Maureen Carroll became an artist as a practical matter. About ten years ago she and her husband purchased the family homestead where her husband grew up—an 1820 post-and-beam New England Cape surrounded by stone walls. The history of this old home that inspired her to create.
She began making floor cloths and game boards when they started redecorating.
As inevitably happens, friends and family loved her work so much that her husband encouraged her to start her own business. Orders started coming in, and she have been busy ever since.
Carroll started making millinery bonnet forms for the same reason. She wanted one for herself for her Gathering Room. A friend saw it and said that she should add them to her product line. Soon after that, customers began asking about fully dressed dolls, so Carroll added them, too. "I just love them," said Carroll. "It is thrilling to see them come to life as I sculpt each of their little faces."
She makes their clothing individually according to its shape and the personality she discovers in each one. She never uses a pattern. All of her dolls are individuals, one-of-a-kind, and Carroll believes that this uniqueness makes each one special.
Carroll calls her business Yester Dayes and she welcomes special orders with the understanding that refunds are not available on commissioned items. But she will work with customers to make certain they are satisfied with her work.
Carroll still lives in that family homestead in Limerick, Maine, with her husband and four children.
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Colonial Pennsylvania meets 21st Century design in this historic property formerly deeded to Letitia Penn, daughter of William Penn. This 26-acre estate features an inviting farmhouse, in-ground pool, outbuilding used as a country goods store, a tenant house, and barn.. $1,375,000.