Monday, November 30, 2015

Tea Cups, Muffin Cups and Peat Pot Christmas Tree Accents

Hi Friends 
here we are the last day of November~
Where did the month go?
So I'll wish you 
Happy December!

Still raining here in Texas
and a great time to be in the studio

My Christmas decorating is complete
and now it's time to enjoy the season.

Last week I worked on a few fun bottle brush tree designs
using vintage mini tea cups,
muffin cups and peat pots for bases.

To create them  I  used
E6000 glue, hot glue,
pipe cleaners, trims, ribbon, silk flowers, snow flakes,
basket filler and Spanish moss and more.

The skies the limit to your accents
and no set rules to this.
Just add what you have on hand in your craft stash.

To the inside of all the bases,
I glued a wood block  with E6000 
for the tree to be glued too.

It looks something like this to begin.
Next add the tree
let dry overnight and you're ready to decorate.
Hot glue to hold in the trees and blocks may come loose
 so E6000 is the way to go.

Here are a few ideas I came up with.

That's it.
Got a cup with a chip?
Perfect to use on something like this.

This was fun and makes a great little gift or home decoration.
For these with saucers, I didn't glue the saucers to the cup
but you could do that, add a hanger to the top
and it becomes a tree ornament.

Before I go for today,
Let me remind you of the
Christmas in Texas Blog Hop Home Tour
Dec.7th through the 11th.

See you next time.
Merry Christmas!


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Let The Shopping Begin

Hi Friends!
Hope you enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving.
We sure did here in Texas
along with the downpour of rain
giving us about 7 inches overnight
it's still raining.
Well it's not snow,
so that's good.
But wouldn't it be pretty?

Today is the kick off to Christmas shopping and Black Friday.
Well, you won't find me standing in lines and fighting the crowds.
I'll be home enjoying some creative time.
 But if you want to shop on line,

My SHOP has a special SALE
starting today 
December 14th.

Save 20% off all items in store
by using the coupon code
at checkout.

Wrap up those presents or
let me gift wrap for you 
free of charge.

Thank you for taking the time to visit
and always for browsing 

You are the best customers 
and I appreciate
you more then I can say.

Enjoy the season !!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Blog Meet to Blog Hops

Happy Wednesday Friends!
I know if you are reading this from the states
you are most likely preparing 
for Thanksgiving tomorrow
or gearing up to visit family and friends for a big dinner.

It is a busy time for all
but recently I took some time out
to meet a blog friend right here
in my own "little" town in Texas.

Just a few minutes from my home and her's,
met for lunch at a sweet 
Country French Cafe near by.

Leslie is the cutest and sweetest girl, very talented
and just as kind and nice as can be.
I so enjoyed my visit as we talked away our lunch.
You can see above,
they cleared the table 
and we kept right on visiting away
 for about another hour.

Leslie gifted me with 
a darling vintage quilt bag,
handmade by her using a vintage quilt.
And the sweetest quilted heart made from fabric 
that was layered and found between the original quilt.
To this piece she stitched the word
LOVE it all~
and the candy of course!!

I gifted Leslie with one of my newest
fabric pumpkin designs
and a tag.

Thank you Leslie for the fun meet up and visit.
We plan to get together again and
do some junkin after the holidays.

And speaking of Texas,
About 20 plus of us Texas Bloggers
are sharing our Christmas decor, homes, 
recipes, tutorials and more,
in a 
Christmas inTexas Home Tour Blog Hop
December 7-11
Hosted by:
Stacey from

Be sure to stop by to visit my tour on the 9th along with the many others
starting on the 7th of December.
There will be a list and links of those participating for you to find easily.
It will be so much fun to see what us Texas gals are up to for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks again Leslie for the beautiful gift and friendship
and Thank You Stacey for all you are doing to prepare for the Blog Hop.

Wishing you all a very Blessed 
Happy Thanksgiving.

See you next time!


