Archive for the ‘christmas’ Category

Custom House Portraits: Now Taking Christmas Orders!!!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A perfect gift is pretty hard to come by…

this is pretty close!

I’ve been painting these one-of-a-kind custom house portraits for the past several years, mostly at Christmas. I can tell you it’s an absolute joy! I love sitting down at my desk while the girls nap, put on some Christmas music and whip out the paint brushes.

It’s a sweet feeling to be behind such a personalized gift, and I’ve truly loved hearing you guys share your stories of your homes and the reactions of those you’ve gifted to. In a small way, I feel like I got to share some of the excitement of Christmas morning!

boxwood clippings | custom house portrait

boxwood clippings_custom house portrait

I’m not quite sure how long, or how many orders I’ll be taking this year, but if you are interested please pop me an email at sarahfaubus (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.

Most houses fit into my $65 rate, framed.

Jumping into Christmas shopping this early is a major stress relief for me, especially if it’s that person who’s tricky to buy for. I’ll do the hard work for you! Pop me an email!!!

Sarah x

Festive Non-Alcoholic Drink

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

One memory we love about our childhood Christmases is all the yummy festive food and drinks that would change in our home around the holidays.

We are all about it taking the ordinary up a notch for special occasions, how about you?

boxwood clippings | festive non alcoholic drink

This OJ mix is a family favorite…

1/2 part orange juice

1/2 part sparkling water or lemon-lime soda

a splash of grenadine HERE

lime juice to taste


We hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Much love to you all! xoxo

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Monday, December 21st, 2015

I almost had a heart attack a few days ago when a gift idea I had for most of the people on my list fell through…sheer panic!

I turned to our blog archives to help me re-group and think of a new idea…

When you have a lot of people on your list we always try to keep it consistent and simple!

It’s all about a gesture of love and doesn’t have to be an out-of-the box, amazing new idea that usually brings all the stress of gift-giving.

Here are are a few of our favorite gift options:

Individual candy boxes
boxwood clippings | little boxes of chocolate

Buy candy boxes in bulk and fill with homemade chocolates (recipe HERE), special candy like Sees pictured above, or even candy from the grocery store! Also love this idea with roasted almonds (HERE) or even fruit (HERE). Packaging and a nice treat can go a long way. Candy boxes HERE or you can usually find them at the craft store.

boxwood clippings | little boxes of chocolate

Family Photos

These days it’s getting harder and harder to get actual photographs into frames and in our homes. A photo print and an inexpensive frame is a perfect gift. I know this is one of my favorite gifts to receive (see HERE).

Movie Tickets

Everyone loves the movies, so buy gift cards for a movie or two for everyone. So easy and so great for kids and adults alike.

Something Crazy

One year, our brother thought it would be crazy to buy the each family member a nerf gun for Christmas. He was right! Christmas night family nerf gun fight will forever be ingrained in our memories!

Homemade Gift

THESE candles were so much easier to make than we thought they were going to be. Cute Christmas ribbon and a Christmas scent would make these so fun! Homemade granola (HERE) is another idea that’s the perfect luxury on a cold and crispy morning. English scones HERE are another Christmas classic that you can never go wrong with!

I’m happy to say I have my gifts under control…now I just need to wrap them all!

Do you have any great gift ideas you’re excited to give this year? Please share!!!!

Peppermint Meringues

Friday, December 18th, 2015

You guys! Have you tried making your own meringues yet?
Here’s one more attempt to convince you!

Easy, amazingly delicious and the perfect thing to wow all your holiday guests with this festive twist…

boxwood clippings | peppermint meringues

THIS recipe is our favorite. We crushed up 4 candy canes and folded them in gently before baking and spoon small rounds on our parchment rather than one large pavlova.

After cooling, we drizzled with chocolate for extra decadence.

Keep in an airtight container to keep nice and fresh for up to two weeks.

What’s your favorite thing to make this Christmas? If you feel you want to mix it up this year, we promise these will not disappoint!

Personalized Christmas Wrapping

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

As always my siblings are getting all the same gift, so I thought it would be fun to personalize the wrapping with these german glitter alphabet ornaments from Pottery Barn (HERE).

boxwood clippings | monogramed gift wrap

boxwood clippings | monogramed gift wrap sar

We like that no skill or special talent is required…these pretty ornaments do all the talking and dazzle on their own to make any gift a little more exciting.

Plus it’s a little extra gift to hang on the tree next year!