Monday, October 5, 2015

Autumn Porch Welcome

Hello Friends~

I always say,
 the "welcome starts right at the front door."

Last year we redesigned our porch
with Oklahoma flagstone.

It has been a wonderful addition
my Ralph Lauren Farmhouse Red Door
and the brick of the house.

Each season I enjoy 
decorating the door urn
and fall is no exception.

A few posts ago I shared my 
today is the rest of that story.

Around the door is a simply garland of fall leaves.

The large pots are from Mexico
and I placed faux evergreen
in each.
With our Texas heat, nothing will grow here long term.
I've tried over and over
so faux it goes!!

I enjoy adding little lights at Christmas to the evergreens too.
To the base, I add seasonal flowers fresh or faux.

The hanging Purslane is still going strong.

The mums will be yellow when in full bloom.

I try and pick mums filled with closed buds
for a better show through the season.
They seem to last longer.

We painted our garden bench last spring
and love it here in the front yard.
It wasn't the same red as the door,
 but so close, you can't tell the difference.

Do you decorate your front porch, door and entrance?

It's just a nice way to say hello
Welcome to our Home!

See you soon!

Celestina Marie

Thank you
to Julie from Cooking and Crafting with J&J 
for featuring my kitchen post from last week
on today's link up.

Roses of Inspiration
Tweak it Tuesday

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Single Fall Rose

Happy October Friends

As the cooler weather approaches, 
my garden flowers
give one last beautiful show.

The joy in cooler nights and days,
give way to blooms that relish  like new once again.

Just the other day, 
my guy came from the garden and handed me
one long stem Mr. Lincoln Rose.

A climber in all it's glory~

Fresh from the vine~

Dew drops gracing the petals~

A sweet reminder of love.

Love seen in the little gestures, 

that make life so sweet.

Have a Blessed Fall Weekend!

Celestina Marie

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Good Fences

Happy October!!

Where did September go??
Is it just me, or are the months flying by?
Well it's October 
one of my favorite months throughout the year.

Today is Thursday 
Good Fences once again!

Today I share a star gate and a different fence designed with stacked rocks.

The star caught my eye driving by~

but the stacked rock for the fencing was really interesting
something I had not seen with fencing in front of the rocks.

Seems to provide privacy.
Wonder how it's being held in place?
Just looks freely stacked to me~

The Star gate is a great statement for living in the Lone Star State!

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a wonderful month of October.

See you soon.

Celestina Marie


Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Around the Kitchen

Hi Friends

It's Autumn in my kitchen.

I've added a few simply changes
that speak fall.

I have found that color can bring that feel 
even without an obvious accent like pumpkins and more.

Well, I do have a few faux pumpkins and seasonal accents, 
color changes and texture really help to pull a fall look together.

The Flavors of Fall is one of my favorite seasonal cook books
it finds a place in my changeable kitchen corner.

To the vintage scale,
I topped it again this year with the cork pumpkins I created last year.
If you'd like to view that post and the "how to" create these

Be Thankful on the cutting board is perfect for all seasons.
This little Home Sweet Home plate is painted with such a sweet fall scene.

Adding fall napkins to the counter bring in the fall style.
I found the pumpkin covered dish
in RoundTop, Texas last fall on a October trip.

 To the island,
I simply added a wire basket
filled with a boxwood,
and small pumpkins and pears.

Moving around to the table
I just pull out all my fall colored pretties
make it Autumn.

These fall inspired plates are from Pier 1 
and a great sale several years ago.
They are made in Italy and the name is called A New Harvest!

The similar pattern of fruit is also on the umber glass salad bowl.
A gift of 12 from my son many years ago for Christmas.
Included in the set is the large salad bowl with the same shape and pattern.

Scattered about  the table,
I've added flat fall leaves from the Dollar Tree.
On each leaf I wrote with a Sharpie pen hopeful words like,
thankful, blessings, God, family, grateful, cherish
and so forth.
The skies the limit to the words you choose.

Fanny Burat cups
and her gorgeous painting,
Roses et Volubilis

I love her  painting of roses and florals in vintage aged colors.

The glasses were a find last year at the Dollar tree.
Can't beat these beautiful tall ice tea glasses with fall leaves
in browns, rust and cream.

My centerpiece is a layered candle ring with all the accents of Autumn.
To the center I added 
a Luminaria timer candle that flickers like a real flame.
Comes on each evening at the same time.
It is really welcoming to be out for the evening 
come home,
and have the candle light to show the way.

Some of you have asked where to find these timer candles.
I have found the best types are sold online at,

I found this teapot on a recent junkin trip.
It was brand new still in the box.
I scooped it up mostly because I have the Dutch oven that matches it.
Plus it just looks pretty on the stove for fall~
and for 5 dollars plus new, SCORE!!

You might remember my coffee and tea bar I 
created and tucked in one area of my kitchen counter.
Well I wanted to design a sign for it
and when my dear friend gave me several of these chalk board plaques,
I used one to create 
Fresh Brewed, Coffee or Tea.
I used a stencil for the cup
and the rest is done free hand with a chalk pen.

I love a cozy kitchen for the season
look forward to gathering around the table with family and friends.

Happy Fall everyone.
Hope you enjoy the
BE THANKFUL season!!

Celestina Marie