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

Thursday, July 14, 2011

~ Where Bloggers Create 2011 ~ 3rd annual blog party

Welcome dear blogging friends, readers and party visitors to the 3rd annual "Where bloggers create" blog party hosted by Karen over at http://mydesertcottage.blogspot.com/ and welcome into my roof top studio in Summer 2011. It's the third year in a row that I participate and play along in Karen's fun and inspiring blog party:

I shot some fresh photos for today`s party and would be thrilled if you'd like them.

Since I just did a huge studio post after my latest studio cleaning and rearranging in May (click here to view: http://carolsgarden.blogspot.com/2011/05/celebrating-the100th-white-wednesday.html)
I concentrated on the parts of my studio which I rather left our last time. I could have just linked up the May post today, but I thought after almost 8 weeks new pictures would be more fun.

My vintage studio dressform dressed up especially for today:

and I think I did not show you a close up of my vintage writing collection either so far:

I love to leave the huge roof top windows open in summer and let a breath of fresh air into the studio:

Under the window you'll find some of my studio storage which i love to rearrange from time to time:

 In this case I decorated the wooden storage boxes with the glass lids with some of the altered and soldered  bottles I created this year and the glass box I soldered last year:

on the round white table in front of this shelf stands one of my studio bowls ~ a vintage soup toureen ~ filled with supplies to create with:

Talking about creating I thought you might not only want to see the cleaned up studio but also a bit of the mess I make while pulling things together to create:

If you're new to my blog you might not know what I like best to create so I'll show you some silver soldered trinket boxes I finished lately:

The one above is quite huge and hangs on my old dressform. The ones below are smaller, more like pendants to wear:

It's fun to fill them with vintage frozen Charlotte dolls, vintage rhinestones and other small trinkets:

This one is a see through box made entirely out of cut glass which looks good from both sides:

In the next one I used a tiny crotched flower created by my talented flickr friend Sandra Blanks:

The one above got some vintage bling and silver wire boullion on old German sheet music paper with the German word Traum which means Dream and the box below I called "Oh Tannenbaum" the scene shows a child which peeked through the keyhole the night before Christmas and seeing the already trimmed Christmas tree it just had to sneak into the festive room:

I also cut my first bird shape, soldered it and gave it some lace wings:

This is my solder desk where the "Magic" happens:

Well dear visitors and party people I hope you had some fun visiting my studio and found some inspiration here then I'll be all happy today! And my wish for you - I wrote on the chalk board in the picture below:

Now let's go and visit all the other fabulous creative bloggers and the spaces where they create!
There is a long list from A to Z of WBC party participants on Karen's blog in the the right side bar.

Happy partying everyone!

xoxo~ Carola

and here:

and if you have a vintage inspired studio that you would like to share with kindred spirits I'd be thrilled if you'd become a member of my flickr group here:


Scrap for Joy said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this extensive tour today. Your studio is magnificent and your work is beautiful! My favorites from your room were your dress form with the angel wings,your white printer's drawer and your top hats. Bravo!!

Wanda said...

Dear Carola: Your studio is Magnificent!!! I LOVE everything on it specially your dress form and your top hats. Thank you for sharing this georgeous studio!!!
best regards,

Sassy Marsha said...

WOW!!!!I'd be in HEAVEN in your studio! And all that natural light!!!


Gail said...

Your studio has always been one of my very favorites! It's just stunning and so inspirational.....thanks for sharing it and I can't wait to see all the others at this years party!

melanie said...

fantastic looking studio...I just love it- thanks for sharing!

vivian said...

wow! love your creative space! no wonder you make such sweet things, surrounded by such inspiration how could you not? I LOVE those sweet soldered boxes. absolutely ADORE the one with the frozen charlotte! wonderful!
thanks for sharing

Anna said...

Quante bellissime cose!!!!!!!!! Anna.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Your know I love your studio Carola - I always enjoy visiting over here.
Love your new soldered pieces - they are so beautiful.
Have a wonderful day my sweet friend
xo Tina

Maggie said...

A fantastic studio, Carola! Such a creative, beautiful, light-filled space! Did you by any chance just do Sally Jean's online workshop? The shadowboxes and the cut-bird shape make me think you might have, because I just did the workshop, too! So much fun. I'd love for you to come visit my studio!


slowlaneblog said...

So much lovelyness under one roof

Isisjem said...

Thank you for showing us around your work space. I love the photos. It's fun to see the one where you have everything out ready to create your gorgeous works of art.

The Rustic Victorian said...

Wonderful Carola! I came over from flickr. Such a wonderous studio filled with treasures.
Happy Creating!


trash talk said...

