Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Part Two, The Cottages on The Prairie and The STORE!

Welcome back to visit Part 2
on our trip to
Rachel Ashwell's
The Prairie,
Shabby Chic Couture.
We left off in my last post
with a visit to
The Ranger Lounge
Cornflower Cottage
with a view of Liliput Cottage.
If you missed Part 1
you can visit, HERE
The next cottage
was our neighbor
and called~
Faith Cottage
It has a sweet little porch front and back
along with this raised flower beds in front.
I am sure in season they are filled with flowers
and gorgeous.
To the front of Faith Cottage
Blue Bonnet Barn above.
I did not get too close for pics as people were staying there.
It too has a pretty little porch and back side
with a
wonderful clothesline
and a sheet moving in the wind.
This just takes me back to
my childhood home
with clothes on the line to dry on a pretty day.
Beyond the tree,
and in front of Cornflower in the above pic
a darling green house.
This was our view each day
as we walked out of The Cornflower.
This is written
in the cement
going inside.
Friends Are Like A
 Garden Always
in Bloom

One day there was a red cardinal
that seemed to lose his way and was trapped
flying around inside the greenhouse.
My guy went in and opened everything so he could
find his way out.
Once he did fly away, we closed it all secure again.
I wish I could have taken his pic
but it all happened so fast, I missed getting a shot.
The pretty red bird was so happy to be free once again.
Moving on
is another sweet cottage
sitting back in The Prairie
Meadow Manor.
It has a beautiful front porch
to relax and take in the
Again, guests were occupying the cottage
and I did not want to get too close
for pics.
This beautiful fountain
is situated along side
I can imagine in spring and summer
the sound of the water would be so peaceful.
Beautiful roses trail
all around the grounds.
We were so fortune to see many
blooming, even in December.
Another old building at The Prairie
Pearl Barn
This is a large white barn used for weddings
and gatherings.

Taking a break
on the back porch of Pearl Barn.
I was looking over at the cows
grazing on the prairie.
Just a beautiful view,
so peaceful
calm and quiet.
This is the best of Texas my friends.
Now I know you are waiting to see
the "STORE"
The Shabby Chic Couture
is normally closed
 but will open for you upon request.
Of course I made that request
and one of the nice ladies working there
opened it up for us and
I had the whole place to myself.
Well, my guy was there too.
Here is a peek inside.
I was so absorbed in shopping.
I didn't know he was taking my pic.


Still shopping~
I did purchase a signed copy of The Prairie.
I already had this one, but just had to own a signed book too.

One of the little notebooks from this display
found it's way into my basket.
Along with a votive holder
tea cups, wine glasses and a drinking jar!

Love the dishes and I purchased a
large serving platter
with the label,
The Prairie.

From the linen collection I loved
a floral dish towel
and added it to the mix too.
Just look at the fabrics~~~
I think I was done shopping and browsing
but could have stayed much longer.
I did leave with some wonderful treasures from
The Shabby Chic Couture.
Next time in Part 3,
 I'll  take you around The Prairie for
our daily walk
and a trip into the town of Roundtop too.
Thank you for joining me at
Rachel Ashwell's
The Prairie.
See you soon.
Celestina Marie


Jan Hermann said...

The Prairie is absolutely beautiful! I'm loving seeing all of your pictures. And I would have LOVED to be in that Store, shopping with you!

Unknown said...

Oh. My. Gosh!!!!! This post, I don't even know where to start!! All of those cottages are sooo pretty!! The Faith cottage is just lovely and The Meadow Cottage really gets to me just by the name! What is more perfect than a meadow of flowers. The concrete saying is lovely too! I cannot believe that shoppe! I think I would go bankrupt shopping in there, lol! It sounds like you got some beautiful thngs! We want close up pics of what you got! lol. Looking so forward to your next post! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I hope some day I can make it there myself, especially now after seeing your detailed pics!
Love you sweet friend, stay warm!!

Unknown said...

P.S. you are so beautiful Celeste :) Love your nails and that ring is to die for!

Unknown said...

Were those white baskets for sale? Sorry for all the comments, lol!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, this is so dreamy, Celeste. Where have I been missing your tour? Look at these gorgeous cottages. That is what I'm hoping for as we search for our dream house, a cottage.
The clothesline took me back to my childhood too, and I love all the pics of you and your beautiful smile.
Thank you for sharing with us. Off to Part I.

Betty said...

What a beautiful trip. I just adore the greenhouse and would love to have one. The shop is just perfect for her. Would love to visit one day.

Julie Marie said...

Those cottages are all so beautiful Celeste!... and I love that little greenhouse... so like you and Larry to rescue the sweet little Cardinal inside... the photo of the cattle grazing is so serene... I love Texas!... looks like you had so much fun shopping... I hope you will post all of your treasures soon... and you look so pretty!... I bet you want to go back again and again... I would... maybe one day I will get there... love Pearl barn... did you meet Pearl Danny's dog?... xoxo Julie Marie

Karen Xavier said...

This is a beautiful place, loved the picture of the horses strolling in the fields... the shabby chic looks like a great place too! Nice pictures...

