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!

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Project from Golden Pond

Mama needs an Island! 
We have limited counter space in our 
condo kitchen and 
not enough storage for appliances 
and cookbooks AND most importantly 
a small budget!!

So the thinking caps went on. Since we 
were absolutely shocked at the price of 
kitchen islands we had to be creative. 

While at a Krogers Market Store 
(a supermarket with houseware items) 
we saw this bookcase on sale for 50% off 
and we had some "market" points that we 
could use for extra savings. We would 
need 2 bookcases for our island so 
it was done and done!  

It's a 2 shelf bookcase in black... 
perfect for a touch of contrast I want.  
It's countertop height so that's just right.

We assembled the bookcases and hubby 
left the backs off of them. He then 
fixed them together with brackets and 
we were in business. 

Room for all our cookbooks. 
My favorite cookbooks are my
 Mom's old Betty Crocker Cookbook from the 50's 
and my first cookbook, 
Betty Crocker Cookbook from the 70's. 
(She probably bought it for me)

We wanted a top that could take a beating 
from hot dishes so hubby came up with an idea.
 He cut a piece of plywood and
 trimmed it with a nice leaf vine design 
trim painted black.

He purchased 6 Marble 12x12 tiles from 
Builders Liquidators and set them very snug 
together for the surface. 

And here's the finished product...

Oh but wait! I don't want to SEE the 
appliances. Not wanting to make it more 
difficult for hubby I came up with a 
solution I could do all by myself. 
I surfed through the Graphics Fairy 
for a Frenchy design (of course) and found 
 a couple I liked and combined different 
parts from them to make my design.

I copied the design on my printer then 
taped it to the underside of my muslin fabric 
that I had in my fabric stash. The muslin was 
thin enough that I could see the design 
right through it. 

I took my trusty Sharpie, extra fine point, 
and traced the lettering and design. 

Then I started filling in the solid portions 
of the tracing. 

And Voila! 
A fabulous touch of France 
to hang in my new kitchen island  
and hide those appliances.

(This was not the design for the kitchen curtain but this is one 
I have some progressive photos of.)

This is actually the design I used for 
this project... a PARIS motif. 
Ooh tres bien!

We love how functional this little 
kitchen island is. It's a great piece of 
eye candy and serves many purposes. 

What have you made on a budget? 
We'd love to hear your stories!

Bisous (hugs), Edie Marie 

 From Edie Marie's Studio
I've been having more fun making 
upcycled necklaces from old vintage 
junk jewelry and new parts. 
Here's my last 2 creations: 

" Let's Be Franc "

A little vintage look copper purse 
that opens and faux French Francs to 
add to the purse theme. The small beads 
on the dangles are Swarovski Crystal 

" Sparkling Heart "

The chain and looped piece are vintage 
from the 40's with a dangle of a vintage 
look etched heart and a beautiful 
vintage clear rhinestone. 

Some of the tiny rhinestones on the 
looped piece have darkened with 
age adding to the vintage look.

You can see these and more of my 
creations and vintage items at 
EdieMariesAttic Etsy

Marie is taking a small break for a 
week or so while busy in her studio 
creating fabulous treasures for us 
to enjoy! She'll be back real soon!

Blessings to all our sweet friends, 
Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette


  1. Amazing! Must pin for future reference! Love what you are doing with the jewelry creations, too. Very pretty...

  2. you ladies have been so busy. The kitchen island is brilliant. And my old Betty C. cookbook from 1969 (wedding gift) is still my favorite go to cookbook and like you, I have tons of them. Not too long ago I saw one of those old big wooden teacher's school desk on rollers with lots of drawers for storage. It was in a thrift store and they were only asking $35.00 for it. It would have made the perfect kitchen island. Edie, your necklaces are fabulous. I have been making necklaces and bracelets from vintage parts for a show I plan to be in this Fall. What fun it's been. Have a wonderful weekend you two. xoxo

  3. Hi Sherry, I just love your island and the designs you used on the fabric. You are so talented and this is better then anything you could find.
    Love your necklaces. Each one is gorgeous. You sure have been busy creating your magic.

    Hi Marie, hope all is well for you and enjoying the summer too. I bet you are having a blast creating and can't wait to see your new designs.

    I will be gone most of the month and also celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in Coronado Island. Looking forward to blogging again in the fall.
    Miss you girls. Talk soon.
    Love ya, Celestina Marie

  4. Your island idea is over the top and I love it. Practical, not to costly and absolutely a space giver! I love it and the creativity it took to build it. Well done. Hugs. Tammy

  5. Hi Ladies,

    How wonderful the new kitchen island is and that is such a great idea and you must be so happy with it.
    Also love the necklaces you have been designing.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend


  6. How very creative, and inspiring, both projects!


  7. Oh my word what an amazing idea for an island! It looks great... now if I could just have a kitchen big enough for it!!


  8. Your kitchen island is wonderful! So clever and resourceful...and I love how useful and BEAUTIFUL it is, too! You did a wonderful job! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment! I'll be following you, too!

  9. HELLO HELLO! Bonjour mes amies; je suis ravie d'être ici avec VOUS DEUX!

    Well, I remember this project and I found it brilliant and still do! And how you printed that fabulous French script and image is a sign of a perfectionist!!

    Hugs to both of you as you continue to create such beauty, and YES, on a budget. That makes it more special to me, always!

    All is well here; one more doctor's evaluation to go today to hopefully rule out another worry...but all is well my precious and really, FIRST blogging friend. Many happy hugs to you too, Marie! Anita

  10. OMG...Your kitchen island turned out so, SOOO fantastic!!! I can't tell you how much I love this! You and your hubby were so clever in the way you created this beautiful, functional piece! Your brilliant ideas all came together perfectly!

    I also LOVE both of these gorgeous necklaces!
    xo Paulette

  11. Oh my! Your kitchen island is incredible! Thanks for the inspiration! Your jewelry is gorgeous too!

  12. Your kitchen is exquisite!

    Hope you're having a great week!

  13. Oh my goodness! What a brilliant idea! I love this post! This is amazing!!! Great idea on using the graphic and pen to transfer to fabric. The heart necklace is beautiful as well!

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Time to get the magic markers out!!! Love the "new" old jewelry...your speakin' to us lol!! Have an awesome weekend girls!!

  15. I have one of those bookcases in the entry of our condo. You had such a great idea my friend! What a wonderful project. Love those to look in the shop! Hugs!

  16. I love the creative way you made an island for your kitchen. I wish my kitchen was large enough to do something similar.

  17. wow what a fantastic idea for your kitchen on a budget ...
    I just wanted to pop over and have a look at your blog and say thanks so much for all the wonderful coments you leave on my are very kind and having looked around you blog for at least an hour!!so very talented too
    have a crafty weekend
    tracey x

  18. I'm in awe of your creativity !
    Wonderful job!

    The jewelry is just stunning:)