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!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Lots To Show You !!!

As most of you know, I don't post but maybe every couple of weeks, due to my ills and skills...LOL, But I do have a rather long post.....SO LETS GET STARTED YA"LL !
The BIG STORY of the Day! LOOK what I Inherited! A Doll Mess...YES a MESS.

Here's the story. My very best friend Shannon, A real Irish lass from The Irish Channel in New Orleans,La. we became friends in 1956. I was in first grade, she 2nd. Her Dad was a seaman who went all over the world. Brought back dolls from everywhere. Remember all this was in the 50's and 60's. So most these dolls go back that far. Anyway my dearest friend in the world ,(my sister)cause that is what we called each other for over all these yrs.

When she got married to her hubby Butch , he then became my brother inlaw. Also these two were my daughter's Alexia'a God parents. Shannon died just a couple of yrs ago. Butch has slowly been bringing me all the dolls. Trust me they are many more and some already went to Alexia. The sad thing is the dolls, most of them are in sorry shape. Their clothes are so frayed and stained. Their faces are frayed and stained. I'm really afraid to touch them. But touch them I have been doing. Little by little, I've taken a paint brush and getting dust, rat crap, roach crap bugs and you name it, its there. All of them just wraped in yellowed newpaper. I was able to save some, Some you really just have to leave be, other than dusting as best as you can. I've repainted faces that were made of cloth.The old plastic dolls you see , had thick mold in their eyes. The eyes are ok , but not great, mold gone though...I know one is a Shirley Temple doll from the 50's, A Tinyteen doll from the 50's and I think the one with the head detattached is a little Ginny doll. All I have to do for it is attach the rubberband, I hope anyway. I cleaned all the mold from all of those.

I don't have these pictures in the order I wanted them, but I was to lazy to correct it...Sorry. Anyway the Spanish lady on the very end, next to the Spainish man, was in the worst of shape. She is made of some kind of rubber. One half of her body was melted. Her left arm all about melted away.

They had these dolls in their attic. You know how hot it gets in an attic down south. I was going to just toss her out, But something stopped me, So I thought and thought. Well I decided to..Oh wait...I forget...What remained of her face was like them apple faced dolls. All cracked and wrinkled, so was her chest, neck, and right arm. So I decided to mix this pastestuff, don't ask me what, and smooth it all over her. I put back the mangled arm behind her and camo the rest with the lace. I then mixed paint, I thought would look good on her. I started painting, drying, paint some more, till most of the cracks were filled in. When I was semi happy with the results, Then I painted her a face, such as it is, better than before. I assure you.

So now I'm stuck with these dolls. I do not collect dolls. And they are in too bad of shape to sell. Some are from Greece, Iran, Japan, Potugal, West Germany, Spain, Egypt. I do appreciate him giving me all of Shannon's things, I even have old photos of us as teens to show another time. She did not have any family , just my family and Butch. Thats sad. But I'll do my best by these dolls, Heaven help me there is more. At one time he gave me over a hundred Barbies in their boxes. I helped him sell them all. I could have kept them if I wanted, but I told him to sell them to help himself. Shannon had a massive heart attack, She was only 56. God rest her soul. She is missed. PS: This is a creepy after....As I was cleaning some of these plastic dolls. I could have sworn that they were smiling at me...No kidding. They were happy to be cleaned somewhat, even if it was with Oxy clean.

I know its not Christmas yet, but You know you have to start some of these, so that they get made in time.This is my very first upside down tree of this 2009 season. Its all of Angels and a piano, harp, well you can see. Well guess what.I finished it last Friday and not only sold it, but shipped it out to her last Saturday, from Mailbox Fast Forward. You all don't know this nice lady, she doesn't blog. She teaches Piano. Its the same lady who bought my White Piano Angel doll from last year...Remember? I had that naming contest for her. Anyway she recieved the tree and just loved it. I had another white upside down tree from last year and sold it to Marie of Savon Marie's soap. Beverly the lady who bought this tree wanted that one at the same time Marie bought the other tree, I told Bev I would make one simlier, but not alike. . I don't make two things alike ever. Since she played the piano and her home is filled with Angels, no big theme guess there...LOL. The next tree will be a beige peacock tree. I have this beautiful beige peacock I I want to use. It also won't be an upside down tree. I have something special in mind.