1CardCreator said...

What a beautiful and relaxing place to spend a vacation. Love all the beautiful treasures in the store too. ~Diane

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The store looks great, Celeste! I think I would have had a ball in there. It sounds like you got some great things, too.

NanaDiana said...

OMGosh- I am SO JEALOUS! What a wonderful place to visit. I just love it- it looks like it was well worthwhile to ask them to open the shop for you. What a fun experience. I bet you will go back at some point....would you stay in the same cottage?

Can't wait to see Part Three! xo Diana

Valerie-Jael said...

It is really beautiful there, and i can understand you spending time in that store. I am in love with those big, fat armchairs! Hugs, Valerie

Donna said...

Wow, I would have spent alot of time in that shop, it looks amazing! Sounds like you had a great time! That is so sweet how your guy helped rescue the cardinal in need! Loved that green house. Thanks for taking us on your tour, looking forward to seeing the town itself!

Mari said...

Oh you lucky, lucky, lucky girlie how I wish I could have been there to enjoy all that beauty ;-)
I love how happy you look holding on to your purchase's,
Thanks for taking me along on your tour, it was fun and beautiful.


Brenda Pruitt said...

I missed the first one, so have to go over there. I saw some palm trees, so have to figure out just where you were. Love the chippy walls!

Tanza said...

Hello Celeste,
This has been soooooo FUN following you around the PRAIRIE !! NOW, this is HEAVEN to me ...... well ...... okay HEAVEN ON EARTH !!! Hahahaha ..... I just LOVE anything Rachel Ashwell, and truly adore her !! I have actually met and talked with her a few times at her stores in CA.. and a book signing !! You should of seen the line to get one !! Like a mile long :):) Luckily, besties with the shoppe owner I got to sneak up front !! She is just soooo AWESOME, and to be able to hear her stories ... AMAZING !!! She is just sooo REAL !! I'm hoping to get there with a very special friend of mine for a long week-end in the SPRING !! Want to go to ROUND TOP Flea market of course !! Has been on my bucket list for awhile now !!
Love that she still incorporates her PINK roses and blues .... makes my heart sing !! I have purchased some fabric from her, and always where her jammies !!! They are sooooo pretty and comfy AND sooooo JUST RACHEL !!!
You are such a doll, and I too, can't wait for our next field trip along with you on the PRARIE !! Such FUN !! LOVE LOVE LOVE !!!
Have a happy day sweet friend xoxo ~Tanza~

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a wonderful restful place to go visit Celeste. And shopping too!! I know you chose some lovely things.

Love the story of the cardinal. God sent you to set it free. What a blessing to free something that is held captive!

Thank you for taking us on your journey. I'm enjoying it very much!

Love to you and the rescuer, Edie

Dorthe said...

Oh, I can see from your beautiful smile, that you have many treasures in that bag my dear!!
I am sure it is a most wonderful shop, in which to use some money !!
And the houses and cabins looks so charming and wonderful, all.
You must have felt so relaxed and happy there.
Hugs to you dear Celestina Marie.

Createology said...

This is such a peaceful setting for relaxing and unwinding. I adore everything...the buildings and the ambiance. And shopping??? Divine. Lovely way to end the year with your special honey.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Did you buy out the store Celeste???...LOL. Boy!!! I was standing right next to you...I was telling you ...get this get that...LOL...its a fabulous store. So pretty and shabby chic.
I love the pictures of you looking out the window in the first part and I love these here also. The Faith cottage is the most adorable though.
OK...I'm waiting for the next post.
Till tomorrow,
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a wonderful place to visit and a fun place to shop, Celeste!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a beautiful place!! The shop looks awesome!! I would be broke if I could shop in there. My best friend used to live in Roundtop, I know the area around there. Now, I'm wishing she still lived there.

Unknown said...

O, my golly! When we were there, we didn't have time to stop & see her lovely Prairie. "T" & I will be going soon tho. Loved our visit to Round Top. That is the day I called & chatted with you.

What a gorgeous place to see, & all those beautiful treasures to browse.You are so lucky.

Did you visit Maggie (grandma yellow hair) who lives nearly across the street?? She is the most wonderful friend & lady to know.

Dying to see the rest of your trip.

Big New Year hugs & blessings,

Ginny said...

You look like one happy gal having that store to yourself!! I would also, and come away with some beautiful things like you did!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

You are so cute. All of these buildings are wonderful, but that little greenhouse stole my heart. I'm afraid my husband would have had trouble getting me out of that store. What a wonderful place to browse and buy. laurie

Art and Sand said...

I am so envious.

I have not seen the book in person yet, but it is on my wish list.

I must get to the hill country one day.

Jillayne said...

Yes, you looked like you were a pretty happy shopper! What a charming place The Prairie looks to be - it's been wonderful travelling along with you....

farmhouse-story said...

thanks for sharing this great trip, celeste:) i would have loved to go shopping with you:)

Sandi Magle said...

Golly, makes me want to get on my bike and start peddling...long as we have such a great wind here today...too much fun!

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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..