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, May 01, 2010

May basket swap & Vintage cushion swap & latest flea market finds

A note to all the the Alice muchness tea party people please visit my party post here:
  Simply Mad about Alice tea party !

P.S.: I also participate in Kathleen's (Faded Charm) "White Wednesday" with this post for the time!


Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage my dear readers and blogging friends!
I can hardly believe it's May already. I wanted to post more often really, I had so many Easter pics to share, but somehow it just didn't happen. Time flies as you all know and even more when you have to work full time like me. Anyhow today I have 2 gorgeous swaps, pretty flea market finds and a bit of my Spring garden to share with you. 28 yummy pictures if I dare say so, so you better make yourself comfortable in front of your screen. Aren't these two pictures already delicious? Above is a picture of my wonderful May basket from sweet Tina of http://www.tinybear-dk.blogspot.com/ and below is my latest friendship swap from my dear buddy Anita of http://www.ein-stueck-garten.blogspot.com/ .

I start with Anita's swap because I got it already over two weeks ago and wanted to share it as long. My flickr friends may have already seen these gorgeous cushions that Anita created for me. After I saw what some other talented bloggers made with these pretty vintage graphics from Karen the Graphics Fairy I asked Anita if she could create a cushion for me ( I still can't sew myself *sigh* I gotta find the time to learn it one fine day!) with the French Paris graphic in my fave neutral colors and so she kindly did, seeing it was a new challenge for her, because if you know Anita, you know that usually it's all about soft pink and roses for her and then she got on a roll and made more and more of these gorgeous cushions and I just can't resist them. I generously got two of these beauties from her in the swap and bought another one.

I had to take some pictures to show you and Anita how pretty her cushions look on my willow sofa

This is the one with the Paris graphic that started it all:

Pretty huh? After she showed it on her blog Anita quite quickly got more orders fro the Vintage inspired cushions from her friend Vanessa for example and others.Well of course there was more in Anita's parcel than the beautiful cushions, I also got this huge beige yoyo with the pretty mother of pearl flower button which for now I added to this rather boring lampshade that I still want to embellish more once I found the right piece of lace for it. But I also like the yoyo decorated under one of my glass domes:

Dear Anita also added a Tilda cards and labels stack and all these pretty tags she made. I especially love the one with my initial letter C - such a pretty stamp! The punched french lily sign tag is also an instant favorite of mine:

Oh and I also got some of her soft pink sweet peas seeds, a gorgeous scenting rose soap and one of her lovely sewed roses. Thank you again for everything dear Anita, I love it all!

Now before I reveal more from Tina's May basket I'd like to share my latest happy flea market finds with you:

On Sunday the 18th of April the outdoor flea market season finally started again and it was a wonderful sunny and warm day. I met up at the flea market with my dear cousin Stefanie (who btw also had a lovely swap with Tina lately) we both share a love for crafting, blogging and flea marketing and we found some great old treasures. I was so happy to have found another old black silk top hat. Quite crumpled and torn, but for only 5 bucks and I love it's whimsy look. It's my third one already, after my mom gave me the one from my fathers dad and I found the other one at the flea market two. It's so fun to play around with them and decorate them for the different holidays. I also found a cute vintage black suitcase, with purple silk inside and lot's of beautiful lace pieces.

That old framed behind glass photo of the siblings is another favorite as well as the old doll cup and plates and the crotcheted collar.

Oh and not to forget this sweet smoked baby blouse for just 1 Euro and the white & gold soup tureen also just 1 Euro and all the old Christmas paper bags and the Christmas postcard.

The  embossed roses & doves postcard was another happy find and so were the thin copper clothes stencils in a silver box:

Okay now, seeing that today is the first day of the merry month of May I'd like to show you more of the super gorgeous May basket of  Miss "Tiny bear" Tina which arrived just yesterday from our neighboring country Denmark:

I must say that Tina and I are 100 percent on the same wave length (hope that's an English saying too). She threw everything I love in the basket, started with the gorgeous neutral colors, all cream and sepia beige with a splash of silver *sigh* and there are lovely old paper items with numbers and silhouettes, a sewed & stamped lavender bag and heart, danish sheet music, old book pages, danish post stamps so pretty bundled, cute cake molds, an optician lense, silver wings, gorgeous lace, a delicate beige silk handkerchief oh just look for yourself!

