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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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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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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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