Monday, August 15, 2016

Designing Boxes

Hi Friends,
Hope you enjoyed a nice weekend.
We cooled down a few degrees with a few drops of rain over the weekend.
More rain predicted this week and we are hopeful.


Recently I was going through my stash of stuff to redesign, 
 and I always find things I forget I have.

It's like going junkin all over again when I shop my store room.
Some day I'll show you that room positioned next to my studio. 
But today I'll share a few box redesigns I had stashed away.

I forgot how long ago I found this wood box.
Do you do that when you find treasures to create with?

Anyway, I've been on a kick to design with boxes lately so  this was a good re-find!!

Starting with one of my favorite chalk paints in sheepskin,
 I painted the whole wood box inside and out.

The lid just lifts off.
I think it may have had a hinge at one time, but I like the lift off style better.

Adding lots of sanded distress gives it some cottage charm.

Once dry the fun began.

I added lace and burlap ribbon all around the sides.

Lined the inside bottom and inside lid top with a pretty decorative paper
and glitter trim.

Next I added a vintage style postcard graphic to the lid on an angle.

It needed a little something, so I painted a few French roses trailing around.

Sealed all and complete for storing keepsakes, TV remote and more.

Happily this box went off to an on line friend Debbie, in our
Embracing Cottage Style giveaway for June.
So glad it has a home and can be enjoyed!

Here's another box style writing desk I found at the same time.
It was painted gold in it's previous life and I nearly passed it up.

Ivory chalk paint with light pink stripes, graphics and hand painted roses and filler flowers
redesigned this one.

Adding distress all around and aged the hinges a bit more with brown chalk paint.

To the inside I added pretty decorative papers with trim to reflect my painting on the desk top.

This also lives in a new home with Jan from Jan's place.

Another below is still available in my shop.

All in shades of tone on tone whites and creams hand painted with chalk paint inside and out.
The lid is designed with crocheted flowers and painted faux leaves.
Lastly, this jewel box below found a home 
 several more like it have been requested.
I'm always on the search for these treasures.

It's that time of year I'm working on many projects to fill the shelves

While it's still a scorcher here in Texas, 
it's hard to think fall, but I'm trying to work on pumpkins and more.

See you next week.


Mrs. W. said...

Good morning!

I just love, love, LOVE your box and writing desk! The papered insides are such an pretty touch, and the postcards on top are too exciting for words. You painted them so wonderfully, too. What a great talent you have.

Have a lovely week,

The Bear's Blog said...

Very beautiful, I have never used chalk paint but hear good things about it. One of these days I will try it.


Anonymous said...

Oh, my! There you go making more beautifulness! I adore that pretty desktop box! I love how you used the little postcards and your beautiful paintings! You're just too much! I love everything you do.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I love them all- you have such cute ideas! It's been a pretty warm summer here too. Thank goodness for air conditioning! I've been looking at fall things in the stores getting inspiration. I'll be watching for your fall line-up!

Lisa said...

Celeste these are both just lovely! I love the colors and the combination of vintage paper and your beautiful painting. So pretty!

craftyles said...

Each box is a treasure. I love how you decorate inside and out. The flowers that you paint are beautiful. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled fro wooden boxes. Great transformation. Isn't this weather a nice change? Enjoy your week!

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Very beautiful work and design. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing and teaching us!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

All your creations are soooo lovely, Celeste. Your attention to detail is just exquisite! I love how you lightly sand your items to give them that cottage-y look. You've been busy, my friend! Aren't these cooler temperatures a relief? It probably won't last, but we can enjoy them while they're here. Enjoy your week as you create in your studio. xo

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

They all are so pretty!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Such gorgeous boxes Celeste!! I love how you painted your floral design over the vintage postcards on the one piece. You are so clever! Sending you love and hugs to you and your guy! Love, Edie

Anna said...

All your boxes are gorgeous !!!
Have a lovely day !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Celeste, this is wonderful! I had no idea that Folk Art had a chalk paint version! I must go out and get some for some smaller projects in the house! Lovely box my friend. You are such a pro at this!

Sue Kosec said...

Good morning, Celeste!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just beautiful boxes - they will be treasured, for sure. I moved nearly 50 - yes, 50 (Joann's was having a deep, deep discount about eight years ago and I couldn't pass them up) paper mache boxes. Couldn't leave them behind - but ohmygoodness where do I store them and where do I begin to decorate them!?! Need any?

BTW - did you send me a Friend Request on FB? I'm so hesitant to hit the 'accept' button these days. So much goofiness happening with hacks and all.

Have a splendid day. It's sprinkling here!

Valerie-Jael said...

What treasures you have created here - just wonderful. Hugs, Valerie

Rose L said...

Lovely projects!

Sandi Magle said...

