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!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Merry Christmas to All & May your season be Bright!

From my home to yours, Merry Christmas!!! May your holidays be safe not only for the season, but thoughout the year. I have been blessed since I've been blogging with you dear friends. I hope to make many more.

I hope you enjoy my Christmas surprise: My Christmas Village! Be sure and stick around for my personal holiday greeting at the end of all the village film. Roll it ............

I put up this village every year, and it is also added to every year with more buildings, features, people, etc. It takes a few days to assemble and sits on several tables. (You can imagine the maze of wires underneath, but even so it's very steamlined, where I can flip a switch that controls most of it.) When completed, it takes up most of our 8 x 40 glass porch. I don't stick to one particular name brand of buildings, I have all sorts of manufacturers represented here- it makes for much more creative freedom... and Some of the features are miniatures I tweaked to have a holiday spin.

What makes it even more fun is that there are a few elements in my village that are not usually found in a traditional Christmas village; such as a graveyard, a harbor, a haunted area, and even a "wrong side of the tracks".

This video was filmed, edited, and uploaded by my son-in-law- Thank you, Chris for taking the time to do this for me!

Thats all folks,I will see you in the New Year. Merry Christmas, Love you, Marie Antionette


  1. Oh, Marie!!! I cannot get over how wonderful and beautiful your Christmas village is! Look at all that detail. I love how the little houses had big windows with little scenes in them. You put so much work into that and I am sure it is just a JOY to behold! I'll bet it is even better in person! Thanks so much for sharing that with me! :)

  2. Hi Marie, Your village is incredible, just incredible. I had such a great time viewing your town, that I had to see it twice and my hubby viewed with me in amazement. I think it should be called Antoinette City or Town or something. I also loved seeing beautiful you and your sweet message. You are so pretty and looked so cute in your Santa hat. Your words are special and reflect how all of us feel I think.

    It has been such a delight to meet you this year and I so enjoy my visits to your blog and seeing your many talents. And now, your village.
    I have one that occupies a curio cabinet, but is nothing like this. I can't get over it. Just spectacular!!
    Thank you for sharing this video. Your son in law did a fantastic job.

    Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
    Celestina Marie

  3. Dear Marie
    Thanks for the wonderful video. It was a real treat. Have a merry Christmas.

  4. Such an AMAZING village you have create Marie Antoinette! I wish YOU and the ones you love a blessed Christmas.
    I'm glad we have met because of blogland!!


  5. Hi MArie!Thanks so much for YOUR support!! I was just thinking of you, when you get a chance look at my favorites on Flickr, someone made this adorable Swan craft I thought you would love to see it,maybe make one too....I just saved it a half hour ago! Blessings to my sweet Marie! Hugs, Kimberly

  6. Greetings sweet friend! Yes, your comments are coming through just fine. Sometimes the blogger has a mind of it's own, I agree. I have had issue's with different things throughout the year and most frequently with the new change on the comments format. I got your other one the a couple of days ago too. Did you get the Elf movie yet? It's so funny! I'm not a fan of Will Farrell but I enjoy this movie a lot.

    Your village pieces are very unique. Like the others commented, I too enjoy how the houses have things inside of them! Eye candy!

    Tomorrow we are off to visit relatives, so begins a busy week! Have a great day tomorrow!


  7. Wow.... what a lot of work it must be setting it all up and I can only imagine that maze of wiring to get all the little lights set up... love the street lamps...
    The area it covers is huge!
    You sound just like I imagined you would.... it comes through even in your writing....

    Have a great Christmas and I hope you will have a great 2009
    big hugs...your blog buddy V.

