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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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The bunnies are loose ~ pre Easter deco ideas & a winner!

Welcome back dear blogging friends and readers to Boxwood Cottage in March which of course means it's all decorated for Easter by now and I like to share with you this years ideas for my Easter decor and going to reveal the winner of my Valentine's Day Give Away at the End of this post.

At this time of the year you'll find signs of Spring and Easter everywhere you look around here

Easter is my favorite holiday to decorate for well apart from Christmas that is. The crate shelf above looked like that for the last two or 3 weeks, but last weekend I redecorated it again as you'll see in my pictures further down this post. Oh btw did I mention that this is a long post with 35 pictures? So you better make yourself comfortable and go get a cup of tea before continuing ;-)

The mantle is always the first piece I decorate and I like to decorate it differently each year so I really had to think twice this time until I came up with the idea of putting the two wooden brown bunnies under my two higher glass domes which I really like now and also to embellish the goose eggs (of my sisters geese) with cut out letters spelling Frohe Ostern/Happy Easter. I'll show you more close ups of the top of the mantle later.

I cut some pussy willow branches from my garden to decorate with the chicken blue eggs which I handpainted and decorated with wire and beads many years ago:

Around the rusty crown ( a gift from my colleagues for my b-day in Jan.) I put some of my old wooden Erzgebirge German folkart (ore mountains in East Germany) bunnies.

Below at my window sill sits a plaster hare from my friend Anja of Mathildas Design which I also put under glass with another goose egg. I just seem to have a thing this year whith putting hares and bunnies under glass and I just like the antique apothecary bottles in front of it.

Below is my small wall shelf invaded by sheep/lambs and bunnies too:

Crocheted eggs, white birds and an old bunny candy container as well as an iron stone egg are decorated on my white three tired iron chandelier:

And another plaster bunny and plaster egg I sat in this glass terrarium (which is a fabulous b-day gift from my dear neighbors and was filled with blooming bulbs when I got it in Jan.) along with nature materials like moss, birch bark and feathers:

Oh and last week we finally had some days with sunshine as seen in the photo below:

Now we come to the close ups of the mantle and of course as always my pictures are really large and you can click on them and then right click on show graphic to see the original size with even more details.

The glittered Happy Easter garland from my dear friend Madai of course is a must on the mantle at this time of the year. I also love the white hare in front of the white urn with the ostrich egg. And here you can see the letter decorated geese eggs much better:

The sewing machine table is also decorated with a variety of eggs most of them decorated by me. The red eggs in glass box I hand painted over 10 years ago. My favorite is the large pink foil egg in the back which was an antique market find:

Before we come to some close ups of this wall in my parlor I show you this wider view of it:

You can very well see my compassion for black silhouettes in these pictures so of course I had to make some more silhouette Easter eggs, this time I embellished the huge paper maché eggs. The one in in the old wire basket with the stick in the hand is my favorite.

I also painted some cardboard eggs and paper maché eggs with black chalkboard paint, like I did with the big hanging bunny last year and it's fun to write on them also my chalk lettering isn't very pretty I must admit.
I just like to spell words with my Anthropologie letter cups like HARE and then I used them as nests:

Some of the smaller eggs I glittered with the silver German glass glitter and embellished them with silver Dreden borders. All in all the neutral colors rule my Easter decor and I really love it, don't you?

I think the huge egg needs some more embellishments, or what would you say?

The big and quite heavy white plaster hare in the middle shelf looks as if he wants to jump out of it. I hope he's not gonna break my glass box then ;-)

Now I'd like to introduce you to my latest antique market find!

Please meet Manni my new old Steiff bunny! Isn't he just the cutest pet?

A white Easter bunny also sits on top of my topiary on the kitchen window sill:

Last week I really thought that SPRING had sprung here after 3 warm and sunny days in a row and that my cups under the kitchen cupboard spelling it had helped, but I was so wrong, because last Saturday we woke up to a new blanket of snow outside and since then it is here to stay along with heavy frosts again.

Since I never showed you these sweet antique iron stone cutting boards that my mum gave me for Christmas before, I thought I'd share a close up of them today. Aren't they just wonderful with the fairytale silhouettes?

From a close up back to some wider views of my parlor - both photos taken this Sunday:

With all the snow outside it was at least very bright inside too.

This small and very old, already glued together candy container bunny was another recent antique market find, that I just had to give a new home:

And of course I changed out the vintage postcards in the iron card holder from Winter ones to Spring and Easter ones:

Another cardboard egg which I embellished with a white bunny and gold Dresden foils hangs from a window up in my studio:

Talking about my studio I just have to share with you some pretties from other artist friends that I got recently. Dear Tina from Tinybears in Denmark surprised me with this beautiful fabric book for my birthday in January:

Thank you so much sweet Tina, I absolutely love it! :)  

Then this week I got an e-mail from another dear friend, Julia of Vintages Laces, who now lives in Albania and she wrote me that she also has sent out a belated birthday parcel to me. Wohoo Julia I'm so looking forward to another surprise! :)

And before I tell you the name of the lucky winner of my Valentine's Day Give Away I have to share a give away that I recently won with you. It's the wonderful lace cuff from artist Sandy Babb over at Quillcottage that my wooden hand is modelling here for me. Isn't it gorgeous with all the intricate details? I feel so lucky to have won it! Thank you dear Sandy!

