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Copy Cat West Elm Abstract Art

Monday, July 7th, 2014

We have been loving the abstract art collection happening over at West Elm right now. Even though their prices are pretty reasonable, we thought creating a similar piece would be easy and affordable. We were right!

boxwood clippings_abstract art

 Here’s What We Did:

1. We purchased THIS two pack of canvases at Hobby Lobby. Using a 40% off coupon each canvas cost $2.50!

2.We used a paint color we already had and painted the darkest stripe, then added a little extra white paint with each stripe to create the ombre look.

3. To finish, we added a few strokes of pure white paint to add texture and depth.

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We were pretty impressed at this $2.50 project to brighten up the house this summer!

If you like the look of abstract art, give it a try on your own! You can do it and save a bundle!

 

A No-Sew Patriotic Bandana Garland

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Are you looking for a fast, fun and thrifty project to dress up your home for the Fourth?!

Boy, do we have the DIY for you!!!

Introducing the no-sew Bandana Garland!!!

boxwood clippings_bandana garland, 4th of July

All you’ll need to create the garland is a red and blue bandana (we used THESE ones), a pair of scissors, and ten minutes!

 HOW TO:

1. Cut bandanas into quarters.

boxwood clippings_bandana garland, 4th of July

2. Cut each bandana quarter into two triangles to create 8 bunting pieces.

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3. Tie corners of bunting together, alternating red and blue.

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That’s it folks! This project took 10 mins, cost $2 and created a huge wow factor.

Can we hear a yee-haw?!

boxwood clippings_bandana garland, 4th of July

‘USA’ Fourth of July Decoration

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Good morning everyone!

Today I’m sharing this patriotic ‘USA’ craft over at Lil Luna

boxwood clippings_lil luna_usa 4th of july decoration

Be sure to pop over for a little ‘how-to’!

(Click HERE!)

A Personized Glittery Banner

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Last weekend we finally got around to blessing our twin girls. After church we headed back to our place for a brunch with family and friends. The food and company were the focal points, but I wanted a little decoration with the girlies names displayed, so we came up with this cute idea…

A Personalized Glittery Banner.

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

 To Make You’ll Need:

Cardstock with letters printed on it (I used Bebas font 300pt)

Glue

A paint brush

Glitter

Pegs + Twine for hanging

No.1 First, spread the glue evenly and quite heavy. Make sure your edges are as neat as you can make them.

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

No.2 Generously smother in glitter

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

No.3  Shake the glitter off (on clean piece of paper to re-use), and you’re done!

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

 Some letters took longer to glue than others, so I’d do half the letter at a time. The key is to not let the glue dry at all before the glitter!

Here’s how Hannah’s turned out at the other side of the room…

boxwood clippings_personalized glitter banner

The best thing about this is that they are easy to store and I can whip out again for any occasion.

How fun that I get to have a ‘Kids Party Box’ in the house now :)

 

 

 

Custom Printable Invitations: Em’s Baby Shower

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Em’s shower was planned at the very last minute, since we had a surprise visit from Hels, our other sissy. With hardly anytime, we needed the invitations to go out as fast as possible, but we still wanted something custom and (obviously) very cute!

We hit up Etsy and found the Sunday Designs Shop, which is TOTALLY ADORABLE! They offer a great collection of printable invitations. There are sooooo many cute designs, the only hard part about the process is choosing which one you like best!

 

boxwood clippings_baby shower invitations

 

We chose the Antique Pram Shower Invite, which reminded us of our British roots! Next, we just emailed our information over, and within a day or so they emailed us a pdf.

We printed them over at FedEx Office, on thick card stock and cut them to size.

 

boxwood clippings_baby shower custom printable invitations

For well under $20, we had our perfect, cute and custom invites ready to go. You can’t beat that!

Be sure to check out Sunday Design when you’re planning your next event!

Emily’s Baby Girl Shower: An English Tea Party

Monday, May 12th, 2014

We have had our fair share of baby showers this year, so we decided to mix it up and have afternoon tea for all of Emily’s special ladies.

We kept things really simple with a traditional English menu of tiny munchies and simple decor of white and green snowball clippings from the garden.

boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

Our Mum, Terri is a master at the culinary arts. She made mini little sandwiches filled with all of our English tea time favorites: cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad and cress, tomato and cheese, and curried chicken. Dessert was perfection: tiny macaroons, lemon bars, English scones with jam and cream (recipe HERE), and our favorite raspberry trifle.

boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

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boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

Sarah made this easy doily garland by simply folding doilies over a piece of twine. So effective and took literally two minutes!

boxwood clippings_baby shower, tea party

It was such a lovely afternoon filled with lots of chatter and pressies for the new baby girl. Thanks everyone for the lovely memories, we can’t wait for baby Jane to get here and meet you all xxx

Lemon Cream Chocolates

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Last week we altered this easy recipe to make our own lemon creams. We love lemon, especially this time of year. So zesty and fresh!

boxwood clippings_lemon cream chocolates

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons butter

1/4 tsp lemon oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons evaporated milk

Follow directions HERE.

