Monday, October 21, 2013

What Have You Been Up To??

This was the question a friend asked me recently.
She knew I needed the summer months to work on some projects.
Learn some new techniques,
take some time to travel,
be in my garden,
finish some home projects
and so much more.
Anyway, that question brings me here
to share the last few months in pics.
Of course creating is always on the agenda,
like a few transfer projects.

And a few signs,
 hand painted or stenciled like these.

Hotel deParis hung here.
Finally, I redesigned the piano bench in vintage sheet music.
Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.
Another project was this cake keeper.
You know I love black and white.

Our big home project
was to install wood floors
in our family room/library and living room.
The wood is Anderson 5" hand scraped planks.
Love it.

Caught up on lots of reading.
Finished a crocheted throw in a soft pretty light brown.

Spent lots of time here!
Did a lot of gardening here at my potting bench.
You might remember a few years ago,
my son built this for me at Christmas.
This year I trained ivy to trail around the bench.
It's been a few years since I hung my hand painted window
and it is still looking fresh, even through our hot Texas weather.

Worked with my Carolina white rose.
Weaving it around and inside
this arch leading to an area
I call, " Stony Beach"
It's hard to see in this pic, but
to the rocks, I scatter lots of shells that stay year round.
Traveled here.

Spent a ton of time learning this program for fabric designs.

Making way for these first fabrics, but not
exactly right yet, but I am still working on it.
A huge challenge learning illustrator CC.

The first gift wrapping papers with my hand painted roses.
It's getting better.
I'm sticking with it!

So there you have it.
I think I answered my friend's
It's back to the studio now.
The holiday rush is on.
Wishing you a wonderful Fall week.
From our trip to the Hotel Del Coronado.
Thank you for stopping by and your comments.
Your visits are so welcome and I love to see you.
Celestina Marie





Betty said...

You have been pretty busy and I like your signs on the different things. You and Your Hubby make a wonderful couple. David and I will be celebrating our 37 wedding annivesary this Friday.

Melanie said...

You have been so very busy! My projects pale in comparisson to yours! Loved the picture of you and your husband!

1CardCreator said...

You are such a sweet couple, love the picture of the two of you together! Looks like you got a lot done this summer, all of it beautiful and rewarding for sure. Your wrapping paper is stunning and so is the fabric, you are really doing well with it! ~Diane

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, you were certainly busy, Celeste! I think your Summer blogging break was good for you. Love the projects you got done! I'm in the process of getting my supplies together to do my own Paris hotel sign.

Donna said...

Wow, you have been more than busy, Celestina! I love all of your gorgeous French signs, they are so tres chic! And the picture of you and your hubby is wonderful too! 40 years is something to be proud of:) Your home is so pretty, and I am drooling over your amazing pool! I would love spending lots of time there! Your garden is so pretty, I adore your painted window, what a fun surprise! I also really love your transfer pieces, wish I had better luck at transferring. Maybe I will get brave someday and try again! I guess it would have been easier for me to say that I love it all, because I do!! Have a great day, sweet friend!!

Donna said...

I forgot to mention that your wrapping paper and fabric designs are stunning! How exciting for you:)

Valerie-Jael said...

What wonderful things you have created. Congrats on being together 40 years, great! I think your days must have more hours than mine as you get so much done! Hugs, Valerie

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

First, congratulations on your 40th Anniversary. Don't you just love the Hotel Del Coronado.
I would say that you have been extremely busy. Love the potting table and beautiful hand painted window. But your wrapping paper is outstanding - LOVE IT!
Have a great week.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

If I could accomplish beautiful projects like you did, I'd take some time off too. Those transfer projects are so wonderful, and I love the piano bench too. And oh, the cake carrier - so pretty. Your pool is gorgeous, and I love your painted window. There are just so many things to love in this post. What a beautiful photo of you and your sweetheart. Looks like a great trip! laurie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

And I forgot to mention your gorgeous wrapping paper design. You are so talented! laurie

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Wow you've been busy! Lovely post as usual!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,
You DID sum it up nicely!
Glad you too got to go to the Hotel Del Coronado, we saw its huge, huge Christmas tree when we visited with a dear friend.
Ruby anniversary is quite a milestone; hope we manage that too!
Today I'm thinking about a special Angel that went to heaven in 1998...
Lots of hugs,

Bente said...

Oh my, you have been busy, girl. Love all your projects. Every thing is so beautiful.

Hugs from here

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Well! You HAVE been busy! I love all those projects and the wrapping paper is beautiful!!

Julie Marie said...

