Wednesday, December 15, 2010

S is for Santa!

Santa's have long been a favorite of mine to collect and display at Christmas. These darling fellows, with their detailed clothing and gorgeous faces add so much charm to my home.
I can still remember the first Santa I found when antiquing with a dear friend. There were two Santa's standing together and we each purchased one. Came home and redesigned them with elements we had on hand. That was 15 years ago and I still have that fellow and he reminds me of the sweet time my friend and I had shopping when we found our Santa's.


It seems each one has a little story of how they came to live with me. Every Christmas I look forward to bringing them out from their year long sleep, each and every Santa to take their display spot for the season.
Here are a few to meet you.







I added a vintage rose to these wood skates.

Look at this gorgeous stitch work rose on his coat.

And a few more hand painted over the years from studies in books of my favorite art lessons.





And my newest Santa painted with a pink velvet coat on a vintage platter from the late 40's early 50's. These white plates were found in soap boxes and collected by women everywhere. They are highly collectible now and I have found several recently. This platter belonged to my Grandma. I have long since retired it from serving, so painting Santa on her from a lesson with a favorite artist was so much fun. The design I painted is from Reflections from Pumpkin Ridge.


Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me today. I always love your visits and comments. Till next time,

Merry Christmas!
Celestina Marie

15 comments:

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Ooooh! What a beautiful collection of Santas you have Celeste! I love each and every one of them... and I'll bet it is truly like visiting with old friends each time they come out of their "sleep" for Christmas... I love the woodland one with the little birdhouse, pinecones and such, and I knew instantly that YOU had painted those precious little ice skates on that one!... your plate from your grandma is so pretty and holds precious memories on it now... thanks so much for sharing... and thank you too for my beautiful skates... Jack and I will treasure them always... so, to your last Santa... "and to all a good night"... time for me to go to bed... nite nite!... and dream of sugar plums dancing through my head... xoxo Julie Marie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Love all your wonderful Santas and there is something special of the jolly man in red.
Also love the sweet skates with the roses.
thank you for showing us all your gorgeous treasures.
Hope that you are having a lovely time in the lead up to Christmas.

Happy day
Hugs
Carolyn

Marie Antionette said...

Celest!!! These Santas are so beautiful.I love the Santa with the skates the best, but they are all devine.
Blessings Love,
XXOO Marie

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Que colección tan bonita, son todos los Santas preciosos!!!! besos

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!

Chelo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful! And it's fun to remember when we got each of our special things and enjoy the memory of Christmas past! Hugs! ♥

Lululiz said...

You have a beautiful Santa collection, and it is so sweet that each and every one has a special memory attached.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Celeste, you must realize how much I love your Santa collection! Love the Victorian style ones, the woodland themed ones, the one you embellished with your sweet hp roses, but my new all time favorite has to be the one you painted on your sweet grandmother's platter! Just adorable!

Love you,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Mari said...

HELLO CELESTINA :)

LOVE,LOVE.LOVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF SANTA JUST GORGEOUS MY FRIEND :)
HAVE A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY :)

XO~MARI

ginny said...

Love your collection, Celeste! My hubby loves his santas too! I especially love the plate you painted.
Have a wonderful holiday!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Celeste :)
I love your Santa collection!! So many special ones. My favorite is the platter that was your grandmas. You did a beautiful job painting as always. So much character in his face, I love it! I love those wooden skates too!! My beautiful skates from you are hanging proudly on my front door :) Your home is so warm and inviting. I love all the rich colors :) Same with your blog layout!
Merry Christmas to you, Larry and Miss Beazy,
Amy

Mariette said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

Today we were in Atlanta so I missed reading my blogs earlier.
This is a touching blog with lots of sentiment. Favorite time shopping with a dear friend; your art lessons well preserved... and on and on.
Enjoy this cozy time, full of memories!

Mariette's Back to Basics

M.Kate said...

What a happy collection of Santa, I like them all :) Happy holidays.

Rebecca P said...

Celestina, what a beautiful collection of Santa's you have. everyone is wonderful, what special memories are remembered when you bring them out.
Your painted one's are so amazing!!!! You are so talented, what a special gift you have.
Thank you for letting us take a peek.

A Hint of Home said...

I love all your Santas, especially the ones you painted. You are truly talented.
Your little skates are soooooo cute. Love how you painted them.
I hope you're having a happy week so far.
Glad you found a chair. Did you get it at LB?
What room are you redoing?
Take care!
Hugs!

Jillayne said...

I love them all too! They are each so special and yet so different - what a beautiful collection you have! i am inspired to go make one for myself now....

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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..