Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This That and The Other!

My studio is filled with a bit of everything in the process of a makeover.
Working to fill the shelves in my shop
catching up with unfinished items long overdo.

Today is a wonderful rainy day.
 I say wonderful
because these are the kinds of days when I love creating.

I am in a little of a "this and that mood"
So come along and join me.

Recently I won a wonderful giveaway book from Shirley at,
Love it and so anxious to try a few of the ideas from this
interesting book.

I'll be on the hunt for pallets that LJ and I can transform.
I'll show you what we come up with.
In the meantime, visit Shirley and say hello.
You will love visiting her wonderful blog and her talents for decorating.
Thank you Shirley, I am so enjoying this book and the many project ideas.


I seem to have met the hustle of the season head on.
Just finished a pretty new crocheted lace throw and it is currently on the shelf in my
The color of this one is a light Parisian Gray in my signature design with a shell edge.

Remember the chalk board design I created HERE
Well I found the chalk board pens at Micheal's.

I really only wanted a white pen but all they had were sets.
So I purchased these and so glad it came with two in white.
The cost was 11.99 for a set of 4.

I found them easy to use.
Open, tap the tip to load the chalk ink
and write.
This is what I created to experiment and learn below.

To clean, simply wipe off with a wet cloth.
I'll share this tip ~ It is best to use a soft cloth like an old t-shirt
or something lint free. 
Paper towels leave lint and streaks.
Done that, not good!!
These chalk pens also work on glass, ceramics and tin.
Great and dust free with water clean up.


Next, this sweet fellow came for a visit.
He was carrying a card with my name on it standing on my art table.
I gave him my glasses to read what it said.

I think I'll keep him~~ LOL
But wow he was so heavy when I helped him off the table.
Santa's gained some weight over the last year!!
The old glasses are a little over sized, but he still is cute with them.

I just love his plaid suit and neutral presents?


Another idea I wanted to share, are for these small cafe international tins.

Remember the cafe coffee's? 
In the past I have designed and painted so many of these I lost count.
Friends and family saved them for me and some coffee's I purchased too.
They were originally made of metal and the couple tins below are just a little
idea of those I created years ago.

These were the only two I could find in my stash of pics at the moment,
but the designs I created and sold were everything from roses to cherries to french graphics and more.

Now the cafe international folks redesigned their tins to plastic.
Recently I started to collect these  again to redesign
but was questioning how the plastic would take paint.
Well, chalk paint of any kind works without priming.
I am sure I will have to seal with a varnish when complete,
but with one less step to the process.

Here is one already painted with chalk paint right over the plastic and ready to decorate.

You know these are great to create with the kids.
You don't have to just use paint either.
Cover with pretty papers and trims for a special gift box too.


Yes, the studio has been a buzz and I won't even show you the pic of this space.
It looks like a Texas Storm has come through with high winds.

But hey, you have to make a mess to "Getter Done" right?

Lots of painting and decorating going on to bring,
compliments of the season!

I also took a trip in October
to this large barn filled with treasures just waiting for new homes.
Inside I found some great goodies for the shop.
This is what I decided to keep.

The gorgeous old harvest barn plate and the green toile cup and saucer.
Both pieces wanted to stay with me and my pumpkin teapot.

It's been a great few weeks of "this and that"
but I am taking the time to enjoy the beautiful season too.
Like this trip to  Roundtop, Texas in October.
Love the sweet church in the background.
This little village has some of the best shops.

In the end~~
My favorite time of the day after this and that is,
Watching a Texas Sunset!
Pure beauty!!

Well, that's all of my "this that and the other" for the moment.

Thanks for stopping by.
Your comments make my day.
Welcome to all new followers too.

Wishing you Southern DayDreams.

See you next time,
Celestina Marie


Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Celeste. Your throw is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing about the chalk pens, also. Your café boxes are very sweet. I have a friend who owns a consignment shop and she and her husband make a lot of furniture/shelves etc. with pallets. I will have to share with her about your book.
Wishing you a great day.

Sola Scriptura said...

