Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Here are a few of my handmade/handpainted dolls.
I made these a while back.
The above doll I stuffed with saw dust.
As a little girl I had a doll stuffed with sawdust..
I remember this because when I tore my doll the saw dust poured out..
My sis tells me I was very hard on my dolls.
This doll is wearing a pair of my Granddaughter Isabella's red leather shoes...

My mantel is a bit boring this year..but it will do.
I made this heart using an old Antique cutter quilt.
A vintage doily, buttons, rick rack.
The photo is of my Grandmother Angela as a young girl..
The paper heart is from 30s sheet music
& trimmed an old silver glass glitter.
I love watching old black & white 30s & 40s movies while I work..
I call this my Project Line..
I hang things here that I'm working on or projects I intend to work on..
seeing them hanging helps me get them done..
A bit messy but works for me.


The Urban Chic said...

Mary, what beautiful dolls. I used to have bunches of them, but I think most have been sold. I used to make dolls all the time with tea dyed muslin. Will have to check boxes and see what's still there. Beautiful eye candy. Everyone thought the paper angel was gorgeous and as usual, asked if I was going to make some-lol. I hope that you are feeling better. You are in my prayers. Love Ya, Pat

carole said...

Hi Mary Dear:
I am in the middle of e-mailing you and had to check your blog. You are sooooo delightful!!! Artistic and kind!!! Love the dolls and absolutely love the project line!!! I shall copy that when I get my little house!!!
Take care, my Friend
Feel better!!!
Love & Hugs

Mary said...

Dear Mary. Love your new Banner !!!! So glad you feel like working on a project:) Love all the dolls and hearts, can not wait to see the finished things on your cute cute clothes line:) Hugs and Love Me:)

joan said...


You dolls are so precious! What a great idea with the project line. Cute stuff as always. Hope you are on the mend. Take care.

Tammy said...

The dolls are so cute and your mantel is anything but boring, I love it! That heart is gorgeous!!
I have to have peace and quite when I do any crafting, no music, no tv...I'm weird...LOL!

PS...love your new banner too and hope this finds you feeling somewhat better!

Dolly said...

CUTE new banner sweetpea!!!!!

I love all your sweet dollies!
I wish I had dollies when I was growing up! I always wanted a raggedy annie to love!

Your mantel is beautiful....I love it! Spectacular!!!!!

Hope you are feeling wonderful today!
Warm hugz,

Joyce said...

Dear Mary~ It is soooo very nice to see a post from you! We all miss you so much! I absolutely LOVE your dolls~ but then I love everything you create!! And I don't think your mantel is boring at all~ love it too! And, the project line, what a wonderful idea!! You are so talented, gosh I wish we lived closer....

Anna T said...

Mary you are such an amazing artist and I love seeing your lovely works of art! You are truly an inspiration!

Esther Sunday said...

Mary, I love the dolls! Hey, and what better way to display those awaiting projects! It's eye candy as well. Just noticed in memory of your daughter over there. Here's a big hug. Love, Esther

LBP said...

I think your mantle is stunning! I love it! Your dolls are so cute. Great job. I especially like the one wearing Isabellas red shoes.



Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Oh my gosh Mary ~ those are the sweetest dolls and I love your project line !

Shelley said...

Hi Dear Mary, so wonderful to see those sweet dolls,did I ever tell you I am a Raggedy Ann lover? Your mantel is decorated so nicely.I love the old black and white movies myself. Did you ever see, Imatation of Life with Lana Turner? I love it and cry every time I see it.
Like your little clothes line.


She'sSewPretty said...

Mary! I don't think your mantel is boring at all. I think it and your dolls are absolutely delightful!!

Mary said...


All of your dolls are beautiful. I never had a rag doll and in fact was never really interested in dolls until I became an adult. I was a tomboy when I was a child. Today I love the old porcelain dolls and rag dolls.

You have such talent, my dear friend and I always enjoy seeing y9our projects.

Hope you are feeling a little better. I keep you in my prayers each day.

Love and blessings,

Jackie said...

Mary, you have made some absolutely gorgeous dolls.

