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

Friday, January 02, 2015

White Winter & Happy New Year!

I will probably win the price for the fewest blog posts ever in 2014, but one of my new years resolutions is to do more posts in 2015 so I think I better start early in the year :)
I'm so sorry for my long absence dear blogging friends and readers. 
Oh well hopefully there are still a few of you out there? 
I had a terribly busy second half of 2014 which included a big vegan event that I organised in my city last summer as well as a new job that I started in September and the move of my daughter as well as the opening of her vegan coffeshop also in September and then work, work, work and work until I finally got a few days off last week and this one.

 Can you believe that I started to decorate for Christmas on the very last Advent Sunday only? Readers and friends that have known my blog for the last 10 years (yes you read that correctly since I also missed my 10 years blogiversary in September 2014) also know my love for decorating and especially at Christmas time and I usually start with it mid November already, so this season I was really late and decided to do more of a Winter theme than a Christmas theme, so that I can leave it all out for a little longer without getting sick of it already a week after Christmas. I didn't even get around to buy a Christmas fir tree this season, which wasn't too bad, because we celebrated in my sisters and parents houses and in my daughters Café this time and the other good thing of it is that the putting it all away is going to be so much faster without having to put all my antique glass ornaments off of the tree and back in their boxes.

The Winter theme of course includes lots of whites and silver glass glitter and tinsel as well as snowflakes and snowballs. I decorated my little feather tree again with the white cotton batting ornaments that I made and collected over the last few years and my favorite antique tinsel star tree topper (right click to enlarge the photos):

Apart from my mantle I always love to decorate my old transom window/room divider with snowflakes and I also used the dripping snow border that I created last season (with a tutorial for you) on the bottom of the window and really love the look of it so much better than when I put it on the mantle last year.

And as you can see I also had a little fun with the chalk writer on the window panes:

Here is the whole window in all it's Winter glory (right click on the photos then click on show graphic and on the pic again to enlarge them, if you want to see more details):

The basement door got a few adorments too:

One of favorits is this simple french Christmas cone:

The last days were quite dark here, around Winter solstice, but I quite like the natural light in the next shot:

Following I share a few more shots of my Winter mantle with the old Dresden cardboard sign (saying "Schenke und Erfreue" which simply means Give Joy) which I found last year and the crocheted snowflakes garland from last season which I still both love:

The white star pillow was a self made Christmas present from my sweet niece who`s 18th birthday we celebrated just 3 days before Christmas and the wooden Antiques sign is a Christmas gift from my dear daugter. I like the look of the wooden logs in the old wooden crate with the twinkle lights on it that gives the impression of fire in the mantle.

On top of the mantle as always I like to decorate symmetrical and used pais right and left of white feather trees, white bottle brush trees, mercury glass trees, white snowball candles, white deer and so on and on:

It's shining and twinkling and glittering all around here and since outside we had no snow at all so far this season at least inside the cottage I get a feeling of a snowy and frosty and still cosy Winter :)

The Merry Christmas glitter sign that I bought from Andrea Singarella in the US when she still had her fab online shop is still one of my favorite festive & glittering things :)

And I also still love all the bottle brush trees that I collected over the last 10 years and my little Putz village:

and a bit closer:

For new years eve which I spent at home with my daughter and out frightened cat Riley ( he hates the fireworks and is kinda panicking, especially around midnight when it gets really loud) I made this Happy New Year garland:

And for the new year 2015 I'm wishing all of you very GOOD LUCK with the last photo :)

Btw did anyone out there missed me at least a bit while I was away from my little blogging space for 6 whole months and wants me to keep blogging or am I all on my own out here by now??

Would love to catch up with you during the next few days though!

xoxo~ Carola


Michelle said...

Good to hear from you!

Anonymous said...

YES! We missed you, don't stop! Love your decorating & garden pics!!

oldgreymareprimitives said...

So glad to see you here today. I emailed you before Xmas just checking in to see if you were Ok and I was worried when I received no response...because you always reply<3
Happy to hear all is well and esp about Roxy's new venture..
Happy New Year my friend!

Kelly said...

Happy to see you on my blog sidebar today!!!
Love your style! Welcome back!!! Happy 2015! ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your home looks beautiful decked out in its Winter White look, Carola! I love that window divider and your little tree. Your bottle brush tree vignette is so pretty. I love them all grouped together like that.

Love that botanical wall hanging you have and the cone is great. I started a couple this year and then put them on the side and forgot about them. I will probably put them away until November when, hopefully, I will remember them and finish them up for next Christmas.

