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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, February 04, 2012

Valentine creations & decorations, antique markets & my birthday!

Welcome back dear blogging friends and readers in February the month of Love and Valentine's day!
I love creating Valentines but my studio is such a mess right now, it's getting harder and harder to find something when you really need it:

So let's better concentrate on the pretties like my studio wall below, all decked out for Valentine's day

with pretty hearts & hands ~ a wall of friendship so to speak

including the studio chandelier who holds, belong other pretties, a heart from my cousin Stefanie and one from my good German friend Anita, as well as as a porcelaine doll legg and arm from my US friend Andrea and a sweet little spuncotton doll from my US friend Sandy:

I'm the proud owner of a vintage honeycomb paper heart from my Texas friend Ann Perry, which I love to hang up for February, I hung it over the vintage lace blouse from my German friend Al and right below hangs one of my friend Anita's lovely lavender hearts

I created the millinery heart candy box and lately the garland below with the sweet lace paper hearts I cut out of pretty patterned Tilda cardboard with my Martha Stewart heart punch

The fun this year was to decorate all the hearts on and around the chalkboard which I made out of an old kitchen cabinet door for my studio last Summer

 The pretty ruffled heart comes from my English friend Ginny, the sheet music paper hands with woven in hearts I made after a fab tutorial from my US friend Ulla, the vintage suitcase pocket with the paper hand and vintage brooch is another gift from dear Ann and not to forget the sweet dolls from my German friend Gerlinde (left) and my sweet US friend Paula (right) who is currently recovering from open heart surgery

Isn't Ginny's ruffled heart just to die for? 
A few days ago I thought the paper box heart is missing a cupids arrow to make it more special for this years Valentines, so after some serious thinking and trying out to make arrows for a while with no really satisfying result I suddenly came up with the idea to solder one and well this is the result you see above and below. What do you think, do you like it? It's made from wire, tinsel pipe cleaners and a soldered glass tip with Tilda paper inside:

The pretty white Valentine's doll is made by my English friend Niki and I recently got the antique coffee advertisement metal box shelf from my mum's best friend Sigrid, it has red heards on the sides:

I altered and embellished only the front door which was quite rusty and not so pretty anymore with Vintage sheet music paper, a fairytale silhouette and a gorgeous tag with ladies in top hats a gift from Petite Michelle Louise. I put my red and white twine in the glass holder on top of the shelf box for Valentines day as well as some old stamps on a vintage metal stamp holder and an old pharmacy bottle with vintage millinery flowers decorated for Valentines with a red crepe paper ruffle and a heart shaped keyhole:

I had this old tarnished, scrolly silver wire heart with a heartshaped crystal in the middle for ages and embellished it with silver tinsel lately and made a cupids arrow to go through it with a silver tinsel pipe cleaner:

 I also had fun to create and solder some pretty silver trinket boxes for Valentine's day. and hopefully soon to come Spring. When it comes to these boxes it is very helpful that I can now cut the glass myself in exactly the size I need. I thought for the picture they looked quite nice laying on top of the spun cotton snowballs I made last month:

Here is a close up of my latest creations. The one in the middle got one of my flickr friend Sandra's tiny crocheted flowers, the last one I had of these tiny treasures and a little birdie from my US friend Lorraine:

I made a tinsel heart for the trinket box on the right and now I can't decide which one is my favorite to keep, could you?

I also silver painted and embellished one of my paper maché boxes as a gift box for one of the trinket boxes I'll give to a dear friend soon:

It looks pretty opened and closed too:

Lastly I'd like to share some of my favorite antique market finds with you like this box of very small vintage German blown glass Christmas ornaments. Can you imagine how I look forward already to use them in my Christmas decorations for next season?

I also found the Perfect antique tin box:

Last Sunday was my birthday - see my birthday presents table in the last picture below - ( we also celebrated my daughters b-day in January so it was a very busy month) well and my dear parents gave me spending money for my fave Antique Market which was held exactly on my b-day, such a perfect gift for me he he :) I found another beautiful old silk top hat (chapeaux claque) in a square shaped box and pretty white leather gloves with white pearl beads sewed around the wrist, further more a vintage Marolin bunny and a pink vintage foil egg, a sweet silhouette picture and some pretty old postcards. My mom and daughter spoiled me with the pretty white pleaded metal barrel (under the top hat) and my mom also gave me the silver purse and lovely tulips and my daughter the silver German glass glitter. Anita sent me an old German book and a whole bunch of her pretty crocheted roses. My sister gave me the toile de jouy bed linen and the fabulous papercutting book and some spending money too! I had a really great day!

