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The Simplest Bridal Shower Invitation

Monday, June 29th, 2015

 These past few weeks have wild and magical time for our family!

We started last week with a bridal shower and kept it as simple as possible from start to finish.

A handwritten invitation started our organic and simple theme beautifully.

boxwood clippings | bridal shower invitation

We wrote our note and made black and white copies.

Then we finished off each one with a pop of green colored pencil on the wreath.

With no computer needed, sometimes the good old fashion ways are the easiest, turn out just as beautiful and are fun too!

Stay tuned for more party fun…

Our Favorite Things Bridal Shower Gift

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

This week we had a little shower for our soon-t0-be sis, Kristina (wedding on Friday!!!).

We loved this opportunity to get together the ladies on both sides of the family and shower the bride.

For our gift, we put together a few of our favorite things to help her set up house.

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boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

Favorite Things Basket

greatest towels ever (HERE)
working glasses (HERE)
cutest timer (HERE)
Mrs Meyers’ soap (HERE)
mixing bowls (target, not longer avail)
porcelain egg crate (home goods)
handmade chalkboard
dish towels (HERE)
metal caddy (similar HERE)

We topped it off with a ‘C’ for ‘Clayton’ with our favorite Pottery Barn glitter ornaments (HERE).

boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

We are so looking forward to Friday and the celebrations….follow us on INSTA on the big day!!!

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Guittard Chocolate Pots De Creme

Friday, May 29th, 2015

One day while nibbling on our favorite chocolate chips (bad habit), we noticed three words of a recipe on the back of the package. Chocolate. Milk. Butter. SOLD!

This dessert is perfect for a summer’s eve. Large party or intimate gathering, it will not disappoint. Quick, decadent and divine….

boxwood clippings | chocolate pot de la cream

INGREDIENTS:

2 c Guittard milk chocolate chips

3/4 c whole milk

1/4 c butter

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat while stirring to boil.
Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Pour into tiny glasses and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
Garnish with a dollop of cream and fresh fruit (we used mango above).

A tiny little treat everyone will love, and no one will know the recipe is so simple!!!

Mini Flower Arrangements

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Happy Monday! We hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready to tackle the week?!

Today we’re sharing the easiest centerpiece idea that can double as a party favor to make any get together a little more special…

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

We love how these mini arrangements look clustered together as well as how cute they are individually to give as a favor at the end of the evening.

To create this look we bought three bouquets from Walmart for $5 each. We then gathered all our random glass jars. You know the ones…spaghetti sauce, baby food etc jars. You can even just use little plastic cups if you don’t have glass. Then we just clipped the stems and divided between jars…zero floral arranging skills needed!

We made 20 arrangements averaging less than $1 each!

Pretty, thrifty AND organizing our jar cupboard…win, win, win!

DIY Flower Girl’s BIG Flower headband!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Our little brother is getting married this June…eek sooo exciting!!!

We found these simple cotton flutter-sleeved dresses from Gap that are perfect for a summer wedding. They are comfy and cool for the long day ahead (not to mention super affordable) but they needed fancying up a little….

boxwood clippings flower girl

boxwood clippings flower girl

boxwood clippings flower girl

We really wanted real flower crowns for the babies but we knew they wouldn’t last more than a minute with these little grabby hands.

We decided to fancy up our home made headbands (HERE) with a massive silk flower from Hobby Lobby.

We pulled off the flower heads from their stems and hot-glued the base of the flower to a piece of felt. Then we hot-glued the felt to our normal piece of ribbon instead of the tulle bow.

These turned out great and only cost a few dollars!

Can’t wait for the girls to wear their big headbands on the big day!!!

A Simple Patriotic Banner

Monday, April 27th, 2015

It’s hard to believe summer is just a few weeks away…we had snow this weekend!

Memorial Day kicks off for us our days of red, white and blue in our homes…just a touch!

boxwood clippings a really simple patriotic banner
We made this simple bunting with printed paper from the craft store and mini pegs (HERE) and string.

 

boxwood clippings a really simple patriotic banner

boxwood clippings a really simple patriotic banner

 We are always glad when we make a little effort to celebrate all the holidays…makes our homes a little happy too :)

Candles Made in Baby Food Jars

Monday, April 20th, 2015

We have a lot of baby food around here these day, and these little glass jars are way too cuters to send to the recycle pile!

We thought they would make perfect little candles and are so thrilled with how they turned out!

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

There are A LOT of tutorials out there on how to make candles. We kept it as simple as possible. We bought THIS wax and THESE wicks which we kept in place by bending the top of the wick around a skewer.

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Next we melted the wax in a double boiler, stirring constantly. When the temperature reached 170 F we removed from the heat, added a few drops of essential oil and waited til it dropped to 150 F before pouring the wax into the jars.

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

It took a few hours for the candles to set, and we finished them up by trimming the wicks and covering the candles with scrap pieces of fabric. We love how these turned out, and they were so much easier than we thought they were going to be.

