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, September 13, 2014


Welcome to my "new" studio!

 The fabulous Marie Paper Doll by our 
sweet Marie Antoinette greets me every time 
I go into my studio.

It was time to make some changes 
in my studio and with the help of 
summer yard sales and throw aways 
at the dumpster I've been able to make 
some great changes. 

I'm enjoying the changes I've made over 
the summer. 

Meet my new shipping department! 
I rescued this bookcase from the trash 
and gave it a new life with a good 
cleaning and a couple coats of paint. 
Now I have an organized area for 
all my shipping supplies.  
I'll be doing a future post on the before 
and after of the bookcase soon. 

I moved the chunky cedar closet out and 
replaced it with my painted secretary desk 
that I named "Paris Dreams" after I
painted it many years ago. This 
was the very first piece of furniture I 
bought after starting my working carrier.
Now that was many moons ago but 
it's still going strong! 

Meet my new toile tablecloth,
$7 at a yard sale and it's for a long table! 
Oh yeah baby!! 

I'm in toile heaven. 
These Waverly black & cream toile 
drapery panels were $10 at another 
yard sale. 

I had these adorable short drapery rods 
in my stash of leftover items from our 
family home that were perfect at each 
end of my studio window. It allows me 
to extend the window past the edges 
a bit.

Next I wanted something different for a 
valance to "bridge" the toile panels together. 

I had just gathered my collection of 
vintage doilies & linens together and 
filled one of my favorite Longaberger 
market baskets with them.  
They looked delicious and ready to be 
used on something unusual!  

A favorite linen of mine is this 
sweet little tablecloth with a French 
basket on it. It was perfect for my idea!

 A few thumbtacks later it all came 
to fruition!

I was so happy with how great the vintage 
color looked with the creams in the drapes! 

I moved all my large storage racks 
down on the wall which forced me to 
unload all of them, purge and reorganize them. 

The tops of my shelving units hold vintage 
baskets which help with storage. 
The 3 oldest ones are almost antiques now. 
They are baskets I have that were made
by my Great Uncle Charlie whose 
artisan craft was basket weaving. He owned 
a basket shop in lower Michigan that was 
quite successful in it's "hayday". 

I also have 3 baskets that my Mom made 

many years ago in a class she took with 
my sister. 
The one with the cardboard 
tubes in it is one of them. 

Here's another one she made that 
hangs on one of the legs that sticks up 
at the top of the shelves. 

Mom did a great job on them and I 
will always treasure them. 
My adorable birdcage memo holder 
has a new home on the closet door. 
It's a perfect place to display the 
paper doll Marie made for me using 
vintage dress pattern pieces. 
Her creations are so special to me.

That brings us around to my birdhouse 
table that now holds my vintage sewing 
machine drawers. 

The paper fan on the wall is also made by sweet Marie.

The tabletop holds my Cricut machine and 
it's cartridges. Very handy for scrapbooking. 
It's also special because it once belonged to 
my first scrapbook leader. She lost her battle 
with colon cancer a few years ago and is 
missed very much by all of us "scrappers". 
Her best friend took over as leader and 
has done an awesome job leading us!
She's become such a wonderful friend!

The lamp on this table is the very first item
I purchased with my first paycheck. It came from 
JCPenny in the late 60s and has been a constant light in my life.

The bottom of the table is filled 
with storage for ribbons, do-dads, 
vintage items & sewing items. 
I'll give you a tour of this section 
in a future post. I'll show you the 
before and after of the the two 
drawer sections I found at our local 
antique mall.

We'll be following up with a few future 
posts on some of the summer finds in my 
"new" studio. 

Edie Marie 
Hope you liked this quick tour. 
Thanks for stopping by. 
 Please visit again to see how these 
items and ideas came together!

Blessings, Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

Studio re-do by: Edie Marie
Re-do approvel by: Marie Antoinette
Stuff by: Yard sales, the stash & the trash!  

Be sure to stop by Marie's Etsy to see 
her paper dolls on sale! You'll 
be glad you did!! 


  1. Dear Edie, love your new studio redesign. You have put such good use of the space and filled it with inspiring treasures. Your baskets made by your mom and uncle are so special and hold your supplies perfectly. Love the toile window and the tablecloth. This is the best place to create. Marie's dolls are perfect there to keep you company.
    Also love the sewing drawers. They seem to form a little chest to fill.
    The secretary is gorgeous and what a perfect addition to your studio. Love the lamp you purchased with your first paycheck.
    You have been so busy creating the best studio to create in. I would love to sit across from you there at the table and design the afternoon away.
    Beautiful job my friend. You inspire me to make some updates to mine.

    Marie, sure love your new dolls. They are gorgeous and so many new and unique styles. Looks like you are enjoying lots of creative time too.

    Thanks so much for sharing Edie. I love your updates and wish you many happy hours in your beautiful studio.

    Love to you girls.
    Have a blessed weekend

  2. Edie, your room turned out gorgeous! Love all the great finds you scored, the book case turned out beautiful, it sometimes amazes me what people will put in the trash, as they say one man junk is another's treasure ;) enjoy your stunning new creating space ;)


  3. Oh what a gorgeous room!!! It's packed with all sorts wonderful goodies and you've arranged it all so perfectly. I love your wonderfully creative window treatments too. So so pretty! ...Love the photo too, beautiful lady! Hope all is happy and well with you and sweet Marie. Sending hugs, xoxo

  4. Such a great space for you. I know you must be so happy to have that space and be organized. The bookcase is lovely. I hope you have lots of fun in your new space. xo

  5. Edie Marie you are looking mighty pretty sitting there in your wonderfully revised studio. Looks like you have a place for everything and it is not only functional but pretty as well. I like that..Happy Thursday..Judy

  6. Hi Edie, thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment. I just enjoyed seeing your newly designed studio once again. It is such an inspiration and encouraged me to give mine a little redo this week. Not a big deal, but a good cleaning and a few changes. I am getting ready for company in a couple weeks from Michigan.
    Love your gorgeous pic at the end.
    Have a great weekend!!
    Sending hugs to you both,