Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Around the Kitchen

Hi Friends

It's Autumn in my kitchen.

I've added a few simply changes
that speak fall.

I have found that color can bring that feel 
even without an obvious accent like pumpkins and more.

Well, I do have a few faux pumpkins and seasonal accents, 
color changes and texture really help to pull a fall look together.

The Flavors of Fall is one of my favorite seasonal cook books
it finds a place in my changeable kitchen corner.

To the vintage scale,
I topped it again this year with the cork pumpkins I created last year.
If you'd like to view that post and the "how to" create these

Be Thankful on the cutting board is perfect for all seasons.
This little Home Sweet Home plate is painted with such a sweet fall scene.

Adding fall napkins to the counter bring in the fall style.
I found the pumpkin covered dish
in RoundTop, Texas last fall on a October trip.

 To the island,
I simply added a wire basket
filled with a boxwood,
and small pumpkins and pears.

Moving around to the table
I just pull out all my fall colored pretties
make it Autumn.

These fall inspired plates are from Pier 1 
and a great sale several years ago.
They are made in Italy and the name is called A New Harvest!

The similar pattern of fruit is also on the umber glass salad bowl.
A gift of 12 from my son many years ago for Christmas.
Included in the set is the large salad bowl with the same shape and pattern.

Scattered about  the table,
I've added flat fall leaves from the Dollar Tree.
On each leaf I wrote with a Sharpie pen hopeful words like,
thankful, blessings, God, family, grateful, cherish
and so forth.
The skies the limit to the words you choose.

Fanny Burat cups
and her gorgeous painting,
Roses et Volubilis

I love her  painting of roses and florals in vintage aged colors.

The glasses were a find last year at the Dollar tree.
Can't beat these beautiful tall ice tea glasses with fall leaves
in browns, rust and cream.

My centerpiece is a layered candle ring with all the accents of Autumn.
To the center I added 
a Luminaria timer candle that flickers like a real flame.
Comes on each evening at the same time.
It is really welcoming to be out for the evening 
come home,
and have the candle light to show the way.

Some of you have asked where to find these timer candles.
I have found the best types are sold online at,

I found this teapot on a recent junkin trip.
It was brand new still in the box.
I scooped it up mostly because I have the Dutch oven that matches it.
Plus it just looks pretty on the stove for fall~
and for 5 dollars plus new, SCORE!!

You might remember my coffee and tea bar I 
created and tucked in one area of my kitchen counter.
Well I wanted to design a sign for it
and when my dear friend gave me several of these chalk board plaques,
I used one to create 
Fresh Brewed, Coffee or Tea.
I used a stencil for the cup
and the rest is done free hand with a chalk pen.

I love a cozy kitchen for the season
look forward to gathering around the table with family and friends.

Happy Fall everyone.
Hope you enjoy the
BE THANKFUL season!!

Celestina Marie


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Gather in the Living Room for Fall

Welcome to my Gathering Room


Happy Fall Friends.

I just finished a little cork banner
that reads

I simply stenciled the letters
right on the thin cork flags
painted the checks at the bottom to complete.

I strung jute through the flags 
it was ready to hang from the mantel.

I added a tall bundle of wheat to fill an urn.
I love the soft color and the dried element.
 I really enjoyed working with the thin cork.

Little  timer lights strung through a garland of leaves 
come on each evening at the same time.

Ceramic pumpkins are tucked in among the leaves.

To the mantel top I placed 
a Georgia O'Keeffe print
of Orange Poppies.

I got this a few years ago in Santa Fe when I visited the
Georgia O'Keeffe museum.
She is one of my favorite artists
and her work always inspires me.
I had this print matted and framed
and love it in the fall season.

To the sides of the print I have a pretty piece of pottery
with a toile style accent.
I love the distress style of this bisque treasure.

And another tall pottery vase, a gift from my son several years ago.
The color and blend of this piece is one of my favorites.

On the hearth, I simply filled a wire basket with harvest accents
and a large stone acorn.