Nice little tutorial, and such lovely projects. I took a new peek at your Etsy shop and LOVE the photo pillow and throws, though they aren't my colors, they are simply gorgeous. I hope you can do a post or drop me a note about that process, if you ever have time. I know how it is to try and fill a shop with 'mades' for Fall. Thanks, Sandi

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh WOW such beautiful boxes. I am sure the people who purchased them will treasure these stunning boxes forever.

So glad that you got some rain and are expecting more. We have not receive any rain and will not get any until the fall, if then. Very HOT weather here, but it's suspose to cool down come Wednesday, we see.

Have a great creative week dear friend.


Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful Celeste. That writing box is gorgeous. Happy New Week.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Ooooo Celeste these boxes are divine! I love what you've done here~
(I discovered Chalk paint last year and had lots of fun : )
Your painting is beautiful and so unique. I like your style~
Thanks so much for sharing. hugs 2U Karen O

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So lovely! I especially love the tone on tone neutral box.

TexWisGirl said...

i love your sweet pink roses.

Jill said...

How absolutely adorable!!! Stay cool!


Smareis said...

Que lindo seu trabalho. Muito criativo. A caixinha é lindíssima. Uma cor muito suave. Gostei imenso. Parabéns pelo bonito trabalho.
Gostei muito de conhecer teu blog.
Uma boa semana!

Betty said...

I love boxes and you make yours so pretty.

Claudia said...

Dear Celeste, my so talented friend, your Design Boxes are wonderful! Grest jobs you have done!
Glad , the wether cooled down a bit and you got some raindrops and you will get some more!
Sending you much love and hugs and blessings for y wonderful week!
Claudia xo

Blondie's Journal said...

This is absolutely precious, Celeste. Your creativeness is lovely and I have to say, it escapes me (and maybe a lot of us!!) to create something so beautiful! I could think of a lot of ways to use this but the bottom line looks like you spent a lot of time and your big heart to create it! :-D


Kim said...

Beautiful!! I just adore your work, you are very talented!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are so talented and make everything and anything more beautiful! Enjoy your week. Stay cool! Hugs, Diane

Conniecrafter said...

These are just beautiful and those that have them in their home now are just blessed to have your gorgeous work, I love the sparkle trim you used on the first and perfect distressing on these. I agree it is so much fun when you come across something you had picked up awhile ago and find a way to use it now :)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

You are a busy little bee. Loving your projects. So soft and feminine. Your mind is always full of lovely ideas and your talents exceed. Always a pleasure to see your work. xo

cloches and lavender said...

Hi Celeste, gorgeous, the inside of these boxes are so pretty . I have that graphic in my graphics folder too.


Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Afternoon Lovely Lady,
Your talent and ingenuity never disappoint!
I so enjoy visiting you and discovering your latest projects and techniques.
Always so inspiring and always such a gracious hostess too!
Happy cooler week my friend,

Tete said...

Looks like you had a good time playing around...I know its work, too, but its still fun. I need to try this chalk paint out sometime...if only I had more umph and more hours in the day!

Stephanie said...

Good evening, my lovely friend! I always, always, always love seeing your creations because you make some of the prettiest things ever! Your work is truly exquisite.

Have a joyous week, sweet Celeste. Hugs!

Smareis said...

Boa noite Celestina!
Fiquei muito feliz em te ler la no blog.
Adorei seu blog e seu trabalho. Voltarei sempre pra ver as suas atualizações. Vou seguir o seu blog.
Um abraço e boa semana!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my dear sweet friend....that box is simply stunning and dripping with beauty. I love it. You amaze me with your talent. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Gosh your mediums has always been fabrics and don't venture from often. You do inspire me and the box is simply pretty...

cynthia lee designs said...

So pretty!! I just love everything you make.

Cecilia said...

Your boxes are beautiful! I like how you add the pretty paper inside so it's just as pretty when you open the lid!
I'd love to see some of your Fall stuff. Hope you will share soon!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina, you always do and show such pretty things. So charming and lovely. The insides are always just as beautiful. I look forward to seeing your fall creations. Thanks for your lovely words to me. Hope you are getting a little relief from the hot summer. Still pretty warm here..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

Stacey said...

You are so talented!! I know you get so much joy from creating and sharing with others. :)

quakerhillfarm said...

These keepsake boxes are so very pretty! You have a wonderful talent! Trust cooler temps will soon be on their way to you. Have a great weekend.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I always envy people who can paint roses and such. your box turned out amazing.

La Petite Gallery said...

I love it, you paint roses so beautifully. I can't paint roses.
I have a lap desk to paint, you inspired me. I'll do sail boats.
Hugs to you, Fall is coming. yvonne

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! You are amazing!


Red Rose Alley said...

This box is very pretty, Celestina. I think the vintage post card adds a little something. The pink roses are soft and lovely. Your did a great job on it. You surely have a gifted talent with art, Celestina.


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Celestina Marie
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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..