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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

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


Pattie Donham said...

Carol, your site is so beautiful, I love to just sit and enjoy the luscious colors, style, and creativity in each and every photo. You are tremendously artistic and such an inspiration!
Thank you for sharing your world with us.

Mrs. Staggs said...

Hi Carol,

I love the wreath made out of red dogwood branches. What a wonderful idea that is.

I hope all is well, and that you are feeling much better now.

Take care!

Vickie said...

Love all the natural decorations! It's just so inspiring. Of course you have such a beautiful setting anyway.

Verena said...

Hallo Carol,
die Deko deiner Mutter ist ja schon sehr weihnachtlich ... kaum zu glauben, aber es stimmt, in drei Wochen ist Advent! Dabei fühl ich mich noch gar nicht weihnachtlich...
Wünsch dir ein schönes Wochenende, viele liebe Grüße, Verena

Britt-Arnhild said...

As soon as you mentioned your mother's house I knew we were to be shown something speacial. Your mother is so talented. Thanks for showing is photos from her place.

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

Oooh I've missed so much here!! I love love the colors and the pinecones! Just beautiful :) How are you!?

*Heidi* said...

Hi Carol!
You photos of your mother's garden are as beautiful as the photos in the lovely magazines you sent to me! So much loveliness around you!

Laume said...

Your mom's garden looks so whimsical. I wish I had the time to make my garden look so lovely in the winter season.

Landladyscraftsandgardening said...

du und deine mutter habt den selben stil - wunderschön hat sie es bei sich vor dem fenster! schöne bilder von dir...ist alles selber gemacht? lg chrissi

Gena said...

Oh my! everything looks so lovely! I really like the touches of red, my garden looks quite dull, you have inspired me!

Susan said...

Such beautiful pictures of your mom's garden. Thanks for sharing them.

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Carol,
Your mother has a great talent - her decoartions are amazing - I love the dogwood wreath - so vibrant.

Good luck with your seasonal decorations - have fun!
Niki. x

Lilla Blanka said...

Wow, I love the decorations at your mums house, they are beautiful! I think decorations made from natural material are the most beautiful ones.
Lovely photos!

stadtgarten said...

Deine Mutter hat ja auch so schön dekoriert. Kein Wunder, dass Du so kreativ bist!

P.S. Leider dauert es bei meinem Laptop immer ewig, bis Deine Bilder geladen sind, deshalb schaue ich viel seltener vorbei als ich gerne würde.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Such lovely nature decorations, Carol! I especially love your red cyclamen and all those pretty pinecones. Have a wonderful time decorating!

monique said...

It's been awhile since I last visited your beautiful blog.
I have seen so many lovely photo's, it's very nice to visit again.
Take care.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I see the gift of garden decorating is handed down from mother to daughter! What a great place to grow up :)

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Carol, your Mum's garden is beautiful, now we can see what Mum has handed down to daughter! Beautiful colours, very inspirational and uplifting. We adore pinecones and collect them too, we fill the fire grate with a careful stack of them piled high and sprinkled with scented aroma oils as it's Summer of course in Australia and we don't use the fire! Hope you are keeping well :) Jenn and Jacqui

Stefanie said...

Das ist ja schön geworden. Wirklich schöne Ideen und tolle Farben. Ich wäre nie darauf gekommen aus dem Hartriegel einen Kranz zu binden. Meiner ist allerdings auch nicht so kräftig rot.
Schön, dass ich mal wieder einen Blick auf die Terrasse Deiner Eltern werfen durfte ;-) Liebe Grüße,
auch an die Eltern

Barbara said...

ist das schöööööööön hier!

mosaic queen said...

I always enjoy the pics that you share!!!!
Come and visit me at my new blog

MariaJ said...

Your mothers decorations looked like yours!!!Very beautiful and with lot of ideas. I cant wait to see your new displays! Hugs M

EVA AGNES said...

So lovely, as always.
Very Christmassy in a personal way.
Eva Agnes

Daniela said...

