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 31, 2014



Let's close our eyes 
and travel to 

the City of Lights! 

We can watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle 

and see the famous Champs Elysses 
shimmer with it's lights and 
celebrating visitors! 




and oh so amazing!! 

Dare I say it? 




Blessing and love for 2015, 

Marie Antoinette 
Edie Marie


Monday, December 22, 2014


The stockings are hung 

by the chimney with care, 

in hopes that St Nicholas 

soon would be there. 

Wishing all our dear friends

the merriest Christmas ever 

and something that delights 
your heart! 

Love and blessings from, 

Marie at Peacock Paradise 
Edie Marie on Golden Pond 


Thursday, December 4, 2014


Marie has created a new and 
exciting theater doll to 
delight us for the holidays! 

Meet "Noel"... 

  Noel is all of the dreams of the 
children that await Santa's visit 
on Christmas Eve. 
She delights in each one of the children's hopes 
and wishes.

Oh how Noel loves it when she makes 
them smile and laugh on Christmas morning. 

A doll with a pink bow in her hair 
for little Toni, a Teddy Bear for baby 
Michael, a marionette for Johnny that looks 
like a dancing cat... 

 a Nutcracker for Aunt Betsy's collection, 
a tussie mussie with tiny treasures
for Mom... it goes on and on! 

Look at the gifts Santa has left in 
the nursery for the children. A sweet bear 
costume for little Alex and a puppy 
of her very own! There's a rocking horse 
waiting for Billy to take him to all kinds 
of wonderful make believe places.

Ice skates for Junior, a violin for Father, 
a beautiful wreath for Grandmother's 
front door... 

treats and sweets and don't forget 
the gingerbread man for Gramps! 

Noel is all of those things 
and so much more. 

She's the keeper of "visions of 
sugarplums" that dance in our heads 
as we await Father Christmas!


We wish you a very wonderful holiday 
season from 
Peacock Paradise 
Golden Pond!! 

Marie Antoinette 
Edie Marie


We're joining 
for What's It Wednesday! 
Come see all the fun!!


 Gorgeous Noel Theater Doll by Marie
Story by Edie
Sending Christmas Love from both of us!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


There's a new magazine in town and 
our darling Marie Antoinette is in it! 

The Fall 2014 issue of  
the Southern Senior Magazine 
is out! It has a wonderful 2 page 
article in it about Marie's incredible 
Whitmanville Christmas Village. 

  This new magazine has been 
created for baby boomers by 
Pearl River Communications. 
It's a quarterly magazine that runs just 
$16.00 per year. It can be delivered via mail 
to your home by calling 601-798-4835.

I was so excited when I received a copy 
of the magazine in the mail from Marie!

The article and photos are delightful and 
remind me of magazines from my youth! 

Here's some quotes from the article: 

 "Marie has been collecting Whitmanville for 
22 years. She started when her daughter bought 
her the first piece, a ceramic train. 
Then Marie got the fever!"

"The era of the Christmas Village is set in the 
early 1900's. People still wore long dresses, 
and they still had horse drawn carriages, 
but they also had autos and airplanes."

 "Whitmanville has a waterfront, or warehouse area, 
then comes the shops, museums, restaurants, and 
the township... City Hall, bank, churches and such."

"Then what the children love most... 
The Carnival... Marie has most all the old 
rides... even a Swan Boat ride."

"She also has a ski mountain."

"Next comes the zoo, 
with monkeys, elephants, lions, tigers, 
and bears... Oh My!!"

"Marie says it takes about a week to set 
it up. She says she does have some help 
from her daughter, Alexia Miller, and 
one of her best friends, Diane Richard. "

"When asked about her favorite part of 
Whitmanville, Marie says 'My favorite 
part is the Nutcracker Ballet.' This is an 
amazing piece. The ballerinas dance and 
swirl around the stage gracefully. All 
the girls love this piece!"

Marie's Whitmanville Christmas Village 
has been a part of "Christmas on the Rails"
in Picayune, Mississippi for the past 
couple of years. It has previously been located 
at the Picayune Train Depot but is moving 
this year to it's own location at
The Checkered Lily.

Fix yourself a cup of tea and 
take a few minutes to look at this video 
of Marie's village from 2013... 
you'll be sooo glad you did. 
It's even larger now since she adds 
new pieces every year. The details 
will amaze you!

Marie thanks the magazine from the 
bottom of her heart for spreading the 
news of her beautiful village.
Whitmanville Christmas Village 
 is a huge highlight of Picayune's "Christmas 
on the Rails" event that dazzles and 
delights ALL ages! 

