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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

For The Love of Reading and Books

Don't you just love this quote from Dr. Seuss:

The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

A verse so simple yet so very true. Children learn to read from their parents or as Emilie Buchwald said in 1994, "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." So, it is vitally important for parents to read to their children from infancy. 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.

Other people have also stated this so eloquently:

Books, to the reading child, are so much more than books -- they
are dreams and knowledge, they are a future, and a past.(1940)
~ Esther Meynell ~

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. (1952)
~ Mary Ellen Chase ~

It is not enough to simply teach children to read;
we have to give them something worth reading.
Something that will stretch their imaginations-
something that will help them make sense of their own
lives and encourage them to reach out toward people
whose lives are quite different from their own.
~ Katherine Paterson ~

If you've been a reader of my Linda's Blog you know that I've had a long term love affair with dolls, doll patterns, the Victorian era, floral design, and genealogy. You also know that I love research and history. What you don't know until now is that I have always LOVED books and reading, too. As far as I'm concerned you can never have enough dolls and you can never have enough books.

My house is filled with them. Books of all kinds. My love affair with books began very early on. My Mother is 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 can remember 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 then she would read me my 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.

Reading is such an escape. You can literally get lost in a book. The book for a brief moment becomes your life and you can imagine that you're experiencing it. 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, no boundaries to your imagination when you are reading. Reading can take you anywhere. If you know how to read you can do anything because there isn't anything you can't do if you put your mind to it.

I am a firm believer in books and reading as a way of teaching children. And it must be taught at a very young age, on the laps of our parents, as the graphic above nicely conveys. As Mccosh quoted, "The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think."

In fact, my Grandchildren can attest to the fact that every Christmas or Birthday they know what at least one of their presents will 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.

For I firmly believe in the following quote:

To read is to empower
To empower is to write
To write is to influence
To Influence is to change
To change is to live.
~ Jane Evershed ~
More than a Tea Party

In fact, I was watching a show on one of the cable channels 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.

So, grab a book. Take it to a quiet place and get lost in your own imagination. And the next time your Grandchildren come to visit spend the weekend reading to them, not watching T.V. or playing video games. Just reading from books. Your Grandchildren may surprise you and love it. And, you will open up a magical world to them from which they will never return.

I did it!
Come and look
At what I've done!
I read a book!
When someone wrote it
Long ago
For me to read,
How did he know
That this was the book
I'd take from the shelf
And lie on the floor
And read by myself?
I really read it!
Just like that!
Word by word,
From first to last!
I'm sleeping with
This book in bed,
This first FIRST book
I've ever read!
~ David L. Harrison ~
(from Somebody Catch My Homework)

As far as I'm concerned the value of reading is priceless.  I developed a love of reading as a child which probably accounts for my love of book graphics.  If you love books as much as I do I hope you love my "We Love Books" collection of adorable book graphics, products galleries and custom  fabric designs.

We absolutely love books and our "It's Raining Doll Parties" has several product collections showcasing a love of books.  We love it so much we set up a "We Love Books" category of it's own in our "It's Raining Doll Parties" products gallery.  It's called "We Love Books" and it's filled with products containing the graphics below.

Our new line is a division of our "It's Raining Doll Parties" group of adorable products for throwing the best birthday, crafting, and friends parties ever.  Not only do we have adorable products for all your party needs but we've added adorable products for your home decor, child's bedroom decor, bathroom decor, school supply needs, electronic accessories, fashion accessories, clothing for everyone, and so much more.

Best of all - you don't need to be a child to enjoy our adorable new book designs.  We added plenty of designs and products for grown-up girls as well.  Accessories, clothing, office products, home decor, and kitchen needs are all there for you to enjoy as well.  Check it out.  You won't be disappointed.

 

"We Love Books Collection #2" is shown in the picture above on the left and "We Love Books - The Hawk Family Collection #1" is shown in the picture above on the right.

 

"We Love Books Collection #3" is shown in the picture above on the left and "We Love Books Collection #4" is shown in the picture on the right.

 

Our latest "We Love Books Collection #5" is shown in the picture above.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

We Now Have Custom Fabric Designs At Our It's Raining Doll Parties Gallery On Zazzle.com


Our "It's Raining Doll Parties"  fabric designs also include a line of fabrics perfect for any boy or girl birthday doll crating parties.  Shown below are all the fabric designs that we have in our "It's Raining Doll Parties - Zazzle Custom Fabric Designs" products. We hope you and your guests enjoy making many, many things for your girls or boys birthday party, crafting party or friends party.


We are so pleased to offer our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs at Zazzle.com. Please note that all transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Zazzle.com.

We have lots of fabrics to choose from and have created several collections for our different kinds of fabric collections to make it easier to shop. Each of our collections has been created to include complementing fabric designs within the individual collection and within our entire fabric collection.

Our fabric designs are perfect for making decorations, favors, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc. We hope you enjoy our designs.  



Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Zazzle.com. All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Zazzle.com.

© 2004-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.





Monday, January 28, 2019

Bookstore Shopping With Mom - What Can be Better Than That


I Just Love To Go Bookstore Shopping!  For me there is nothing more relaxing than going bookstore shopping at my local bookstores.  It was especially enjoyable when I would share this experience with my Mom.  She loved to bookstore shop too.

Not only was the time spent with my Mom thoroughly enjoyable, but we both loved books. We could spend hours upon hours just walking up and down the aisles looking at the best sellers, the discount books, the magazine section, etc. My mother always went to the "cooking" section first while I always went to the "dolls and crafts" section.

