Monday, October 20, 2014

Dahlias in the Window

I love dahlias. But I only have one plant of them, in my favorite color of very pale pink. Due to the wind and the rain of late, they have been bending over and breaking. First there was one, so I popped it into my antique pickle jar vase. Then another, and finally there are quite a few of them. I actually could have used the beautiful, Victorian era tall pitcher, but that thought never entered my mind until now. I will wrap my remaining beauties so that no more breakage will occur.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Celebrated Friend's Visit ~ Nicol Sayre!

On Saturday the 30th. of August, Gregory and I were delighted to welcome into our home friend,  Nicol Sayre and her wonderful husband, Phil for a fun little visit. They were in Portland for a wedding to attend on Sunday. To my surprise, dear Nicol brought me a gift of one of her adorable, tiny dolls seen pictured.

Knowing Nicol was going to be at my house the night before, I had a dream about Anna Nicole Smith! Hello! I guess Nicol's celebrated name led me to that one. (For those of you who do not know of Nicol Sayre, hear me now, she is a very renowned and amazing creator of the most beautiful dolls.)  And so, I have given my little doll the name Anna Nicol. I love the beautiful old-fashioned name Anna, and I also love Nicol and her name. Allow me to introduce to you my beautiful, little Anna Nicol here in my house.

Why is there no picture of Nicol and me, or of Phil and Gregory? We forgot!

Anna Nicol is sitting on the lap of my lovely Gail Wilson Queen Anne doll, Clothilda that I made from one of her fabulous kits. I named the doll; Gail did not.

Enjoy my girls!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Theorem Heart Pincushion

I made this theorem heart pincushion many years ago. I have made others of this design and sold them, but I keep this one just for me. I happened upon this picture as I was sifting through my stash on iPhoto, and thought it would be nice to share.

For those of you who do not know what a theorem is, permit me to say it is oil painted designs onto velvet through stencils. They were very popular among the gentry of the early 1800's in England and America.

To learn more about this art form, please read the wonderful article written by my dear husband for Early American Life magazine.  Click on Theorem Painting.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Porcelain Doll Heads ~ SOLD

Here is my small collection of antique, porcelain doll heads. Although the large one has a crack through the bust, she has been repaired by someone before I found her, and she can be made into a doll. I love these beauties, because I simply love dolls and doll related items of the 19th. century and earlier.  I just SOLD these girls on my Etsy store. Once it's sold on Etsy, it disappears.

 For you see, although I live in a Victorian, Italianate styled home, it is the earlier designs that I make and love the most, those being the mache heads and the all cloth as well as the woodens. And so, I am in the process of making room for the earlier dolls by finding new homes for these newer dolls. I have a few of the very large porcelains that will be put up for sale, one-of-these-days.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Dolls!


June 26, 2014


Pacific Time

The new dolls will be ready to view.
Hope you will come and see them.

Thank you!



Parthenia Peddy

Monday, June 16, 2014

All Cloth Dolls

I have been designing one-of-a-kind, all cloth dolls, and here is a group-shot of the first batch that will be announced for Dolls and Fancywork Shoppe, very soon. 

The small dolls are all hand-stitched. The two larger dolls were made using my sewing machine. I hope to continue designing more smaller ones and again, all to be completely hand-stitched, just like in the early days.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fraktur ~ Adam and Eve Bookboard ~

I just finished this Fraktur Bookboard of Adam and Eve for a client who commissioned it. My inspiration for this picture onto a very old leather Bible bookboard came from an 1820 Mennonite piece from Pennsylvania.

Here is a sweet poem by Marjorie Pickthall 1883-1922

Adam and Eve

When the first dark had fallen around them
And the leaves were weary of praise,
In the clear silence Beauty found them
And showed them all her ways.

In the high noon of the heavenly garden
Where the angels sunned with the birds,
Beauty, before their hearts could harden,
Had taught them heavenly words.

When they fled in the burning weather
And nothing dawned but a dream,
Beauty fasted their hands together
And cooled them at her stream.

