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, August 04, 2009

Blogging for Bliss party & Artful Blogging article

Looks like one party is following the next one in no time here at Boxwood Cottage lately so today I like to welcome you to the "Blogging for Bliss" party!

This event is hosted by Kari over at
http://www.artsymama.com/ in honor of the book release of Tara Frey's book "Blogging for Bliss" in which she included many talented bloggers of our beautiful blogging community of artists, crafters and creatives of all kind. It's a guide about crafting your own online journal aka blog. Congrats to Tara and all the talented bloggers who made it into her book! You may wonder why I show you a picture of the Artful Blogging Fall 2009 issue here, well I got to explain you:

I lately found out myself how exciting it is to have something published, well not only one picture like I had before, but a whole article! Last year in December Staci Dumoski of the beautiful Artful Blogging Magazine from Stampington contacted me through an e-mail to ask if I would like to write an article about my blog and send pictures to Artful blogging to get published in the Summer issue 2009. Of course I was delighted and mega excited with the thought of it and told her so. Shortly after I sent my article to Staci she left Stampington and Christen Olivarez was responsible for Artful Blogging and my article and due to an overload of articles they got, my article had to be postponed to the Fall issue which is on the news stands in the USA since August 1st! My oh my I was so excited when another blogger from the US commented on my blog that she had found me through Artful Blogging. Then some days later I got my own copy in the mail *Oh Bliss* and now I like to share the photos of my first ever published article with you :

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them to see more details. I wrote about how I came to blogging at a time it wasn't very popular here in Germany yet and how it has made me a much more creative person than I had been ever before through the contact with other creative souls, well bloggers in this case and through swaps/trades of course. It is no secret to my faithful blogging friends and readers that I love to swap. It is something so beautiful and rewarding and you make so many new creative friends from all over the world that inspire you.
P.S.: Oops I just found a mistake that I made in my AB article, I actually started blogging in September 2005 not in 2006, well that just shows how quickly time passes when you are creative and blog lol

Bloggers like my inspiring and talented artist friend Ulla Milbrath and famous Sally Jean Alexander who's most inspiring book "Pretty little things" I only found through the many recommandations on other blogs, inspired me to try myself in soldering jewelry, something I would have never dreamed of doing and which quickly became one of my favorite creative pasttimes.

Thank you Staci, Christen and all the creative staff at Stampington for publishing me in your beautiful Artful Blogging magazine!

Just lately my blogging and flickr friend Anja of Matida's Design sent me a sweet creative parcel

it included a bunch of small watch crystal glasses, which I used to make these charms/pendants:

Here are some more of my latest soldered jewelry pieces:

Thank to you everyone who read my post to the end and who came to my little "Blogging for Bliss party". I'd love to hear/read from you! There is a link on Kari's blog side bar with all the many paticipants in this event that you can visit and get to know if you'd like to.
I also like to thank all the party people from the "Where bloggers create party" that visited me and left me such sweet comments about my studio on my last post.
And lastly to those of you who know/heard/read about the sad sudden death of our beloved little tomcat LV , through flickr or my cousin Stefanies post, thank you so much for all your comforting words, they mean a lot to me! I'm not going to post about it here any further, because I want my blog to be a happy place, a place of Bliss!
Until next time here at Boxwood Cottage I wish you a wonderful time and hopefully some more sunny summer days!
xoxo Carola


Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Hello, This is my first visit to your Blog but I'll be back. I have been at the Blogging for Bliss party. I've recently started Blogging and so very new to this but agree with what you have said in your article about meeting creative people around the world. Your jewellery is so lovely and congratulations on your article!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a wonderful article and post! You've accomplished so much and your creative work is just awesome! Congratulations of being published again! That's so exciting!!! Thanks so very much for sharing!

Deb said...

Hello Carol
Well, your beautiful blog has always been a favourite of mine! One I visited long before I had a blog of my own ... and I remember how excited I was to see you were the FIRST to comment on my blog :-)
Beautiful post (as always)!!

andrea creates said...

