Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crafts Supplies and Craft Supplier Websites

I've been buying craft supplies for as long as I've been crafting and love creating lists of places I've shopped or are aware of online.  Here's my big list of craft supplies and craft suppliers:


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Our New Alpacas Rock Products Gallery Line

 


The Alpacas Rock product line consists of graphics of some of the alpacas at Rock Garden Alpacas including Cosmo, Masquerade, Sunflower, Zinnia, and Ivy. The Alpacas Rock as a group have their own line of graphics and a large selection of adorable products to choose from.

Whether it's an alpacas farm day event, birthday party, crafting party, or friends party then you've come to the right place. Our "Alpacas Rock Product Gallery Line" can provide you with alpaca farm days business products customized for your farm.  For alpaca birthday & crafting parties we have invitations, puzzles, cake toppers, kids aprons, posters, playing cards, ornaments, decorations, and so much more. And, if you love alpacas and love alpaca home decor we have all sorts of products to satisfy every decorating need.

Alpacas Rock at our "Alpacas Rock Product Gallery Line." 

Our "Alpacas Rock Products Gallery" is very easy to navigate.  We have 9 categories to choose from, which are as follows:

    If you would like to see specific products like "caps" from our collections just click on the product type you want from the list below:

    Ad Flyers
     Aprons
    Backpacks
    Bandannas
    Belt Buckle
    Bookmarks
    Bottle Openers
    Bumper Stickers
    Buttons
    Cake Toppers
    Candy Jars
    Caps
    Cheeseboards
    Clipboards
    Clocks
    Coasters
    Cutting Boards
    Dartboard
    Desk Organizer
    Door Hanger
    Favor Boxes
    Greeting Cards
    Grocery Bags
    Holiday Cards
    Invitations
    Keepsake Boxes
    Key Chains
    Key Racks
    Kitchen Towels
    License Plates
    Mini Folio
    Money Clips
    Mouse Pads
    Mugs
    Napkins
    Nightlights
    Notebooks
    Notepads
    Ornaments
    Pitchers
    Placemats
    Plates
    Playing Cards
    Pocket Journals
    Postcards & Postcard Invitations
    Posters
    Post-its
    Puzzles
    Return Address Labels
    Rulers
    Serving Trays
    Skateboards
    Soap Dispensers
    Stamps
    Stickers 
    Stockings 
    Sweatshirts
    Tee Shirts
    Thank-You Cards
    Tie Clips
    Tie Pins
    Toothbrush Holders
    Tote Bags
    Tree Skirts
    Wall Decals
    Wallets
    Yard Sign


    We hope you enjoy our "Alpacas Rock Product Gallery Line"  and hope you get a chance to see our adorable product line.


    View more gifts at Zazzle.

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    What Are E-Pattern, E-Doodle, E-Stitchery, and Digitized Embroidery Designs? - Where Can We Find Them?

    Things have changed a  lot when it comes to sewing, quilting, stitchery, and all sorts of craft patterns including knitting, crochet, beading, painting and cross-stitch patterns. Progress has been made over the last few years with e-patterns being all the rage right now. In fact, they are the way of the future for sewing, quilting, stitchery and all sorts of craft patterns.

    So, what exactly are E-Patterns?

    Well, they are complete patterns sent to you over the Internet as a .PDF (portable document format) file which can be downloaded directly to your computer. Instead of being mailed to you via the U.S. Post Office they are either sent to you via Email or you can download them directly yourself (i.e. instant download e-patterns or digital downloads). No waiting for the postman to arrive anymore. Or, worrying that the dog is going to bite the postman.

    So,why would you want to order E-Patterns?  First of all, you save time and money (both of which are a rare commodity these days).  Time because you either get them instantly or you get them emailed within 24 hours.  Money because E-Patterns generally COST A LOT LESS then regular patterns mailed via the post office.

    Secondly, you can view or print them anytime you want with the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader (FREE download available at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.)

    So, what do you get with an E-Pattern?

    That really depends on the designer of the e-pattern, but basically, you get the whole pattern just like it had been mailed to you, only it is sent to you electronically.  Instead of receiving the whole printed pattern in a plastic envelope via the post office you’ll receive the whole pattern electronically (minus the plastic envelope, of course).

