Archive for March, 2013

DIY Watercolor Card

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Watercolor is all the range around the bloggy world these days, and why not? It’s flippin’ amazing!

This watercolor card is a so simple and can be used for any occasion, and the best part is you can make it while you’re having art time with the kids. Just pull out those Crayola paints and save yourself a pretty penny on your upcoming  events.

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 What You’ll Need:

Water color paper (I use this one)

Watercolors

Cup of Water

Paintbrush

Thin Black Pen (in love with this!)

Stack of Magazines or a heavy item.

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Instructions:

1. Fold your paper in half

2. Lightly wet your paintbrush and get a good amount of paint on it

 3. Glide your paint in a line across the top of the card

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 4. Next, lightly dip the brush in water and make another line touching your first.

5. Repeat again!

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 6. Do the same but starting at the bottom of card. I like to use another color too.

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7. Wait a few moments until it’s dried off then set it under a heavy stack of books or magazines. Place some white paper on top of it to protect it.

8. I like to leave mine a couple of hours or overnight, then when it is completely dried and pressed write a saying in your own penmanship.

I hope you find this little tutorial helpful, and your inspired to create your won little works of art. :)

$5 Jewelry at Charlotte Russe

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Charlotte Russe’s $5 Jewelry line is flippin’ incredible this spring!

Neutral clothing accessorized with a pop of colorful jewelry is never a bad idea. I try to invest in basic clothing to wear over and over and then have a few pieces of inexpensive jewelry so to mix and match so I never get tired of wearing the same thing.

Here are a few things making the list:

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studded bracelet set

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boxwoodclippings_pink and gold bracelet setpink + gold bangle set

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simple beaded necklace

Let’s just say my shopping cart is full! Make sure to check out all the different colors and styles HERE.

Paper and Fabric Flowers

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Although it’s not April Fools day until next week, these paper and fabric flowers have me second guessing their true identities.

This time of year in Utah seems to be a constant battle between Winter and Summer, and although it won’t be long till real blossoms are in bloom, I’m dying to try my had at these beautiful creations.

This up cycled beauty is by Alternative Blooms and can be found HERE.
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This giant wall flower is perfection, found on You Are My Fave (instructions HERE). Picture 23

And finally, these beauties by Craftberry Bush are to die for (instructions HERE).boxwood clippings_paper flowers

My mother had a mini freak out when I mentioned I wanted to make flowers for my wedding centerpieces 8 years ago. I don’t think this is what she had in mind! I’m sold, are you?

Hello Sunshine!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

As it’s still is snowing across most of the country I think a healthy dose of yellow is in order to remind us it is indeed spring:

yellow geometric pillow $16.99

our favorite ikea napkins $1.99

watering can $29.95

stripe mixing bowl $9.99

accent rug $14.99

nate berkus woven pillow $24.99 (yellow color only available in-store)

I always love yellow in the spring, what do you love this time of year?

Painted Brick

Monday, March 25th, 2013

I am beyond in love right now with painted brick. You know how some people wouldn’t dream of painting oak cabinets? Some people also think the same about brick, that covering it would be a total sin. For any of those skeptics out there I’m here to convince you otherwise :)

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Aren’t these spaces amazing?! I’m dying to get myself a brick makeover! I’ve been reading up on painting brick and have fallen in love with Annie Sloan paint. Have you heard about it? a) Annie is a fellow Brit and overall fabulous b) it looks like miracle paint and c) no voc’s = no cancer. Watch this video to be converted.

Happy Monday, hope you all have a happy week!

Gift Idea: Bunnies by the Bay

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Are you a still looking for a little something to add to an easter basket? We think these little rabbits by Bunnies by the Bay are pretty much the most adorable thing ever.

They’ve been a family fave for years, and are a ‘go-to’ trusty favorite when it comes to giving gifts.

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They are so soft and fluffy, and something about their insides make them ‘flop’ ever so cutely. Perfect for babies, kiddies and the forever kid-at-heart!

You can find them HERE,  or if you fancy a snuggle you can see them at Nordstrom. :)

10 Things You Should Be Buying At Crate & Barrel

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Crate and Barrel is our happy place. Not only do they switch things up seasonally, but always have fun finds when it comes to furniture and decor.

However, our real bliss is their kitchen section. Quality professional products have us feeling quite like Ina Garten, plus they don’t break the bank. Here are some things you shouldn’t be living without!
boxwood clippings_10 things you should be buying from crate & barrelNo.1: Mixing Bowls, this set of 10 is only $29.95. Glass bowls always remind me of cooking shows, when all the ingredients are prepped and ready to go. I die over the little ones…”now add the salt”!

