Thursday, March 26, 2009


Outside my Art Shoppe Window~

Sweet Roses, I do see.

Planted by my Dear Love One~

especially for me.

He chose the spot directly~

by love for sun's delight.

With blessings only they can offer,

through petals pink and bright.

When inspiration I am seeking~

I only have to see,

Outside my Art Shoppe Window

Sweet Roses bloom for me.

When I woke this morning to see my new roses in bloom I had this verse in my mind. So I quickly wrote it down and thought I would share it with you. Here are a few pics of the gorgeous Double Knock Out Roses that grace the front of my studio windows planted by my dear hubby last weekend.

We are still working on our yard redo and it is coming along well. I will share finished pics soon.
My brushes are calling as I have lots of new treasures to finish and soon to be in my etsy shoppe, so I guess my break is over. Thank you for stopping by and until we meet again. Blessings always~~ Celestina Marie

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Saturday, March 21, 2009


Welcome to a yummy celebration of Spring hosted by Cielo from House in the Roses. Make sure you visit The House in the Roses to attend other wonderful parties serving chocolate cookies and tea.

So glad you could join me today for a special Spring Party. I have brought my party indoors, instead of the back porch like requested, because I have my yard under a redo of sorts and it is not ready.
So welcome to my dining room where we will have home baked chocolate cookies with piped vanilla icing and an assortment of teas.
Listen to the Spring music in the background and enjoy your tea and cookies in any comfy spot I have set just for you.

Chocolate fudge cookies served on a rose plate atop a green leaf plate style bowl and our tea is an assortment of blueberry, cherry or raspberry.
Fresh cut flowers from my garden grace the table.

Our centerpiece is a vintage rose cake pedestal topped with a bell dome that showcases my vintage robin, overlooking her nest adorned with roses.

Tea will be served from another very old vintage tea pot, given to me many years ago by my mother. I love this tea set. Even the design is Spring inspiring.

Try a turkish delight to go with your cookie!

Perhaps you would like a cozy spot in the sitting room. I have scattered garden books and magazines to browse for planting ideas this season.

Enjoy the loveseat!!

Or this cozy spot~~

Maybe you would like to sit on the fireplace.

Or take a seat at the table.

Sitting by the side hutch is a comfy spot to chat.

Miss Beazy has even found the perfect spot to gaze out the window. Come sit on the bench, she loves to have a pat or two.

Sharing the recipe for today's cookies.

The piped icing recipe. This is a yummy icing used for decorator cookes either by spreading or piping like I have with these cookies. I used a pastry bag, but you could use a plastic sandwich bag with a cut corner to do the same thing. Food coloring can be added too.

Thank you for coming to my Spring Cookie Party. I so enjoyed to have you in my home. Remember to stop over at Cielo's to visit other participants today.
Blessings to you for the perfect season with Blue Skies being yours always.

Happy Spring, Celestina Marie

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Thursday, March 19, 2009


Spring is here and I know we are all ready. I wanted to share some pretty creations from some talented friends that inspire me for the new season.

The first is a wonderful gift from my friend Karen who lives near by. She gifted to me this special vintage sewing box to decorate. I can hardly wait to begin. She also gave to me, as a birthday gift, this very special needleroll that she cross stitched and finished so beautifully. It has a tea theme with added charms, needle, ribbon and lots of pretty detail. What a gorgeous treasure from such talented hands.

Next I would like to share the beautiful heart charms made by Sharon of Sweet Victorian Rose
Recently she gifted to me the larger black with soft rose in gold. I added this to a gold charm bracelet and truly have enjoyed it so much. Two other charms from Sharon are from a past purchase that also grace the gold and sterling bracelets. What delicate and small work she does on these charms. They truly are incredible from a great talent.

The talent also goes on to Betzie from Time Enough Recently she shared a post about the gorgeous soaps she had made. One was a shoe that I really loved. She gifted to me a pretty set of soaps in aqua that I so enjoy. The scent is so srumptious and these look beautiful displayed in a bird dish in the bathroom. Betzie is so talented in many areas and this is only one of the creative treasures she makes. You must go visit.

Yesterday was a grand mailbox day, as I received a recent purchase from the very talented Ruth from Artful Creations She designs beautiful sand dollar pendants in many artful styles. I choose the blue and lavender color with flower. It comes with a black cord chain. I can't say enough about this gorgeous piece. It is truly stunning and she has them in her etsy shop. Be sure to visit for these and other creations from this very talented lady.

