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!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013



Marie has once again been invited to show 
her incredible miniature village at 
the annual "Christmas on the Rails" event 
at the Picayune Train Depot in 
Picayune Mississippi! 

Last year's event was incredible due to 
Marie's huge display of her "village of old".
She puts it together so beautifully and 
makes it come to life before your eyes.

A special holiday gift for you... 
a video of "MARIE VILLAGE" created 
by Marie Antoinette...

A special Thank You to Marie's hubby 
for the filming of "Marie Village"!

Darling Marie has been a busy 
little elf working steadily in 
her work shop to present 
 fabulous creations to 
dazzle you! 



This is so breathtaking! 
Marie has created an elegant "tree" that 
would look fabulous in any room. 

She has used the traditional tree shape to 
put a whole new take on what you can 
do with that vintage wedding gown 
that's hanging in your closet!

It's so elegant and graceful! 
Imagine this displayed at a Christmas wedding 
or in your home as a bridal theme for an 
upcoming wedding. The possibilities are 

The gorgeous lace is just beginning to have 
the faintest coloring of time.  

Remember the sneak peek we gave you 
of this beautiful vintage look cameo ornament?  

 That was the inspiration for this 
timeless holiday bridal tree.

 There are vintage looking ornaments all 
throughout the lace, strands of beaded garland 
draped , the palest pink peacock at the sleeves 
from which a sparkling chandelier hangs,

 topped with a shimmering gold crown...

and a delicate glass bird 
perched on the shoulder! 

Pure elegance! 
I applaud you Marie for 
creating a vision of beauty 
for all of us to enjoy.

Marie's Christmas Bridal Tree 
will be displayed at the 
Picayune Train Depot 
for "Christmas on the Rails"
through the holiday season!

 Marie's Bridal Tree and The Nutcracker Theater Doll at the train Depot.

Marie and her Bridal Tree at the Picayune Train Depot

Marie's Busy Bee Group at the Picayune Train Depot

 Does Marie's creativity stop there? 
Of course not!! 



As the story goes...
Many Christmas Eves later Clara
  is leaving soon for the Christmas Ball.
She sees the old Nutcracker that her 
Godfather, Heer Drosslemeyer, gave 
her so many years ago. He was an odd 
sort of man but now she could see his 
love for children through his careful 
selection of gifts for them.

Clara recalls the dream she had that particular
Christmas Eve when she received that special 
gift. Her Nutcracker came to life and 
was fighting the Mouse King!  

It all seemed so real. The details were still 
etched into her mind.  

It was a furious battle and then...
 her Nutcracker defeated the Mouse King! 
 Right before her eyes
 the Nutcracker turned into a 
handsome Prince that lived in the 
Land of the Sweets. Yes... he took her 
there where fairies danced to 
the most beautiful music.

Oh my, it's all flooding back... 

 my beloved Nutcracker and the Prince.

As Clara makes her way through her 
beautiful gardens her eyes meet his... 

 her darling handsome husband...
 who has the same face as the Prince 
in her dream so many years ago.

She knew instantly the first time she 
saw him... he was the one!

What a sweet life they had together.
Story by Edie Marie

Marie's exquisite Nutcracker Theater Doll 
is incredible! Photos do not do it justice.
 The fabric is a beautiful red embossed velvet.
So soft and lovely. 

The theater within turns and is lite by a
 crystal chandelier.  The figures in the theater 
are porcelain with fine detailing.

This doll will also be on display at 
the Picayune Train Depot for 
"Christmas on the Rails".

This is the most gorgeous doll I've
ever seen Marie make. They're all so 
fabulous... how does she make each one 
better?? Somehow she does! She's my 
amazing blog partner and dear friend Marie!!


Now lets have some fun in the studio! 

I saw this idea on Pinterest (of course) 
and wanted to give it a try. 

 Pinterest Inspiration

Christmas Project no1
On a difficulty scale of 1-10, I give 
this project a 3. This was a fun and fairly 
simple project for one person to tackle. I 
would make another one of these, maybe 
even two! 

I had a 
nice shaped bottle my dear friend Kitty 
had given me. She hated to put it in 
her re-cycling bin because it was too cool.
I found some old bottle brush trees at our 
local antique mall and had plenty of ribbon 
scraps and glitter to do the job! 

Well, it does!

So here's my list of supplies: 

Bottle, stopper, bottle brush tree, glitter, 
adhesive (I used spray adhesive), ribbons, 

1. I sprayed the tree with spray adhesive. 

2. Sprinkle tree generously with glitter. 
Then sprinkle it some more! 

3. Tap, tap, tap off excess glitter. 

4. I added some loose beads to my jar 
then decided a small scrap of beaded 
trim would coordinate for some 
neck decoration. I glued & pinned 
mine with a tiny straight pin.

