Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Today we are gathering on our front porches with blogging friends across the country hosted by Rhondi at ROSE COLORED GLASSES She had a great idea to show our porches and have a party. The places we gather and enjoy with our family, friends and neighbors.

My porch is not a real big one that you can really sit on with more then two, so I am greeting you there and then taking you to my back porch to have our party.

I also will share my side sitting area that is the front of my studio that I shared a few posts ago. This area has always been a meeting spot with my friends and family to gather and visit. I like to come out on a typical painting day and relax on the sweet garden bench my hubby made for me. Beaz and I can spend comfy breaks with a cup of tea and a good book. So welcome to my porch party and I invite you to stay awhile and enjoy a few snacks with ice tea or lemonade. It is wonderful to have you stop by~~ Thank you for coming!

When you walk up to my porch you will be greeted by my porch rooster, my dark rose red distressed door, and my vintage rose wreath.

To add to my entry, I have accented the area above the door with a faux vine called the potato plant. It trails across, under the windows and is easily applied with a couple of brick spikes, and what else, hot glue!

This area is the side porch that I created in front of my studio. The garage door is permanently closed and acts as a cupboard wall on the inside of the studio. When I am working I can hear the jingle of the wind chime that hangs here. The hanging flower is a double bud purslane.

Let's go around to the back porch now. We will have more room to sit and enjoy a few snacks I have made for the party.
This area is a covered back porch where my family spend a lot of time. In the early spring and fall we make a little fire to warm the area.

Perhaps you'd like to relax in this spot with a good book and enjoy the sunshine!

Let me go in and bring out the snacks. Can you see Miss Beaz in the background over looking the pool. She is always ready for a swim! Here are the snacks, Help yourself and enjoy!

For a sweet treat, I have made chocolate nut clusters, by just melting semi sweet chocolate chips and adding either peanuts, almonds or pecans. Mix all together, drop by spoonfuls on wax paper, let cool and place in candy paper cups. Yummy!

Miss Beaz has been so good today greeting all of you to the party. I made her some homemade dog biscuits. I think these will make her happy!

Thank you so much for coming to my front and back porch party. For a parting gift, I am sending you home with a tin full of butter cookies. It has been wonderful to have you visit and I hope you will return soon. Till next time, Blessings always, Celestina


Unknown said...

Celeste, your home is magnificent, and your interior decorating truly is amazing. I love all of it, but I have to say that back porch looks so inviting. I'll sit on the lounge thank you. If wishes came true! Blessings, Karen

Anonymous said...

Your back porch is wonderful---I can't imagine how terrific that would be on a cool evening with the fire going! Thanks for sharing your decor and FOOD!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celestina, I love the way your front door looks with all the plantings and your beautiful red door. Just so pretty.

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous place to relax Celeste! Just like a magazine! I love it. I wish I cold sit with you! The recipes look wonderful, thank you so much for sharing them with us!!!

I JUST got my porch post up. Please stop by if you have time :)

Love you,

Connie said...

Celeste, you are such a delight to view!! I love it all and you've just given me some ideas, sweet chickadee!! Pat on the head for Miss Beazy, please!!

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Everything is lovely! I enjoyed all of your spaces!

Lisa & Alfie said...

What a lovely home! i love the entry in particular. That door is fantastic. And I am stuffed from all the goodies. Thanks for a lovely visit.
Lisa & Alfie

Unknown said...

I just knew you would have a gorgeous front port and side porch...everything you touch turns to gold...Esp your side lil porch..too cute!

I also just love your porch w/stove...such a nice area to have!

Love ya sweetie! Lorena

Sandra Evertson said...

What an absolutely enchanting, inviting environment!
Sandra Evertson

Rue said...

Hi Celeste :)

Your home is beautiful and I love how cozy the back-porch is with a fire going and a pool to take a dip in. Although after eating all that food, I'm not sure I should be slipping on a swimsuit LOL

Have a beautiful day,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Celeste, what a beautiful area you have by the pool for entertaining! I think Beaz is contemplating a plunge!LOL

Everything is just picture-perfect as always. I had never seen your side studio sitting area. That is oh so pretty, too!

Love the distressed front door & of course your adorable rooster greeter!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

mommyholly said...

I love your rooster on the front porch! And your backyard is to die for, how beautiful!! :) xo!

. said...

Sooo inviting! Thank you for sharing!

Heather said...

Oh my! This looks like a magazine! How beautiful- front and back!!!
Have a great day!
-Heather :)

Rosemary said...

