Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

🌲Merry Christmas 🌲

The season is upon us and we are well into December.
So much to do for the holiday and I can say I'm ready and done, thankfully!
 I hope now to take the time to relax and reflect upon the 
reason for the season.
Slowing down to enjoy the simple moments with family and friends
and grateful for so many blessings I could not begin to count!


As most of you may know by now,
my blog has become more of a newsletter.
After 10 plus years of blogging,
my direction had to change.
While much is still the same, other ways of balancing 
life has been redirected and giving me more time to design.
Change is good and most times necessary!
I know many of you are facing the same 
and I see so many blogging less or more depending on the situation.

Here's a quick decor idea.
Metal tray from the dollar store, painted black
and accented with wooden letters painted white and glued in place.

I will continue to share here on my blog, once a month
as I have been doing and free to open the comments once again.

I look forward  to visiting you and so many I follow here throughout the week.


Everyday you can find me posting on Instagram
sharing  home and garden on my interior design account.
I'd love for you to visit
and the link is on the sidebar here.

I still have my shop on etsy
 and we have a new CEO who has made an incredible difference 
for the small business owner.
We needed the direction and I am thankful to all who create, sell and shop etsy!!

Quick Christmas accent rug is easy to create,
using an inexpensive rug from the dollar store and stenciling with acrylic paint!
I hope you find the time to bake. I love making these traditional
Pizelles (in the middle) for Christmas. My mother and grandmother made them before me
and I've carried on the family tradition for years.
Christmas is not the time to diet!!!

As always I have a sale going on in my etsy shop.
and currently it is 30 percent off any purchase of two items.

Sales will be on going in many different ways going forward.
From discounts, to free shipping will be offered each month!!

I have lots of new designs coming up in the new year 
and I can't wait to share them with you.

My creative muse is excited and still going strong 
in the field of Decorative Painting
and I just celebrated my long time
membership in
The Society of Decorative Painters since 1988
I hope to share more of our activities and info 
here throughout the new year.

I'm also continuing to design for VIDA (link on the sidebar)  and loving the opportunity to work in
a global community that not only brings beautiful upscale products to the world 
from designing artist like myself,
but brings jobs and education to the many folks that create from my designs by sewing,
machine printing, developing and more.
It's really a wonderful way for me to give back while doing what I love!!

Small decorative Joy sign is easy to create using
wood letters with a wood blank square, painted and stenciled before
gluing on the word letters.

Here in Texas we enjoyed a long warm season
but now some cold days are here and welcomed
for Christmas.

And while we are enjoying sunshine and cooler days,
we can't forget the many in California who are
in the throws of wildfires and loss.
I have a cousin who lives there and she emailed me to say,
it's very bad and the air quality is terrible.
They are wearing gas masks.
Our prayers go out to those affected!
Another quick wall art winter accent.
12" wide wood board routed and painted black.
Then stenciled with Let it Snow and added snowflakes.
Quick, easy and makes a statement.

Here's another version for outside using a longer wood board routed,
painted and stenciled vertical to hang on the garden gate!


Sending joyful thoughts your way this season
and I hope your holiday is made extra special!
I hope your stockings are spilling over with many blessings!

May God Bless your path this holiday and long into the New Year.
Thank you for stopping by to visit
Best Wishes for a very
Merry Christmas!!!


Linda said...

It all looks perfectly lovely!! I finished my decorating last night and am knee deep into baking today. Tomorrow I host a Christmas Tea and then we will go back to the ranch for a few days to rest. We work hard when we’re home so it’s nice to get away. Merry Christmas!

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful, heart-warming post, Celeste! You always outdo yourself...your works of art are as beautiful as you are. I love all the sweet touches that are part of your home...inside and out!!!

I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas season, Celeste. You are a blessing to many of us here in the blogging community. xo Diana

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

So good to hear from you and the pictures are just gorgeous. I do love Etsy and am about to run over and check out your shop. Merry Christmas!

krishna said...

very very pretty decorations.. but I miss you post.. Please post often.. love n hugs..

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful Celeste. You have outdone yourself. Everything is so gorgeous. Now that you are done with all the decorating wishing you lots of fun and peace in the following days. Enjoy all the season has to offer.

Debbie Harris said...

You are so beautiful!
I simply enjoyed reading your news and viewing the beauty of your home.
Your creativity, Celestina, always amazes me.
Our master bedroom Christmas tree is up and decorated with the beauty of your hand painted hearts and looks as beautiful as ever.
I added the beautiful ornament that arrived in the mail today to that tree. Thank you so kindly!

