Archive for the ‘halloween’ Category

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Hope you all have a frightfully fun day and don’t forget…

“A little magic can take you a long way.” -Roald Dahl

Emily’s Autumn Porch

Monday, October 21st, 2013

My favorite part about being in our new house so far is getting to decorate for the different seasons.

Here is our front porch all ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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Price Breakdown:

Walmart Mum’s: $3.99 each

Ikea Flower pots: $7.99 each

Macey’s pumpkins: $.19/lb

Bradley rockers: $119.95 Read about them here.

While I’m enjoying my pumpkins, my head is already spinning with Christmas ideas. How have you decorated your outdoor space this fall?

Mini Trick or Treats

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by, Gygi.

We are so excited about the little trick or treats we’ll be giving out this year!

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 We found everything we needed for Halloween at one of our favorite stores, Gygi.

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This is what we used:

little bitty treat bags $4.50 for 20 bags

Vanilla taffy $7.99 for 3lb bag

Washi tape $2.99 (in store)

(click HERE to link to all the items)

We put three taffies in per bag and closed it off with a strip of washi tape. One bag of vanilla taffy, three packets of little bitty treat bags, and one washi tape roll will make about 60 trick or treats, which works out to be around $.40 each.

So tiny and adorable!

We think they’d also make a perfect party favor.

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As always, don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on their site. You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping! Holler!

Halloween Favorites here at Boxwood

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

I always love going back and looking at old crafts and projects, and this blog has been a great way to document things we’ve been up to. Here are some of our favorite Halloween posts from the archives, hope you enjoy second time around too!

Simple green + black decorations last year found HERE.

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I can’t help think that we were copied a little over HERE on this crows wreath, we like ours better for $4! (HERE)

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Cute bucket favors for kids are always a hit. HERE.

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We still think these are one of our best ideas yet! Decorative vases out of old tights! HERE.

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Another set of decorations, orange + black this time. HERE.

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As always, we hope you find our projects inspiring and not overwhelming. We think simple is best, reuse what you have, and feel the joy or spookiness of the season!

 

 

Lil Luna Guest Post Today!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

 Good morning readers! Today I’m sharing this fast, cute and easy project over at Lil Luna, do come over and visit!

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Em’s Halloween Bookcase

Monday, September 30th, 2013

We’re almost in October and with Halloween approaching I decided to gather a few black and brown items from around the house to make a spooky display for our front living room.

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One thing I really wanted in our new house was a fireplace. The builder was charging close to a fortune for one so we decided against it. Instead, I’ve tried to make a focal point in the living room with my trusty Expedit bookcase and decorate the top like I would a mantle.

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It was easy to make a spooky display with this black ‘creepy cloth‘ from the Dollar Tree and fake candles I found at the thrift store, which flicker and glow orange at night. Artificial leaves stuck into the creepy cloth also finished off the display nicely.

How are you decorating for Halloween this year?

DIY Mystery Footprints

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

boxwood clippings_halloweenWhen we were little our Gran would throw a party every year for her Birthday and Halloween. She went all out with decor, which always included silhouettes of footprints creeping up the walls and ceilings.

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We made our own version this year by making a stencil from outlining one of Brad’s shoes onto black craft paper and staggering them up the wall with tack.

Brad thought it was weird and creepy..exactly what I was going for! I might creep myself out too much to have these in the house until Halloween, but perfect for a party don’t you think? How would your household react?

DIY Googly Eye Card

Monday, September 16th, 2013

boxwood clippings_halloweenDo you love googly eyes as much as we do? We’ll take any excuse to use them!

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Perfect for a Halloween invite or an October notecard for any occasion, sticking pairs of googly eyes onto black card stock makes for a very spooky greeting card! Pick up a pack for yourself at the Dollar Tree or craft store.

DIY Spooky Halloween Houses

Monday, September 9th, 2013

boxwood clippings_halloweenWe’ve always loved these little houses, but since we have no little girls we’ve had no chance to purchase them. That was until Sarah’s brilliant idea to decorate them for Halloween! :)

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We simply painted them with black craft paint, added a battery operated LED tea light, and added tissue paper at the windows for extra glow…an easy spooky village to get in the mood for Halloween!

If you’d like to make your own houses don’t forget to use this coupon to buy the houses for just a few dollars in store.

