Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Time sure marches on when you are busy. It seems I am absent here, more then present. Like many of you this season, I have a lot going on and constantly trying to keep the balance, which is a challenge most days. Busy in the studio, painting for the holiday keeps me on the go, but I did take some time to create a window topper that I wanted to share with you now. The idea may come in handy if you are looking to top off a window and can't seem to find just what you need to finish the look.

On the lookout for just the right fabric to top 2 large windows in a guest room and after searching with no luck, I decided to take a queen size sheet that I already had and fashion a header to top the eyelet floor length curtains in a cottage guest room.

To get this look, I cut a queen size sheet lengthwise in half giving me 3 finished edges. At this point you can finish the cut edge, but not necessary, since that side will be over the rod or window treatment holding the curtains. After I placed the sheet over the rod and adjusted the length, I began to gather in the center in loose and relaxed pleats, next I pinned in place to curtain underneath. Did the same for each end and also pinned in place. That is it. New look for just the time to pin in place.
Now, to really finish this decorating on a pinch, I will complete these by adding fabric rosettes at each gathered area. Either in a coordinating fabric or using more of the sheet design from the fitted sheet.

Recently my neighborhood had garage sales days and I found some great treasures. Here are a few, with more to share later.

New designs from the studio. Canvas and graphics with embellished edges. I have Christmas canvas paintings in the same style coming to my ebay shoppe soon.

Lots of new paintings are scattered throughout my studio, and I have to say, I am having a lot of fun this season with new ideas and creations.
Cooler weather has finally arrived and very welcome. As always, thank you for stopping by to visit. I look forward to visiting too as the week continues. Till then, Blessings always, Celestina


Unknown said...

Everything is so lovely! Can you come over to my house and "play" for a while? LOL!

Gone said...

Good Morning Celeste...

What a great idea for a window topper!! It's very nice...and with the fabric roses...will even look better!

I love all the "pretties" you've found, as well as all the "goodies" you have in your shop!!

Sorry I haven't been by lately...I'm trying to recover from being attacked by a neighbor on Monday. You can read my ER posts here:


Unknown said...

Hi Celeste!!!!!! I love the window treatments! That bedroom is so gorgeous and I am honored that my pumpkin pillow gets to live there! I didnt even make any of those this year :( Now my grandma leaves for Florida tomorrow :( I have lost the opportunity to make them with her this year and we enjoyed it so much!

I LOVE all of your new Christmas pretties Celeste! The smowmen are just TO CUTE! I cannot wait to see the painting you told me about in your email! I want to add it to my collection just hearing about it :) And I cannot wait for My new cottage box, lol!!!

Love you sweetie! I hope Larry gets home safe and soon. I know you miss him so much. Give Ryan a hug for me too :) AND a kiss on the muzzle for Miss Beazie :)

Big Bunny Hugs,

Free Art Printables said...

Love the valance! YOu x-mas stuff looks great!

Kris said...

Hello Celeste, What a clever and economical curtain treatment. They look beautiful on your window. I also wanted to comment that your etsy shoppe looks wonderful. I love all the Christmas/Holiday items you have in your shoppe.


Connie said...

You did a great job in that bedroom, chickee! I love the window topper.......

Anonymous said...

Oh, Celeste, everything's so fresh and happy and pretty! The room looks comfortably inviting! And Sew Simple!

I'm looking for sheets to make full-length curtains for our family room. I priced the curtains and just don't want to spend that much money. So...the hunt is on!

The prints from the sales are so sweet! And your artwork too - as always!

I love the new banner!


Gone said...

Thanks for the prayers and visit.


Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celestina, what a gorgeous bedroom..window topper is lovely but honestly, the whole room looks like it is right out of a magazine...beautiful!

Love all your new holiday items. Have fun and keep on painting.


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celestina!
Can I come stay in your cottage guest room?? It's fabulous! Your valance idea is wonderful. I love those quick fixes that look like a million!!
Your summer finds are great and your new items for your Etsy are just delightful! Those little mittens are so cute. Your talent is amazing to me!!
Hugs, Sherry

I've been busy too and there's just not enough time to go around and visit, sorry I haven't been here in a while!

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste,
It's so difficult to keep up with Christmas creations, day to day life, and blogging. Your creations are just gorgeous! I have a rainbow and an award for you on my post today. Please stop by and take it home. Have a lovely day. Karen

Betzie said...

Oh my, I just love visiting you Celeste. Such a gorgeous guest bedroom and a cute curtain topper from that sheet! I used to sew some curtains but haven't for a long time, you may inspire me. Love your painting as always!!!!
P.S. You've been tagged!

Unknown said...

I love how you did that topper! I have some really plain window toppings and really need to jazz them up a little. Good idea and I recognize that cute snowman and santa, they are so cute.

Rhondi said...

Hi Clestina
All your painted items are beautiful as usual. I love them all. I am having a giveaway. Hope you'll stop by.
Hugs, Rhondi

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a wonderful idea for a window topper! And your paintings are so pretty.

