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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

Thursday, September 18, 2008

3 years blogiversary & Italian paper give away

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear blogging friends and readers! I'm back from Italy since a few days and before I'm off again to see my cousin and my sister at the countryside this weekend and then off again to Athen in Greece next week for a couple of days, I'd like to celebrate with you my 3 years blogiversary. I started my blog in September 2005 although it feels much longer than that. My first posts even were in German language, but I quickly realised that I'll reach much more interesting people by blogging in English. I have met so many fantastic and creative women from all over the world on this journey for which I'm more than thankful! I feel so connected to you through my blog and since a year to my flickr too that I wont want to miss this anymore!

Well I'm a bit in a hurry today so I better stop chatting and go on with this post. I felt like sharing with you some inspirational pictures from my new fave Italian city which with no doubt is Venice now. Above you see some lil treasures I brought home from my Italy journey. My fave place to shop was a Paper shop called Il Papiro in Venice and I thought to celebrate my 3 years blogiversary I'll also share some papers from Il Papiro and other lil Italian treasures with you:

To win my blogiversary Italian paper give away in the photo above you simply have to leave a comment under this post and let me know which of the Venice photos I'll show you now you like best:

The basilica of San Marco with the Lion of San Marco as it's symbol looks like it comes straight out of a fairy tale to me:

I was also stunned by the beautiful details of the Venician palazzos. This is a close up of the Doge's palace. See the the shades the sun sent through the pattern?

The next palazzo is called Ca' d'oro and it looks like precious lace to me:

The lion of San Marco again:

A shop window with very artistic masks:
Loved the silhouettes the Venezian lanterns made and the pink glass:

Isn't this a gorgeous balcony, just look at these fairy tale like windows:

The huge chimneys you can see on these houses you already find in medieval paintings:

Oh to own such a beautiful rose garden at a canale in Venezia must be a dream:

As always you just have to doubleclick on my photos to enlarge them and see all the details, the photo above for example is huge!

I didn't do a Gondola cruise, it's too expensive, 100 Euros for 15 minutes yikes, we used the Vaporetto instead which is the waterbus in Venice and drives all along the Canale Grande so that you have lot's of time to enjoy the sights along:

In the picture above you see the water street were we had our beautiful B & B appartement and below is the famous Rialto Bridge, photo taken from the Vaporetto:

Well that's all for today my friends, I'll have to hurry up now because my cousin Stefanie is waiting for me with breakfast and it's an hour drive to go to her.
I'll pull the winner out of my Vintage chapeau clac when I'm back from Greece next weekend.
Until then have a fabulous start into the cooler Autumn season!
Hugs xox


Carol said...


countrygirl3031 said...

Good morning Carol...I was so glad to see that you're back...but sad that you're gone again..lol. You have beautiful pictures..it will be hard to pick just one. But, I'd have to say that I love the venezian lanterns one...just gorgeous! Plus it's pink!

Have fun on your next trip..can't wait to see more pictures!


My Shabby Roses said...

Ok, how does a girl choose. I love each one. What a great place to visit. The buildings are amazing! You took some great pictures! If I have to narrow it down (which I'm having a hard time doing)I'd say the first photo, the basilica of San Marco. But then the Venezian palazzos is wonderful also...

Mia said...

Congratulations on your 3 year blog anniversary. Three years is an impressive time in which you have shared photos of your beautiful world with us. Your garden is such an inspirations! And the photos in this entry... they make me want to jump in an aircraft straight away and fly to Venice. To choose one favourite photo of all the lovely ones is not easy, but I did really like the one of the beautiful balcony, and the lovely colour of the house. Just lovely!

Cathy said...

Congratulations on your 3 yr blogiversary and what an amazing trip you had. The palazzo's remind me of lace with all of their graceful details, however my favorite picture has got to be the Veneitian lanterns with the pink glass. They're just gorgeous! What a beautiful street that must be! Can't wait to see how beautiful Greece is! Thank you!

Cathy :)

Suzan Buckner said...

Congratulations on 3 years!! I just found your blog, and will add you to my blogroll!!

