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save a deer, make some antlers

since childhood i’ve spent countless weekends and summers at my parents cabin in the mountains.  it also happens to be  F U L L  of woodsy details and animal decor.  so when antlers hit the design world a few years ago they felt familiar and nostalgic and like everyone else i fell in love.

unfortunately, stumbling upon the perfect pair to decorate with can be tricky, so here is a pair you can DIY!

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(photo by stacy jacobsen of my little, tilly…  don’t you just want to tickle that tummy!? )

perfectly charming for valentines day, but oh so fitting for springtime too!  (tutorial below)

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SUPPLIES to make the cupcake liner flowers: 6 to 10 regular size cupcake liners, 8 to 12 mini cupcake liners, and a glue gun.

1. for each flower, lay one liner out on your work surface.  then fold each cupcake liner in half 3 times (see picture).  after the third time, you’ll have a point at the bottom….  fold it up so you have a little flap.

2. once all of your liners are folded, squirt some hot glue into the bottom of the main liner.  working quickly, add the folded liners by laying the flap in the glue (oh my word, i hope this makes sense….  thank God for pictures!).  continue until your flower is full!

3.  repeat steps one and two for all your flowers!  (we did 3)

antler-valentine-template-5SUPPLIES for the antlers: template (click the image to download), big piece of cardboard, box cutters or any other kind of sharp blade/scissors, paint or glue and glitter (optional) to embellish, hot glue or craft glue.

1.  trace template onto cardboard and cut out.

2. paint or glitter or embellish how you like (we painted the plaque and left the antlers ah natural).  let dry if needed.

3.  hot glue the antlers to the plaque and the cupcake liner flowers to the antlers.

holy smokes how i hope you enjoy this project as much as i enjoy sharing it with you!

please let us know where you would/will be hanging your antlers, in the comments below!

after Vday i’m pretty sure it will hang on our front door….  maybe with a little banner between the antlers.  we’ll see.

xo . rae

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a little cozy goes a long way (and a hand warmer DIY)

i’m not a super mom.  in fact, i’m pretty sure it’s an oxymoron or the opposite of a double negative, or something that cancels itself out.  most days i’m just doing what has to be done, making sure my babes have what they need and praying that everything else falls into place.

but there is one other thing i take very seriously….  that my kids feel loved.  everyday.

it would be easy for this task to become overwhelming, but luckily my kids have taught me that it’s the little things that matter.  just one act of love goes a looooong way.

this winter my default has been just about anything warm and cozy.  letting them eat breakfast by the fireplace, adding an extra blanket to their beds, a hot cup of cocoa after being outside, a warm towel to wrap up in after tubs, or….

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… reheatable hand-warmers to pop in their pockets on the way to school.  so cozy.

(continue reading for the DIY instructions)

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SUPPLIES:

DIRECTIONS:

1.  using fabric scissors, cut the pattern from our spoonflower fabric OR cut 2-3/4 inch squares from your choice of fabric.  you’ll need two per hand warmer.

2. place two squares of fabric wrong sides together and stitch a 1/4 inch seam around the outside, leaving a 1-1/2 inch opening and backstitching in the beginning and end.  (if you don’t have pinking shears, place fabric write sided together, sew as instructed and then turn right side out.)

3. fill 3/4 of the way up with rice.

4.  using a long pin, block the rice from falling out of the opening and sew closed.

5.  using pinking shears, trim the edges….  it will keep them from fraying.

to use, warm up int he microwave for 20 seconds (or so), but make sure they aren’t too hot before handing over to little hands!

hand-warmer-valentines-3i also thought it would be fun to make some extras to give as love day gifts and made a little insert to include.  you can download it (HERE).

so, i shared a couple of my little tricks, but would LOVE to hear about little things you do to show your kids you love them!  let us know in the comments below.

xo . rae

P.S. – Just added a new oversized version of these hand warmers HERE and would love for you to check them out.

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glitter top & belt DIY’s

glitter…..  it used to just remind me of school dances (body glitter anyone?), but lately i’ve had a big fat crush on it.

it all started with a simple party nail and then began popping up in our design and craft projects and has now made it’s way into the lady closets in our home.  slightly unusual for me and my tomboyish ways (so a little goes a long way), but perfect for my girlie tilly.

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and it makes for some simple (although messy) DIY’s and the timing is perfect with valentines day right around the corner.  here’s how we made the top & belt pictured.

T O P   d i y :  you’ll need glitter, mod podge, flat paint brush, clear fingernail polish, piece of chalk or colored pencil, piece of card stock and a top.

step 1:  slide a piece of card stock or cardboard inside your shirt to keep the glue from soaking through.  then, using chalk (which is easy to wipe away) or colored pencil, draw the pattern you would like to fill with glitter.

step 2: working in sections with a flat paint brush, apply a generous amount of mod podge and sprinkle with glitter.  dust off excess and gently press the remaining glitter. repeat until your design is filled.  allow to dry and then apply a light top coat of mod podge and let dry again.

step 3:  last but not least, brush a coat of clear nail polish over the glitter and let dry.  this helps seal the glitter so it will last through the wash, however you’ll probably want to hand-wash…  not sure it would make it through the washing machine!

to DIY the belt, follow step 2 above!  you could also cover an old bangle or the toes on a pair of shoes or hair accessory or….  any other ideas?

