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DIY Leather Feather Magnets

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Today we are sharing this fun autumn project we came up with using leather scraps!

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You will need:

Leather scraps (Hobby Lobby HERE)

sharp scissors

Magnets

Glue gun + glue

pegs (optional)

Directions:

1. Roughly sketch outline of feather on back side of leather.

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2. Cut outline and then freehand the feather spaces.

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3. Hot glue magnet strip directly to back of feather or add a peg in between if you would like.

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boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

Ta Dah..your bits n’ bobs on your fridge or magnet board just got an upgrade  for the season!

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These would be fun for kids to make to hold their artwork and would make cute little pressies too. Hope you likey!

Gift Idea: Custom Pillow from Tiny Prints

Monday, October 13th, 2014

We were thrilled to hear the news that Tiny Prints launched a home decor line!

We have a major obsession with throw pillows and anything monogrammed or personalized, so naturally we fell in love with their custom pillows…

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boxwood clippings_black and white living room: personalized pillow from tiny prints

I am in love with this ‘Bold Crossing’ pillow in my living room! (link HERE)

Wouldn’t a personalized pillow make the best Christmas presents?!

As our family grows larger by the year, we love buying a family Christmas gift instead of individual presents. It is so much easier and works out to be so much less expensive. You cannot beat a personalized gift, it makes a gift a thousand times better!

See full collection of custom pillows HERE.

$10 Statement Necklace

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Grocery shopping becomes so much more exciting when you find a pretty little something!

I spied THIS necklace at my local Walmart for only $10!!!

boxwood clippings_$10 statement necklace from walmart

It’s perfect to jazz up my basics, and would make a wonderful present too. Anyone Christmas shopping yet?

Fall Gift Wrap from The Dollar Tree

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We had such a great response from our summer floral gift wrap, we decided to make a fall variation!

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 The Dollar Tree Supplies:

Craft paper

Brown grosgrain ribbon

Silk flowers

Wire cutters

Here’s how we wrapped this pretty gift:

Wrap box in craft paper.

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Tie ribbon as normal, and leave your knot a little loose on top.

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Use wire cutters to cut your flowers with an inch stem.

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Take two flower stems and place them under your knot in opposite directions, then tighten your knot.

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Repeat by placing two more flowers in opposite directions and hold stems in place with another knot.

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Ta Dah!

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It couldn’t be easier or cheaper to make a gift extra special!

We L-O-V-E The Dollar Tree!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip + Crasins Granola

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Our sis-in-law, Kimberly is the most impressive cook. She makes things from scratch whenever possible and is always spoiling us with her yummy treats.

One of our favorites, is THIS Ina Garten granola recipe:

boxwood clippings_yummy chocolate chip and crasin granola

Ingredients:

4 cups old fashioned oats (we used these GF ones)

2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

2 cups sliced almonds

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup honey

craisins (amount to taste)

chocolate chips (our variation! amount to taste)

Directions:

Toss dry ingredients together, then in a separate bowl whisk oil and honey. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir until coated. Pour onto a 13×18 inch baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees. Sir occasionally until the mixture turns a nice even brown, 30-45 minutes. A lighter brown will result with a chewy granola with more clumps, a darker brown will by more crunchy.

Remove the granola from the oven and pour into a large bowl, allow to cool and then stir in anywhere between one to 4 cups of craisins and chocolate chips. Makes about 12 cups. Store in an airtight container.

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This is the epitome of decadence, and the perfect way to start an autumn day!

It would make a perfect present for this time of year too!

Chocolate for breakfast is so not diet friendly, but is so very good for the soul!

Three words…nom, nom, nom!

Mrs Meyers Peony Soap + Lotion

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Mrs Meyers has done it again with this pretty duo…

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Mrs Meyers Peony Hand Soap + Lotion

Perfectly pretty enough to gift, and smells like floral heaven.

$3.99 each and look out for $1.50 off two products coupons that are often attached to products!

Available at Target.

The Dollar Tree Gift Wrap

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Most of the time we keep our gift wrapping really simple, but sometimes we like to go all out. Either way, our first stop for supplies is The Dollar Tree.

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This gift wrap all came from The Dollar Tree: a roll of craft paper, black grosgrain ribbon (usually 5 yrds/dollar), and silk blooms. $3 total and oodles to spare for the next time I want to go cray-cray with summery florals.

The Dollar tree is a great place for basics such as colored paper, ribbon and gift bags, but does run out of things occasionally. We try to make a visit at least once a month to stock up on a few basics and see what’s new for the season. We try to look at items individually rather than an aisle full of not so great stuff. There are diamonds in the rough, and finding them is part of the fun.

Gift wrap is so much fun when you’re not spending a fortune on it!

 

DIY Baby Headbands

Monday, July 28th, 2014

We love babies with a big ole’ bow, but have found them to be quite uncomfortable for little heads. They are usually also so expensive, especially when buying multiple!

