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backyard halloween bash

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i know it’s a little late to start planning a halloween party, but this backyard bash styled by my new friend jen was too cute to pass up. plus it’s full of fun halloween food ideas like those glass apple juice jars, tomato soup, ghostly grilled cheese

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… oreo owls and dipped marshmallows.

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jen also used our blackboard perfection party set sold on minted which was fun to see! you can checkout more of the party on her blog (HERE).

off to get everyone’s costumes organized and finished and write up a plan and shopping list for the big day. holidays are crazy around here with all these kidlets — not to mention the birthdays we have this week (oz & tilly)… i’m going to need a girl’s night asap!

what’s left on your halloween to-do list!? any festive food on the menu!?

xo . rae

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easy pennant pillow DIY

during the last couple months of my pregnancy with poppy we were super busy staging, packing and trying to rent out our old home. setting up a nursery had to wait so instead of painting and putting together furniture i started collect little decorative things to make piecing together the nursery a cinch when the time came.

during that time i also designed a few special things, including that hooray pillow in her crib. i love how it turned out and think it adds the perfect little happy touch to poppy’s space. i also love that it is a cut and sew project which is the best kind because you get to skip all the pattern printing, cutting, tracing, and pinning usually involved in sewing projects. you also get to skip the fabric foraging step which can be fun but is also very time consuming. at least for me – i have commitment issues.

bottom line — once the fabric showed up at my door step it only took 20 minutes to put together! if your interested, here’s how to DIY —

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SUPPLIES:

  • this cut and sew fabric from spoonflower (you just need a fat-quarter. i like using the linen cotton canvas) OR two swatches of fabric and fabric paint so you can stencil on whatever saying you like.
  • polyfill stuffing
  • sewing machine or needle
  • thread
  • fabric scissors.

HERE’s HOW

  1. using fabric scissors, cut out the pennant pieces.
  2. stack pennants right sides together and sew together using a straight stitch 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a 3-inch opening on the short end. trim the extra fabric from the points of the pennant.
  3. turn your pennant right side out. stuff with polyfill and fold the open edges in. close your pillow by sewing a top stitch all the way around the pillow, backstitching at the beginning and end and then your done!

easy-peasy, right? if you have any questions about the sewing terms, etc, let me know!

xo . rae

ps – here are a couple more cut and sew projects to try // here + here.

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the DESIGN shop.

super bummed that i’ve been so MIA this week as i’ve been loving this blogging gig and have lots of fun things planned. however i’ve been tied up for a good and exciting reason…. :)

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yep! i’ve opened an etsy shop and now that all the fine print has been worked out and written it’s time to fill it with products and i would REALLY, REALLY like your help!

if you have any ideas for items you would like to see in the shop, please share in the comments!

already listed is the “HOORAY” flag poster (as seen here and here) if you’ve had your eye on it.

can’t wait to hear your ideas and add more goodies to the shop!

xo . rae

P.S. – i would love to give all my blog friends 20% off with coupon code BLOGLOVE20

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digital invites and iphone wallpapers for HALLOWEEN

happy monday friends! to start the week off right, i have some cute (with a touch of spooky) halloween designs to share with you! 3 digital invites that make planning a halloween party or casual get together super easy + extra fun. just save the files and then attach to your email or text message. i also designed a few wallpapers to get your phone in the halloween spirit!

//click links below to download//

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PHONE WALLPAPERS

do you have a favorite!?

xo . rae

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#hellofall (free banner downloads)

free-fall-banner-downloadsyou guys… i love fall and especially october so i wanted to add to the merriment and share these fun and simple banners with you! just download below, print on card stock, cut along lines with scissors (but use an exact-o knife for the middle parts if you want), hole punch and connect with brads.

here’s to a month full of pumpkins, cozy sweaters and jumping in leaves!

yay for october!

xo . rae

ps – here is another banner you might fancy.