As I began to decorate for Spring this week, I pulled from my prop closet, this pretty ceramic egg candy dish made by my Mother many years ago. My heart goes back to happy times when she gave this to me. It is a lovely keepsake and welcomes Spring for myself and my family each year.

Lastly I will share a new Spring treasure I worked on this week. It is a ceramic bunny with my newest cottage design called, Bunny Cottage Country, In the following pictures I share the art in progress to finish.

Thank you for stopping by. I invite you back on Sunday the 22nd when I will participate in the Chocolate Cookie Spring Party hosted by Cielo from The House in the Roses Stop by her blog, if you would like to partcipate. It will be fun. And, make sure you visit the talented ladies I have featured here today. Till next time, Happy Springtime and Blessings Always, Celestina Marie

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Do you remember a time when you could not wait to become a year older? Oh sure!! you know the time, when we all could not wait to turn 18 or 21. Well the years tend to fly by with birthdays that come and go, and with them, the advance to become one year older. Having just celebrated a milestone birthday, I am so thankful for blessings too many to count. Friends and family that make getting older fun, special and great thankfulness to be here another year.

Wait a minute, that line is what my parents used to say. I can still hear them say, how grateful they were to wake up in the morning, live another day, still have their health and so on! Do we really become our parents in time? Do we really say the same things they used to say? I think it is true, no matter how we may think different.

But when I give it thought, how wonderful it is, to mirror the special people in our lives that gave us life and taught us values. Well, for this birthday, I am thankful and grateful to become, in a small way, a bit like my wonderful Mother and Father. If I become just a fourth like they were I will be blessed.
Now they would be the first to say, they were not perfect, had faults like everyone, but did their best and tried each day with God's help. Because of them, I had the opportunity to become who I am. Learning God's way from these very sweet and special people who I miss with every fiber of my being. They are in a much better place now.

So I give my birthday thanks to my Mother and Father. Thank you for all you were, for sharing and showing me by example how God wants us to try and live, leaning on HIS direction. I was given a life long gift!! I have much to celebrate.

Birthdays also go hand in hand with family and friendships. I have a few special pictures to share of the wonderful treasures I received. I want to send a BIG Thank you for making my birthday so special with your thoughtfulness. Here they are in no particular order, but we will start with the cake!! YUMMY!!

White on white cake, my favorite with pink roses of course. My son gives me a cake every year. He has done this for 13 years!

From the sweet Stephanie of Angelic Accents. She surprised me with a treasure!! Look at that cross stitch with my company name. I love it. And the beautiful angel pin she also created. What a talented girl. It looks amazing in my studio. Thank you so much!

From my sweet friend Ann of Ann's Finds. She surprised me with a wonderful black and white with pink group of collectibles that are very special. Treasured storage box, padded romantic hangers, sachet, boyd's heart bear, and roses potpouri. I love eveything! Many thanks!!

From my live long friend Yvonne. She found a CD of the Monkees. The story behind this is such a memory maker for me. When we were little, about 4th grade, the Monkees were all the rage. We knew all the songs and watched all the TV shows. It was a special time and this CD brought back so many sweet memories, when days were so simply and we worried about important desicions, like, wearing our Monkee shirts to a concert. I can laugh now, but we were very serious and loved the Monkees!! LOL. Anyone else remember this group? Thank you so much. It was so fun to hear these songs again.

Here is the divine Miss Beazy looking over the presents from sweet Amy of Bunny Rose Cottage. She was good and did not try to open anything. But she was interested. LOL

From dear Amy, she sent wonderful creations she made. The special canvas collage, darling panarama bunny box, a gorgeous pink cross, and an adorable chick family under the umbrella. I love everything and the talented Amy's creation are just as cute as can be. Her collage is just way adorable along with the panarama. I have found special places for everything. Thank you so much.

From my sweet friend Lorri. We have started a tradition of sorts since our birthdays are just a few days apart. We usually go to lunch and exchange gifts. We celebrated yesterday and she treated me to special pretties. Romantic hat boxes for my shabby rose guest room, gorgeous green gem pin, nail file with pictures of my sweet golden on it, cozy pink roses with black jammies and a gorgeous purple rose for February. I love everything and again found special places for each and every treasure.

Now I tell ya, I was so spoiled. It is such a blessing to share the special times of our lives with those we love. Near and far, I am very blessed.

Now, even though I have had a few days to birthday party, I did manage to work the week too. I have a lot of new traasures and too many for this post, so I will just share a few new pieces.

Thank you for stopping by. Till next time, I will be swinging a paint brush. Blessings and Blue Skies always, Celestina Marie

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