Friday, April 12, 2019

Gotta Love We Love Books Sports, Toys and Games Collection

If you're hosting a  birthday party, book club party or party for anyone who likes books (young or old) you need all sorts of activities to keep the everyone busy, like: soccer games, basketball games, football games, baseball games, street hockey games, beanbag games and indoor mini basketball games.  Your guests might also like solving puzzles, playing Frisbee, backgammon, card games and darts.  They might also like coloring, drawing, and word games.   If you're hosting a beach party you might need towels, hats, sunglasses, flip flops and water bottles..

Shown below are the sports, toys and games custom products we have created for our "We Love Books Collection. "  Lots of products and lots of themes for the perfect book party.

So, here's an idea -  why not provide sports, games, and toys for your party entertainment and/or gifts?  Everything to match the theme of your book party.

Monday, April 8, 2019

HERE'S AN IDEA - E-Printable Bunting Decorations





If you're looking for quick and easy wall decorations for your birthday doll party you might want to consider buntings.   Especially when they contain adorable and colorful images of the Hawk Family with a background of hearts.  And, especially when some of the e-printables are free and contain instructions for making them.

For more information and to download our free Hawk Family Doll Party Free E-Printable Bunting Set and Free E-Book Tutorial please CLICK HERE.

With our Hawk Family Doll Party E-Printable Bunting you can print as many buntings as you need for your party decorations. One, two, three or more buntings.

Fill up a room with several of them.

Make them as long as you need or as short as you need.  What could be cheerier than that?

We also have several bunting decorations for sale in our "It's Raining Doll Parties" products gallery. There are 23 of your favorite 'It's Raining Doll Parties" characters and graphics to choose from.  Here's a preview of a few of them:

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2 in 1 Hawk Family Doll Party Free E-Printable Bunting Set and Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our It's Raining Doll Parties E-Printable Bunting Free E-Book Tutorial

Looking for an adorable decoration for your birthday party? If you are then you'll love our adorable e-printable bunting set that contains graphics of all eleven children of the "It's Raining Doll Parties" Hawk Family.

Copyright © 2013 - 2019 Linda Walsh Originals - All Rights Reserved. For personal doll birthday party use only.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

HERE'S AN IDEA - Children's Crafting Aprons

If you're planning a birthday crafting party you might want to include children's crafting aprons adorned with our adorable Hawk Family and Sneaks Family graphics. That way the kids don't get their clothes dirty while engaging in whatever birthday or crafting activities you have planned.

Plus, while they are crafting they can wear the apron of their favorite Hawk Family or Sneaks Family character.  They'll love that.  Better yet, they can take them home with them.

We have several styles in our "It's Raining Doll Parties" products gallery.  Here's a few of them:

Monday, April 1, 2019

Gotta Love Pillows

My mother, sister and I have been sewing for many, many years.  My sister and I learned from our mother at a very young age.  We started small and over the years both my sister and I, as well as our mother, honed our sewing skills and, as a result, ended up making many, many things including our own clothes, large quilts, small quilts, mini quilts, quilted pillows. place-mats and runners.

My sister continued her love of quilts by creating Inspired Creations By D quilted wall art.

After making a bunch of quilts that she gave away as gifts my mother gave up large quilts in favor of smaller pillows.  She loved making log cabin pillows like those shown in the picture at the beginning of this post.  She was happy to make the standard log cabin quilts and other quilted pillows until she learned how to make folded log cabin quilted pillows.  From that point on it was all folded log cabin pillows, table runners and place-mats.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Gotta Love Candles

I've always loved decorating my home with candles.  I started using wax candle tapers from the Colonial Candle Company decades ago and changed the tapers on my tables for everyday use, the holidays or the various seasons.

I graduated from the Colonial  Candle Company tapers when they went out of business to Yankee Candle wax in glass containers when they came out and also changed them out for everyday use, the holidays or the seasons.

I'm sure it won't surprise you but, since I'm an avid crafter and love trying all sorts of crafts, I decided to try my hand at making my own candles.  I thought it might be fun to have a crafter weekend with my Mom so I asked her if she wanted to help me and, of course, she said yes.

I had decided ahead of time to make seasonal, holiday and everyday candles so I bought a bunch of terra-cotta pots of different sizes and painted them with different colors of  DecoArt Patio Paint that I had bought.  Then I added a bunch of rub-on stencils to represent everyday use, holiday use, and seasonal use.  I sealed the stencils and terra-cotta painted pots with a light varnish and let them dry before I started using them.

If you're interested in my step by step process for painting and stenciling terra-cotta posts please check out my "Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make A Painted and Stenciled Terracotta Pot Decoration" E-Book shown in the picture above.

I had printed off several articles on making candles and knew I needed to buy paraffin wax, wicks and scents. I didn't need any dyes or molds as the candles were going to be clear and contained within the terra-cotta pots.  My Mother and I read through all the articles on how to do this until we were satisfied we understood what to do.

From what I can remember making the candles was a fairly easy process and went smoothly for us.  From what my Mother and I could tell the candles came out great and we decided to give some to my sister to try out.

