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, January 9, 2013


New Years Eve is a special time 
for Marie and myself. 

We both have traditions that have 
been handed down by our families
though the years. Let's take a look 
at them and see what they mean.

Marie's Family Tradition

On New Years Eve Marie 
takes a glass of water and gently 
breaks an egg into the water and 
leaves it over night. It's supposed 
to show you something wonderful 
on New Years Morning. 

And it does! Look very closely at 
what is in Marie's egg 
New Years morning...

Do you see her? She's there. 
Look with your heart. 

 There's an arched alcove at the top. Inside 
the alcove is a curved part that looks 
like a veil draped over a woman's head.
 Her face looks off to the left with
 praying hands under her chin. 
If you guessed the Virgin Mary you're right!
You can click on the picture to try to get 
a better look at it. Marie says it's quite 
well defined when looking up close 
through the glass.    

Amazing isn't it? What a blessing to receive 
on New Years Day. 

When Marie's brother was a boy he did the 
egg tradition. The next morning the egg had 
formed a perfect parachute. When he became 
an adult he was a Paratrooper in the Army and 
parachuted out of many a plane. He went on to 
be a Green Beret. 
Coincidence? You be the judge. 

Marie said there's always some kind of 
picture in the glass the next morning. 
Our friend Cheryle had a perfect stingray 
in her glass this year on New Years morning!  

Sherry's Family Tradition
 An old Dutch German tradition in my 
family is to set silver coins outside on  
New Years Eve and bring them in on 
New Years Day as a symbol of bringing 
prosperity into the home for the New Year.
My Grandmother taught us the custom 
which she learned from her parents. 

One year our oldest son had just come 
home from work on New Years Eve shortly 
before the count down on Dick Clark's show. 
The count down started as we were chatting 
to him. All of a sudden I panicked and yelled 
" We forgot to put the coins outside!!!" 

Our son happened to be standing by the back 
door. He reached in his pocket and grabbed 
a handful of change, opened the back door, 
and gave the coins a good sling outside

Just then the clock struck midnight. 
We made it under the wire thanks to our son! 

The next summer my dear hubby was finding 
coins in the herb garden, the flower beds 
and in the lawn for quite a while! 

So we try to be sure to put our coins out 
ahead of time now. 

Hope you liked our unusual traditions! 
Please let us know if you have any 
traditions for New Years Eve in your family. 

Blessings to all of you til next time!
Marie & Sherry

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR & the One Good Thing About the Aging Process

This Christmas my hubby and I gave 
each other a gift at the end of our
package opening. 

Hubby gave me a heavy box
medium sized... what on earth coul
it be?

Hubby said "You were with me when I 
bought it for you, you picked it out!" 
Oh dear, really? 

So I ripped off the paper, tore the 
box open to find... SURPRISE... 
a set of Amish Pyrex Mixing Bowls  
in aqua that we
 found at our New Uses store in 
Columbus and snatched up quickly. 
They were only $15 and had just been 
put out on the shelf. The antique mall 
was selling the same set for $60. 

 I LOVE them!

Next my hubby inspected his present. 
It was obviously a picture but of what? 
I didn't even remember. 
It was wrapped so well with vanilla paper 
that I just put my Christmas paper over 
top and called it "done"!

He tore off all the paper and to our 
surprise it was a Maxfield Parrish print 
that we found at the Heritage Antique Mall  
for a steal of a price this past summer,
purchased it, then tucked it away. 

 The Frog Prince by Maxfield Parrish

Our son and his darling wife were in 
stitches over what they had just witnessed! 

Hubby and I can now buy gifts for each other 
ahead of time and FORGET what it was 
we bought. That's the only advantage to 
the aging process I've come acrossed 
so far!!


& A BLESSED 2013