Your crocheted blanket is so very beautiful!! I just adore the coffee boxes you decorated too... they look fabulous :) The sunset photo looks amazing! I like to start most days watching the sun rise as I walk along the beach. But watching a sunset like the one pictured would be the perfect way to end a long day!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Celeste! You are so talented! I love your cafe boxes and you made that beautiful throw! It is gorgeous! Some beautiful photos here too! I hope you enjoy your rainy day. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Celeste, only you could make a coffee container look fabulous! You are so talented! I also love your chalkboard and appreciate the tip about using a soft cloth to remove the chalk pen! The crocheted lace throw is stunning- what a treasure! I adore your barn plate too! Have a wonderful week!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Celestina...thanks for the wonderful "shout out" Glad that you won the book and enjoying it...looking forward to your future pallet project....the crocheted throw is magnificent...I just wish I was patient enough to sit still when my mother was trying to teach me how to knit and crochet...Those coffee tins are certainly a perfect size for embellishing and repurposing!...and don't you just hate it when you only want one item and you have to buy multiples?..Need to try those pens...Have a wonderful day!!

Dianna said...

What a beautiful post, sharing all of your "this, that and the other" ideas. I love the Santa Claus...especially the plaid. The afghan is the colors in the yarn. Who knew that the coffee tins could be so beautifully redone. I'll be looking to see what you do with the one you just used the chalk pens on. You certainly are talented, Celeste!

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like you are enjoying your rainy day crafting! Lovely creations, all of them, Santa is beautiful! Have fun! Hugs, Valerie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Wow. Celeste, your painting talentsare impressive...those coffee tins...whag a makeover!!!!! There is so much to love here this morning. I am at school anf must go, but I wanted to come by to peek at your work. Wonderful!!

Donna said...

Your tins are so pretty, what a great idea to repurpose something that would otherwise get tossed! Those are my favorite types of projects:) That book looks awesome too, what a fun win. Love that clock!! And I also love the pic of you in Round Top! Looks like a cute town. Oh, and I love the title of your post, too:) Santa is so cute, almost puts me in a holiday sort of mood!

Donna said...

PS: love, love, love your gorgeous crocheted afghan! It looks so cozy, and I just love the lacy pattern!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe what you have done with those little cafe tins! What a great idea! You paint so beautifully. Must say that I love your Santa. I got on a Santa binge last year. Years ago it was Snowmen..but love Santa's. Any size and any kind. And speaking of pallets...wish you could be out in my neck of the woods. So funny....small businesses will have pallets laying out beside the road for pickup or laying next to their garbage cans. I keep saying that I am going to start gathering up pallets and make tons of stuff with them! Well, doesn't seem to be enough time in the day. Love all your pretties! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

TexWisGirl said...

sweet creations! am looking forward to some pallet designs, too!

loving this soaking rain!!

Tina said...

Love all your creations, especially the afghan. Last year I started crocheting again after a 25 year break and it was like I had never stopped. Beautiful sunset.
Have a great day :)

Feral Turtle said...

Love your repurposed coffee containers! So pretty! I have never heard of chalkboard pens. They would be an awesome gift for my sisters enormous chalkboard! Great photos!

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
so many beautiful creations! I love those coffee jars and I love this Santa! he is georgeous!
and I must say, I love rainy days to for beeing creative :O)
Thank you for sharing all your wonderful works and tips... you are so inspiring!
Happy creative week to you!
Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Denise said...

I sure enjoyed reading every bit of this post ... This and That.Fun and interesting too :)Pretty pic. of Yourself,You seem nice and tall too -how blessed.Hugs and blessings sent to You across the miles, Denise

sandys7118 said...

Just love your blog and look forward to each post you do! The cozy throw you crocheted is gorgeous and makes me want to grab it and curl up on the sofa with it! I was so disappointed when the Café tins were discontinued and then made from plastic! Ugh! I loved those for not only decorating and giving as gifts but also for storage for small craft supplies! They are making it difficult on all of us who love tins such as these and coffee cans. I have a hard time finding metal coffee cans anymore too...all are plastic! I am looking forward to your post on the wood pallets, I know you will come up with something awesome!

farmhouse-story said...

great looking book win, celeste:) love your pretty throw, too! beautiful santa-love the glasses on him:) thanks for sharing the pens and tins ideas!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Hello Celeste,
I too love a rainy day! All your creativity is delightful, looks like you are a true Santa's workshop with all your artist endeavors. Pretty crochet throw, delicate edge, lovely Celeste.
I found on Amazon Prime a 5 pack of chalk fine tip white pens for a very reasonable cost. But they also have all white regular tips too. I needed the fine tip for a little project I'm working on as gifts.
Your barn finds are pretty and congrats on your giveaway win.

