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, February 22, 2009

Quick project, V-day swaps and heart love

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear readers and blogging friends!
I know it's been awhile again since my last post but I've been busy partying (my b-day was end of January), caring for our new housmate Elvis, creating and swapping etc. as you will see in the following photos:

While the weather is still wintery outside and the garden is sleeping (see picture below) I used my spare time to finish my V-day swaps and to create new soldered jewelry and other things. Today I made the pink ribbon and yoyo wreath in the photo above. It was a quick and fun project. I had this straw wreath laying around and suddenly felt the need to use it, so I cutted pink florist crepe paper in stripes and wrapped it around the wreath, then I used all kind of ribbon and lace that I had laying around my desk from other projects and tacked them on the wreath with small pins. It looked beautiful, like a ribbon and lace sample wreath, but not finished so I used some yoyos I got from Anita and Cerri and tacked them on with pins as well as some buttons, pper flowes etc.. You can click on the photo above to enlarge it and see all the details. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.

Did I ever show you a picture of our new tomcat Elvis? We got him right after Christmas (our old cat Sammy unfortunately died a few weeks before) when he was exactly 6 month old and we call him LV and he's a real cutie but he needs a lot of my spare time as well. He's not yet allowed to go out alone, but soon he will discover the garden with me and I think he's already dreaming of all his future adventures:

I also like to show to you some swap parcels I received in the last weeks.
I had a private friendship parcel exchange with my sweet friend Madai from Wren Cottage in South Carolina. She pampered me with all kinds of silver glass glittered goodies like one of her wonderful garlands saying Happy Easter, a star garland, a beautiful glitter heart and a gorgeous glitter cone, because she knows just how much I love them as well as her hand made button garland and all of the other lovingly chosen goodies like the enchanting little lamb. Thanks again dearest Madai! xoxo
I had to pick up her parcel from the German custom office and had to open it there (they thought they could charge me taxes for it). My mum came there with me and we ooohhhed and aaaahhed while I unpacked the treasures from my dear far away friend. My mum instantly fell in love with the sweet little lamb too!

I put it under one of my glass cloches where it always says SPRING to me now!

Another wonderful swap I got came from Ellen from the Netherlands. We were partners in the "All that we love" Valentine swap of the "Year of colour" group from Artsy Mama.

When I opened the beautiful turquoise ornament bag I found all these delightful parcels (click picures to enlarge) above and unpacked it looked like this: Wow!

Ellen spoiled me with two of her handmade journals, aren't they pretty? I love how she made them look like Vintage treasures:

And she also made one of her sweet felt birdies for me, which of course is an instand fave of mine :)

I was further very lucky to get some flea market finds from Ellen as you can see in the next two photos. I especially love the wooden silk spools which are so hard to find today:

Thank you so much dear Ellen I really love it all!

Well lastly I like to show you my latest soldered jewelry. A good friend of our family was so nice and cutted a couple of heart shaped glasses for me and I had so much fun to decorate and solder them, they are all two sided.

I guess I'm going to sell most of them, but I'm I'm not yet sure where and when.
So that's it for today, I don't want to make this post too long.
Hope you liked what I shared with you and I'm always happy if you leave me a comment!
Love Carola xoxo


KatCollects said...

Hi Carola
Wow, you received some beautiful swap things, so special. I love your new soldered hearts, you have such a creative and fun talent. It was so good to read a post from you!

Diane said...

Exquisite! Everything is perfectly lovely! You truly have some dear friends!

Barb said...

Those soldered hearts are wonderful!!!

I'd like to learn to do that. Add it to the list i guess! =0))

I've enjoyed seeing your lovely creations and gifts from others.


Barbara Jean

Kerry Shillingford said...

Your jewellery is so beautiful!
And I adore the pink wreath in the first photo, you have such lovely talent! I've just found your blog, and I am very glad I have, I will be sure to come back again


starsfault said...

Hi Carola ~ The treasures from your friends are wonderful, and those new soldered hearts are extra pretty, same for the wreath! Wow!!

Blessings ~ Eileen

Lori said...

Carol, you can't have my MIL:) if you want any of my SIL, we can talk...LOL...i love all of the goodies you got from both of your swaps!!! it must have seemed like a second Christmas when you opened up those wonderful packages!!!

your soldered hearts are lovely...i esp like the ones with the pretty scallop edge!!!

Ellen said...

What a beautiful wreath did you make, love all the pink accents. The soldered hearts are wonderful and I'am proud to received one from you your'e so talented !!
You made lovely pictures from the V swap I have updated my blog too with pictures from your V swap.

Hugs, Ellen

Donna O. said...

The hearts make mine skip a beat- Love them, Carol!!

LiLi M. said...

Sorry to hear about Sammy, he always did so well on your garden photos and he could swap great too! But Elvis looks great too. He sure feels at home, but who wouldn't in such a chair? I love the fabrics!
You did a great job swapping again, I checked Ellen's blog also. Your heart shaped pendants are too cute!
Looking forward to your garden photos! Next month there will be a lot to see all of a sudden! So don't stay away again that long, btw Happy Birthday to you!!

anna said...

just beautiful...you are soooooo
greetings, Anna

The Whispering Poppies said...

What lovely treasures, Carola! That package from Madai is exquisite ~ she really is a darling lady! And your kitty Elvis - I'll bet he can't wait for Spring in your gorgeous garden! =)
hugs from Louise/Beachy

Chris said...

Just stopping by to say hi from the year of color blog. How lucky you were with your swaps and I love your jewelry. So charming.

Matilda`s Design said...

Hallo liebe Carola,
jetzt hab ich auch noch eine kleine Überraschung für dich, schau doch mal auf meinem Blog vorbei !
Liebe Grüße,

Lorrie said...

Hello Carola,

What beautiful packages you've received. And your heart charms are lovely.


Jill-O said...

Just stopped by to say Hi and congratulations on getting in Artful Blogging. This is one of my favorite magazines and you deserve to be recognized. I have been a fan of your blog for about a year now, mostly to admire your garden, your crafts and all the beautiful photos you take.

mendytexas said...

Well I just LOVE all the things you've been doing lately! The soldered heart are incredible. I have never worked with glass hearts before...love them! Have a great weekend! :)mendy

Chrisy said...

Beautiful swaps and you present them so well with your lovely photos...thanks for sharing...

Naturegirl said...

Hello Carola! Yummy images as always!Love your Elvis...guess your not lonely tonight! LOL
Soon I'll be stopping by and viewing your gorgeous garden photos!I'm vacationing in Arizona for 2 months..hugs and Happy Spring
aNNa xo

Sandra Evertson said...

My, my but you have been busy! I'm sorry to hear of your kitty passing on, that little Elvis looks like a real Charmer! And I love your new Hearts, just Gorgeous! And a very Happy Belated Birthday to you!
Sandra Evertson

Mrs. Staggs said...

Elvis is quite a cutie, though I'm so sorry to hear about Sammy. He was a beautiful cat.

Your things are always so pretty. I like your new hearts, very much.

Happy Belated Birthday to you!

Mariella said...

Hi Carol, not long ago that you visited. Your garden is beautiful even with snow ... sleeping feet to be born in spring more beautiful than before.

best regards

ArtsyMama said...

I adore the lovely pink wreath you made. Also what FUN swap goodies! Glad you enjoyed it and are going to be in the May Basket swap:)

Joy said...

love your charms and everything is so cute. Your kitty looks very peaceful and I sure he will love your garden!


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