Please include me in your drawing/giveaway!!! I love ALL the pictures, and they are all so beautiful, but I chose the first one--The Basilica of San Marco with the Lion of San Marco,then I love the pictures of all the houses on the water.

I hope to win your delicious looking giveaway. It is making me salivate at the thought of what I could create with all the beautiful pictures and papers!!!
Thank you!!

Michele-thisgoodday said...

Carol, your photos are beautiful! I have terrible wanderlust for Italy...I was in Rome in 2006 and it just wasn't enough time to explore the beauty...as for my favorite picture, it has to be the lightposts with their lovely glass. Very pretty photo! Have a grand time in Greece...wish I was there!
michele :)

Loralynn said...

Congratulations on your three year anniversary! How fantastic for you that you have been able to travel to such gorgeous places! I would love to be able to travel that way!

I love all of your pictures. I think, though, that I like the simplicity and subtle beauty of the latern picture! I love the color of the glass, it reminds me of my Mother's antique cranberry glass when the light shines through it!

Thank you for sharing all this beauty with us!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Congratulations on 3 years! It was hard to choose a favorite photo because they are all spectacular. But I think my favorite is the 7th one down - the house right on the water - all that beautiful white trim. Ooohhh. I wish I could live in that house!


kimberly said...

Carola, What lovely photos you've taken!!!! Italy looks like a place I would love. Thanks for your special tour of all the beautiful places. My favorite photos are the pink lamps and the aqua water contrasted with the red boats and dramatic striped shirts.

How sweet of you having a celebration give-away for your blog anniversary. You're a dear, Kimberly

Tammy said...

Well now look at you off here and there at a whim. I am so jealous! Looks like you are a very good photographer. The venice pics are wonderful. How to choose just one, hmmm. I really love the palace closeup of the openings. So pretty! Happy blogiversary. Wow, 3 years! Please include me in your drawing. Have fun in Athens. I want to live vicaiously through you. So keep posting these wonderful places that you are so lucky to visit.
Tammy ;D

stadtgarten said...

Hallo Carola,
da bist du ja ganz schön auf Achse - Venedig, Griechenland... alles Ziele, wo ich leider noch nie war aber sehr gerne mal hin will.
Die Venedig-Fotos sind alle wunderschön und spiegeln all das wieder, was ich mir auch unter dieser Stadt vorstelle. Bis auf den Rosengarten, den hätte ich da nicht erwartet! Und genau auch dieses Bild ist es, was mich am meisten anspricht (genau da wäre ich jetzt gerne!!!)
Wahnsinn, dass Du nun schon 3 Jahre bloggst! Aber die Zeit vergeht wie im Fluge, im November bin ich ja auch schon 2 Jahre dabei! Ein bißchen bist auch Du Schuld daran, dass ich überhaupt zu bloggen angefangen habe, Dein blog war der erste, den ich kennen gelernt habe und irgendwie hat mich das fasziniert!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch also zum 3. Bloggeburtstag und vielen Dank für die vielen schönen bilder und Inspirationen!
Liebe Grüße, Monika

Becky said...

I love the balcony photo with the fairy tale like windows.

So nice of you to share with us.

I love your blog and
I wanted to share with you that Martha is having a blog contest. Perhaps you'd like to join in!

You can read about it HEREand post a comment.
Have fun!

Rhondamum said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I am about to have my first and understand the close friends many of us have made while blogging.

Your trip looked wonderful. My favorite photo has no caption, but is the 17 photo down. It is just the beautiful water in front of a building and you can just imagine being there, looking at the beautiful views of a new place, the warmth of the sun, and the sound of the water as it splashes about. The way you just take a deep breath in and soak it all in and have a great, relaxing exhale. Sorry, can you tell I haven't been on vacation for a while. In desperate need of one so thank you for sharing yours with me.

Hope you will pay me a visit!

LiLi M. said...

Great to have you back, though it's only for one post lol! But what a post again! I went to Venice last year and I was very impressed too. I think it's more fun than Rome and Florence together! As always you took some marvelous pictures, they are all great, but the second Venice picture of part of the Doges palace with that sunlight is the best in my opinion. Congrats on 3 years blogging! I like your souvenirs of Venice too. Have a great time in Athens as well, lucky you!

