Come join me "upstairs" from the Studio, a place to relax and talk with friends. Here you'll find clips of my stuff, woolgathering about the animals in the family, news about shows and events and links to other sites that I find too good not to mention. Pull up a cushion and have some cake( there should always be cake) and tea, and lets discuss the amazing world of Art in it's many forms!

CottonWoolBaby Studio

CottonWoolBaby Studio

Poetic thought

Windy Nights
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?

Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

Welcome to my blog, my name is Mary Esther Ward and I am an artist living in Northeastern Pa, USA.
My current artistic passion is making Soft Sculpted figures in all different sizes.
I have experimented with a lot of mediums but so far this process is my favorite. I'm always trying to learn new things, and hope to showcase some of them in the blog process. I'm new at this but so far it's been lots of fun meeting other talented bloggers and keeping up with their  creative processes.

Here's my giveaway doll, a 10" OOAK "raggie" with handpainted face and wool hair.
She is signed and dated on her foot.
This giveaway is open to all bloggers.The event runs from Jan.31st, 2011- Feb.17th 2011.
To participate, leave a comment and make sure I can contact you if your name is drawn on the 17th, and so that I can visit your blog.
The winner will be notified by email, and posted on my blog.
This Event will be closed to comments at 5PM, EST today, Feb 17. so that I can choose a winner, which will be announced tomorrow!
Thanks to all who participated, it's been great fun meeting all of you!


Anonymous said...

I am lucky enough to be your first comment...and I love your artwork. Please count me in on the giveaway...I love it. I too am having a giveaway...visit my blog.

SilverNikNats said...

Awwww shes very cute! Happy OWOH!
Niky x

Janine said...

Hallo, nice to meet you
Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
This is really beautiful.
Please count me in.
Come visit me on my blog,I join the OWOH- event too.
Regards from Germany and happy OWOH

Lisa said...

Welcome to the blogging'll catch on! and please add me in your giveaway!

I'm #70 on the list,
pearl avenue studios


Bertie's said...

She's just lovely. And I'd love to be in your drawing.
Please visit my blog too

Sandi M said...

Hello from southeast PA to northeast PA :) Your art doll is beautiful. Love her vibrant colors! Come by and visit at 559

Cherry said...

Yea! So glad to be here. You have an awesome blog! Come check mine out sometime. Thanks for entering me!

Saskia said...

Oooh... your raggie doll is so unique and so beautiful! Someone, somewhere is going to be very happy with your lovely giveaway...I can only dream it's me! :)

OWOH is a great trip around the (blog)world! I enjoy it!!

Sweet greetings from Belgium,
Saskia :)

(nr214 on the list)

Lesley said...

Your dolls are stunning. I can't believe how real they look given the materials you are working with.
I am envious of your skills. Thanks for the chance to win.

Halloween Folk Art by Melissa Valeriote said...

So glad I was able to stop by and look around at your wonderful creations. Be sure to come by and enter my giveaway as well. Cheers!

apinkdreamer said...

fantastic givaway!please enter me!
visit mine too!!!

gpc said...

Such a cutie! I enjoyed visiting your blog, and I hope you will visit me, too!

Tahnya Marie said...

Hello! I am just flying in from OWOH. Please enter my name in your wonderful prize and pop on by my blog if you would like to enter my OWOH giveaway. You are most welcome to visit my blog any time. :) I love visitors. :)


Thespa said...

I'm having so much fun on the OWOH! I love your blog and I'm so happy to meet you! Hope you have a most wonderful and happy day! Hugs!

Vintiquities Workshop

Deborah said...

Such a sweet little dolly. Please add me to your giveaway and come over and visit me on my blog too. I am #229 on the list.

Gloria said...

Hi, nice to meet you. What a great giveaway, please stop by my blog too for a chance to win.You have a great blog. I'm number 96 on the list. Hope you are enjoying the OWOH event. It's a lot of fun. Take care.

Nancy said...

What a cutie of a doll. I would love her.

Belinda said...

Hi Nice To meet you ! Love your blog ! I am also participating; hopefully you can visit my blog if you get the chance
Hugs Belinda

Andrea said...

Great blog and artwork! Come and visit me if you have the chance!

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi Mary Esther! Doll making is fun isnt it? Your doll is wonderful and I would give it a good home! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

artworks_studio said...

