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!

Friday, May 17, 2013

France - Simply Irresistable!


in my minds eye  


a place of FANTASY...

 Tuileries, Paris

 like a scene from an Old Movie... 

Sabri Irmak

 a Hotel Room with a View...

a name to remember...

 a bed that says "find rest in me".

A bit of Romance...


Ohhh, mai oui...

Jason Langer

 and perhaps a  Dance. 

Lights of the night... 
tour d'eiffel

  Unexpected Sights...

 1920s French Postcard
 (Ooh la la!)

 tons and tons of History...

Driving around that city.

 with decades of Couture ...

Paris Haute Couture | by Razzia


 sidewalk Art...

 Shopping a la carte...

to capture a scent that 
will always whisper "Paris" to me.  

An Antique Treasure...

a Parasol...

la bouquet de la fleurs...

and a few choice fleas...

will make our trip worthwhile. 

 Theater like you've never seen ...

France | Paris, Paris Opera House

Casual Dining for the normal gal...

 cafe at Notre Dame, Paris

 Fine Dining at it's best if you 
have it all ...

Night Life, Oh La La with zest...

Can you can-can

Give a coy alluring glance?

Last through a night of happenstance? 

 Then morning dawns and we awake... 

and have a feeling we must take...
a Taxi or 

 we'll hitch a ride...

 and go off to see Provence, 
the countryside.


What beauty I behold in this fair land... 

vines filled with wine and champagne...

Lavender Avenue takes me to a faraway 
place of soothing peace...

which leads us towards fields
of sun drenched flowers 
that shout "Bonjour mon amie!" 

The patchwork quilt of colors leads us to 
a quaint little town with a sweet old 
hotel that looks to be the vision of 
"Provence" that's in my brain.   

The aubergiste, (innkeeper),leads us to   
a simple sirene room with shutters',
fresh linens and 
the sweet scent of fresh picked 

with a private le bain for 
 a soak and shampoo...

 But let's not forget the 
most important part...
a Room with a View! 

 We wander down to the terrasse
for la dejeuner (lunch)... 

 and dine on Olive Fougasse,
which I loved very much! 

 The herbs in the garden 
seemed heaven sent...  

 but I knew time was flying by,
 it was time to go

 So the hotel's sweet mascot
Pierre, barked "ADIEU"!

 The thing I will remember most 
about Provence is the sweet fragrance,
the darling inn keeper and his lovely wife, 
and the sound of water trickling from 


I close my eyes and 
I am there once more...

in my Mind's Eye.

We loved our time spent here in France, 
from Paris to Provence. 
Which do we like better? 
I haven't a clue!  

How can one choose?? 

A special Thank You to 
Anita @ Castles, Crowns & Cottages 
for hosting the 




The Lady Pianist, 
 all dressed in the deepest of blues.

 Music lives within her head, 
it's all she thinks about. 

You can see her life... 

playing, constantly playing to reach perfection. 

 To play before the Queen is an honor 
beyond her wildest dreams. 
She has prepared for this moment
her entire life.   

(It's a good thing)


Please visit our hostess to 
see all the participants in 
The posts will be amazing! 
Bisous mon amies! 
Marie & Sherry


  1. Mes suis si contente de vous voir ici!

    Yes, Paris and all the regions of this captivating part of the world are a source of not only inspiration, but real life achievements and lives that add so much to our world. The photos are luscious; the prose is indicative of your love for this place, and it is a JOY TO COME TODAY to be with you.Mille mercis for joining with me, and as everyone gets their posts ready, I hope you enjoy a most WONDERFUL tour in Blogland! LOVE !!! Anita

  2. I think you have pretty much covered every corner of divine Paris! I adore that picture of Chanel. Paris, even when you have lived and worked there for years retains its magic. Oh yes, indeed.

