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. I also love to design Victorian dolls. I hope you enjoy my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions,The Victorian Era, and Me blog.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Incredible Workmanship in the Reconstruction of a c. 1847 Mansion

For the last seven years there is an old stone mansion near us that has been in the local news and, currently, in the process of being renovated.  

Why was it in the local news?  Well, it started with the old stone mansion being torn down and sold and replaced with several new houses.  

It was such a shame as this old stone mansion was built in 1847 and had quite the history associated with it regarding the town and even one of the presidents.

In 2014 a group of teenagers heard about this old mansion being torn down and decided to do something about it.  They decided to protest the demolition of the mansion and used all their social media skills to help them with protesting it.  

They created signs and stood outside the mansion waving their signs for motorists passing by, created online petitions, and posted where ever they could online to educate the community about what was going on with the demolish of this mansion and why it shouldn't be demolished.

Their efforts quickly spread throughout the community and many residents joined in on the protest.

Well, as you can imagine, several weeks into the protest the current owner changed his mind and decided not to sell the property.  After that several groups concerned with historic preservation got involved with the end result being the residents approving utilizing funds to help preserve the mansion at their town meeting.

In 2016 after weeks of discussions the owner and town had an agreement on preserving the mansion and renovating it.

So, for the last few years we have been watching the meticulous and amazing process of renovating this historic property.  Every day we drive by it and marvel at the workmanship involved with creating this unbelievable mansion to it's original glory.  The stone and masonry work involved has been nothing short of astonishing.

The mansion was registered with the Massachusetts Historical Commission in 1999 and, according to the Friends of the Burnett-Garfield Housewhich worked with the owner and the town to preserve this old mansion, it is considered a historic property for many reasons.

 If you're interested in reading about why this house is considered historic please visit their Friends of the Burnett-Garfield House Facebook page.

Well, this past spring when my husband and I were driving by and marveling at the workmanship I decided to take some pictures as I found all of the renovations remarkable and thought you all might agree.

To put all of this in perspective you first need to see how the old mansion looked before they started renovating it.  

The property consisted of the old stone mansion, a carriage house, a chapel, and a summer house - all of which would be renovated.

The picture at the beginning of this post shows the renovated chapel, mansion being renovated and part of the carriage house being renovated.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Paper Doll Swap - My Rosalinda

In May of this year Hally Levesque, who is an extraordinary artist and whom I've taken several doll classes from at Artful Gathering, asked me if I wanted to participate in a paper doll swap.  

I had never done an online swap before, let alone a paper doll swap.  In fact, I had never made a paper art doll before.  

As my bucket list contains trying every craft out there in my lifetime, if at all possible, this would provide me with the challenge of creating a paper doll - something I'd never done before.  So, I said I'd be thrilled to participate in a paper doll swap.  

In order to make it easier for all of us to communicate Hally set-up a private "The Progressive Paper Doll Party" group on Facebook.  

The theme for this paper doll swap was "Life is a Cabaret."  Here's what Hally said, "The global pandemic has really done a number on us,not to mention the many other things going on in the world.  We are probably all looking forward to shedding our cares and woes.  So let's take off our masks, kick up our heels and have some fun at The Paper Doll Cabaret."

With cabaret as a theme I knew this was going to be a challenge for me.  As mentioned above, I had never created a paper doll before, let alone one of my own designs. 

No matter what kind of doll I make they always have an opinion on what they should be and my "paper dollie" decided she was going to be Victorian, no matter what.  I had no choice but to accede to her wishes.

So, I thought about what I wanted to do and decided to go with an articulated paper doll with moveable arms, legs, and head.  I wanted her to appear to be kicking one leg up under her Victorian costume so she definitely had to be moveable even after her costume was applied. And, I wanted her holding a fan and a sign.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

My Victorian Conservatory and How I Put It Together


For most of my life I have wanted to build a Victorian dollhouse.  As far as I was concerned the more Victorian and ornate the better.  I wanted to build everything in the dollhouse from the Queen Anne furniture to the traditional Victorian furnishings.

