I Just Love The Victorian Era!

I have loved dolls, history, and the Victorian Era since I was little and can credit my grandmother for that. As a young girl she gave me a Godey’s Fashion print for August 1870 from my great, great Aunt Flossie. I was captivated by the dresses and became hooked. I just love to research everything and anything about the Victorian Era. Their history, their etiquette, their fashion, their hopes, their desires.... I also love to design my own Victorian dolls wearing those beautiful dresses. I hope you enjoy my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions,The Victorian Era, and Me blog.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Lace Me Up! Free Victorian Shoe Ornament E-Pattern



"Lace Me Up!" is a pattern to make a beautiful Victorian black and white shoe ornament.

"Lace Me Up!"is a 6" shoe ornament with two rows of beautiful lace adornments.

She is easy to make and is a wonderful ornament decoration for any Victorian or shabby chic home.


Lace Me Up!”, 6” Victorian Shoe Ornament E-Pattern - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Susanna - Handmade Victorian Or Shabby Chic Angel Doll and E-Pattern



"Susanna" is a young, but very special angel with some very beautiful qualities and a very special charge. She is a kind and loving angel who has a very special heart. One who manifests nothing but goodness in everyone and everything.

Her charge is to spread compassion, love, understanding, peace, contentment, and grace to everyone she meets. It's a tall order for such a young angel, but Susanna feels she is up to it.

"Susanna" is a 12" Victorian faceless cloth angel doll. She has a muslin body and her boots are black and cross laced. Her blond hair is fashioned into bangs in the front and long pigtails tied in the front with ribbon. Wrapped around the top of her head is a floral garland.

She is wearing lace trimmed pinafore bloomers that are gathered at the waist and a lace trimmed pinafore slip that is also gathered at the waist.

Her beautiful white dress has a lace trimmed center bodice with lace trimmed front to back straps, lined and lace trimmed over sleeves, and lace trimmed sleeves. Her dress is three tiered with lace trimming on each tier and gathered along the waistline. It is gathered at the neck edge and then adorned with a pearl and lace ribbon trim.

Her wings are wired satin ribbons and fashioned in a bow in the back. She is carrying a small pink floral bouquet.

Susanna is anxious to fulfill her mission. Spreading compassion, love, understanding, peace, contentment, and grace to everyone she meets is a tall order but Susanna feels she can do it with your help. Will you help her?


There is one "Susanna" handmade angel doll available in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop . Just CLICK HERE  for her handmade doll.


“Susanna Angel”, 12” Angel - Victorian Angel  Doll E-Pattern - Christmas Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Monday, October 26, 2015

Victorian Annie and Victorian Andy - Just Love Being Victorian



I've made and designed many "raggedies" over the years.  Most are primitive style dolls, but two of the raggedies I designed were "Victorian."

They just happen to be two of my favorite designs. Hmmmmm....   Now why would that be?


Victorian Annie is so adorable. She could be called "Victorian" adorable. Everything about her is "Victorian." And, she is thrilled with that for she just loves the "Victorian" period.

Something about the dresses calls to her and she is especially happy that her Victorian outfit is blue and white, her favorite colors.

They showcase her red raggedy hair and complexion so well. Don't you think?

She has a fancy lace and ruffled double-tiered trim dress with front overlay and long double-tiered lace trimmed and gathered sleeves, lined bonnet, lace trimmed and gathered slip, lace trimmed and gathered bloomers, laced tied boots, and curly raggedy red hair. She has a cloth body & head, black beads for eyes and her face is embroidered. Her dress is adorned with covered buttons and a floral ribbon adorns her dress.




"Victorian Annie", 19” Victorian Raggedy Ann Art Doll Pattern - Raggedy Ann Doll - Victorian Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate 


Victorian Andy is dressed in his "Sunday Best." Make that his "Victorian Sunday Best" for he too, like his sister Victorian Annie, loves his Victorian outfit. It's the perfect Victorian sailor outfit.

Why, he can fit just about everything but the kitchen sink in his big pockets.

