Friday, October 8, 2010


Hey Friends, Welcome to the Barn party!! So glad to have you here today. My dear friend Julie Marie, from Idyllhours is guest hostess for this Special BARN CHICKS PARTY which she has entitled "UNDER OCTOBER"S MAGICAL SPELL." We are visiting Barns in the Autumn air and all things Fall including some harvest decor, recipes, a few paintings I have created over the years and just plain country Fall fun! Take a moment and stop by Julie Marie's wonderful blog to visit her party as well as her list of all those participating today. She is also having a party giveaway when you leave a comment, so have fun on your visit and the chance to win. You will enjoy the many parties and surely receive inspiration for this wonderful time of the year.

As you know, this blog of mine lives in Texas and from here we will take a little tour of barns in my area, Texas Style!! Now keep in mind, my once only countryside town, has now given way to a place more citified since our residence many years ago. So I had to go a close by mile and a half north and south to find a few gorgeous Texas barns. Most are taken from the road since they are private with no access to enter, but none the less, I think I have a few to share. Remember you can click to enlarge any picture for a better view.

So let's start our caravan to the barns and later return back here for some refreshments and a view of some Autumn decor.

I love old red barns and this one was a true charmer. Inspiration to paint sometime.

Oh look, we are met by some beautiful horses and old farming equipment. Love that the old equipment has a new life as countryside decor. You see, I view every space as a surface to display!

How's everyone doing? Are we staying together on this caravan from barn to barn? Okay, let's view some more~~

Let's stop to say hello to a couple more gorgeous horses. They wonder what we are doing? Viewing barns I told them. They gave a nod and a nay, happy to hear we are admiring their wonderful barn homes.

Oh look at our little ponies off in the distance unaware of our camera. So sweet enjoying the cooler Autumn weather.

Now as we round the bend to head back to my cottage for party pie and tea, it is beginning to cloud up. But hey, looks like our town pumpkin patch is starting to set out all the wonderful orange beauties for friends to enjoy, purchase and take pictures with family and friends. Looks like they are covering them with blue tarps since it looks like rain. Let's stop for a minute. I will have to come back in a couple weeks for more pictures when everything is set up. It is an amazing place and fun for young and old alike.

As we head back to my cottage, we are greeted by my bird house barn for my birdie friends. They like to decorate their home too.

How about those refreshments now? Have you worked up an appetite for my apple pie? Oh it's fresh from the oven. Grab a plate and I'll slice you a generous piece of pie!

Would you like a cup of acorn tea to go with your pie? Not sure there is such a thing as acorn tea, but hey, it's fun to name it that, after all, we are UNDER OCTOBER'S MAGICAL SPELL!

Sit for awhile at my table. I have a centerpiece made using my large rooster bowl filled with harvest finds and a fresh scented Fall candle. More pie anyone?

While we visit awhile and talk about the beautiful barns we have viewed on the tour, my scarecrows would like to say hello. They sit here and there among my Fall decor and pumpkins.

These next three are paintings I've done many years ago inspired from studies I have done with favorite artists over the years.

Well, this just about ends our barn chick party for today. But before we part, and you go off to visit HERE at Julie Marie's, I will share a painting I did for my B~Guy many years ago also completed from a study with one of my favorite barn artists. It is painted on a vintage saw of my dad's. My guy displays it on his work bench in the garage. Got to decorate there too, right?

Lastly, I completed this painting, inspired from another favorite study in Seasons from Pumpkin Ridge, just this week. It is a wall hanging on a metal canvas display piece. This piece will find it's way to my shoppe soon.

Thank you for coming to the party as I surely enjoyed your visit, time together touring and snacking on apple pie. Please come again to visit anytime. Your presence here and kind comments are so appreciated.
I also want to give a big Thank You to my friend Julie Marie for all she has done to host this wonderful party. It is always a lot of work to set up and she has done a wonderful job. Big hugs of thanks my friend. You are the true Barn Chick and I continue to be inspired by you and the wonderful place you call home.

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful Fall season with Blessings galore and many memories made with family and friends. As a parting gift I send you off with a pot of Fall Mums.

Big Texas Hugs,
Now, let's go to another party!
Smiles, Celestina Marie


Mare said...

dear marie, I really enjoyed reading this post :))..... I have a problem with writing but I can read and understand english very well :))......
greeting from croatia:))....

Rebecca said...

Loved it all-the tour, the refreshments and the decor-great party to had!

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Celeste! I am speechless... your Barn Chicks post is absolutely beautiful! Where to start...All of the barns by your home are wonderful! I could never pick a favorite, I love the crisp white one with the white fence, and I really love the white and black one with the black gate and windmill, that may be my favorite! But, my favorite may be the one with the beautiful arch in front of it... you have captured them all so perfectly! The photo of the two horses looks like it should be a painting! Your pumpkin patch looks like it is huge and would be so much fun picking out pumpkins! I love seeing all of your Fall decor at your home... the apple pie is delish, thanks! And yes, I shall have another piece, please! Acorn tea! How fun!... you really have got me "Under October's Magical Spell"... what could be better than a cup of acorn tea in your pretty Blue Willow teacup poured from your darling little pumpkin teapot! Your scarecrow paintings are just adorable too! And I am sure your Best Guy treasures the beautiful saw you painted for him with the barn... your latest painting is just incredible my friend...thanks for joining the party and making it so much fun! You are just the sweetest lady and so creative... now I must go back and look at everything again, I don't want to miss one magical thing! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie PS That little birdhouse is darling!!!

