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

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


I love them very much in nature and on almost everthing, but especially on old table ware, tins etc.. I collect them for two decades now and since I'm always stunned by the beautiful pictures of it when I see them in magazines, I thought to take my own pictures of my antique rose table ware last sunday. Here are a few:

Monday, February 27, 2006

Another collage

that I have made especially for a dear blogger friend in return for a lovely piece of french cow pie with a secret lol ;-)

Sunday, February 26, 2006


Sitting at my desk while sipping my latte machiato this morning I kept looking at some of my buttons, beads etc. and suddenly I felt really rich and just had to take some photos of the prettyness:

Saturday, February 25, 2006

A closer look

Now this is a closer look at my latest collage that Ulla had already spotted in the background of another blogphoto. I've made this rose collage for a swap, it was a pleasure doing it and it has found it's place in England now, at Kristy's lovely Edwardian style home over at http://www.vintagepleasure.typepad.com/. I'm so relieved that you like it Kristy and I'm sorry for the grinning posty waking you up so early on a saturday morning! I'm the more looking forward to get your parcel with the beautiful Edwardian shoe! Yes swaps are so much fun!

And this is a collage that I made some weeks ago, but last week I've (using a modern word here) pimped it up:

Friday, February 24, 2006

Antique stencil kit

My mum gave me this antique stencil kit that she has once found on a flea market, thinking I could use it in my artwork. I've tried out the letter KR and it looks great!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Monet's first wife Camille

This is from the Monet and Camille Exhibiton here in Bremen.

It's Camille going for a walk in the moonlight while it's snowing. Made out of paper and foldable into an envelope. A gorgeous little piece of artwork, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Things I love

I love glass!

And my newest glass thing is this glass jar with an emblem and I love little quail eggs, so even Easter ist still over 7 weeks away I couldn't resist to put some of them into my new jar. It has almost my initials, well almost lol my forename starts with a C and not a G, but hey who cares, as long as it looks so beautiful?

Then as sometimes I just can't get enough I 've filled another glass jar with quail eggs

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Swap News!

Yesterday I've got my Valentine's swap card from Maggie Ann at knittermag.blogspot.com and I'm so touched by the way she's putted this together for me. It's all so beautiful! It's a big double collaged card with a pocket in it where she has tucked a delightful old postcard from 1912, a poem, a favorite recipe and lovely letter (she has a fantastic hand writing) in. Just have a look:

Thank you so much dear Maggie it was a real joy to get this! xxx

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I've been tagged

So this photo is just to decorate my post. I dont like my posts without photos:

I've been tagged by Wendy (Fairycakegirl) from Scotland, so here we go

What were three things you wanted to be when you grew up?

Maybe this sounds boring, but it’s the truth! I’ve had no idea, really. It was so hard to pick something after I’d finished school

Well I became

a pharmacy assistant at first, but I didn’t like it at all, so I finished that after 3 years

then an au pair girl in France for 12 month, which was a fantastic experience and which I’d do again if I could lol

then a mother of a lovely daughter which was a very exciting experience and which I’ve never ever regretted and of course I’m still a mother

and last but not least a secretary, which I’m still today

But I’ve never thought to become one of these.

If I’d could choose again today I’d like to become a decorator or some sort of artist.

You can relive one day from your childhood. Which one will it be?

A christmas eve. It was always so exciting and magical for me as a child

You have two minutes (and a mover with you if you need heavy lifting help!) to grab 5 things from your home before it morphs into a polka dotted hobgoblin and hops away. What will you take? (Food/drink/family/friends excluded).

1. All Photos

2. Passports, driving licence and credit cards (well I’d take my bag it’s all in there)

3. Our cat

4. Wow this is a really tough question, there are so many things I’d not want to lose, okay then I think I'd grab some handmade quilts and cushions with roses on so I could quick make my new home more comfortable

5. My crafting kit

You have to paint one quote on your kitchen wall. What is it going to be?

"Wenn Du ein Gärtchen hast und eine Bibliothek so wird Dir nichts fehlen" Cicero

I don’t know this saying by Cicero in English, but I’d translate it like this:

“If you have a little garden and a library you’ll always be happy”

What is the one thing you want to have accomplished by the end of the year?

Another altered book

You are moving to the moon for one year and can only bring one flower with you. What kind will you bring?

A pink English Rose

You just received word that aside from one flower you can also bring five books with you. Which ones will you bring?

1. Simple Abundance because I’ve heard so many good things about it and I’ve not read it yet.

2. My "Altered Art" book by Terri Taylor

3. A blank book to write and draw and past in

4. A new book with beautiful Victorian pictures and poems

5. The Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking

Tagging 3 lucky people:

Er I'm not sure who has been tagged already , but well I tag:

Val of "Abbe/Happy"

Marion of "Reflections through the seasons"


Maria of "My Garden"

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Can hardly wait!

I can hardly wait for the Spring to finally begin now, I want my garden and terrace to look as beautiful as the February picture of my wall calendar:

And Maria yes you're right, I collect all the gorgeous cards/letters etc. I' ve got and hopefully will still get this year in this pretty book:

The delightful handmade card that you've send me for my birthday in January is also already pasted into it. See:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day!

Good Morning and a very Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!

Thank you so much Wendy (Fairycakegirl) for the lovely surprise which I received yesterday! The heart and the card are beautiful and I also wanna thank my friend Maria from Finland for her gorgeous handmade Valentines card that I've got on Friday and Nicole from Germany for the divine round vintage tag that I've also got yesterday! I've never ever got something for St. Valentines before (it's not such a big tradition over here) so I enjoyed this even more! Thank you xxx

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Fashion of the 19th century

I'm absolutely fascinated by the fashion of the 19th century.

This is a collage that I've just finished:

See the hat of the lady in the middle? Isn't that a crazy thing, just imagine running around with a hat like that.

Well then yesterday I've visited an art exhibition in Bremen's hall of art whith the title "Monet et Camille"

and now this fashion is fascinating me even more, there are paintings from Monet where he's painted his wife Camille and paintings of other famous impressionists like Manet, Renoir and Carolus Duran and their muses or just ladies they've painted in order for rich people. And the common theme was the fashion and especially the wonderful robes. I just could'nt help myself buying me a paper doll that I now can dress in different robes. She's my modell, see:

Don't you think she's beautiful?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

It's not yet spring outside

as you can see in the first photo, but in my house it is!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Art Party Part 3

A friend of mine has made a collage on a canvas which she has painted pinkish before:

Here it is finished, but still wet from the acylic medium.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Art Party Part 2

Another thing we've done on my art party are these tins:


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