Wednesday, November 29, 2006

We have had snow this week in Rainier, Oregon. everyone makes a really big deal about it in my neck of the woods as it is not an ordinary occurrence, especially in November!
although I enjoy the peace, tranquility and silent beauty of a snow covered landscape, it does have it's drawbacks. I have been house bound the past week, unable to leave here until it melts. No city snowplows here! Well, its a good excuse to stay inside my studio and create, warmed with a nice cup of hot chocolate. With whipped cream of course!
Here are a few pics of my winter wonderland.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Gingerbread Witch

Here is Holly Scrogin's very inventive version of my Gingerbread Witch pattern that was published in Doll Crafter and Costuming fall issue. Holly has added ears and a cute face to create an elf from the pattern!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Patti LaValley Designs

This is Jolene, and she is my Treasures of the Gypsy challenge doll for 2006. For $15.00 registration fee, you received a packet of goodies and fabrics from Treasures of the Gypsy, owned by Pamela Armas. The challenge was to create a doll from these items as well as items from your own stash. The dolls were displayed at Houston Quilt Festival.

Patti LaValley designs

Here is a fairy I designed for Soft Dolls & Animals! magazine. She sits at 12" , has wings of organza.

My studio is located in the beautiful countryside in Rainier, Oregon. I have a beautiful view from my window of Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens!

Recently we have had too much rain in Oregon and my studio was flooded. It is a remodeled garage which sits lower than the other structures on the property. The floor in one half of my studio became flooded and what a mess that was! Everything was moved to one side as the carpet and pad were pulled up. With two electric heaters and fans, after two weeks of drying and cleaning I was able to put things back in order. I really missed not having my space!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

This week I have been working on a submission for one of the doll magazines and thought I would share it here. This will also be a 1-day workshop doll. Her name is Fanta, and she has many faces. She has a full body armature, button or clay mask head, and three wing types not to mention the many embellishing possibilities!