Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Recently I won a giveaway over at Karen's blog A Scrapbook of Inspiration. I was so excited. Karen's gift to the winner would be a hand painting, done by her, in your wish or idea. When I found out I won, I told Karen to just surprise me. Everything she does is amazing and I knew I would love any art form from her.

Well, when the doorbell rang, I opened the door to see this welcome surprise waiting for me.

Inside was this beautifully wrapped package with Karen's wonderful gift wrap.

Pretty paper with birds, nest and flowers on a gorgeous background of greens, earth tones and rustic hues.

First I opened the card which looked so familiar. As I read what Karen wrote, I realized she had painted something very special. This special watercolor was to be a corner of my newly decorated shabby rose room. My goodness her creation took my breath away. She painted it exactly like the spot I just decorated.

The gorgeous card!

The gorgeous watercolor.

The room. And,I just added the pink shoes I painted from a vintage find on etsy. Added the clip earrings to accent. Karen saw the pic before the shoes.

There are no words to explain just how thrilled I am with this giveaway gift. Karen is so talented and did such an amazing job,like everything she does from the heart and through her talented hands. You must go visit Karen and read her blog posts to be inspired by this creative lady. Not only is her artistry amazing, but she is a writter and great photographer too.

Now I will share how I framed the card which I will keep in my studio to enjoy. I found a wonderful carved black frame to fit perfectly. As you might remember my studio is decorated in black toile. The framed card looks amazing.

For the large watercolor, I took it to my framer and picked out 2 pretty mattes to layer and a large carved white frame. This will hang in my shabby rose room near the corner of it's origin. I will have to share that pic in a later post when it is finished from the framer. I am so excited to see it done. It will be wonderful.
Thank you so much dear Karen. I hope you know how much I love this and am so honored to own such a beautiful piece of art work from you. Visit Karen's blog and from there, visit her etsy boutique to view many creative designs she has to offer.

Well the postman has been extra nice and also brought another wonderful package from the talented and giving Marie from Marie Antoinette's blog. As you may know, Marie has peacock's on her property and they are molting now. She collects the feathers and uses them for creating. She surprized me with a box full of these beauties to create with too. But I decided to enjoy them on diplay in my entry way.
Here is a close up of the beautiful color.

Here are a few more up close and standing all together. She even added an all white feather, which is rare.

Could you see the white feather in front? It may be a little hard to see in the pic, but in person, it shows up so pretty.
Here they are in the entry.

Thank you so very much Marie. I love them and think of you and your generous heart everytime I pass them. Everyone, you must go visit Marie's blog She designs dolls and is so talented and creative. Her dolls are amazing using Victorian style themes to display gorgeous creations. She even designs an upside down Christmas tree that is a show piece. You will surely enjoy your visit.
Thank you for letting me share my mailbox surprises. I also want to share what I have been up to in the last 2 weeks, but that will wait till next post. However, I will tell you this much, it has something to do with makeovers and windows.
Till next time, Blessings and Blue Skies Always, Celestina Marie

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