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!!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Upside Down Christmas Tree

Hello to all my creative friends!
I know its not Christmas yet; I always start making my vignettes in July, because it takes so long to make certain things. I don't just make doll vignettes - I also make other items as well. One of those are miniature theme trees. When I saw in the upside down trees in catalogs, I thought I would try and make one (in minature size). I made this tree at the very end of Christmas, so it has never been seen. I had been ill, and had not made a thing in three years, so it took me awhile to get back into the swing of things. I don't take pictures very well. I wish you could see it as it really is, all bright, and it looks like a chandelier.

I used a 24 inch Mini tree. A plaque, I cut from a 1 inch thick, ponderosa pine. It is 18 inches long, and 11 inches wide. I drilled a hole in the center, for the very tip of the tree, that I have turned upside down. Then, I drilled holes for dowels around the center hole. That's to hold the tree up. Make sure you paint the dowels, they will go up into the tree. I set the tree with a good strong glue, secured the dowels to tree, let dry real good. I made the tree skirt, set it. Set lights. Now to decorate it.

I wanted an all white, silver, & chrystal, chandelier type look. I made white presents, white harp, crystal swans on the bottom. I had to repaint the toy soldier, so it would be sil.& whte. You can't tell, but the pillar the cherub is sitting on- I crackled painted it,Sil. & white. Of course lots of clear icicles, and clear garland, white mini bulbs, and other ornaments. Now for the very top, which of course is the bottom, I wrapped white garland around the base, made a bow, then set another cherub in the middle. Thats how I did it. I am going to make a different color tree, this year. I also have other different theme trees. You should see the one I made with dragons and wizards. Now that was a kool tree. ...Hugs, Marie Antionette


  1. What a fun and whimsical tree! I love to see crystal on a Christmas tree. The way the light catches and reflects from it( and glass) is magical...Lovely results here!

  2. I love crytal on trees too. Waht a fun filled spakling tree at that!

    Thanks for poppping over to my blog too. Yes, not much of an expert of lace and all that sort of thign! LOL.

    I'll pop by again and se what else you write on.

  3. Hi Marie!
    Your tree is gorgeous! You are so sweet to share how you make these beautiful creations of yours.
    When I was a little girl (about 1956) there was a house on a main street in Toledo, in the rich area called Ottawa Hills, that hung a tree upside down in their big picture window. It was decorated in gold trimmings with spot lights on it. It was a traffic stopper!! I've always had a thing for upside down trees ever since. You are so clever with everything you do!
    Hugs, Sherry
    Psst I tagged you! Stop by my blog to see!

  4. Hello Marie!!
    Well let me tell you how I started. I had looked at a couple blogs that I saw in a magazine. Looked interesting. They were creative and left an impression on me. One night my oldest son, Matt, one of the computer gurus, was visiting and I asked him if he knew what a blog was. He said yes. I asked him if it was difficult to get one. He got on the computer, his fingers flying across the keyboard, asked me a couple questions and WHAM I had a blog!! Oh mercy! There I was with a blog and now what? So I fumbled my way around, for quite a while, calling both my sons for help. Matt will tell you his favorite was when I panicked over "Mr Linky" and made him come over and there was nothing wrong with Mr Linky, it was the USER, me!!
    You will learn, bit by bit! If you have any questions you can email me @ and I'll be happy to help if I can!!
    Hugs, Sherry

  5. Hi Marie the link on my blog is for a group I created in indie ning site..I know it is confusing..another thing to take up our time!..I love the tree so unique!

  6. What a cute ideal to do that with a miniature tree.

  7. A girl after my own heart. I love the upside down trees! Around here, we are unpacking all the holiday merchandise already, and going to see more at the shows, so this post got me in the mood!Thanks!
    xo Lidy

  8. Hello and thanks for visiting me.. so glad you like my work... sending best wishes from Scotland

  9. It's Christmas in July!

    So nice to see some familiar faces over here....

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  10. These are a trend, for sure. I think I saw someone actually hanging one from the bottom of their chandelier. I love the pinks you decorated with, the color is just lovely.

  11. FUN & whimsical!

    Have a great rest of the week. :)


  12. This is just too cool. I've always loved upside down xmas trees. I tried to get Roger to go for one when we purchased a new tree 2 years ago. He didn't go for it - oh well!

  13. What an amazing tree!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, hope to see you there again.

    Victoria xxx

  14. Christmas in July. I have heard of the upside down Christmas tree but never actually saw one. How creative. I also never knew there was more than one kind of peacock. how beautiful.

  15. Hi Marie,
    I love your tree - so pretty. They put upside down Christmas trees in the candy store (hanging from the ceiling) in my small town, but they're not as pretty as yours.

    I'm going to be singing End of the World all day tomorrow now~ love your music (but you know!).
    Have a great weekend!

  16. I just love all of the heavenly items you decorated your tree with! They all look dazzling in white. ;)

    Thank you so much for your visits. I will be back often to see what visual treats you have for us! Have a beautiful and magical day!

    Cheers! =D

  17. Thank you very much to all of you,I appreciate,all the wonderful comments .I only made a couple of things last year for Christmas,and before that nothing for three years.You all made me want to start my crafting again.But be aware...LOL...I'm a little rusty...Hugs Marie Antionette

  18. How Festive. I like your upside down trees!!
    Your going to be first one ready for the holidays this year!

    Six years ago my husb and I ate at an Italian Restaurant in San Luis Obisbo ( Ca). Their xmas tree was hanging off the ceiling! It was great!


  19. Very, Very pretty and so creative. I have been working on Christmas items too as well as Halloween. For me it's hard to work on seasonal items when it's not the season for it. :) Have a super great day. ~ Lynn
    P.S. I would love to hear more about your bar tending days. I bet you have some great stories.

  20. this tree is so beautiful and amazing!!! I can hardly wait to start decorating!! Sherry

  21. What a GREAT looking Christmas Tree! That is amazing! I love decorate in gold trimmings with spot lights on christmas tree. Thanks so much for sharing.


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