September 26, 2012

Free Images for you!

I found these images some time ago and wanted to share them with you. I love to use music sheets for doll wings, crowns, as well as Christmas ornaments and more. So here they are for you to do with what you wish. Enjoy!
 More ideas:  You could print them on paper, fabric or cardstock.  They make great ACTs, tags etc.  I hope to have some of those made up in the near future for you in my tutorials section.  So hold on tight. Things are about to change here soon. Crossing my fingers, can you cross yours too!?!

Ok, needing to speak French here, but don't know how. So can you say "ooh la la".  There, you spoke French.  LOL!  Enjoy these free images.  Just right click and save. Thats all there is to it.
Have a wonderful, creative day!
God bless,

September 24, 2012

Laundry Day

Laundry Day
Don't you find hanging up laundry outside and organic experience?  I do. There is something relaxing to me as I  hang up each laundered piece on the clothes line, the fresh scent that it has, the breeze blowing lightly and the quiet time I have with the Lord.  Ya, I do like it alot.
Before my precious Rottie pasted away, she loved to come out with me and help me hang laundry.   Well, supervise mostly. She was always checking out the yard to make sure no bad guys would get in. I don't think they would be interested in my yard do you?
My dogs loved to come a just hang with me when I went out to do laundry. It is so simplistic, natural, organic.  It is from a simpler time, I think we all miss.  So how about go hang some laundry outside today. Feel the freshness of the air, before it gets to cold to enjoy.  Your pets will follow or maybe even your kids too.  Get them involved, they can hand you the clothes pins.  See you outside at the clothes line.  By for now. God bless.

September 22, 2012

Wholesale Dolls Sneak Peak

What I Been Working On
 Its no surprise that I have been working on Christmas dolls for wholesale. Many of you know that.  So I have decided to share some pics of them.  These are a few pics of my Santa Stump Dolls. (Hidden in the Attic pattern)

 Here is a Santa in cream color.  I love Santa in the cream color, oooh la la!
Below are my snowmen ornies all are aged with coffee and a spice mix. They are my pattern and design.  These are pretty big for an ornie.
This guy below is another one of my patterns, (soon to be made into a pattern).  I like his sleepy eyes. I have decided he speaks with a British accent, kinda like this "well, pip pip and all that sort of thing" .  Maybe I should get out more, LOL!
I also made him with a cap hat from flannel, but didn't slip a pic of that in here. I am almost finished with my wholesale orders.  I will do some wholesale but want to scale back so I can venture back into paperclay dolls again in the vintage style with laces, printed fabrics, antique trims and more.
I hope you enjoyed peeking at my wholesale dollies.  We wholesalers have to finish up the holiday dolls way in advance. I need to play more Christmas music.  Okay, just kidding.
Hope you can stop by for a visit again.
Till next time, God bless!

September 13, 2012

It Autumn Time Again

Autumn, My Favorite Time of Year!
 These are pics of West Virginia (pics complements of our Tourist Guide) where I live. Aren't they amazing. I love it here and  especially like Autumn. There is no other season like it. Deep, rich reds, blackened greens, sun kissed  yellows, multi-colored blues, and weathered browns all create an eye popping display of God's handywork.  When the wind blows the trees sway to the symphony of the leaves rustling and swirling around and birds singing of Autumn's arrival.

I love the smell of the cherry wood burning from a cabin, the hint of freshly fallen leaves on the ground and the weather getting colder. Are you ready for hot chocolate, warm comfort foods, and marshmallows? I have to say I am.  Take a walk outside in the woods, ride your bike down a path covered by a canopy of multi-colored leaves or by a river drenched in Autumn's magnificent glory.
Hope to see you on the path this Fall.
God bless you. Cathy

September 9, 2012

One of the hardest things to do...

One of the Hardest Things to do...

Ya, change is one of the hardest things to do. You know it is the right thing for you, but sometimes FEAR trys to override your dreams.  So what is it that I should do, stay in something that I am so bored in because it does bring me cold, hard, cash? Or do I step out in FAITH  and take the plunge? 
 I have wanted to move out of wholesaling for quite sometime now.  My creative side has beckoned me over and over and I can no longer turn away from its call. So I have made the changes in my blog to start the process. I have handed over most of my wholesale orders to another gal to fill. "What now"? you ask, "and where am I headed"??? Well I hope I don't disappoint you in the next month or so with new vintage dolls adorned in antique and vintage lace, snowladies snuggled in warm, winter whites, beautiful buttons and more , vintage paper offerings scattered with glitter, and hopefully tutorials to inspire the most hesitant of creative folk.
So you see my creative side is already at work, at least in my mind, ready to offer you many wonders and delights for this holiday season. Can you wait just a little longer, can you?  I hope so, change is good, but just a little scary.  See you soon with new offerings.
Until next time, God bless,

September 3, 2012

Change is Good

Red, White and Tan

 Lots of things have been running through my mind lately and one of them is "it is time for change". I have been wholesaling for a year now.  I'm very thankful for the blessings and financial benefits it has brought me. However, not being able to create freely, has taken its toll on my artistic side.  Recently, I received my first check for being published. Hooray!  I was overwhelmed and shocked to say the least.  I will get pics and info on that the next post hopefully. So you are asking yourself why the pretty pics of the red, white and tan table setting and room with a chair. Let me help clear that up. These are the new colors coming to my blog. They will also be apart of my selling blog as well. I am planning on moving my website into my selling blog and be very matchy, matchy. LOL!

So you see, change is coming for me. I want to get back to my art. I'm being published over and over and it is time to get serious about the gift God has given me. I hope you don't mind my rambling.  But I am so excited to see how this blog will look, the changes that Karen Valentine will make and the dolls that will dance across the pages.  I no longer wish to do extreme prim dolls anymore. Sorry you prim lovers, but my heart belongs to whimsy and vintage! So more lace, frillys, roses, glitter and more will captivate these pages one day soon.

Thank you for bearing with my need to come back to my creative side, it is crying to be let out again.  Thank you wholesale customers for your business, I will always be greatful.  And as always, thank you my readers and retail customers for being patient with me, waiting to see if this artist will come back.  As my wholesale orders come to a close (mid-Oct.), new dolls, mix media and patterns will come to life.

So isn't red, white and tan and great combination?  I think so. Till next time. Hugs and blessings to you,

Pics are from the following links
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