I was not naïve as to how much work was involved, or so I thought.  I knew it would be a LOT of work starting from the wood kits to the adding of all the embellishments like the wallpaper, buildable furniture, floors, rugs, lighting, ceilings, and all the accessories associated with a dollhouse.  

I wanted everything to be handmade.

Well, time definitely gets ahead of you the older you get and over the years life kept happening.  I never did build my dream dollhouse.  Well, here I was at 67 years of age, in the in the middle of a Covid pandemic and thinking about building that dollhouse.  

You might be wondering - why now? Well, as it happens in April 2021 I saw a June 2016 blog post by Laura Carlson on the Alpha Stamps Blog entitled "Miniature Victorian Conservatory!

I was intrigued by this and thought it might be a good introduction into miniatures and a good example as to what was involved with creating a doll house which I knew would be much more elaborate and time consuming than a Victorian conservatory.

I was drawn to this conservatory as it was Victorian and involved plants, which I also happen to love and thought it would be perfect in my sunroom.

I decided to research what supplies were needed and started with the Alpha Stamps website to see what was available now.  Keep in mind the blog post was written in 2016 and it was now 5 years later so I wasn't sure what supplies were still available.

Well, to my delight the conservatory itself was still available in laser-cut 3D chipboard, as was a platform foundation of laser-cut 3D chipboard.  I was thrilled.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A Visit To Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House Close To Twenty Five Years Ago

Searching for old book illustrations that are in the public domain and finding the Project Gutenberg free Little Women eBook and illustrations reminded me of one of my granddaughter's visits so many years ago.  

You'll have to bear with me. Don't ever ask a senior citizen what year something was or remember specific details so many years later....lol but, I think, it was the summer of 1995, 1996 or 1997.  
When my granddaughter was coming for a visit for a week in the summer her mother and I talked about things she might be interested in and things we could do.  Her mother said she had been taking American History during the school year and we thought it might be fun for her to actually see some of these places. So, given we weren't that far away we thought some of the historical places in Lexington & Concord might be fun for her.

Being an amateur history buff and lover of the Victorian Era (for the dresses, of course) I couldn't help but love that idea.  Anything regarding the Victorian era and history was always interesting to me.  Hopefully, it would be for my granddaughter as well.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org

In thinking about where to go we thought it would be fun to tour around Lexington & Concord, visit Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, the Minuteman Statue, Old North Bridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and have lunch at the Concord Inn (which has been reported to be "haunted.")  

So, that's what we did.  

If I remember correctly we started with touring Louisa Mae Alcott's "Orchard House" on Lexington Road first.

Little Women By Louisa May Alcott Free eBook

Two of the first books I got from my grandmother back in 1966 when I was a young lady were Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.  

I loved the books and especially loved Jo because she was so fiercely independent.  I also admired Louisa May Alcott as she was an abolitionist, feminist and involved in the women's suffrage movement.  

In so many ways she reminded me of my great aunt Flossie, who was born in 1882 and is shown in the picture above.  She was fiercely independent,  graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Ma in 1904, never married, and worked for the Massachusetts State Department of Corporations & Taxes as a tax assessor.  

She, too, was a feminist and suffragette.  Like my grandmother, Flossie was very intelligent but was quiet and reserved.  She had a very strong constitution and was never afraid to let her views and opinions be known.

As you know, during the past few months I've been looking for illustrations in some of the free e-books that are in the public domain on the Project Gutenberg website.  

So, you can imagine my surprise when I saw the Little Women free E-Book (cover shown above) on the Project Gutenberg website from 1880 that had more than 200 illustrations by Frank T. Merrill and a picture of the Home of the Little Women by Edmund H. Garrett. Even though they were all black and white I was still thrilled.

The books my grandmother had given me had 4 color illustrations for Little Women and 5 color illustrations for Little Men, which is certainly not a lot of illustrations. Plus, they currently aren't in the public domain.

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 mixed media, collage, decoupage  or paper-craft creations. 

Just like Louisa May Alcott "I want to do something splendid...." however, unlike Louisa my creations would involve crafts not writing books.

