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, January 16, 2010

A new blog layout!

Hooray finally I did it, a new blog layout yay! I was so bored with my old pinkish layout lately, I'm much more into neutrals and winter white now. It was good for a long time, my daughter did it for me in html, but the problem was that I could never change something myself and I couldn't even see that I have followers, but now I can! Thank you followers! :) If only I knew before that it is so easy to change the layout, I would have done it already some month ago, but I was afraid that I could lose all my posts. Well the only thing that I lost is my old favorite blogs blogroll. Luckily Blogger really has some great gadgets that makes it easy to add everything back again. The best thing is that I can change my header banner now and make a new one every now and then. For now I made a winter header. Of course our tom cat Riley had to be in it and my fave garden birdie the European Red Robin and of course my still snowy garden.

So what do you think, do you like my new layout or do you think it's boring and liked the old one better? I'd love to hear your opinion!

Off I am into the studio now, I have some swaps to finish!

Happy Weekend dear readers!!!

xoxo Carola

P.S.: I couldn't do a blog post completely without photos, so I added a recent picture of Riley enjoying winter and making snow friends:


dustbunny8 said...

Love your new header!Really looks good!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Your new look is BEAUTIFUL, Carola! And I love your header... Riley is adorable! I hope you have a lovely weekend! =)

saganaga said...

i like your new look! happy 2010!

country girl said...

Hi Carola! I am so glad I've found yout blog, it's beautiful. I'm an American living in Austria, so Wie gehts? :)
I love love love your picture of a Robin in your header. And where did you find that adorable white artificial tree? I am looking for one to decorate at Easter! See my inspiration here:
Hope you'll stop by some time...as for me, I'm following your posts now and am looking forward to more.
xo country girl

Jamie said...

Your new blog makeover looks WONDERFUL!!!!! It will be such a lovely backdrop for your amazing photos:) I hope your new year has been wonderful so far. Love, Jamie

Deb said...

Beautiful blog header banner Carola! I love the new look of your blog & your flickr photostream collage. Riley is adorable and looks like he and his friend are enjoying the snow ♥

Zuzu said...

Love it!!! :)

I do have a question for you, Carola. You have been on my blogroll for quite a while now, but your blog doesn't "update" like the others. It is always at the bottom of my blogroll.
You may want to ask your daughter this, but if you are using Blogger, I think you can go into Dashboard/Settings/Site Feed and for the option "Allow Blog Feeds" select "Full". I believe this will allow your blog to rollup whenever you publish a new post.

Anyway - I love your blog and it's new look, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Luna, Luzie and Olli said...

Oh, das ist ja ein schöner Header. Das hast du gut gemacht, Carola!
Darf der Riley schon raus ? Sicher findet er den Schnee ganz spannend und den Nachbarkater auch.
Olli geht zwar raus aber er mag keine kalten Pfoten und kommt ziemlich schnell wieder rein.
Mein Laptop ist immer noch kaputt. Das Ersatzteil kommt hoffentlich 4.KW. Dann hab ich bestimmt auch wieder mehr Lust zu mailen und kommentieren.
Liebe Grüße

My home said...

Hallo Carola,
wow, Dein neues Blogoutfit ist wunderschön!!!!!! Bei einem neutralen Hintergrund kommen die Fotos noch viel mehr zur Geltung!!! Ich finde ihn auf jeden Fall richtig schön und gucke weiterhin bei Dir sehr gerne.
Ganz liebe Grüße Barbara

LiLi M. said...

Your new blog color suits our winter terrific Carola! I love your banner too, I think you get never bored making photos of Riley! Neither do we, looking at them! I think this lay out fills the screen better. I would love to change my blog lay out into this, but I am affraid that all my posts will go weird, so I leave my lay out just as is.
It gets a little less cold here and in your neck of the woods? I'm doing Heather's speckled egg's' swap, I won't be surprised if you are in that one too, any how have fun and have a great Sunday.,

FredaB said...

Carola I really like your new header. I too need to learn how to do that. My current and original one is blurry and I am tired of it.
I am going to work on changing it.
I really enjoy all that you do and your artwork is great.



June said...

I LOVE it Carola!!! Your banner is just wonderful too. I love the lay out and I know you will love it, because you can do all the changes you want.
Riley is such a lovely cat!

oldgreymare said...

Good Job! We should all shake things up now and then, Now that you have learned so much, maybe you can help me figure out why my site won't update on everyone's blog list...sigh....I've tried everything!

Oh, I envy you your snow!


Lis said...

Prima sieht das aus! Ich habe mich schon immer gewundert dass du deinen Blog nicht mal neu "tapezierst" hast. Und wenn man weiss wie es geht, ist es ja auch ganz einfach! :-)

Schönen Sonntag noch

LG Lis

TinyBear said...

Hi Carola
Thanks for the visit and for the blog roll link.
I have added you blog to mine too :D
Love your new banner - it´s always such a joy and eye candy to visit your blog.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
xo Tina

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hallo Carola, Riley ist ja mal wieder ein zuckersüßer Anblick, sowohl im Schnee als auch neben dem feathertree!