This is my first year with OWOH and it is amazing! If you get a chance wander over to my blog #476 on the list

Doreen G said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize.
Please drop by my blog and enter my draw as well.#573

fortuitous faery said...

she's a charming creation! i hope she doesn't mind moving to equally frigid new jersey from her pennsylvania home IF i win her!

OWOH #528

Halloween Spirit said...

She is beautiful! Please sign me up! My blog is
email -

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Greetings!...So pleased to visit your lovely blog. I am a Canadian Mixed Media and Digital Artist and look forward to meeting a new friend. I hope you will visit my blog as well. or #230 on the OWOH list.

Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw.

Hugs, Gayle
my blog:

Arya said...

Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey! I am meeting so many wonderful bloggers, including you!

Lalaine said...

my daughter will love this.. count me in!

Hope you can also drop by my entry!

*laetriciajaniel (@) gmail .com

Elsina said...

This is just so fantastic! You are so good in this! I would love to enter your give away! I am also participating in this OWOH :)

Sigrid said...

Great! A wonderful Giveaway and very nice blog.
Also I have a Giveaway. Show, nevertheless, sometimes past OWOH#646


Homemaker Honey said...

G'Day from Brisbane! Poppin' in for OWOH event. Pleased to meet you!

She's too cute!

homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

My OWOH giveaway:

averilpam said...

Your raggie doll is lovely, I'd be delighted to win her!

Hoopie said...

What a great give away You have !

Thanks for participating in
One World One Heart

check out my blog #635

The Altered Paper said...

Hello from Ky! Love Raggie! Put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize Please! Thanks,Tee

Monica said...

Thank you for your generous giveaway.
Don't forget to visit me too!

OWOH #340

IM GIRL said...

Hi Mary!
WOW, Your doll is wonderful! Such a generous give away! Please do enter me, I would love to give her a new home. I enjoyed reading your blog and I feel like I have met a friend.
Do come by and visit me when you can.

Anonymous said...

OMGOSH! I love her little face, I marvel that anyone is talented enough to hand paint faces like that I just don't have the skills!

Enter me in your giveaway!

Jennifer Hall
My Email:
My Blog:

Erika said...

What a cute little doll!

If you get a chance stop by; I am also participating:

Michaele said...

... and she's wearing my favorite color! RED!!!! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll drop by both of my giveaways (at Twigs and Tulle and Kindergarten’s 3 R’s: I’m giving away a mini bunting and some pattern blocks) during this awesome blogging event! Happy OWOH!



Lucys Baby said...

We're ADO friends, I love your work, just incredible! She would be happy with me, I just know it, count me in.

Jeanie Callaghan said...

What an adorable baby! So talented!
Please drop by to see the bead woven necklace I am giving away.

Jeanie Callaghan

flyingbeader said...

Hello from a fellow dollmaker in Ohio (#599). Did you know about Artistic Figures in Cloth being held here in Columbus Ohio? It is the last weekend in April & has lots of great teachers. I'm going to be taking a sculpting class & try my hand at that. I mainly do beaded dolls, so this will be a different thing for me. nice to met you & will be following your blog

Cherry said...

Oh she is beautiful! Yea! So glad to be here. You have an awesome blog! Come check mine out sometime. Thanks for entering me!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

I love your creativity. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years seeing all of the wonderful blogs and meeting everyone. Thanks for your participation in the event.
visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

jonaks said...

she is so lovely!!! would love to win her!

Christine Jargick said...

What an adorable doll! Count me in. I am visiting from California and I am also participating. Please come visit.

Sarah said...

Oh I'm so excited to have found One World One Heart. What a great idea! I'm having a grand time visiting blogs such as yours and hopefully it will help my blog to grow in the process! I'd love to be included in your drawing. Sarah

The McEwans said...

WoW!!! She is beautiful!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Your doll is beautiful. Each doll that one makes really comes to life hey? Well she is great!!!
I'd love to have a chance to win a piece of your beautiful work. Please enter my name into your draw, and thanks! Norma (95)

Elaine Akers said...

Hello from Southeastern Massachusetts. Your dolls are beautiful.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Stop by my blog to visit. #634

cheekyradish said...