Carolyn said...

I like the one of the Venician palazzos.


AmyB said...

Carol, Congratulations on your anniversary! The photos from your trip are marvelous! I spent a college year in Heidelberg back in 1982 and loved Venice when I visited. That was a long time ago, but Venizia looks like she hasn't aged a bit. Love the balcony with the flowers the best! Fingers crossed on the drawing! - Amy Bauer

ktunnicliffe@telus.net said...

My favourite photo is the close up of Doge's palace, I wish I had a blown up copy of that and the balcony photo in my bedroom - magical! I love what you're offering for your give away, a little taste of Venice for those who can't get there. Thanks Karen

Luna said...

Congratulations to your anniversary !!!

Das sind ja wunderschöne Bilder. Man sieht, dass du mehr Zeit in Venedig hattest, als ich im Sommer.
Schön, Venedig mal ohne Menschenmengen zu sehen.

Liebe Grüße

AnastasiaC said...

Congratulations on 3 years of blogging!! heres to many more!!
i love love Venice...one of my favourite cities! All your photos are amazing!! i love the last photo because of the Gondoliers and the view point is different too!
wow lucky you! off to Greece next!

Naturegirl said...

I want to congratulate you on your 3rd year of blogging! I can remember the first time that I met you and your wonderful blog..I felt a connection immediately!I enjoyed meeting and viewing your inspirational garden filled with magic created by you!It has been fun also watching your journey with your
creations and your many hobbies!
Although your photos are NOT downloading for me right now??..perhaps it's all the traffic you are generating to your blog right now...
I do know all those landmarks that you show us as you know I too was in Venice about the same time that you were. Carola it is too bad that we could have not met there in Venicia because I was in awe at how beautiful and charming it was!
I LOVED everything about Venice and
absolutely loved the energy one gets the first time that you arrive to this magical place!!
Greece!!! That is our next trip that we hope to take so I anxiously await your photos!
Carola next to Venice
*your country* of Germany has to be my favorite of the locations we have just visted during our month long journey in Europe!Enjoy your trip be safe hugs
from a weary friend aNNa xoxo

Birgit said...

Hallo Carola,
zuerst einmal: Ja, Deine Cousine Stefanie ist mir äußerst sympathisch. Das Treffen war einfach klasse und wir werden es bestimmt wiederholen. Vielleicht bist Du ja dann auch dabei?

Traumbilder von Venedig. Genauso stellt man es sich doch immer vor. Stadt meiner Träume, wollte immer meine Hochzeitsreise dort hin machen. Leider war ich bis heute nicht dort, aber Deine Fotos entschädigen ein wenig.

Ein Besuch in Deinem Blog lohnt sich immer. Man bekommt immer sehr viele schöne Inspirationen, egal ob in Bezug auf Garten und Deko oder auch andere Kreativitäten.

Viele liebe Grüße, Birgit

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Those palazzos do indeed look like beautiful lace! I bet they'd look stunning done in quilling (I think that's what it is called... pictures made out of curled up tiny strips of paper). You sound like you had a marvelous time in Italy! =) I hope your time in Athens is wonderful and that you are able to take some photos! hugs to you, Carol!

natalea said...

Oh my! what gorgeous photos! I love them all, but that one of Doge's palace takes the cake! it's so wonderful that you were able to spend time in one of the most beautiful countries ever! i'm dying to get myself to Italy!
and Happy 3 year blogiversary- the world of bloggin is better for you being part of it! thank you for all your inspiration and I wish you much more blog happiness to come! xox natalea

Rosemary said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Glad you had a wonderful trip to Italy. My daughter went last year for her honeymoon.
Love your photos!
Happy Blogiversary!!!

paru's_circle said...

congrats on your 3rd year blog anniversary, my favorite photo is the shop window with the masks

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

Hi Carola!
I can't believe you're making us choose one favorite photo! That's like picking a favorite child: impossible!

But, at the chance of winning something, if I must pick... I'm partial to shadows and silouttes, so I'd have to select the siloutte photo! Gorgeous!