I love your porch, my favorite thing is your red front door.
You home is so cozy and inviting.
I would love to sit and have tea with you.
Thanks for visiting me,


Everything looks perfect, thanks so much for having me!

Shirl said...

Celeste your home is just breathtaking! I love every little nook and cranny! Your entryway is so welcoming and your back porch looks so comfortable. I'd love that fireplace! Recipes looks delish, I'll have try the dog bones for Molly and Goldie!
Love You!

Anonymous said...

Such a delight... Lovely and thanks for sharing...

Anonymous said...

Celeste, your home is just lovely - so warm and inviting.

And, Miss Beaz is a sweetheart.

I'm going to have to try those apricots. They look delicious.

Ruey said...

oooooooh, I love your porches! They are so gorgeous and welcoming!
You did such a lovely write up on your creative. Mine was so simple and plain...oh well!
now I know better for the next party! xxxooo Ruth

Ruey said...

oooooooh, I love your porches! They are so gorgeous and welcoming!
You did such a lovely write up on your creative. Mine was so simple and plain...oh well!
now I know better for the next party! xxxooo Ruth

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely visit, I have enjoyed 'meeting' you! I'll look in again.

Ottilias Veranda said...

You have an absolutely lovely home!
And a great blog! Great paintings!
Welcome to visit me in Sweden if You haven´t already.


Gloria Baker said...

Beauty pictures and beauty porch all look amazing I like it!! Gloria

pp6408 said...

Hello Celeste, Your home is beautiful and i love your blog, I have missed you in p.e.p, I was thinking of you the other day, and wondering how you were, I was surfing ebay and came across one of your auctions, then checked out your blog etc. please visit my blog. hope all is well.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi, Celestina, that was so inviting, I felt like I was on a tour and the food was delicious. Thank you for sharing, Have a Blessed Day, Bonnie

Life on the Edge said...

Wow you have such fantastic spaces! The entrance is so lush and welcoming! You have a really special place in the back. The fireplace must be so cozy when it gets cooler. I have never seen a garage door decorated like that. How original and how extra pretty! Beautiful home!

Life on Bonnie Lane

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh how I wish I could sit on that back porch by the fire this winter! It's so beautiful and cozy. I also think your rooster is just wonderful....what a sweet greeting to your visitors. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Blessings....

Bertie said...

I didn't get to visit very many porches, but I didn't want to miss yours! Just lovely and very welcoming as always, my friend! Thanks for the cookies and I'll bring back the tin (filled of course).

Aunt May's Cottage

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Your home is just lovely...
And the food looks yummy.
Thank you for the compliment on my story.
xoxo Nita

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your Front, Side,and Back Porch as well as your Blog site in general! I also have studied Interior Design. I have to tell you my sister has just given me some post cards of the same gorgeous old doors(old calendar pages) that were in a past blog. Coould not believe my eyes that they are the exact same doors only in postcard form. Was nice visiting your Porches!
in Illinois

Gato Azul | Chat Bleu said...

What a lovely home you have and you receive us with much grace and elegance. Thank you for your generosity.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Celeste, your home is beautiful! I love the wonderful rooster by your front door and your back porch looks like a place I could sit and read for hours. And my oh my! That food - YUMMY!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Chelestina!

Well, I spent quite sometime visitng you and your wonderful blog! Just breath taking! I love your front porch and all the gardens and thank you for taking us to your back porch also! What a delight to have gone around your whole house! I will be back!


Anne Fannie said...

Hhi Celeste, love your home, the entrance is beautiful! Thanks for having me, Love, Ann

Anne Fannie said...

Hi, I like your greeting rooster, your home is lovely. Your porch is lovely, thank you for having me.
Love, Ann

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celestina!
Thank you for the wonderful time visiting your lovely home. Your entrance is so inviting and your back porch is very comfortable. I loved the refreshments and hope you don't mind I brought my weenies, Zoe & Gur, for a dog treat. Thank you for a great time!!
Hugs from Ohio, Sherry

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Miss Beasly!

It was real nice meeting you! You showed us a good time. It was so much fun running in the yard and smelling everything! Thanks for sharing your yummy treats with us, you're a real sweet friend!

Lick-Lick, Zoe & Gur

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Love your blog. First time here.I think I will take a swim ! :0)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Celestina, what nice areas you have to enjoy! Very inviting!
Thank you for the visit!

Reginas Cottage said...

Hello Celeste
Your home is beautiful and your recipes are fantastic.I like it.
I love your dog.I have also a Golden Retriever.
You have a wonderful blog!
Have a nice weekend!

vickie said...

