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

Saturday, April 26, 2008

My childhood toys, another swap and new garden pictures

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage and to another mixed post with garden photos, childhood photos and toys and a private swap. I'd like to start with a the private swap I recently did with my blogging friend Ginny from England. I made a two sided Welcome Spring pendant (see one side in the pic above) for Ginny but I was so in a hurry to send it off that I forgot to take a picture of the wrapping before, well in the next picture you can see the wrapping of Ginny's parcel to me. I tried to rewrap it for the photo. It's gorgeous old linnen and a beautiful tassel border which I'm looking forward to use in future projects:

And I'm so very happy that I got one of Ginny's wonderful shabby ruffled rose hearts that you see in the next picture! Thank you so much dear Ginny it is very much appreciated!

This Sunday there is no Show and Tell hosted by Cerri and Analise, but Miss Jessi over at http://www.scrappyjessi.blogspot.com/ asked us to show off our favorite childhood toys on May 1st. I'll be away on May 1st and the upcoming week will be very busy for me too, so I decided to do this post a bit earlier - actually today - because I don't wanted to miss out on this great topic, hope that's okay with you Jessi! Well seeing that I'm meanwhile 45 years old, this was quite a trip down memory lane for me which I thorougly enjoyed! In the first picture you can see my well loved childhood teddy bear, one of the few toys I still own, for today's photo he's dressed up with a little silver Dresden foil crown and Ginny's gorgeous heart. I got this quite big teddy bear for my second birthday in 1965, so in the meantime he became really Vintage (click picture to enlarge):

Then I own these pictures of a Christmas eve at my Grandparents (Dad's parents) home when I was almost 3 years old and got a fabulous police car (my Dad is a police inspector/commissar) and you can see how happy I was to get it in my facial expression:

Oh I wish I'd still own this car today, I think it looks so pretty! Here I am very concentrated on unwrapping another present:

In my childhood we often visited my other Grandparents (Mum's parents) who lived in the beautiful low mountain range "Harz" and there was always lot's of snow and I loved my sleigh:

and also my skates when I was a little older! We could go skating somewhere on natural lakes every winter when I was a child unless like today where winters became rather warm here in nothern Germany.

Now here you can see me on my 5th birthday (I already had a little baby sister then who slept in the baby bed behind me) very proud getting a beautiful bike and a doll named Petra with a bike seat so that I could drive her around, which was real fun:

And this picture is from a Christmas eve at home when I was almost 8 years old and when my sister (it's the more blonde one on the left, doesn't she look just too cute?) and I got gorgeous soft body baby dolls, see how happy I was?

I also was quite a bookworm as a child, I remember that I loved beeing sick at home when I could lay in my bed all day long doing nothing but reading. Last summer my mum gave back to me a few of my childhood books that she had saved and I already took pictures of them but posting them all here today would be to much, they would make a whole topic for themselves and I'll probably do one some time soon.
But now it's on to Spring! Yeah!
We have beautiful sunny spring weather since Monday and today it will get really warm with temps over 20 degrees Celsius which is over 60 Fahrenheit and my fave temperature. This next picture of a spring post card from 1903 that I found at the flea market recently is so beautiful that I had to show you a photo, the sheet music underneath is from a song called Spring love in English which I find so appropriate to my feelings these days:

It's finally back to my garden for me and to enjoy time in the wam sun on my deck:

All pictures should be clickable to enlarge and see more details if you like!
On Wednesday night we had a good rain shower and the next day suddenly it was all green again, I so love the fresh leaves in my trees:

I got a little crapapple tree for my last birthday and it is blooming now so beautifully:

Well to me spring is not only green, it is also pink/purple:

and feshly white like the ranunculus and sweet smelling primeroses on my patio table:

and of course blue and purple! Pansies and the smaller Viola cornutas are still my fave spring flowers to bring bright spring mood in my garden:

You just have to love their little faces, don't you?

Since last year you can also get frilly pansies here!

The frilly ones are called "Rococo pansies" and I find them absolutely unresistable charming:

Well I think 20 pictures should be enough for one post so I better come to an end and go outside to enjoy Spring! Hope you'll all have a wonderful spring Sunday or better week too!
Here is my new blog signature btw:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Show and Tell Sunday and Junque swap

This weeks Show and Tell Sunday theme hosted by Cerri is "Show us your Vintage bling".

