Monday, April 5, 2010

Friendship Swap With Carola~Boxwood Cottage~~

Hello Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter?....Today, as promised...I'm going to show you my very special swap with Carola... know everyone knows this sweetheart from Germany! She is sooo talented and what an honor to have her as my FIRST swap partner! We met over at Flickr and decided to do this little Friendship Swap...well, it certainly was not little by any means...just look at ALL these treasures!!! Carola knew I loved the old china head dolls and that I had been searching for a frozen Charotte doll...look at these little darlings! The little Charotte doll has tiny wings that Carola attached to her but they came off during her long flight over here... now,they are back on...the sweetest little angel! The precious doll head came from Carola own collection! I will cherish her forever! I just love her Carola!!! There was the cutest little old,old book with beautiful, beautiful it! And look at the beautiful hand-crafted soldered necklace with "The Secret Garden"...she makes these!!! I am just blown away by her talent! And each item is signed so sweetly making it even more special!

Look at all this....treasures on top of treasures....wonderful old paper mache containers for me to work with and I've already dressed a couple! The sweetest little handmade cone, more soldered pieces...a fabulous darning tool from France! Oh goodness, am I spoiled or what??? Oh and look at the beautiful spoon...adore this~! It's hanging in my winow now...I smile everytime I see all this pretties Carola!

This is what it looked like as I'm opening this treasure chest~

Everything wrapped so pretty~

More soldered this one with the "A" ....

Antique thread.....

A pretty vintage powder box from France~ And another one of her very special handcrafted art's so pretty Carola~! It's now hanging on an antique mirror and it looks gorgeous....Thank you~~!

another soldered piece....CUTE!

Choosing a favorite is not possible as I LOVE everything she sent..... but~I adore this tiny little hat she made and embellished ...all my dolls are fighting over who gets to wear it~How sweet is this???

Thank you so much Carola for this wonderful Friendship Swap~It's amazing that you can live sooo far away and yet be so close....I love everything and will cherish it all forever~ Thank you, Thank you, Thank You from the bottom of my heart~ XO....

And, Thank all of you for stopping by to visit!

Have a Wonderful Day!


  1. Wowwww that is a beyond amazing and wonderful box of treasures ~
    I love it !

  2. What wonderful treasures- and you've displayed them so beautifully.

  3. Beautiful treasures!!! OMG you really did receive a huge bundle of goodness!!!
    Margaret B

  4. WOW!!! What an amazing swap, everything is gorgeous.

  5. Beautiful pretties from Carola! She always has a magical touch with her artwork and her gardens! =)

  6. So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Dearest Ann,

    Oh, what a wonderful swap! Sweet Carola sent you so many beautiful things!!!! I love every sweet thing you shared. Yes, that top hat is darling! Maybe your sweet dolls could take turns wearing it. :) Carola is a talented lady, and her blog is beautiful, and you are a talented lady and your blog is beautiful! It is always a delight to visit you!

    Have a lovely day!
    Much love,

  8. What a wonderful boxful of treats! Lucky Duck! I enjoy coming to visit, your blog is just lovely!

    Have a wonderful week!

  9. Hello Sweet Ann,
    Ooohh my .. what beautiful treasures you recieved .. Displayed so nicely .. wrapped so beautifully !! how excited you must have been !! Isn't it a lttle bit like Christmas when these sweet packages arrive .. I'm sure it nade your day, and your heart sing ~
    hugs ~tea~xo

  10. oh - what a great swap - lots of goodies. You lucky gal. carola is so sweet and so creative.

  11. What a fun, fun swap! I hope to do something like this someday. You lucky gal!

  12. Yikes Ann, another breathtaking swap!!! Carola sent so many beautiful treasures...I'm like you, can't pick a favorite. Love it all, especially the French powder box, the antique threads, the charlottes, that sweet darning tool, and the gorgeous egg Carola made. Yeehah for swaps...they're soooo much fun!
    Lova ya bunches,

  13. Oh my...I'd be dancing around the house after opening this wonderful parcel of goodies! Fabulous treasures. I love the idea of a friendship swap!


  14. What a lucky lady you are, not only to receive such beautiful treasures, but the treasure of a new friendship. Just awesome post.


  15. Wonderful treasures. It will be fun to see what you create. Happy creating...

  16. I always thought a swap with someone overseas would produce some wonderful new goodies not found here. looks like it's true!! What a thrill it must have been to open that box of goodies!

    My Desert Cottage
    Valentine Design

  17. What wonderful goodies- they'd be inspiring to work with!

  18. what gorgeous treasures! Each one is smattered in sweetness! Love your much inspiration here! :)

  19. Aw dear Ann you are very welcome and I think that you are the sweet one here not me, you were so generous sending me a whole suitcase full of vintage old treasures which I all love so much!
    Thank you for sharing some of the things I made and gathered for you in our friendship swap in this lovely post! I enjoyed doing a parcel for you and seeing it all in your gorgeous home now. It's as if a piece of me moved in with you! Did you find a good place for the wooden silhouette too?
    It was such a great pleasure to swap with you and I feel honored that I was your first swap partner ever, thank you for the trust you had in me!
    Hope your Easter was wonderful!
    xoxo~ Carola

  20. Oooh, I knew I'd forget something! There were sooo many lovely treasures but, yes, could I have forgotten??? It's sitting on the ledge in my kitchen window..where I stay the most...LOL...I love it and will post a picture of it sometimes soon! xoxo, Ann

  21. oh, Ann!!! what a wonderful package of delights that Carol put together for you...everything is SO gorgeous...Carol has such a lovely style...and everything she sent to you is utterly gorgeous!!!

  22. Oh Ann!!! What a wonderful swap, and you can tell that you both share so much of the same taste ~ I love the treasures Carole shared with you, they are so YOU!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, hugs and love, Dawn

  23. Ann amor, what BEAUTIFUL treasures you received from Carola, but amor, they are so deserved by such a love :) I loved everything and especially how beautifully you displayed and photographed them :) can you come to my casa and do mine?? Besos, Rose