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{images by STACY JACOBSEN}

just be forewarned – wearing glitter may cause side effects such as an irresistible urge to dance, stick out your tongue and act silly in general.  OMGosh!  body glitter makes total sense now!  ha!

n o t e s   &   d e t a i l s :

* i used the cheap kid craft glitter for tilly’s tops and a more expensive glitter (not powder) for my belt.

* on tilly – /polka dot top : target / white top : marshalls / sweater leggings : H&M /

* on moi – / wedge booties : target / coral top : american eagle / belt : came with a dress from the GAP / jeans :  j. crew /

that was fun!!  thanks for letting us share!

now, let us know in the comments below, where would you add some glitter!!?

XO . rae

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la la love the fringe (banner DIY)

as promised (HERE), we bring you a tutorial & template for the fringe banner!

although i’m really excited, i do wish i had a witty little story to share as an intro…. but, it’s late.  and there is a dirty kitchen calling my name.  and we have an early morning tomorrow.  and generally speaking my cell brains have been slaking off this week.  so i’ll spare you.

but, if you are feeling adventurous (i promise to proof read) keep scrolling for the toots……

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to make the letter banner, download this template, print on card stock, cut out, hole punch along the top (two in each letter), thread with twine and hang!

if you have colored paper that won’t go through your printer just print, cutout and trace the template onto your paper.

lala-love-bannerSUPPLIES you’ll need to make the fringe banner:  6 to 8 sheets of tissue paper (i grabbed tissue from the dollar section at target), scissors, a few pins, and thread and needle or a sewing machine.

1. make two stacks of 3 to 4 sheets of tissue paper in the same order.  lay one stack on top of the other so they overlap (about an inch) and fold in half.

2. use a a couple pins in the center and sides to keep the tissue paper together.  then sew a 1 inch seam along the fold to the tissue paper.

3.  using scissors, cut fringe, stopping 1 inch from the seam.  then gently scrunch the tissue so it looks a little messy and fun…  and ready to celebrate.

i meant to try making a version that didn’t require sewing, but ran out of time.  i’m guessing that there is someway to create one using tape or glue or staples.  if you have any ideas or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!

la, la, love ya . rae

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coffee house craft

ever plan a coffee outing with friends, hoping for a few peaceful moments out of the house, a smidgen of adult conversation, and a yummy drink only to find yourself wrangling kids, wiping up spills and apologizing to fellow patrons, before packing up for an early departure?  (please say yes…)

last month i had an experience similar to the above.  so, last week after planning a coffee date with stacy (& son jack) and mandy (& daughter harper), i decided to come prepared with an activity that might occupy the kids longer than a drink and snack.
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guess what?  it worked like a charm and stacy was kind enough to document our coffee date so we could share!

HERE is the template for you to download and use at home or out and about.

it consists of 3 pages:

1. the snowman designed to fit around a cup. print this page on card stock.

2. a simple 5×7 card that should also be printed on regular size card stock.

3.  a page of accessories for the snow man.  you can also print these on card stock, then cut out and glue OR print on sticker paper and then cut out.  we went the sticker route.

it was so much fun watching the kids assemble their snowmen and hangout together….

and we couldn’t sign off without sharing this kissing sequence above.  the cutest!

if you have any comments regarding being out and about with kids, please share below!

CLICK here to hang with mandy and harper over at harper’s happenings and HERE for tons of eye candy on stacy’s BLOG.

and not to be overly bossy, but tweet this too!.

xo . rae + jane

ps – the cute coffee house we met at is, The Greener Bean in Fircrest, WA.  if you live in the tacoma area i highly recommend checking it out!

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my poor kids + a DIY

small confession.  i have 4 kids and none of them have a baby book.  i feel guilty every time i see one that has been diligently filled out by a really good mom (you know who you are!).  my poor kids.  sometimes i feel for them, but most days i’m cool with being the mom god gave them and that mom is not good at filling in charts or making a list of their favorite baby foods or keeping a lock from their first haircut.

there are however days when they say something funny or i notice something new about their personality or i want to tell them just how madly in love with them i am without it going in one ear and out the other.

and then there is my husband and oh my gosh i want him to have silly love notes from me during this season in our life and i want to remember our dinner table conversations and well i think you get the point.

problem is, i didn’t really have anywhere to record all this wonderful stuff until this happened:

printable-calendar-journal-note-card-10a little journal made out of index cards, mini file folders to keep things divided by months and a felt “box” to hold them in while they sit on our family room shelf.

it’s been so nice to have….  and would make a cute gift for the new year.

{keep reading for the instructions and download!}

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SUPPLY LIST:  ruler, piece of felt, piece of cardboard, 400 – 3×5 index cards, tacky glue, 4 clips, scissors, the file folders & card stock

STEP 1: download and print your file folders.  cut your cardboard to 5-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches.  cut a piece of felt to  8-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches.

