Archive for December, 2012

Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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‘Holy Night’ by Carlo Maratta

There has been only one Christmas, the rest are anniversaries.

-W.J. Cameron

Happy Christmas to you and yours. See you in a few days!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2012: Master Bedroom

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Well, even though I started decorating before Thanksgiving, they weren’t finished until last week. I got very busy this year, so I was grateful I started when I did.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve made our bedroom festive, but I really enjoy the results this year. There’s nothing like reading a good book, snuggled in my down comforter, with twinkly lights all around…aaaaaah bliss.

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 Hope you’re all having a magical Christmas Eve…



Gift Wrap: Navy + Gold

Friday, December 21st, 2012

 For this look we used every day wrapping supplies and simply added metallic for a festive look.

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  • The graphic, blue print is an every day wrapping paper found at Target, we call the topper ‘sputnik’ which comes in a two pack at the dollar tree.
  • The gold, zebra present is perfect for the glam diva in your life. You can doll up an ordinary jewelry box with a wild piece of scrapbook paper. This makes it easy to personalize gift wrap to the recipient’s style, and you don’t end up purchasing and storing a roll of wrapping paper you may not want to use again.
  • The large, blue present is navy tissue, wrapped in cellophane for a high-shine look. An expensive ornament found at Target makes the perfect glamorous embellishment.

This ‘wraps up’ our Christmas gift wrap. Hope you have fun with yours and remember to go a little ‘wild’, as after all it’s only gift wrap!

Gift Wrap: Masculine

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Wrapping with your fella in mind can be a bit of a challenge. For this look we combined natural elements, and a touch of men’s fashion.

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  • The first package is brown paper with brown ribbon. The tag made from scrabble pieces glued to a scrap of leather. Simple.
  • The second package is bark textured paper found at Target. An old belt was used for embellishment, we just needed to add an extra hole so it was snug.
  • The final package is wrapped in seasonal plaid from the Dollar Tree. With cinnamon sticks and an acorn with twine finished the look.

This look is making ready to hit the mountains! Where are my boots?!

Gift Wrap: Natural Chic

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

There is no bigger trend this season than mixing rustic and chic, and we are all over it with upcycling things we already owned and a little spray paint:

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  • For the little walnut present we simply spray painted the nut and hot glued it to a little box to create a huge statement on a little gift.
  • For the large white gift we used glitter tape from the craft store and embellished with spray painted cinnamon sticks and a pine cone.
  • We used craft paper, a scrap of natural mesh and a spray painted leaf to create an easy, elegant gift. We created a similar look by using an old belt to embellish a simple brown parcel.
  • Lastly we used glitter scrapbook paper to wrap a wooden box and attached with twine.

Grab your spray paint ladies and get ready to witness a makeover!

Gift Wrap: Black, White and Lace

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

For the rest of the week we’ll be sharing more of our gift wrap ideas, since we figure you’ll be busy setting up wrapping stations too. We hope you find them pretty, but also inspiring…enjoy!


Black and white is our ultimate favorite color combination, so naturally it is our first go-to for gift wrap, with Christmas being no exception.We were inspired by THIS dress in My Fair Lady, to add lace. A pretty classy result we think!

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Again, we gathered odds and ends from around the house to help achieve each look.


  • The black lace is from a pair of tights that we cut up and used as a sleeve over the presents.
  • The floral wrapping paper is a scrap from Sarah’s holler dollar drawer liner…we LOVE this print.
  • The large white present was wrapped with white tissue paper and covered with a lace curtain that we bought at Ikea. It is a lot of lace for $15, and looks amazing in person.
  • The white lace is from Martha Stewart that we blogged about here.

Do you have a favorite look your thinking of incorporating in your gift wrap? Do tell!

Emily’s Christmas Decorations 2012: Granny-Glam

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This year my decorations are all about the vintage and glamorous combo, a vibe I am loving right now.

I mixed ivories, champagne gold, and high shine ornaments with lace ribbon and multiple strings of beads that resulted in a ‘granny-glam’ effect. Who knew it was possible to feel as cozy and warm like at your Granny’s house and have a totally chic space at the same time?

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My favorite, new decoration got the spotlight this year. I purchased ‘JOY’ from the fabulous Alice Lane, and love it so much it will be finding a place in our home long after the decorations come down as a reminder for me to put ‘Jesus, then Others before Yourself’.

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My next favorite decorations are gold and ivory bowls that I bought for a few dollars at the thrift store. I simply added gold baubles, and have at least one little bowl in every room of the apartment.

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After my simple and sparse decorations last year, I was ready to add a few pine cones and glittery sprigs for a rustic warmth this year. I wanted it to be extra cozy.

My only goal in Christmas decor is to induce excitement for what’s to come…and as I feel very ready to nestle up with a hot cocoa and the hubs for a Christmas movie, I am one happy decorista.:)

Gift Idea: Her Stocking

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Stockings are always the last thing for us to open Christmas morning, and in many ways the icing on the cake.