Congratulations- I just picked up this magazine yesterday.It's one of my favorites

LiLi M. said...

Congratulations to you Carol, you just deserve to be in that magazine! I would almost say it really is party time over here, but of course there is a shadow of your LV's death. Like you I don't want to spoil the fun, but I just want to tell you that I am feeling very sorry.
Back to the bliss. That article really turned out beautiful, you must be sooo proud. I totally agree on what you tell about blogging and what you tell about swaps especially lol! Your new jewelry is fabulous again. Have fun partying today and enjoy the masses of visitors up here that will certainly be attracted through the article about you in Artful blogging!

Claudia said...

Congratulations on your published article! I love Artful Blogging - I look forward to reading your article. Thanks for being part of the party!

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Good morning chickadee!!
Love your pictures so inspirational! thanks for the party at your place again!! hehe Love your blog!!
Big mermaid hugs

KarenHarveyCox said...

Congratulations on being published in my favorite favorite magazine. It must be so exciting to see your beautiful things in this magazine.


The Whispering Poppies said...

Congratulations to you, Carola! You must be absolutely thrilled! And we'll all be absolutely thrilled to read your article! =))) hugs to you!

TinyBear said...

Oh - congratulations on the article in Artful Blogging. That´s so great and I´m so happy for you. I haven´t received my copy yet - can´t wait to see it.
That´s one of my favorite Somerset Mags.
Have a lovely day.

ArtsyMama said...

HUGE congratulations on the article. It looks wonderful!! I'll have to check newsstands for the magazine. Thanks for joining in the fun party.
P.s. so sorry to hear about your cat:(

Betsy said...

Congratulations on the article, I certainly do enjoy your site. Lots of pretties.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

When I think of blissful bloggers, I think of you. Your blog is so inspiring and beautiful. I am so excited for you that you are published in Artful Blogging! I can't wait to get that issue! Have a wonderful day! Twyla

Andrea Singarella said...

Carol, Congratulations on your feature article in Artful Blogging! It is very much deserved!!
xo andrea

p.s. Did you get my email about your order?

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Carol,

Oh, how I love reading "Artful Blogging"..it's so much fun running across my fellow bloggers that have been published. I'm so thrilled for you...and your jewelry is enchanting! I know you will do well with such great talent and an eye for design.

I actually dropped by to read your post on Where Bloggers Create but had to read this one first!..since I never did make it to visit everyone...I have to laugh because I have visited a few that I HAD already commented at..LOL Eye Candy overload..hahaha

Have a lovely day and drop by anytime..I'd love to have you visit.


Jamie said...

Oh, I am so very proud of you Sweetie! When I opened my copy I said, "There's my Girl!!!". Congratulations on your well deserved and yummy article:) I love seeing all the beautiful things you create and live with and you know I covet your garden. LOL!!
I am thinking of you and LV and I am so very sorry. Love you!!! Jamie

Chrisy said...

Big congrats on the article! My copy isn't here yet...it takes awhile to get to the ends of the earth! Look forward to reading your comments on swaps....

alittlespottowriteforgetmenot said...

Hi sweet girl! I am soooo behind, work has been taking wayyy to much of my play time. I'm finally taking a bit of break and had to check in and see what you've been up to and goodness me!!! Look at you girl!!! Well deserved indeed!!!
I am so proud and happy for you!! happy dance ~*~*~*~*~!!!
And it looks like a great one too!
Well, you have inspired me in everything you do, crafting, gardening, decorating ~ you have got it all and a sweet personality to boot! Oh and may I say the Queen of Swaps :) I love swapping with you, you know :)
I did not hear about LV, oh no. I'm so sorry, I'm sure you are missing him so much... again, I'm sorry for your loss.

I hope you are having a nice weekend! It's hot and humid in SC and the roses have taken a break out there but the zinnias are doing really great!
Sending you lots of HUGS to you my "famous" dear friend ;)
XOX Madai

Hookah said...

Hi,very nice post thanks for the info.Keep it up

Carolyn said...