Our houses are smelling yummy and we can’t wait to give this out as little gifts and favors.

Have you given candle-making a try?

DIY Kid Party Hats

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

What is cuter than a baby with rosy cheeks and pearly teeth?

All of the above plus a party hat!

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After a failed attempt to find cute hats for the twins’ first birthday party (HERE), we decided to make our own.

We used THIS template from Oh Happy Day and attached ribbons to help the babies keep their hats on.

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Of course, the paper hats were way too tempting for the one-year olds, but the older kiddies loved them for all the birthday festivities.

Oh Hannah, you are a cheeky baby girl and somehow even more so in your little party hat!

Dressing up Costco’s Chocolate Cake

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Last week was my birthday, so I asked Brock to get me my favorite cake from Costco. Usually we make our cakes but this one is just too good not to indulge in at least once a year.

It is so decadent and beautiful on it’s own, but as it was my birthday I thought I’d dress it up a bit.

I used some wooden skewers and scraps of ribbon and made little flag-like decorations.

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

 It was so pretty, but we had to be careful where we lit the candle!

This is such a versatile idea, and can be made to go with any color scheme or theme.

We love a simple spruce!

Five-Minute Easter Garland

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! It may be snowing outside, but inside we are thinking of spring!

We made the EASIEST garland for Easter, and LOVE that it only took five mins!

boxwood clippings easter egg garland

boxwood clippings easter egg garland

SUPPLIES:

We used THESE eggs. So cute and less than $5 for the dozen!

Jute rope (HERE)

Pearl pins (HERE)

HOW TO:

These eggs are made of foam and are light-weight, which made them perfect to pin onto a rope.

Decorating for holidays in just a few mins with just a few dollars is our absolute favorite, how about you?

Party Favors for Mummies and Kiddies

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Since the twins party was held for both Mothers and Children we thought it’d be cute to do separate favors.

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The first, were honey jars for the mummies. They went perfect with our Winnie-the-Pooh theme, and were just adorable in miniature size.

I found the jars HERE, and the local honey from a vendor.

Very effective, and very easy!


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The kids party bags were just as fun. I took inspiration from my British childhood and each guest left with candy, book and stickers.

Lucky for me, I’d had the theme in my head when the girls were 6 months old, so when the dollar spot at Target had a bunch of Winnie-the-Pooh books and toys, I knew I should stock up early to get the good prices.

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The miniature board books were my favorite and a steal for $1.

The cute sticker bags and candy boxes were of course from Gygi who always are are go-to for packaging. (See HERE and HERE).

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Don’t forget to use our exclusive coupon at GYGI if you’re planning a party anytime soon.

And don’t worry if you don’t have a theme or a plan yet, stop by for visit their site (HERE) for great ideas!

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The Twins’ First Birthday Party: Classic Winnie the Pooh Theme

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Can you believe Sarah’s twins are one?!

What a year we’ve had since the arrival of Elizabeth and Hannah! A year full of smiles, giggles, and more diapers than we can count.

A little party for their birthday lunch was in order! Sarah chose a classic Winnie-The-Pooh theme which was perfect for our little pooh-bear and piglet.

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

For the ladies, we served our favorite strawberry salad (HERE) and Victoria sponge cake (see HERE).

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

We decorated with white and florals, stuffed animals and building blocks.

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

For the littles, we made a picnic lunch. Gygi came through again with everything we needed for our little guests.

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Our sister, Helen made tiny fondant honey bees for the cupcakes as well as pooh bear and piglet for the girls’ cake.

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

The girls took licking every ounce of their frosting very seriously. Our little pooh-bear Elizabeth..

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

…. and our little piglet, Hannah with her tiny little pigtails :)

boxwood clippings_twins first birthday

We couldn’t imagine life without these little girls…”it’s so much friendlier with two!”

Simple food and decorations made for a very easy and enjoyable party for everyone.

Be sure to check out all the products we used on Gygi’s blog HERE and don’t forget to use our coupon for 15% off purchase your next Gygi purchase!

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Simple Heart Artwork and a Mini Makeover

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

This post was suppose to be a DIY of this heart artwork I whipped up for Valentine’s Day. But I literally drew a heart on a scrap piece of wood and painted it with white craft paint. It took about 5 minutes tops, so there was really no need for a tutorial.

I do think it’s fun. How about you?boxwood clippings_black and white powder room

Anyhow, lately I’ve been really really loving the whole Scandinavian look. They do simplicity and style at it’s best.

So I thought I’d have a little play around in our powder room to see if I could mimic the look.

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boxwood clippings_black and white powder room

 Natural elements along with strong metals and lots of white space were key.

It’s still not quite there, but I’m enjoying mulling it over.

Any suggestions?!

$4 Bobble Hats for the Lil’ Ladies

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

In England, we like our pom-poms on our babies extra large!

We discovered it was hard to find bobble hats (knit hat with a massive pom pom) in the states, so decided to make our own!

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Isn’t Jane so funny with her massive pom-pom?!

We found knit beanies for $.97, as well as extra bulky yarn for $2.97 at Walmart.

