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



  1. WOW and WOW again. What an amazing post of pure gorgeous. Marie your bridal tree is so unique and just stunning. All the incredible details from the ornaments to the glass bird on the shoulder is amazing. You have created an original and magazine worthy!! Your theater dolls and the amazing story are also over the moon beautiful. You are so talented and it shows in your original artwork. Love the cameo ornament! I know the village is getting big reviews and the video is amazing. I will be coming back to view it again and again throughout the season. What a wonderland for all to enjoy!!

    Sherry those bottles you created are outstanding too. Your talents and creative spirit are incredible. You too have been a busy girl in your studio there on golden pond. The inspiration you share always give encouragement. Thank you for sharing the steps to your project. Looks like a lot of glittering going on in all our studios. LOL

    Thank you for the beautiful song too.

    Going back to view the video again. You girls have a wonderful week and lots of fun as you create, decorate and enjoy the season.
    Love to you both.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  2. Your bridal tree looks awesome and unique. The color chosen for it is really wonderful to see. No words to describe the beauty of the tree.

  3. Girls, thank you for the invitation. I so love to see what you are doing because it is always fabulous! What a treat for

  4. Pt2

    ...what a treat for Marie's community to see her work at Christmas time. The bridal gown tree is amazing.

    Now I could not aspire to create on that level, but I sure do love the bottle, Sherry. It is as charming and sweet as can be. I know that I have bottles and trees, glitter and corks somewhere!

  5. Good glory, you two......

    That dress are unbelievable. I would have NEVER, EVER thought of doing this, and you have DONE IT! CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!!!!!

    My two beloved friends, thank you for your visit; I wish you ENCOUNTERS with the Most High as His angels watch over you!

    BISOUS! (Oh how that dress is making me swoon!) Anita

  6. Good morning! What beautiful ideas you have shown! The wedding dress tree is such a magnificent creation of loveliness, uniqueness and beauty! Everything is in AWE! Looks as if you are in full gear for the Holiday decor!! will be different with me this year. Renovations at the cottage will keep decorating minimal this season. Glory to God in the Highest...Peace on Earth...Goodwill towards men! Your dress looks as if an angel should be wearing it! Blessings~~~Roxie

  7. Of course I am dying to ask you all kinds of questions about your marvelous village like how long have you been collecting and wherever did you find such fabulous houses and animated objects? What an amazing display and you are such a doll to transport it and set it up for others to view. I can't imagine the work and the train loads it takes to get it all there. The ponds and the swans, the gazebos, the circus, the dancing Lords and Ladies - just blew me away and hubby was so kind to film it all too.
    The bridal tree is so fun and wouldn't that be the most amazing display for a Christmas wedding? I loved it.
    Your Marie doll is wonderful too. You always do such a fabulous job on those. Wow, you sure have been a busy elf!!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. oh my goodness! where do we start girls? first of all....MARIE!!! look at that miniature village!! It is amazing...and so beautiful ~ thank your dear husband for filming that for us! Little (ha ha!) displays like this are one of our favorite things to look at.....better than just one little dollhouse to decorate ~ right?!! Anyway it is simply amazing Marie ~ bravo!! Loved the idea of the wedding dress tree as well...caught that right away on the video and when we scrolled down to read we were pleased that we were right ~ lol! The nutcracker theater doll is gorgeous....the Nutcracker is one of our favorites! Every year when Karla's kiddos were younger we'd head to Toledo's theater for the show :) You've started our Christmas off right dear Marie!! If only we could have had you with Sherri at the Antique mall the a couple of weeks ago...oh the fun we could have had ~ lol!!! Sherri...LOVE the bottle brush tree on the bottle...tonight we are doing a class where we are putting bottle brush trees on candlestick holders and old china....bottles...duh?!! what were we thinking lol! I'll have to scrounge around for some today!
    Wishing you girls a very blessed Christmas! Love ya!
    Karla & Karrie

  9. You've been collecting for years and years, it is clear. What a marvelous Village that is! It is, without a doubt, the most widespread mini town I have ever seen. Hope all the birds a staying cheerful in your neck of the woods, ours have settled in nicely and no longer roam.