Sending Christmas love and blessings to you and your loved ones.
Love and Hugs~

Valerie-Jael said...

Your place looks so Christmassy and welcoming, just beautiful. Happy Christmas to you and yours, hugs, Valerie

Claudia said...

My dearest Celete,
thank you for this so warm, wonderful and lovely Christmas Post! I am so glad, you will stay here, even it is once a month!
Your home is filled with so much Love and many wonderful decorations, I would love to jump over and visit you for a cup of tea ;O)
Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas time, take care and MERRY CHRISTMAS, my dear friend!
Love and hugs, Claudia xoxo

Anna said...

Beautiful decorations and house !!!!
I wish all the best !
Have a happy Holidays season !

Linda Walker said...

You have so much going on, how do you do it all? Your home is a masterpiece, everything in it's place inside and out, and is perfectly decorated, (every little corner) for holidays throughout the year. Your design work is truly beautiful and stands out among the rest. It's always a joy to scroll through your posts and images. Wishing you the best in the new year and continued success! I'll look forward to seeing your new designs too. So glad you're on IG! Enjoy the holiday season, Merry Christmas to you and your family! Sending love and hugs!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your home, both inside and out, is as lovely, warm, and beautiful as you are, dear Celeste!! I am thankful that you are still sharing your posts with us on a monthly basis. I love getting inspiration from you! You are such a kind, gentle soul, and I am happy to know you. May love and blessings spill from your stocking, too!

The Bear's Blog said...

Merry Christmas. I love visiting here and seeing what you have been creating.

Blessings & Merry Christmas

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your home looks wonderful all decked out for the holidays! Have a wonderful Christmas!

craftyles said...

It's always a good day when there's a blog post from Southern Day Dreams. So much eye candy and great ideas and inspirational thoughts. Your home looks beautiful for the season! Merry Christmas dear friend!

Sue Kosec said...

Your home is so beautiful and decorated in the best way ever. I'm going to miss your more-often posts but will settle for monthly. Enjoy the season and have the happiest new year.


Jan Hermann said...

I always love seeing your home with the season change and all...and your Christmas decorating is absolutely beautiful. I wish you and Larry and your entire family a Blessed and Happy Christmas and New Year!!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Celeste ~ So good to see a post from you of your lovely home decorated for Christmas.

Happy Christmas holidays to you and yours ~ FlowerLady

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Oh! Marie your home is so beautiful! It was so fun to see the whole of it and all of your beautiful touches you are so talented. Have a very Merry Holiday Season!
xoxo Jo

cloches and lavender said...

Beautiful as always. Love your signs especially the Joy one.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! Your home looks incredible...inside and out! I would love to see it in person. And you have Christmas music on your piano...perfect! Holiday hugs, Diane

Donna said...

Hi Celestina,
Wow, you really outdid yourself again! Your home looks just gorgeous all decked out for the holidays. I love all of the festive touches you've added to every nook and cranny. Thanks so much for the inspiration, love your stenciled signs! And your front porch and exterior looks amazing too, and so welcoming! I'm sure your's is the most beautiful home in the neighborhood:) And I love the beautiful picture of you, too!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your home looks lovely and festive for Christmas, Celestina. I love all the RED you have in your décor. I especially like those kissing angels - they're so cute. Your house outside looks charming all lit up with Christmas lights, and the reindeer really makes it merry. The "Let it Snow" sign is delightful. Nel got a lot of snow in Georgia this week, and her dog loved playing in it. You even have greenery on your piano, so pretty. It's so nice to hear songs playing on the piano.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Celestina, and I thank you for your friendship all these years in blog land.

love, ~Sheri

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Beautiful post! I love all of your projects! The signs are so great. Have a wonderful, Merry Christmas!!

Cindy Lou said...

Really cute ! Nicely decorated !!

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Celeste you have done such a wonderful job in decorating for the Festive Season throughout your home inside and out!
It is always such a pleasure to read your blogs and what you are working on!
I wish for you and yours a most wonderful Christmas and a New Year fulfilling many of your hopes and dreams.
I do understand about how life takes us in different directions and I wish you will with all of them.
I will still pop in to read your monthly Newsletters too!
Hugs to you,
Suzy xox

Rose L said...

So charming and lovely and well done!

Kim said...

Your home and decor always looks so beautiful! How fun to get a peek of it all at Christmas! Wishing you a Merry Christmas a very wonderful 2018 my friend!

Linda M. said...

