Archive for the ‘valentine’s day’ Category

DIY Potato Stamp Valentine Wrapping

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Today we’re sharing our wrapping for Valentine’s this year. As always, we try to keep it really easy so we brought out our kiddy selves again with the potato stamp and then a little hint of red.

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For step-by-step stamping instructions see our post here.

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Are you doing any fun crafting for Valentine’s?

Best of Boxwood: Valentine Ideas

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

We’ve been having too much fun going through our archives looking at our favorite posts.

Here are some great ones for Valentine’s Day, hope you enjoy revisiting with us!

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Blush Valentine Decorations, see HERE.

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DIY Pink + White Marshmallow Garland, see HERE.

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DIY Newspaper Hearts on Lights, see HERE.

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White Valentine’s Garland, see HERE.

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Deck of Cards, 52 Things I Love about You. See HERE.

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Five Gift Ideas for the Mr, see HERE.

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As always, we hope you find our ideas inspiring without being overwhelming. We always feel simple is best, and just a half hour or so on a project can really help you feel the spirit of the season!

Are you guys working on fun things this year?

Valentine’s Day Table Setting

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Every February, our sis-in-law Kimberly throws a Valentine’s dinner for our family. Her kids get so excited and we all make little Valentine’s for each other. Kimberly goes all out with setting the table, and always makes an amazing meal. Now we all look forward this event every year. I love the idea of making a bigger deal out of little holidays (especially in the winter months)!!!

I decided to get a little festive in our dining room by pulling out red and pink party decor and buying a few heart balloons from The Dollar Tree.

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This literally took about 10 minutes and no effort at all. It’s amazing how just pulling a few pieces out and spending a few minutes can make an ordinary day feel extra special. Happy love month everyone!!!

Worth the Splurge: Etsy Valentine Cards

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

I am a hopeless romantic, so I love a cheeky Valentine’s card. It’s one of the only times of the year to formally celebrate love, so even though pretty letter-pressed and handmade cards can cost a little more and you have to pay for shipping, I say it’s well worth the little extra!

I usually am too late to order from Etsy by the time I think about Valentine’s, so I thought I’d post this extra early to let you see a few clever cards that we can all order with time to spare for v-day.

love you splotch cardLove you paint splotch card $5

you take my breath away cardYou take my breath away card $4.50

you are the only one for me cardYou are the only one for me card $3

i flippin love you cardI flippin love you card $4

stars cardThanking my lucky stars card $5

you make my heart happy cardYou make my heart happy card $4

i love you forever for reals cardI love you forever. For reals card $4

there is nobody else cardThere is nobody else card $4.50

Do you have any cute ideas for Valentine’s up your sleeve? See more Valentine ideas I am loving HERE.

Bath & Body Works: Black Currant & Vanilla Products

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

You all know how we love to switch out our scents for the season. Well I must say, I look forward to February for many reasons and one of those reasons is an excuses to use this fragrance from Bath and Body works.

Typically, there’s no red our house, but for Valentine’s I make an exception, and add bits from this line that is sooo yummy. Black currant and Vanilla is the perfect blend of fresh and cozy, honestly I don’t know why they call it ‘sensual’, it has me falling asleep!

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For whatever reason this scent doesn’t have as many products as the other aromatherapy ones, but enjoy what you can. The sugar scrub and wall flower are my absolute faves.

Right now, many of their products are on sale for $8 down from $13, so be sure to go check them out HERE, just in time for the month of love!

An Easy DIY Valentine Garland over at Lil Luna

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Today I’m sharing this REALLY EASY garland over at Lil Luna, do stop by!!!!

Click HERE!!!

Valentine’s Day Wish-list

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Thank goodness for something wonderful in February! I look forward to the month of love every winter. Here’s a few things I am dreaming about…

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1. Robe: This ‘sweet love and yonderflies’ robe from Pretty Plum Sugar is just the ticket to take me out of the winter blues. Feminine and romantic is just what I need!

2. Cream Blush: My skin is lacking a lot of luster as of late. This multiple stick from Nars is supposed to bring an automatic ‘dewy’ look to any wind-blown face.

3. Scent: This perfume is one of my every day favorites right now, cannot beat that price tag!

4. Flowers: Cliche for V-day, I know but I appreciate flowers in the winter months more than any other time of year. Bringing beautiful blooms inside in the depth of winter does something wonderful for the soul. Time to treat ourselves to a bunch from Costco I think :)

5. Earrings: Sometimes I just need a new pair of earrings to feel like a new woman. These studs are classic, sparkly and a steal…three of my favorite things.

