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

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sweet & Sinister swap reveal, Halloween decorations and more!

Update: I'm linking this post from last year up today with Joanne of Anything goes here for her Vintage Halloween Blog Party! So welcome party people! Grab yourself a drink and stay awhile!
xoxo~ Carola

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear readers and fellow bloggers and to my first time of decorating for Halloween here ( it is no tradition in Germany to celebrate Halloween as you might know) and also to my first Halloween swap, as well as to some other news that I'll reveal at the very end of this post, so I hope you'll stay with me until the end, because I have around 20 photos to share with you ( which is also to make up for my long blogging absence again).

The orange candle light in the picture above is the only orange you'll find in my Halloween/Autumn decoration, this year, because firstly it is not one of my favorite colors and secondly it is all about black, white & cream, which pleases me much better, as you will see in the photo below which was my sneek peak photo for my Sweet & Sinister 2009 Halloween swap partner Heather Rowley of Speckeled egg:

I had a tremendous fun in creating pretty Halloweenish items like a goody filled fire cracker, a cone, a black masque, black birds, tags and a soldered pendant etc. for my swap partner and decorated everything that I finished on my vintage mannequin in my attic studio:

I loved the Halloweenish look of my dress form so much that I started making things not only for Heather, but for me too.

And I also decorated one of my vintage silk top hats in Hallween style. Maybe this will attract my favorite vampire Edward? ;-)) Just rightclick on the pictures to enlarge them if you want to see more details.

And closer:

After I finished gathering and creating Halloweenish items for Heather I wrapped it all as sweet & sinister as possible. Heather also wished for some thick German crepe paper and German decorating magazines.

I love silhouette pictures and recently found some pretty old fairytale silhouettes and silhouette postcards at our local flea market so I incorporated them in Heathers swap parcel too.

Below are most of the goodies before the wrapping. I also found a vintage enamel night light candle holder for Heather at our flea market which has a bit orange color around the edges which I found so suitable for Halloween and I thought a tiny bit of orange couldn't hurt he he:

Two weeks after Heather and I had sent off our swap parcels over the big ocean, they arrived at our homes, whoohoo I am so happy with all the great goodies Heather has found and made for me :)

Above you can see the whole lot (click on pic to enlarge) and below some close ups. Sweet Heather has got me everything I wished for, like a cute white feather tree and a beautiful cream colored pumpkin as well as a frozen Charlotte doll. Just look at the sweet little owls the pretty frame and cameo and the gorgeous bracelet with a black rose that Heather made for me:

And I also got one of these fabulous black crows that I just couldn't find here in Germany, but I so wanted one and she didn't even know this, but still send me one, this must have been telepathy :) Thank you so much dear Heather!

In the photo above I have already incorporated some of the goodies in the Fall & Halloween decoration around the mantle in my living room. I love the speckeled egg that she embellished for me with a gorgeous black velvet flower and a fabulous rhinestone button. The girl silhouette that I framed is a scan from a real cut out silhouette from my daughter, made when she was 4 years old.
Lastly the gorgeous white feather tree found the right spot on the left corner of my mantle. I looks almost a bit Christmassy already and I think this photo looks so pretty when enlarged:

And the wonderful cream colored porcelain pumpkin box from Heather got a space on the right side of the mantle:

Following I show you some more photos of my autumn decorations around the mantle:

As you can see it is all about silhouettes and neutral colors:

The mantle is lit by the afternoon sunlight and candles only in these photos:

The day I took these photos the light was so beautiful that I had to take some more photos like the one below of my white glass cabinet:

Here is also a picture of an autmnal vignette on one of my iron tables on the patio, which I created after a walk in the woods:

And now I like to show you something else, we change from Halloween to Christmas decorations. The Christmas ornaments in the photo below are made from paper maché containers from Thuringa in Germany. If you love these nostalgic paper maché Christmas containers as much as I do, I can offer them to you here now: http://boxwoodcottageshop.blogspot.com/ Just in time for Christmas 2009!