Anonymous said...

Celeste, I truly enjoyed this post! There's so much to see...your art and your countryside. Why does fall have to leave us so quickly! To me, it's a time of inspiration while at the same time restful...

Unknown said...

You are so talented and an inspiration to me to practice more and increase me skill level. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my pumpkin. I used mdf board. It is like chip board but bigger. It comes in 4'x2' planks and I have them cut in half. Quite a few artists use them as they are so economical and they can cut them down to whatever size and shape they need. You can get them at home improvement stores.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a fun party! I so enjoyed our pretty TX barns and especially the beautiful horses! Your scarecrows and pumpkins are just too cute for words!

Angelic Accents

Unknown said...

G'eve Celeste ~ What a charming array of countryside, barns & horses to enjoy. Your artwork is over the moon, exquisite ... I so love my barn you painted for me on that pumpkin.

You have a real eye for capturing both in pictures & your art the heart & soul of each creation.

So enjoyed the visit, everything was deelish, warming & BOO-TEA-FUL!

Love you, Celeste!
Hugs, Marydon

PS I just did a post for PS on your creations today.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful photos of Texas...I sure do miss it! Wish I was on a trip there for this Fall! And in the book I just read they had 'acorn coffee'....not sure how good that would be either! heehee! ♥

Mari said...




Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Wonderful post Celest...
Enjoyed the whole tour and your paintings as well.
Makes me remember the wonderful days we lived in the country...
Have a wonderful fall weekend,
\xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

My Grama's Soul said...

Beautiful post Celest........I love Texas and all those barns and ranches.....I also must tell you that the saw you painted is so very wonderful and thoughtful.....what a perfect gift for your special guy.


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celeste!

What a great tour of barns and the Texas countryside! Your apple pie was delicious and calorie free, cant ask for more than that!! Love the saw you painted... Gorgeous!

Big hugs to you and Larry!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great tour. The refreshments were wonderful. I am going to brew up some acorn tea myself when I get home.
Your paintings are delightful and I intend to return and view more.
You are a wonderful hostess and I had the best time.

Misborda2 said...

Hello! that post so nice. I loved the tour of these beautiful farms, and jobs are precious. Welcome Fall!!
A hug and a great weekend, Laura.

Betty said...

I too love barns. When I was younger I wanted to buy one and turn it into a home.

I love the saw. I have never seen anyone paint on one till I saw one in my neighbors kitchen years ago. They are just beautiful and so is yours.


E. Charlotte said...

Loved the barn tour! (And especially the apple pie!) Your horse photos are wonderful. I found a few curious mares on my barn adventure too, along with a lot of not-so-interested cows. :) They didn't seem to mind my snooping as much! Happy Autumn!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

That was a lovely barn tour! Very industrious people in your area. Love the country life with horses anyway.
Enjoy your tea with apple pie!

Have a great weekend with lots of sunshine send your way from Georgia,


Anonymous said...

There is just something about an old barn that a new one won't have for another 100 years. I love the worn wood, the mightyness of it. Still standing after all these years. Add horses and a dog at their hoofs and it's a good day at the farm. Hugs. Tammy

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Celestina!
I have really enjoyed the barn tour and the beautiful countryside.
Love the acorn tea too! Yummy. Made me feel like a squirrel! LOL!

The apple pie was really good too. I also enjoyed meeting the scarecrows and seeing the little birdhouse.

The painting on the saw is awesome and no wonder your hubs displays it proudly.


Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Celestina Marie, I really enjoyed my visit here, love your beautiful barns... and your paintings are just gorgeous, your so talented! Your centerpiece is very lovely too, love all the Fall colors and the apple pie looks delish! I wanted to thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment I really enjoyed reading it! It's nice to know that your from Texas, and so am I. Well I'm off to look around a little more! Blessings~~~ Daphne

Unknown said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your barn party! It was fun and beautiful! I especially enjoyed that pumpkin with the barn painted in the very first photo! It's just gorgeous! Did you paint that? You're amazing! I would love something like that from you sometime! I'll have to email you about the prices. I can't get over your amazing talent! WOW! I would set my tatted fall leaves around that!

Well, what I enjoyed most of all was you visit to my blog today to see my antique tatting shuttle collection! Thank you so much, my dear friend! I promise I will not spend so much time away from blogland again!

~TattingChic ♥

Jillayne said...

That was such a fun post to read and go along with you on your barn tour! I have to say I was quite taken with the white barns though, and it looked there was a lovely grey one too. But my favourite are the very old ones around here where the paint is all but gone and the wood is weathered beautifully. And now you have me hungering for pie! Thanks Celestina, for such a nice visit!

Kelly said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. :D
I love the picture of the white barn...Don't see that too often....
And the painted pumpkins are just adorable!!! :D

Unknown said...

what a lovely post! you are right, Julie Marie is special! She did such a great job guest hosting my Barn Chick party this month. Hope you can join us back at my blog on Nov 1oth- love your painting...


A Hint of Home said...

Hi Celeste,
The barns, pumpkins, and scarecrows you painted are nothing less than adorable! They are too cute!
The barns and scenery in your area reminded me of the scenery in the new movie Secretariat. Great movie. The pictures you took are wonderful.

Annesphamily said...

I am so touched by your kindness of Marydon and the terrific gift you created for her along with Sherry. I am in awe of the talent the three of you combined. Thanks for sharing. Anne

Love those barns!

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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..