Here are the supplies we used:

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Two sheets of cardboard for pom-pom template (we used a cereal box)

Compass or two round objects for template (we used salad plate and a cup)

hat

 30 yds of yarn

scissors

We followed THESE instructions to make the pom-poms.

Because we wanted such a large pom pom and had such a big template we cut our yarn into 10 yard pieces to make it easier to work with.

boxwood clippings_bobble hats

Last, we attached the pom-pom to the hat by cutting two little slits at the top of the beanie and tying two pieces from the pom pom in a double knot on the inside of the hat.

One hat took about ten minutes to make, and because we could make 2 pom poms from one ball of yarn only ended up costing $2.50 per hat!

What’s not to love about a warm and cozy baby?!!!

Dressing up a Grapevine Wreath

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Are you guys busy decking the halls this week? We’re just finishing up and can’t wait to show you all next week.

One of my favorite spots in the house this year is my stairway, where I made these little wreaths to hang from my sconce lighting.

Pop over to Lil Luna today for a quick DIY!

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Tiny Prints Christmas Card + Glitter Clothes Pin DIY

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Our Christmas cards from Tiny Prints arrived last week, and I’m dying.

They turned out beautiful, don’t you think?!

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Glitter clothes pins are a perfect and easy way to display all your holiday cards.

Be sure to pop over to Tiny Prints blog (click HERE) for a quick DIY tutorial.

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I’m really in the festive mood now glitter has made a major appearance in the house :)

DIY Clothespin Wreath (Can’t believe it only cost $4!)

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I always see lovely wreaths around town, but I can’t get over how expensive they are.

I was inspired by a couple of items at the Dollar Tree, and created this natural beauty.

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothespins

I’m in love with the simplicity, and it was so fun to make.

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothespins

To Make You Will Need:

A grapevine wreath

About 120 clothespins

Hot glue gun and glue

How To:

First, pull apart all the clothespins (the ones from the Dollar Tree were REALLY easy).

Then you simply start gluing a clothespin anywhere on your wreath, then glue one next to that one, then another next to that and so forth.

Glue each pin individually and build the layers.

This is a little time consuming, but very therapeutic!

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothespins

I found the results very beautiful, and quite Scandinavian looking!

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothes pins

To see a few more of our Christmas wreaths click HERE and HERE.

Festive Table Setting

Monday, November 17th, 2014

We were floored when we saw this pretty dishware at The Dollar Store!

boxwood clippings_a black, white and gold festive place setting

Sure it’s not bone china, but for a dollar a piece it is pretty amazing!

Paired with a simple evergreen clipping from the yard and a little treat for after dinner it makes a lovely holiday setting!

Glass HERE

Dinner plate HERE

bowl HERE

How are you dressing up your table for the holidays?

Jane’s Blessing Day: 5 Easy Tips for Entertaining a Crowd!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Last week we blessed Jane, which is a special prayer to put her name on the records of our church and bless her with things to help throughout her life.

Here’s Jane in her little white dress and bonnet, doesn’t she look hilarious?!

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It was a great day with some of our special friends and family and was the largest party we’ve planned in a while.

Here are five ways we kept it super easy!

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1. KEEP DECOR SIMPLE AND SEASONAL

We spent nothing on decorations and pulled items around the house that were white, brown and gold. We used gold Christmas paper as a table runner, a simple bronze Christmas garland draped by itself, hung pine cones from the chandelier and personalized the chalkboard and banner.

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2. CHOOSE AN EASY FOOD THEME

We chose a soup and bread bar which turned out perfect for this time of year. I asked a few people to bring a soup and the variety ended up being amazing. We had chili, Italian sausage, mushroom (pic below), cauliflower and spicy carrot. Soups can be prepared ahead, aren’t too expensive, and can easily be transported.

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3. USE DISPOSABLE ITEMS

We rarely use disposible items when entertaining, but when entertating a large crowd it is a must!! We headed to Gygi to pick up items that were clear and white so disposable bowls (above) etc would just blend and not distract. How cute are these little cups we used for milk to serve with cookies for dessert?

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

 4. MAKE SOMETHING ORDINARY, SPECIAL!

We picked up a tin of shortbread cookies from Costco and garnished them with chocolate. This was a huge hit and literally took 30 mins. We used our favorite chocolate, Guittard that is available in bulk at Gygi.

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5. PREP AHEAD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

We wanted to serve another fall favorite, caramel apples. Although these are super easy, they are a little time consuming, so we made sure to schedule prep time before the party. We were thrilled with how they turned out. See directions HERE.

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Honestly, with these tips this event was zero stress! The soups were warmed, and everything was ready to go for when guests arrived. No fussing about food and washing dishes etc.

Our little pioneer baby with Nanny and Grandma.

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A big thanks to Gygi and for everyone who made this such a special day to remember!

We are being featured on Gygi’s blog today talking about all of their products we used! Please hop over to see us HERE.

DIY Leather Feather Magnets

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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.

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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