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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

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Black & White Fall~Halloween decor & Kitchen glimpses

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear readers and blogging friends! I hope that you can still remember me, although I haven't got around to post on my blog for over 7 weeks again. To make up for it I brought lot's of photos to share with you today. Summer was quite busy around here. We did some major changes in the garden and in the kitchen, sold our old car, bought a newer one and so on. All things that took more time than I expected, but I also had to work all Summer long. My last vacation was in May, so for that I think that we accomplished quite a few things. My daughter was a great help with the kitchen renovating and she's always doing the cooking lately, but more about the kitchen things later in this post. Today I'd like to start with my black & white fall decorating which is already going over into Halloween decorating by now.

It's still hard to believe for me that a couple of years ago I didn't even like Halloween but at that time I still thought that it always has to have to do with lot's of the color Orange, which I'm not so kean on, but since ca. 4 years ago I discovered white pumpkins here in Germany too which I love and so I started to love decorating for Halloween too ;)

They are still not that easy to find though, at least here in the Bremen area and that's why I started by painting orange Hokaido pumpkins white, back in August already lol and I had an orange clay pumpkin which I painted black. But then at the beginning of September I found some white Lumina pumpkins at a pumpkin farm and around 3 weeks ago I was finally lucky enough to also find the little Baby boos which are my favorites and so very hard to come by here.

I also love crafting for Halloween. I embellished and collaged the black BOO box and the Halloween book in the picture above for example and painted the once very colorful mask, which I brought home from a vacation to Venetia a few years ago, black with the matt black chalkboard paint that I so like to use.

I had fun shooting the black feather crows and ravens, which were posing for me on several pumpkins. Mr. Crow is quite a dapper btw and loves to wear his top hat!

and from another angle:

Isn't Mr. Crow just too cute the way he's peeking over the pumpkins?

Do you love the baby boos as much as I do?

For the mantle I made a black and white felt pompon garland and a black wooden boo sign with silver glittered letters:

Let's have a closer look at the mantle:

The pumpkin in the middle is the Hokaido which I painted white and embellished it with velvet leaves, some wire spirals and a printed 31 sign.

I further made a black cardboard witch hat for the faux cream colered pumpkin that my daughter bought for me when she studied in Buffalo N.Y. almost two years ago:

And I also made the black cardboard mask with nose for the big pumpkin:

I think I never showed you my Adler sewing machine table since I painted it white:

Mrs. Raven loves to sit on top of the vintage black camera (a gift from a friend) and was happy to get her picture taken:

In the next photo you can see close up of the clay pumpkin which I painted black:

On the white and rusty garden urn sit's another lumina pumpkin which also got a round printed 31 paper tag with faux stitches and of course one of the ravens thinks that it is a fabulous spot to sit on and get photographed:

I love that it looks as if the pumpkin had taken over the rust of the urn, can you see what I mean in the shoot below?

Well now I think it's enough of my black & white Fall and Halloween decor for today and I can show you a glimpse of my freshly painted kitchen. It is not easy to photograph because it's just a small space and we are not really finished with it yet.

We did not only sanded and painted all the Ikea beech wood cabinet doors and drawers but also removed the fume exatractor hood and added 4 big wipeable melamine resin tiles instead wich gave us more space and we never used the fume extractor hood anyway and I didn't really like the look of so much alumium anymore.

Although I quite like the black & white look I still would love to get a new wooden counter top one day and of course I still dream of a white porcelain farmhouse sink but these kind of things I cannot do alone or with the help of my daughter so they still have to wait.

I know I mentioned already here on my blog that we eat only vegan food and since this involves a lot of fresh cooking our kitchen is quite important to us and in daily use and the new look of it also gave us the power for a new step or better said level in vegan cooking. Until some days ago we only had american vegan cook books, which are good, but also most of the recipes are quite complicated and require lot's of different pots and pans to cook. My daughter who is doing a lot of online research on this matter purchased the latest book of Attila Hildmann last week and this is a very good vegan cook book with easy and still very delicious and healthy recipes written in German language since he is a German cook and with brilliant photos:

Since this book is called "Vegan for fit" (his other great cook book is called "Vegan for fun") it means that you will lose weight and feel fitter and healthier when you cook by following his tips and recipes by still having 3 delicous meals a day and that is what we ultimately wish for. This also means no more pasta for us for at least 30 days. We love eating pasta dishes but the recipes in this book are making it easy for us to quit because they are so delicious, healthy and nourishing. We are doing it for 5 days now and I would already recommend it. One advantage we have is that we already own a Vitamix blender which is needed for many of the recipes in this book and a Vitamix is not a cheap kitchen aid to buy. It costs around 600 Euro. We bought ours last Spring and never regretted it ever since. It is such a fabulous tool and you can make your own almond milk or almond butter or cashew ice cream and lot's of other fabulous yummy and healthy food with it.