See the sweet egg shaped tags in the left pic that Miss Tina made? They are even two sided and so pretty, you can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them to see more details. Oh and I also got one of Tina's most gorgeous paper garlands. I decorated it on my mantle piece where I can admire it all the time. I have to show you a close up, so that you can see all the layers, topped with a piece of lace and a button:

Isn't it just so enchanting? I'm totally in love with it!
And look at the hand stamped bird ribbon in the next picture. Aw I never really thought about stamping on cloth myself, but seeing this I really should give it a try. I'm so inspired by Tina's swap in many ways!

I love the tin mold and the cream buttons, the lense and the stamps and also the pretty turqouise cigarette tin and the jewelry supply pieces like the flower bell blossoms:

Thank you sweet Tina for creating and gathering all these beautiful treasures for me, you were a true pleasure to swap with!
I also like to show you a bit of what I sent to Tina, although I haven't heard back from her yet if she already got my parcel, which I hope because we both sent if off the same day. Seeing I could not find an old basket like I was hoping and searching for Tina, I created a Vintage inspired Paris hat box instead of a basket to fill:

I embellished the box with very old  sepia aged sheet music pages, vintage lace borders, white Dresden border, Bonjour satin ribbon, an Eifel tower stamped milk bottle cap and an Eifel tower charm, cream colored millinery flowers and a vintage mother of pearl brooch and one of the pretty birdie cup cake cuffs from Andrea's One hundred wishes boutique (the Bonjour ribbon was also from Andrea). I sealed the box with a gorgeous hand dyed cabbage roses ribbon from Marilyn Healey and a scalloped paper tag with a punched out sheet music lace heart (from my new Martha punch) as well as a silver soldered initial tag which I created especially for Tina:

On the other side of the hat box I also added one of Anita's white french lily tags.

I won't reveal too much of the inside in case Tina hasn't got her parcel in time and I don't wanna spoil the whole surprise, but I chose and created only things that Tina had wished for and think I covered it all and I hope very much that she will like it!

Now my friends I'm off ínto my garden to admire my new pink tulips and sow some pretty summer flower seeds. The bleeding hearts, lilacs and clematis montana rubens are just starting to bloom and I'll share pictures of these beauties in my next post.

Until then I hope you'll all keep enjoying Spring!

xoxo~ Carola

P.S.: In case you are wondering about the baby pictures in my blog banner, the vintage baby is me lol
A family friend recently scanned all of my parents old photos and among them were these.


Anita said...

Oh my Carol - that was quite a long blog post! I enjoyed reading every line and thank you so much for your nice words on the Vintage pillows that I made for you! Yes indeed, they look fabolous on the sofa in your living room!

I also adore the pretty things of Tina's May basket and of course, the Parisian hat box!

The sun has finally come out and we are looking forward to spending the afternoon outside in the garden (mein Holzpyramide ist schon fertig geworden gerade *freu*).

Take care, hugs & kisses

Julie Ann said...

What gorgeous swap items!!! I'm loving your new cushions and the banner that Tina made for you!! And that box that you made for her looks fabulous! Isn't it great receiving swaps from someone who just "gets" you? :)

My home said...

Hallo Karola,
ich mach es mal auf deutsch :0). Dein Post hat mir wieder einmal sehr, sehr gefallen. Die Sachen, die Du bekommen hast, sind alle traumhaft schön!!!!!! Ganz besonders die Sachen von Miss Tina sind wirklich ein Traum!!!!!
Ich wünsche Dir auch einen schönen ersten Mai und ganz liebe Grüße Barbara

Deb said...

What a wonderful post with wonderful pictures. I can go back and look at them again and again. I just love those pillows and all your flea market finds. Actually I love everything.

Lululiz said...

What totally amazing swap parcels! I have been drooling over all the wonderful bits and pieces. I could almost feel them under my fingertips.... almost. Outstanding all round.

Gypsy Brocante said...

Your basket and talent overflows ... LUCKY girl you are!! Thanks for sharing!! I'm going back for seconds ; )


Paula said...

