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!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


One morning I woke up and I was in... 


After a long taxi ride from 
Charles De Gaulle Airport 
we arrived at our hotel in the 
Saint Lazare area of Paris which 
is in arrondissement 9. 

We stayed at Hotel Londres & New York. 

It was located across from the Saint Lazare 
Train Station or in French, 
Saint Lazare Gare. 

We were in love with our little 
French window that overlooked 
Rue de Havre. It was so entertaining 
just sitting by the window looking 
at the fabulous architecture of each 
building and "people watching". 

Passage du Havre was a very handy 
little shopping mall... 
right across the street!! 
Tres bien!! 

Our favorite morning cafe, 
Cafe le Saint Lazare, with the 
red awning. We could look out our window
and see if there were tables available. 
(More on that later.) 

The Saint Lazare Train Station. 

Of course this was the best view as far 
as I was concerned, 
my darling handsome hubby! 

Moi, after many many hours of travel 
but so happy to be in Paris! 

My first cafe experience was at 
the Triadou Haussmann Cafe. 
Sitting at a table on the sidewalk  
is such a wonderful way to dine in Paris. 

Our handsome son & wife went with us 
to Paris. They had been to Paris before 
and knew lots of the "ropes". 
Here he is toasting me with French 
champagne, but of course!! 

This was at L' Arcade Haussman for dessert...

the best creme brulee I've ever had! 

I could not get enough of the 
architecture of the buildings that 
were our backdrop while dining.
It was like being in an old French movie.  

Each one has it's own personality! 

Near one of the cafes was 
a sweet little intercity park, 
complete with tall wrought iron fence, 
that took up a whole block.

We ventured in to take a peek. 

There were people sitting on 
park benches chatting & reading. 
(But I refrained from photographing 
them without their permission since 
I didn't know how to say "May I 
take your photo?") It was a quiet 
intimate atmosphere there. 

In the center was a building that 
was closed but was a type of 
memorial from what we could tell. 


The sign read: 

I was so excited when I saw her name... 
Marie Antoinette! 

This was the 
Chapelle expiatoire. 
This chapel is dedicated to 
King Louis XVI 
Queen Marie Antoinette, 

The chapel was partly built on grounds of
the former Madeleine Cemetery where 
Louis & Marie were originally buried 
after they were guillotined. They are 
formally buried at Basilica of St Denis today. 

Although we could not see the inside I 
 found photos of it. 

This little treasure is located at 
29 rue Pasquier
8th arrondissement 
Paris France

I wanted to share my first Paris 
experiences with you. 

That's right... 
my first experience was NOT 
 the Eiffel Tower. 

But this was a very 
special moment for me. 
I went to Paris 
and found a bit of 
 Marie Antoinette! 

Edie Marie

Please stay tuned for much much more 
to come on Paris. I want to share it all 
with you dear friends! 


  1. Dearest Edie Marie, I love your first part of a dream come true trip to Paris. All your wonderful photos are beautiful with so much rich history. Love seeing all your pretty faces in Paris enjoying the sights and dining the French cuisine. Your room looked so charming and that window overlooking the city is beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing dream trip.
    Thank you for sharing. LJ and I read your post together and so enjoyed it.
    Love and Hugs, CM

    Hi Marie, almost the birthday girl!! Loved seeing your name in Paris~~ xoxo

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Celeste & LJ!! I thought it was so perfect that we stumbled upon Marie Antoinette first thing. So appropriate. I have so much to share. Just been trying to sort it all out in my head to put it into words. Lots more to come!

      Love and blessings to you both, Edie

  2. pooh, ...everybody 'does' the Eiffel Tower..... not everybody does Marie Antoinette....... good one....

  3. ohhhhhh!!! THAT'S WHERE YOU'VE BEEN! Oh how very very happy we are for you ~ what a dream come true...of course we can't wait to hear more about your adventures!!! Don't leave us hanging lol!!!
    Karla & Karrie

  4. This is most wonderful Edie Marie(Sherry)!!! I love all these pics . I did not see these...but of course, it would take days to look at all of them...LOL...Get to blogging Sis !!!...LOL...I know there are so many stories, and I can't wait to here them all. You can tell a story like no other, that's for sure.

  5. Well that is about the most special vacation ever. I'm wearing a big old smile just knowing how much it meant to you. Bookmarking so I remember to come back to read more about it!

  6. WOOWOOWOWOWOWOWO! YOU MADE IT! YOU MADE THE PILGRIMAGE! Oh Edie Marie, my very first BLOGGER PAL...I am so thrilled to have read your comment on my blog, just now. I am working to get my next monthly post up to share just a bit of our THIRD HONEYMOON in Carmel-by-the-sea....we spent our 20th wedding anniversary in Paris and for our third decade of marriage, we went back to our honeymoon spot. But enough of me, YOU! YOU WERE THERE! It's ethereal, isn't it, this iconic place of dreams, art, poetry, history, intrigue, everything! Did you hear the beauty of the language? Did you enjoy the diversity for which Paris is known? The beautiful people of all colors, languages, cultures, all under this one roof of French celebrity and fame?

    I am so happy you went. I plan to go again soon but not this summer. I was supposed to go with a group of high school students, but that trip was cancelled, but instead, my husband and I opted to go back to Carmel, and I am so glad we did.

    May the memories inspire ART and happiness in you and your family! Thank you for visiting. Come back later today for a small glimpse and a gateway through my Instagram page to see more of my time in Carmel. Much love, Anita

  7. Chère amie,

    THANK YOU, merci mille fois for having come to visit me and my Instagram! Edie Marie, join Instagram if you can. You will love it. I will follow! I am so blessed to know that you have visited me and consider this: Carmel-by-the-sea is very much like visiting a European village. The sea is enough of a reason for going there, but the galleries, the HOUSES.....I have not even uploaded all the photos of the charming French style, fairytale homes! The aqua blue of the cove in Carmel is like heaven. I spoke to local antique shop owner who went there too. She said, "I stood on the beach and wept because it was heaven."

    'Nuff said. GO. ALLEZ!

    Much love, Anita

  8. Dear Edie Marie,
    This is what I call a dream vacation! It is just beautiful. Thank you so much for taking me along, via your photos..
    It was so sweet of you to visit..

  9. Dear Edie Marie,
    This is what I call a dream vacation! It is just beautiful. Thank you so much for taking me along, via your photos..
    It was so sweet of you to visit..