Tuesday, July 17, 2012

French Graphic Label Decorating

Hello Blog Friends,
Have you noticed the fun everyone seems to be having decorating with french labels? I just love it and along with creating treasures for my shoppe, I have been doing a bit of designing with labels for my home too.

Carol from The Polka Dot Closet creates Waterslides and a couple months ago I purchased a set from her shoppe. They are just so much fun to work with. If you have not visited Carol, I invited you to do so. She is amazing and very talented with lots of fun decorating ideas to share.

To begin, I found this vintage tray, gave it a painting right on top the metal with no priming. Just wanted to see what the effect would be and the paint distressed and cracked on it's own making an interesting surface. The waterslide was then added to the center to complete the new look.

This next oval tray was done the same way but without the distress on a cottage cream background.

Next I added a waterslide to a redesigned and painted tilt table. I plan to add a design of roses and white hydrangeas to this top, but this is the look so far.

Waterslides also work great on glass like vintage bottles or even some salad dressing bottles like I have used here.

The vintage vanilla graphic bottle has been stuffed with furry trim so you can see the graphic.

Another way I have used graphic labels is to copy on card stock paper, cut and apply with decoupage and seal with Triple Thick. You've heard me talk about Triple Thick before. It is a glaze like sealer that puts a thick layer of shine over the graphic to seal it into the surface. It makes the finish look like it is part of the surface.
Here are a few finished items with this method.

How about decorating the ugly remote control holder?

I have a vintage crock that was my mother's used to make green tomatoes. It now holds two vintage spaghetti sticks that are treasured keepsakes to me. You ask what are spaghetti sticks? Well, these were 36 inch long rolling pins of sorts used to roll homemade pasta dough very thin before cutting into lengths of pasta. My grandmother used these her whole life to make the family homemade pasta noodles. The taste is better then anything you will ever purchase packaged in the store.

Another surface worth noting is a glass vitamin bottle re purposed adding a vintage perfume label. I had a few glass brown bottles, formerly holding my vitamins, added a french label and decorated the lid using bits of crocheted lace formed into roses and buds added to the lid with ribbon lace and a vintage cameo. The lid is removable to hold bath salts or lavender etc.

Before I end, let me share this vintage wood bread box I just completed and coming to my shoppe. The french lettering is hand painted along with my roses.

I did finally complete my living room redesign and here is a peek at the finished room.

Thank you Carol for the Waterslide graphics and thank you to The Graphics Fairy for the great vintage label designs.
See you next time~ Happy Decorating!
Celestina Marie


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh goodness....I think I am blushing, I am so thrilled that you did such great projects with the decals!!!! Wow, that tilt table is fabulous and with your hand painted roses...OH my!
Thank you, thank you!


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I love what Carol does with those waterslides and I want to try it so bad one of these days...you did a great job...but of course, I knew anything you make is beautiful!

Jan Hermann said...

Celeste, you know any time you have something to show, I'm all Ooooh's & Ahhhh's! Tonite is no different. I love the pretty slides and what you've done with them. I stopped by Carol's blog & shop to see what she has and there is some very pretty stuff there. I really like your tilt table - and I can just imagine how beautiful it will be when you add your Roses & Hydrangeas!!

Jan ♥

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Celeste, these are beautiful and your living room is gorgeous.
Hugs, Barb

EllenaElizabeth said...

I SO love everything you create. The french look is so classically pretty. I have some old postcards that belonged to my great grandmother and the item you made with an old postcard has given me an idea to make something for my mother's birthday. If you visit my blog I have had a makeover and you'll see my GGrandmother's postcards in the header. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

Old Time Cindy said...

I am also inspired by Carol and considering buying some decals from her. I have some bottles that need jazzed and yours look great along with your other projects. Great job!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

Love the painted wooden pieces the most. Probably because I cannot keep those bottles with things added onto, for the sake of dust, asthma related. But that's fine, there are still others that will be able to enjoy them.
Love to you,

Unknown said...