    The Bridal Christmas Tree should be displayed in a store window! I've never seen anything like it before. What a clever idea, and it brings back memories when Nel was a new bride last year. I have always loved the Nutcracker, so this theatre doll is special to me. And I love the RED she is wearing! Oh, those bottle brush tree bottles are gorgeous! I wish I would have known about this project before, as me and the girls had craft night together recently. Come on over and see the crafts that we did if you get a chance. I love these bottles so much. They kind of remind me of perfume bottles, which I collect. All the glitter, ribbon, and pearls really add a special touch and make these look so pretty.

    It looks like you are enjoying the Christmas season. What a wonderful post this is. Thank you for inviting me to see it.


  11. Hello Ladies: Marie, that doll is AMAZING. I can only imagine how much better it looks in person. You are so talented and have such a gift. What a job you did in setting up your Christmas village. It must have given so much enjoyment to all that were lucky enough to see it. Edie, your little tree bottle is precious and is a fun project. I too have seen them on Pinterest and really enjoy them..Thank you, ladies, for sharing all your talents with us..Happy Thursday..Judy

  12. And I forgot to mention the bridal tree. One of a kind and so beautiful..J

  13. My goodness, what an amazing post, filled with the wonders of the holiday season. Wonder if it would be okay for me to live in Marie's village for the next couple of months. :) Her creations are unbelievable. And Edie, I love your bottles. wishing you both a happy happy Christmas. xo

  14. I'm speechless!! Those creations are fabulous!! Such talent! I'm really coveting those little bottles-adorable :)

  15. We always say WOW when we look at your blog! The bridal tree is amazing! And the nutcracker doll is a work of many wonderful details and beautiful color! And of course I love the idea with the little trees on the bottles. I'll try to make one of those! Thanks always for sharing your ideas and for your friendship! Sweet hugs!

  16. Wow is all that comes to mind!! Everything is so incredible...the displays, the bridal tree, the nutcracker doll, the village, the tree bottles!!! You two have definitely outdone yourselves!

  17. Such beautiful creations from two wonderful ladies! I love how you've collaboration and look forward to more! Everything is fabulous! <3

  18. How gorgeous and what talent. I am thrilled you two have joined forces. What a pleasure to visit and take in the beauty. I cannot believe the beauty in the dolls and dresses. The bridal dress is heavenly. Thanks for sharing...The pretty bottle is adorable. xoxo Linda

  19. What a post !!!...wowwwww..i come back later this day...because now i am in a what you did with that tree !!!...wonderful...happy day see you kater !! Ria....x !

  20. This a real feast for my eyes! Thank you for all your kind words. I wish you wonderful Christmas time!

  21. An amazing post - congratulations!

    Fills us over here with great holiday cheer and spirit! xx

  22. Dear Marie and Sherry... I don't know where to begin, everything is so breathtaking... for some reason, your post did not come through on my dashboard, so thank you Sherry for letting me know it was up!... so happy Marie's village is at the train depot again this year... what a beautiful new tradition for so many others to go and see... the bridal tree is exquisite!... as are her new theatre dolls... I can't decide which one is my favorite, I love them all!... and Sherry, your little sparkly creations are just gorgeous!... what a happy post this is!... sending much love to you both... and Merry Christmas!... xoxo Julie Marie

  23. You just perked me up with all your beautiful things you Marie created.
    That wedding dress is a WOW and how fun and fabulous
    and then of course the princess and her prince is wonderful creation and very spectacular
    Now I love the bottles decorated and you did a fabulous job makes me sad I threemter
    some pretty bottles in my recycle but I bet I can find another one to make my friend a pretty bottle similar to yours
    I thank you for visiting me and I 'm going back and read this post again

    Marie & Sherry Merry Christmas


  24. Your little bottle tree is my favorite!

  25. Hi girls! I am visiting back from my blog and WOW! What a beautiful post with lots of stuff to see! I actually have a vintage wedding gown but no where to display it. Great idea for the future! Going to visit both your shops. Following you Bloglovin and GFC!