We’ve been playing around with making our own simple bows that are soft and pretty for baby.

.Here’s what we came up with. Cute right?!

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(Left: Elizabeth | Right: Hannah)

Here’s How to Make Your Own:

1. We measured the babies heads and cut our piece of tights to be 4″ smaller. This will be different depending on each pair of tights and how readily they stretch. (You can make multiple headbands from just a pair of tights).

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2. Fold in half and pin ends in place, ready to sew.

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3. Use needle and thread to sew two ends together (or use sewing machine).

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4. Trim excess fabric after sewing.

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5. It should look something like this:

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6. Flip headband inside out, it should look like this on the finished side.

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7. Now for the tricky part! You want to create an “M” shape with your fingers and glue the two peaks of the “M” with a hot glue gun together. You just need a tiny dab of glue.

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8. Next turn the headband inside out again and glue the two edges into the center.

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9. This is what it will look like:

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  For the Bow:

1. Layer your tulle accordion style, you can use as much as you like.

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2. Gather tulle in center to create a bow look.

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3. Pinch center together and tie with string to secure bow.

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boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

4. Hot glue bow onto headband.

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5. Secure with a small piece of ribbon which is glued underneath the headband.

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This process is actually a lot easier and faster than it looks. It only takes about 10 minutes to make one, and then you’re a pro.

We are working on all different colors to match all the outfits, and have been thinking of them as gift options too. Wouldn’t it be great to gift several of these for a baby shower?! We are loving them!

Let us know if you encounter any problems or have questions, we know it’s hard to understand in a step-by-step like this. We promise, once you start playing with it, you’ll see it’s a piece of cake!

Here’s to happy babies with comfy headbands, and happy mommas saving $$$!!!

Holler Dollar: Ribbon at Target

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

This cute ribbon is in the dollar spot section at Target right now.

You only get a total of 2 yards, but it’s perfect for wrapping a tiny gift. We just used a sheet of regular white paper, and added a little ribbon.

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Black and white always makes for a clean, classy look.

Not bad for a buck!

Unusual Gifts From Uncommon Goods

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This is post is brought to you in part by Uncommon Goods.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% ours.

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We are thrilled to share one of our favorite sites with you today. As you know, we are all about a good gift and this site is packed with unique ideas, perfect for those who are hard to buy for. We also love their large selection of handmade gifts (click HERE), which are always our favorite presents to give.

To give you an idea of their amazing collections we pulled a few baby/kid items we are dying over…boxwood clippings_uncommon goods gifts1. We can think of several little kiddos that would love looking at these nightlights falling to sleep every night.

2. This is the best idea ever to document all those funny things your little one says.

3. This personalized baby crest would make the most adorable present for baby! (see other personalized gifts HERE)

4. This woodsy art piece would be lovely in a nursery or kid’s room.

5. Fortune cookie baby booties?!!! Adorbs!

6.  These are perfect for the little scientist and a good reminder for mommy’s brain!

No longer are we stumped searching for the perfect gift! Make sure to check out all of Uncommon Goods HERE.

Summer Tea Towels

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Summer is here and it’s time to pull out all those bright and colorful accessories. One thing I always enjoy is mixing up my tea towels. Isn’t it funny how a little tea towel can brighten your day? I also love giving fun towels as gifts. It’s something everyone always always needs and you don’t have to worry about matching personal taste too much, because it’s just a towel! Here’s a few I think are fun for this time of year:

Loving this vibrant juicing dish towel.

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This red classic stripe is perfect for a patriotic summer!

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I want this conversion dishtowel framed in my kitchen.

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Loving this red and orange combo in these orange slice towels:

boxwoodclippings_orange slice tea towelsDon’t forget to ask for complimentary gift wrap if you’re buying for a gift at crate and barrel, their wrapping is my favorite!

What items are you switching in your home for the summer?

 

Great Gift Wrap at Target

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

We spied this lovely gift wrap at Target a few weeks ago, but what we loved most was the price tag! Each of these items cost $1.25, except for the bags, which came as a two-pack for $1.25!

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Sure, we’d love to spend lost on exquisite papers and ribbons, but we’d much prefer to spend our dollars on the actual gift and keep our eyes out for great and affordable basic wrap like this.

Make sure to check out the collection on your next trip to Target.

Muchas gracias, Target!

Five $5 Gifts for Mom

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! You don’t have to spend a lot to give the lady you love a lovely treat. It’s all about a little luxury to make her every day a little better. Here are a few ideas for under $5.

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1. It takes us forever to get through a bottle of perfume. THESE body sprays are the perfect size and price! $3 each when you buy three, with coupon code SPRINGTREAT at checkout.

2. Nothing beats having a new color on your toes, it seriously can make you feel like a new woman, right?! Treat Mom to a new shade. We love NYC’s quick dry nail polish, available at Target for under $2.