Debbi said...

this post is so full of inspiration Celeste! And the rainy day pic--well, that is just about every day here in the Oregon fall and winter! Blessings!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

You are so talented! I used to buy that coffee all the time- who knew the tin would be of value! I hope the plastic will give you satisfactory results. I have a question about chalk art- is there a way it can be preserved so it can't be erased? Those chalk pens look pretty cool. Looks like they provide a stronger color. Look at you with those long slender legs- Looking good! Sounds like your trip was fun and rewarding :-)

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I loved seeing all your recent this and that things! The International Coffee container idea is so great. Your painting turns them into little treasure boxes! And that new sign...Compliments of the Season is so adorable! Looks like you hit a great sale at that barn. The items you're keeping look so sweet on your buffet.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see Marie's fabulous magazine article! I'm so happy that she was honored to be in it.

Keep on creating! I love every single thing you make Celeste!!

Blessings to you and your sweetie, Edie

Cynthia said...

You're amazingly talented Celeste. Love the tins, truly beautiful. Don't you just love chalk paint?? It is so versatile. You have been a busy lady


decorayadora said...

hola amiga querida !! tu eres muy talentosa !! te felicito por ese arte de delicadeza.que tenga un optimo día

Mari said...

Celeste your such a talented lady! Love your new blanket it's simply stunning....and your handpainted tins are just as beautiful, great way to recycle and to store all kinds of nick knacks too.....your santa has such a sweet face with his over size for sharing all of your ideas with us :-)


Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste... I love your this~that~and the other post!... so fun!... and if that little decorated international cafe tin with the pinks and birdie and nest on it is not the one I own now, then it is the twin!... I ordered mine from you probably about three or four years ago and still love it!!!... and your Santa is so cute!... I said I was not going to think about Christmas this early, but then you see things like your Santa and start to get excited!... I have never heard of chalk pens before?... must check Michaels for some... and I LOVE that gorgeous Harvest barn plate!!!... you know me and barns!... that is a keeper for sure!... your pumpkin teapot is cute and your green transferware tea cup and saucer is beautiful... you look like a model in the photo by the church in Roundtop, you are just stunning... glad you are enjoying a blissful Autumn... much love, xoxo Julie Marie PS Going to look at my little tin now in my crafts room, I am certain that one is mine!... xoxoxo...

Julie Marie said...

Yep... that is my little tin you posted!... lucky me to own such a beautiful treasure from you!... can't wait to see your new ones you are creating... xoxoxo...

Bente said...

Hi Celeste. Wow so many pretty things. You are so very talented, my friend. Love the throw.

Sending you a big hug

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina, the throw turned out beautifully. So dainty and elegant. Thanks for the tips of the chalk pens. I wondered and your writing looks great. I have trouble getting it to look good with plain chalk. Happy Wednesday..Judy

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Love the painted coffee tins. Your work is beautiful.

Junkchiccottage said...

Love that throw how gorgeous. So happy when it is raining you feel creative. So many pretty things.

Holly Loves Art said...

Beautiful post! I wish we'd get some of your weather. It's in the high 80's today! Thanks for sharing all the pretty pictures. I used to play with the International coffee tins all the time. One of the first pieces I ever had published with made with some. What fun that was. Hope you're having a wonderful day.

Aims Pyrex Passion said...

Your creations are always so lovely

Old Time Cindy said...

You amaze how much you can get done. Lots of this and that. Lovely crocheted throw.
Farmhouse hugs,

Ivy and Elephants said...

You are a whirlwind of energy and inspiration! So many gorgeous creations.

Tanza said...