I want to show you my big fella, His name is Rip...We got him when he was 6wks old now is 7. We called him rip because he would rip things up so bad. Bring logs from the woods we just took into the woods. He was the most active Rott we ever owned. We've owned 5 now. All our other Rotts were German. They were huge. Scotty weighted, No lie... 187lbs. When he died of cancer he still weighed 115. Thats a whole nather story I still can't tell. I'm now tearing up, from just that small thing. Rip is an American Rott ...lots smaller only about 130, wiry,not big boned and they are much more hyper than the Germans. But he is just as sweet, kind and a wonderful dog. I've never owned a mean or hateful Rott. We always took care to love them. My hubby Bill took these pictures.while Rip and I were falling asleep watching TV. We don't usually let him in much, but we now have a Austrailian Collie mix doggie baby and this is a way of letting him know , he is still top dog. Our Aussie is the love of his Rips life, Yes she is fixed...LOL...Her name is Hobie after another dog we own for a very long time. Hobie just turned i yr old on the 4th of July.

Well...Well...Well...Looks who's trying to turn me into a Yankee !!! Why its my dear old friend Sherry of Edie Marie's Attic Hummmm. Why is that Sherry ? Oh yes! It was my birthday ,and you decided I needed a Yankee foot ball Jersey from your home state of Ohio. Interesting chorise of a gift...LOL...But she knows me so well...I just died laughing when I pull it out of the package. I cannot wait to werar it.Its going to be so kool.I was going to take a picture of me in it,but My face looks like a balloon right now, so in a future post, when its cooler, I will do it. I did try it on and it feels so comfy.With a pair of grey sweats,Oh lala. I think I love some of you Yankees,Your not such a bad lot...LOL

But !!! Sherry redeemed herself, or should I say her hubby Wes and Sherry redeemed themselves by also sending me this wonderfully devine perfume . Its from Premier Design Perfumes. The bottle is so small, so cute. Sherry knows I love little perfume bottles, for remember....She came for a visit. I sure did miss her when she and her lovely daughter-inlaw Kris left. I still do. I love them so,and her little hubby Wes Too!!! Thank you for just the most fab Birthday gifts ever.

I want to show what what I got in the mail,the other day.My heart did a flip...Celeste of Celestina Marie's Designs sent me in the mail. Some of her hand painted ,beautiful,gorgeous,roaes, she painted on light blubs. She knew I just loved them and sent them to me. What a gracious lady,from the very top of her pretty head to the very bottom of her pretty feet, I love the so much. Did I mention these are for Christmas.They are to go on my tree.I cannot wait...Thank you dear sweet lady.

Look Ya'll what I bought !!! Its a PumpkinAntoinette T-Shirt that Cris of Designs by CK created with his talent. An originial piece put to cloth for me to wear... YEA!!!! Well anybody can purchase this T and more....He has wonderful things. You have to go visit his Cafe Press shop. I do hope I'm telling this right. Just go visit his blog and it will tell all .

I want to thank Lynn of Lynn's Lovies for this very beautiuful award. Its called the Premio Daros Award. I love it. I always feel honored to recieve awards..Thank you Lynn!!!

Thank you all for your kindness again, for you who follow my bartending stories, I will promise you one on my next post. I will make sure its a good one, just for you...Love you ya'll

XXOO Marie Antionette


  1. What FUN goodies & the Marie T looks fit 4 a Queen! Thanx 4 the shout out & have a great weekend lovely lady!


    SpOOky CK (-:

  2. What an awesome doll collection, you have so much patients to clean these. A love job is always the best job of all! Thank you for sharing your special time.