Einen schönen Abend und liebe Grüße


Naturegirl said...

Carola! Love love the new look! OMG
gorgeous! Shows off the photos beautifully! Oh my that Riley what a cover boy!! Carola any season in your garden space is magical and looking at your moms..I can see that the apple does not fall to far from the tree.( A saying here..like mom like daughter) OH..I adore those geese....how kind of your sister to rescue them!

I have recently posted again and would love for you to read about my mother who you know is is in the heavens but as my friend it would be nice for you to know my history. love and light anna xo

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I love your new look. It's the perfect look for winter. I think a post is not complete without one picture of a cat too!
I happened to notice ZuZu's comment and I wondered the same thing. I thought it was something I was doing. I just happened to want to check if you had updated and lucked out!

Lori said...

Carol this looks great!!! and guess what??? now i can come over right from reader and leave a comment...you might remember that i couldn't do that before, but had to hop over from my blog link list to do that...so this is a good thing too!!! love the sweet kitties!!!

sandra said...

Your banner is gorgeous...love your new "look"! Aren't daughters wonderful?!? And as usual, Riley is a cutie. Like you, I'm definitely loving the neutrals more and more.

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

I love your new blog look and the pictures in your header!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Hello Carola, I too, changed my blog look and header. I think it is good in a new year to have a fresh look. I wanted mine to look less cluttered and I think you also achieved that here. I loved your old Blog but I love the new look Blog more! The header is wonderful and changing it is a lovely idea when you feel the need. xx

Anita said...

Congratulations on the new layout... in your current favourite colours! ;-)

Yes, it's quite easy to add the list of followers and change the layout (why didn't you just ask me before? *smile*)

BTW: did you already see what I finally made yesterday? A fabric box (picture on flickr).

XoX, Anita

Nelkacreative said...

beautiful layout!:)
and amazing cats:)

Nelka from Slovakia.

Jessica Pulse said...

I'm a new follower and I think this layout is great. I'm looking forward to more posts from you.

*°º¤♥-=|F®äñ|=-♥*°º¤ said...

Hi Dear..visiting ur sweet blog...add me in ur blogroll ok...i have a super cute blog too,alywas with great poems and posts talkin about the life,love and God.Big Hug!!

Sam said...

I came across your blog via flickr i think and its just beautiful! Your cottage is amazing!

And I love your pussy cat!
Bye for now
Sam (Bath, uk)

*Ulrike* said...

Hi Carola! Your blog header looks fantastic! I have not been reading blogs lately, but I am back on a roll again. Sometimes there is not enough time in the day! I'll be back soon as I love to see things over in Germany. By the way are you in the northern or southern part?

Secondhandrose said...

I like your header but I just stumbled on your blog and didn't see what it used to look like! LOL I love whites and neutrals these days too, with a little pale blue thrown in. Come for a visit.


junkdreams said...

I love the look of your blog....simple elegance!

Lallee said...

Your blog looks great. I love the fresh new look. Good job!

Lauren said...

♥ A heart for you dear one :)

Betsy said...

I like the look of your blog, and the snow with the cats is beautiful.

Twinkle Pink said...

Its great - love the look - and for some reason the page loaded a lot quicker.

Happy New Year Carol
best wishes Ginny

paperbird said...

I love your new banner Carola- I think t suits your blog very nicely- the photographs are lovely.

Merci-Notes said...

I have added you "officially" now... I usually just log in your blog.
I like your red robin also. And the newest photo of Riley!!!! I am e-mailing a friend so she can see your Riley in the snow with his new friend! Love this photo!!!
OH, I know... My daughter is my webmaster but now she is off... I must learn on my own.
I so like your new design!


The Tablescaper said...

So cute.

- The Tablescaper

Richtsje said...

Hi Carola,

Well, I never saw your blog before but was very curious so I just popped by ;-)
Love your pictures: cats, flowers and more, great!

Charlene said...

LOOKS GOOD! Love the photos of the kitties! Stay warm!

Mrs. Staggs said...

Oh what fun, a new layout! I love it Carol, and I know you will enjoy being able to change things from time to time. Especially seasonally. I enjoy doing that in my home, and our blogs are a little bit like our home too. It is bright and cheerful. Very nice!

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Hi there, Thanks for visiting my blog and for letting me know that your dress form picture was incorrectly labeled. Sorry about that. I have added the correct link you sent to me. I would have emailed but couldn't find any contact info on your blog or profile, you might want to add something somewhere so that the OWOH people can contact you if you win something, Good Luck! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Shari Sunday said...

Hi Carola, I came here through Miss Landliv. Beautiful blog.

susan said...

just found your blog...i love it!
thanks for sharing everything with us all...


Anonymous said...

Love the new look - you take stunning photographs. I'm envious of all that snow. I'm in Cape Town, South Africa - a snowless beautiful country.
Love Isabel


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