Hey, wait a minute - the kitchen sink is in there!

Victorian Andy has a fancy lace collared lined jacket with long sleeves, bow tie, pantaloons with two-front pockets, satin cumber-bun, lined sailor’s cap, and curly raggedy red hair. His head and body are cloth, his face is embroidered and he has black beads for eyes. His jacket is fastened with small white buttons and his boots are laced.




"Victorian Andy", 19” Doll - Victorian Raggedy Andy Art Doll Pattern - Victorian Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Mixed Media Tutu Dress Canvas Pictures Adventure


I have so many different crafting interests that when I find a craft project I want to try I rarely make more than two or three items. That was until took a couple of Artful Gathering mixed media classes. I fell in love with mixed media and, as a result, have been making some ( make that many) different types of mixed media craft items from tutu canvases to tiny houses, to fairy houses, to seasonal and holiday collage pictures. For the last three months I've been totally absorbed in my mixed media projects and have loved every minute of it.


I started this adventure with the 3 mixed media tutu dress canvas picture projects that I made from Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" at Artful Gathering.

I knew before taking this class that I would love it so as I was going along I anticipated making more then the number of projects required for the course. After sculpting the tutu for the class I decided to sculpt a few extra's in various sizes. I love giving handmade gifts so making a few extra tutu's was the smart thing to do.

I ended up making five additional tutu's - which resulted in five other mixed media tutu dress canvas pictures being made.


Three of the additional tutu pictures I made are shown in the picture at the beginning of this post and above.


The tutu picture shown above is on an 8" by 8" by 3/4" canvas.


The tutu picture shown above is on a 5" by 7" by 3/4" canvas.


The tutu picture shown above is on a 6" by 6" by 3/4" canvas.

The remaining two aren't quite done so I can't show you those as of yet.  You'll just have to stay tuned for those when they're finished in the next few months.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Romantic Journey On Canvas Corseted Tutu and Wedding Dress Class Projects


I've spent the last two weeks in crafting bliss working on my projects from Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" at Artful Gathering and couldn't be happier. I may have found a new passion - something I absolutely love.


I can hear you all saying - what a surprise, Linda! You've found a new passion. When it comes to crafting is there anything you've ever tried that you haven't absolutely loved? Probably not.

Well, it is true that I absolutely love to craft and love everything I've learned through my online classes, but when it comes to passion - well, that's a little different. I have a passion for the Victorian era - especially the dresses, for doll making, for genealogy, for floral design, and for history. To all this I would have to add mixed media. I absolutely LOVE mixed media.


My husband doesn't love it as mixed media utilizes lots of different types of supplies so my living room is an absolute mess. You can't even see any of the furniture in there. It's all covered with arts & crafts supplies of one sort or another - all needed for the mixed media projects I've been working on for my online classes.

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Debby's class.  Debby Anderson is an unbelievably talented and inspiring jewelry designer and artist.  Her online class was fabulous.  Her video's were very easy to follow and she explained everything she was doing beautifully.  I couldn't be more pleased with her class.  If you've wanted to try creating mixed media canvas collage dress form projects Debby's class is a MUST TAKE.

There are 3 projects in  Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" mixed media online class: one to create a corseted tutu, one to create a wedding gown, and one to create a mixed media angel collage.  So far, I've made two corseted canvas's - one on 12" x 12" canvas and one on an 8" x 10" canvas.  I've also created a wedding gown on an 11" x 14" canvas.

Here's my first corseted tutu on a 12" by 12" canvas:



Here's a close-up of the dress:


Here's my second corseted tutu on an 8" x 10" canvas:



Here's a close-up of the dress:


Here's my wedding gown on an 11" x 14" canvas:



Here's a close-up of the dress:


The woman pictured in the wedding gown canvas above is my Mother.  I love this picture of her and thought it would look beautiful in this mixed media collage.  I think it does and hope you would agree.

