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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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Some early Valentines & 2 January birthdays 25 + 50

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear blogging friends and readers at the very end of January. January always is a very busy month around here, because it kinda starts with my daughters birthday and ends with mine. Can't believe she's 25 years old already and even less that I'm the double of her age, well of course I always was, but that new number just sounds so old *EEK*

I also was busy putting all the Christmas decorations away and starting to craft and decorate for Valentine's day as you can see in the picture of a corner of my studio below:

 I just adore vintage paper honeycombs like this pretty red heart and bell (see above) I once got from sweet Ann Perry:

 Of course V is for Valentines!

 As for every season I loved decorating my blackboard in the studio for Valentine's day and since I'm still in the glittering mood I glittered hearts and arrows and cut out cardboard birds:

I also created two new cardboard Valentine's boxes like the pink one below with that sweet lady embellishment I got from Julie Collings etsy shop last year:

and for a change I also created a white Valentine's box. Loved making the arrow from a paper straw:

 Further I embellished these two tiny cardboard houses with Dresden foil trims and borders and some charms as cupid homes:

The cone in the middle of the two glittered love birds also got some red and silver embellishments and I filled it with all things red I could find in my studio. And of course I needed some paper hands for my blackboard vignette:

 My vintage china doll got the glittered top hat already as her New Years attire so for Valentines she needed something new and I soldered her a heart necklace:

Well my dears that's about all for now and next time I'll share with you some of the beautiful birthday gifts I was lucky to get.

So how about you, have you put all signs of Winter and Christmas away already and did you craft something new for the month of hearts?

The weather is very mild here for Winter right now - after two weeks of heavy frost and snow that is - and it now raises falls hopes of an early Spring. As most of you I also can't wait to get back out in the garden.

I wish y'all a very Happy February my dear friends and readers!


Wendy said...

Hello Carola,

Your valentine decoration is beautiful! Love all the glitters and hearts, gorgeous. I was immediately drawn to your post, since it was my birthday only yesterday ;) And my son's today. Happy February to you too!

hugs, Wendy of Apple & Apricot

Maureen said...

Happy belated birthday to you Carola! Your studio always makes me smile... so many wonderful treasures to behold. Love the pops of red, the little soldered necklace and all the glitter! It has been terribly cold and snowy here; -43C today! So I think my gardening days are well into the future ;)

Happy February to you as well!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh my I love all your valentines. Everyone cuter than the next. I especially love the black and white heart. Really love that one. Happy Birthday.

oldgreymare said...

An early Happy Valentines Day wish to you and Roxy.

<3 <3 <3

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Carola,
So much sweet Valentine's goodness you have created. I love the gorgeous black and white board. Happy belated birthday to you. It is always a treat to see your posts!

Zuzu said...

I oooo and ahhhh through every photo, Carola! How inspiring!
And funny thing, I just received a package from Julie Collings' Etsy shop this week - isn't her shop wonderful?
So filled with inspiration from this beautiful post, I think I'll try making a little Valentine's box in the next day or two.
Happy Birthday hugs,

einfallsReich said...

meine herzlichsten geburtstagsglückwünsche euch beiden nachträglich... ;-)
deine valentine-deko ist zauberhaft, deine fotos ein augenschmaus!!!
beste grüße & wünsche an dich

Jenniffer said...

So lovely and inspiring! I really love your glitter shapes and arrows aplenty! I've only just started on my valentines- going all watercolor this year. Blessings and Happy Birthdays to you and your daughter!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

Lovely valentines day decorations :)

Sheila Earhart said...

Happy Birthday! I -LOVE- all of your gorgeous things, and your decorating! You are amazing!

Sheila in Oregon, US

Carole said...

Oh Carola you make it all look so pretty. I have only taken out a couple of Valentines decorations. I will be honest I still have christmas things out:) but with all the snow we just got it feels right.


Sarah said...

You have a charming studio. I could spend hours taking it all in. Especially love your little china doll.

Nostalgie Kontor said...

Liebe Carola,
vielen Dank für deinen lieben Besuch und Kommentar auf meinem Blog., Ich lese deinen tollen und inspirierenden Blog immer gerne und du kannst auch gerne meine Bilder auf Pinterest verwenden.
Ein frohes Osterfest wünscht dir


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