Amanda said...

Hi Aunt Celeste,

I love your new decor in the guest room. That's the one over the garage, right? That room has such great light from the big windows, I love it and remember when I spent vacations in there! The little Santa mittens in your last picture are so darling too. Hi to Uncle Larry & Ryan. Love you!

Heart to Heart,

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

What beautiful items you've displayed here! I'm glad to have stopped by.


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

It is hard sometimes to balance. I really like your Christmas gingerbread men/ladies! You can paint so many things well. The guest room os so soothing. I would love to hang out in that room, and snuggle up in the pink housecoat!

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Your painted items are so pretty. I especially love the teacup ornaments. I also love that pretty bedroom! hugs, Ellen

Shirl said...

Hello Celeste, your curtains are beautiful. Your room looks so pretty. I love very thing from your studio. I'll have to check out your selling sites. The teacups are just the cutest and I love the snowmen! Your work is just stunning!
Love you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Jennifer said...

Celeste,I just gave you an award, check my blog for details.

Rue said...

Hi Celestina :)

Your guest room is a dream! I love the new window treatment you created.

Your new finds are beautiful and so are your creations! I especially love all of your snowmen :)

Have a beautiful weekend!

Unknown said...

Hey Sweetie...I sure missing chatting with you daily! But I love your blog and coming in and seeing what you are up to...I didn't realize that you had some health issue sgoing on you poor thing! it celiac's? Our former pastor was diagnosed last year with it...or is that more glutten? Anyway, it sounds like you are on a good path to healing and eating well!

I sure could use some prayers for my daughter. I can't really go into it all here..but she is in counceling for a crisis type situation. I am calling my prayer warriors to pray.

Been busy designing myself..keeps me busy and my mind off other things. Hope you are doing well.


Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

I cannot believe how nice that window topper turned out and it's a SHEET! Your bedroom is SCRUMPTIOUS!!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

As always ,everything is just beautiful.I love the curtains.What a great idea.I think i will try that.I love all your little paintings ,but i do rally love the cups.How precious.Hop on over to my blog,I have a naming contest.Its not a big thing,but i would love you to join in.Hugs Marie antionette

kari and kijsa said...

Great finds! the windows look lovely!

kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

Love your handpainted pretties!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Your blog is so lovely to stop by!
You are so very T.A.L.E.N.T.E.D!
And I love your home, too!
The problem is... Once I`m in here...
I don`t want to leave. Lol
I feel so very welcome!
Debbie Moss

(From England)

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I'm so happy To have discovered your charming blog. I visited your past post and so adored your tea set collection. Such beauty! I think drinking out of beautiful cups enhances the flavor. Smile. My new favorite teas are the Celestial Season's holiday selection, Sugar cookie, gingerbread, candycane!
You've many pretty creations! Christmas Tree,Angels, all lovely.
Sweet Wishes,

Lori said...

Oh the mittens are fabulous!!!!! And the tea cup adorable!! great job!!! Lori

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Your bedroom is the picture of perfection! I love using sheets as fabric. Great idea using it above your window where you need lots of fabric. Thanks for stopping by to see my shabby white piano. Yes, painting yours black would be beautiful!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Celeste! So good to hear from you. Your draperies are so elegant, such a serene room. And I love all your new items. I'm sad that the pink Santa mittens are already sold. They are adorable.

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Saucy said...

I have used that tricky little trick of decorating with sheets as well... if you get nice sheets, the quality is as good as drapery!

Your room looks adorable.

Cathy said...


What beautiful ornaments. So sparkly and sweet. I love them all.

Thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog about my Romantic Homes feature. I am so excited to share it with all of you. Enjoy it my friend.

xo Cathy

vickie said...

Oh so pretty, Celeste. I would love to be a guest in that room.
Your latest creations are beautiful,as always.

Kathy said...

As always, Celestina, everything you have published in your post is absolutely lovely. LOVE the topper you created! All of the new painting is beautiful - adorable mittens. It's always a joy to visit you!

Ruey said...

Hi Celeste!
Everything looks so pretty!The window topper turned out great!
All of yiour garage sale finds are treasures and I know you are enjoying them. There is nothing like a good garage sale!
xxxooo Ruth

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Celeste!

LOVE your window cover and what a sweet room! You are blessed with so many wonderful talents! Thanks for sharing!


kari and kijsa said...

Those little mittens are so cute!

Just stopping by to wish you the happiest of Halloweens!


kari & kijsa

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...'s Ceekay. Haven't heard from you in a while and was thinking about you and your lovely painting. It is so good to be home although I had such a great time with Kathy. Hope all is well.

Linda said...

Hi Celestina,
I love this idea, as I am not fond of sewing actually the sewing machine and myself do not get along at all, looks like you found lots of lovely treasures at the garage sales and I love your new paintings.
Cheers Linda

arootdigger2 said...

Ppink snowman or ladies is a happy thought for xmas 2008!

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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..