Consider yourself thrilled 'cause I love it all. The boxes are fantastic.

Tarnished and Tattered said...

I love your roof top studio! What a cozy place to create! I love those glass topped boxes, did you make them? I especially loved your vignette on the table top with the dress form, typewriter & all the treasures. How fun to have that inspiration around. Clever to put the clock face in the ribbon holder! I'd also like to get back on board with our swap. Let's email.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh so pretty! It is a breathtaking studio and it's easy to see how you can make such beautiful creations! Thank you for the tour. Enjoy your weekend! Twyla

Jo said...

What a beautiful space! I love the beautiful paper dresses you have hanging up.

Deb said...

You've created such a beautiful studio Carola ~ your soldered pieces are amazing & creative. Thank you for the tour ♥

Lovey said...

Oh such vintage goodness..I love your studio space!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

I love your studio. I love your work! I love your studio!! *smiles* Norma

Dawnll said...

Such a fun space to create- I would love to visit!

Recycled Rita said...

I looove to look at your pictures, and your house! It is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie Burkey said...

Everything is gorgeous. As always. Love to see your decorating and creating here and on flickr. I die for your top hats, dress form and umbrella, well just EVERYTHING! (I know you don't have the picture of the dress form with the umbrella on this post, but I have it etched in my memory)Perfect! The room is wonderful.

Sandra Kaye said...

HI Carola, What a beautiful studio. I really like the angel form. And your little shadow box charms are wonderful. You have so many little yummy stuff you collect. NICE!!!! Sandie

ALISON said...

Hello Carola I just want to say that I find your studio room amazing. How wonderfulit would be if I had a room like yours. Also I want to say that I read about you in CASA CHIC BROCANTAGE and I loved your house.I will now add you on my Blog so others can share your beautiful ideas. Ciao Alison .....ITALY

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Hello! I truly enjoyed my visit here today!! there are so many things that touched my heart!

The dress form with the angel wings so touched my heart, the vintage typewrite and ink pads,and the top hats and silver trays!!

All of your beautiful items and your stunning creations are pure eye candy!!

Thanks so much for sharing them with us!!


Cheryl De Beer said...

I love, love your dress form with her angel wings. I really want one of those. Love the top hats too and your space is beautiful.

kluless said...

Sklylights - natural light AND fresh air, oh you lucky girl! I love that soldered pandant with the crochet flower and the button.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

you have an enchanting creative haven! I just adore all of your sweet touches. sigh...

Terri said...

Fantastic creations...and what a great space to create in! TFS!

WindandHoney said...

Your studio is absolutely wonderful! You mentioned in May that you often don't have a space to work because things are everywhere. LOL! I often find myself spread out to work on the floor because the workspaces are all full!

Miss Sandy said...

Beautiful studio and your work is just stunning, I love all the intricate details you put into it. How wonderful to have so much light and such wonderful windows to let the breeze in. Thank you for sharing you creative space, very inspiring.

Martha said...

What a lovely space -- you can tell how creative you are by the space.

Nancy Thomas said...

Your studio is beautiful and inspirational.

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Hi my new blogger friend from Germany. I love your space and yes, you did inspire me. My husbands ansesters are from Germany, but I've never been there. I'm going to vistit you more.

come visit me and enter the drawing.


Tins and Treasures said...

Good afternoon, Carola,
Oh, how I'd love to visit your studio in person. I love vintage...I think all of your natural light is fantastic...and I am especially fond of your dress form.

Thank you so much for sharing your creative space with us. I hope you have time to stop over and visit mine...there is a little giveaway at the end!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Take care, ~Natalie

fairyrocks said...

I know its not news to you, but your space is Phenomenal.
So are the treasures you create.
Love that skylight corner!!
Keep smililing and creating.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Carola, your studio is just gorgeous, your trinket boxes are so unusual and beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
xo Debra

myartsdesire said...

Carola, I so remember this studio from last year's tour! It's still one of my favorites! I also checked out your post from May just to soak in some more inspiration! Everything is so creatively and artfully displayed. Thanks for sharing! Xo, Sue

Terri Gordon said...

Hello, Oh what a beautiful space you have, such beautiful inspirations. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

Rebecca said...

OK...one of my top FIVE favs. I love not only your studio but I LOVE what you create. Better than good. MORE THAN WONDERFUL!


earthypawscreatures said...

So much vintage goodness! whee! It looks so fun to create in your studio. It is so lovely! Thank you for sharing it with us :)

Leanne said...

what a gorgeous space you have!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

A rooftop studio? Carola you lucky, lucky girl! And it looks as dreamy & romantic as it sounds. LOVE your space!!!

Laurie said...

