Friday, September 24, 2010


Greetings friends. Can you believe it is Friday? Where does the week go? Well, time flies when you're having fun, right? And, I am having a such a wonderful time in the studio these days. But today, taking a walk to the mailbox brought happy excited as I won the earring giveaway at Kat's, Shiny Moonbeams. She designs gorgeous earrings, and I am thrilled to have won 2 gorgeous pairs. Here is a couple pics of my win!!

When you get a moment, visit Kat and also her etsy shopped linked from her blog. Thank you so much Kat, I love these and will enjoy wearing them.

So what's going on in the studio? and what is new?
Well, my Victorian Christmas candles are beginning to fill the shelves in my shoppe and here are a few on their way. Hand created on a flickering faux candle made of real wax and accented with a Victorian graphic, hand painted roses or pine branches and berries. Glittered and embellished with trims and silk roses.

Also, I have hand cut from wood and hand painted an assortment of glittered ornaments from snowmen to Santa's and lots more styles and designs being created.

Lastly, among the finished treasures this week is my favorite in pink. "Pretty Pink Pumpkin Cottage." I like to imagine the family just set out their pumpkins in the front yard. With blue skies and the leaves turning colors, just beyond the picket fence is the country side ready for Autumn. Trailing all around the scene is a frame of rose buds and leaves. The backside is a trio of pink roses and all is topped with Autumn Roses and sheer ribbon.

Don't forget my Visitor Thank You Giveaway. Leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing. Visit HERE to read about the gift.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and wherever you are, I hope you enjoy cooler Autumn days and make lots of treasured memories with family and friends.
See you again soon. Blessings and Autumn Skies be yours.
Celestina Marie
p.s. THANK YOU for the kind words left in comments and emails received about my last vintage alphabet post. As kindred spirits, it is very special to know the many who cherish treasures from days gone by. Big Hugs!!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vintage Alphabet For September~P,Q,R

Hello Friends and welcome to this month's vintage alphabet party brought to you by the letters P~Q~R. The idea here is to showcase and feature vintage items starting with these letters.
So let's start the party with the letter P. Many years ago my grandmother made gorgeous PILLOWS using a pleating technique. I love to bring this one out during the Fall and Winter months because of it's rich red burgundy color. These took hours of work and had to be clearly marked on the wrong side before creating. I remember as a child, my mother marking the fabric for my grandmother, who then would sew the creation into the wonderful pleated design you see on this square PILLOW.

Moving on with the letter P, I will share~~
Frankomo POTTERY!

PITCHERS from my Vintage Collection!

Treasured Vintage PLATE!

Vintage PRINTS, I just adore framed in shabby ivory!

Vintage Beaded PURSE!

Vintage PITCHER & bowl, handmade by my Mother many years ago!

Gorgeous PLATTER, another treasure of my grandmother!

Collectible glass PUMPKIN candle holder originally from Avon!

Another old PLATE!

Cherished PIE PLATE! from the Watson Company.

And my beloved PIE BIRDS! also was my Mother's from the 40's

Moving on to the Q's was more of a challenge but I did think of a few treasures starting with this very old QUILT given to me from my grandma. It has gorgeous warm Fall colors and a cozy quilt to wrap in on a cool Autumn day to relax.

QUILT Friendship Heart made for me by a dear friend, many years ago!

And, you just have to love the old QUART size Mason/Ball Jars!

Lastly for the Q's I have a vintage QUILTED FAN PILLOW also could be one of the P's.

So this brings us to the R's and to start I have to share with you one of my very favorite pieces, treasured and loved. Created by my great grandfather in the early 1900's from the Glass Factory in W. Virginia. It is a gorgeous RED GLASS PLATTER (also could fall under the P's) with a swirl design, very art deco in style, and I display this gorgeous piece in my red quest room.

Vintage RING BOXES~ the one in the middle was my grandmother's and I recently saw it in an antique mall marked 200 dollars!

Vintage RED BIRDS from the 40's. My Dad loved these and made shadow boxes to display them. I have them hung right on the wall.

Vintage ROSARY BEADS from the 50's these belonged to my grandmother! These beads actually glow in the dark. They are beautiful in person.

More ROSARY BEADS! The black beads are so dear and belonged to my hubby when he was in grade school in the 60's. The white beads are from Italy from a great Aunt.