5. Fabulous! Now glue your glittered tree 
to the bottle stopper. My fav glue for such 
applications is E6000. Very dependable.

6. I found a # plate "25" in my do-dads and 
attached with some thin ribbon. Then
added a sheer black ribbon around the 
bottle stopper/tree trunk to compliment 
the black on the # plate.  

7. Display and enjoy!

I had a lot of fun making 
the bottle project.

 And so friends we leave you with this 
thought about giving & receiving:

Always give without remembering 
and always receive without forgetting. 
- Brian Tracy  


May your days be merry and bright! 

Blessings & much love, 
Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie


A special song for you to reflect on:

We are joining: 

Linda @ Coastal Charm for 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Paula & Patti @ Ivy & Elephants 
What's it Wednesday

Jann Olson @ Have a Daily Cup of 
Mrs Olson 
Creating Christmas Link Party


Tuesday, November 26, 2013


This day is reserved to give Special 
thanks to God for His many blessings. 

 As we prepare our Thanksgiving Feasts 
we thank God for the bounty He has 
given us, no matter what is on our table. 

 We thank Him for the peace and 
prosperity He has shown us.

 We thank Him for all of you out there! 
You are each so special to us!

"The LORD bless you 
and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn His face toward you 
and give you peace."
Numbers 6:24-26

Happy Thanksgiving dear ones! 
Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie

Friday, November 1, 2013


Welcome to 
on Golden Pond! 

A Story From Edie Marie
When I was in 2nd grade we were 
taught the song "Over the River" as 
a Thanksgiving song, not a Christmas song. 
(You'd have to know this teacher to make 
any sense of that! She changed out "Christmas" 
for "Thanksgiving" to suit her own  needs.)
Just bare with me here... 

Every year on Thanksgiving Eve I was parked 
in front of our little TV to watch Mary Martin 
in her performance of "Peter Pan". It was 
wonderful to watch real people play 
the part of fairy tale characters and  
see them flying through the air!

In black & white of course!
 When I was an adult I realized 
it was my Mother's strategy to keep me 
occupied while she was preparing for 
the big dinner the next day. Smart. 

I have fond memories of that particular fall. 
I dressed in a made-up costume as a Pilgrim. 
I even made a Pilgrim hat with the help of 
my married sister.  

NOT me! Image from Google
I performed for everyone in my costume and 
sang my new learned song. I had a captive 
audience you might say! Very memorable 
for me because I was a shy violet of a girl. 
Everyone must have been shocked! 

It snowed like crazy that Thanksgiving Day.
It was up to my knees!

I made paths in the fresh 
fallen snow because that's what you do 
when you're a kid and I made a fabulous 
snowman, first of the season! 

So anyway here's my song on that great 
Thanksgiving Day for your enjoyment:
(Imagine I'm a second grader in a cute Pilgrim costume!)
Over the river and through the woods 
To Grandmother's house we go  

The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow. 

Over the river and through the woods 
Oh, how the wind does blow 

It stings the toes and bites the nose 
As over the fields we go!


Over the river and through the woods 
To have a full day of play  
Oh, hear the bells ringing ting-a-ling-ling
For it is Thanksgiving Day.


Over the river and though the woods 
Trot fast my dapple gray

Spring o'er the ground just like a hound 
For it is Thanksgiving Day.

 Over the river and through the woods 
And straight through the barnyard gate

It seems we go so dreadfully slow 
It is so hard to wait

Over the river and though the woods 
Now Grandma's cap I spy 

 (Paper pumpkins made on Cricket machine.)

 Hurrah for the fun, the pudding's done 
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

 Happy Fall from Golden Pond 
and Peacock Paradise!


Here's a great idea for your front door 
using an old leaf rake I found on Pinterest ...
pretty cool, eh?


A special thanks from Marie for 
a lovely gift she received from one of 
our visitors. 

 Isn't it beautiful? 
A perfect storage container that's 
pretty too! 

We hope she will start a 
blog of her own soon to join us in 
blog world! There's so many great 
people out there just waiting to get 
to know you!!

We love hearing your comments. 
It's what encourages us to keep blogging. 
So please let us know how you are 
and what you're up to. 
Many many blessings to all of you! 

Marie & Edie

Story by Edie Marie
Post by Edie Marie
Approval by Marie Antoinette hee-hee 

We are joining these blog parties: 

Jann Olson @ 
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Deb @ 
The Charm of Home

 Donna @ 
Funky Junk Interiors

Linda @ 
Coastal Charm 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Patti & Paula @
Ivy & Elephants 
What's It Wednesday