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 15, 2008

Pretty little Christmas blog party - better late than never!

Can I still join the party? I know I'm late to Heather Pretty petals Pretty little Christmas blog party today but I was sick all weekend, had to work today and then had to light lots of candles when I came home from the office and take some new photos for the party, load them up etc. and well here I am. I just saw that some sweet party people have already posted to my last post from 2 weeks ago, thinking it was the party post, but I don't want to cheat you, so here are some new photos of Christmas decorations at Boxwood Cottage this season. The first two photos are taken in my studio

but the real cosy Christmas is happening down in my living room:

Please click on my photos to enlarge and see all the details. As most of you will know in Germany we usually don't have our tree up before the 24th of December, which is when Santa comes to bring our presents, in the evening of the 24th, not in the morning of the 25th like it is in the USA for example. And we use to have a real fir tree, no artificial ones. We went in the woods (to a tree farmer) to choose our tree a month ago, and we'll go and get it next week, so I can't show it to you at this date. Instead of it I can show you some other decorations like my all time favorite white bird cage for example. See the cute tiny stocking hanging on the cage? It's an ornament from my friend Cari Kraft and talented Cari although made some of the ornaments on my mantle (photo above).

The most important thing for a pretty little Christmas for me is candle light so I have candles and tea lights lit everywhere at the Cottage as soon as it is dark enough.

This is the place where I love to sit, have my Latte macchiato, feel cosy and read my Vampire novel when I come home from the office. I've just finished the 3rd book of the Twilight series and hope Santa will bring the forth - in English pretty please dear Santa, cause I can't stand read it in my mother tongue German, I tried but didn't like it!

Unfortunately it was to dark today to take photos of my deck and garden which is also decorated and I have feeders for my sweet feathered friends everywhere and when I look tkrough the dark window in the background of the next photo during the day I can observe them picking peanuts, cranberries, sunflower seeds etc. That is so much fun for me and I really enjoy this, it adds a lot to my pretty little Christmas feeling.

Candles make all glass things shine, so glass items like in these photos belong to my fave Christmas decorations:

Anja if you read this you will recognise that I've copied your fab idea and used my vintage enamel Guglehupf cake mold for an Advent wreath. It's just not safe to light the candles because I don't want the fir tree branches to burn lol, but I think it looks very Christmassy and it smells good too :)

I also love to decorate with red fruits like the Pomegranate for Christmas. In this bowl is one real and one glass Pomegrante. Oh and I was very lucky to find two star shape glasses, so of course I had to solder them into a silver Christmas star ornament with a cute vintage picture right away. I so wish I had the skills to cut glass in such beautiful shapes.

Merry Christmas to all my dear blogging friends and readers around the world and I hope that you will all have a joyful and peaceful celebration! I hope to get around to do another post before Christmas, but you never know, the time passes always fast, but even faster at around Christmas, at least so it seems to me.
It's already quite late, so I don't think I'll be able to visit all the party participants tonight, but I promise that I'll keep visiting all week.
Hugs Carola xox


natalea said...

Carol, you have the world's coziest home! I love it and if I lived closer I would have to invite myself over for a visit!
Gorgeous! xo natalea

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

Everything looks so inviting...I'd love to be there and have a cup of tea in person! Merry Christmas!
Hugs, Heidi

Lori said...

i'm back:) hee hee...well, this is just as gorgeous as the last post...i did know that was an older post, i have been over a couple of times trying to comment on it...i am having trouble with blog visiting again...thanks for popping over to visit me Carol, and being so sweet...you have a wonderful and merry Christmas too!!!

LiLi M. said...

Your Christmas decoration is great, as I expected! And you are so right, time always flies but in December...
Candles and glass always work, for me too. Thanks for sharing your decorations and enjoy this special time before Christmas!

Dawn said...

So festive!
Thank you for inviting us into your cozy home....
Happy Christmas times to you!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Carol your home is just stunning! I loved seeing all of your beautiful candlelight... you are right, it is SUCH an important part of Christmas. I am LOVING that star ornament you made.
Thanks for coming to the party... have a very Merry Christmas!! xoxo Heather

Marilee said...

Carol, Your post is beautiful, nothing looks last minute to me! I love all the sparkle and glitter. Thank you so much for coming to the party.
Merry Christmas.

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Nice to meet you!Your house is so gorgeous.It was lovely visiting your christmas home. It was fun visiting your home. Wishing you Merry Christmas, Marina at Only cute things!From Far...from summer
visit me anytime...

annax said...

You have the loveliest place! What a pleasure to discover your blog!

The White Bench said...

Hi Carola! Your home is soo beautiful and cozy looking! All is wonderful over here, and I absolutely LOVE the star shaped charm! Gorgeous!

Merry Merry Christmas,


Lorrie said...

