Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Some months ago, I started three prairie sisters of the same size; I am pleased to finally have completed all three and to show them finished on the prairie at the same time.  Here we have Clara May, a 15" cloth doll with sculpted hair and oil-painted features.  Her face is completely flat, and the illusion of dimension is achieved with several layers of paint.  Clara May wears a wonderful costume that includes pantaloons and a slip, as well as an antique dress made in the early 1900's and an over-skirt that is also antique.  She wears a vintage bonnet which was adapted for her.  Please check my other posts to see her posted with her sisters.  She is available, her purchase price is $675 and $20 postage in the U.S.  She is also available for long-term layaway.  Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or to request a layaway.    Thank you so much for looking at my latest dolls.







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Paulette

One of three new prairie daughters arriving on the homestead is Paulette, a 15" cloth doll.  She has a cloth body, with sculpted clay hair and a flat face with oil painted features.  Completed in several stages, the face, although flat, achieves the magic of dimension in the layering of the paint.  Paulette has a wonderful costume, including her unders of pantaloons and a slip, as well as stripped "stockings" and painted black slippers.  She wears a very old antique cloth dress with printed roses on a field of light tan.  This dress was made in the long-ago entirely by hand.  She also wears a vintage sunbonnet which was adapted for her as well as a lovely pinafore, which I made and embroidered for her as a copy of an antique example.  I hope that you see that achieves a little-girl innocence of expression.  

Her purchase price is $675 and $20 shipping in the U.S.  She is also available for a long term layaway.  About half of my dolls sales involve layaway.  I am very easy to work with, so please do not hesitate to ask.  I can be contacted via email for questions or reservations.

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Presenting Mary Rose, a girl of the Missouri homestead.....this doll is a just-completed, one of a kind cloth doll.  She features a flat-face painted in oil with sculpted hair.  Many paintings of her features were required to achieve a depth that gives her dimensionality.  She stands 15" tall, and wears stripped red socks and painted black slippers.  Her wonderful costume includes pantaloons and a slip, as well as an antique gingham dress and overskirt with a lace bonnet.  She is available for purchase or layaway.  Priced at $675 and postage, I offer generous long-term layaways purchases also.  If you have questions or would like to reserve Mary Rose, please contact me via email at:

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After several weeks of awaiting them, three just completed prairie girls have shown up on the homestead.....all three are cloth dolls with clay sculpted hair and flat-painted faces in oil.  Each is about 15" in height, and wears costuming that is a mixture of antique and vintage elements, including pantaloons and a slip.  Here, we preview them at an outdoor tea party on the homestead.  Each will be posted separately.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Presenting "Grace, Princess of the Moors"

Presenting  "Grace, Princess of the Moors".  I have always loved the antique dolls of wood, papier-mache, and even cloth produced in the nineteenth century in Germany with the characteristics known by their place-name, generically called "Grodnertal" dolls.  My interpretation has a sculpted face and hair over a cloth body.  She stands a grand 21" tall and wears a sculpted hair comb in her hair.  Having researched clothing styles of these dolls, as well as what women of the time were wearing, Grace wears an underdress of sheer antique white cotton cloth, which was once part of an adult woman's costume.  Many of the fabrics of the era were sheer, which meant that various styles of  jackets were worn for warmth.  Grace was given a jacket inspired by an 1809 French fashion costume plate; this jacket was made from wonderful and rare antique silk brocade from the 1870's.  There are many small details that Grace was given including her antique earrings and her painted slippers......she is seen here posed in some of my doll scenes; while she is lovely there, I am hoping that you can see how lovely she would look in your own.

This doll is available and also is available for an easy and generous long-term layaway.  Please contact me via email for details at  homeis544@aol.com












Thursday, August 18, 2016

Of special interest for those of you that love the look of the doll made from the elements of the prairie, comes my latest completely flat-painted cloth doll.  At about 14.5" in height, she hasn't whispered her name to me yet.  Perhaps she has told you?  

A hard-stuffed all cloth doll, her only sculpted parts are her ears and they are of clay.  She wears a mohair wig that I made for her, with an antique ribbon in her hair.  Wearing a costume of precious antique, possibly child-made textiles including a pink blouse stitched with black thread and a calico skirt, with a removable pinafore that was made for her as a copy of an antique original piece.  Her face is entirely flat and was painted in several layers in oils to give her depth and expression.  She has painted arms and slippers......I think in person she will take your breath away.

She is available for purchase or layaway.  My layaway terms are simple and designed to making owning one of my dolls easier on the budget.  A minimum payment of $50 or more a month (this is your choice) at the same time of the month is required.  You may pay me by check or Paypal Friends and Family.  I will not send an invoice, but will send an email confirming payment and giving your balance.  If you wish to reserve this doll, or have more questions, please email me at

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SOLD   Please check back soon for other new dolls.

Dolls will be reserved in the order of received email.








Introducing Maggie June

A new doll has just arrived on the homestead.....her name is Maggie June.  A 14" hard-stuffed cloth doll with weighted lower legs, she features a one-of-a-kind sculpted face and hair of clay, painted in many layers with oil paint.  Wearing a costume of antique doll clothing that has been amended for her, including a cotton blouse with the original lace trim and skirt of calico.  She also wears a three-piece set of antique unders including a lovely trimmed petticoat , chemise and pantaloons.  Her arms and legs are painted and take a look at her fanciful painted slippers and socks!  

She is available for purchase or layaway.  Her price is $650 and $15 for postage in the U.S. or $25 postage internationally.  She will be sent by priority mail, insured and with delivery confirmation.  She should stay out of direct sunlight and will need the same mightful care you would give an antique doll.  

My layaway program is designed to make the dolls you would love to low easier to obtain.  A monthly payment of $50 or more, at the same time of the month for as long as is needed are the simple terms.  You may use either a check or Paypal friends and family.  I will email after each payment to update your balance, otherwise invoices are not sent.

If you are interested in a layaway of this doll,  or have other questions, please contact me by email.  Dolls will be reserved in the order or email received.  Contact me at homeis544@aol.com