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, January 18, 2009

Vintage Valentine Tinsel Hearts

Click on the picture above to enlarge it, it's huge!

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottages and my first post in the new year dear blogging friends and readers! I hope you all had a great time over the holidays and are already back in full swing in 2009. I had a little problem getting back in swing with a cold I catched and then very much work in the office during the first week after the holidays, but now I have adjusted again and I'm full of creative energy which I could finally use in my studio again, making Vintage Valentine Tinsel Heart wall hangings this weekend:

For the 3 Tinsel hearts that I decorated on my mantle I used Vintage materials like orginal old German sheet music paper and old cabinet photo cards from the flea market and herited Vintage lace, as well as some Dresden foil papers and Boullion from my stash and also other supplies that I bought or swapped from/with flickr friends like Jennifer Jinette, Cerri of the Little Pink Studio, Andrea of Onehundred Wishes, Heather of Speckled Eggs and Sarah of My so called junky life.

I'm pretty pleased with the way they turned out, they have got the nostalgic look that I was hoping for. See the tiny brass amor dangling from this heart?

I also made a few pink hearts. I find these two turtle doves from Cerri, that I've pasted on a Valentine paper banner that I made myself just so sweet!

For the Valentine heart above and the Valentine heart box below and also for the Valentine heart in the last photo of this post I also used the beautiful fabric yoyos I got send from my friend Anita last year:

For the box cover I've put the yoyo on a pink vintage milliney flower:

If you are interested in one of my hearts you are welcome to send me an e-mail to the e-mail addy you'll find in my profile under contact and I'll send you the infos you'll need to decide if you want to purchase one.
Have a very good start in a hopefully creative and happy new year 2009 everyone!


Les Cotrions said...

Hi Carola! Welcome back blogging! Your hearts are great! Very nice!
Go on being so creative!
Have a great week!

KatCollects said...

Hi Carola,
I so love the hearts you created. They are all beautiful but the first one is my favorite. I often wondered if you had a shop or sold your beautiful creations. It was so good to see a post from you!

Lorrie said...

Your hearts are beautiful - especially the first one. I love the lace pocket.
So glad to see a post from you. I hope you are feeling much better.


Denise said...

Glad you are finally back in the swing of things! Your hearts are beautiful.

stadtgarten said...

Hallo Carola,
wunderschöne Dinge hast du wieder kreiert! Ich bewundere das immer, wie Du das vor allem zeitlich hinkriegst!
Ich wünsche dir ein gutes Jahr 2009!
Liebe Grüße, Monika

LiLi M. said...

Hi Carol! Whow now that you are back to your old self and feeling well again the creative bug is back too. I love these hearts! And your mantle with these decorations is to die for. Keep up this good work in 2009!

starsfault said...

Hi Carola ~ Your Valentines are soooo pretty! The first one with the little lace pocket is my very favorite.

Glad to see your back blogging!

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

FrenchGardenHouse said...

So glad you are feeling better! And the hearts...are heart stoppingly beautiful. :)
xo Lidy

Lis said...

Mei Carola, die sehen ja vielleicht klasse aus! Du hast halt auch durch die vielen Swaps eine unerschöpfliche Fundgrube und die Kreativität ist dir ja eh schon in die Wiege gelegt worden.
Ich freu mich immer auf deine Posts, vielelucht auch bald wieder aus deinem Garten!

LG Lis

♥Min Eden♥ said...

Hello Carola!
I just love your Rose-garden!!!
Could I borrow your picture of the Eden Rose:

..if promise to mention and link to your blog!????

Regards from Finland

Lori said...

now your box is working for me...i made a link to this post today, i was inspired to make a valentine of my own via your gorgeous post!!! stop over and see:)

Luna said...

Hallo Carola,
du warst ja wieder fleissig. Die Herzen sind alle wunderschön geworden.
Die Idee mit dem Tinsel und der Tasche ist toll, aber das pink/ rosafarbene mit den Tauben gefällt mi auch total gut.

HERZ liche Grüße

♥Min Eden♥ said...

Thank you for letting me "borrow" your picture :)
Do you have a photo of your potting table also?

Carol said...

Hi Nina,
you are very welcome!
Have a look at my post from May 3rd 2007 for example to find pictures of my potting table.

