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, December 23, 2008

Oh Tannenbaum

The tree is finally up and sparkling! One day before Santa comes he he :)

This year I put some of my soldered Christmas ornaments on the tree and really like the nostalgic look of it!

View through my Advent chandelier (as always you can enlarge all the photos if you'd like to see more details by simply clicking on them):

There is never enough sparkle at Christmas, wouldn't you agree?

Some more close ups of my my newly soldered nostalgic Christmas ornaments:

A dear friend has made me the fabric skate boot in the background 2 years ago:

There is mixture of new but nostalgic, old-Vintage and self made ornaments on my tree, but I used only my silver ornaments, no red ones this year:

The reflector baubles are very old and belong to my faves for many years now:

I was so lucky to find 8 more oval shaped huge glasses which are old stock and very rare to find over here and I used them to make 4 new nostalgic ornaments for my tree, like this one:

The sweet Tilda bird in the next photo is a Christmas present from my dear friend Anita, she actually made me 5 new birds which came in a very pretty rose box, I really love the snow flakes fabric, so sweet!

Anita has also made me this gorgeous fabric Toile de Jouy heart which I decorated on my antique armoire along with a beautiful quilted heart she made for me last year. She knows how much I love Toile de Jouy and when she asked me about the size, shape etc. I would like the heart in, I asked her if she could sew beads around the heart the way I saw it on the pretty fabric hearts from Julie Collings and the sweet heart she is she fullfilled my wish and I just love it! I got even more presents from her, enchanting fabric tags, more sweet hearts, an awesome inspiration board with toile too and a wonderful fabric bunting rose garland, but I'll have post these treasures in another post.

I leave you with another view of the whole tree in all its candle light glory (click to enlarge) and once again I like to wish y'all a very merry and peaceful Christmas surrounded by your loved ones!

Hugs Carola xox

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pretty little Christmas blog party - better late than never!

Can I still join the party? I know I'm late to Heather Pretty petals Pretty little Christmas blog party today but I was sick all weekend, had to work today and then had to light lots of candles when I came home from the office and take some new photos for the party, load them up etc. and well here I am. I just saw that some sweet party people have already posted to my last post from 2 weeks ago, thinking it was the party post, but I don't want to cheat you, so here are some new photos of Christmas decorations at Boxwood Cottage this season. The first two photos are taken in my studio

but the real cosy Christmas is happening down in my living room:

Please click on my photos to enlarge and see all the details. As most of you will know in Germany we usually don't have our tree up before the 24th of December, which is when Santa comes to bring our presents, in the evening of the 24th, not in the morning of the 25th like it is in the USA for example. And we use to have a real fir tree, no artificial ones. We went in the woods (to a tree farmer) to choose our tree a month ago, and we'll go and get it next week, so I can't show it to you at this date. Instead of it I can show you some other decorations like my all time favorite white bird cage for example. See the cute tiny stocking hanging on the cage? It's an ornament from my friend Cari Kraft and talented Cari although made some of the ornaments on my mantle (photo above).

The most important thing for a pretty little Christmas for me is candle light so I have candles and tea lights lit everywhere at the Cottage as soon as it is dark enough.

This is the place where I love to sit, have my Latte macchiato, feel cosy and read my Vampire novel when I come home from the office. I've just finished the 3rd book of the Twilight series and hope Santa will bring the forth - in English pretty please dear Santa, cause I can't stand read it in my mother tongue German, I tried but didn't like it!

Unfortunately it was to dark today to take photos of my deck and garden which is also decorated and I have feeders for my sweet feathered friends everywhere and when I look tkrough the dark window in the background of the next photo during the day I can observe them picking peanuts, cranberries, sunflower seeds etc. That is so much fun for me and I really enjoy this, it adds a lot to my pretty little Christmas feeling.

Candles make all glass things shine, so glass items like in these photos belong to my fave Christmas decorations:

Anja if you read this you will recognise that I've copied your fab idea and used my vintage enamel Guglehupf cake mold for an Advent wreath. It's just not safe to light the candles because I don't want the fir tree branches to burn lol, but I think it looks very Christmassy and it smells good too :)

I also love to decorate with red fruits like the Pomegranate for Christmas. In this bowl is one real and one glass Pomegrante. Oh and I was very lucky to find two star shape glasses, so of course I had to solder them into a silver Christmas star ornament with a cute vintage picture right away. I so wish I had the skills to cut glass in such beautiful shapes.

Merry Christmas to all my dear blogging friends and readers around the world and I hope that you will all have a joyful and peaceful celebration! I hope to get around to do another post before Christmas, but you never know, the time passes always fast, but even faster at around Christmas, at least so it seems to me.
It's already quite late, so I don't think I'll be able to visit all the party participants tonight, but I promise that I'll keep visiting all week.
Hugs Carola xox

Sunday, November 30, 2008

1st of Advent, first snow & studio news

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear blogging friends, readers and viewers! I'm so sorry for the long absence again, I always have so much to blog about but so little time. Yesterday was the first of Advent, only 24 days left until Christmas and I took a few photos of my festive decorations for you.

