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Ever since the play kitchen remodel, Tilly and I have been dreaming of play food we can make together and ice cream cones were at the top of the list. Fitting since they are also at the top of our grocery list this time of year too! She’s been on a – teach me to sew – kick lately but a no-sew projects seemed like a good place to start and a strand of felt balls hanging in the family room were begging me to make them colorful scoops of ice cream.

Here’s how to DIY…



  • felt balls (4cm felt balls pictured, but you could glue 3 smaller ones together or use pom-poms or foam balls)
  • markers or paint to decorate “cones”
  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • small pieces of felt for sprinkles
  • container to hold finished play food (I used a plastic one from the deli)
  • glue (optional)


  1. Cut the cone shapes from an egg carton (see dashed line in picture above). Decorate with markers or paint.
  2. Cut sprinkles from a piece of felt. If desired glue onto felt balls.
  3. Decorate a label for the ice cream container.
  4. Take orders for ice cream cones and start playing!


These ice cream cones would make a cute Birthday gift or fun crafternoon activity even if you don’t plan on keeping them around for use in a play kitchen.

Do you have any other play food ideas?

XO, Rae

P.S. – Here is another ice cream inspired post you might enjoy.  So happy it’s ice cream season!



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Over the weekend we pulled Tilly’s old play kitchen out of retirement in the attic and gave it a fresh new look for Poppy. As I should have anticipated, Tilly was not fond of handing her (all-of-a-sudden) beloved kitchen down to her baby sis let alone remodeling it. Poor girl had lots to say including, “You’re judging my kitchen’s look. How rude!”

Change is not a friend of hers and the colorful + (turn your head so she doesn’t see you giggle) funny comments continued while we took things apart, sanded and painted but when she came home from school on Monday to a reno’ed kitchen she was smitten. I was relieved that no therapy would be needed.

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I think we purchased the kitchen from Target but IKEA has a similar option (this one) that would be extra cute with a little paint. Love the microwave!

 Here’s how we did it:

  1. Take it most of the way apart and remove knobs, sink, faucet, etc.
  2. Spray paint all of the accessories gold (or other color).
  3. Remove the stove top and sand the countertop. Then paint, spray paint or cover with contact paper.
  4. Sand everything (no matter how tempting — don’t skip the sanding!) that is getting painted and tape off what is not. Let dry.
  5. Paint or spray anything that needs another coat and let dry.
  6. For the pot and utensil rod, open up “S” hooks from the hardware store and spray paint.
  7. Put everything back together and start playing!!!

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We took a trip to IKEA yesterday (outtakes on snap chat at raeannkelly) to stock up on a few new kitchen accessories and then made room in the bottom drawer under the stairs to store the overflow and make cleanup easy.

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As much as I love a kid-friendly and inspired home, bigger toys that can’t be put away or shoved in a basket aren’t my favorite. Atleast not in our downstairs. But this kitchen is now less of an eyesore and more of a cute accessory that keeps the kids occupied for chunks of time.

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I’ve never met a play kitchen my kids didn’t like but I think Johan and I like this one equally. It looks a lot like my dream kitchen — navy, white and gold! #kitchengoals

Do you know of any other hand-me-down toys that are fun to makeover!?

XO, Rae



With Mother’s Day approaching quickly on the calendar, I thought it would be fun to to play with flowers! Not only are they an easy way to bring the outdoors inside but they add life to a space or someones day. Since I know nothing about choosing, cutting or keeping plants alive I asked my stylish and adorably pregnant friend Teressa (the brains and beauty behind Teressa Johnson Studio) for backup. She obliged and brought over a selection of flowers from her yard while I DIY-ed some tin can vases to put them in.


And here is how they turned out! Pretty cute I think. The vases of blooms (and succulents) can be grouped together for a centerpiece and then broken up and given as party favors or made as gifts for mommy friends on their big day.

Here’s how to make the vases but be sure to keep scrolling! At the bottom of the post, you’ll find a few really good and simple tips from Teressa about how to make floral arrangements.