    How does it work?  Well, there are several ways for you to get them.

    For e-patterns that you purchase you can either order an e-pattern that is sent to you as an email attachment or you can "instantly download" an e-pattern yourself.

    If you order an emailed E-Pattern then an Email with a .PDF (Portable Document Format) attachment is sent to you which you then need to download to your computer, save, and then open in Adobe Acrobat.

    If you purchase e-patterns from a website that has "instant download" capability then, depending on the website,  you'll either receive an email after purchase has been made with the download links or you'll be re-directed back to an invoice screen or your account screen where you can then download the e-pattern.  Once you download the e-pattern you can then save the .PDF file to your computer, and then open it in Adobe Acrobat.

    For some of the free e-patterns you can obtain them the same way or click on a link in a website and/or blog and it either opens up a new window containing the .PDF file or it opens the .PDF file directly and it becomes visible on your computer. Some free e-pattern designers utilize free downloading websites where you click on the download link to download the .PDF file to your computer.

    To view and print the E-Pattern you need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. If you don’t have it the Adobe Acrobat Reader don't worry. It’s a FREE download from Adobe. Just go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/. The current version is Adobe Reader 11.

    If you already have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher then all you need to do is download the .PDF file attachment from your Email, save it, and then open it to view it. It will open in the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. You can then re-save it, view it or print it from Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    Once you get the gist of downloading e-patterns - it's really very simple. Almost a piece of cake.

    If you love patterns and e-patterns just think of how many you can save on your computer THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of E-patterns stored on your computer!

    No more cluttering up all the drawers in your house. No more hundreds of boxes or plastic containers all over the house. Not only can you get your sewing, quilting, and craft patterns right when your creative juices are flowing, but you also get less clutter and pattern organization.

    All .PDF files can be downloaded to tablets as well so you can view the e-pattern instructions on your tablet right next to your sewing machine and just follow it as you're sewing.  See, real progress really is being made.

    And the best part of all, you can REPRINT the pattern sheets OVER and OVER and OVER again.
    No more taping worn paper again. No more photocopying pattern sheets at work.

    There's also been a great deal of progress when it comes to computerized sewing and embroidery machines, otherwise know as digitized embroidery.

    Digitized embroidery is computerized machine embroidery that is created by a computerized sewing machine or embroidery machine or combination of both. Digitized Embroidery designs are basically, drawings, clipart, etc. that are converted to a file format that would then direct a particular machine to stitch the design in a certain color, stitch type, etc.

    Digitizing is simply a way to convert data such as images, text, or sound, to digital form. The computerized embroidery machines basically convert embroidery design files in an electronic (i.e. digitized) format into instructions for the machine to create the design.  Just like e-patterns digitized embroidery design files can be either purchased and instantly downloaded or sent as attachments to an email. They can also be created with embroidery digitizing software.

    For more information on Machine Embroidery and Computerized embroidery please CLICK HERE for Wikipedia.com's Machine Embroidery page.

    There are many different manufacturers of commercial and home use machines, each using their own specific file formats.  Commonly used home embroidery machine manufacturers and their file format extensions would include the following:

    .ART  - Bernina Artista
    .PCS  - Pfaff
    .PCD - Pfaff
    .PCQ - Pfaff
    .XXX - Singer
    .EXP  - Melco
    .JEF - Janome
    .CSD - Poem Huskygram Singer EU
    .PES - Deco Brother Babylock
    .PEC - Deco Brother Babylock
    .SEW - Janome Elna Kenmore
    .HUS - Husqvarna Viking
    .DST - Tajima Barudan
    .VIP - Husqvarna Viking Pfaff

    Regardless of the digitized file format used E-Patterns, E-Doodles, E-Stitcheries, and Digitized Embroidery files can all be instantly downloaded depending on the website you are buying them from or emailed to you as attachments to an email.