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones too Toni! You and your son in law did a swell job! What an effort to put your Christmas town (this is not a village anymore ;-) up, but this is so rewarding in the end. That's lesson number one, number two is that houses, people, trees and whatsoever from different manufacturers work great! Only as they are assembled with love and that is what you did! Thanks for leaving us such a fine message and such a beautiful Christmas town as a treat. Have a merry Christmas and a good, happy and healthy 2009! Hugs LiLi

  9. Hi Sweet Marie!
    I felt like I was a little girl again looking into the old department store windows in amazement at the scenes put up at Christmas time!!
    EVERYTHING is a sight to behold! Wes & I watched it and kept oooing and ahhhing at one thing after another! Wes wants to know if it has it's own zip code?? LOL My DIL Chris has a village and will be looking at yours (she likes your blog too) and will be blown away with yours. I bet the Smithsonian would be interested in it!! I'm just in amazement Marie. You can tell you put so much love (along with work and sweat) into this incredible creation. It's a true work of art Marie!
    Your son-in-law Chris did such a fabulous job on filming this Marie. He must love you very much! And your sweet daughter Alexa is so wonderful to help you get your blog going again. What would we do without our computer savvy kids to help us??
    I'll be calling you to chat and wish you a Merry Christmas sweetie! We LOVED your message at the end and you looked as cool as a cucumber! You looked so spiffy in your hat! (Wes has a jokers hat that would look great with it!) He could be your elf!! LOL
    Love & big hugs, Sherry & Wes

  10. Happy Holidays!

    I moved to:

    ~ Gabriela ~

  11. I just found your blog through celestina marie and I am so glad I did. This post is wonderful, your music and your village started my week of Christmas on a lovely note. I will be back often. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas season.

  12. Hello My friend,
    Thank you for sharing your whonderful slide show of holiday wonder, you are truly an angel, always sharing your magic with me, thats why my feathers are in a special place in the studio, so they too can spred some magic to me and my days!
    Happy Holidays
    Super Hugs!

  13. Your Christmas village is amazing! I brought my son in to watch. You tree is also lovely.
    My mom went crazy for your Christmas stocking that I used as a runner. Thank you so much.

  14. Hi Toni!!
    It was good to hear from you, girl!! I hope you are better from your sickness awhile back ~ I tried to send you a get-well ecard, but I'm not sure it went to the right email... :) My heart was in the right place because I hoped you were feeling lots better!!
    I loved, luuuuuvvvveeedddd looking at your Christmas village ~ it's an absolute delight!! Love all the little houses with the scenes. Gosh, you are so talented and creative to put something like that together!!! Just so festive and fun!! Thanks for sharing that with all of us!!
    I hope you and your family have a nice and peaceful Christmas holiday and lots of blessings in 2009!!
    Hugs across the miles, Bebe :)

    P.S. Did y'all really have snow over there the other day?? :)

  15. Marie! Your village is spectacular!! You are such a cutiepie! I loved the video and I loved seeing you and my shoes! I think that was a wonderful idea to hook them together. You needn't be nervous you did a beautiful job!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Big Hugs!

  16. Thank you for coming by..Merry Xmas to you too!

  17. Hi Tony!
    Well, first of all... thank you for making my day!!!
    This is the best Christmas greeting anyone could give. Love all your village, the set up is beautiful.

    The ending message from you is wonderful - how sweet you are!

    Merry, Merry Christmas!

  18. Your kindness and GOODness have blessed me this year, I look forward to continuing to be AMAZED by your spirit in 09! Thank you for the Christmas wishes! Please stop back by, I just left you one as well! Love & blessings for a WONDERFUL holiday season Marie.. xo, Monica :)

  19. HI Marie!!! I am so glad to hear from you! your Christmas village is sooooo awsome, I JUST LOVE IT!! I have a few i have collected over the years but nothing like that. You did a beautiful job of arranging them. I know that must have taken you a long time to do but the results are just breath taking!!! Stop by again soon and visit with me, i always love hearing form you!!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!! Blessing to you and your family.

  20. What a beautiful village!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe holiday.

    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs, Sharon

  21. Oh this was great Marie.You really outdid yourself girl !

  22. arent these villages fun? I have a bunch but decided that Im going to get rid of them and just put up the vintage putz ones...but I dontknow...cause the newer ones are so fun...I have some with people inside the little houses and its so fun to peek inside...
    Merry christmas to you and I hope you have a WONDERFUL new year! You are such a special person and a special friend

  23. Oh I do love your Christmas village and that tea too! :) Thanks for the xmas greetings. Wishing you the exact same too--even if in rather not so snowy Miss!