  1. Rinse and dry tin cans.
  2. For a dipped look, use painters tape to tape-off the part of can you don’t want painted.
  3. Use acrylic paint to cover the untaped side and let dry. Repeat until the can is covered.


  1. Click to download the patterned paper and print on card stock.
  2. Rinse and dry tin cans. Measure the height and outside of the can and cut paper to size.
  3. Tape or decoupage the paper onto the can. If you choose tape, be careful not drip water on the paper or the pattern will smudge.

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Group the painted vases with the ones covered in fun patterns all together…

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… Or pick your favorite DIY (dipped or covered) vase and keep it simple.

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Clip “HEY MAMA” tags to the vases for a graphic touch or use as a gift tag.

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  1. Cut your stems at an angle so there is more surface to soak up water.
  2. If deciding on a color palette feels overwhelming, keep it simple by sticking to two colors. Greenery is considered a neutral.
  3. When blooms are sparse create an organic look by using only foliage.
  4. Use what you have or, what your neighbors have! Don’t be shy. If you spy something pretty in the neighbor’s yard, bring over a plate of cookies, compliment their blooms and ask to forage a few stems. It’s a great way to meet the people living around you and strike up a conversation.
  5. Last but not least, don’t take it too seriously — it’s not a science and should be fun and playful!

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So helpful, Teressa!

If you are local to the Seattle area I highly recommend checking out her latest brainchild, wild + gathered, recurring seasonal floral arrangements delivered right to your doorstep. And just like the arrangements from this post, the wild + gathered bouquets can be divided and shared with friends or spread out around the home or workplace.

Flowers make everything better. Yes?

XO, Rae




We are enjoying one last day of spring break over here but I wanted to share these cute, gender neutral baby milestone cards real quick. One of the things I wish I had been better about is taking monthly pictures of my kids when they were infants. The baby days are so fleeting!

So, if you are or know a mom or mama-to-be or have a baby shower to attend soon (what a fun and useful DIY baby gift!), then click the link below to download or pin and save for later.


The download comes with a backside with enough space to jot down all the firsts, faves and fun details of babies month, too.

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(Thanks to baby Winnie and her mama for being my model for this post. We love you guys!)

Were/are you good about taking pictures or keeping track of milestones?

XO, Rae

PS – I posted our meal plan from last week if you are into that kind of thing and want to take a peek — head HERE.




//Black brush stroke and teal tribal fabric from my Spoonflower shop//

I’m sure there are 100’s of these tutorials floating around the blogosphere, but it’s also one of those projects that saves money, can be done over and over again, get’s easier every time and always looks cute (even if the seams aren’t perfect) so figured it was worth sharing. Plus, we’ve probably all seen a yard of fabric or old curtain, shirt, sweater or blanket and thought, “Gosh that would make a cute pillow!” Amiright? Here is an easy way to make that thought happen…

SIMPLE THROW PILLOW (with an envelope close back)

You’ll Need –

  • Pillow insert (ikea or amazon is a great place to find these)
  • 1-yard of heavy fabric or less of two different fabrics (home dec weight or cotton canvas)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and bobbin (color isn’t as important. You’ll only see a line of it on the back of the pillow)
  • Small piece of paper and pencil
  • Sewing pins
  • Iron (helpful but not necessary)
  • Yarn for pom-poms (optional)


Here’s How –

  1. Measure your pillow insert. Add 1-inch to the height and width and write it down. Cut fabric to the size you just wrote. This will be the front of your pillow.
  2. For the back of the pillow. Using the dimensions you wrote down earlier, divide the height in half and then add 3 or 4-inches. Using the same width as before, write down the second set of dimensions and cut two pieces of fabric to that size. (Example: if you have a 19-inch pillow form you’ll want to cut one 20×20-inch piece for the front and two 20×24-inch pieces for the back.). Next, fold the width of both back pieces towards the wrong side of fabric about a half inch. Run a warm iron over the top to hold in place. Fold the edge another half inch and iron in place. (If you like skipping steps, the second fold isn’t necessary.) Stitch along the folded edge using 3/8-inch seam allowance and repeat with the second back piece.
  3. Lay your front piece patterned side up. Lay your back pieces, overlapping and patterned side down on top of the front piece. Pin in place (I usually pin each corner and where the back pieces overlap).
  4. Stitch all four sides of the pillow with a 1/2-inch seam.
  5. Turn right side out and stuff with your insert
  6. To add pom-poms, use a seam ripper to make small holes in the corners of your pillow. Thread long pieces of yarn through the holes and hand-sew into place