Hallo Carola!
Wunderschön die Dekos von deiner Mum! Da kann man sich viele Anregungen für die eigene Terrassendekoration holen. Besonders gut gefallen mir die ersten beiden Bilder, die sind viel schöner als in jeder Gartenzeitschrift und vor allem nicht so "gestellt", sondern echt.
Und die Idee mit der roten Kugel in dem Terracottatopf ist einfach Spitze! So einfach und so wirkungsvoll und schön.
Viele liebe Grüße, Daniela

Naturegirl said...

Hello Carola! You and your mother certainly do a wonderful job of inspiring us with an organic theme using natures gifts as decorations!
Looks like a Christmas ornament shop!!Great ideas your mother creates!
Truly a merry look and I appreciate you showing us! hugs aNNa xx

Carolyn said...

Nature's gifts make for wonderful decorating. As always your moms garden is lovely. Thanks for the peak.

lindaharre said...

Carola.....now I see where you get your inspiration:D I love the little swag of dresses also! Really precious!

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Carol, just us again! Hope you are well :) Come to our Blog, we have something for you.....

Lynette said...

Such a lot of decor, I would panic at this, being a minimalist this frightens me. Lovely to look at and really puts me in the Christmas mood.

Barbara said...

Your Mother has some beautiful patio decorations. What a collection.
I did particularly like the 3 tiered cone baskets also.

Hanneles Christmas said...

So nice.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That is so beautiful! I haven't been around to visit your blog in awhile. I'm going to add you to my favorites so I don't forget to visit you more often!

Julie said...

Wow - what beautiful patio and Christmas eye candy! I am playing catch up with all of my favorite blogs today since I was on vacation.

Lallee said...

How beautiful! I loved seeing your mother's decorations. I can see you take after her, Carol.

Shelly @ thePINKbarn said...

hi carol! i've just been browsing your flickr photos! you take AMAZING pictures! and there's more here on your blog! yay for me! :-) i, too, love nature's decorations. i just this weekend made 2 new wreaths and picked up some pinecones from outside! the perfect finishing touch!
so excited about being your swap partner for the deck the halls swap! my ancestors are actually from germany! i'm hoping to get to visit one day! maybe we can have lunch! :-)

Dawn said...

Miss your updates, Carol...hope all is well.

windycorner said...

There's so much to see...I could sit and look at each photo over and over. thanks for sharing.

M. said...

Das ist lustig, 'Big Brother is watching you'... Dein Ticker gibt ja an, wo ich ungefähr herkomme! (liegt gleich in der Nähe von Brugge/Brügge). Ich habe Dich gerade entdeckt bei 'My Country Cottage Garden' und bin aus Neugier hierher gekommen :D
Sehr schön, Deine Bilder und Dekorationen! Liebe Grüße aus Belgien, Marjolijn

wanderlustandpixiedust said...


Your blog is always such a glorious feast for the eyes!

Rosa said...

You both have that wonderful nack for decorating. It's all so lovely.

Anonymous said...

As always Carol lot's of wonderful eye candy to be found on a visit to your blog.

Rael said...

The designing genius is simply flowing all over the pages!
Carnival glass and Decorating ideas

Landladyscraftsandgardening said...

Hallo Carola, hoffe bei dir ist alles ok...schaue täglich seit deinem letzten Eintrag auf dein BLOGG - bisher gab es nichts neues....ich denke du hast dein Haus auch schön dekoriert und hoffe, wie die Jahre davor, dass wir bald wieder einen Einblick bekommen, es schaut bei dir immer so einladend aus. Hoffe dir geht es gut? LG Chrissi

Gardengirl said...

Carol, Nature Girl needs some prayers today. Please go read my post.


Julie said...

Okay - where are you???

zUzU said...

Carol =^..^=

Oh my.
I just don't know where on earth to start!
Just look at all I have missed. It will take me days just to look at the wonders in your pictures ::sigh:: I am indeed in heaven!

I had to stop over to give you a kiss and a hug, to say how I have missed you! Your garden! And LOOK at your artful yummies everywhere. I just want to sneak into your studio and stay. To watch you make such glorious artworks.

Can I come over to play?

I've missed you SOoooo much!
=^..^= xo zU

Daniela said...

Hallo Carola!

Ich wünsche dir ein wunderschönes Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
Vielen Dank für die wundervollen Bilder von deinem Heim & Garten. Es ist mir jedesmal eine große Freude, sie zu betrachten.

LG, Daniela

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