But my favorite little treasure
is my little grey mouse "Doose"
My mother made him many years ago and a special piece I hold dear.
You never know where he will be napping.

Home and cozy.
This pillow was a recent find at JoAnn's. 
The fabrics for the letters are wool blends.
The animal print throw is ready to curl up with along with a good book.

Across the room a vintage hutch from the late 1890's.

A collection of vintage books with fall candle and white pitchers.

Design Books always handy to inspire through the fall season.

My garden angel Della Dear, wears a wreath for the season.

A few views from around the room.
Cozy in the evenings
and even though it's still too hot
for a fire~~
My  flameless timer candles give a special glow from the fireplace.

Love the stitch work on this French pillow.
It works well to accent the color of the season.

A Gathering Room for Fall.

Thank you for visiting.

Have a great first weekend in Autumn.

~Be Blessed~
Celestina Marie

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Good Fences

Hi Friends~

Happy Fall


Welcome to another 

Last week I shared with you the awesome fence
with the horse that came over to say hello.

I have the rest of the story
more pics
from that beautiful day.

As we entered the area
we were greeted by this larger then life horse statue.

The area is a equestrian center and boards horses.
The stone fence behind the statue is beautiful.
You can imagine the size of the statue 
when seeing the fence.
 It looks short
when in fact, it is a tall rock fence.

Here are those awesome fences that go around the entire area.

Beautiful fields to ride a horse.

Here are the horse stalls.
Very groomed area and neat as a pin.

The horses were happy to look out and say hello.
I almost expected one to say hello I am "Mr. Ed"

As we drive around we see the trailers behind the stalls on our way out.

Driving away from the center,
we see another horse in the distance.
Grazing on a beautiful Texas Day!

Another statue on the way out of the center facing the opposite direction.
Simply beautiful against the gorgeous blue sky.

Good Fences 
in a 
Texas Equestrian Center.

Thanks for stopping by.

See you next time.

Celestina Marie


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Falling into Autumn Around the House!

Happy First Day of Autumn!
We are all finding inspiration from the many tours around blogland.
It has been a special time to visit and gather ideas.

I've had so much fun visiting friends and I am sure you have too.

Welcome  Friends to my home.

This year I decorated a bit early.
Preparing for a busy season ahead in my shoppe, I wanted to make hay while the sun shined.
When you come in the front door,
this horn of plenty is on the entry table.

This large metal tub has been painted off white with a French graphic.
The little Trick or Treat sign is ready to greet my Halloween visitors.

Keeping things simply with a  less is more plan,
or so I have tried.

Here are just a few of the views around my fall home
starting in the dining room which is just off to the right of the entry.

Several years ago,
 I shared the painting of my hutch for a bit of French Country charm.
It is 35 plus years old and I could just not part with it.
Plus I need it to hold my dish addiction~~
So~ since painting furniture is apart of my world,
I gave it an upgrade to black with distress and added wood appliques.

Taking out the door grids on the glass and adding stained glass appliques in black faux leading,
gave it a whole new look and style.

I love blue with it's contrast color of orange.
These candle sticks are simply topped with a pumpkin instead of a candle.

This simply fall display will take us right into Thanksgiving.

To the top, I left my blueware and white roosters in place and just added 
a garland of fall leaves.

Looking over the table you can see where I placed the appliques
on the hutch and the door designs on the glass.

To the table,
 I added a variety of fall harvest to my long wire flat basket
on a black and white table runner.

Here you can see a better view where I added the wood appliques.

Several years ago I found these velvet shades with gold polka dots and beads.
They work nicely through the winter months, but lately I've kept them on year round.

This is the side buffet I use for serving.
A few fall leaves and a little pumpkin gives a touch of the season without 
making big changes.

In the dining room window,
I've placed a crocheted throw and wood tray filled with a variety of
pumpkins to a window bench.

Thank you for visiting my entry and dining room for fall.

Join me next time in the living room.

Have a great September day.
Celestina Marie


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