Well, with anything you make, sometimes things work and sometimes they don't.  This was one of those times.  The candles didn't work.  For some reason they burned way too hot and the wick flame was too high.  There was way too much smoke with the candle so my sister extinguished the candle and told me they were too dangerous to use.  I don't know what was wrong with the candles we made.  Was there a problem with the wax, the wicks, the way we made them?  Who knows.  It didn't work and as far as we were concerned that was the end of our candle making experience.

Instead of wasting the pots I decided to remove the wax from the pots.  I had read that putting the candles in the freezer for an hour would help to easily remove the wax from the container.  It worked perfectly.   Given how my candle making attempt didn't work I resorted to just using the terra-cotta pots for my indoor plants or for decorations.  Oh, well! 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

HERE'S AN IDEA -Entertain Your Birthday Doll Crafting Party Guests With E-Printable Hawk Family Standing Paper Dolls

Looking for fun crafts activities for the kids to do during your doll birthday party? Why not make  some adorable standing paper dolls? The kids can cut them out and staple them together.

If you are looking for such a fun activity you'll love our free adorable e-printable standing dolls set that contains graphics of all eleven children of the "It's Raining Doll Parties" Hawk Family.  Your guests will have a fun time making our adorable and easy to make standing paper dolls.

For more information and to download our free 2 In 1 Hawk Family Party Free E-Printable Standing Dolls Set please CLICK HERE.

They're easy to make and your guests will love taking their paper creations home with them.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

HERE'S AN IDEA - Birthday Party Binders

Kids love to reminisce and love looking at pictures over and over. So, a special binder filled with pictures and memorabilia of their birthday party would be a wonderful way to remember their special day.

Create scrapbook pages for the binder. Add pictures, their invitation, e-printables used, e-patterns used, e-printable coloring pages, made by me tags, cut and sew doll fabric, etc. Anything used for their special party will bring back wonderful memories for years to come.

We have several to choose from in our "It's Raining Doll Parties" products gallery.  Here's a few of them:

Reminisce with birthday party binders - what a great idea!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Grandma Knows Best Especially When It Comes To Books

When the 7th and final book in the wildly popular Harry Potter series entitled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was released in July 21, 2007 I thought it would be a good idea to introduce one of my grandsons to the series.

In thinking about books and my new "We Love Books" collection of products I thought I'd relate a story about the series and my grandson that you might enjoy.

Back in 2007 I was looking for a birthday present for my grandson. I wanted the present that his Grandfather and I gave him to be one that was "THE HOTTEST ITEM" among adolescent and teenage boys at the time.

I had read that one of the hottest and coolest items among adolescents and teenage boys was "The Harry Potter" Series of books, which then had only 3 books in the series. So, I decided we'd give him the 3 hardcover books that were in the series.

Even though this was the "hottest" ticket item it was a gamble for his Grandfather and I. You see, my grandson wasn't a reader. But, I figured peer pressure would create enthusiasm for him and maybe he'd discover a love for reading.

Well, he opened his present, smiled and said thank-you, but wasn't really thrilled. We'd bombed out. At least we thought so until the following year when "Harry Potter" really took off. Then the teenage boys and adolescents couldn't get enough of Harry Potter. Harry Potter mania had set in and all of a sudden we (that is his Grandfather and I) were just the "coolest" grandparents as our Grandson already had the first three books in the series and was "the man" among all his friends.

Even our son-in-law was enthusiastic about the books and decided to start reading them to our youngest grandson for his bedtime stories. It took awhile but they got through the first 3 books and decided to buy the 4th book in the series.

Well, not to be outdone by their younger brothers our older teenage granddaughters decide to read the series, too. So they, too read all three of the books in the set we had given their brother and then read Book 4.

After that they moved on to Book 5, then Book 6, then Book 7.  They all read all of those, too.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Gotta Love "We Love Books" Products For Grown-up Girls

I fell in love with books and reading from a very early age.  My grandmother read, my Dad read, and my mother read so, I guess, I had good role models.

I love libraries, too and could spend hours on end just browsing through all the stacks.  I usually found myself browsing through history books and craft books.  I just couldn't get enough of historical information - especially on the Victorian Era.  It always fascinated me and finding something in one book usually lead to another book, and so on.  Like solving a big jigsaw puzzle.

I was always happy when I found a good craft book as there really weren't a lot of them at the time.  Nothing like what you can find nowadays.

All of this probably explains my love of Victorian dolls, love of crafts, love of research, love of jigsaw puzzle, and love of reading.


So, it should come as no surprise to all of you that I decided to create some custom design "We Love Books" products for "grown-up" girls within my "It's Raining Doll Parties - We Love Books" products galleries.  Why should all the little girls have all the fun! LOL!


I created adorable leggings, socks, sneakers, scarves, compact mirrors, shirts, and all sorts of purses, totes and more.  It's a really fun collection.  I've got my eye on the leggings, socks, and several of the purses and totes.  I'll let you all know what I buy! Have fun shopping.