If your pillow doesn’t come out perfect, don’t fret. Layer it with another pillow or two and I bet you won’t even notice! Or add to a kid’s room. Quirky things have away of fitting right in, in little kid spaces.

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without Poppy on a pile of pillows being a ham…

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When it comes to pillows, do you like to buy or DIY?

XO, Rae

PS – if buying is more your style you might enjoy this post from yesterday :)




Johan and I made it home late last night. It was hard to leave the pool and sunshine, but kissing the kids and then crawl into our own bed felt oh so good.

I spent most of the return flight scouring pinterest for Easter inspiration and found a lot of goodies. (For a peek at the board click here.) Nothing quite like a productive pinning sesh… or being home with my people! It was a good night.

Can’t believe Easter is just a week away. Outfits are about the only thing I’ve figured out over here (yikes!) so it’s probably time to work on a menu and to do list! Are you guys ready for the Easter bunny? Have any favorite recipes or ideas?

Happy weekend wishes!

XO, Rae




Baskets, in my opinion, fall into the same category  as shoes. There is no such thing as too many. Especially when running a household. So when I walked past this cute woven basket at target I thought, “I have some shoes that could use that basket.” And threw it in my cart. (Tell me you do the same thing!?) Griffin even reminded me, “That’s not what we came for, mOm.” He was so right and doing a good job of using my own words against me. I must say that to the kids every time we are at target! But the cute basket won and stayed in the cart.

As adorable as it looked in the hook-nook, once we were home, it got lost against the white wall full of backpacks and coats. A pop of color and playful whimsy was just what it needed to standout a bit and I know one really easy way to accomplish both. Pom-poms!

So yesterday I used 30 minutes of nap time to throw it together and thought it was worth sharing. Although it hardly needs a tutorial I know how nice it is to have a guide to take out the guesswork so included a supply list and how-to below!


You’ll Need –

  • a basket (like this one)
  • yarn
  • pom-pom makers or template (I used the big size from this set)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss and needle (small zip-ties would work too!)

Here’s How –

  1. Make your pom-poms and decide where on the basket and in what order you would like them.
  2. Using a needle and embroidery floss, start from the inside of the basket and leaving enough of a tail, thread through to the outside of the basket and the middle yarn of the pom-pom (the one that holds all the pieces together) then back through the basket to the inside. Secure with a knot.
  3. Repeat with the remaining pom-poms. Then find a place and use for your spruced up basket!

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Makes a cute planter too. Thinking there may be more pom-pom embellished baskets in my future.

Happy Thursday you guys!

XO, Rae




We had a pretty quiet weekend around here. I nursed sick people back to health mostly but also enjoyed Ozzie’s first pre-season baseball game, tried to keep things quiet but still fun around the house for the healthy family members and neighbor friends, half-watched lots of football, unintentionally skipped church and gave the girls’ hair bow game a huge upgrade. Also, the sun came out to play all weekend which was amazing and rare this time of year. Just what I needed.

But back to those bows…

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I’m always rushing around the house in the morning (or anytime of day actually) trying to find something cute to put in the girls’ typically haphazard styled hair. It’s usually brushed or styled but rarely both and an accessory seems to clear up any confusion. Anyways, I often come up empty handed so during a rare calm moment I decided I should do something about it and either order a bunch on etsy or make my own.

Decide between DIY and etsy is always tricky, but this time with a pile of unused fabric giving me the stink eye from my office I decided to go the handmade route. Because it took a little while to perfect a pattern I thought I would share the template and how-to below for those of you who could use some extra hair bows in your life!



