Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals. With this new series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their creativity, and a little bit more about them.
This week I’d like to introduce you to Celeste of Celestina Marie Designs. I can count myself as one of Celeste’s happy customers!
Thank you Kathy for asking me to be apart of your new series,
The Artist Behind the Etsy Seller.
It is an honor to participate.
My name is Celestina Marie after my grandmother but was shortened to Celeste when I started school.
My shoppe is named Celestina Marie Design on Etsy.
I am married to my best friend and have one grown son. My decorative design and creative path started way back in the late 70's.
As time went on, I studied interior design and decorative painting along with staging and display, sales and marketing in college.
I love to work in acrylics now but started out with Rembrandt oils, watercolor and ceramics.
Working with textiles and papers are also a joy to add to my collection of offerings.
My specialties range from folk art to shabby and French Farmhouse.
In the beginning, I created for the home show industry, country shows and fairs offering my home décor accents in many brick and mortar sites and several spaces in antique malls.
In the early 90's I designed and painted a miniature collection for
Sleepy Hollow Productions which was offered throughout the U.S.
As a member of The Society of Decorative Painters for 25 years, I have studied with published artists and been invited to the White House to Design ornaments for the Blue Room Christmas tree twice. It was a joy to visit and be invited for dinner in the W.H. Lots of decorative ideas there for sure!
When I decided to take my try on line, I started out on ebay for 5 years. During that time, artists like myself, began to try Etsy and it turned out to be a better spot for artists to sell their works. So I became a member of Etsy in 2007 but did not really start to sell full time till 2009 closing my shop on ebay.
Finding my inspiration doesn't have to take me far.
I can simply walk outside and see something in my garden to help the creative process along. I can listen to music, read a story, poetry or visit a friend and be inspired.
It is a joy to work from my home studio in Texas.
I draw a lot of my inspiration from the past and the teachings from my parents and grandmother who were all very creative people and great encouragers.
I also owe so much to my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Hurlbert, who always encouraged my artistic side and entered one of my works in the Country Fair of Yesteryear in Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum where I grew up in Michigan.
To my surprise, I won first place for a mosaic piece I created and that gave me the confidence at an early age to keep trying.
What I love most about the whole creative process is, the ability to touch others through something I might design. Bringing one of a kind accents to the home, garden or to be given as gifts.
Each customer is special and I always want them to know I appreciate their patronage more then I can say.
Quality of work and customer service is my top priority.
God has given me blessings in the designing direction and I am so thankful for any talents HE gave me to share with others.
My Father once told me, "Find What You Love To Do And You Will Never Work A Day Of Your Life"
Thank you so much, Celeste, for sharing your story with us. You have a wonderful artistic talent! You can visit Celeste’s Etsy shop here and her blog here.