Bit’s ‘n’ Bobs Halloween Garland

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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Oh yeah…time to start blogging about Halloween! Enough with the heat already! Last week we got together, got a little giggly at the thought of the next season ahead of us, and then created this…

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We gathered a few bits and bobs from around the house; acorns, pine cones, ribbon etc, got the old can of black spray paint out and got to work.

One great thing about the heat is the spray paint dries so, so fast! No need for patience in 100 degree weather!

Then, we simply tied all of the items onto a thin piece of black ribbon…

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We are in love with the all-black theme…so chic! This project couldn’t have been easier and would be perfect to do with children to get them excited for the months ahead. Yay for autumn!

Coming Soon…Fall!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

 Are you guys sick of the heat yet? We’re totally over it.

These images are helping us dream of cooler days, and festive evenings…eek.

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All these images were found via our friends Pinterest page, Megan Hillery (click HERE). She seriously has the best pinterest page ever, go check her out and prepare to be inspired!

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In the mean time, what are you most excited about this fall? I’m craving some yummy soups :)

A Glam Fall Centerpiece

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Incase you missed it…here’s the project I shared over at Lil Luna last week, I hope you likey!

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 I’m so excited to share a very easy, very cheap, and very chic centerpiece for your fall enjoyment!

Here it is:

I hope you like it as much as I do! In fact, I kinda surprised myself once it was all finished!

I didn’t have a plan; just a color pallet of gold, black and a hint of brown (so hot right now!), and with that I went on a little scavenger hunt around my house to see what would fit the bill. The only thing I bought was a can of gold spray paint to help tie ordinary objects together. It was well worth the $3!

I used leftover Christmas wrapping paper for the runner and hung sprayed leaves from my chandelier for a dramatic effect!

Spraying little glass jars instantly transformed them into glamorous vases. Pine cones, acorns, stones, twigs and feathers all scream fall, so they were a natural fit…naturally!

My point is: you don’t have to spend any money to decorate; use what’s around you, and at the very most splurge on a can of paint! I hope this inspires you to create your own centerpieces. I’d love to see what you come up with.

To see more of my spur-of-the-moment—almost zero budget—seasonal decorating, see HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE!

Spicy Carrot Soup Recipe

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Yesterday we made our Mum’s yummy, Spicy Carrot Soup. It is healthy, easy, inexpensive and perfect for a Halloween supper.

Here is the recipe:

2 lbs carrots

2 medium potatoes

1 large or 2 medium onions

2 knorr stock cubes or chicken stock

1/2 cup of long grain rice

Salt + Pepper to taste

Curry Powder to taste

Peel potatos and carrots and cut in even pieces, peel and cut up the onion/s. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and then saute the vegetables in the oil for a few minutes until partially cooked. Cover with water and add stock cubes (or chicken stock), add the rice and bring to the boil. Once boiled turn down the heat and simmer for at least an hour or until veg are very tender. Blend with a hand blender or blend with a food processor and season to taste with S&P and curry powder.

Serve soup piping hot, and garnish with blob of sour cream, a swirl of fresh cream, grated cheese, or a sprig of cilantro.

This soups is perfect with our favorite no-knead bread and  is so hearty and warming I think it should be a new Halloween tradition, it would be perfect before sending the kids out on a cold night! Thanks for the recipe Mum! What are you up to this Halloween?

Halloween Decorations: Sarah’s Guest Bathroom

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Sometimes decorating for a holiday can be a lot of work, and lets face it…sometimes it’s just not worth it. Halloween for me is always up for debate; I love feeling spooky, yet feel Autumn decorations are more worthy of my time since they can be enjoyed all the way from September to December.

To solve this little dilemma, a few years ago I decided at the very least I’d deck out smallest room in my house for halloween, the downstairs guest bath. There’s only a book shelf and mirror so it takes an hour or less, but feels so festive when making a quick trip to the loo.

This year I went with muted greens, black and white:

I kinda love the results!

I used some grey cheese cloth that I got at the Dollar Tree, and other halloween pieces I’ve had for years. Other than that, I pulled some Christmas ornaments, and took some dusty miller clippings from the front of our house.

I love gathering bits and bobs from around the house and seeing what I can come up with. Sometimes the challenge is even better than heading out to the shops.