♥Min Eden♥ said...

I would love to put your potting table in "my collection", if it's ok with you :) I will mention- and link to your blog...
(By the way...I have an exactly same Garden-sign my self :)

Kathy said...

Your wall hangings are just beautiful.

Castle in the Air said...

Leaving for Germany first thing in the morning! Wish I would have time to travel around but this is the first year I'm not taking the kids so I am wanting to hurry through the trip to get back home to the girls. Otherwise I would be very likely to pop in on you!!
I would love to see your crafts in person! That would be a treat. I especially love the red heart box. realize I need to start celebrating Valentine's day with my girlfriends. These kind of things are lost on my husband. Maybe I'll start making Valentines for Ulla - I could make something properly frilly and pink!!
Best wishes,

♥Min Eden♥ said...

Helou there!
I have a challange for you on my blog...

mendytexas said...

AH...your decorations are so lovely! You always have such beautiful creations! :) Mendy

Becky said...

Those are the prettiest hearts I have ever seen. You did a wonderful job. I am falling in love with this art form.
Will visit you often too.

barbarakeenanbailey.blogspot.com said...

Hallo Carola,

Your turtle doves are fabulous. Thanks for stopping by at my blog last week. I am addicted to paper and tinsel as well. We used to live in the Stuttgart area and now in Ohio. I love the Bremen und Bremerhaven area.

Hoffnung haben Sie ein großes Neujahr 2009!

Liebe Grüße, Barbara

Naturegirl said...

Carola you are now queen of hearts..just until our gardens open for a new season..all your creativity will then transform your outside space into a queen's garden!

Charmingdesigns said...

Your hearts are just beautiful! Laurie

Lynne Laura said...

Those tinsel hearts are just lovely.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

niartist said...

Just happened to find your blog by chance. It's stunning - your handiwork is remarkable, love those little hearts on the fireplace. Great work!

Barb said...

How did I miss your sweet Valentines last time i visited??
They are wonderful.

Got your entry to the drawing.
Had no clue you were from Germany.
Just saw your lovely work and did not read your profile.

Love that we can 'see' the work of others around the world, and visit too.

Blessings on your Monday, and on all your creative projects.

Barbara Jean

Merci-Notes said...

Hi Carole!
I think the entire world has been jolted and have needed a rest. I actually did not mind being ill with a cold for so long... for it made me rest, I had no choice. and when the voice goes also, your family believes that you are really sick!
I hope the sun is shing into your cottage windows and onto that beautiful garden of yours!

OH! LOVE your valentines!!!


Sugar Bear said...

Oh Carol! Everything is gorgeous. You have such wonderful talent.

Lisa Cook said...

Your tinsel hearts are quite an inspiration for me. Makes me want to get out all of my favorite treasures and do something with them rather than let them sit in a box. Thanks! I always enjoy your blog and your art.

Chrisy said...

Such a lovely post...beautiful hearts and setting...thanks for sharing...

ingrid said...

O wat een mooie harten allemaal !
Groetjes Ingrid.

Núria said...

Pretty blog and lovely thinks!!, are a great source of inspiration. I also finish to open my store http://a-ma-shop.blogspot.com/, you do not doubt in visiting me to say to me “Hi”.
Greetings from Spain.

Wren Cottage said...

Oh dear, looks like I've missed so much, I always catch you on flickr but your blog is soooo beautiful dear friend!! You know I ADORE your creations and these hearts are way over the top!!! Mine has been the center of attention here at Wren Cottage, everyone compliments it!! :) Thanks again for all my treasures sweetie!! Still swooning over everything :)
You are a special and dear friend, close to my heart always...
xoxo ~ hope you have a great week, I'll be going away for about 12 days so I will catch up with you then...
xoxoxo again!
Your friend ~ Madai
ps stay warm!!

Tommie Jo~TJs Sweet Home said...

So crafty you are~beautiful hearts!

scrappy jen d said...

I did find you true Ellen (swap-friend).
I must say....I am impressed by all the beautiful VINTAGE goodies you make!
Wonderful to look at!
Bye, Jen.

Laura said...

What a cute blog! I enjoyed looking at all of your photos. Thank you for posting!


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