Goodness! The amount of lovely things youve created! :D I love each and every one! Oh how many lovely decals! :D


Dorthe said...

So many beautiful things you have created, -I love those graphics, you use- and your table is do wonderful,as is all the bottles and trayes ,too.
Your living room is romantic and so LOVELY.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful ideas for using the graphics. I've saved a lot of them on my computer but wasn't sure how to use them. I posted something today that I think you would like. I know you love beautiful things! Hugs!

Createology said...

Your success with waterslide decals from Carol (whom I adore) are stunning. With your touch of hand painted roses the finished product is divine. Blissful Creating Dear...

The Painted Cottage Studio said...

Wow, what a beautiful post! Thanks for stopping by to follow me today, I'm so glad you did so I could find your beautiful blog!

Best Wishes,

Betzie said...

Lovely creations Celeste and always extra special with your own creative touches!
Hope you are doing well!!
Hot hot hot here in Maryland so am looking forward to the cooler fall temps!
Keep doing what you love girlfriend! xo Betzie

1CardCreator said...

These are all beautiful, love the colors! Best of all loved your rolling pins, I kept my Mother In Laws rolling pin and board, hard to believe they used to cut the pasta by hand so perfectly! My MIL gave me her mothers pasta roller when we married so I never had to cut it by hand.

Unknown said...

Very pretty!

Rebecca Nelson said...

What a GREAT POST. Love your creations and those water slides are 2die4, huh?

Blessings sweet friend. Hope you are hanging in after the passing of your beloved Miss Beazy.

Love to you~


Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi sweet Celeste!

I LOVE the french label graphics!! I will certainly be checking out Carol's site about the slideons. So cool! It looks like you have been a busy busy girl in your lovely studio. I just discovered the triple thick this past fall and am in love with it. Very neat stuff.

Marie said she had a long chat with you and she enjoyed it sooo much. It's so fun working with her on her blog. We have a blast!!

I have been really busy this summer doing this and that and the other, never quite enough time in a day... or maybe I'm just getting slower LOL. Hope you don't mind if I give you call soon to chat, we haven't done that in a long time.

Love you bunches!! "Edie"

PS HI to Lar & hug each other from me!

BG said...

Sorry I'm so late popping by this week Celeste. You've been doing some great projects and I love the French graphics...they are divine!

Also loved seeing the finished living room, you have created such a wonderfully romantic space and after seeing it, have inspired me to be a little more daring with my kitchen redesign.

Thank you for sharing the link to Carol's Polka Dot Closet, I will most certainly pop by there.
Warmest hugs,

Kerri said...

Your new creations are gorgeous! I think everyone is into the French theme now. I love creating items with the labels. In fact, I need to get started any minute now. The sun is shining and the birds are singing :)

Have a fabulous weekend!


Ruth Welter said...

Celeste, your living room is gorgeous. Just think it is stunning.

Where have I been, I have not been paying attention to french labels at all, I'm behind the times I think. I like what you have created with them. :) Have a good week.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Celeste, glad you made it back from Miami Ok. Oh yes, we had a hot week here in Orlando, so I know it must have been horrible in Miami!


romance-of-roses said...

Your work with the labels is so very pretty, well you always do such beautiful work, I always admire what you do. Especially like the vitamin jar. I have been busy painting our bedroom since my hubby Rick can't do anything but I enjoy painting, almost done, can't wait, seems like the entire house gets messed up when we are painting or decorating. Continued success my dear friend, Lu

roseroomnz.com said...

they look fabulous and it looks like fun! Your living room is beautiful, so calm and peaceful looking. Rachael xo

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

I love all your wonderful creations with the French labels. You have been so busy and everything you do is beautiful.
Your new living room is so romantic and gorgeous and you must be thrilled to how it is turned out.

Hope you are enjoying the week

ornamentsbypink said...

More beautiful things! I especially like what you did with the remote control holder. And the vitamin bottles too!

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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..