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, July 28, 2014





Look at all of them... ELEVEN! Four of these 
wee ones were adopted by this mama 
when their own mama abandoned them. 
Their adopted mama has blended them 
right into one happy family.

There's a white baby in front that Marie 
is in love with along with a white one with 
specks of bright blue on his head, very unusual. 
They grow up fast but that 
gorgeous display of feathers takes three
years to become the spectacular show we 
associate with peacocks. 


Here's Marie's daughter, Alexia,
coming home from the hospital 
41 years ago!

Look at the adorable outfit Marie 
dressed her in for her first trip. 
Alex is so beautiful!!

Marie has saved that sweet outfit & blanket, as 
many of us have done, for the sake of sentimentality. 
She was looking for the perfect size doll 
to display Alex's clothing on and be able to enjoy 
looking at them again. 

Finally the right doll came along that was
the perfect size. 
She is a 2000 Heritage Mint Doll.
She's just too cute isn't she? 
The dress was purchased by Marie's 
Mama and as you can see her favorite 
color was orange.

Look at the adorable little baby shoes 
she has on! They're pale yellow to compliment 
the orange dress. (The hat is from another 
baby outfit that Alex wore. 
Marie still has that sweet outfit also and she'll 
show us in a future post.)
 The blanket is the one Alex came home in.
I love the colored stripes! 
The pacifier was Alex's very first 
and the pink rattle was her first toy. 
The little giraffe was among her first toys 
also. I told you this was sweet!! 


A friend of Marie's gave her a beautiful Fairy 
Doll and the White Unicorn. The unicorn was in 
a crippled state having a badly broken hind leg. 
Not an issue for Marie. The repair was easy 
for her. But then she added something that 
took my breath away, a LACE saddle! 
It gives the illusion of an intricate 
saddle fit for a Fairy!

Very creative Marie! What a great result 
from "thinking outside the box"!

*** "LOIS", A 1970S WALKING DOLL ***

Marie was going on a group venture with 
her Busy Bee group a while back and 
noticed that everyone was stepping on 
and over a doll that was laying on the 
vehicle's floor. One of the ladies said 
the doll was for Marie to see if she could 
do anything to "save" the doll. One of the 
other ladies said " It looks like it should 
go in the garbage!" 

Marie thought "Oh my...the poor doll", and 
graciously took the sad looking mess. 
She had NO eyelashes, mildew 
in her eyes, layers of dirt and scum all over her...

and NO hair! 
You could say Marie had her work
cut out for her! The doll, "Lois", started 
with a major scrub down. We're not talking 
a bath, we're talking heavy duty scrub brush
and good old fashioned elbow grease. 
Then she had to take a trip to the doll hospital 
to have an eyelash transplant! 

It's a delicate procedure...

thank goodness it was a success! 
Marie found new hair for her on Ebay and 
gave her a gorgeous hairdo. 

You'd never guess she was the same doll 
would you? 
The floral crown came from 
the Dollar Tree along with 
the fluffy white bunny. 

Lois' clothes came from Fred's Store 
for about $6 and her shoes were $3. 

The transformation is amazing! 

Absolutely Amazing! 
Nice makeover Marie!! 


(Are you detecting a pattern here?)

This doll was made in 1950.
Marie has named her Priscilla.
The doll was in the back of a closet 
at the house of Marie's mother-in-law.
It was incredibly sticky and almost 
felt like it was "melting". 
(No before photo, our apologies!)
 This was another job for the scrub down! 
Priscilla's hair was even sticky and a lot of
 her once lovely ringlets had to be cut off!
Marie gave her a new hairdo with what was 
left of her hair and I think it looks great.

Her original dress was still in decent shape 
so Marie laundered it and made it look 
fabulous. The little doll in her hand is a small 
Dorothy doll that was given as a toy at 
McDonalds years ago! Marie thought 
that Priscilla's dress looked a bit like 
Dorothy's dress style so she put them 
together to make a darling doll duo!


Another rescue? Yep! 

These two dolls were filthy! Marie had to... 
you guessed it, scrub them and scrub their 
(You can see the "before" of the Dorothy doll.) 

 The difference is amazing!

Once again Marie has totally saved 
a doll without a home. 


Bye-Lo Baby Dolls were one of the first 
truly realistic baby dolls sculpted. 
Grace Storey Putnam, 
a sculpter from 1877- 1947, created
 this revolutionary doll in the early 1920s! 
No doll looked this real up to this point. 
How did she do this? 
She studied a real 3 day old baby to come up 
with her design.
Why tell you about the Bye-Lo baby? 
It actually starts with an antique crocheted 
baby's gown and hat. It was made by 
the mother of a friend of Marie.
Marie's friend was looking for a home for 
this baby set, made in 1890. It was stained 
and no one in the family wanted it. 
So Marie became the new owner! 
She was 
in search of a baby doll that would do 
this little outfit justice. Bye-Lo Baby was 
the perfect size! Marie got permission 
from her friend to tea dye the antique 
crocheted baby outfit which camouflaged 
the old stains. 

Here's the result... 

the perfect pairing!

So beautiful Marie!! 


Oh dear... this is a doll Marie made
a while back for a friend of hers and is 
now in need of a good cleaning! 

This is a fabulous doll and Marie 
wanted to bring it back to it's 
original beauty for the owner. 

The result is incredible! Look at her shine
and sparkle! 

 The Prayer Christmas Tree Doll 
lives on to delight it's thankful owner! 

The Prayer Doll holds a tiny Bible & 
a rosary in her hand. A very sweet 

You are amazing Marie! 

Thanks for stopping by to see all the wonderful 
transformations that Marie has been working 
on these days. We appreciate you taking the 
time to take a few minutes to visit and say "hi"! 

Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie

Makeovers by Marie Antoinette
Post by Edie Marie

Stop by Marie's Etsy to see her beautiful 
Theater Dolls & Paper Dolls for sale! 
It's a treat to see her talent!! 
(I know, I'm partial, can't help it.)



  1. Dear Marie, what a fabulous post. To begin the baby peacocks are darling. I know you picked a favorite in the white. They are just gorgeous. What a special day you brought sweet Alex home. Love this pic and the outfit you brought her home in is darling. You look so sweet holding your little bundle of joy. What a blessing.

    Love each and every doll you brought back to their original and so beautiful. I actually had the first doll. It was a Patty Playpal and had a short red hair style and was so pretty. Love what you did to the hair bringing her back to her original with the eyelashes too.
    What a beautiful collection of treasures in your dolls and the theater doll is amazingly so pretty again as you restored it back to it's original white beauty.
    Always an amazing job you do with your wonderful talents. Your shop is filled with such beauty and I know first hand how wonderful your work is.
    Thank you for sharing these pics and doll rescue stories. Amazing transformations.

    Hi Edie and thank you for bring the stories to us with Maries pics. I always enjoy you two and the team work you do making each post very special.
    Edie you share it perfectly, like Marie is telling the story.

    Have a blessed week my friends and wonderful last week of July.
    Blessings always.
    Love you both. XOXO

  2. Hi Ladies,
    So nice to hear from you. How cute are those baby peacocks! I love white ones too! :)
    That is so cute to have a doll wearing your daughter's newborn clothing. Great idea!
    What a difference hair can make huh, I can't believe how gorgeous she looks and that Christmas tree doll is amazing, love it!!
    Have a great week,

  3. Hello there ladies,
    The doll, Louis, is so precious. She looks great after cleaning her and giving her some eye lashes and brown curly hair! What a transformation. The baby doll is sweet too, and I love the tea dyed crocheted dress and hat she is wearing. She looks like a beautiful vintage doll. The lace saddle on the unicorn is so pretty, and you know how much I love fairies!

    Thank you for sharing all these treasures. I think it just takes someone like yourself to give these dolls a new look and to care for them the way that you do.


  4. Hi Ladies,

    Lovely to see a post from you and all the wonderful things you have shared. From the sweet baby peacocks to sweet baby Alex. Louis is amazing and such a wonderful job you did in transforming her to a beautiful dolly. The unicorn with the lace saddle is magical.
    Hope you are both enjoying the summer days

  5. Oh those wee peacock babies are just adorable. I've never seen them as chicks.

    I hope you are enjoying the summer.

  6. These dolls are breathtaking - and so is the lace saddle! And the peacock babies - awwww. so much sweetness in one post! Thank you also for your lovely visit chez moi - i wish you the most lovely rest of the week!

  7. Hey there girlfriends!!! We are in awe Marie....what wonderful work you do! I reminded me (I!) of the doll (I think she's 3 or 4') that is under my a plastic box. When the kiddos were younger I was at an estate sale and bought her. I took her to the doll dr and had her cleaned and hair put on her. I put my daughter's 1st Christmas dress on her (so sweet....reminded me of you getting a doll for your daughter's dress marie!) ANYWAY....the kids loved playing with her....but one day there was a crack down the side of her face....hmmmmm.....that sounds like more than an overnighter at the hospital lol!! Never did get the story...maybe I should bring it up at supper tomorrow.....they might fess up now :)
    Hope you girls have a wonderful weekend....and YES we MUST get together...let us know when you are heading up for a visit!!

  8. It was so much fun reading this blog post ladies. Marie, you have been a busy lady fixing all those babies. :) And I can't wait to see that white bird when it's grown. Keep us posted. xoxo

  9. This is a post worth coming to more than 1 time - so much in it, and so many pretties! Hope you have a super weekend dolls!

  10. Wow, I thought I never what I wanted to say, but the more I saw, the more speechless I became!!!! Amazingly beautiful transformations, real labors of love, but such dramatic results. Love them all!

  11. Those peacock babies are soo adorable! And I love your doll transformations! What a labor of love :)

  12. Marie is a miracle worker indeed! what transformations on these dolls! Love the one wearing her daughters clothing and holding the precious little giraffe! what a good mother that peacock is!

  13. Edie Marie and Sweet Marie Antoinette, the creativity flows in rivers of JOY chez vous! From those darling adopted chicks to the transformation of the poupées, I can almost feel a heartbeat from this baby dolls. Isn't it a splendid thing to create in the image of the creator? I think that if I could not make something (whether it's a blog post, a poem, a piece of whimsical art), I'd literally go mad.


    And thank you dearest Edie Marie, my first "blog friend" for coming to visit. Let us DANCE!

  14. Marie, I came here to ask you a pea chick question and lo and behold, peachicks everywhere! I have peachicks about 3 months old. How do I tell the males from the females? I am going to adopt them out, but haven't a clue on how to sex them. Any help?

  15. I really enjoyed seeing these amazing transformations. Marie is a doll whisperer! What delights. The one found on the floor of a vehicle actually made me gasp. Nope! I'd never have believed that that was the same doll.

  16. Hello Sweet Friends, Loved visiting this post again and all the amazing photos and creations along with those first days with darling Alex.
    Thank you for stopping by while I was on vacation. I am trying to catch up now that I am back and it may take the whole week. LOL
    Hope you are both well and enjoying the last of summer. Can you believe it?? Summer flew by and now we are looking forward to the cooler days of fall and one of my favorite times of the year.
    Have a great week and sending love and hugs your way.

  17. I love your baby peacocks, they are so cute!! And the transformation of that dall is amazing!! so much talent!!