Now I wonder why that is????? Couldn't be because I love "dolls and crafts?" Nah!!!!

Why am I telling you this? Because I was fortunate enough while my Mom was still alive  to go bookstore shopping with her many, many times and for that I am so grateful. They were always delightful trips and usually I came home with some new best sellers from some of my favorite "romance" authors.

The last few trips I came home with a few "doll and craft" books to add to my collection.  If you believe I just bought a "few" craft books you don't know me very well.  My Mom used to look at my shopping cart and say, "Really, Linda!" LOL LOL

Over the years, however, I started to get a little disappointed browsing through the local bookstores for "doll and craft" books. You might wonder "why" that would be as I've just told you that I love shopping at my local bookstores.

Well, I've found that in browsing through my local bookstores several years ago that they just didn't seem to be carrying a lot of "doll and craft" books in their stores anymore. As a result I found when I'm looking for "doll and craft" books that I'd much rather shop online. I discovered Amazon a long time ago and found that I loved being able to search and sort for books to my hearts content. I could easily find the categories I wanted, the authors, best sellers, etc.

At Amazon I can browse by category, look at the new releases, scan the future releases, check out the magazines, etc. I don't have to get down on my knees (which at my age is no longer fun) and crane my neck to look for the "doll and craft" books on the bottom shelf. It's so much more enjoyable to sit in my chair and let my fingers do the walking.

I could spend hours and hours doing this as well. However, the one big drawback was that in sitting at my computer browsing through my online bookstore's is that I was missing one of the ingredients that made my local bookstore shopping experience so enjoyable - my Mom. I often thought about buying another computer and another computer set-up so my Mom could sit right next to me and let her fingers do the walking.

However, I know what she would have said to that and it would have been a big resounding "ABSOLUTELY NOT!" She'll give me that look that only Mother's can that makes you feel like your 3 years old even though you're a grandmother yourself. Then she'd say," Linda, a little fresh air never hurt anyone. Besides you need the exercise!" And, more importantly, she loved getting out of the house and loved going to the local bookstores to shop.  So, we would.

So, we continued to spend some lazy afternoons at the local bookstores. I'd still check out the "dolls and crafts" section first, but I wasn't going to be disappointed anymore because I knew I'd be coming home and letting my fingers do the walking. I like to think my Mom never knew I was doing online book shopping but I'd be foolish to think so.  She always knew.  They always do.  Perhaps, it's motherly instinct.

I learned to love books not only from my Mom but my Dad and Grandma as well.  They all loved books and instilled a love of books in me.  So, none of them would be surprised that I designed a "We Love Books" collection of graphics and products for my "It's Raining Doll Parties" website and gallery.  Bookstore shopping and products displaying a love of books - what could be better than that!

I love the new 'We Love Books" products so much I decided to order the following:


I can hardly wait for it to arrive. How adorable is that? It'll be great for all the future bookstore browsing and shopping I may do!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

We Love Books New Products Galleries



We absolutely love books and our "It's Raining Doll Parties" has several product collections showcasing a love of books.  We love it so much we set up a "We Love Books" category of it's own in our "It's Raining Doll Parties" products gallery.  It's called "We Love Books" and it's filled with products containing the graphics below.

Our new line is a division of our "It's Raining Doll Parties" group of adorable products for throwing the best birthday, crafting, and friends parties ever.  Not only do we have adorable products for all your party needs but we've added adorable products for your child's bedroom decor, bathroom decor, school supply needs, accessories, clothing, and so much more.

Best of all -you don't need to be a child to enjoy our adorable new book designs.  We added plenty of designs and products for grown-up girls as well.  Accessories, clothing, office products, home decor, and kitchen needs are all there for you to enjoy as well.  Check it out.  You won't be disappointed.

 

"We Love Books Collection #2" is shown in the picture above on the left and "We Love Books - The Hawk Family Collection #1" is shown in the picture above on the right.

 

"We Love Books Collection #3" is shown in the picture above on the left and "We Love Books Collection #4" is shown in the picture on the right.

 

Our latest "We Love Books Collection #5" is shown in the picture above.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

HERE'S AN IDEA - Birthday Pool Parties or Beach Parties



Whenever I think about growing up I'm instantly brought back to memories of the first 8 years of my life growing up in Nahant. It was a beach town and heaven on earth to me.  I never wanted to leave.

If you don't know where Nahant is it is a very small island on the coast of Massachusetts, just north of Boston. It is actually two small islands, Big and Little Nahant. It's connected to Lynn via a sand dune causeway and connected to each other via another causeway.

I wrote about growing up in Nahant on my Linda's Blog in a post entitled, "A Reminder Of A Childhood Heaven On Earth Or Monsters Everywhere - Nahant."  I hope you like reading it.


I lived at the beach until I was 8 years old and can remember beach parties from that time as well as from my teenage years.  I can also remember pool parties as well.

It was always a lot of fun playing cards, playing Frisbee, splashing in the water, drying off with my beach towels, walking around on the hot sand with my flip flops and sunbathing on a big blanket.  Fun times I will always remember.

So, I thought, "why not have birthday beach or pool parties! How much fun would that be?"

With that in mind the Hawk Family and Sneaks Family decided to put together a birthday pool parties or beach parties collection.  Here's what they added:


Birthday pool parties or beach parties.  What a great idea!  Don't forget your sunscreen!