Monday, November 3, 2008

MONDAY MOMENTS AND MUSINGS!

I have always loved Monday morning. Looking towards the new work week with ideas, direction and anticipation of what the week ahead could develop. Sounds crazy to some I'm sure, but for me, I always welcome the new work week Monday morning. Some Mondays, I am swamped to finish projects or start new creations. Some Mondays, I am out the door early to gather supplies for creations stuck in my head all weekend. Some Mondays, I have dozens of emails to answer~~~whatever the case, for me, Mondays are a blessing to be thankful for. Granted, I am blessed with the joys of working my small business from my home. It certainly beats, traffic, racing the clock to be at a place at a certain time. Been there, done that.


So with Monday in mind, sharing a little of this and a little of that, I had a studio dilemma. As most of you know, Miss Beazy spends lots of time with me in the studio and loves her special window sill free of furniture where she can lay down and look out the window with her head propped on the ledge. At times, she jumps on the ledge, barking at anyone going by, to let them know, this is my space so keep on going!! LOL!! That's fine, but it plays havoc with the painted sill. Many touch ups, only lead to more of the same. So I got the idea to fabric the window sills, (4 in total) in something to coordinate with the toile room. Going through my stash, I had just enough of a black and tan gingham to fabric all four. I still have the trim to do and I was not finished when I took these pictures, but you can see what a difference it made and it will be very hard to chip or mess up for the watch dog Miss Beazy!! The trim will go along the inside cut edge to finish the look and make the ledge look neat and tidy. To do this redo, I used a thin layer of Elmer's Glue painted on the sill. Next, I applied my fabric and worked it out smooth with a wet sponge. Finally, three coats of decoupage medium will give a gloss like finish and then the rope gold trim will be applied. No more touch ups!!

BEFORE~~~
AFTER~~~
MISS BEAZY,taking right up where she left off, watching the world go by!

Well, after the window sill fix, one thing leads to another and I decided to cover the top portion of my studio chair with some great fabric I also stumbled on in my stash. It was long enough to be draped over the back, gathered in the center and embellished with an antique bar pin to finish.



Lastly, on my little of this and that fun~~ I will share my desk door, covered in toile fabric and embellished with rope trims and antique coat buttons my mother saved many years ago. Sorry this picture is kind of dark.


PAINTING FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA~~
Recently one of my sweet customers and Christmas tree designer, contacted me about designing some ornaments for the annual fund raiser which raises money for the children in her local area. Her theme for this years tree is, Cottage Garden and Roses. The money raised will help the many children who do not have enough to eat and many who have nothing to eat. The tree will be beautiful when finished and she will share pictures with me, that I can post here, after the event. Her tree last year raised, six thousand dollars. Starting with a 7ft. fresh tree, each and every ornament has to be tied on for transport to the auction winners home or place of business. It is truly a labor of love, time and talent from the participants. I was certainly honored to design 18 winter rose ornaments to add to the Cottage Garden Rose theme.



Christmas is all around the studio this week and I just finished my newest design on a wood snowmen that my friend Lorri gave me. Ten altogether will be available in my eBay shoppe soon. The design, and the name I gave her is, Miss Snow Rose, she is embellished in her pink stocking hat with ribbon rose ~~ I made from pink socks. Scarf, from homespun pink and green fabric, snowflake wings and her twig arms holding a silver star to hang on this seasons Christmas tree. She can be displayed from ribbon attached to her wings. I will also design a few to free stand.
May I introduce Miss Snow Rose and her chorus line of identical friends.



Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great week ahead and your Monday was a good start. I am off to ship lots of goodies. Till next time, blessings always. Celestina

31 comments:

Connie said...

Miss Beasey looks happy gazin' out the window! I'm sure she's in heaven, sweetpea.
Smooches,
Connie

Amanda said...

Hi Aunt Celeste,

I love your new designs for the holidays. I cannot believe they are almost here- ALREADY! We've made our plans to go home for the holidays and are anxiously awaiting it. All is well here, the weather has been beautiful, and we're heading to Scottsdale for a weekend getaway. I'm going to take a look at your etsy shop... I never truly new the extent of etsy until a few days ago- I cannot believe the treasures one can find on there!

Heart to Heart,
xo Amanda xo

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderfully clever idea for your window sill! I love that Miss Beasey has a coordinating scarf!

ceekay said...

That was a great idea for the window sills. I really like the chair too. OMG, I just love the little snowman angel ornament and the rose painted ornaments are beautiful!!!! I so wish I could do that. So good to hear from you!
Have a wonderful week.

TattingChic said...

Love the beautiful chair cover! Your ornaments are absolutely beautiful! What a lovely tree that is going to make! :)

Kathy said...

Well, Celestina, I am once again speechless with the beauty of your work! The ornaments you designed and created are just gorgeous and the snow angels precious. You are so very talented and clever in everything you do!
Kathy

vintagewindow said...

Miss Beasey looks very content and happy with the redo.

Love all of your Christmas designs.

