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


Unknown said...

OH CELESTE!!!! It is absolutely stunning!! You are so talented, Your roses are so beautiful! I believe you could paint the perfect rose onto anything, big or small! I know Tatting Chic will love this and use this for many years to come! The box you included is so beautiful :) You are and will always be my favorite :) The pieces I have by you bring me joy every day of my life :)
Love you sweet friend,

BrushedByAnAngel said...

Celeste, it turned out beautiful. I know how hard it is to paint so small and you did a great job. Have a great vacation.

Anonymous said...

The shuttle & box turned our heavenly!! I went over to the Tatting Chic blog & she is just amazing!!
Have a wonderful evening....

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! It would be great to put the items next to an actual coin so people can really get a good idea how small it is. You did a wonderful job as always!!

Unknown said...

This is so lovely, She is going to love the results. I think that she has single handed taught the world of blogging about tatting. I love your painted treasures, and this one is especially lovely. Now we can all imagine Tatting Chic tatting away using this pretty tool.


Unknown said...

Wow, Celeste your photos are gorgeous! I love the piece of tatting you took the "after" photos on! What an amazing work of art and I have to say that this shuttle is a treasured work of art! BEST of all it is a functional work of art! Thank you so much I know you said you would do this just for the opportunity, but I'll let you know when I finish your tatted bookmark. It is part way done and I am sneaking it in the midst of another project I must finish over this week/next weekend! Silly me! Thanks so much for the shout out. I love any opportunity to teach people about tatting-which, by the way is not a lost art, it is alive and well!

(((HUGS))) dear friend!
~TattingChic ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a treasure you created! The sweet box is a wonderful touch and perfect to keep it in. You always make such pretty things! Thanks for the link! I will enjoy visiting her blog!

blushing rose said...

Celeste ~ Beyond description!!! You shall never cease to amaze me with your breathtaking creations. AWESOME!

My Mother tatted beautifully, I love it.

Have a lovely week. TTFN ~ Marydon

Bearly Sane said...

Hi Celeste,
I can understand your reservations about working in miniature, a have the same about making wee bears. But what satisfaction you must have received when you viewed your finished painting. I have been looking at all your gorgeous pieces in your slide show and I love those's the shoe fettish coming out again! I can see I will be spending quite some time on your blog.
Warmest Hugs,

Jennifer said...

Hi Celeste,That is just so pretty.Your painting is always so pretty.I love all your roosters too.I can't post on it for some reason it just doesn't load the comment box.My computer is crazy.LOL The post I catch early like this the comment box loads.Hope its cooling down for you soon.Hugs to Beazy from Dutchess.Love ya,Jen

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

I love the rose painted tatting shuttle that you did for TattingChic, I saw your lovely work over on her blog.
I have given you an Award, understand if you do not want them on my blog. Thank you for your friendship.

Enjoy your break and look forward to seeing all your beautiful work when you come back.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful as always, Celeste! How kind of you to add the lovely box as well!
♥ ♥ ♥

Ruth Welter said...

Celeste, just have quite a way with a paint brush. Hope you enjoyed your vacation time.


Betzie said...

Hi Celestina!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS CREATION!!! You put so much of yourself in your art and it is all too beautiful for words.
GREAT job and I know Tatting Chic will treasure it forever. xxoo

A Southern Rose said...

Your roses are always so beautiful. You are so blessed to be so talented. I'm sure that she will treasure them for always.

Lee Laurie

Mary said...

Hello Celeste, I know you had fun making the beautiful treasures for Tatting Chic. I stopped by her place,she does beautiful work. So tiny!!!
I personally think you could paint on anything and it would turn out Beautiful:) What a wonderful collection of roosters you have.(do they all crow at the same time in the morning?) Hubby's Grandma loved chicken and roosters. Hope you have a great weekend. Maybe it will rain? Hugs,Mary:)

Celeste Maia said...

Celestina, that is a beautiful box and "object" in pinks. How lucky your friend is to get such a gorgeous gift. It must have been a lot of work to get it finished so perfectly.
We have just arrived in Madrid, after 2 months of being in Portugal. I cant tell you how much organizing and housecleaning I need to do, oh well. And then I have to start working right away. Your entry has inspired me. Greetings from Spain.

Ginny said...

What can I say Celestina? You are definitely talented and can take on any challenge....By the way, I have a pair of ice skates that I would love for you to paint and decorate...Is that something you could do? Or should I say, would do? Love your work!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Celeste,
I sent you an e-mail. I hope you get it.
I love what you did with the shuttle and the little box. It looks great!
I left a message about how great your rooster display was.
Please let me know if got the e-mail.
Hugs to You!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! It must have been very difficult to hold onto while you were painting it!
Hugs! Diane

randi K design said...

Hi again ! Yes, I will never forget when Ryan read that poem, it was unbelievably touching! I have the written copy from that very day, and that is also where I found it when I needed it for my friend. Thank you so much!

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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..