  26. Hello,
    First thank you for your visit and coment.yes, it would be nice to share a cup of tea and also share some ideas!
    Good idea the wedding tree!

  27. ooooh, how I wish I could sneak up on the bride and snip off some lovely lace ...where nobody could see the damage of course! hahah...but, honestly.... lovely lace is just what I need for my little pin cushions I have been making .... hmmm... maybe I could make some ring pillows for brides........

  28. Sooo beautiful! I love the bridal tree, super creative!
    But the nutcracker doll is my absolute favorite! You captured all the beauty of the ballet itself. The chandelier is just perfect all lit up! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing creations.

  29. Amazing, amazing…. always amazing! You're just all so talented.


  30. Thanks Marie for your lovely note and continued friendship. I also received your beautiful Christmas card today, and thanks so much!

    PS: The wedding gown tree and your snow village are gorgeous!!!

    Happy Holidays!
    Chris :-)

  31. Des créations magnifiques, magiques ...
    Gros bisous

  32. I'm speechless at all of this wonderful creativity! Marie and Edie, your creations are gorgeous! P.S. Thank you for the Christmas card Marie!

  33. Thank you for the thoughtful visit and comment left on my blog. Your Christmas video is fun. Happy Holidays!

  34. Marie, I just love your Xmas Village. I remember when I first saw what I now think may be a slightly smaller version(?) on your site, I really wanted one for myself :).

    But I don't have the space for such a splendourous display so a good alternative is to hang out here whenever I feel like one.

    Thank you, Marie, this is indeed a very special post.

  35. OMG!!!! The Bridal tree is to die for!! I actually have my wedding gown on a dress form and would love to do something like this. A truly fantastic post, ladies!!


  36. Edie, I know I have already commented on this beautiful post, but just wanted to thank you for your kind comments to me on my last post. I appreciate them all..Happy Monday..Judy

  37. Wow, wow, wow! This is Spectacular! That bridal tree is amazing and the colour of the nutcracker is so vivid and fabulous! You are super talented and I'm very impressed! xx

  38. credo che l'albero di natale fatto con il vestito da sposa sia una cosa fantastica!i miei complimenti!

  39. Such amazing creativity! I am in awe. You are surely going to have a wonderful holiday season. I wish you Joy!

  40. Dear Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie,

    Where do I start the post is full of wonderment from the rail village, to the gorgeous dress tree and all your dolls and the bottle creations.
    Thanks for showing us and for visiting me.
    Wishing you both a wonderful and many blessings this Christmas.
    sending hugs

  41. The Marie Village is wonderful! The Bridal Christmas tree is so pretty- who would have thought to use a wedding dress that way! The nutcracker piece is fabulous too! The bottle trees your created are so cute! You guys are full of talent!

  42. Thank you for inviting us all to to Peacock Paradise and your special wonderland. The brides tree is so special, also like you Nutcracker doll so much. She is a true vision of a sugarplum!

    Marie and Edie,
    Hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday filled with love and joy!

  43. Wow! So many great ideas, the Bride's Tree is so creative and unusual. I love the bottles, too, everything is festive and gorgeous. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, always a treat to see you there! xo Lidy@

  44. The bridal tree is amazing! It would be great for a Christmas Wedding Bridal shower! Beautiful!

  45. Hello, Marie and Edie!
    You two are so creative with your fabulous ideas! Such charming eclectic creations. Oh! There is so much to see in this post it is hard to say what is my favorite! All of it is romantic and amazing.
    Thank you for coming for a visit at my blog, Maire.
    My photo option on my posts was not allowing me to post any photos and was causing some of my files to become 'corrupt' so I need to figure that out. Thank you so very, very much for your heart-felt support for the things I have been posting on my blog.
    Have a lovely Holiday Season! To the both of you!
    Teresa in California

  46. Oh my goodness, Marie!!! You have been busy! I can't even imagine all the time and work that goes into this. I love Christmas Villages! Merry Christmas!

  47. Marie, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such kind comments. You two ladies are clever with your hands and l like the wedding gown Christmas tree and the glittered bottle brush tree on the pretty bottle.
    Merry Christmas to you both.