Have a great day,

Kris

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Celeste!! What a beautiful post! Lady does the same thing (and now our new baby lucky)to my window sills!!! There are holes everywhere and scratches, not to mention dirt! You are so smart to think of that! And I LOVE your idea for your chair Celeste! You are so clever!!! I want to do something like that with mine now :)

Your ornaments are STUNNING Celeste!! I love the snowmen :) I am so bummed, I went to your sold listings and I saw the sweetest little cottage box!!!! I didnt even know about it and if I had, I would have snatched it immediately :( I adore your cottage and everything else you do!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us. My home wouldnt be the same without it!

Please give Beazy a big ole' hug for me! I love ya Celeste :)
Amy

Holly said...

Hi, Celeste!

You know, I've always liked Monday's, too! I like the new start of a week full of hope!

I love the little snowflakes with gems... Well... actually, I love everything you make! :>

Truth4thejourney said...

You are so creative and inspiring! Loved Miss Beazy's matching bandana, too!

Sonya

joan said...

Miss Beasey is so cute looking out that window. So are all of your designs for Christmas. I hope you post lots of photos of your home decorated for Christmas, I bet it's lovely! Have a great week!

Diane said...

Oh Celeste, snow angels with snowflake wings! How precious! And the ornaments - I wish I had a pink tree! There are some lucky owners-to-be out there!

And Miss Beazy is a lucky pooch! :-) We did something similar for our cat, Sweetie. We made a shelf for her on one of the window sills. Her body is rather pear-shaped so she needs a bit of extra room for her "ahem" area! We covered the shelf with gray fleece. Her fur is mostly gray and white so it doesn't show too badly when it collects there. It's a favorite winter napping place in the morning sunshine.
Diane

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Celeste! What a terrific idea to decoupage your window sills! And Miss Beazy looks so contented. Love your new chair dressing, too. The bar pin is a wonderful adornment. Your newest angel snowladies are so sweet, too.

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh Celeste, your ornaments are gorgeous, and I so love the snowmen. Miss Beasey looks so cute resting on the window. Sooo cute. Happy creating.
Karen

CIELO said...

Lovely ideas! and cute doggie! :)

Have a great day and rest of the week...

cielo

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Isn't that the sweetest picture. She loves her spot. Great idea! The chari looks lovely too.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

What a lovely chair cover!!

I'm feeling a bit better each day...but still have swelling, bruising and pain in my foot and ankle.

~Blessings,
Jan

Shirl said...

Hi Celeste, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I'm glad you like my lolli's. I love your post today, Miss Beasy is so cute and I bet she loves her new spot you've made for her. I love how it came out. Your snowmen are just the sweetest and I love your ornaments for the school. I bet they do well! Your chair and cabinet door look so pretty! Great idea!
Love you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

vickie said...

Fantastic creations! I bet Miss Beazy loves her new window treatment! I love the Christmas goodies, be ordering some very soon.

LillyB said...

Wow! Everything is so beautiful. You are amazing!!! I love the window sill idea and my office chair could sure use some beautifying LOL
Have a blessed weekend!

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Good Evening! I love your pretty Christmas bulbs. You always paint the most beautiful roses. I also love your snowmen! I like the picture with them all hanging in a row! I also like all you packages! I wish that were my trip to the post office! LOL Have a blessed evening. hugs, Ellen

Marie Antionette said...

Celestina,What a wonderful job you did on that sill.Ms. B. certainly loves it.And the chair,that was just to pretty,not to mention the door.The snowmen are rally cute also.I love the colors.I also want ti thank you for entering the drawing I had.With your permission,I would like to keep the name you chose"Frostoria"and use it in the future.Your site is always a pleasure to visit.Wouldn't it be nice to visit all the wonderful blogs all the time.But where is the time? Hugs Marie Antionette

CIELO said...

Came by to say hi! :)

...and with you a lovely day

cielo

Rue said...

Hi Celestina :)

Miss Beazy looks very content. The ornaments you painted are gorgeous!

hugs,
rue

Sharon said...

Love your window ledge makeover, how creative. Now for the best part those snowmen are beyond cute.

A Hint of Home said...

Great idea for the window sill and I love what you did with the chair.

Your painted ornaments are just beautiful.
It's good to be back to blogging.

Secondhandrose said...

Celeste, that was a clever idea and I enjoyed looking at all your Christmas designs.
karen

Betzie said...

I am in awe of everything you create Celeste!!! Just beautiful!!! That desk drawer and the window ledge cover is fab, and the ornaments are so so pretty!!!! Have to stick with my red toile, but you have made me a lover of the black and white too!!!
Have you seen all the new black and white Christmas decorations out this year?~ You will be in heaven! :)
xo

Holly said...

Just thought I'd stop by and say hello! Hope all is well and that you're happily and busily creating more pretty things for us to see!

~ Hearts ~

vickie said...

Love the snow ladies, Celeste, beautiful, as always. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Angela said...

I LOVE those snowmen,,just beautiful. I run a home daycare and hubby has made these snowmen out of wood. I think I may add the large snowflakes on the back for the children to add to their wooden craft...I'm so glad I found you,,well I'm so glad the Lord lead me here,,((hugs))

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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..