Vintage RED SHORT HAND BUSINESS SCHOOL BOOK! This wonderful book was my sweet Mother's from the middle 40's when she was in high school. Look you can even see some spilled ink on the cover. It had other owners before her, but she was the last.

Here is a peek inside. See the short hand? WOW!!

Lastly to finish the letter R, I have one of my most cherished treasure from my Mother. It was her RECIPE BOX, stuffed full of recipes just as she left them. I have gone through it completely but it will always stay stuffed full just like it is. Some of the best in the world recipes are tightly stuffed in this box. Some date to the early 40's before she even married. I love it and this wonderful treasure always reminds me of childhood dinners and wonderful times in the kitchen with my dear Mom!

A look inside this special RECIPE BOX!

Now for my last R is another wonderful treasure. MOM's RECIPE BOOK from the 40's. It was first published in 1929. This book is so lovingly used and worn, that mom had to add a book cover years ago made from a grocery bag.

In the middle of the book is a section on how to cook during WARTIME. These pages are with a blue background, hard to see in this picture.

Inside pic of a homemade loaf of bread. Can you just catch the warm scent filling the air on a Fall day? So yummy!

Once again here is the grocery bag cover keeping company with my dear pie birds.

So that's it for the letters P,Q and R. I know this was a long post and I thank you for staying around to the end. It was a fun challenge this month and if you'd like to visit many more participants, click ETSY COTTAGE STYLE and view the other wonderful vintage finds.

Remember to enter my Visitor Thank You Giveaway and drawing to be pulled from the pink cowgirl hat on October 1st.

As always, it was wonderful to have you visit and I enjoy each and every comment left. Till I see you again, you know where I will be. In the studio creating lots of new treasures to fill the shelves HERE.
Love to you all.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friday Themed Shopping from Make Mine Pink, Cupcakes and Polka Dots!

Greetings my friends. It seems we just celebrated a Friday shopping event and here we are again. The weeks are flying by and with Christmas shopping nearly upon us, I have added a few cupcake ornaments to our themed shopping HERE in my etsy shoppe.

Wood and hand painted cupcake gift tags.

Pumpkin spice cupcake ornies.

Mini Cupcake ornie sets for small shabby Christmas trees.

Original light pink cupcakes back in limited edition.

The weeks have me just swamped in the studio and working to bring many new items to my shoppes for the season. I am having a great time, but miss my blog visits and getting around to say hello. I look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for understanding my busy schedule.
Victorian Graphic and Rose glass ornaments are also on the way, as well as Victorian hand painted faux candles.
Hope you are enjoying the start of our new season and looking forward to the official first day of Fall on the 22nd. I surely am, and hoping for cooler temps. We are still hitting 90 plus degrees everyday.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. I appreciate all your comments and giveaway entries. Click HERE to read about my visitor giveaway and rules to enter with drawing on October 1st.

Blessings to you and enjoy a Fall Day!
Celestina Marie

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Faux stained glass was the makeover for the hutch I painted, antiqued and glazed several months ago. I finally got the very old vintage mirror on the hutch top finished using a faux stained glass process. This was so much fun, but time consuming to get the details straight and balanced across the mirror.

First, I purchased a few stain glassed designs to get my pattern created and faux leading to tie the design together. Next, I worked with my pieces to come up with a pleasing and balanced design before beginning. Once the design layout was finished I began to add the elements to the mirror. This is when you find out that nothing is straight on a furniture piece. LOL So with a little tweaking here and there, I finally got everything to line up and even. The colors reflect those around the room. The good news is, these faux stained glass designs can be removed later is colors or tastes change. I am happy the way it all turned out and after displaying a little Autumn decor, the stained glass was just what this vintage hutch needed.

What do you think? This was a lot of fun to create. I have worked with gallery glass before and find it very rewarding for an instant stained glass effect. It is a procedure that also works well on old vintage windows, wall mirrors, side lights around entry doors and glass vases and trays.

Thank you for stopping by. I always love your visits. As a reminder, we have a lot of fun events going on this month so please check my sidebar at the top for links to giveaways, parties and contests.
Till next time, I hope you are looking towards Autumn days. Blessings always,
Celestina Marie

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