  24. Hi Marie! Great village! Thanks for visiting my blog, and may you also have a very productive 2009! MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Gloria

  25. Oh my how wonderful....

    What a fantastic village…

    Wishing you and yours a very
    Merry Christmas..

  26. Hi Mary!!!
    Beautiful the Christmas village. That the Jesus boy blesses your home.
    Merry Christmas!

  27. You get the price! It is incredible. I love the zoo animals! I think you have a little bit more then a village!

  28. Wow that is some village you have there!!!!!

    Fabulous video and such a personal message.

    Merry Christmas to you

    Victoria xx

  29. Love your village, MA! My mom has skaters going around a pond and the kids are fascinated with it every year. I'll show her your set up, it's puts ours to shame but it's inspiring! Have a happy holiday and take lots of pics!

  30. So magically beautiful!!!!

    *~MERRY CHRISTMAS~*!!!!!!

  31. OH WOW!!! Thank you so much for sharing this video. What a beautiful display. Your village is TOPS. I couldn't wait to see what was going to be shown next, but still wanted to linger at the current spot. This is fantastic.

    Your greeting was also wonderful. You didn't look nervous at all. Props to your son on the wonderful video.

    Is it ok if I post your link on my blog for others to see your video?

    Merry Christmas.


    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  32. Marie! I absolutely loved what you said at the end of your village showing! You are so cute! Your village is a dream! Wish I could make myself tiny and live there for a while! I hope you have a magical Christmas and much hapiness in the new year!

    Sandy xox

  33. Hi Marie,,, thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so glad you did. I am so glad I got to see your video of your Christmas village. That is the most gorgeous village I have ever seen. YOu have done an incredible job. Thank you so much for sharing with us! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Creative New Year. Hugs, gail

  34. Hello Marie,
    First I have to tell you I have been thinking about you because I am planning a trip to your hometown, New Orleans. I was delighted to see your post on my blog. I am so glad you like the boxes.

    Now I have to tell you how much I loved looking at your village. It is awesome! I have never seen anything like it. You certainly have made a thing of beauty. AND, what fun to see you in person. I just loved it. I am so glad that I got to know you. Thanks so much for all your kind words.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.

  35. MARIE! That village is fabulous!! Oh my gosh! I have never seen anything so spectacular! You are so beautiful!!

    I hope you have a fabulous Christmas!!

    Big Hugs,

  36. Hi Marie Antoinette, Fab video, I liked your Xmas hat, very cute. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year. 'Speak' to you after the holidays XXX

  37. OOOh my gosh. What a master piece.
    Remarkable. I love it. It makes take days to set up. Stunning.

  38. hey sweets,,

    Merry Christmas.
    hope you have a fabulous holiday season!!and a blessed new year!!!


  39. Hi Marie! thanks for stopping by and the christmas wishes!
    Your village is totally your glass porch!
    Happy Haunted holidaze!!

  40. Merry, Merry Christmas Marie!!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful things with us.

  41. Hi Marie,
    Thanks for visiting me today! I am so glad I came over, that village is stupendous! I so loved the Carousel and ferris wheel too...
    God bless and have a great holiday!!

  42. I have a blog award for you!
    Merry Faerie Christmas Wishes! Denise ..Boston

  43. Oh my goodness! Your Christmas Village is amazing! You should charge people to come and see it! ha ha. Wow, that must take forever to unpack and set up. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas!

  44. Merry, Merry Christmas To You !!! Thanks for the lovely comment.

  45. OH My God! I wanna live there, so adorable and magical, it is a fairytale.

    You can be so proud you have the most amazing village I have ever seen.

    Wish you a very Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may your days be filled with happiness and joy.

    Love Suzy

  46. Your village is beautiful.

    Marry Christmas


  47. I am in awe. You are such a special lady! Merriest Christmas to ye!

  48. Marie,

    Your home looks lovely. and your town is so pretty. Thank you for sharing such wonderful loveliness during this holiday season for all of us to share.

    xo Cathy

  49. Merry Christmas and thank you for the lovely warm wishes for me!! How sweet of you! I truly hope you have a wonderful Holiday and enjoy your time with friends and family!

    See you in the New Year!


  50. a very merry holiday to you as well! Have a happy new year!~

  51. Marie!!! ~ WOW!!!

    Your Christmas village is GORGEOUS!!!

