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!

Friday, March 21, 2014


Spring is trying to slowly come alive.

The only sign in my state of Ohio is 
tiny snowdrops that are brave enough 
to bloom. I was never so glad to see 
them after this looong cooold winter!  

Where Marie is things are moving 
along a little better but even in 
Mississippi the temps have been 

 The swans, Minnie & Henry, on 
Golden Pond are happy that their 
home is now a pond and not a 
skating rink! 

Postcard source Zazzle 
Vintage French Script Peacock Postcard

The peacocks at Peacock Paradise 
are starting to think about the 
gorgeous new feather display 
that will be coming in. 

Google Images
Vintage Spring Postcards

And we all hope that we'll be 
able to gather a bouquet of 
spring flowers in our bonnets
very soon! 

So Happy Spring 
with love, 

Marie Antoinette 

Edie Marie 

Post by Edie Marie
Hopes for Spring by Marie Antoinette 
and Edie Marie! 

We're joining: 

Angie @ 
Knick of Time Tuesday

Pattie & Paula @ 
Ivy & Elephants

Sherry @ 
Home Sweet Home 

Debbie @ 
Confessions of a Plate Addict 

Thursday, March 13, 2014


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Ah yes... let's talk a bit about the 
"Luck of the Irish".
History of St Patrick
It all starts here...
with St Patrick of course!

 Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window 
at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland.

Information from Wikipedia 
 Little is known of Patrick's early life, though 
it is known that he was born in Roman 
Britain in the 4th century, into a wealthy 
family. His father was a deacon and his 
grandfather was a priest in the Christian 
church. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped 
by Irish raiders and taken captive to 
Ireland as a slave. 
(my own note - My dear hubby's grandfather 
was living in Scotland as a boy. He was taken 
by Irish raiders also and was forced to work 
as a slave. A common occurrence even in 
the 17th century. )

It is believed he was held somewhere on the 
west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, 
but the exact location is unknown. According 
to his Confession, he was told by God in a 
dream to flee from captivity to the coast, 
where he would board a ship and return to 
Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined 
the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied 
to be a priest.  

According to legend, Saint Patrick used 
the three-leaved shamrock to explain 
the Holy Trinity to Irish Pagans. 

In 432, he again said that he was called 
back to Ireland, though as a bishop to 
Christianise the Irish from their 
native polytsheism. It was then that 
he used the shamrock and it's 3 leaves 
to teach of the Trinity. 
After nearly 30 yrs of evangelism, he died 
on March 17, 461, and according to 
tradition, was buried at Downpatrick. 
Patrick endured as the principal champion 
of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem 
in the Irish church.

Originally, the color associated with Saint 
Patrick was blue. That's right... BLUE
Over the years the color green and its 
association with Saint Patrick's Day grew. 
Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in 
celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as 
the 17th century.  This was mainly because of 
Patrick's use of the shamrock in expaining 
the Holy Trinity. The phrase "The Wearing of the 
Green", meaning to wear a shamrock on 
one's clothing, derives from a song of the 
same name. 

Here's a great version of 
"The Wearing Of The Green" 
sung by Judy Garland from 1940. 

It's a sad song but historically correct. 
And nobody can sing it better than Judy!

Vintage Postcards

Erin go Bragh 
(Ireland Forever)

The Emerald Isle of Erin 
(Ireland - the term was first used by 
Dr. Drennan in the poem called Erin. 
it refers to the bright green verdure of 
 the island.)

The Harp of Erin 
  (The Central United Irish emblem was 
a harp with a forepillar of a winged woman. 
This emblem was generally referred to in 
the 1790s as the harp of Erin and later the 
Angel Harp. )

There's a dear little plant on Emerald's Isle
And I've culled a bunch that Fortune may smile. 
(Someone added "on you".) 
This one's for Marie... I know she'll love this postcard!

You can celebrate St Patrick's Day 
by decorating with shamrocks!
~ Door Decor ~

 Take a look at all the door 
decor designs on Pinterest @ 
Door Decor.

 ~ Banners ~

Stop by the 
for a look at the blog 
post this was found on.

Here's another fabulous banner 
for St Patty's Day... 

I love the shamrock made with 
strips of paper! 
You can see this @ 

~ Shamrocks ~

Here's a more complex shamrock 
made with paper strips.

This one is from Pinterest @
Celebrity Cafe

~ Pretty Party Items ~
How about some adorable 
Shamrocks for your beverage straws 
or for gift tags?!

You can find information on 
these little cuties @ 

Now that's how you decorate and 
celebrate on a budget! 
 With paper!!  

~ Our Wish for You ~

By the way,
here's a bit o' advise .
If you go to Ireland,
(We understand you may make an 
Irishman laugh if you do. Don't ask.)

Lots O' Love, 
Marie Antoinette & Edie Marie

More Irish Tradition Info: StPatricksDayHistory
Collaboration: Marie &amp: Edie
Written by: Edie Marie
History Info: Wikipedia
Vintage Postcards: Google
Other Images: Pinterest w links 
Never Ever Kissing the Blarney Stone: Marie & Edie!! 

We LOVE to hear from YOU!! 

Monday, March 3, 2014



 MARCH 4, 2014

Who better than Marie Antoinette who 
grew up in New Orleans to give us some 
lessons on this famous flamboyant holiday!

 So join us for some fun, beauty and 
celebration of a holiday that dates 
back thousands of years! 


Mardi Gras was a LOT different when I 
was a kid growing up in New Orleans - 
it was a family event. 

Here's a photo of me, my Dad and one of 
my brothers dressed for Mardi Gras.

I'm dressed as a Lady in Waiting. My dad 
and my brother are dressed up as pirates. 
Arrrrrr matey!  
We had lots of Mardi Gras celebrations 
with family & friends back then. My 
brothers & I were always amazed and 
thrilled by the incredible floats and costumes 
in the parades. Gorgeous colors, incredible 
masks, dancing, singing, crowds of people - 
so many wonderful memories! 

 I grew up in New Orleans for years and 
loved being with my Dad for all 
the fun & festivities for years. 

Then after I married, my hubby and I 
would watch the parades from 
the balcony of Big Easy.

 Hubby took this photo from 
that balcony. "Hi y'all!"

This giant Frankenstein made 
me look like a little 

Here's a picture of me and 
the LAW!! LOL
(Isn't Marie absolutely adorable in these pics??)


 Mardi Gras is a Christian holiday 
and a popular cultural phenomenon. 
The holiday dates back thousands of years.
In French, "Mardi Gras" literally means 
"Fat Tuesday", so named because it falls 
on the day before Ash Wednesday, the last 
day prior to Lent... a 40-day season of prayer 
and fasting observed by the Roman Catholic 
Church and many other Christian 
denominations, which ends on Easter Sunday.
 Also known as "Carnival", Mardi Gras is 
celebrated in many countries around the 
world. Brazil, Venice and New Orleans 
play host to some of the holiday's most 
famous public festivities, drawing thousands 
of tourists and revelers every year.