Congratulations Marie 
for being recognized by 
Southern Senior Magazine. 
Your village is a true treasure!!
Stop by if you're in the area on 
December 5th!! It's from 5pm to 9pm.
She'll love to see you there!

If you would like to subscribe to this 
great magazine you can contact 
Southern Senior Magazine 
@ 601-798 -4835 or email them
@ .

Holiday Blessings to all of 
our dear friends! 

Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie

Post written by - Edie Marie
Talented & humble village creator - Marie Antoinette  
Great new mag - Southern Senior Magazine
We're joining Paula @ 
Ivy & Elephants for 
What's It Wednesday
Stop by to see Paula's fall 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yard Sale Find

One thing I miss in the fall is a 
good YARD SALE! 

This summer I snagged some great 
"finds" for my studio makeover. 
One little gem is my new/old 
bulletin board for $5.00 !! 

I'm using it more as a place to decorate. 
Remember the bulletin boards in 
your school classroom and how fun 
some teachers would decorate them? 

I added a piece of lace trim that 
my Grandma crocheted, a heart 
shaped basket that my sweet sis 
gave me years ago, along with 
a muslin angel I created with 
twine hair. Oh and of course a 
reminder to call Marie!

It's amazing how one person's trash 
really can become another person's 
 sweet treasure! 

Happy treasure hunting! 

Blessings & love, 
Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

We're joining Paula @ Ivy & Elephants for 
Stop by to see her lil' "pumpkins"!  

We're also joining Marie @ Simple Nature 
Decor for Fabulous Friday Party
Fun people to visit! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sewing Machine Drawer Makeover

This past winter I showed you 
the Sewing Machine Drawers 
that I purchased at our local 
Antique Mall. 

I pondered for months what 
I wanted to do with them 
and finally came to the conclusion 
to incorporate them into my 
little birdhouse table. 
It would create a useful unit 
that could hold LOTS of odds 
and ends that we all love to 
have on hand to create with. 
Plus it would free up shelf space 
and put them out where I can 
enjoy them everyday! 

My brother was visiting for a 
few days and this became our 
project while he was here. 

We purchased a nice piece of wood 
that would become the top of 
the two sewing machine drawer 
units. My brother cut the wood into
the size we needed with curved corners 
at the front.   

( Let's pretend there's a great photo of my brother
using the jigsaw here! I'm SURE I took one!!)

All the pieces were painted white 
to unify them then scuffed up for 
that worn look. I had a brain storm 
when I happened to spy an old 
measuring tape in black & white 
that's been in my sewing box 
for years. It was the perfect size 
for edging the top! 

(That's right, no photo of the painting or 
attaching the measuring tape being glued!) 

But here's a pic of the units with the top 
on them. It's just resting on top so I can 
make future changes if I want to. 

 As you can see I tucked 2 plain sewing 
machine drawers in the space between the 
drawer units. There was just enough room 
to tuck in my Clark's Thread tin! 

Next I added 2 fancier drawers on top of 
the wood piece and filled them with lots  
of trims and things. 

I love how they look peeking out! 

 Then a brainstorm for the center section 
and a great repurpose/reuse. 

 I'm allowed to have cashews on my 
eating plan and they come in these great
plastic containers from Aldi's! I wash them 
thoroughly, edge with tape around the label 
(that's right I don't even take the label off),
and paint the label with blackboard paint! 

 I purchased a Bistro Chalk Marker 
at Joanne Fabrics & Crafts to write 
on the chalkboard labels. I like it so 
much better than actual chalk. It 
washes off with soap & water but 
doesn't rub off like chalk. 

 I sorted all my little odds and ends into 
categories and had fun with the marker. 

Michaels had these adorable photo boxes 
that were Paris inspired and I knew would 
look great with the black & white. 

 So there you have it. 
All my sewing drawers are packed 
with vintage bindings & ribbons & such. 

I added a couple vintage items from my 
Mom's sewing machine drawers to 
remind me of the hours she sat at 
her machine making clothes for me 
or sewing bridesmaids dresses. 

It's been a fun project! 

Marie sent me a couple metal pictures 
from her studio that needed a new home. 
Perfect for my window on the birdhouse 
table. I added a rosette I fashioned from 
a crocheted doily my Grandma Meme 
made many many years ago. 

Marie made the gorgeous fan you 
see on the wall. I think it looks fabulous! 

Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

We're joining Linda @ Coastal Charm for 
her Show-n-Share no 232. Stop by and 
see all the great ideas! 

We're also joining Patti & Paula 
@ Ivy and Elephants    
for What's It Wednesday. Fabulous 
ideas to get fall inspiration!