Have you guys created anything out of nothing this spooky season? We’d love to see!


Halloween Gift + Shipping Tip

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

As I’m sure you guys know shipping can be excruciatingly expensive, even a little extra weight can really cost you. Therefore, when it comes to gift wrap we choose tissue paper over regular wrapping paper, for the weight and flexibility.

It’s a good idea to add a sheet of white tissue paper under the patterned one, so you can’t see through it. Then just add a bit of ribbon, and that’s that…off to the post office.

There’s nothing like opening your mailbox to a pretty parcel, it makes me feel so loved!

 

Martha Stewart Halloween Roundup

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Before the age of blogs and Pinterest, my main source of holiday inspiration was from Martha Stewart. Her magazines were jam packed of ideas, mostly simple but all so chic.

These are still some of my faves:

 All projects and photos found HERE.

These pictures are make me feel chilly and cozy all in one, and I often think how great it is to have seasons and holidays, they keep the year ticking and me constant state of excitement!

Halloween is coming!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Don’t you just love this time of year when all the Halloween goodies appear? I’m not one for the blood and guts, but cute products I can’t get enough of.

Here are are couple of my faves I’ve had my eye on:

1. Haunted Silhouette Centerpieces: an easy decoration for just $1 at the Dollar Tree…holler!

2. Chevron Stripe Treat Bags: $5 for 20 at Gygi, adorable for favors and trick or treaters.

3. Feathered Crows: again from the Dollar Tree for $1. I used them HERE and HERE.

4. Orange Paper Straws: from Gygi, $7.99 for 50, they make any drink a partay!

 5. Spider Mug: just in time for hot drink season, found at Crate & Barrel for $5.95.

6. Halloween Cupcake Papers: all the inspiration I need to get my bake on! $4.95 for 50 from Crate & Barrel.

Little seasonal touches around the house add a sense of occasion, and a warmth of home. Can’t wait to add a little to mine.

Tonight the Gatehouse No.1 in Orem is hosting their first “Ghouls Night Out” with live entertainment, food, decorating classes and seasonal discounts, I’ll be going are you in?

The Pumpkins are Growing!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Do you guys remember my story about my little seed? Well here’s the update…they’re taking over everything!

Who knew planting little seeds could turn into such a mess! We’ve tried to get things under control by trying to get them to grow upwards instead of out, and it’s working quite well.

These wild plants became our babies this summer, and we’ve enjoyed seeing them grow daily. But the real fun is still ahead, decorating and eating them!

Over at Better Homes and Gardens, I’ve been finding all sorts of inspiration:

We ended up planting three different varieties and colours: green, white and orange. I’m hoping we’ll get enough to feel super festive once the weather turns.

There’s something very satisfying about growing things, I feel quite accomplished!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Wishing all you witches the spookiest of nights!

Halloween Traditions

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In England, Halloween is not as widely celebrated as it is here in the States, but as a child I never noticed as it’s always a special day for our family as it’s Gran’s birthday, and she’s always been one to know how to throw a party.

All the children would dress up as festive characters, (I was always either a cat or a witch), and we’d go out into the cold, dark night over to Gran’s house. Every year she decorates with pumpkins, turnips, and paper wall hangings, but my favorite decorations were black paper foot steps that were strategically placed around the main floor of the house.

Dinner was a child’s dream: a buffet filled with a variety of deli meats, cheeses, crisps, and countless desserts.

We were then set free to play with our cousins, and then later called back to play the yearly round of bobbing for apples. Instead of bobbling in water, they’d be hanging from a stick, and with hands behind our backs we’d race to see who could catch theirs first.

Then with tired eyes and full bellies, we’d head home with sweet memories, and treat bags.

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These parties still take place in one form or another, and there’s a new generation enjoying the magic my Granny brings to the season. It didn’t hit me until recently, that although it was Gran’s birthday it was her who was hosting a party for all of us to enjoy, especially the kiddies.

In that same spirit we decided a throw a spare of the moment party one Sunday evening while we were out in Cali with our sisters kids.

It didn’t take much as we simply found costumes, dimded the lights, played a game, had a mini dance party, and bobbed for apples. It was a great way to spend a quite evening, and hopefully we created some memories that will stick!