Welcome to our Team Blog! Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie have joined together to create a fun place to share our ideas and lives with all of you. We know that our teaming up has been confusing for some of you and we apologize. We will refer to ourselves as Marie Antoinette (the Doll Creator & maker of fabulous items) who lives in Peacock Paradise and Edie Marie (the creator of the posts and story telling on this blog & amateur crafter of many things in my "attic") who lives on Golden Pond. What great fun we have combining our forces!!

Thank you for stopping by to see what's happening in our studios in Peacock Paradise and on Golden Pond!

Monday, June 30, 2008

My Peacocks!

Hello Everyone!
Allow me to show you some of my beautiful boys. Their names are Blueboy, and Christmas Snow . The above picture is Blue boy, or was. Katrina got him. He was 16yrs old. I have a better picture of him, but since we got this new Vista I can't scan them in. He was the sire for most of my peacocks. Which, by the way, you don't chase after them and pull their feathers out. They molt them out once a year. It takes 7 months for their feathers to grow back, at a rate of 1/2 foot per yr. They do this for breeding time in the spring. If you would like to see a doll that I made with his feathers, you may view it on my Flickr- Here's the front:

Here is the back
I sold it awhile back.
Now the next picture, is Christmas Snow.He is only 6 yrs old.
He looks like a lace fan. They are beautiful to look at , BUT!!! They do their business everywhere, including on my porch, top of the greenhouse, and car. Well have to take the bad with the good. Hugs Marie Antionette

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Newest Doll Vignette

Hello to all !

I wanted to show something new, for my first showing of my work. SO!!! Here goes!

I really don't have a name, for this vignette. I might go with Carousel Tent Doll or Theater Doll.

The concept is ...I wanted to have a theme going on, underneath her gown, sort of like a curtain parting to reveal its contents. I chose for my first time, a carousell theme.

Here is how I made it. I cut out two 12 in. diameter plaques.(Made with 1 by 12 ponderosa pine). Painted of course. I set the carousel pieces,Which I chose...The cutest little cherubs on carousel animals. Then I used an 8 in. dowel,(decorated first), I screwed a plaque to each end of the dowel .It looked like a wheel.

Then the gown.... which is 17 inches, in diameter.It took about 4 yards of fringe trim to go around, give or take a few...LOL. I placed the gown over the wheel.

Then ,I set the half doll, on top. In her right hand I placed a feathered fan, that I made. in her left hand, a carousel key.I saved the hardest part for last, and that was parting all that heavy material to reveal the carousel underneath.

All together she stands about 18 inches tall,with the gown it was hard to judge the diamter.

It really was fun to make, except when I started it ,I had know idea ,what I was doing.I played it mostly by ear. Since I haven't made a doll for awhile, Lets just say I made alot of mistakes...LOL...Burnt and pricked fingers. Hugs to all!

Marie Antoinette