Welcome to our Team Blog! Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie have joined together to create a fun place to share our ideas and lives with all of you. We know that our teaming up has been confusing for some of you and we apologize. We will refer to ourselves as Marie Antoinette (the Doll Creator & maker of fabulous items) who lives in Peacock Paradise and Edie Marie (the creator of the posts and story telling on this blog & amateur crafter of many things in my "attic") who lives on Golden Pond. What great fun we have combining our forces!!

Thank you for stopping by to see what's happening in our studios in Peacock Paradise and on Golden Pond!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


There's a new magazine in town and 
our darling Marie Antoinette is in it! 

The Fall 2014 issue of  
the Southern Senior Magazine 
is out! It has a wonderful 2 page 
article in it about Marie's incredible 
Whitmanville Christmas Village. 

  This new magazine has been 
created for baby boomers by 
Pearl River Communications. 
It's a quarterly magazine that runs just 
$16.00 per year. It can be delivered via mail 
to your home by calling 601-798-4835.

I was so excited when I received a copy 
of the magazine in the mail from Marie!

The article and photos are delightful and 
remind me of magazines from my youth! 

Here's some quotes from the article: 

 "Marie has been collecting Whitmanville for 
22 years. She started when her daughter bought 
her the first piece, a ceramic train. 
Then Marie got the fever!"

"The era of the Christmas Village is set in the 
early 1900's. People still wore long dresses, 
and they still had horse drawn carriages, 
but they also had autos and airplanes."

 "Whitmanville has a waterfront, or warehouse area, 
then comes the shops, museums, restaurants, and 
the township... City Hall, bank, churches and such."

"Then what the children love most... 
The Carnival... Marie has most all the old 
rides... even a Swan Boat ride."

"She also has a ski mountain."

"Next comes the zoo, 
with monkeys, elephants, lions, tigers, 
and bears... Oh My!!"

"Marie says it takes about a week to set 
it up. She says she does have some help 
from her daughter, Alexia Miller, and 
one of her best friends, Diane Richard. "

"When asked about her favorite part of 
Whitmanville, Marie says 'My favorite 
part is the Nutcracker Ballet.' This is an 
amazing piece. The ballerinas dance and 
swirl around the stage gracefully. All 
the girls love this piece!"

Marie's Whitmanville Christmas Village 
has been a part of "Christmas on the Rails"
in Picayune, Mississippi for the past 
couple of years. It has previously been located 
at the Picayune Train Depot but is moving 
this year to it's own location at
The Checkered Lily.

Fix yourself a cup of tea and 
take a few minutes to look at this video 
of Marie's village from 2013... 
you'll be sooo glad you did. 
It's even larger now since she adds 
new pieces every year. The details 
will amaze you!

Marie thanks the magazine from the 
bottom of her heart for spreading the 
news of her beautiful village.
Whitmanville Christmas Village 
 is a huge highlight of Picayune's "Christmas 
on the Rails" event that dazzles and 
delights ALL ages! 

Congratulations Marie 
for being recognized by 
Southern Senior Magazine. 
Your village is a true treasure!!
Stop by if you're in the area on 
December 5th!! It's from 5pm to 9pm.
She'll love to see you there!

If you would like to subscribe to this 
great magazine you can contact 
Southern Senior Magazine 
@ 601-798 -4835 or email them
@ .

Holiday Blessings to all of 
our dear friends! 

Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie

Post written by - Edie Marie
Talented & humble village creator - Marie Antoinette  
Great new mag - Southern Senior Magazine
We're joining Paula @ 
Ivy & Elephants for 
What's It Wednesday
Stop by to see Paula's fall 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yard Sale Find

One thing I miss in the fall is a 
good YARD SALE! 

This summer I snagged some great 
"finds" for my studio makeover. 
One little gem is my new/old 
bulletin board for $5.00 !! 

I'm using it more as a place to decorate. 
Remember the bulletin boards in 
your school classroom and how fun 
some teachers would decorate them? 

I added a piece of lace trim that 
my Grandma crocheted, a heart 
shaped basket that my sweet sis 
gave me years ago, along with 
a muslin angel I created with 
twine hair. Oh and of course a 
reminder to call Marie!

It's amazing how one person's trash 
really can become another person's 
 sweet treasure! 

Happy treasure hunting! 

