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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, July 11, 2013

5th annual Where Bloggers Create party ~ Boxwood Cottage Studio 2013

Prolog: This is a long post with over 30 photos so you better grab a cup of tea or or a mug of coffee and make yourself comfy now ;-)
Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage Studio dear blogging friends and readers - new and old - and to the 5th annual Where bloggers create party hosted by Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage blog - see her event button in my right side bar. It's also my 5th time to participate and every year when Karen announces the party date being in the middle of July I think oh no I won't make it this time, there is so much to do in the garden right now and it's too warm up there in my attic studio under the roof top. But alas I did it again since the weather wasn't really hot this summer until now and I started by making space to create a new corner and studio vignettes, as always vintage inspired which means I mix up vintage flea- and antique market finds with new modern furniture mostly from Ikea. I brought my willow day bed from my studio down in the garden where I also created a new garden corner with it. In Germany there is saying "2 Fliegen mit einer Klappe schlagen", means with just one change I made two spaces better which I just love! So now you want to see it and I'm going to start by showing you my new favorite studio corner and then all the cleaned up and rearragend rest of my studio. The garden will have to wait until my next post though.

In that corner under the pitch of the roof I had my daybed before which I didn't really use there apart from putting stuff on it when I created. Now I got my white Alex drawers from Ikea out of a hidden dark studio corner where it was before and put it there under the pitch of the roof and I instantly loved it there, where it is reachable so much better when I sit on that vintage chair at my studio table and create. The drawers are all filled with papers like vintage wall paper and sheet music paper which I often need in my creations.

 See the blue evening sky in the picture above? That is the best thing about my my studio that I have 3 huge double attic windows up there giving me lot's of natural light.

 I also put my vintage suitcase collection there under one of the windows and I really like them there better as in the corner I hade them before. They are mostly filled with Christmas decorations.

 Above is a close up of my Alex with a vintage typrewriter (old time writing) vignette on top and my black chalkboard (ex kitchen cupboard door) behind it.

 The clipboard is one of the London finds from my vacation there last month and I typed and printed out a reading chart to clip on it.

Following is a close up of the vignette on the small Lack table beside of Alex. There is my stamp caroussel for example and a vintage shoe last ( my paternal grand father was a shoemaker) and you can also spot the paper maché pumpkins lying in the white drawer which are waiting to get painted for some autumnal vignettes soon.

 Here is a close up of my vintage flea market find suitcases, some are old leather others are coated cardboard. Of course I had to put one of my vintage black top hats on top of the stack:

 Not to forget a close up of my favorite suitcase I got a few years ago in a friendship swap with Ann Perry of the Tin Rabbit in Texas. I simply love how Ann decorated the inside of the suitcase:

And in case you'd like to see it I also took a close up of the vintage black typewriter vignette (this is one of 3 vintage travel typewriters that I own).

 After the close up above here is a wider view of that corner with the table I use to create at:

And another close up of some of my old scissors which I'm especially fond of, sitting in a vintage glass flower frog. The soldered domed glass pendant you might also spot there I made for my oncle recently and it's filled with pictures of my auntie which passed away not too long ago and her wedding ring also fitted between the two domed glasses:

From here we move a bit farther to the right under the next rooftop window where I have one of my Expedit shelves for studio storage and an old black train light as well as an old black telephone ( yes I adore old/vintage black things!) :

Let's have a closer look at the shelf now. In the left wire basket I store my collection of vintage postcards and cabinet cards:

Here comes a wider view of this area where you'll also see part of my comfy old studio sofa and my laptop on which I type this right now:

 followed by an even wider view of one half of my studio:

In this area I have another Expedit shelf which my faithful blogging friends and readers will sure remember from older blog posts:

This area also is a bit more colorful and contains part of my collection of vintage sewing machines

as well as my aqua colored Räskog supply cart who quickly became my most important studio helper who is always handy and in reach:

On the opposite side of this studio shelf are two of my studio desks and another one in the left hand corner under the window which is my soldering table. As you might have guessed I also love to hang pretty things from the wooden beams at my studio ceiling like the vintage inspired umbrella, the honeycomp paper ball or the huge wooden scissors:

 You might have also observed by now that I'm no minimalist, by no means really ha ha. I love eye candy and I need most of my pretty things displayed around me for my viewing pleasure and inspiration:

The white painted printers tray I moved from the corner unter the pitch of my roof top over to this wooden Ikea desk and I like it much better here right now. This time I also cleaned up the space under my desk especially for Alexandra ;-) In the wooden tray on top of the vintage travel suitcase under the desk I store my jewelry making stuff and the suitcase is filled with paper maché boxes:

I can easily move the white tray away if I should need more space on top of the desk:

The washi tape holder stands on the desk shelf and under it is one of my recent creations a soldered bug in an old book under glass - inspired my idol Sally Jean Aleander:

 At the left side of this desk stands my vintage spinning wheel on top of another small Expedit shelf:

and farther left is this attic window of the north house side over my soldering desk. Since I love birds and everything about them I also have a bird/nest garland hanging in the studio window and a bird cage hanging from the ceiling. The glittered nest garland is one of my treasured garlands from my talented friend Madai of Butterfly cottage in Florida. The vintage postcard fabric banner is a creation of my friend Anita who sews the most beautiful things.

 Off for a little a break .... no just joking  can't leave you now ;-)

 I like how I can see the huge scissors in the studio mirror reflection seen above :)

This vignette stands on a tiny set of  drawers which sits on my glass desk and shows some of my soldered shadow boxes. You can right click and superzise all of my photos btw if you'd like to see even more details. I also have a collection of vintage rulers displayed here in an old milk jug:

 Sweet Charlotte - a creation of my long time blogging friends Jenny and Aaron from Everyday is a holiday blog - is peeking from behind the boxes :)

Phew this is a long post but don't fear you almost made it through it, because this is the last studio wall/corner that I want to share with you today

As the top hat addict that I am of course my studio dolls get little top hats too :)

In the last photo above is my framed collage of waxed nature finds which I created in my sisters atelier last fall.

Well I think that I should better stop here for today because there are so many more awesome studios out there in blogland waiting for you to get discovered at this great inspirational party. I'd like to thank Karen for hosting it again and everyone of you who made it until here and I would love to hear from you so that I can visit you back.
xoxo~ Carola

I'm sharing this with he following parties:

Knick of Time Tuesday - see button in my right side bar
Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed blog - see button in my left side bar
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and the Elephants
Inspiration Friday at Common Ground blog


Alexandra Eitel said...

Tolle Bilder Carola! Hat wirklich Spaß gemacht sie anzusehen.
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Rebecca said...

Hi Sweetie
Your studio as always is one of my favorites and I was tickled to see it up first!
Love love love the huge scissors and of course all your top hats. Those windows are the envy of every studio owner! Your vignettes are so wonderful and we are birds of a feather as far as layering... I need to see my stuff also in order to create.
Wishing you a wonderful evening and thank you for the lovely tour again this year

Petite Michelle Louise said...

helo carola! your studio is BEYOND gorgeous and i look forward to peeking into it every year for this WBC party! i sigh every time i see it! sigh...SO lovely! ;)

Doni said...

Hello Carola!
I am just so inspired by your beautiful space! All that light and those notions and goodies had me drooling! I must take a much slower perusal of your photos and see each detail. You have a wonderful space, and I see so much to love!
Thanks so much for the tour!

Maureen said...

I am always inspired and amazed whenever I visit your studio Carola... I love how it is so bright with those awesome ceiling windows. What a wonderful place to create in! I found myself smiling wide while taking in all your photos; your mix of vintage and new is very cool - there is so much to see and admire. Thank you for the incredible tour!

Becky @ Vintage 541 said...

Oh so beautiful Carola! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your studio!

Becky @ Vintage 541

marie said...

Beautiful space, amazing light! I love all your wonderful vignettes, and creative ways of displaying your supplies. I think the flower frog/scissor holder must be my favorite!
I shall save this post as reference, because I am moving my creative space...you have so many great ideas here!
Thank you for the tour! I loved it!!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hello my dear Carola, I always adored your studio and can well remember my first visit some years ago, before I even had a blog myself. There is so much to discover in each and every corner of your space. I love all your vintage collections and your awesome variety of creative supplies. Your waxed nature finds are just gorgeous. It's funny that we both created an eye chart for our studios.
Alexandra must have been pleased that you cleaned the space underneath your desk especially for her, lol.
If I ever come visit you, you better check if your super large pair of scissors is still on its place after I have left, lol.
Have a great weekend!
Viele liebe Grüße und hugs,

Inn Country said...

just gorgeous. I love every photo. thanks you for sharing. Lisa

vivian said...