6. Superbalm: I wore this on our wedding day and always make a point of wearing it for Valentine’s and our anniversary to remind me of our special day. Perfect for winter chapped lips.

This would be my perfect recipe for prepping for Valentine’s day this year. What are you dreaming about this January?

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

We are in a hurry around here to get lots of things done before Sarah’s babies get here! Sarah had the most brilliant idea for the fastest and most original Valentine’s cards.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

 We simply lay card stock onto scrap paper and started swirling around craft paint.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

With no paint brushes required, we had a blast making a mess with pink and metallic paints.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We let them dry overnight and then folded them in half for a simple card.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We love how these turned out, all that texture and sheen!

Best of all these were so inexpensive and only took only 2 minutes!!! We think kids would absolutely love this project, easy enough for a two year old, fun enough for a 14-year old!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Last Saturday night, in prep for Kimberly’s annual Valentine’s dinner I was prepping chocolate dipped strawberries for the family and had the greatest time. That’s right, just me + strawberries + chocolate :)

In the kitchen I often get to thinking…not too many distractions, and for some reason repetitive tasks such as cutting up vegetables or dipping strawberries in smooth, glossy chocolate over an extended time really relaxes and de-stresses me (am I ocd?)

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I was thinking how this year our numbers would be slim as Mum and Dad are in England, as well as Luke (temporarily), and of course our older two brothers and their families who live there permanently. I hate when my parents are out of the country… I feel like a little girl homesick for them, which then leads to missing and thinking about my siblings. This night was no exception and almost every action reminded me of them.

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Rob: In our kitchen, I keep an old CD player and a sampling of my favorite CD’s. When I play them, it always reminds me of my brother, and his love for music. Plus my favorite CD’s are ones he has given me, classics like Blondie, Johnny Cash and the Proclaimers.

Phil: I always feel like Philip (the chef of our family) when I get my apron on and enjoy making something delicious in the kitchen.

Dan: I thought of Daniel while anticipating our dinner the next day at his house and grateful to him, for his constant efforts of inviting us all over to get our family together.

Hel: I felt like Helen, when somehow ALL of my fingers got covered in chocolate, and I HAD TO lick them before washing them clean. She always looks graceful no matter what, and I am always a clumsy mess.

Sar: I thought of Sarah when I drizzled with chocolate the perfect strawberry. She and Martha Stewart would’ve been proud.

Lukey: I thought of Luke when I sang along (very loudly) to Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me”. (Luke, is a huge, 6′ 7″ beast of a man and is so funny when he sings his lungs out to Taylor Swift).

Sammy: When I realized I was having such a good time, I giggled out-loud. Sam, the baby of our family is always giggling to himself.

I had such a fun few hours making these sweet treats and enjoying even more the sweet thoughts of my siblings.

Brothers and sisters, I love when a simple action reminds me of you and how much I love you.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Emily xxx

Kid Valentine’s Day from Bloggers

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Today we’d like to share a few fab Valentine’s ideas from bloggers designed for the kiddos.

First up is this cute idea from the talented Caroline at Armelle Blog :

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Isn’t this adorable? Download the treasure map free printable HERE.

These printables from one charming party are perfect for boys:

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There are a lot of super cheesy and embarrassing valentines out there for the boys, but these ones are just “dino-mite”.

Lastly, this simple idea from Paper & Pigtails:

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Cute paper bags (like these) + sentiment + yummy content.

“You’re sweet”  with any candy inside the baggie is an easy alternative to this one.

What will your kiddos be dishing out this Valentine’s Day?

Target Tuesday: Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Threshold ombre throw pillow $14.99

Red stipe pillow $19.99

Essie really red nail polish $7.79

Red ikat pouf $39.99

Huffy men’s cruiser $119.99

A favorite red notebook $2.99

Today we are hitting up Target with our sister, Helen who flew in town for a long weekend.  You can always rely on Target to hit the bulls-eye with Target-red Valentine’s loot! What are you loving at Target right now?

Red: The Color of Love (and envy)

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I have tried to be a red person, over and over. Truth? It clashes with my caramel highlights something dreadful. Sarah, with her strawberry-blonde hair also refuses to wear anything pink or red.

Our sister, Helen on the other hand is constantly rocking the red. It compliments her dark brunette hair and porcelain skin perfectly, as well as perfectly accenting her black and white colonial home. She often leaves Sarah and I feeling we lack a little luster…

With the drab, smoggy inversion of Salt Lake City nothing seems more appealing today than a punch of red. Perfect timing for February and Valentines if I do say so…

Passionate, bright, sultry and cheery. Welcome to the month of love…

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I love these bold rooms, how about that cherry red paint?