Happy third blogiversary!
Hope you're having a fun holiday!


The Blonde Duck said...

Those photos do look straight out of a fairy tale. You've got a real talent!

Birgit said...

Ups! Ich Kamel! Wusste ich es doch, dass ich es nicht getan habe...
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Bloggeburtstag wollte ich doch auch noch hier lassen.
LG Birgit

Rhonda said...

Congrats on 3 lovely years! What beautiful pictures of your trip to Italy. Only 1! They are all so wonderful. It is like we are there with you. The water on the canals, the rose garden, the lacey buildings, but my favorite has to be the simplicity of the the gorgeous blacony with the flower boxes and the beautiful architecture. All of the vivid colors, so inviting. I hope you have a Grand time in Greece and share this with us too. Can hardly wait for more.

Susan said...

Congratulations on your 3 years- WOW! I just love Italy and your trip to Venice has me dreaming ...of going myself! Congrats on the trip to Greece...I cant wait to see some picture from that trip!
If I had to pick one picture it would have to be the gorgeous balcony with the fairy tale windows. How magnificent they are- I can imagine myself on that balcony looking at the magnificent scenery and dreaming of the days when this was all built! What a time that must have been...
Great giveaway- so thoughtful of you to share such treasured keepsakes. Thanks.

Unabashed Repetition said...

Hello Carola! I hope you're having wonderful journeys! It's so wonderful to see all the fabulous blogging here that I've missed in almost a year! Thinking of you often...
Much Love,
aka MizSmoochie

Wren Cottage said...

Hello dear darling friend!!! It is us who are soooo BLESSED with everything you share! You are a most generous and creative soul and we LOVE you for it!!! I'm always amazed at how smart you are too, 2 languages, wow!! very impressive my dear :)
Your blog giveaway is amazing!!! Italy is a dream and your photos took me there, so it is really, really hard for me to pick a favorite, all your photos look amazing!! they look like they belong in a book, really they do.But you know how much I love fairy tales so the "gorgeous balcony with the fairy tale windows" is "one" of my favorites :)
Thank YOU Carola for being such a great friend and for sharing your creativity and love with me...
hugs across the oceans to you my sweet friend ~ Have fun on your next trip, can't wait to see your next pictures!!
Madai xoxoxxo
ps~ I've been blessed too many times by your beautiful parcels, so if you pull my name :), give someone else a chance to experience it instead :) with love ~ Madai xoxoxxoo

Lis said...

Oh, da komme ich ja gerade noch rechtzeitig aus dem schwarzen Walde zurück! :-)
Die Wahl des schönsten Fotos ist schwer, aber als Rosenliebhaberin würde ich fast sagen dass das Foto von dem Rosengarten am schönsten ist, auch wenn es nicht typisch für Venedig ist.

LG Lis

spread your wings said...

i found you today via NatureTrail and I'm so glad i did. Now I'm getting really jealous of these people going on fantastic trips. Your trip to Italy looks amazing. My daughter and I have always wanted to go to Venice (she is almost 19) and these photos make me want to go even more. Maybe for my 50th! (haha it's very soon).
I like this very last photo of yours because i really enjoy the angle and the pop of red. love red.

Anonymous said...

I love the palazzo with the balconies that look like lace. They are gorgeous! all of your pictures are wonderful and I would love to be able to see some of those sites someday!

Lou Ann

Lady Elaine said...

Wow what a trip! I've only traveled to Italy via the "Under the Tuscan Sun" movie so to see these photos is a real treat. This is the one place I've always dreamed of visiting but I'm working on that so hopefully one day in the future :)

All the photos are lovely but I think I love the rose garden one best. I can picture myself sitting there while sipping tea and taking in the views. This is a very lovely giveaway and thank you so much for including me in it.

Been enjoying reading your posts and I'm off to read some more.

Lynne Laura said...

Fantastic Trip of yours and it was so difficult to choose which photo I liked best but the Venician palazzos picture is my fav! Gotta love those places.

Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on your 3 year mark.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Liliana said...