Well and finally without further ado the winner of a soldered arrow and heart made by me is: 
Congratulations Jenniffer! Please email me your address to Carolinchen39athotmail.com!
Thank you very much to everyone who played along!

Since I probably wont get around to do another blog post before the official beginning of SPRING next week and Easter just around the corner at the end of March, my mums b-day and many other things inbetween I'd like to wish you all a happy beginning of Spring and a very Happy Easter Holiday!


oldgreymare said...

Invasion of the bunnies! Well you know how rabbits are..and it looks like romance among your bunnies has created beautiful offspring.!
Happy Spring Carola, I know you are itching to get to your lovely gardens. Soon my friend soon.
please update me on the work news when you get a chance. I'm rooting for ya <3

Karen said...

You have some beautiful Easter decorations, and it is wonderful that you have made so many of them yourself! I especially love the sheep as I like to collect little sheep and now have my own little herd. I really enjoyed all the lovely items on your blog.

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Your home is so beautifully decorated Carola - as always. I LOVE the steiff bunny - what a great find. Just the cutest little fellow.
Thank you so much for sharing.
xo Tina
ps: So happy you liked the book :-)

Junkchiccottage said...

Love all your Easter decor. Those HARE cups adorable!!! Love it all.

Michelle said...

It is all so beautiful, but I have to say that I love the little sheep!!!!

Maureen said...

Always a feast for the eyes when I visit here Carola! I adore all the bunnies and sheep; what wonderful collections you have. Your new Steiff bunny is too cute!

Spring is very far off over here too; we still have lots of high snowbanks and cold. Sigh.

Jenniffer said...

Hi Carola!

I just read the exciting news- I can't believe I'm your giveaway winner! O thank you so much! I'm thrilled! :)

Just wanted to say that your Easter decor is simply charming and wonderful. I am so inspired! Thank you for sharing such beauty!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

FABulous! No way can I pick a favorite! It's all so special. Happy Soon to be Spring. xo

Reyes said...

Oh it is so lovely! You have a gorgeous parlour, love what you did with the decor, it is so welcoming! XXX

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hello dear Carola, You've got such a beautiful Easter decoration again. Your collection of eggs, bunnies etc. is just amazing and so adorable. Does Riley not try to play with any of the eggs?
Those iron stone cutting boards are wonderful and extraordinary. I've never seen such ones before. What a great gift from your Mom.
Tina's fabric book is beautiful and congrats on winning the lovely cuff from Sandy.
Lt. Tracking Bericht gab es eine erfolglose Zustellung. Du müsstest demnach zumindest einen Abholschein in Deinem Briefkasten gehabt haben. Die Papierförmchen im Päckchen sind übrigens für Deine Tochter gedacht, da sie doch so gerne cupcakes backt :-).
Ganz viele liebe Grüße

Debra @ Common Ground said...

LOVE love love all your wonderful Easter goodies, your mantel is just fabulous!!! always love having you join in for the party!

susan said...

just found your blog and ny oh my i feel like I have been missing out please tell me where you got the charm braclet pictured on your home page it is wonderful I own a shabby chic shop and would love to carry them in my shop thanks susan from alabama,usa

Boxwood Cottage said...

Hi Susan,
youd did not leave an email addy so I can only answer you here. Thank you for your kind comment. The bracelet I made myself, I soldered all the charms. You can email to Carolinchen39@hotmaildotcom if you need more info.

Zuzu said...

Oh Carola!!! Your home is one of my most favorites in blogland. Always full of beauty, inspiration and your wonderful creations!
I am going to try to make some little sheep from paperclay this week ~ I am inspired by your beautiful collection!
Hope your weather turns sunny and warm soon!

kim said...

Beautiful blog! Love your ideas and talent! I'm now following via email :)

Naturegirl said...

Goodness me!! Carola your home is a treasure trove of wonderful delights! It looks like a unique fun shop one would browse in,enjoying the feast for the eyes!!
You surley are the queen of rabbits as you have such a collection! I'd say that you are ready for Easter!Your home is a source of inspiration your own paradise where you find peace and contentment!
smiling and thank you for the correction of my "snowflowers"!
Happy Easter!
love and light Anna

June said...

My heart went pit pat when I saw your beautiful hand painted eggs Carola! You are SO talented and can do so many things. I adore how you have decorated for Easter. The photo of your chandelier dripping with beautiful eggs is amazing.
How happy I am to have been able to see your beautiful home again!
I do hope we both get to go out in the garden soon. Surly Spring we be here soon! Lets hope!
hugs from here...

Ivy and Elephants said...

Carola, I just love coming to your beautiful cottage to see all the wonderful treasures and displays that you create! The black and white decor with "hare" is my favorite, but every vignette is so imaginative and fairy tale like. You are amazing!
Sending you some warmth from sunny FLA where we hit high 80's on Saturday!!!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Love your gorgeous home and wonderful Easter vignettes Carola! I hope you have a wonderful Easter! thanks for the inspiration you give all of us!


Terrence Flendersen said...

You share us a nice post. Thank you for the information. garden decor ideas

martine said...

J'adore votre blog, tout est si joli, si raffiné, une très belle découverte. Bravo.

Sonja of Hickety Pickety said...

I've been admiring your home and creations for a long time...so in LOVE with everything! Thanks so much for sharing!!
Take Care, Sonja


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