"I want to do something splendid....
Something heroic or wonderful.
That won't be forgotten after I'm dead....
I think I shall write books.

Louisa May Alcott 

“I like good strong words that mean something…”–Louisa May Alcott

"They all drew to the fire, mother in the big chair, with Beth at her feet"

I thought you might get inspired by the books and illustrations too, so I decided to post a link to the eBook here and post the black and white illustrations with excerpts of the text in my Linda's Blog for you all to enjoy as well.

Per Project Gutenberg - This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org

"Go then, my little Book, and show to all
That entertain and bid thee welcome shall,
What thou dost keep close shut up in thy breast;
And wish what thou dost show them may be blest
To them for good, may make them choose to be
Pilgrims better, by far, than thee or me.
Tell them of Mercy; she is one
Who early hath her pilgrimage begun.
Yea, let young damsels learn of her to prize
The world which is to come, and so be wise;
For little tripping maids may follow God
Along the ways which saintly feet have trod."

Adapted from John Bunyan.

There are 204 black and white illustrations in the Little Women eBook which I posted to my Linda's Blog here.

I have so many ideas in mind for ways to utilize the black and white illustrations and hope you do too.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

My New Victorian Toile Designs In Four Victorian Colors

If you've been a reader of my Linda's Blog for awhile you know that I've had a long term love affair with dolls, doll patterns, the Victorian era, floral design, genealogy, research, history and books. As far as I'm concerned you can never have enough dolls and you can never have enough books.

So, of course, I would be drawn to illustrations of Victorian girls and their books from the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book of 1889, like the illustration shown above.  It appeared in the May 18, 1889 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 on Page 420.

It was drawn by Rosina Emmet Sherwood and appeared in a story "The A.O.I.B.R" by Elizabeth Eggleston Seelye.  According to her Wikipedia page: "Her story "“The A.O.I.B.R." appeared in Harper's Bazaar in 1889 with an illustration of a child reading. The Rockwell Centre for American Visual Studies cites this as a surprisingly early illustration of a girl reading. The subject of girls reading in the illustration by Rosina Emmet Sherwood is thought rare (like the ones in Louisa Allcott's Little Women)."

The caption reads: "She retired to the society of books." This brings back wonderful memories for me as so many times when I was growing up you could find me like this.

My house is filled with books of all kinds. My love affair with books and reading began very early on. My Mother was an avid reader, my Father was an avid reader, my Grandmother and Great-Aunt were avid readers, and so it was passed down to my siblings and I.

I have such fond memories of sitting in my Grandmother's rocking chair (which I still have) and having her read me a story. Sometimes we would sit there while she was watching her soap opera's and she would rock with me in her lap.  Kind of like in the illustration above from the March 9, 1889 weekly of the  Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 on page 270.

Sometimes she would read me a story. I never minded just sitting there with her. I always knew there would be a story. And, I always felt safe in her arms.

Now, when I read I think about sitting with my Grandmother or listening to my Mom and Dad talk about their love of reading and it brings back warm and pleasant feelings for me.

I have been a firm believer in the value of books and teaching children the love of reading.  The more children read, the better they become at reading. And, the more young children are read to, the greater their interest in reading. Reading out loud to children helps them with their verbal skills, enhances their development and teaches them how to express themselves verbally.

I could also be found many times in the same position as the young girl in the illustration above that appeared on the cover of the January 26, 1889 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 on page 161.  It was drawn by Rosina Emmet Sherwood.

Just look at the concentration on this young girl's face as she's reading.  I just love this illustration, too and find the detail in her drawing just beautiful.

If you love to read you know that reading is such an escape. You can literally get lost in a book - at least I can!  The book for a brief moment becomes your life and you can imagine that you're experiencing it. To me there is nothing more powerful then your imagination.

Even the most spectacular movie with all its wonderful special effects and cinematography cannot compare to what you own imagination can create. There are no limits and no boundaries to your imagination when you are reading. You can be transporter anywhere and to any time period.