Well I don't have much bling to share, but I show you what I have and if Vintage rhinestone buttons count as bling here are a few of my favorites:

This week I was very lucky and got some more Vintage bling from my new friend and swap partner in Heather Pretty Petal's "Junque in my Trunk" swap LiLi from the Netherlands, in the next picture it is mixed with the ones I already had:

Seeing that I don't have so much bling yet I have no special places or boxes to store it, but the bling I got from LiLi came in the most gorgeous Vintage rose tin ever:

But this isn't all sweet LiLi has sent to me, I got the biggest swap packet ever and so gorgeously wrapped already from the outside, I love the scrabble tiles saying JUNQUE:

Inside was this giant pink polka dottet box wrapped beautifully with black lace, a black millinery rose and a delightful Victorian hand tag made by LiLi :

Everything was wrapped enchanting and with beautiful decorated tags and lace like these earrings:

This is was what I found when I opened the big box, I was overwhelmed when I saw all those wonderfully wrapped parcels:

It was so much fun to unwrap all these pretties:

Afterwards my table was full of amazing swap goodies one prettier than the other:

This was better than Christmas or birthdays I can tell you!
You can click on all of the pictures to enlarge them and see all the details:

LiLi has made me a sweet needle cushion in a little Vintage rose cup and a lace bag with pink Vintage gloves inside:

I also got black and cream pompom trims which I love and old tarte tins which I look forward to use in my Advent decoration next season, well there was so much in that parcel it was just awesome!

But the best of the whole parcel to me is this magnificent collaged "Boxwood Cottage Portfolio" made by LilLi especially for me, which I simply adore:

It has a sweet inscription typed with LiLi's new Vintage typewriter:

And it is filled with Vintage sheet music, book pages, postcards, wallpaper and emphemera:

I'm looking forward to use these in future projects.
Thank you so so much for this fabulous swap dear LiLi I love it all!
Have a great upcoming week everyone! Spring has finally sprung here today and I worked in the garden and I'm looking forward to a new garden post soon!
Carol(a) xoxo

Monday, April 07, 2008

Soldered paper weights and Show and Tell Sunday

Hi everyone and welcome to a non-garden post but with flowers all the same lol

Cerri of Little pink studio and Analise of SugarSugar have kindly send me (amongst lots of other talented flickr friends) an invite to their brand new "Show and Tell Sunday".
As so often these days I'm a bit late seeing that it's Monday already but I took some pictures of my few paper and fabric flowers yesterday so now I'd like to show them anyway, but first some other news:

A few of you may have already seen what I'm working on at the moment because I posted some pictures on flickr. I always wanted to make paper weights ("Briefbeschwerer" for my German readers) but I never found the glasses I need for it, so I came up with my own idea as you can see in the following pictures (click to enlarge for full size):

At first I had a much bigger bowl (which you can see in my pics on flickr), but than I told my friend Frauke about it and she found these small bowls for me which I think are just the perfect size! They remind me of snow globes. Part of the scrabble tiles, charms etc. inside the globes are glued on the ground and other little things like the light blue and light pink bells are loose, so that you can shake it or turn it around and the bells ring and it looks a bit different everytime you put it back down. Fun!

I love making these and I'm so happy with the way the turned out!

This is my latest one which is still in progress, it needs to get soldered next:

I have plans to make more and different ones so that I can put some on Etsy, but while I still have my office job to do full time I dunno how long this will take me.
Okay change of subject and on to Cerri's Millinery Show and Tell !
Please hop over to her blog http://www.littlepinkstudio.typepad.com/ if you'd like to see her's and all the other participants wonderful millinery collections and to read about the Show and Tell Sunday rules.
Well unfortunately I find it very hard to get hold of true vintage millinery here in Germany, even at flea markets I had no luck so far. Bohoo :( All the millinery I own is from swaps with other sweet blogging friends, like Nicole, Natalea, Andrea and some is from Lilia's etsy shop. The only millinery I could find here so far is new.

I decorated my vintage chapeau clac with some borders and millinery and a little paper doll from Lauren and think it looks quite nice there in my supply shelf.

As always you can click all my photos to enlarge them by simply clicking on the photo and see all the more details and some even in their original size by clicking again on the orange button which appears if you move your mouse over the left lower corner of the photo! Try it with photo above!

The acrylic glass heart is one of my latest finds, will have to think how I'm going to use it:

Sweet posies:

Some roses and velvet leaves in a deck of cards box:

Oh and I bought this beautiful bag from Niki (Nostalgia at the Stonehouse) in 2006 I think it was and it has a big and gorgeous cream colored millinery flower sewed on:

That's it for today and it would make me very happy if you'd leave me some feedback. It got so quiet in here since my 2 month break in January and February. I'm trying my best to post more regularly again and hope that you still like what I have to share.
Have a fabulous week!
Carol(a) xox


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