These are just a few paper maché ornaments that I embellished to show you what you can make out of them. You'll find many more examples and shapes here:http://boxwoodcottageshop.blogspot.com/ I'd be happy to see you there!
Lastly I wish you all a great countdown to Halloween week and of course a very fun Halloween day and I'd be glad if you could find some inspirations in todays post and if you'll let me know what you think of it and leave me a comment.


Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Carol your Halloween decorations are so elegant. I love the fairytale silhouette pictures. So much inspiration in this post! xx

LiLi M. said...

Hi Carol!! Did you know that I already checked your blog to see whether you had a post on that I missed because RSS might have failed LOL! I was so curious about your sweet and sinister swap. And your post didn't disappoint me! You did a fab job decorating as always! Here Halloween is not tradition either, just like in Germany. But when I joined the sweet and sinister swap last year, I started decorating for myself too. Like you; most black and vintage white, but I have to tell you on a dark day a little tad of orange brings some brightness in the day.I love everything that you made for Heather, I suppose we can see what is in that lovely cracker at Heathers blog in due course. I love what you got from Heather too! That charlotte doll ooh tdf! I have searched every store in the Netherlands last year to find a crow, in the end I found them at the shop that sells party things and costumes, maybe you can find them there too, if one isn't enough. When I finally found them I bought 4 (in the end)! I have enjoyed this post very much, thanks for inspiration! And have a happy Hallow's eve next weekend! Hugs LiLi

Alicja said...

Hello dear Carol!
Your decorations are beautiful!!!!
In Poland we don't have Halloween tradition either, so I will not decorate my home - but it is real pleasure to see your beautiful decoration. I do love all your black/white(ecru)creations!!!! So stylish!
I'm sending you a lot of warm hugs!!!
And more I will write via mail.

Lori said...

Carol, i am so excited to see what you made for Heather...i had told you that you were working with my favorite color combination for halloween...i am not a fan of the orange either...everything that you made and found for Heather is gorgeous...i LOVE what you did with your top hat, it looks just adorable on your mannequin...the silhouettes you found are so beautiful...i bet Heather really loved those...i love all the goodies she sent to you too...that feather tree is the best...i love the cameo too...and the crow, you need to make a tiny little top hat for him so he isn't jealous of your mannequin...thanks for sharing!!! and thanks for the comments you left for my journal over at flickr:) that was nice!!!

Grace said...

You 2 spoiled each other! Just like me and my swapp partner Jennifer. This was a great swap Beautiful decorations and the dress form looks fabulous! Grace

CIELO said...

Good evening... I finally had the chance to visit your lovely cottage, I found you via Flickr and always enjoy seeing snaps of your gorgeous home and gardens.... ;) Come visit me at the house in the roses and share your cottage at "Show Off Your Cottage Monday"...


Household 6 said...

Carol! Ooooh, missy, it was so good to hear from you! I hope all is going well for you?
Your halloween decorating is quite stunning, as always! Do you want me to send you a white pumpkin? It won't get there in time for this year, but you can save it for next!

Twinkle Pink said...

Oh Carol, it does seem a long time since i was here, and just at the right time it seems.

I don't really celebrate halloween like our US buddies do either, apart from a pumpkin on Halloween night. However getting involved in swaps does encourage us doesn't it.

What a great collection of goodies you have created and love the colour theme (i'm not so into orange either :-0 ) I love the bowler hat too!

Lucky you with all your goodies that you received, the feather tree will come in handy at christmas too.

thanks for sharing and lovely to visit you once again.

best wishes always
Ginny x

Natacha said...

Hello Carol,
Just a little note to tell you that I love your blog. The pictures of the Halloween swap are beautiful. I found your blog not so long ago and I have read all your posts during the summer. I am looking forward to your Christmas pictures this year! Your blog was one of the reasons why I started to blog myself. I would love you to come by and have a peek:


Regards from Luxembourg,

Natacha said...