Now I'll have to leave you again and go back to creating and packing friendship swap parcels before the weekend is over and it's back to work and I wish you all my dears a very wonderful
month of LOVE ~


Cindy said...

Wow, there are so many beautiful things, it will take several looks to take it all in. I love all your pretty Valentines. Happy Birthday, Carola!

Terri Gordon said...

Oh what a beautiful post, I love your beautiful pendants, they are amazing! Happy Birthday. I could look at your pictures all day! Hugs, Terri

Wax Beach Artist said...

I loved your Valentine wall and your trinket boxes are absolutely exquisite! A belated Happy Birthday to you!

oldgreymare said...

I <3 it all, and belated Happy Birthday to you Carola! So glad it was a special day for you..you so deserve it. :D

Jenniffer said...

Happy Birthday!~ so glad it was such a special day. Lovely valentines- enjoy a creative weekend!

Natacha said...

Happy Birthday Carola! I love this post. I always come back two or three times, just to see all the little details in your photos.
I am so curious...how do you store everything? Do you have boxes for every occasion and put them in your basement?

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday,


Diane said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you Carola. I'm glad you received so many pretty things. I always enjoy your pictures and seeing you on pinterest. Diane

Valorie said...

What a lovely post and blog, Carola! I am a fan from pinterest and just found your blog. I wish you a wonderful Birthday and a year filled with all you love! Val

Jeanne said...

It looks like you got some wonderful things for your birthday Carola. I really like your chandelier too. So clever!

Mary - Vintage Cottage said...

Hello Carola, such beautiful crafts and treasures you have for Valentine's Day! The vintage Christmas decorations are amazing too! Wishing you a very romantic Valentine's Day, Mary xx

Cape Cod Washashore said...

Happy Birthday, Carola! What beautiful gifts you've received -- and such a sweet idea for your family to gift you spending money for your antiques market! I've always admired your decorating, and your Valentine's display is absolutely beautiful. Your soldered art is just gorgeous! ;)

MONICA said...

Carola,tu blog es sencillamente maravilloso.
Te sigo a partir de ahora.
Un saludo.

Terri said...

What a lovely post! Your work table looks more like a treasure chest I would love to see every little thing. All your Valentines are so beautiful. Happy belated Birthday. Hugs, Terri

Evi said...

good Lord, you have been busy.
First, I like to wish you a happy birthday...and antiquing for your birthday gifts is such a nice idea.
I love all the things you got.
Your Valentine's wall is very unique. That metal box with the hearts on the side is wonderful, and so are all the beautiful things you created. Love the arrow...and by the way, the "Fruehling" one is my favorite. It was very hard to make a choice.
Have a great week,.
Hugs, Evi

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hallo liebe Carola, Deine Valentinsdeko sieht sehr romantisch aus. Eine schöne Sammlung an Herzen hast Du da und die gelöteten Anhänger sind toll geworden. Es freut mich, dass Du an Deinem Geburtstag dann doch zum Antikmarkt gehen konntest und auch noch so wunderbare Schätze ergattert hast und so schön beschenkt wurdest. Viel Spaß mit all den tollen Sachen!
Ganz liebe Grüße und einen schönen Tag

Carole said...

My goodness I can't take it all in. You always wow me with your goodies and stories of where is all hales from. I love all your creations and how clever of you to make that cupids arrow. One of my to do lists projects was to try soldering but I've yet to try it. We even have a stained glass shop in town and I've never been.
Happy Birthday Carola to many more happy ones!!!


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Happy Birthday Carola!
I am in awe of your soldering talents...something I had the chance to learn but was so afraid of the tool...I failed miserably! Your wall of special Valentine's is wonderful!
Take care, Laura :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Happy Birthday. You have some absolutely beautiful creations. Can't pick a fave.

Renee said...

So pretty! And you just gave me some great ideas!!

chateau chic said...

