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throwback candy wrapper bracelet

hope everyone had a wonderful mama’s day with lots of spoilage going on!

our oldest (ozzie) had a baseball tournament (of all things, i know….  but it was really fun) so we split our time between family and the fields.  however, sometime around 2 yesterday, it was clear that the littles had hit their, busy weekend without a nap, limit – so i took them home for some R&R….  and a little paper craft.

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do you remember making things from candy wrappers as a kid?  maybe something similar to the bracelet above using starburst wrappers?  so fun, right?  well, i was hoping to get the same sort of look without actually unwrapping packages of candy, so i put together this template (you can download here).

matilda (4) was able to do most of the folding and then hand the pieces over to me to put together.  it’s always nice to have a project handy that doesn’t require a mess or tons of supplies!

to make your own, you’ll need this template or candy wrappers (if you really want to go old school), a printer, text weight printer paper, and scissors.

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1. print a couple pages of the template and cut the rectangles out.

2. pick a rectangle and fold it in half to make a crease, and unfold.  then fold each side into the middle.

3.  (excuse the change in paper….  just pretend it’s still the teal dots) fold each side in again, and fold one more time in half.

4. fold in half, lengthwise.  then just for the starting piece, fold the ends inside to the center.

5. next, fold a second piece of paper, but skip the second part of step 4.  instead, slide the ends through the folds in the previous paper and then fold the ends up to make a place for the next piece.

continue until your chain is long enough to make a bracelet…  we used almost two pages of the template.

diwy-candy-wrapper-bracelet-rae-ann-kelly-4what do you think!?  might be a good craft to bring on a long car or plane ride….  we’ll have to print some out for out trip to cali in a few weeks!

can you think of any other simple crafts you did as a kid?  we’d love to hear in the comments below!

hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

xo . rae

p.s. – thank you to everyone for your sweet, lovely and heart felt replies to my last post.  i was so blown away by your words and encouragement.  xoxoxoxo

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adventures in dress(ing)

a few years back i recall making a statement to my friend that went something like this…

“i almost never buy dresses because you can’t mix and match them…  you are just stuck with the same outfit that looks the same everytime it’s worn.”  (um, opinionated much? ha!)

truth be told, i was talking about dresses for tilly who was probably 18 months old or so, however i believed the same for myself.  tilly has since insisted on wearing dresses almost everyday and i have eaten my words more than once.

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//striped dress is a target sale find//pics by stacy jacobsen//thanks girl//

including TODAY because, i heart dresses.  heart wearing them.  heart how effortless they are to throw on and how put together i feel when i’m in one.  and (like any good “eat your words” story) i’ve found all sort of ways to mix and match.

just one or two of the following will do: tights, leggings, heels, flats, chunky sweater, cardi, belt, up-do, down-do, scarves, knee socks, crew socks, boots, jean jacket, blazer …..  what else?

now that we’re on the subject, what are your dress obsessions or hangups (i know, real deep, uh!)?  let us know in the comments!

xo . rae
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DIY did i do this?

ever see something at the store and think, i could totes (save money &) DIY that?

diy-floating-bookshelf-2then did you head to the man store to buy supplies and realize (a little too late) that, um your not really saving much?  ttthhhhheeennnnn, did you start putting things together, hanging, leveling, drilling, etc. and want to punch yourself for not just buying the store version?

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that’s what happened with the floating bookshelves we just put up in espen and tilly’s room.

i first saw the clever bookshelf (HERE) at urban outfitters for $14 each and decided that i wanted atleast 4 and maybe 6 for the middles’ room.  BUT for whatever (#imcheap) reason didn’t want to spend the $60-90ish that would take.

(you can also find them at the land of nod, here)

that’s how i wound up at the store buying 8 brackets for $5 each, saving me a total of $16.

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which is all fine and dandy, except that because we hung two brackets for each shelf, there was a lot of extra measuring and leveling and wall anchoring going on and it was at least twice as much work as the urban outfitters version would have been.

oh, and i still need to find big books at good will to glue to the brackets so you can’t see them….  something that isn’t necessary with the non-diy version.

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and (one last thing) the brackets are taller than the shelves at the store so you need to keep more books stacked up to hide them from view. (if that makes sense?)

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i am thankful however, that they still look pretty cute.

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here is a glimpse of the wall before the book stacking began.

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and what i swept out from under the kids’ cabinets.  their room gets a little out of control sometimes.

(as was griffey’s diaper at the time of this picture, LOL)

diy-floating-bookshelf-3so, there you have it…  a DIY gone DI-Y did i do this?!  it’s not the first, i’m sure it won’t be the last and definitely could have been worse!

howbout you?  ever had a similar experience?  or just assume when you see other people’s projects that they always turn out perf?  we’d love to hear your thoughts below!

oh and if you need an extra laugh today, here is a link to some funny pinterest fails…  should do the trick!

hope you have a beautiful friday, friend!!!!!

