Monday, June 28, 2010

TO WIN AGAIN~~Giveaway gifts arrived

to my front door from the ever sweet Lori of Ruffles Ribbons and Roses. What a delight to receive such pretties to create, bake, read and wear. Lori has a giveaway each month and fills the box full of treasures to spoil.

Here are a few of the sweet gifts in this special box. The view as I opened the over stuffed box.

Sweet note cards, journal and vintage hankie. And glitter galore, sweet dishcloth parfait and wait, so much more!!

Scrapbook supplies to create with and vintage cake picks bring memories of childhood.

Pretty aqua necklace made from a Scrabble letter, dessert book with tiny wisp. Cupcake template and darling cupcake fabric.

And to inspire, flash cards with English on one side and French on the back.

Now I think I'll bake some yummy cupcakes with a recipe from the dessert book, and look, Lori included baking cups and pink sugar for the topping. YUMMIEEEEEEEEEEEE!! She also added the faux petitfore and pink tiered cake candle petitfore too. PERFECT!

Thank you Lori for having a great giveaway. I love all my gifts! Stop over and visit Lori, say hello, and tell her I sent you by.

I'll be back again soon to share meeting a hometown blogger at the Where Bloggers Create party. It really is a small world.
Till then, Have a special day.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Welcome to the party today, hosted by my dear friend Stephanie of Angelic Accents. It will be a wonderful day filled with lots of wedding memories and inspiration. Be sure and click on Steph's blog name to visit the many participants today.

My party today will be filled with a focus on vintage pics from the past and a few from my own wedding. I have made a wedding cake and strawberry punch, just for the occasion.

To start the party, I have a few old vintage pics I came across while going through my past photos. I love black and white photos and the elegance of the details. All these brides are 2nd cousins of mine and all since passed away, but the memories of there special days of weddings in the early 40's, live on in these pretty photos.

Aren't they gorgeous, and couples at the time made lapel buttons to wear after their special day. How fun was that!!

And while I was browsing through the photo albums,preparing for this party, I again went through my own book. Such a wonderful day with special memories, I so hold dear. My own anniversary is just around the corner and my beloved and I will be celebrating 37 beautiful years together. Here is a bit from our special day.

Mother helping me with my head piece and one final look in the mirror. My Mother always wore a smile and always had a kind word for everyone. She was in my eyes an angel on earth!

My Father and I sharing a special moment. He was and is, along with my husband, my hero!

Look at my mother's pretty pink crystal necklace and earrings set she wore with her pink dress that day.

This is the simple pearl necklace and earrings I wore and still wear today.

Mother and Dad look on as I dream about the wedding and ready to go to the church.
Notice the pic on the wall of my soon to be husband. My parents loved him like their own son.

As we walked out on the porch for more pics, the hot and muggy August day began to rain. Oh I was getting nervous that it would rain all day long. Mother told me it was good luck to rain on your wedding day. I turned to hold a sweet bloom of a hanging porch flower, say a prayer for blue skies and suddenly the rains stopped and the sun shown brightly. All was right with the world!!

My beautiful wedding bouquet.

Tiers of lace flow from top to train of my wedding dress.

Time to cut the cake!

The cake had little white doves nestled around the flowers. I was able to save one and keep it safe in this sweet memory china box given by my mother.

Sneeking a kiss in the dark!

The Happy Couple August 11th 1973, 37 years ago!

Renewing our vows for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was a glorious day in a little chapel in California where we spent our 30th anniversary vacation.

Sweet little white chapel. My beloved planned this whole trip. I did not know where we were going till we got on the plane. All he did was tell me, about a month earlier, was to pack a dress I could get married in. It was a romantic surprise I will never forget.

Best Guy and I with the minister he chose to renew our vows. He was a beautiful and kind soul. My sweetheart also picked music that was played on our wedding day.

Wonderful memories! Hard to believe that was 7 years ago already and 37 years in all.

Now aren't you ready for some cake and punch! I have made one of my faux wedding cakes special for this blog party and we will enjoy a refreshing cup of strawberry lemon punch.

I created the cake from beautiful white brocade fabric, lace trims with a trail of pink rosebuds with gemstones and topped with the wedding couple figurine our son gave us for our 25th wedding anniversary. I cherish this piece and it makes a special cake topper too.

Enjoy some punch. This recipe is simply pink lemonade and 7up topped with fresh strawberries.

It has been so wonderful to have you visit my wedding party hosted by our gracious hostess Stephanie. This was her first party to host and she has done an amazing job. Thank you Stephanie for your time and effort to host this fun event. I look forward to visiting the other special parties listed today.
In honor of Summer weddings this year, I have hand painted a vintage tray. It is available in my little pink boutique on Make Mine Pink,Celestina Marie Designs.

Now as a parting gift, I have for you, one of my sweet pink faux cakes topped with a silver glitter bird and tulle.

Till next time, Blessings and Blue Skies be Yours.
Celestina Marie

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Vintage Alphabet Party

It's that time again when Etsy Cottage Style Blog celebrates vintage treasures and creations featuring three letters of the alphabet. This is the first time for me to participate and what fun it is. To view more participants and their treasures click HERE and visit Etsy Cottage Style

Today's party is brought to you by the letters I, J, and K.

(I) can be a challenge, but I thought I would share my Italian Tea Set from Italy. It belonged to my grandmother and was passed on to me as a gift in our first move away from our home state of Michigan. It remains in perfect condition and I love it. Grandma knew I would care for it always. The set is shown here with 2 cups but I have all 6 in the set. I have displayed it throughout my cottage home, but for now it shows beautifully on my vintage cedar chest at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom.

The next letter is J and Vintage Jewelry comes to mind. Through the years I have gathered a nice collection of vintage jewels collected and passed down from my mother and grandma. Here are a few pins and earrings with pin sets.

Lastly our letter is K another challenging letter, but I have a few things in the knick knack catagory to share.
Bird figurines have always been a favorite of mine since I was first married and these are a few from my collection.

This concludes my Vintage Alphabet Party and the sharing of a few treasures this time. I so look forward to the next set in about a month. In the meantime, I have a lot going on in the studio to keep very busy. Many new hand painted and designed pretties coming your way to my shoppes.

Speaking of studios and creatve spaces. This past weekend's Where Bloggers Create Party was fantastic and so inspiring to visit the many wonderful spaces around blogland. If you are still visiting parites, I would love for you to attend mine by clicking HERE and going to that post for my Creative Space. From that post you can also click to visit the many others that participated. This year's party had 450 participants, so we may be partying all Summer long! You will enjoy the fantastic spaces that Creative Bloggers call their own. Big or small they are all special!
Enjoy and till next time, remember Stephanie of Angelic Accents Wedding Blog Party coming this Friday the 25th. I will be there and I hope to see you too.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

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