You’ll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron + ironing board
  • Pencil or chalk to trace pattern
  • Hot glue or craft/fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Hair accessories (headbands, hairbands, alligator clips)
  • Small piece of twine

Here’s How –

  1. Print out pattern on card stock and cutout. Pick your fabric(s). Poppy’s hot coral confetti dot bow is made from this fabric in my Spoonflower shop. The others were ones I had stashed in my office.
  2. For the tail of the bow, fold your fabric down a couple inches, line the top edge of the pattern with the fold, trace and cutout.
  3. Trace and cutout the other pattern pieces.
  4. Fold the long sides of the small middle piece to the middle so they overlap and iron in place. Fold the tail piece in half, pattern side together and iron.
  5. Sew along the raw edges of the tail, leaving 1″ open in the middle. Turn right side out.
  6. Now grab your bow piece! Fold in half the long way, pattern side together and sew. Leave short ends open. Turn right side out and fold so the seem is in the middle. Iron in place.
  7. Fold bow in half and sew shirt ends together.
  8. Again, fold bow so the seem is in the middle and iron in place.
  9. Tie a piece of twine around the middle of the bow, pull tight and tie in place. Trim excess string. With the long points of the tail in the middle, pinch together with the bow. Wrap middle piece around once (add your head or hairband in if using), overlapping and glue in place. Add alligator clip and glue in place as desired.
  10. To make a mini-bow, follow steps 1-5…. tape the pattern together (should be about 12″)…. then tie into  a bow. Add hair accessory and secure as needed with glue.

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Poppy has started saying “Owww” in the sweetest voice every time I touch her hair lately but also started leaving accessories (mostly) in her hair. Car rides being the main exception.

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Aren’t the mini bows cute in piggies?! A good reason to make them in pairs.

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Just one more to document that missing tooth smile…

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… and this skeptical look on Poppy’s face. She’s learning real quick how this sibling thing works. Smart cookie.

Still have a small pile of fabric waiting to become bows and I’m thinking I’ll save a few to give as gifts. Let me know if you have any questions or requests for other DIY projects!

XO, Rae


PS – Have you checked out our Valentine designs yet!? So far the “wild about you” valentines and black striped bags are flying off the virtual shelves. Thanks to everyone who has purchased already!



Happy 2016 you guys! After a couple weeks off I’m back and excited for a shiny new start. Before we jump in I want to do two things. One, say thank you for being here to share in life, design and all the other fun and messy stuff that goes with it. It really means so, so much to me.

Two, as we gear up for new content and creative endeavors I want to take a look back at some of the best things that have gone on not just over the last year, but the last 2+! …. Including a shoutout to heart day posts at the bottom :)


HOMEGirl’s Shared Room Reveal / Raid The Pantry / Entry Refresh / Mudroom Reveal / Reading Nook Reveal / Weekly Calendar Freebie

best-of-RAK-wearsSTYLEDenim Skirt + Sweaters / Game Day Outfit / Moms Rule / Capsule Wardrobe / Bus Stop Style / Boy Meets Girl


KIDSAnimal Charms / Breakfast party / DIY Boy Haircut / Rain Maker Craft / Wind Pipe Craft / School Lunch Wish List Freebie


EATChicken Piccata / Mini Energy Bites / Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies / Chicken Tortilla Soup / Apple Dippers / Zucchini Pancakes


LIFEWork From Home Mom Life / Beauty For Ashes / Brand You / Poppy’s Newborn Pics / Why I Blog / Kidcation 2015


FREEBIESMenu Planner + Shopping List / US Map / Sweet Syrup Recipes + Labels / Happy Campers Posters / Shenanigans Poster / Spring Tech Patterns


VALENTINESHand Warmers / Classroom Valentines / Mini Heart Day Felt Banners / Heart Day Playlist / Valentine Dominos

We’re ready for you 2016… I have a feeling your are going to be pretty sweeeeeet!