What a doll! She is just adorable, I'd love to win her. I am a total doll nut so toss my name in the hat please! If you are out and about in the blogshere come on over to #521 to meet me! Then you'll see what a good 'mommy' I can be!!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

So very nice to meet you. I love your dolls and the one you are so generously giving away.
Please enter me and wish me luck.
I am number 745 in this event. Just entered today.

Mimi said...

She would be right at home here at my house!

Come on by my blog & enter my OWOH giveaway also, I'm #590.

Enjoy your journey,

Hoerauf at comcast dot net

Jingle said...

Your doll is absolutely fantastic! I love art dolls! I particularly love this one because she is in red and that is my favorite color. She is just wonderful!!! Thanks for the chance to win! jinglesells at gmail dot com #357 (I'm giving away one of my dolls!)

Jodaeodesign said...

She is darling! Please include me in your drawing.

Rein said...

Wonderful give away,
she is lovely!

Teri said...

Awe she is so cute!! I'm from Michigan and this is my first participation in a bloghop! This is the best! Meeting new people from all over the world! Come by and visit me .
Thanks for sharing your blog.

Artful Musings said...

Hailing you from sunny Arizona. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and learning about you and your art. I hope you’ll visit my blog and signup to win my prizes. Laura

trisha too said...

Oh, she is adorable! I'm pretty sure she wants to come live at our house!

Happy OWOH to you--stop by and see me, if you get a chance--I'm flying along with OWOH, too!

trishatoo at hotmail dot com

Barbara said...

What a sweet doll! Please enter my name in your drawing.

Nanbon44 said...

So very nice to meet you, I love visiting all these wonderful blogs and seeing what everyone is working on, there are so many talented people here..

Please enter my name in your lovely drawing
Bonnie in Florida

Visit my blogs
# 566 and # 567

Cheryl said...

Greetings from Fresno, California :-)
Please enter me in your drawing for your lovely give-away gift.
~Cheryl over @ Artsy Fartsy

cottageprims said...

Love her face! Count me in on the lovely giveaway.If I should be the lucky winner just email me through my blog.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Lubna said...

Sending you sunshine from Mumbai, India.
You are so luck to be participating via a give-away this OWOH season. I came to know about it only recently and am not as creative. I hope OWOH continues next year (it must, it must, the show must go on)so that I can be ready with a gift. Just picked up a few beading books today..... preparing early.
Do visit my blog, look up my photographs and take a minin tour of life in Mumbai, India. I look forward to being included in your door gift draw.
My email: lukathewriter (At) gmail (dot) com

Healing Woman said...

Greetings from Roanoke, Virginia. Wow. What a wonderful doll. Please add my name to your draw. Also, if time permits, fly on over to number 92.

arttage said...

Love the doll! Would be thrilled to win such a sweetheart! Please visit my blogger too ok. Sanna

BabesbyBarb said...

you are very talented, your doll is precious. It was nice getting to know you today. I hope that you will stop by my blog if you have time and see my dolls I create

Aimee Jeffries said...

Oh what a wonderful prize, I would love to own one of your dolls, I have admired them for awhile now! Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)

Sunshineshelle said...

Your one of a kind (I just learnt what OOAK means) dool is a sweetie, I noticed you have other talents too, must admit I'm really keen to try a doll (well at least a sock puppet LOL) By the way I'm pleased to meet you (I'm Shelle from Sunshine Coast Australia) If you have time I'd love you to come on over check out my giveaways & comment at my OWOH post too :) oh & please feel free to drop in now and then after OWOH if you're in the bloggersphere :)

Antonella said...

Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway! She is a beauty! Glad to meet you as I take my slow journey around the world...
Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

AlwaysInspired said...

She is adorable! Love your soft sculptures!
Please stop by and enter my OWOH! I'm #50!

FairlyGirly said...

Wonderful doll. Thanks for the chance to win. Please pop over to my blog and enter mine. #636

Pattee said...

I would love a chance to win your wonderful doll... she's so sweet!
: ) Pattee

PEA said...

Hi Mary, so lovely to meet you! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your gorgeous doll, she's so delightful:-)

Make sure you come by and enter my own giveaway if you haven’t done so already!!

Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

Francine Cronos said...

Greetings from Northern California. I've really enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your little "raggie"; she's adorable. Thanks for the chance to enter your fabulous giveaway.

Regina said...

It was wonderful wandering through you world today on my OWOH journey. Thank you for having me.

Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway ^_^

I hope that you will come and visit me too in Alabama on your next outing. #104 Southern Ooaks


Marina said...

This is one of the prettiest rag dolls I've ever seen! I love her!
Hope she comes to live in FL with me and my dollies :-)

Come see my giveaway too at

Atypical Girl said...

I love seeing all the neat things that people create!

Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Amy from Pennsylvania (OWOH #520)
artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

Micki said...

Nice meeting you!Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful prize. Your doll is a treasure!Please visit me at Irish Muses at #678.

Keisha said...

Hello from Navada! I love your giveaway! Please count me in! Thank you!!

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

Que Bella said...

It's lovely to meet you and to discover your blog. What a great giveaway. I love dolls. Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH participant 598

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

She is altogether wonderful! I collect dolls and would have a special place for her! Thank you! ♥ Please visit me soon! I'm # 389 ! ♥

Debra said...

Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!

just me said...

wonderful little doll. will be back to look more at your art, please throw my name in the hat

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Very pretty "raggie" doll. I am #694 on OWOH, check me out.

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

Nice work. Funny enough I am 733 on the list and have mistakenly posted on several blogs that I was 633 because my memory is not so good some days:) Hopefully that is not so confusing and one of us wins something somewhere, huh? So I came to check yours out and here I am. You work is lovely. Stop by mine if you get the chance...

OWOH #733

Danielle said...

Love the doll!
binafan at hotmail dot com


Your work is absolutely breath taking. You have an awesome style in painting faces. Your give away is Such a sweetie. I have enjoyed viewing your world, come visit when you can .#220 Wanda

Connie said...

your raggy doll is adorable! please enter me in your giveaway and come enter mine.

SLucy said...

Awesome Giveaway~Hello from Ontario Canada!!!
Please include me for this giveaway ;)
You can visit my giveaway here:

Caroline said...

Beautiful doll! Please enter me--thanks :) OWOH #318

Karla Rosendall said...

Beautiful work!

s hyler said...

I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing, if you get a chance to stop by my blog is #809

CathyH said...

Hi Mary, this doll is beautiful. I love the hand painted face, just wonderful!
cathyguitarteacher-77 at

Rusted Wings said...

your work is beautiful and you have a lovely offering!
please come visit my blog #30 on the list.
warm hugs & blessings from Montana!

Annie said...

I love your doll, her painted face is beautiful!!!! It was so nice to stay awhile and enjoy a coffee with you. If you get the chance I would love you to visit me downunder (Australia) so I can return the favour. #819

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Greetings from sunny Arizona. I am so thrilled to meet you and have the wonderful opportunity to visit you and your lovely blog. I would be thrilled to be entered into your giveaway. Your Dollie just screams "LOVE". Her face is gorgeous, and red is my favorite color.

I am Country Wings in Phoenix, your newest follower. I can't wait to see what you share next. While I love the gift giving during the OWOH giveaway, what I love most, is having the chance to meet new friends and share our day to day lives, and creations and ideas.

I hope you will pop over and say hello. I would be honored if you signed up to follow me as well. Again thank you for the wonderful opportunity, as you gift of love is beautiful.

Country hugs, Sherry

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Such a cheerful color and beautiful doll; love the work of your hands and heart. When you've time, please visit me at Thistle Cove Farm.

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

Would love the chance to add her to my collection, Thank you!

Missy ~ From Canada
Misfit Momma
misfitmomma at gmail dot com

Sherry Edwards said...

Thanks for the chance of winning your beautiful 'Raggie' doll, I love her face!

I hope you'll stop by and see my giveaways too on my blog.

Sherry from England, UK

Dianne said...

What a sweetie! This is so nicely made and she makes you smile.
Please enter me in your giveaway and come over to my blog-#348 and try your luck there. Thanks!

baglady said...

She is a beautiful little girl- I would love to add my name to her drawing. Art dolls is not something I have tried but I love them- each one has so much personality. Please come visit my blog lucky #777 on the ever growing list.

JBlanton said...

Greetings from western North Carolina.
You have an awesome blog and giveaway- thanks for the chance to win!

Cameron said...

What a sweet little doll....I love her a brunette Shirley Temple!

Cameron #83

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Hello from NY. What an amazing giveaway. Thank you for adding my name to your giveaway.

stampgram said...

Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you.
Thanks for participating in OWOH. Please enter me in the drawing for your sweet doll.
( stampgram AT yahoo DOT com }
If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
# 385
# 132

Beckie Holso said...

Isn’t this fun? I just love OWOH! Thank you for participating… please count me in for your terrific giveaway. If you get a chance, I hope you’ll visit me too (if you haven’t already).

Beckie =)
artbeckons at hotmail dot com
San Diego, California, USA

OWOH #119
OWOH #132

Leslie H. said...

Loving this OWOH meet and greet. Come for a visit. Leslie

danit said...

She is so cute. My daughter will love her to pieces.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have a very warm and inviting blog. I really enjoyed my quick look around and LOVED the darling doll. Please enter me in your giveaway and visit me, if you haven't already. I'm number 11 and my information is on my profile page.

Lauren said...

Hello! I'm so glad I found One World One Heart and was able to visit your blog! I'm pretty new to the blogging world and I love seeing the different ways of blogging. I hope you will check out my blog and maybe find something useful there. I'd love to be entered for your door prize, thanks for adding my name to the list!

Tina Wilson said...

so nice to meet you through this event. hope you'll stop by and say hi. so nice to see all of the wonderful creativity across blog land.what lovely dolls you craft. they are awesome!

Wendy said...

It is wonderful to meet you and take a little walk through your lovely blog.Your dolls are absolutely incredible. I would love to be entered into your generous giveaway. Happy OWOH. Please do drop in and visit with me during your journey. It would be so much fun.
wishes and whimsy
WenDy from WonDErlanD

Lezlei Ann Young said...

An ADO buddy! Please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at


Deirdra Doan said...

I love to make dolls..yours are so beautiful.
come say hi..Deirdra Doan blog giveaway

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hello, Mary, thanks so much for the chance to win your giveaway! OOAK dolls are soooo special! if you haven't yet, i hope you can come and visit me at and join my OWOH giveaway.
blessings from peggyapl(at)!

Miriam said...

Your doll is very special! Please count me in.

Greetings from the Netherlands, Miriam #781

joe said...

a big howdy from montana! thank you for letting me mosey around your blog. you are very talented and i have enjoyed my stay and will return again soon!

what a wonderful little doll! i know she would be pleased to play in my studio! please add me to your drawing.

stop by my blog and drop your name in my hat, too!


LamoreAllure said...

Greetings from Ipswich, MA USA
I'm glad to meet you.

I'm a jewelry artist of sorts, a watercolor painter, and an over all creative adventurer! And...I'd be honored for you to
follow my blog!

Love "Raggie" hope she comes home to be with me! Please enter me into the OWOH give away.

I hope you can visit my blog, too. I'm giving away a shabby chic denim necklace. Come chat any time.

Hugs¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´Linda L*

By the Bluegrass said...

Ooooh, She is just darling! I'd love a chance to win her.
Thank you...looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog.

shawkl said...

Oh, aren't dolls just wonderful! I'd love to have one of your's. I'm your newest I can come back and find you again soon for a longer visit!

Digital Misfit said...

Your raggie doll is precious! I love her sweet face.
Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, #51, on your journey.
hugs from ON, Canada

'RainbowRose' Connie Faulconer said...

Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!

wildmtnrose at gmail dot com

Chelle said...

Hi, it's wonderful to meet you through this lovely event. I'd love for my name to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day. :-) I'm off now to look at more of your blog!


Sean said...

thindoFrom the Florida Gulf Coast
I am entering for my daughter Melanie, she had wanted to participate in this year's event, but a fire changed her plans... I thought I would surprise her and do this for her..
Visit the site I set up for her on my blog #579.. and enter her name in the contest, thank You


Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Hello from beautiful NW Arkansas! It's nice meeting you! All of your dolls are precious and now I'm following your blog. :) Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and be sure to enter mine, too (if you haven't already.) #215 on the list.

Warmest Regards,

Wanda Eash
Two Crafty Mules

Fallingladies said...

She's a beautiful doll! come see my falling ladies!

Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Hi Mary, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted ooak raggie doll art project. How sweet! Please visit my blog, too. I am the author of "16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood." I am giving away my book and a couple of laminated 4 leaf clovers.

janil said...

Oh!!!!It's a wonderful and so sweet doll!!!
Thanks for the chance and greetings from Spain!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es