Carole, you are always such an inspiration. I have the previous artful blogging magazine but of course now i will run out to get the issue you are in simply because you are in it to read your article. I'm happy for you!

mendytexas said...

I loved reading your article in the Somerset Blogging! You are such an amazing artist and photographer. I am still oohing and ahhing!! :)mendy

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey there sweets,
congrats, what a wnderful spread.
you are so very talented!
hope you are having a great summer.

Jeanneoli said...

Just read your layout in Artful Blogging and loved it! Congrats on getting published.

KatCollects said...

I love all of your sweet creations and congratulations on the article, it is beautiful.

Claire said...

Congratulations on the Artful Blogging feature! How exciting! Love the pendants you made =)

Inspiration i vitt said...

Hey, thanks so much for your sweet words on my blog.
I am so bad at English and wish I was better.
Hope you can still get inspired by looking at the pictures. Naturally I use google translation if I do not understand.
The book has already sold out everywhere so we need to tap new.
You have a very nice blog.
Hugs to you / Ingela from Sweden

Naturegirl said...

Ahh my liebste Carola!!
First of all I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your fur babie LV!Wrapping my arms around you to comfort.Peace to precious LV

Well my dear friend it was just a matter of time before YOU and your blog were published in such an appropriate well know magazine!
~~~~~~~CONGRATULATIONS!! ~~~~~~~~~~
You must be ticked pink..as I am for you! I remember the first time I met you and your garden of magical bliss...I instantly knew I had met a kindred spirit and good friend in you! I love the on line German lessons you offer me. I love your cozy welcoming home and garden..but mostly I love you liebste Carola.
love and light hugs aNNa
(remember how my real name was such a mystery...how we evolve)

paperbird said...

Congratulations Carola- So fun to see you in Artful Blogging. Your photographs are so lovely and your displays are incredible. So happy to have met you and to have been your swap partner for the May Basket swap. I love- love- love everything you sent to me. Such sweet little treasures and your soldered pieces are incredible, I adore them.

Lynne Laura said...

Congrats on your article, I have the magazine and just love your heart pieces...are you selling them?

Kindredly Lynne Laura

Lori Wostl said...

Hi! I too, found you through the Artful Blogging article. I glanced through the magazine while I was waiting for my husband and jotted down your blog address. Today I was cleaning out my purse and ran across your address. Beautiful blog and inspiring post! Keep going. You can see my art journaling at www.keepanartjournal.com or you can see my business in art at www.artcampforwomen.com

Lori Wostl said...

I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS on getting published in the magazine!

Les Cotrions said...

Nice to hear from you!!! I'm very happy to meet Laura! It's the first time I meet a blogfriend and that's exciting!!! How is your faboulous garden???
Wish you a great week end!
Big hugs

Elise said...

Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

It's all perfect !

Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on your article in Artful Blogging! I have not yet seen the magazine but hope to soon.

I went to your flickr site - wow, your studio is amazing. It would be inspiring just walking in the door!


Dawn said...

I cannot tell you how happy I am for your success...for the article featuring your wonderful work and beautiful garden!

May you continue to enjoy even more opportunities to shine!

Dawn xo

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Such blessings and congratulations I send to you! Take care dear one!

Faded and Worn said...

Loved reading your article in Artful Blogging! I'm loving your new soldered jewelry!

donnaobrien said...

I didn't know!!! SO exciting and I'm SO not surprised- every part of your life that you've shared is gorgeous. A big congratulations!! I'm very happy for you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Caro. Sieht alles wunderschön aus, und du in einem Magazin. Wenn wir das vor fünf Jahren geahnt hätten ...

Das neue Kätzchen ist zum Knuddeln, aber - ich will kein neues mehr.


Xela said...

Die Anhänger sind ja wunderschön!

Amarettogirl said...

i just found you today...just through reandomly searching the net for other artful blogs. I have done quite a bit of soldering before - yet I've never blogged about i - you have inspired me to do so! Your work especially what you did with the watch glass is just stunning. Just so beautiful- do you have an etsy shop? I would buy one.

Well- it is nice to virtually meet you and may the blogging world unite us again one day:))


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