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, December 12, 2014

Reminded How Much I Love My Victorian Village Cross-Stitch




In putting my Christmas decorations out this year I had decided to put my Victorian Village cross-stitch shadow boxes on the mantle in my dining room next to the two nutcrackers and one snowman nutcracker.

In setting them up I was reminded about how beautiful the cross-stitch design was and how beautiful they looked in the shadow boxes my younger brother have made for me and which I had sponge painted.

My Victorian house village was created based upon a Dimensions cross-stitch Gold Collection kit called "Christmas Village Ornaments." It was supposed to be a series of Victorian house ornaments with a cross-stitch front and felt cloth back outlined with a braided gold band.

However, I didn't make my Victorian village as cloth ornaments. Instead, I enlisted the help of my younger brother to create wood shadowboxes that I painted with a blue/white/green sponge affect.



I had purchased this kit with the thought of giving the finished projects as Christmas gifts several years ago.

However, like everything else I create cross-stitch I tend to fall in love with the finished products. Some more so than others. Some so much so that, sometimes, I selfishly decide to keep them for myself and my home decor. Okay, to be honest, make that many times.

However, it's not always my fault. Sometimes it's hubbies fault. He, too, tends to fall in love with some of my creations and doesn't want to give them away. So, I guess I'll have to thank hubby for convincing me to keep the Victorian Village.

Now if you really believe I kept the Victorian Village just because hubby loved them and not because they had something to do with the Victorian era I have a bridge I could sell you.....

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Meet LuLu, LeAnn, and Lidia - An Adorable Trio Of Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of adorable little Victorian girls that I named LuLu, LeAnn, and Lidia.


LuLu - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9 1/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

LuLu, LeAnn, and Lidia are the cutest, most adorable trio of Victorian little girls. They love to laugh and love having fun. There is never a dull moment when they are around. In fact, they are so mischievous you really have to be on your toes when you're around them.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Beautiful Mixed Media Victorian Mannequin Faced Art Dolls



I just love looking at pictures from museums displaying Victorian dresses on mannequins or headless dress forms and have wanted to create some dolls of my own like these. This time I decided to combine my mixed media Victorian collage art dolls with mannequin faces. This means they have the shape of a head and indentures of a face, but nothing is painted. Please meet Penelope, Pauline, and Page. I hope you love them as much as I do.


Penelope - 1 3/4" x 4" x 12" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Penelope, Pauline, and Page are a trio of sisters who are are the epitome of fashion elegance.  They are meticulous as to the details of their outfits and never leave the house without being perfectly attired.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Beautiful Trio Of Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Dolls - Meet Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage art dolls I made recently were a trio of sisters that I named Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille.


Catherine - 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 14 1/2" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll 

Catherine, Chelsea, and Camille are a trio of sisters who are always competing with each other. Who is the smartest, who is the prettiest, who is the most dignified, who has the most handsome beau. You name it. They compete over it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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.

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 plied and some she had Navajo plied.

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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Gotta Love Fall Dolls


Fall is my favorite season of the year. There's just something about the Fall that makes me want to create something. Maybe it's all the vivid colors or all the holidays and the decorations you can make for all of them.

Whatever it is I LOVE the Fall.  So, of course, I love creating dolls with Fall themes, Fall colored clothing, etc.

Here's some of the Fall and Colonial dolls I created this Spring::

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gotta Love Good Housekeeping Vintage Covers


I don't know if my Great Grandmothers and Great Great Grandmothers subscribed to Good Housekeeping back in the early years of the magazine.  I know both my Mother and my Grandmother on my mother's side did for many, many years.  As a child I can remember flipping through the pages looking at all the pictures.

So when I stumbled upon the Good Housekeeping Vintage Cover Gallery I couldn't help but show you some of the cover I love.

I just love the cover above from the February 1918 issue of Good Housekeeping and the November 1921 issue. Every time I look at them I think of my sister and I. How sweet are they?


The cover below from March 1920 is also a favorite of mine. Now I wonder why that is? Could it be a little girl sewing?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Janice Nightingale - She's Always There For You! - New Victorian Nurse Doll



"Janice Nightingale - She's Always There For You!" is one of the members of the "Nurse Series" of cloth dolls and they are all getting ready for the "Emergency Worldwide Disaster Drill."