    So, now that you know what e-patterns, e-doodles, e-stitcheries, and digitized embroidery files are you might be wondering where can you find them?   That's easy.  There are hundreds if not thousands of them on the web now.  Just Google e-patterns, e-doodles, e-stitcheries, or digitized embroidery and thousands of websites will be listed.  However, in order to save you some time here's a few we're aware of:

    E-Pattern, E-Stitchery, E-Doodle, and Digitized Embroidery Listings





    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Fast and Easy Cut and Sew Dolls Is A Great Way To Teach Kids How To Sew


    When I was designing my cut and sew dolls I couldn't help but think about my own experiences as a child learning how to sew and thought that cut and sew dolls would not only be a good way to teach a young child how to hand sew but also how to teach them how to machine sew as they could be put together either way. Plus, they quickly see the results of their efforts.

    My mother and her best friend taught me how to sew when I was about ten years old. First they made me practice sewing two pieces of fabric together by hand until my running stitches were even and I knew the difference between a running stitch, straight stitch, back-stitch, etc. Then they explained the various types of stitches and their use and some of the sewing terminology.

    I, of course, was anxious to start with the sewing machine. Just let me make something.  They tried to explain that I needed to master the hand stitches before moving on to the sewing machine. I couldn't understand why back then. I can now.  I wanted to create something right then and there.


    When they were happy with my hand sewing I moved on to the sewing machine. First they explained how the machine worked, the different parts of the machine, the different machine heads, the different stitches, winding bobbins, etc. I couldn't move on until I knew this. I had no idea when I wanted to learn how to sew how much I needed to learn first. I was ready to go. Let me at the sewing machine - now.

    Finally, the day came when I was allowed to start my machine sewing - or so I thought. Au contraire!

    First my mother and her friend explained all the sewing terms, showed me how to sew a straight line with the machine, how to sew in reverse, etc. Here, too, they had me practicing rows and rows of stitches on single pieces of fabric. I, of course, thought I was ready after sewing two or three rows of stitches.

    My mother would look at my rows of stitching and tell me to continue practicing. My rows of stitching were crooked. I wasn't allowed to move on until they were straight. I really think my mother made me practice much more then I needed just to keep me out of her hair. In any event, I practiced sewing straight lines forward and backwards until I could do it with my eyes closed.

    When I thought I was done and ready to start my project here, too, I was wrong. I had no idea they had a test in store for me. YIKES! I'm learning to sew not going to school. Needless to say I passed my quiz with flying colors and they decided I was ready to move on to my first pattern.

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    My New Linda Walsh Originals Shop



    At my new Linda Walsh Originals Shop you can buy my handmade doll and craft decorations and my instant download digital goods/products e-patterns, e-printables, and e-books. You can also buy my print patterns, printed printables sets, party decorations, fabric fat quarter sets, doll supplies and so much more.

    On my website you'll be able to buy ALL of my doll and craft e-patterns, all my e-printables and all my e-books as digital goods (i.e. instant downloads) and be able to do so using my shopping cart feature. That means that you can buy as many "Instant Download E-Patterns, E-Printables or E-Books" as you want and just add them to your shopping cart. You can view your shopping cart at any time by clicking on "Shopping Cart" link on the top or sidebar of my shop.

    You can also combine print patterns and handmade goods with digital purchases all in the same shopping cart.  There is no need to purchase any of our digital goods separately.  So, if you want a print pattern, an e-pattern, and a handmade doll just add them to your shopping cart.  When you're ready you just check-out and follow the prompts for paying through PayPal.

    Once payment has been made you'll be redirected by Paypal back to our order invoice page (shown below) where you can print out a copy of your order and access your account.


    Here, too you'll be able to access your account to download your digital purchases.  For more information on downloading your digital purchases please CLICK HERE for my How-To Guide for Digital Goods/Products Download Links on Linda Walsh Originals Shop.  

    Saturday, June 07, 2014

    Love Designing Custom Fabric



    I just love designing custom fabric and have spent several delightful weeks adding new custom fabric designs to some of my existing collections and adding entirely new custom fabric collections.

    Some of the new designs are for the ever expanding Hawk Family, Gray Is Beautiful, and Dollie Storage Room fabric collections.  Others are additions to my seasonal and holiday fabric designs collections.  I've also added several entirely new custom fabric designs: Occupational Fabric Designs Collection, Colonial Fabric Designs Collection, Victorian Era Fabric Designs Collection, and Quilt Patterns Fabric Collection.