  3. WOW!!Look at all of those dollies!
    I think I see a little Ginnette in there, maybe a couple of Ginny dolls.
    Let me know if you need any crocheted booties,etc for them...I have made many:)
    Have fun sweet girl!

  4. Hi Marie! Whooh! What a terrific doll collection you have! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Hoping you have a great weekend,

    xxLOL LOLA:)

    PS Had difficulty accessing yr site (Mr Blogger strikes again!) to let you know about my giveaway competition - deadline midnight (BST) tonight Friday July 31!!

  5. I just know that your friend watches you cleaning these dolls and she is so happy, don't you think? Of course the dolls themselves are happy too. It is way passed midnight over here and I am trying to tear myself away from the computer. You know how that goes, just one more friend to greet, oh another one in my reader, oh my I haven't heard from Toni in a while, let's read her post (took me some time, especially when it is late ;-), that's just the way it goes, I have to go to bed but not before I have wished you a great weekend!

  6. You are amazing!! The dolls are absolutely beautiful. You did a wonderful job making them beautiful again. I know they love you for that and so does your friend smiling down from heaven.

  7. Sweet Marie my dearest! First of all, I LOVE YOUR DOLLS! Woman, you are awesome! Oh how I love these artistic things! Thank you for coming over to bath in the scent of lavender! I hope you are well; we are doing fine up here, enjoying a mild to cool summer. I feel awful for other people who are experiencing such a bad heat. Drink a lot of water dearest and keep still! Bisous, Anita

  8. Hi Marie!
    Thanks for stopping by & the lovely comment! And to let you know your name was included in the random draw for the giveaway which has just been announced over at my place...!

    Have a wonderful weekend & look forward to seeing you again soon!

    xxxLOL LOLA:)

    PS Congrats on yr award!

  9. wow that is a huge fur baby :)
    you two look comfy sleeping together, I bet he is a great guard dog. Nice doll collection - adore the little Christmas tree!

  10. Hi Marie, me again! Thanks for stopping by with yr lovely comment -glad you liked the fun we all had at the Awards ceremony!

    Hope you're having a great weekend,

    xxxLOL LOLA:)
    PS Love the Pumpkin-Antoinette T shirt!

  11. Hello Marie, I just love how you have taken care of all your friends doll and I am sure they WERE smiling at you for loving them...I also ADORE all of your animals, you are such a kind, caring lady...

  12. what an amazing collection of dolls!

    Rip is adorable.

  13. I like your story about the dolls! I don't think it's creepy that you thought they were smiling at you! LOL!

    I once helped my friend's mom restore her doll from childhood! They doll was one of those beautiful old "particle wood" dolls and was nearly bald! My hometown had a "doll hospital" in the next town, can you believe it? I called them and asked them what to do. They said to only use coldcream on her to clean her off. So, if any of her dolls are that old particle wood remember that tip. I just put the cold cream (the cheapest kind from the drugstore!)on and rubbed it off with a clean soft cloth. Not only did it clean off all the dirt, it preserved the paint and conditioned the wood somewhat! It was pretty nifty! We bought her a wig, new dress, and shoes and socks and you should've seen her "glow" She seemed to be "smiling" again! I know what you mean!
    Not to mention that her owner was smiling, too!

  14. I'm glad it's not just me getting Christmassy!

    Victoria xx

  15. Hi there - thanks for stopping by my blog, I love that you raise peacocks! So cool. Your blog is great, the dolls are amazing - and i adore the dog falling asleep, he kind of looks like a horse! so cute.

  16. Hi Sweet Marie,
    First I am so sorry that your dear friend passed away. I know it is several years ago, but I know you must miss her terribly. How very special of you to honor her memory by cleaning and taking care of her dolls. She is smiling down on you for this.
    Love the t-shirt from Sherry and the pretty perfume bottle. She is such a doll and so very thoughtful.

