Sunday, July 31, 2016

Linda's Review of Hally Levesque's Wee Winter Whimsies Online Class at Artful Gathering 2016


I've had a delightful time the past few days making the dolls for Hally Levesque's "Wee Winter Whimsies" class in Session 2 of Artful Gathering.


2016 - Hally Levesque - Wee Winter Whimsies - Primitive Folk Art Dolls for the Holidays

Once again, Hally's video's and instructions for painting the faces and characters didn't disappoint. She is an amazing instructor and provided lots of information on the painting of the shelf sitter angel dolls & angel ornaments which I appreciated as the drawing and painting of faces and characters is not my forte.


The class called for making 1 shelf sitter angel doll and 5 angel ornaments. I decided instead to make three shelf sitters and three ornaments as I'm a sucker for shelf sitter dolls. I love them.   Plus, I'm a beginner when it comes to painting faces and characters and knew that painting tiny faces and characters on tiny ornaments was going to be a challenge for me. Well, challenge it was.


When it comes to holding the brush steady - I can't. No matter how much I try my hand starts to shake so painting small is a real challenge. Also, I'm a beginner when it comes to shading and knew that shading the different areas would also be a challenge.


Hally's dolls are primitive folk art dolls for the holiday season and supposed to be folksy in design. I LOVE painting with "snow" and tend to overdo it. Well, overdo I did and ended up with a lot of three dimensional snow effects. Plus, no matter what I do mine always seem to end up a little more Victorian and shabby chic looking.  I wonder why........


I made lots of mistakes with my drawing, painting, and shading of my angel dolls. Sewing I don't usually make a mistake on, but did on a few of the shelf sitters arms. Instead of the manual stitching being on the back of the arms I ended up with the manual stitching on the front and didn't notice this until I went to paint the arms.


Personally I love learning something new - especially when it comes to dolls and loved taking this class. After all, who wouldn't love creating adorable angel shelf sitters and angel ornaments - novice or not.


I hoping to have a chance to make more of the angel shelf sitters and angel ornaments as they are just too adorable to resist. Plus, I need the practice.  Maybe this time I won't use as much snow and my hands won't shake.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Online Classes Taken

I love taking online arts & crafts classes. I could spend 24/7 just doing this. Unfortunately there are only so many hours in the day. Here's some of the online classes I've bought and taken and my finished pieces:






















Craft Kits Bought & Reviewed


Craft Patterns & Kits Bought Reviewed and Made By Linda

I just love crafts, love books about crafts, and LOVE craft patterns and kits. 

Whether it's cross-stitch, punch needle, needle felting, holiday crafts, seasonal crafts, doll making, embellishing, beadwork, applique, mixed media crafts, needlepoint, quilting, sewing, painting, woodcrafts, or wool felt craft patterns and kits - I love them all.


And, if I find a craft pattern or kit that I love - well, I'll buy it and make it.  And, once I have then I'll review it for you and let you know what I think.

Sounds like a bargain to me!

Shown below are the crafts patterns and craft kits I have bought and created so far:

Books Bought and Reviewed

Books Bought & Reviewed By Linda and "The Book Review Corner"

I'm a "grown-up girl" who has never outgrown her love of dolls and crafting. I just love crafts and I just love books about crafts. So, it is only natural that I would love collecting books about crafts, craft making, craft history, various types of crafts, and craft collecting.

Whether it's Americana crafts, holiday crafts, seasonal crafts, computerized crafts, paper crafts, doll making, embellishing, fabric crafts, beadwork, applique, fragrance crafts, making gift baskets, jewelry, mixed media, needlepoint, knitting, origami, pottery, quilting, sewing, painting glass, making toys, wedding crafts, woodcrafts, or wool felt I love them all.

I especially love craft encyclopedia's and the history of various crafts.

Shown below are the books I have reviewed so far:

Craft Mags Reviewed

I just love crafts and I just love magazines and e-zines about crafts.

Shown below are the magazines I have bought & reviewed so far:





Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Linda's Review Of Hally Levesque's "Romantic Rosabella" Class At Artful Gathering - 2016


I finally finished the art dolls that I was making based upon the Romantic Rosabella online class that I've been taking during the first session of Artful Gathering 2016.



2016 - Hally Levesque - Romantic Rosabella - A Ribbons & Roses Doll Project 

The online class was taught by Hally Levesque who is an exceptional art doll artist, photographer and a bit of a history buff. This was my 2nd class with Hally. Last year I took her Bonnets and Beaus: A Regency Doll Project Online Class and loved it. My review of that class is here.

Hally Levesque, is an amazing art doll artist that I greatly admire. She makes the most beautiful historical cloth, primitive folk art, and character original art dolls. If you would like to learn more about Hally her Creative Doll Works website is here and her blog is here.

For this class I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.

I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Linda's Review Of Quiet Night Cross-Stitch Kit - Dimensions Gold Collection Petites



For some reason I decided last week that I needed to complete a 5" by 7" cross-stitch kit I had started several months ago. Ten to one I probably delayed working on it as I knew it would take me longer to finish it than the 5" by 5" kits I had been completing.

The cross-stitch kit I just finished was a counted cross-stitch kit from Dimensions Gold Collection Petites entitled Quiet Night. Like the other Dimensions Gold Collection Petites kits I had bought the kit included the pattern, pre-sorted cotton thread, 18 count navy blue cotton Aida, needle and instructions.

The Quiet Night pattern uses full counted cross-stitch, half cross-stitch, french knots and outline stitching for emphasis and depth and this detailing really makes the picture stand out. The design of this cross-stitch gives the finished picture a 3 dimensional aspect with the half cross stitch, french knots and outlining being used for artistic effect.

The pattern came with starting and working order instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, color coded keys (with code #'s, lengths, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a chart with color coded symbols. The colors and symbols on the keys and chart were easy to read and follow. The pattern did not include instructions for finishing the piece.

While I was very pleased with the end results of this design there are some things in the kit and in the instructions that can be improved upon.

As was the case with previous Dimensions kits the thread sorter was poorly designed. The embroidery threads were glued to two foam backed 6" by 1 1/4" strips of cardboard that had a picture of the color of the thread and it's number. In order to get to the threads you had to separate the foam back from the cardboard strip. Very quickly the threads separated from their section and then you no longer knew what the thread number was to tie to your symbols & legends.

As I have done with other cross-stitch kits I've completed I had to design my own thread color sorter and symbol key. I took a piece of thin cardboard and cut a 1" x 11" long rectangular piece out to use as a thread sorter. I then punched 23 holes in my cardboard strip in which to tie each of the different colors. Just below the hole I wrote the DMC floss # and just above the hole I added the respective color coded cross-stitch symbol. I then inserted the floss threads that went with that # and symbol through the hole and tied them in a loose knot. This kit could be much improved if different thread sorter with respective #'s and color coded symbols was provided.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It's Not That Much Longer Until Artful Gathering 2016


It's not that much longer until Artful Gathering 2016 and I, for one, can't wait. This will be my 5th year taking online classes at Artful Gathering and I have thoroughly enjoyed every class I've taken.

Here's what I've taken so far:


2012 - Pat Winter -Crazy Quilting CQ101 

2013 - Briley The Birdie - A Vintage Tweetheart by Colleen Moody


2013 - Lovely Sea Maiden - A Needle Felting Adventure by Judy Johnson