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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sweet & Sinister swap reveal, Halloween decorations and more!

Update: I'm linking this post from last year up today with Joanne of Anything goes here for her Vintage Halloween Blog Party! So welcome party people! Grab yourself a drink and stay awhile!
xoxo~ Carola

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear readers and fellow bloggers and to my first time of decorating for Halloween here ( it is no tradition in Germany to celebrate Halloween as you might know) and also to my first Halloween swap, as well as to some other news that I'll reveal at the very end of this post, so I hope you'll stay with me until the end, because I have around 20 photos to share with you ( which is also to make up for my long blogging absence again).

The orange candle light in the picture above is the only orange you'll find in my Halloween/Autumn decoration, this year, because firstly it is not one of my favorite colors and secondly it is all about black, white & cream, which pleases me much better, as you will see in the photo below which was my sneek peak photo for my Sweet & Sinister 2009 Halloween swap partner Heather Rowley of Speckeled egg:

I had a tremendous fun in creating pretty Halloweenish items like a goody filled fire cracker, a cone, a black masque, black birds, tags and a soldered pendant etc. for my swap partner and decorated everything that I finished on my vintage mannequin in my attic studio:

I loved the Halloweenish look of my dress form so much that I started making things not only for Heather, but for me too.

And I also decorated one of my vintage silk top hats in Hallween style. Maybe this will attract my favorite vampire Edward? ;-)) Just rightclick on the pictures to enlarge them if you want to see more details.

And closer:

After I finished gathering and creating Halloweenish items for Heather I wrapped it all as sweet & sinister as possible. Heather also wished for some thick German crepe paper and German decorating magazines.

I love silhouette pictures and recently found some pretty old fairytale silhouettes and silhouette postcards at our local flea market so I incorporated them in Heathers swap parcel too.

Below are most of the goodies before the wrapping. I also found a vintage enamel night light candle holder for Heather at our flea market which has a bit orange color around the edges which I found so suitable for Halloween and I thought a tiny bit of orange couldn't hurt he he:

Two weeks after Heather and I had sent off our swap parcels over the big ocean, they arrived at our homes, whoohoo I am so happy with all the great goodies Heather has found and made for me :)

Above you can see the whole lot (click on pic to enlarge) and below some close ups. Sweet Heather has got me everything I wished for, like a cute white feather tree and a beautiful cream colored pumpkin as well as a frozen Charlotte doll. Just look at the sweet little owls the pretty frame and cameo and the gorgeous bracelet with a black rose that Heather made for me:

And I also got one of these fabulous black crows that I just couldn't find here in Germany, but I so wanted one and she didn't even know this, but still send me one, this must have been telepathy :) Thank you so much dear Heather!

In the photo above I have already incorporated some of the goodies in the Fall & Halloween decoration around the mantle in my living room. I love the speckeled egg that she embellished for me with a gorgeous black velvet flower and a fabulous rhinestone button. The girl silhouette that I framed is a scan from a real cut out silhouette from my daughter, made when she was 4 years old.
Lastly the gorgeous white feather tree found the right spot on the left corner of my mantle. I looks almost a bit Christmassy already and I think this photo looks so pretty when enlarged:

And the wonderful cream colored porcelain pumpkin box from Heather got a space on the right side of the mantle:

Following I show you some more photos of my autumn decorations around the mantle:

As you can see it is all about silhouettes and neutral colors:

The mantle is lit by the afternoon sunlight and candles only in these photos:

The day I took these photos the light was so beautiful that I had to take some more photos like the one below of my white glass cabinet:

Here is also a picture of an autmnal vignette on one of my iron tables on the patio, which I created after a walk in the woods:

And now I like to show you something else, we change from Halloween to Christmas decorations. The Christmas ornaments in the photo below are made from paper maché containers from Thuringa in Germany. If you love these nostalgic paper maché Christmas containers as much as I do, I can offer them to you here now: http://boxwoodcottageshop.blogspot.com/ Just in time for Christmas 2009!

These are just a few paper maché ornaments that I embellished to show you what you can make out of them. You'll find many more examples and shapes here:http://boxwoodcottageshop.blogspot.com/ I'd be happy to see you there!
Lastly I wish you all a great countdown to Halloween week and of course a very fun Halloween day and I'd be glad if you could find some inspirations in todays post and if you'll let me know what you think of it and leave me a comment.


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