    I'll be rolling out all my new fabrics over the coming weeks for the following collections so stay tuned:


    I hope you like the new designs. I do so love designing fabric.

    Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    Time For A Little Downsizing At Linda Walsh Originals



    If you've been following along with my blogs and websites over the last ten years you know that the "dollies" and I have had quite a few websites and quite a few blogs. Ten years ago for a small business owner to have a website online that you had control over you basically had to either create your own using HTML or some comparable software that could publish to the web and then FTP (file transfer protocol) it to what-ever service provider was hosting your website and domain name.

    I wanted to be able to update my website whenever I wanted and change it whatever way I wished. As a result my first two websites were created in Publisher and FTP'd to my hosting accounts at GoDaddy where my two domain names resided. I used Paypal HTML coding back then and had to copy and paste their payment HTML coding for every item I wanted to sell. While I had complete control over my website design the coding was tedious at best.

    When instant download e-patterns came along I used PayloadZ and Paypal to handle the "Buy Now" capabilities. This, too, utilized HTML coding which, again, was tedious at best.

    So, before long I outgrew the capabilities of these two websites and needed websites with more sophisticated shopping carts and with the ability to handle instant download e-products. So, I decided to open two new websites utilizing a CubeCart shopping cart at In A Pickle Web Design, which is owned by Annie Kelly.

    With the two new websites with Annie I now had 4 websites and a GoDaddy Website Tonight "About Me" page. Two of the websites I was still maintaining with Publisher and transferring via FTP to GoDaddy, two I was maintaining using the In A Pickle Web Design CubeCart interface, and one I was maintaining through GoDaddy.

    Five websites, however, wasn't all I had. I had jumped on the blogging craze back in 2003 utilizing an AOL blog, then a Yahoo 360 blog, and then several Blogger.com blogs. For me blogging was the perfect solution for disseminating information about your small business and letting your customers get to know you. Back then, however, there was a lot of skepticism about blogging with some small business owners even claiming they would never buy anything off a blog. Not me. I took a giant step forward and stopped issuing newsletters. I jumped on the blogging band wagon and have never looked back.

    My online interests continued to expand over the years as well as my doll & craft interests. Over time my blogs multiplied as each had a different audience and, therefore, a different subject to discuss. So, at one point in time I had 5 websites, 18 blogs, an Etsy shop, a Zibbet shop, 3 Zazzle shops, and several other secondary e-pattern and handmade goods online selling venues. I also had a topsite, several plugboards, and a lot of social media pages and/or groups to maintain.

    Needless to say after ten years this had all become too much to handle so I decided to start downsizing gradually. The first to go were the plugboards, followed by half of my blogs, followed by several social media communities and groups, followed by some of the selling venues.

    The first of this year I decided to consolidate all of my websites into one selling website that could handle not only all my e-products, all my print patterns, and all my handmade goods but be expandable so it is able to be displayed correctly on all the desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices out there.

    I did a lot of research and decided to create my new Linda Walsh Originals Shop at GoDaddy utilizing their Quick Shopping Cart. What I liked about the GoDaddy website is that it would handle all of my different businesses under one roof as well as all my handmade products and all my e-products.

    I have a section for my Handmade Animals, Dolls & Crafts, a section for my E-Patterns and Print Patterns, a section for my Custom Fabric Designs handmade products, a section for It's Raining Doll Parties, a section for Alpacas Rock, a section for It's Raining Baby Showers, a section for Gray Is Beautiful, a section for my sister's Inspired Creations By D products, a section for my E-Printable and Printed Printable Sets products, and a section for my E-Books.

    It also has a wonderful feature that allows you to have different skins for the holidays and seasons. I could save the skins I liked and easily change the look of my website for the holidays and seasons.

    I also decided to upgrade my Linda Walsh Originals Information website which is a GoDaddy Website Tonight website to be an "About me" portfolio with multiple pages of sorts for Linda Walsh Originals.

    I'm still in the process of critiquing my business interests as well as my creative interests so don't be surprised if there are a few more changes to come. Sometimes too much is too much and down sizing is good for the soul.

    I hope you have a chance to visit my new Linda Walsh Originals Shop  and my Linda Walsh Originals Information page and would love to know what you think.