Marc's TV

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Marc's television spent a night on the porch.
Me: "Is your tv sleeping outside?"
Marc: "Someone's coming to get it"
Me: "When."
Him: "I don't know.  Eventually."

To Be Continued

White cabinet, May basket swap, Roses & more Studio pics


Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear blogging friends and readers!
Before my favorite month of May is over I like to share with you what's new around the cottage.
I better warn you that this is a quite long post again so go grab a pot of tea or coffee and make yourself comfortable in front of your screen.
I finally found some time to paint my glass cabinet in the living room white. I wanted to do this for ages and I'm so glad it's finally done and I'm very pleased with the result:

In the cabinet I stored all my favorite vintage rose dishes. I find the overall look very summery and fresh now :)

I think it matches so well to my white wooden mantle and I like the contrast to the dark vintage Adler sewing machine below, although I'm currently searching for a chest of drawers which matches with the cabinet and once I found it I'll bring the sewing machine upstairs in my studio.

The huge pink roses in the photo below are freshly picked "Constance Spry" from my garden:

If you click on the next picture to enlarge it (which you can do with all of my pictures as you might know by now) you can see the reflection of my garden in the glasses:

Talking about the garden "Contance Spry" an English David Austin climbing rose is now in bloom and I called the picture below "Heaven's gate"

My darling Eden 85 rose aka Pierre de Ronsard has also started to flower:

And the soft pink Clematis "Josephine" in the next photo is slowly fading, but still quite beautiful:

The soft purple Delphinium has also started to blossum in a pot on my deck:

And Geranium x magnificum is in full bloom in my rose border now:

The pink Lupine in the shady border of my backyard has just opened the first blossums:

This soft pink beauty is an historical gallica rose called "Belle Isis":

And lastly another picture of a "Constance Spry" flower close up:

I could show you tons of pictures from my flowers and cottage garden but I don't want to bore you with it so I better continue with pictures from the May basket swap (organized by Kari Ranstroem over the Year of color blog). Below is my gorgeous May basket from the talented Lorraine Lewis of the blog Paperbird. Lorraine and I agreed to give eachother some more time that's why we are quite late whith receiving our parcels. I told her that I'd love to find or get a Vintage sewing basket and I was so happy when I opened my parcel (a huge parcel btw) and saw that she did indeed find one for lucky me :) (click on photo to enlarge it):

It was filled with a beautiful whimsy Millinery nest with the most lovely Millinery and gorgeous pink wooden spools and sheet music paper in a roll tied with a bow and an enchanting rhine stone button.

I was literally in Paper bird heaven while I unpacked all the treasures dear Lorraine has gathered for me. Once again I was spoiled rotten by my swap partner and I'm so very thankful to Lorraine that she has made this swap so special for me, she really did an amazing job with it! Here is the whole swap content, which was hard to get in one picture and I love every itsy bitsy bit of it:

The parcel smelled divine from a parfumed soap wrapped in the most beautiful bird nest paper. I also love the pretty paper lace doilies, which I have never seen around here in Germany so far only much bigger ones and never in pink.

Lorraine also sent me this absolutely enchanting jewelry holder (I love the lil birds sitting on it) and aren't the Vintage book pages in the background just so delightful?

Part of the pretty bird images, seed packet and tags etc. seen in the photos above were in the pockets of this fabulous booklet that Lorraine created for me:

I also got one of her awesome collages with a more than fitting poem because I sure love pretty things and papers and ribbons better than diamonds! And it's so true about the collections and inspirations too!

Unfortunately I can't show you what I sent to Lorraine yet because she only received the paper part (I sent two parcels) of our swap yet, but not the parcel with Maybasket itself and all the German sweets - oh I forgot to mention, that we swapped German/American sweets too for our girls and my daughter was more than happy with the yummy US treats she received. I think the US custom office might have catched the parcel ( I had to pick mine up from the German custom office too) but I hope very much she'll get it soon now *fingers crossed*!