Ive always loved seeing pictures of your beautiful world. YOur studio is just perfectly wonderful! I think I could occupy myself in there for days!! YOu should be featured in the magazing where women create and not just in blogland girlfriend!
have a great weekend

Duni said...

Hi Carola!
I LOVE the vintage feel of your studio! The typewriter, suitcases and telephone look right at home :) Great job of making the best use of your attic space!
best wishes from fellow German blogger,

Sugar Lump Studios said...

I adore your studio space and have enjoyed pinning many items from it Pinterest over the years. I could spend hours here swooning over your beautiful treasures. I am also glad to see you also like Ikea furniture for housing items. A beautiful place!



Alexandra Eitel said...

Das hatte ich tatsächlich überlesen das finde ich ja genial du machst für mich unterm Schreibtisch sauber (unter meinen dürftest du gerade nicht schauen). Ich habe angefangen aufzuräumen, für Bilder musste ich dann die Terrasse auch noch aufräumen am Ende war ich so genervt dass ich keine Lust mehr hatte Fotos zu machen.

Dein Arbeitszimmer sieht dieses Jahr aber auch besonders klasse aus!

Nächstes Jahr mach ich auch wieder mit.

liebe Grüße und dir ein frohes werkeln im sauberen Arbeitszimmer.

Art and Sand said...

I am in LOVE. It is beautiful and filled with so much eye candy that I don't think I would ever leave.

I wonder if I could do something on a smaller scale in our attic?

Nook and Cranny said...

I am telling you, I could come right over and look at every single thing in your fantastic space. Look at all that light, love it.
I am touring this year and not joining in, not enough time to get my space ready. Each year I love touring all the special, beautiful spaces.
Thanks for sharing today.

Beansieleigh said...

Oh my goodness.. Beautiful craftspace.. Love all the vintage decor and goodies; and the bright attic windows, bringing in all the wonderful sunshine are just gorgeous!.. Thank you for the tour! ~tina

Wanda Eash AKA "Craftymule" said...

You have such a charming studio! I especially love how the little China dolls grace your shelves. Very cute!

Carole said...

Wonderful post and pictures and your studio is delightful. Thanks so much for sharing.

Carmen said...

Carola, what a cushy studio!!! You have so many things to look at in there... I really like your vintage appliances (typewriter, phone, and sewing machines). Really neat! Thank you for sharing! :-)

Something Special said...

I especially love the old typewriter and the spinning wheel. I have an old spinning wheel, but I have no room to put it up. I sure enjoyed your blog and space. I would love to have a visit from you too! We have lots in common!

Tracie Dean said...

Such a wonderful studio!! Lots of space and places to put the little things!! I love how you have it all arranged.

Thank you for sharing!

Happy Crafting

StasaLynn said...

BEAUTIFUL.... what is the view out of your awesome windows?

Your space is beautiful and anyone would be lucky to have you decorate for them.

Can't wait to see what else you create!

Bevlea Ross said...

AMAZING place full of light (LOVE those windows) and treasures everywhere...it like a little time capsule with all those treasures... love it! def one of my fav's

Karen Valentine said...

Carola I never tire of looking at your wonderful studio! Those sky lights are fabulous, although If I had them here in Phoenix, I would roast alive!! Thank you so much for joining the party once again. It is always a pleasure!

Debbie Booth said...

YOur room is wonderful. Love all your shelves and little wall cubbies for holding wonderful things. It looks so nice. You must have a great deal of creative ideas going on in this room. Great post.

Sandra Kaye said...

I love your space...I could have a looksey around for days!!!! The scissors are wonderful!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

. said...

Im just in love with the space, the walls and the windows are just making it so dreamy, and great light to the whole area. You have tons of great storage and display pieces, and the old suit cases sure caught my attention (you displayed them so nicely).

