Monday, January 15, 2018

January News 2018

Hi Friends!
***Happy New Year***

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season 
and the new year is off to a great start.
This newsletter marks the first for 2018 
and I'm excited for this new direction after nearly 11 years with blogspot.

Here in Texas we are really feeling the cold.
It's been a colder then normal winter for us and I know for most of the country
it's been snowy and very cold too.

Of course we never see this scene here, but I love to paint them!!
Hand painted snow scene ornament!

With the weather keeping us inside, It's been the perfect time to refresh
and get organized.
Each new year I catch the redecorating bug after the Christmas decor is put away. 
I love to get organized, clean out, refresh and update.
The above vintage chair, got a repaint in Lace chalk paint and my sewn cushions got an accent
using my grandmother's crocheted lace edging.

This season I've been busy recreating my studio
taking the look from years of black French toile to blush pink and black for a shabby chic style.
Well, I guess I'm going back to that look in  my studio since my etsy shop has reflected 
this style of decor for my customers who love it, 
and who, I appreciate more then I can say!!

So cottage roses and more blush pink with white has made it's way back
to my studio and I love the fresh new look.
It is easily worked into the Farmhouse style too!

I hope next month's newsletter I'll be able share my finished studio with you here.

I still love the French toile in black, but needed an update.
However I will always have a touch of black as an anchor in my studio and cottage.

This year I've adapted a state of being to
"Be Grateful"
Instead of concentrating on a word, I'm going for an everyday Grateful
way of living.
Do you choose a word for the year?

I want to pin the blessings on my heart as I create.
Lots of new items are on the way to my etsy shop.
Small tables, shelves, sewing boxes, and more.
I've heard from you that these are items you are interested in,
so I will treasure hunt to bring them your way.
 Hand painted and designing in a pink blush shabby style.
The fresh color of blush has made it's way to our homes
in winter styling and more.
I am loving it too and traded my aqua for blush as well.
During the winter months, there's more time for reading
and I'm always near by my books which give me tons of inspiration
that I can bring to my shop.
This year marks another year with my long membership in
The Society of Decorative Painters since 1988.
I continue to study, learn and grow from that long association.

The decorative arts has been a joy and a blessing over the years.
I've met so many wonderful folks that have become lifelong friends,
all because I swing a paint brush.
To stop by the Society of Decorative Painters
the link is on my sidebar and we'd love for you to visit anytime.

In the next several weeks and months, I will continue
designing for VIDA and Co. bringing home decor and more to customers around the world.
There is always discounts going on and special sales at VIDA.
All the while, the makers using the designs of many artists like myself,
employee and bring jobs and a trade to so many!!
I love giving back and this is a wonderful way to do that.
The link to my collection of 300 plus items is located on the sidebar here.
The above scarf is made from one of my designs.

Many of you have also asked for more vintage items.
I will be adding a section in my shop for that category.
A few items were tried last season and it was well received.

You've also asked for more neutrals in white.
So I will be adding pretties for that category too.

In the next few weeks,
Jemma from At Home with Jemma
will be sharing a post for Valentine shoppers.
Specials and more will be offered from etsy sellers
including myself.
Check back here for the date which will be located on the sidebar.

I also invite you to visit my gallery on Instagram.
Each day I post photos for inspiration
on my home decor account.
It's a beautiful venue to share 
and keep the conversation going
 while keeping in touch with many good friends.

Pinterest also is a great source for inspiration 
and I continue to add to my boards there along with a board
for both my shop and collections.

In other current news,
Did you know that to shop etsy, you no longer have to be a member.
Yes, that's right. Guest shoppers can visit shops without signing up to membership.
This has really increased traffic and sales for many shop owners.

As always, I have sales going on throughout the shop or in  certain shop sections.
A new sale is coming for the next month and I hope you will visit
my SHOP to find out what I have in store!!!!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my etsy shop.
Before I go for the month, I want to share an email my hubby received from a work associate.
 The author is unknown but I was given permission to share. 
If anyone reading this can claim it as their own, please let me know so I can give you the credit.

Life is better when you are happy, but life is at its best when others are happy because of you: Be faithful in touching other's hearts. Be an inspiration. Nothing in nature lives for itself. Rivers do not drink their own water. Trees do not eat their own fruit. The Sun does not shine for itself and Flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We were all born to help each other. No matter how difficult the situation you find yourself in, Still do good to others. May our prayer for 2018 be, “Lord make my life a blessing so that the world can be blessed through me” Jesus said he that loses his life shall find it and this principle works throughout all of nature and is described by the phrase, you are the salt of the earth. 
Make me a blessing in 2018!
God Bless You All!!