These turned out so perfectly we wrapped them up in cellophane to give out as favors at Emily’s shower.

boxwood clippings_lemon cream chocolate favors

Yum, yum, yum! We hope you love these as much as we do!

We can’t wait to show you the rest of the shower. Tune in on Monday!!!

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?

boxwood clippings_family tree printable

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!

lil luna_boxwood clippings_monogramn plant pot

Do pop over!

Easy Spring Garland

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Today, we’re sharing this springy bunting that we whipped up in just a few minutes…

boxwood clippings_Easy Spring Garland

 

We know a classic bunting is overdone, but hey, it’s timeless and hard to beat!

Sarah had remnants of this yellow gingham fabric which was our starting point. We simply cut into triangles and cut two little holes in each piece to thread the twine through.

Next we tied yellow, tan and cream ribbons onto the twine for a fuller look.

boxwood clippings_Easy Spring Garland

We love how this simple garland brightens up the home for spring, especially because we only used what materials we already had! Now we just need a vase of bright daffodils!

How are you decorating this spring?

Really Simple Easter Place Settings

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Easter is one of our favorite times of year. Not only is it a special time for us to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we also love celebrating the re-birth of the earth with spring…longer days, cherry blossoms, baby animals…the list goes on and on.

Now, with Sarah’s two baby girls in tow we are more dedicated than ever to making homemaking as simple as possible.

Here’s a simple place setting perfect for Easter or any spring occasion:

boxwood clippings_tulip placesetting

colored napkin + coordinating ribbon + tulip

The only way to simplify even more is sticking with basic white napkins and pastel ribbon:

boxwood clippings_tulip placesetting

Even though this is so simple, wouldn’t you love to be greeted with this at the dinner table?!

Do you have any plans for decorating this Easter? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Glitter Eggs over at Lil Luna

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Good morning everyone!

Today I’m excited to share these glitter eggs (which I happen to think are the cutest things ever) over at Lil Luna.

boxwood clippings_glitter eggs on lil luna

Please pop over and say hi, and learn how to make these adorable things!

See you over there! x

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

Friday, February 28th, 2014

We always get a little nervous when baking birthday cakes. What if the cake sticks for some reason or starts to sag on one side? It’s a lot of pressure to make a perfect birthday cake! Which lead us to the miniture cupcake birthday cake…

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

We love cupcakes, but we love even more bite-size, mini cupcakes. There is zero pressure as you can just present the ones that work out perfectly on pretty cakestands with a candle in each one. The more cupcakes and candles the merrier!

We are celebrating lots of candles on Sarah’s birthday cake today!!!  Just kidding, sis ;)

Happy Birthday Sarah! You are crazy talented, beautiful and hilarious. I love you and I’m so lucky to have you as a sister xxx

It’s a Baby Shower!!!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

As promised here are all the details to Sarah’s shower…

We decorated my front room with coffee filter letters, heart balloons from The Dollar Tree and spring blossoms. Obviously, we had to bring in an extra comfy chair for the mummy t0 be.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Our best friend, Bri showered Sarah with baby gifts in these adorable little suitcases.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

We found this and this paper garland from Zurchers party store, and made this tissue paper bunting. I love how they looked so festive and dainty hung together.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Heart balloons and a few baby touches simply decorated the food table.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Sarah was spoiled-rotten with all sorts of goodies for the girlies.

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

We had such a wonderful day! A big thanks to everyone who made Sarah’s day so special.

Baby Shower Invitations by Tiny Prints

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We had the best time at Sarah’s baby shower. Nothing is more fun than celebrating for two baby girls, especially when we’ve been waiting for them for such a long time!

We wanted the shower to be pretty and festive, but most importantly simple and stress-free.

Our friends at Tiny Prints helped us get the party started right with these gorgeous invites:

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Tiny Prints were so easy to work with! Customizing and ordering was a breeze and the invites arrived in lightning speed.

Stay tuned for party details tomorrow!

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

boxwood clippings_sarah's pink and grey twin girl baby shower

Valentine’s Day Table Setting

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Every February, our sis-in-law Kimberly throws a Valentine’s dinner for our family. Her kids get so excited and we all make little Valentine’s for each other. Kimberly goes all out with setting the table, and always makes an amazing meal. Now we all look forward this event every year. I love the idea of making a bigger deal out of little holidays (especially in the winter months)!!!

I decided to get a little festive in our dining room by pulling out red and pink party decor and buying a few heart balloons from The Dollar Tree.

boxwood clippings_valentine's table setting

boxwood clippings_valentine's day table setting

 

boxwood clippings_valentine's day table setting

This literally took about 10 minutes and no effort at all. It’s amazing how just pulling a few pieces out and spending a few minutes can make an ordinary day feel extra special. Happy love month everyone!!!

An Easy DIY Valentine Garland over at Lil Luna

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

boxwood clippings_lil luna_diy valentine's garland

Today I’m sharing this REALLY EASY garland over at Lil Luna, do stop by!!!!

Click HERE!!!

