Archive for the ‘christmas’ Category

Mini Mince Pies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

To me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies.

I know lots of you American’s have a bad impression of these little yummies, but I’m here to tell you they are a must try, and not scary at all!

Topped with a healthy amount of whipped cream, they are to die for. A perfect, rich treat for a festive evening.

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To make, simply whip up a batch of your favorite pie crust (l like an all butter one like THIS).

Roll, and cut out the pastry. I used a large glass to cut the base. Then gently place in greased cup cake tin.

Add a teaspoon or so of filling (I used THIS one). Then use a smaller glass or mold for lid. Top with an egg wash.

Cook until golden brown.

 

boxwood clippings_mini mince pies

For decoration I used some pastry cutters similar to THIS, left some plain, and some a basket weave effect. This is the fun part, so it’s nice to have an extra minute and have some creative fun. I loved it when my mum would recruit us for this job when we were little.

The smell alone will convince you they are the ultimate dessert for this season.

Ummmmm!

Christmas Gift Wrap: Black, White + Gold

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Is there anything more classic than black and white with a touch of gold?
boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

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We are always craving a little glamour this time of year, and of course we turn to gift wrap to get our fix!

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?

Sparkle for Less at Walmart

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The time of year to sparkle is quickly approaching and Walmart has you covered in the jewelry department!

You will not believe the deals to be had! These studs earrings were only $2.88!

boxwood clippings_cheap and chic jewery at walmart!gold, black + crystal studs

Just when we thought THIS necklace was a deal, Walmart released a huge selection of statement necklaces for only $5!!!

boxwood clippings_$5 statement necklace

There is no excuse not to shine this season with prices like this, so while you’re picking up your turkey make sure to steer your cart into the jewelry dept too!

How about some costume jewelry for all the ladies on your Christmas list? We love the idea!

Holler Dollar: Stocking Stuffers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

We just LOVE Target’s Dollar Spot this time of year.

Simple little toys like these make awesome stocking suffers, and for just $1 you really can’t go wrong!

boxwood clippings_holler dollar kids stocking stuffers

The jingle bells are especially festive, bring on the holiday cheer!!!

Holler!!!

Target Tuesday: Christmas 2014!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Can you believe the stores are full of Christmas? On one hand we don’t want to be sick of Christmas by the time it arrives, but on the other we can’t help but get excited when see such new and exciting things for our favorite season!

Here are a few faves from the one and only….

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1. Faribault wool throw

2. chevron place mat

3. white bottle brush tree

4. pine cone wreath

5. ceramic stag

6. birch bark tree

7. textured place mat

8. antique glass mason jar

Which is your favorite?

Christmas Gift Wrap: Grey and Gold

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Happy Monday y’all, we hope you had a lovely weekend!

Today we’re sharing how we glammed up our normal gold Christmas wrap by adding grey!!!

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

 

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

We bought grey butcher paper for $.59 yard from Zurchers, and love how the matte finish looks next to the shiny gold.

Butcher paper is perfect for large presents and so much cheaper than traditional wrapping paper. Win, win!

Christmas Gift Wrap: Whites and Creams

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

We know it’s a little early for Christmas, but it’s never too early to get you inspired, right?

We received our first snow this week, which spurred us to play around with one of our favorite color combos!

boxwood clippings_white and cream giftwrap

boxwood clippings_white and cream giftwrap

 

TOP: Left – classic paper bow. Middle – thin ribbon + teeny shatterproof bauble. Right – tulle bow.

MIDDLE: Left – white paper fringe + thin ribbon. Middle – paper bow cut open. Right – satin bow.

BOTTOM: Left – felt + thin ribbon. Middle – different layered ribbons tied in knots. Right – white paper fan.

boxwood clippings_white and cream giftwrap

Oh, we can’t help it. We’re feeling Chrismassy already!

Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

boxwoodclippings_akadesignchristmasprintableFree printable HERE.

We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating this special time of year!!!

Love, Sarah and Emily

Family Game Night

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Brock’s dream is to own a toy store and produce great games and toys. I’m on board because I like to win! Ha ha ha!!! Really, I do like to play games too because it’s great socializing and great entertainment at the same time. It’s a great way to get to know someone better, and a fantastic way to build relationships (think awkward teenager).

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the perfect setting for game night. Pull out the snacks and let the games begin. Here are our current faves…

Party Game:

5 Second Rule: this one is great for a group with low attention span! There are hardly any rules, and everyone from about age 4 and up can play. Guaranteed some giggles, and lots of poking fun at one another. We had a blast playing this last Christmas.