STEP 2:  ( s e e   p i c t u r e   b e l o w ) 

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STEP 3: fold the long sides of felt up around the cardboard and then the short sides…  you should have a little flap.  put a generous amount of glue on the flaps and wrap them around the sides of your felt.  use the clips to hold them in place.

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STEP 4:  allow to dry, remove clips and fill with index cards and dividers.

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then, place it somewhere handy or maybe even in the way so you remember to jot things down.  it would also be cute and fun to print and add photos to your journal!

so, how do you save memories?  journals, baby books, scrapbooks???  let us know in the comments!

we’ll see you on thursday with one of my favorite breakfast recipes and trust me, you don’t want to miss it.

xo . rae
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fall felt & banner

Fall is in the air…..  actually, not really.  It’s been in the 80’s around Seattle (80’s!).  While I appreciate the extra sun before the rain, I can hardly wait for the seasons to change.  Cozy sweaters, pumpkin patches, comfort food, apple orchards, hot cocoa, and the list goes on.

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Even thought it may be a few weeks before I can indulge in my list of favorites, it seems like the perfect time to get my home ready and festive for fall.  And by my home I mean the chalkboard wall in our kitchen (that I really hope you aren’t getting sick of seeing, ha!) and maybe a few pillows.  At least until the pumpkins are ready to pick.

About a year ago I hung a felt ball garland in the window of our family room and felt in love.  As it turned out, most everyone that walks through our door falls in love as well.  So, when it came time to look for inspiration for a fall banner & garland, I didn’t have to look too far.  (love when that happens)

A few days after deciding on the project, I “bumped” into Ruth of Felt Foxes on etsy and she totally hooked a sista up with some of her bright + whimsical felt balls. Good news is, she sent enough for me to share with you!  You can visit her shop (HERE), and find deatails about the giveaway at the bottom of the post.  It’s been so lovely working with her!

Now for the short  and sweet (30 to 45 minutes) garland & banner tutorial:

To make the garland you’ll want a generous amount of felt balls (I used about 12 per strand), twine or embroidery floss, a needle, scissors, and pliers or something to help pull the needle through the felt. (unless you have freakishly strong fingers)

1.) thread the needle (i had to feed the twine through one strand at a time).

2.) push the threaded needle through the ball and pull through using the pliers.

3.) repeat until you are happy with your garland!

To make the banner you’ll want 10 old book pages, twine, scissors, hole punch, & our happy fall template.

1.) open the template and place your book pages upside down in the printer.  The letters are mirror image so you’ll want to make sure an print on the side of the pages that you don’t want to be seen.  Then hit print.

2.) cut out the letters and hole punch twice at the top of each letter (the “H” will need 4 punches).  Thread the twine through.

To finish up, hang the garland and banner and arrange letters and felt balls until you are happy with them!

So charming and simple, right!?

To make your own you can head to Felt Foxes and add Ruth’s beautiful felt balls to your cart, OR leave a comment below, letting us know where you would like to hang your garland and win 100 felt balls, a bundle of twine and 10 pages from my book pictured in the middle of the post.

I WILL PICK A the WINNER is: Kelsey Arnett!  ON FRIDAY (9/21).

Excited to hear what you think!!!

xo . rae

P.S. – did you know that it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!?  I plan on watching Goonies to celebrate.

It’s also my dad’s bday….  (Arrrgg ye daddey, happy birthday! … Now go walk the plank!! ha!)

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word bubble photo prop. (oldie but goodie)

titlewe’re concluding {for now} our mustache bash tutorials with this charming chalkboard prop that provides a fun way to share a message in a photo.

use them in photo booths at parties, first day of school or christmas card pictures.  your family or party guests can write messages to newlyweds, graduates & new parents or write their grade & teacher’s name, age in months {for 1st year pictures}, expressions of appreciation or love and oodles of other notes!

to make one, you’ll need:

foam board, chalkboard paint & paint brush or spray paint, exacto knife or other sharp blade, cutting mat or other appropriate work surface, pencil, dowel, packaging tape & chalk.

1} draw your word bubble or other shape on the foam board with a pencil.  2} carefully cut out your shape with an exacto knife or the like over a cutting mat.  3} paint your shape with the chalkboard paint – according to the directions.  4} do a couple more coats.  5} let dry.  6} tape your dowels to the back of your painted shape.  7} go to town writing fun messages!

i’m not so sure these pictures are the best examples of the word bubbles.  my munchkins were less then thrilled about being involved in the photo sesh….  mucho tired and grumpy after an unsuccessful nap time.  they look more like they are picketing for better child labor laws…  he!  can’t help but chuckle when i think about what they might say when they are enough to realize how randomly involved they are in our little company.

tomorrow we have an adorable dessert idea for any summer or spring celebration {the summer soiree party collection included} and just in time for easter.  we’ll also post food friday.

see you soon!

xo . rae

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