Thursday, December 31, 2009


Best wishes for a very Happy New Year. I hope 2010 will be everything you dream for and blessed with good health, happiness and love. For me, as for most, I have many plans and new directions for the new year and beyond. So many new ideas and creative plans ready to go and on the drawing board to stock the shelves of my etsy shoppe.

For now, I need to take a blogging break to pursue new projects and new directions. I won't be far away and easily available to contact through my etsy shoppe. I certainly will miss everyone through blogging, but look forward to new beginnings and blogging again in time.

So for now, I wish you many blessings and all the best in the new year. I pray you enjoy life to the fullest and all your hopes and dreams come true.
Blessings and Blue Skies be yours always.
Bye for now, Celestina Marie

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

Dear Friends,
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all God's blessings in the New Year. Thank you for all the visits and comments this past year. I so look forward to many more posts and continued friendship in the New Year.
As we celebrate the reason for this special season, I will share with you my antiqued style nativity treasure handmade and painted by my mother many years ago. This is a very special collection and my favorite Christmas display.

Blessings for a safe holiday and see you in the New Year!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas!

Welcome to my shabby rose cottage guest room. Please relax, be at home and enjoy Pink Dreams.

My how time fly's when you're having fun and creating pink dreams. I can't believe, it is over one year since I painted this room and made this an extension of my little rose shoppe and 30 year business. There have been so many blessings along the way and so many thanks to give my dear friends and the valued shoppers that have made dreams come true. You are a joy and blessing to serve. The following pics are for you. Please stay awhile and enjoy pink dreams from me.

Just look at this gorgeous sled with the sweet snowlady hand painted by my dear friend Lorri. She did an amazing job and gave me this for Christmas. She is perfect standing with this pink tree. I love it, thank you Lorri!

Would you enjoy a cup of tea and a few confectionery treats? Have a seat at the tea table and relax.

Take a seat along side the bed or maybe at the desk and browse the collectibles around the room. My angel collection live in this room and make for the perfect Christmas decorations.
Angels in globes, crotched angels, hand painted, vintage and more are here for you to view.

This darling little angel above is a vintage musical piece. I still remember the happy moment when my mother purchased this when I was just a little girl. She was thrilled to add it to our home for Christmas and it was a real special occassion when we would turn the key and listen to the sweet sound of Silent Night. It is in mint condition and well taken care of all these many years. One of my favorite pieces that holds wonderful memories and now shares a space in my pink dreams cottage. Thank you momma!
Moving around the room, here are a few more pics. Many wonderful treasures I had the chance to purchase from wonderful and creative friends here in blogland along with special gifts made by very talented ladies. Thank you girls!

Take a peek under the tree at the sweet pastel cottages. These can be used in the Springtime too. The pink pinecone tree was also made by Lorri. Spray paint pink and add snow and glitter. Love it!

Lastly, I painted this furniture piece with a rose spray on a very light ivory background. Tammy, from A Stitch in Thyme's handmade stocking,looks amazing. Love it!

Thank you for sharing in a pink dream this Christmas. Thank you for your treasured friendship and many visits here. Thank you for your valued business, and please know, as you enjoy your creations, my best wishes come your way and my deepest appreciation for the opportunity to create, just for you. It is a blessing and one I am forever thankful for. I wish you all the best Christmas ever and all good wishes in the new year. See you again soon and till then~~

Bye, Bye for now, Celestina Marie

please note, the first pic of my guest room wall decor/poem will be avaliable again in my etsy shoppe this coming year.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Visiting a Winter Christmas Village with Special Memories!

Many years ago, I began to collect a few porcelain cottages to display at Christmas, and I quickly was hooked on houses. I have always enjoyed to paint cottages and through the years, I have decorated with them even on border paper in our home. In the 90's I designed miniature cottages for a company in Cincinnati and loved the process of the little homes coming to life with the details. While I do not work in miniature that much now, I still love cottages and the cozy comfort they bring.

The above curio cabinet, in our home entry, holds the cottages and buildings I have long collected. They are not expensive pieces, but rather quaint designs that make me smile. The designs, paint colors and shapes remind me of vintage collectibles. Once the village scenes are set in place, snow added and accessorized, this sweet city comes to life. Each shelve holds 4 or 5 buildings with trees and accents.
I still have the precious memory of my Best Guy gifting me a few first pieces in the first years of our marriage. So many gorgeous collections have been produced since this set was started, but I would not trade it for the world. Like any old house, the love and meaning these buildings carry are very special and will be cherished forever.
When I added my cross collection and the word Faith above the cabinet, from that time on, the word Faith has been illuminated by the light streaming in the window. The cast of light stays all day till nightfall. I know it is coincidental, but it looks beautiful to me and was a sweet surprise after the word was added.

The following pictures share these wonderful Christmas gift buildings and special memories this village holds.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting my ole time village. I hope Christmas will hold beautiful memories for you and yours.
Blessings be yours always, Celestina Marie

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Monday, December 14, 2009


Welcome to the party hosted by JAN OF ROSE HAVEN. Today we are sharing great recipes we love and want to share. Be sure to visit over at Rose Haven for a list of participants with recipes to pass along. It will be fun!

The recipe I'd liked to share is for Santa's Wiskers. This is a recipe I used to make when my son was little and I was room mother for his school. These cookies are so yummy and a treat for kids young and old. Stores well too, if they last that long!!

Hope you enjoy the party today and Thank you Jan for hosting this fun event.
Till next time, Merry Christmas, see you soon with more Christmas decorating.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

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