Blessings & love, 
Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

We're joining Paula @ Ivy & Elephants for 
Stop by to see her lil' "pumpkins"!  

We're also joining Marie @ Simple Nature 
Decor for Fabulous Friday Party
Fun people to visit! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sewing Machine Drawer Makeover

This past winter I showed you 
the Sewing Machine Drawers 
that I purchased at our local 
Antique Mall. 

I pondered for months what 
I wanted to do with them 
and finally came to the conclusion 
to incorporate them into my 
little birdhouse table. 
It would create a useful unit 
that could hold LOTS of odds 
and ends that we all love to 
have on hand to create with. 
Plus it would free up shelf space 
and put them out where I can 
enjoy them everyday! 

My brother was visiting for a 
few days and this became our 
project while he was here. 

We purchased a nice piece of wood 
that would become the top of 
the two sewing machine drawer 
units. My brother cut the wood into
the size we needed with curved corners 
at the front.   

( Let's pretend there's a great photo of my brother
using the jigsaw here! I'm SURE I took one!!)

All the pieces were painted white 
to unify them then scuffed up for 
that worn look. I had a brain storm 
when I happened to spy an old 
measuring tape in black & white 
that's been in my sewing box 
for years. It was the perfect size 
for edging the top! 

(That's right, no photo of the painting or 
attaching the measuring tape being glued!) 

But here's a pic of the units with the top 
on them. It's just resting on top so I can 
make future changes if I want to. 

 As you can see I tucked 2 plain sewing 
machine drawers in the space between the 
drawer units. There was just enough room 
to tuck in my Clark's Thread tin! 

Next I added 2 fancier drawers on top of 
the wood piece and filled them with lots  
of trims and things. 

I love how they look peeking out! 

 Then a brainstorm for the center section 
and a great repurpose/reuse. 

 I'm allowed to have cashews on my 
eating plan and they come in these great
plastic containers from Aldi's! I wash them 
thoroughly, edge with tape around the label 
(that's right I don't even take the label off),
and paint the label with blackboard paint! 

 I purchased a Bistro Chalk Marker 
at Joanne Fabrics & Crafts to write 
on the chalkboard labels. I like it so 
much better than actual chalk. It 
washes off with soap & water but 
doesn't rub off like chalk. 

 I sorted all my little odds and ends into 
categories and had fun with the marker. 

Michaels had these adorable photo boxes 
that were Paris inspired and I knew would 
look great with the black & white. 

 So there you have it. 
All my sewing drawers are packed 
with vintage bindings & ribbons & such. 

I added a couple vintage items from my 
Mom's sewing machine drawers to 
remind me of the hours she sat at 
her machine making clothes for me 
or sewing bridesmaids dresses. 

It's been a fun project! 

Marie sent me a couple metal pictures 
from her studio that needed a new home. 
Perfect for my window on the birdhouse 
table. I added a rosette I fashioned from 
a crocheted doily my Grandma Meme 
made many many years ago. 

Marie made the gorgeous fan you 
see on the wall. I think it looks fabulous! 

Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

We're joining Linda @ Coastal Charm for 
her Show-n-Share no 232. Stop by and 
see all the great ideas! 

We're also joining Patti & Paula 
@ Ivy and Elephants    
for What's It Wednesday. Fabulous 
ideas to get fall inspiration!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

From Trash Bin to Treasure

I was passing by the dumpster in our 
condo community one day when something 
caught my eye. Among the remnants of 
someones discarded faded belongings 
was this little beauty just begging for 
a new life! 

It was a sturdy heavy real wood 
small book case. 
Just right for my studio makeover! 
Bring on the paint!! 

 Here it is! 
My new shipping department! 
(it was a hot mess before) 

Twine, string, ribbon, return address 
labels in a collection of fav containers.  

A favorite Longaberger basket for 
strings, twine & ribbon.  

A sweet footed black & tan planter to 
hold what-nots found at a yard sale 
for $5. It was love at first sight!  

This handsome black container was 
given to me by a friend and holds 
some "thank you" gifts for my 

A big Paris shopping bag holds my 
stash of boxes and bubble wraps.  

 My Mom's favorite Neiman-Marcus box,
that once held a holiday bottle of perfume,
has now found a home on my recovered 
bookcase. I love the little buckled strap 
that closes it.