Absolutely beautiful and so relaxing! I love your home and your gorgeous back patio. I'll be right over!

Jorgelina said...

Hi Celestine! Porch and your house is very beautiful and warm.
The adorable garland of flowers.
A greeting from Argentina

Diana Lyn said...

Good morning, What a beauitufl Porch and patio you have thanks for the tour! XXOO Diana Lyn p.s. The recipes are devine i am writing them down, thank you!

Marina Capano said...

Celeste,NICE TO MEET YOU! your home is magnificent, and your interior decorating truly is amazing. I add your blog in my favorite link becouse I would visit your blog soon! all are so cute! see you

kari and kijsa said...

What a great porch party! your home is so beautiful and welcoming!! Have a fabulous weekend!

kari & kijsa

Unknown said...

WOW!!! Now THAT's a BACK PORCH. WOW!! That is gorgeous. Well, why would I expect anything less from a woman who has the most beautiful art studio I've ever seen in a converted garage. I would love to come sit a spell on your back porch! Thanks for the yummy treats...LOL.

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste! You may have already done this one, but I tagged you on my blog.

Love ya!

Rose Petals & Blooms said...

Oh my gosh Celeste! I love your porch! It's simply divine! And thanks to you I'm ravenous now! lol.. The food looks as yummy as your decor~

I'm so happy I stopped by to visit~ My intentions initially were to invite you to visit my blog...I'm featuring a Blog Contest this week, if you have a moment, please visit, I'd love to see you there~

Now, I must go to the kitchen and attempt to muster up something in the fridge, that remotely looks as scrumptious as your recipes!
Big Hugs,

Kim's Treasures said...

Your porch and home are so beautiful!


Kim's Treasures said...

Thanks you so much for stopping by my new blog and leaving such a sweet comment and adding me as a favorite, Celeste! So nice to meet you too! I have a lot to learn with this whole blog thing but I am looking forward to it. Everyone who has stopped by my blog has been so sweet and welcoming!

Have a great night!

Rose Petals & Blooms said...

Whoo-Hoo Celeste!! You guessed it! It's the Parisienne set.. I'll be honored to add your name to the
"Tulle Delight" first prize basket, and you're also added to the second prize basket, by simply
commenting~ Good Luck!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and playing!
Big Hugs to you!

Betzie said...

Hi Celeste!
I so enjoyed my visit and the food was heavenly. Your pool looked so inviting but I left my bathing suit home, thank goodness. LOL
Your decor is so comfy and cozy and your doorway is gorgeous. Thanks for the party!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Celeste, Your home is absolutely beautiful inside and out! You are blessed with that special touch to make everything so pretty! I love the bicycle by the front door!

Hope all is going well for you!
Hugs, Rhonda ;)

CIELO said...

So very lovely!--just like you.


A Hint of Home said...

All your porches and sitting areas are just lovely. Your home is a beautiful showplace.
Have a good week, talk to you next time.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hey, Celeste ~ you've been tagged! Come to my blog for 5 easy questions!

Angelic Accents

Hummingbird Chats said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Your porches are just great. I love the area with the big windows and the stove. It must be so cozy with the warm fire going. They all are so inviting. Katie
p.s. the food look so good, when do we eat? hehehe

Nélia Botelho said...

Olá Celestine!
Que encanto de casa...varanda, flores...o galo!, magnífico!!!
Imagino como se deve inspirar em tudo o que a rodeia para os seus encantadores trabalhos.
Tudo com muita criatividade e ternura.

Unknown said...

This was such a fun post! Love all of your outdoor areas. Your back porch is so inviting. Love the food. Thanks for sharing all of your goodies Celeste!

Natasha Burns said...

What beautiful warm and welcoming porches you have, front and back!!! I think I could sit there for days and not move!!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Celestina
I can't believe it! I somehow never came to your porch when we had the porch party! Everything looks gorgeous. Your decorating is beautiful. Sorry I missed you.
Stop by when you have a chance. I've tagged you.
Hugs, Rhondi

Lori said...

Celeste, What a lovely outside at your home! Loved all the goodies now I'm hungry!!!! Miss ya,Lori

marine's words said...

I love my vist hear it so pretty everything just like you.marina

CIELO said...

Beautiful Celestina.... It’s party time!... Party time!—come to The House in the Roses and see! Hope you can participate.



SweetAnnee said...

Love your porch..your snacks and the music!!!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love your outdoor spaces! I want to come and hang out in them. It all looks so inviting and relaxing. Beautiful! -Julia

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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..