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

Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!!!


This is my first embellished little paper maché cottage with a tiny boxwood wreath of course he he so it is Boxwood Cottage!
I like to thank Ms. Sandy Gordon of the Art Tea Life blog for the little glitter tree, Ms Natalea Kandefer of Kandleland for the gorgeous little blue bird, Ms. Heather of Speckeled Egg for the white glitter dove and the green velvet leaf, Ms. Holly of Hollydoodle for the white snowy glitter on the roof and Ms Nicole of Small Treasures for the beautiful silver and blue flower steems, as well as Ms. Shelly of the Pink Barn for the little wooden spool and last but not least Ms. Charlotte Lyons of House Wren Studio for the inspiration. I'm so thankful that I got to know all of you artsy, crafty and creative ladies out there through flickr and our blogs and for all the wonderful swaps we did. What a fantastic community we all are! You make me happy! Thank you!

Happy New Year 2008 to all of you!

Hugs Carol xox

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas update!

Long time no see dear readers and blogging friends, I know that and I feel very bad about it to my excuse I had a very busy season so far with lot's of office work, weekly back treatments and gymnastics, friends over to visit me, a fabulous private Christmas market which we had organised together with friends and my sisters, lot's of soldering Christmas pendants, making Christmas cones and collages etc. for our Winter magic market, lot's of swap parcel packing and so on and on. I always hoped to have some time to blog during the day or in the evening, but there rarely was any time left and when then there was my back which wasn't cooperating and asked me to go away from the pc and rest. I sure have missed you and I hope to make up for this long break by posting lot's of eye candy in this post.

I bought this gorgeous Merry Christmas glitter sign recently from Andrea Singarella over at the Velvet Strawberry blog and I absolutley love the way it sparkles in front of my golden mirror when the candles on my mantle are lit:


The oval golden frame in the next picture was a praliné box with an ugly company ad image in the oval, so I changed the image and pasted some of my Dresden borders on the box and voilà doesn't it look yummy now? I got this box from a supplier of the company I work for and I so have to ask him where he has got it from, so I can make more frames like this one:


Yummy Mercury glass ornaments on a vintage glass plate:



I also like to show you some pictures from my parents Christmassy home, well I would have liked to show you even more pictures that just this few, but Imageshack isn't working properly and wont show all the pictures today.

I'm looking forward to spend Christmas Eve at my parents home which is also the day we exchange our presents during the here so called "Bescherung". It's the first time my daughter will not be with us at Christmas because she is still in Australia but will come home in 5 weeks! :)







Now back to my home:


and studio:



Here are a few of the Christmas pendants I finished recently:






The beautiful sepia, cream and gold colored stocking in the next picture came from Jennifer die Giuseppe a flickr friend for the Vintage Christmas stocking swap:


I'm so happy that I have meanwhile send off all my swaps, it was kind of hard to get it all done during the busy season, so big sigh of relief!



The Christmas bird and Merry Christmas sign in the picture above came as a surprise parcel from my sweet blogging friend Anna aka Nature Girl and has really cheered me up big time! :)
Lastly here is some cranberry crafting I did lately and I think the red berries look very festive:


It is wonderful to know that you are out there patiently waiting for new posts and I look forward to catch up with you and visit all your blogs again during my vacation over the holidays.
Merry Christmas to all my dear readers and blogging friends in the world!
Peace and Hugs
Carol(a) xox

Friday, November 09, 2007

Nature decorations

Hello dear blogging friends and readers I'm glad that you came back to see what's new!

I was at my parents house this afternoon and took photos of my mums seasonal decorations well and I thought maybe some of you would like to see them?


Colorful patio decoration even at this dark time of the year mostly done with natures givings like cones, apples, moss, cyclamen, and branches of vine, dogwood and other bushes and trees:


Birds and Birdouses always a favorite patio decoration (click pictures to enlarge and see more details):



Beautiful cones are decorated inside the house as well:




Don't you just love the wreath of red dogwood branches together with the red cyclamen flowers and big pine cones in the basket?

Red glass ball in a moss nest:


More wreathes from nature materials only:


I'm all inspired now to do my own nature decorations tomorrow. Last Sunday we were in the woods and I have gathered all the necessary nature materials :)
Have a beautiful weekend everyone and hopefully you feel inspired to do some nature decorations as well!
Hugs Carol(a) xox

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Paper dresses, silver solder and nature decorations


Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear readers and blogging friends! It was a long break again due to a very bad back and hurting shoulder, but since this weekend I feel better, thanks to less PC sessions and more gymnastics instead.


I still solder a lot, just love doing it (click on picture to enlarge and see more details). For example all the six big oval pendants hanging from my iron chandelier above which were a custom order for my talented blogging friend Ginny from http://twinklepinkpostit.blogspot.com/ you must go and see her wonderful Marie-Antoinette Round Robin book!

I love the sparkle of the silver pendant above made with silver gleem solder and pink shiny wings from Andrea's Onehundred Wishes web boutique. Here is wishing dear Andrea all the best for the upcoming birth of her second child!



Further I've got my dresses from Heather's Paper dress garland swap and have decorated them on my mantle. I was so lucky to get beautiful dresses from fellow bloggers like Cerri, Jessi Nagy and Nicole from Small Treasures. Doesn't they look great?