    Did I say WOW already???!!!

    Happy New Year!!!

    Chris (-:

  52. PS: LOVED your charming tree & video greeting at the end too!!! LOL '-P)


  53. Hello!

    I just found your blog.

    It's looks truly lovely.

    Happy Holidays!

    Sunbonnet Cottage

  54. Love the village. So much detail~
    You look cute in your video. I hope you had a wonderful christmas and have a great weekend.



  55. Wonderful Christmas village. Looks like a Christmas wonderland.

    Your blog is a complete joy to observe. I truly enjoyed it. You are a very creative lady.

    Thanks for sharing.

  56. Wow, Marie! Your village is absolutely phenomenal! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! Have a very Happy New Year!

  57. What a beautiful village! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year will bring you much happiness.

  58. Wishing you a very belated Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year. Rachaelxo

  59. Bonjour Marie~
    What a beautiful post! Just came by to wish you the merriest of holidays and a bright & happy New Year!!!

  60. wow i loved it im sure you had great pleasure in putting it all together.
    your personalised merry christmas was just great.
    i hope you had a lovely christmas and a happy new year to you all.
    i havent been blogging as my laptop broke so all fixed now ready for the new year
    andrea x

  61. How beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. You are so talented with all the detail. Have a happy New Year.

  62. Just now checking out your wonderful Christmas greeting for all your blog followers.

    Love it! You are just adorable and do very well in front of the camera.

    Your village was great - I even turned out the lights to watch it - everything is perfect in it - a wonderful fantasy land.


  63. Hi Marie!

    You are the best and thanks for ALL your support & friendship in 2008!

    Hoping 2009 will be a great year for BOTH of us!!!

    Happy New Years!!!


  64. Hi Marie! I loved visiting your Christmas Village, err, really a "Christmas City"!!! You did a great job putting that together. I wanted to visit and say "Thank You" for your wonderful visits to my blog this past year. Happy holidays and best wishes for a blessed New Year! ~ xo Joy

  65. Just found you... your village is pure delight. Thanks for sharing. LindaSonia

  66. Hi Marie...

    thanks for stopping I am to wish you a Happy New Year too...... here's hoping for a healthy one for us all....




  68. I lurrve gawking at a sweet Christmas village. It must take forever to unpack and set up and then pack up all over again.

    Happy, wonderful New Year!

  69. Toni, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and hollerin' hullo! I thought I'd pop over here and say, belated Merry Christmas, and Happy Very Happy New Year to you, and yours. I hope 2009 brings you good health, prosperity, joy, blessings, more gorgeous dolls and creative ideas and success in all your endeavours. Looking forward to reading your blog in 2009. Best wishes!

  70. Marie,
    What a beautiful post....Happy New Year! Best wishes for the new year!
    The Bach

  71. Hi Marie,

    Your Christmas Village is wonderful and I was amazed at all the creativity and detail that must go into setting it all up.
    Also your tree is very pretty. It was a real treat to visit ~ thank you.

    Wishing you happy holidays and all the very best for 2009. May your days be filled with love, joy and good health.

    Hugs Carolyn

  72. Happy New Year! Hope 2009 is a fantastic year! X

  73. All I can say is WOW! Happy New Year Marie. It's been a pleasure getting to know you and I look forward to many more comments in 2009 xo Lynn

  74. Hello Ms. Marie!

    You're so cute! I loved your greeting at the end. It's kind of a trip to video tape yourself. I have been doing it for a couple of months now because I started offering video tutorials. I am actually fining qualities I really like about myself that I never really gave much thought to before.

    At any rate, your village is amazing! Thank you for the trip through such an intricate and beautiful place! I can see why it would take a few days.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

    Love and hugs!

  75. Oh my goodness. Your village is awesome. How many pieces do you have? After all of that work I hope you keep it up well past the new year. ;)

  76. thank you for sharing your wonderfull village,,judik

  77. HI Marie, just dropped by to say hi and hope you had a great Christmas. And Happy New year to you too! May it bring you much joy, health and lots of happiness. Talk to ya soon!

  78. What fantastic enchantment! Love it all! Happy New Year to you!