Monday, August 31, 2009


Painting small tiny treasures can be a challenge, but one, that recently I was honored to try. It took me back to my years of designing small mini houses for a company in Ohio. Since then, I have not painted too many small pretties, until my dear friend from Tatting Chic posed the opportunity to paint roses on a tiny little wood shuttle used in her gorgeous tatted lace treasures. Let me say, if you are not familiar with what this very talented girl does, you must go visit her blog and enjoy the beautiful work she creates in tatting.

Anyway, Tatt Chic searched for a shuttle and found one in wood for me to paint. It is about the size in length of a quarter and a half long, and across about the size of a dime. I was excited when she sent the shuttle to me and after a few days of planning the process, I began the transformation.

Here are 2 pictures of what this sweet item looks like in it's before state. Tatt Chic let me borrow her post pics, since like normal for me, I forget to take the before pics. LOL!! The shuttle is beautiful in the original and beautiful wood surface, but Tatt Chic wanted it white with roses. In the art world, something like this can be a "no no" when someone has worked so hard to create such an item. So the idea was run by the maker of the shuttle first and she thought it would be fine.

Can you believe she creates such gorgeous tatted works from something so small? I don't know how she does it, but I tell you, she is good!!

As I proceeded to paint the shuttle inside and out, going with the white background that Tatt Chic wanted, I thought about the pretty treasures that this shuttle might bring forth from Tatt Chic's talented hands. It gave me a sweet sense that small things can bring such happiness.

I continued to paint the inside spool and outer edges a ground of pink. On the edges, I gave them some texture design under the paint first, using strokes in white, aqua (which does not show) and dots also on the front and back. Lastly, a pink rose with leaves and swiss dots was painted on both sides.
Here are two pics of the finished shuttle shown with the only tatted lace doily I own.

At this point, I sealed the entire shuttle with a light satin varnish to complete and protect the painted surface. However, this pretty needed a little home for storage when not in use, so I painted a sweet little box to hold the shuttle.

This was a special project for a wonderful person we know and love as Tatting Chic. I had so much fun working on this small treasure. Thank you dear friend, for the opportunity and challenge. I hope you enjoy your painted shuttle for years to follow.

Please take a moment and visit Tatting Chic and her post about the shuttle too. View her beautiful works and be amazed at the talent, time and creativity to make her gorgeous works of art.

Until next time, I will be back in the studio after my 2 week staycation. Lots going on for the holidays and much more to share about the projects I finished while home.
Blessings to you always, Celestina Marie

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Thursday, August 27, 2009


Hosted today Friday, August 28th, by Barb from Bella Vista Be sure to visit over at Barb's for many more participants showing their roosters today. It should be so much fun to see all the special collections and displays.

So to share my collection, come on in, I'll open the door and hold it wide open with my rooster door stop for all to visit. I hope you can stay for awhile.

I have loved and collected unique roosters over the years and displayed them in different ways. Long after the country style look left my home, my roosters have taken their place among my Tuscan Style decor and French Country flair and even Shabby Rose. I have also painted many through the years and created mixed media designs. My latest creation was inspired from a beautiful set of prints that my dear friend Stephanie from Angelic Accents gifted to me. These prints have bible verses on each and have taken a prominate spot in my kitchen. Starting with copies of the originals she sent, I hand painted a faux finish on canvas, centered the prints, added side trims and hung with a set of iron keys.

Thank you Steph, I love them!
This Rooster stands proudly along side a tray I purchased from my sweet friend Lorena of Rose Chic Friends a few years ago. This display sits on a serving hutch in my kitchen. Thank you Lorena, I love this tray and my rooster's colors are perfect with it.

The next few roosters range from note cards, canisters, shelf sitters and an island display.

In my dining room, I have a wall shelf that diplays my hand painted tuscan neighbor tray along side a standing rooster.

Then there are a few figurines above the stove. Standing ceramic rooster and one that holds treasures.

Oh and lets include tea bag holders, Fritz and Floyd collectibles, paper towel toppers, dishes, lamps, towels and candleholders.

More roosters make their home on my kitchen chandelier, pot rack, Fritz and Floyd Plates, shelf roosters,napkins, old wall paper, a family on high, magnets and iron paper weight.

Outside I have a couple roosters that want to say hello too. Rooster among the roses, roosters on placemats and my patio guard rooster.

And lastly I will share a rooster that I painted on a wood plaque many years ago. This party has inspired me to bring him back and out of the archives, along with the sweetest of all, my newest shabby rose rooster hand painted in pastels and lives in my shabby rose guest room.

Thank you for stopping by my rooster party. It has been so nice to have you visit. Please take a moment to visit Bella Vista for more wondeful blog friends participating in the party today. Have Fun and till next time, remember, "While the Rooster crows, the Hen delivers the Goods"~~~~
Blessings Always, Celestina Marie

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Project Staycation/Vacation

Hello Friends, I am still having a grand time on my staycation. Getting lots accomplished and enjoying a little down time too. Since last week went so well, I have decided to extend my project fun for a few more days. I hope to have some pics to share, but in the meantime, I wanted to invite everyone to stop by on August 28th for the Rooster Party Hosted by Barb from Bella Vista It is sure to be lots of fun since I read she has 150 participants so far. Oh it should be special to see how so many designing bloggers have decorated and displayed their rooster collections.

Hope to see you then. Have a great week.
Blogland Hugs, Celestina Marie

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Evening Picnic at the Lake!

Thank you for the kind comments on our anniversary day. Each and everyone is very special. I thought I would share a few pictures from our anniversary as we enjoyed an "Evening Picnic on the Lake" The breeze was so welcomed, as our temps this summer have been in the 100's and it was much cooler on the water. The sights and sounds of the area and surroundings were so relaxing. The perfect way to reflect on our years together.
Beautiful drive to the lake!

Searching for just the right spot! Past the Marina and boat docks.

Getting Closer!

Ah, here is the perfect little setting for a picnic.

The view over the water is so calm and relaxing.

The perfect way to spend an anniversary evening for us.
I also want to share the finished framing of my watercolor win from Karen of A Sketchbook of Inspirations. If you did not know from a past post. I won a giveaway from Karen several weeks ago and she was to paint something special for whoever the winner was. She created for me this vignette of a room I designed in my home called the Pink Shabby Rose Room. It is gorgeous and I love how it turned out with the chunky white carved frame. It looks so pretty in the room. Thank you so very much Karen. I will treasure this piece always. If you have not visited Karen, please take the time to stop by her lovely blog and visit her etsy boutique or lollishops. You will be inspired and blessed.

The watercolors new home. Love it!!

Thank you for your visit today. I will see you again soon. Blessings be yours. Celestina Marie

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