Wow, you accomplished alot Celeste!... I love your roses wrapping paper, and that beautiful brown throw you crocheted... and your handpainted window is gorgeous... the photo of you and Larry on your anniversary is fabulous... you are so pretty!... I wish I had your energy!... xoxo Julie Marie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lord, how long were you away from blogging...5 years, that's how long it would take me to accomplish all that you did. Everything is gorgeous, your yard, wrapping paper, transfer projects, your husband and you!


Little Miss Maggie said...

I love all your projects. Just beautiful, especially the cake cover.
Glad you were able to enjoy some garden and pool time.

cynthia lee designs said...

You sure have been busy!! I love all the projects that you got done. The cake keeper is my it!! Love your hardwood floors beautiful!! Your pool and flower garden area is so pretty!! How wonderful to get away on a trip for your 40th anniversary.

Createology said...

Happy Anniversary. I adore the "Del" and Mr. C and I have stayed there. Your home is such an elegant and beautiful peaceful place. Love all of your projects. Looks like you enjoyed a wonderful summer. Wrapping paper and fabrics? Design on dear...

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh I do admire all your hard work, and your lovely rooms (inside and out). And what a wonderful place to spend a special anniversary! Congratulations to you both! You have taken a wonderful photo together!

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

first of all HAPPY 40th anniversary and who would of thought you were barely 40 anyways... And the blog well one of my faves sister .. LOVE the house. INFACT if i lived near by .. I WOULD BE visiting ... LOVED it all . I oooohed and ahhhhed over all your pretties and I even loved the pool the window decor with the painted bird in it.. LOVE it all . YOU have such an eye for beautiful . Hope that you have 40 more happy years with your sweet heart. HUGS and blessings this holiday season

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

You are so Gorgeous together!!! congrats on anniversary!!! I know you will have many more.
You are both a wonderful couple and friends.
I know how hard you work and you can see it in everything you create. And what a wonderful son.
I love the cake toper Celeste its so pretty. and the wrapping paper is divine. let me know when it is on the market. You know I have to have it. I can't wait to hear about your trip. It must have been grand because you both look so happy.
Blessings my Dearest,

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi sweet Celeste!
You and Larry sure take a fabulous photo!! What a beautiful couple you are. I'm so blessed to know you both.

You have been so busy girl! Your fabric is looking wonderful and I can't even imagine it getting better but if anyone can do it you can. The wrapping paper is incredible. I can only imagine how tough it is to learn the program to do such a thing.

All your items you've used transfers on have turned out great. I'm really loving black & white these days. The transformation of your living room is amazing, not to mention your master bedroom! I adore black & white toile! You did a perfect job of using toile with other fabrics and designs to make it look very welcoming. Everything you touch turns out faaabulous!!

Much love to both of you dear friends! Blessings, Edie Marie

Red Rose Alley said...

You've been a busy one lately. 40 years together - that is so special! I love the picture of the two of you. Your pool is gorgeous! I smiled when I saw it, as it reminds me of our pool at our old house. We sold our home to downsize, but I really miss that pool some times. The crocheted throw is lovely and such a pretty color. I think it's such a talent when one can knit and crochet. Your wood floors are very nice. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful home, and I thank you for sharing pictures of it today.


farmhouse-story said...

that's a great pic of you and your husband, celeste:)
wow, you have been getting stuff done! your wrapping paper is darling--illustrator is very intense to learn? my friend had a hard time with it.
beautiful floors--love your big window!
great furniture and signs, too:)

Ginny said...

that pool knocks me out! I would love a pool....your floors are beautiful! It is amazing how different a room can look with hardwood flooring. Everything is so so lovely....As always your work is top notch. The picture of you and Larry is great! What a wonderful anniversary to celebrate!

Brenda said...

Love your beautiful designs and creations. Congratulations on 40 years together. Another beautiful achievement.
You're the best,
Down Memory La La Lane

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

It was great to come and visit you and see all the wonderful things you have been doing - wow I am impressed with all you have been up to. The wrapping paper and fabric are so beautiful.
The wooden flooring is lovely and isn't it great to keep clean, so much better than carpet.
Loved seeing the beautiful photo of you and your husband - 40 years is such a great achievement now days and can see the days ahead will only get better.
Sending hugs and hope you are enjoying the week

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You've been a busy girl! I love your new wood floors and the way you've situated your piano so the pretty back side faces your room. Lovely photo of you and your husband, too!

Anonymous said...

Catching up on your lovely posts today, Celeste, and scrolled through several but had to stop here. You and your husband look wonderful in this photograph. Much love to both of you.
I absolutely love your home and we share the same neutral decor with mixed wood tones. I cannot wait to move in to our permanent home so we could have our long awaited wood floors. They look fabulous. Love the garden around your pool too.
Always so inspiring to visit with you, friend.
Happy Halloween. :)

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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..