I have my eye on my favorite anthro latte bowls in the same color:

boxwoodclippings_anthro latte bowlsI would eat out of these babies all February long. Does anything change around your home for Valentine’s Day?

Congrats to Rachel and Sally Roehm, you are the lucky winners of the Winnie Press Valentine’s Day! Please email us your address and we will mail your card asap-y! (mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com)

Giveaway: Winne Press Valentine’s Card

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Today we are happy to get you all ready for Valentine’s day. We are giving away a lovely Winnie Press letter-pressed card that we made at Winnie’s Workshop for two lucky winners.

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Simply leave a comment by Saturday 12am Mountain time,  and we will announce the winners on Monday, Feb 4th.

Good luck!

A Pink, White and Silver Valentines

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Last year I loved my Valentines decorations in my downstairs bath. In fact they ended up being in there wayyy longer than valentines. So this year I decided to stick with the soft pink and just add some white a silver to cool things up a bit.

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A couple of easy DIY’s were involved in this:

First the spray painted cinnamon sticks in arranged around the candle.

Second the pink artwork, I simply splashed some craft paint on canvas and played around a bit.

Finally the feathered wreath on mirror, I just hot glued a bunch of feathers on a styrofoam wreath layering as I went.

Other than that, all the decorations are 100% Christmas clearance items. Boy do I love making deals look pretty! What are you’re decorations looking like? Email us a pic we’d love to see!

Gift Idea: Deck of Cards, 52 Things I Love about You

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

While looking for ideas for ideas for Valentine’s presents this year I stumbled upon this idea from Nicole at Visual Heart. I love the idea of a Valentine being a thoughtful token of love rather than huge, commercial presents, so thought this idea was perfect.

I picked up a deck of cards from the dollar store, a few binder rings at Target, and got to work.

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I love this idea, not just for a significant other but for anyone you love. Can’t wait to celebrate the month of love :)

Gift Idea: Valentine Crush

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

When Sarah gave these presents out for the kiddos, I thought of someone else who would enjoy a little orange fizz. Accompanied with a cheezy saying, it makes a cute little Valentine…

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DYI: Newspaper Hearts on Lights

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

I always get so sad taking down my Christmas decorations, so this year I went straight to decorating for Valentines.

The fairy lights in our dinning area really cozy up the place, so they’re officially staying till spring. I made these little hearts to dress them up for the season. They’re not only cute, but free to make and very easy!

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If you’d like to make your own, all you’ll need is: 

Fairy lights (I use icicle, currently on mega sale everywhere!)

A pair of scissors

An old newspaper or magazine

Marker or pencil

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Simply draw your heart shape on newspaper, and cut. I like to do a few pages at a time to make it super fast. Then punch over lights, the paper rips easily since it’s so thin.

This is all I had the energy for on my sick day, hope you guys aren’t feeling yucks! Look after yourselves x.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Pretty Pinks

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Today is the perfect day to celebrate one of my favorite colors..oh so pretty, pale pink.

How can you beat a simple white box tied with a satin pink bow:

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Or a cute little girl with big pink bow:

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Hopefully sometime soon I’ll have a little girl who will allow an obnoxiously massive bow on her head, at least for a picture…

…until then I’m enjoying Valentine’s with just the two of us :)

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 Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Valentine’s Marshmallow Heart

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Last night I was watching Pregnant in Heels reruns, and thought I’d pull out the marshmallows again.

This time I used some floral wire and made a heart. I added a black ribbon which all of a sudden made it look very dramatic…I’m quite pleased.

Deal Alert: Tiny Prints Customized Valentine’s Card 99¢

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Giving cards is a tradition that my family really embraces. These days I see the tradition being pushed away, much like the handwritten letter. While posting on well wishes on someone’s Facebook is very convenient, it is hardly a substitute for a well chosen card and a thoughtful sentence or two.

Ever since I discovered Tiny Prints last year I’ve had the best of both worlds. Their website is amazing and sends you notifications when you have an upcoming birthday, anniversary or holiday. There’s always a huge selection of cards to choose from, but best of all there’s always an option to customize with a photograph, how personal is that?!

And I’m also happy to report that the cards are more lovely in person, printed on a lovely, silky, thick card stock. Here’s the one I ordered for the Hubs this Valentine’s.

I have more good news: TODAY only they are offering any of their Valentine’s selection for only 99¢, just enter code DODVDAY at checkout. You’ll receive free shipping if you have it sent to you not the receiver, or just pay 44¢ (the price of a stamp) to have it shipped directly to them.

At this price it’s a great way to sample what they have to offer, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.