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

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.


Pattie Donham said...

awwww, your cute little paperdoll clothes on a line just tickle me pink! you have a magical touch, and are such an inspiration. thanks for such a creative blog, and for sharing. Pattiewack

Daniela said...

Hallo Carola!
Schön, dass du uns wieder Bilder aus deinem Heim & Garten zeigst! Ich hoffe Rücken und Schulter gehts wieder besser.
Die Girlande über deinem Kamin ist ja süß geworden. Du hast dein Heim wirklich sehr liebevoll dekoriert.
Besonders freue ich mich über die Gartenfotos und hoffe, du läßt uns nicht zu lange auf Neue warten ;-)
LG und eine schöne Woche wünscht dir Daniela!

Kerri said...

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better after enduring so much pain Carol and hope you continue to improve rapidly.
Your flowers in the post below are gorgeous! We have a hard frost this morning..only our second, so I've been enjoying some very late blooms too.
You captured some beautiful shots of the butterflies and bees. Don't they adore the Sedum?
Your hydrangea and ivy wreath is so pretty and I love the spray of tiny apples. What a nice idea.
I see you've been creating some wonderful treasures :)

Lallee said...

Welcome back, Carol! I'm glad you are feeling better. Your paper dress garland is darling. I love the whole vignette on your mantle. The Marie solder piece is fabulous!

Wren Cottage said...

I'm so sorry your have been in pain..but am also glad you're feeling better :) ~~ your new photos are just beautiful... love the little dresses and how you displayed them on your mantle, so precious! And am in-love with your hydrangea wreath!!! the little apple swag is soo sweet too, what a kind friend...and your soldered pieces are PERFECT!you've inspired me to give it a try, someday...your blog is just wonderful and you have totally accomplished your aim..all your post are sooo very inspiring to me!! thank you for sharing your talents and your beautiful home!

Sugar Bear said...

Your soldered pieces are beautiful. I love the use of the angel wings.

Julie said...

Sorry to hear that you have been down in the back. There is nothing quite like back pain..no matter what you do, you just can't get comfortable. Sorry to say I am speaking from experience!

I am back to blogging and would love it if you could stop by and vote on something I am trying to make a decision about. Thanks!

Naturegirl said...

Carol the mantle is so romantic looking would show beautifully in ~Romantic Homes~ magazine! I am sure everyone who visits agrees!
You have been busy with your new hobby of soldering..very nice your treasures hanging!
Now your garden how inspiring is that! Beautiful as always. Hugging you with a big smile Anna xo

Lis said...

Entdecke ich da auf dem letzten Foto etwa schon einen leisen Hauch von Weihnachten?
Der Hortensienkranz sieht ja toll aus! Das Foto werde ich mir gleich mal abspeichern für nächstes Jahr. Da bin ich dann wieder verzweifelt auf der Suche nach schöner Herbstdeko und so ein Kranz geht ja eigentlich ganz fix zu machen.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That apple branch is soooo neat! I haven't seen those tiny apples here. Also love your hydrangea table decoration!!!
As always your charms are amazing.

Hillside Garden said...

Sieht sehr gemütlich bei dir aus, Caro. Mit all dem schönen Kerzenlicht ...


Deb said...

I always enjoy my visits to your blog Carol. Hope your back is feeling better :-}
Your soldered pieces are gorgeous!

Rosemary said...

Hi Carol,
Sorry about your back and shoulder. I sometimes have back and neck issues.
I love the angel. So cute.
I love all of your pictures.
Visit me soon,

Donna Layton said...

Wow Carol!
What a fantastic blog!! Tons of inspiration. I shall be back here often. I've also figured out where you are. Germany...land of no Halloween!

Barbara said...

I do so like the wreath.

Mrs. Staggs said...

I hope you are truly feeling better soon, Carol.
Everything is looking especially lovely, and creative here.
Best wishes!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Carol, everything looks wonderful, it always does, but this time, wow!

Please visit my blog, I am having a 100th post give away that I would love to include you in.

Happy Autumn, dear Carol.

Barbara said...

ist das wieder schööön! Vor allem die Girlande gefällt mir!Gibt es da irgendwo eine Schablone?

Kali said...

Dear Carol ~ firstly sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Auntie, I was very sorry to hear of her loss to you and your family.
Secondly hope your back and shoulder pain continues to ease and that is disappears quickly.
Thanks again, as always for the inspiration your garden and home always give me...wonderful!!
Hugs, Kali xox

Ulla said...

Your work is coming along beautifully! Don't you just love those scissors??? The paperdoll dresses are adorable too!
Hugs from California...