    What a lovable pup Rip is. He looks like such a special dog. He is big too. You are so tiny!!

    Love all your tree creations. You are such a talent. Can't wait to see more.
    What a great Pumpkin Antoinette t'shirt you bought from Designs by CK.
    Congrats on the award too.

    Hope you are feeling better. Stay cool and have a great week.
    Still hot here, but we finally got some rain. YEA!!!

    Blessings and Hugs, Celestina Marie

  17. Popping in 2 say hello and wish you a great week!

    SpOOky CK (-:


  18. So nice of you to take the time to restore and clean up Shannon dolls. Rip is huge...I can't believe the German rots are bigger than him.

  19. You call that The tree is gorgeous.

    Thanks for visiting.

  20. Hi Marie!
    WOW! You did a fabulous job recreating that Spanish dolls face! You could repair dolls!! I bet they WERE smiling after you cleaned them up. So happy to have someone care for them!

    LOVE the photo of you and Rip! He's bigger than you for sure!!

    Oh those ornaments of Celeste's are gorgeous - she does such beautiful things! And that Marie pumpkin shirt is a hoot. How clever is that.

    I'm prayin for you girl! I'll call you sometime tomorrow night to see how you're doing!!

    xoxo lots of love, Sherry

  21. That is such a huge collection of dolls...that is so sweet that your friend's hubby gave you the lovely collection. I know you worked hard getting the dolls to look like they once did years ago. I just know your friend would be so proud that they went to you. You did a great job! Your doggie is so cute...I can tell he is very loved and he knows it! This whole post was alot of fun to see and read...I love the gifts from your friends too...those light bulbs that have been painted with roses are gorgeous! I hope you have a great night!
    Big Hugs,

  22. Oh my goodness! What a doll collection! I'm envious!

  23. Hi Sweetness -

    wow - so many dolls! Your story about the Spanish doll reminded me of a little doll I had - from Mexico - he was like a little old man - not sure what happened to him - he did get his arm broken at one time - but I still played with him -mmmmmmmmm
    So sorry about you losing your friend.
    Rip is HUGE! you both look so comfy!
    Congrats on the order for the tree! I'm not surprised you sold that beautiful piano doll -
    Thank you for visiting my blog! your visits are always appreciated.

  24. Hi Marie, I always enjoy reading your post and get lost in another world. It's kind of like that commercial..."calgon take me way". Remember that? The dolls are amazing! I bet you can sell even some of the ones in bad shape on eBay. You never know what people are looking for. I hope you are feeling tip top today. I love love love that photo of you and big fur baby. What a sweetheart. xo Lynn

  25. Hi Marie,
    What you're doing for those poor, neglected dolls is a moving tribute to your love for their late "mother." Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story, and for explaining the process of restoring them.

    Thanks for stopping by. I'll definitely check out your "Barmaides Story!"

  26. Dear Marie A,
    Such tenderness and care and love you have shown the dolls. A new life. I know Shannon would approve. I think someone would want to buy them! I do.


  27. Hi Marie,
    Wow, all those beautiful dolls that you worked on that belonged to your dear friend. I can understand why you had to keep them!
    Love all your goodies, they're all so thoughtful. Can't wait to see you in the Ohio shirt!

  28. OMG! What an awesome doll collection,CONGRATS!

    Thanks for your nice visit!

    See you soon!


  29. Dolls in any condition are fun! Some Ginny dolls maybe in your collection.

    Lovely mail surprises for you.

    Hugs, Sharon

  30. What an awesome post!! I so loved the story of your friend Shannon. The dolls WERE smiling because you were meant to take them in and make them happy again. Awww...almost brings tears to my eyes. :) I love your upside down tree, though I have never seen one until now. :) Your little furry kids are adorable!! The Marie T is adorable...and congrats on your award!!!

