Welcome to Boxwood Cottage!

So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Seasonal Swap News

See Wendy, now this finally is your seasonal swap parcel and card. I've finished it this morning and will send it out to you today! It's not the best photo I'm afraid, but it was still kind of dark this morning:

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Little Easter decorations

I've made this little card a few days ago and just thought it might look good as a Easter decoration here in the blog:

I've also made more of these little bunnies (Some think he looks like a kangaroo lol but it's a hare I swear! ) because you can decorate him everywhere, like here on the big ostrich egg:

Yesterday I've decorated some eggs outside of my living room window on the vine cirrus:

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Spring on my terrace/patio

Some more spring photos:





Monday, March 27, 2006

Another altered egg

I've also altered and decorated another type of paper maché egg. The bunny is made out of a paper napkin, pasted on cardboard and cutted out. The little flag is bilingual ;-)


Sunday, March 26, 2006

Spring is finally here!

After a really long winter the temperatures has finally raised up to over 10 degrees celsius + and suddenly spring is in the air! Snowdrops and Crocuses are blooming everywhere and birds are singing and flying around like crazy. I even saw the first butterfly of the year today. On Friday afternoon Mum and I have bought and planted lots of different colors of violas and pink daisies in pots and today in the afternoon I could even sit on the terrace with my neighbour Ulla drinking coffee and enjoying the warm sun rays (20 degrees celsius + in the sun yeah!) so I'm a really happy bunny now :D











Friday, March 24, 2006

Papier-mâché Easter eggs

Totally inspired by the imaginative papier-mâché Easter eggs that Ulla has altered and posted on her Blog http://ullam.typepad.com/ullabenulla/ a few weeks ago, I've tried my hand on some papier-mâché eggs that I luckily found in our local craft store. Now this is what came out of my attempt:




Seasonal Swap News

Yesterday I've got my rose themed swap parcel from Wendy at http://www.fairycakegirl.typepad.com/. I found English rose flavoured tea bags, a rose soap, rose bodymilk and rose scented oil, all beautifully wrapped along with a lovely peonie card. Thank you very much dear Wendy, you knew my love for roses, right ;-)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

My little modell

The cutest little bird ever for me is still the European Red Robin ! I so love to take photos of him because he acts like a little modell and he's so tiny and sweet, just have a look at my latest pictures:




Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Male Siskin

With my luck in taking bird photos since I'm the "Duchess sings like a bird" he he, I've catched the male siskin too with my digicam:




The rescue of the Greenfinch

I just have to show you these photos which Maria, a friend from my German garden blog, took on sunday:

She was working in her garden, when she heard some continuous fluttering up from a tree and was wondering what was going on, so she went to have a look and saw this little Greenfinch, who got trapped by some wire, hanging in the trees. She called her hubby for help and they rescued him. Aren't these cute photos?



Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sunday Collage

I've had a very busy weekend, Friday after work I've visited a wonderful garden show with a friend and my mum, it was so lovely to see all the flowers and yesterday I had a fitness day with my daughter and in the evening my sis and her husband came to see us. So today I really felt the need to do something creative and I've finished another collage. There is just something so satisfying about finishing a new collage project.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Carduelis spinus - Siskin - Erlenzeisig

Well just yesterday I found out through Robyn's blog http://dailyparcels.blogspot.com/ that my ya ya name is "Duchess sings like a bird" (I wish lol) Seeing that I love songbirds this is the perfect name for me. And when I came home then I've got the chance to take some photos of a cute little songbird that came to my birdfeeder for the first time. It's a siskin that normally lives in the woods where alder trees and birch trees grows.




Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rose Collages

I've been in rose mood again as you can see on my two latest collages. The first one I've sent to a friend for her birthday (to the one who paints/draws on the eggs) and the second I've pasted on a big canvas:


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Still snowing

I wonder if this winter will ever come to an end?

When I woke up on Friday morning all the garden was covered in snow again and it's so cold that the houses are icicled and the snow lasts and lasts.

Pictures from Friday:




Pictures from today:




At least we've had a sunny day with blue sky today and I did a nice 2 hours walk through the nature with my mum.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Icing sugar snow

We've had a bit of snow again this morning, when I took these pictures. It's incredible when you think that in maybe two or three weeks it'll be blooming everywhere!



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