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Strategy Games:

Small World: Definitely for those who like to sit down and play for a few hours. Good for those who like to think, and be ruthless at killing off other players! Really not that hard after you’ve played once or twice, so maybe 10 and up on age. Depending on how you set up the board it can be a different game every time, I like that!

boxwood clippings_our favorite games

Lost Cities: This is a quick game, with some luck involved. A bit of a race, but can customize your game so it could take you between 1/2 an hour to 2 to play. Age 7 and up should be good!

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All-Time Favorite Kid Game:

Enchanted Forrest: Uses your memory and strategy skills along with a race. This is great for adults to play with kids, the kids will get it and show you how much their memories are better than yours. So we can count this one as mind exercise, and tell the kids you’re letting them win!

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Other classics are of course: Monopoly, Scattergories and Catchprase. What are your faves?

English Scones for Gifts

Friday, December 20th, 2013

If you’re still in need of giving out a gift our two, these English scones may be perfect. They are fast and easy, cheap and oh sooooo delish!

As always, we’ve had the best time baking up a storm this season, but I always enjoy going back to my roots and making somethings totally English!

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 Placed in red tins with a dollie, I tried to make my rounds while they were still hot…soooo yummy that way!

See HERE for recipe.

And if you’re super duper on top of things and don’t need anymore gift suggestions, go ahead and whip up a batch anyhow. Top with butter and jam, and enjoy with a hot cuppa. Did I manage to temp you yet?!

Twinkle Toes

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas is the one time of year I like my nails manicured. Usually I am way too rough to expect my nails to be perfect for more than a day, but something about having them pretty for Christmas day makes the day even a little more special and helps me feel a little put together when I’m lounging around my pajamas and no make up.

boxwoodclippings_sally hansen golden rule nail polishI recently found this Sally Hansen color ‘Golden Rule’ at Target. It reminds me of my glitter champagne baubles on the tree and thought I should give it a try. It is so sparkly, dries fast and is very long-wearing, making this perfect for my Christmas 2013 twinkle toes :)

I’ve never had glitter nails done professionally, but I think two coats of ‘Golden Rule’ looks pretty great and is so much cheaper than the professional version too!

What will your nails be wearing this Christmas?

 

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2013: Kitchen + Dinning

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

 In the name of simplicity, here are my decorations in our kitchen and dinning area.

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Kraft paper for a runner, helps bring in my brown and natural look; while glittered leaves and pine cones bring the sparkle for the magical feel.

boxwood clippings_simple christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_simple christmas decorations

 Two basic garlands help dress up my molding. The first, a thin string of sparkly beads. The second, an easy bunting made from parchment paper just taped to string.

boxwood clippings_simple christmas decorations

 On the other side of the kitchen are the snowflakes hanging from island.

boxwood clippings_simple christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_diy twig snowflakes

It’s so sparkly and festive, even though it’s a lot simpler than what I usually do. I kinda love!

Emily’s Christmas Decorations 2013

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

I was so excited to put up our tree and decorate the front room for Christmas in the new house!

boxwood clippings_gold christmas decorations

I started by using most of my Halloween decorations I already had out and added layers of garlands, gold foliage and ribbon on the bookcase. I always try to keep it simple, but before long I undoubtedly add layers upon layers and end up with something a little over-the-top.

boxwood clippings_gold christmas decorations

Next, I rearranged the sofas so I could have the tree be in our front window. I did keep the tree extra simple this year with nothing but basic gold ornaments and I think it balances out the over-the-top bookcase nicely.

boxwood clippings_gold christmas decorations

My favorite thing on the tree this year are those glittery feathers I found at Hobby Lobby.

 Lastly, I added a few garland swags on the curtain rods, a few shimmery pillows and a bowl of ornaments for the coffee table.

boxwood clippings_gold christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_brown christmas decorations

Tonight I’m going to wrap presents by the tree and listen to Christmas music, can’t wait! It’s finally beginning to feel like Christmas around here!

DIY Twig Snowflakes

Monday, December 9th, 2013

We’ve been trying to add a little more rustic into our usual glam Christmas decorations this year, so we decided to make some twiggy snowflakes.

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boxwood clippings_diy twig snowflakes

Here’s the steps of how we made them:

1. Gather sticks and snap them to get the size of snowflake right for you.

2. Glue gun together.

boxwood clippings_diy twig snowflakes

3. Add layers of twigs, to make your  snowflake.

boxwood clippings_diy twig snowflakes

4. Paint desired color.

5. Sprinkling a little glitter over the wet paint never hurts!

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6. We used string to wrap around the center of our snowflakes for extra support (see top pic).