Hi Celeste,
Love reading all your posts .... you are soo talented, and everything you touch is gorgeous !!! I'm trying to order some Christmas again from you to send, and can't find your email ... can you get that to me, I'm trying to get on ETSY, and, can't figure it out again !!! I will just tell you what I want, and, hopefully you can help me once again .... okay ... I will wait to hear from you !! Thanks soo much xo Tanza

Tanza said...

Hi Celeste,
I do go to ETSY ...... BUT, when I try to contact you, it wants my password, and I don't even know the password, also, the items I want I don't see listed for sale yet, the snowman ornaments (ladies) :) :) I want a set of three hopefully and one at least with the pink stocking, just cute little sweet items and maybe 3 of the muffin tin ornaments all different ..... my email is if you can do it that way .... then we can just send a paypal request payment ... lmk xo

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful post, Celeste! I love those little "tins" that you painted...that are no longer tins. lol

You do such a wonderful job with everything you do. I also love that crocheted throw you did. The edge is especially beautiful.

It looks like you have been one busy girl there...and I, too, love those rainy days like that sometimes. I get a lot done. xo Diana

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the throw you made...sp pretty!! I've been crocheting scarves for my Christmas show that is in 3 weeks. My daughter gave me a chalk board and now I need to find me some of those chalkboard pins.

miss b said...

I'm finally catching up after my holiday and I can see that you have had a great October. I don't really like rainy days but I agree that it's an opportunity to get things done and I like your rainy photo taken through the window. Your grey throw is exquisite and I have a very similar cushion! Your Father Christmas has such a kind face!

Denise said...

You truly inspire.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello again, BEAUTIFUL! Thank you Celeste for coming to visit my post! I so love what you did here with that chalk pen. I need to get that for my little chalk board (and I mean, LITTLE mini!)

Have a super day! Anita

Alessandra said...

What you made with coffee boxes is amazing! They are gorgeous, romantic and very elegant. The pictures are fantastic.

Stephanie said...

Hello sweet Celeste! May I start by saying your throw is incredibly beautiful! The color and pattern are simply perfect, my friend.

And then the way you repurposed the cafe's coffee container - amazing! My family and I drink that very same stuff so now I will be saving the containers :)

Blessings, hugs, and love to you!

Dorthe said...

Oh it is beautiful, your crocheted blanket, dear Celestina Marie.
Congratulations of winning the book, it is wonderful with new ideas.
Santa visited you early, :-) but he looks so sweet and beautiful, and yout coffee boxes are lovely altered and noone would ever thing it had contained coffee !!
Also congratulations in finding those beautiful pieces on your trip !
I wonder what you are all up to creating here in November and can`t wait to see my friend !!
Hugs from Dorthe

Anonymous said...

Oh I like your art ideas for Christmas. Your artsy throw overs are really lovely and your pillows.

And your tips of Christmas. The ice-cream containers so sweet. The chalk tips.

I love doing art myself.

Julia said...

Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado, te invito a ver el mío, esta semana seguro que muchos de vosotros no resistiríamos la tentación de comerse un buen puñado de castañas calentitas. Pero sabeu cuál es el origen de esta fiesta? ¿Por qué, año tras año, cuando llega el otoño, nos gusta reunirnos con la familia o con los amigos para tostar las castañas y comérnoslas juntos y por eso adornamos la casa. Os explicare algunas razones y cómo decorar el hogar para esta ocasion, Deseo que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

The throw is beautiful and I love the color. You are just so talented
I cant believe all that you create.
Those tins are stunning - I would have never thought to do that with them.
I too love a rainy day, not that we have them very often and then half the time they are at night LOL
Have a wonderful creative weekend.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Well here goes again. I guess the one before this didn't get posted.
The throw is beautiful and i Love the color and scalloped edges.
I love what you did to the coffee tins. They are very lovely. I would never have thought to do that.
You are so talented and come up with so many terrific ideas.
I also love a rainy day, not that we get many of them and then it rains at night.
Have a wonderful productive weekend.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

That throw is gorgeous. I love the pattern and the color. Even with chalkboard pins, I can't make my chalkboards look that pretty. laurie said...

I don't have a blog site but I love your designs. I enjoy everything you do. I also decorate the cafe tins. You have a happy site. It makes me feel good to see your creations. Have a blessed day. Linda

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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..