No.2: Fondue Set, milky white porcelain is an art form in it’s self. Just add the chocolate and you’re in heaven. On sale now for only $29.95, it’d make a perfect wedding gift don’t you think?

No.3: Cookie Dough Scoop, makes the worst part of making cookies a breeze. At $12.95 it’s worth the investment.

No.4: Ice Cream Scoop, also $12.95, and good for getting those jumbo size cookies looking very professional, or used for ice cream. Very old school, love it!

No.5: Soup Bowl, only $3.50 and makes me feel very New Englandish!

No.6: Working Glass, one of our most favorite products EVER. We use it in cooking, serving, but best of all for saving leftovers. They look so pretty stacked in the fridge. A very simple pleasure and priced at only $2.50.

No.7: Fridge Soda Can Organizer, I couldn’t believe it when Em put this on her wish list for her last birthday. But let me tell ya, I’m converted. $12.95.

No.8: Pie Dish, I’ve raved about it before HERE, it’s still sitting on my wish list! $19.95

No.9: Year of Cookie Cutters, perfect for those with kiddies to keep busy. Cookies for every season sounds like lots of fun and comes in this cute jar. On sale now for only $19.95.

No.10: Mini Spatula Set, also a trusty fave. Can’t imagine life without them. $8.95 and worth every penny!

What are your Crate and Barrel faves? Even their bags makes us giddy!

 

DIY Cake Stand

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Good morning everyone!

Today we’re excited to announce we’ll also be contributing to one of our favorite blogs 6th Street Design School. Be sure to go and check out our post today where we’ll be sharing this fun DIY!

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 See you over there!

Disposable Plastic Tablecloth for Wrapping

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Here at Boxwood we are always trying to explore new ways to wrap gifts. Today I am happy to share one of our new favorites: Disposable tablecloths! You can find them at any grocery or party supply store costing about $3 per large tablecloth.

Believe me when I say this stuff is amazing to wrap with! Here are three different ways I used an aqua tablecloth:

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As a Filler: I cut squares of tablecloth and put into the gift bag, just like I would tissue paper. Sometimes by the time I get a gift to a party my tissue paper is all smushed and wrinkled…but the plastic holds its shape beautifully. Love!

As Gift Wrap: I used the plastic exactly as I would wrapping paper. The only difference is the plastic is quite translucent, so you have to use a few layers. It is actually easier to wrap up the ends of your present as it doesn’t hold its creases like paper does if you need a re-do. Also, tape sticks to the plastic better than paper.

As Trimming: When cut into strips, the plastic was a cross between rafia/ribbon. it is so fun to work with.

The presents look very polished with their shiny plastic finish, and I can’t wait to give them to their recipients!

With the great price (I only used a fraction of the tablecloth), ease of  wrapping and pretty finish I will be buying many more plastic tablecloths in the future. What do you think?

English Lemon Cream Buns Recipe

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

When we first immigrated to the states little luxuries like popping to the local bakery was terribly missed.

It was out of necessity we figured out how to replicate our favorite treats with American ingredients. This one is super easy and a crowd favorite:

The Lemon Cream Bun:

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YOU WILL NEED:

12 Rhodes Frozen Rolls

1 Packet  of Jello Instant Lemon Pudding Mix

2 Cups of Milk (to make the pudding)

About 1 Pint of Fresh Whipped Cream

2 Tablespoons of Sugar (to add to cream)

About 2 Cups of Powdered Sugar

HOW TO:

Defrost and cook rolls as instructed on bag.

Prep pudding, and set in fridge (instructions on box).

When cooled, slice rolls and spread a thin layer of pudding on each roll like you were making a sandwich.

Then add a healthy dollop of cream and fold top of roll over.

Then, mix about 2 tablespoons of the prepared pudding with the powdered sugar. The mixture should be quite thick so it doesn’t run off the bun, if it’s not add more powdered sugar. Immediately, spread a spoonful on the top of each bun, and spread with the back of the spoon.

Ta Dah, you’re done!

You may think adding pudding and cream to a bun is weird, but trust me it’s delish! And the perfect dessert for an Easter brunch. Will you be giving it a try?

Three Ways to Welcome Spring

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Spring has definitely arrived! Here in Salt Lake City we even made it into the 70′s this past week! The air smells and feels different and makes me giddy at its freshness… it has been one loooongg winter! Here are a few things to make the most of this perfect time of year in your living spaces.

LIGHTEN UP

It’s time to fold up the blankets, roll up the shaggy rugs, and store away the fur pillows, heavy duvets, hats and scarves. This process of ‘putting away winter’ will make you feel refreshed and make your home feel open, spacious and uncluttered.

