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 14, 2010

Valentine's Hearts, an amazing swap with Ann and an OWOH winner!

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear readers and fellow bloggers!

First of all I 'd like to wish you all a very "Happy Valentine's day" today!

Isn't this a gorgeous Vintage honeycomb heart?
I totally love it and find it so appropriate for today. I got it from sweet Ann of the Tin Rabbit. Ann and I met over at flickr where for quite some month now I admired her wonderful photos of the most gorgeous creations and vignettes around her home and Antique shop "The Tin Rabbit".
One day when I told her how much I love her honeycomb bells she said that she has a spare one and kindly offered it to me, so I suggested her doing a swap and Ann happily agreed and said that she had always envied other people for doing swaps and that it was something she always wanted to do. At that time she had no blog yet.

Well a few days ago I got an amazing huge parcel containing an embellished and collaged vintage black suitcase full of delightful old treasures, such a joy!!! I really couldn't believe my eyes, dearest Ann has spoiled me rotten! Everything you see in the picture above was in the suitcase, isn't that unbelievable?

Just look at that delightful treasure trove. The decorated envelope with the enchanting paper rose is one of Ann's creations as well as the embellished suitcase pocket in the photo below:

Ann also sent me one of her fabulous candy cones:

and a whole bunch of the most beautiful paper lace doilies:

Yesterday we finally had better light for photos  (can you believe that it is still snowing here almost every day?) and I had a chance to play and decorate some of Ann's treasures around my living room. I gathered some glass cloches and created a little vignette on the white painted table under the old iron window:

The gorgeous framed silhouette pair and the baby shoe below are also from Ann as well as the paper bird, the sweet leather baby shoes in the glass dome and the square clock face and the huge hanging cone, the little girl tag in the other cloche, the baby cabinet card and the paper rose, the silver glitter star and the lead flower frog.

It was such a pleasure to play and decorate with all these beauties Ann and I like to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for making me such a happy bunny!!! XO
I can't show you yet what I sent to Ann because she hasn't got her parcels yet. As so often I was quite late sending my part off, but now it is on the way to you Ann, thank you also for your patience and I hope you'll love it as much as I love and enjoy yours!
If you like to meet Ann and to know more about her you can visit her here: http://thetinrabbit.blogspot.com/

Seeing it is the day of hearts today I'd like to show you some hearts I made for blogging friends lately.
The one above is an embellished chocolate box. I used one of Ann's heart shaped paper lace doilies for the front.

The three hearts following below are all made after lovely Holly's http://www.hollydoodledesigns.com/shop/ fabulous tutorial in Teresa's http://www.teresamcfayden.typepad.com/  paper romance e-zine in which I participated this month:

 These were so fun to make!

So tomorrow I'm going to draw a winner for my OWOH give away, a soldered heart, using the random number generator and than I will announce it here. Over 300 participants wow that's amazing! I'm so sorry that I haven't got around to visit all of you yet but it was a pleasure to meet ya'll and I'll do my best to come round and visit you back during the next days, or maybe even weeks.

Happy Valentine's day everyone!

xoxo, Carola

The OWOH drawing is closed and I put all the numbers in the true random number generator and copied and pasted the result in here:

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1

Max: 337



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The lucky winner of a soldered heart charm is entry number 300
Cami @ Creating Myself

Congratulations Cami!!
I'll contact you later today to ask for your addy!

xoxo Carola

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

With all my heart! An OWOH give away!

Welcome back to BOXWOOD COTTAGE in February dear blogging friends and readers !
I have not enough time for a long post right now, but I wanted to thank you all for your sweet comments on my new blog layout, so glad that you guys like it :)
I thought in time for Valentine' day I share with you a flickr collage with some of the hearts that I created over the last 5 years and hope that I can inspire you a bit:

 Don't they all go so well  with the One world one heart theme? Well I decided to jump on the magic carpet and participate in Lisa Swifka's "One world one heart event"  this year and do a sweet little give away for one lucky reader of my blog. It's a handmade soldered heart charm/pendant made by me like the ones that you can see in my mosaic above and a little surprise.
All you need to do is leave me a comment under this post (everybody is welcome) and I will anounce the lucky winner on
Monday February 15 th
Good luck!
xox, Carola

P.S.: Lisa has almost 1000 participants already wow, so don't miss out and check them out on her blogs side bar here:

Comments for the drawing were closed at number 337!


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