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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


Xela said...

Was für ein wunderschöner SWAP mit sovielen lieben zauberhaften Kleinigkeiten. Da habt ihr euch gegenseitig ja richtig verwöhnt. liebe Grüße Alexandra

vicki archer said...

Such a fabulous swap...You and Julia have both made and collected the most gorgeous goodies....xv

Deb said...

Such a gorgeous post Carola. You & Julia put together the loveliest swap parcels! Your home is looking lovely dressed for Halloween & your "button" idea is very creative :-)

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what a lovely swap! You both are quite amazing artists at gathering such treasures. TFS!

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Carola, I always enjoy reading your blog and admiring your talents. I just love the vintage pillow photo and the pretty bag. You certainly have a way with decorating. A style all your own. Thank you for sharing such lovely finds, tami from the high street cottage

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

What beautiful eye candy! I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful gifts. Have a wonderful week!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

What a fabulous swap Carola. And ofcourse it is when you and Julia are involved. Soooo many wonderful goodies. I love it all.
I´m so lucky to have a swap with Julia coming up too - yeaah for me :D
xoxo Tina

mapili.yared said...

Todo me parece precioso, felicidades por el blog . Todas tus ideas me inspiran.

NanaDiana said...

OMGosh Carola-That button faced portrait is one of the funniest (or spookiest) things I have ever seen. How funny!

What wonderful packages you two gals passed back and forth. It must have been a wonderful treat to open you mail and find such wonderful "goodies". Thanks for sharing them with us....I love your black crows. I finally sent for some and am waiting for them to arrive. Diana

Home and Heart said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! SO much gorgeous - fabulousness all in one place!! Beautiful!

Lululiz said...

OMG Carola, what a fabulous swap! You two are just amazing, the treasures you exchange are simply gorgeous. You both have exquisite taste.

Amy Kinser said...

What a wonderful idea to gift such great treasures from one to another. I love all of the things you ladies traded. Beautiful.

Partying with you from Tennessee.

One Shabby Old House said...

I have to agree with a comment above. This post was sheer eye candy.

Rebecca said...

What wonderful things for a swap-I'm jealous!

Vicki said...

This swap was amazing and just full of some of the most beautiful treasures I have seen! I love your decor and photos. Following...thanks for sharing.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Carola, First I want to say it's so nice to meet you through the wonderful White Wednesday party. Your swap is one of the prettiest I have ever seen and so over the top with goodness. Everything is just gorgeous. I hope you can come for a visit. xo Lynn

Cindy said...

Hi Carola,
You sure have some lovely treasures there,your friend really spoiled you. You have so many lovely whites! Happy WW!
Hugs, Cindy

Kelly_Deal said...

Wow! Great stuff!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

So many wonderful pictures, Caorla! You and your friend swapped some beautiful things... how fun!!
Love all of the Halloween decorations, too! The buttons on the photo are creepy... perfect for Halloween! :)
Have a great day!
xoxo ~ Jo

Paula said...

Dear Carola,

You and Julia had a beautiful swap! I love all of the gorgeous things you found and made for her! The Paris soap box is so beautiful! The things you soldered for her are gorgeous! You are so talented sweet friend! I know she loved her Paris themed gifts as you loved your Secret Garden themed gifts! She wrapped all of your gifts beautifully too! I love all of the beautiful things she sent you! All in your favorite colors and such wonderful garden things as well! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos! The seed box Julia made for you is wonderful! I love all of your seed packets too.

The white shelf is gorgeous! I love the whole vignette! Your crow looks so sweet amongst the white ironstone and lovely paper roses Julia made for you. The heart is beautiful too! Such pretty laces! The silhouette is so pretty! I love how you have embellished your mirror and your vignette for Halloween is fabulous! The candle stick looks beautiful painted white. The crows and pumpkins are so sweet! I love what you did with the cabinet card photo! Very creepy indeed! :) You are so creative!

I hope you have a beautiful day sweet friend!
Love you, Paula

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Julie is not only talented but a sweetheart. I just adore everything you two swapped each other..it's a little hard to pick a favorite.
I can imagine the oooohhs and ahhs
when you were unwrapping.
I'm turning a little green here! lol

brinniboo said...

i love your house!

Sandra Evertson said...

Your have been creating some Gorgeousness!

Sandra Evertson

Lindy said...

What wonderful gifts. I love every little detail. Love all the white, too!

Eileen@Star'sFault said...

Carola ~ The seed box is just lovely! What a wonderful swap ~

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Michelle Palmer said...

LOVE... LOVE... L O V E! Every little smidge!
Hope your weekend is fun & creative~

Susan said...

Everything looks wonderful! Susan

Susan said...

Everything looks wonderful!! Susan

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Everything is fantabulous and more!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I had a lot of fun creating for you, dear Carola and I enjoy all the lovely gifts you have sent me! I have to tell you that I rewrapped every package (after I took out the gifts of course :-)) and now display them because they look so pretty! My mannequin is wearing the "Mercie" charm and a necklace I made, using the enameled number you had sent.
Your Halloween decoration looks wonderful and I love your button family!
Have a great weekend!
Big HUGS to you,

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Wow, Carola as usual a lot to comment on. So many amazing images & beautiful things. I love Julia so, SO much. The swap I did with her was over the top awesome! Her style & talent are great. I love every single thing you sent her. The charms & pendants are wonderful as is the antique box filled with treasures. Love the black & white Halloween decor too. I have gotten some amazing ideas from Deb at Curious Sofa. Her Halloween open house party is the best place to find inspiration. Lisa

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

What a treasure-load of pretties! Carola, this is such a gorgeous post! All those French and garden inspired crafts... the both of you certainly had a joyous time with this swap! ;)

paperbird said...

All so very pretty Carola- I always enjoy seeing the treasures that you you receive and give as well.
Your home looks wonderful- I see a few Halloween touches.

Have a great week!l

FairfieldHouse said...

First visit to your beautiful blog. So many lovely things to take in I will be returning! The swap was a success for both you - such sweet treasures. Your Halloween decor is great.


peggy aplSEEDS said...

i so enjoyed oohing and aahing at all the lovely things in the swap you made with Julia!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Carola, it's always such a pleasure to pop in here, lots of beauty and inspiration, and there's, of course, YOU, always so sweet and fun!

Gorgeous swap, with beautiful things for you & Julia. Your home is getting more and more sweet, although it always was. Hope you are doing well, sweetie. xoxo Lidy

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Oh my dear Carola...I'm laughing so hard at your button eyes...that's my kind of Halloween decorating too! Your swap with Julia is spectacular....both full of such creative and beautiful things! Thank you for sharing all those photos. I am in awe of your amazing soldering skills! Have a beautiful and non spooky weekend! :)

June said...

You and Julia make the most wonderful art Carola! Everything is gorgeous, even the Button family! I love their button masks. I love the soldered charms too!
You two are amazing!

Fabulously french said...

So many beautiful tresors, what a fabulous idea to swap items.


p.s. love your blog!

Old Paper Roses said...

WOW, I loved watching all the pictures on your blog!

Blessings from Holland


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