Friday, March 1, 2013

Vintage Match Stick Holder~

~Welcome March~
As our days grow closer to springtime,
I am inspired to decorate.
I am always inspired to decorate.
But spring is that time of year to freshen up,
change treasures around
and lighten up.
I know many of you are still deep in cold and snow
but I am sure spring fever is grabbing you as well.
My dear friend Ann, from Ann's Finds
gave me this vintage match stick holder some time ago.
I  had no idea how I wanted to create with it,
till the other day,
 when I decided to make it a home for a sweet little chickadee.
Starting with a background change of light ivory white,
the little transformation began.
Like usual, I forgot a before pic,
but you know the old stained brown wood and how that looks.
Next, I added a french graphic from
to the front.
Hand Painted a few roses top, sides and back.
Accented with shades of grey checks throughout and a bit of distress.

To the graphic, I topped it with a coat of Triple Thick which I have shared here many times.

And, to the rest of the holder I gave it a coat of satin finish varnish.
Of course it's not finished yet.
A bit of Spanish moss,
an over sized nest filled with light aqua and glittered eggs added to the front,
and topped with a sweet chickadee wearing a checked ribbon.

Ready to sit on a table or hang on the wall.

But for now,

 it has found a spot in my etsy shoppe HERE.

Have a wonderful first day of March.

 Celestina Marie

Many thanks for the birthday greetings and comments.
You are all so thoughtful!


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Well how clever! I've seen these and passed them up, but never again.
Love the little birdie house and the painted roses are the crowning touch.


1CardCreator said...

Perfect Celeste! I love the whole feel of the piece but the glittered eggs and nest are my favorite, that and your beautiful roses! I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday! ~Diane

Old Time Cindy said...

That's a sweet idea. I'm so looking forward to spring, but it is snowing today.
Farmhouse hugs,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very Springy looking, Celeste! I love the graphic you used on the front and your roses are just beautiful, as always. Love the little bird.

Jan Hermann said...

How clever of you Celeste! This is so pretty!! I love Chickadees!

Jan ♥

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh I just knew when you started you were going to make a nest in it....LOVE it!

Red Rose Alley said...

Happy March, Celestina! I have been decorating lately too. The match stick holder is so charming, and the pink roses add a special touch. I loved the little nest with the three eggs. Whenever I see them, it reminds me of my three kids. This will look great wherever you decide to put it, I'm sure. You are gifted with so many creative ideas. Have a fun weekend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Anonymous said...

Celeste, you are so gifted...and I'm going to continue telling you that for a long time. This is yet another one of your beautiful creations. I love it.
Thank you for stopping by. You are the fourth person to say the red scarf girl looks like me. My husband's first reaction when he saw it was to say, "It's you!" :) I think Anita is so gifted, don't you.
Have a beautiful weekend, my friend. I'm decorating with a few touches of spring too.

Donna said...

What a gorgeous and creative transformation, Celestina! I am in love with that sweet little nest and glittered eggs! The graphic is perfect, and you already know how much I love your painted creations!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a beautiful bird house! You are very talented. Thanks so much for sharing.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a great use for that, and it looks so pretty. Hard to imagine that it was once one of those brown wood match stick holders. laurie

cynthia lee designs said...

Love how you decorated the vintage match stick wall's so pretty!! Makes me wish that Spring would hurry up and get here. We had a little snow today and it is really cold here too.
Have a great weekend.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, how did you ever think of that...Adorable, I will never pass another one of those up!


Unknown said...

WOW!!! Isnt that some transformation indeed! :) I really do think you've created something different here! And I just LOVE the way you paint those flowers! :D


Createology said...

Lovely transformation of the old boring match holder. Now it is chic and Spring fresh. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Pendra said...

So sweet! I love how you took an old tired piece and made it adorable and oh so sweet!

Cynthia said...

Stunningly beautiful and inspirational! I bet that design came to you in a dream. Love it! Blessings!

Linda M. said...

Celestina, This piece is beautiful you did a great job on up-cycling. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste!
The match holder turned out so pretty! Perfect for spring time. I am right there with ya, waiting for spring! I cant believe it is March 2nd already! I just wish it would be more like spring outside, lol!
Love ya!

Maureen said...

Oh how cute! What a great home for the little birdie... well done Celestina, great transformation!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Celeste,
How very sweet! I love your many delicate touches. Your painting is amazing...perfection at it's best. Spring is such a special time of year. Your darling little matchbox birdhouse is simply wonderful.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your thoughtful comment.
Carolynn xoxo

Kerri said...

OMGoodness that is super cute! I love everything about it, the lil chic is absolutely adorable. I can tell you are ready for spring :)

I just created magnets, using Graphics Fairy too! I just posted them on my blog.

Have a nice weekend :)


Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celeste,

This piece is just lovely and so creative. Once again, you amaze me.


romance-of-roses said...

Hi Celestina,
Love this creation of yours. The eggs are so sweet and the chickadee too. I can see this as a fun project. I am certainly ready for spring, been working a bit outside in the patio getting it ready for new plants and a new arrangement of furniture/pots out there. Love this time of year. Have been keeping busy with projects for the shop where I sell and not listing in my etsy shop, plus that darn root canal, let me tell you it's no picnic. Still have another visit. Hugs..Lu

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

How lovely that you are decorating for Spring, my most favourite season.
I love your sweet nest, eggs and cute birdie. You are so talented and love seeing your gorgeous creations.
Hope you have a wonderful week, dear friend and many thanks for your sweet visit, always lovely to see you.


Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I'll have to watch for them. you are just amazing Celeste.

Hugs sweet friend

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I really love this! That bird is adorable. I am following you now.

Tina said...

so pretty,love it

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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..