Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tea Cup/Mug Exchange

Hi Friends~
What fun we all had at this year's Teacup/Mug exchange hosted by the talented
and wonderful Stephanie from 

This was the first year for me to participate and it was so much fun to prepare a teacup gift for my
new friend Betty in California.
She does not have a blog, but is a reader and sweetheart of a quilter and talented lady.
Betty choose a teacup to receive and I did as well.

Before I share my gift to Betty,
I'll share and show you the precious package I received from
Linda, from mysewwhatblog,  also my new talented blog friend.

Loved the polka dot paper she wrapped the delivery box in.

And this is what I greeted with when I opened the box.

A special note card~

oh~~ and goodies layered to surprise!!

Loved how Linda wrapped the contents in neutral papers and white stretch ribbons.

I just love the beautiful blue "forget me nots" teacup she sent 
made in England.

Linda included a special vintage napkin which will look perfect displayed with the cup.

She also spoiled me with organic wild berry tea and delicious honey
from France.

And, as a special touch Lina included this darling Harvest Angel she so wonderfully created
in beautiful elements and trims.

Love the ruffled trim on her dress.

Linda designs these angels and they are available in her etsy shoppe 
Eastern Ave Designs
She is very talented and you will enjoy visiting her shop.

Thank you Linda for the special and wonderful teacup and gifts you sent.
I am enjoy each item and the best part, making new friends in blogland.

Here is the darling teacup along with the vintage napkin sitting on a recent junkin find.
A tea cup table.


Next are a few pics of the goodies I sent to my new teacup friend, Betty.

A special card~

Time for tea book to relax with
 along with one of my hand painted rose bookmarks.

Special teacup from Germany 
hand painted with harvest fruits.

This is a little rooster and hen teabag holder.

A new tea I found, Breakfast in Paris. 

and, some chocolate chip cookies to have with her tea.

I packed her goodies in a hat box I painted just for her.

It was so much fun having Betty to prepare my gift for her.
And, the talented quilter that she is
sent me a beautiful thank you note and card along with
this very special quilted mug or teacup rug she created.

Thank you Betty I love this and will cherish it always.

So this was the fun for all participating this year.

 for hosting and all that she did to prepare, plan and pair us with others to send our gifts.
Visit Stephanie's blog and post sharing more of the exchange.

It was a lot of fun Stephanie and you blessed us all with this exchange and the new friends we made.

Till next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Celestina Marie

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chalk Board Art

I love chalk board art!
Recently I worked on an old art print turning it into a chalk board.

This piece started out like this.

The print is pretty but I was ready for a new look.

So I painted the surface out in chalk board paint.
Primed it with chalk over the entire surface, then wiped it off
making it ready for writing with chalk.

Then using  a mix of stencils, graphics and free hand design,
I created the surface to be displayed at the top of our staircase
going to the guest rooms, for a Paris hotel like look.

Here it is in place on the landing to the second floor.

I am happy with the way it turned out with chalk.
But next time, I'll be creating something like this using
a chalk pen. 
These can be found at art shops and on Amazon.

They simply write with a chalk look but without the chalk dust 
and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Love that idea.

There you have it, using stencils and filling in the design with chalk.
Did you know you can sharpen chalk with a large sharpener?
Yes, you can and it makes it easier to use on these designs.
But next time, I'm  trying the chalk pen.

I'll let you know how it goes.

See you next time!

Blessings Be Yours
Celestina Marie

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another Autumn Mantel

Hi Friends Happy Thursday!

I know we have all shared our mantels this fall and our pretty displays.
When I shared my little library mantel a week or so ago,
 I promised to share my rock fireplace mantel from the living room.

This room is more like a sitting room and music room of sorts.
My piano is here and the sound system for music we pipe inside and out.

The mantel is high on the rock wall of the fireplace
and I love to change it out with the seasons.

This  year for a fall look I'm using a framed work of art called, Evening in Tuscany. 
I simply leaned this piece on the mantel among
a vine of leaves, scattered pumpkins, candles and a few anchor pieces.
Keeping it light and simply with the color lighter too.
On one end I've added a little height using some spiked leaves in a creamy dragon fly vase.
The stone verse on the easel is a gift from a dear friend.
On the other end of the mantel I have added a garden girl bust, 
vintage school books, and pumpkins mixed among the vine.
To the center is a faux candle that I added a graphic  using the waterslide method
and a few brown glass tea light holders shaped like fall leaves.
The hearth has a few pumpkins on each side.

To the iron screen I hung a fall berry wreath for a little color.

To the fire box, I've added 7 faux candles in a variety of shapes on timers.
These come on each evening giving a warm cozy glow.
It's hard to get a straight on photo of this mantel as  there is a wall of windows across the room.
The light and the windows show in the glass of the art print making it very hard to see.
But I think you get the idea.

I can leave this mantel through Thanksgiving.

There are so many wonderful mantel displays in blogland  this season
and so much inspiration.

Thank you for stopping by.
I love it when you visit and thank you for your comments.

See you soon.

Have a great fall day filled with Southern DayDreams!

Celestina Marie