Now I like to show you some nature decoration like this hydrangea and ivy wreath, all freshly picked from my fall garden:

A good friend came to dinner and brought me this limb of tiny apples instead of flowers, they are so gorgeous and a simple nature decoration:

On my deck all the vine leaves are gone by now and once again I can see my decorations underneath:

Here is a close up of a garden still life - click this link: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2099/1794576866_e15a95ab51_o.jpg
to see a bigger version with more details of the next picture!


I'd be glad if this was a little inspiration for you. I'll show you more seasonal decorations in my next post. Have a great start into the new week everyone!
Hugs Carol(a) xox

P.S. Blogger wasn't really cooperating with me, so only one picture is clickable to enlarge, I never get why though.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Pictures from my fall garden


Once again I have to apology for the lack of postings to you dear readers and blogging friends, I hope you'll forgive me again! My sister has finally moved into her new house and needed me a lot as a babysitter for my niece and nephew in the moving process as well as a moving helper, also I had a lot of work in the office and tried to use every spare moment I could find to create. I have further had a very sad case of death in my family lately, my mums dear sister, my fave auntie died after she broke her leg and had to have 2 surgeries which was to much for her, so I also needed some time to spend with my mum and my close family and of course time to grieve for her.

I know that I owe you all a big garden update having not posted for so long, so here are my fave garden pictures of the last 4 weeks:

The red Admiral (Vanessa atlanta) seem to love my garden very much this season and I love to take pictures of him.


Above is a combination of Pelargonium with vanilla scenting Heliotrop on one of my patio iron tables which still looks and scents very well.
Some beautiful roses are still blooming like the English rose "Wenlock":

My fave plant in my fall garden is the redish "Sedum spectabile", blooming together with the purple Verbena bonariensis and a pink Chrysanthemum which is not yet blooming:

Some roses are still blooming in my little rose border too.
Like the gorgeous "Augusta Luise" See close up they look much better and scents so good:

Another favorite in my fall garden is the Snapdragon which literally glows in the sun:

Oh and not to forget my darling Eden rose 85 (also called "Pierre de Ronsard" in some countries) which blooms and blooms:

Another shot of the Sedum border:

The honey bees loves the Sedum too!


And the bumblebee enjoys some late blooms of the "Buddleja davidii" :

The Admiral is sipping sweet nectar from the "Verbena bonariensis" also called "Verbena Argentina":


I bought this enchanting Penstemon last month and hope to get it through the winter this year it has a very delicious purple color:

Lastly a picture of my sweet grape vine:


If again I should not get around to post for a longer period for whatever reason it may be and you are interested in my latest pictures and crafts you can always have a look in my flickr pictures (just click on the little flickr mosaic that you see in my side bar here to get there) because I upload pictures there quite regularly.
I have started to create for Christmas now seeing that we don't celebrate Halloween here in Germany and I think you can never start early enough.
Have a fabulous new week everyone and hopefully you can enjoy some golden fall days too!
Hugs Carol(a) xox
P.S.: I hope to find the time to visit all your beautiful and inspiring blogs in the next days and I also have some swaps to finally send off, please bear with me!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Officially foofed up!

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping at Boxwood Cottage today! Before I can do a new post about my garden I have to share with you all the lovely parcels arriving at my doorstep during the last week and some of my latest soldered pendants.



I'm now officially foofed up by the sweet and more than generous Jessi Nagy! We did a one on one magazine and craft supplies swap and she has sent me a huge parcel full of the loveliest things! Just the packaging alone is worth two pictures. I hope the click on pic to enlarge thingy will work so that you can click on the next picture to see all the beautiful parcels close up. I love the papers she chose as well as the lace bows around the parcels and her self made tags are just
divine!


I also love this gorgeous card in a rose pocket she has included with a kind message:



On top of the big mail parcel she had glued the letters saying "hi foofy girl" :)



Oh just look at all the foofy treasures which where in the beautiful wrapped parcels.




You american guys just have the cutest stuff! I'm especially chuffed by all the pretty borders and of course I absolutely love the Foof-a-life book!



And to top it all of Jessi has given the book to Teresa McFayden (the main artist of all the beautiful crafts in the book) and Becky Novacek to sign it for me! Now isn't that fabulous?
Jessi you really rock girl! Thanks a million! I hope your swap parcel will arrive at your home soon! xox



I have also got the price I won from my gorgeous friend Nature Girl's drawing:




Little worry dolls to lay under my cushion at night so that they'll take away all my worries isn't that a good thought, beautiful museum quality butterflies to decorate my studio lamp and a very sweet card filled with dried leaves of roses and a mini lavender bouquet as well as a little golden charm which is an acorn of friendship, so sweet! NG you are a true friend! Thanks a lot! xox





Another magazine swap has arrived here from the lovely Natalea again. Well last time it was her fab give away I won and this time it was a little one on one swap we did. I'm so so glad and thankful that she has sent me the Artful blogger magazine, which is all about artful blogs, featuring a lot of my blogging friends like Sandy from Art tea life and Corey from Tongue in cheek and so many more, just great! Natalea has also added some very pretty art supplies. Click on picture to enlarge and see more details:




Lastly I like to show you my latest soldered pendants in the Marie-Antoinette series, which is still one of m favorite themes :





I'm planning on putting these in my Etsy shop as soon as I get around to do it!




I was so happy when I found the big oval glass in our local craft shop!
This one is quite smaller, they always have two different sides in this case a red and a blue one:





Well I think that's it for today I'm now off to a 3 days finance workshop in Hamburg (work related), coming back home to Bremen on Saturday and look forward to hopefully read you kind comments.
Hugs to all of you dear blogging friends and readers!
Carol(a) xox

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