The traditional translation of the infamous French phrase supposedly spoken by a great princess upon learning that the peasants had no bread is commonly attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette, however, there is no record of her ever uttering the callous and ignorant remark. Despite her own undeniably lavish lifestyle, she was an intelligent woman who donated generously to charitable causes and displayed sensitivity towards the poor population of France. I recently purchased a piece for the entry way of my nest eager in creating another vignette but also in anticipation of good cheer to come and to organize the agonizing shoe and backpack issues of our foyer. My inspiration was sweet, rosy faced Marie Antoinette, a tenderhearted grande dame. To add a bit of glam that she adored, I capped the weathered piece I scooped up at the flea for $30 with gold leaf and also gilded the legs with more crowned indulgence. (I ended up spending a bit more for the redux supplies) Historically, I’m not sure of the hue of the era, however, I picture this blue when I think of opulence. It was certainly a time of trial and error for me working with a different medium like the sensitive-to-touch gilding sleeves. After three different brands I am recommending another grande dame of crafting that is…Martha Stewart. Her gold leaf sheets were more manageable to apply and I preferred her interpretation of the 18K gild (Can’t you picture her in control of every step of the process.) For the paint I used Chalkboard Paint and mixed their blue and grey paints. I followed instructions and used a foam roller for the first two coats, however, I ended up brushing on the third and final coat. I love brushing! The repetition of the soft, light and swift strokes drew me into a meditative trance and turned my experience from the trials and tribulations of gilding to a pleasingly ephemeral one. While I am on the rant of debunking, let’s clear the air that “cake” was lost in translation as well, the sniffed word was brioche, a more luxe loaf…a decadent bun if you will. In honor of my latest pièce de résistance in my nest and with my insatiable craving for chai, I prepared these jewels, Chocolate Dirty Chai Mini Bundts. Recipe is adapted from Bubble Girl Bakes. Oh yes, and the details of the giveaway…It’s an area rug from World Market and is gently used. I can’t seem to find an apropos place for it in my current nest so if you leave a comment about where you would enjoy it in your nest it just may fly your way for the holidays. You must be a subscriber of thefolia as well, simply scroll down on my home page to follow blog via email, type in your email and click follow. Already a follower—thank you, then your next step would be to like thefolia on Facebook. Winner will be randomly selected on December 19th. This giveaway is for subscribers in the United States. Bonne chance mes amis!