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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, October 17, 2010

WW 70! Good news on Give Back & my swap with Julia of Vintage with Laces!

The good news is that you have still time to enter my 5th blogging anniversary give away here: http://carolsgarden.blogspot.com/2010/09/old-french-iron-bed-and-my-5th.html
until this Sunday the 24 th of October!
So you'll better hurry up because I don't want you to miss out on it!
Yesterday I was at an Antique fair and I found something nice to throw into one of the parcels of the already announced give back for my two lucky winners!

But now I finally like to share with you the private swap with my German blogging friend Julia of Vintage with Laces. Julia wished for a Paris themed flea market swap parcel and I wished for a Secret garden theme parcel. In the photos above you see my parcels for Julia. I found the beautiful vintage Paris soap box at our local fleamarket and thought it fits the theme perfectly. I soldered some small charms for the wrapping.

Of course Julia did send me a gorgeoussly wrapped parcel too:

She made the most gorgeous tags and paper roses for me! :)
Somehow I forgot to take pictures of what I sent to Julia before I started wrapping her gifts, so you two of the gifts that I sent here were already wrapped, well I think Julia will probably share what I sent her too on her blog, we'll see. I was so in solder mood when we swapped that I did a lot of soldering for Julia, like a paperweight with her initial in and lot's of different pendants and charms and I also found her some sewing notions which I know she always likes:

Click on my photos twice to supersize them and see more details!

Julia spoiled me and sewed a gorgeous lace heart for me and embellished a beautiful tote bag with the prettiest lace and an old seed catalogue picture that she has altered:

Even the card she sent along for me with a lovely note is wonderfully embellished with lace and a garden themed picture:

Here are some of the pendants and charms I made for Julia with the Paris theme close up:

Of course the Eifel Tower was important to put in Julia's parcel because I knew how much she loves it!

 In the picture above you see the whole wonderful lot sweet Julia sent me. I especially love the old garden tool she found at her local flea market for me :)

As well as the beautiful silver plate and the roses tag above - love love love!

The Paris soap box in the picture above I embellished for Julia from the inside with very old German paper lace and a piece of silver crocheted lace I put on the ground, then I filled it with antique hard ware from our local flea market like the key holes and some other vintage finds like a dolls leg. I also sent her some Christmass ornaments for the soon upcoming holidays which I put in the paper maché bell taht I embellished with a silver glitter star.

Oh and I shall not forget to mention the fabulous seed box that Julia created for me, see above! I love to collect pretty seed packets, best even when they are self made from friends like the ones in the picture below. So the seed box she made for me is not only beautiful but practical too and I already filled it with my not so pretty looking seed packets that are filled with seeds that I'm still planning to sow next Spring.

Of course I already started decorating my home with the treasures from Julia:

The paper roses went in the ironstone gravy boat and silver egg holder in the photo above and below is a close up of the awesome lace heart she gave me. It has a sweet birdie printed on the other side. I really like how she has made the hangers like a necklace:

Just another picture below of the embellsihed vintage Paris soap box for Julia and some of the items I put inside:

Julia knows my love for silhouettes and I'm especially fond of this sweet old girl silhouette postcard she found for me:

I also got a birdie in a nest on a little press glass plate from Julia and when she wrote me that the bird actually is a magnetic bird, I had to put another birdie in her nest and use the magnetic one to place on my old french brocante iton mirror which is hanging on the basement door:

 Seeing it looked a bit lonely there I hung up a branche from a curly tree which I embellished with some crystals:

I really urge you to go and see Julia's blog and all of her great creations if you don't know her yet, cause she is one very talented and creative friend! This swap was so much fun dear Julia and your treasures matched the Secret Garden theme that I had wished for just perfectily! Thank you so much for spoiling me the way you did!!!

Well and further seeing that Halloween is fast approaching I started decorating a bit with the sweet baby boo pumpkins that my dear cousin Stefanie found me:

The iron candle stick stand was black and I painted it white, before I placed the white baby boos and black crows in it and I like it much better now in white:

Meanwhile I also found some grey irish moss to place under the pumpkins but I didn't get around to take a picture of it yet.

Oh and lastly I like to present to you The Buttons! A lovely vintage family. I got the huge family portrait picture as a gift from a good friend, so I scanned it and used the copy to glue the buttons on for not destroying the antique original picture. I found this idea on the great Curious Sofa blog, only that the actual artist sewed old buttons on the faces of people in old cabinet cards and I prefered to glue them on, because I think the button wholes do look more like eyes like that. Don't you think it looks a bit creepy and Halloweenish? Well at least that is my kind of Halloween decor lol

So friends that's all I have to share for today and I hope you'll let me know what you think of our swap and my decorations and that I will see you again here next Sunday for the reveal of the give back winners!
I'm going to link up my post with Kathleen at Faded Charm again (see my side bar button) who is hosting White Wednesday every week. So if you're digging the white look don't forget to go see her's and her followers gorgeous white decor ideas!

Have a fabulous week everyone!

xoxo~ Carola


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