XO, Rae




I like a little bit of Christmas in every room of the house and although it doesn’t always (or ever) happen that way I do try to find a few ways to bring Christmas vibes into the kids’ rooms.

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A festive garland, mobile made from ornaments, countdown chain, cozy sheets, kid made artwork (like Espen’s snowman he painted a couple years ago that makes my mama heart melt), does the trick when displayed together or alone.

Another option and one of my favorites (other than the kids art, of course) is decking the walls with a seasonal art print. A few weeks ago I started making a “FA LA LA” poster to put above Tilly’s bed and ended up making 3 other designs. Of course, what’s the point in designing stuff if I’m not going to share so you can download all 4 below!




And if there aren’t any unused frames laying around the house or you would like a fresh, new way to hang up a poster try turning it into a wall hanging using a couple pieces of wood and a leather string or ribbon.


  • 8 foot 1×2 inch piece of lumber
  • leather string or ribbon for hanging
  • drill and drill bit the size of the string your using
  • staple gun (really strong glue might work?)
  • cute art print


  1. Cut 2 pieces of the lumber about 1/2-inch wider than or the same width as the print. If you don’t have a way to do this at home, ask someone at the hardware store to do it for ya.
  2. In one of the cut pieces of lumber, measure 1/2 to 1-inch in from the edge and drill a hole your string or ribbon can snuggly fit through… remember you can always make it bigger if it doesn’t fit.
  3. Thread the string or ribbon through the holes and knot the ends.
  4. Staple lumber to the top and bottom of your print and hang!

Happy Thursday + hall decking + merrymaking + Christmas and oh, my I’m glad it’s almost Friday!

XO, Rae


PS – For Christmassy kids room inspiration and ideas head HERE. It’s an oldie but goodie!




(My friends little girl, Bellamy with one of the blankies)

Shortly before Poppy was born I splurged on a couple jersey knit baby blankets. Partially because they seemed more swaddle friendly than the muslin version and partially because I adored the fabric patterns they came in… (justifying purchases comes easy to me in the 3rd trimester). But I had no idea just how handy they would be. I used them for everything from swaddling to nursing (because of the generous size) to wiping spit up and everything in between.

I also had no idea just how simple it would be to make a few. The ones I purchased were finished with a serging machine but I’m going to show you a no-fuss way to finish the raw edges with a regular sewing machine.

(I’ll share a NO-SEW version below as well!)



  • about 1 to 1-1/2 yard of cute jersey knit fabric (stretchy legging type material – I made these designs bows/brrr/bears for a collaboration with Hen&Co. and they are available in my Spoonflower shop now!)
  • coordinating or contrasting sewing thread and bobbin
  • sewing machine
  • scissors (if you have a designated pair for fabric it helps!)



  1. If needed, trim fabric to the size you want your blankets. Mine are 36×42 inches which is a generous size but could be a little bigger.
  2. Thread sewing machine and set to: zig-zag stitch, stitch length 3, stitch width 7, and normal tension (mine is between 3-4). This is honestly the hardest part, LOL.
  3. Practice sewing a 1/8″ seem along the edge of one of your jersey knit fabric scraps. If you don’t have a needle plate with measurements on it (see pic), feed the fabric through the middle-right of your presser food. The raw edges of the fabric bunches and rolls a little which gives it a rick-rack looking edge.
  4. After a little practice, repeat the same technique, sewing a zig-zag stitch along all the edges of your blanket. Tie loose threads, trim and your done!

NO-SEW OPTION: Jersey knits don’t usually fray so you can actually just cut and use without sewing. The difference is that the edges will roll up and might get annoying so try brushing cut edges with a liquid stitch to see if that helps!


How sweet is little Winnie Wilde  all swaddled up? You can also find leggings in the new winter fabric designs in her mama’s shop at Hen&Co on Etsy…. More on that soon!

Hopefully you have a babe or mama-to-be on your shopping list to gift one or more of these to. They really are so useful. Let me know if you have any questions about the DIY instructions or sewing in general.

XO, Rae