Here are some of our favorite finds we love to see in our stocking:Picture 22

1. Mini Bath Goodies: THESE ones at Bath and Body works are on sale 3 for $10 and are so delicious!

2. Hardware Store Gift Card: Mr Faubus gave this to Sarah last year with a coupon saying he’d tackle a house project. Good one Hubs, we loved it!

3. Terry’s Chocolate Orange: this has been a tradition in our family since forever, delicious and classic.

4. Lindt Lindor Truffles: Another yummy fave.

5. A Guilty Pleasure DVD or CD: Camelot is a must for our collections. Hello 60’s fashion and make-up and songs to die for!

6. New Scarf: like THIS is perfect to see us through winter. Plus, it works out great if you roll it up and stuff it in the leg of stocking!

7. Fashion Jewelry: So fun to have something new and spunky. THESE are great to group together or split up.

8. A Small Candle: A new scent ready for the new year! We love THIS one.

If you’re planning a trip to Bath and Body works, they always have coupons you can use. We usually just look HERE before shopping!

Well, ladies and gents that was the last of our stocking ideas for this year, we hope you found it helpful!

Christmas Beauty Shortcuts

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The number one thing I hate about doing my nails is how long it take for them to dry. I can sit idle for hours and still manage to smudge the polish (Yes, Mum I’m applying thin coats). Who has time for that this time of year?

This is the number one reason I’ve been in love with OPI’s Opening Night Champagne for several years:

It applies ever so evenly and is hyper-pigmented with it’s metallic, shimmery champagne color that it only requires one thin coat of polish (you can even skip the base and top coat). Five minutes to dry and I’m out the door for all the Christmas festivities. Perfect…

WRONG, the color has been retired and can only be found in England for $30!!!

What the heck? So friends, I’m in the need of a new one-coat metallic beauty, and any beauty shortcut tips, please.

Anyone else running around like crazy with no time to curl their hair?

White + Gold Gift Wrap

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

For this next gift wrapping look, we thought we’d mix two of our favorite colours, white and gold. It’s clean yet glamourous, classy and cute. We’re in love, are you?

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As you know we love to collect bits and bobs from around our houses, and throw them into the mix. Here are the gift details, from left to right:

  • The ‘S’ was made from stationary brads, with white wrapping paper.
  • Then the white paper with white tule was just a matter of layering the tule, one knot after another. 10 in total.
  • The gold tinsel was just that, but first wrapped the gift with tissue paper then smothered it in tinsel and placed in clear box.
  • The white wrapping with gold circle, is actually a napkin ring made from mini bells. So fun to repurpose.
  • Then the gold on gold, is simply gold gift wrap with a gold pipe cleaner. Also, so fun to raid the kids crafts!

We hope you find these different looks inspiring, and note that you don’t always have to go out and buy wrapping to mix things up. :)


BIG NEWS: Our Gift Wrap Featured in Lonny!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

We can’t tell you how thrilled we were when our friends over at Lonny called and asked us to share some gift wrap ideas with them.

Our brains instantly exploded with ideas that we can’t wait to share with you. But first up, we knew another ‘cozy look’ was in order since we had such a great response from last year’s version. Tell me, have you ever seen an old sweater look so cute?!

For a how-to on this gift, and a peek at our other faves, be sure to check us out HERE.

Thanks again Lonny, we sure had fun :)

Gift Idea: Caramel Apple Sampler

Monday, December 10th, 2012

This post brought to you by: Gygi


Good morning everyone! Today we’re sharing our third and final treat from our afternoon of holiday baking. It’s our fave so we hope you enjoy!

We’ve mentioned before how much we love caramel apples for gift-giving, and we’ve been dying to make a batch of delicious caramel apples all year long.

After hearing people rave about Peter’s Caramel,we have finally found the perfect occasion to try it out, and made a double batch for all our neighbors and friends for Christmas. We couldn’t decide on which candy topping would be best, so we decided to prepare a sampler instead.:)

We used these tips from Orson Gygi and are happy to report present-worthy results.

This is what you’ll need: Milk ChocolateWhite Chocolate, Peter’s Caramel, Candy for toppings, Apple Skewers, and Parchment Paper.

How To: First, we prepped our apples using these steps. We used small fuji and gala apples so we could fit two different apples in one box.

Next, we prepped the caramel like this.

After dipping and setting the caramel, it was time for the chocolate. We went with the less-stress approach and used Guittard milk chocolate a-peels, and melted them in the microwave, stopping and stirring every 20 seconds. We drizzled the chocolate onto the apples and then sprinkled our candy topping before the chocolate set.

Like our pretzel sticks, this was SO MUCH FUN and incredibly easy with Gygi’s quality products. We are so happy with the results and hope our recipients are too. :) We also really loved these brown cake boxes, they were perfect for this project and only 65 cents each (see HERE).

A big thanks again to Gygi, for being our one-stop shop and for offering our readers 10% off everything! Just use code: “BOXWOOD10″ at checkout.

Gift Idea: Kid Stocking

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Our next stocking round-up is for the kiddos. Stocking stuffers can get pricey so we try to keep it simple with a few fun items, yummy treats and a few things for fun activities.

