Hatley a PaperDoll

Hatley is my very first paper doll the body design is by Sherry Goshen. We were to take this body pattern and turn it into a doll.

This is my interpretation of this doll body. I came up with a boy. I use several nice designer paper to make up the clothes then I added some buttons to the shirt and for his hat will he just had to have a tassel not to say a gold beaded briml. ..giggle..

I made him to be hang on the wall. The face I drew in with color pencils and actually use wool for the hair. This was a fun project it open up a whole different world for me. From time to time I make Artist Trading Dolls and trade them actually but then I also make them for myself which I put in a folder or hang on the wall.


Russian Princess Necklace

I was taking beading classes in Weaverville, California a few years back. Seti and I would sit together at a table and bead. One of my most favorite times.

This is a beaded necklace that I did in beads that has multiple color beads. In the center of the flower there is a green bead. The leaves are all done individually then hand sewn to the main piece.

You know what is funny, I really don't wear necklaces will maybe once in a blue moon you know what I mean. I don't know why I enjoy making them. I fine beading very relaxing.


Old Fashion Rag Doll

Just an Old Fashion Rag Doll. This is one of my doll that I made for my Mother In-law.

She is a painted rag doll. I use the muslin body as my canvas for painting. I apply several coats of gesso and then paint in layers till I get the look I'm after.

The clothes are all hand made even the adorable little donkey or is it a horse that she is hold as her favorite toy.

I love making these rag dolls imagine in days of old children where allow to play with them. Today well due to it being painted I would say no this is not a toy but it is a collector doll.



The woman was old and ragged and gray
And bent with the chill of the Winter's day.

The street was wet with a recent snow
And the woman's feet were aged and slow.

She stood at the crossing and waited long,
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng

Of human beings who passed her by
Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eye.

Down the street, with laughter and shout,
Glad in the freedom of "school let out,"

Came the boys like a flock of sheep,
Hailing the snow piled white and deep.

Past the woman so old and gray
Hastened the children on their way.

Nor offered a helping hand to her-
So meek, so timid, afraid to stir

Lest the carriage wheels or the horses' feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.

At last came one of the merry troop,
The gayest laddie of all the group;

He paused beside her and whispered low,
"I'll help you cross, if you wish to go."

Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,

He guided the trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.

Then back again to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content.

"She's somebody's mother, boys, you know,
For all she's aged and poor and slow,

"And I hope some fellow will lend a hand
To help my mother, you understand,

"If ever she's poor and old and gray,
When her own dear boy is far away."

And "somebody's mother" bowed low her head
In her home that night, and the prayer she said

Was, "God be kind to the noble boy,
Who is somebody's son, and pride and joy!"
Mary Dow Brine


Ewing Resevoir

Well it won't be long know Mike and I will be walking early in the morning around Ewing Reservoir which supply the water for Hayfork.

This is a beautiful hilly walk gives you lots of exercise. Some walk others run around the reservoir.

While others are out there fishing.

Wish me luck I have tried getting some good pictures of the wild life around there. Not so lucky though when I get near enough the go way across the reservoir by the time I get over there they are back to the other side. I'll have to share some other photos I have taken around this beautiful reservoir. Going to be interesting to see how much water there is in it this year. Not receiving much snow or rain it is already dry around here and the rivers are very low.



Getting warm out there. Before we know it Spring will be gone and Summer will be here.

Already thinking been a little sultry here, worry a bit about Thunder Storms. They usually cause fires up here ..sigh.. Mother nature has a way of cleaning her forest up.

Couldn't resist sharing this picture I took back in 2006 this is looking down our drive way. When it snows everything looks so clean and pretty.

Again, before we know it we will want Winter to come as it gets hotter n hotter n hotter.

Are you ready for Summer?


Mayflower Marcia

Mayflower Marcia is a fabric doll. The body is stuffed with fiberfill and it also has a wire armature. This doll is attached to a wood base.

This doll is coated with gesso let dried then sanded and reapplied. I did this about 4 times before started adding layers of acrylic paints. Once I'm done with the colors then I dressed her in silk flowers.

Mayflower Marcia is running through the woods, as she is running among the flowers she hears the birds singing all around her.

This doll is about 12 inches tall.

All handmade and design by the Artist Ranie Patridis