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

Monday, January 02, 2012

A sparkling new year - part 2

Yieppieh it's working again, my third try today after I came home from work (yep the Christmas vacation is already over) but finally I managed to upload more photos!
I found out that I have a Picasa account, can you believe that I didn't even now it ha ha and I have only 40 percent of my upload capacity used so far which is good news to me!
Above is one last picture of my fir Christmas tree illuminated in all it's glory with real candles only and below my sparkling new years chandelier:

All my photos are huge and look far better if you look at them in real size. Just click on the photo and chose Show Picture/Photo and then click on the picture again to see the original size and all the details!

So did you enjoy Chrístmas and has Santa been good to you ? I really enjoyed spending quality time with my family and I guess I must have been good because I got so many gorgeous presents:

Got 2 wonderful old lace table cloths for example, a white vintage baking tin and two more old German silver glass tree toppers for my growing collection from my parents. My daughter gave me a gorgeous new esprit watch which I love to wear every day now. My sweet niece and nephew each gave me a beautiful candle. My sisters spoiled me with lavender body lotion and wonderful sparkly jewelry:

My mum also gave this awesome old silver gravy/sauce boat and also the nostalgic silver candle holder:

My dear middle sister spoiled me also with a vintage silhouette book and another old, black framed silhouette cut out picture and a pair of special silhouette scissors. I can't even tell you how much I love all these great gifts from my dear family who knows me and what I like so very well :)
Hope you've been spoiled by your loved ones too!

The white painted and adorned paper maché Santa boots and the white painted and glittered paper maché heart are gifts I made for a good friend who was so very busy before Christmas that she had no time to decorate her home for the season which I found so sad:

And since my friend Lisa finally got her Vintage Christmas swap parcel on New years eve, I can now reveal what I made, collected and sent to her:

The black thing in the middle is a vintage top hat. No it's not one from my personal collection, but I knew how much she wanted one and was happy to find an affordable one for her at our local antique market back in October.

Lastly I'd like to share some photos from my sparkly home and vignettes with you which I took on new years eve:


Have a wonderful start into a beautiful and exciting, sparkling new year 2012 my dear and faithful readers and blogging friends! And thank you for all the lovely comments you left me on the 4 parts of my White Vintage Christmas inspiration series, I apreciate everyone of you and love to read you!
xoxo~ Carola
Thank you so much dear Christmas Carole for the lovely Christmas surprise parcel which I got on new years eve!
The awesome bottle brush star hangs from my cupboard, the beautiful Christmas card from my glass cabinet and the great Wendy Addison easel stands on my new years table, you should be able to discover them all in the pictures of this post.

Thank you Z for my word of 2012 - Patience!
This will be a tough one because patience is a virtue I don't have - oh well I hope I can learn it!

I will be sharing this post with the following link parties:


Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Your photos are stunning, love your lit tree! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Enjoy the New Year!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

Absolutely beautiful!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!!
~Debra xxx

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

So glad you got it solved Carola ;o)
Love your home and everything you gathered for Lisa. The old cigarette case is awesome - I have been looking for one for some time, with no luck so far. Can´t wait for the flea market season to come

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Stunning! My goodness it is almost too much beauty to take in at one time! Amazing! :) Laura

rachelsmith133 said...

You have a really beautiful house and so many pretty things. :-)

Happy New Year to you.

Rachel x

Jeanne said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas Carola!
Your photographs are always so beautiful, as is your home! Happy New Year to you!!!

Jeanne said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas Carola!
Your photographs are always so beautiful, as is your home! Happy New Year to you!!!

Andi's English Attic said...

I'm really glad you finally managed to upload the pics. They are beautiful. AND I've only read part 2. Part one is further down my reading list, so I'll be popping in there soon. xx

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Carola,
your pics. are beautiful and I love your tree.Gorgeous.Beautiful gifts for Lisa.
Have a most wonderful 2012.

Leslie's Garden said...

I always enjoy seeing your lovely home all sparkled for Christmas! It just glistens in the candlelight. Your tree is beautiful, too.

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Lots and lots of goodies in these photos. I got a kick out of the bundt pan - love it! I wanna come root through all of it.

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Honey at 2805 said...

Your decor and photos are stunning! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Jann Olson said...

Hi, I love your tree. I decorated mine with lots of merury glass also. That chandelier is absolutely fabulous! Love what you did with it. You must have been a very nice girl (which is proven with helping out your friend), because you made a haul girl! Love all of the sparkle in your home. Now a new follower.

lynn said...

so very beautiful:)

Carol said...