Hallo nochmal Carola,
Ich schreibe Dir einfach auf Deutsch, schliesslich bin ich ja eine Holländerin!
Vielen Dank für deine Kommentare, ich habe mich sehr gefreut.
Aus irgendeiner Ursache hatte ich mir dein Profil noch nie angesehen. Als vorher dann durch Zufall auf einmal die Profilseite erschienen ist, habe ich nicht schlecht gestaunt. Ich bin nämlich auch 46 Jahre alt, bin Wassermann (ich bin vom 13/2, und Du?) und bevor ich aufgehört habe zu arbeiten, war ich auch 15 Jahre Sekretärin.
Ich wünsche Dir noch einen schönen Abend,

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Carola, Your decoration throughout your home is just beautiful and I also love all the goodies you have swapped with Heather! The wrapping was very pretty, too! You both must have been very happy when you opened the packages. Happy Halloween!!! Hugs, Julia

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Carola! Waw! What a great post you made!!! I don't like Halloween so much because it isn't in our tradition, but I must say you made faboulous things! I adore silhouettes either and your decorations are stunning!
Wish you a nice evening!
Warm hugs

Karla Kotelett said...

Wow, was sieht das bei dir morbide aus. Ich dachte zuerst, ich bin im falschen blog!
Danke für deinen Tipp mit den Collagen, jetzt kann man sie öffnen!


The Chateau of Remnants said...

Hello! I all I can say is WOW!! I love your Halloween Swap! What great ideas and lovely items!


Little Pink Studio said...

You both did such wonderful packages for each other!
I love everything you made and gave to Heather! (and I bet she did too!)
Cerri xo

Eileen @ Star's Fault said...

Carola, your Halloween things are so wonderful, I don't know what I love more... maybe everything? Yes, that's it! I have been looking for a vintage top hat, but right now they are going for very high costs of Ebay and Etsy sites because of the season.

I do have a question though. Where do you find all the lovely silver and white lacy trims?

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Hi Carola!!
I love all of your black and cream Halloween decorations. They make me want to bake some cookies and treats and decorate them like that.
♥ Rebecca

Naturegirl said...

Hello Carola! You certainly have kept yourself in the creative spirit...so much accomplished!
You have found your passion..one other than gardening but I must admit I so enjoyed your posts when you focused so much energy on your garden. It was a blissfull oasis..I loved coming by to sit awhile.
Your creative talents shall keep you busy throughout the winter months so I wish you much creativity!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and catch up and send me wishes and encouragement..I have 2 more chemo treatments and then I'm heading for sunny Arizona!!
love and light
aNNa x0

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I LOVE your halloween decor...sweet & sinister would apply to it as well. I've seen you on flckr but found my way here to your blog, via Tia @ Domestic Underground. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your blog!

This post is loaded w/ so much inspiration...thanks for sharing your creativity!

Gerry said...

Hello Carol, just a quick note to let you know that I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award. Participate if you can/or want to. Otherwise, know that I included you.

I have followed your blog for quite some time. You are incredibly talented and creative!

Thanks, Gerry

Bottega Veneta said...


rochambeau said...

Dear Carola,
YOU did Halloween nicely!
Especially like how you decorated your dressmakers form! Bravo!!


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Mitzi Curi said...

Beautiful displays, Carola. I love the color palette of simple black and white, and the silhouettes.

Mia said...

Your photos are just as wonderful as ever, Carol! And your Halloween decorations are amazing. We do not tend to celebrate Halloween here in Norway (even though it is catching on), but maybe next year I shall have a go...

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hello lovely Carol! Thank you for your kindness on my blog - I really want to email you and have a good look through your blog posts, so I shall be back after the V&H fair, when I will have more time to do so properly.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Niki x

~~Carol~~ said...

I love when people stick to a black and white color palette for their Halloween decorations. Yours looks stunning! I especially love that top hat and all the birdies!
Happy Halloween!

lisa_d said...

Your decorations looks so festive. Love the first photo at night. I bet the kids love to come trick or treating to your home. :)

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