Sunday, December 23, 2007


Each and every year that I decorate our home for Christmas, the one treasure that has a special and prominent spot, is my vintage nativity set handmade by my mother nearly 30 years ago. As a very accomplished ceramist, these nativity pieces started as green ware, then neatly cleaned and fired to become bisque. At that point the hand painting was done with antiquing for an aged and vintage look in the beginning. Now of course they are vintage and well loved, admired for their special meaning as well as the treasured keepsakes they are.

When my mother passed away this set was passed to me and we enjoy it every year placed on what was also hers, an antique low hutch. Even the manger is ceramic and quit large when all is placed together. I am thrilled to share this treasure with you and I hope it will reflect for you the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of the Christ Child. Thank you for stopping by this holiday and I wish for you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year! As always, your comments are so welcomed!

This antique hutch is in our living room and has the original beveled mirror in the top portion plus leaded glass doors original to the piece. Included is a long flat drawer for linens and side compartments for silver. The lower area was for dishes and large serving pieces. The finish is original to the piece as well. We have kept this keepsake intact and enjoy it as an entertainment center to house speakers, CD player and music. It is perfect to showcase mom's nativity set. In the off season I showcase vintage treasures on the buffet top and family pictures.Year's end is a time for thank yous and appreciation. With that being said, I just want to thank you for visiting my studio blog the past few months since I have begun to post. In this time, I have enjoyed sharing a bit of my life and so enjoyed visiting yours. I have made many wonderful and interesting friends and look forward to meeting those who are only a click away. I am grateful and feel welcomed in the community of blogger's, and I thank each and everyone of you who have taken the time to visit me here for that. I have great plans for 2008 Lord Willing, and I hope to share more designs, treasures and heartfelt friendship with you when you return. Blessings and Blue Skies to you always! Celestina Marie~~ La Rea Rose!


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Celeste, what a beautiful treasure. It is really stunning.

Miss Rhea said...

That is just lovely Celeste !! What a sweet tribute to your mom, who has passed on her talents to you. Merry Christmas, my dear Friend. :) Hugs,

Unknown said...

Oh Celeste, that Nativity Set is gorgeous! Your mom was so very talented. This piece must just mean so much. It is so beautiful! I love the hutch too! What a wonderful piece for display and storage!

I am so glad you started a blog Celeste! I am so enjoying visiting you.

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

Love and hugs,

Natasha Burns said...

Celeste how special that Nativity set is. Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas, xo

Connie said...

Celeste, those are lovely! I like the Christmas music also. Just very pretty blog, honey.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Dear Celeste, this is so magnificent & such a cherished item for you to share with us. I've meant to tell you how much I also admire your mother's crocheted angel & snowflakes. Now I see where you get your many talents from!

The mirrored piece it is displayed on is beautiful also!! What a wonderful piece to use for displays throughout the year. And so very special that it is a family piece.

Hope you are feeling better, sweetie!

Holiday Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste...Oh I just loved reading about your beloved Nativity set your mother had made. We are so alike, you and me...such sentimentalist at heart...we cherish our family and memories!

I also love your gorgeous antique that take such an honored place in your home!

Blessing to you in the year to come! Love ya...Lorena

kari and kijsa said...

Beautiful!!! We wish a most blessed Christmas Day to you and your family from both of ours.

Merry Christmas,
kari & kijsa

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

what a beautiful Nativity. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! xo Heather

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..