So there you have it. 
What have you taken from trash to 
treasure of late? We'd love to hear 
what you've given new life to. 

Thank you for stopping by! 
We LOVE to hear from you!!

Next time I'll show you the "sewing 
machine drawer makeover". 

Blessings to all of our dear friends
out there, 
Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Welcome to my "new" studio!

 The fabulous Marie Paper Doll by our 
sweet Marie Antoinette greets me every time 
I go into my studio.

It was time to make some changes 
in my studio and with the help of 
summer yard sales and throw aways 
at the dumpster I've been able to make 
some great changes. 

I'm enjoying the changes I've made over 
the summer. 

Meet my new shipping department! 
I rescued this bookcase from the trash 
and gave it a new life with a good 
cleaning and a couple coats of paint. 
Now I have an organized area for 
all my shipping supplies.  
I'll be doing a future post on the before 
and after of the bookcase soon. 

I moved the chunky cedar closet out and 
replaced it with my painted secretary desk 
that I named "Paris Dreams" after I
painted it many years ago. This 
was the very first piece of furniture I 
bought after starting my working carrier.
Now that was many moons ago but 
it's still going strong! 

Meet my new toile tablecloth,
$7 at a yard sale and it's for a long table! 
Oh yeah baby!! 

I'm in toile heaven. 
These Waverly black & cream toile 
drapery panels were $10 at another 
yard sale. 

I had these adorable short drapery rods 
in my stash of leftover items from our 
family home that were perfect at each 
end of my studio window. It allows me 
to extend the window past the edges 
a bit.

Next I wanted something different for a 
valance to "bridge" the toile panels together. 

I had just gathered my collection of 
vintage doilies & linens together and 
filled one of my favorite Longaberger 
market baskets with them.  
They looked delicious and ready to be 
used on something unusual!  

A favorite linen of mine is this 
sweet little tablecloth with a French 
basket on it. It was perfect for my idea!

 A few thumbtacks later it all came 
to fruition!

I was so happy with how great the vintage 
color looked with the creams in the drapes! 

I moved all my large storage racks 
down on the wall which forced me to 
unload all of them, purge and reorganize them. 

The tops of my shelving units hold vintage 
baskets which help with storage. 
The 3 oldest ones are almost antiques now. 
They are baskets I have that were made
by my Great Uncle Charlie whose 
artisan craft was basket weaving. He owned 
a basket shop in lower Michigan that was 
quite successful in it's "hayday". 

I also have 3 baskets that my Mom made 

many years ago in a class she took with 
my sister. 
The one with the cardboard 
tubes in it is one of them. 

Here's another one she made that 
hangs on one of the legs that sticks up 
at the top of the shelves. 

Mom did a great job on them and I 
will always treasure them. 
My adorable birdcage memo holder 
has a new home on the closet door. 
It's a perfect place to display the 
paper doll Marie made for me using 
vintage dress pattern pieces. 
Her creations are so special to me.

That brings us around to my birdhouse 
table that now holds my vintage sewing 
machine drawers. 

The paper fan on the wall is also made by sweet Marie.

The tabletop holds my Cricut machine and 
it's cartridges. Very handy for scrapbooking. 
It's also special because it once belonged to 
my first scrapbook leader. She lost her battle 
with colon cancer a few years ago and is 
missed very much by all of us "scrappers". 
Her best friend took over as leader and 
has done an awesome job leading us!
She's become such a wonderful friend!

The lamp on this table is the very first item
I purchased with my first paycheck. It came from 
JCPenny in the late 60s and has been a constant light in my life.

The bottom of the table is filled 
with storage for ribbons, do-dads, 
vintage items & sewing items. 
I'll give you a tour of this section 
in a future post. I'll show you the 
before and after of the the two 
drawer sections I found at our local 
antique mall.

We'll be following up with a few future 
posts on some of the summer finds in my 
"new" studio. 

Edie Marie 
Hope you liked this quick tour. 
Thanks for stopping by. 
 Please visit again to see how these 
items and ideas came together!

Blessings, Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

Studio re-do by: Edie Marie
Re-do approvel by: Marie Antoinette
Stuff by: Yard sales, the stash & the trash!  

Be sure to stop by Marie's Etsy to see 
her paper dolls on sale! You'll 
be glad you did!!