<3 . rae

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the cutest fabric easter eggs (a project i did with my mama)

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 my mom (aren’t they the best?) put together this clever little tutorial just in time for easter.  well, she put it together with plenty of time and i’m just now posting it in time.  aren’t they cute?  and they are a quick project to complete!

for this project, you will need:

the printable pattern you can find here,  fabric scissors, iron, fiber fill (stuffing), needle and thread, sewing machine optional, fabric of your choice (each egg uses 9 x 6.5″ piece or you can get about 5 from a fat quarter – 18 x 22).

 cut out your pattern.  there are two included on your printable.  for this tutorial we are going to use the one pictured above.  trace 2 of the patterns on the wrong side of your fabric.

cut them out.

iron the bottom tab up.  

place pieces of fabric right sides together.

sew around the pattern using a 1/4″ seam, back-stitching at each end.  leave the bottom open.

turn right side out and stuff with fiber fill.  this is a great job for the kids in your life.

once your egg is stuffed full, thread your needle, tie a knot at the end of the thread and make a running stitch around the open end of your egg.  pull the thread taught and tie, closing the opening.

now you have an adorable egg!  repeat the steps to make a collection.  you can also tie a thread through the top of the eggs so you can hang them.  my little ones have had a fun time sorting the easter eggs or hiding them throughout the house for someone else to go find.

to make the mis-matched egg, trace and cut the pattern and fabric as described.  then, right sides together, sew the top fabric to the bottom fabric using a 1/4″ seam.  then follow the remaining steps, starting with “iron the bottom tab up”….  outlined above.

as always, let us know if you have any questions!

xo . jane + rae

ps – don’t forget to tweet, pin or share what you like!

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making buttons with spoonflower

a couple years ago when my mom and i were developing threads (our video sewing classes), our minds would often wander to the world and possibilities of fabric design…. we contemplated what it would take to develop a few fabric collections and shop them around hoping to get picked up by a big textile company?

seeing as how we didn’t have the time & money to invest or the connections, we decided to put our little dream on hold…..  (sniffle)

until (that is!) just a couple weeks later when we stumbled upon SPOONFLOWER, and all our dreams came true.  no really, it’s like disney land for the crafty designer type.  we could design as we had the time and inspiration along side a talented community of indie designers.  you can read more about them HERE….  amaze-balls.

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needless to say, when they contacted us about featuring our hand warmer post, we were ecstatic.  when they asked if we had any other fat-quarter projects to share we answered with a resounding, “cha, do we ever!” and quickly started designing the buttons you see pictured above.

we would love it if you stopped by the spoonflower blog to check out the button making tutorial and some project inspiration for the buttons you make.

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/// C L I C K   T H E   I M A G E   to head there now ///

if you are joining us from spoonflower, (WELCOME!!!) below is one more idea to use the fabric covered buttons….  simply add them to a boys shirt!

fabric-boy-button-diy-armommy-cute, right!?  and perfect for adding some handmade charm to a store bought top!  easter maybe?  they’d be fun as cufflinks or a tie pin, too!

we’d love to know (in the comments below) what you think and how you would use your fabric covered buttons!

xo . rae

PS – oh, forgot to mention one more thing…  spoonflower also prints wall decals and wallpaper.  so even if fabric isn’t your thing, you should totally go check them out, HERE!

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fabric arrow banner DIY

i had the sweet privilege of designing a family photo card for my homegirl jaimie this past holiday season.  she had sent me a darling picture of her 2 boys and wanted the theme to be “all you need is love”.  so i cooked up a fun design that included the text and arrows you see below.  the card turned out supa cute, and i couldn’t wait to use the design again…

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… and decided to turn it into a  n o – s e w   f a b r i c   b a n n e r  you can  D I Y .

the project took about 15 minutes with 30 minutes of drying time.

S U P P L I E S :  you’ll need  a fat-quarter of our design on spoonflower here (or get a yard and make 4), fabric glue, no-frey fabric sealant, small dowel, a q-tip, and twine or ribbon for hanging.

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D I R E C T I O N S :

1.  cut the banner from the fat quarter of fabric and iron if needed.

2.  follow the directions on the no-fray sealant and let dry.  meanwhile cut the dowel a little wider than the banner (i used a steak knife….  prob not the best, but is worked!).

3.  turn the banner face down and lay the dowel on top about an inch from the top.  then squeeze a line of fabric glue an inch below that, smear with a q-tip and fold the fabric down over the dowel, leaving a little wiggle room.  press down along the glue and let dry.
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4.  then, all that’s left is to cut and tie twine to each end of the dowel….
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… and find the perfect place to hang it!

if you like the banner idea, or want to see more designs or maybe a template to make your own design or use with a patterned fabric, let us know in the comments!

xo . rae

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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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