Can you understand now why I've found a new passion?  Beautiful dresses in a mixed media canvas collage - how could I not love that?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Victorian Images, Ephemera and Vintage Images and Victorian Doll & Craft Tutorials, Shabby Chic & Vintage Tutorials, Video's, Pictures & How-To's Pinterest Boards


It is no secret that everything and anything Victorian is my passion. I just can't get enough of Victorian dresses, Victorian crafts, Victorian history, and Victorian images. I absolutely LOVE it all. And, I absolutely want to make everything I find.

I look at the beautiful Victorian dresses display on all the museum websites and find myself wanting to make a miniature version for a doll of mine. There are so many beautiful Victorian dresses out there it would be nearly impossible to make them all. That doesn't stop me from dreaming about it.


I also love Victorian images and saving all the Victorian images that I find on different websites that are sharing images in the public domain on my Pinterest board. Here, too I find myself dreaming of beautiful mixed media crafts I could make with them. I wish I could use each and every one of them. Use them all - I can't. Collect them on Pinterest - that I can do.



I just LOVE Victorian images, ephemera and vintage pictures - especially Victorian images that I can use with my mixed media creations and pictures of flowers or little girls and their dolls. Here's a few of my favorites.

Victorian Images, Ephemera and Vintage Imagesboard on Pinterest.

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I also love searching the web for all the wonderful tutorials, patterns, articles, how-to's and printables there are for making Victorian arts and crafts. Some I have tried to make. Some are on my wish list. But, they are all fabulous and I want to make them all.

Again, this is impossible but I can continue to collect them on my Pinterest board. When I dream of Victorian crafts and want to see beautiful Victorian eye candy I can always visit my boards.




I just LOVE everything and anything Victorian, Vintage, Shabby Chic or Cottage. I especially love watching video's, reading tutorials, patterns, articles, and how-to's on making Victorian dolls & crafts. I hope you like some of the ones I've found.

Victorian Doll & Craft Tutorials, Shabby Chic & Vintage Tutorials, Video's, Pictures & How-To's board on Pinterest.


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Victorian Bride picture courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Monday, July 13, 2015

Swing Sweetly Annabelle Patterns and Handmade Colonial Doll





"Blue Bell Sara" and her sorority sister "Swing Sweetly Annabelle" are two of the newest dolls from my new "The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Series!"

Both are elegantly attired and ready for their afternoon walk.

"Blue Bell Sara" is wearing the finest in Victorian afternoon attire and is an elegant faceless Victorian doll who went prematurely gray. "Swing Sweetly Sara", on the other hand, is wearing her best Colonial attire for an afternoon stroll and has a beautifully embroidered and water colored face as well as a full head of burgundy colored hair.

Both dolls belong to the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority as did both their mothers and several of their grandmothers before them. So, they really had no choice in the matter as it was wholly expected of them that they would join.

So, join they did and both are reporting that they are so happy to be part of such a wonderful and elegant sorority. Neither, in accordance with their sorority rules, will tell you what they've been up to though. It's a secret and only discussed amongst sorority members! The only thing they will say is that they have an upcoming event, which everyone will surely enjoy, but which they can't and won't talk about.


"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" is a 26" Colonial cloth doll with an embroidered face. Her face is outline embroidered and her brown eyes are completely embroidered. Her eyelids are embroidered with a light taupe floss. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are embroidered and her cheeks are blushed and rosy. Her lips are outlined with black and embroidered with coral floss. She has a long sleek body, long sleek arms, and long sleek legs with black cross tied boots.

Her bloomers with gathered lace trim along the bottom hem edge are gathered at the waist and ankles. Her slip has gathered eyelet lace trim along the bottom hem edge and is gathered at the waist.

"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" is wearing a coordinated ensemble. Her sleeves are two-sectional and consist of faced cuffs and a large puffy sleeve gathered at the shoulder. They are gathered at the wrists as well. Her pleated in the front dress has gathered eyelet lace trim and straight lace trim along the bottom hem edge. It is gathered at the neck edge and adorned with lace trim.

