After much thought, I left Marie in her own time period, but made her a dress designer instead of a queen. What better occupation for this fashionista? I think you'll get a kick out of her headpiece. It's an actual working pin cushion!
I started out with a paper doll of Marie and dressed her by cutting and piecing together bits of scrapbook paper and fabric trims. It took a while, but I somehow managed to wrap her fingers around that scissors charm.
As for the headpiece....I cut the shape from cardboard, stuck some cotton balls on top and wrapped the whole thing with a piece of gauzy ribbon. Topped it with some felt flowers and added the same trim from her dress. And yes, those are read stick pins popping out of it.
Marie's work space includes that impressive wall of trimmings in the background. Don't tell anyone (just in case I'm violating someone's rights), but I swiped that photo from an old issue of one of those magazines that show where people do their creative thing.
The facing page, the journaling page, continues the designer theme, with more trimmings, buttons, and a dress pattern stamp in the background.
Considering how it all turned out for her, Marie would have been better off being the Vera Wang of her day.