Love all your valentine inspiration!
Mary Alice

Okio B Designs said...

Your work is divine! I love your trinket necklaces! Coming over from Faded Charm and your newest follower!


The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

What beautiful valentines and such a wide assortment! I loved your trinket boxes and the cotton snowballs especially. Great post! SC

A Cottage Muse said...

Happy Birthday!
I've enjoyed my visit today enjoying all this beauty!

Twinkle Pink said...

Hi Carola,
Happy Birthday.
Your post is beautiful, and was thrilled to see the heart that I made hanging with such lovely hearts. We have had fun making hearts on blog haven't we.

I am glad you are still doing soldered art. I have a lovely collection of your work and look forward to seeing more of your creations. They are so pretty.
Have a great Valentines

best wishes Ginny

Lisa said...

What a fun post! I love all of your valentine love! The gifts from friends, oh that Ann, Sandy, Paula, all of them so sweet & clever. And your charms, I love mine so. And at last I know what the white barrel is! I was obsessed with that on your last post.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Your Sweet post has the best vignettes & the very best Valentine Treasures.... Happy Belated Birthday to YOU~ Thanks for sharing... Hop on over for a visit, your always welcome~

victoriantailor said...

What beautiful treasures and such talented people to put this all together, I love the look of your blog too!!!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Happy birthday, Carola! The Valentines are gorgeous, and so cleverly displayed.
Thanks so much for sharing them with us over at WIW. We love your style!
Big hugs,

Tess said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Valentines Day! I have enjoyed reading your blog and following you on Pinterest!


Ineke van den Akker said...

Wow! It's your Birthday also? Congratulations. Have a wonderful time. Love the things you have made.
with love from Holland,

claudia ortiz said...

i LOVEEEE the music paper. Have to steal that idea. Know anywhere i may find that?


Rose Garden Romantic said...

Everything is so gorgeous and sweet and charming, Carola! Your studio always makes me swoon and your creations are always amazing and beautiful! And I love all your darling creations from friends, too!

Alexandra Eitel said...

Da warst du ja fleissig liebe Carola. ich liebe diese kleinen gelöteten Collagen. Super schön geworden und es beruhigt mich das dein Schreibtisch auch so chaotisch ausschaut :)
liebe Grüße Alexandra

cheapcraftymama said...

Wow, amazing! I would love for you to share it at my Valentines party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

Gaby Bee said...

Happy belated Birthday!
Your trinket boxes are gorgeous. I can't decide which I like best, they are all so pretty:)

Gaby xo

Kathy said...

Oh...yum I do love Valentine. I love all the photos, but I esp. love the paper hads they are wonderful and I could relate to your work table. So much eye candy thanks for sharing. Kathy

JoAnn S. said...

Love your valentine post, everything looks wonderful..and Happy Birthday too.
stop by my blog and look at my valentine trees...thanks and hugs JoAnn

June said...

How absolutely beautiful everything is Carola! I am in awe of your talent my sweet friend. You have surrounded yourself in love here. SO many pretty things that your friends have sent you and lovely things you have made yourself. You are so very adored my dear!!!
hugs from here...

TiffanyJane said...

Hello Dear Carola!!

Woweeeee.....so many Beautiful things to look at here on your blog!!!
I hope you had a Wonderful Birthday!!!
LOVE the trinket box you made and filled with pink millinery and German script...just lovely!
Love all your Valentine decor as well........as always soooo Beautiful!!!

xoxo Tiff

Paula said...

Hello sweet angel friend Carola! I enjoyed your lovely post so much! Such pretty Valentine love! Your studio is gorgeous and I love all the beautiful gifts from your dear friends. Thank you so much for mentioning me sweetheart! I am so glad you like your doll! You are very loved and adored and such a dear friend to everyone! I love all of your gorgeous creations! You are so talented and creative! I always love seeing what you have been making. A very happy belated birthday! I love all of your gifts and am so happy you had a good day! I love you dearly! xoxoxo Paula

Anja said...

Caro - the old photos on the pegs, are they family ones or random ones you aquired?

Christelle said...

Here is my tour to discover your pages and to find all the very attractive details with good ideas to decorate!

Anonymous said...

So lovely! Thank you so much for sharing! Your blog is beautiful!! :)

Pauccu said...

This site is great!


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