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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly - A Beautiful Trio of Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitters



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Victorian shelf sitter wood dolls. They're a trio of sisters that I named Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly.


Lucy - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

Lucy is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit  is an embellished paper collage dress with a two tier cape with raised orange dots. Orange lace trim adorned with a paper floral is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a delicate white flower and leaf ribbon braid. A white flower and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

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Lacy - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Lacy, Lucy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

Lacy is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit  is an embellished paper collage dress with a two tier cape with raised black dots. White lace trim adorned with a beautiful pearl and silk ribbon flower is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a delicate white flower and leaf ribbon braid. A bouquet of flowers and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Lilly - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Lilly, Lucy, and Lacy are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

Lilly is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage dress with center band with raised white dots, waistband, and cape with raised blue dots and blue bow. Her beautiful dark gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a dressy silver braid. A bouquet of flowers and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pat, Polly, and Phebe - New Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitter Art Dolls



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Victorian sisters that I named Pat, Polly, and Phebe.


Pat - 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Pat, Polly, and Phebe are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

Pat is a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage two tier bodice dress with raised orange dots, dark green waistband and green cape with raised orange dots. Orange lace trim adorned with a print pattern paper flower is wrapped around her neck. Her light brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a white flower and leaf ribbon braid. She is holding a Victorian paper fan in her hands.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Polly - 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Polly, Pat, and Phebe are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

Polly is a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage dress with center band with white raised dots, dark green waistband and sleeves adorned with raised purple dots.  She has a two tier cape with raised purple dots. White lace trim adorned with a silk ribbon floral is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful white thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a delicate pink rose embroidered flower and leaf ribbon braid. She is holding a Victorian paper fan in her hands.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Phebe - 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll 

Phebe, Polly, and Pat  are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.

Phebe is a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage dress with center band with white raised dots, waistband, and sleeves with raised blue dots.  She has a floral print cape with raised blue dots.  White lace trim adorned with a red silk ribbon floral is wrapped around her neck. Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a white flower and leaf ribbon braid. She is holding a Victorian paper fan in her hands.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Peace, Serenity, and Composure - My New Mixed Media Victorian Collage and Paper-clay Art Dolls



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay art dolls I made recently were a trio of wood dolls - two with paper-clay faces and one with a paper face. They're a trio of sisters that I named Peace, Serenity, and Composure.


Peace - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.

Peace is a 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with lilac blushed eyelids, rosy cheeks, pink painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with lace trim and ribbon trim. A gathered lace and ribbon over-skirt serves as a bustle for her outfit. An embroidered shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and fastened with a pearl beaded button. Her light gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a dressy silver braid. Lilac ribbon trim is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Serenity - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.

Serenity is a 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with blue blushed eyelids, rosy cheeks, red painted finger nails, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with lace trim and ribbon trim. A fancy lace embroidered shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and fastened with a red silk floral. Her light brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a white flower and leaf braid. Blue polka dot ribbon trim is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Composure - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll With Paper-clay Face

Peace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure.

Composure is a 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" mixed media Victorian wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with lace trim and pearl drop ribbon trim. A fancy lace embroidered shawl is wrapped around her shoulders and fastened with a purple silk floral and a beautiful burgundy silk floral is fastened below her neck. Her light brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun and adorned with a  beautiful lilac flower and leaf silk ribbon braid. Burgundy polka dot ribbon trim is wrapped around her sponge painted wooden base.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Gotta Love Mixed Media Victorian Collage & Paper-clay Art Dolls



It should come as no surprise to all of you that I LOVE dolls of every shape, size, medium, type, season, and holiday, but Victorians have always been my favorite - especially faceless ones. Over the last 5 decades I've made all sorts of dolls and woodcraft's. Some were cloth only, some were wood only, some were a combination of cloth and wood, some were paper, some were even terra-cotta. Some had faces, some didn't.

It should also come as no surprise to all of you that I LOVE taking online classes - especially those offered from Artful Gathering. In fact, over the last three years I've taken 5 different kinds of classes at Artful Gathering and have written about all of them in the following Linda's Blog posts:


I've wanted to make some Victorian mixed media collage and paper-clay faced art dolls for quite some time. So, combining my love of dolls with my decades long experience with sewing and crafting and utilizing everything I've learned in my classes I decided now was the time to make these dolls. I tend to favor stump dolls and shelf sitters and knew these would be no exception.

I also wanted to utilize some of the molds I had bought several years ago when I was enthralled with goddess dolls. Given I never seem to have enough time for doing what I want to do right then and there my goddess dolls have sat on the back burner for several years - that is, until recently.

I decided this was the perfect time to make some Victorian wooden dolls - some with paper-clay faces, some with paper-clay mannequin faces, some with paper faces. Their outfits could be a combination of fabric, lace, paper, creative embroidery embellishments, ribbon silk floral, beads, etc.

I also wanted to utilize some of the alpaca yarn my sister, who is the owner of Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber, had given me for their hair.  I had some alpaca yarn fiber from Cosmo, Zinnia, Sunflower, Ivy, and Masquerade. All was hand-spun, but some she had single plyed and some she had Navajo plyed.

When I was doing a little cleaning of my craft area several weeks ago I found some 3/4" wood shelf sitter shapes that my husband had cut out for me a few years ago. I had intended to make a painted figure of some sort out of them and decided to create two witches with paper-clay faces which I wrote about in a post entitled " Who Doesn't Love Witches? My New Hildegarde Ann and Hildegarde Brie Mixed Media Collage Art Dolls With Paper-clay Faces."

I was happy with the way my shelf sitter witches turned out so I decided to make a bunch of templates of different shapes and sizes that my younger brother and husband could use for cutting the wood dolls that I wanted to make. Since I never do anything in moderation I ended up with several templates - okay, make that lots of templates utilizing different lengths, widths, and depths of wood. It took us a long time to draw, cut and sand the wood pieces. By the time we were finished I had 41 dolls to make. I told you I never do anything in moderation!

After working on my dolls for what seemed like weeks on end I'm happy to report they are done.  It took a long time and was a lot of work, but I'm happy with the results.  I'll be posting about them over the next few days so stay tuned.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I Just LOVE The Victorian Era and Victorian Custom Fabric Designs


Victorian Dahlia Flower Fabric 13

Design Size - .8 x .8 in



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(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2014 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)

Victorian Burgundy Dahlia Fabric 7

Design Size - .8 x .8 in



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Victorian Pastel Water Lilies Fabric 15

Design Size - 1.5 x 1.5 in



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Victorian Burgundy Rose Fabric 8

Design Size - .8 x .8 in



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(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2014 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)

Victorian Water Lilies Fabric 14

Design Size - 1.0 x 1.0 in



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Victorian Yellow Dahlia Fabric 12

Design Size - .73 x .73 in



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Victorian Blue Rose Fabric 9

Design Size - .73 x .73 in



© 2014 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh. 

Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

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Victorian Silver Rose Fabric 11

Design Size - .73 x .73 in



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Victorian Silver Motifs Fabric 10

Design Size - 1.6 x 1.6 in



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Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

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