Tips on New Construction

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

2013 was a huge year for me in learning all about new construction. Not only did we finish our first house, but I also started working as an Interior Designer at Ivory Homes. I have learned so much through both of these experiences, so thought I’d share a few tips today.

boxwoodclippings_new construction

#1 Surroundings: Usually when building a new house it is hard to focus on anything other than the floor plan. It is so important to look at your surroundings of the neighborhood. What direction your house face has huge impact on the amount of light in your home (think strong evening light and snowy north-facing driveways). What is being built either side of your lot? How much space will you have between your neighbors? Does your community have an HOA? All these things are going to impact your life in your new home and should be some of the first things to consider. Don’t be afraid to ask your builder to flip you house plan on the lot for better views, or to make changes that you’d like. It’s always worth asking!

#2 Choosing a Floor Plan: This can be very overwhelming, especially when builders offer dozens of plans. First look at square footage, and the number of beds and baths for your price. These are the specs that will primarily value and eventually sell your home so it’s important to compare with existing home prices in the neighborhood. Also, it’s amazing how builders price their plans so differently. For example, a home that had 700 sq foot less than our home was only $4k less. Most importantly, hopefully the builder can walk you through home plans you are interested in, It’s hard to get a feel by looking just at blueprints. Once you’ve decided on a floorplan walk through the plan again, taking pictures and paying attention to light, and areas of the home that you may want to change. It is also important to remember you will need to leave a little room in your budget for upgrades, you don’t want to max out your budget on the base plan of a home, leaving no wiggle room for additional costs.

#3 Structural Changes: The first thing you want to think about upgrading is anything you can’t change easily. Adding windows, raising the ceilings, extending the garage etc. After thinking of any structural changes, you want to next think about semi-permanent features such as cabinetry, flooring, and baseboards.

#4 Electrical: It is so hard to think of everything during the building process, but getting sufficient lighting and outlets in a home is something that buyers often overlook. The small cost for adding can lights and extra outlets is so worth it in the long run. Hallways and closets are often areas that get neglected, add those cans for a bright and cheery home!

#5 The Kitchen: If budget allows upgrade your kitchen. It is usually so much cheaper to upgrade cabinetry and counter-tops with your builder than if you wanted to upgrade these items later. More than anywhere else, your kitchen truly is the heart of the home where your family and friends will spend a lot of time. You’ll always be happy to have invested in this space.

Building a home is very stressful, but at the same time such a fun experience. I hope these tips will help a little if you’re thinking of building a new home soon!

DIY Abstract Metallic Artwork

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Art is essential in helping make a house a home. It brings warmth, environment and adds your personal stamp into your home. However, I’ve been having the hardest time finding art work I love and when I do it costs hundred of dollars!

I have one wall in my living room that was large and bare. I’m not afraid of empty walls, but as this wall faces you as you walk in the front door of our house I felt it needed something to fill the space and at the same time not distract from the focal point wall of the room. I wanted something neutral, large and simple. Sarah, being the artist of our family convinced me we should try something on our own.

boxwood clippings_diy abstract metallic art

For supplies I purchased two 40″ x 30″ canvases from Hobby Lobby. They cost $22 after using 40% off coupons. We used these $1 brushes from The Dollar Tree. Sarah loved the sheen of this paint she used in her bathroom, so we decided to use it again for this project. Naturally, I needed a gold color too :)

boxwood clippings_martha stewart melallic paint

I was a little nervous, but Sarah told me just to go for it! The great thing about painting on canvas is you can always paint over something you don’t like after it dries.

We simply painted brushstrokes of gold and silver, some thick chunky strokes and some faint, wispy ones. We just kept on going until we were happy with the look. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong.

boxwood clippings_diy abstract metallic art

My front room gets a lot of light and I just love how reflective this paint is. The new artwork makes the whole room ‘glow’ in sunlight.

boxwood clippings_diy abstract metallic art

Although, you can’t exactly call this a masterpiece I am more than happy with how they turned out. For under $30 per canvas, and an hour of time I got exactly what I needed for this empty space.

Thanks for all your help and encouragement sis xxx

Em’s Family Room Update: Getting Cozy with Paint

Monday, January 6th, 2014

This post is brought to you in part by:

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When deciding our upgrades with our builder we decided to go with bright white walls everywhere. We actually got a credit for this as the standard was two-tone paint and we’ve actually loved having bright white in most of the house.

Our family room however, has laminate wooden floors and combined with those bright white walls felt really cold and uninviting at the end of a long day. It was time for a paint intervention!

Before:

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

Jones Paint and Glass helped us pick out the perfect gray tone that would be warm and cozy. We tried a few different colors using their sample size paints and wall stickers and decided on Benjamin Moore Seattle Mist. It is the perfect blend of tan and gray.

As this was our first paint project we needed some major education on painting supplies. The lovely workers at Jones helped us pick out all of their favorite supplies from tape to rollers and we had a freshly painted room in no time.

AFTER:

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

It is amazing how much more inviting this space is with a lick of paint. Jones made this project so easy with everything we needed to know as inexperienced painters.

We still need to tackle trim work and artwork for this room, but painting has helped the room feel so much more finished and most importantly helped us relax to a favorite show at the end of the day!