Merry Christmas Celeste, I love all your beautiful touches throughout your lovely home. I need to make a new post on my neglected blog.
Joyous Wishes and hugs, Linda

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

You have done such a beautiful job with all of your handmade Christmas and holiday decorations!! Your house looks gorgeous. Enjoy and have fun creating. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Julie xo

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I miss seeing you more often but I understand the need to change directions. Your home is lovely as always and I enjoyed seeing your holiday touches throughout. The outside of your home is gorgeous- I’ve never seen it before. God Bless and Best Wishes for a Beautiful Christmas! Liz

Okio B Designs said...

Everything looks perfect! I'm swooning over that Noel tray.


Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello Celeste Marie~
I have been peeking into blogs : ) but not always commenting~ Just wanted to tell you how beautiful and comforting your home is; so festive : )
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and hopes for a peaceful holiday season~ Hugs, Karen O

Alessandra said...

My dearest Celeste, your home is fairy, cozy and very festive.

Sandra said...

Lindas imagens natalícias. Bom fim de semana.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Celeste, not only are you beautiful but so is your home. You do such a wonderful job decorating your gorgeous home. Thanks for all the quick holiday projects you are so darn creative.

Crissi said...

What a wonderful, heartwarming post - thanks for pointing!
I wish you a beautiful blessed Advent Sunday
Hug Crissi

Smareis said...

Uma linda postagem Celestina!
Desejo um Feliz Natal e um Novo Ano muito abençoado pra você e os teus. Que os sinos do Natal sejam mensageiros de Boas Festas, e que 2018 seja repleto de realizações.
Um beijo e um sorriso embrulhado num abraço.

handmade by amalia said...

How lovely your home looks, so warm and inviting, and I enjoyed all your decorations (and that plate of cookies :-). Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! I have enjoyed seeing your photos on Instagram. :) It's always fun to see what you have been working on each day. Enjoy your time of rest, and I wish you and yours a happy Christmas! :)

Susie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Your home is beautiful all ready for the holidays. Blessings to you pretty girl, xoxo, Susie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Beautiful, beautiful are YOU CELESTE! First of all, thank you so much for coming by to say HI at my blog post, and secondly, reading your words here are a comfort to me, knowing that I am not the only one who has struggled with letting go or rather, changing my blogging life. Our lives take turns and with God's grace, we go down those paths with great memories are our anchors. Thank you for always being a graceful angel.YOUR HOUSE LOOKS FANTASTIC! And my sister in law has experienced first hand, those horrid fires in Santa Rosa. We hope our California friends and family will have a better 2018.


Laurel Stephens said...

Your home is lovely for the holidays! Merry Christmas!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

Such a beautiful post you have shared, love your gorgeous home with all your amazing Christmas decorations. Many thanks for your friendship and the kind mail that arrived - your card is on its way and sorry if it is a little late.
Happy holidays dear friend and best wishes for 2018
love, blessings and hugs
Carolyn xo

Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan said...

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday full of good food and good cheer.
Have a very Merry Christmas, and we wish you all the best in the New Year, too!

Buttercup said...

Happy, healthy and merry! I'll be looking for you on Instagram. I'm #buttercupnyc.

Ela said...

Happy New Year !!

Conniecrafter said...

Such a lovely post, your home is so lovely and elegant!! You have so many wonderful things going on, so happy for you and wishing you many more blessings in 2018!

Cheryl said...

Dear Celestina Marie! Oh, my! I got my BEAUTIFUL package from dear Stephanie that was filled with your beyond-gorgeous creations!! They are truly breath-taking! I was SO surprised and thankful for my dear friend's kindness and generosity and love! Your work is nothing short of AMAZING!! My husband picked his favorite ornament, my son picked his favorite, and I picked mine. We will never look at these precious creations without thinking of dear, loving Stephanie and of YOU! Surely God has greatly gifted you, and I feel SO honored and blessed to possess some of your wonderful handiwork. I will cherish it dear to my heart, and I cannot thank you and Stephanie enough for the grace and love you bestowed upon my family and me through this...right down to the very packaging and wrapping....ALL of it was done with such care and loving detail. The light of Jesus' love shines through you and all you do! I am just so grateful!! Happy New Year to you!!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I don't know how you keep up with it all Celeste! Your home is just so cozy and welcoming, and I enjoy all your posts on Instagram! It really is a wonderful way to keep up with dear friends. I wish you well with all your endeavors, what a blessing to be able to stay home, create and share your passion with others. I enjoyed your tips at how to make some easy DIY projects with things that can easily be done without a lot of expensive tools or supplies. I have plans this year in my garden to make a lot of fun signs to hang around it. Thanks for the great tips on all the signs :) I wish you a blessed and wonderful New Year, my friend!

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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..