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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Curling Up on the Back Porch

Some of the best times spent
are on our back porch.

Warm fall days and cooler evenings find us here.

With a few little decor changes, the summertime gives way to the cozy fall days
spent here many mornings, afternoons and early evenings.
The porch has a vintage wood burner stove,
 I have carted this piece from house to house over many moves.

At the moment I have faux candles on timers inside the 
stove and in the evening it is so cozy.

On the stove top, I love to display a few pumpkins and gourds.

This is a vintage style metal teapot in the shape of a pumpkin.

I kept the summer pillows on the sofa.
The colors just worked with the bits of rust and orange.

I added a soft and cozy animal print throw to the mix.
It's ready to curl up with on a cool day or evening.

These two metal chairs from the 40's belonged to my parents.
They are in excellent condition and I treasure them.

It's the perfect spot to have coffee in the morning to greet the day.

The table here on the porch is the perfect spot for dinner outside when the temps allow.

The candles are faux and give a soft little glow in the evening.

Remember this French Flower Market bucket I created last spring?
Well recently when I trimmed my potato vine from another pot, I added the trimmings to
the dirt. Within a few days, it was thriving and has grown full and beautiful for the fall.

It also is giving a pretty show of blooms in a pretty purple pink tone.

Even a few leaves have turned colors for the fall.

This is the place we
Sit Long, Talk Much and Laugh Often.

Perfect fall days spent here with friends and family.
Making memories and enjoying the season.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today.
You know where I'll be
when I'm not painting.

Wishing you a beautiful fall day!

Celestina Marie

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Autumn Garden

Welcome friends
With the temps still a bit warm,
my garden is blooming and giving a pretty show
for the last of the season.

This wreath greets me when I walk to the side yard and potting bench.

Pretty Purslane is still blooming each day when the sun shines.

One more hydrangea bloom pretty in pink.

Mums blooming with fall color.

In my Meditation Garden
I replaced the flowers on the garden chair with mums.

Ivy has grown beautiful this summer and my potting bench is
wrapped in green.

Pansies are just beginning to give a pretty show for fall.

My frog is still enjoying his spot on the red bike
and mums replace the summer blooms.

More mums among the ivy filled with buds soon to open.

Summer flowers and begonias not ready to end their time in the garden.

Lantana giving a fall blooming.

This bush is called Texas Bush Rose.
I've never seen a rose per say on it, but it's huge vines produce a stalk like flower.

And my garden must have a garden house for the birds.

Here is a pretty fall bloom on the purple potato vine.
These are going strong and loaded with flowers similar to a trumpet vine or morning glory.

Warm afternoons will find me enjoying
some time here for tea.

Thank you for stopping by.
I always enjoy your visits and thank you for your comments.

Saturday I'll be "Gone Junkin" 
and hope to share a few finds soon.

Celestina Marie