3. Have you given Eos lipbalm a try yet? Details HERE, $2.99 at Target.

4. Spruce her every day needs with your favorite brand. Fun gum or even a new toothbrush…

5. A five dollar gift card for her favorite treat is always a great idea. Our pick would be for Red Mango, healthy and delicious!

A special bow and a sentimental note will help these small treats extra special!

Happy Mother’s Day/Week to all you wonderful women out there!!!

Gold Wrapping

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Over the weekend we had a Tea Party for Em’s baby shower. Yup it’s that time already! Gold being her favorite color had to be present, even if it was just in the gift wrap!

These papers were left over from several Christmases past, but I just wanted to show you that adding a white bow made things look light enough for spring.

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Using up all my leftovers always makes me feel good. Thrifty and green all in one!

Do you have any tips for using up your loot? Do tell!

Holler Dollar: Baby Cards

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart. One thing I love is their extensive card selection. I was thrilled to find these cute Hallmark baby cards for just $.47 each!!!

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They read “Congratulations…on your sweet little dream come true.”

Can it get any cuter? For 47 cents, definitely not!!! If you have lots of babies in your life, these may save you a small fortune. Also, be sure to check out their $.47 and $.97 birthday card selection…pretty amazing!

Gift Idea: Handmade Recipe Box

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

There is nothing I love more than an old and worn recipe card. A card that has been used dozens of times with a dusting of flour or a few grease marks on it.

I remember seeing Brad’s Grandma’s recipe cards for the first time. I never knew her and instantly fell in love with her eloquent handwriting and funny instructions. What an heirloom!

In our world of technology, our computers have now replaced the standard  5″ x 7″ recipe card. Photographs and Pinterest are way too easy than plain, old handwritten instructions. I still love though, the idea of all of my favorite recipes being contained in one little box.

Brad surprised me at Christmas with such a box…with a little help from a Christmas elf named Sarah!

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This little box is something I will treasure for years. I absolutely love it, and the idea of filling it to the brim with tried and tested family favorites has me truly excited!

I think it would make a lovely present for any special lady…Mother’s Day and wedding season will be here before too long. How wonderful would this be as a gift for the bride-to-be?

If you don’t own your own recipe box, maybe it’s time for a treat! Made in the USA, its workmanship is exquisite, and price tag is reasonable for such a lovely handmade product. I know you will treasure it as much as I do!

You can find out more about these sweet little recipe boxes HERE.

Gift Idea: Family Tree

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that we have A LOT of people to cover when it comes to gift-giving. Being one of 8 children, we’re always going back and forth as to whether we should still get everyone gift. As Christmas is only once a year, we all say let the madness continue, and we’ll least cover Christmas!

I’ve started the tradition of making my gifts, and this last year I decided to keep it in the family and make these family trees. They were a HUGE success (yesssssss!) what’ s not to love with something so simple and personal?

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boxwood clippings_family tree printable

These were actually really simple and even cheap to make (giving out all my secrets here!) about $5 each!

I bought the frames at Target on sale at 70% off. There is ALWAYS frames for sale there, so always good to stock up on for a later date. If you need frames immediately go to Ikea for the bargains.

Next I simply printed out the tree from Martha Stewart (found HERE).

Then because I didn’t like the way she did the names I simply typed and printed them out and cut as little flags (see above), and ta dah you’re done.

Tip: When I need something printed ‘nicely’ I go to Staples or Office Depot with my own card stock. They only charge about 10 cents a sheet, and it looks lovely!

Pretty good for just $5 and about an hour of work, huh?!

 

Dressing up a Plant Pot

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Today I’m over at Lil Luna,

this time sharing a cute and easy project that is perfect for Mother’s Day!

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Do pop over!

Gift Idea: Bud Vase

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh flowers? I’ve been totally addicted to them ever since my hospital stay, and have continued to be spoiled since I’ve been home. Em bought over some amazing ones the other day and said “you really do NEED these in your house, they drown out the dirty nappy smell”!

Anyhow, we all know a huge bouquet is pretty hard to beat, but sometimes the simplicity of a few stems can compete. Aunty Kimberly bought each twin their very own arrangement when they were just a day old, how cute is that?!

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This bud vase is from Ikea, but you can find similar anywhere for well under $5. Add a couple of bucks on flowers you have a pretty cost friendly gift that any woman would be happy to receive.

Heck, that’s cheap enough for us to treat ourselves…I’m adding flowers to my weekly grocery list!

Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Treat

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We’ll take any excuse to make every holiday a little extra special, especially during these cold winter months! How cute is this little pot of gold for a St. Paddy’s treat for family and friends?

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We found the little jar at The Dollar Tree, filled it with gold Rolo’s and finished it off with a green sparkly ribbon. We love inexpensive treats to make someone’s day a little special.

Do you do anything special for smaller holidays in your family? We’d love to hear your ideas!