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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?!

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

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!

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

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.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

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.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

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.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party
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.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

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.

boxwood clippings_an elegant fall party

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.

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

2. Cut outline and then freehand the feather spaces.

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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!

Halloween Place Setting

Monday, September 15th, 2014

We hope you guys all enjoyed the bat garland last week.

We were so smitten with the simplicity of the bat silhouette that we decided to cut out a few extra to use on a place setting.

Isn’t this cute?!

boxwood clippings_bat halloween place setting

It’s not at all necessary but whenever we take an extra minute or so to do something like this, it just adds to the festivities. We always aim for little projects with big impact!

Still loving THESE place mats from Ikea for only $1.50, perfect for the season don’t you think?!

DIY Bat Garland

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Good morning readers!

I’m so excited to be sharing our first Halloween project of the season, this bat garland…eek!

Be sure to head over to Lil Luna to see more details and instructions (click HERE).

boxwood clippings_diy bat garland for lil luna 2

See you over there!

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?!

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

(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).

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

4. Trim excess fabric after sewing.

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

5. It should look something like this:

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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.

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

9. This is what it will look like:

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

  For the Bow:

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

4. Hot glue bow onto headband.

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

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 $$$!!!

DIY String Art over at Lil Luna

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Good morning everyone, and a happy Pioneer Day to our local readers!

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Today I’m sharing this fun project over at Lil Luna…do stop by!!

boxwood clippings_diy string art

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.

Picture 3

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

Picture 4

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

Picture 10

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