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, April 28, 2013


I was walking through Kohl's a couple 
weeks ago and as I was passing 
the picture framing department 
this birdcage memo holder reached out 
and GRABBED me and said,

 Well I couldn't just keep walking 
after that pitiful plea. ( That would be rude.)

Then I saw it... 
a sign that had a halo around it... 
50% OFF!!
 (Do I hear angels singing?)

And I had a 30% OFF savings if I 
used my Kohl's charge... dare I?

The final price would end up being... 
about $14.00??
(The whole choir of angels were singing now!)

I didn't give it a second thought -
Come to Mama!!
and into the cart it went. 

 How could I resist? 
Look at how functional it is for 
important "notes"... 

 for photos...

 and for keepsakes, recipes & MORE!
(It says so!)

 The little bird on top is free to fly 
about whenever she wishes. 

 The birdcage came with a bunch of 
wood clothespin clips but I knew I 
needed more.  

I had purchased a package from Michaels 
that had 4 pink clothespins adorned with 
rhinestones for $2 a package for another 
project. But I wanted more of a challenge.
(Sure... let's make a project out of it instead 
of just buying the ready made ones... 
sometimes I wonder about myself.)
So I purchased packages of  4 clothespins 
for $1 a package and a package of stick on 
rhinestones (cheapies) and made a slew of them! 

Oh there's nothing more fun than a 
quick project with great rewards!
(That's what I keep telling myself.)

(I guess it was worth the effort.)

And so the little birdcage now lives 
on my vintage cedar closet door 
in my Studio 
where it gives me direction 
for my day...

 and reminds me to stay in touch 
with my favorite friends!

Everything is living in harmony 
in my little Studio

Thanks for stopping by to 
check out my latest Studio addition! 

What's new in YOUR Studio??
We'd love to hear from you!

Blessings & hugs, 
Marie & Sherry


PS Thank you for your continued prayers 
for Linda. She is so thankful for them!
A special thanks from Marie for all of the 
love and support you've shown to her 
after the passing of her brother, Junior.    


Friday, April 19, 2013

Princesse de Lamballe's Presence Has Been Requested To Join the Queen & King For Tea

What a lovely spring day this is in Versailles. 
The palace is all abuzz with 
Ladies In Waiting dawning their new 
 spring frocks in lovely pastel shades, 
fluttering about the great halls and venturing 
outside to breathe the fresh spring air.
The rustle of taffeta, silk and light puffy voile 
is so refreshing after 
the dismal winter months.  
The gentlemen in the palace are enjoying 
this fresh display of lightheartedness  

I have other other plans for this day.
You see today I have been requested 
to join my royal friends, 
Queen Marie & King Louie, 
to enjoy tea with them,visit with them, 
and spend the entire day with them

 I love my dear friend, the Queen, and I just 
know that after tea the King will retire from 
our presence and we will join our other 
dear friends Princesse de Elisabeth, 
Princesse de Conti, the Duchesse de Chartres. 
and several others
We will laugh and gossip and try on 
the new hats the Queen has ordered from Paris.
My heart is all a flutter - I'm so excited!

Mlle Bertin creates such luscious hats
you could say they are "fit for a queen"!

Oh you can't imagine the fun we have 
in the Queen's Royal Chambers!!   

My gown was created by Mlle Bertin 
and my beautiful Queen has gifted 
me this delicious hat that she had 
made as a surprise to match my gown. 

How sweet my Marie is to do such 
a special thing like this.
In her Royal Chambers the queen 
whispered in my ear that she was troubled 
and needed cheering up. She wanted to have her 
friends close to her today.
The she told me in confidence that she had 
a troubling dream last night. It was about 
Mlle Bertin, putting ribbons on a garment 
she was making for her and the beautiful 
colored ribbons all turned black.

Somehow it saddened me. 

What do you suppose it means??



Hand Made Original 

Marie Antoinette Paper Doll


Ooh la-la!

You can see this lovely paper doll 
creation and MORE @

Creations by 
Marie Antionette Etsy.

You'll love all of her fabulous 
Theater Dolls & Paper Dolls!!  
   Have a cup of tea and browse
through her lovely shop. 
 You'll have a wonderful time! 

Bisous mon amies, 
Marie & Sherry

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I've had this Country French style 
bench for several years and love the look 
of the woven rush seats and all 
the lovely curves. 

But if you've ever had to sit on a 
rush seat for any length of time you know 
how hard the surface is!  
If you need your derriere flattened just 
sit on it and you'll find out pretty quick!     


So I went in search for a new look 
and a softer seat. I knew I'd have to 
make it if I wanted to keep it affordable. 

I found a wonderful heavy cotton duck 
fabric at Hobby Lobby that was on sale... 
 the price was right! 
I LOVED the design!

 I waited for Joanne's to have their 
foam 50% off and bought a 3" depth 
piece of foam , just thick enough 
to keep a person from 
having "pancake bottom"! 

I also purchased ready made oyster color 
piping for the edging. I've made my own piping
when necessary in the past but this was a real 
time saver. I had a coupon that covered 
part of the piping.  There's a Velcro fla
on the back edge so it can be 
removed and laundered. Velcro was 40% off! 


I love the look the new cushion achieves... 
the color is very basic but the script is 
so European and vintage looking.  

Tres chic!

We need your help with something though. 

Do you like our reused pillow covers with 
the wild flowers on them or should I 
make new muslin covers with some of 
the popular "Frenchy" designs on them?? 

Look at some of the possibilities...

  (love this royal wienie)

(most designs from the Graphics Fairy)

Any thoughts on it? 
Are there any designs or direction
you think we should go on this??
But if you think the reused pillow 
covers are just as good we're calling this 
project done !

Please leave you opinions. We LOVE to 
hear what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and seeing 
what we've been up to. There will be more bits 
of  Decorating On A Budget to come

Blessings & hugs, Sherry & Marie

Thank you for your prayers for Marie during 
this time of sadness in her life. 
And thank you for your continued prayers for