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Woodland Tree Base

Most of us have, or had, one or two of these trees.
You know,
the woodland style trees with the real looking trunk.
Evergreen boughs placed from top to bottom
that bend and shape into place.
The bottom of these trees
are a metal base 6 inches square 
for balance.
Trouble is, they are not very pretty.

I decided to give these a new look
so I went through my stash of supplies.

I happen to have burlap on hand~

and cotton batting.

Cut a square of the burlap  around the base,

then added the batting around the trunk and top of the metal square.

Gathered some wire and cut a length about 12 inches.

Next, I gathered the burlap up around the trunk
and tied the wire to secure in place.

Trimmed any long burlap and adjusted the gathers.

Tied a red ribbon around the wire and complete.

Here's  a peek of how the trees turned out.
I placed one on each side of the fireplace.
So much better then a metal base
don't you think?

I'll share the rest of this story
in posts to come.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Be Blessed~

See you again soon.


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Friday, November 20, 2015

A Shoppe Update and Weekend Shopping!

Welcome to 
Weekend Shopping
what's new on the shelves

Before I share what's new,
I want to share my boutique update.

When you are in sales of any kind,
change and redirection is always a good thing.
I've made changes a few times in 30 plus years
it's time for another.

My shop on etsy will now be a sister shop

Still lots of hand painted treasures,
plus more vintage, 
shabby and farmhouse
along with my new fabric art
coming soon.

Also in other news. I'm now on
for my shop
and a
new member of 
Shabby Lane Shops,
an on line shopping mall.
Also, you can find me on

I'm newly starting up all places
so please be patient with me as I learn to navigate
the sites.

Now for some new shopping ideas,
A few weeks ago,
I added picket fence wall art signs.
These two below are the newest.

Other treasures include~

 ~just sold~

and lots more~

Have a great weekend everyone
thank you for stopping by for a visit.
You all are the best!!

~See you soon~
Celestina Marie

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Good Fences


Today I have one more fence from
Rachel Ashwell's
The Prairie in Roundtop, Texas

It's another stick fence 
and the entrance to 
The Shoppe 
The Shabby Chic Couture.

As you can see, 
it was winter and  right after Christmas a couple years ago.
Rustic, Shabby and oh so fun!
Long walks around The Prairie
were enjoyed each day.

Some of you have asked more about this place,
Here are the links for those posts if you want to visit.
Part One
From the store

Thanks for stopping by another week of Good Fences

Be Good  now!

Celestina Marie

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Monday, November 16, 2015

ReCreating with Lamp Parts

Hi Friends~
Before I share this post today,
I just want to say,
our hearts go out to Paris
and our prayers are lifted
for the friends and families who
lost loved ones
in such a violent act.
May God Bless them with comfort!


One of my favorite lamps had
seen better days
 and no longer worked.
 I didn't want to just throw it out
or try and repair it.
So I decided to take it all apart
and recreate a piece in it's memory.
With the help of my better half,
who can transform most anything for me,
we dismantled the lamp
and used the base and middle section 
to create a pedestal.
The Base

The Center

Turning the center upside down,
we bolted and glued the two sections together.

The center piece is where it's bolted and shaped like a bowl,
but I had a round metal tray that fit the space perfectly.

Adding the tray to the top, it now has a surface for display
or a bowl shape to fill with small ornaments.
I didn't glue the tray in place
 so it can be removed when needed.

Next, I painted everything in Old White Chalk Paint.

Added lots of distress all around
for cottage charm.

I love how it turned out
and have many uses for this old lamp.

Like a pedestal for this tall skinny glitter tree.

Or my favorite, using this cloche that fit perfectly.

Love this musical candle for a centerpiece.

Sweet spot for a tea pot.

Pretty English Plate for serving.

Or a perfect fit for a white pumpkin.

Love how it works with this candle too.

And another favorite
displaying my mother's
vintage Cardinal musical figurine.

That's it,
recreating with old lamp parts,
a few bolts to attach, glue
and a little paint.

Can't wait to decorate with it at Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by.

Celestina Marie


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