Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Is For Sharing!

Welcome dear friends. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful season. I have so many things to share and will try to do so in the next few posts from now to Christmas.
I think I am finally finished in the studio and looking forward to a welcome break and the chance to meet with friends and enjoy the holiday putting my creative side on hold (this is not possible, lol) till the new year!

First I like to share 2 awards given to me from Sandi from Bearly Sane. Congrats to you Sandi on receiving these. You are so deserving.
This award is one with 7 things about you to pass on. Pick 7 more bloggers and give credit to all. Well, I am so honored dear Sandi and thank you so very much. I will have to bend the rules a bit though. Due to my busy schedule, I will pass this to anyone wanting to participate. Take the awards and enjoy, but please do visit Sandi when you can. She is an amazing bear artist and designer. You will enjoy her blog and personality.
Okay for 7 things you don't know about me~~
1.) I play the piano, clarinet, autoharp and guitar.
2.) I am a semi vegetarian.
3.) I have moved 10 times and owned 7 homes.
4.) I started out painting in oils and watercolors, many years ago.
5.) I was encouraged by my 5th grade teacher to pursue art, she entered me in the Henry Ford Museum Art Fair in Dearborn, Michigan and I won First Place for a Mosaic.
6.) I used to be a hair model.
7.) I was in a documentary for ABC local news on pedicure spas. (was a nervous wreak)LOL!!
That's it, my 7 things.
Thank you Sandi for the awards. This seems the perfect way to transition into my new direction for the new year of an award free blog. The reason mainly is I have heard from many that the load time for my blog and others takes too long. So, I plan to take these pics off helping to make my blog easier to load. Right now they are in a second blog if you'd like to visit. Click the angel at right or below.

I also wanted to share a few pretty treasures that have come my way from blogland friends.
Pretty greetings and cards from dear Julie Marie and Marie Antionette.

From the chain letter Ornament swap, sweet Lorena from Rose Chic Friends, sent a pretty wood cross with her hand molded clay roses.

Marie Antoinette sent one of her gorgeous wall hanging stockings (GORGEOUS)10 specially made Christmas CD's, rose scented potpourri all in the darling box with Santa getting ready for gift giving!

I also did some shopping with Amy from Bunny Rose Cottage. She had these darling heart pockets she created and I adore this one. It is so pretty!

More shopping with Betzie from Time Enough and I found this gorgeous bracelet treasure she designed. It is amazing!!

She also added in the earrings, soap and this gorgeous reversible victorian tag!

Julie Marie from Idylhours sent some skates to paint. One tiny little pair and the other a larger pair of skates. I did not get the larger painted yet, but did manage to finish the small tiny pair. They are so cute and look like they could be worn by a 3 year old. Just adorable. I have them displayed in my shabby cottage room by the tree. I will share pics from that room next week, but for now, here are the pink rose skates!

Jenn from Petal Palace also tempted me with her treasures so I shopped with her too and added her faux cookies to my tea table in the shabby cottage room.

Tammy from A Stitch in Time, had this gorgeous handmade Christmas Stocking and, well, it looks perfect in the shabby room. The little one is from her talented hands too.

Jan from Rose Haven also had a lot of patterns for home decor to offer and again I found myself dreaming of the future and what I can create for my cottage. I can't wait to start with these.

And, okay, I can't stand it, here is a first peek at the pink tree. It is daytime so the pics not as vivid as it will be in the evening. But this tree is graced with pink roses, vintage ornies,collectibles, shabby rose hand painted designs with silver and white glass ornaments and my mothers hand stitch snowflakes.

I have so much more to share as the days approach Christmas, so I hope you will stop back again on your visits around blogland. Lots of decorating, visits with friends, cooking, baking and gifting. But the most fun I am having, is shopping this year for my secret Christmas gift through Church. This year I have an elderly man in a nursing home and I am having so much fun making a basket of goodies for him. Last year I had a little girl which was also lot of fun, so this is the opposite end of the gift ideas. The nursing home Christmas gift is near and dear to my heart. But I am truly the one receiving the gift as I shop for this gentleman. It is a blessing indeed!
Here are the links to those I mentioned above. When you have the time, stop by and visit these sweet ladies.
Julie Marie~ Idyllhours
Jan~from Rose Haven
Lorena~Rose Chic Friends
Amy~Bunny Rose Cottage
Jenn~Jennifies Petal Palace
Betzie~ Time Enough
Marie~Dolls by Marie Antoinette
Thank you so much Ladies. All the rest were featured in another post for the Chain Letter Christmas swap sharing those gifts.

Lastly, I want to invite you all Monday, Dec. 14th for fun at a cookie recipe exchange hosted by Jan from Rose Haven. Click on her link above and sign up if you'd like to participate or just pick up some new recipes. It will be fun.

Thank you for stopping by and staying for this long post. As you know, I like to keep them shorter, but sometimes it's not possible. I'll be back soon to share more decorating for Christmas, trees, village cottages and my favorite of all, nativity scene hand painted by my mother.
I hope you are enjoying the season and remembering the reason.
Love to you all.
Hugs, Celestina Marie


Julie Marie said...

