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 26, 2013


A New Member of My Doll Family
Meet Patty Play Pal! 
When I was a young girl I had a 
Patty Play Pal that I adored. She was 
such a beautiful doll and of course as 
time passed and life evolved the dolls 
of my childhood disappeared. 
I had been dreaming of owning another
Patty Play Pal for years and this year I 
finally got one. But the poor thing came 
with only this little plaid dress on, no 
bloomers (oh my) and part of the eyelashes 
missing from her right eye. (which was not 
disclosed to me by the seller I might add - 

None the less, I was so excited with her. 
I knew right away that Patty needed a 
doctor... an official Doll Doctor.

I took her to a Certified Doll Restorer, 
Annamarie Breault in Bay St Louis, Ms. 
She is an incredible restorer of dolls. 


Her shop "Hospital" is just adorable!

Here's Annamarie with Patty after cosmetic 
surgery and Annamarie's puppy!

Look at all the treasures in her shop! 
It's such a fun place. 

Here's Patty with ALL her eyelashes, 
a gorgeous 80 year old vintage dress, 
darling little t-strap shoes and YES,
 she now has bloomers! 

Thank you Annamarie for taking such 
good care of Patty while at your hospital! 

Since we're talking about dolls I thought 
I'd introduce you to my little baby dolls too.

The doll in the back is a darling doll 
that a dear blogger friend sent to me. 
In the middle is a smooth molded 
Tiny Tears Doll holding an official 
Tiny Tears rattle. In front is my favorite, 
Tiny Tears with hair. You'll see a Tiny Tears 
bubble pipe in her mouth, a very rare find.

Below is my Thumblina Doll. 
She's so sweet nestled into two of 
my frilly pillows. 
(See the ornament she's holding? 
It's a preview of things to come!)

Fun With 
My Darling Niece Ryley

When my brother was visiting over my 
birthday, my great niece Ryley became fascinated 
with the doll making and paper dolls.
(I wonder where she got that from?)

She asked me if I would teach her how to 
make these pretty things and of course I 
was so thrilled to be her teacher.

Her first project was a fashion paper doll creation.
(Ryley is so pretty - the pictures of her don't 
even do her justice.)

 Look at the fabulous job she did! 
I didn't help her at all. I only gave her 
some direction and she took it from there.

 Then, being in love with all my doll 
creations she decided she wanted to make 
 doll, a Caveman Doll! She knew exactly what 
her plan was. Well the only thing I had for the 
head was a Santa head and that was just fine 
with her. I told her we could paint the beard 
if she wanted but she said "no it would work the 
way it was". We then dug through all my fabric 
scraps but didn't find much in the "caveman" style 
so I told her we'd be going to Hobby Lobby that 
day and we would find something that would 
fit the bill for her ideas. 
We found some furry pieces 
and this is what Ryley designed...

 a very handsome CAVEMAN!!
I love how she wanted to design 
his fur hat with a tail. It was a "have to have" 
for her design and she got it! 

What a great project to remember her visit 
with Great Aunt Marie. 
I'm so proud of her creativity! 

I had shown Ryley and her Grandma Lou all the 
dolls I had designed through the years and one 
caught Ryley's eye. She adores cats and fell 
in love with my "Victorian Cat Family Doll". 
Ryley pulled me aside and asked me if she 
could buy the doll, she had $100 saved back 
home and she could pay for her. 

I was so proud of her work and how she followed 
my direction I gave her the theater doll as a gift.
Ryley was sooo excited!

Ryley sent me this darling "thank you" card 
after she left and Patty wanted to show it off. 

Hopefully Ryley will carry on my love for 
designing dolls in the future. 
I love you sweetie pie!! 

My other dolls can be seen on

Well that's all the exciting news I have from my
 little corner of the world in Peacock Paradise.
Hope you are havin' a great summer of
picnicing and swimmin' in your favorite 
water hole! 

Love, Marie 


Greetings from Golden Pond!

I've been having some fun in my studio 
with Altered Art Jewelry this week. 

After lots of collecting of great junk 
jewelry and discovering how many different 
"findings" you need to help work on jewelry, 
I finally got started and actually MADE some 
necklaces. More thought goes into it than I 
ever thought. I've finished a handful and now 
have them for sale on my Etsy

" Paris Flea Market "

 " Freedom "

 " Parisian Angel "

 " Tea Time "

So back to the "attic" to make a 
few more. I'm really having fun with 
this! What's stashed in your jewelry box 
that needs to be upcycled and made 
new again??

My Altered Art Necklaces can be found 
on Etsy @ EdieMariesAttic
Stop by to see what I've 
blown the dust off of!!

Love & hugs, Edie Marie

Marie's disclaimer: Post written by Edie Marie tee-hee!


  1. Look at you two...creating together, so lovingly, and what magic. Let me start out with you dear and beautiful MARIE! I REMEMBER THESE DOLLS!!!!!! Anyone that can stir up the memory is great in my book, and thank you SHERRY for coming to my post....but Marie, how ADORABLE is that doll house/hospital! What a fun way to "treat" the "patients" in this loving little cottage! I just love this. How I would dream of at least walking into a place as such!

    SHerry, your creations are as gorgeous as ever. Are you having fun? I BET YOU ARE! So am I. Reading poetry, trying to write it for a class I'm taking and taking life slowly is a blessing from God. My dear heart, I hear ya about taking care of loved ones with cancer; I have a blessed auntie in CA that I just visited about 3 weeks ago....may your SIL be healed by the grace of God in YOU.

    Thank you for stopping by! Anita

  2. btw Hope you caught my comment to yr last post!x

  3. Wonderful restoration on your doll, Marie! I don't know who's a bigger doll, though. You or your darling niece.

    Sherry, love the creations. You are very talented!