1. New toothbrush: Again, what a better day to break out a new one.

2. Theatre candy: To match a movie gift card.

3. Pringles: Children love a can all to themselves.

4. Disposible camera: We love this idea to catch Christmas through little eyes.

5. Magic bubbles.

6. Small photo album: A keepsake album to store the Christmas memories captured with the disposable camera.

7. Bubble Gum Tape: Novelty tape, full of artificial flavors that wouldn’t normally be allowed.

8. Movie gift card: Perfect for a child to use over the school break.

9. Small flashlight: For reading late at night or for treasure hunts and adventures.

 What are your go-to stocking stuffers that your kids have loved?

Gift Idea: Homemade Peppermint Chocolate Bark

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

This post brought to you by: Gygi


Ever since we saw Mel’s yummy Chocolate Bark over at You Are My Fave last year we’ve been wanting to make our own. But since it was our first try we decided to stick to the classic Peppermint version.

It’s soooo easy and yummy … in fact I’m nibbling on it now. :)

All you need is: Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Peppermint Flavoring, Peppermint sticks, foil, ziplock bag and a baking tray.

(We used: this milk chocolate this white chocolate, this peppermint flavoring, and these peppermint sticks.)

How To: First, line baking tray completely with foil. Then place peppermint sticks in a ziplock bag and crush by beating with rolling pin.

Next, melt milk chocolate in microwave stirring every 30 seconds about 1 1/2 minutes total, then spread chocolate evenly covering whole pan. Place in fridge for 15 – 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt white chocolate the same way but note it melts in slightly less time. Then add peppermint flavoring to taste, about 2-3 drops. Spread white chocolate over hardened milk chocolate, and immediately sprinkle crushed peppermint sticks on top.

Once set, cut or break into triangle pieces and package. We used THESE adorable boxes (lined with parchment paper), and wrapped in our favorite twine found HERE.

We really do love Gygi for our holiday baking. Seriously, what’s better than finding all you need in one place!?

Remember to use code “BOXWOOD10″ at checkout for 10% off everything!

Gift Idea: Favorite Finds for Anyone, $10 and Under

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

In our opinion, a perfect gift is a little splurge for the recipient that they usually wouldn’t buy for themselves.

Today we’d like to share a few of our crowd favorites that everyone is sure to love…including your wallet!

Anthropologie mugs $6

We think this is the perfect gift. Last year Sarah gave them to our whole family. It’s so fun to have matching mugs, and Brad and I love having a cup of hot cocoa together after date night.

Notebook $2.99

We cannot get enough notebooks and love to give them as gifts. This one is from Target and SO cute for only $2.99. There’s something therapeutic about starting a new notebook at the start of a new year, don’t you think?

Zipper Lighters $6.31

Zipper lighters are our fave. Stylish and chic, we just love to have them in our kitchen drawer.

New Tunes around $10

The gift of music is underestimated in our eyes. We are old school and love nothing more than receiving a favorite CD from a loved one.

If your recipient is solely digital, you can’t go wrong with an itunes gift card, so they can pick out their own tunes (this is a especially great for any teen).

Starbucks Gift Card $5-$10

During this recession, many have eliminated from their budgets a favorite treat. A Starbucks gift card can always be used for a warm drink and sugary treat on a cold day.

We hope you found this roundup handy and inspiring to know you don’t have to break the bank to give a great gift!

Gift Idea: Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

This post brought to you by: Gygi


Good morning everyone!

Today we have a tasty treat to share that we think would be a perfect little gift for co-workers, teachers, neighbors…or anyone really!

Our friend Bri used to make these all the time, and they helped make any old night more festive. We LOVE them because not only are they uber delish but they are so fast and easy, and so cute…don’t you think?

All you need is: Pretzel Rods, Caramel (melted), Milk Chocolate (melted), White Chocolate (melted).

(We used these pretzels, this caramel, this milk chocolate and this white chocolate.)

How To: Simply melt caramel (we did ours in our cast iron pot in the oven at 200 degrees for about an hour) and dip or drizzle on pretzel. Allow to set for a couple minutes, then drizzle with chocolate.

When they are fully dried, place a few in a bag like these and tie with string or ribbon. Voila! Done and done!


Buying ingredients in bulk can be very cost effective, so we’ll be sharing a couple of other treats soon using some of these basic yummies.

Don’t forget that all you lovely readers can get 10% off everything at Gygi with code “BOXWOOD10″. Plus, you local readers don’t have to pay shipping if you pick up in store; just order a day in advance. :)

Holler Dollar: Window Pane Mirror

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

On our last trip to the the Dollar Tree, I was ecstatic when I found these gold mirrors. The wheels starting turning for all the possibilities for these mirrors in the new house, but for now we’ve decided to go extra glamorous in apartment #17 for Christmas with a large window-pane mirror.

I heart this $700 window-pane mirror from Pottery Barn, but am equally loving the $12 similar mirror I created by hanging each mirror with a command strip in a window-pane pattern.

I am loving the result! It was so easy it was to hang, as each mirror is very light-weight, and loving how the mirror makes such a statement for $12!!!

If you don’t love the gold, the silver has a lovely matte finish and the black is classic. I am dreaming of this mirror hung above a mantle or above a desk. Fantastic for the money right?