Hello, Carol, my name is Liliana and i write you from Spain. Congratulations on your 3 year blog anniversary!. I usually read your blog and i love very much your collages. My favourite picture is the gorgeous balcony that seems like a fairy tales
Thank you for your wonderfuls ideas with all kind of materials.
Best wishes

deborah said...

what a beautiful bunch of photos! I must say, too difficult to choose. How on earth could someone choose from such a wonderful selection. Even my own mother-in-law from a small village in Bognoli couldn't decide, I'm sure, which would be her fav. Very, very beautiful.

ivoryspring said...

Hello Carol,

Absolutely gorgeous pictures. My favorite would have to be the balcony shot. Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hello Carola, I love the 3rd picture, with the arches. Congrats on your 3 year blog! Have fun in Greece.
Martine, Belgium

Jane said...

Hi Carol! Happy 3rd!!
I really love the venice palazzos!!! So verry pretty!

RICK said...

Each and every photo is wonderful I love the canals, My daughter and I were in Venice last November. I loved it. It looks like you had a great trip. Happy 3 yr anniversary,

Hillside Garden said...

Carola, deine Fotos sind wunderschön! Ich war vor viiielen Jahren auch mal dort - in einem anderen Leben! So teuer war das Gondelfahren damals noch nicht!


Britt-Arnhild said...

Happy 3 years of blogging.

Oh, Venezia, the city of my dreams. It is one year now since my last visit, and I don't know when I will go back. I miss the city!

Donna O. said...

Are you kidding?? I can't choose one- they're all fantastic!!!

violette said...

3 years old blog ! wouawww ! and such a creative woman !
Congratulations to you dear Carola !

Your pics are all really beautiful.
My favorite one is the 3rd one : Venice architectural fine detail, warm light and a touch of mystery ..

Lori said...

Carol, i figured out a way to get over here:) yay!!! i copied and pasted the address from your etsy shop...well, it worked!!! hands down i love the second photo the best!!! happy THREE years:)

Nerissa said...

Congrats on 3 years!
I love all the pictures. All so inspiring. I especially love the ones of the palazzos. What stunning architecture!
Take care

Merci-Notes said...

Welcome home Carola!!!
you have asked the impossible! to choose a favorite photo from your trip. They are ALL so extremely beautiful and PROFESSIONAL!!!
I will thus choose one with humor, The Lion of San Marco with the bird on his head! hehehe Excellent!

Happy Anniversary Carol!!!

Whimsies Folksies said...

Hi, Carol... You always have the most beautiful photos, so it's hard to choose. But if I have to pick, I'd say the balcony with the fairytale windows. I love to imagine myself living there, looking out those windows and waiting for my love to come a serenade me! ;-)

Dorthe said...

hallo dear Carola, what a beautifull trip you made, every corner of Venice is so wonderfull, but i think that the Doges Palace is the winner , soo fantastic and beautifull.
And then you lucky woman now goes to Greece too, i must say i envy you, -have a lovely and happy trip , dear.
best wisches Dorthe

Sandy Michelle said...

Hi Carol, I LOVE your pictures of Venezia! I visited there 10 years ago and I regret not taking as many pictures. Happy 3 year bloganniversary! I have to have those Italian papers! I am Italian after all! My favourite picture is the lantern for sure!


Anonymous said...

Happy Blogaversary! Hard to believe it's been 3 years of your lovely photos and posts. All of the Venice pictures are gorgeous--wish I was there right now! But my favorite is the light shining through the stone tracery of the Doges Palace, leaving those lovely shadows. Great timing to get that shot! Thanks for a beautiful 3 years. RJ

mendytexas said...

Happy 3rd Blogaversary! I love the fab pictures!! :)Mendy

Daisy Cottage said...

Hi Carol!!!
Congratulations on 3 years of beautiful blogging!! Yours was one of the first ones I visited - you are always a sweetheart and so generous with your inspiration!!! Here's to many more years of blissful posts!!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Carol or Carola I rediscover your lovely blog today and congratulations 3 year of lovely blogging. Your photos from Italy are gorgious I been there a few years ago and now your lovely photos reminded me how wonderful it is. Thank you Carola and see you soon again. LOL Tyra ps I've added your blog to my blog roll now.


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