I don't know if is the pink, or the glitter, or the glam, or the oh la la! dresses that attracts us to her, but one thing is for sure: these days Marie smiles at us from gift tags and jewelry, from tea towels and sweet altered pieces...
Gift Tags by Priscilla at Flea Market Queen
Shadow Box by Dee Akers
Intrigued by everything Marie, I decided to do some research. Here are some interesting facts I learned about our "Muse":
She was born in 1755 in Austria.
She was child #15!! (and favorite) of Marie Therese, Queen of Austria.
She was married at age 15 to whom later became King Louis XVI of France.
Antoinette and Louis were unable to have sex and their marriage went unconsummated for seven years.
Marie Antoinette was not only bored with her husband, but her position and its duties.
Marie set fashion trends through France and Europe.
The Queen spent lavishly on her dress and adornments, exceeding annually her clothing allowance, this habit gave her the "Madame Deficit" or "Queen of Debt" nicknames.
She had 4 children (Husband got his little problem fixed) and she became a very dedicated Mother.
She died on October of 1793. She was executed by guillotine..(Not everything in life is tres chic!)
She has been attributed (but never confirmed) the phrase "Let them eat cake..." translation of the French phrase "qu'ils mangent de la brioche." Although it should be noted that brioche is actually a type of highly enriched bread, rather than any type of dessert or confection...
Like any other political figure, Marie has admirers and detractors. We certainly enjoy all the girly stuff we get from her. If you haven't seen the movie, go ahead and rent it. You'll love the costumes, the jewelry and the furniture!! You will also say "Vive Marie!" and "Vive la France!"
Au revoir, mon amies!