And when day wearied and night grew stronger,
And they slept as the beautiful must,
Then she bided a little longer,
And blossomed from their dust.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Board Memorial for a Friend

My heart is full of love and gratitude. I was commissioned to do a book board in honor of a friend's recently passed husband. He was a fireman as well as a bee keeper. She said she was tearfully happy with it for she felt as though I was inspired by him. I felt it too. It's an odd thing to paint for someone all the while feeling a connection of deep and grievous love. And yet, joy and comfort prevailed. It was an important message, though esoteric.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gate Leg Table

I spotted this beautiful, old gate leg table the other day in Camas, Washington when Gregory and I moseyed on up there just for the fun-of-it, since it's only a 25 minute drive or so. Today we went and got it. The price was beyond reasonable! I am ecstatic, because this beauty works perfectly in our 1888 Italianate house that was actually moved from one street in Oregon City (OR) in 1915 to the street it is now on. More on that another day, but understand that when it was moved, they added a bungalow era front, wrap porch and so it made this house a "married-up" one with two specific design eras. The house was put onto the National Historic Register back in 1979, by previous owners and so, it is a must that it not be changed one iota on the outside. We don't mind. We love our house and all of the fun things we furnish it with. We have early American, Victorian (mostly American), Eastlake, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Art Nouveau and so on. There are a considerable assortment of very primitive, early American items as well. Whatever we love tends to work beautifully for us. So thank you Camas Antiques Mall and One Girl in Pink for this, our latest acquisition. Isn't it fun?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Board Paintings as Fancywork?

I have begun a joyful journey of painting with ink and water color onto the old book boards that have virtually fallen off of the pages. I am thoroughly ensconced in Fraktur and portraiture of early America. These are the first six that I have finished and I am now involved in quite a few more of them. Eventually they will be listed for sale under Fancywork, because to me, they are a rather fancy endeavor.

Usually Fancywork indicates items made with needle and thread, but I think paintings fit and so they do for me! The Merriam - Webster dictionary defines fancywork as decorative needlework. Perhaps one day I will add a new category to my world of creating, and I can call it painting, but for now, Fancywork will have to do.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter this April 20, 2014

This Fraktur Easter bunny is a lovely early American design, obviously of German origin as the art of the Fraktur came from the Germans. This one is probably from Pennsylvania Dutch country that was settled by the Germans.

This little history of the Easter bunny truly takes me back to my childhood, because my siblings and I would hide our Easter baskets the night before Easter Sunday and always for certain, that old Easter bunny found each one and filled it with goodies!

It is not my intention to consider the Christian aspects of Easter. This is just about the Easter bunny and his origin.


Origin of The Easter Bunny

The Easter bunny is a symbol that originated with the pagan festival of  Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the hare or rabbit.

The date of Easter is determined by the moon whose symbolism is strongly tied to that of the hare. In fact, the hare is the symbol for the moon. Ever since the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st.

The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the  German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were good the "Oschter Haws" would lay a nest of colored eggs.

The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests. The use of elaborate Easter baskets came later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Connie Govea Stuart ~ Beautiful Cloth Book

Connie Govea Stuart is an amazing talent who creates from the heart beautiful, romantic works of art from bits and pieces of the past. I bought this incredible cloth book from her at a show in Pleasanton, California back in 2006.

I am now offering it to the first taker for a small sum in comparison to what I paid when I purchased it. I never removed the price tag which you can see in picture number 5.  which was $120.00. I am asking $49.00 plus shipping. Please contact me and let me know if you would like to buy this little gem of Connie's.

I did not put it onto my Etsy Store, because it is not one of my creations and it is not vintage enough to be placed in the Old & Good category. But it is made from old and very good things by a fabulous artist.









Sunday, March 23, 2014

Claire is one of my dear little mache-head dolls with their cloth bodies. This one is dressed in exquisite, early fabrics in blue. I just added this one to my Etsy Store. If you are interested in seeing all about her, do go here.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hattie ~ A Greiner Reproduction

Here is my Hattie, just added to my Etsy store. If you are interested in learning about her, please click HERE.