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!

Saturday, February 1, 2014



 I chose the word "LOVE" because it 
conveniently only has 4 letters. (he-he) 

I used a Cricut Machine to cut out my 
shapes but you can cut them by hand 
into any shape you like. 

You'll need 4 pennant shapes cut out 
of scrapbook paper...

4 shapes of oval or round or 
 use 2 of each for variety and 
use different scrapbook paper 
for the different shapes...  

4 heart shapes in the same or 
different colors and shapes... 

the letters LOVE in whatever style 
font you like - you can just cut block 
letters that you've traced or purchase 
letters to use at your craft store. 
I used sparkly paper to add a bit 
of bling of course.  

 This step is totally optional. 
I wanted to ruffle things up a bit so 
I used crepe paper & craft glue to 
gather ruffles by hand and glue down. 
If you do this step make sure your 
shapes dry thoroughly. 

I use my Grandmother's extremely heavy 
iron to press things flat during the glue 
drying process. I also put the item on 
plastic so you can just peel it off in case 
it sticks by accident!  

Ta-Da! Fluff up the ruffles and
you end up with something like this. 

 I taped some paper doily edges 
around the oval shapes to give it 
a special look then used double 
sided tape to adhere them to the 
pennant shapes.

 Next it's time to attach the hearts 
and letters. I used "pop-up" adhesives 
to raise things up and give a dimensional 
look to the pieces. You can find pop-up 
adhesives at any craft store.

 You can see in this photo what 
it looks like popped up.

Now add bling!! 

 My, son the artist, felt the letters 
needed a bit more character so he 
took one of the fine artists pens he 
gifted to me and drew what you 
see below. I have to admit it does 
add something special!

 I had some red & silver sparkle hearts 
so they joined the mix.

To hang the hearts I used a double 
strand of 3" net ribbon in pink to 
thread the pennant pieces onto.
It needed something more... 
and in this case "more is more"! 

I made bows with the net ribbon. 
4 loops on each side, tied in the 
middle with pink curly ribbon. 

 Fluff the bows out and attach 
between the pennant pieces.

   I only added a sparkly gem on the 
point on each pennant.

 Oh you could add all kinds of glitter 
and sparkles, a lot more than I did.

 So here you have it. 
A banner of LOVE!

 I attached mine to my fireplace screen since 
I only have flickering lights in my vintage 
fireplace insert. No flames involved! 

You could hang this in a doorway, 
on a wall, in a window, 
on the headboard of of your bed... 
Ooh-la-la, you could make 
the banner say AMOUR!

Love is in the air so let's celebrate it 
and create something lovely 
for Valentines Day! 

Here's a bit of my Valentine decor 
on Golden Pond.

A Valentine buffet fit for a Queen! 
Oh wait! We HAVE a QUEEN... 
Her Majesty, Queen Marie Antoinette!!
These treats are especially for you 
Marie. I've removed ALL the calories
just as you commanded. 

These are my faux desserts I created 
years ago to use for food decor. 
My little grands LOVE Grandma's 
fake treats! So fun for "make believe".

The 2 layer cake is made of a round 
paper mache box frosted in plaster 
and decorated with a pastry bag 
and tinted plaster. Then garnished 
with pearls. The centerpiece can 
be changed with the event. 

 The round chocolate torte is the lid from 
the paper mache box. Cookies are wood 
shapes frosted with tinted plaster and 
embellished with tiny beads. 
The brownies are cut from styrofoam 
and frosted with brown tinted plaster.

 The candies are stacked buttons glued 
together to make a scrumptious treat. 
Place them in candy papers and the 
illusion is complete.

 My tea service is ready for the Queen! 
Perhaps we'll have lavender tea.

 Maybe she would like a 
chocolate truffle made by the 
Royal Pastry Chef. 
They may be a bit chewy, they're 
actually candles in the shape of 
candy delights that I've had for 
some time now.

 The petit fours and cakes are made 
from styrofoam and lots of plaster 
frosting. Yellow paint on the  
 styrofoam makes it look just 
like cake! What fun!

 Of course the Queen may want a 
sip of champagne or moscata. 
Where are the champagne flutes?
Quick!! The Queen is almost here!!

 I've tucked some special 
Valentine touches here 
and there to add a 
splash of color.

 Vintage Valentines are so sweet.

 My Valentine girl from my 
childhood makes it all 
complete for me. She was given 
to me with flowers in the back 
of her skirt as a gift since I'm 
a February girl.

I'm ready for the Queen of Hearts!

 We're wishing you love, romance, happiness, 
hugs, kisses and more from 
Golden Pond 
Peacock Paradise! 

Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

Banner & post: Edie Marie a loyal subject
Collaboration: Her Royal Majesty, Queen Marie Antoinette
(Yes, we have lots and lots of fun together!)


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