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We use our favorite totes and store away winter items in the basement or garage leaving drawers and closets open and airy.

UNDER-ACCESSORIZE

Spring is the time to worship mother nature and invite her into your home. Sole blossoms and blooms make a dreary room alive, house plants have the same effect.

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Undo the layers of winter and really lighten up the mantle and walls by removing cluttered frames and candles.

ADD AROMA

Scent is a powerful tool for the environment in your home. The last thing you want is for your new spring space to smell like steamed broccoli. I am in love with Mrs Meyer’s new radish scent cleaning products.

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The scent smells like fresh wet grass and will make your house smell perfect while you are spring cleaning or washing the dishes.

These three things will hopefully bring a little spring in your step to enjoy your home this season. Do you have any rituals or routines around your home this time of year?

 

Little Black Handbag at Amazon

Friday, March 15th, 2013

A little black bag (LBB) is almost as invaluable as a little black dress. It goes with everything…rain or shine:

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Hermes or Prada would be nice, but until I win the lottery this LLB may do the job just fine:

boxwoodclippings_little black bagWho knew you could get such a cute, affordable bag at amazon?! What’s your year-round go to bag?

Design Tip: Repetition

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Some of my favorite spaces are ones with a simple idea repeated:

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I find it amazing how one frame can look fantastic repeated. It creates visual impact and brings balance to a room. Do you agree? What are your favorite repeats lately? We can’t get enough baskets….we’re utterly obsessed.

Costco Throw Pillows

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

On a recent trip to Costco, I spied these adorable pillows. A set of two is only $16.79!

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Not only are they a great price, but they felt really nice too!

They also come in green, yellow and a super cute navy blue (unfortunately the last navy was snatched up before I could take a pic.)

Perfect to add a burst of colour for Spring, or–like me–stick to the fabulous neutral. :)

 

New House Update

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Today I thought I’d share a little peek on how the house is coming along…It has been incredible to watch it transform in just a few weeks!

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The most exciting progress right now is in the kitchen:

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The laminate flooring is in, and I can finally breathe a sigh of relief:

It looks better than expected next to the white, crisp walls and dark cabinets.

I am dying to get my hands on the place..hopefully in about 3 weeks! Stay tuned for some major decorating :)

Green

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a little Easter project over at Lil Luna, be sure to go check it out!

I’m soooo crazy excited that Spring is well on her way, and the brown grass will soon be a lush green. As St Paddy’s is just around the corner, I’m especially digging green right now, are you feeling it too?boxwood clippings_green love

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So fresh, it never gets old.

Holler Dollar: Mrs Meyers Dish Soap

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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I was delighted when I found my favorite dish soap in miniature version in the Target dollar aisle. Why is everything so much cuter smaller?

Perfect for a kitchenette, outside kitchen, camping pack, guest quarters, or wherever…I am in love.

Easy Chocolate Croissants

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Yesterday Em took us into the world of It’s Complicated, and I can’t think of that movie with out thinking about Chocolate Croissants. I just love the scene when Meryl Streep is baking with Steve Martin. Sign me up for a late night baking date!

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Homemade croissants are the best, but I figured out a not so complicated version by using Pillsbury Crescets, and any chocolate you have lying around, in my case Galaxy (thanks parents for the recent yummies!).

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Simply follow all the directions on can, but add your own additions before you roll em’ up.

I had them for breakfast yesterday, which made me feel quite French!

Get The Look: It’s Complicated

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

We love Nancy Myers and all of her films. It’s Complicated is no exception, and what I love most of all about this movie is the beautiful set designs in picturesque Santa Barbara, California.

My two favorite sets are her cozy chef kitchen and ‘the bakery’:

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Beautiful marble, industrial appliances, warm wood tones and the thought of yummy hot bread and chocolate croissants, what’s not to love?!

Here are a few products I am craving to bring a little of the movie into my every day:

 A French kitchen island

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A cafe-worthy appliance, like this Breville Frother

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And lastly, some pretty spring blossoms.

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Hopefully the sunshine and the blossoms will be here soon so I don’t have to dream about sunny California anymore! Do you have a movie you would love to escape to?

Deal Alter: Martha Stewart Sticker Sale!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

It was about this time last year when we posted about Martha’s new line at Staples (see HERE). Since then we’ve been recommending them to everyone. They are just too cute, and finish any organization project off nicely.

Anyhow, many of her stickers are now on sale. I got all the packets below for only 50¢ each.

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So far, I’ve been to Folsom CA and Sandy UT stores and found the deals. Be sure to check out your nearest location, and let us know what you find!