    But the magic which has struck me the most whilst visiting your blog for the first time is that of your créations! Those dolls are spectacular! How glad I am to have found you :-)

    Happy weekend to you,


  3. Oh yes ma chère amie, that car, girlfriends, NO HUSBANDS! The only way to go sometimes!!!!!!!!!

    Have fun you two! Anita

  4. Oh how your lovely post drives me to dream of returning to France. I’m visiting you from Anita’s party today.
    A great post.

    The French Hutch

  5. What a wonderful journey. Love the black and white image of the ballroom how fabulous is that!
    Happy weekend.

  6. This post never ends !!...welcome in France your post !!!...i am glad i met you here.....have a nice weekend....bisous

  7. First I must say that the dolls are just exquisite!
    What a wonderful tour you have taken me on.. I am visiting from dear Anita's party today.
    I just love your part of the world.. Your blog is simply beautiful.
    Thank you so much for visiting.. I am so happy you enjoyed Bebe.

  8. Now that was a marvelous tour! But methinks the "Bit o Paris" Motel, may be somewhere in the states... How Hilarious!
    Your dolls are magnifique, really.

  9. So beautiful! The France photos and your creation!

    ~ Violet

  10. My goodness how lovely!Adoring the dolls!

  11. Une France de rêve ...
    Des images irrésistibles ...

  12. Edie such a wonderful tour and I do love your works of art!
    I am so enjoying our French adventure with Anita!

    Art by Karena

  13. Wonderful traveling along with you. You've covered it all exquisitely. ~ Merci!

  14. Sherry,
    I'm in love with the picture of the couple standing next to the lit up Eifell Tower. It's so beautiful. Aaaahhhh, the purple fields made me smile, as I am in love with nature. You have so many wonderful pictures on here today. The doll was my favorite, as I love homemade dolls. Thanks for taking me on a stroll through France. It was like being there myself.


  15. Thank you for the virtual tour! What an amazing trip that must have been. I have never been to France but your photos gave me a beautiful overview.

    Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the party. I'm having fun making my rounds. Thanks so much for stopping by earlier today. :)


  16. Wow what a wonderful trip! Thanks so much for sharing all of your photos!

    I LOVE your creations!

    Have a beautiful day!

  17. A wonderful collection of French images. My favorite...Eiffel Tour in the eye. What a fantastic image that speaks volumes...


  18. Your mind's eye has given us the perfect view!
    Such a wonderful post! I loved your array of vintage haute couture!

  19. Such beautiful images that made me feel like I was in Paris. Gorgeous trip to France. Thank you.


  20. I love it !! magic trip for France


  21. So true, who can resist all the pleasures and beauty this slice of the world offers... joy of living... Thank you for this spectacular visual trip! Now, my heart is full...

  22. A beautiful post and gorgeous images...I've been transported to France...perfect!
    Thank you for popping by lovely to meet you.

  23. Such a lovely trip to Paris and the countrysiede - loved it! And your own creations are marvelous. Will follow your blog!

  24. Oh my GOODNESS! What a wonderful post. You curated the loveliest collection of images and such a breathless narrative to keep us following along. lovely. And the doll! What a creation! I'm in awe. Thank you for sharing these wonderful things.

  25. This is such a gorgeous view of the many shades of Paris. You captured the essence to perfection! The fashion....ahhhh-I adore your images.
    Your own creations are so lovely. Thanks for your kind words on Stylemindchic and I look forward to seeing more gorgeousness on your blog.
    xx, Heather

  26. Wow! This was a stunning post! Such eye candy! Xx

  27. very lovely post! especially as i have just been on a trip to paris, so many lovely memories!!!

  28. OH! This is such a sublime French post! You captured the essence, flair, and flavor of France! Ooh! la! la! indeed!!!
    And your doll is magnificent!
    Teresa in California

  29. wow...
    that was wonderful!
    love the windmill,
    the daschunds in the
    car, the ferris wheel
    and lights, and that
    road into the country
    side...all so lovely!

