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, November 30, 2006

Snowflakes and a tiny Mr. Elmer Frost


Here are the snowflakes I've made so far, it's really fun making them. The idea came from Cat @ www.baumcat.blogspot.com and she proposed that if we would like to get snow soon, every blogger should cut out a paper snowflake and post it on your blog! Cat I'm in a snowflake fever now, will try out more and different pattern as soon as I find the time again!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

I've been inspired to take the following picture of my Frosty the snowman pen (now called Mr. Elmer Frost because I so like this oldfashioned name) by a post of the talented and enchanting Mrs. Staggs, who is the owner of one of my favorite blogs A happy Miscellany. Have a look at her post of this Tuesday where she has shown us pictures of her utterly gorgeous "Mrs. Eleanor Frost" sitting on her lovely front porch!

Oh and I just saw her inspiring post of today, just go and have a look at what she has created now! :D And the snow has already made it to her part of the world too!

In other news, I'm quite happy to say that I've finally sent out all my swap parcels and hope that they will arrive at the participants houses soon! NG your's too! I have already got 4 lovely selfmade nostalgic Christmas ornament parcels (still 4 to look forward to :D) and all 5 collaged Christmas postcards. Please let me know when you have got yours! Oh and if you don't wanna spoil your surprise, you better don't go to Sandys Art tea life blog before you've got your parcel because she has posted her 8 absolutely fabulous ornaments there and I for one are even more looking forward to get mine now :D!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Light-blue-grey-green?


My fave color for the Advent/Christmas decoration this year is not red and silver like it usually used to be, no this year it's a mix of turquoise, grey-green and light blue, which you can for example see here in the table decoration that I did this morning and it also shows in almost all of my crafts and collages, for example in the Christmas stocking (click on "stocking" to see if you have missed it) which I've already created in September.




On a curly hazelnut branch I've decorated some of my Christmas cones


I've finished this Christmas cone today, you can see another one that I've finished last month, also in my fave color theme here




This X-mas card I've finished last night, in my fave color of course:



Can you see the garland with green and turqoise Christmas ornaments that I've tighten between the two white posts in my living room?


A little bit closer look:


This one is my favorite Christmas ornament from "Housedoctor", I so love almost all of their decoration items, because they have such a lovely vintage touch.


I'm not yet finished with the Advent decoration, but at least I've had a good start today which has really brought me into the festive mood again :D So what's about you, have you already started to decorate for Christmas, do you have a new color scheme, or do you prefer the traditional red/green? Well of course I also have to find a few corners for my red and silver decoration items somewhere in the house but there are still a few days to do this before the first of Advent next Sunday.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Another wreath and more garden deco


of mum's patio:


Initially I wanted to post about the presents I got of NG and Marias Christmas ornament today, but Maria has kindly asked me to wait a while, so I won't spoil the surprise for the other swap participants from overseas that haven't received their ornaments yet. Of course I don't wanna be a spoiler, so for now here are more pictures that I took at my parents garden instead.

Physalis flowers of mums garden used in the wreath in the picture above and as a natural garland below:









As always, you should be able to click on the pictures to enlarge them! I hope you'll enjoy what you see! xox

P.S.: Okay I've just checked it and two pictures are not showing up bigger by clicking on, but because they sure look much better in their whole size I'm adding the links here for you to see if you like to.

First picture:

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Last picture:

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Monday, November 20, 2006

About short weekends and great swaps!

My oh my what a short but beautiful weekend this was. I should have go out in the garden to rake the falling leaves (my maple leaves have finally become yellow, but now they are almost all fallen down and very wet) in my front and backyard, but I've had so much more or even better things to do that I didn't get around to do this yet.

I have been to my fave shop "Rosenrot" and to IKEA getting some candles, boxes, gift wrapping paper etc. on Friday after work and then on Saturday morning I had to do the usual house chores and food purchases for the weekend, but I was interrupted by the mail man two times. An interruption that I love I must add! At first I've got my first "collaged Christmas postcard" from the swap I'm hosting and isn't it an extraordinary peace of art which my sweet Finnish blogging friend Maria has created?

In January this year she was so kind to send me the pattern for that gorgeous skate from a Finnish magazine and I had created this pair of skates out of cardboard. Do you remember? Now I really do love the special way how Maria has made the skate and used it on the collaged Christmas card. Thank you for making this swap so special and beautiful Maria, I love it!