Hi sweet Carola! I enjoyed your wonderful post so very much!!! It was a delight to read every sweet word and view every gorgeous photo!!! I love all of the beautiful things sweet Tina gave you! What a gorgeous parcel full of everything you love! She knows you well! I loved seeing all of the pretties you shared. Your photos are always so beautiful! I also loved the beautiful things sweet Anita sent to you!!! The pillows she made are so pretty and look perfect on your wicker settee and lovely chair!!! I love how you displayed the darling yo-yo on the lampshade and under the cloche. The papers she gave you are lovely!!! I love those sweet roses she makes too!

Your flea market finds are so fabulous! I am so happy you found so many pretty things and at such good prices! I know you were especially happy over the top hat! The baby blouse looks so pretty hanging on your cupboard full of pretty dishes!!!

The beautiful garland Tina made looks perfect on your mantle! I love it!!! So many beautiful things she gave you!

The box you covered for her is gorgeous!!! You are so talented! I know she will love everything you sent her!

Your flowers are beautiful! I look forward to seeing more! Love your new header! You were a beautiful baby and are a beautiful woman! Love, Paula

NicNacManiac said...

That was a beautiful post! Such gorgeous swap items from everyone...they really know your style and the treasures you sent...exquisite!!
Happy Weekend xOxO Nerina

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Happy May Day Carola! Your garden photos are stunning...absolutely stunning! I see you've had some awesome swap partners recently too..I've had so much fun w/ the swaps. You really got a lot of great stuff!

LOVE the montage of stuff you have over your willow sofa... how charming!

And about sending another charm? I hate to see you pay again for international shipping & it's the thought that counts, right? So it's really not necessary .... I just hope who ever received it out there in postal lala-land, treasures it as much as I would have.

JoAnn S. said...

so sweet Carola, thank you for stopping at my blog on tea party day I love your creations, I love color and I also love the ivory,white look. you have done a great job. my son is in army and lives in lupberg now, based in hohenfels. He loves germany!!! I will put you on my favorites. thanks again for visiting. hugs JoAnn S

The Tin Rabbit said...

Carola...What an absolute wonderful swap you had!!! I love all the beautiful goodies you received! The pillow are sooo pretty and the garland~LOVE! And the box you sent Tina is equally beautiful! You are one truly creative soul with a big heart to match! Love and Hugs~

sandra said...

Wow Carola, you've hit the lottery with both of these great swaps! I love Anita's pillows and especially that sweet yoyo! Looks like you've had a wonderful time at the flea market...that little suitcase is fabulous.
I adore everything Tina sent you, the cards, silk hanky, the egg shaped tags, the stamps, and that adorable turquoise tin. She did a beautiful job on the garland...love it!
Oh, and she was surely blessed to receive you package. All the contents were fabulous, but the box you created was just gorgeous!!
Thanks for sharing all these pretties with us.
p.s. looks like your garden is going to be beautiful too

Chani said...

Hallo Carola, hast du ein Glück, so viele schöne Sachen bekommen zu haben! Und deine Hutschachtel erst, wow!!! Die sieht einfach fantastisch aus! Wo bekommst du denn die Täubchen her?
Liebe Grüsse, Chani

Debby said...

What a gorgeous post, everything is so beautiful. Enjoyed seeing all those pics.

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh how wonderful,,,like Christmas,,,no, better! Wonderful post!

Benice Basson said...

Just LUV your blog!! Your photos are an inspiration. Greetings from sunny South Africa...

Elizabeth Maxson said...

What a nice post! I really enjoyed the photography. I espeically loved the old tobacco tin box - I have one in my office that belonged to my mother. She held her sewing pins in them and now I have it. And yes, I hold my sewing pins and safety pins in it as well.

Thanks for sharing!


June said...

Yes Carola, I was wondering who that little darling baby was. You are too cute in these pictures.
Oh what can I say about all of the beautiful coming your way in the post?! Such a bunch of loveliness! Anita's pillows are gorgeous!
I can even believe all the beauty you received from Tina.
Your garden blooms are so pretty and I hope you are having a great Spring playing in the dirt.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Carola, what a gorgeous post. After all those lovelies, at the very end, some of your beautiful flowers. you have the best garden! xoxo Lidy

paperbird said...

Your garden is so pretty with the gorgeous tulips blooming and what beautiful treasures you have received. I love the pillows and the garland- the colors are perfect. I spied some sweet silver wings that are just too sweet. Have fun with your wonderful treasures and enjoy this beautiful spring season.

Vickie said...

