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Friday, December 23, 2011

{A Blogger I Admire: Celestina Marie Designs & Her White House Invitations}

Today I want to write about a very special and long time blogger (since June of 2007); Celestina Marie from the blog Celestina Marie Designs. Already since 1988 she has been a member of the National Society of Decorative Painters. This not only made her improve her skills as an artist painter, it even led her to The White House in 1998 and 2004. Each year the First Lady and her staff select the decorations and holiday theme, for the following Christmas to display on the (click link)→ Blue Room Christmas Tree. IF an artist gets selected after a precise and detailed process, following the exact requirements, they also will get invited to the White House Holiday Reception. From all 50 states, a total of 350 ornaments artfully made by 314 National Society of Decorative Painters members, it was also Celestina Marie who got chosen. Quite an honor for being invited by the President and the First Lady to see the Blue Room Tree all decorated!

Celestina Marie and her husband with First Lady Laura Bush in front of the Blue Room Christmas Tree...
Photo used with permission of Celestina Marie Designs

Being chosen ONCE is already a dream come true but being chosen TWICE that was beyond Celestina Marie's wildest dreams! I find it quite extraordinary too, for this fine artist having been included not only for 1998 but also 2004! Celestina Marie is a very down to earth lady and that's why I would like to honor her this year by mentioning this highest honor of this great nation in my post today. You ought to pay her a visit. If you click on Blue Room Christmas Tree above, you can read all about her experience. 
From First Lady Bush Celestina Marie did receive the above photo, taken with her by the White House Photographer, with an accompanied special letter.

Photo used with permission of Celestina Marie Designs
A sad note is that Celestina Marie lost her Dad only six weeks prior to her 1st Presidential invitation in 1998. Her Dad was a WWII Veteran and naturally, while in Washington, D.C. again for the 2nd Presidential invitation in 2004, Celestina Marie did visit with her husband the WWII Memorial that her Dad would have loved to see in person...

Photo used with permission of Celestina Marie Designs

There she met with some Vets from her Dad's home state of Pennsylvania and when she'd thanked them for their service, they cried... Very touching.

Photo used with permission of Celestina Marie Designs

Another photo from her under the marker of her Dad's beloved Pennsylvania...

Just yesterday, it was 66 years ago that her dear Mom & Dad got married, only weeks after returning from his 3-year time of service all over Europe. The camera he used in the war, never made it home so there is not a single photo of their wedding... But it got sealed in heaven and also inside the hearts of this love-couple and their family members, who witnessed this special love. You can read her post about it here: This Day Dec.22, 1945.

It has been an honor and a privilege, knowing Celestina Marie for the past couple of years. For being able to purchase some of her special art work as well. If it is fit for hanging inside the White House, wow, it must be an honor for each one of us to also own a piece of her fine art work!

May God bless Celestina Marie with good health, so many more of us will be able to acquire her fine work. Wishing her and her loved ones a very blessed and Merry Christmas. Thanks for being you and above all for being such a dear friend! The letters and cards that accompany her art work are a gift in itself... I only can highly recommend her to all those that have not yet had the honor knowing her talents in person.
Related links:
Miss C~ Goes To Washington! post by Celestina Marie
This Day Dec. 22, 1945 post by Celestina Marie
“A Blogger I Admire” - Doris Plaster from Hold my Hand previous post by me
"A Blogger I Admire" - Celia from High Heeled Life previous post by me


  1. Conosco il blog di Celestina,è speciale!Tanti auguri di buon natale a te e alla tua famiglia,baci,Rosetta

  2. Liebe Mariette!
    Ganz herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße an dich und deine Lieben und danke für deine immer so lieben Zeilen an mich! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    Deine Rostrosen-Traude :o)

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    Wenn du Lust hast, kannst du nachher noch auf einen gemütlichen Nannerl-Punsch bei mir vorbeikommen ;o)

  3. Buon Natale!!!!!!!!!!!! tanta gioia per te e la tua famiglia Lory

  4. Dear Mariette!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, kisses from Croatia!:)

    Zondra Art

  5. Liebe Mariette,

    Ich wünsch Dir und Deinen Lieben schöne besinnliche Weihnachtstage!

    ♥ Liebste Grüße Claudia ♥

  6. Fijne kerstdagen en alvast de beste wensen voor 2012!

  7. Dearest Mariette,
    You are so very kind, giving to me, a surprise for the day to read your post about my experiences and journey.
    Your words humble me and at the same time give me encouragment to continue.
    I must say here, I am nothing great in any way. I have no great talents and I have done nothing without the guidance of God. You see, all things for me have been directed from our Lord. To HIM I give all my thanksgiving and praise. All I really want to do in this job/life, I have been blessed to have, is, the best I can and hopefully touch another along the way serving others and our Lord. It's never about money or fame.
    Watching my parents live their lives, always giving, always having an open door has shown me what the true meaning of Christmas each day is truly all about.

    Going to the "people's house" was a highlight of my journey and one I will never take lightly. I am a proud American and having this opportunity was very special to be included, but does not make me any better artist. I have much to learn and admire those who are really talented.

    Thank you for such a gift as your post. I am truly humbled by your kindness and giving nature. You are a treasured friend and I am so blessed to know you these special years in blogging. You are an example of what the true meaning of giving is.

    Blessings to you this Christmas and continued good health, happiness and much love in the new year.

    Tight hugs,
    Love, Celestina Marie

  8. Liebe Mariette,

    frohe Festtage


  9. Dear Mariette, wishing you and family a very wonderful time together at this christmas time and may all be very well in your world.
    sending you lots of love
    maria cecilia

  10. Lieve Mariette,

    Ik wens jou en Pieter hele gezellige feestdagen toe!

    Merry Christmas!

    Madelief x

  11. Liebe Mariette,ich wünsche dir und Peter ein wunderschönes Weihnachtsfest.Vielen dank für deine lieben Kommentare,es ist schön dich zu kennen.Danke-Edith.

  12. Ciao Mariette, finalmente 2 minuti liberi...
    Ti auguro dal più profondo del cuore di passare uno splendido Natale insieme ai tuoi cari...
    Con affetto Alessandra

  13. Hello Mariette,
    I wish you and your family a merry Christmas time.



  14. Dear sweet Mariette,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, sorry I didn't visit you more often these days, but Moni kept me so busy :-)

    I wish you a Merry Christmas full of love, blessings ans prosperity,
    your friend

  15. Dear Mariette,

    You have shared such a beautiful post of our dear friend Celestina Marie, who is the sweetest Lady and I love to visit her also. I was lucky enough to win her gorgeous giveaway last week.
    Warmest wishes, dear Mariette to you and Pieter for a merry Christmas, and a year ahead filled with happy days.


  16. Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Celestina is a wonderful lady , whose visits and comments are always up lifting. Her wonderful creative talent is most inspiring!! xo HHL

  17. Celestina Marie is a talented lady, but overall, a good soul. There's so much to learn from her. I'm so impressed.

    Thank you, dearest Mariette for sharing about sweet Celestina Marie.




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