Well to close this post I have another pumpkin picture for you but this time it is of my garden table with the greyish green Australian pumpkins that I purchased at the pumpkin fair we visited last Sunday:

I'll show you more photos of the autumnal garden and decor in my next post.
Until then I wish you all a 

Fabulous Fall!

xoxo~ Carola

Linking up with:
Knick of Time Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration  Friday 108 at Common Ground


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Glad to see you posting again. Love your black and white halloween.

Monie said...

Very nice Carola! . I love your Halloween house.Greetings Monie

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow everything looks great. I am not a halloween decorating person but you may have inspired me to change my my mind on that!!!!! I love the pumpkin witch so so cute. It really looks great.

Creative Wings Boutique said...

Everything is lovely....thank you for sharing ~ its given me some much needed inspiration...

Zuzu said...

It is always such a joy to visit your blog, Carola! I love your wonderfully creative decorations and also what you've shared about vegan cooking.
I just started doing yoga again and am eating healthier... what a difference it makes, yes? :)
Take care,
Zuzu from A Cottage in the Woods

Maria said...

The black and white theme looks very nice, i love your sewingtable too.

Lululiz said...

Its great to see you back and posting again. I adore your Halloween decorations, and I love all the photographs. I still can't get white pumpkins in our area here in the UK :-(. Might have to paint some orange ones.

oldgreymare said...

Enjoyed my visit, as I always do. Everything looks terrific

Happy Halloween Carola <3

Jenny Holiday said...

OHH!! Everything is so so so fantastic my friend!! Just brilliant! :)

LOVE it all to bits! Happy October!!


Ann at the Handley Bungalow said...

I also love to see your blog posts! Your house and crafts are beautiful. I adore those crows - especially the one with the top hat! So much inspiration! Happy, Happy Fall!

Deb said...

Gorgeous Halloween decorations Carola! I love the black crows & black and white theme.

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Oh my goodness - I love it all! I'll be featuring you next week for Knick of Time Tuesday! Thanks so much for sharing at the party!!

Anonymous said...

Your garden is absolutely beautiful!

Kathy from Tasmania

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Spooktacular decor and I'm loving all of your crows!

June said...

Carola I always can hardly wait for you to show us your Halloween decor. You are always so clever! I LOVE IT ALL! I don't think I could possibly pick a favorite (so it's a darn good thing I don't have too : )
I love your kitchen! It looks like a wonderful space to work in. Our kitchens are often the heart of our homes so they should be a place we love to be.
Your garden shot is lovely and I will be looking forward to your next post.

kandeland said...

everything looks wonderful as always Carola! enjoy October! xo natalea

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love all your wonderful black/white Halloween decor. the crows are so cute, love that white pumpkin with "31"!

must love junk said...

I love to use black and white in my kitchen, too-yours looks amazing! I'm your newest follower :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I adore all your black and white very upscale Halloween decor!

ImSoVintage said...

So happy to have found your lovely blog and I am now a new follower :)

Carole said...

You have been busy my friend. I love what you've done to bring in the goolish season. Your color scheme works so well for Halloween.
I love dairy and eggs too much to give them up but good for you for being a vegan.

Happy Halloween,

20 North Ora said...

Carola - Loving all of the black and white!!


Snugglebug Blessings said...

Although I am not a usually a fan of black and white, I love how you incorporated it through out your home so tastfully. I especially love those darling crows the one with the top hat I have to agree is very dapper indeed. Kitchen renos are so costly but yours is really beatiful. Still a chicken about going vegan but maybe as I get to read more about it here on your blog, I'll change my mind. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. I just love it. God bless.

Sandy said...

Gorgeous decor and stunning kitchen!

Please pop over to my blog and drop me an email, you are my handmade cuff winner! Congrats!

Elaine said...

I am visiting after finding your link at Sandy's Quill Cottage. I am now anxious to come back and spend some time visiting your cottage.
My father's family originated in the Oldenburg area and like so many others, left from the port of Bremen.
I feel oddly connected to their roots visiting here.

Lady Jane said...

Great Halloween imagination alive and well....

Evi said...

Carola, I loved your black and white decor! Fell in love with the white pumpkin sporting the witches hat and the neat mask. And of course the crows get me every time.
Next year, I will go back to black and white and lots of glitter. Bought already 4 glitter pumpkins for next year.
Your kitchen is coming out great. Painting cabinets is never much fun.
I spotted your mugs. They look like two I have from a store called Anthropologie.
I am happy, that you are starting to get some white pumpkins and others too. My family from Germany don't quite get the whole Halloween thing....und weisse pumpkins schon gar nicht!
Nice, that you shared your pretty decorated home with us.
Welcome back!

Viola E. said...

Hallo Carola,
da mußte ich doch schnell mal gucken kommen! Hihi, Du hast also auch alles weiß gestrichen. Meine war ebenfalls helles Holz und wir haben sie komplett umgebaut.
Du hast deine super hinbekommen, passt perfekt zum Rest Deiner Wohnung. Ich liebe Modern Vintage!
Und ... soooo verspielt bin ich garnicht, lach! Nur ein bißchen! ;0)
Liebe Grüße, Viola


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