~ White angel wings ~ Black silhouettes ~ Soldered mementos ~

Monday, February 28, 2011


Can't believe today is the last day of the last Winter month February already and I didn't get around to do a new blog post the whole month long, well now I have to hurry because I promised myself to do at least one long blog post every month. I wish I could do more but right now to keep my self made promise already seems to be difficult.

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage my dear blogging friends and faithful readers and thank you so much for still coming to visit me, although I'm such a bad blogger.

So let's see what has happened lately, well as you can see in the first picture my antique dress form Rose got wings! My sister Cordula ~ a German paper and mixed media artist ~ made them for me and gave them to me as a Christmas present and last month I finally brought them up in my studio and attached them to Rose. They are made from paper pulp and wire. I hope she's going to show me how exactly she made them soon.

At the very end of January I got a year older again and I got some more beautiful gifts. I piled them on the dining room table and went to do some errands. When I came back home I found Riley right smack there in the middle of my presents looking at me as if he would think:
"See Carola I'm your cutest present anyway"
Of course I had to take a picture, or two.

I'm still so obsessed with silhouettes, especially really old ones, like the framed one on my birthday table, which I got from my dear mom, speaking about who is still going through a very hard time with chemo treatments, so to cheer her up a bit I made her a special family memento. The soldered and collaged house that you see below contains old pictures of mom's family the Nagel's, her parents and siblings.

I connected two houses with loops and hooks so that it stands alone:

Here's my little mom and her older sister, my dear Auntie Renate R.I.P:

Mom's dad was a forest ranger (Oberförster) and he's wearing his forest ranger uniform in the wedding picture, taken 1933:

I also did some soldering for Valentine's day. One of the soldered hearts is currently on it's way to Sue Kantola, a dear flickr friend:

It was so fun to collage and solder the house, that I had to do another one, but seeing that they don't stand alone I inventend a stand for it and was pleased to see that it worked out just as I had hoped for:

I love to incorporate silhouettes in my soldered pieces too as you can see, the pretty lady in the house above was in my may basket from sweet Tina last year. Well and being on a roll I finally soldered enough very small charms and game pieces for a full bracelet.

This is is the other side of my stand alone house. I love the picture of the boy with the top hat, which is a scan of one of my favorite old postcards purchased some time ago on our local Bremen flea market The house pendant below isn't quite finished yet.

Thinking about what else I could solder I came across altered bottles and this one was broken so I used the copper foil and solder to repair it and also to embellish it. I find the domed round glasses filled with 3D items like Sandra's gorgeous white chiffon flower do look great soldered on to the bottle:

I filled the bottle with some silver German glass glitter annd a love message on antique sheet music paper and I also soldered a bottle stopper from a broken glass crystal which I had lying around:

I further soldered some more charms and pendants:

And following my silhouette passion I framed a couple of new and also very old silhouette paper cuts in these pretty white Ikea frames:

The contrast between black and white just makes me happy every time I look at it:

Here is my new old framed silhouette picture of the old German aristocracy family Schaumburg standing on the frame of my new bed:

And the beautiful pillows that my dear friend Anita gifted me with also found a home on my new white bed. The pillow on the right is especially dear and precious to me because it is my grandma Elfriede in the picture when she was 6 years old over 100 years ago and her little brother on the old rocking horse. Anita made this very special pillow for my birthday and we designed it together. I was wishing for a button frame like I had seen it in a book from a swedish designer and author last year and Anita send me pictures on how the pillow would look like with the button frame, laying all the buttons around the photoprint until I really liked it and found it perfect, such patience she had and then she hand sewed over 120 buttons onto the cushiom for me. What a labor of love dear Anita and you can be sure that I will always treasure it as I will your friendship! Thank you once again! xoxo~ C.

So here is the whole new bed! The vintage linen bolster with the french lily is another special one Anita created for me and sent it to me for Christmas.

I can assure you that I have had only good dreams since I sleep in my pretty new bed:

During the day I can just put the bed sheets into the big drawers of my Hemness bed and voila the bed is ready made.

I did not regret taking apart and bringing down my old beautiful but huge iron bed in the basement for one minute yet because my bed room is so much bigger now with a smaller bed and in case I need a bigger bed, I can just pull another bed half out of the bedfastness. Great thing Ikea!

Well now I hope I made up again for the lack of posting during the last 7 weeks and that you wont be mad at me anymore, pretty please?

Coming up next are some friendship swaps and Easter crafs and hopefully some milder temperatures finishing this very long and cold Winter here in Northern Germany soon for gardening works again, I so miss my garden *sigh* and I also miss reading outside in my deckchair with the sun warming me and outdoor flea markets ahh I so can't wait for Spring! I bet neither can't you!
See y'all in March!

xoxo~ Carola

Thank you so very much for all your well wishes for my mom, it means a lot to me and it helps. I believe in the magic of positive thoughts!

I'll be linking up this post with Kathleen's ~White Wednesday~ again over on her blog Faded Charm and
with Silver Sunday by Beth of the blog Gypsy Fish!
~ See also their event buttons in my left hand side bar ~

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