Just love, love, love the idea of a project line. Having one of those would really keep me on my toes.

SweetAnnee said...

This post should be
for the love of annie's

oh so sweet!!!

I had no idea you made dollies

I need a project line!!!

Lori said...

mary, What a very pretty mantel!I love it! Oh so sentimental, so colorful and just sweet. A happy site to see today! Thanks for sharing! Lori

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh Mary,

Your dolls are amazing! I love that quilted heart and your mantel looks so very pretty :)


Mary Isabella said...

I love the dolls. They are so beautiful. I truly hope you are feeling better you have been in my prayers.....Smiles...Mary

Dapoppins said...

So wonderful. I love the dolls. What does your granddaughter think of them? And I love that you are already decorated for Valentines day. Now, tell me, blogger to blogger, where did you get the sheet music? I have seen it used quite often in crafts and for cute queen and party hats, but I don't know where to get it...and the antique glitter...the store where I wanted to get that isn't open right now...did you just get it at a local craft place? Please, tell all.

I am here by way of Ester's place.

Jillian said...

Mary you are just full of great ideas! The dolls, the project line...I'd have to kick my DH out of the office to do that...LOL

Love the Raggedy Ann type dolls!

Glad you're back to blogland!

~ Jillian

IsabellaCloset said...

Dapoppins, My Granddaughter is not into Dolls..just her Grammy :-}
My vintage sheet music I found at a local thrift, it's from the 30s & 40s.. I also received some for fellow bloggers:
Carole of http://scoundrelsandrogues.blogspot.com/ and
Amy of
Amy was selling some on Etsy.
My Antique glass glitter belonged to my 96 year old Grandmother. I love this old stuff! The silver does tarnish. Be careful if you find some that is real glass it is sharp and does cut the skin..
You can find glass glitter on eBay.
Hope this helps you.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Mary~

Elizabeth said...

Hi mary,
How pretty.
Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Kay said...

Mary.......you have so much talent and I wish I lived next door to you........we would have such fun. Where do I go on your blog to check out your banners or headers? I click on the banner area and go no where.

Forever and Ever House said...

Hi! This is the first time to your blog. I just wanted to tell you how much I love your dolls. I am truly gushing.

The Urban Chic said...

Mary, forgot to mention that I love the mantel and project line. I am so glad to read your Happy Post again. I found my daughter's first Raggedy Anne and Annie and you can tell she dragged them with her every where. They are now 37 years old and I also have the huge ones I made her when she was 6. Wish I could get to them, but they are put away in wall drawers behind a chest of drawers. Love Ya, Pat

Mary said...


Please drop over to my blog. I have a little something for you.


Mary said...

Lovely dollies Mary - especially wearing Grandma's little red shoes!!

Great idea to hang your projects - you're so organized.

Hopefully your heat has been restored and you are working in a warm house. I'm thinking of you and wishing you well of course.
Your friend - Mary.

IsabellaCloset said...

Mary, Yes my furnace is working again...Yeah! It was only off for about 24 hours. It's so wonderful having heat again in my cottage. It's been cold here in Ohio lately but not the -14 degrees (with wind chill) like it was when the furnace went out.
I'm hanging in there. After last week things can only get better!
Hugs & love ~Mary~

Kari & Kijsa said...

What wonderful dolls...you are truly talented...love the "project line"...very clever idea!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

I love the project line! what a great idea!! I am going to have to copy that idea! I have the whole desk covered and when hubby comes in to use computer well lol... he isnt a happy camper! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Amy Wagner said...

I love Raggedy Ann dollies. Yours are great!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Mary, your dolls are gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! I did not know that you were so darn talented!

I am loving all of your sweet goodies!!


shirl said...

Hi Mary, I love your valentine mantel. That pink and red rose picture is just beautiful! Is that a vintage or a repo. Love it, Love it, Love it!!!
Shirl, Shirl's Rose Cottage

Anonymous said...

I just adore your blogger page. How adorable and charming! I make Raggedy dolls, and have so much fun doing them. You are such an inspiration to me!