  48. First of all, thank you for the delightful visit to my blog and the sweet comment :) And secondly, the wedding gown tree is fabulous! My mom would love this since her bedroom is filled with bride dolls that she has collected over the years. Plus, she has an old wedding gown on display.

    Also, your bottle tree is darling and I am putting it on my 'To Make' list for next year - such a clever idea.

    I hope you're enjoying this beautiful Christmas season.

  49. Merry Christmas! And, what a bus]y and beautiful Christmas you are having. Everything is wonderful!

  50. What a fabulous village collection! The bridal tree is very unique and unusual. I love the bottle you created. Wishing both you gals a very Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing with Creating Christmas!

  51. OMG, i can't believ all teh christmas magic you've put into this one post! Love everything, from the bridal tree to the breathtaking doll and little bottle with glitter tree. It looks like you really do make the bet of this season - Bravo girls!
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    I wish you a happy and peaceful time ahead - see you back safe and sound in 2014!

  52. I am positively enchanted with your stunning wedding gown Christmas tree - and especially your Nutcracker Suite Theatre.
    I would love to do a blog post about it, using your photos and some of your captions. I would, of course, credit you and link back to your blog.
    Is that something that would be acceptable to you?
    Anyway - I love the way you "see" the things around you and make such enchanting and delightful items from them! Merriest of holidays to you...and, please, let me know if it's acceptable for me to do a blog post on your Nutcracker Theatre!

  53. Lovely lovely post! You are all so talented! Visiting today from the ECS party! Happy Holidays!!

  54. Thanks for responding so quickly, Marie!
    Please take a peek at your work on my blog today
    ... and thank you for allowing your magic to spill over onto Enchanted Revelries!

  55. Holy moly! I need to pick my jaw up from the ground! I am in amazement as the glorious gorgeousness of everything in this post!! Simply beautiful! ♥
    Merry Christmas!

  56. Hello Marie and Edie! gorgeous this post is with all your wonderful, breathtaking creations!!! A total feast for the eyes once again! I love the Christmas town and just wish I could somehow shrink myself down so I could romp around that beautiful holiday village. All those tiny details!...and the wedding gown tree is just gorgeous and so it the Nutcracker doll. She's BEAUTIFUL beyond words! I also love those dainty little, perfectly decorated bottles. How pretty they are! You girls are so talented and full of inspiration. I really enjoy visiting you. Wishing you both a very Merry Christmas, and sending many hugs your way! xoxo

  57. Dear Friends.
    Wishing you the joy of Christmas filled with many blessings.
    With love,
    Celestina Marie

  58. I am so late here, dear Marie and Edie!
    But it's Christmas, and I would love to wish you both a BLESSED, JOYFUL, BEAUTIFUL day...
    Merry Christmas!
    You are both so special, and the gorgeous creativity here is inspirational!!
    Sending love and hugs your way,
    - Irina :)

  59. Oh my! I love your bridal Christmas tree such an original idea. It looks like you had a spectacular holiday. Everything you touch is gorgeous!


  60. Thank you for stopping by Edie.
    Wishing you and your sweet family a Happy New Year too filled with many blessings.

    Hi Marie
    Wishing you and yours a great new year as well. Blessings always.

    Just returned from The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell. I will share a post soon.

    Happy New Year
    Much Love

  61. This is amazing Edie and Marie!!! ! The village and bridal gown tree are truly beautiful. What a wonderful post to read too. You have been so busy this season again.
    Have a magical New Year dear ones...

  62. Wow, look at all of those comments!! And I can understand why! Everything is just magnificent! The Marie Village is amazing, so much to ooh and ahh over. That Bridal Christmas tree is gorgeous, love all the glass balls but my favorite is the cameo one, love the crown on top and teh little birdie on the shoulder. And OH MY, love, love, love the Theater doll! Pretty figures and a great story! Thanks for sharing all that beauty with us and thanks for visiting my Olde Curiosity Shop post, I like it that you noticed the little details in it that tell little stories about the scene. I so appreciate your visit and kind comment!
    Have a great week,