Your pictures are absolutely glorious!
I am going back to look at them again.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Wow--what great presents you got..you must have been a good girl!:)

Lorraine said...

Love all your Christmas beauties, but I love your New Year's Pics even more!! Beautifully magical!

Mary - Vintage Cottage said...

Your perseverance paid off! So glad because the photos are divine; you have excelled yourself this year! I wish you a Very Happy New Year Carola!

A Cottage Muse said...

OMGoodness, this is a beautiful post! What a great way to start my day, thank you!

Queenie said...

Gorgeous Post!

Lisa said...

From now on when I close my eyes & image an old fashioned Christmas it will be your cottage in my mind! It is just so perfect. I can smell pine & cinnamon.
I think it's wonderful that your family knows you so well & buys gifts from an antique mall & not a department store. Love the silhouette book among others.
About my swap. Speechless. Still cannot get over the fact that you sent me a top hat. If you only knew how long & hard I've searched for one I could afford. The boys were happy to get their magic hat back. The only reason I haven't blogged about it all is because my computer crashed on new years eve. I lost my entire hard drive. Can you imagine!!! I got a new computer so hopefully I'll post soon.
Happy New Year sweet friend!

PattieJ said...

Wow!! Your home is BEAUTIFUL!! I love it all!! :)

Bente said...

Oh, what a beautiful blog you have. I will have a nice time tonight, looking through all of it.

Hugs Bente


Just found your blog at Laurie Anna's. I'm following! Now to go look around some more. Great inspiration here!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Carola,

Nice to meet you! Your home is beautiful, such eye candy! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!


rachel@Acts of Life said...

Hi Carola,
I just wanted to stop on by and let you know that I am having a giveaway at my blog and would love for you too take a look! I admire your blog so much, it's always filled with beautiful things.


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hello Carola, so glad you stopped by. Don't you just love Ann's place, I can see why, you have similar styles. Your place is just gorgeous too.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

I always love seeing your gorgeous home, art and pins on Pinterest! May 2012 bring many blessings your way!


Ms. Redo said...

You are an artist! Wow, I love your home, all the decor. You received so many lovely gifts for Christmas! Thanks for sharing it all, I found you at Common Ground's party. Hugs ~ Mary

Tanya@takesix said...

New Years greetings from Canada! Your tree is beautiful! I love it!

Xela said...

Ich wünsche dir ein gutes neues Jahr Carola!
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Linda said...

The most beautiful Christmas tree ever! I love it. I wish I could see it in person, as I'm sure that although your photos are superb, they still do not do justice. You have a beautiful talent. Happy New Year and thank you so much for this wonderful post.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye Marry. IT was nice to see you at this sweet suger house.

June said...

I think you had the prettiest tree of any I have seen this CHristmas Carola. And you have received such lovely things, and I know you must love every one of them.
I am sorry about the mix up about the trailer...I thought it was you who when I first started blogging had a beautifully decorated caravan (in the US we call them camp trailers) I imagine every one has been coming to see your trailer lately since I told them how cute it was ;)
I still can't get over that amazing layout that the magazine did of your home...it is stunning! I wish a garden magazine would do one of your garden, because it is the most charming I have seen. Don't you wish that someday we could see each other's gardens in person as well as Carolyn's on Prince Edward Island. We can dream can't we???
much love from here...

Evy said...

Thank you for your good wishes, that 2012 is of the happiest and a blessing for all your family!

Beautiful day

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Carola,
Happy New year to you!
What gorgeous gifts you received! The pictures and everything look just fantastic. Wishing you the best, and a good start to the new year.
Don't forget to link up!

Alina said...

I have found You through June and Her lovely blog and I am absolutely in love with Yours !
I will stay longer, if You don't mind :o) !
Hello from Florida !

Carole said...

I just realized that my comment had never gone thru.
Well I just wanted to say how gorgeous everything looks. The glow of the lights with all the sparkle is breathtaking. I'm sure you enjoy it very much. I am still living with all our Christmas decorations and I'm not ready to get rid of them yet. Maybe next week I'll start.
Wishing you a belated Happy New Year. Hard to believe it's already the 17th.


Cape Cod Washashore said...

I so love the way your photos always SPARKLE! ;) Happy New Year to you, Carola! ;) -Louise

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Carola,
Just a quick hello and check to see that all is well with you? Looking forward to your posts, they are always so beautiful and inspiring.
Big Hugs,

Debbie said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos!!

Vickie said...

Looks so beautiful! Love the effect of the lights.

Christelle said...

waouh ! I love !It is wonderful !
I like especially the old awakening !


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