Justine said...

I love your blog and I've been waiting for your amazing Christmas decorations:) They're always so inspiring and beautiful! The silver and glittery ornaments are my favorite ones too:) All the best in New Year!!!

joanne said...

looking forward to more Boxwood Cottage this year! Love all the photos and all the pretty white. Who knew white could be so awesome! Happy New Year.

Debbie Freitag said...

I just found your blog and love it! You may have been on hiatus for a while but you've got a new follower! Happy New Year!

Debbie Freitag said...

I'm new to your blog and just love it. You may have been on hiatus for a while but you've gained a new follower. Happy New Year.

LostRoses said...

You're still in my feed, Carol, and it was lovely to see a post from you! I love the glitter and white decorations you did and yes, sometimes our lives change and we do too. Welcome back!

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Of course I missed you Carola! Being busy with life happens...your cottage is a winter wonderland magical dream.
I hope you got to spend some time with Stefanie over the holidays...you both create so much crafting magic together...alles gute zum neuen jahr!

Daniela ~Mayodan~ said...

Liebe Carola!
Ich freue mich sehr, von dir zu hören und wünsche dir für 2015 nur das Beste! Es war so schön, wiedereinmal durch dein geschmücktes Haus zu "wandern" und ja, ich habe deine Posts vermisst.
Alles Liebe,

Kirby Carespodi said...

Missed seeing your beautiful little cottage! We are so glad you're back!

Lorenza said...

Happy new year!!!

LIdy@FrenchGardenHouse said...

Sehr schön, liebe Carola! It is so nice to see your beautiful home decorated for the holidays and winter. You HAVE had a terribly busy year….wishing you a beautiful 2015 with joy, good health, and a few more relaxing days. xoxo

Lululiz said...

Of course you were missed, and I am so glad you are blogging again. YAY!

Anonymous said...

so glad you are back... missed you! Kate

Brigitte Honert said...

yes, you have been missed, glad you are back, your home is so beautiful, thankyou for sharing, ein Frohes Neues Jahr wuensche ich Dir x

TwinklePink at Vintage Pink said...

Its lovely to see you post again carol, and I have always loved your decorations, and still look fondly on the ones that I bought from you a few years back. Your still there in my side feed and I wondered if you would post this christmas so it is lovely to see your beautiful home once again'.

I had to laugh at the last bit you wrote,'is there anybody out there'..... :-)
I feel the same, its like we were part of a little community once and the whole town has up and left.

My old favs rarely post now, and although I stopped for a while I have decided to regularly post again. If anything it serves as a great journal to keep adding too.

Happy New Year to you and your daughter and hope to see many more posts.

love and best wishes Ginny ( UK)

Anonymous said...

I'm still here! I must have checked your blog about once a week to see if there were any updates so I am so happy that you've posted your beautiful Christmas photos!! Happy New Year and I hope 2015 brings more posts to inspire us all :)

Kathryn in the UK

Diane said...

I missed you. I always love to study your photos and see how you've done everything. And I was hoping that everything was O.K. with you. Keep posting. Happy 2015. Diane

alittlecape said...

Please keep blogging, we are still here! Wishing you all the best in 2015! Patty/NS

lynn said...

so glad to see you, carola! happy new year to you!

Anonymous said...

Hello dear Carola and Happy New Year for you!

Yessss - I really missed you, having a look in your blog again and again without finding new posts. I'm glad to read it was just being busy that kept you away from here and that you are fine.

I'm looking forward to read a lot of you in 2015, especially when springtime will come and you will show photos of your beautiful garden again, too.

Kind regards, skabiose/MSG-Forum

lala said...

How wonderful to hear from you - so glad that all is well. Your home is just lovely in its holiday decor - I love all of the white and silver. Wishing you a most joyful and peaceful 2015! Looking forward to new posts too!

Sharon de Jager said...

Dear Carola, wishing you and your family a FABULOUS 2015, with good health joy and happiness! Yes I did miss reading your lovely blog whilst you were away. I wondered where you had got to. You have been busy. Your home looks like a cosy wonderland, and very festive. I love how you have decorated each available space! I absolutely love the star cushion! Hugs Sharon

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

I was thrilled to see you posting again, my dearest Carola. I had been wondering if you had found any time to decorate for Christmas this year. You might have been late but your decorations are fabulous as always. Your home looks so very cozy and inviting. I love all the stars, snowflakes, trees and vintage ornaments.
Have a most wonderful, very happy, healthy and successful 2015, my friend.
Big hugs,


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