I am a firm believer in books and reading as a way of teaching children. In fact, my Grandchildren can attest to the fact that every Christmas or Birthday when they were kids they knew what at least one of their presents would be from their Grandmother: books.

To me, that is one of the best presents I could give them. By giving them books all the time, I hope somehow I'm conveying a love of reading to them. Reinforcing the value of reading time and time again. Making them think. Hopefully, by developing good reading skills they learn how to think for themselves.

My grandchildren also know I'm a firm believer that there is no limit to your abilities if you can read.  You can teach yourself anything because there isn't anything you can't do if you put your mind to it.

The illustration shown above was from the December 8, 1888 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 on page 62.  It entitled "One Happy Girl"  and she's holding a copy of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book.  I can imagine at the time that the children anxiously awaited their copies of this weekly magazine for all the pictures and stories.  I wonder how many of them delighted in the stories and got lost in them.  Imagining all sorts of things.

Sort of like the young girl in the illustration above that appeared in the July 20, 1889 weekly of the  Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 on page 564.

I just love the expression on her face.  So pensive, so lost in thought.  Hopefully not as the caption reads: "She sat looking out of the window, feeling very dismal."  Sitting looking out the window with her favorite "dollie" and book next to her.

I was watching a show on one of the cable channels a couple of years ago about the greatest invention mankind has ever seen. They counted down through hundreds of inventions until they got to #1. Do you know what it was? The greatest invention mankind has ever seen was the invention of the printing press. Why, because it opened the whole world up to everyone and mankind was never the same again.

There is no doubt that I love dolls, the Victorian Era, history, and books.

As you might recall from a previous Linda's Blog post some of the mixed media projects I created this past summer were mixed media items that required quite a bit of old book papers for collage purposes.  So much so I ran out of the book pages.

Well, in looking around the house I found an old Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 that was in poor condition and with some of the pages already missing.

I didn't know where this book came from and who it belonged to.  Most of the old books I have belonged to my great Aunt Flossie but I didn't think this was one of hers.  The time-frame was right but the book wasn't signed with her name - which she always did on the inside of the front cover.

In looking at the book in poor shape and missing some of the pages I thought it still might be perfect for collage purposes so I started to tear some of the pages out.  I didn't tear too many out because right away I found myself looking at some of the beautiful black and white illustrations that were contained within the book.

They were enchanting: illustrations of Victorian children, Victorian girls with dolls, Victorian families, holiday and seasonal illustrations and more.  I couldn't help but admire the artistic capabilities of the artists who had drawn them back in 1888 to 1889.

So, while tearing out the pages I started to set some that I really liked aside. Needless to say I wound up with a large pile I wanted to keep.  That still left me with a large pile to collage with so I was happy.

Contained within the book were many illustrations of Victorian girls, books, and dolls.  Well, as you know, I love graphics of girls and dolls so, for sure, I wouldn't be using any of these for collage purposes.

So, it should come as no surprise that I would spend hours on end removing backgrounds from some of the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book from 1889 to see if I could create whimsical fabric designs that could be utilized to make home decor decorations like pillow, etc..

Well, in looking at some of the illustrations I thought they would be perfect for a new "Victorian Books Toile Design" of custom fabrics.

After removing the background from the illustrations I decided to collage them into a Victorian Toile Design as I have always loved these fabric designs and wanted to create some of my own.

When I was satisfied with the design I decided to create brown, blue, black/white, and burgundy colorized versions of this design as I wanted  a Victorian authentic look.  Victorian Toile Designs are usually some sort of scene depicting a rural scene, usually involving animals and people.

However, I decided to make my "Victorian Toile Design" a collage of book related illustrations and then to colorize them.  I was really happy with my design and knew it would be perfect for creating crafts related custom products like vinyl stickers and scrap-book papers as well as all sorts of custom related products.  If you're someone who loves to craft like I do I hope you like my new crafts supplies.

