Thursday, February 10, 2011


Yes, you guessed it~ more sleeting ice and bitter cold temps with a wind chill of -5 below. Way too cold for me. Texas is not supposed to have weather like this right? Well, we do at least once a year. However this is an unusual season with 2 weeks in a row posting school closings and dangerous travel due to ice and freezing temps.
I could not resist this pic of Miss B's footprints in the sleet. She walked like she was on tip toe to potty. It was so cute and you can see from her print, not your usual dogie paw print. It looks like a little flower in the snow.

Yesterday was a beautiful day with a bright blue sky and somewhat warmer temps. Perfect weather for us to finally get out to the granite slab yard to review our kitchen counter top selection. If you've been following my remodel this season, you know we are updating our kitchen.

So off we went on the hour long trip to view natures natural material from Brazil delivered to the east side of Dallas. Our selection is Gagallo Venenziano. An Italian style look composed of natural stone materials of quartz, feldspar, mica and other colored materials found in nature and mined with this material called granite. The color is lighter in style which will serve our somewhat dark kitchen well. I just love this process and the look and feel of natural stone. Since I studied geology in college, I have always loved these natural beauties and the gorgeous colors found in the earth.

Due to the imperfections of mother nature, it must be viewed for variations in color and pattern. Any areas with flaws can be cut around when planning the counter templates. We were able to work with a wonderful fabricator who shared with us the layout and how he would work with any flawed areas to get the best fit using our chosen slabs.
We had to pick 2 slabs to cut from since we have a bit of counters to replace. So with much patients and time, we finally were able to match two nice slabs perfect for our needs. And the weather cooperated with blue skies and lots of sun.

To begin the process, templates are made ahead of time using thin wood planks, cut to model the counters. Here is a pic of the layouts and pile of patterns all ready for the fabricator.

When arriving to the granite yard, you see rows and rows of beautiful slabs of granite. These slabs range in size from 6' to 10' wide by 10' long.

Fabricators driving slab lifts, pull out the selections for viewing. Many customers were here this day to view their selections because of last weeks bad weather keeping the yard closed for viewing.

Our selection of Venenziano in 2 slabs. Love it!

The install will happen the 15th and I am now in the process of clearing the rest of the room to prepare.
While waiting, my best guy and I have used the time to do our part of the remodel. Here is a little peek of the hood fan over the cook top.

In case you are wondering,?? No, all the cabinets are not black. This is just an accent touch along with the island which I made to look like a furniture piece. Those pics will be ready later as the granite is finished and the back splash is also installed. For that I have chosen a light creamy ivory tile to pick up a bit of the color in the granite and furniture pieces.
So you can see, we are still having some fun and little by little everything is coming along as planned.

Thank you for stopping by to share in my kitchen update. Time to go back to the studio where I have lots of new treasures waiting to be completed and sent to my etsy shoppe. My studio girlyfriend, Miss B, would rather watch TV and the Animal Planet with daddy.

Don't forget to enter my Valentine Giveaway HERE! Drawing on the 14th! Good Luck!

Also, if you feel like shopping, I have a SALE going on HERE till the 14th too using coupon code HEARTS15 at checkout with paypal.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your winter day wherever you are.
Blue Skies and Smiles!
Celestina Marie


Gone said...

Ooooooooooooooo...I love the granite and can't wait to see the finished remodel!!

Jacalyn @ said...

I can't wait to see the finished product! I love remodeling but I can't stand the wait...


Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste, sorry your weather has been so cold and yucky!... but I am happy you were able to get out and pick out your new granite countertops... I am so excited to see the finished project! How fun that you studied geology in college!... I love, love love the photo of Miss B watching Animal Planet!!! I must show that to my new sweetie Tess, and try to get a picture of her watching it like Miss B... she said to tell Miss B thanks for her comments and entering the doggie bloggie giveaway!... love to you and doggie kisses to Miss B from Tess!... xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

Just had to come back and say how precious Miss B's little pawprint in the snow is!... it really does look like a flower... so glad you got a picture of it!... xoxo Julie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope it warms up soon in the great state of Texas...I know it's been a crazy winter! Love that you get to choose all of the wonderful elements of your new kitchen! It would be very hard for me to make so many decisions...I get overwhelmed! Hugs to you, my friend! ♥

Ginny said...

Hi Celeste, we are expecting a warmup to almost 40 by Sunday! It has been such a frigid winter here in the North.
I love your granite...I am soooooo jealous! We went to a fabricator to get a piece to replace our coffee table top and I love it!
I can't wait to see the finished product! Keep warm sisterfriend!

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Sweet Friend, you have been busy...and I'm with you on the weather. Atlanta GA has been getting WAY too much snow this year too. Your doggie print in the snow is so cute. I love the granite for your redo in the kitchen...this is going to be so lovely. My sister did the same in her large kitchen two years ago and it's just stunning. Your blog looks stunning, as usual! ;) My mom is coming along in her recovery from the stroke in miracle miles. Hugs...

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi, Celeste! Can't wait to see the final results ~ I know the kitchen will be just perfect! For right now, tho, Miss B is stealing the show. I just thought that her paw print was the cutest ever, THEN I saw HER watching the telly! How cute is that?!?!

Angelic Accents

Mari said...




Denise said...

Looks like your excited,happy for you.Enjoy your blessings from above

Unknown said...

Ooooooooooooooo! How fabulous a selection for your kitchen, Celeste! I love the colors. Our granite has a wee touch of pink, of course. These granite yards are so much fun to go thru, aren't they ... so many luscious choices ... kid in a candy store day.

No doubt your kitchen will be over the moon exquisite could it not be!

Wishing you & Mr. Handsome a beautiful Valentine's celebration.

Hugs & love

Shirl said...

Hello Celeste, looks like your getting the same cold and snowy weather that we are. Miss B's footprint does look like a flower. How cute she is watching TV. I have and cat that likes to watch Martha Stewart and our newest rescue always barks at the TV when a dog is on. LOL
I love your new choice of countertops, I can't wait to see the finished results. Beautiful choice. We hope to get granite one day too. Lots of things to do on this old house first though. LOL
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Just droping by to wish you a Very Happy Valentine Day!!!
I bet it was so much fun picking out your new granite.I can't wait to see it.
The paw prints are just adorable.
Its now in the low sixties here.Its a beautiful day,but you know it won't last,so I guess I need to go out and enjoy it.
LOL...I triped over my Hobie Dog during the nite,and spranged my toe. Then turned around and hit myself in the jaw with my broom handle...LOL. Hubby is so laughing about that.It was funny.
You take care.I'll be backkkkkk.
LOL, Hugs and kisses,
Marie Antionette
PS...Have you seen Julie Marie's new baby? So cute!!!

Jillayne said...

Getting ever closer to completion Celestina! It sounds so fabulous and I love how involved you get to be with the granite counter top - very interesting. The detail tid bits you are providing sure are good teasers!

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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..