    Hope you are doing well!


    Michelle :)

  31. Howdy Marie
    What a fabulous friend you are to clean these dolls and let us share in your journey.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Blessings of joy to you.
    Big Texas Hugs
    Happy Trails

  32. Hi and Happy Birthday, Marie! Thanks for sharing the story of your friend and the dolls. Do you still make dolls?

  33. Hello Marie, your creations are really beautiful.

    Thank you for visiting me and leaving a comment.

  34. So nice to meet another southern belle... thanks for kind your comment about my painting. I loved reading about your doll mess. I think I have a box of barbies in my attic just kidding.


  35. Hi Marie,

    So good to hear from you. Things have been busy, but beginning to settle down.
    Great post. The dolls are wonderful and so good that you've managed to save some.

    Love the items from Celeste, isn't she crazy talented?
    Love the t-shirt. I'm going to check them out.

    Have a wonderful day


  36. Wow what a treasure you have there.And I love your rottie ! We have one and he is huge !! About 150lbs. A big , big baby !! Not a mean bone in his body. Everybody that comes to our house is afraid of him . But all he would do is lick you to death , LOL .

  37. Boy have you been busy! :) What a cute pup! Thanks for following... Have a wonderful day!

  38. Hi Marie,
    I haven't heard of that comic book before. Glad you liked the hat!
    You have some fun stuff there!!
    How great!! Hope you are well.
    Chat soon,

  39. Wow what a collection.


  40. Hi,
    You did a wonderful job cleaning the dolls. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend.
    The christmas trees are beautiful.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment.

  41. Hello Ms. Marie,

    Glad to see you are doing well. How incredible about the dolls. I can't even imagine what kind of shape you received them in but your photos make them look pretty good. I wish I had managed to keep the dolls I got as a child but alas, my mother decided to throw them away for me when we moved. *sigh*

    You had asked about the traveling art doll. It will depend entirely upon the participants who make their contributions before you. Some are working very fast and others seem to be moving at a glacial pace. I will contact you for a snail mail addy just before she is ready to come your way though.

    Thank you for your visit and for sharing your news and pretties with us. :)

    Hugs! =D

  42. It's me again. :)

    Whenever I have wanted to add glitter to a piece I normally do it while the paint is still wet. Or if it is dry then I give it a light coat of modge podge and add the desired amount of glitter.

    I have not heard of any good glitter paint. If you do pass it on.

  43. When I read about you being ill I did feel for you so much, hoping you were not in pain. I never thought about people who were in to much pain to do normal everyday things people take for granted until this happened to me. I wasn't even sympathetic to husbands bad back. I just thought he was being a man and moaning. I have woken up to a whole different world and understanding for others in pain and no longer think they are making a mountain out of a mole hill. I never thought bad of ill people though, just if someone moaned or seemed to be moaning a lot, I just thought it was their temprement. Just you saying you are ill, I knew it would be bad if you cannot do the things you wish to, as much as you want to. Not wished to pry at the same time.
    God bless you so much for your fight and determination. You inspire me so much!
    We are sister troupers in the world of love and art!
    Have a great day!

  44. Oh my! What a wonderful job you did cleaning and restoring all those dolls! And especially done from your heart. What a wonderful friendship.

    And what talented crafter you are! The trees are beautiful.

    Cute Rip and Hobie... my brother-in-law has 3 rotts, and they look rough and tough, but are all big babies. :o)

    and last, but not least...Happy Birthday!

    Blessings & Aloha!

    (Thank you for stopping by and for a very sweet comment!!! I especially love the part that you wrote "...young lady" You are too kind :o)

    come back any time :o)

  45. He is ONLY 130 pounds? He looks giant. I love big dogs and have had boxers for years. Super cute pics, MA.

  46. Thank you for stopping by my blog, your always welcome....the dolls look so alive you have given them a magic touch...