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Such beautiful photos as always, Carole! Your soldered charms are gorgeous! Hope you are feeling much better! hugs!!!

Lilla Blanka said...

I found your blog when I Googled for a "cottage blog" and I must say that your blog is absolutely magical, I love it..!
Been looking for quite a while now, and I just think it´s so sweet!
Mia "Lilla Blanka" from Sweden

Lisa said...

love your blog. I clicked over from Flickr. I love your Marie Antoinnete hangings. They are so pretty. Did you put them on etsy yet? I would love to see pics of your town. I bet it's lovely. Your work is lovely too.

Anita said...

Hallo Carola,

wie wundervoll es wieder bei Dir aussieht! Es freut mich zu sehen, daß Du den "Dreh" beim Löten jetzt raus hast (meine Lötsachen warten immer noch in einer Ecke vom Hobbyraum auf mich...).

Oh und wie schön, die Herzchen von mir mal wieder sehen zu können! ;-))

Die kleinen Kleidchen aus Papier sind auch ganz zauberhaft ... und ich frage mich, ob man (Frau) die nicht aus aus Stoff machen könnte... ;-)))

Ich arbeite heute Abend an einem neuen Tischläufer: 75 Rechtecke in verschiedenen Rosatönen und Rosenstoffen - ich schwebe zur Zeit irgendwie auf einer rosaroten Wolke... ;-)))

Ganz viele liebe Grüße,

P.S.: Ich melde mich nochmal ausführlicher!

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Carol, gorgeous gorgeous post! We love everything! The little apples are adorable :) Sorry you have been in pain, hope you are feeling much better now:) With the photo issue, Jacqui has sent you a messgae through Flickr to explain it, let us know if you didn't get it. It's easy once you know how, thankfully we were given some advice on this issue from a friend and are happy to pass it on to you! Take care! Jenn and Jacqui

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Carol,
I hope your back and shoulder are now much better.
I love the oval pendants - Ginny is a lucky girl!
I also love your Hydrangea wreath - it is a beautiful day here today, so I think I shall make one in the garden, too!

Thanks for sharing all of the lovely photos - have agreat weekend,

Sabine said...

Beautiful decoration and garden pictures as always. I love the Hydrangea wreath and the crabapple twig.
xox Sabine

Twinkle Pink said...

Carol your pictures are all beautiful as expected.

What a beautiful garland and the lighting is just right. The pendants look glorious hanging like that too and are equally as stunning in the flesh, just beautifully enchanting.

Thank you for the link I was quite surprised to see my name there.

A lovely post.

best wishes Ginny

Luna said...

Hi Cousine,

danke für Deinen Besuch in meinem Blog. Schön Dich hier zu treffen !
Ich wußte gar nicht, dass du so kreativ bist. Tolle Sachen hast du gebastelt.Hier wird ja fleissig getauscht.
Einige Blogs kenne ich auch hier. Aber ich bin ja mehr auf Katzen spezialisiert :-)

Meine Eltern waren in großer Sorge, dass ich sie ins Internet gesetzt habe, hoffe, sie haben sich inzwischen wieder beruhigt, standen ja keine Namen dabei.

Liebe Grüße

LostRoses said...

The Boxwood Cottage is looking snug and charming as usual. And what a great gift to bring - a limb of tiny apples! And of course you displayed it in a most charming manner. Glad to hear your shoulder is better, but be careful not to re-aggravate it!

Merci-Notes said...

OH so Beautiful!!! I love your mantel!!! AND YOUR sodering is Gorgeous!!!!! LOVE IT !!!! you are a master! The branch of apples is such a very very nice gift!
Carol! Natasha needs your expertise on her post! She has a holiday decoration she would like info on...me too : )
thank You!
p.s. I am waiting for paint to dry so I snuck away to the availabel computer!!! yippee!

Naturegirl said...

Carola: I have come back to invite you to my (((((((GIVEAWAY))))))
I think you will like these old bags
hugs aNNa xo
dated nov.7th

Sandra Evertson said...

Love the dresses and the angle with pink wings!
Sandra Evertson

nelda said...

Your paper dresses garland is wonderful. It makes me remember a time, long ago, when I was first married and had to hang all our clothes on the line to dry. They smelled like a breath of Heaven afterward.

zUzU said...

Sweetest Carol =^..^=

My eyes could not leave without stopping twice to take a second peek at the little paper dress garland ::double::sigh::

So perfect they are strung along the mantle.
ummm ... I adore the fireplace light! Yummers!

So very wonderfully Carola!
=^..^= love zU

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