  30. MERCI! Thank you so much for taking us on this most magical tour of France....sublime!
    What a beautiful doll...I have music in my head all of the time as well... :)
    And thank you for visiting moi aussi!
    - Irina

  31. Wow, what an adventure. Your words ring so true, every one of the images invoking memories, bringing the senses to life. Thanks for your magical imagery!

  32. What an irresistible journey you took us on, I love it all! From the great views of Paris to that wonderful countryside. Thank you.
    Sarah x

  33. What a marvelous post! Each and every image is exactly how I think of Paris and I long to return to recapture the charm, the essence of the city.
    You've done it perfectly.
    And those dolls! Beautiful.
    So nice to meet you via Anita...and thank you for visiting my blog.

  34. Hello Sherri. Beautiful post with plenty of inspiration. The dolls are gorgeous. I shall return for a better look. From your newest follower, Linda...coming over from Anita's party.

  35. Bonjour Marie and Sherri... ooh la la what a delightful post!... I am French and I have never even been to France!... I went to Paris once... (Idaho!)... no Eiffel Tower, no Louvre... just not the same!... I had so much fun lingering over your post... I didn't want to leave!... my great~grandfather's name was Pierre Seraphin Vicknair, as well as my uncle with the same name... darling little Pierre le chien!... I would love to visit the French countryside too where all my my ancestors came from... one day... sigh... and Marie... your doll is just stunning!!!,,, you truly amaze me sweet friend... each creation is more beautiful than the last, if that is possible!... much love to you both... or shall I say "je'taime" ... bisous... Julie Marie

  36. This beautiful post made me oh so happy! Such gorgeous images. One cannot help but be inspired.

    Have a gorgeous day!

  37. We know we'll see beauty when we visit your blog! Breathtaking photos my friend! And a beautiful doll to show us at the end! Of course that's MY favorite part! Sweet hugs!

  38. What a stunning post! I just love all of your beautiful images. Wherever did you find them all. Your doll is gorgeous too! Such a lovely post. Thanks so much for visiting me in France too!

  39. Hello Marie and Sherry,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment, first let me say this post is gorgeous ;)
    You are more then welcome to try your hand at tassel making ;) it's lots of fun, I will be making more get ready it's addictive
    I just went to a beautiful fabic store here called the Fabric Mill and ohhhh lala the trimmings and fringe they have are to die for rows and rows of yummy items ;) thanks again for stopping by!


  40. Gorgeous photos!! I agree there is no place like France! xo

  41. Fantastic images! Beautiful post! I couldn't help myself I saved a couple of the images for my own personal enjoyment-to pull up and dream away to France.

  42. Dear Friends, You have taken me on an enchanting visit to France. I just love your wonderful post and each and every photo is lovely. I could crawl right into your blog and live here. Always so inspiring and uplifting.
    Marie your newest doll is stunning. Really goes so wonderful with thoughts of France and you know I love the piano. Simply divine.

    Love you girls, have a great week.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  43. Oh my... No post has made me yearn for France more than yours... It was an exquisite experience... Merci!

  44. Simply stunning photos! Thank you for sharing for the link party!

  45. All I can say is a person could back again and again just to look at the photos.... ... and......dream.......

  46. Wonderful photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

  47. Oh Marie, what a wonderful post. I read it 3 times! ... The lavender fields are incredibly beautiful.. I feel so blessed to have been to Paris myself and hoping to go again. How I would love to browse the brocantes. :)

  48. Bonjour Marie Antoinette and Sherry,

    Loved seeing your fabulous French photos and that is why France is so irresistible.
    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos.

    Hugs to you both

  49. Terrific post!A wonderful virtual tour of France - so many superb pics!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Hugs to you both

    Lola & Nora x

  50. WOnderful work.. you put your heart and soul into it. I felt it was like a song to France with words and images. Well done! Thanks to Anita for hosting a marvelous party, nice to virtually meet you.