Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage! I'd like to share you with you my latest crafts, swaps and some rearrangements in the living rooom which I just finished. Of course it is also getting Christmassy at Boxwood Cottage at this time of the year!
Last week I made this mini tinsel tree, isn't it cute? On the left side is the other part of the white shelf and on the right side the shutter that I moved from beside of the window over here for a new look:
This is my fave corner to sit relax and read:
One of the table decorations are these papier mâché pine cones, that I wrapped in thin alu chocolate paper to give them a festive look. You can get these pinecones over in my little shop: http://www.boxwoodcottageshop.blogspot.com/
I found this sweet little putz village on etsy lately and together with my bottle brush trees it makes such a beautiful wintery scene:
Now I like to share with you my new tinsel tree. Do you remember the wooden tree my dad build for me last year? Here is a picture: farm4.static.flickr.com/3056/3054847777_f4bcb29b0a_o.jpg I painted it white and than I wrapped tinsel garlands around the branches. I wanted a tinsel tree since I first saw some in the beautiful Merry & Bright book 2 years ago and so I started collecting tinsel garlands. The most beautiful tarnished looking ones I got from my friend Madai in last years swap:
The best part was of course decoating the tinsel tree! I love the whimsy look it gets with the vintage silk top hat on top. I also used the soldered ornaments I made last season as well as a Charlotte doll head, my dads old pocket watch and the felt girl I created last season as well as some silver leaves ans other white and silver ornaments and I'm really happy with the outcome :)
Madai's cute little lamb and the sweet girl ornament from Nelda Ream made it on my tree along with icy glass birds from Thuringia
And lastly I'd like to share with you the latest swap parcels I got. My dear friend Anita of My country cottage garden spoiled me with two of her beautiful cushions. Maybe you already spotted them in my pictures above. The rose cushion sits now on my white chair in the neutral colored cushion on my willow couch. Anita not only sewed new cushions and birdies for me but also treated me with some treasures from Paris, a vintage french bulletin, a pressed glass plate, sweet doll house paper and an Atelier sign. If you are interested I posted more pictures of Anit's parcel on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/boxwoodcottage/4080566912/
Thank you so much Anita a swap parcel from you is always a feast! :)
The last picture of this post is a swap from my new friend Julia. I first met Julia through an e-mail she sent me with a question on where to find bottle brush trees. We stayed in touch and meanwhile Julia opened her own blog http://www.vintagewithlaces.blogspot.com/ where she shares her lovely creations. A few days ago she kindly offered to send me a set of 3 bottle brush trees she found in a local store (they are really hard to find here in Germany) and was so nice to send me some beautiful surprise gifts along, all very creatively wrapped:
I especially love the old laces, the vintage book with silhouette pictures and the little bag with my initial letter. Thanks bunches for your lovely surprises dear Julia!
Well i guess that's it for today folks! It's 1 am here and my bed is calling loud and louder!
Nite nite xoxo Carola