Wow, I hardly know what to comment on first! There's so much it's overwhelming. I really like the pillows and the paper garland. Oh and that round decorated box with all the goodies and .... It's all very nice!



Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Carola, You have been in some wonderful swaps lately! Everything that Tina had sent you is very pretty and the French themed box you made for her is just beautiful! Hopefully we will get to see all the other things you created for her as well. Anita's pillows look very lovely on your sofa. You were lucky to find all those great treasures on the flea market!
Have a wonderful evening, dear Carola!

Thespa McLaughlin said...

This was a wonderful post. Thanks so much for sharing all those beautiful goodies. I need to find a swap partner. hmmm.....

Hope you have a great week!

Lori said...

Carol, i love all of your baby pictures in your new banner...they are all precious...now...WOW!!! you get the best swap goodies ever...i love how everyone sends you goodies that suit you so well...all of those delicious linens and laces and darling doll from Tina...SO SO gorgeous...i just love everything she sent to you...and the pillows from Anita are truly stunning...the graphics are so beautiful...and i love that she used buttons to trim them out...that looks so very sweet...gorgeous post...enjoy ALL of your wonderful new goodies!!!

TinyBear said...

I´m so happy you liked it all Carola - and now that I have received yours I can visit over her ;D. All your phoros are so beautiful. I so love everything you send me - will be on my blog in a few days.
Love your new pillows and your garden looks so pretty too.
Love your new cute banner too ;D
Wishing you a wonderful evening.
xoxo Tina

Naturegirl said...

Ahhh Carola such eye candy today!
Everthing is so pretty so much creativity in each image by both you and Anita!sigh
Come by and see my glamour girls..you know how we feel when our flowers bloom!
BTW I also have some of Anita's sweet pea seeds..I must plant them one day!Do seeds ever get stale??
I suppose once I plant them I'll know.
Enjoy your May garden!hugs anna

Faded Charm said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and giving me a chance to check out your blog. I'm loving everything I see. I'd love for you to join in on the WW theme anytime you can and you can add a post that wasn't done on Wednesday as long as it is white. You are one very talented lady.

Enjoy your Wednesday!


Romeo said...

Dang Carola, are you blessed or what?!?! Those are fantastic photos of fantastic gifts!!!! My favorite pictures though have to be the one of the cloches and the tophat! What a great post - thanks for sharing!!!

Romeo and "her"

Lis said...

Was für ein schöner Beitrag, da sieht dieser trübe Tag doch gleich viel freundlicher aus! Die Kissen von Anita sind ja echt wunderschön und sehen auch toll bei dir aus.
So ein Swap muss doch jede Menge Freude bereiten, sowohl beim aussuchen, als auch beim erhalten der ganzen schönen Dinge.
Ich schau immer wieder gerne bei dir rein, aber das weisst du ja sicher :-)

LG Lis

*Ulrike* said...

You definitely got and gave some lovely swap things! Plus the items from the flea market! Enjoyed looking at all the photos!

Hillside Garden said...

Grundgütiger! Eben dachte ich ich bin im falschen blog! Das Baby bist du!! :))

Wo ist dein Garten? Alles hat sich gewandelt. Aber es ist wunderschön.


Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What beautiful treasures...and those pillows are wonderful!

Natacha said...

Guten Morgen Carola,
Heute ist bestimmt das 5. Mal dass ich vorbei schaue, deine Bilder sind einfach so schön.

Du wolltest wissen wer im neuen WWC Buch alles mit dabei ist? Ich mache Dir mal eine kleine Liste:

Connie Govea Stuart
Hanne Matthiesen
Ashley Carter
Lori Oles
Vickie Howell
Amy Hanna
Pam Garrison
Laurie Mika
Susan Tuttle
Ulla Milbrath
Suzie Millions
Teresa McFayden
Joanna Figueroa
Alisa Burke
Nicol Sayre
Jo Packham
Angela Cartwright
Luana Rubin
Janice Lowry
Line Christensen
Jenny Doh

Das Buch ist wieder sehr schön! Es wird Dir bestimmt gefallen.
Liebe Grüsse nach Deutschland.

~~Mikki Jo said...

These cushions and pillows are amazing. Is there a link to the graphics or the lady who made them or am I missing it somehow? Thanks Enjoyed my visit, hadn't been here in awhile.

Barbara Jean said...

Everything is wonderful, and so inspiring!


barbara jean

Mitzi Curi said...

