Friday, 15 July 2011

Inspire Me - Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette -
the famed, frivolous, and ultimately fated French Queen 
with her luxurious and lavish lifestyle - makes for some great inspiration.

The 2006 eponymous film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Kirsten Dunst 
is a fluffy sugar-frosted look at Marie Antoinette's hedonistic life.
Well worth a watch for the gorgeous period costumes, a sneaky peak into the palace of Versailles, and of course the stunning jewellery!  

Based on the film here's a selection of Marie Antoinette inspired beading goodies: 






All beads and embellishments pictured above are available from Smitten Beads

Now this post really wouldn't be complete without featuring some cake!
This pretty pastel 'kawaii rainbow cake slice' bead has been handmade by the talented Sarah at etsy shop thesarahmonster

It's super cute, fun and being topped  with a sparkly rhinestone heart and photographed on a fan Marie Antoinette would be sure to approve! 

This gorgeous gold plated chair charm is available from The Bead Shop Manchester
and the sweet pastel colours  are  just so much fun. 

Fan Dangle : antique gold
 Fans were the ladies accessory of choice in Marie Antoinette's time  and were highly decorative status symbols.
There was even a fan 'language' - a code of movements so that ladies could communicate secretly as to avoid the 
prying eyes and ears of those around them .
I think this charming fan dangle from Jilly Beads is just the thing for a  project based on the lavish lady.

Some times life these days can seem far too serious so  I hope this post inspires you to make something frivolous,  fabulous, and to have a little fun! 

Let them eat cake! 

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