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home tour (entry + stairs)

i’ve had some requests lately to see the inside of our home but since we moved in a few months ago, i’m super indecisive when it comes to decorating and most of our rooms aren’t “finished” (not that there is such a thing – we’re already talking about moving poppy in with tilly!) i thought it would be fun to share a different area or room each month, starting today!

welcome to our entryway off the garage and stairs…

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the hooks and clever drawers under the stairs were here when we moved in (and are the brainchild of our friend KC!) so i can really only take credit for how things are set up and organized. there are three drawers that work and (at the moment) hold our flip flops, beach towels and random things such as sunnies, sunscreen and the girls’ hair stuff. as the weather continues to cool off i’m sure they will be replaced with slippers, beanies and umbrellas!

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in theory, after school the kids are supposed to take their shoes off in the garage, hang their bags up, take out their schoolwork and lunch bags, and sit down at the craft table for snack and homework time (audible eye rolling at myself). most days however they ditch their backpacks in the garage, grab a snack from the outside fridge and hop on their bikes before i can even ask them about their day… their way is better i think.

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the other side of the stairs has 4 working drawers that hold all of the kids’ craft supplies with one drawer for them to put their favorite creations and save-worthy schoolwork. oh, and i did swap out the hardware for random knob i found at anthropology. it was a simple and playful way to change things up and works well with my indecisiveness since i got to pick 8 different styles!

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(another look without the kids)

if you have any questions about sources or how things are put together, let me know! also, what space would you like to see next? i was thinking family room or dinning and kitchen…

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//

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join me at shoot camp!

over the moon about joining forces with  stacy jacobsenamy nielson, + kali lu to bring you shoot camp:

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shoot camp is a creative photography and visual design workshop focused on nurturing the individual artist  to build better business. the workshop will cover necessary camera fundamentals, graphic design basics, social media marketing, styled and lifestyle (portfolio building) shoots and #reallife mentor advice on staying true to your voice and brand. perfect for photographers, bloggers and creatives… basically anyone who wants to improve their camera skills and grow their brand.

and (oh my!) guess what? —>

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{*fine print and details below}

  • DATE: saturday, october 18th, 2014
  • TIME: 10 am to 5 pm
  • LOCATION: crystal lake lodge, woodinville, washington
  • INVESTMENT: $325

in addition to a large group overview of camera fundamentals, we will be breaking into smaller class groups to work on:

  • portfolio building styled shoots
  • in home, lifestyle shoot
  • online marketing and how to become an SEO God (or Goddess!)
  • graphic design made simple (for branding + marketing)
  • editing with lightroom

following the workshop we invite all attendees to join us for dinner and a Q&A at a local restaurant. space is limited, so:

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*everyone registered by august 31st will be entered in a drawing to win a free seat at shoot camp! winner will be announced on september 4th!

please leave a comment or shoot me an email with any questions. hope you can join us but regardless all week the girls and i will be sharing tips and tricks in our areas of expertise as well as workshop details… more good things to come!

xo . rae

links in case you missed them earlier:

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a teepee GIVEAWAY and little camper FREEBIES

wednesdays are a good day for a giveaway, wouldn’t you agree!? especially when it involves a teepee! i’m extra excited as this is the first (of many – fingers crossed) giveaway we’ve hosted on the blog.

in addition (since we’re all winners round here!) i’ve made these two “happy campers” posters you can download and print for freeeeee…. well i guess the printing isn’t free, but the downloading is!

keep scrolling — all the details are below.

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HAPPY CAMPERS & ADVENTURERS POSTER DOWNLOADS:

TIP: large prints are cheap ($6-$9) through the costco photo center.

(as always, i love connecting with ya over on insta so don’t forget to tag me (@raeannkelly) if one of these ends up on your wall or you share the post in your feed!)

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^^^(never a dull moment with this girl – i should know better than to ask her to hold still for a sec)^^^

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happy-campers-and-a-giveawaynow for the real goods!

allow me to introduce you to B.E. Little You and ME, a sweet etsy shop opened and run by Sarah who is a busy mama and 2nd grade teacher (yay for teachers!)!

we are partnering with her to giveaway one of the 4 panel ($115 value) teepees (as seen on keeping up with the kardashians) featured in her shop.

to enter, simply visit sarah’s etsy shop and then leave a comment HERE that shares what style teepee you’d choose if you won! for bonus points, choose a picture from above (or this ‘smores post from last week) to pin to pinterest!

giveaway closes MONDAY, JULY 21st at 6 am PST. one winner will be chosen at random.

good luck. i hope you win the teepee and that you have the perfect spot for one (or both) of the posters.