Shown below are the colorized designs for the new "Victorian Books Toile Design" category.  So far there are three different designs within each colorized category, which are as follows:

Victorian Books Toile Design  - Blue

Victorian Books Toile Design - Burgundy

Victorian Books Toile Design - Brown

Victorian Books Toile Design - Black/White

Victorian Books Toile Design Collection by LWOriginals at Spoonflower

I hope you like my new "Victorian Books Toile" custom product designs.

Victorian Books  Toile Designs Free Collage E-Books
However, I didn't just stop utilizing my images with the custom product designs.

Some of the mixed media projects I created this past summer required quite a bit of old book papers for collage purposes.  So much so I ran out of the book pages.  Truth be told it wasn't the projects themselves that used up the paper it was the number of projects I was creating..... lol

Mixed media, collage and decoupage crafts use a LOT of paper containing pictures, illustrations, graphics, words, ephemera, etc.  and I am always on the lookout for papers of this nature.  In thinking about some of the crafts projects I wanted to do this summer and fall I decided that some of the Harper's Young People Illustrations from the old book I had would be perfect.

Well, after doing all that and thinking about some of the crafts projects I wanted to do this summer and fall I thought about all the Victorian images I had created and thought it would be nice to offer two free e-books with printable collage sheets that could be used for scrapbook, mixed media, collage, decoupage and other paper crafts.

There are a LOT of images to choose from so I decided to start with the Victorian book related images and separated these into two categories for two e-books: 1) Harper's Young People Books Illustrations and Sayings For Crafts Free E-Book, and 2) Victorian Books Collage Sheets For Scrapbook Free E-Book.

In the first e-book the images are the actual Harper's Young People Books illustrations with the backgrounds removed.  In the second e-book the images are several on my Victorian books toile designs in the blue, burgundy, brown, and black/white colorized versions.

My first e-book contains contains fourteen individual 8 1/2" by 11" book collage and sayings sheets.

My second e-book contains contains eleven individual 8 1/2" by 11" Victorian toile book collage sheets.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Victorian Boys and Girls Engravings From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889

I found when I was looking at all the illustrations from the Harper's Young People Illustrations Book published in 1889 that I was really drawn to the illustrations that were engraved.  I found the engraving process intriguing and, of course, had to find out more.

According to Wikipedia:  Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface by cutting grooves into it with a burin. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called "engravings". Engraving is one of the oldest and most important techniques in printmaking.

After learning how they create these beautiful illustrations I was even more in awe of the the amazing detail with each.  I was especially in awe of the unbelievable facial expressions they were able to achieve.

I hope after looking at all the amazing illustrations below and the blown-up sections of the facial features you would agree.

The illustration above was in the December 8, 1888 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated Book on page 58.  It was entitled "At Your Service!" and was from the painting by J.G. Brown, N.A.

Just look at the details on the little boys eyes and the tears in his clothing.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Victorian Valentine's Day And Romance Illustrations From The Harper's Young People Illustrations Book From 1889

Nothing speaks Valentine's Day more than Cupid.  And, what Cupid is more charming than the one in the illustration above that appeared in the March 16, 1889 weekly in the Harper's Young People Illustrated book on page 273.  The illustration above was entitled " Love's Valentine" and was drawn by Jessie Shepherd (Jessie Curtis Shepherd).

As a child I can remember getting little paper Valentines on Valentine's Day - can't you?  I can also remember my mother telling me that I could participate but I would need to give a Valentine to every student in the class.  When I asked her why I had to give one to everyone she simply smiled and said: "So no one is left out."  Given I was in the first grade back then I didn't understand the significance of that.  I certainly do now.

The illustration above was in the March 16, 1889 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrated book on page 285 and was entitled "Where Cupid Took His Valentine."  It wasn't signed so I don't know who drew it but I find it totally charming and hope you do too.

There are three little illustrations contained within this picture as well as a totally charming poem to go along with the drawings.

"I'm getting sick of Valentines" 
Said Cupid to his brother.
"And do you know I almost think
 I'll never send another.

