Friday, January 18, 2013

Making Friends and Grow Your Blog!

Welcome friends to Grow Your Blog, hosted by Vicki from 2 Bags Full

This days focus is to introduce who we are, why we love to blog and making friendships across blogland.
What it is like to keep a blog going and the joys of the journey?
For those friends I haven't met yet,
 Hello and welcome to my blog.
 My name is Celestina Marie.
 I love to blog, create, paint, go junkin, decorate, manage my shoppe and have made so many wonderful friends across the world because of blogging.
Some of my dearest friends call me Celeste or just Celestina.
 I was named after my grandmother who was from Naples, Italy.
 I adapted our name to my blog to honor her.
 I always sign my comments that way too, but refer to myself as Celeste off the blogs.
 I never think about this, it just comes easy.
Did you know I first started blogging many moons ago called Toletalk Treasures, then La Rea Rose?
 Yes, it was my first attempt learning my way around.
 I shared my love of the decorative arts and tole painting.
Those blogs are long gone and forgotten, but I still share my world of swinging paint brushes and interior design which is my great love.
I have been decorative painting for over 30 years and my journey has taken me in many directions.
Too many to share here in this post, but you can read more HERE  or my blog profile if you care to know more.
Blogging brings us all great support and encouragement.
 We share our life and creations in pics.
Join me for a cup of tea as we talk about what grows our blogs.
We share ideas and the unusual, recipes, roses and music.

Our gardens and nature,

families and joys!
We do the happy dance when our friends are featured in a publication or article.
When we find a good read, we share that book with others knowing they would want to know.
Or share our collections, just because that's what we do.
Post about Paris and those creations we love because we all are a little French inspired these days.
Come home running when we find a wonderful treasure and so anxious to share it with  our friends.
Sending hugs and support when we have sad and difficult times.
Lifting our prayers and sharing our faith for our friends across the world.
So the journey continues, posting our loves, creations and stories.
 Making new friendships and growing our blogs.
Sharing our dreams and always learning.

Yes, it takes time,
I find moments here and there
and schedule most of my posts ahead.

But I find the fun and the friendships give us wings to keep going.

The encouragement and inspiration guide us through blogland.
Thank you for joining the fun and stopping by the first of this linked party event.
Not only do we all love to grow our blogs, but as bloggers, we grow in our journey blogging.

Now for some added fun,

 I'm having a Grow Your Blog Giveaway for this basket heart.

All you have to do is enter when you comment on this post and that's all.

We want everyone to know, they are appreciated in the blogland world.

I'll post the name drawn on Feb.1st 2013.

Friendships are special and this darling ornament, a gift to me from my dear friend Sue, says it best.
Sharing Smiles and Blessings,
Celestina Marie  XO

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White Hutch Treasure

Since I have been sharing about hutches this week, I thought I would feature this treasure, which is not only useful in my family room/library, but a keepsake too.
It first belonged to my mother for many years.
 She passed it on to me nearly 30 years ago and I have enjoyed it throughout my home and locations we have lived.
Of course the white is not original, but it was given a new life when I painted it about 6 years ago.
On the top, I display a few white treasures along with a birdcage and an old cherished figurine of a white dove with a pink rose.
The doors have permanent glass insets with sealed grids.
 I love the arched tops.
The vintage hardware is original.
Let's look inside.
The lower cabinet holds lots of storage.
Isn't it special to live with an old piece that you know was loved by your family?
 As this hutch was loved by my mother?
 I think she would have loved it in white, because in her home, she also painted many pieces white over the years, before that was even in vogue.
 I think she knows!
Thanks Mom~
Thank you for stopping by and your welcome visits.
Today and all weekend, I am joining Country Whites Weekend,
 hosted by Cindy and Dru from Old Time Farmhouse and The Country Farm Home.
Celestina Marie

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