Finding Family on the Internet

A kind person named Pamela has left lovely comments on my blog as Civil Folks for many years.  

Imagine how fun it was to discover through my mama that Shadetree Primitives from Georgia is her FIRST COUSIN.  

My Granny Ethel was her dad Martin's older sister. So that makes Pamela my second cousin.  :-)  What a nice discovery!  We would have been together at "The Birthday Dinner" for my great-grandmother back in the day in Hazlehurst, Georgia.  I moved back to Maine to go to college, and haven't had a chance to see these cousins for many years.  But I have fond memories of those gatherings. 

Pamela and her husband Frank have been involved with historical re-enactments and sell lovely primitive items on their Shadetree Primitives Facebook Page

Mini Izannah Available for Adoption

I made two dolls last spring which were featured in the Autumn Issue of Art Dolls Quarterly.  As usual, I offered them to my mailing list before posting online.  The larger doll has been purchased, but little Janie is available for adoption.  Visit the Shop to read more.  

What Encouragement Does

Dixie in 2007
holding two Izannah Walker dolls.
Less gray hair and wrinkles for sure! ;-)

One instance of encouragement can make a lot happen. I first drove to Lucy's Doll House in 2006 to see a lovely Izanah Walker doll they had available.  Eight years ago, Sue Singer graciously let me document that doll in photographs.  And when the shop had other Izannah Walker Dolls, she let me come and document those. 

Seeing that first doll prompted me to start this blog -

In 2008, I  put the Izannah images I've been able to take on their own blog called the Izannah Walker Chronicles.  

In 2010, I designed an Izannah Walker inspired pattern and did an online workshop. 

Also in 2010,  I started MAIDA Today, a broader based blog focused on making antique inspired dolls.  The first post is a feature of a lovely Columbian doll I photographed and studied and measured.  

The MAIDA Dolls Group was born in 2010.

See what one instance of encouragement can put in motion?  

I'm sad that Lucy's Doll House brick and mortar shop is closing.  

But I'm so happy that Sue Singer plans to have an online based shop  As more information comes about that, I will share.  

Kayaking at Dawn

I was on vacation and had the chance to go kayaking at dawn.  Here are a few pictures I took: 



The light at dawn is beautiful.

Autumn Art Doll Quarterly Feature

My work was featured in the Autumn issue of Art Doll Quarterly.  This issue looks interesting!  And my name is on the cover, which is kind of fun! 


"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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