I carried one a year ago,
 To little Rosebud May,
And found that twenty more or less, 
Had come for her that day.
Now when you send a Valentine 
"Said Cupid," what's the fun.
Of knowing that it simply counts
As "number twenty-one."
I know a child," his brother said
"A little friend of mine,
Who never yet in all her life
Has had a Valentine."
"I'll take her one," cried Cupid,
Springing lightly to his feet,
"Tell me the number of her house,
And kindly name the street."
And only waiting to be told
The best and shortest way
He spread his shining silver wings, 
And flew without delay.
He found the little girl and stood
Before her in surprise
For shabby gowns and ragged cloaks
Were strange to Cupid's eyes.
This lassie had a sweet round face
A dimple in her chin,
But ah, alas! her shoes were worn,
Her dress was old and thin.
One moment Cupid stood amazed
Then with a bow as fine
As any ever seen at court
He gave the Valentine.
"For me!" the little maiden cried
Her eye alight with joy.
"I never had one in my life
Oh, thank you little boy!"
"The thanks are mine," said Cupid,
Still bowing very low
I'll always be your Valentine
If you will have it so."
"Oh dear, how nice!" then with a blush,
"I'm very poor you know."
"Oh that's no matter," Cupid cried,
And smiling turned to go.
Now every year that little lass,
Whose dress is poor and old
Receives the prettiest Valentine
That can be bought for gold.
And Cupid tells his brother,
When e'er they chance to meet,
That rich or poor it matter not
When a little girl is sweet.

Can't you just picture the little maiden above crying: "For me!" I certainly can and love the expression on her face as well as the poem.

Sometimes  you can just feel the love even from a simple illustration, like the one above which appeared in a story about a sea captain in the May 11, 1889 weekly of the Harper's Young People Illustrated book on page 404.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

My Pretty Mixed Media Paper Flowers and Collage Embellished Bottles

I have been having a delightful time experimenting with glass vases and bottles for the past few months.

Some of the bottles I decided to embellish were small 4" - 6" clear bottles from my crafts stash that I wanted to decorate with a Victorian theme.

The four bottles shown in the collage picture above will either remain as mixed media embellished bottles or end up with embellished paper flowers in them.  I haven't decided as of yet.

I decided I wanted my bottles to not only be Victorian in nature but "pretty."  A combination of Victorian, creative embroidery embellishments, collage, and paper-clay stamped images.  In other words, a real mixture of "prettiness"....

Thursday, January 9, 2020

My "Circle Me In Dresses" Victorian Wool Felt Penny Rug Dresses Picture Free E-Pattern

As mentioned in a previous post back in 2010 I decided I wanted to try needle felting and penny rug felting with wool felt as it seemed like everyone was having so much fun with it that year. I don't mean wet needle felting where you are actually creating a needle felted object from the wet felt. I'm just not that adventuresome!

Penny rug felting involves using pieces of wool felt hand-sewn in a decorative pattern using a blanket stitch or other embroidered stitch to create a miniature rug that is hung as a decoration or used as a table-mat.

Needle felting is similar to penny rug felting only it also includes using roving that is punched into the wool felt to create part of the decoration. Decorative pieces created of this nature are usually primitive in design and created for a primitive decor.

For needle felting you take a piece of wool felt and place it over a needle felt mat. Then you take a bunch of the roving and using the needle felt tool you keep punching the roving into the wool felt piece until you get the desired effect that you want.

Wool penny rugs started out as coin shaped decorations stitched together from scraps of fabric.

According to Wikipedia.com: In the 1800's, starting around the time of the Civil War, thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool or felted wool from old clothing, blankets and hats to create designs for mats or rugs. Using coins as templates, they created circles and each piece was then stitched in blanket stitch fashion. (Thus, the name "penny" rug). Sometimes, the mats or rugs were backed with old burlap bags or feed sacks. Sometimes a penny was stitched inside the mat to make it lie flat.

Penny rugs and needle felted wool decorations are very popular with the "primitive" home decorating community.  They are no longer rugs for the floors but have developed into all sorts of decorations for ones home.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

My Victorian Wool Felt Embroidered & Embellished Dress Ornament Free Combo E-Patterns

How can you not love a combination of everything and anything Victorian and crafting with wool felt. Not sure you can. At least I can't...lol

After creating 9 handmade Victorian wool felt dress ornaments that I embroidered and embellished with beads, ribbons, and lace trim decorations I decided to create Victorian wool felt dress free e-patterns for so you could create some of your own.