You see, you can never be prepared enough for a natural disaster or disaster of any nature - even a global one. So, they like nurses all over the world are all getting ready to do whatever is required of their nursing position during the drill.

They all took an oath to save lives and that is what they all intend to do. But, they and we all know that their jobs aren't just about saving lives - their jobs also entail caring for the patients, encouraging the patients, and teaching the patients how to care for themselves.

Nurses are vital to the health care profession and anyone who has even been in a hospital anywhere in the world knows that hospitals cannot function with nurses. They are the heart and soul of any hospital and heart and soul of the health care profession.

So, the nurses are getting ready. I have no doubt they will be. No matter where in the world they are.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Peter With The Big Eyes Loves His Fall Outfit - New Handmade Colonial Doll and E-Pattern


"Pamela With The Big Eyes Loves Her Fall Colors" and her brother, "Peter With The Big Eyes Loves His Fall Outfit",  are unusually close.  They're fraternal twins, born two minutes apart on October 12 - Columbus Day. As a result they love the Fall and it's bright, beautiful colors, and they love being Colonial. Born and bred in Salem, MA.

So, it is no surprise that they love to wear their best Fall outfits when out for a walk on a beautiful Fall day. They love to walk down near the pier and the harbor. It's just so beautiful and peaceful down there. Plus, when they get hungry they can have afternoon tea and one of their favorite scones at a local cafe.

Pamela is a quiet, shy but  proper, colonial girl. She was taught how to be a gracious lady and believes in being proper,  friendly and courteous at all times - especially when out in public. Her only problem is that everyone keeps looking at her and her big, beautiful eyes - especially the young "gentlemen.". With all the eyes on her she gets self-conscious and starts to blush.  And, when that happens she blushes from head to toe. Then all the young gentleman can't help themselves and vie for her attention - which irks her brother, Peter, to no end.

Pamela With The Big Eyes Loves Her Fall Colors - New Handmade Colonial Doll and E-Pattern


"Pamela With The Big Eyes Loves Her Fall Colors" and her brother, "Peter With The Big Eyes Loves His Fall Outfit",  are unusually close.  They're fraternal twins, born two minutes apart on October 12 - Columbus Day. As a result they love the Fall and it's bright, beautiful colors, and they love being Colonial. Born and bred in Salem, MA.

So, it is no surprise that they love to wear their best Fall outfits when out for a walk on a beautiful Fall day. They love to walk down near the pier and the harbor. It's just so beautiful and peaceful down there. Plus, when they get hungry they can have afternoon tea and one of their favorite scones at a local cafe.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Penelope Pumpkin Lady - Victorian Pumpkin Art Doll - New Handmade Doll and E-Pattern


Penelope Pumpkin Lady is just the sweetest pumpkin lady you'd ever want to meet. She's very refined and loves dressing in her finest Victorian outfit and sipping English Breakfast Tea with scones. For her life doesn't get any better than that.

Penelope's pumpkin friends get angry at her because she doesn't spend any time in the pumpkin patch with them. She tries to explain to them that the pumpkin patch is not a place for a refined lady, especially one wearing her finest Victorian outfit. And, the bonnet - well, there's no way she'd wear that in the pumpkin patch. So, she tries to coax her friends into having tea and scones with her. It's not an easy sell as they like being outside in the pumpkin patch and hope that Penelope will one day come to her pumpkin senses and join them. They've got their fingers or should I say stems crossed.

My Celia's Art Doll


Celia has been a member of The Red Hat Society for a long time and thoroughly enjoys the times they get together. She and the other ladies of the club love dressing up in their purple dresses and red hats, and letting their hair down. Sometimes things get a little wild, but that doesn't deter any of the ladies. They love their lives, they love each other, and best of all they love happy fun - especially when it's the dress-up kind.

"Celia - Art Doll" is a 19" art doll with a cloth body, embroidered face with wire glasses, fully wired and bendable cloth body, and thick white curly hair. She is wearing red print bloomers gathered at the waist and ankles. Her black felt boots are criss-crossed with DMC embroidery floss for laces.