 7. Hang with traditional snowflakes to add a little whimsy to the mix.

boxwood clippings_diy twig snowflakes

How have you mixed up your Christmas decor this year?

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2013: Brown + Silver Guest Bathroom

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

For me, Christmas decorations are something to be played with. I love experimenting with different looks and color palettes. I never spend a fortune, simply shop the clearance at 90% off, and have a few glass and white wear pieces to use over and over.

The look this year, is brown and silver. Keeping it simple, here’s what’s on my shelves in my downstairs loo.

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations

 The rest of the room was left bare, apart from this wreath hung with a command hook from the mirror.

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations

 

Because I’m already feeling pretty puffed-out with the exciting twin pregnancy, I really wanted to keep things under control; easy to put up, and even easier to take down.

Even if you’re low on energy or motivation, a half hour and a couple of Christmas tunes can be just enough to inspire a little festive decor here and there. Guaranteed you’ll be glad you made the effort. :)

$100 Simple Christmas Porch

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Getting read for Christmas can be so exciting, magical and overwhelming all at the same time. Today, I’d like to give you an idea of how you can decorate the outside of your home really simply and beautifully on a small budget.

People spend thousands covering every inch of their roofs with professional lights, and while this looks amazing, having just a few trimmings around your front door is easy, inexpensive and creates a warm and festive welcome.

boxwoodclippings_martha stewart christmas porch

Here are a few essentials that will get your porch looking as pretty as Martha’s:

Wreath: As always, lighting is key and battery-operated wreaths like this for the front door are a must. I’m going to dress mine up with a simple large bow.

boxwoodclippings_lit wreathGarland: Adding greenery around your door softens those long, dark nights. You can buy bare garland and add your own lights, but this pre-lit one is a great price and the perfect size for around a normal 6’8″ front door.

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Mini Christmas Trees: If you have room either side your front door, little christmas trees would be stunning. These 4′ christmas trees are a steal! Only $50 for two!

boxwoodclippings_walmart potted christmas treesIf you don’t have room for mini Christmas trees, use two little lanterns topped with a bow for either side of your front door.

Wreath + Garland + Two Christmas Trees = $100

Now I just need to brace the cold and get out there!

Best of Boxwood: Christmas Decorating

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…”

Yup, it’s just about that time again when it’s time to decorate for Christmas!!!

We can’t get enough of this time of year, and love to change things up year after year. Here our some of our faves from years past. What ‘look’ are you guys going for this year?

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Em’s ‘Granny Glam’ Look:

boxwood clippings_'granny glam' christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_'granny glam' christmas decorations

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A Cozy Christmas:

boxwood clippings_cozy diy christmas decorations

 

Clean + simple, a green bathroom:

boxwood clippings_green decorations

boxwood clippings_green decorations

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Using everyday items:

boxwood clippings_using everyday items in christmas decorating

boxwood clippings_using everyday items in christmas decorating

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Winter whites:

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Sarah’s Traditional Gold:

boxwood clippings_traditional christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_traditional christmas decorations

I’m sticking to my ‘less-is more’ this year.
Be sure to check in soon to see what I’m talking about!

Em’s Christmas Decorations: Dining Room

Monday, November 25th, 2013

I am trying very hard to be ahead this holiday season, the first thing on my list was Christmas cards! Now we had an up-to-date photo from Brea Sorrells, I was ready to go. I ordered this card from Tiny Prints, and a cute parcel full of pretty cards arrived within a few short days.

boxwood clippings_tiny print cards + christmas decorations

I loved our Christmas card so much, I was inspired to decorate the dining room in a similar look.

boxwood clippings_tiny prints cards

I layered the room with craft paper table runner, paper chains and sparkly Christmas decorations.

For details and paper chain DIY see Tiny Print’s blog HERE.

boxwood clippings_tiny prints cards

boxwood clippings_tiny prints cards

boxwood clippings_tiny prints cards

You can see all of Tiny Print’s beautiful Christmas card collection HERE. But be warned, you may be blown away with inspiration!!!

Chocolate-Dipped Tangerines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Today we’re excited to share a delicious little gift idea for the holidays: chocolate-dipped tangerines.

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We simply peeled our tangerines, melted chocolate apeels from Gygi and got to work dipping the tangerine slices, sprinkling  a garnish of sea salt or crystallized sugar and placing them to cool on parchment paper. This process only took about 5 minutes!

As the tangerines would need to be eaten up within a day or so we wanted to keep portion sizes small so these little candy boxes were the perfect. Cute packaging makes such a difference!

Wouldn’t these be great for a chic place settings, a cute party favor or a holiday gift to bring into the office?

For a longer shelf life you could always used dried fruit instead of fresh.

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