Saturday, October 31, 2009


Greetings to all for a Happy Halloween.
 We will be passing out treats tonight and with the nice weather,
we may even be able to sit on the porch to greet the trick or treaters.
 Here are a few pics of some neighbors who stopped by in years past.

Have a safe and fun Halloween. 
~See you soon~

Celestina Marie

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Friday, October 30, 2009


WELCOME to Fun Friday and Fashion. Today Deb, Ladybug fron Texas is hosting a Boot Party called, "These Boots are Made for Walking"
The idea is to show the boots we love to wear. Are you a boot gal? Do you love to wear boots with your jeans or dress clothes? We can share them them today in this boot party. Remember the song sung by Nancy Sinatra? These Boots are Made for Walking"

So let's have some boot stompin fun as my stuffed friends pose with my boot collection.
This first cowgirl pair of boots are comfy and fun, shown here with a pink crown cowgirl hat I found last year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I don't wear the hat really, but I decorate with it, in my studio.

Oh let's try on that hat!!

I love ankle boots~~

And Red Boots and Bag~

Tall Scrunch Boots~~

Tall Suede Boots~~

The snowpeople love their boots too~

And just look at their faces in those comfy boots~~

Oh and I adore these little Mudd cuties~~

But I think I'll put on these hiking boots and hike over to see the other boots at Deb's party!

Thank you for stopping by the party of fun and fashion for These Boots are Made for Walking. It was great to have you. Take a moment to stop by my Texas friend, Deb's to see more.
Happy Halloween!
Smiles, Celestina Marie

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Favorite Find

Welcome to Thrifty Thursday. I don't have a lot to share today, but I did find this wonderful needlepoint pillow with roses on a black background. I fell in love with it, the colors, workmanship and the price tag was only 5 dollars. Score!!

This pic does not do it justice, as the colors are so vivid on the black background.
Also, I found these sweet teapots and lots of spoons are on the way. For those who asked about spoons, their being painted right now.

Hope you are having a great day and thank you for stopping by. See you tomorrow for The party from Deb,Ladybug from Texas "These Boots are Made for Walking"
Smiles, Celestina Marie

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

~~~Makin Mittens~~~~

Today I just want to send a big thank you to my BG (best guy) for cutting the wood to make these snowman and rose mitten ornaments. I have marked and cut many wood pieces of all types over the years, so this is a huge help to me, especially this time of year when things are really buzzin in my studio. He has always helped me with everything in my decorative painting career. Even in the days of having mall space, he would go with me each week to help me move furniture, climb ladders, set up lighting and tons of other details. All this while he works his own career and travels. He is a blessing to me and to all who know this giving and generous, Best Guy of mine! Thank you so much honey!

So with wood cut, sanded and basecoated, I am ready for makin mittens.
Many have already been added to my etsy shoppe and found homes, but I have a few more on the way, including these snowman and santa designs.

These mittens are ready to finish tomorrow. Shabby to chic and folk art, all going to the etsy shoppe shortly.

These are also ready and in the shoppe here hand painted from a study in Brushtiques 3. Wooden tags hand painted with winter light houses in a 3 piece set.

Pink pumpkins have found new homes with our sweet friends, Marydon from Feedsack Fantasy and Julie Marie from idyllhours.

I'm working on lots more creations and they will be ready soon. So back to the studio I go but I'll be back tomorrow to share a view thrifty items I found recently.
Also,I want to invite you back on Friday the 30th, when I will participate in a party hosted by Deb,Ladybug from Texas called "These Boots are Made for Walkin" The party will feature favorite boots, we love to wear. It should be fun, and works perfectly with my Friday Fashion too. If you would like to participate, click on the link and visit Deb.

Thank you for stopping by today, for taking the time to visit and all the comments on each daily post. You all are so very special and your comments mean so much. It is a very busy time of year and it may take me a few days to get by to visit you, but I will soon. Thank you for understanding.
Big Hugs, Celestina Marie

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Autumn Dinner

Welcome to Tastey Tuesday and Fall Grilling. Before we had so much rain, last weekend was beautiful, and so I decided to make my mesquite style outdoor grilled chicken for a special treat. Starting with a mix that I purchased with the seasoning, (found in the seasoning section of the grocer, any brand will work) I let the chicken (fillets) marinate for a few hours before grilling by mixing the packet with water and a small amount of canola oil. I use less oil and more water. Mix well, add to plastic zip lock bag or marinating dish. Now, my trick for tender grilled chicken is to fillet the chicken breasts in half, length wise. This helps for less grilling time too.

Next, while the chicken is grilling, I prepare 5 potatoes for the microwave. Yes, the microwave. I have a recipe that I made myself using sliced potatoes, layered in a shallow glass baking dish, with onions, salt, pepper, garlic (optional)parsley and light margarine between the layers. Place a small amount of water in the corner of the dish, tilt to dispense throughout the dish. Cover leaving a vent side open and place in the microwave for 20-30 minutes at half power. You may have to adjust the baking times with the amount of potatoes you are using, more or less. You see, there is no exact amount for this style of cooking. At the last few minutes, I sprinkle light shredded cheddar cheese on the top, cover and let stand or run the microwave for a minute more to melt the cheese. Pierce the potatoes with a fork to check when done.

While the potatoes are baking in the microwave and the chicken is grilling, I start french style green beans on the stovetop. First I cut an onion and place in skillet, add slivered almonds and a bit of water and a dab of light margarine. Let this all blend together in a skillet to fuse the seasoning. ALmonds add lots of flavor and I love to cook with them. Next, I add either frozen french style green beans or canned. Blend together on low heat till cooked through and tender. These green beans are so yummy and go so good with the chicken. Low in calorie and high in flavor.

Now a good meal needs some color for presentation. So I have made an apple walnut salad with cranberries for color. Starting with romaine lettuce and red cabbage, I add sliced apples any kind, chopped walnuts and dried sweet cranberries. Then I add and toss some wonderful dressing from one of my favorite dressing collections. This is Annies low cal and light raspberry walnut dressing. You can find this in the specialty section of the grocery store or Sprouts, if you have it in your area.

Okay, now would you like some dessert? How about a light cheesecake topped with cherries. For this I used a basic cheescake recipe using light creamcheese. Topped with light cherry pie filling, all with a ready made graham cracker crust for the bottom. YUMS!! Now there's our color right?

Hope you enjoyed this Autumn Dinner. No recipes, except the cheesecake and most everyone has their favorite. This is an easy, "throw it together" type meal. I like to do these types of meals that don't require measuring. Maybe you do as well.
Hope your season is wonderful and you are blessed with Autumn dinners to enjoy with your family and friends.
See you Wednesday in my Toile Studio.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

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