I loved seeing your creative space! It's gorgeous -- as is your work! Wuenderschoen!

Jenniffer said...

Your studio is beautiful, but your trinket boxes take my breath away- bravo!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great space, Carola! I love the skylight and the natural light you get in here. Love your mannequin with her wings and your whole set up. It looks like you've got a room that works really well for you!

Breana said...

Love your roof top studio. I like your dress form too! Thanks for sharing

Valery said...

Wow! You make beautiful creations. Your room is stunning! Love the dress form, I'm addicted to collection those. Thanks for sharing!

Claudia said...

I remember your gorgeous space from last year. I love your artwork and those roof top windows are perfect - just like an artist's garret.

Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Carole said...

What the heck has taken me so long to get here? I knew I would just love your studio.....can I say I'm a little jealous? Then again I think I could never leave this space....and that would not please my husband. lol


Kathy said...

Just lovely, I love all your collections and your studio is wonderful. I am glad you showed your work area. The area where you create and your creations is so interesting. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

BECKY said...

What a lovely studio Carola! And oh my! Your art pieces are amazing! Love the two sided birdy pendant! It is divine...they all are! You are so gifted!
Have a fabulous day!

Hayley said...

Thank you so much for visiting my little blog and for your very kind words about my creative space. I'm so honored that you liked it because I am in love with yours! We favor the same color palette and both seem to light in minis. Your artwork is amazing. I must peruse your shop. Hope you're having a good week. I'm adding your blog to my sidebar and will check in often.

debi said...

Oh, be still my heart! Your studio is so amazingly beautiful!!!

I love the neutral colors, and all of the vintage touches. I would love to spend a day, or many, playing in that lovely space.

Your soldered trinket boxes are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Craine said...

Where do I buy your wonderful jewelry?? I loved all of it. My favorite is the charlotte doll with the C2 block since my initials are CC!! I lived in Frankfurt while my dad was in the military so it's been over 20 years since I have been there. I would love to come back someday! Please let me know if your wonderful things are for sale. Come visit me @ Lillyslace.blogspot.com, xoxo-cindy

Tamatha said...

You have a lovely creative space and make some beautiful jewelry!
Thanks for sharing,

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Your studio is very beautiful and I love your jewelry, especially the bird and also the square piece with birds in it. I remember seeing your blog in Artful Blogging. Thank you so much for the tour! Love, Linda

Angela Weimer said...

Such a beautiful studio. All that light is amazing and your creations are fab. Thanks for the tour and have a great day.

marie said...

You have a beautiful space and it's so wonderfully organized! You create amazing things in it!

I love your trinket boxes. The detail in them is so sweet. That soldered glass box is lovely too.
And how nice that you have an angelic dress form watching over all!

Thank you so much for sharing your creative space!


Hello Carola,
I've been a long time follower of yours as I have admired your work/blog. You do beautiful things. Everything in your studio is just amazing! Simply gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing. I'm glad I joined the party. I got to peek in a lot of studios of awesome artists.

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Oh thanks for stopping by so I could pop over! How I LOVED seeing your studio - the slanted roof reminds me of my first apartment in Germany. But yours is way, way more cooler looking than mine ever came close to looking! Your soldering trinkets - I LOVE them - I just loved looking at all the details. :-)

Thank you for sharing.

And thank you for voting for my kitchen - I appreciate it!

Big hug

The White Bench said...

words cannot describe how much I love your studio... You have such a special charm in decorating, and your attention to details is evident.
Thanks for sharing your working space and fabulous creations with us!
Monica xo
P.S aaah, that sweet birdie! It makes my heart sing.

Dorthe said...

Hallo liebe Carola,
What a beautiful, and special studio you have, I so love all I see,and all your beautiful soldered pieces are simply gorgeus,I love the one with the tannenbaum- so sweet, Carola.
I have tryed to see your last post, but it is not there ?
only say: page not found!
Sending you many liebe grüsse.

Lynette Killam said...

Oh my goodness, Carola...yours is one of the prettiest studios I've ever seen!
All that wonderful light, and the lovely clean lines of your furniture are so restful. And your vignettes are just charming. I especially like your vintage stationery goodies...:)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi dear Carola, I love visiting your studio! There is always so much to look at - beautiful creations, wonderful flea market finds as well as clever and pretty storage ideas. Only Riley seems to hide this time :-).
Hugs to you,

Karen Valentine said...

Carola your studio is more lovely every time I see it!! There are so many wonderful things to look at and your charms are fabulous!! Thank you so much for participating for the third year in a row!! I hope you had a great time at the party!

Sheila R said...

Carola your creative space is just wonderful! Love all your beautiful charms!

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Absolutely beautiful creations!


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