You have a beautiful home. All the candlelight is gorgeous and so welcoming. Thank you for sharing


khaye said...

Wow, a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing. I have felt the warmth. Thank God, I've came across this beautiful page!

Kay said...

The warmth of candles, the sparkle of reflective surfaces, the texture of organic material, and the tactile appeal of cozy pillows and rows of books all combine to make your Holiday home a fascinating place to visit. Your star ornament captured my heart.
Peace and Joy
Kay Flynn-The Wrought Iron Gate

Marqueta said...

Hello there!

I just found your blog, and it is all so beautiful and homey! I just love the candles and crystal.

Merry Christmas,


Naturegirl said...

Carola I've been here several times and now I see you've posted 2 more since my last visit!
All that you share looks so festive and romantic lit up by candle light!
Carola by the candlelight heartily she sing's, Holly and mistletoe lovingly she hangs!
May the Spirit of Christmas leave its rich blessings in your heart dear friend.hugs aNNa

Andrea said...

Your home looks so cozy lit up with all the beautiful candles. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us.

babaprincesse said...

und nochmal deine bilder bestaunen...
du hast so ein zauberhaftes reich!!!

ich bin verliebt...
liebe grüße

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Carola!! Your home as always, looks so warm and inviting. I loved the use of the cake pan for decoration as well as the cloche and cake stand combo. Wishing you and your family peace and joy during the holiday season and for the new year as well. Hugs, TWT

Frivolitea said...

Your cozy photos are lovely.

Kathy said...

Your home, decorations and photos are absolutely gorgeous.

Wishing you very happy holidays!

Lis said...

Hallo Carola
Bei dir sieht es ja wieder prächtig aus, vielleicht solltest du deinen Blog umbenennen in "Glitzerstübchen", lol!
Ich kann mir Mühe geben wie ich will, irgendwie fehlt mir das Indoor-Deko-Gen! Im Garten fällt mir das leichter, hab halt eher zwei grüne Daumen :-))

LG Lis

Alette Siri Ane said...

So much to enjoy thankyou!

Anita said...

Oh, wie wundervoll und heimelig es bei Dir ausschaut! Die Deko mit dem Granat-Apfel gefällt mir sehr gut, soetwas wollte ich letztes Jahr schon machen. Meine X-Mas Deko ist in diesem Jahr ja leider ziemlich beschieden ausgefallen....

Und übrigens, ich finde, an die Äste auf dem 1. Bild solltest Du unbedingt noch ein paar TILDA-Vöglein hängen, das sähe bestimmt süß aus! *Zwinker*

LG, Anita

Betty Jo said...

How beautiful everything is and a very Merry Christmas to you!! xoxo

Blondie's Journal said...

Carola: Just found your blog visiting French Garden House and read your last few posts. Your studio and home are beautiful-the decorations are like a fantasy land to me. Your garden in the snow looks like it was painted rather than photographed! I love birdhouses and yours is exquisite. I have a friend in Cologne and reading your blog is like reading one of her letters. Have a wonderful holiday!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and the photo's asked for a lot of visiters. It is so inviting :)

Country Cottage Chic said...

Your home look absolutely gorgeous - so warm & welcoming!

KatCollects said...

Your home and decorations are beautiful. I love that I can see the bottle i made you in your studio, so fun! I wish you a beautiful and peaceful Christmas!

texasdaisey said...

Your home is so pretty & I so enjoyed seeing it.

Fliegenpilz-Gift(s) said...

Liebe Carola,

auch der nächste Anhänger hat mich wohlbehalten erreicht. Und auch der ist wieder so wundervoll, besonders gefällt mir, dass er 2 unterschiedliche Seiten hat. Gleich 2 Seiten zum bewundern! ;o)
Nicht nur dafür hast Du den Award verdient, sondern einfach weil ich Deinen Blog und Deine Arbeiten liiiiiebe!
Ich wünsche Dir und Deinen lieben, wundervolle und besinnliche Feiertage,
liebe Grüße

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Carol,
What a wonderfully welcoming, festive home you have created...I love the candles and the bird cage.

Hope Santa brings you the book that you want tomorrow...
Merry Christmas,
Niki x

Les Cotrions said...

Merry Christmas my friend!
All the best!
Buon Natale!!!

Lesley said...

I love your style and the gorgeous photos. So much eye candy! Where in the world do you store all these things when the season is through?? You must have a huge attic or barn or something? What's the secret?
Have a happy and festive holiday season!

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Barb said...

I'm new to your blog.
Love your nostalgic ornaments.
Beautiful work.

Barbara Jean

Merci-Notes said...

I think that your home truly evokes the spirit of Christmas, the warmth, the love, the care that the world needs!
I LOVE the star ornament that you made! And I love how you layered the glass and ornaments (under the glass cloche) :)
Happy New Year Carola!!!


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