Monday, June 29, 2009


This past Spring my friend Karen from Texas, gifted to me a gorgeous vintage sewing chest. I told her I would paint and keep it as a treasure given from her. I finally got it finished and have it displayed in my shabby rose room. I nearly forgot the before pic and started to paint it when I remembered, and quickly took a picture as I was painting. It is painted fresh crisp white with light pink accents, roses and trims. This was a fun project and perfect to hold my sewing projects and the beautiful needle roll that Karen also made and gave me for my birthday.

Karen, If you are reading this, thank you so much. This vintage treasure is one I will enjoy and use for many years to come. Your kindness in giving me this gift will never be forgotten.
Here are some pics of the process and finished chest!

Sharing a Garden Journal.
Since planting a new garden this Spring, I started a garden journal to keep track of my plantings with notes and ideas during the process. While I am not a scrapbooker and this book is rather primitive inside, it is made with manila papers great for glueing and taking notes right on the page. The front cover is made from a copy of a fabric block I purchased from my dear friend,Pat of Just Between Us Girls. She has a great graphic selection on fabric for creating art work. Visit her blog to see the many she offers. Like I mentioned, I made a copy of the graphic to position on the cover, saving the fabric block for other projects.

Back to the studio I go. Till next time, Have a great week!
Celestina Marie


Unknown said...

That sewing box is lovely! You are so talented. What a pretty garden journal, too! :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Celeste, that sewing basket turned out so pretty! You really worked your magic on it!It looks perfect next to that precious chair in your shabby bedroom!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

what a lovely sewing chest.. love it even better when you already painted it with pink roses and put up lace... so pretty! I never keep a garden journal.. maybe now about time I make one.. thanks for sharing this idea..

have a great week Celeste!
take care

Gerry said...

The chest is just lovely. What an amazing transformation!

Thanks for sharing.

BrushedByAnAngel said...

The sewing box turned out really pretty. I love the soft pink colors- and you painted on the inside too!! What a nice gift from a friend. The garden journal is a great idea - unfortunately for me, I don't have the proverbial green thumb so I leave the planting to my hubby.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

The sewing box is so beautiful. Of course everything always is. What a great idea for the garden journal. Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

Ginny said...

Oh that sewing basket turned out so pretty! It does not look like the same object it once was....amazing and beautiful!
I don't do the gardening, so a garden journal is not for me. I admire you, however, for making time to do that!

Anonymous said...

I have that very same sewing chest.... My elderly Aunt gave it to me. I have looked at it longingly wanting to paint it... alas... My Aunt doesn't believe in the theory that once you give something it is no longer yours..... LOL!! If I were to paint it she would never forgive me.. so-o-o-o to keep peace I will wait! LOL!! (don't ask me what I am waiting for..) LOL!!

Rebecca Nelson said...

I'm loving it but I love all you do...

Your sweet note to me made me smile! We do get around, don't we?

We'll be in Texas this summer. Steve promised me...I'll keep you posted, promise!


Anonymous said...

Indeed your friend karen passed on to you a lovely gift. Your beautiful brush has forever homed this gift. Beautiful.

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste :)

That sewing chest is gorgeous!! WOW! You did such a beautiful job with it and I am so glad you are keeping it for you! It is perfect in your shabby room :)

I LOVE the idea of a garden journal!!!! I wish I would have done that now! How neat! You always think of the best things :)

I started sanding my entertainment center last night and will begin the priming tonight. I am so excited!! Thank you so much for your help!

Love you lots sweet friend,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

What a beautiful job you did with the sewing chest. It is perfect and will be so handy to keep all your bits and bobs in.

Also love the Garden Journal and what a lovely idea.
It is always a treat my friend, to come and visit your blog ~ thank you.

Have a great week

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello My dear Celestina,Thanks for stopping by.First ,your vintage sewing chest came out ,drop dead gorgeous!!!Just to beautiful.It goes perfect with the chair.Love it,love it.
I'm doing great!Just a little dumness in my fingertips on my right hand,not to bad.
I'm getting excited,tomorrow is my birthday and I want my hubby to take me to buy some new Koi fish.Celest ,they are so beautiful and calming to watch.Their colors are so many.I will check in with you later,trying to get a new post up tomorrow.XXOO Marie Antionette
PS,No word about the doll yet,deadline ,came and went already,hope that is a good sign.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Friend,
Your new sewing chest goes great in your beautiful room. You did a great job painting it. I like the stripes on the bottom.
That's a good idea to keep track of your plants. How are your Knock out Roses coming along. My are always blooming. I will post them soon I hope. There's always something else that gets posted first. lol
I hope you have a wonderful 4th with your family.

Anonymous said...

Hello Celeste!

I had to laugh a little when you mentioned about forgetting to take a "before" picture :-)Isn't blogging just fun? It gives you that little excitement to share something for your . . . our friends here. I love that in blogging.

The sewing box is so sweet. And it has the perfect spot in the floor by the chair. I think, if ever someone sleeps on that room , by morning she'll be full of inspiration :-) I really though when you posted your guest room before, it was finished. but i guess there will always be something that'll come along and just fill a place in that room. And it'll belong too :-)

LillyB said...

These turned out beautiful!! You are so talented!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your journaling idea. I never thought to do such a thing for my own. I really love your make over. Quite beautiful. You have quite a gift.

Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Celeste,
OOOh my gosh...this is a bit late. I thought I contact you about the lovely comments you made in this posting about me. Thank you for your kindness. I love the sewing box and what you did with the image you purchased from me. You are sooooooooooooo talented. I love everything you make. What beautiful treasures.
Love and hugs,

Lori said...

Wonderful art works as always! I wish too I had begun a garden journal! I have to transplant alot in the coming year and still might be able to give it a try! Lori

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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..