Another great thing the post man has brought to me was the latest issue of the Somerset Studio mag! I'm always happy when I get this inspirational magazine :D

Well and then last but certainly not least I've got an envelope from a private swap that we did, contending my very own first ever copy of the Mary Engelbreit Home Companion mag and some lovely presents, that my enchanting blogging friend Nature Girl from Canada has kindly send to me :D Thanks a lot dear NG! :D

I was allowed to open them already and I did, but I'll show you the content in my next post along with another delicate little treasure that I've also got on Saturday for the "nostalgic Christmas ornament" swap which I'm hosting too at the moment, it also came from Maria from Finland.

There are some magical things belonging together in one post and you'll see why when I show you the pictures.

I've then spent the afternoon and almost the whole Sunday, only interrupted by some blogging, cooking and eating, in my little studio corner finishing off my Christmas cards and ornaments for the swaps which I'll sent of all this week *promised* and packing a parcel for a dear German garden forum and blogging friend who's birthday is the day after tomorrow. Suddenly it was Midnight *EEK*and I had to stop crafting and better go to bed instead in order to be able to get up for work today. The time has flewn by, I can tell you. Just why oh why can a weekend not be as long as a week?

Click on the pictures to enlarge!

P.S. Hm I really don't know why the picture of Marias beautiful Christmas card wont show up in the bigger version when you click on it, while all the other pics do. Have a better look here if you like.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

More seasonal patio decorations


I took these photos at my parents garden & house last weekend and thought that maybe you'd also like to see them:

Above and below: Mum has put some items of her antique enamel collection outside and decorated it on one of her garden tables:

On this iron etagere (cake stand) you can see three of her selfmade wreath's:

A basket filled with winter resistend plants:


A wreath decorated blue enamel jug:

This glass ball has something magical for me:

This is mum's Bougainvillea it's still blooming on her balcony and it's huge, you can only see a small part of it in this photo:

A pink bird and some pink & purple tealight glasses on a hanging iron mini basket:

Click on pics to enlarge!

P.S.:
A big thank you to all of you lovely people who have commented to my last post. It was overwhelming to get so many kind comments! :D xox

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Patio Winter decoration!

Last weekend we did some seasonal decorating on my patio.

My fave color in the garden at this time of the year is red! Unfortunately I have no Holly with red berries growing in my little garden, like I used to have a big bush in my old garden, but I'm still trying to get lots of red outside for example with this red glass ball ornament:

Delicate plants in pots like roses, rosemary and my boxwood ball got a warm wrapping contending of one or two coats of bubble wrap, then when we had wrapped the pot up we've put it in a second bigger pot and stuffed lots of foliage from the garden between the first bubble wrapped pot and the second bigger pot and then we've put it in a big jute sack like you can see in the following picture, put some moss and red apples or pine cones on top and ready was the warm winter wrapping!

Also it is important to place the pot on 3 or 4 little terracotta feet so that it doesn't stand directly on the cold ground! You can't see them in my photo because of all the ivy tendrils growing over my patio.

This season I also have a couple of birds living in the white cage, see:


Some red accents, like in my case little red apples, a red enamel bucket and a red enemal watering can are making the patio look livelier at this time of the year, where almost all flowers have faded:

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Surprises!

Don't you just love surprises? I do and I've got one! :D When I came home from work yesterday I found a parcel from my German blogging friend Lis. No swap! It was a surprise parcel, how exciting! I had no clue what could be in it.

The first thing I found was a beautiful rose card saying "from me to you" !

Then a wonderful scenting Christmas bag:

An enchanting spicy red organza sac:

A very delicious cookie speciality from the home town of Lis "Bad Mergentheim":

An then out came this fantastic moss ball which I was already admiring on her blog http://elisabethsgartenwelt.blogspot.com/.

Wow thank you very much dear Lis, you are a sweetheart and you have made me a gorgeous surprise with this parcel! :D

Click on the pictures to enlarge them if you wish to see them bigger!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Some more photos

from my unpacking of Christmas treasures that blogger has not let me post yesterday:

I love country style snowmen, hearts and angels:

This is how my dining table looks while unpacking:

I've just placed 4 candles on the cover of one of my boxes, doesn't it somehow look like an Advents wreath already?

I also love pressed glass and glass bells because they shine so lovely in the candle light


This afternoon I'm looking forward to finish garden works, make the garden winter resistent and hopefully do a bit of seasonal decorating outside so that I can enjoy looking out of my living room window again, at them moment where all the beautiful flowers are gone, I find this rather boring. It would be great if I was able to infect you a bit with the Christmas decoration spirit with my posts, because I can't wait to see more seasonal inspirations on other blogs. I just love this season, can you tell? lol And because it's always over so rapidly, I like to start early so I can make the season a bit longer. We have no Halloween and Thanksgiving here in Germany which is what a lot of you readers from other parts of our world are still busy with.

Well I think that's it for now, I'm wishing you all a very happy, inspirational and creative weekend ! xox

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