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Friday, April 13, 2012

My Key to Petit Trianon

 I was perusing the swaps one day for my Marie Antoinette Mail Art group and there was a listing to create a key to Petit Trianon.  Petit Trianon is on the grounds of Versailles, and I was lucky enough to visit there this past October.  So of course I had to join!  I am crazy about anything having to do with Versailles.  It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, and I especially loved the areas that Marie Antoinette had made her own, which included Petit Trianon and the incredible gardens surrounding it. 

The assignment was to create a necklace that included an altered key.  My swap partner was Melanie, and this is the necklace that I made for her.  I used a silver key and added old jewelry parts tom embellish it.  I liked this earring that I used as it had pink and robins egg blue stones in it, which are typically Marie Antoinette colors.
 I then used multiple layers of chain and added a layer of rinestone chain as well.  Then I completed it with the addition of a number of new and old silver charms and beads.  I haven't worked on jewelry in a long time and this was a great exercise to get me reaquainted. I really loved putting the piece together.
 We were also required to decorate the box to hold the little necklace and below is a photo of my box with the necklace.
So I hope Melanie likes this "Key to Petit Trianon", and I hope it gains her entry in to this lovely little palace!  Here are the photos I took of Marie Antoinette's retreat:

 Aren't the gardens amazing?  And they trim many of the trees in Paris to look like boxes!
 This is where Marie Antoinette slept.  Don't you want to crawl in and take a nap?

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing my adventure in art and in traveling.  Happy Pink Saturday!


~Shabby~Prim~Delights~ said...

Wow you must be proud....that necklace is beautiful. I am always in awe of other people and their creativity. HPS

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

omg....she's bound to love that gorgeous work you did. I did not know Marie's favorite colors so that's nice to know when I make shoes. Happy happy Pink Saturday

Lorraine said...

It's beautiful, Marti!! And a fun post about the Petit Trianon and Marie! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥


Oh Marti, that necklace is fabulous! So glad you came by for a visit and thank you for your sweet comments.


Gabriela Delworth said...


Amazing photos!


Anonymous said...

Your pictures are gorgeous, Marti, and the necklace is beautiful. I stopped by earlier but had to rush off. I like to take my time with your posts...too pretty to rush.
Thank you for stopping by.

Sandy said...

WOW this necklace is a dream.
So beautiful work.
I love it.

Have a lovely weekend my dear friend. xoxo

debi said...

Marti, your necklace is gorgeous! I really love all the layers, and the key is so Marie.

Your photos of Petit Trianon are stunning, what a thrill it must have been to see it in person. *swoon*

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

It is beautiful .. the necklace AND the box ! thanks for sharing your photos too ...

Anonymous said...

I'm going around visiting everyone on today's PINK SATURDAY list.....with my hot cup of coffee, of course! Just wanted to let you know that I was here! Have yourself a great weekend, and stop by my place if you've the time!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

The French Hutch said...

Hi Marti, Gorgeous necklace, and very creative! I love all thinks Marie Antoinette. I thought the same thing about Versailles, so interesting and beautiful. It rained the day I was there but it didn't dampen my day! I enjoyed your photos.

the French Hutch

Ira Huberts said...

Fantastic post Marti, Marie really would have been proud to wear that pretty necklace of yours! And your photos are gorgeous, it's romance all over! Funny that we both had Marie on our minds this week ;-)

Curtains in My Tree said...

That is fabulous i would love to walk through where Marie Antionette walked

how lucky you are to have gone there

the necklace is something I would wear love it

Isabelle Thornton said...

Wow I love them so much!!!
I thought about you and the lemon cream cake. Here is the recipe for your daughter.

I would love if you link your amazing posts to the French party on Monday!!!!

Ms. Burrito said...

Sooo pretty! Happy Pink Saturday!

My Pink, I am also inviting you to link up with my color Connection meme.