Really beautiful space, thanks you so much for sharing it (I really enjoyed looking through all your pictures)

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Carola yes indeed this is one of my favorite stops! So much to see and you have arranged all of your little details so beautifully. Like Julia's I love your eye chart and those waxed nature pieces are stunning!
I love how you have married vintage, antique and modern so tastefully!
I've truly been inspired once again!
I also love to visit your beautiful garden too!

Kat W said...

Hi, what a gorgeous place to create! Beautiful Bright and Inspiring! And I see a couple of things I can do to spruce up my workspace! Organize! thank you! kat =^.^=

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I remember your studio from previous years because of those great windows, Carola! Such a pleasure to have all that natural light, I'm sure. You have such a great space and I love everything you have displayed. Such an inspirational room to create in!

lynn said...

such a charming creative space, carola! you have the most fabulous dress form ever--love her:) i would love to find a printers tray like yours, it's awesome! have a great weekend!

Tabitha said...

Carola your space is my favorite of all time. It is a pure vision of perfection...hugs

ImagiMeri said...

Wow....all I can say is wow! I only wish I could find such goodies here in Arizona, USA. I used to live in Essen for a couple of years in the early 80's, but I know your area and it was much prettier than Essen.

Thank you for sharing your lovely space. Stop by and check mine out.


Lavender Cottage said...

I would love to spend a day in your studio, looking at, and touching things. Beautiful!

Jan Hobbins said...

Your studio is amazing! I would love to have a space like this!

Marlynne said...

Beautiful Tour1 I love your stack of suitcases and your blue sewing machine!

bobbie said...

Hi, Carola! I remember your wonderful space from last year ~ it is even better this year with your new furniture placement! It's always inspiring to visit you ~ thanks for inviting us in.

Cindy said...

WOW! Where to start! You have a wonderful photographer's studio set up! (slanted windows giving natural light was the only way to take pics in the olden days!) The cubbies with little treasures, the vintage touches, wow! Thank you for sharing! Hugs! http://connell-crafts.blogspot.ca/

CatieAn said...

Amazing light from your windows. I could see me sitting on your sofa just taking it all in, piece by piece. How truly inspirational.
Thank you for sharing.

Handmade By Doris said...

Cieszę się, że trafiłam na Twojego bloga.Będę Często tu zaglądać. Masz piękne Studio! Uwielbiam taki styl :)Twojego bloga czytałam z ogromnym zainteresowaniem,
Pozdrawiam Cię serdecznie.

Graceful Rose said...

Oh my, love your studio, it is roomy and there are so many lovely vintage items and it is hard to pick a favorite. What great windows too! I enjoyed my tour and have gleaned many ideas for use in my studio. This is my first year to participate so I hope you will visit me too.

cathy @ma vie trouvee said...

I enjoyed peeking into your studio – and seeing all 30 photos : ) you have a lovely creative space. I love those big scissors!!! Cheers from Singapore.

Shell said...

Your creative space is dreamily beautiful. A place to create which fuels your eyes and spirit.

Devon Smith-Breidel said...

Alles sieht ja super toll aus! Suesse Vignettes! Had to go back several times to view each area again-love the themes everywhere.

Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, what an amazing, crazy-fun room you have. I envy all that natural light. Thank you so much for sharing with us all!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I always love to get a glimpse of your gorgeous creative space and home. It takes my breath away!

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

Carol, your room is fabulous and is my favourite so far. I'm rather jealous of your windows as I only have one dormer window so the lack of natural light is a problem. You're beautifully organised too, and obviously like Ikea! There's so much lovely stuff in your room to look at, I'm going to bookmark this post so I can come back and have a longer look around. I'm sure you must spend many happy hours crafting in there. I'll look forward to reading your posts in the future.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Awesome space! Thank you for sharing it with us. Lots of inspiration here!

Bella Rosa Antiques

Vintage French Hen said...

As usual you never disappoint! I love visiting your blog and your studio. It's perfect! Marcia

Lori said...

I just LOVE your studio! It's like walking into a candy store. Love all the vintage items and how you've used them to decorate. I just love so much about your room. I need to come back and visit again to take more of it in. All I can say is: Wow!!

Susan Clayton said...

What a lovely and inspiring studio you have. Thank you for sharing such detailed and wonderful photos. I am bookmarking it so I can come back for another visit.

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Ann said...