 Best Regards for a great new year!!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

🌲Merry Christmas 🌲

The season is upon us and we are well into December.
So much to do for the holiday and I can say I'm ready and done, thankfully!
 I hope now to take the time to relax and reflect upon the 
reason for the season.
Slowing down to enjoy the simple moments with family and friends
and grateful for so many blessings I could not begin to count!


As most of you may know by now,
my blog has become more of a newsletter.
After 10 plus years of blogging,
my direction had to change.
While much is still the same, other ways of balancing 
life has been redirected and giving me more time to design.
Change is good and most times necessary!
I know many of you are facing the same 
and I see so many blogging less or more depending on the situation.

Here's a quick decor idea.
Metal tray from the dollar store, painted black
and accented with wooden letters painted white and glued in place.

I will continue to share here on my blog, once a month
as I have been doing and free to open the comments once again.

I look forward  to visiting you and so many I follow here throughout the week.


Everyday you can find me posting on Instagram
sharing  home and garden on my interior design account.
I'd love for you to visit
and the link is on the sidebar here.

I still have my shop on etsy
 and we have a new CEO who has made an incredible difference 
for the small business owner.
We needed the direction and I am thankful to all who create, sell and shop etsy!!

Quick Christmas accent rug is easy to create,
using an inexpensive rug from the dollar store and stenciling with acrylic paint!
I hope you find the time to bake. I love making these traditional
Pizelles (in the middle) for Christmas. My mother and grandmother made them before me
and I've carried on the family tradition for years.
Christmas is not the time to diet!!!

As always I have a sale going on in my etsy shop.
and currently it is 30 percent off any purchase of two items.

Sales will be on going in many different ways going forward.
From discounts, to free shipping will be offered each month!!

I have lots of new designs coming up in the new year 
and I can't wait to share them with you.

My creative muse is excited and still going strong 
in the field of Decorative Painting
and I just celebrated my long time
membership in
The Society of Decorative Painters since 1988
I hope to share more of our activities and info 
here throughout the new year.

I'm also continuing to design for VIDA (link on the sidebar)  and loving the opportunity to work in
a global community that not only brings beautiful upscale products to the world 
from designing artist like myself,
but brings jobs and education to the many folks that create from my designs by sewing,
machine printing, developing and more.
It's really a wonderful way for me to give back while doing what I love!!

Small decorative Joy sign is easy to create using
wood letters with a wood blank square, painted and stenciled before
gluing on the word letters.

Here in Texas we enjoyed a long warm season
but now some cold days are here and welcomed
for Christmas.

And while we are enjoying sunshine and cooler days,
we can't forget the many in California who are
in the throws of wildfires and loss.
I have a cousin who lives there and she emailed me to say,
it's very bad and the air quality is terrible.
They are wearing gas masks.
Our prayers go out to those affected!
Another quick wall art winter accent.
12" wide wood board routed and painted black.
Then stenciled with Let it Snow and added snowflakes.
Quick, easy and makes a statement.

Here's another version for outside using a longer wood board routed,
painted and stenciled vertical to hang on the garden gate!


Sending joyful thoughts your way this season
and I hope your holiday is made extra special!
I hope your stockings are spilling over with many blessings!

May God Bless your path this holiday and long into the New Year.
Thank you for stopping by to visit
Best Wishes for a very
Merry Christmas!!!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hello November

Hello November 
Welcome to a new month nearing the end of the year.
Where has the time gone?

Noel, Keepsake Box!

With Christmas upon us, my art studio is buzzin with activity.
This busy time of year is my favorite to create and get lost
in the spirit of the season filled with long days and trails of glitter!!

Lots of signs and message art~

Rose ornament tags with messages on the back!

Glass ornaments with birds, Santa, snowmen and winter scenes~

Paper mache, message card ornaments with room to sign the backs~
pop in a bubble envelope and ready to send to a friend!

Big Star Ornaments sharing JOY~

Angels waiting to stand out on a Christmas tree!

Wishing you blessings of the season and all through the year!

Over in my etsy shop, Rose Garden Market 
I always have a sale going on 
the current sale at the moment,
 is purchase any 2 items receive 25 percent off.

Lots of new items in my VIDA collection too.
search Celestina Marie at the site.

VIDA always has a sale going on and lots of free shipping too.
Designing these creations in another abstract dimension, I'm able to stretch my wings
with my art and I'm having lots of fun.

the above pillows are just a few of the designs from my collection
created through my hand painting, photography and graphic art
all above designs created by celestina marie for apparel, home accents
and leather goods, wallets, luggage tags, passport wallets, journals, leather clutches and more!

 sweet rose swirl luggage tag created in cowhide leather

Thank you for stopping by to visit.
No need for a comment, your visit is  blessing enough. 
See you soon!

Have a wonderful November friends!
~~~Best Wishes Always~~~

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