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, August 31, 2008

Goodbye Summer garden, a prize, paper & collaged pendants

Hello dear bloging friends and readers, before I'm off to my vacation in Italy :) I'd like to say good bye to my summer garden and share with you some new creations and a fab prize that I won!

The picture above I forgot to show you in my last post. I attended a paper making class at my sisters art studio at the beginning of August and this is the result. 9 different sheets of selfmade paper. It was so much fun to exercise with the paper pulp. My cousin Stefanie was there with me as well and we both decided that we have to do it again very soon!

Last weekend I played with water colors, chalk, ink, acrylic paints, stamps and all sorts of papers and embellishments and out came the collage above (it's just a part of the collage, which is to big to scan in one part). Then I scanned it in parts and printed it out and embellished it more and scanned it again and then printed it out again in different sizes and then cutted it in shapes for my pendant glasses and the outcome was a new line of collaged pendants

which is still in the works. I didn't really know how much fun it is to actually use a self made collage for my pendants instead of using found papers and just do some cut outs and pastings. This felt so much more like real art and was very satisfying. I haven't got around to solder them yet with all the preparations for our vacation, but I'll do that as soon as I'm back home.

A sweet parcel arrived at my door step this week from Sandra Evertson. I was so lucky to win a prize from the 1 year blogging anniversary of her inspirational art blog http://sandraevertson.blogspot.com/. It's the cute little porcelain doll head in the photo below. He was all bold and I just had to embellish him a bit for his first photo shoot so I made him a party hat and gave him a paper lace collar and stuck him on a round cloth pin and put him in an embellished glass bottle. He came in that cute little box with a darling Edwardian lady card.
Thank you very much Sandra for sending him over the big ocean to Boxwood Cottage where he is appreciated a lot!

Click on the photo to enlarge it!

Now it's time for me to say good bye to my summer garden. I guess when I'm back home in two weeks time nothing will look the same.

These pictures are from the shady part of my back yard under my trees and between the hedges. This is the best place to spend hot summer days at, because of the shade the trees provide.

These Hydrangeas, Nicotianas and Lobelias are growing in a pot on my hot patio/deck.

The Monardas and some Alchemillas are growing again after beeing cut back before.

The bumblebees are always enjoing my Verbena bonariensis, which has meanwhile selfseeded everywhere in my garden, after I first planted it two years ago.

Eden rose 85 aka Pierre de Ronsard is providing me with new buds all summer long and is still blooming beautifully:

On my deck I always have a parasol open because otherwise some flowers would dry out and die in no time:

Well now it's really time to say good bye and good night! Don't forget that you can enlarge all my photos to see more details. I hope to see y'all again mid September when I return from my journey to Venice, Tuscany and Rome.
Until then I wish you a wonderful late summer time!
Carola xox
A word to my nice blogging friends giving me blog awards again lately. I appreciate it a lot. I just don't like to post them on my blog. Same with the tag games, it all takes so much time, that I prefer to spend in a creative way, at least as long as I still have my full time office job. I hope you understand and don't feel ignored. It's so sweet that you think of me and it makes me very happy that you like my lil blog!


Sandra Evertson said...

Oh! Your Garden is Lovely as Always! And I think that little dolly head looks very happy in his new home!
Sandra Evertson

Lis said...

Wow, du warst du ja wieder sehr kreativ und das Ergebnis kann sich wirklich sehen lassen!
Dann wünsche ich dir mal einen schönen und erholsamen Urlaub in bella Italia!

LG Lis

LiLi M. said...

Hi Carol! You are probably already in Venice or Sienna or another lovely place in Italy. This is the right time to go! Still beautiful wheather over there and not that much tourists anymore. We cannot do that because of the childrens schools alas, but in the future....
Your price from Sandra Evertson is awesome! And I have to say that I think that you even have improved it. Your selfmade paper looks great too and your selfcollaged pendants are gorgeous! I do hope that you have a nice time in Italy, come back safe and full of inspiration! Cya somewhere mid september!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Have a wonderful holiday Carol!!
Your garden is looking soooo pretty....I can't believe that autumn is just around the corner though....

You are so lucky to own an original Sandra Evertson creation!

I enjoyed catching up on what you have been working on....
Bye for now,
Niki x

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Congrats on winning Sandra's blog giveaway! Lucky you! Your flowers are as beautiful as ever! Have a lovely vacation!
Everyday Cookies

countrygirl3031 said...

Have a wonderful vacation! Hopefully we'll see some great pictures when you get back! Your garden is beautiful...so green and the flowers are gorgeous!


Tammy said...

Oh my goodness, your garden is completely magical. I love everything about it. You have a wonderful green thumb. I imagine you spend a great deal of time out there. I know I would. I am so jealous that you are vacationing in the lovely Italy. It is a dream of mine to travel there. I hope you will sharesome images from your travels with us less fortunate bloggers. lol
~Tammy :)

Mia said...

Ooooh, two whole weeks in Italy, Carol! Such bliss! I am quite envious, since Italy is my very favourite place for holidays. Unfortunately I have not been there for a while, but hope to do something about it soon. Meanwhile, do enjoy your holiday, and I am sure your garden will still be looking fabulous when you get back. In your photos (as always) it looks a dream, and I can not believe it will have changed so very much in just two weeks.

Dawn said...

I always enjoy a visit to your place!
You have so much eye candy!
Enjoy your vacay and bring us back some wonderful photos.
Dawn @ (4:53am)

Naturegirl said...

Arrivaderci! I am in Venicia now!Oh my what a gem! I'm off to Tuscany tomorrow! Our spirits will cross paths and then we'll meet!
See you back home in our individual gardens in Sept. I'm home late Sept! hugs NG xo

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol!
Love taking a peek at your lovely cottage and garden!
I'm a garden and flower- aohlic, so enjoy it soooooo much!

Your creations are gorgeous, and your pics too!
Hope you'll have a great time in Italy- the places you are going to visit are awesome!

Monica .

Daniela said...

Hallo Carola!

Wie immer wunderschöne Fotos aus deinem zauberhaften Garten!
Ich wünsche dir einen schönen und erholsamen Urlaub und hoffe, du bringst uns viele Fotos mit.

LG, Daniela

Donna said...

You have the most beautiful garden!

Congrats on winning Sandra's give-away.

Have a great time in Italy!


Barbara Jacksier said...

Your garden is divine. It looks perfect yet filled with personality.

nelda ream said...

Your garden is so beautiful. Your pictures look like they belong in a gardening magazine. Your collage pendants are really nice. Have a wonderful vacation.

Mrs. Staggs said...

Hi Carol,

Congratulations on your 3yr milestone of blogging. You've brought me so much pleasure with both your atonishing garden, and your lovely crafts. Thank you for sharing, and I hope your time in Italy is one happy memory after another.

All my best.

magikquilter said...

Wonderful garden and such a creative blog. I totally agree about the tags and awards...if they take up time that could be better used creating then there is no choice really.

Congratulations on your three year bloggiversary as well....have a lot of reading to catch up on.

generic viagra said...

Hi, congratulations I hope you enjoy your trip and the beauties that you will see in Italy. I love the decoration of the pictures, nice furniture, the plates and the garden outside.

Anonymous said...

Hey,I love the images from here,the decoration looks so nice.


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