Recently I decided to create three 6 in 1 Victorian wool felt dress free e-patterns so you could create multiple combinations of my Victorian dresses.  I hoe you enjoy creating your own wool felt Victorian dress ornaments.

"Black Elegance Belles, Green With Envy Belles and Waltz Thru The Pink Night Belles" Free Combo E-Pattern #1

I love dresses of every kind, shape and size.  I especially love Victorian dresses and thought it would be fun to make some Victorian dress ornaments out of wool felt.

If you love making dresses, too then you're going to love our wool felt Victorian embroidered and embellished dress ornament s6 in 1 combo free e-pattern.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Wool Felt Victorian Embroidered & Embellished Dress Ornaments Free E-Patterns

I just LOVE creating with wool felt. Whether it's an ornament, a pillow, a wall-hanging, a doll or a penny rug - I just LOVE it.

I was introduced to penny rugs during a shopping trip with my Mom to Sturbridge many, many years ago. There were several wonderful primitives shops out there that we liked to visit who carried primitive doll kits, wool felt kits, punch-needle kits, and penny rug kits.

One store in particular specialized in wool fabric. And, boy, did they have wool fabric. Some of the most beautiful wool fabric you'd ever want to see. And, boy, was it EXPENSIVE.

This store, in particular, would put together wool fabric bundles, maybe 10-15 wool pieces per bundle. I just loved looking at the color combination's and would imagine what I could make out of them. Then, my Mother would snap me back to reality by turning the price tag over. YIKES! Beautiful wool is expensive. Alas, all I could do was dream and save my pennies.

During the last couple of years there was also a store out there that we liked to visit that put together penny rug kits. It, too, is no longer there. However, during our last visit I bought several penny rug wool kits and, finally, had a chance to put some of them together during the summer  of 2010.  That's when I developed a love for penny rugs. I was already in love with wool felt as I had been using it for my doll and animal crafts for years and this was a new craft I could try.

That new craft turned into a love of penny rugs and wool felt.  Not only do I love penny rugs and wool felt but I also love everything and anything Victorian and love it when I can combine a love for Victorian dresses with a love for crafting with wool felt. Such was the case when I was designing and making handmade Victorian wool felt ornaments with embroidery and embellishments.

After creating nine handmade Victorian wool felt dress ornaments that I embroidered and embellished with beads, ribbons, and lace trim decorations I decided to create Victorian wool felt dress ornaments e-patterns for all of them so you could create some of your own.  I hope you enjoy creating your Victorian embroidered and embellished dress ornaments as much as I did and fall in love with penny rugs and wool felt.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

My Christmas Victorian Themed Mixed Media and Collage Embellished Bottles

As you all know from my previous posts I spent the last two months blissfully creating mixed media Christmas crafts.  I was in crafting heaven.  So, in thinking about some of the bottle crafts I wanted to make now I decided I would make some Victorian themed Christmas mixed media bottles that could function as vases with embellished paper flowers.

However, after creating four Christmas bottles I decided they would stay as bottles as I loved them just the way they were and hope after reading this post and seeing the pictures you'll agree.

I decided that I wanted all four of the bottles to have a stamped oval or round paper-clay Christmas words saying in the front of the bottle.  I chose "Joy, Peace On Earth, and Merry Christmas" word stamps.

I also decided I wanted all four sides of the four bottles to be covered with scrapbook papers with Victorian Christmas images or Victorian graphic images and with various mixed media trims, ropes, ribbons and different paint embellishments.

For the bottles above first I added old book page collage papers to them.  Then I sponge painted them with a dark green acrylic paint and then a combination of different metallic green paints, metallic red paint, metallic gold or silver paint, red acrylic paint and white acrylic paint.  After the Victorian Christmas images were added I sealed the bottles with a glazing medium.