  47. Wow, you have a cr..... load of work to do, but it is wonderful that you are doing that for your friend. They should go to a museum or something.....
    Look at those wonderful gifts you got!!!!
    And just look at that puppy, er, huge big furry puppy!!! he he, have a great weekend!!!!
    Margaret B

  48. You are such a sweet caring lady to work so hard on these dolls. I know it's not easy. I collect dolls but it would not be a job I would relish either. The ones you've cleaned look wonderful! I hope you enjoy the results!

  49. Hi Marie,,, what an awesome story about the dolls. You did a magnificent job on theses dolls. I am sure they were smiling at you:) Rip is a gorgeous dog. I hoep you are feeling much better. Thanks for stopping by. I always love when you visit. Hugs, gail

  50. You are so sweet to clean up those poor dolls. I'm sure they were smiling at you (along with Shannon).
    I think I spotted a doll like one i had as a child. I just called her baby- nice and simple.

    Your trees are stunning. You do good work my friend.

    Happy belated BD. 29 now?
    Rip and Tommy would get along just fine.

    Hope all is well. Your skills are just fine-I'm prayin for those ills (I'm prayin for mine too-hehe).

    lots of hugs,

  51. Darling, I just stopped by to let you know that I have returned and that I had a marvelous time. I missed you too much to stay away longer!! Have a beautiful Tuesday.

    Duchess xx

  52. Hi My dear Marie Antoinette!! I adore your blog name as I am obsessed with her!! What a lovely lovely blog you have I am so happy you stopped by now I have found your blog Too!!
    Your doll collection is incredible and you are such a kind person.
    I'm looking forward to reading all your lovely posts

  53. Dear Marie,
    I love all those old know I make vintage Christmas wreaths and I have used old dolls like these on wreaths in the past...this might be a thought for you...I have also made just doll wreaths with flowers for spring and summer and fall...I made one with sun flowers once. I am happy you had a great relationship with your friend and her dolls to remember her by. Your the best.
    Love and hugs,

  54. Hi Marie!
    Wow, what a lot of dolls! I saw some I remember as a kid!
    Your dog was a big bundle of love there...such a sweet pic.
    And I adore Celestina...she is so sweet and makes wonderful things!
    If you know a pretty French name come over and share...I need one for my new pup! xoxo

  55. Love your upside-down tree! I LOVE Christmas!!
    Sorry about the loss of your friend, but I do think the dolls are happy that you are cleaning them up!

  56. Hello my Dear!

    A great post as always. It has been so hard for me to blog as well. Hope all is well with you.


  57. Hi Marie Antoinette,
    I love your blog and your beautiful dolls. My God, they are amazing...

  58. What a task you have ahead of you with cleaning all those dolls.
    I am sure your dear friend would be happy to know that they are in loving hands.

    Love, love, your upside down trees.
    I always thought it would be fun to do one as a chandelier, after all the meaning of chandelier is hanging light with branches.

    I am looking forward to your next bartending story.


  59. Hi Marie, Stopping back by to say hello and hope you are doing okay. Love your wonderful pictures and seeing your sweet Rip. He sure is gorgeous.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  60. Hi!
    what an amazing collection of dolls!
    Blessings and Hugs.

  61. Hello Toni, I am so sorry that I didn't come back here earlier to respond to your so lovely offer. That is because I really don't want that you make any costs for me. But I don't want to be rude. What is the best thing to do, what do you think? Accept your offer for a very very small german doll that can live happily over here with my other german dolls the sweet weather house, the clock and the music playing house ( I had this vignette on my blog). Please, you choose. But first check out the shipping costs. As I understand there is no such thing as shipping on surface (= cheap shipping) anymore. Sorry to respond this late.
    Wishing you a swell weekend, what is left of it and a great start of the week! Fondly LiLi.

  62. Darling I hope you had a lovely weekend. I just stopped by to wish you a sunny day!!

    ♥ hugs ♥