Your creative space is like a museum. I could stroll through it all day long and still not see every wonderful item. I'm so in awe! I'm sharing your post on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page for others to enjoy.

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Your studio is simply gorgeous. I love every part of it, especially your collections, and those beautiful windows. Thanks so much for letting us visit! Sue

Romeo said...

OH Carola, love your studio and certainly understand why you love the natural light! Layers?! Oh yes!!! Tophats?! Of course! Romeo still wants one his size....have to work on that one ;) And the soldered book with the moth....OH MY GOSH!!!! Absolutely fabulous!!!!!! Your studio is so inspiring, I would probably create non-stop and never come out ;) Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Romeo and I certainly enjoyed our visit!!

"her" and Romeo

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Oh my goodness, Carola, your studio is breath-taking! So many wonderful and inspiring things to take in...I love all your collections and displays. And those windows! So much natural light to create in; what a joy for you! My only wish is that I had found your blog sooner!

Maggie said...

Ooh,the fabulous windows and light!
Ooh. your precious little vignettes!
You have a dreamy studio, and I loved my little visit. I have that same aqua rolling cart, and LOVE it so much!!

Lovey said...

I absolutely love your studio...the lighting is fabulous! The Vintage feel is just splendid...love...love...love all the eye candy...! Wow...

Nanna said...

loving all the eye candy! so much to insperation going on in that room!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

O MY!! I have walked away with so many fantastic ideas from this post!! Love your storage ideas. Love the suitcases and LOVE those windows!!

Thanks so much for sharing!!


Marilyn said...

Loved the tour. Your space is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Carola, visiting from the 'where bloggers create' party. Finally finding time to visit a few more. Your studio is just fantastic! Love the wonderful windows. The giant scissors are so fun and I love old suitcases. I have a stack of only 3 so far in my family room. Hope to add to it. Seeing your scissors reminds me that I picked up a vintage pair last year. Wondering where they are? The top hats are so fun and I love all of your vintage finds! Happy to be following you. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It's all about sharing what makes you happy. I would love if you shared some time!

June said...

Hi Carola! It is wonderful to walk through your studio and see all the amazing things you have around you. SO much inspiration in your studio that I just know it must be a joy to work in. So full of light too! Really, really beautiful my friend.
many hugs...

Angie Chavez said...

I adore it all! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Knick of Time Tuesday party - I'm featuring you tonight!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Thanks SO much for the tour of your wonderful work space - I can imagine the creativity that must positively flow sitting there - those scissors are gorgeous - that aqua cart is AMAZING - I love every single detail I have to say - just gorgeous!!!!!
Definitely your newest follower :)
Much love from Montreal

Evi said...

mu goodness Carola,
you have been busy!
Love the way it looks, and how you have it all organized.
Well done, and pretty.
Have a great week,

Bohemian said...

Loving your Studio Spaces and your Collections, especially the Vintage Suitcases! And those overhead Windows... I would LOVE to have such a Bright Space as this to Create... alas, in the Arizona Desert I would cook under windows that large so they wouldn't be practical in our Climate. *winks*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Michellee said...

Breathtaking... Love Love your cottage. So inspirational... Would love to be able to create in your space. Thanks for sharing..

Boxwood Cottage said...

Thank you all so much for your many kind and encouraging comments! It was a pleasure to read you! :)

Marilou said...

What a wonderful cottage studio! I love all the eye candy inspiration and really enjoyed the tour! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs marilou

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love it that you keep your stuff out where you can see it. I, too, need to see my stuff to be inspired. You have a beautiful beautiful space.

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hello Carola!

What a great tour of your fab space! And I am so envious of your huge windows! They remind me of one of the apartments I lived in while in Germany. It was an attic apartment and ALL the windows were like yours (not nearly as big though!).

You have such a creative space, I think I would have a hard time choosing to stay in there all day, or in your beautiful garden....guess I would find time for both!

Thanks for stopping by - such a nice surprise and always so happy to hear from you!

Lots of big hugs

Susan Clayton said...

Always a pleasure to see your studio. There is an Ikea within easy driving range of my home and I like to get there early and have some breakfast - free coffee! The spacious dining room is all windows over looking treetops. My 1st stop after breakfast is always back downstairs to AS IS.


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