Hello Celeste... I don't know where to begin... everything is so very beautiful! I am so happy you loved the little ice skates I sent you, I knew they were meant for you, and you have transformed them into such a magical decoration, they will be beautiful in your home! I have never seen those little ones all painted before! My favorite is your precious hand stitched snowflakes your mama made... how priceless, and what happy memories they must carry too! All of your beautiful treasures make me smile... I love the heart sweet Amy made... I too bought one of her heart pockets... I am going to go back for a second look at everything now, I don't want to miss a thing! Your list of seven things about you is wonderful! You look like a beautiful model for sure! And how talented you are! Love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

Dear Celeste, Everything is so beautiful and all of your gifts well deserved because anyone can tell how much heart you give everything!

Unknown said...

CELESTE!!!!!!! I do not even know where to start on this gorgeous post!!! Your tree looks so stunning!! I love EVERY ornament on it, lol!! So beautiful! The gifts you have received are so sweet. I love the stocking from Marie Antoinette and the CD's are so nice! I am glad you are taking a much needed break from the studio to enjoy the holidays :) Congratulations on the awards! And thank you so much for showing the heart I made! That is so sweet of you and I am so happy you like it :) Please come by my blog,I have my Christmas post up too and my white tree is on it :):)
Love you sweet friend,

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

A post full of fun and beautiful things to see! I really love the ice skates...just your style! Your blog always brightens my day!

Deb said...

beautiful you liking this cold weather???

Unknown said...

OMG! Those ice skates are beyond the outer limits beautiful. I'm going to have to look for a pair, those I do not have. TO DIE FOR, Celeste. And, that PINK bracelet, um-ummmm!

Love the little pink tree, too, darling.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~ Marydon

Anonymous said...

I am so blessed to have fellow artisans to go to for inspiration and to admire from a far. The talent amongst us bloggers is awesome in every way. Whether pink or black, orange or purple or multi-colors, so much inspiration to be enjoyed. Your items are gorgeous and i'm sure you will find special places for each of them in your home!! Thank you for the metion, I so appreciate it. Hugs to you and enjoy your season now that your work is done! Tammy

Betzie said...

Hi Celeste!!!
I'm so glad I stopped by tonight!!! What a sweet post you wrote and so heartfelt!!! All the things you posted are just amazing and you were very kind to include mine. Thanks so very much!!!
Love how you are helping the man in the nursing home, a lovely idea and you will be rewarded in Heaven one day(hopefully a LONG time from now...:))
Your PINK TREE IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!! I am not a pink tree type person...LOL...BUT yours I just LOVE!!!
Enjoy the rest of the season and see you later girlfriend! xoxo

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a beautiful post today, Celeste! I love all the goodies you've received and your purchases, too. Those skates are too adorable for words. Love your pink tree! Can't wait to see more of your special decorating!

Love you,
Angelic Accents

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

hi! i love the pink tree; so cute! wow, you had so many lovely things to show off today:)

happy holidays!!

Jennifer said...

Hi Celeste,Everthing is just so pretty!Love those tiny skates.Your tree is so beauitful.The snowflakes your mom made are so pretty.Thank you for shopping with me,I am so happy you like the faux cookies.They are my favorite too.Hugs,Jen

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello my sweet.Don't know where to begin.The pink tree is to die for.and the skates ...awesome.Amy's heart pockets are just beautiful,Betzies eyecandys say it all and all the other things alo.Thank you for the beautiful display of the stocking and stuff I sent you.You are most deserving of these beautiful awards, Congrats on them also. I know you are a very busy lady,Maybe we can slow down just a bit....NOT !!! LOL
Merry Christmas my cherished friend.
XXOO Marie Antionette

A Hint of Home said...

Another great post with a variety of things. Love knowing more about you and curious what the pedicure thing was about on the TV spot??
I didn't know you were a hair model, but I can see you have gorgeous hair. How long did you do that?
Your beautiful paintings speak for themselves.
I love how you did the second blog and think it's a great idea but I'm not savvy enough to know how to do one. lol
I was told by some bloggers that it is having the followers that slows things down. I'm really not sure what does it. Do you find mine sluggish?
Can't wait to see all your deoorations. I'll start posting mine next week, too.
I know the nursing home gentleman will be thrilled to get your basket. We used to do nursing home services once a month with our girls. They were the blessing to us.
Merry Christmas!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

I enjoyed your lovely post, so many beautiful things you have shared today.
Congratulations on your much deserved Awards.
I love the sweet skates and your pink tree... just gorgeous.
How lucky the dear old Man will be, to receive a gift basket from you.
I hope that your Christmas preparations are going well and have a lovely weekend.


Rhondi said...

I love your Christmas banner and all your artwork it shows. It's beautiful. And what a lot of beautiful things in this post! There are so amnt talented people in blogland aren't there? You would love Fifi's home and yes I am on vacation!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas
Hugs, Rhondi

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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..