit down.

However, many of their friends are "girls" who love baseball as much as they do so I also created 5 different designs that are suitable for either "boys" or for "girls."

Back in 2015 I created my first custom products for little boys and girls birthday parties and home decor.  It has been awhile since I revised them so I decided it was time to create some new designs for my It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery and for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower It's Raining Doll Parties Fabric Designs Collection and to retire a few others. 


I ended up creating the ten new designs shown in the collage above.  The Sneaks Family loved their new designs so they were happy.  

Using these ten designs I created a The Sneaks Family Designs Category for creating custom products in my It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery.  

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Hawk Family Category of Custom Products Line For It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery



The Hawk Family just loves to create and after creating their We Love Books Hawk designs were itching to create some other new designs.  Given the "dollies" can create a lot of ruckus in my house I decided to appease them and create some additional new designs for my It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery and for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower It's Raining Doll Parties Fabric Designs Collection.  

In thinking about some other designs for the Hawk Family I decided to focus these new designs around the members of the Hawk family, flowers, birds, and heart.  I ended up creating the six new designs shown in the collage above.  The Hawk Family loved their new designs so there was no ruckus in my house for now.

Using these six designs I created a The Hawk Family Designs Category for creating custom products in my It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The "We Love Books Hawk Family" Category of Custom Products For Boys and Girls


The Hawk Family just loves to create and were itching to create some new designs.  Given the "dollies" can create a lot of ruckus in my house I decided to appease them and create some new designs for my It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery and for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower It's Raining Doll Parties Fabric Designs Collection.  

In thinking about some new designs for the Hawk Family I decided to start with their love of books and created the four new designs shown in the collage above.  They were happy with this but made it clear this was only a start.  There will be more designs.

Using these four designs I created a We Love Books Hawk Family Designs Category for creating custom products in my It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Quick and Easy Christmas and Winter Cut and Sew Ornaments For Crafting Fun


A lot of crafters Christmas and winter due to all the wonderful decorations you can make.  Santa's, Mrs. Claus, angels, carolers, gingerbread-men, Christmas trees, snowmen, snow-ladies and snow covered trees.

So, when I was designing my Christmas and winter custom fabrics I decided to add 4 new cut and sew Christmas doll ornament groups and 3 new cut and sew winter doll ornament groups.  For the winter groups there are 37 different ornaments and for the winter groups there are 23 different ornaments.

If you don't know what cut and sew dolls are they are a great sewing tool for kids and a quick and easy ornament to make for decorations.  Plus, they're great ornaments to sell at local church fairs and craft shows.

Just think of all the fun you and your family can have making your Christmas and winter ornament decorations.  


Monday, December 7, 2020

My New Winter Seasonal Custom Product Designs


I just love the fall season but know that when it comes around snow is just around the corner.  

I hate snow and snow shoveling which is a little strange for a New Englander....lol  What can you do?  Advancing age changes one's perspective....lol

While I dislike the outdoor parts of the season, being home all the time does afford me lots of time for crafts and crafting all sorts of things.  

This year I decided to start with designing some new winter fabrics and custom products for  for the Winter Seasonal Category of my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery and for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower Winter Seasonal Fabric Designs Collection. 

There are six sub-categories in my Winter Seasonal Category: four new winter design sub-categories, as shown in the pictures below, and a sub-category for Winter Fabric Designs and a sub-category for Winter Crafting Supplies .

Sunday, December 6, 2020

My New Winter Birds and Birdhouses Designs


I just love whimsical bird designs and have created many birds and birdhouses designs for the different seasons over the year.  

So, while I was designing some new custom fabrics I decided that I should create some custom fabric designs with simple birds and birdhouses designs in a whimsical winter seasonal design for the Winter Seasonal Category of my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery and for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower Winter Seasonal Fabric Designs Collection. 

So, using these three designs I created a Winter Birds and Birdhouses Designs Category utilizing these designs. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

My New Winter Seasonal Church Designs



When I was a child the first church I can remember my family going to was a typical New England white church with a steeple.  Since then I've always loved the look of this type of church.  They represent pure New England simplicity and are just beautiful.

As you all know at Christmas time every year we always had a Christmas decoration craft.  Well, one year I wanted to do a white steeple church out of Styrofoam and my Dad agreed to help me with this.  We wanted to build a church big enough to hold a lighted angel inside.

I was thrilled he wanted to help me as he was a meticulous craftsman so I knew whatever we would be working on would come out wonderfully.

I can't remember exactly how long it to to build this but it was a few days.  As my Dad was so meticulous about his crafts he spent a long time carefully carving the curve of the church steeple so it was perfect and carving the arch for the windows.  We wanted the church to have arched windows and stained glass mosaic type windows.  We would be using colored pieces of plastic to create this effect.

When we had finished putting it together and the glue had dried we put it out with the lighted angel inside.  It glowed beautifully and the light shown through the side windows that my Dad had meticulously carved.

We surrounded the church with a chorus of Gurley church choir wax figures, angels, and trees.  It looked wonderful and was my favorite Christmas decoration for many, many years.

Unfortunately, the Styrofoam did not survive the years and crumbled over time. I don't know what happened to the Gurley wax candles.  They certainly would be a wonderful vintage Christmas decoration 50+ years later.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

My New Snowmen & Snow-ladies Winter Seasonal Designs


I hate snow but I just love snowmen.  So while I was designing some new custom fabrics I decided that I should create some custom fabric designs with adorable snowmen and snow-ladies in several whimsical winter seasonal designs for the Winter Seasonal Category of my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery and for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower Winter Seasonal Fabric Designs Collection. 

I ended up creating two designs, shown in the collage above and used those designs to create a Snowmen & Snow-ladies Designs Category.  



There are two sub-categories within my Snowmen & Snow-ladies Designs Category and they are as shown in the pictures above. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

My New Winter Seasonal Tree Designs


Several years ago while I was designing some new custom fabrics I decided that I should create some custom fabric designs with simple trees in a whimsical winter seasonal woodland design for the Winter Seasonal Category of my Linda Walsh Originals Designs Gallery and for my Linda Walsh Originals Spoonflower Winter Seasonal Fabric Designs Collection.

I ended up creating the three designs shown in the collage above.  So, using these three designs I created a Winter Tree Designs Category for my custom products.