I created 3 small x-mas stockings from another template out of Julie Collings book "Pretty little felts". They are made from felt of course and lace etc. and then my dear cousin Stefanie sewed them together for me, because I have no sewing machine. I'm quite happy with the way they tuned out and decorated them on my faux fire place/mantle, you can always enlarge my photos bei clicking on them to see more details.

This year I found 2 of the gorgeous cone candles and put them in my silver vases on the mantle.

Then I decorated one of my chandeliers with silver stars, diamond pendants and glitter snowflakes as well as a new pretty silver cone. I tried to get a good picture of it with the candles glowing and no flash, but they came out a bit blurry:

Here's a sneek peak of a parcel I send out to Cerri of the Little pink studio last Friday, hopefully she'll get it soon because I put all my favorite German Living and Crafts magazines, the Christmas issues in it:

Last Sunday (November 30) we had our annual Winter magic market at my friends cottage at the country side and my Dad was so kind to build me a Christmas tree from a broomstick. I used it to present all my pendants and ornaments and it is very useful in my studio too now to organise my pendants. Thank you very much again Dad! :)

This is what my little booth looked like. The horse stables at my friends cottage are such a beautiful surrounding for our Winter magic market.

In the next photo you see a close up of one of my new Winter/Christmas pendants/ornaments. Got the sweet wintery sleigh girls picture from a scanned old postcard from my friend Anita. I think the mica flakes really give the pendant the look of snow:

On November 22nd we woke up to a real Winter wonder land here in Bremen and I started taking pictures right away, it was still a bit dark outside, but everything looked so magical in my garden and I so like that you can even see the snow softly falling down in the pictures (click to enlarge the photos!):

Here's what my front garden looked like covered in soft new snow:

Of course when it's cold outside it has to be warm and cosy inside so I lit my red glowing candle glasses. The paper/cardboard cake stand in the photo below is one of my latest creations. I used 45 year old paper lace and silver Dresdens borders to embellish it:

Next is a photo of my latest Vintage Wallpaper Wallbox, this time I chose other colors than usual. It was custom made for someone in the US with the intials M S, but she couldn't afford it in the end, because of the high mailing costs to the US and other reasons, so it's still in my studio and I think I'll have to put the letters M S off:

Talking about my studio here is a mid November picture of one of my fave corners in the studio, although it's constantly changing, meanwhile it looks much more festive:

At the beginning of November I told my mum about an old paper cutter I had seen in the latest German Country Living magazine issue and showed her the photo and told her that I would like to find one like this fpr my studio too and then she said to me "wait a moment, I think I have what you search", went down in the basement and came back up with this beautiful old paper cutter. Score!!! She was so clever to save it from the bulk garbage of her neighbors a few years ago, which was my luck now :)) Thank you mum!

I decorated it with pretty vintage ribbon on wooden spools, my new twine holder and an antique Santa ornament:

Another peek in my studio. The small glass container is filled with pretty Yoyos I got send from my dear friend Anita of My Country Cottage Garden http://ein-stueck-garten.blogspot.com/ last month:

And lastly I leave you with a photo of some very pretty Christmas craft supplies I recently purchased from Brandy over at the Brandyvine boutique:

Have a great time at the run up for Christmas everyone!
Hugs Carola xox

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Marie Antoinette Birthday Soireé

Welcome to todays Marie Antoinette's birthday soireé dear readers!
Joy of Cupid Charm
http://cupidscharm.blogspot.com/ has invited me and many other creative blogging friends from all over the world to contribute to Marie Antoinette's birthday party on her blog today so I created some new Marie Antoinette ornaments especially for this event:

I made Marie Antoinette soldered jewelry pendants in all shapes and sizes before and also a Marie Antoinette art paper doll, but for her party today I found it important to invent something new. You may remember the shape of these ornaments from my last post where I showed you a Christmas Ornament in the same shape (the template for the shape is out of Julie Collings book Pretty little felts). I think this shape also fits to the former Queen of France because it has a barock and royal feeling to me:

Please enlarge the photos by clicking on them to see all the details. The blue flocked one below is my fave of these wallpaper ornaments. Do you have a fave one too?

I further used the glass caps/protectors which I already made the turquoise L ornament in my last post from to make two more pink MA ornaments. They are both two sided and I tried my best to make them pretty from all sides which the famous french Queen deserves, because she loved all things pretty in pastel colors, gold and silver.

This actually is the back side on one of the pendants:

And here you see it from the front (click to enlarge):

This is the front of the other one. Cheers Marie!

And this is the back:

They turn around all the time when hanging and it was fun to take pictures from all angels:

I really like the look of them hanging from the chandelier in my living room:

I hope you liked my contributions to the party and will check out the blogs and creations of Cupid Charm where you can also find the links to all the other party participants!

Have a fantastic start into November my friends!

Hugs Carola xox


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