A lined waistband is wrapped tightly around her tiny waist and adorned with a fabric scrunch of coordinating fabric. Her coordinated and lined vest is lace trimmed around the edges and tied in the front with two DMC embroidery bows.

"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" has a full head of brown colored curly hair that is barely controlled under her lined and coordinated bonnet with a very large brim. Ribbon and lace trim adorns the bonnet band and multi-colored and coordinating yo-yo's adorned the very top of her bonnet. Her bonnet ties are wrapped around her neck and tight in a large bow to the right of her head.

An old handkerchief is wrapped around her shoulders and around her arms for a shawl.






Unlike "Blue Bell Sara", "Swing Sweetly Anabelle" doesn't want to be president of the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority. She leaves that up to "Blue Bell Sara" as she knows that "Blue Bell Sara" would be good at that.

However, she prefers to sit and enjoy her afternoon tea and a good book. Drinking a wonderful cup of tea while reading a good book and swinging on the sorority house porch swing on a beautiful sunny day. Well, it just doesn't get much better than that for "Swing Sweetly Annabelle." Care to swing with me?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Blue Bell Sara - The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Patterns and Handmade Faceless Victorian Doll




"Blue Bell Sara" and her sorority sister "Swing Sweetly Annabelle" are two of the newest dolls from my  "The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Series!"

Both are elegantly attired and ready for their afternoon walk.


"Blue Bell Sara" is wearing the finest in Victorian afternoon attire and is an elegant faceless Victorian doll who went prematurely gray. "Swing Sweetly Sara", on the other hand, is wearing her best Colonial attire for an afternoon stroll and has a beautifully embroidered and water colored face as well as a full head of burgundy colored hair.

Both dolls belong to the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority as did both their mothers and several of their grandmothers before them. So, they really had no choice in the matter as it was wholly expected of them that they would join.

So, join they did and both are reporting that they are so happy to be part of such a wonderful and elegant sorority. Neither, in accordance with their sorority rules, will tell you what they've been up to though. It's a secret and only discussed amongst sorority members! The only thing they will say is that they have an upcoming event, which everyone will surely enjoy, but which they can't and won't talk about.



"Blue Bell Sara" is a 28" Victorian "faceless" cloth doll that prefers to hang on a wall in any Victorian decor. She has a long sleek body, long sleek arms, and long sleek legs with black cross tied boots.

Her bloomers are 2-tiered with gathered lace trim and straight lace trim along the bottom hem edge. They are gathered at the waist and ankles. Her slip has gathered eyelet lace trim along the bottom hem edge and is gathered at the waist. She is wearing her best pair of lace gloves.

"Blue Bell Sara's" intricately two-toned dress has multiple panels of coordinating fabric. Her sleeves are two-sectional and consist of faced cuffs and a large puffy sleeve gathered at the shoulder. Her darted in the front dress has multi-colored side panels and underarm gores and 2-tiers of gathered lace trim along the bottom hem edge. The collar is lined and box style.

A long lace trimmed and gathered ruffle surrounds the shoulders and runs down the front sides and meets in a "V" below the waist. Long white pearls are draped around her neck.

"Blue Bell Sara" went prematurely gray at a very early age and wears her long gray hair with bangs tied up in a bun in the back. Her lined and coordinated bonnet with tulle sits lovingly upon her head and bun and is decorated with ribbon and silk floral. Her bonnet ties are wrapped around her neck and decorated with silk floral. They also serve as her wall hanger for the loop in the back of her neck.

An old handkerchief is wrapped around her shoulders and around her arms for a shawl.

“Blue Bell Sara, The Long Sleek Sitting Doll!”, 28” Victorian Art Doll E-Pattern - Wall or Sitting - The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Advanced





"Blue Bell Sara" knows she has some tall shoe's to fill in the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority as her mother and some of her grandmother's were past presidents. However, she's not worried. She knows she is up to the task and, if elected president of the sorority, will have no problem fulfilling that role. After all, she is from an elegant line of long, sleek sitting dolls - isn't she?