There are so many gorgeous things in this post, I don't know where to begin! I suppose I'll just compliment you on your beautiful photography, which captured all of the beauty for us to see!

Rebecca said...

WOW great pictures and what a wonderful swap!!! I just loved it all...
Hope you had a lovely mothers day and have a great week

Les Cotrions said...

Nice to hear from you Carola!!! What a beauty you show!!! Everything is just enchanting! I love your new pillows on your willow sofa!!! And the box you made is so charming!!!!
About my be....sincerely I have no place enough too...my garden is so little that it looks more like a room open air than a garden! But my little bed is such a sweet memory for me that I couldn't resist!!!
Enjoy a beautiful May and your gorgeous garden!!!
Big hugs

time-worn interiors said...

Thanks for the visit to my blog! The header picture is a name tag I made for a blog party! I won first place!

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Hi Carola, I was curious about those baby pictures...lol cute photos. As always I really enjoy your blog. I have been coming to visit it for many years. It is always lovely. I still love your china pieces with the pink roses on them!

petitebroderie said...

My congratulations your blog and your photos are very beatifuls, the colors...vintage, I like decoration blogs, and I invited you to visit my blog is not of decoration but is cross stich and I hope you like it, thanks, Esther

Mrs. Staggs said...

Absolutely everything in this post is so beautiful. I love the neutrals, and the color black is a favorite of mine. I use those colors a lot. Black is wonderful, because it gives our eyes a place to rest, and I think that's important when using so many other elements. Lovely!

My very favorite thing, is your old top hat. I've been longing for one. Isn't that funny? There is just something about them, that makes me think of magical moments.


Helena said...

Dear Carola,

Wow, what lovely vintage and charming country things you show here - and your craft is beautiful! As I am in love with clocks and faces of clocks, I of course fell in love with your collection below - but how did you make them? They are so lovely!

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog yesterday - you made me so happy!

Love from
Helena, The Swenglish Home

Helena said...

Oh, and I forgot to say - it is not strange if you feel you could see Jane Austen characters strolling around in Lacock - Pride and Prejudice (and I believe one or two more of her films) was filmed there!

Regards again from the Mr Darcy's neighbourhood...

Susan said...

Oh my gosh!!!! What a lovely blog. You are an inspiration!! Susan

Chani said...

Hallo, hier ist Chani von Sucre & Cannelle. Ich habe meinen Blognamen zu Blanc & Caramel geändert und den Link zu http://blancetcaramel.blogspot.com.

Blogspot hat den Leser-Link auf deinem Blog zu meinem Blog nicht automatisch geändert. Du bist nun kein Leser meines Blogs mehr. Ich möchte dich aber als Leser nicht verlieren und möchte dich gerne einladen,
1. meinen neuen Blog zu besuchen: http://blancetcaramel.blogspot.com
2. dich als Leser einzutragen. Bitte zuerst als Leser abmelden und wieder anmelden.

Vielen Dank!

Ich möchte meinen Lesern gerne für ihre Treue danken. Es gibt ein süsses Herzchen aus meinem Shop zu gewinnen! Mehr darüber auf meinem Blog.

Ich hoffe, dich bald wieder auf meinem Blog zu sehen. Liebe Grüsse,


blancetcaramel (at) gmail.com

Helena, The Swenglish Home said...

Wishing you a lovely weekend and thank you for your comment on my blog!

Kind regards, Helena

LiLi M. said...

Hi Carola! The curtains are ready, the office room is painted and though there is still an awfull lot of furniture to be painted...I'm back in blogland, enjoying one of your most gorgeous posts! Love your swap goodies! And your garden must be beautiful now after last weekend, I guess you had lovely weather back then too. Hope this weekend will be good too, wishing you lots of sun and even better flea market finds! Hugs LiLi

Naturegirl said...

Such lovliness in all that you share on this post! Carola i am coming in on June 2.
I admire your Spring flowers but look forward to seeing your flowers in JUNE!
Huga anna xo

prashant said...

I also adore the pretty things of Tina's May basket and of course, the Parisian hat box!
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Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I am spending my afternoon looking at your blog! I cannot hardly contain myself....you and I love the same kind of things. I would be screaming to receive such a lovely gift....
I will be back later...but I have to go look at some more of your posts. It is ok cuz, dinner is in the crockpot!!


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