  4. Hi Edie Marie,

    Loved visiting you today and how beautiful your doll is and has been so lovingly restored.
    I have an old walkie talkie doll, when I was a little girl and one day I will get her restored.
    How cute your little niece is and love what she made, the paper doll and the caveman are fabulous.
    Love the French inspired necklaces too.
    Have a happy week and thanks for visiting me.

  5. We have a d0ll h0spital in a nearby t0wn. I have a Chatty Cathy that c0uld use a little surgery. It l00ks like y0ur "D0ct0r" is pretty g00d! PS. The Peacck egg never hatched, but every0ne else did!

  6. Marie,
    Oh, I remember Thumblina so well. I just love dolls, I always have. I have been looking for a cloth doll lately in the stores, as they are my favorite. And the paper dolls I like too. Jess had a few paper dolls when she was little. I love the "Parisian Angel" necklace. It's so pretty. The doll house is darling. How nice of her to fix your doll for you.

    Have a happy week.


  7. Hi Girls, What a wonderful post. Marie I also had a Patty Playpal with red hair but it was a short style. I loved her and as life goes, she disappeared from my world too. I was in an antique mall about 10 years ago and saw one just like the doll I had. It was priced at 500 dollars. I did not buy it but was amazed at the price tag.
    The doll doctor you used did an amazing job of repairing your beauty. What a darling cottage hospital she has to work her magic fixes. So glad you have her again.
    I also had Tiny Tears. Love your carriage with your darling display and collection.
    You sure had a wonderful time with Ryley. She is a talented girl and her creations taught by you are amazing. How special she has the doll she loved from you as a gift.

    Sherry I love your gorgeous necklace creations. Each and every one is so special. What a talent you have designing these too. I can see you having hours of fun with special treasures.
    You girls sure have been busy and it is always fun to see what you are up to.

    Thank you for sharing your talents, ideas and creativity. Blessings to you both dear friends.
    Love you, Celestina Marie

  8. Hello!
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet

    Wow ryley is very talented!
    The caveman doll is adorable. Love them both.
    The doll you gifted her is just incredible!
    And very well deserved.

    Ok the jewelry here is stunning. Upcycled jewelry is fantastic and
    You've made some awesome pieces!!
    I love birdcages!!!

    Hope you have a wonderful evening,

  9. Hello ladies,
    First, thank you Marie for coming over for a visit. I am so happy you enjoyed.

    Now, Edie, I had a Patty doll when I was about 7 I believe... I really loved her..
    What a beautiful restoration, she looks beautiful. So glad you found such a wonderful doll doctor..
    Have a wonderful week ahead.

  10. Oh wow! What a wonderful post full of so many good things. I loves the Dolls' Hospital and your own wonderful collection of dolls. Patty looks such a star, now she's dressed and fixed and can bat her eyelashes. Rayley is gorgeous and her dolls are beautifully made. Her caveman doll is so original!

    I can see where she gets it. Your necklaces are lovely and show all the thought you've put into them. I'm off to Etsy right now to have a look!

    Thank you for your visit to my blog and your sweet comments :)

  11. How darling the doll hospital is! They did a wonderful job on your Patty! I have a doll from my childhood, actually a boy doll named Michael (named my first son that too!). He's about 40 years old now and is in desperate need of repair, he has a broken eye, his hair is falling out and I drew 'chicken pox' on him when I was little so he's stained. I really need to find a doll hospital!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment:)

  12. I'm glad your Patty Play Pal has been repaired...she's adorable....and so is that hospital!
    Paper dolls brought back so many memories. I loved them! I didn't think kids now played with them anymore, so was pleased to see your niece with one. (We had a speaker once at our Antique club on paper dolls. She was fascinating.)

  13. Wow, what a doll hospital! How cute! I love your header too.
    Thank you so much for your recent visit and comment on my Historic Illinois Homes Tour, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
    Have a great week,

  14. Thanks SO much for your little story about your life on my blog:) Is sounds awesome to raise peacocks.

    Check out my new post...summer memories and Shop Ruche:)

    Have a lovely day dear

    LOVE Maria at

  15. Such a beautiful place. That's wonderful that your doll was able to be repaired. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I really appreciate your visit.

  16. I was inspired by your lovely post to visit your etsy shop. So glad I did. I have a wish list. I will be visiting it again. I love how you have authentic vintage pieces for sale.

  17. Wow ... your right Marie....what a great job Ryley did on her first dolls... paper and fur .... I love Santa in furs.... looks kinda like my mountain man brother .... in the wintertime....

  18. Hello Girls! It's so nice to meet you both...and goodness, you are both so talented! Your blog is beautiful, and I know I'll enjoy lots of future visits! I'm so glad you popped over to my blog from Vee's, Marie, so I could discover this lovely blog you share with Edie. Believe it or not, I used to make porcelain antique reproduction dolls. I had the molds, the kiln...the works. I don't do it anymore, it's too much work, but I enjoyed that for quite a few years. Your doll really turned out beautiful! xo Paulette :)

  19. Oh your sweet doll looks gorgeous@ I also adore your bird cage necklace.

  20. Love your new doll! The baby dolls are just fantastic too! Lots of wonderful necklace creations !

  21. Oh what a great job ! The nurse had been so clever ! So cute that your niece became addicted to dolls too !
    xoxo from PARIS

  22. Hi Marie. How great that you found a doll like you had as a child. I wish I had all my dolls now. Your neice is very clever and the clothes she fashioned are so professional. Sounds like you two had a wonderful time..Happy Wednesday..Judy