Last Sunday I was at a flea market in the countyside whit my sister where I found this sweet Vintage toy sewing machine as well as the other sewing items and turqouise tins, all for a bargain price. It all matches very well with the turqouise wooden spools which I purchased from Ebay lately:

To finish this post I have some more pictures from my studio. I always liked to decorate the sky/ceiling of my rooms too, so I took some photos of the decorated studio sky to inspire you, like the glitter star garland from my far away friend Madai for example with my old glitter moon. The moon and the stars are brighten up the night sky over part of my studio world.
(click on picture to enlarge!):

And the bird cage where the birdies can come an go as they wish because the door is always open:

And I also love to use umbrellas to decorate my studio sky, like this pink chinese paper one:

Or my so called grey Mary Poppins umbrella that I got from Lisbeth Dahl a Danish Designer.

Lastly a picture of the flea market finds from my last post which are now incorporated in my studio too, like the small chest of drawers from a watchmaker. I filled one of my tophats with pretty paper rolls and a millinery flower. Can you feel my love for top hats? I'm going to fill the other one with the pretty bird nest I just got from Lorraine in our swap.

Btw I opened 2 new flickr groups this month one is called "Vintage inspired studios/craft rooms" and the other one "Cottage gardens" both groups that I missed on flickr so far and that are sure to inpire you with all the gathered beauty, have a look here if you'd like
and feel free to join if you have something to share as well.
I wish you all a very happy pentecost weekend and a fabulous start in the month of June!
Until next time at Boxwood Cottage
xoxo Carola

Elizabethan Cuff Revisited


I originally made the Elizabethan cuff in black, a really long time ago…  A couple of weeks ago I was asked to make a similar one using silver wire and gold beads… I forgot how hard it is to crochet with wire…. and after a few false starts and a lot of blisters :-) here is what I came up with:

Elizabethan Cuff – Silver and Gold

I did make some modifications from the original one, because from wearing the black one (a lot) I found that the crochet wire stretched quite a bit, so I made this one in a tighter knit to counter-act that stretch. Let me know what you think….

Also, I wanted to thank all of you who have left comments on my blog and apologize for not replying to these comments and for not always being able to comment back, and it’s not from lack of trying!!! but every time I go into my blog and a lot of others I get an “operation aborted” error message…. which makes it impossible for me to leave a comment on here and on some of the other blogs – apparently blogger is dealing with it… at least I’m still able to post (via Windows Live Writer) – so again…. sorry!!!!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead!!!

Happy Today

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Hello! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and the weather is co-operating.

I've got my order of new stamps to use, woo hoo--old and new images. For this card I chosen an old image of Paris Tilda--new to me though.

Here's the card:

This card was made for the Stamp With Fun challenge, using Nikki's sketch shown at the right here.

Instead of putting 3 large flowers as shown on the sketch, I've decided to use a sprinkle of small flowers for a change.

And the inside of the card .....

That's it.
Hope the rest of your weekend will be wonderful and productive.

Stamps: Magnolia #208 Paris Tilda, Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps Everything Happy.
DP: Hot Off the Press Joy's Vintage Papers.
Tools: Fiskars rope border punch, Marvy Uchida small daisy punch, (flower center) thumb-size daisy punch from Michaels that you get for $1.50 CAN (probably $1.00 US).

Have a "Far Out" Weekend!


Don't these photos give you a little chuckle? Discovered from Far Out Brussels Sprouts blog.

The photos were shot by Australian photographer, Julian Wolkenstein. Seems the horses like hair extensions too...

Wishing you all a fun and "far out" weekend!

Toffee Caramel Cream Soda Cake

Friday, May 29, 2009


Caramel and Heath Bars are on the very top of my list of favorites so after making my husband his favorite cake for his birthday last weekend I decided to try to make something kinda similar but one that would satisfy my tastes. I was skeptical (as with any recipe I pull from my head) but it turned out good. The only problem was that after sitting in the refrigerator for a day the caramel got hard and chewy. Which wasn't really a problem for me because I thought that made it yummy!