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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homemade hostess gifts

the last day of school is right around the corner (or has come and gone for some of you!) marking the start of summer! i’m sure everyone’s social calendars are filling up with backyard shindigs, and baby and wedding showers. to make sure you don’t show up empty handed here’s a simple hostess gift you can throw together in the kitchen ahead of time.

to make it easier on yourself, stock up on jars or bottles so your ready to package the sauces and go – or pick a few of your favorites and set up an ice cream sundae bar at home. just be sure and invite me! (recipe and download below)

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CHOCOLATE FUDGE

you’ll need

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup light cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

here’s how

  1. combine all ingredients (except vanilla) in saucepan. stir constantly over medium heat until mixture boils. let boil for 2 minutes.
  2. remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. let cool, poor into canning jar or squeeze bottle (add printable label) and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. reheat in microwave or hot water before serving.

PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE

you’ll need

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

here’s how

  1. combine ingredients in saucepan. stir constantly over medium heat until sauce is smooth and sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes). be careful not to overcook or sauce will become too thick!
  2. let cool, poor into canning jar or squeeze bottle (add printable label) and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. reheat in microwave or hot water before serving.

BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE

you’ll need

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

here’s how

  1. in a small bowl combine cream, milk and cornstarch and set aside.
  2. in a saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter. stir constantly over medium heat until butter melts and sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes).
  3. reduce heat slightly, add milk mixture and bring to a boil for a quick 30 seconds…. remove from heat.
  4. let cool, poor into canning jar or squeeze bottle (add printable label) and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. reheat in microwave or hot water before serving.

STRAWBERRY SAUCE

you’ll need

  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed, hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

here’s how

  1. combine ingredients in saucepan. stirring occasionally, heat over medium heat until berries have softened and mixture becomes a sauce.
  2. let cool, poor into canning jar (add printable label) and store in refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. reheat in microwave or hot water before serving.

have fun!

xo . rae

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breakfast club: easy blender crepes recipe

there is a certain two year old in our home that will greet me in the morning with a sleepy, “make crepes, momma?” several times a week. it’s hard to resist, but this recipe (especially if made the night before) is super easy to throw together and equally as easy to clean up after. depending on the toppings, they are also fancy and filling enough for a family brunch or breakfast for dinner!

(fully recipe and gluten free alternative below…)

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Easy Blender Crepes: Makes Approx 30 Crepes, 10 minutes Prep Time, 15 minutes Cook Time

You’ll Need

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (*or all-purpose gluten free blend to make GF)

 

Sweet or Savory Topping Ideas

  • Chocolate nut butter and bananas
  • Fruit preserves and whip cream or cream cheese
  • Ricotta cheese and honey or powdered sugar
  • Eggs and sausage or bacon
  • Cheese and salsa
  • Goat cheese, roasted red peppers and arugula

 

Here’s How

  1. Mix melted butter, milk, eggs and salt in the blender. Blend until just combined but not whipped. Add the flour and blend until fully combined. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to 24 hours. Before using, consistency should be that of thick egg nog. Add milk if too thick, flour if too thin.
  2. Use an 8″ or 10” nonstick fry pan or a crepe pan. Heat pan on medium high and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. With large ladel, add ¼ cup batter and swirl around to make an even coating of batter on the bottom of the pan. Cook for about one minute, until edges start to pull away from the pan. Carefully flip crepe by sliding thin spatula underneath. Cook on the other side until lightly golden. Do the same with remaining batter, stacking crepes on a plate as they are ready.
  3. Layer leftovers between parchment paper and freeze in a ziploc bag for extra busy mornings or snack time!

* This crepe recipe can be made the night before and stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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