White Box Cake Mix
2 cups cream soda (not diet)
14 oz. bag of caramels
1/2 stick of butter
1 cup evaporated milk
14 oz. bag of Heath Candy Bars, crushed
2 envelopes Dream Whip
1 cup milk

Beat cake mix and cream soda together.
Pour into a 13x9 greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
While cake is baking, unwrap caramels and place in a saucepan with the evap. milk and butter.
Over medium heat, stir and let caramels melt.
When cake is done, remove and pour melted caramel over top.
Return cake back to the oven for 5 more minutes.
Remove and let cake cool.
Once cool, beat Dream Whip with milk till stiff peaks form.
Spread this over top of cake.
Sprinkle the crushed Heath bar on top & refrigerate.

Hotel Vertigo


Many of you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, Vertigo, that was filmed in San Francisco. I was just reading Karen at Alkemie's post about the Personality Hotels, a chain of boutique hotels in San Francisco. This Hotel Vertigo caught my eye with its wonderful color palette and design.

This room above is the "Hitchcock Suite." DON'T BE SCARED!

Formerly the York Hotel, the hotel was refurbished in 2008 and named the Hotel Vertigo. It features luxury amenities that make a playful nod toward the Hitchcock film. White and tangerine-colored thread-count sheets, plush beds with white leather headboards. Love the colors. So sleek!

I'm going crazy over these custom tangerine wingback chairs that display the Vertigo name. These could look great in my house.

The white and orange color palette looks great. Loving these horse head lamps!

If anyone has stayed here, I'd love to hear your opinion on it. Looks like a great boutique hotel.

Hotel Vertigo
940 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Sea Breeze


Happy Friday! I'm making this posting short and sweet.

This card is for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge. The theme for their Challenge #13 is: Under the Sea. Now, I don't have a Tilda image that's "under the sea", so I just went and had fun with this one. I've put Tilda as close to the sea as I can without going under, hee hee, and that's "at the beach." I've also dressed Tilda in her beach outfit--LOL. Oh well, I'm no dress designer that's for sure.
I made the border using a decorative scissor with a wavy pattern for the ocean waves. The sand coloured paper is edge-torn--don't know if you can see that from the picture-- to make it looked like waves washing on the seashore.

Thanks for stopping for a look and sea (okay, okay...see) and hopefully leaving a comment. It's very much appreciated.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Magnolia #267 Whirling Flowers Tilda, Inkadinkado clear stamp set 97521 Coastal.
DP: Fiskars Heidi Grace Designs Meadow Flowers

"Cierra" Necklace

Thursday, May 28, 2009


"Cierra" is created with two sizes of brown seed beads with a slight variation in color and some 4mm cube beads in "metal teal iris matte" which really match the colors and finish of the ceramic pendant. The seed beads appear a little purple in the photo but they are brown! There are three strands, two are crocheted and one is a solid strand, all done on brown wire.

~Today's Quote~
Each day comes bearing it's own gifts. Untie the ribbon.

Getting Ready for Allegan


"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless" Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Dan & I are getting ready to do the Allegan Antiques Market this weekend. Set up and early buyers are Saturday and then regular admission is Sunday (the 31st) Hours are 7:30 am - 4:00. Over 400 dealers inside and out, rain or shine. Our space is outside in the hopeful sunshine!
I just thought that I would share with you some of the items that I have been making ( a tease! ) for the show from vintage pieces. We are into assemblages ( we'll see if that really is a word when I hit spell check!) and their pieces, vintage buttons, typewriter keys, Scrabble letters, blocks, vintage prints, and ephemera, fabrics, keys, architectural pieces etc.
We have been collecting some wonderful old lamps, garden items and oh wait till you see what Dan's doing! He is creating the most fascinating and wonderful one of a kind pieces of furniture. Alright I may be a little bias!
We would love to see you, so please stop by, get inspired and say hi!


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